Myanmar morning news for August 15

Myanmar morning news for August 15

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar climbers eye treacherous Hkakabo Razi
A two-week jungle trek followed by a sheer climb up avalanche-prone slopes to a jagged ridge of icy pinnacles awaits three Myanmar mountaineers planning to take on Hkakabo Razi, a peak so treacherous it has been conquered only once.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar set to turn into major gold exporter
Myanmar`s Ministry of Commerce is in the process of officially removing a regulation that prevented traders to export gold for more than five decades, according to a report in The Myanmar Times.
— Investine

Enough studies – let’s help the Rohingya
With the one-year anniversary nearing of the Kofi Annan report recommending solutions to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, the international community needs to send Nay Pyi Taw a clear and strong message that it’s had enough of investigative commissions. Diplomatic niceties have been emanating from this catastrophe for far too long.
— The Nation

Myanmar tells Bangladesh to remove ‘Myanmar nationals’ from Rohingya ID cards
Bangladesh will comply with a request from Myanmar to replace the words “Myanmar nationals” with “displaced persons from Rakhine state” on ID cards issued to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
— Coconuts Yangon

Seeking justice for the Rohingya
Cross-legged in a windowless, almost pitch-black bamboo shack, the investigator pressed record on a video camera and asked the young Rohingya woman to describe the night the Myanmar soldiers came.
— The Asean Post

Myanmar develops gold trading avenues
Myanmar is making progress in developing legal avenues to export gold.
— Myanmar Times

Internal Revenue Dept to Implement Online Tax Payment System
Myanmar’s Internal Revenue Department has invited banks and mobile money operators to submit an expression of interest to implement an online tax payment system.
— The Irrawaddy

Unearthing the Truth in Myanmar
During a reporter’s trip to a part of the country where many Rohingya Muslims once lived, the government’s official narrative began to crack.
Aug. 14
— The New York Times

Central Bank Drops Exchange Rate Limits
The Central Bank of Myanmar announced on Monday that private banks and exchange counters are no longer required to trade within the official exchange rate band in a move meant to help prevent price manipulation and settle recent fluctuations.
— The Irrawaddy

Union parliament approves proposal to obtain soft loan euro 30 million from Italy
The Union parliament has approved a proposal to obtain a 30-million-euro soft loan from Italy with the aim of implementing the projects related to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
— Eleven Myanmar

A low pressure area may intensify: DMH
A low pressure area may occur in Bay of Bengal and may intensify, said Director General Kyaw Moe Oo from Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar to seek more emergency rice aid from ASEAN
Myanmar is considering seeking more assistance from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) emergency rice reserve programme due to dwindling supply of the country’s staple grain amid the onslaught of floods, U Myo Tint Tun, deputy permanent secretary from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation said on Monday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Tourism Federation to appoint Morisaki Win as Brand Ambassador
The aims of appointing the young actor as brand ambassador are to promote,develop and facilitate Japanese tourism activity towards Myanmar.
— Eleven Myanmar

5 Months On, Lawmakers Still Waiting to Debate Proposed Protest Law Changes
The Lower House of Parliament has yet to begin debate on proposed amendments to the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law nearly five months after they were submitted to the chamber.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar climbers eye Hkakabo Razi — the peak conquered only once
A two-week jungle trek followed by a sheer climb up avalanche-prone slopes to a jagged ridge of icy pinnacles awaits three Myanmar mountaineers planning to take on Hkakabo Razi, a peak so treacherous it has been conquered only once.
— YahooNews

IRD to build ICT system enabling tax payments
Taxpayers may soon be able to pay their dues to the government via mobile banking, said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD).
— The Myanmar Times

Lack of Funding Fueling Corruption in Forestry Sector, Senior Official Says
More than 3,200 Forestry Department staff overseen by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation have been subject to disciplinary action over the past seven years, department director U Khin Maung Win said, adding that the problem is largely a result of under-funding.
— The Irrawaddy

Curfew extended in northern Rakhine towns, govt security forces on alert
Security forces in northern Rakhine are on high alert as the one year anniversary of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacks on government outposts nears.
— Myanmar Times

Residents, Some Lawmakers Oppose Hotel on Former Wildlife Area Near Inle Lake
Lawmakers of Nyaung Shwe Township, southern Shan State, have joined local residents in objecting to the proposed construction of a hotel on 90 acres of prime land in a village in the Inle Lake area.
— The Irrawaddy

Yangon hospital expects rise in cataract surgeries
The number of patients undergoing surgery due to cataract or the clouding of the lens in the eye which leads to a decrease in vision, at Yangon Eye Specialist Hospital (YESH) is expected to increase this year due to improved services, said a senior eye specialist.
— The Myanmar Times

DICA releases additional guidelines for education investments
The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) has released a list of additional guidelines and specifications to structure developments in the Myanmar education sector.
— The Myanmar Times

The business of the Aung Bar Lay lottery
The Aung Bar Lay lottery generates tens of millions of dollars a year for the state but there are concerns about the overcharging of customers, a few large distributors monopolising tickets and the potential for money laundering.
— Frontier Myanmar

Yangon zoo to be learning centre on biodiversity
Yangon Zoo aims to raise the awareness of people about the importance of biodiversity and environmental conservation and it would cooperate with a non-government conservation organisation to achieve its goal, the Yangon Zoological Gardens said in a statement.
— Myanmar Times

Tatmadaw, Northern Alliance’ meeting postponed
Although the Tatmadaw and the Northern Alliance had originally agreed to meet within these days, the meeting has been postponed, an ethnic leader said.

Tips for those hunting for a flat in Yangon
Renting a flat in Yangon is not cheap.
— Myanmar Times

Despite Official Threats to Stop Karen Martyrs’ Day – It Marches On – Commemorated in the Delta Region
Karen leaders in the Irrawaddy Region ignored warnings and threats from Burmese authorities trying to stop Karen people commemorating the annual Martyr Day on August 12.

Fire breaks out at Yangon General Hospital Cancer Ward
A fire broke out at Yangon General Hospital Cancer Ward in Latha Township.
— Mizzima

Arakan Peasant Union holds its first congress
The first congress of the Arakan Peasant Union is being held in Sittwe with the aim to establish a stronger peasant union and work for farmers’ affairs.


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