Police Crackdown on Counterfeit Smartphones

After successfully conducting the largest counterfeit smartphone bust in Yan­gon history, Myanmar Police Force are joining forces with Huawei De­vice Myanmar to elimi­nate the distribution of fake smartphones. Following an anony­mous source, police de­scended on Yuzana Plaza and Mingalar market on August 3 to root out and arrest fake phone dealers. When the dust set­tled […]

Police Step Up Crack Down on ATM Card Fraud

Local banks are teaming up with the Myanmar Police Force to crack down on il­legal cash withdrawals by counterfeit ATM cards, according to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Naypyidaw. In a steamed effort to stop criminals from de­frauding Myanmar ATMs, police are installing CCTV cameras around cash machines, increasing levels of security, and even […]

Sagaing minister slams mining law

The Sagaing Region minister for agriculture and livestock criticised the Mining Law for being weak. Kamzar Mone said the gold miners that operated recklessly continued their work after paying fines, and he claimed the law had flaws and needed reforms. “The fines for a gold miner for violating the law range from Ks500,000 (US$370) to […]

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 […]

Prospectors Sued After Finding Massive Jade Boulder on Company Land

Five prospectors who found a jade boulder weighing 8.7 tons have been charged with theft in Kachin State’s Lone Kin jade mining region. According to police, U Nay Tun—the Deputy Director of Myamar Gems Enterprise office of Lone Kin—filed a lawsuit against prospectors Htoo Zaw, Mon Khaung, Naing Win, Wa Lone and Myo Khin, accusing […]

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 […]

Hate speech Myanmar monk banned from sermons by Buddhist council

Wirathu, a monk once dubbed the “face of Buddhist terror”, has led calls for restrictions on Myanmar’s Muslim population, penning hyperbolic speeches warning of an Islamic takeover of the overwhelmingly Buddhist country. Myanmar is gripped by deepening religious tensions that have repeatedly spilled into violence. The unrest has been partially attributed to anti-Muslim rhetoric spread […]

Licenses issued for more than 280 trawlers, 161 boats in Maungtaw Tsp to overcome fishing challenges

Despite resumption of fishing which was suspended following deadly violent attacks in November and October and November last year, fishermen in Maungtaw District, Rakhine State, are facing challenges for nearshore fishing at night due to curfew order and labourers who have not yet received the National Verification cards. “More than four-month ban on fishing has […]

Over 120 CCTVs to be installed across Mandalay next year

TO PREVENT crime and help investigation of criminal cases in the region, Mandalay Region authorities plan to instal over 120 new closed-circuit television cameras next year, a police spokesperson said. Plans are underway to install the CCTV cameras, considered a very useful investigative tool, at 56 strategic locations in Mandalay, one of largest cities in […]

Myanmar faces entrenched drug problem

Yangon, Myanmar – The eradication of illegal narcotics has been declared a top priority by Myanmar’s new civilian government under Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. State Chancellor Suu Kyi instructed government ministers to implement a ramped-up, 100-day plan at the start of May, according to U Zaw Htay, deputy director general of the President’s Office. […]