Myanmar morning news for August 17

Myanmar morning news for August 17

Myanmar morning newsFacebook admits it was ‘too slow’ to fight hate speech in Myanmar
Facebook has been “too slow” to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology to identify problematic content, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
— Thai PBS

Myanmar panel probing Rohingya crisis pledges independence
Members of a commission established by Myanmar’s government to investigate human rights violations in western Rakhine state, where 700,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority fled brutal army operations, addressed critics Thursday with a pledge to be impartial.
— Columbia Missourian

Civilian Lawmakers Counter Military Representatives’ Complaints Against Journalists
After military representatives to the national legislature complained to the Speaker of the Union Parliament about the parliamentary journalists, civilian lawmakers said they have had no issues with the journalists.
— The Irrawaddy

Huawei brings leading digital solutions to Myanmar
HUAWEI Technologies Co is showcasing its digital transformation practices in Myanmar at an information and communications technology gathering hosted by the Chinese giant in Yangon.
— Eleven Myanmar

FM visits Myanmar to strengthen ‘natural strategic’ ties
FOREIGN MINISTER Don Pramudwinai’s three-day visit to Myanmar will play a key role in strengthening the “natural strategic partnership” of the two countries, officials and members of the business community said.
— The Nation

Independent filmmaker The Maw Naing’s script shines in Open Doors
Myanmar Independent filmmaker The Maw Naing won two awards for his second feature film script Ma (The Women) in Open Doors Hub 2018 program during 71st Locarno Film Festival held at Switzerland from August 1st to 11th, paving the way for its actual production next year.
— Myanmar Times

Letter: Rakhine not the only reason for less tourists
A few days ago I put the link to the “Fixing the tourism industry” article published August 10 on my Facebook group “Myanmar News in Russian” and received support for my point of view.
— Myanmar Times

Rice export earnings hit over $ 280 million
From April 1 to August 2 of the mini budget year, Myanmar earned US$ 288.986 million from exports of 833,663.820 tonnes of rice and broken rice according to Myanmar Rice Federation.
— Eleven Myanmar

4.3-magnitude offshore earthquake shakes Yangon
The earthquake struck just off Myanmar’s southern coast at 1:20pm today and was later categorized as a 4.3-magnitide quake. Those who reported feeling it gave it a Community Decimal Intensity of III, meaning its effects were relatively weak.
— Coconuts Yangon

Suu Kyi meets Independent Commission of Enquiry’s chairperson
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, also the Union Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Ambassador Rosario Manalo, Chairperson of Independent Commission of Enquiry yesterday at her office in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the State Counsellor’s Office.
— Eleven Myanmar

Can the regional government manage both old and new Yangon?
The Yangon region government has come under flak since March, when it announced the launch of a new Yangon City project at the west bank of Yangon River.
— Myanmar Times

Most of foreign companies fail to contact IRD for tax clearance
More than 5,000 foreign companies fail to contact Internal Revenue Department (IRD) for taxation in 2017-2018 FY, according to an educative talk on taxation at the State Lottery Department (branch) in Yangon on August 15.
— Eleven Myanmar

Yangon-Mandalay railway upgrade stalls as Japan delays providing tracks
A major overhaul of the Yangon-Mandalay railway that was meant to begin earlier this year has been delayed because Japan has failed to provide the railway tracks it pledged to the project, according to a Myanma Railways official.
— Coconuts Yangon

Working committee formed for official establishment of Kachin State Party
A 17-member working committee has been established last week with the aim to officially establish the new Kachin merged party and carry out future plans.
— BNI

Myanmar president’s office asks people to stop throwing ‘letters and things’ at state leaders
Myanmar’s Office of the President issued a notice on Wednesday asking the public to stop throwing complaint letters at state leaders, which presumably refers to President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
— Coconuts Yangon

Two more relief camps opened for flood victims in Hpa-an
After second flooding hit the Karen (Kayin) State’s capital Hpa-an, two more relief camps have been opened in the city and the number of flood victims has increased by over 1,000, the Karen State Department of Disaster Management’s director U Lin Htut said.
— BNI

