Myanmar morning news for November 14

Myanmar morning news for November 14

Myanmar morning newsAung San Suu Kyi stance on Rohingya ‘indefensible’: Malaysia PM
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s response to the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims is “indefensible”, Malaysia’s leader said Tuesday in a withering criticism of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate shortly before sharing a stage with her.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Aung San Suu Kyi award
Myanmar authorities and citizens leapt to the defence of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday after Amnesty International stripped her of its top award over indifference to atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims, doubling down on support for the civilian leader in the face of global ire.
— Frontier Myanmar

Government seeks parliament nod on forming new ministry
President U Win Myint on Tuesday informed the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral parliament) about a plan to establish a Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations to oversee overseas assistance.
— Myanmar Times

UNHCR urges visits to allay concerns of Rakhine refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday urged refugees from northern Rakhine State to visit to see conditions in Myanmar for themselves before deciding whether it is safe to return.
— Myanmar Times

New ethnic Karen party to focus on peace
The Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP) will focus on reconciling armed ethnic groups in Kayin State and aiding the peace process, the group said in announcing their plans for the 2020 elections.
— Myanmar Times

Malaysian leader blasts anew State Counsellor on Rakhine
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday blasted anew State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for the failure of her government to stop the alleged abuses and discrimination against the Muslim minority from northern Rakhine.
— Myanmar Times

Sichuan Airlines to launch direct flight to Yangon
Sichuan Airlines from China, the 30th airlines to land in Yangon International Airport, will launch a direct flight to Yangon in coming week, sources from the airline community said.
— Eleven Media

Burma’s peace process: From stagnation to drawback?
With the recent confirmation of the Karen National Union (KNU) statement on November 10 made known, that it is withholding its non-participation position in the ongoing peace process in official sense, although it said “trust-building, common vision and shared values” would be worked out among stakeholders through various mechanism and informal discussions, to find answers to the problems.
— BNI

Residents protest plan to hold pro-military event on festival day
People in Taunggyi township, southern Shan State, are protesting a public show of support for the Tatmadaw (military) that will be held on Wednesday, the opening day of the town’s Tazaungdaing festival, said residents, politicians and civil society organisations (CSOs).
— Myanmar Times

Transparency in delayed $2B development project requested in Lower House
A $2 billion development project to be undertaken by the Ministry of Construction and a private company in Yangon was questioned in the Parliament’s Lower House on Tuesday over its lack of transparency.
— The Irrawaddy

Newly amended law helps officials seize land, critics warn
Land-rights activists have urged the government to abolish the Vacant Land Law, saying the legislation could be used as a tool to dispossess people of their land.
— The Irrawaddy

Mandalay hosts country’s first criterium race
The first-ever criterium bicycle race in Myanmar took place in Mandalay on Sunday, with participants from six Asian countries competing, according to the Myanmar Cycling Federation and the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Myanmar Times

New ethnic Karen party to focus on peace
The Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP) will focus on reconciling armed ethnic groups in Kayin State and aiding the peace process, the group said in announcing their plans for the 2020 elections.
— Myanmar Times

Parliament to pass tax bill to curb corruption
Parliament is set to pass a tax management bill that is expected to curb corruption and increase revenue, a senior member of a Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral parliament) committee said on Monday.
— Myanmar Times

Dry ports to boost lagging logistics capacity: minister
The government expects a network of dry ports and improvements to road, rail and port infrastructure to boost Myanmar’s logistics capabilities, Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung says.
— Frontier Myanmar

What to expect from Myanmar’s top five export sectors
Even though Myanmar managed to bring down its trade deficit by US$500 million to $1.3 billion during the period between April 1 and September 30 from the same period last year, the volatile exchange rate and rising oil prices may well continue to drive up import costs in the coming months.
— Myanmar Times

Shan State coffee producer wins ASEAN business award
Local social enterprise Aung Nay Lin Htun, which manufactures and distributes Myanmar’s first international-standard specialty coffee brand, Genius Shan Highlands, won an ASEAN Business Award on Monday in the Sustainable Social Enterprise category.
— The Irrawaddy

Bangladesh pushes ahead with Rohingya repatriation plans despite int’l resistance
Bangladeshi authorities say they are making final preparations to start repatriating the first group of mostly Rohingya refugees to Myanmar this week despite persistent warnings from rights groups and aid agencies that conditions are not yet right for their return.
— The Irrawaddy

Micro blood bank, blood collection centre under construction in Rakhine State
With the help of a team of Japan International Cooperation Agency, machines and equipment are being installed for a micro blood bank at Buthidaung Township Hospital in Rakhine State, while the construction of a blood collection centre has finished by 70 percent, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Media

Millions of small Asian farmers miss out on seeds resilient to climate change: study
Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are missing out on new, resilient seeds that could improve their yields in the face of climate change, according to an index published on Monday.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar opens AFF Suzuki Cup with win against Cambodia
Myanmar came from behind to defeat Cambodia 4-1 in its opening game of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup, a biennial football tournament contested by the national teams of Southeast Asia.
— Frontier Myanmar

Sittwe plans to protest against citizenship grant for Bengalis under ethnic Kaman
Some local residents have planned to stage a protest in Sittwe of Rakhine State on November 25 against granting citizenship under ethnic Kaman name to Bengalis from Kyaukmawni Village in Yanbye Township, resettlement plans in southern Maungtaw and planned appointment of young Bengali schoolteachers.
— Eleven Media

EU to withdraw GSP only for exports of long-grain rice
The EU will withdraw the GSP only for long-grain rice imported from Myanmar, according to a discussion held at Myanmar Rice Federation on November 12.
— Eleven Media

Endangered Ayeyawaddy Dolphins killed and sold in Paung Township
According to Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Association (BANCA), endangered Ayeyawaddy Dolphins are being killed and sold in Ah Hlat village, Paung Township.
— Eleven Media

Myanmar keeps media away from Rakhine conflict zone
More than a year after violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state forcing 700,000 Rohingyas to flee, the government of Myanmar still is not providing free access to the region for the media or humanitarian organizations.
— Radio Free Asia

Seven Myanmar women shortlisted for Women of Future Awards Southeast Asia
Seven women from Myanmar are shortlisted for ‘The Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia’ which is usually awarded to women in ten fields from ten countries.
— mizzima.com

Australia hits Myanmar military officers with sanctions over Rohingya crackdown
Australia on Tuesday imposed travel and financial restrictions on five Myanmar military officers seen as responsible for orchestrating a violent crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in 2017, becoming the latest country to use sanctions to punish commanders for atrocities against the ethnic minority.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar travel portal set to grow
As more people in Myanmar become aware of the benefits brought by technology, a travel portal owned by a local investment firm is eyeing bigger growth in the years ahead.
— Phnom Penh Post

Myanmar tycoon champions $1.5bn China-backed industrial zone
Serge Pun, the Myanmar tycoon, is championing a new, Chinese-built $1.5bn industrial zone for Yangon, despite flagging investor sentiment caused by the Rohingya crisis and growing wariness in Asia about big projects backed by Beijing.
— Financial Times

 

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