Myanmar morning news for December 27

Myanmar morning news for December 27

Myanmar morning newsUK to press for release of Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar
The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has pledged to make the fight to release of two Reuters journalists imprisoned by the Burmese government a top priority for the coming year.
— The Guardian

Average inflation rate accounts for 6.66 % in November this year
The average inflation rate accounted for 6.66 % in November and it also continued rising a little in October. The inflation rate increased for eight consecutive months during this year, said a source of Central Statistics Organisation.
— Eleven Media

Seoul welcomes start of construction of new bridge in Myanmar
South Korea’s presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, today welcomed the start of construction for a new bridge in Myanmar, saying it will help improve the livelihood of people in the Southeast-Asian nation and relations between the two countries.

Taiwan’s aluminium maker launches $13m Thilawa plant
Taiwan’s top aluminium maker has launched its first manufacturing plant in Myanmar. Abba Aluminium Co, headquartered in Taoyuan, held the opening ceremony for its factory in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on December 24.
— The Myanmar Times

Rohingya end hard year still in limbo
More than 750,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military attacks in Myanmar remain in Bangladesh camps as future repatriation and resettlement plans remain unclear.
— Voice of America

Businesses “wait and see” as govt plans for GAD transfer
The business community will “wait and see” if the transfer of the General Administration Department (GAD) to civilian control improves the bureaucracy and regulatory environment for those doing business outside major cities.
— The Myanmar Times

UN Members thwart China’s bid to gut funds for Myanmar probe
United Nations member countries thwarted an attempt by China to slash proposed funding for investigations into Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims. This ensures that a newly established UN body will have the necessary financing to gather and preserve criminal evidence for future trials.
— Human Rights Watch

Arakan league for democracy founder murdered
A member on the central executive committee of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) was murdered at his residence in Kyar Inn Taung village in Rakhine State’s Myebon Township on Monday.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar military shifts control of drug treatment centers to civilian-led government
Myanmar’s armed forces have completed their handover of the country’s drug rehabilitation centers under the Ministry of Home Affairs to the government, in the latest move by the military officers to transfer some of the services under its auspices to civilian control, a government minister said Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

More villagers flee fighting between rival armed groups in Northern Shan
More than 600 people have fled their homes in northern Shan State’s Hsipaw Township since Monday to escape fighting between rival ethnic armed groups, according to a volunteer aid worker.
— The Irrawaddy

Tatmadaw denies fighting with TNLA
Brig. Gen. Zaw Lin Tun, Deputy Director of Public Relations and Psychological Warfare, said that they did not fight with Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) troops after December 21, denying a statement issued by TNLA.
— Mizzima

IMG Group launches venture capital facility in Indonesia
Myanmar-based corporate venture capital (CVC) providing seed stage funding, UMG Idealab has started its venture journey in Indonesia with 11 portfolios to date.
— Digital News Asia

Seoul welcomes start of construction of new bridge in Myanmar
South Korea’s presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, today welcomed the start of construction for a new bridge in Myanmar, saying it will help improve the livelihood of people in the Southeast-Asian nation and relations between the two countries.
— Malaysia Kini

Tin ore imports from Myanmar down 45% YoY in Nov
China’s tin ore and concentrates imports totalled 17,884 mt in November, of which 17,398 mt originated from Myanmar, according to the latest customs statistics.
— Shanghai Metals Market

Local fuel prices fall by 17% to 32% in over two months
Local fuel oil prices have decreased by 17 percent to over 32 percent over the past two months due to decreasing global oil prices and slight fluctuation in dollar price, according to local filling stations.
— Eleven Media

MA Technicals at a glance for Myanmar Metals Limited (MYL.AX) shares
Myanmar Metals Limited (MYL.AX) are being closely watched by investors as the firm’s Mesa Adaptive Moving Average (MAMA) has moved above the Fractional Adaptive Moving Average (FAMA), indicating that a potential upward move might be forthcoming.
— Martin Business Telegraph

Myanmar provides travellers from 54 countries visa on arrival services
Myanmar had allowed E-visa services for travellers from more than 100 countries with provided visa on arrival services for travellers from 54 countries including citizens from United States, United Kingdom and many European countries, according to Ministry of Labours, Immigration and Population.
— Eleven Media

Fake 10,000-Kyat notes confiscated in Tamway, North Okkalapa townships
Tamway police officers arrested a man in possession of 19 fake 10,000-Kyat notes at a local festival on Kyauk Myaung Street at 8:45 pm on 24 December.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon-Pathein-Yangon flight inaugurated
A new Yangon-Pathein-Yangon flight began its maiden trip from Yangon to Pathein in Ayeyawady Region yesterday, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Western Command isn’t included in theater list of halting military activities
The Western Command has not been included in the theater list of halting military activities as the ARSA terrorist group has been active there, said Brig-Gen Zaw Lin Tun, Deputy Director of Directorate of Public Relations and Psychological Warfare.
— Eleven Media

