Myanmar struggles to sustain foreign investment
Myanmar approved less foreign investment for a second straight year, underscoring the challenges that Aung San Suu Kyi’s government faces in keeping up the momentum of capital inflows.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)
Myanmar to impose 2% USF levy in June
The Myanmar government has revealed plans to impose a 2% tax on the income of mobile operators starting in June to fund expansion of telecoms services to unserved rural areas.
Leeds ‘morally corrupt’ if Myanmar tour goes ahead says Dr Rosena Allin-Khan
Leeds United would be “morally corrupt” if they go ahead with a planned post-season tour of Myanmar, says shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan.
In Myanmar, hate speech runs deeper than Facebook
April has been a stressful month for many, but particularly for Facebook founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg. His frantic facial expressions and gloomy voices during his 10-hour-long, two-day congressional testimony proved that he is in a tough position.
— Asia Times
Foreign investment expected to hit $3.4 bn in six months
It is estimated that Myanmar will see up to US$3.4 billion in foreign investment in a period of six months from April to September this year, said Aung Naing Oo, secretary of Myanmar Investment Commission.
— Eleven Myanmar
“Scapegoated” police captain’s wife seek help from Aug San Suu Kyi
The wife of a police officer who told the court that the arrest of two Reuters reporters in November last year was a police setup has appealed for help from President Win Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, according to The Irrawaddy Online.
— Thai PBS
Analysis: China’s Shadow Over Myanmar
Only weeks after lawmakers elected Myanmar’s new president last month, China has promptly dispatched a high-level delegation to meet him.
— The Irrawaddy
Myanmar firefighters tackle garbage dump blaze
Myanmar firefighters said on Wednesday (Apr 25) they have brought under control a blaze in a massive garbage dump on the edge of the country’s biggest city Yangon after several days of battling the flames.
— Channel NewsAsia
UN urges parties in Myanmar’s Kachin to respect humanitarian obligations
The United Nations on Wednesday called on all parties in Myanmar’s northeastern Kachin State to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and end the violence.
— Xinhua Net
Myanmar, Sagaing Region: Chinese lease plots for watermelons
China is now renting plots aiming to grow watermelons in the Tantse township of the Shwebo District in Sagaing, say locals. Currently, nearly 120 hectares are being leased for watermelon plantations.
— Fresh Plaza
Telenor gears up to offer a Myanmar record for data speeds
AS MOBILE data consumption in Myanmar soars to some of the highest levels in the world, Telenor Myanmar plans to offer its subscribers a record speed for the country of 1 gigabyte per second (Gbps) in the near future, said Lars Erik Tellmann, the firm’s chief executive officer.
— The Nation
Myanmar receives health funds from UN, foreign organizations
United Nations and foreign social welfare organizations including World Health Organization (WHO) had already donated about US$400 million to Myanmar’s Healthcare Sector during incumbent government taking office, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar court to rule if key witness credible in Reuters case
A judge in Myanmar will rule next week on whether a police captain was credible when he testified that two Reuters reporters were framed, after prosecutors argued on Wednesday that the officer should be declared an unreliable witness.
Myanmar, Cambodia See Further Declines in Press Freedoms: Report
Despite two years of rule by a reform-minded political party, the National League for Democracy, the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar continues to see a drop in press freedoms, with a six-point drop in ranking over the last year in an annual survey released on Wednesday by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
— Radio Free Asia
The house that is in both India and Myanmar
The residents of Longwa village, live in both India and Myanmar, and say they enjoy the best of both worlds.
— BBC (video)
South Korea eyes new Myanmar industrial zone for automotive exports
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday received Mr Kim Hyun-chong, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea in Nay Pyi Taw, according to state-owned media.
— The Myanmar Times
Myanmar migrant workers protest to demand wages
More than 300 Myanmar migrant workers working at a factory which produces shrimps in Maha Chai, Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, stopped their work on April 24 and staged a protest to demand a month’s salary.
— Eleven Myanmar
Avalon Cancels 2019 Myanmar River Cruises, Citing Low Demand
Citing diminished sales and interest, Avalon Waterways has cancelled its 2019 sailings on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River, a spokesperson for the river cruise line tells Travel Agent.
— Travel Agent Central
EU readies more sanctions against Myanmar
The European Union will extend its arms embargo on Myanmar for another year this week and may then move to target more Yangon generals with fresh sanctions, EU diplomats and officials said.
U.S. investigates alleged atrocities committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya
The U.S. government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offenses in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar’s military for crimes against humanity, U.S. officials told Reuters.
— NBC News
China, Myanmar vow to strengthen cooperation, party-to-party exchanges
China and Myanmar have pledged to further boost bilateral cooperation and party-to-party exchanges.
— Xinhua Net
Plan to open Bagan’s Night Market delayed
Despite discussions on the opening of night market in Bagan and Nyaung-U Townships with the aim to develop Bagan Region, plans have been delayed, say member of Bagan Plastic Campaign Group Tint Swe.
— Eleven Myanmar
Man calls out Myanmar officials charging fake fee to migrant workers coming home for Thingyan
Across the world, phone cameras are providing a way for ordinary people to document and expose abuses of power. In Myanmar, recognizing the power a widely shared video can have, one good Samaritan uploaded a video to bring attention to the exploitation of migrant workers crossing the Myawady Bridge from Thailand to Myanmar.
— Coconuts Yangon (paywall)
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