Myanmar morning news for August 27

Myanmar morning news for August 27

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar court to deliver verdicts on jailed Reuters reporters
A court in Myanmar is set to hand down verdicts on Monday in the case of two Reuters journalists accused of obtaining secret state documents.
— Reuters

Myanmar’s Print Media Struggles to Survive
We are going to talk about the dwindling numbers of newspapers and journals at newsstands during the National League for Democracy-led government term. I have invited U Ko Ko (RIT) of Democracy Today and the Yangon Times, and Ko Zaw Thet Htwe of Tomorrow and the Healthcare Journals.
— The Irrawaddy

Pompeo decries ‘abhorrent ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar on anniversary
The United States will continue to hold accountable those responsible for what he described as the “abhorrent ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday.
— Channel NewsAsia

Latest inclusion roadmap targets digital financial services
The change in the new roadmap for Financial Inclusion Roadmap (2018-2022) will involve creating a digital services working group managed by Central Bank and Financial Regulatory Department (FRD), U Zaw Naing, FRD director general, told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Do Modern Food Trends Pose Risks to our Health?
When American fast food giant KFC arrived in Myanmar in 2015 there was a storm of excitement.
— The Irrawaddy

Amata Holding preps for YSX listing on back of strong tourism potential
U Win Aung, CEO of Amata Holding Public Company, is preparing to list his company on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) to take full advantage of the upcoming opportunities he believes lie ahead for the Myanmar tourism industry.
— Myanmar Times

Traffic control center project faces delay
Traffic control center project faces a delay due to a dispute between the region government and the company, said Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on August 24.
— Eleven Myanmar

Overflowing rivers boost cruises
In the Mekong region, river cruises cover Cambodia, Laos and even the white sandy islets of the Mergui archipelago in Myanmar.
— TR Weekly

Taxes on tobacco and alcohols increased in Union Taxation Bill
According to the Union Taxation Bill for 2018-2019 FY submitted by the Ministry of Planning and Finance on behalf of the Union government, taxes levied on cigarette, cheroots and alcohols are raised.
— Eleven Myanmar

Tatmadaw Cracks Down on Posters Celebrating 71st Mon Revolution Day
The Myanmar Army (or Tatmadaw) has ordered that signboards announcing this weekend’s commemoration of the 71st Mon Revolution Day be taken down or changed, on the grounds that they advocate rebellion against the central government amid the ongoing peace process between ethnic Mon and Naypyitaw.
— The Irrawaddy

Report: Phyo Myat Aung wins Myanmar Idol season 3
Unfortunately though I was unable to learn much about either the winner or the third season of Myanmar Idol, so I present some random observations instead.
— Frontier Myanmar

Rice prices in Wadan rice wholesale increase
Wadan rice wholesale market which mainly sells rice for the domestic use is now selling with Ks.2000 to Ks.3000 increase per bag according to a meeting held between rice merchants, rice dealers and rice retail shop owners held on August 23 in Wadan rice wholesale market.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rohingya emergency one year on: UN says thousands of lives saved, but challenges remain
Deadly disease outbreaks have also been held at bay in Cox’s Bazar despite “all the conditions being in place for a massive epidemic”, he said, noting that outbreaks of measles, diphtheria, polio, cholera and rubella have been contained thanks to preventive inoculation campaigns that have required four million doses of vaccine.
— AEC News Today PR Newswire (media release)

Donor makes wheelchair dream come true for health hero
Frontier’s recent story of an inspirational young man providing medical care in his Mon State village has received a happy ending thanks to a generous Yangon donor.
— Frontier Myanmar

UK urges Myanmar to grant UN access to northern Rakhine
Upon the anniversary of the publication of the Kofi Annan-led Commission recommendations on August 24, the British government has called on Myanmar to provide “unfettered and effective access” for UN agencies to northern Rakhine in order to have “sustainable progress” in resolving “a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented proportions”.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay’s masterpiece in the art of woodwork
One of Myanmar’s finest teak monasteries is being painstakingly restored to its resplendent glory with funding assistance from the United States.
— Frontier Myanmar

Militant group claims ‘legitimate right’ to defend Rohingya
Rohingya militants whose deadly attacks last year spurred the ruthless Myanmar army crackdown that drove 700,000 of the minority into Bangladesh said Saturday it acted to “defend” the Muslim group from persecution.
— Coconuts Yangon

Agreement sees Thailand provide medical services to Myanmar’s Rakhine state
Thailand will support Myanmar’s plan to introduce mobile medical services in impoverished Rakhine state.
— The Nation

