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Activist Monk jailed Three Months for US Embassy Protest

A local court has sentenced a monk, who was among the leaders of a protest at the US Embassy last year, to three months’ jail.

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Jailed Reporters’ Lawyer doubts Testimony of Prosecution Witnesses

Defence lawyers on Wednesday noted discrepancies in the testimonies of prosecution witnesses in the trial of two Reuters journalists on charges of possession classified documents that carries a penalty of up to 14 years’ imprisonment.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Industry debates Tax Levels after easing Gold Trade

Speculation has been rife over the level of duties involved in the import and export of gold since the trade was liberalised last month, allowing gold to move freely in and out of the country via air, sea and border routes.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court tells Hospital to pay K30 Million for Wrong Diagnosis of HIV

The Mandalay district court on Tuesday ordered the City Hospital Mandalay to pay a patient K30 million (US$22,744) for misdiagnosing him of being afflicted with HIV.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government urged to draft Mental Health Care Policy

After police and officials announced on February 1 that the suspect in a petrol bomb attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house was suffering from mental illness, mental health societies urged the government to come up with a comprehensive mental health care programme for the country.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Coca-Cola compensates Retrenched Workers

Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar Ltd (CCPBM) and its sacked transportation workers have reached a settlement to resolve their dispute, one of the workers told The Myanmar Times on Sunday.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Striking Garment Workers return to work after Deal

Nearly 200 garment factory workers on Wednesday returned to work after the management agreed to fulfill some of their demands, worker leaders and factory executives told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Former Child Soldier gets Six Months' Jail for Contempt

A former child soldier on Wednesday was sentenced to six months' jail for cursing the judge who approved his prosecution for talking to the media about his experience as a child soldier.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Income Taxes not covered will be collected according to Specified Rates

The Ministry of Planning and Finance (MOFP) submitted a proposal that will enable income not declared in the past to be taxable at the appropriate rate under the 2018 Union Tax Law. The proposal was submitted to Parliament on Tuesday.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government to remove Withholding Taxes from April 1 to support Businesses

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is planning to stop levying withholding tax starting April 1 onwards in a bid to boost the economy, it revealed during a weekend discussion. The discussions, which took place with the Yangon Regional Government, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and other business associations, ...
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Anti-Smoking Groups want Government to control Sale of Electronic Cigarettes

Alarmed by the rising use of electronic cigarettes in the local market, anti-smoking groups want authorities to control the sale of the product as it leads to health hazards.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court lets Trial proceed of Monk accused in US Embassy Protest

Kamaryut township court Judge Thandar Shin has allowed the prosecution of a monk for leading a protest at the US embassy in Yangon last year, a lawyer for the accused said.
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Draft YCDC Law to drive Yangon Growth submitted in Parliament

Yangon’s leaders want to upgrade and promote the city as a business hub for the country. Last week, its mayor, U Maung Maung Soe, submitted draft legislation for the governing and development of the city to the Yangon Regional Parliament.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament warns Urban Planners to follow the Law

A legislator has asked parliament to conduct a systematic review of all urban planning projects to determine if they are following the law.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar Universities still not Autonomous: Academics

The higher education law that was recently released is being criticised by students and teachers for not giving universities the autonomy they require to increase efficiency and competitiveness, although some improvements are under way.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Interest Rates to remain unchanged until 2020: Central Bank

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) will not revise the interest rates on bank deposits, borrowings and government treasury bonds, CBM Vice-Governor U Soe Thein told the media on Tuesday.

MPs prevail over President on Audit Bill Government to accept Only Low-Interest Foreign Loans as Debts rise Central Bank allows Foreign Banks to provide Export Financing 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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Delayed permitted Businesses to receive Government Assistance

Almost 600 firms have experienced delays getting their businesses off the ground since 1988 despite having received permits from the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).

YSX flat despite New Law, ASEAN Bourses up Myanmar Companies Act approved Groups shaping Stronger Consumer Protection Bill more

Legal Moves again delay Defamation Trial of Ko Swe Win

The trial of Myanmar Now chief editor Ko Swe Win, who has been charged under Telecommunications Law Section 66(d), has been delayed by legal manoeuvres used by both sides, said U Khin Maung Myint, legal counsel for the d ...

