Myanmar morning news for December 5

Myanmar morning news for December 5

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar’s Eleven Media journalists refuse to apologize to Yangon Government over report
Three journalists from Myanmar’s Eleven Media Group have refused to apologize to the Yangon regional government for a report criticizing its business dealings and budget, and they stand behind the reporting that prompted criminal charges of incitement against them, said the news outlet’s editor-in-chief on Tuesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Officials say boat carrying Rohingya Muslims lands in Indonesia
Indonesian authorities said a boat carrying 20 men believed to be Rohingya Muslims landed on the northeastern shore of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Tuesday.
— Reuters

EU tariffs on Myanmar, Cambodia rice unclear after EU countries vote
European Union countries failed on Tuesday to determine whether to impose tariffs on rice coming from Cambodia and Myanmar from the start of next year to curb a surge in imports, leaving the European Commission to take the final decision.
— Euronews

South Korean loan to help fund e-government data centre project
The government will use a US$93.8 million (K147.3 billion) loan from South Korea to construct a data centre to support e-government processes.
— The Myanmar Times

Myanmar coal mining ‘causing environmental disasters’
Lack of regulation blamed for pollution in Shan State, where many Chinese companies are investing in hazardous mining.
— Al Jazeera

KNU warns against conflict as govt farmland laws contradict its farmland policy, management
Karen National Union has urged the government to take precautionary measures as its farmland-related laws contradict KNU’s farmland policy and management, paving the way for possible disruption to the ongoing peace process and conflict.
— Eleven Myanmar

Religion Minister says ‘extreme religion’ remarks aimed at Rohingya
Myanmar’s religious affairs and culture minister said on Tuesday that his recent remarks branding an unspecified faith an “extreme religion” did not refer to all Muslims but only to “Bengalis.”
— The Irrawaddy

Muslims upset over Myanmar minister’s comment
Myanmar’s Muslim community is dismayed over a government minister’s comment about “extreme religion” when he appeared to refer to Islam.
— UCA News

Myanmar religion minister says Rohingya ‘brainwashed’ to ‘march’ on the country
Myanmar’s Minister for Religion on Tuesday (Dec 4) said Rohingya Muslim refugees living in neighbouring Bangladesh are being “brainwashed” into “marching” on the Buddhist-majority nation, amid a diplomatic feud over the fate of the persecuted minority.
— Channel News Asia

Indian President to visit Myanmar as part of Indo-Pacific strategy
President Ram Nath Kovind, will pay a State Visit to Myanmar from 10-14 December as part of Delhi’s Indo-Pacific strategy.
— The Economic Times

Shan organization in Myanmar calls for dialogue to stop inter-ethnic conflict
An ethnic Shan political organization has called for dialogue to bring about a cease-fire between opposing Shan armies in beleaguered eastern Myanmar, in an attempt to stop the fighting and advance the country’s faltering peace process.
— Radio Free Asia

IDPs worried land will be grabbed under new law
Internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kachin and northern Shan states are concerned that they will lose the rights to their land under the Vacant, Fallow, and Virgin Land Management Act of 2018.

Govt must become an open government: Vice President
The e-Government Conference and ICT Exhibition 2018 which was held last week, was a vital event for implementing e-Government in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Business Today

U Than Shwe shows his hand
Former strongman Senior General Than Shwe is officially retired, but he still exerts an influence.
— The Irrawaddy

MPC meets chief editor, chief reporter of Weekly Eleven Journal regarding Yangon govt complaint
Myanmar Press Council (MPC) met with the Chief Editor and Chief Reporter of Weekly Eleven Journal regarding the complaint filed by the Yangon Region government at the MPC office in Botahtaung Township on December 3.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar to consider low-interest loans from China for Economic Corridor
Amid concerns that the multi-billion-dollar economic corridor agreement will leave Myanmar in a debt trap, a senior government official has offered reassurances that the government will seek the lowest interest rates possible on loans from China for projects along the corridor.
— The Irrawaddy

Activists call for clear minimum marriage age in draft child rights law
Women’s rights advocates have raised concerns over the absence of a clearly defined minimum age of marriage in the proposed Child Rights Law currently before Parliament.
— The Irrawaddy

CNF to continue on NCA path
The Chin National Front (CNF) agreed in a recent meeting of its leadership to keep moving forward in Burma’s current peace process, which centers on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

The ball is now in Myanmar’s court
The November 15 attempt to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar has failed. And that was destined too, despite wholehearted efforts from Bangladesh. Although Myanmar officials were quick to blame their Bangladesh counterparts for the “failure”, the ground reality provided a different picture.
— The Daily Star

Hong Kong firms eye investments in country’s infrastructure, logistics
Hong Kong companies are looking for investment opportunities in Myanmar, especially in infrastructure and logistics support, according to Stephen Liang, assistant executive director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
— The Myanmar Times

Foreign banks allowed to set foreign currency loan interest rate
The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) said foreign banks are free to set their own interest rate as long as those loans are in foreign currencies.
— The Myanmar Times

Govt to take action against improper trade documentation
The Ministry of Commerce says it will now be taking action against individuals or companies for the improper preparation of documentation for export and import invoices or sales contracts.
— The Myanmar Times

Women’s rights activist Yee Mon Htun on the necessity of political will for change in Myanmar
Despite having spent most of her life outside of her home country, Yee Mon Htun has devoted her career to empowering marginalized groups in Myanmar, and globally.

Regional government can run projects without foreign loan: Yangon mayor
The regional government can run projects including excavation work of Ngamoeyeik creep, which is suspended by the regional parliament, with the state funds said Yangon Mayor Maung Maung Soe.
Eleven Myanmar

Mark Zuckerberg has lost control of Facebook
There can be little doubt that monopoly control over millions of people’s personal data and the flow of news and information online poses a clear and present threat to democracy. And Facebook’s management has shown time and again that it cannot be trusted to behave responsibly.
— The Myanmar Times

KNU demands Tatmadaw halt road construction in 4 districts
The Karen National Union (KNU), a major ethnic armed organization based in Karen State, has called on the Myanmar Army to stop building roads connecting four districts in the north of the state.
— The Irrawaddy

Government expects more Japanese tourists in 2019
Myanmar expects more Japanese tourists next year because of the relaxation of visa regulations for Asian tourists, including those from Japan, a senior tourism official said.
— The Myanmar Times

Out with opium, in with coffee as Myanmar targets speciality market
Myanmese entrepreneur Ngwe Tun plans to send a shipment of expensive Geisha coffee to Hong Kong in April next year, notching up another first for the country’s fledgling “speciality” coffee industry.
— South China Morning Post

Myanmar’s two financial lending systems
Myanmar’s rank in the 2019 Ease of Doing Business Ranking published by World Bank has remained the same holding the 171st spot. The country’s trade deficit in the six-month transitional fiscal year of 2018, however, has dropped by $500 million compared to the same period of 2017-2018 Fiscal Year.
— Myanmar Business Today

Employers encouraged to embrace disability inclusion
There is a business case for hiring and supporting disabled employees, and companies can now do so with the help of a guidebook.
— The Myanmar Times

Myanmar-U.S. trade hits over US$450m in mini-budget period
Trade between Myanmar and the United States totaled over 455.7 million U.S. dollars in the six-month mini-budget or transitional period from April to September this year, according to the Commerce Ministry Saturday.
— Myanmar Business Today

Myanmar’s export to China’s Hong Kong surpasses import in mini-budget period
Trade between Myanmar and China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) hit 238.5 million U.S. dollars in the six-month mini-budget or transitional period from April to September with Myanmar’s export to the region surpassing import.
— Myanmar Business Today

Authorities warn Myanmar traders about crackdown on illegal diesel export
Ministry of Commerce warned Myanmar traders and wholesale centers about the crackdown made by the Chinese government on illegal diesel export along the border area with Yunnan Province.
— Eleven Myanmar

Time to change standard and quality of rice in Myanmar
Simple and unsophisticated operation is there in Myanmar regarding the business sector of paddy and rice in the country such as (1) local dealing and (2) foreign trading.
— Ministry of Information

Myanmar continues carp export to Bangladesh
As Myanmar continues to export carp to Bangladesh through the Maungdaw border in Rakhine State, nearly 200,000 kilos of carp worth over US$180,000 was exported in November.
— Eleven Myanmar

$2.4m investment in Myanmar for sustainable rubber production
The DaNa Facility, a UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) funded programme, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), have announced a joint investment of over $2.4 million in an innovative project aimed to change global rubber production.
— Myanmar Business Today

Myanmar to host int’l textile, garment expo in Yangon in December
An international textile and garment expo hosted by Myanmar will take place in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon from Dec. 6-9, according to the event organizer Monday.
— Myanmar Business Today

Women cart drivers take over traditional men’s job in Inwa
Twenty kilometres from Mandalay city is the ancient imperial city of Inwa, which was the capital of the Myanmar kingdom three different times between the 14th and 16th centuries.
— The Myanmar Times


Feature photo UNHCR/Roger Arnold

This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, December 5


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A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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