Myanmar morning news for November 29

Myanmar morning news for November 29

Myanmar morning newsHong Kong firm close to finalizing new Yangon city proposal
Hong Kong-listed China Communications Construction Co. Ltd (CCCC) has nearly finalized its proposal for the development of US$1.5 billion (2.4 trillion kyats) worth of initial infrastructure for the controversial “New Yangon City” project across the Yangon River from Myanmar’s commercial capital, according to a government body established to oversee the project.
— Consult-Myanmar

Mandalay chases dream of becoming Myanmar’s first smart city
With ambitions of becoming a genuine smart city, Mandalay — the country’s last royal capital at more than 160 years old — is in the midst of a high-tech makeover at the government’s behest thanks to an eclectic team of doctors, engineers, lawyers, writers, journalists and IT experts.
— The Irrawaddy

China, Myanmar vow to push forward building of China-Myanmar Economic Corridor
China and Myanmar have pledged to jointly push forward the building of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. The pledge came as Ning Jizhe, deputy head of China’s National Development and Reform Commission visited Myanmar from November 24 to 27.
— Mizzima

$187M road planned on Myanmar’s west coast for ‘security’ and ‘development’
A coastal road stretching 274 kilometers (170 miles) from Rakhine State’s Thandwe to Gaw Yin Gyi Island in Irrawaddy Region’s Ngapudaw Township will be built at a cost of around 300 billion kyats ($187 million), according to Irrawaddy Region Minister for Finance and Planning U Htay Win.
— The Irrawaddy

Chinese authorities arrest Myanmar nationals working illegally in border areas
Chinese authorities have arrested more than 100 Myanmar nationals working illegally in Chinese border towns, as more young people head across the border to escape a dearth of job opportunities and fighting in war-torn Shan state, a Myanmar legal aid worker said Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

New investment ministry should be ‘substance over spin’
With liberalisation stalled, investor interest falling, and criticisms from the private sector increasingly vocal, the National League for Democracy-led (NLD-led) government has gone on the charm offensive to reboot its economic agenda.
— The Myanmar Times

Hluttaw reviews €70m loan to better Yangon
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral parliament) has postponed the approval of a €70 million (K126 billion) loan from the French Development Agency for urban development in Yangon Region as it needs further review.
— The Myanmar Times

Back to business as usual in Myanmar’s jade mines?
A new gemstone law expected to be passed in the current session of parliament ignores civil society recommendations and does not address deep-seated problems in the jade industry.
— Frontier Myanmar

Timber exports logged at over 14,000 cubic tons in 2017-18 FY
Myanmar extracted more than 300,000 cubic tons of teak in 2013-2014 fiscal year, according to the Central Statistical Organization branch under Myanmar Timber Enterprise.
— Eleven Media

Mandalay plans to set up more than 1,800 acres of forest plantations
Mandalay Region Forest Department plans to grow more than 1,800 acres of forest in the coming rainy season next year, according to Director Office of Mandalay Region Forest Department
— Eleven Media

Myanmar increases electricity production rate within a month
Myanmar has increased Electricity production rate of over 470 megawatts more within a month, raising the total to 3,430 megawatts, according to Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
— Eleven Media

President’s Office Deputy Minister nominated for Union Minister post
President Win Myint presented the name of current President Office Deputy Minister Min Thu to Union Parliament to be appointed to the vacant post of Union Minister of Union Government Office.
— Mizzima

Ministry plans to build national level e-GIDC
With the aim of enabling the governmental organizations to safely store their data at a single place and providing better services to the people, the ministry plans to build a national-level e-government Integrated Data Center (e-GIDC), said Union Minister for Transport and Communication Thant Zin Maung, at a ceremony to open e-Government Conference and ICT Exhibition 2018 held at the MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw on November 27.
— Eleven Media

The last journey of Kayin’s most revered monk
Thousands of people from across the country gathered in Myaing Gyi Ngu Village of Hpa-an Township, Kayin State, to pay their final respects to the state’s most revered and influential religious leader, Sayadaw (monk) Bhaddanta U Thuzana.
— The Myanmar Times

Multi-ethnic and multi-religious Myanmar is trying to solve many protracted conflicts
The government of Myanmar and the armed forces of this nation are trying to restore order, foster greater ties with regional nations and further afield, and maintain the democratic path. However, the international media is focused on a pro-Bengali Muslim narrative and an Islamist agenda.
— Modern Tokyo Times

USDP says it has no confidence in election commission
The main opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has no confidence in the Union Election Commission because it is biased, party spokesman U Thein Tun Oo said.
— The Myanmar Times

