Myanmar morning news for October 29

Myanmar morning news for October 29

Myanmar morning newsSanctions against Myanmar are “Nonsense” claims the Ambassador of Japan
The Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar, Ichiro Maruyama, is adamant that international sanctions against this country are “utter nonsense.”
— Modern Tokyo Times

Myanmar: EU’s preferential trade status withdrawal not to affect FDI flow
A Myanmar official has said the European Union (EU)’s probable withdrawal of its Generalised Scheme of Preference (GSP) will not impact the foreign investment flow into the country, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported on October 28.
— Vietnam+

Myanmar Courts Free Detained Eleven Media Journalists on Bail
Three journalists from Eleven Media who were detained on incitement charges were each freed on 10 million Kyats bail Friday at Tamwe Township Court.
— Radio Free Asia

Critic of Rakhine State government given six months’ prison term
Aung Than Wai who was charged with criticizing former Rakhine State government Secretary Tin Maung Swe in connection with the Mrauk-U riot was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment on October 26.
— Mizzima

NLD Prepares For By-Election Losses in Rakhine, Shan
The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) believes it may lose the November by-elections in Rakhine and Shan states, said U Zaw Myint Maung, the chief minister of Mandalay Region and chair of the party’s Mandalay chapter.
— The Irrawaddy

Accountability for atrocities in Myanmar ‘cannot be expected’ within its borders – UN investigator
It can choose to acknowledge the serious human rights violations and honour the call for accountability, or it can continue on its present path of self-destruction, he added.
— AEC News Today/PR Newswire (media release)

Refugee raids show fundamental policy rethink need
Just a day after the general’s announcement, a group of immigration officials stormed into a building in the Charan Sanitwong area, arresting at least 77 refugees from Pakistan, including 43 children.
— Bangkok Post

Removing GSP privileges derails Myanmar’s hard-won economic progress
Withdrawing Myanmar’s access to the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) would run counter to the recommendations of the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Myanmar – the EU mission currently visiting Yangon to explore the possibility of revoking the country’s preferential trade status should be made aware of this.
— Myanmar Times

ABS-CBN signs distribution deals in Vietnam, Myanmar
ABS-CBN said Sunday it signed distribution deals in Vietnam and Myanmar to make more of its shows available in the 2 Southeast Asian countries.
— ABS-CBN News

Foreign investment flow in Myanmar to stay the same after EU’S withdrawal of GSP
The European Union (EU)’s possible withdrawal of its Generalized Scheme of Preference (GSP), will not affect the foreign investment movement in Myanmar, the official Global New Light of Myanmar, cited, an investment administration official as affirming, Sunday.
— MenaFN

Which Asian Country Has the Most Hydropower Capacity?
It exports electricity to China, Việt Nam and Thailand and is keen to supply hydropower to Cambodia and Myanmar. It is followed by Thailand, Philippines and Myanmar.
— Vietnam News

ABS-CBN shows to air in Vietnam, Myanmar
ABS-CBN Corp. said it signed new contracts with media companies in Vietnam and Myanmar to bring its drama content to more viewers outside the Philippines.
— ABS-CBN Business World

Modern Chinese water-ink paintings exhibited in Yangon, Myanmar
A man visits an international touring exhibition of modern Chinese water-ink paintings under the title of “Chinese Style-the Green River and Mountain” in Yangon, Myanmar, Oct. 28, 2018.
— Xinhuanet

Mental illness: Myanmar’s hidden epidemic
Myanmar urgently needs to improve mental health care and achieving that objective will require a change of attitude by policy makers and the wider community.
— Frontier Myanmar

Focus on the cause, not just the solution for Rakhine
Asean’s initiative to engage Myanmar on the Rakhine crisis is welcome.
— Bangkok Post

Humanity can solve statelessness
While the United Nations and its wings are combating the problem of statelessness across the world and are making efforts to reduce it and preserve the rights of the stateless people worldwide, the actions of some governments in South Asia have exacerbated it.
— Telangana Today

China donates prefabricated houses to Myanmar’s western state
China handed over 1,000 prefabricated houses worth 15.9 billion kyats (10.3 million U.S. dollars) to Myanmar authorities for displaced people in Rakhine state at Myanmar Thilawa Port on Saturday.
— China.Org.Cn

