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Efforts made to regulate flying of drones

Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, September 1 – those wishing to fly drones in public spaces must now reportedly first request a permit from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). The department informed Myitmakha News Agency that attempts are being made to regulate the flying of drones within the country to mitigate any disturbance they could cause to airborne aircraft. “The …

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Effective laws to resolve land confiscation disputes to be drawn up

Myitmakha News Agency Naypyidaw, May 11 – the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has stated that he will push forward for the drawing up of strong laws which can solve problems related to issues of land confiscation. The extreme complexity of farmland confiscations and related disputes in Myanmar has made them difficult to resolve, it is known. “This …

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CSOs push for amendments to local administrator law

Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, May 11 – suggestions from over forty civil society organizations (CSOs) regarding the amendment of local ward and village administration legislation will be forward to both Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws. CSOs have made it known they will also strive to hold meetings with parliamentarians from both Hluttaws as well as sending their recommendations concerning the aforementioned …

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Law to come down hard on road law violators in Mrauk U

Myitmakha News Agency Sittwe, May 6 – an influx in traffic accidents within townships of Rakhine State’s Mrauk U district has caused the Mrauk U district traffic police department to state they will take effective legal action against those who violate road rules and regulations. The authorities were more lenient with violators of traffic regulations in the past, with education awareness …

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National water legislation to be completed by mid 2016

Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, May 2 – the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC), which was formed during the U Thein Sein’s presidency, has made it known they will ensure the definite drawing up, and enacting by parliament, of national water legislation by mid 2016. “Water legislation is currently being composed. Rules and regulations regarding water will be included. We’ve already stated the …

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Controversy over self-serving budget allocations of previous Mon State govt

NO 5 (3)

Myitmakha News Agency Mawlamyine, April 28 – the drawing up of a budget law by the previous government during the First Mon State Hluttaw included two projects which had no benefit to the general public, it is known from the Second Mon State Hluttaw. Dr Aye San – chair of the Mon State Hluttaw Budget, Project, Role and Finance Committee – …

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EU to implement a five year nationwide police reform program

No 3(1)

Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, February 5 – the European Union (EU), which has been implementing a series of reform initiatives for the Myanmar police force, will continue with their activities over the coming five year period, expanding to more parts of the country, it is known. “The situation [of the Myanmar police force] in Myanmar cannot be changed in just a couple of years. Changes to the police …

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Four political prisoners released from Pyay Prison in national amnesty

Four political prisoners

Four political prisoners released from Pyay Prison in national amnesty Myitmakha News Agency Pyay, January 22 – today saw the release of four political prisoners from Pyay prison, Bago Region, as part of a national amnesty, a directive of the president’s office. The freed political prisoners are U Kyaw San, from an association of political prisoners, U Wanna, chairperson of Lu Baung Thit democratic party, U …

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Land allocation for 40 Nargis IDP families discussed in regional parliament

IDP Nargis Discussion

Myitmakha News Agency Pathein, January 21 – a total of over forty families left homeless after cyclone Nargis in 2008, which devastated the low lying delta town of Labutta in Ayeyarwaddy Region, who remain on the land allocation list for varying reasons, will have land allocated to them, according to the Ayeyarwaddy Region government. This was the response given by Minister …

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Real estate income tax to rise five-fold from April 1

Myitmakha News Agency Tachileik, January 19 – the price of income taxes on real estate are set to rise five-fold starting from April 2016, according to the Tachileik Department of Tax and Revenue. “The amount of land tax incurred on real estate and buildings is going to increase about five times over. It’s finished being discussed in parliament. As such, …

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