Myanmar morning news for December 28

Myanmar morning news for December 28

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar army accused of detaining civilians amid clashes with ethnic forces
Villagers in areas of western Myanmar’s Rakhine state said Thursday that government army soldiers are detaining civilians they accuse of supporting Rakhine rebels amid fighting between the Arakan Army and Myanmar troops.
— Radio Free Asia

In Facebook’s reverse reality, journalists are called traitors
Social media posts about the jailed Reuters journalists shows that many users believe they betrayed the country because they reported unpalatable facts.
— Frontier Myanmar

Whistleblower police captain in Reuters case set for release next week: wife
Former police captain and whistleblower Moe Yan Naing is set to be released from prison next week after serving almost a year for violating the Police Disciplinary Act with his dramatic courtroom testimony that seemed to exculpate two jailed Reuters journalists, his wife has told Coconuts Yangon.
— Coconuts Yangon

Yangon to enjoy full electrification ration in 2020-21
Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) is trying to ensure full electrification ratio within Yangon Region in 2020-2021, said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy.
— Eleven Media

Some 600 workers from two Bago factories open protest camp after failed negotiations
About 600 workers from Greatmen Myanmar Garment Factory and Bell Mart Myanmar Garment Factory in Nyaunginn Industrial Zone in Bago Region opened a protest camp on December 26 as they could not reach a compromise with their employers.
— Eleven Media

De-mining mission along China-Myanmar border kicks off
The Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army on Thursday launched an emergency landmine-sweeping mission along the border of China and Myanmar, in the city of Mangshi in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
— Xinhua

Yunnan police seize over 52kg of opium
Early in December, police in Tengchong city received a tip-off on a planned cross-border drug deal from Myanmar.
— Xinhua

First female military pilots take to the skies
The first-ever female pilots in the history of Myanmar military are already performing their duties shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts, said Myanmar Army chief, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
— The Irrawaddy

Authorities restricts movement and provisions supply in Kyauktaw
Authorities are restricting movement and provisions supply made by locals in Kyauktaw, an area where food and other rations are about depleted due to armed conflicts that had broken out.
— Eleven Media

Migrant workers return from Thailand
A total of 100 Myanmar migrant workers who were detained in Thailand for various reasons while working in southern Thailand were brought back to Kawthoung under the arrangement of the authorities of the two countries, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Dala property prices soar due to bridge project
After the government had approved the construction of Myanmar-Korea Friendship Bridge connecting to Dala Township, property prices have risen in a blur as rumors of small-scale industries as well as housing projects in Dala runs rampant.
— Eleven Media

Upgrade project: Yangon Circular Railway adds 20 more trips to help passengers
The Yangon Circular Railway is adding 20 more trips to its timetable for ease of passengers during the railway upgrade project, said U Zaw Lwin, the divisional traffic manager for the No.7 Division of Myanma Railways.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar\

MLCA signs agreement with real estate associations for quality apartments
Myanmar Licensed Constructors Association signed an agreement with Myanmar Engineering Society, Myanmar Real Estate Service Association and Myanmar Constructors Association to improve the quality of apartments being constructed in the country.
— Myanmar Business Today

Shuttle boat docked at Mayanchan port catches fire
A shuttle boat docked at Mayanchan port in Mandalay caught fire on December 26 due to an overheated kettle and six people including a university student and vessel owner were injured, according to Mandalay district fire services department.
— Eleven Media

UMFCCI requests government to allow exchange for Chinese Yuan and South Korea Won
The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) made a request to the Private Sector Development Committee chaired by Vice President U Myint Swe to allow providing exchange services for the Chinese Yuan and Korean Won.
— Myanmar Business Today

Interview with U Soe Min, Deputy Governor, the Central Bank of Myanmar, and U Win Myint, Deputy Director-General, Currency Management Department, the Central Bank of Myanmar
Circulations of counterfeit currency notes has jolted the public, and enveloped with worry and concern, which could eventually lead to sense of becoming deeply aggrieved to the citizens as well as the image of the nation.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Investments appoints Nicholas Paris as non-executive director
Paris is currently a director and portfolio manager with LIM Advisors Ltd of which, LIM Asia Special Situations Master Fund Ltd, a shareholder of Myanmar Investments which owns 7.7 million shares or a 20.5% stake forms part.
— Morningstar

Ajinomoto used as essential ingredient for tasty, healthy food in Myanmar
Myanmar is a multi-ethnic country which is enriched by all kinds of delicious dishes and here ‘Ajinomoto’ products are so popular that they have become an essential part of everyone’s food.
— Business Standard

To boost ties, India, Myanmar armed forces take relations to a new level
In a welcome move, 60 couples each from the Indian Army and the Myanmar Army visited the neighbouring countries recently to boost the centuries-old ties between the two nations.
— Times Now News

UN Human Rights Council to review human rights situation in Myanmar for third cycle in 2020
United Nations Human Rights Council will review human rights situation in Myanmar for the third cycle in 2020, said Vice-President Myint Swe. The remarks came from the opening speech of the Vice-President to the first coordination meeting of the national level committee for implementing recommendations on Universal Periodic Review at the meeting hall of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on December 26.
— Eleven Media

‘Myanmar wants to drive out all Muslims’: Q&A with Kyaw Hla Aung
Leading lawyer speaks to Al Jazeera on plans for repatriation of Rohingya refugees and anti-Muslim sentiment in Myanmar.
— Al Jazeera

Ethnic armed groups need to participate in the peace process: military chief
The Tatmadaw has suspended its military operations till April 30 2019 and ethnic armed groups need to participate in the peace process if they accept democracy and national development through national unity and solidarity, said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services.
— Eleven Media

Myanmar makes progress in harm reduction measures
Myanmar has been praised as taking up a “public health leadership role” in harm reduction programmes to prevent diseases associated with the use of drugs compared with its Asian neighbours, according to a recent report.
— The Myanmar Times

Nationalism undermines Myanmar’s transition to democracy
Political scientist Benedict Anderson observes in his book “Imagined Communities” that nationalism has “roots in fear and hatred of the Other, and affinities with racism.” As some political parties and local institutions revitalize nationalism, Myanmar’s democratic transition has not progressed far as expected.
— The Irrawaddy (opinion)

Tertiary education must contribute to regional, national, global interests: education minister
University teaching materials, pedagogy and cooperation with international universities and organizations should be applied to regional, national and global interests, said Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi.
— Eleven Media

President urged to rid school curriculum of ‘discriminatory’ language
More than 100 civil society groups wrote an open letter to President U Win Myint on Wednesday to complain about racism and religious discrimination in the elementary curriculum of both government and private schools.
— The Irrawaddy

Investing in change, together
Associations aimed at promoting savings are providing a platform for women’s empowerment and mobilisation in isolated villages in rural Rakhine State.
— Frontier Myanmar


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