Unwieldly loan limit causing complications for nation’s farmers
A state-owned bank’s cap on lending to farmers is being blamed for contributing to distress and costly disputes amid calls for it to be scrapped.
— Frontier Myanmar

Yawnghwe Royal Clothing Returned After Six-Month Cleaning Process
The royal clothing of Yawnghwe prince and Burma’s first President Sao Shwe Thaik was returned to southern Shan State on Monday after undergoing a six-month cleaning process as part of the restoration and maintenance of the collection.
— BNI

Tour operator fights for tourists’ right to drive motorbikes in Dawei
A tour operator is taking on the government of Myanmar’s southern Taninthayi Region to protect the right of foreign tourists to drive motorbikes in the Dawei Peninsula, one of Myanmar’s up-and-coming beach destinations.
— Coconuts Yangon

Shan State Locals, MPs Call For Halt to Hydropower Projects on Namtu River
Executive members from Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) branches across northern Shan State met locals in Hsipaw Township on Saturday and agreed to jointly demand an end to the damming of the Namtu River.
— BNI

Israeli Ambassador looks back on his tenure and Israel-Myanmar relations
Mizzima Editor in Chief Soe Myint recently sat down with Israeli Ambassador Daniel Zonshine to discuss Israel-Myanmar relations and his tenure as ambassador. Mr Zonshine will shortly be moving on to take up a new assignment in Jerusalem.
— Mizzima

Construction Ministry Keeps Richest School Projects for Itself: Report
The Construction Ministry has come under fire once again for failing to invite tenders for school construction projects.
— The Irrawaddy

‘Hijab is like a key’: Myanmar blogger battles bias with beauty campaign
The 19-year-old was the center of attraction at a recent launch of beauty products in Yangon, her striking multi-colored make-up offset by a long-sleeved green-and-white gown and matching hijab, a headscarf worn by some Muslim women.
— Daily Times

Magwe NLD Chair issues notice to take legal action against defamation
The chairman of the ruling National League for Democracy party in central Myanmar’s Magwe region said on Wednesday that he issued a notice instructing regional bodies to take legal action against people who use Facebook to severely defame State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi or the regional and national governments, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

30 Years on, the Mission of Regime Change Remains a Work in Progress
When the people of Myanmar defied the socialist military regime’s automatic rifles and took to the streets in 1988 to demand democracy, what they were really saying was: “We want regime change.”
— The Irrawaddy

2 NCR youth embark on 4200kms ride covering India, Myanmar, Thailand to showcase cultural diversity
The duo, Abhishek Mishra from Gurugram and Sonia Jain from New Delhi, will cross India, Myanmar and Thailand. The tri-nation journey is likely to end in Bangkok on September 1.
— HindustanTimes

Funeral for Mee Mee to be held on August 17
88-Generation leader Mee Mee aka Thinn Thinn Aye who was killed in a car accident will be buried on August 17 at Yayway cemetery, Yangon.
— Mizzima

Construction Ministry Keeps Richest School Projects for Itself: Report
The Construction Ministry has come under fire once again for failing to invite tenders for school construction projects.
— The Irrawaddy

Thailand, Myanmar sign MoU on financial assistance to prawn breeding farm in Rakhine
The officials from Thailand and Myanmar signed MoU on financial assistance of a 34-million-baht to be spent on prawn breeding farm in Yaychanpyin, Rakhine State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.
— The Nation

A Parliamentary Disagreement Over Terminology
A military representative raised an objection to a modifier that a lawmaker used in connection with land confiscation by the military during the debate on proposed amendments to the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Lands Management Law, at Myanmar’s Union Parliament on Wednesday.
— The Irrawaddy

PM calls for a digital ecosystem for region
The immediate challenge for the CLMVT (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand) countries, said Prayut, was to figure out how to utilise new technologies to further share prosperity among the people.
— The Nation

Artists Reflect on Myanmar’s Political and Social Landscapes
The group exhibition showcases paintings, installations and video art of six artists—Ang Banang, Han Sann, Myint Soe Oo, Thoe Htein, Thu Myat and Wunna Aung, who love to reflect the modern political and social landscapes of Myanmar.
— The Irrawaddy

 

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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

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