Rangoon authorities place curbs on religious worship to avoid flare-up in sectarian violence

Although the Rangoon regional government appears to have issued a directive last week to restrict communal worship in homes and other unauthorised venues, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture has said it will have no hand in enforcing the new rules. Aung San Win, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, […]

Rangoon Lawmakers Ask That City Expansion Project be Separated from Planning Bill

​​ RANGOON – Outspoken lawmakers urged the Rangoon regional government on Thursday not to continue city expansion without what they referred to as a “proper” business plan. In a debate session on the regional planning bill for 2017-2018, legislators asked that the expansion project, which was submitted as part of the bill, be re-submitted to […]

JICA Meets with Thilawa Villagers Over Relocation

Representatives of villagers being relocated to make way for the Thilawa Special Economic Zone on Tuesday met with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to discuss the ongoing dispute with the Rangoon government over compensation. With work on the deep-sea port, industrial zone and residential project slated to begin at the end of the month, […]