Women’s law set for enactment next year
The Prevention of Violence against Women bill drafted in 2013 may be enacted next year, U Soe Aung deputy minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, said.
— The Myanmar Times

93 Bengalis arrested off Dawei coast to be sent back home
Ninety three Bengalis arrested together on a boat off Dawei coast in Dawei District, Thaninthayi Region, on November 25 will be sent back home, according to the region police force.
— Eleven Media

Public urged to inform on major drug dealers
The government is urging people to actively help in the fight against illegal drugs by providing information about big time drug dealers to law enforcement.
— The Myanmar Times

Uncertainty for Dawei mounts as govt considers replacing ITD
Lack of clarity in the contract signed between Italian-Thai Development (ITD) and the Myanmar government to develop the highly controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tanintharyi Region needs to be addressed, an SEZ official cautioned as the government is mulling plans to change the developer.
— The Myanmar Times

KPO plans to sell Honda Jet aircrafts in Myanmar
Myanmar is planning to introduce Honda Jet aircrafts for the tourism sector and will begin sales if aircrafts are allowed to sell commercially in the country, according to KPO Co. Ltd, the authorized dealer of the Honda Jet aircrafts in Myanmar.
— Eleven Media

If you can’t go to Singapore, Singapore will come to you
All things Singapore are set to hit Yangon during the third running of Singapore Festival set to take place at the end of this month.
— The Myanmar Times

“Incredible journey” travelogue to air in 14 countries
A travelogue taking place in Myanmar will be broadcast to 14 nations through CANAL+ Group media.
— Eleven Media

The 2nd International machines and machinery exhibition held
The exhibition was held at the Kanaung Hall in Mandalay industrial zone from November 27 to 29.
— Eleven Media

5.5 magnitude earthquake around Myanmar-India border region: IMD
An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale struck around Myanmar-India border region on Wednesday.
— Times Now Digital

Rise in small quakes may be due to better reporting
The number of small and moderate earthquakes more than doubled this year compared to last year, but they may not be foreshocks, or warnings of a bigger quake, Myanmar Earthquake Committee Vice Chair U Myo Thant said.
— The Myanmar Times

Aircraft wheel collapses on landing in Myanmar
The front wheel of a training aircraft of the Myanmar National Airlines collapsed as it touched the tarmac at the airport in Mon during landing, official said on Wednesday.
— Business Standard

Disabled community split over high-profile rape allegation
The chairperson of the Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities is accused of raping a blind masseuse under his care, but not everyone is demanding justice.
— Frontier Myanmar

25 human rabies deaths reported in Yangon this year
Health officials in Yangon, Myanmar are reporting a rising number of dog bites recently, over 1300 in October and an average of 60 a day in November, and of course the major concern is rabies.
— Outbreak News Today

Wild elephant killed with poison arrow in Ayeyarwady
A 15-year-old wild elephant was killed by suspected poachers in Pathein township of Ayeyarwady Region, the regional Forest Department said on Monday.
— The Myanmar Times

Kennedy Elephant Camp to be established in Kachin State
The very first elephant camp in Kachin State will be opened soon.
— Eleven Media

Ministries, civil society groups back new nutrition plan
Government and civil society organisations have endorsed a national nutrition action plan aimed at reducing malnutrition among mothers, children and adolescent girls in Myanmar.
— The Myanmar Times

Parliament Speaker urges regional govt. to reopen roads leading to Ngwe Saung Beach
Aung Kyaw Khaing, Speaker of Ayeyawady Region Parliament, urged the regional government to reopen three roads leading to Ngwe Saung Beach, which have been blocked by local businessmen, as the new government is slow to materialize the decision to reopen them.
— Eleven Media

Altech opens vocational training facility in Myanmar
Japanese technical staffing firm Altech has launched a high-level vocational training facility in Myanmar to help meet Japan’s manpower needs, focusing on the elderly care and agriculture sectors.
— Staffing Industry Analysts

Soneva partners with Cleaner Climate to raise funds for stoves Myanmar families
Myanmar has one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world, where most of the wood that is cut down is used for domestic cooking.
— BNI

Myanmar nuns raise curtain on brave new world for women
Good Shepherd Sisters empower young women who have been living in fear of abuse, trafficking by offering vocational courses.
— La Croix International

Yangon considers smart-parking system to ease traffic woes
The traffic in downtown Yangon is considered some of the worst, if not the worst in the country, as tens of thousands of cars jam the streets during certain hours of the day.
— The Myanmar Times

The Myanmar International Fashion Week takes the stage
On December 7th, 8th and 9th Yangon will have its 7th Myanmar International Fashion Week. The biggest fashion show in Myanmar is organized by John Lwin, the founder of Star Event Production and Stars & Models International.
— Myanmore

 

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