Myanmar morning news for September 27

Myanmar morning news for September 27

Myanmar morning newsGovt hopes to draw more oil and gas investments after Rakhine offshore discovery
The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) officially announced that the ShweYee Htun-2 appraisal well at offshore block A-6 near Rakhine State is able to produce natural gas for commercial purposes.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to export gold to foreign markets
Myanmar will export gold to Shanghai, Dubai and Thailand, said Dr Ye Thu Aung, director of Myanmar Gold Development Public Co., Ltd at a ceremony to open One Stop Services Center (OSSC) at Myanmar Culture Valley in the People’s Squares in Yangon on September 24.
— Eleven Myanmar

UN Secretary-General calls on Myanmar to pardon and release imprisoned Reuters reporters
The world’s top diplomat has called on Myanmar to pardon and release two Reuters reporters who were sentenced to seven years in prison in Myanmar (formerly Burma) earlier this month.
— Press Gazette

Lawmakers urge U.S. to call Myanmar’s Rohingya campaign genocide
Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee called on the Trump administration on Wednesday to declare the Myanmar military’s campaign against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority a genocide, days after a State Department report stopped short of that description.
— Reuters

Aung San Suu Kyi: from Myanmar’s icon of democracy to collaborator in the Rohingya Muslim genocide
David I. Steinberg says Aung San Suu Kyi may care more about her country than her international reputation, but her dismissal of atrocities against the Rohingya may haunt Myanmar in the future
— South China Morning Post

Gas discovered at Block A-6 offshore in Pathein Township
Natural gas has been discovered at the Shwe Yee Htun-2 appraisal well which is located about 100 kilometers north-west of Pathein Township, Ayeyawady Region, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
— Eleven Myanmar

Thailand opens support centre for Myanmar fishing workers
Labour officials of Myanmar and Thailand have opened a support centre to assist Myanmar workers in Ranong province of southern Thailand, according to the Myanmar labour attaché in Bangkok.
— Myanmar Times

How far has Myanmar progressed towards intellectual property protection?
On February 15, the Amyothar Hluttaw (Upper House) of the Parliament of the Union of Myanmar adopted the Trademark and Geographical Indication Bill, Industrial Design Bill, Patent Bill and Copyright Bill.
— Myanmar Times

How Facebook contributes to Myanmar violence
The final report of the United Nations’ Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar provides a strong reminder of the responsibility of businesses to assess any human rights impacts linked to their operations, products and services.
— The Jakarta Post

Unlicensed forex traders hauled in for questioning
Investigations are under way on several “Lay Patkar” traders, or unlicensed speculators dabbling in illegal trading of foreign exchange, a senior official from Yangon Police Force told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Responsible tourism awards deadline extended
The deadline for the second Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards has been pushed back to early October, giving locally based operators the chance to highlight innovative new packages and support for sustainable tourism.
— Frontier Myanmar

Chinese embassy in Myanmar holds National Day reception
The Chinese embassy in Myanmar held a reception here Wednesday to mark the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, which falls on Oct. 1.
— Xinhua

Government enacts tougher forest law
The Myanmar parliament has enacted a tougher forest law that threatens violators with up to 15 years in prison in a bid to conserve the country’s fast-dwindling forests.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar delaying Rohingya return: Bangladesh PM
Bangladesh’s leader has accused neighbouring Myanmar of finding new excuses to delay the return of more than 700,000 Rohingya who were forced across the border over the past year.
— The Straits Times

Yoma Strategic and MSP CAT bet on construction and resource growth
Yoma Strategic has agreed to buy the rental portfolio of Myan Shwe Pyi Tractors (MSP CAT), the Myanmar dealer of Caterpillar products, in a US$7 million tie-up, with both companies betting on growth in the construction, infrastructure and mining sectors.
— Frontier Myanmar

President: National Education Strategy Plan (2016-2021) intends to provide access to international standard education
President U Win Myint delivered a speech at a ceremony in the Ngu Shwe Wah Hall of the Presidential Palace, in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning, where students of the 2nd batch of five-year Bachelor’s degree programme in education from the University for the Development of National Races paid respects to the President and listened to his words of advice and encouragement.
— Global New Light of Myanmar

Cashed-up Social Security Board seeks autonomy
The Social Security Board has accumulated a K240 billion fund that it wants to spend on improving its efficiency and upgrading its healthcare services.
— Frontier Myanmar

MyCo registry starts accepting company filings
The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA)’s new electronic registry system will start accepting a number of forms related to company registration from today onwards. All company registration and filing processes has re-commenced since August 1 under the system Myanmar Companies Online (MyCO).
— Myanmar Times

Poachers are killing Myanmar’s elephants in increasing numbers
Seeing a group of elephant calves up close, eyes calm and trunks playfully sniffing the ground and each other, their lives seem nothing but serene.
— Irish Times

Myanmar in my mind
STILL lightheaded from the astonishing beauty of Old Bagan, Bretha, our newfound Egyptian friend Aya, and I headed to the nearby town of Nyaung U for afternoon snacks. Bretha asked the van driver where he and his fellow drivers usually eat, not some place where they would take tourists. He obliged and dropped us at a roadside eatery.
— Sun Star

Beauty businesses roiled by rising exchange rate
Beauty businesses in Myanmar, particularly those involved in importing cosmetics ranging from body moisturisers and hair gels to lipsticks and mascaras have been hit hard by the rising value of the US dollar versus the Myanmar kyat.
— Myanmar Times

 

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This week’s morning news feature photo acknowledges World Rabies Day, September 28.

 

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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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