Myanmar morning news for October 15

Myanmar morning news for October 15

Myanmar morning newsSingapore agency predicts a positive forecast for Myanmar economy
A positive forecast and outlook in terms of recovery of Myanmar’s economy is presented by a Singapore based macro economic surveillance agency, ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) for the coming two years.
— Mizzima

Lawsuits against journalists under Section 505 (b) go beyond democratic norms: USDP spokesperson
A spokesperson of the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has told local media that arresting and suing journalists under Section 505 (b) of Myanmar’s Penal Code for their news stories breach far beyond democratic standards.
— Eleven Myanmar

Tech platform helps bring homecooked food to office workers
Thousands of office workers in Myanmar’s commercial hub will no longer need to bother about finding delicious food for their lunch thanks to Shwe Bite, a technology platform that aims to offer healthy home-cooked meals to busy workers at an affordable price.
— The Nation

Nationalist Myanmar demonstrators back military, blast foreign intervention in nation’s affairs
Several thousand pro-military and nationalist demonstrators marched through Yangon on Sunday, voicing their support for Myanmar’s armed forces and government while condemning foreign involvement in the country’s affairs.
— Japan Times

Hardaha, the only camp in West Bengal: Fearing crackdown, detention, Rohingya families start leaving
The Rohingya living in the only camp for them in West Bengal have started to leave out of fear of crackdown by government agencies.
— The Indian Express

Nationalists voice their support for Myanmar forces
Several thousand pro-military and nationalist demonstrators marched through Yangon on Sunday, voicing their support for Myanmar’s armed forces and government while condemning foreign involvement in the country’s affairs.
— The Gulf Today

A luxury cruise along the languid Irrawaddy is a great way to get to know Myanmar
According to Scenic Aura’s Captain Aung Na, navigating the sluggish Irrawaddy on its 540-kilometre journey from Pyay to Mandalay is somewhat of a challenge, eight out of 10 in terms of difficulty, with shifting sand bars a constant threat.
— Stuff

Myanmar demonstrators condemn foreign intervention
Several thousand pro-military and nationalist demonstrators marched through Yangon on Sunday, voicing their support for Myanmar’s armed forces and government while condemning foreign involvement in the country’s affairs.
— Midland Daily News

Firebrand Myanma monk Wirathu hits back at UN, international community over Rohingya crisis
An ultra-nationalist monk — dubbed the “Buddhist Bin Laden” — on Sunday condemned the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar’s generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis.
— The Peninsula

Rohingya Refugees in India Rattled After First-Ever Deportations (video)
In India, the first-ever deportation of Rohingyas to Myanmar has raised the specter of more repatriations among the 40,000 Rohingyas living in the country as the Hindu nationalist government takes a tougher stand on illegal immigrants.

Three Myanmar workers buried alive in Cameron Highlands landslide
Three Myanmar nationals, including a husband and wife, were found dead after being buried alive when a landslide destroyed their rumah kongsi (shared house) at Batu 49, Kuala Terla, in Cameron Highlands on Sunday (Oct 14).
— The Straits Times

Myanmar Acknowledges Showing St. Martin’s Island on Its Map Was Misrepresentation
Tensions at the diplomatic front between Bangladesh and Myanmar had escalated last Saturday after Myanmar ambassador U. Lwin Oo was summoned by the Bangladesh government to explain why St. Martin’s, an island in the Bay of Bengal was shown as part of Myanmar in two of its government’s websites.
— The Wire

Myanmar PlasPrintPack & Myanmar Agrotek Foodtek 2018
Over 180 brands from 8 countries and regions will be showcased at the largest tradeshow for numerous specific industrial sectors in Myanmar!
— Myanmar Times

Pros and Cons of the NLD’s New ‘Look East’ Policy
Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! It is fair to say that Myanmar’s relations with Western countries have soured since the Rakhine crisis broke out.
— The Irrawaddy

Bangladesh Project to House Rohyingya on Flood-Prone Island Ready to Open
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this month will open a refugee housing complex on a flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal, with officials saying it is ready to accommodate 25,000 Rohingya from Myanmar who are sheltering in southeastern Bangladesh.
— Radio Free Asia

Thailand and Myanmar are natural allies
At their 9th annual joint bilateral meeting in Nay Pyi Taw in August, both countries proclaimed from now on they are “natural strategic partners”. It was the right time, coming on their 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.
— Myanmar Times

Huawei to invest $140m in developing AI talent
The lack of talent in artificial intelligence will no longer be an issue in the near future, as Huawei Technologies Co will invest more than US$140 million in AI talent education in cooperation with universities and scientific research institutes, said on Friday ZhengYelai, the firm’s vice president and president of cloud business unit, at Huawei Connect 2018 held in Shanghai.
— Eleven Myanmar

UN Envoy Meets With Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to Discuss Rohingya Crisis
The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar met with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw on Friday to discuss the Rohingya crisis in beleaguered Rakhine state, where the repatriation of some of the 720,000 Muslim refugees who fled to Bangladesh last year during a crackdown has yet to get fully under way.
— Radio Free Asia

