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Amended Food Law may take effect Next Year, FDA says

The amended food law is expected to come into effect early next year, according to officials.
Date: 18 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Disabled People suffer from Neglect, despite Existing Laws

Disabled persons in Myanmar suffer from government neglect and social discrimination despite the country being a signatory to the UN convention on rights of persons with disabilities, according to the findings of a study to be presented to the global body by year-end. People with disabilities in Myanmar are not given tax breaks and discounts i ...
Date: 13 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government promises Action on Alleged Rights Violations

The government will take action against reports of human rights violations in northern Rakhine State, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Date: 13 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Review of Citizenship Law spurs Debate

The Citizenship Law, enacted in 1982 by the Burmese Socialist Programme Party, is no ordinary law but is directly related to all national races and national security. The final report on Rakhine State by Kofi Annan’s Advisory Commission on August 24 recommended a review of the 35-year-old law because it is not in line with international ...
Date: 08 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Yangon Government reviews Cinema Rental Fee

Yangon Region government is reviewing the rental fee for state owned and private cinemas, Minister Daw Naw Pan Thinzar Myo for Karen Affairs said Tuesday at Yangon Region Parliament session. MP U Kyaw Zay Ya from Dagon Township asked the parliament when the regional government started renting out cinemas and stalls in Yangon Region and what was the ...
Date: 06 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Yangon restricts Religious Activities to avoid Flare-ups of Sectarian Tensions

All townships in Yangon Region were instructed to issue an order that prohibits the conduct of religious activities that can cause tension in several areas and buildings in order to avoid religious conflict, a senior regional official said Thursday, as the country grapples with religious tensions in Rakhine State.
Date: 01 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Hluttaw Speaker urges MPs to enact Laws to protect the People

If laws that cannot protect the public are enacted during the period of transformation to a democracy, then the democratic transformation will be delayed, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint told Hluttaw representatives.
Date: 01 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

KIA classifies Northern Namti as Restricted Area

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has issued a notice classifying northern Namti in Mogaung township a restricted area due to military situation.
Date: 23 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

MOE abolishes Rules curtailing Student Participation in Political Activities

The Ministry of Education has cancelled all rules that curtailed the participation of students in political activities beginning coming school year, a senior official told The Myanmar Times on Thursday.
Date: 11 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Drug Safety Policy by Year End

The government will introduce the first National Drug Safety Policy by the end of this year – a crucial step to stem the rampant counterfeit drugs flooding the market and to protect consumers.
Date: 03 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Legislators want More Changes to Farmland Law

Members of Parliament want more changes to the Farmland Law amendments bill submitted by the Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation last week.
Date: 02 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amendments seek to punish Illegal Logging

The Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation sought amendments to the 1992 Forest Law to ensure stricter penalties for illegal logging, in an effort to reduce the cases of unlicensed cutting of timber which remains rampant in the country, said Union Minister U Ohn Win.
Date: 01 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Objection to Farmland Law changes Draft Bill

Almost 50 Civil Society Groups strongly objected to the facts related to the Farmland Law amendment draft hearing session in the parliament held in June.
Date: 28 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament pushes up Age Limit for Anti-Corruption Commission Members

The age limit for Anti-Corruption Commission members has been increased from 70 years to 75 years, the Pyithu Hluttaw MPs said Thursday.
Date: 21 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government committed to advance Human Rights in Rakhine State

The government assured the international community that it is fully committed to promoting human rights for all communities equally and avoiding any ‘mishandling’ of the situation in Rakhine State.
Date: 19 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Govt lukewarm to amending Med Student Gender Ratio

The government is not keen on amending the 50:50 male-female gender ratio for medical students in the country but would also like to maintain the higher lower mark imposed on medical entrance tests for female students compared with their male counterparts, said Ministry of Education’s deputy minister U Win Maw Tun.
Date: 12 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay to slap Higher Fines on errant Gold Shops

Gold shops which do not collect stamp duty for their sales would be penalised with stiffer fines starting July 3, an official of the Mandalay Region International Revenue Department (IRD) said.
Date: 05 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Action taken against 55 District, Township Judges

Action has been taken against 55 district and township judges by the Supreme Court of the Union of Myanmar for dereliction of duty, according to the 2016 Court Annual Report.
Date: 04 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Disability no longer Handicap for College Entrance: Ministry

Restrictions on the disabled to pursue a college education will be removed and they will be eligible to apply to study in institutions of higher learning, said U Aung Aung Min, deputy director general of the department of higher education.
Date: 30 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

New Licences and Renewals to be considered after Gemstone Legislation

The Ministry will consider renewing expired licences and awarding new applications once the proposed gemstone law is approved by the parliament, according to the U Ohn Win, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.
Date: 27 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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High Taxes, Competition choke Cheroot-Makers

Myanmar's traditional mini cigar, the cheroot, is near extinction as manufacturers struggle with high taxes, high production costs and stiff competition from imported and local cigarettes.

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ASEAN enhances Coordination to tackle Cyber Threats

SINGAPORE, Sept 18 (Bernama) - ASEAN member states have agreed on the importance of enhancing coordination to ensure that its cybersecurity efforts across various platforms in countering increasingly sophisticated cyber threats are focused, effective and in synergy with one another.

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ASEAN to promote Trade with Russia and EAEU

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - ASEAN Economic Ministers agreed to expand trade with Russia and those grouped in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

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Conclusion of the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Investment Agreement (AHKIA)

The Economic Ministers of ASEAN and Hong Kong, China (HKC) announced the conclusion of the ASEAN-HKC Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEANHKC Investment Agreement (AHKIA) at the Second ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-HKC Consultations held on 9 September 2017 in Pasay City, the Philippines.

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ASEAN Meet explores Issues related to Tariff Commitments, Rules under ATIGA

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) - The discussions on Association of South-East Asian Nations' (ASEAN) internal economic-related affairs, which were held in the Philippines at the 31th ASEAN Free Trade Agreement Council, explored issues related to tariff commitments and applicable rules under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA).

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ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Area increases Bilateral Trade by 92.3 per cent

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 (Bernama) - Bilateral trade between ASEAN and South Korea has increased by 92.3 per cent to US$118.84 billion in 2016 from US$61.81 billion in 2006 since the ASEAN-KOREA Free Trade Area (AKFTA) took effect in 2007.

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ASEAN MSMEs need More Financial, Technical Support: Study

MANILA - While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has available programs and pushing for policies that will boost micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the region needs to introduce more financial and technical support to MSMEs, an ASEAN study said.

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ASEAN urged to widen Development through Inclusive Business

MANILA - The 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are enjoined to promote inclusive business model in the region in order to achieve greater impact of development and reach the bottom of the pyramid.

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MIC issues 13 New Business Permits in August, including One for Beer

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved the issuance of 13 permits, including one for a beer joint venture in Mandalay.

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Court Action on Journalists, Activists delayed 2 Weeks

The court procedures related to the recently released journalists and activists will be completed on September 15, according to Hsipaw township court.

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Union Government urged to recognize Student Unions

The government should recognise student unions at the union level to ensure their survival, urged U Thant Zin, a student of the 88-89 Generation and former chairman of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions of Upper Myanmar.

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Asean Members give Further Boost to Single Aviation Market

Air transport officials of Asean member state countries will work to build up the Asean Single Aviation Market, which is seen as one of the key milestones in developing the Asean Economic Community.

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