Myanmar Morning News For May 18

Myanmar Morning News For May 18

Myanmar morning news

Agricultural exports fetch nearly US$300million over a month
Agricultural exports from 1st April to 5th May in the current fiscal year hit US$295.685million, an increase of over US $12million compared to that of the similar period last year.
– Global New Light Of Myanmar

Foreign firms allowed to import agricultural, medical and construction materials
The import of seeds, fertilisers, hospital equipment and building materials by foreign businesses will soon be permitted for the first time, U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary from Ministry of Commerce, told The Myanmar Times.
– The Myanmar Times

Military Raids and Tortures Continues in Northern Maungdaw
Burmese Military arrested, tortured and abused Rohingyas in raids conducted in Ngasajuu (Naisafuru) and Hatgoijjafara village of Northern Maungdaw on 15th May 2017, reports a local.
– Rohingya Vision

Myanmar authorities shut down ‘Jade and the Generals’ screening in Yangon
Myanmar authorities today prevented a screening of the new short documentary “Jade and the Generals”, which exposes the links between armed conflict and the jade industry in Kachin State.
– Coconuts Yangon

Burma Army Files Article 66(d) Lawsuit Over Satirical Piece
The Burma Army has filed a lawsuit against the chief editor and a columnist of The Voice Daily newspaper under Article 66(d) of the Telecommunication’s Law over a satirical article questioning the country’s peace process, according to the paper’s executive editor.
– The Irrawaddy

Osaka business group leases Thilawa for SMEs
On May 11, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development (MJTD), the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) to establish a small rental factory area in Thilawa Special Economic Zone.
– The Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change
The loss of intact forest cover in Myanmar has accelerated over the last decade, according to a new study.
– Science Daily

Arakan Education Dept Director Threatens Local Editor with Defamation Charges
The director of Arakan State’s education department threatened to sue the editor of a local weekly journal under controversial articles 66(d) of Burma’s Telecommunications Act and Article 505(b) of the Penal Code after he published an article uncovering malpractice in the education department.
– The Irrawaddy

Stop Using Criminal Laws to Quash Peaceful Speech
When a group of high school and university students staged a play at a peace conference in Myanmar early this January, they never imagined that they would end up in prison.
– The Irrawaddy

Myanmar workers have rights violated and face discrimination in Thailand: AAC
Some Myanmar workers with factory jobs in Thailand under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) have had their labour rights violated, have not been paid and face discrimination, with some being sacked for no reason, according to the Thailand-based Aid Alliance Committee (AAC).
– The Nation

New business opportunities emerges in Myanmar
A MoU on business cooperation between Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industries has been signed at Mandalay on May 4, reported through a press release from UMFCCI (Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries).
– Eastern Mirror

Farmers to use better seed production technology
Good seed production technology will be taught to local farmers and families in Kayin State to boost paddy yield for agricultural development, according to Kayin State Department of Agriculture.
– The Myanmar Times

Over 6,000 tonnes of fisheries products exported to China in April
Over 6,000 tonnes of fisheries products were exported to China through Muse border trade, according to the Commerce Ministry news.
– Global New Light Of Myanmar

Four Dead and Several Injured in Clash at Sagaing Jade Mine
Four prospectors were fatally shot and at least a dozen people were injured during a fresh clash between prospectors and police on Wednesday at a jade mining region in Nan Si Bon, Hkamti Township, upper Sagaing Division.
– The Irrawaddy

Smoke-free zones to be designated in public areas
Public areas in cities across six regions and states will be designated smoke-free zones this year.
– The Myanmar Times

‘Perplexed’ Dhaka wants closer cooperation on security and refugees
A MEMBER of the Bangladesh foreign service has urged the Myanmar government to cooperate more closely with Dhaka on security and refugee issues, in the wake of the clearance operation launched by the Tatmadaw in Rakhine State after attacks by militants last October.
– Frontier Myanmar

Spot checks by FDA to ensure safe products
The Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making spot checks in the markets and retail shops around the Yangon Region to ensure products sold are safe and comply with regulations.
– The Myanmar Times

Move to help Muslim women in Myanmar
Q Label Designers Collection, a company for women’s dresses, yesterday announced the launch of “iCARE” initiative to dedicate a part of its profits to income generation projects for the women of the Muslim minority in Myanmar.
– The Peninsula

 

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