Myanmar Morning News For April 28

Myanmar Morning News For April 28
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Meth’s new frontier: The Islamic marshlands of Bangladesh
Annual seizures of meth in the country have gone up 80,000 percent — yes, eighty thousand percent — in nine years.
— PRI

Mizoram bans import of pigs and piglets from Myanmar and Bangladesh
Prohibitory orders banning import of pigs and piglets from neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh were today issued in Mizoram’s southernmost Lawngtlai district.
— The Arunachal Times

Chin State’s Unsuccessful Campaign to Ban Liquor
For eight years, prohibition was in effect in Chin State’s Thantlang Township. Today, it is water under the bridge.
— The Irrawaddy

Gold orders drop due to purchase tax
Since the government started to collect tax on gold purchases on April 1, orders at workshops and goldsmiths have dropped.
— Myanmar Times

Seven Men Arrested in Southern Maungdaw in Alleged Links with Dacoits
The Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) arrested 7 Rohingya fishermen in southern Maungdaw on April 19 on allegations of having connections with armed robbers operating in the region, reports say.
— Rohingya Vision

Microfinance Firm Hayman Secures $1m Loan as Part of Aggressive Growth Plan
Microfinance lender Hayman Capital has secured a $1 million loan from Malaysia’s May Bank as part of an ambitious expansion plan to enlarge its loan portfolio and become a market leader.
— Consult-Myanmar

Lending Firm To Return More Than One Billion Kyats to Magwe Govt
The chairman of a lending firm said the business would return 1.57 billion kyats transferred to it from regional development funds under the previous government.
— The Irrawaddy

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Parliament approves proposal for better Yangon public transport
The Yangon Regional Parliament has approved a proposal to improve the region’s public transportation system by enforcing rules and regulations and submitting all operations for the Yangon Bus System (YBS) to the public.
— Myanmar Times

Modernisation Fuels New Lending in Myanmar’s Banking Sector
At the end of February the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) announced it was considering expanding the range of services that foreign lenders in the country can offer by allowing them to provide trade-only accounts to importers and exporters, which local banks are unable to do.
— Consult-Myanmar

Myanmar eyes close military ties with Germany
At the invitation of General Volker Weiker, Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and party arrived at Tegel International Airport in Berlin, Germany on 26 April.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

State Counsellor calls for betterment of Union Peace Conference
With the second meeting of the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong less than a month away, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reiterated the importance of improving the outcome of the meeting by remembering the successes of the past.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

Myanmar jumps 12 spots on World Press Freedom Index despite worsening censorship
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released their 2017 World Press Freedom Index yesterday. Despite mounting claims of official censorship under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law, Myanmar managed to jump 12 spots on the list this year, coming in at 131 out of 180 countries. Last year, Myanmar was ranked 143, and the year before that, 144.
— Coconuts Yangon

Yangon to upgrade markets with PPP system
The Yangon Region government is going to install 21 markets with a public-private partnership (PPP) system, according to U Myint Thaung, the regional minister for planning and finance.
— Myanmar Times

Rights Groups Call For Pressure on Myanmar to Cooperate With UN Mission in Rakhine
An open letter sent on Thursday by 23 rights groups and other international organizations is calling on world governments to urge Myanmar’s cooperation with a forthcoming U.N. fact-finding mission sent to investigate abuses in Rakhine state and other conflict zones in the country.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar bank opts for Misys for digitalisation
First Private Bank (FPB) has chosen Misys FusionBanking to streamline operations and digitalise as it takes a significant role in contributing to Myanmar’s growing economy.
— Hubbis

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Myanmar to receive technological advice from S.Korea for advancement
Myanmar and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on technology advice and solution from the East Asian country, Myanmar News Agency reported Friday.
— Xinhua


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005. Between November 2004 and February 2011 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. Since 2010 she has worked as a freelance screen writer for 'Nollywood', Nigeria.
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