Myanmar Morning News For May 18

Myanmar Morning News For May 18

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar’s economy improves in FY 2017-18: WB
Myanmar’s economy improved in the fiscal year 2017-18, which ended in March, said a report of the World Bank’s Myanmar Economic Monitor released Thursday.
Xinhua Net

UN warns of intensified violence in northern Myanmar
The United Nations has warned that the violence against ethnic minorities in Myanmar is intensifying.
Al Jazeera 

Myanmar’s Fighting Season in Kachin
The fighting in Kachin is a microcosm of Myanmar’s stalled peace process.
The Diplomat (paywall)

TPG Pursues Deal to Create Biggest Myanmar Tower Owner
TPG is pursuing a deal to create the biggest independent owner of telecom towers in Myanmar, people with knowledge of the matter said, as mobile-phone usage soars in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

Myanmar’s government must rethink its strategy in the face of soaring child rape cases
The Burmese authorities must do more to protect the nation’s children. That is the message from NGOs working in the country.
Asean Today

Myanmar to sign deal with tender winners for Yangon railway development project
The state-run Myanmar Railways (MR) will sign deal with tender winners for a Yangon railway development project in two months to start the project, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday.
Xinhua Net 

Peace is war in Myanmar
As Myanmar security officials surrounded peaceful anti-war protestors in Yangon on May 12, dispersing a small gathering and arresting eight, the clampdown demonstrated more than just the persistence of the nation’s police state mentality.
Asia Times

U.S. aid chief calls on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingya
The U.S. government’s aid chief called on Thursday on Myanmar to end violence against members of the Rohingya Muslim minority and to provide humanitarian workers and media unhindered access to the country.

Confusion ensues after India announces new bean import quotas
India has released fresh import quotas on Myanmar pulses and beans following a temporary import ban on the crops since August last year. While the new quotas will bring welcome relief to struggling farmers, the changing policies have also resulted in confusion.
The Myanmar Times 

Green column: Myanmar joins the no-plastics revolution
While everyone else was getting drenched over Thingyan, I visited the laid-back island of Koh Lipe in Southern Thailand and didn’t use a plastic water bottle the whole week.

Myanmar’s government sits by while the army goes on the offensive
AFTER fighting flared in April between the Burmese army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), an insurgent force controlling much of Myanmar’s northern extremes, thousands of civilians fled into the jungle. Some trekked for weeks before reaching Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state, where they have taken refuge in a local church.
The Economist

Myanmar’s fishery products export hits over 710 mln USD in FY 2017-18
Myanmar’s fishery products export was valued at over 711.7 million U.S. dollars in fiscal year 2017-18 which ended in March, U Hla Kyaw, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation told the parliament Thursday.
Xinhua Net 

Myanmar’s Failing Peace
Myanmar’s prospects for peace are fading as fighting escalates in the north, in Karen State in the south and to the west in Rakhine State.
The Irrawaddy 

Myanmar likely to open more sectors to FDI
A SURGE in interest among global players following the liberalisation of Myanmar’s education sector to foreign investors has motivated the authorities to continue opening up the economy in other restricted sectors.
Eleven Myanmar 

Police seizes foreign currencies worth of K220 million at Friendship Bridge
Police seized foreign currencies, including US dollars, worth Ks 220 million at Friendship Bridge in Myanmar-Thailand border on May 16, according to the police.
Eleven Myanmar 

China is conflicted in Myanmar’s wars
With preparations underway for yet another round of peace talks between the Myanmar government, military, and ethnic armed groups, the country’s civil war is intensifying on nearly every front.
Asia Times 

Myanmar returns large amount of confiscated land to farmers in northwestern region
The Myanmar government has returned 4,932 acres (1,997 hectares) more of farmland, confiscated by the Ministry of Defense, to 528 farmers in Kanbalu district, Sagaing region, marking the largest amount of land returned over the last two months, Myanmar News Agency reported Thursday.

China-Myanmar trade fair kicks off in Yangon
China-Myanmar trade fair-2018 kicked off in Myanmar’s commercial city of Yangon on Thursday.
Xinhua Net

Frontier shortlisted for five regional media awards
Frontier has been shortlisted for five prizes from Asia’s leading media awards, cementing its place among the leading news publishers in the region.
Frontier Myanmar 

Myanmar street prayer organizers face Ramadan in jail
When Cho Nwe Soe went to a Yangon court last month with her husband, she expected he would be fined for organizing prayers in the street without a permit last year, and that they could go back home to prepare for Ramadan – the Muslim holy month.


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