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Soldiers get 10 Years for Inn Din Killings

Seven Tatmadaw (military) soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in civilian prison for their involvement in the summary execution of 10 people suspected of being members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in northern Rakhine State last year.
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay Government to seize Idle Farmland

Special teams have been formed to confiscate vacant, fallow and virgin land in seven districts of Mandalay Region on which farming still hasn’t started four years after they were approved for cultivation, said the regional government.
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Legislation needed to govern Industrial Zone Development

With the Yangon region government aiming to expand the industrial sector by around 10 percent in 2018-19, members of parliament have urged the authorities to prescribe the appropriate legislation to govern developments in the sector, as this will draw much needed Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Law drafted to save Underground Water

A Law for the conservation of Myanmar’s underground water resources has been drafted and is hoped to be enacted in the near future, said U Ba Shwe, an adviser to the Ministry of Construction and the National Water Resources Committee.
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Tax Amnesty Law under Review, will be “Fair,” Minister says

The authorities will closely supervise the drafting of the tax amnesty law, ensuring that it is fair and discourages tax avoidance and money laundering, Union Minister of Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win said Monday during a meeting with the Vice President at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) office.  ...
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Myanmar Times

Yangon Tax Rates and Fines under Scrutiny

According to the 2018 Yangon taxation law, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) will cease its collection of taxes or fines for illegal use of public space starting from this fiscal year, U Myint Thaung, Regional Minister of Planning and Finance said at the Yangon Parliament last week.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Myanmar Times

K500,000 Fine for Unlicensed Thaingyan Private Pumps

Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) opened applications for permits to use private pumps during the Thaingyan Festival, warning those who will be using pumps without permission would be fined K500,000 (US$375), a senior agency official said.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court Sends former Child Soldier to jail

Former child soldier Aung Ko Htway was sentenced by a lower court on Wednesday to two years’ imprisonment and manual labour for sharing his experiences as a child soldier in the Tatmadaw (armed forces) on a local radio station.
Date: 29 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament OKs $144.54 Million Loan to improve Dawei Road

Parliament has approved a 4.5 billion baht (US$144.54 million/K192.72 billion) loan from Thailand to upgrade the Dawei-Hteekee Road, which will connect Dawei Special Economic Zone to the kingdom.
Date: 28 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay Court sentences Man to die for Child Rape

A Mandalay court has sentenced to death a man for raping a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in Madaya township last month, amid a growing outcry for capital punishment of child molesters.
Date: 26 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

80 Employment Agencies snub Labour Export Code

Some 80 local employment agencies have yet to sign the Myanmar Oversea Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF) code of conduct that defines their responsibilities toward the workers they send abroad, amid accusations of human trafficking.
Date: 26 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Strategy to build up Logistics Sector, Boost National Transport Plan Revealed

The Ministry of Transport and Communications, with help from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is drawing up a National Logistics Master Plan to supplement the existing National Transport Master Plan in Myanmar.
Date: 26 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay Lawyer, Singer sued for Court Comments

A lawyer and a singer in Mandalay Region have been sued for posting criticisms about the legal process on social media, said Daw Khin Khin Cho, staff officer of Mandalay Region High Court.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Union Tax Law to be approved in Parliament

Parliament is set to approve the 2018 Union Tax Law today. The bill will include regulations on tax amnesty provisions under which tax payers who have failed to pay tax in the past will be given the opportunity to pay up under lower rates, said Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.
Date: 20 March 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government seeks Approval to accept Japanese, French Loans

The Union government yesterday sought Parliamentary approval to accept French and Japanese loans to implement projects in the agriculture and healthcare sectors as well as for the upgrading of the Yangon-Mandalay Railway ...

Interim Budget approved in Parliament after 1.2 per cent Cut Interest Rates to remain unchanged until 2020: Central Bank MPs prevail over President on Audit Bill more

Draft Bill against Real Estate Monopolies sent to Attorney General

A draft bill to prevent real estate monopolies and increase government tax revenue is being submitted to the Attorney General’s office, according to Deputy Planning and Finance Minister U Maung Maung Win.

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Legislation needed to govern Industrial Zone Development

With the Yangon region government aiming to expand the industrial sector by around 10 percent in 2018-19, members of parliament have urged the authorities to prescribe the appropriate legislation to govern developments i ...

K500,000 Fine for Unlicensed Thaingyan Private Pumps Company Registration fees to halve from April 1, More SMEs expected Drafting of Myanmar E-Commerce Law in the works more

Soldiers get 10 Years for Inn Din Killings

Seven Tatmadaw (military) soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in civilian prison for their involvement in the summary execution of 10 people suspected of being members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in ...

Court Sends former Child Soldier to jail Mandalay Court sentences Man to die for Child Rape MOC mulls lifting Temporary Ban on Re-exporting Sugar more

80 Employment Agencies snub Labour Export Code

Some 80 local employment agencies have yet to sign the Myanmar Oversea Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF) code of conduct that defines their responsibilities toward the workers they send abroad, amid accusations of h ...

New Basic Wage may take effect in April Caution urged on Labour Disputes Government sets New Daily Minimum Wage at K4800 more

Myanmar, Swiss Businesses discuss Need for IP, Investment Protection

Members of the local and Swiss business community discussed issues pertaining to Intellectual Property (IP) and investment protection community at the Myanmar-Switzerland Business Dialogue held Tuesday in Yangon.

Heftier Fines proposed for Illegal Video Copying Myanmar backslides on Freedom of Expression: Digital Rights Stakeholders Court allows Case to proceed against Tanintharyi Weekly more

Mandalay Government to seize Idle Farmland

Special teams have been formed to confiscate vacant, fallow and virgin land in seven districts of Mandalay Region on which farming still hasn’t started four years after they were approved for cultivation, said the ...

Draft YCDC Law to drive Yangon Growth submitted in Parliament Parliament warns Urban Planners to follow the Law Construction Sector under threat from High Tax, Interest Rates more

Tax Amnesty Law under Review, will be “Fair,” Minister says

The authorities will closely supervise the drafting of the tax amnesty law, ensuring that it is fair and discourages tax avoidance and money laundering, Union Minister of Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win said Monday durin ...

Yangon Tax Rates and Fines under Scrutiny Union Tax Law to be approved in Parliament Parliament suggests Tax Rates for Non-Assessed Income more

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