Myanmar morning news for September 13

Myanmar morning news for September 13

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar’s Suu Kyi won’t attend U.N. General Assembly: media
Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week, media reported on Wednesday, amid growing calls for Myanmar’s security forces to be held accountable for alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims.
— Reuters

UN says Myanmar waging ‘campaign against journalists’
Myanmar, facing international outrage over the jailing of Reuters journalists for their reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, is conducting a “political campaign” against independent journalism, the United Nations (UN) said Tuesday.
— The Asean Post

Myanmar Journalists Association to stand as independent organisation
Myanmar Journalists Association (MJA) issued a statement on September 10 announcing that it would stand as an independent organisation by distancing itself from the state’s Myanmar Press Council (MPC).
— Eleven Myanmar

New political party founded to lift people from poverty
She held a press conference on September 11 in Yangon and gave a briefing on forming the new party.
— Mizzima

Thai film dedicated to Rohingya wins best film at Venice
A Thai film dedicated to the Rohingya people won a top prize at the Venice Film Festival last weekend.
— Coconuts Yangon

Analysis : Party Says Gov’t Issuing Fake Kaman Citizenship Cards to Rohingya, Demands Probe
The Kaman National Progressive Party (KNPP) has lodged complaints with the Myanmar President’s Office and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi alleging that more than 3,000 National Registration Cards (NRCs) with ethnic Kaman status were inappropriately issued to Rohingya in southern Rakhine State’s Ramree Township.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar group founded by prominent dissident urges release of Reuters reporters
An organization founded by one of Myanmar’s most famous political prisoners and an old ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, called on Wednesday for the release of two Reuters journalists jailed after being found guilty of violating an official secrets law.
— Reuters

Measles cases rise over 100 in northern Hpapun
Measles outbreak continues to spread in Dwe Lo Township and Bu Tho Township in northern Mu Traw (Hpapun) area and over 100 patients have contracted the disease, according to the Back Pack Health Worker Team, which is closely monitoring and treating the patients.
— BNI

China Plans Bullet Train To Kolkata Via Bangladesh, Myanmar
Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu said Wednesday his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh.
— NDTV

Analysis: Myanmar’s Independent Media Struggling to Survive
At one point in his inaugural speech in March, Myanmar’s newly elected President U Win Myint implored members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government to take seriously the role of the media as “the eyes and ears of the people.”
— The Irrawaddy

Viability of infrastructure projects essential for investments
Sean Turnell, economic adviser to the State Counsellor, said the country’s macro-economy is “remarkably robust and resilient” despite the odds during the Myanmar Global Investment Forum by Euromoney held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— Myanmar Times

Government grants UN first access to northern Rakhine
The United Nations began work in northern Rakhine state on Wednesday, the first time its agencies have been granted permission to operate in the violence-torn area since more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled its villages last year.
— Frontier Myanmar

‘The Current Government’s Machinery is More Like That of The Military Junta’: Interview
Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has faced a number of crises and setbacks since taking power in March 2016.
— Radio Free Asia

Anwar ‘Appalled’ by Suu Kyi, Criticizes China’s Muslim Camps (video)
Anwar Ibrahim, who’s in line to become Malaysia’s next premier, blasted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s treatment of the Rohingya and called for formal talks on China’s crackdown against its Muslim minority.
— Bloomberg

Engaging youth in Indonesia, Myanmar
Myanmar has been ruled by a military regime for more than half a century and has recently been in the international spotlight.
— The Jakarta Post

Small hotel fire hurts 14 people in downtown Yangon
The fire broke out in the early afternoon in one of the rooms of the City Star Hotel on Maha Bandoola Garden Street in Kyauktada township.
— Myanmar Times

One and half year imprisonment goes to San San Oo and Naung Naung
Dagon Seikkan Township Court sentenced San San Oo (a) Lay Lay and Naung Naung who were sued under Section 505 (b) of Penal Code (conducting public mischief) and under Section 153 of promoting enmity between classes to one and half year imprisonment and hard labour in Yangon on September 11.
— Eleven Myanmar

Upgrade of Mandalay line starts in October
A Japanese company will upgrade the Bago-Nyaunglebin section of the Yangon-Mandalay railway line – the most important route in the country – over the next four years, an executive of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said.
— Myanmar Times

Unknown disease kills 7 in Myanmar
An unknown disease has claimed the lives of seven people in Nanyun township, Myanmar’s Naga Self-Administered Zone, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday.
— Khmer Times

Inflation spikes on the back of volatile exchange rate
Myanmar residents are beginning to feel the pinch from the depreciating Myanmar kyat.
— Myanmar Times

Man arrested with smuggled Porsche on truck in Tak
A man was arrested with a concealed Porsche, destined for Myanmar, on the back of a truck at a security checkpoint in Mae Sot district shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Migrant workers submit their complaints to MWRN
Myanmar migrant workers submitted their complaints to Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) for having their rights violated in Thailand, said Thein Tun from the MWRN.
— Eleven Myanmar

Refugees from Chin State refuse to return
Over 200 Myanmar refugees fleeing armed conflict between Myanmar Army and Arakan Army (AA) militants are still languishing in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, telegraphindia.com reported.
— Mizzima

UN teams given first access to Myanmar’s Rakhine
The United Nations (UN) began work on Wednesday inside Myanmar’s violence-torn northern Rakhine state, the first time its agencies have been granted permission to operate there since more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the area last year.
— Dawn

Lawsuits against free expression reach 54% after telecom law amendment
ollowing the amendment to the controversial Telecommunications Law, filing a lawsuit against writings over free expression has increased to 54 percent, according to a report published by Athan, a group of activists working for free expression.
— Eleven Myanmar

Telenor Myanmar launches Asia 9 roaming package
Telenor Myanmar has launched a new international roaming package offering data roaming at local rates in nine Asian markets.
— Telecomasia

Shan State IDPs Return Home to Protect Property Amid Ongoing Fighting
The area has seen clashes in recent weeks between the troops from the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed groups and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army, as well as between the Burma Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army—a Northern Alliance member.
— BNI

EAO Summit ends
Ten ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that have signed Myanmar’s nationwide peace accord wrapped up their third summit in northern Thailand on Tuesday, agreeing that leaders from government, the national military, and ethnic armies should meet soon for talks to try to overcome obstacles to the country’s peace process, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

MWVA stages silent protest to support Tatmadaw
Myanmar War Veteran Organization staged a silent protest in support of Tatmadaw (Defence Services) and against external interfering acts near Maha Bandoola in front of Yangon City Hall at 12 noon on September 11.
— Eleven Myanmar

Deputy Minister: Upper Yeywa Dam Construction Will Continue, Despite Public Objection
Burma’s government will allow continued construction of a hydropower dam on Shan State’s Namtu River, despite widespread local opposition, a Union minister said.
— BNI

Flexibility of Indian Constitution helped in preserving unity and democracy in the country – Experts
Speaking at a workshop on “Constitution-building and its implementation Indian experience and Takeaways for Myanmar” at Nay Pyi Taw on 10 September, Constitution experts from India highlighted that “Indian Constitution is a living document and has met the changing needs of the contemporary society”.
— Mizzima

 

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