Myanmar morning news for July 31

Myanmar morning news for July 31

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar urged to fix key issues for industrial revamp
MYANMAR’S potential to become a regional investment hub would be realised only if the government manages to address major challenges businesses are facing in the nation, a banking expert has warned.
— The Nation

President urges officials to change ways
President U Win Myint asked the country’s civil servants to change their mindset for the sake of the next generation and to stop harping about their accomplishments
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar appoints panel to probe Rohingya abuses
Myanmar has established a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of human rights abuses in conflict-torn Rakhine state, authorities said on Monday, as the country faces growing calls for accountability over accusations of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims.
— Reuters

Myanmar to compete in Asian Men’s Club Volleyball
Myanmar men’s national volleyball team is under strenuous training but it does not expect to win the top prize in the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship to be held in Nay Pyi Taw from July 30.
— Myanmar Times

Tenants near Sittwe Airport forced to relocate due to security reason
The Department of Civil Aviation has issued an official order to 22 tenants to move out from the land they are leasing in the east of the Sittwe Airport in Pyi Taw Tar Ward in Sittwe, Rakhine State.
— BNI

Tourism industry to oppose $1,000 show-money policy
Despite Myanmar’s plans to let tourists from Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao enjoy visa free visits, a planned directive requiring tourists to have US$1,000 in hand as show money should not be implemented, commented the vice chairman of Myanmar Tourism Federation.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar President calls for increased momentum in reform
Myanmar President U Win Myint has called for raising momentum of reform in line with the global trend, stressing that the reform needs to be conducted in a timely manner toward building a democratic and federal union, Xinhua reported quoting state media.
— Mizzima

Kyainseikgyi-Payathonzu Road cut off after mountain collapsed
Access to Kyainseikgyi-Payathonzu (Three Pagodas Pass) has been cut off after a mountain collapsed near Yak-Ka-La Village in the Karen (Kayin) State on July 29.
— BNI

Myanmar floods force more than 100,000 to flee homes
Monsoon floods in Myanmar have killed at least 11 people and forced more than 100,000 to flee their homes, government officials said on Monday, as rescue workers ferried stranded residents to safety by boat.
— Reuters

Gov’t Names Members of Rakhine Investigation Commission
The government on Monday announced the formation of a four-member commission to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Rakhine State following attacks on police posts there by the militant Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in late August.
— The Irrawaddy

89 firms from 17 countries invest in Thilawa SEZ
Eighty nine companies from 17 countries are investing in Thilawa Special Economic Zone, and construction of Zone-B infrastructure will be completed this year, according to a Cost of Doing Business in Myanmar report.
— Eleven Myanmar

Experts to conduct year-long check of Nan Phaya before repairs begin
Experts from Germany will take about a year to inspect Nan Phaya pagoda in Mandalay before work begins on repairing damage caused by a 2016 earthquake, an official said.
— Myanmar Times

Naga Armed Group Says Myanmar Military Won’t Let Ailing Chairman Travel
A senior leader of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) says the Myanmar military has refused to let the ethnic armed group’s chairman leave the Hukwang Valley in Sagaing Region.
— The Irrawaddy

Short on boats, Myanmar flood rescuers seek public support
At least five people have been killed and 54,000 displaced by floods that hit central, eastern, and southern Myanmar last week.
— Coconuts Yangon

Reuters reporter jailed in Myanmar denies collecting secret documents
Kyaw Soe Oo, one of two Reuters journalists accused of obtaining state secrets in Myanmar, told a court on Monday that the information in documents police say were found on his mobile phone was already public.
— Reuters

Thousands affected as Sittaung and Bago Rivers Rise to Record Levels
The Sittaung and Bago rivers in Bago Region have swelled to their highest levels in more than five decades, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
— The Irrawaddy

‘I want someone else’: Dismay as veteran Central Bank chief nominated for second term
Parliamentarians say they hoped for change at the top of the Central Bank after President U Win Myint nominated governor U Kyaw Kyaw Maung for a second five-year term.
— Frontier Myanmar

7 ways to beat the monsoon blues in Yangon
The grey skies, rain, and wet, muddy pavements can easily get the best of us Yangon residents during monsoon season, but there are ways to resist. Here is a list of places and activities to beat the monsoon blues.
— Coconuts Yangon

MSH’s education revenues grow as hospitality tumbles
Shares of Myanmar Strategic Holdings (MSH), a London-listed consumer business developer and operator with operations in Myanmar, remained unmoved at US$9.50 per share despite the company announcing narrower losses for the year ended March 31, 2018.
— Myanmar Times

President Pushes for Speedy Trials, Govt Reform
President U Win Myint warned local authorities in Yangon and Bago regions this weekend not to drag out high-profile legal cases or verbally commit to any projects the union government has yet to approve.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar U-16 beats Timor
Myanmar U-16 beats Timor U-16 team with a score of 3-2 in their opening match of Group (A) of AFF U-16 Championship held in Indonesia on July 29.
— Eleven Myanmar

Bodies of 23 Myanmar landslide victims found: official
The bodies of 23 victims of a landslide in Myanmar’s northern jade mining area have been recovered, an official confirmed Monday, after a days-long search hampered by heavy monsoon rains.
— Frontier Myanmar

Union Attorney General Revokes Court’s Decision to Drop Investigation into Comedian’s Killing
Amid mounting public criticism, the Union Attorney General’s Office on Monday annulled a Yangon Court’s decision to drop the investigation into the murder of Facebook comedian Aung Yell Htwe, saying the investigation would continue.
— The Irrawaddy

US, Hong Kong selling Myanmar coffee without permission
Retailers in the US and Hong Kong have been selling coffee produced by Genius Shan Highland Coffees, a Myanmar coffee producer, without its permission, said U Ngwe Tun, founder of the company.
— Myanmar Times

10 Dead, 100,000 Affected by Monsoon Floods
Monsoon floods have affected nearly 100,000 people and killed at least 10 across Karen and Mon states and Bago Region in southern Myanmar, according to government media reports on Monday.
— The Irrawaddy

MOC releases list of retail, wholesale goods open to foreign investment
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has issued its standard operating procedure (SOP) for retail and wholesale business registrations as well as a list of products allowable for trade.
— Myanmar Times

88 Generation: From the prison to the board room
For any Myanmar political group, links to foreign countries, businesses and organisations are a touchy topic. The 88 Generation knows this well; it has long been perceived as having close ties with Hungarian-American businessman Mr George Soros, through his Open Society Foundations network.
— Frontier Myanmar

51 flood relief camps opened in Kayin State
As torrential rain cause widespread floods in Kayin State, 51 flood relief camps have been opened in five Townships of Kayin State with around 15,000 flood victims.
— Eleven Myanmar

Widespread Flooding Across Myanmar Kills 11, leaves 119,000 homeless
Flooding triggered by annual monsoon rains across Myanmar has killed 11 people and made 119,000 homeless, with relief workers struggling to find boats to deliver aid to inundated towns and villages and warning about food shortfalls, aid workers and government officials said on Monday.
— Radio Free Asia

 

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

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