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Black market fills the gap as drug quotas create shortage of opioids

Low domestic production and strict controls on the import and distribution of opioid medicines has created a shortage of pain-killing drugs, forcing some to turn to the burgeoning black market for relief. A CALM and peaceful atmosphere prevails at the U Hla Tun Hospice, a palliative care facility in Yangon’s East Dagon Township where treatment […]

Beggars or swindlers: untold stories of Yangon beggars

A cry of “Hey, don’t tread on me!” emerged from the busy crowd at the Thadingyut festival food stalls. An old woman, dressed in the brown robes of a yogi, was lying down holding a lit candle with one hand, and grasping a cup with money inside with the other. She was a beggar. Despite […]

Myanmar Times Co-Founder Ross Dunkley Jailed for 13 Years in Drugs Case

YANGON—After a trial lasting more than a year, Australian national Ross Dunkley, the co-founder of the Myanmar Times newspaper, and his compatriot John Mckenzie, a former IFC and World Bank adviser, were sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Yangon judge on Tuesday for violating Myanmar’s anti-narcotics law. The two foreigners were apprehended in […]

Myanmar works to improve corruption image

Myanmar has fallen further in a global corruption ranking but could improve its image following some high-profile arrests this year and as the government moves to strengthen the anti-graft agency. The Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International ranked Myanmar 132 out of 180 territories in 2018, down two places from 2017. The Berlin-based global […]

Myanmar state counselor appeals to teachers to serve in far-flung areas

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has called on teachers of the country to provide education in far-flung areas, Myanmar News Agency reported on Wednesday. “Equal education opportunities should be created without differentiating between the hilly regions and lowlands and teachers should see it as a challenge to serve in remote areas,” the state […]

Anti-corruption drive dodges political donations and criminal liability

Nay Pyi Taw has stepped up its efforts to curb corruption by empowering the anti-graft body and reaching out to the private sector. Yet, the announcement from the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) has created confusion among businesses. Crucially, there are still no criminal liability for offering bribes and no effective regulations on […]

Anti-Drug Squad, BSI cooperating on Malaysia seizure of drugs worth $18 m

Anti-Drug Squad is cooperating with Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI) in investigation into the case in which narcotic drugs worth US$18 million were seized from a container that went from Yangon to Malaysia, said a BSI official. Both are hot on the trail of how the drugs were secretly loaded into the container and the […]

As Myanmar eats more meat, Sumitomo to sell drugs for livestock

Trader aims for $1 billion in sales of pharmaceuticals for animals TOKYO — Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. is set to start selling drugs for animals in Myanmar later in March as part of an effort to enlarge its presence in what it expects to be a lucrative global market for drugs for livestock and […]

FDA burns illegal food, drugs in Myeik

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has burned food and drugs unfit for consumption in Myeik, Taninthayi Region. Expired and unlicensed items were among the destroyed goods. Dr Zin May Htay, secretary at the Myeik District FDA, said: “We found 104 drugs unfit for consumption from AA Medical Products Co. We also inspected drug stores […]

Myanmar’s 1st MMA champ Aung La N Sang: ‘I’m no politician, but I fight for my people

SINGAPORE: Aung La N Sang feels good. “Amazing”, even, with barely a week having passed since he was crowned Myanmar’s first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) champion. On June 30, willed on by a thunderous Yangon home crowd, the 32-year-old underdog stunned his undefeated opponent to capture the middleweight title belt of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest […]