Myanmar morning news for April 23

Myanmar morning news for April 23

Myanmar morning newsKachin govt urged to keep eye on embankment project
Members of parliament urged the Kachin State government to look into allegedly substandard construction of embankments in two villages aimed at preventing floods during the rainy season on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

Thousands protest China-backed mega-dam in Myanmar
YANGON: Thousands of people in northern Myanmar took to the streets on Monday (Apr 22) to protest against the proposed reinstatement of a Chinese-backed mega-dam they say will cause huge environmental damage and bring little benefit to the country.
— Channel NewsAsia

Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement No Panacea For What Ails Myanmar
Some people, government officials and foreign diplomats in particular, seem to believe that decades of civil war in Myanmar would come to an end if all armed groups were to only sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). They believe that development will make the groups abandon their quest for self-determination.
— The Irrawaddy

Perfect places to visit in Myanmar during the green season
Traveling in Myanmar from May till September is picture-perfect as it is the right climate for a variety of experiences. Which is also the time you can urge your friends and family to book flights out to visit as the sun still shines, temperatures dips without being cold, and the lush landscapes up-country are in vibrant shades of green.
— Myanmar More

Myanmar fintech secures additional capital for its Series A round
The financing platform based in Yangon allows working class consumers to apply for credit Yangon-based financing platform aimed at working class customers has added an undisclosed amount capital to its ongoing Series A funding round, according to DealStreetAsia.
— e27

Anti-Myitsone Campaign to Ask Citizens to Pay $1 Each to Compensate China
Prominent activists, celebrities gather at the ‘Save the Irrawaddy by Offering Compensation’ event in Yangon
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar military chief to attend 8th Moscow Conference on International Security
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing will attend the 8th Moscow Conference on International Security to be held in Russia, according to a statement by the Commander-in-Chief’s Office on April 20.
— Eleven Myanmar

Anti-Myitsone Campaign to Ask Citizens to Pay $1 Each to Compensate China
YANGON—Prominent civil society leaders, environmentalists and film stars have announced a “One Dollar” campaign to collect money from the public to compensate China in exchange for scrapping the controversial Myitsone Dam project planned for Myanmar’s lifeline, the Irrawaddy River.
— The Irrawaddy

Forest coverage accounts for more than 25 pc the country’s total area
Currently, the forest covers more than 25 per cent of the country’s total area and the forest conservation area, up to six per cent, said Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Ohn Win.
— Eleven Myanmar

Performers in hot water for criticising Tatmadaw
The Peacock Generation thangyat troupe is facing charges for criticising the Tatmadaw (military) and the government in its performances during last week’s Thingyan festival.
— Myanmar Times

Authorities quell unrest at Sittwe prison in Rakhine
Prison authorities and police have quelled unrest at Sittwe prison in Rakhine State, apparently caused by some inmates upset that they had been left out of the president’s annual amnesty, a police official said on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

Former communist comrades relive ‘good old days’ in Panghsang
Visiting Panghsang for first time in 30 years, some veterans of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) were surprised and delighted to see the changes in the area that used to be their bastion.
— Myanmar Times

Illegal charcoal trade threatens Myanmar’s remaining mangroves
Mangroves from Myanmar are illegally harvested and converted into charcoal that is sent to Thailand before it’s sold to China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia by sea.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Myanmar exposes drug trafficking cases in 2 states in single day
Myanmar authorities have exposed four drug trafficking cases in three towns of Kachin and Shan states, a police information department said on Monday.
— Xinhua

Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu inspects food safety, feed stuff production in Lashio
Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu held talks with officials of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department in Lashio on 20 April over safety of food, import substitute products production, boosting export, value added products, prevention of trans-border diseases and cooperation with related ministries.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Tokyo Century picks 20% stake in Myanmar auto leasing firm Yoma Fleet
Japanese financial services company Tokyo Century on Monday announced that it will acquire 20 per cent of common shares in Yoma Fleet, the auto leasing subsidiary of SGX-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings, for $26.6 million.
— DealStreetAsia

New businesses should resist urge to sell themselves cheap
It’s a situation many new business owners land in – they’re so anxious to find customers and clients that they work for little or no money. Or take on projects they don’t like.
— Myanmar Times

MOLIP: In Ensuring the Rights of all Workers
Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Population (MOLIP) is responsible to protect and ensure the rights of workers through implementing various social rights policies, foster productivity, and addressing matters pertaining to international affairs.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Satire Troupe Denied Bail, Remanded to Insein Prison For Lampooning Military
A Myanmar court on Monday sent five members of a satirical performance group to Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison to await trial on defamation charges for taking comedic shots at the country’s powerful military during their shows, members of the troupe and their supporters said.
— Radio Free Asia

Ministry of Industry: Working in line with the State economic policy with emphasis on research and innovation for quality production
The Ministry of Industry was reorganized on 1 April 2015 by adopting with 4 state policies on industrial sector development; with 2 missions; with 6 work programs in the functioning of the Ministry; two departments, and four industrial establishments.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement No Panacea For What Ails Myanmar
Many seem to think that Myanmar’s civil war would surely end if all armed groups would only sign the NCA. But the NCA does not deliver what they crave most — self-determination.
— Irrawaddy

100 per cent of students pass finals in Nay Pyi Taw
The results of the exams for academic year 2018-2019 were put up relevant schools in Nay Pyi Taw Council area yesterday, which were crowded with students and caretakers coming to see the results.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar: Military targets traditional performers
A trial began on Monday in Myanmar against satirical performers who were charged of mocking the country’s armed forces.
— AA

Eternal Peace Pagoda’s religious objects stopped over in Dawei for public obeisance
Religious objects to be fixed atop the Nay Pyi Taw’s Eternal Peace Pagoda and Buddha images to be housed at the pagoda, were conveyed from Mawlamyine to Dawei yesterday for public obeisance.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Man jailed after sex act with underage
A conversation about football turned into one about sex, culminating in the 12-year-old girl performing a sex act on the man she had known since she was six.
— The new paper

Myanmar’s top court to rule on jailed Reuters journalists’ appeal
YANGON – Myanmar’s Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday on an appeal of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, in a case that has raised questions about the country’s transition to democracy.
— The Japan Times

Tripura: Drug peddler nabbed with Myanmar made Yuba tablets
The Tripura police and BSF in a joint operation on Monday afternoon apprehended a drug smuggler with a huge cache of Myanmar made Yuba tablets to Bangladesh.
— Nenow

Turkish agency opens clinic in Rakhine State, Myanmar
Turkey’s state-run aid agency opened a clinic in Rakhine State, homeland of Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar, on Monday.
— AA

Yangon University, our historical heritage
No one would disagree that Yangon University has played a key role in our colonial history, the independence era, the period of democratic uprising, and our modern history.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The ‘victims’ of baby formula
Illegal, aggressive advertising tactics are turning nursing mothers into victims of baby formula companies and jeopardising infant health, warn nutritionists.
— Frontier Myanmar
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