myanmar - General & Misc

Government announces New MIC Appointments, U Thaung Tun as New Chair

The Union government on Saturday officially announced changes in the ranks of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Hotels Ministry threatens Hotelier with Legal Action

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism on Monday said it will take sue a hotelier for defaming the Union minister and department heads.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Education Advocacy Group lambasts Higher Education Bill

The National Network for Education Reform (NNER) said the higher education bill proposed by the Ministry of Education does not guarantee academic freedom and is not up to the standards of democracy.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Aid Money Projects are Tax Exempted: ministry

Yangon, June 4 (MMT) - All development projects implemented under grants, aids and Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans are exempted from income tax and commercial tax, according to a statement from the Ministry of Planning and Finance in late May.
Date: 04 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Petroleum Trade Group urges Government to enforce Regulation

Myanmar Petroleum Trade Association (MPTA) secretary U Win Myint has expressed the need for the government to strictly enforce the recently enacted petroleum and petroleum products law in light of the widespread practice of retailers selling a mixture of imported and local fuel. Dr Myint stated the practice was tarnishing stations which adhere to t ...
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Government, Private Sector promote Local SME Goods with Export Potential

The government is working together with the private sector to promote locally produced goods, including those made in the states and regions beyond Yangon. The aim is to export the goods and narrow the trade deficit, which is in line with the National Export Strategy.
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Most Court Cases resolved in 2017: Official

During 2017, 96 percent of cases filed in courts were resolved, according to Daw Tin Nwe Soe, Director General of the Office of the Union Judiciary Supervision.
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Education Bill weak on needs of Disabled People, says Group

The Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities criticised the basic education bill as having failed to consider the needs of disabled students and seeks a dialogue with Hluttaw committees next month to address its defects.
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Ten Years later, NLD struggles to repeal Myanmar’s 2008 Charter

Exactly a decade ago, on May 10 2008, the country held a constitutional referendum which led to the adoption of its current Constitution.
Date: 10 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Legal Aid Board says it will have Office in every Township

The Union Legal Aid Board will establish offices in townships for helping poor people and those who lose legal rights, a member of the board told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 10 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Union Legal Aid Board to provide Help for Poor People in Pilot Project

The Union Legal Aid Board will conduct pilot tests on ways to provide legal aid to poor people, one of its members told The Myanmar Times on Saturday.
Date: 07 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Consumers Affairs Department launches Online Complaint Service

The Consumers Affairs Department has opened an online complaint section on its website so people can relay grievances and dissatisfaction about products and services faster, Deputy Director U Myint Lwin told The Myanmar Times on Monday.
Date: 03 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Reporters’ Lawyers oppose Prosecution Bid

Lawyers for jailed journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo on Wednesday opposed a prosecution petition to declare as a hostile witness a police captain who told the court last week that the two journalists were victims of a police sting operation.
Date: 26 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Urbanites support paying More Tax for Better Government Services

Tax residents in Myanmar are not strongly anti-tax as long as the govt delivers.
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; 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 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

Lawyers call for restoration of 1929 Bar Council Law

Lawyers are calling for the restoration of the original provisions Myanmar Bar Council Act of 1929 because the current law passed nearly 30 years ago does not provide effective protection for Myanmar’s high court lawyers.
Date: 20 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

New Food Labeling Rules coming this Month

Upgraded food labelling guideline will be issued by the end of the month, said U Than Htut, director general of the Food and Drug Administration Department (FDA).
Date: 13 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Rule of Law and Judiciary Reform a priority: Government

Rule of law and judiciary reform are key to peace and development and hence the government’s top priority, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said while addressing the Conference on Justice Sector Coordination for Rule of Law in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday.
Date: 09 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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DOJ-OOC continues Conduct of Judicial Training on Cybercrime for the ASEAN Prosecutors and Judges

The Department of Justice - Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC), in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) Project, is set to conduct the Advanced Judicial Training Course on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence for Judges, Magistrates and Prosecutors for the ASEAN Region in Cebu, Philippines on 19-22 June 2018.

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DOJ Chief: Amended Constitution must clarify Impeachment Rules

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - The country's Constitution, once amended, must clarify the rules on impeachment to avoid controversies in the future, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Thursday.

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Guevarra on granting Fox's Appeal: 'it's following the Rule of Law'

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday clarified that he is just following the rule of law when he granted the appeal of Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox to reverse the Bureau of Immigration's decision forfeiting her visa and ordering her to leave the country.

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UK eases Visa Application Processes for Indonesian Students

Jakarta, June 20 (ANTARA News) - The United Kingdom (UK) Visas & Immigration service is easing visa application processes for Indonesian students by reducing the documentation requirements for Tier-4 student visa applicants.

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Indonesia, Finland achieve Significant Increase in Bilateral Ties

Jakarta, June 21 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Finland have achieved a significant increase in bilateral ties in 2017, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said.

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Some Workers at Thai Factory agree to Compensation

Half of the nearly 300 Myanmar workers who were sacked by a fishing net factory in Thailand have agreed to a promise by their employer to pay them 13 days of unpaid wages.

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KPKT reviews National Housing Policy - Zuraida

KUCHING, June 21 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) is reviewing the national housing policy to ensure it is suitable to the current situation in the country, said its minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

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Government under rising pressure to correctly tax Ride-Hailing Companies

Since June 13, ride hailing companies operating in Yangon have been obliged to pay income and commercial tax to the Yangon government under the law, U Myint Thaung, regional minister of Planning and Finance said in parliament.

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PM Prayut: Death Penalty is Legitimate and most People agree

BANGKOK, June 20 (NNT) - The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has voiced support for the execution of convicted murderers.

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Government welcomes Opinions about Implementation of Thailand 4.0 Policy

BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The government continues efforts to implement the Thailand 4.0 policy while welcoming opinions from all sides on helping to achieve its goal.

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On World Refugee Day, De Lima files Bill to protect Refugees and Stateless Persons

In observance of World Refugee Day, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima today filed a measure seeking to promote and protect the rights of refugees and stateless persons in the country and prescribe a fair procedure for their status determination and eligibility.

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MoF invites Feedback on proposed changes to the Income Tax Act

The Ministry of Finance have invited interested parties to provide feedback on the draft Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018 from 20 June to 11 July 2018.

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Labor Ministry aims to find Jobs for 100,000 Unemployed Graduates

BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The Labor Minister, Pol. Gen. Adul Sangsingkeo, said the Ministry of Labor aims to find jobs for about 100,000 unemployed graduates within three months.

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Ex-President Aquino sued over DAP Mess

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has indicted former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for usurpation of legislative powers in connection with the alleged anomalous Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

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Duterte appoints CA, Sandiganbayan Associate Justices

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed new associate justices at the Court of Appeals (CA) and Sandiganbayan. Duterte appointed Emily Aliño-Geluz as CA Associate Justice and Georgina Dumpit Hidalgo as Sandiganbayan Associate Justice.

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