Clothing Factory ordered to pay 52 Workers Parliament query OMI on ‘Amendments’ Comments District Court refuses to accept Civil Suit against State to abolish ‘08 Constitution more

Coca-Cola compensates Retrenched Workers

Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar Ltd (CCPBM) and its sacked transportation workers have reached a settlement to resolve their dispute, one of the workers told The Myanmar Times on Sunday.

Striking Garment Workers return to work after Deal Handbook for employing PWD inviting Comments National Wage Panel approves K4800 Minimum Wage more

Heftier Fines proposed for Illegal Video Copying

The Ministry of Information has proposed a 30-fold increase in fines for video copyright violations and sought revisions to the outdated 1996 Television and Video Act.

Myanmar backslides on Freedom of Expression: Digital Rights Stakeholders Court allows Case to proceed against Tanintharyi Weekly Yangon to probe Extra Charges on Mobile Phone Bills more

Draft YCDC Law to drive Yangon Growth submitted in Parliament

Yangon’s leaders want to upgrade and promote the city as a business hub for the country. Last week, its mayor, U Maung Maung Soe, submitted draft legislation for the governing and development of the city to the Yan ...

Parliament warns Urban Planners to follow the Law Construction Sector under threat from High Tax, Interest Rates Yangon City Development Law under fire before Enactment more

Industry debates Tax Levels after easing Gold Trade

Speculation has been rife over the level of duties involved in the import and export of gold since the trade was liberalised last month, allowing gold to move freely in and out of the country via air, sea and border rout ...

Income Taxes not covered will be collected according to Specified Rates Government to remove Withholding Taxes from April 1 to support Businesses Online Tax Payment System to be introduced in February more

Yangon Government to issue permits to Vehicles Registered in the City

The Yangon regional government will give a permit to vehicles which are entrusted to smelting factories and which have a Yangon address, Daw Nilar Kyaw, Regional Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communica ...

Government to regulate Ride-Hailing Mobile Apps Yangon Region to take action on Miscreant Taxi Drivers All Yangon Taxis have until Year-End to register their Vehicles more

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Start-ups, SMEs Call for Greater Access to Loans by Foreign Banks

Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now calling for equal treatment of foreign and local banks as this will give them more options to borrow money for growth.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Departing Lawyer urged NLD Government to get their Acts together

ERIC Rose from Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose Law Firm Limited (HRMR), the Myanmar affiliate of New York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R), attributed his exit to the combination of government inaction, the Rakhine crisis, remaining US financial sanctions and the suspension of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), which he alluded to as a “three-legged stool”.

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ASEAN: Terrorism most serious Security Threat to Region

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The ASEAN Defence Ministers today unanimously identified terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.

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ASEAN unanimously agreed on KSCIP Initiative

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

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Court Staff involved in Corruption: Committee

Low-rankING court officers have been accused of misusing judges’ names to solicit bribes, which is damaging the integrity of the courts, said U Myint Lwin, chair of the Examination Committee at the Yangon regional Hluttaw.

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Lawyers mark One Year since U Ko Ni’s Death

Lawyer groups marked the first anniversary of U Ko Ni’s assassination on Sunday with a call for the swift punishment of his accused murderers.

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Myanmar, Denmark launch New SME Fund

The Embassy of Denmark in Yangon and Department of SME Development under the Ministry of Industry on Thursday launched a Responsible Business Fund aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of Myanmar Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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Connectivity determinant to promote ASEAN-Indian Economic Cooperation

New Delhi, India, Jan 27 (ANTARA News) - Combined population of nearly 2 billion of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) and India could make southern Asian region a potential economic grouping.

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Chile, Thailand, ASEAN step up Cooperation on Anti-Money Laundering Campaign

BANGKOK, Jan 24 (NNT) - Thailand and Chile are organizing an international workshop on a joint anti-money laundering campaign.

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ASEAN-India Leaders vow to broaden Cooperation

Asean and Indian leaders agreed yesterday to enhance their strategic partnership and broaden cooperation in various fields to drive economic development in the two regions, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

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Laos, Myanmar vow to cement Ties, sign Three Cooperation Deals

The governments of Laos and Myanmar agreed yesterday to enhance bilateral ties and cooperation during Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s official visit to the country.

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