Myanmar morning news for July 23

Myanmar morning news for July 23

Myanmar morning news

3rd Myanmar Insight 2018 being held in Yangon
The Royal Thai Government, the Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon and the Thai Business Association of Myanmar are holding Myanmar Insight 2018, a seminar aimed at encouraging Thai investors to explore opportunities in Myanmar.
— You Tube

Myanmar’s Rohingya panel head refutes criticism by outgoing secretary
The chairman of an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis has rebutted criticism by the body’s former secretary, saying the panel is effective and the government has acted on its recommendations.
— Reuters

Myanmar’s economic downturn hits aviation sector
Three airlines in Myanmar suspended operations in the recent past, citing economic losses and a shortage of aircraft.
— Investine

The great rail dilemma
Being erected along green fields in the outback of Vientiane, where Lao farmers still busily grow rice, are a great number of meticulously situated colossal concrete columns waiting to support a high-speed…
— Bangkok Post

Women from ethnic armed group killed in Myanmar’s east
Several women were among those killed in Myanmar’s restive eastern region in renewed clashes between the army and an ethnic rebel group, with both sides providing conflicting accounts of the battle.
— Mizzima

Myanmar maid praised for returning B280,000 to tourist
A Myanmar housekeeper has received a certificate for her good deeds after returning a huge wad of cash to a Dutch tourist visiting Koh Samui.
— Bangkok Post

Panglong in pictures
After six months of delays, the third installment of the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference opened on July 11, bringing together hundreds of delegates from across the country.
— Frontier Myanmar

Rohingya panel head Surakiart refutes criticism
The chairman of an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis has rebutted criticism by the body’s former secretary, saying the panel is effective and the government has acted on its recommendations.
— Bangkok Post

Tourist arrivals rise in Mandalay’s Khuthodaw Pagoda
Even though it is the rainy season, nearly 550 foreign tourists per day visit Khuthodaw Pagoda which is also called Mahalawka Marazein Pagoda in Mandalay.
— Eleven Myanmar

Key member resigns from Myanmar advisory panel on Rohingya crisis
A key member of an international advisory panel on Myanmar’s crisis-hit Rakhine state has resigned, telling AFP on Saturday that the Aung San Suu Kyi-appointed board risks becoming “part of the problem” in a conflict that forced 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee.
— Coconuts Yangon

Use of digital forensics raises questions in Reuters case
While the case that recently went to trial against jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo has revolved around alleged physical documents in their possession, the seizure of the pair’s phones has also raised serious questions about the handling of digital evidence.
— Mizzima

Demonic military paintings blocked by Myanmar customs authorities
Myanmar customs officials on Wednesday blocked the shipment of two paintings from Yangon to London. The artist, who was trying to send his work to be displayed at an upcoming exhibition, says he believes the move was an act of political censorship.
— Coconuts Yangon

Crafting a business: Artisan toolkit helps link handicrafts to the market
The Myanmar Artisan Toolkit is designed to help producers in the craft and sector – the country’s fourth-largest industry, employing around 2.4 million people – build their businesses and access local and international markets.
— Frontier Myanmar

Can China be an agent of stability in northern Myanmar?
AS Myanmar wraps up its latest round of national peace talks in Nay Pyi Taw, China has once again played an instrumental role behind the scenes.
— Myanmar Times

Peace Commission and KIO have informal meet in Chiang Mai
Government’s Peace Commission (PC) and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) are reportedly meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand for an informal talk.
— Mizzima

Yangon generates more wastes this year
Environmental Conservation and Cleaning Department under Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) collects an average 2,500 tonnes of waste every day, said Than Myint Aung, a YCDC member, at an educative talk on the reduction and management of wastes, in Yangon on July 21.
— Eleven Myanmar

Edible crops not allowed to be genetically modified
Edible crops will not be permitted to undergo genetic modification in Myanmar, said Dr Ye Tint Tun, director general at the Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
— Myanmar Times

Budget earmarked for conservation of intangible cultural heritage elements
Mandalay Region government will draft a budget for the conservation of intangible cultural heritage elements, said Myat Thu, Mandalay Region Minister for Planning and Finance, at a meeting at the region government office on July 20.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar farmers are still waiting for their confiscated land and justice
Many farmers whose lands were confiscated during military rule – the total affected area estimated to be between hundreds of thousands to millions of acres – have yet to see any positive progress, a new report from New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed.
— Myanmar Times

Grand celebrations to commemorate 71st Anniversary Martyrs Day held across the country
The celebrations to commemorate 71st Anniversary Martyrs Day were held on a grand scale across the country on July 19.
— Eleven Myanmar

Conservation plan to be drawn up for sharks, stingrays
Myanmar will write a conservation plan to conserve sharks and whiptail stingrays, which are endangered species, said U Khin Maung Maw, director general of the Fishery Department at the Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Ministry.
— Myanmar Times

Negotiations to be made for Letpadaungtaung locals: Security Affairs Minister
A site of Letpadaungtaung copper mining project in Sarlingyi Township, Yinmapin District, Sagaing.
MONYWA- Col. Than Tun Aung, Border Security Affairs Minister of Sagaing Region promised compensation negotiation with locals as Letpadaungtaung Copper Mining Project continues in accordance with the report.
— Eleven Myanmar

NCA: The Elephant in the Room at the Peace Conference?
Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week we’ll discuss what lessons were learned at the just-completed third session of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference and identify the challenges faced by the Tatmadaw [Myanmar’s military], government, ethnic groups and other stakeholders in building peace. Dr. Min Zaw Oo, executive director of the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security, and human rights activist Cheery Zahau join me to discuss the issue. I’m Kyaw Zwa Moe.
— The Irrawaddy

Spectrum conference finds ways for 5G business success
POLICY MAKERS and industry players from Asia-Pacific countries have been gathering in Bangkok to discuss ways to maximise the benefits in store with a transition to fifth generation (5G) mobile communications technology.
— Eleven Myanmar

Tatmadaw Accused of Torturing Shan Civilians in Loilem Township
The Myanmar Army (Tatmadaw) and local militias in southern Shan State have engaged in torture and other human rights violations against civilians in Loilem Township south of Mong Kung, a human rights group said.
— The Irrawaddy

UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar ends visit
TheUnited Nations Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission on Myanmar concluded its investigation in Bangladesh on Thursday and said its comprehensive written report will be presented to the council in Geneva on September 18.
— Myanmar Times


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