Myanmar morning news for October 3

Myanmar morning news for October 3

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar’s neighbours urge accountability for Rohingya violence
Southeast Asian foreign ministers have urged Myanmar to give a full mandate to an inquiry commission to hold accountable those responsible for the violence in Rakhine State, according to Singapore’s top diplomat.
— Aljazeera

Aung San Suu Kyi’s actions ‘regrettable’ but she will keep peace prize: Nobel chief
Some of the actions Aung San Suu Kyi has taken as Myanmar’s civilian leader are “regrettable” but her Nobel Peace Prize will not be withdrawn, the head of the Nobel Foundation told Reuters in an interview in Stockholm.
— Thai PBS World

Mandalay toughens campaign to get rid of illegal settlers
The Mandalay regional government has intensified its campaign against illegal settlers in the region, which many have blamed for a spike in crime during the past year.
— Myanmar Times

The Rohingya crisis: Appoint Anwar as special envoy
In New York last week, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad added his voice, not for the first time, to the growing international chorus of condemnation against the government of Myanmar for its genocidal attacks against the Rohingya.
— Free Malaysia Today

Urban areas see growing number of elderly populations
The number of senior citizens aged 85 and above who are entitled to social pension has reached 140,000.
— Eleven

Myanmar’s private sector should be at the driving seat for reform
Businesses in the country are best-placed to be at the driving seat for reform, an expert said at a conference in Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

Marred by General, Myanmar’s Famed Dome-Shaped Pagoda to be Restored to Former Glory
Sagaing is planning to repaint the famed Kaunghmudaw Pagoda white, a dome-shaped stupa once marred by a former military leader with gold paint, as the pagoda trustee committee in the upcountry town received the green light from the regional government.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Statue Building Risks Tensions with Minorities
A movement in Myanmar to build statues of independence hero General Aung San risks renewed tensions with the country’s ethnic minorities.
— Voice of America

Yangon Gov’t Abused Its Power by Investing in Controversial New City Project: Lawmaker
The Yangon Regional government was accused of abusing its power by investing 10 billion kyats ($6.5 million) in a controversial new city project on the western bank of the Yangon River without the parliament’s prior approval.
— The Irrawaddy

Dr Win Myat Aye says Myanmar is carrying out 81 points of Kofi Annan Advisory Commission
The Myanmar government is carrying out 81 points of Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission, said Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, who is also working for UEHRD.
— Eleven

Yangon to build innovation centre with Seedstars
The Yangon regional government is inking a deal with a Swiss start-up incubator to launch the Yangon Innovation Centre.
— Myanmar Times

Police to go high-tech in fight against crime
The police will use more state-of-the-art technology to help ensure the safety of the public, said U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Region chief minister, during a ceremony to mark the 54th Myanmar Police Force Day, on Monday.
— Myanmar Times

Starvation and death on the beaches of Myanmar
Sky News reports on the thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped on beaches in Myanmar where they have been effectively left to die.
— Sky News/ Yahoo News (video)

Dolphin-enabled livelihood on the Ayeyarwady
On a stretch of the Ayeyarwady river, also known as the Irrawaddy river, near Myanmar’s Mandalay, fishermen from six villages work hand-in-fin with 26 Irrawaddy dolphins in a unique collaboration.
— The Asean Post

Rebels in Myanmar detain more than 90 Christian leaders, shut down more churches
After shutting down at least 10 churches in early September, ethnic Wa rebels in eastern Myanmar have closed dozens of other churches and detained 92 Christian leaders and 42 students in a bid to curtail Christian activities, sources said.
— Sight

Myanmar is the new illegal ivory market for African elephants, says report
Myanmar, a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand is now the new growing market for ivory trade.
— Standard Digital

Retail and wholesale trading for foreign investors in Myanmar
Myanmar has taken steps to welcome foreign investments into retail and wholesale trading.
— JD Supra (media release)

Extended plantation brings dragon fruit price down
Higher production of dragon fruits with extended plantation has brought down the price of the fruit this harvest season.
— Global Newslight of Myanmar

Fitch Solutions downgrades Myanmar’s construction outlook on Rakhine and reform inertia
Consulting firm Fitch Solutions Macro Research downgraded the growth forecast for Myanmar’s construction industry, saying economic reforms which would boost infrastructure development had been knocked off course and the northern Rakhine crisis would weigh on the economy.
— Myanmar Times

Additional statistical bulletin on drug seizures, acting on information
In order to prevent and eradicate the dangers of narcotic drugs and psychotropic drugs, the Office of the President has formed the Drug Activity Special Complaint Department on 26 June 2018 to systematically accept and respond to reports on drug abuses and other related cases from the general public.
— Global Newslight of Myanmar


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges World Teachers’ Day, October 5.


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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