Myanmar morning news for December 21

Myanmar morning news for December 21

Myanmar morning newsOver 700 People Flee Homes as Tatmadaw, AA Clash in Northern Rakhine
More than 700 villagers have been displaced by clashes between the Myanmar Army (or Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army (AA) in northern Rakhine State.
— The Irrawaddy

Urgent : Myanmar forces conduct ‘clearance operations’ after two killed in Rakhine state
Yangon – Myanmar forces are conducting new rounds of “clearance operations” in conflict-hit Rakhine state after four local Buddhists were attacked and two killed, the commander-in-chief’s office said Thursday, with one of the incidents blamed on Rohingya Muslims.
— The Nation

Young Yangon entrepreneurs get business skills boost in Myanmar
Students, entrepreneurs and businesswomen were among the first graduates of an UNCTAD entrepreneurship training course held in Yangon, Myanmar, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and international telecommunications company Ooredoo from 15–20 December.
— United Nations

National ID cards wrongly issued to 21 Rohingya: Minister
The Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population will take action against its own officials who issued national registration cards (NRCs) to Rohingya, wrongly identifying them as ethnic Kaman of Rakhine State.
— The Irrawaddy

The misrule of Inle Lake
Inle Lake and its mismanagement is a case study in the limits of devolution under the 2008 Constitution, and the dispossession of ethnic communities.
— Frontier Myanmar

Bodies of two missing Arakanese fishermen found with throats cut
The bodies of two Arakanese men who went missing in Rakhine State’s Maungdaw on Monday were recovered with their throats slit on Thursday morning.
— The Irrawaddy

Christian home stoned, vandalized during Christmas prayer in Magwe
Police in Magwe Region’s Gangaw Township have received a criminal complaint against residents of Paw Lel Village accused of a violent Monday night attack on a house where local Christians were praying.
— The Irrawaddy

Prisons built for 66,000 people are holding 92,000, says watchdog
Reducing chronic overcrowding in Myanmar’s prisons is an essential first step to reforming the criminal justice system, says a report by civil society group, Assistance Association of Political Prisoners (Burma).
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar seizes fake currency notes in southern region
Myanmar authorities seized some fake currency notes in the denomination of 10,000 Myanmar kyats in the southern Tanintharyi …
— Xinhua

Two suspects in killing of family arrested in Myanmar
Myanmar police have arrested two men wanted for the killing of a family of four in Tak’s Mae Sot district over the weekend.
— The Nation

Minister pledges fair treatment of worker found with fake kyat
The case of the migrant worker, recently returned from abroad, who was arrested and charged with possession of fake kyat banknotes will be handled with full transparency, Labour Minister U Thein Swe said.
— The Myanmar Times

Govt coordinating with military to lay out federal plan next year
The Myanmar government is coordinating with the military to present the federal system it has accepted in 2019, said Dr Min Zaw Oo, executive director of Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security.
— The Irrawaddy

Govt urged to allow free movement of local, international organizations to counter accusations against Rakhine issue
The International Relations Committee of the Lower House has suggested that the government allow local and foreign organizations and media to have free movement in order to effectively respond to international accusations and pressure on the Rakhine issue.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar, China discuss about tranquility in northern Myanmar
Naypyitaw-Myanmar and China had discussed peace, tranquility and development of border area in northern Myanmar, according to the announcement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs released yesterday.
— Eleven Myanmar

Released migrant workers enter Kawthoung border gate from Thailand
MYEIK-99 Myanmar migrant workers who had been detained at the various places in Thailand have returned via the border gate in Kawthoung Township, Taninthayi Region, on the evening of December 18th.
— Eleven Myanmar

ANP member MP likely to face action for canvassing for another party in by-election
Arakan National Party will take action against Lower House MP Aung Thaung Shwe for Buthidaung Constituency in Rakhine State for canvassing votes for another party in the November by-election, said the party’s central executive committee member and Lower House MP Pe Than.
— Eleven Myanmar

Minor quake jolts southern Myanmar, no damage reported
A 3.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Myanmar’s Bago region late on Thursday, said a press release from the country’s Meteorology
— Xinhua

Myanmar Strategic Reports Narrowed Loss In First Half After EXERA Buy
Myanmar Strategic Holdings Ltd on Thursday said its loss narrowed in the first half of its current financial year following the acquisition of EXERA.
— Morning Star UK

Govt to start freeze-drying snake antivenom in 2019
The government will next year start producing freeze-dried snake antivenom that can be stored at room temperature, Industry Minister U Khin Maung Cho said.
— The Myanmar Times

Gov’t to raise pension pay in January next year
The government will raise the salaries of pensioners beginning January next year, said Win Htike, the deputy permanent secretary of Ministry of Planning and Finance, on December 19.
— Eleven Myanmar

Mandalay poultry growers warn of problems from high costs
The country’s poultry industry could face serious trouble caused by high production costs, according to the Mandalay Region Livestock Breeding Federation.
— The Myanmar Times

Economic corridor with China key to Myanmar’s peace process
Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi was appointed the chairwoman of a panel to oversee Belt and Road initiative (BRI) projects on December 7.
— Global Times

China, Myanmar hold diplomacy, defense consultation
China and Myanmar on Tuesday held their fourth round of diplomacy and defense consultations in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, exchanging views on the situation in northern Myanmar.
— Mizzima

New technology to make Mandalay ‘a safe city’
The Mandalay government will use modern technology to ensure the safety of the public and to improve law enforcement, a senior regional official said.
— The Myanmar Times

Japanese fund vocational skills institute
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed an agreement with the government to establish and fund the Japan-Myanmar Aung San Vocational Training Institute.
— The Myanmar Times

Myanmar, Japan to cooperate in turning out agriculturalists
Under a bilateral technological exchange programme, Myanmar will cooperate with Japan in turning highly skilled agriculturalists and establishing more research centres, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar urged to elevate 5G push
Aa governmenets around the world gear up to usher in the fifth generation of wireless technology atop their digital agendas, Myanmar should follow this trend by adopting 5G as a national strategy for the next decade, a forum has heard.
— The Nation

Roads well travelled
Myanmar driver-turned-tycoon cites honesty and integrity as keys to building business and international partnerships.
— The Myanmar Times

AirAsia still planning to enter Myanmar
Low-cost airline AirAsia remains committed to expanding into Myanmar as part of its regional strategy in Indo-China, Riad Asmat, the firm’s CEO, said.
— The Myanmar Times

Awra Trading Co to supply LPG as petrol alternative in Yangon
Awra Trading Co Ltd will start supplying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as an alternative to petrol in Yangon, said chair U Kyaw Myo Naing. On December 16, the local company launched its LPG Auto Gas Filling Station & LPG Conversion Kit Installation Center in Shwe Pauk Kan Industrial Zone, Yangon.
— The Myanmar Times

Fisheries ministry needed for sector development and better exports
The Myanmar livestock and fisheries sectors have not lived up to their potential under the remit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and needs to be a separate ministry in order to fully grow and develop, said U Zaw Aye Maung, Rakhine ethnic minister in Yangon Regional Government.
— The Myanmar Times

The survival story of Sattar: A Rohingya boy from Myanmar
Sattar, his mother and eight of his siblings fled their homes in Myanmar after uniformed troops attacked their village. Many of their neighbors were killed and they still do not know the whereabouts of their father.
— Jewish World Watch


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