Myanmar morning news for July 18

Myanmar morning news for July 18

Myanmar morning newsJudge in Reuters case rejects evidence of police setup
Reuters reporter Wa Lone testified for the first time yesterday in the case being brought against him and fellow reporter Kyaw Soe Oo for allegedly violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act.
— Coconuts Yangon

Legislative reforms spur Myanmar hunt for Thai investments
MYANMAR is confident of attracting more investments from Thailand after a revamped companies law comes in at the start of next month, a senior official investment said.
— The Nation

Anti-Corruption Commission registers a case against 12 Customs Officials
The Anti-Corruption Commission under the Ministry of Planning and Finance issued a press statement on July 16 which says the commission registered a case against 12 customs officers and employees in connection with the import of vehicles.
— Mizzima

Govt will enforce rules to provide instructions for products
The Consumer Protection Central Committee of Myanmar has said all businesses must have a product usage guide describing how products such as medicines should be consumed and goods like electronics used. The announcement will be followed by an official notification.
— Myanmar Times

Dozens Swept Away in Myanmar Landslide While Hunting for Jade
Every year, as the monsoons deluge northern Myanmar, the jade mountains turn into a cemetery.
— The New York Times

RCSS accused of forced conscription
More than 50 young men from villages in Mong Pan township of eastern Myanmar’s Shan state have been forcibly recruited by the NCA signatory Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS-SSA), RFA reported on 16 July quoting a local official from the ruling National League for Democracy party said Monday.
— Mizzima

Why West is reluctant to invest in Myanmar
Since the National League for Democracy (NLD) assumed power in Myanmar in 2016, the country which was once shut out from the rest of the world, has been continuously opening up and integrating into the international community.
— Mizzima

Rediscovering Traditional Myanmar Snacks
One shop owner is bringing back the taste of childhood, serving traditional Burmese ‘Da Lae’ snacks.
— The Irrawaddy

Only four candidates applied to run for State Hluttaw in Rathedaung
Only four candidates – three candidates from three political parties and one independent candidate – have submitted their applications to run for a seat in the Rakhine State Hluttaw from Rathedaung Constituency – 2 in the upcoming by-election.
— BNI

Doctors, Vendors in Bitter Battle for Space at Yangon People’s Hospital
A middle-aged man sleeps like a log, laid out across a corridor. A few feet away, another man joins him. Nearby, a woman hangs her longyis on a web of plastic ropes.
— The Irrawaddy

Brewing up a recipe for success in tea production
Myanmar’s tea industry, which once suffered a serious blow to its reputation when harmful dyes were found to be used in production in 2009, is slowly making its way back through efforts such as organic growing and better processing methods, tea-producing businesses have told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Ten Things to Do in Yangon This Week
Tin Maung Hsan Min Win troupe will perform this traditional Burmese entertainment form mixing dance, music, song, comedy and theater.
— The Irrawaddy

Govt ministries unite to take national nutrition plan forward
The Ministry of Health and Sports will fast forward the launch of a five-year national health plan to battle malnutrition in mothers, children and adolescent girls in the country, said Dr Lwin Mar Hlaing, deputy director of the Public Health Department.
— Myanmar Times

Good prospects for peace with non-signatories of NCA says State Counsellor
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said that there were good prospects of peace with ethnic armed organizations which had not yet signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
— Mizzima

Peace conference agrees on 14 points, skirts security issue
The 21st Century Panglong Conference ended its third round on Monday in Nay Pyi Taw, moving a step closer to the likely challenges the ruling NLD government will face during its remaining time in office.
— Myanmar Times

Border zone with China to go ahead
An approval regarding the location of the proposed China-Myanmar border economic zone will be given “soon”, assistant secretary U Khin Maung Lwin from the Ministry of Commerce told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s dangerous jade trade
Earlier this week, at least 15 people were killed in a landslide at a jade mine in Hpakant Northern Myanmar. State media and officials revealed that 15 bodies were retrieved from the site at Lonekhin village but rescue operations are still ongoing and there are fears that more people may be trapped under the debris.
— The Asean Post

Population of rare star tortoises rises to 15,000
The number of rare Myanmar star tortoises – which were close to extinction – has swelled to about 15,000 in forest reserves because of careful nurturing, said Daw Kalyar Platt, director of Turtle Survival Alliance-Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

 

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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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