Container protest takes place on Strand Road in Yangon on October 10
Container drivers staged a protest by stopping their cars on Strand Road in Yangon on the night of October 10.
— Eleven Myanmar

BSI clears mobile operators of currency manipulation amid kyat volatility
An investigation into currency market manipulation briefly focused on Telenor and Ooredoo, a law enforcement official has confirmed, after the mobile operators both purchased large amounts of US dollars.
— Frontier Myanmar

Yangon’s Rich Diversity in Seven Delicious Dishes
Sitting at a crossroads between India, China and Thailand, and with eight major ethnic groups within its borders, it’s no surprise that Myanmar’s cuisine is diverse and eclectic
— The Irrawaddy

Rakhine villages prepare to flee due to food scarcity in Paletwa Township
Some residents of Rakhine villages located in upper Kaladan River in Paletwa Township, Chin State at India border are preparing to leave due to food shortage.

Jade export value hits $402 m in six months
Jade export earnings reached US$402 million in the six-month mini budget period from April to September this year, exceeding US$196 million compared to the same period of last year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Women’s Orgs: Human Rights, Rule of Law in Shan State Have Deteriorated
The Lahu Women’s Organization (LWO), the Pa-O Women’s Union (PWU), the Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and the Ta’ang Women’s Organization (TWO) pointed out in the statement that “despite the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA)” between the government and some ethnic armed groups, conflict has increased in Shan State. Subsequently, there has been an increase in human rights abuses, interethnic conflict and internal displacement.

Govt to spend more on health, education; but funds for agri lacking
The Union Budget Law for 2018-2019 which includes the government’s income and expenditure estimates has been approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
— Myanmar Times

All NCA Signatory EAOs to Attend Informal Summit
The government originally proposed that the summit be held near Mt. Popa in Kyaukpadaung Township, Mandalay Region, but EAO leaders asked that it take place in Yangon, before it was decided that it would be hosted in Naypyidaw.

Proposal for reducing central power presented to Vice President
Cabinet Ministers of the Rakhine State government presented their demand to Vice-President Henry Van Thio on October 12 to reduce the half of the central government power and delegate this power to the state government.
— Mizzima

UK suspends funding for timber industry project
BRITAIN HAS cited the crisis over Rakhine State for a decision to suspend funding for Myanmar’s effort to join a European Union initiative aimed at combatting illegal logging and promoting effective forest governance.
— Frontier Myanmar

Sembcorp’s Myingyan power plant begins full operations
Sembcorp Industries’ US$300 million gas-fired power plant in Myingyan, Mandalay commenced full commercial operations on Wednesday following its first phase of operations in May.
— Myanmar Times

Venue of summit between govt, military and NCA signatories to be shifted to Nay Pyi Taw
The summit between government, military and ethnic armed organizations that are signatories to the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), previously set to take place in the Poppa region, will be held in Nay Pyi Taw, the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) decided in a meeting.
— Eleven Myanmar

As camps close in Rakhine, humanitarians fear complicity in permanent segregation
The humanitarian community – including senior UN officials – have expressed serious concern over government plans to close camps for displaced Muslims in Rakhine State and allegedly replace them with permanent shelters, with some warning that the process appears to reflect “a policy of apartheid”.
— Frontier Myanmar

It is time for visa on arrival for tourists between Myanmar and India
Myanmar sits at a strategic crossroads of Asia, connecting the Indian sub-continent with East and Southeast Asia. It stands to be a meeting point for the various peoples of Asia, linking shared cultures, history and values.
— Mizzima

US delegates underscore infrastructure development
Robert Garverick, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of United States of America (New Delhi) put forward his observations after visiting the Indo-Myanmar Border town Moreh conveying that infrastructure development is a must to attract more investors in the region.
— E-Pao

Myanmar holds preliminary meeting ahead of trilateral peace talks
Myanmar government and the nationwide ceasefire accord (NCA)-signatory ethnic armed organizations (EAO) have held a preliminary meeting in Nay Pyi Taw ahead of a trilateral peace talks, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.
— Xinhuanet

Suu kyi’s silence on the Rohingya genocide
The Rohingya Muslims have suffered racial discrimination for decades in Myanmar. They are gunned down, their villages are burnt, crops destroyed, babies thrown into fire and ,girls and women raped.
— Daily Times

Brunei to boost rice production with Myanmar help
BRUNEI Darussalam agrees to advance its cooperation in rice production with Myanmar following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for agriculture sector cooperation that is hoped to boost Brunei’s rice production.
— Borneo Bulletin

Bolivia beats Myanmar 3-0 during friendly match in Myanmar
Zin Min Tun (R) of Myanmar competes during a friendly match against Bolivia at the Thuwana stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, Oct. 13, 2018. Myanmar lost 0-3.
— Xinhuanet

DW chief editor: Radicalization of Rohingyas could be Bangladesh’s biggest challenge
Pohl said DW was working to inform the world about the everyday life of the refugees.
— Dhaka Tribune


Feature photo Paul Arps


This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Rural Woman, October 15.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).


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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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