Myanmar morning news for April 29

Myanmar morning news for April 29

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar, China to collaborate on infrastructure, technology
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) and one agreement with China on April 25, according to the Ministry of Information.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar legalizes cannabis-growing
The arrest of an American man in Myanmar for growing 20 acres of cannabis plants is unjust because authorities were aware that his company was doing scientific research and police were confusing hemp with recreational marijuana, his lawyer said Friday.
— Manila Times

FDI needed for undeveloped regions but no plans for tax incentives
Although more foreign direct investments (FDI) are needed for the undeveloped Regions and States, there are no plans to revise current tax relief scheme as yet, said U Thant Sin Maung, acting director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— Myanmar Times

Agro exports increase by almost 9% as of 19 April
Myanmar’s export of agricultural products as of 19 April in the current 2018-2019 Financial Year has touched nearly US$1.9 billion, up by $140 million or almost 9 per cent, from the corresponding period last FY, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar attempts to raise exports of more local fruits to China
Myanmar is attempting to qualify for General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) certificates for eight kinds of fruits and spices. The aim is to officially export them to China, said U Soe Than Min Din , president of the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association.
— Myanmar Times

China-Myanmar railway makes significant breakthrough
Construction of the China-Myanmar railway is expected to speed up as a vital segment within Myanmar saw a positive breakthrough during the just-concluded Belt and Road forum in Beijing.

Chinese Investment in Myanmar’s Rakhine State Questioned
Myanmar’s defacto leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is welcoming businesses to invest in Rakhine State, more than a year and a half since a brutal military crackdown forced hundreds of thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.

Going global with Myanmar software products
With most ICT companies in Myanmar focusing on the domestic market, the women-led Myanmar High Society Co (MHS), seeks to further expand in the global arena with professional software and innovation solutions developed by local technicians, according to Cho Zin Wint, the firm’s founder and chief executive.
— The Nation

Myanmar: Surge in Arrests for Critical Speech
Myanmar’s authorities have in recent weeks engaged in a series of arrests of peaceful critics of the army and government, Human Rights Watch said today. The parliament, which begins its new session on April 29, 2019, should repeal or amend repressive laws used to silence critics and suppress freedom of expression.
— Human Right Watch

K79b more budgeted for regions, states
The Union government will provide a further K79 billion in funding to regions and states over the remaining months of the 2018-19 fiscal year which will end on September 31, the Finance Commission decided in a meeting held on April 24.
— Myanmar Times

Government, businesspersons hold 26th regular monthly meeting in Yangon
Vice President U Myint Swe, Chairman of the Private Sector Development Committee (PSDC) and businesspersons held the 26th regular meeting at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) in Yangon yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Aid reaches victims of hailstorm in Ywangan Township
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye accompanied by Shan State Chief Minister Dr. Linn Htut, Shan State ministers, Danu Self-Administered Zone Leading Committee Chairman and officials went to Shan State Danu Self-Administered Zone Ywangan Town yesterday morning and inspected damages caused to houses in three wards of the town and Inn Kone Nga Hsu Village Tract by hailstones and encouraged the affected local peoples.
— Reliefweb

Four major bridges contribute to fast commodity flow and commuter traffic in Rakhine State
With the positive intention of ensuring fast commodity flow and commuter traffic in Rakhine State, the western part of the country, the government is not only upgrading but also newly building essential facilities such as roads and bridges linking regions with states, townships, towns, and roads.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Fishermen plead for shorter no-catch period
The Myanmar Marine Fisheries Association (MMFA), an organisation representing fishermen, is again asking the Department of Fisheries to reduce the no-catch period from June 1 to August 31 set by the department.
— Myanmar Times

State Counsellor participates in roundtable meeting of 2nd Belt and Road Forum
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi participated in the roundtable meeting of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Digital graveyards: are the dead taking over Facebook?
New analysis by academics from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), part of the University of Oxford, predicts the dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within fifty years, a trend that will have grave implications for how we treat our digital heritage in the future.
— Myanmar Times

Sustainable development is at the heart of nation-building
The launch of projects has led to the construction and development of infrastructure. This, in turn, has led to the creation of new jobs, economic development, and other positive results.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar suffers record-breaking pre-monsoon heat
The anticipated hot weather in India has been coming and going this year but in Myanmar, it has been breaking records.
— Aljazeera

Myanmar is sliding back to its repressive past
The outrageous treatment of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar has sparked new international concerns about the rule of law in the country.
— Financial Times

