Myanmar Morning News For June 15

Myanmar Morning News For June 15
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Myanmar morning newsYangon government under fire for proposing to spend K1 billion on ten Ford cars
The Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs Committee plans to discuss Yangon’s proposed 2018-19 budget, which includes spending on a fleet of Ford vehicles for government officials, Daw Sandar Min, the committee’s chair, told The Myanmar Times this week.
The Myanmar Times 

Japan: Investigate brewer Kirin over payment to Myanmar military amid ethnic cleansing of Rohingya
Japanese authorities must urgently launch an investigation into payments that a subsidiary of the multinational brewing giant Kirin made to Myanmar’s military and authorities at the height of an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya population in late 2017, Amnesty International said today.
Amnesty International 

$163 m earned from exporting rice to 35 countries in two months
Myanmar has earned US$163 million from exporting 470,000 tons of rice and broken rice to 35 countries during the past two months, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar scrambles to avoid its day in court
The hapless spin doctors of Myanmar’s embattled National League for Democracy (NLD) government have made a belated gambit to stave off international pressure aimed at seeking accountability for military abuses in Rakhine state against minority Rohingya Muslims.
Asia Times

FIRB approval for $15m investment in Myanmar
Perilya Limited has received notice from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board, confirming it has no objection to the issuance of Myanmar Metals shares to Perilya, as part of its recently-announced strategic alliance for the tier 1 Bawdwin polymetallic deposit in Myanmar.
The West Australian 

Experts object to firms’ plans to mine sand in Tanintharyi Region
A local company plans to extract 5 million cubic metres of sand over five years in sensitive coastal areas in Tanintharyi Region without legally-required environmental assessments.
The Myanmar Times 

Mytel reaches 70% nationwide coverage
The fourth telecommunications operator Mytel has reached 70 percent coverage of the Myanmar population, according to U Zaw Min Oo, the company’s chief external relations officer.
The Myanmar Times 

Vietnam, Myanmar promote defence cooperation
Senior military officers of Vietnam and Myanmar have agreed to foster their cooperative ties in the defence industry, army logistics and medical services.
Nhan Dan Online 

Japan’s Toyo Ink Group makes $6.5m investment in Myanmar
Japanese chemical maker Toyo Ink Group SC Holdings Co has marked its first full foray into Myanmar with plans to develop a new production facility in Yangon’s Thilawa Special Economic Zone next month.
The Myanmar Times

ILO to adopt new standard for violence and harassment at work next year
The International Labour Organization (ILO) will adopt a new standard for violence and harassment against women and men at work next year based on discussions at its 107th Conference.
Burma News International 

Relaunching Myitsone Hydropower dam could win investor confidence in Myanmar
Myanmar President U Win Myint on Thursday started a visit to Thailand, where he will attend the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phyra Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit.
Global Times 

‘Myanmar Insight’ in Thailand to boost bilateral economic ties
GIVEN the rising interest in Myanmar’s economy this year, nearly 500 Thai businesspeople are expected to gather at the Myanmar Insight 2018 to be held in Bangkok next month, according to NattawinPhongsphetrarat, vice president of Thai Business Association of Myanmar (TBAM).
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar cardinal defends Aung San Suu Kyi: She has “suffered with her people”
Myanmar’s top Catholic official has reiterated his strong support for Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s embattled State Counselor.
Crux Now 

Concern Is High Over Facebook’s Role In Fanning Violence In Myanmar
U.N. investigators say Facebook has provided a platform for hate speech that may have facilitated genocide in Myanmar. Civil society groups in Myanmar are pressing Facebook to clean up its act.
NPR

New Australian Embassy officially opens in Yangon
The Australian Embassy announced in an opening ceremony Wednesday that it has officially relocated from its former location on 88 Strand Road to take up four floors of the recently constructed 18-storey Vantage Tower at 623 Pyay Road overlooking the western edge of Inya Lake.
Mizzima 

Local company to invest in tourism, logistics in Kayah State’s Hoyar area
A local company has submitted a proposal to the state government to provide tourism and logistic services in Hoyar area after the Kayah State Investment Forum was held, according to the Kayah State Minister of Natural Resources and Environment U T Yal.
Burma News International 

For ‘mixed-blood’ citizens, Yangon’s passport office is a racist hell
As dawn breaks over Yangon’s Passport Issuing Office, a throng of would-be globetrotters gathers in front of the squat Yankin Township building and snakes around the corner.
Coconuts Yangon (metered paywall)

 

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