Myanmar morning news for October 11

Myanmar morning news for October 11

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar police detain three journalists for ‘incitement’
Myanmar police arrested three journalists from the Eleven Media Group on Wednesday on charges related to showing disrespect toward the Yangon regional government.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar must back ‘credible’ Rohingya inquiry, Japanese PM tells Suu Kyi
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has told Myanmar’s leader that a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims is key to resolving the crisis.
— The Guardian

Polish-funded fire engines arrive in Myanmar
The 68 modern, high-tech fire-fighting vehicles bought with the loan from Polish government arrived Myanmar and have been distributed to suitable places, according to Fire Services Department.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar newspaper journalists held after handing themselves in to police
Three senior journalists at Myanmar’s largest private newspaper were remanded in custody after handing themselves in to police on Wednesday (Oct 10), facing accusations of causing “fear or alarm” following a complaint from the Yangon regional government.
— Channel News Asia

Myanmar arrests three journalists over report on Suu Kyi protege
Myanmar police Wednesday arrested three journalists after their paper criticised the financial management of Yangon’s government, which is overseen by a protege of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the latest case to spark concern over press freedom.
— Yahoo News

Tokyo goes it alone in support of Myanmar and Cambodia
Japan is digging in deeper in support of Myanmar and Cambodia even as the U.S. and Europe ramp up criticism of human rights violations, choosing to preserve its influence in the region by playing an alternative to China’s economic might.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

CNI Holdings suspends MLM business in Myanmar
CNI Holdings Bhd has suspended its multi-level marketing (MLM) business activities in Myanmar after local authorities banned the use of such methods.
— The Edge Markets

Macao passport holders granted visa-free entry to Myanmar
Passport holders of China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) were granted visa-free access to Myanmar, the Macao SAR’s identification services bureau said in a press release on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

​Truck laden with hundreds of illegal jade stones seized in Myanmar
A 12-wheeled truck carrying jade stones was stopped and seized in Kyaukme town of Shan State (North) at about 7am on Tuesday, but some members of the public have questioned how such a jade-laden truck had managed to passed through without being inspected.
— Borneo Bulletin

Carlsberg launches zero-waste strategy, lays out environment plan in Yangon
Carlsberg Group is making progress towards achieving a zero-carbon footprint and water wastage, a move it believes will give consumers a greater tasting beer while minimising the brand’s impact on the environment.
— Myanmar Times

Wa Army Wants Non-Signatories to Myanmar Peace Accord Invited to Meeting With State Counselor
Myanmar’s largest non-state army has called for ethnic armed organizations that have not signed the government’s nationwide cease-fire accord to be included in a meeting next week with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and the military commander-in-chief on the country’s peace process.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar benefits from over 16 bilateral projects and 100 multilateral projects as part of Mekong-Japan cooperation: Aung San Suu Kyi
This morning at the meeting we were able to review the Mekong-Japan cooperation process, particularly years between 2015 and ’18, said Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, during a joint news conference after the meeting at the State Guesthouse in Tokyo’s Akasaka district.
— Eleven Myanmar

State Counsellor courts Japanese investors in Tokyo
During her visit to Tokyo on October 8, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi assured Japanese companies that they can invest in her country with confidence despite ongoing challenges including the situation in Rakhine State.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar ‘unwilling’ to probe abuse, UN must act: rights envoy
Myanmar is “unable and unwilling” to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims, a UN rights envoy has said, bolstering calls for the country’s generals to be hauled before an international court.
— Mizzima

Myanmar launches investment promotion plan amid toughening conditions
The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) on October 8 launched its Myanmar Investment Promotion Plan (MIPP) for the time frame between 2016-17 and 2035-36.
— Myanmar Times

