Myanmar morning news for August 1

Myanmar morning news for August 1

Myanmar morning newsElectricity cut off in Hpa-an’s flood-affected areas for electrical safety
Electricity has been cut off in the flood-affected areas in Hpa-an and villages in the Karen (Kayin) State to prevent electrical hazards, an official from the state electrical engineering office said to KIC News.

Government sets up commission of inquiry to look into Rakhine State abuses
Myanmar has established a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of human rights abuses in conflict-torn Rakhine state, local media reported yesterday.
— Mizzima

Myanmar U-16 to face host Indonesia today
This is the second group match for Myanmar and their wins over Timor-Leste 3-2 in the opening match on July 29. Indonesia will be tough rival for Myanmar and it is host nation. They had shown impressive performances in opening match. Indonesia made perfect start after trouncing the Philippines 8-0.
— Myanmar Times

Number of flood victims reaches over 90,000
Director Dr. Min Thein from Natural Disaster Management Department confirmed that according to latest collected figures, heavy rain and rising water level in rivers has left over 90,000 flood victims and the death toll had reached 10.
— Mizzima

President Calls for Justice to Be Done in Killing of Comedian
President U Win Myint has called for a full investigation into the killing of Facebook comedian Aung Yell Htwe, a day after the case — which had been controversially dropped by Yangon officials — was ordered reopened amid a public outcry.
— The Irrawaddy

Bodies of 23 Myanmar landslide victims found: official
The bodies of 23 victims of a landslide in Myanmar’s northern jade mining area have been recovered, an official confirmed Monday, after a days-long search hampered by heavy monsoon rains.
— Mizzima

Three sites chosen for Myanmar-China border economic zones to be officially announced
Three potential sites chosen for the establishment of Myanmar-China border economic zones will be officially announced after a step-by-step assessment, and the proposal has also been submitted to all concerned states chief ministers, said Yan Naing Tun, director general of the Trade Department under the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

New Myanmar Rakhine commission denounced by observers
A new commission set up by Myanmar to look into human rights abuses in Rakhine State has been criticised by observers on Tuesday, as the country tries to stave off further censure over its treatment of its Rohingya Muslims.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar opens visa-on-arrival door
Myanmar confirmed late last week it would ease visa procedures for three nationalities 1 October.
— TTRWeekly

Latest Floods Highlight Limits of Govt’s Risk Management Efforts
Since 2017, the government has been working through a water-related risk management plan with technical support from Japan.
— The Irrawaddy

Nearly 120,000 displaced in Myanmar floods
Nearly 120,000 people have been displaced after floods submerged a vast swathe of southeastern Myanmar, killing 11 people and sending panicked residents fleeing for dry ground with children perched on their shoulders and few belongings in tow.
— Frontier Myanmar

Floods affect Mon, Kayin, Taninthayi and Bago
Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement claim that there are 25,050 people from 5,302 family households at 67 flood relief camps in Kayin State, 5,895 people from 1,156 family households at 22 flood relief camps in Taninthai region, 15,884 people from 3,695 family households at 50 flood relief camps in Mon State and 71,898 people from 15,316 family households at 157 flood relief camps in Bago region.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar sets up independent body to investigate claims of human rights violations in Rakhine
The Myanmar government has set up an independent commission to investigate the allegation of human-rights violations in the country’s Rakhine State.
— TheNation

Pigs dead occur in Sagaing Region
“A laboratory in Mandalay is examining what kind of disease the pigs suffered but we couldn’t say for sure. What we thought was a kind of disease occurring in changing one season from another. Some dead pigs will be sent to the laboratory for further examination. We’ll let the public know as soon as we find out what the disease is. It can’t be spread to human,” said Dr. Myint Soe.
— Eleven Myanmar

Trade volume rises but rice export falls
While maritime trade volumes are up by US$1 billion this year so far compared to the same period last year, exports of commodities like rice, has fallen by 55000 tonnes, U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary of Ministry of Commerce (MOC), told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Greedy, gullible, cheated: Scammers exploit saving and lending schemes
Popular informal savings and lending schemes have become a vehicle for scammers who lure in victims with the promise of fast, high returns.
— Frontier Myanmar

21 poisoned at Bago flood relief camp
“15 children and six elders from a flood relief camp arrived in the hospital with food poisoning. They suffered from diarrhea but there was no threat to their lives. Specialists are now giving medical treatments to them,” said Medical Superintendent Dr Yan Naing Maung from Bago Hospital.
— Eleven Myanmar

Zay Kabar Company in row with squatters
On July 28, conflict arose between squatters and employees of Zay Kabar Company after the latter removed tents that were built on private land which had been reserved for development of the Yangon World Trade Centre near the No3 Yangon Highway.
— Myanmar Times

Property sales expo to be held in Mandalay
High-end condo projects in Yangon such as Golden City, Kanbae Towers, River Front Garden, May Inya, Sky View, Paragon Residence and My Residence will be included. U Kyaw Si Thu said plans are being made for buyers to buy condo projects and cars with bank loans in collaboration with Yoma Bank, CB Bank and AYA Bank.
— Myanmar Times

Group hopes to conserve endangered tigers in Myanmar
Myanmar is home to two species of tigers – the Bengal or Indian tiger and the Indochinese tiger – according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Students awarded scholarships to honour Myanmar worker
The Korean Association in Myanmar on Sunday provided scholarship to 21 students to honour the heroism of a Myanmar overseas worker who donated his organs to save four South Korean lives.
— Myanmar Times

Trade volumes decline sharply at Kengtung trade centre
Trade volumes at the Kengtung trade center on the China-Myanmar border have receded sharply in the four years since 2014-15, when it opened for operations.
— Myanmar Times


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