Myanmar morning news for December 17

Myanmar morning news for December 17

Myanmar morning newsCollapse of bridge in northern Myanmar severs key route for China trade
A bridge on Myanmar’s border with China collapsed on Friday as a convoy of trucks loaded with rare earth mineral ore crossed, sending one vehicle plunging into the Irawaddy River and cutting off a key trade route between the two countries.
— Radio Free Asia

Judicial graft case raises questions over suspect’s appointment
Yangon Region’s former chief legal official is a defendant in a high-profile corruption case that has left the NLD government with some explaining to do.
— Frontier Myanmar

Tatmadaw forcing boat owners to transport troops in Buthidaung
The Myanmar Amy reportedly forced local boat owners to transport troops to the conflict zone in northern Rakhine State’s Buthidaung Township, where civilians have been caught in the crossfire in recent clashes with the Arakan Army.
— The Irrawaddy

IMF, World Bank revise down growth forecasts
The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have both cut GDP growth estimates for 2018-19 and warned of increasing risks to the economy, in part due to the Rakhine crisis.
— Frontier Myanmar

Army captain accused of killing man over missing ID card goes on trial
The wife of a man allegedly killed by a Myanmar Army officer seven months ago came face to face with the suspect for the first time in a court in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, on Dec. 10.
— The Irrawaddy

With China on its mind, India deepens engagement with Myanmar
India continues to deepen its strategic engagement with Myanmar, a key interlocutor in its Act East policy, amidst growing concerns of Chinese influence in the country.
— The Straits Times

Myanmar to invite tender to upgrade Yangon-Pyay railway in 2019
Myanmar is preparing to invite tender from international companies early next year to upgrade Yangon-Pyay railway, one of the most important sections in the country which carries some 75 percent of all rail passengers
— Xinhua

EU’s threat to scrap trade preferences spurs Myanmar’s reforms
Naypyitaw fights to win back investors in wake of Rohingya crisis.
— Nikkei Asia Review (paywall)

Myanmar national ship crew feared drowned near Pantai Bersih (updated)
Penang Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) operations officer Redzuan Saidin said the department received information on the incident at about 1pm today before a team of firemen and a fire engine rushed to the location.
— The Sun Daily

Myanmar Air Force inaugurate 7 new aircrafts to mark 71st anniversary
Myanmar Air Force has inaugurated a total of seven new aircrafts and helicopters into the force to mark the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, according to a release of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services Sunday.
— Xinhua

Protesting workers arrested on march to Nay Pyi Taw
Workers marching from Bagan to Nay Pyi Taw to ask for government help with a labour dispute in Mandalay Region were arrested by police on Thursday.
— The Myanmar Times

Border cops in tourism deal
The Thai Border Patrol Police force has reached an agreement with its Myanmar counterpart to turn parts of the western forest in Kanchanaburi’s Thong Pha Phum district into a new tourist attraction.
— The Bangkok Post

China welcomes peace efforts between Myanmar govt, armed groups
China welcomes and supports the peace efforts of the Myanmar government and three ethnic armed groups, saying that it is willing to continue playing a constructive role in Myanmar‘s peace process.
— The Moveefy

Man wanted for Thai pub killing arrested in Shan State
A man wanted for shooting dead a person at a pub in southern Thailand’s Trang province and wounding eight others last month has been arrested in Myanmar.
— The Myanmar Times

Foreign insurance firms may start operations by April 2019: regulator
Qualified foreign insurance providers will receive licenses to operate in Myanmar by April next year.
— The Myanmar Times

‘Better trade ties will benefit both India and Myanmar’
Improved trade and investment will bring many benefits to both countries says leaders and members of the business community in Myanmar and India.
— The Myanmar Times

Myanmar, S.Korean firm launch solar energy plant in Rakhine state
A stake driving ceremony has been held in Manaung township, Myanmar’s Rakhine stake to build a solar power plant which can supply 24-hour electricity to more than 1,000 households, Myanmar News Agency reported Sunday.
— Infosurhoy

Myanmar Metals Limited (MYL.AX) Churns Higher 3.51% For the Week
Myanmar Metals Limited (MYL.AX) shares are showing positive signals short-term as the stock has finished higher by 3.51% for the week.
— Steele Herald

Telenor Myanmar trials NB-IoT with Ericsson
Telenor Myanmar has announced the successful trial of Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology on its LTE network.
— Futureiot

Moving forward with courage, metta and perseverance
There are very few people like Daw Nang Lang Kham, deputy CEO of Kanbawza (KBZ) Bank Ltd who has achieved a lot within the early years of her career.
— The Myanmar Times

Eld’s deer population declines from habitat loss, hunting
The Friends of Wildlife (FOW) group said that in the past 55 years the number of townships across the country where Eld’s deer are found had dropped from 60 to 20.
— The Myanmar Times

Children’s health must be priority
Early childhood is arguably the most crucial stage of life.
— The Myanmar Times

Yangon’s Pansodan Street: where you can get a cockroach removed from your ear, among many things
Pansodan Street, the beating heart of Myanmar’s biggest city, remains home to some obscure professions.
— South China Morning Post

The tramp of Tarmwe
You can hardly miss him in his iconic toothbrush moustache and black hat – it’s Charlie Chaplin, well, the Myanmar version, anyway – U Charlie.
— The Myanmar Times

An old master kept in fragments
Sayar Chone’s painting, “Life of Buddha”, is a rare piece from the 19th Century.
— The Myanmar Times

Traveling exhibition on ‘upcycling’ reaches Yangon
A traveling exhibition promoting the virtues of “upcycling” is making a two-week stop in Yangon.
— The Irrawaddy

State Counsellor seeks end to public discrimination against leprosy patients
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged people to stop discriminating against leprosy patients, as the country struggles to combat the disease.
— The Myanmar Times


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges International Human Solidarity Day, December 17.

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