Militant group claims ‘legitimate right’ to defend Rohingya
Rohingya militants whose deadly attacks last year spurred the ruthless Myanmar army crackdown that drove 700,000 of the minority into Bangladesh said Saturday it acted to “defend” the Muslim group from persecution.
— Coconuts Yangon

K-books and the mini-library
South Korea’s soft power is as big as the country is small and Myanmar did not escape the K-pop craze.
— Myanmar Times

UPDJC’s political party delegates, Kachin public to meet in Myitkyina
Political party delegates from the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) and the Kachin public will meet in the Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina on August 31.
— BNI

132 Southeast Asian MPs call for ICC referral for Myanmar
More than 130 lawmakers from five countries in Southeast Asia have called on the UN Security Council to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over atrocities committed by Myanmar security forces against the Rohingya in Rakhine State.
— Coconuts Yangon

Gov’t, KNPP unable to meet as previously agreed
“Our delegation met with the PC (Peace Commission) while they were going to attend the third session of the 21st Century Panglong.
— BNI

The fall of literary magazines
Shumawa magazine allowed many aspiring writers to make a name for themselves in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Year After Rohingya Massacres, Top Generals Unrepentant and Unpunished
On the eve of the anniversary of a military-led ethnic-cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the nation’s commander in chief, Sen. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, was in Russia on an arms-buying expedition.
— The New York Times

India-Myanmar border cross opening shows Act East Policy in action: panelists
Mizzima Editor in Chief Soe Myint recently took part in the events involved in this historic opening, crossing by land from Myanmar to Manipur in India and joining a discussion broadcast on Impact TV India on 19 August.
— Mizzima

Bus Time or Book Time
Most of Aung Kyaw Nyein’s time is wasted on the road – another victim of Yangon’s traffic. Going from his home in Kamayut to work takes about an hour, sometimes even more.
— Myanmar Times

One year since Myanmar army crackdown, Rohingya seek justice
Refugees living in Bangladesh camps protest and demand rights, 12 months after fleeing Myanmar army’s brutal crackdown.
— Aljazeera

Operators unfazed as Myanmar slows
YOUNG entrepreneurs in Myanmar remain upbeat on the country’s economic outlook despite weakening of the kyat, high inflation and delay to reform.
— The Nation

Justice still eludes the Rohingya refugees
For the past 12 months, some 700,000 Rohingya refugees have been living in the confines of cramped camps in Cox’s Bazaar and elsewhere in Bangladesh, somewhat safe from the mobs, soldiers and security forces that burned their homes and razed their villages across Rakhine state in northeastern Myanmar.
— GulfNews

Next Code set to digitally reshape Myanmar’s healthcare sector
THOUGH MOST of the healthcare service providers in Myanmar are yet to become familiar with the latest technical solutions, Next Code Pte Ltd, a technology start-up that focuses on creating a digital healthcare platform, has big hopes of shaping the digital future of the nation’s healthcare industry.
— The Nation

Focus on BIMSTEC and the Bay of Bengal
While Myanmar has traditionally focused its multilateral efforts on ASEAN, it is also the member of a lesser known regional organization, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). Created in 1997, in Bangkok, and with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand as its other member-states, BIMSTEC’s mandate is back in the limelight these days because it focuses on the Bay of Bengal, the strategic heart of the Indo-Pacific.
— Mizzima

One year on, Rohingya refugees still in limbo
One year on, Rohingya refugees still in limbo
— Channel NewsAsia

Operators unfazed as Myanmar slows
YOUNG entrepreneurs in Myanmar remain upbeat on the country’s economic outlook despite weakening of the kyat, high inflation and delay to reform.
— The Nation

Over 100 children treated in Naga region for unidentified disease
The Ministry of Health, Infectious Diseases Eradication Department (Central) says over 100 children in Don Hee Town, Nan Yun Township, Naga Autonomous Administrative Area were being treated for an unidentified disease.
— Mizzima

Rohingya still fleeing Myanmar one year after crisis | Video
Over the last few months, Rohingyas from Rakhine state continue to trickle into Bangladesh, opting to stay in refugee camps rather than remain in Myanmar.
— Channel NewsAsia

Tiny reminders of rape: Rohingya mothers cradle the unwanted
Yasmin is 33 days old. Wrapped in a checkered blanket, she writhes around in her makeshift crib, a rice sack attached to the ceiling with rope.
— CNN

 

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

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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