SMI expands retail, F&B portfolio in Myanmar
Singapore Myanmar Investco (SMI), which is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, has secured an exclusive agreement to distribute and market Brazilian flip flops brand, Havaianas, in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Sembcorp starts commercial operation of 225-MW Myanmar power plant
SEMBCORP Industries on Wednesday announced that its 225-megawatt gas-fired Sembcorp Myingyan Independent Power Plant (IPP) in Mandalay, Myanmar, has successfully commenced full commercial operation following its first phase operation in May this year.
— The Business Times

Govt blacklists Dole-Thailand over labour dispute
The government has blacklisted Dole Thailand, a multinational canned fruit company, after Myanmar workers accused one of its factories of labour rights violations, the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok said in a statement.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar urged to hike taxes to cut income gap
MYANMAR’S hope for narrowing its inequality gap cannot be realised if the government fails to spend more on key sectors such as education, health and social protection, according to a global index released by Oxfam International yesterday.
— The Nation

Night markets seen to boost Yangon tourism
Plans have been put forward to make Yangon, already one of the most-visited destinations in Myanmar, even more attractive to tourists.
— Myanmar Times

Ruby-like chippings found scattered on Mudon road
Red-coloured small stones assumed to be rubies were found scattered on both sides of Mudon-Thanphyuzayat Road in Hneepadaw Village, Mudon Township, Mon State, according to local sources.
— Eleven Myanmar

Mobile teachers help out-of-school children from ethnic minority in Myanmar
Mobile teachers are being trained in Southeast Myanmar to educate tens of thousands of children from the ethnic minority Karen people who have been out of school.
— ReliefWeb

Biodiversity and conservation of protected areas by-law to reach parliament this year
Efforts are being made to submit the by-law for biodiversity and conservation of protected areas to Union Parliament before the end of this year.
— Eleven Myanmar

Inspection Report to Recommend Canceling Controversial Hotel Project at Inle Lake
Authorities have conducted a field inspection at the location of a proposed hotel project at Shan State’s Inle Lake by Myanmar Naing Group Co. Ltd. owned by U Tun Naing Shwe, son of former Snr-Gen Than Shwe, after locals voiced their opposition to it.
— The Irrawaddy

Govt. calls for parking zone tenders
The government has invited a tender for eight parking zones to be located in six downtown townships but only five applicants succeeded the tender selection process, said Yangon Mayor Maung Maung Soe during the 7th regular session of 2nd Yangon Region Parliament held on October 9.
— Eleven Myanmar

No permission given for 10,000tpd Myanmar plant
The Karen National Union (KNU) has denied giving any permission for a proposed 10,000tpd cement plant to be established in Hlaingbew Township, Myanmar.
— Global Cement Report

Armed Groups Meet to Decide Peace Summit Attendance
Leaders of the ethnic armed groups signed up to Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) are meeting in Thailand to decide whether to join an upcoming summit with Myanmar’s government and military aimed at reviving the country’s stalled peace process.
— The Irrawaddy

UNICEF officer urges international community to remember Rohingyas
In one of the most controversial areas in the world where allegedly 1.2 million refugees fleeing Myanmar are residing, there is a British guy who has visited there on a daily basis since April.
— The Korea Times

Police plans to file eight youths under Section 332 although the court discharge
The Mrauk U Township Court has dismissed charges against eight youths from Mrauk U, Rakhine State yesterday due to insufficient evidence.
— BNI

Depression sufferers lack safety net
A sharp increase in diagnosed cases of depression in recent years has highlighted a growing burden on underfunded government mental health services.
— Frontier Myanmar

Mrauk-U Youths Released on Bail
The eight youths, who were released and then re-arrested on the same day in September, have been released on bail with the courts saying further charges against them remain.
— The Irrawaddy

Karen armed organizations to hold joint commemoration of 70th Karen Resistance Day
Four Karen armed organizations will cooperate in holding the 70th anniversary of the Karen National Resistance Day ceremony with a military parade on January 31, the officials said to KIC News.
— BNI

TNLA Sentences Shan Detainee to Three Years in Prison
Despite widespread public opposition to her detention, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) has sentenced Shan mother of three Nang Mo Hom to three years in prison.
— BNI

 

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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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