Bootleggers Protest for Right to Sell DVDs

About 50 foreign DVD bootleggers gathered in Bahan township’s Bo Sein Hman field yeste The vendors opposed the recent government announcement that rules and regulations about distributing DVDs in Myanmar will be enforced. DVDs without censor stickers on them may not be sold or distributed. Those who do can be imprisoned for three years and face a […]

YCDC eyes business district development in Yankin

A Yangon City Development Committee proposal to establish a business district in Yankin township has been met with mixed responses from local developers, with one firm suggesting the area is already too densely populated and would be better suited to residential development. As part of a Yangon city master plan drafted in partnership with the Japan International […]

‘Trespassers’ pushed out of homes by affordable housing project

They have been dubbed the trespassers. The 200 or so families who moved to Ingalaing when it was only an underdeveloped, unutilised field on the fringes of Yangon have now found themselves in the middle of a turf war. As the city expands, developers are eating up the no-longer-so-far-flung plots in Hlaing Tharyar, and attempting […]

Applications for public flats invited

Yangon regional government has announced people can apply for public rental apartments in South Dagon Township from Monday until February 15. An official said: “People need to get the forms at their township general administration offices. The rent will be Ks30,000 per month.” About 1,200 homes are planned with applicants picked at random if demand […]

Telecom Tax Delayed Until New Gov’t

Finance minister U Win Shein has presented to a union parliamentary meeting a plan to collect commercial tax on every mobile phone top-up credit starting from April 1 when the new government starts their term. The commercial tax on mobile phone users was planned to start in the current government’s term but members of the […]

Street-side petrol sellers cling on as station numbers increase

Street-side petrol sellers were a common sight before 2010, when there were relatively few official petrol stations, all run by a government monopoly. The introduction of private fuel stations brought the number of stations from 260 in 2010 to over 1000 now, reducing the need for roadside fuel vendors as it became easier for drivers […]

Pioneering bus line forced to lay off staff as losses mount

A joint attempt by the government and private sector to solve many of the problems of Yangon’s traffic congestion is close to collapse. Forever Green Road Transport has fired 15 bus conductors, about 30 percent of its total, citing monthly losses. A spokesperson for the company blamed the lack of government support. The company – […]

Yangon Starts to Control Property Prices, but Rent Is Another Story

YANGON — Realtors say a new tax measure has successful cooled an overheated property market in Myanmar’s biggest city, with sale prices stagnating for high-end properties, but that rental fees have continued to soar. In October, the Yangon divisional government applied fixed values for properties to determine the amount owed in property taxes. Last month, […]