Myanmar scraps loathed ‘midnight inspections’ law

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar is scrapping part of a hated law that forced people to report overnight guests and was used by authorities to barge into houses late at night, often targeting activists. The country’s parliament, now filled with former political prisoners after landmark polls in November, voted to remove the controversial clause on Monday […]

Myanmar’s Radical Buddhist Group Gets Rebuked

Myanmar’s nationalist Buddhist group known as The Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion (Ma Ba Tha) has suddenly found itself losing support from government officials and the online community. First, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein boldly declared in public that Ma Ba Tha is “unnecessary and redundant” since there is […]

Gems sales slump for second year running

Lack of interest from Chinese buyers and a shortage of quality wares again dogged the latest Gems Emporium at Nay Pyi Taw. Ministry of Mines estimates of sales in the high millions of euros appear to be hopeful at best. The 53rd emporium, which ran until yesterday, failed to attract substantial numbers of Chinese merchants, […]

Eumeralla expects mining permit this year

Australian mining firm Eumeralla Resources expects to receive a permit to explore for tin and tungsten in Kayah State by September of this year – three years after it first applied, the firm announced this week. The company expects the exploration permit to be granted in the second or third quarter of this year, it […]

Ministry of Mines ready for handover

The Ministry of Mines has set its affairs in order and is ready to serve under the incoming government, director general U Win Htein told The Myanmar Times. All government departments are now preparing to receive the new ministers of the National League for Democracy government that will take over on March 31. At the […]

Australia-based mining company granted three blocks

Australian PanAust Group has been granted exploration licences for three mining blocks in Myanmar, becoming the first foreign firm to receive the green light after a new mining law was passed last December. A subsidiary of Chinese state-owned Guangdong Rising Assets Management, PanAust will have the right to explore and produce mineral resources in Hel […]

NLD looking to repeat 1990 landslide

Partial results released by the Union Election Commission up to 9pm yesterday showed that the NLD had won 289 out of 333 seats announced so far, including those for regional and state assemblies. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party plus an “independent” ally were on 27, while six ethnic minority parties won 17 seats […]

Jewellers demand new gems law

Local jewellers are calling for the government to privatise their multibillion dollar a year industry and allow for individual traders to export rare commodities directly under a more favourable tariff scheme. Jewellers said that a limitation on exports of raw and polished precious stones to sales at government-run emporiums and selected markets was strangling the […]