One-stop shops must serve public better, says minister

One-stop offices need to improve their service to the public, Union Government Minister U Min Thu told employees of the General Administration Department in Pathein township, Ayeyarwady Region, on Monday. The department has opened 316 One-stop offices with other agencies in the regions and states, aimed at easing the burden on people, who before now […]

Yangon Government not Budging on Water Festival’s Stage Ban for commercial pandal 

​​ Despite criticism over the ban on commercial pandals, or stages, at the annual water festival last year, the Yangon Region government will not reconsider its decree for the upcoming Myanmar New Year festival, held annually in mid-April. Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe told The Myanmar Times yesterday that the Chief Minister will not […]

Gems Emporium Expected to Attract US and EU Traders

RANGOON — More Western jade traders are expected to attend to the upcoming Naypyidaw Gems Emporium, after the lifting of US economic sanctions last month. Among the American restrictions which were lifted was a longtime ban on transactions involving jade, gems and jewelry from Burma. The move by the US government—announced in September—was criticized by […]

Government Fixes Price for Massive Jade Stone at US$6 Million

RANGOON — The price of a massive unearthed giant jade stone in Hpakant Township, Kachin State, has now been fixed by the government’s Myanmar Gems Enterprise as worth around 7 billion kyats (around US$6 million). The 210-ton stone was discovered on Oct. 10 at Yadanar Taung Tann Gems Company’s mine, which is operating in a […]