Myanmar morning news for November 21

Myanmar morning news for November 21

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar court allows jailed Reuters reporters’ appeal to proceed – lawyer
RMyanmar’s High Court has allowed an appeal to proceed in the case of two Reuters reporters jailed for seven years on charges of breaking the country’s Official Secrets Act, defence lawyers said on Tuesday.
— Channel News Asia

Myanmar Press Council Turns Attention to Exposing Fake News
The Myanmar Press Council announced Tuesday that it will focus on exposing people in Myanmar who produce fake news to manipulate public opinion, following the filing of a complaint by authorities in Mandalay region about an apparently phony social media report critical of the local government.
— Radio Free Asia

Refugees’ citizenship demands ‘impossible’: Myanmar govt
Administrators in northern Rakhine State say it would be “impossible” for the government to agree to Rohingya refugees’ citizenship demands, in a further sign that Rohingya repatriation is likely to proceed slowly – if at all.
— Frontier Myanmar

UN calls for calm after shots fired in camp in Myanmar
The UN has called for calm after several Rohingya Muslims were shot and wounded in a Rakhine State camp, in a raid linked to the failed escape of more than 100 of the stateless minority from the grim settlements.
— Channel News Asia

Jade scavenger dies in clash at Hpakant mine
One man was killed in a clash between jade scavengers and mining company security officers at a jade mining concession in Hpakant Township of Kachin State yesterday, police said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar is jailing journalists for truthful reporting. It must respect the facts and free the reporters
In Myanmar, as everywhere, facts have power. It was the gruesome facts uncovered by two of our reporters for Reuters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, that led to their being framed, arrested, tried and, in September, handed a draconian seven-year prison sentence.
— South China Morning Post

Man sentenced to death penalty for murder of 19-year-old student
The Kyaukse Township court sentenced three men involved in the killing of a student from the Kyaukse Government Technical Institute on Monday. One man received the death penalty and two others received lengthy sentences.
— The Irrawaddy

Woman arrested with drugs along Indo-Myanmar border
A tribal woman was arrested along the Indo-Myanmar border with drugs worth over Rs 35 lakh, official sources said here (India) on Tuesday.

Govt, armed ethnic groups end informal talks on positive note
Three days of informal talks between armed ethnic groups and Myanmar’s Peace Commission concluded in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar should take back Rohingyas, Danish envoy tells Hasina
Newly appointed Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Winnie Estrup Petersen on Tuesday said Myanmar should take back their Rohingya nationals living in Bangladesh.
— The Independent

Myanmar’s press freedom mirage
It has been a bad year for press freedom across Southeast Asia. Myanmar has been no exception.
— The Interpreter

J&K Police collect data on Rohingya Muslims
The Jammu and Kashmir Police has started collecting personal details of all Rohingya Muslims living in the state to identify how, from where and when they came to India, and travelled further on to J&K.
— The Indian Express

Bible students escape Myanmar army: Not fed for days, suffering health, psychological problems
A pastor has revealed that 17 Bible students managed to escape an ethnic minority army in Myanmar, but they have not been fed for days and are suffering health problems.
— Christian Examiner

Germany commits to more cooperation
Myanmar and Germany successfully concluded government-to-government talks on development cooperation in Nay Pyi Taw last Friday.
— Myanmar Times

$80M loan from France denounced as unnecessary in parliament
Lawmakers have criticized the government’s €70-million ($80-million) loan from a French agency to be used to develop waterways and urban heritage in Yangon, claiming that the government was majoring on the minors while neglecting pressing issues.
— The Irrawaddy

Questions raised over loan from France
A loan of €70 million (K127 billion) from Agence Française de Développement (AFD), approved by the President to use for projects in Yangon Region, could turn into a burden for the nation, U Maung Maung, Pyithu Hluttaw MP from North Dagon Constituency, said at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday.
— Myanmar Times

National Security Adviser appointed Minister of New Investment Ministry
Myanmar President U Win Myint has appointed the country’s national security adviser U Thaung Tun as the head of a newly formed ministry that aims to boost local and international investment and to make that investment socially and environmentally responsible.
— The Irrawaddy

Nationwide effort aims to reduce use of antibiotics in livestock
Antibiotic resistance in livestock is being addressed across the nation, according to the Veterinary Department.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon circular railway line upgrades to finish in 2023: Deputy Minister
Upgrades to the Yangon Circular railway line aimed at easing the commercial capital’s traffic congestion are expected to be completed in 2023, Deputy Transport and Communications Minister U Kyaw Myo said on Tuesday.
— The Irrawaddy

88 Generation party pledges to work for democracy, federalism
he People’s Party, comprised mostly of 88 Generation activists, vowed to continue working for full democracy and federalism in the country.
— Myanmar Times

Ethnic Dawei party wants language ban lifted
he Dawei Nationalities Party (DNP) has asked Dawei Township authorities in Tenasserim Region to lift a new ban on using their language to fashion signs for this week’s full moon festival.
— The Irrawaddy

Myeik residents lament higher power prices
Electricity prices in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region, have risen since an agreement between the Tanintharyi Regional Government and public company Myeik Public Corp Ltd was inked on October 26 for the latter to take over distribution of electricity in the Myeik area.
— Myanmar Times

Weather Advisory: New law will tackle ‘fake’ meteorological news
Cloudy with a chance of lawsuits? That seemed to be the prediction from Myanmar’s Meteorology and Hydrology Department this week when they spoke to the BBC’s Burmese-language arm.
— Coconuts Yangon

Online shopping picks up momentum in Myanmar, the Myanmar arm of China’s largest e-commerce company Alibaba Group, generated sales of over US$90,000 (K143 million)in the first hour of its first-ever Singles Day online sale on November 11. The occasion, also known as 11.11, is the biggest shopping event in China.
— Myanmar Times

Ooredoo and Cisco to deliver digital solutions for Myanmar firms
Ooredoo Myanmar and Cisco have entered an alliance to address the digital needs of companies in Myanmar.
— Developing Telecoms

Students attend model peace conference
Eighty university students from across the country attended the opening of a meeting in Yangon yesterday aimed at finding out their views of the ongoing peace process between the government and armed ethnic groups.
— Myanmar Times

Printing sector jumps on smart 3-D bandwagon
One of the four great inventions of ancient China, printing is on the cusp of a new era, thanks to the industry’s embrace of cutting-edge technologies, insiders said.
— Myanmar Times

The company that works to serve the people
Villagers usually start their day early, doing their household chores and attending to their farms before the sun gets too hot. B
— Myanmar Times

How think tanks help policymakers create a more equitable and prosperous Myanmar
An International Development Research Centre survey shows think tanks in Myanmar need to improve research quality and outreach to ensure officials have easy access to accurate information for making national policy.
— AEC News Today / PR Newswire (media release)

Construction executive names favourite buildings in Yangon
Kenix Tok, the country director of the Woh Hup Myanmar Ltd construction company, is an old hand in the industry in Myanmar, having been in the country for nearly a decade now. When Metro asked him about his favourite colonial and modern buildings in Yangon, he gamely obliged.
— Myanmar Times

Awei Pila to open December 15 off the coast of Myanmar
Awei Pila, an exclusive resort set on a remote tropical island in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, will open its doors to guests on December 15.
— Luxury Travel Advisor

Back to Myanmar with fresh insights
When Myanmar’s military junta tightened its grip in the late ’80s to quash a nationwide democracy movement, Yee Htun fled the brutal crackdown on dissent along with her mother, a doctor turned human rights activist, and three siblings.
— The Harvard Gazette


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