Myanmar Morning News For August 29

Myanmar Morning News For August 29

Myanmar morning newsGovernment to finalise oil spill contingency plan by 2018
The government is expected to finalise a national oil contingency plan by the end of 2018, said Department of Marine Administration’s director U Ko Ko Naing.
— Myanmar Times

Pope throws support behind Muslim Rohingya
Pope Francis has stepped up his support of Myanmar’s ethnic Muslim Rohingya people amid further violence in their home province in the nation’s west, as he officially announced his visit to the strife-torn fledgling democracy and neighboring Bangladesh in November and December.
— UCA news

Maturing Myanmar: Is Business Still Confident?
Early excitement has been dampened, but opportunities for optimism remain, despite many challenges.
— The Diplomat

Myanmar and Vietnam boost ties, forge comprehensive cooperative partnership
Myanmar and Vietnam agreed to form a comprehensive cooperative partnership to strengthen bilateral relations following the successful visit of Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to Myanmar last week.
— Myanmar Times

Pilot scheme speaks volumes about potential of Mae Sot-Myawaddy trade
Sending a container from Panomsarakarm to Thilawa SEZ takes 2.5 days, whereas conventional logistics needs 4-5 days and ocean freight takes approximately 3 weeks.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s private bank virtualises data centre to power growth
VMware, a global specialist in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, has virtualised Kanbawza Bank’s (KBZ) data centre to meet the business demands of Myanmar’s growing digital economy.
— MIS Asia

Viettel joint venture in Myanmar underway
The headquarters of Telecom International Myanmar (MyTel) in Yangon, a joint venture between the Viettel Group and its Myanmar partner, was opened on August 26, with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who was in Myanmar for a State visit, and Myanmar Vice President U Myint Swe, cutting the ribbon.
— Vietnam Economic Times

Hundreds of Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh turned away at border
Some of the thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing deadly violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State have been turned back by Bangladeshi border patrols.
— UCA news

Rohingya insurgency declares ‘open war’ in Myanmar
The surprise wave of lethal attacks by Rohingya militants on police and army posts in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, their largest operation to date, was a defensive move aimed at pre-empting an escalating security force crackdown on both the rebels’ military wing and Rohingya civilian communities, a senior militant official has told Asia Times.
— Asia Times

Medical universities review no-smoking campaign
Only five of the 16 medical universities that designated smoke-free areas in their campuses in 2016 have been successful in implementing the initiative, according to an anti-smoking advocate.
— Myanmar Times

EMG and local donors offer Ks 11 million for Rakhine refugees
Eleven Media Group (EMG) and local donors donated Ks 11 million on August 28 for Rakhine refugees regardless of race and religion, who fled their homes in Rakhine State due to extremist attacks by Bengali terrorists.
— Eleven Myanmar

Floods destroy 90,000 acres of paddy field
Some 90,000 acres of riceland have been destroyed due to flooding as of August 18, a huge decline compared to 300,000 acres of paddy washed out in 2015, the government said.
— Myanmar Times

Sepak takraw boosts gold haul
Seapak takraw fetched another gold medal for Myanmar after their men’s doubles team defeated Cambodia 21-10, 21-9 in the best of three final yesterday at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium.
— Myanmar Times


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