As tech spreads, Myanmar women become victims of ‘revenge porn’

Like many 20-year-olds in Myanmar, Ma Yadana Kyaw Thu* has had a Facebook account for several years to share her thoughts and photos, and to stay in touch with friends. But then, earlier this year, she started receiving disturbing phone calls from unknown men. After a while she realised someone had created a fake Facebook […]

Contractors band together for industry body

The number of licensed contractors in Yangon has increased sharply in recent years, and with authorities eager to make sure the construction industry follows strict regulations the city’s contractors are planning to form an industry association that can liaise with government. U Lar Sal, a contractor and owner of Tun Construction Company, is acting as […]

Myanmar to launch single-stop inspections at borders with neighbouring countries

Single-stop inspections will be deployed at border gates between Myanmar and neighbouring countries to prevent illegal trade, said Union Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint yesterday. The Union minister told Amyotha Hluttaw that discussions are ongoing with China and Thailand to launch the single-stop inspection system at border crossings. The system is aimed at avoiding […]

Myanmar imports nearly 15,000 motorbikes this month

MYANMAR imported about 15,000 motorcycles worth over US$6m through border trade camps within the first week of this month, according to the Ministry of Commerce. The imported motorbikes mainly entered the local markets in Mandalay and central regions. “Mandalay Region authorities normally issue licenses for over 500 bikes per day although the region has seen […]

Golf course workers protest for employment contracts

Teed off about management’s bunker mentality and under-par conditions, part-time golf course workers in Mandalay have launched a drive for labour rights. Yesterday about 200 staff at Shwe Man Taung golf course in Mandalay Region’s Aung Myay Tharzan township demonstrated in support of their demands. The caddies, tired of being left holding the bag, want […]

More effort needed to tackle idle industrial land

A month after the first site visits to inspect idle industrial plots in Yangon, officials are warning there will be no progress in freeing up unused land without a special committee that has the power and resolve to revoke the leases of absentee owners. Yangon Region government announced in late May that it was turning […]

Developers face penalties amid construction ban

As a city-wide suspension on high-rise projects continues, developers in Yangon say they will have to pay penalty fees to buyers for failing to complete their projects on time and may be forced to default on their bank loans. Last month Yangon Region government ordered a construction freeze on all projects with nine floors or more, while […]

Yangon to host voter education programmes this month

Programmes to educate voters in Yangon Region will commence in the middle of March under the guidance of election monitoring organisations. Local civic organisations in Yangon Region met for the first time on March 3 to discuss the implementation of the programmes in ten townships. “The authorities in Yangon Region and in 10 townships that […]