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, […]

KFC Myanmar Ponders Mountainous Shan State as it Considers a Future Beyond Major Cities

US fast food giant KFC will open its first store in outside of Yangon next year with a new outlet in Mandalay. But the company is already looking further afield in its bid to tap increasing demand for consumer goods following decades of isolation and economic stagnation. The fried chicken giant’s plans for Myanmar’s second […]

NLD Lawmaker Claims Foreign Workers are Flouting Visa Regulations, Harming Local Interests

RANGOON — National League for Democracy (NLD) divisional lawmaker U Than Naing Oo called on the Rangoon Division government to investigate the legal status of foreign workers in the city, who he believed were flouting visa regulations and harming local interests. In the Rangoon Division parliament on Thursday, U Than Naing Oo, who represents Pabedan […]

Epic state auction hushes market

The big sell-off has finally arrived. The Privatisation Commission, charged with auctioning state-owned enterprises, on February 13 released a list of 268 sites that will be sold off nationwide, with a final bid submission date of February 24. There are 157 properties in Yangon up for grabs, including many in Bahan, Yankin, Insein, Hlaing, Mayangone, […]

Surfing internet via smart phones , patrons logoff Yangon’s internet cafes

The boom in mobile phones is echoing in the empty spaces of Yangon’s internet cafes, owners say. “Internet users are decreasing at our internet cafe since MPT [Myanma Posts and Telecommunications] released K1500 SIM cards,” said an official at 8 Mile internet cafe. As a result, he said, most of his patrons are gamers. Those […]