myanmar - General & Misc

Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Tourism Rules, Regulations may be released this Month: Ministry

The bylaws setting out rules and regulations for the tourism industry could be released this month, according to the Hotels and Tourism Ministry.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Trustees ban offerings of Gold Leaf at Inle Pagoda

The board of trustees at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda on Inle Lake will no longer allow pilgrims to offer gold leaf starting tomorrow, U Than Win, deputy chairman of the trustees, said.
Date: 01 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Organizations appeal against Withdrawal of Trade Favour by the EU

In a joint statement released yesterday, businesses and trade unions appealed against the withdrawal of the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) currently enjoyed by Myanmar.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Complaint against New Chief Justice to be reviewed

The Yangon regional parliament will review a complaint against new Yangon Chief Justice U Hla Aye, whose nomination was confirmed on Wednesday, a regional lawmaker said.
Date: 14 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Heritage Regions Bill submitted ahead of UNESCO Deadline

The Religious Affairs and Culture Ministry yesterday submitted to the Upper House (Amyotha Hluttaw) a new draft law for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage regions, which is a UNESCO requirement for Bagan to be included in the list of world heritage sites.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Kachin Activists imprisoned for Peaceful Protest

A court has sentenced three Kachin ethnic activists to half a year in prison for raising the plight of civilians trapped by fighting between the Tatmadaw and a Kachin armed group. The court’s decision has come under fire for further stifling the already-deteriorating freedom of speech in Myanmar.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Employers encouraged to embrace Disability Inclusion

There is a business case for hiring and supporting disabled employees, and companies can now do so with the help of a guidebook.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Eights Shops fined for using banned Dyes in Mandalay

Authorities have fined eight shops for using banned dyes in their products at Zaychodaw market in Mandalay city, which was declared a dye-free market in July, the regional Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office said.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministry sues Job Agency for Licence Breach

The labour ministry has sued an overseas employment agency in Yangon Region for operating without a licence, according to police.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Industry signs Agreement on helping to boost Automotive Sector

The European Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (EuroCham) and local industry organisation Myanmar Automotive Group (MAG) have signed an agreement to cooperate on efforts to advocate for a stronger automotive industry in Myanmar.
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

New Investment-related Ministry to be announced

The National League for Democracy-led government is going to add one more ministry soon which is likely to deal with investment matters.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

21 Bills to be tackled in upcoming 10th Regular Sitting of Parliament

The 10th regular sitting of the Hluttaw will start on November 12 and is expected to debate reports about the budget, taxes, and national debt for the fiscal year 2017-18.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government collects 20 per cent more in Taxes

The Internal Revenue Department (IRD), which collects 80 percent of all taxes in the country, collected K2.5 trillion across five categories of taxes during the six-month interim budget period between April and September. This is 20pc more than forecast, according to a statement issued by the department.
Date: 31 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar Rights Commission urges Repatriation of Refugees

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission is urging the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to immediately start the repatriation of more than 700,000 Muslims from northern Rakhine State who fled to Bangladesh.
Date: 02 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Retired Prosecutor nominated for Yangon Advocate General

A retired prosecutor who also served as director of the Myanmar Attorney General’s Office has been nominated for the post of Yangon Advocate General, replacing U Han Thoo, who faces a bribery charge.
Date: 27 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Renewable Energy Law in the Works to speed up Development

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) is drafting a renewable energy law to develop the sector, said U Maung Maung Kyaw, Chief Engineer from the Department of Renewable Energy and Hydropower Plants under the MOEE.
Date: 19 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Thailand to legalize Illegal Fish Workers

Thailand would soon start legalising thousands of illegal Myanmar workers in its fishing industry as a first step to the signing of an agreement to provide more workers for the business, which is struggling with a labour shortage.
Date: 13 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Representatives call for Review of SOE Law

Representatives of Parliament have urged lawmakers to review an existing law under which the government must bail out loss-making State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) with public funds.
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

Employers in Laos will be subject to legal action if authorities discover they are failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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