Myanmar morning news for November 23

Myanmar morning news for November 23

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar, Cambodia lead Asean’s soaring minimum wage growth
Countries across Asean are experiencing rapid economic growth, and the associated improvements to the standard of living are conspicuous. Increasing trade means increasing wages — and wage growth is integral to the growth of regional economies.
— AEC News Today

Human rights impact assessment in Myanmar: Facebook’s anodyne report
Facebook commissioned a human rights impact assessment into its presence in Myanmar by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), which has recently released its report.
— Opiniojuris

Yangon-Mandalay railway upgrade breaks ground
Work on the first phase of the Yangon-Mandalay Railway Improvement Project has begun, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications announced.
— Myanmar Times

Quiet, please: Myanmar festival stirs debate over religious noise
From grumbling neighbours to witty memes of the Buddha imploring a man with speakers to “stop your noise”, the cacophony around Myanmar’s annual Tazaungdaing festival is revving up debate over the modern racket accompanying religious customs.
— Frontier Myanmar

Women-led start-ups represent Myanmar in Paris event
Two start-ups led by women, EainChat and My Healthcare, were selected to represent Myanmar at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting event in Paris earlier this month.
— Myanmar Times

SBS documentary Myanmar’s Killing Fields among the Walkley winners
SBS Dateline’s Myanmar’s Killing Fields has been recognised at the Walkely Awards for Excellence in Journalism, winning the coveted Documentary Award. The film – produced by Evan Williams, Eve Lucas and Georgina Davies – investigates the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.
— SBS News

The Muslim woman breaking barriers in sex education in Myanmar
Dr Thet Htwe tackles taboos and builds bridges as she gives sex education to people of all ages.
— Aljazeera

VPower’s Myingyan plant to start operation next year
Hong Kong-listed VPower Group inked a deal with the government to operate a rental power project in Mandalay Region.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar awaits validation for extractive industries
As Myanmar awaits its validation result of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the government has been criticised for not making progress in reforming the industries and state-owned enterprises.
— Myanmar Times

Respect and understanding for religious and cultural diversity would contribute to lasting peace and security: Aung San Suu Kyi
The remarks of the State Counsellor came from her speech at Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation and Peace in Myanmar held at Myanmar International Convention Centre II in Nay Pyi Taw on November 21.
— Eleven Media

Doing Good Index 2020 will show Myanmar’s reform progress
Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) will take part in an Asian “doing good” index, which examines fiscal, cultural and social incentives to donate to charitable causes.
— Myanmar Times

What next for the Rohingya?
Days after an attempt to begin the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Bangladesh stalled, the future of the world’s most persecuted minority looks more uncertain than ever and concerns are growing that it will be years before they can return safely to Myanmar, if ever.
— The Guardian

Budget spending for Social Media Monitoring Team in line with policy
The spending of Ks 6,426 million from the President Office’s special fund for the purchase of necessary technologies and machines for Social Media Monitoring Team, is in accord with the policy of spending emergency fund, said Kyaw Myo, Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications.
— Eleven Media

Coming to Yangon: First ever 24/7 YBS shuttle
Good news for late-night arrivals at Yangon International Airport. Starting Sunday, the express Airport Shuttle bus that runs from the airport to the heart of Yangon will be running 24/7, Omni Focus, the line operator, announced yesterday on their Facebook page.
— Coconuts Yangon

There’s something rotten in Kwet Thit Street
A cat-and-mouse game between street vendors and municipal officers has been playing out on the streets of downtown Yangon for decades.
— Frontier Myanmar

Refugees duped into dangerous sea crossing return to Rakhine
More than 106 refugees from Rakhine State who were lured by dishonest brokers into attempting a hazardous sea crossing to Malaysia, returned to Sittwe on yesterday, officials said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar-Nepal Chamber of Commerce established
Myanmar-Nepal Chamber of Commerce has been established in Myanmar to promote business and investment between the two countries.
— Setopati

Myawady border crossing may resume 24-hour operations
Talks are under way to reopen the border crossing between Myawady township in Kayin State and Thailand 24 hours a day, Colonel Myo Min Naung, Kayin minister of Security and Border Affairs, said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar court allows jailed journalists to appeal convictions
Myanmar’s High Court has ruled that two jailed Reuters reporters can appeal their convictions on charges of violating the country’s law that prohibits the gathering of secret documents to help an enemy, defense lawyers said.
— Voice of America

State Counsellor urges religions to lead followers on right path
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday urged the country’s religious leaders to guide their followers on the right path to encourage dialogue and avoid interfaith conflicts.
— Myanmar Times

Cattle exports to China show good promise, official says
Magwe Region exports some 25,000 head of cattle a year to China, according to the region and veterinary officials. U Maung Maung Soe Oo, director of Magwe’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, said 252 shipments of cattle were sent to China in the 12 months ending in October this year.
— Myanmar Times

USDP ‘ready to face accusations of poll violation’
The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) said it is ready to face a lawsuit over low-interest loans provided to people in Seikkan township in Yangon Region before the November 3 by-election.
— Myanmar Times

Man arrested in Myanmar for illegally recruiting migrant workers
A man illegally running an overseas recruitment agency has been arrested in Myanmar’s Yangon, the official Globe New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday, quoting the police force.
— United Times of India

Fountainhead of the new generation of Myanmar films
On one sunny day in October, a group of over 50 people were having a lively debate about abortion at the Film Development Centre (FDC) in Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

Kayah State Government holds civic consultation
The Kayah State Government, with the support of The Asia Foundation, led a two-day civic consultation attended by 71 civil society representatives, media, government representatives from the Ministry of Planning and Finance, and all line Departments under the Kayah State Government, according to a press release.

Myanmar Media team meets Chief Minister
A four-member team of Mizzima Media Group, Myanmar led by its Editor-in-Chief Shri Soe Myint met Manipur’s Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

Minister Sisulu’s statement on South Africa’s vote on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
As part of the review of South Africa’s Foreign Policy, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, is considering guidelines that will inform South Africa’s voting in various multilateral fora as South Africa’s prepares to assume its non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2019-2020.
— Brand South Africa

Foresters spot rare birds in Hukaung
yanmar foresters sighted eight or nine rare bird species in Hukaung Valley in a survey earlier this month. They were able to conduct the new survey in the Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary because the area was deemed safe by local authorities. They had not been able to survey the area since 2011 because of security concerns.
— Myanmar Times


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