Lump Sum Rent a Growing Problem for Tenants

​​ As rents in the commercial capital rise, the longstanding arrangement of paying six months’ or even a year’s rent upfront is increasingly a burden to Yangon’s residential and business tenants. U Soe Win Maung, who lives with his wife in a rented apartment on 40th street in Kyauktada township, said he cannot afford the one-time […]

Street Vendor Holdouts, YCDC on Crash Course Over Relocation Plan

​​ Tensions are mounting between Yangon City Development Committee and the commercial capital’s street vendors, as a small contingent refuses to move stalls from their locations on Anawrahta Road. Following a recently announced ban on street stalls on Yangon’s 11 busiest roads, YCDC staff have been travelling around the downtown area with loudspeakers, informing vendors that they […]

Stall Vendors Banned on 11 Yangon Roads to Ease Traffic

Roadside stall vendors can no longer operate their businesses along 11 roads in Yangon, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) said on Tuesday. Anawrahta, Bogyoke Aung San, Maha Bandoola, Pansodan, Merchant, Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Latha, Lanmadaw, Bonegyi and Strand roads are all affected by the ban. “The ban is meant to reduce traffic jams […]

Health professionals protest lease of public land for private hospital

Staff of the Ministry of Health, including professors and ‘black ribbon’ doctors have signed a petition calling for a complete halt to the long-term lease of a large plot owned by the ministry in front of the University of Nursing at the corner of Bogyoke Aung San and Pyay roads in downtown Yangon for a […]

Exclusive interview: Myanmar President Thein Sein praises shift to democracy

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — The bloodless shift to democratization has been the greatest accomplishment of Myanmar’s 4-year transition from military to civilian rule, Myanmar President Thein Sein told the Mainichi Shimbun in an exclusive April 9 interview. However, Thein Sein also stated that Myanmar had serious problems that needed to be addressed, including religious tension and […]