In Myanmar, an artist wades into the sensitive business of noise PRI’s The World

The amplified calls of snack vendors, public officials and religious leaders add to the din of traffic and jackhammers — this is the soundscape of a country desperate to modernize after decades lost to isolation and military dictatorship. Myanmar’s noise pollution gained a level of notoriety over the past year, after a Dutch tourist named […]

FDA sues 25 pharmacy shops as of July

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sued 25 drug stores for allegedly selling illegal, substandard medicine between January and July, 2017, according to a report in the City News Daily yesterday. In 2016, FDA took action against 99 drug stores. “We have no judicial power to punish unlawful pharmacies. We can only take them to court,” […]

YCDC takes on parking blockers

On the city’s busy streets, where traffic is ever more frequently stationary, it is no longer feasible for people to block parking spaces with makeshift barriers, said an official from the department of administration at Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). “People are no longer allowed to do this. We are carrying out inspections from township […]

Government to charge wine distributor

Executives of wine importer Premium Distribution will stand trial and face a possible prison term after a government investigation revealed the company was unable to produce an import licence for about 80,000 bottles of wine stored at its warehouse in Yangon, officials said. On December 4, a task force from the Ministry of Commerce raided […]