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China’s sugar ban to be lifted or eased

There could be a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel for businesses involved in the sugar industry as a Chinese team will be in Myanmar to inspect sugar quality and the mills in a prelude to a resumption of sugar sales to China. Myanmar Sugar and Sugar Related Products Merchants and Manufacturers’ […]

Grassroots group fights Yangon motorbike ban

Arbitrary treatment from traffic police has inspired a campaign by a community group to have the motorbike ban in Yangon lifted, a move that has the support of some MPs. CCTV installer Ko Win Kyaw Maung feared his newly-bought motorbike would be impounded when a traffic policeman stopped him in Yangon’s North Dagon Township earlier […]

Phakant jade mining temporarily put on hold

A temporary halt in jade mining, extracting and production in Phakant —a lucrative mining area in Kachin State— thanks to inadequate regulation and weather conditions. The Myanmar Gems Enterprise issued a directive banning jade mining and extraction in response to recent disasters. The statement points out recent collapses and landslides resulting in deaths and damages […]

Myanmar to ease decades-old alcohol import ban

Just months after the Yangon government strictly enforced a ban on stores selling foreign liquor, the Ministry of Commerce announced it would come up with draft legislation this year to relax the decades-old ban on alcohol imports. Assistant secretary U Khin Maung Lwin told The Myanmar Times that the ministry is currently drafting a bill […]

Authorities urged to take action against growing zero-dollar tourism

The proliferation of zero-dollar tourism, sometimes known as zero-budget tourism, is prompting calls for action against such operations, which are largely run by Chinese nationals for tourists from China. Such tours have become a bane to the tourism industry of the region, with a crackdown by the Thai government in recent years highlighting the abuses […]

Facebook Bans ‘Dangerous’ Armed Groups in Myanmar From Platform

YANGON —Facebook announced on Tuesday afternoon that it has banned the four ethnic armed groups that comprise Myanmar’s Northern Alliance, calling them “dangerous organizations.” It said all related praise, support and representation of the Arakan Army, Kachin Independence Army, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and Ta’ang National Liberation Army would also be removed as soon […]

One-year logging ban proposed

A temporary ban on logging has been proposed to the government and is likely to be approved, according to Myanma Timber Enterprise managing director U Saw John Shwe Ba, though restrictions are not yet in place, as has been widely reported. Though U Saw John Shwe Ba told The Myanmar Times that a one-year ban […]

Ministry suspends controversial Yangon tender

The Ministry of Information has stopped selling application forms for a controversial tender, following a motion in parliament to suspend the tender process. No further tender application forms will be distributed in the case of the 90-acre Yegu transmitter site in Mayangone township, Yangon, at the corner of Waizayandar and Gandamar roads, an official from […]

Myanmar slaps fresh ban on maids for Singapore

About 500 women from Myanmar have been barred in the past three weeks from leaving their country to work in Singapore as maids, said employment agencies. The Myanmar government has imposed a ban before, citing ill-treatment and abuse of maids. “We used to have about 20 maids from Myanmar coming in every week,” said Mr […]

Imported Timbers Key for Wood Processing Industry

The growth of Myanmar’s timber-processing industry will rely more on timbers imported from abroad than those produced domestically, industry insiders say. Despite heaving logging inside Myanmar, raw timber from outside of the country will ensure more profit for the timber-processing plants, which have increasingly received foreign investment, said U Bar Bar Cho from the Myanmar […]