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One-stop shops must serve public better, says minister

One-stop offices need to improve their service to the public, Union Government Minister U Min Thu told employees of the General Administration Department in Pathein township, Ayeyarwady Region, on Monday. The department has opened 316 One-stop offices with other agencies in the regions and states, aimed at easing the burden on people, who before now […]

Tiddim takes steps to farm silkworms

A two-day course on sericulture, which includes training on cultivation of mulberry, rearing silkworms, and production of silk, began yesterday at the office of the General Administration Department in Tiddim Town. The course is being conducted under the supervision of Chin State’s Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection. The course has been organized with the […]

Confusion emerges after foreign liquor ban

At a liquor store in downtown Yangon, bottles of whisky and wine are on display. Upon closer inspection, one soon notices that wines from Argentina to New Zealand are for sale, but only whiskies made locally are available. “Foreign liquors are not on display because we are not allowed to sell them,” the sales assistant […]

Retailers hit with liquor import ban

Liquor retailers are no longer allowed to sell imported brands, as it is a violation of Ministry of Commerce regulations. The ministry hasn’t allowed the import of alcohol, beer and cigarettes, except by duty-free shops and a few high-end hotels, since the days of the military government. However, the General Administration Department under the Ministry […]

FDA shuts down seven drinking water factories in Yangon

Seven drinking water factories were shut down in Yangon last week for violations of government rules, the region’s Department of Food and Drug Administration said. Two drinking water factories in Hlaing township were ordered closed on August 10 for failing to observe good manufacturing practices, while five others from Hlegu township were shut down on […]

Police to crackdown on illegal gaming shops

At that meeting, U Than Naing Oo, Hluttaw Representative from Pabedan Constituency 1, asked whether there was a plan to classify which type of gambling machines are illegal at the gaming shops in Yangon Region and whether any action will be taken against offenders. “Yangon City Development Committee allows only gaming machines which are imported […]

Sell food with Banned Colouring and Get Shut Down: MCDC

​​ Businesses in Mandalay that are selling food containing banned food dye now risk having their shops shut down by the authorities, which have launched an operation to ensure food safety. Closing down a shop is the heaviest penalty the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) can impose on errant business owners. MCDC Markets and Abattoirs […]

Beer station profits slump as pumps close

Some Yangon beer stations are still flouting a long-ignored law against selling draught beer without a special licence, which local authorities recently started trying to enforce. Those that have followed the letter of the law, meanwhile, are seeing business slump. Most beer stations across the country have served draught beer for many years under an FL17 […]

Draught law causes beer station panic

On Kyar Kwet Thit Street in Yangon’s Tarmwe township, famous because it is home to more than 50 beer stations, dozens of young and middle-aged men and a handful of girls in their 20s enjoyed the nightlife earlier this week. At around 9pm customers were relaxed as they held mugs of draught beer, while the […]

Carlsberg leads petition against draught beer crackdown

Representing around 4500 bars and restaurants, Carlsberg Myanmar plans to send a petition to the government by the end of August, in protest against a recent crackdown on serving draught beer without the right papers, a company spokesperson said. Beer stations across the country have received letters from the General Administration Department warning that the FL17 licence […]