Lawyer For Eleven Media Journalists Says Govt Stalling Mediation
The lawyer for three Eleven Media Group journalists said the Yangon Region government had to take responsibility for not withdrawing its incitement lawsuit against the trio and preventing the Myanmar Press Council from stepping in to mediate, as per the president’s instructions.
— The Irrawaddy

Staring down the male gaze
The paintings of emerging feminist artist Chuu Wai Nyein aim for the heart of Myanmar’s gender sensibilities.
— Frontier Myanmar

Gadkari discusses Imphal-Mandalay bus service progress with Myanmar
Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday discussed the progress of India-Myanmar transport connectivity with the Myanmar Minister for Communication and Transport U Thant Sin Maung.
— DevDiscourse

Five basic reforms needed to draw foreign investments
Myanmar is raising efforts to draw foreign direct investments (FDI) into the country after its economy took a beating in recent quarters, hit by the slide of the kyat against the dollar.
— Myanmar Times

UN presents report to UN Security Council
A genocide is still underway against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, a UN fact-finding team said Wednesday as it presented a report at the Security Council calling for the matter to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
— Mizzima

India, Myanmar agree to fight insurgent groups along border
India and Myanmar have agreed to fight insurgent groups operating along the border between the two countries and check the smuggling of wildlife and narcotic drugs.
— DevDiscourse

Myanmar, India Appoint Operator for Sittwe Port Project
Myanmar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) early this week with India to appoint a private operator for Sittwe Port. The move is part of the Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project under India’s ambitious Act East Policy.
— The Irrawaddy

Big investment boost for pig farming in Kayah
Dutch animal feed company De Heus and the UK government announced an investment of US$3.2 million for improving Myanmar’s pig farming, including establishing the country’s first ever pig stud farm.
— Myanmar Times

Pro-military think-tank hosts American anti-Muslim activist at Yangon forum
A Tatmadaw-linked think-tank has hosted a panel discussion on Rakhine State featuring a controversial American activist whose anti-Muslim views have made him popular with Myanmar nationalists.
— Frontier Myanmar

USDP Criticizes Ruling Party’s Trips to Minority Areas Ahead of By-Elections
The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has questioned the honesty of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), citing government leaders’ recent trips to ethnic minority regions with vacant constituencies ahead of the Nov. 3 by-elections.
— The Irrawaddy

Fashioning a business with French design flair and hand-woven fabric
A visit to a Yangon weaving workshop during a trip to Myanmar in 2014 provided the inspiration that led eventually to Paloma Ya Ya, the clothing and accessories brand line she founded that year, which showcases natural, raw, hand-woven fabrics distinctively crafted in Myanmar.
— Frontier Myanmar

Eight houses burnt after hot air balloon crashes
Eight houses have been burnt as a hot air balloon crashed in Pyigyidagun township, Myanmar’s Mandalay region, according to Xinhua quoting state media.
— Mizzima

Lawmaker Files Slander Complaint Against NLD Spokesman
A former member of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has filed a complaint against a spokesman for the party under the Law Protecting the Privacy and Security of Citizens.
— The Irrawaddy

Three injured in landmine explosions within a week
Three civilians sustained injuries in landmine blasts in Namhsan Township, Palaung Self- Administered Zone, northern Shan State, within a week, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Karst country: A rundown of Myanmar’s coolest (and least-visited) caves
Though a lot of international travel magazines still frame Myanmar as a ‘new’ tourist destination, the first overseas visitors arrived during the 19th century colonial days.
— Coconuts Yangon (paywall)

State Counsellor visits Chin State
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visited Chin State on a one-day visit on October 26 and reportedly visited Natma Taung (Khaw Nu M’Cong) mountain national park in Kanpetlet Township and exhibitions of traditional culture and artefacts.
— Mizzima

Rakhine fisherfolk struggle despite fisheries export boom
More than 560,000 tonnes of fish were exported last year, the highest volume in the past 20 years, worth over US$700 million (K1.1 trillion), according to the government.
— Myanmar Times


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, November 2.


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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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