Myanmar morning news for September 14

Myanmar morning news for September 14

Myanmar morning newsJailing of Reuters journalists ‘nothing to do with freedom of expression’, says Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, says two jailed Reuters journalists can appeal their seven-year sentence, and that their jailing had nothing to do with freedom of expression.
— ABC News

Suu Kyi defends jailing of Reuters reporters
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday robustly defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists for reporting massacres by the military at the height of the Rohingya ethnic cleansing. She received quick global criticism for it.
— Bangkok Post (annoying pops)

Kyainseikgyi Township receives Ks 10,128 million for community driven development project
The Karen (Kayin) State’s Kyainseikgyi Township has received Ks 10,128 million for the community driven development (CDD) project, which has been carried out in joint cooperation between the World Bank, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, and the Department of Rural Development within a period of four years, the project coordinator said to KIC News on September 12.

Starbucks backtracks on Myanmar investment deal
Starbucks has backtracked on a major investment in Myanmar that would have brought its first outlet to the country, local news outlet 7Day reported today, citing a company spokesperson.
— Coconuts Yangon

Mat weaving project aims to increase rural women’s income in Pantanaw area
The Pantanaw Karen Youth (PKY) is carrying out a mat weaving project to increase the income of rural women in Pantanaw Township, Ayeyarwady Region with funding from an international non-governmental organization (INGO).

Myanmar Gets First Foreign Investments for Power Projects in Fiscal Year Transition
Myanmar has received its first foreign investments in the power supply sector in the transitional six-month fiscal period, which started on April 1, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— The Irrawaddy

Thailand to legalise illegal fish workers
Thailand would soon start legalising thousands of illegal Myanmar workers in its fishing industry as a first step to the signing of an agreement to provide more workers for the business, which is struggling with a labour shortage.
— Myanmar Times

Gov’t Signs MoU with Beijing to Build China-Myanmar Economic Corridor
Myanmar on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China agreeing to establish the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, according to a statement from the China National Development and Reform Commission.
— The Irrawaddy

The game-changing oil and gas pipelines in Kyaukphyu, Myanmar (video)
A huge petrochemical facility is up in Kyaukphyu, in Rakhine State in Myanmar.
— Channel NewsAsia

47th Myanmar Medical Research Conference to be held in January
The conference will take place under the theme “Ensure WASH: A Global Agenda to Improve Quality of Life. The conference’s website has been launched for both local and foreign medical researchers to be able to know details about the conference, make registrations to attend the conference and get necessary documents about the conference.
— Eleven Myanmar

Shan Nationalities League for Democracy presents its policy, stance and work program
Central Executive Committee Member Nann Htwe Hmon of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) presented the party’s policy, stance and work program on radio and television on 12 September.

Cabinet endorses tramway projects for Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phang-nga
The cabinet has given a green light to the Mass Rapid Transit Authority’s (MRTA) two light rail transit or tramway routes, one in the northern province of Chiang Mai and the other in the southern provinces of Phang Nga and Phuket.
— Pattaya Mail

‘Human rights defenders vulnerable for reporting to UN’
A total of 29 countries in which new cases are listed in the report are Bahrain, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Venezuela.
— The Nation

ACI approves YIA to meet with international safety standards
Airports Council International (ACI) confirmed the Yangon International Airport (YIA) is in line with international safety standards, sources said.
— Eleven Myanmar

Charity auction for Suu Kyi bust to start at $32,000
A bronze bust of Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will be auctioned off at a charity fundraiser next month at a floor price of K50 million (US$32,000).
— Coconuts Yangon

Superficial amendment leaves Broadcasting Law undemocratic, claims FEM
The NGO Free Expression Myanmar (FEM) has expressed concern about a newly adopted Broadcasting Law Amendment (2018) that contains only superficial change, fails to protect freedom of expression, and reflects the government’s lack of open consultation.
— Mizzima

Thai silence deafening as world condemns Myanmar: The Nation
The panellists had gathered to discuss whether senior generals in Myanmar should face international justice for what a recent UN fact-finding report called genocide committed by their security forces against the Rohingya and other minorities.
— The Straits Times

Area settlement and amassing military power can be circumvented – JMC-U Chairman
During the 18th meeting of the Union-level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon yesterday, JMC-U Chairman Lt-Gen Yar Pyae called for all sides to avoid area settlement and amassing military power so that armed conflicts can be circumvented while everyone is working to build trust among each other.
— Mizzima

Krispy Kreme serves its first donuts in Yangon ahead of Sunday grand opening
Yangon donut lovers got their first taste of Krispy Kreme donuts this afternoon at a press briefing ahead of the company’s grand Myanmar opening on Sunday.
— Coconuts Yangon

Shan Nationalities League for Democracy presents its policy, stance and work program
Central Executive Committee Member Nann Htwe Hmon of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) presented the party’s policy, stance and work program on radio and television on 12 September.
— Mizzima

Human Rights Council holds high-level panel on the seventieth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
The Human Rights Council this morning held a high-level panel on the seventieth anniversary on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
— ReliefWeb

‘Reprisal’ report lists Thailand
Thailand and Myanmar are the only two Asean countries to have appeared in the report.
— Bangkok Post


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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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