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Lawmakers Urge Govt to Tackle High Cancer Rates

NAYPYITAW—The Lower House of Parliament on Thursday approved a proposal urging the Union government to take steps to reduce the prevalence of cancer in the country. Describing consumption of unhealthy foods as one of the leading causes of cancer in Myanmar, Lower House lawmaker U Kyaw Lwin Aung urged the government to take action in […]

Lawmakers Rebuke Construction Ministry Over Handling of Road Contracts

NAYPYITAW — The Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday passed a proposal to urge the government to keep companies true to their contracts after accusing the Construction Ministry of failing to adequately monitor firms it hires to build and maintain roads using the BOT — build, operate, transfer — system. Though the companies collect the […]

Yangon Govt Submits Plans for New Port, Industrial Zones

YANGON — The Yangon Region government is seeking approval for 11 new industrial zones on the city’s outskirts and a new multipurpose port terminal near the mouth of the Yangon River to promote regional development, create jobs and attract foreign investment. Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein first revealed plans for the new […]

Heftier fines proposed for illegal video copying

The Ministry of Information has proposed a 30-fold increase in fines for video copyright violations and sought revisions to the outdated 1996 Television and Video Act. The proposal, which includes modifications to six key penalty clauses, was submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw by Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun on Friday. “The law is not […]

Locals Object to Mandalay Hill Cable Car Installation

MANDALAY — A proposal to build a cable car at Mandalay Hill, a landmark in the cultural center of Mandalay, has been widely criticized by locals. The initial proposal, recently submitted by the Korean company Sky Dream Co. Ltd., to the regional government, was explained to local environmentalists, lawmakers and Mandalay Hill trustee committee members […]

Myanmar insurance to thrive with competition and free market

U Myo Min Thu is the Managing Director of AYA Myanmar Insur­ance (AMI), one of the top three private insurers in Myanmar. AMI was created in 2013 follow­ing the liberalization of economic policy which permitted private insur­ers to enter the market. AMI is the insurance arm of AYA Financial Group, a conglomerate which also owns […]

Drug safety policy by year end

The move comes at a time when the department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is battling with sub-quality drugs, unregistered, fake and expired medicines sold in local pharmacies – largely procured from neighbouring countries. The number of deaths related to fake drugs and patients who have no resistance to substandard and fake drugs is […]

Parliament backs Parkway Hospital suspension

THE Pyithu Hluttaw approved a proposal to suspend the lease of a 4.3-acre plot owned by the Ministry of Health near Yangon General Hospital, which was originally slated to house a private Parkway Hospital, at a parliamentary session yesterday. Lawmakers called for the suspension of the lease of land for the private hospital during their […]

Lower House MP Seeks Halt to High-Rise Construction in Rangoon

A National League for Democracy parliamentarian on Thursday put forward an urgent proposal to suspend construction of Rangoon high-rises that are not in accordance with existing laws. May Win Myint told The Irrawaddy that she submitted the proposal because she had learned that some private and government-owned high-rise projects were going forward without the necessary […]

Shwedagon High-Rise Developments to be Relocated Soon: MIC

RANGOON — The relocation of five cancelled developments planned near Rangoon’s Shwedagon Pagoda is likely to be finalized by the end of the year, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). At a press conference on Wednesday, MIC secretary Aung Naing Oo reiterated earlier comments that developments would be relocated elsewhere in Rangoon to compensate […]