Myanmar morning news for July 27

Myanmar morning news for July 27

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar grants free visas for Chinese, Japanese and South Koreans as visitor numbers dwindle
Myanmar will grant free visa allowances to Chinese, South Korean and Japanese nationals from August 1 onwards in a bid to promote eco-tourism, U Ohn Maung, Minister of Hotels and Tourism, announced, according to the Myanmar Times.
— Investine

Eight bodies recovered after landslide at Myanmar jade mine
Thursday after a landslide that engulfed 27 small-scale miners, an official said, the latest disaster to hit a centre of the country’s lucrative jade trade.
— Bangkok Post

State Counsellor’s peace talk in Hpa-an postponed indefinitely
The State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s peace talk in the Karen (Kayin) State’s capital Hpa-an has been postponed indefinitely due to bad weather, the Karen State Minister of Bamar Affairs U Tayza Hlaing Htwe said.

Yangon surgeons perform first leg reattachment
A team of surgeons at Yangon General Hospital performed the hospital’s first leg reattachment surgery last week for a man whose right leg was severed by a lawnmower.
— Coconuts Yangon

Myanmar’s veteran central bank chief gets another term
Myanmar has decided to appoint the incumbent central bank governor for another term, despite the concerns of some in the financial community that the veteran official has not driven through much-needed banking reforms.
— Reuters

72nd joint patrol on Mekong River starts
The 72nd joint patrol on the Mekong River with law enforcement from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand started on Tuesday.
— Mizzima

Myanmar’s aviation industry stalls as third airline suspends operations
Myanmar’s airline industry, touted as the last frontier in Asia, already appears caught in a downdraft as a third domestic carrier says it will ground operations.
— Asian Review

Tatmadaw scours for RCSS/SSA troops in central Shan State
Ten battalions including the battalions under the Tatmadaw’s 33rd Light Infantry Division (LID-33) have been reinforced to search for the RCSS/SSA in Mat Wong, Nam Oke, and Ho Pon villages in Kyethi Township and Ham Ngaing, Ho Hkai, and Ton Laung villages in Mong Kung Township since early July, according to the local residents.

Three areas earmarked for China-Myanmar border economic zones
Kampaikti region in Kachin State and Muse and Chinshwehaw regions in Shan State will be tentatively chosen for establishing China-Myanmar border economic cooperation zones, said Union Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint, also chairman of the central committee for the zone establishment.
— Eleven Myanmar

Twenty-nine miners missing in recent landslide in Hpakant
Two residents of Maw Mon Village and two residents of Hpar-pyin Village have been recently added to the list of 25 missing miners.

Technical institute to be built in South Dagon
U Than Naing, who represents the township in the Yangon parliament, said Education Minister Myo Thein Gyi had assured him that the Government Technical Institute will be built in South Dagon – the second most-populated township in the region.
— Myanmar Times

Armed Conflict Harming Efforts to Save Myanmar’s Tigers, Group Says
Ending armed conflict is crucial to Myanmar’s efforts to save the tiger populations in its wildlife reserves, said a wildlife conservation NGO on Thursday, warning that the country’s tiger population continues to dwindle.
— The Irrawaddy

Episode 39: Northern Rakhine State
The crisis in Rakhine State has dominated headlines about Myanmar for the past year. While Myanmar’s government has said it is ready to begin the process of repatriating the estimated 700,000 people who fled into Bangladesh, many in the international community argue that conditions on the ground are not conducive to returns taking place.
— Frontier Myanmar

Mandalay villagers protest against township committee
More than 120 villagers from 12 villages in Taungtha township in Mandalay Region protested against the township management committee over alleged irregularities in the appointment of village administrators.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to allow visa free for tourists from Japan and South Korea
Myanmar is planning to allow visa free for tourists from Japan and South Korea with a one-year trial period starting from October 1 and Chinese tourists including Hong Kong and Macao can visit Myanmar with visa on arrival in the same period, according to Ministry of Hotel and Tourism.
— Eleven Myanmar

Property developers come under pressure as dollar rises
Building machinery and materials such as steel bars, which are imported from overseas, have become dearer to local developers and contractors on the back of the appreciating dollar, which yesterday hit a new high of K1427, based on the rate set by the Central Bank of Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Landslides, floods kill five children in southeastern Bangladesh
Heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding in southeastern Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing five children and forcing a thousand people to relocate, including in the Rohingya refugee camps.
— Reuters

More than 860 low-cost and affordable apartments in Yangon Region sold by draw
The housing project selling committee of Yangon regional government sold more than 860 low-cost and affordable apartments by drawing and the main aim is to sell them to civil servants, company servants and retired civil servants.
— Eleven Myanmar

16,000 Displaced By Rising Floodwaters in Karen State
More than 16,000 people have been displaced by floods in Karen State as of Wednesday, according to the state’s disaster management department.
— The Irrawaddy

Shan, Mandalay to scale up coffee exports
More than 100 tonnes of coffee beans produced in Shan State’s Ywar Ngan and Mandalay’s Pyin Oo Lwin townships could be exported within this year and there is potential for further export too, said U Min Hlaing, secretary of the Myanmar Coffee Association.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar grants free visa allowances to Asian visitors
Myanmar will grant free visa allowances to Chinese, South Korean and Japanese nationals from August 1 onwards in a bid to promote eco-tourism, according to U Ohn Maung, Minister of Hotel and Tourism, during an economic seminar organised last week by the Thai embassy in Yangon and the Thai Business Association in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Over 40 people missing in new Hpakant landslide
A landslide occurred yesterday in an expired mining plot near lower Metlinchaung village, Seikmu village-tract, Hpakant where 40 scavengers were missing as a result.
— Eleven Myanmar

At least 27 people feared dead in jade mine landslide
At least 27 people are feared dead in a deadly landslide at a jade mining site in Hpakant township of Kachin State, a state legislator said on Wednesday.
— Myanmar Times

President nominates Central Bank governor for another term
President U Win Myint has nominated Central Bank Governor U Kyaw Kyaw Maung for another five-year term, in a move that is likely to disappoint those hoping for a change in leadership at the bank.
— Frontier Myanmar

Mandalay’s Zay Cho market designated a dye-free zone
The Mandalay regional government on Wednesday formally declared Mandalay’s Zay Cho market free of artificial food dyes that health authorities consider harmful to public health.
— Myanmar Times

Arakan Nature Lodge: ‘Myanmar’s first true eco lodge’ is in a remote area in Rakhine State
This hotel, billed as “Myanmar’s first true eco lodge,” is located in Rakhine State — which, yes, let’s address the elephant in the room — is one of the poorest parts of Myanmar.
— Coconuts Yangon


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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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