Myanmar Morning News For May 15

Myanmar Morning News For May 15

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar opens up for foreign retailers and wholesalers
Foreign businesses and joint ventures are now allowed to carry out businesses in the retail and wholesale sector, according to the latest directive from the commerce ministry. Leading business groups hailed the move as a right step towards attracting inwards investments for Myanmar.
The Myanmar Times

‘Slow genocide’: Myanmar’s invisible war on the Kachin Christian minority
When Tang Seng heard gunshots close to his village in Myanmar, he had a choice: carry his grandmother away from the fighting on his back or run for help. She asked him to kill her and leave her there but he refused.
The Guardian 

RPT-Myanmar’s Yoma to debut in baht
Yoma Strategic Holdings is poised to become the first company from Myanmar to sell bonds with a baht-denominated offering that underlines Thailand’s appeal as a regional funding hub.

Suu Kyi’s NLD faces acid test in Myanmar
Myanmar’s by-elections in November loom as a popularity test for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in far-flung ethnic areas.
UCA News 

Myanmar is on the list of 15 most and least disaster-ready cities
Myanmar is ranked 42nd on the list of 171 world countries most vulnerable to natural hazards and is also on the list of 15 countries with least readiness for natural disasters, said Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Eleven Myanmar 

US tightens import rules for seafood, agro products
The United States (US) is closely screening imported seafood and agro products and sending back inferior products to the origin country, said exporters.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

US Expresses Concern Over Civilians Killed in Fighting in Myanmar Border Town
The United States on Monday expressed concern about the security situation in the Shan state town of Muse, a trade hub on Myanmar’s border with China, following weekend fighting between the Myanmar army and two ethnic militias that left 20 people dead and more than two dozen injured.
Radio Free Asia

Yangon anti-war activists prepare to fight charges
Eight demonstrators arrested at a Yangon rally in support of the victims of fighting in Kachin State, and across the country, have been released on bail and say they are collecting evidence to fight charges under the peaceful assembly law.
Frontier Myanmar

Anti-Corruption Commission Allegedly Investigates Union Minister
Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission is conducting investigations into 18 complaints by forming six investigation teams, according to the commission’s announcement on Sunday, while declining to provide details of the cases.
The Irrawaddy 

Yangon to implement new urban development projects
Myanmar has laid out new urban development projects for the Yangon region inviting local and foreign entrepreneurs to invest in the master plan through a recent Yangon Investment Forum held in the commercial city, according to a Xinhua report on 13 May.

MMNHRC, UNDP discuss continued cooperation
The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar held a meeting at the MNHRC office in Yangon yesterday.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

Yangon Region Gov’t plans to develop deep seaport project and SEZ project
Yangon Region government plans to develop a deep seaport project and a special economic zone project on a 50,000-acre land in Yangon, said Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.
Eleven Myanmar

Who is Aung San Suu Kyi, when was Myanmar’s leader born in Burma and what has she said about the Rohingya crisis?
AT one point Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the world’s most admired and respected leaders, with widespread hopes she would usher in a new era for war-plagued Myanmar.
The Sun 

Boatloads of Rohingya refugees ‘risking death at sea’
Boatloads of Rohingya could die at sea trying to flee Myanmar unless neighbouring governments step in, humanitarian workers have warned.
Sky News

7 Men Including Army Captain Arrested Over Alleged Rape of Businesswoman
Seven men including an army captain and a local official were arrested on Saturday on charges of detaining and raping a woman after she and her husband failed to pay back a business loan, according to police in Kyauk Tan Township, Yangon Region.
The Irrawaddy

Starbucks to open first outlet in Yangon, taps Myanmar for growth in ASEAN
American coffee franchise Starbucks will soon open its first outlet in Yangon, Myanmar, leaving Laos the only market in ASEAN it has yet to penetrate.
The Myanmar Times

Two Chinese among 19 killed in northern Myanmar fighting
Two Chinese nationals were among 19 people killed in northern Myanmar on Saturday (May 12) when ethnic rebels attacked security force posts and a casino in an area bordering China, the Foreign Ministry said.
The Straits Times 

Land encroachment by Myanmar: Manipur group petitions Modi
An influential Naga organisation from Manipur has petitioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the alleged encroachment of land, belonging to Naga villagers, by Myanmar.
New Indian Express

Govt to Establish Myanmar’s First Credit Bureau
The Union government has approved establishing the country’s first credit bureau, said Vice President 1 U Myint Swe.
The Irrawaddy 

Myanmar reinforces efforts to enlist ancient city into world heritage list
A two-day photo exhibition is underway at the National Museum in Myanmar’s Yangon as part of its reinforced effort to put Bagan, an ancient city of Myanmar, into the world heritage list, Myanmar News Agency reported Monday.
Xinhua Net 

Five million meth tablets, 70 kilograms of heroin seized in Thai-Myanmar border
The Thai police has shot dead two Thai citizens and seized five million methamphetamine tablets and 70 kilograms of heroin this morning (May 14) while they were being transported from Tachileik District in the eastern Shan State at the Thai-Myanmar border to Thailand.
Bni Online 

Minister’s house reportedly searched, as ACC examines 18 cases
Anti-corruption officials have reportedly searched the residence of a union minister but officials say they cannot confirm the allegations because the investigation is ongoing.
Frontier Myanmar 

Bangkok Airways to fly direct between Yangon and Phuket
Thailand’s Bangkok Airways will start direct flights between Yangon and Phuket starting on November 17, Varong Israsena, the Bangkok-based regional airline vice president of sales told The Myanmar Times in Yangon.
The Myanmar Times 


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