Myanmar Morning News For April 11

Myanmar Morning News For April 11

Myanmar morning newsSeven Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years for Rohingya massacre
Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to “10 years in prison with hard labor in a remote area” for participating in a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in a village in northwestern Rakhine state last September, the army said on Tuesday.
Reuters 

They Documented a Massacre. Their Prize Is a Prison Cell in Myanmar
Once a week, the two Reuters reporters are shuffled out of their prison cells in Yangon, Myanmar, loaded into the back of a police truck and driven to a nearby courthouse.
The New York Times 

Economy yet to take off despite govt’s promise for growth; fixes needed
Last year, U Kyaw Win, the planning and finance minister, proclaimed that Myanmar’s economy is like a plane at full throttle down the runway, ready to take off. “Myanmar is like a plane running on the runway in 2016, but it is ready to take off in 2017.We will prevent [tackle] the monopoly which has persisted in Myanmar due to years of protectionism,” U Kyaw Win said.
The Myanmar Times 

Philippines’ Duterte cites ‘genocide’ in Myanmar, will take refugees
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says “genocide” is taking place in Myanmar and he is willing to accept Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing from it, though Europe should help too.
The Sydney Morning Herald 

Prominent Myanmar Lawyer to Represent Former Child Soldier on Desecration Charge
A prominent Myanmar attorney has agreed to handle the case of a former child soldier sentenced to two years of hard labor following his conviction for describing his abduction and forced military service as a minor in an interview last year with RFA’s Myanmar Service.
Radio Free Asia 

Fishery exports break 20-year record, could double within two years
Myanmar exported over 560,000 tonnes of fishery products in 2017-18, the highest in 20 years, according to data provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI). At those levels, the exports are worth $711 million.
The Myanmar Times

Myanmar minister to visit Rohingya camps as Bangladesh seeks refugees’ return
A Myanmar government minister will visit Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on Wednesday, officials said, a rare trip Dhaka hopes will help speed the return home of hundreds of thousands of the neighbouring nation’s Muslim minority.
Dhaka Tribune 

In Senate hearing, Zuckerberg faces blame over violence in Myanmar
While the recent Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal is the main focus for American lawmakers questioning Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg today, the company’s record beyond the U.S. raises even more alarms.
TechCrunch 

Hubery Yuan from Huobi attended Myanmar-China Economic Cooperation and Fintech Development Summit Forum and gave a keynote speech
The director of Huobi Academy of Blockchain Application, Hubery Yuan attended Myanmar-China Economic Cooperation and Fintech Development Summit Forum.
AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Myanmar fast-track tourist visa introduced
Myanmar has introduced a fast-track tourist visa that delivers confirmation within 24 hours of the application, year-round, including public holidays, according to travel website ttrweekly.
Mizzima

Daiwa invests $5m in Myanmar ride hailer
Daiwa Securities Group has taken a $5 million stake in Oway, a Yangon-based online travel agency and ride-hailing service, seeking to get ahead of rivals with an early entry into the Myanmar market.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

Rakhine Launches Investigation Into State Minister as Part of Impeachment Process
The Rakhine State Parliament has formed an investigation team to bring impeachment charges against U Kyaw Aye Thein, the state minister for planning and finance, for his alleged failure to fulfill ministerial duties.
The Irrawaddy 

Myanmar man chews rocks in protest against corruption
Have you ever been so frustrated by corruption that you decided to chew a bunch of rocks?
Coconuts Yangon (metered paywall)

Bangladesh Struggling to Stop Rohingya From Fleeing Camps, Country
Authorities, aid workers and refugees say despair and strife — and the fear of repatriation, or relocation to a desolate island — are driving a growing number of Rohingya to flee Bangladesh’s refugee camps, even the country, amid tightening restrictions on their movement.
The Irrawaddy 

Govt proposes MoU to UNDP and UNHCR to cooperate in government’s efforts in carrying out livelihood development for all communities in Rakhine State
The Government has proposed a draft MOU to UNDP and UNHCR to jointly assist the Government’s efforts in carrying out livelihood development for all communities in Rakhine State and for repatriation and resettlement of the displaced persons respectively, said Kyaw Tin, Minister for International Cooperation.
Eleven Myanmar 

Fish market declines after Saudi import suspension
Myanmar’s fish market is collapsing after Saudi Arabia has suspended import of fish and prawn citing diseases, said Win Kyaing, general secretary of Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF).
Eleven Myanmar 

Yangon’s port a case study in red tape gone wild
The latest World Bank ease of doing business report ranked Myanmar near the bottom of 190 global economies and this story will help you to understand why.
Froniter Myanmar

Myanmar’s social welfare minister due today
An influential cabinet minister of Myanmar, who is overseeing the repatriation of Rohingyas, will visit the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar this morning.
The Daily Star 

MOI to build mobile marts to help businesses reach rural consumers
The Ministry of Industry (MOI) will build and assemble vehicles for special purposes such as mobile marts to help businesses reach the rural population in hard to access locations.
The Myanmar Times

Govt, Karenni Armed Group Agree to Formal Talks
The government and the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) say they have agreed to hold formal talks to improve relations later this month in Loikaw, the capital of Karenni State.
The Irrawaddy 

 

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