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 […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Guest registration changes tipped to win NLD ‘goodwill’

“Midnight inspections” – raids on the homes of suspected dissidents and opponents of the former regime – could be a thing of the past. But observers have warned that the proposal by the National League for Democracy to scrap this practice would leave many other repressive laws in place. On March 21, the NLD proposed abolishing the […]

Myanmar gold exchange to open in 2016

Myanmar’s first official market for gold and metal trading will open in Yangon early this year, U Khin Maung Han, vice chair of the Myanmar Federation of Mining Association, told The Myanmar Times. “Myanmar needs an official market for gold and metal,” he said. “Metal products must have fair prices and global-standard qualities. Otherwise, underground […]