MoSCO: Working on national tasks, coordinating policies envisioned by State Counsellor, pursue goal of peace
“The main focus is national reconciliation and the stability and development of Rakhine State. The National Reconciliation and Peace Center has been formed to bring about national unity and harmony in a pragmatic and effective manner.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Himalaya-2 air route approval delayed by Myanmar
Myanmar has delayed the approval of Himalaya-2 air route which was expected to facilitate international flights via Nepali airspace.
— Aviation Nepal

Union NREC Minister inspects gardens in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area
U Ohn Win, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, inspected Myoma Garden under the Department of Forestry in Pyinmana Township, Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, on 27 April.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Local hydropower association goes independent
The Myanmar Hydropower Developer’s Association (MHDA), led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has now become an independent Myanmar-registered group promoting sustainable work in the country’s hydropower sector, it announced on Wednesday.
— Myanmar Times

Vice President U Henry Van Thio continues inspection tour of Chin State
Vice President U Henry Van Thio who was in Chin State to inspect regional development works went to Kan Pa Le elephant foot yam and hill fruit drying and value adding work at No. 2 Ward, Kanpetlet Town on 26 April in the afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Sex, casinos and tiger parts: Myanmar’s vice-riddled China frontier
Bentleys and BMW convertibles roll up to the “Venetian Casino” in Mongla on the Myanmar-China border, a melting pot of sex, drugs and gambling on a frontier that has also become a “supermarket” for illegally traded wildlife.
— The Jakarta Post

MoHT: Showcasing unique culture, way of life, traditions of Myanmar to the world; raising living standards of people through tourism industry
By Khin Yadana, Photos: Aye Than The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is tremendously beneficial to the nation’s economy both directly and indirectly. Since the new administration in office, there has been increase in the number of tourists every year into the country.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Four local life insurance providers form JVs with foreigners
Four domestic life insurers will cooperate with their foreign counterparts to form joint ventures in Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Insurance Association (MIA).
— Myanmar Times

Bowling center, ice-skating rink opened in Yangon
The Royal Sportainment Complex featuring a bowling center and an indoor ice-skating rink was opened yesterday at Nine Miles, Taw Win Street, Mayangone Township in Yangon. The complex is the first of its kind in Myanmar.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The Chinese mega-dam in Myanmar that is hampering the peace process
Following Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s attendance at China’s Belt and Road Initiative forum on April 25, the government is working with Beijing to revive the Myitsone hydropower project. Myitsone is a Chinese-backed dam proposed for the Irrawaddy River that was suspended in September 2011 due to popular opposition.
— Asean Today

Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is coded yellow alert: MHD
According to the observations at 6.30 hrs M.S.T yesterday, the Cyclonic Storm “FANI” over the Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining the Equatorial Indian Ocean has moved Northwestwared.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

A family banished on Ramree Island
A family on Rakhine State’s Ramree Island has been banished because it refused to pay for a religious ceremony after carrying a drowned toddler’s body through a village.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar president pardons 7,000 more
Myanmar began releasing prisoners on Friday after the president announced he would pardon nearly 7,000 people in addition to thousands released earlier this month.
— Khmer Times

Breaking into the job market a challenge for women with disabilities
Breaking into the job market can be a big challenge for women with disabilities, but a Yangon organisation is helping an increasing number enjoy greater independence.
— Frontier Myanmar

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda to charge foreigners K5000
Foreign visitors to Mandalay’s Maha Myat Muni Pagoda will be charged K5000 (US$3.25) each starting on July 1, according to the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.
— Myanmar Times

Eternal Peace Pagoda’s religious objects stopped over in Pyay 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 Hinthada to Pyay yesterday for public obeisance.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

A family banished on Ramree Island
A family on Rakhine State’s Ramree Island has been banished because it refused to pay for a religious ceremony after carrying a drowned toddler’s body through a village.
— Frontier Myanmar

Senior General returns from Russia
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and party who were in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation arrived back in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Lawyer: US man had Myanmar’s permission to grow cannabis
The arrest of an American man in Myanmar for growing 20 acres of cannabis plants is unjust because authorities were aware that his company was doing scientific research and police were confusing hemp with recreational marijuana, his lawyer said Friday.
— Njherald

Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun inspects Township IPRD Offices, Film Studios in Yangon
Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun inspected the IPRD Offices in townships and Yangon Region, and studios from the Film Development Centre situated in Golden Valley, Bahan Township, Yangon, yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Haka gets community centre, mobile library
Under the leadership of Ministry of Information and under the management of Chin State Government, an opening ceremony of a mobile library jointly organized by Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) and Daw Khin Kyi Foundation was held at Haka District IPRD Office yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


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