Tailor Shop Family Accused of Abuse and Enslavement to be Formally Charged

On Thursday a court will decide on the charges with which to prosecute six family members for torturing and enslaving two children in a downtown Rangoon tailoring shop for five years. Ko Latt, 63, Tin Thuzar, 59, Tin Min Latt, 37, Yarzar Tun, 25, Su Mon Latt, 27, and Thiri Latt, 37, who ran Ava […]

Myanmar Town Wants the Secret Out: George Orwell Slept Here

​​ KATHA (Myanmar) — In the 1990s, Mr Nyo Ko Naing noticed that the handful of foreign tourists who made it to his remote hometown were carrying their own maps and looked like they were searching for something. Someone, it turns out, by the name of George Orwell. Katha was Eric Blair’s last posting in […]

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 […]

Analysts Say 2016 is the Worst Year for Rangoon Construction Sector

​​ RANGOON — Rangoon’s construction market faced its hardest year in 2016, as a result of changing government policies during a market cooldown, say critical industry observers. During the best development years, 2005 to 2014, high-end condominiums and low-cost apartments sprung up around Rangoon, construction and real estate observers said. As the market neared its […]

Rangoon to Relocate Street Vendors

RANGOON— In an effort to manage the sprawl of street vendors on downtown Rangoon’s congested roads, the city’s municipal authority has designated three locations for vendors and expects to launch them next week, a senior official said. According to U Nyi Nyi Oo, deputy head of the Yangon City Development Committee’s (YCDC) administrative department, the […]

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 […]

YCDC compiles list of street vendors

The Yangon City Development Committee began compiling lists of street vendors in four downtown townships on September 22, according to an official from the administration department. “The covered townships are Kyauktada, Pabedan, Latha and Lanmadaw. The YCDC is compiling the lists of street vendors by taking photos,” he added. According to the YCDC’s data, there […]

YCDC tackles side-street clean-up

Shacks, tips, hovels and huts are being removed from Yangon’s alleys as the city authorities extend their efforts to clean up the streets. Yangon City Development Committee says homeowners and tenants are being cooperative, but that anyone who resists could end up in prison. The clearance program, which began mid-August, is being carried out in the […]

Two river pump projects to supply clean water to Yangon

To satisfy increasing demand for water in Yangon, the Yangon City Development Committee is planning to implement water-pumping projects in the Kukkowa River and Toe River this fiscal year. The two projects will have the capacity to distribute 100 million gallons of water daily. The Kukkowa project will supply 60 million gallons daily to Hlaingthaya, […]

New real estate taxes could hurt Yangon’s poorest

Already high, apartment rents and sales prices in six downtown Yangon townships will almost certainly head further north with the adoption of the 2016 Union Taxation Law, real estate agents told The Myanmar Times. The new law, effective April 1, imposes a minimum 15 percent tax on property transactions, up from 3pc in last year’s […]