DKBA chief shares views on peace process and development
The Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), an ethnic armed group which broke away from the Karen National Union (KNU) in 1994, is currently a stakeholder and signatory of Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
— The Irrawaddy

Northern Alliance guarantees cessation of attacks if military keeps promise
Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Ta’aung National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Arakan Army (AA), the Northern Alliance, have issued a joint statement saying that they will cease their attacks if Myanmar’s military fulfil promise of halting offensives.
— Eleven Media

Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu provides cash assistance to displaced people
Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu together with officials visited Taungminkalar village in Kyauktaw Township, Rakhine State yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Mango Group scores big at Campaign Asia Agency of the Year Awards 2018
Mango Group, Myanmar’s largest integrated marketing communications company, has scored huge wins at the Campaign Asia Agency of the Year Awards held at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia in Singapore.
— Myanmar Business Today

Locals plan to open a new resort on an island in Ayeyawady River
A new resort will be opened on an island in Ayeyawady River in Shwebo Township, Sagaing Region, said MP Moe Kyaw Thu of No.1 Shwebo Constituency. Locals have named it “Shwe Kyun Thar”, located near Saepin Village on the river. The intention to open the resort is to provide knowledge of how the scouts are giving trainings, he said.
— Eleven Myanmar

Some villages in Kayah State still lack access to electricity
Several village-tracts in western part of Pruhso Township, Kayah State have no access to electricity as well as severe lack of services in education and health sectors, according to faculty members of schools there.
— Eleven Media

Firefighters battle midnight blaze at Yangon Psychiatric Hospital
A fire broke out at the Ywar Thar Gyi Yangon Psychiatric Health Hospital in East Dagon Township at midnight last night, with 50 fire trucks arriving at the scene after the danger level was raised to Level Three (out of six levels) based on the rapid spread and escalating seriousness of the flames.
— Coconuts Yangon

4 killed, 2 injured in ambulance crash in Myanmar
Four people including a driver have been killed and two others injured in an ambulance crash in Myanmar’s Mandalay region, the Home Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday.
— Mizzima

Christians, Buddhists brawl in southern Rakhine on Christmas Eve
At least two ethnic Chin preparing for a Christmas Day event were injured in a mob attack led by Buddhist monks on Monday in southern Rakhine State’s Ann Township, according to a local priest.
— The Irrawaddy

Maungtaw Tsp security officers seize illegal drugs from runaway suspects
Security forces conducting an undercover surveillance operation near Maungtaw Tsp Area 4 discovered 5 suspects approaching the border fence 100 yards away from their hiding place yesterday. The officers called out the suspects to halt, but the suspects ran away, prompting officers to fire 3 warning shots.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

SA vote in support of UN resolution on human rights in Myanmar part of ‘new approach’ – Sisulu
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said South Africa’s vote in support of the passing of the resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar on Saturday in the UN General Assembly was a demonstration of a new dawn in South African foreign policy and a return to its founding principles of standing against human rights violations.
— News 24

Indian and Myanmar Army families on reciprocal visits for better ties
For better people-to-people connect between the two countries, 60 couples from the Army’s Eastern Command completed a two-day trip to Myanmar on Christmas Day.
— Times of India

Century-old monastery in Sagaing needs maintenance
A 100-year-old ancient Buddhist monastery in Thatun Village-tract, Myaung Township, Sagaing Region, is badly in need of renovation and maintenance, according to local sources.
— Eleven Media

Celebrating the manau, and a Thai king’s gift
In northern Thailand, a Kachin village dances the sacred manau to celebrate the gift of land granted to them by a Thai king.
— Frontier Media

Cash donation ceremony for Eternal Peace Pagoda held in Yangon
The fourth cash donation ceremony for the Eternal Peace Pagoda which is under construction in Nay Pyi Taw was held at Vijaya Mingalar Dhamma Hall on Thiri Mingalar Kaba-Aye Hillock in Mayangon Township, Yangon yesterday morning
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Pilgrims throng Bagan-NyaungU archaeological zone
Foreign and local travellers are flocking to the Bagan-NyaungU Archaeological zone for the Christmas holidays, said U Aung Kyaing, the chairman of the Htilominlo Pagoda’s board of trustees.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

‘Icon of courage’: photographer captures the last Kayin men’s leg tattoos
German photographer Jens Uwe Parkitny’s photography exhibition opened last Friday at the Goethe-Institut showing the disappearing leg tattoos of Kayin men.
— Mizzima


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