Products sold under Mae Fah Luang project at Tachileik border town fetch millions

Local vendors of fruit, vegetables and other crops at the Tachileik border town have received more than THB1 million in sales to buyers across the border in Thailand this year so far, U Kham Aung, director for Myanmar Programmes under the Mae Fah Luang project told The Myanmar Times this month. Home-grown products like coffee, […]

Gold Traders Mull Over Plans to Set up Gold Exchange

The gold industry and the government agreed, in principle, to establish a gold exchange under then-president U Thein Sein’s tenure. Over the last year, the National League for Democracy-led government and industry associations have been seeking to set up an exchange market where gold and metal could be freely traded in one place. In the […]

Ban Lifted on Going to Malaysia for Work

Myanmar has lifted a six-month ban on sending workers to Malaysia, a senior labour official said, as the country struggles with influx of tens of thousands of returning migrants from neighbouring Thailand. Myanmar migrant workers flocked in droves to the border area of Myawady Township during the past week to avoid the neighbouring kingdom’s June […]

MPs to Crack Down on Brewers’ Waste Disposal

​​ Brewers who fail to dispose of their waste water properly could be closed down, MPs have been told. Deputy home affairs minister U Aung Soe told a hluttaw meeting on water pollution most of the currently operating breweries and distilleries could have their licences revoked unless they take urgent measures to clean up their […]

Myanmar Needs to Approve An Area Measured Assessment Request by Thai Government to Open Singkhon Gate

Myanmar needs to sign a request by Thai government to allow Myanmar visitors to visit Prachuap Khiri Khan province in order to open Singkhon gate as a permanent border gate, said an official from Thailand. The Singkhon gate now stands as a temporary border gate, and Myanmar is asking Thai authorities to upgrade it to […]

Bootleggers Protest for Right to Sell DVDs

About 50 foreign DVD bootleggers gathered in Bahan township’s Bo Sein Hman field yeste The vendors opposed the recent government announcement that rules and regulations about distributing DVDs in Myanmar will be enforced. DVDs without censor stickers on them may not be sold or distributed. Those who do can be imprisoned for three years and face a […]

Ministry to allow local and foreign investment forest plantation projects

Approval of the present government will be given to forest plantation projects involving local and foreign investments in forest reserves and protected forest areas, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win told Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday. Establishment of private forest plantations have been allowed since 2006-2007 FY for enabling wood-based industries to […]

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 […]

Wiping the slate clean

A TOTAL of 619 people were removed from the previous government’s blacklist yesterday, said Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe. At the press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday The Union minister confirmed that there were 248 locals and 371 foreigners who were erased from the blacklist, and that scrutinising is […]

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 […]