Myanmar morning news for April 30

Myanmar morning news for April 30

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar permits $300 mln foreign investment for infrastructure project
Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) recently permitted over 290.1 million US dollars’ foreign investment project in the infrastructure sector, the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) said.
— Mizzima

Nets, Myanmar’s national payment network to co-develop QR code system
NETS will share with Myanmar’s national payment network its technical and operational knowledge on Singapore’s unified e-payment system for QR codes – the Singapore Quick Response (SGQR) Central Repository platform, with the intention of implementing a similar platform in the South-east Asian country.
— Business Times

Scheduled Power Outages for Myanmar’s Major Cities
The Mandalay and Yangon governments are scheduling electricity blackouts as power plants fail to meet the population’s demand during peak summer temperatures.
— Irrawaddy

Telenor now largest 4G network in Myanmar
Telenor Myanmar is now the largest 4G/LTE network in Myanmar, covering more than 300 townships with over 6100 LTE sites nationwide, the telecommunications services provider said in a statement last week. That’s almost all the townships in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Jetion Solar supplies 50MW of solar modules to Myanmar project
Chinese company Jetion Solar has supplied PV modules to a 50MW project in Minbu, northern Myanmar, said to be the first such large-scale project in the country.
— PV Tech

GAP certificates issued to nine coffee plantations
Nine Pyin Oo Lwin coffee plantations qualified for Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) certifications on April 26, said U Myint Swe, director from Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI).
— Myanmar Times

Civil servants to contribute to pension funds: Minister
Myanmar is planning to draft laws enabling a central pension fund for civil servants to be set up , U Soe Win, Minister of Planning and Finance, said during the Private Sector Development Committee meeting led by Vice President U Myint Swe on April 27.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s broadcast media needs a level playing field
With the advent of democratic and social reforms post-2010, there was much optimism in Myanmar and internationally about the prospects for Myanmar’s rapid development, including the broadcast sector, and potential for the country to be a regional economic power with its vast natural and human resources.
— Mizzima

Joint message from the Leaders’ Roundtable of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing
The following is the Joint Communique of the Leaders’ Roundtable of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing last week. The event was attended by a number of world leaders including Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
— Mizzima

Arakan Army’s allies threaten to join fight against Tatmadaw
Two armed ethnic groups allied to the Arakan Army (AA) have threatened to join the fight against the Tatmadaw (military) if the fighting escalates, according to a statement by the groups.
— Myanmar Times

Ministry of Information holds coord meeting on media development
A coordination meeting for developing the media sector was held at the Ministry of Information in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, Deputy Information Minister U Aung Hla Tun, officials from the three pillars of government, Chairperson of the Myanmar Press Council .
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

TB transmission rate remains high in Yangon
Apart from Yangon, other regions and states have seen a significant decline in the number of TB transmission, according to the nationwide TB survey (2017-2018).
— Eleven Myanmar

Bangladesh jails three Rohingya extremists for 10 years
A Bangladesh court Sunday sentenced three Rohingya extremists of a now defunct militant group to 10 years in jail for possessing bomb-making materials, a prosecutor said.
— Mizzima

Pop-up clinics lend a hand in Nagaland
NGOs are filling healthcare gaps in one of the country’s poorest regions, but building trust and navigating bad roads remain formidable challenges.
— Frontier Myanmar

Vice, gambling and tiger parts on Myanmar’s 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.
— Mizzima

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi in Cambodia to strengthen bilateral ties
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Cambodia on an official visit to strengthen ties between the countries.
— Fox News

Mogok attracts more tourists in six months since opening to foreigners
Over 900 foreign tourists have visited Mogok, famed as Myanmar’s ruby centre, since the government opened it to foreign visitors in September, according to Mandalay Region’s Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.
— Myanmar Times

Rebel armies in peace talks in Shan State
Fighting between the RCSS and the SSPP has stopped in Kyaukme and Thibaw townships. It broke out last September in the Namtu district. Since the end of 2018, the two groups have clashed more than 150 times, displacing thousands of persons. Shan State is the global centre for methamphetamine production.
— Asia News

Come heat or highwater, Yangonites persevere
Most people in Yangon Region affirmed that they are obviously feeling the higher temperatures these past few week days compared with the same time last year.
— Myanmar Times

The chance for Australia to urge ASEAN to act on the Rohingya crisis
This week, diplomats from Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will gather in Malaysia for the 31st ASEAN-Australian Forum. Even with the Australian government so keenly focused on the upcoming federal election, the meeting is an opportunity to discuss ASEAN’s role in tackling the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State that shouldn’t be missed.
— Lowy Interpreter

China drops Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor from BRI projects’ list
Beijing: Beijing has dropped the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM) from the list of projects covered under its trillion-dollar connectivity Belt and Road.
— Times Now News

Civil servants to contribute to pension funds: Minister
Myanmar is planning to draft laws enabling a central pension fund for civil servants to be set up , U Soe Win, Minister of Planning and Finance, said during the Private Sector Development Committee meeting led by Vice President U Myint Swe on April 27.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon Region Gov’t, HK-Taiwan Consortium Ink Industrial Zone Deal
$500-million project in Htantabin Township to generate 150,000 jobs, regional gov’t says
— Irrawaddy

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. Infrastructure development often depends on the environment, and can have both regional or national benefits .
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Dhaka Jails Myanmar Nationals Linked to 2014 Blast in Burdwan, India
Three men from Rakhine State arrested in Dhaka were found to be members of an extremist group linked to the explosion.
— Irrawaddy

Weather agency says Fani, first cyclone of year, unpredictable
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology is closely monitoring the cyclonic storm Fani, citing its unpredictability, the agency’s chief said on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

ISIS a Threat to N. Rakhine: Gov’t Spokesperson
Following bombings in Sri Lanka which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, President’s Office spokesperson U Zaw Htay said they may be nurturing cells in northern Rakhine too.
— Irrawaddy

Press Release on Working Visit of the State Counsellor to the People’s Republic of China
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with China’s President Mr. Xi Jinping, left photo, and with Russia’s President Mr. Vladimir Putin, right photo.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

2 Child Victims of Mine Explosion in ‘Contaminated’ Shan State
Locals suspect the mine was left there unexploded since skirmishes between the military and TNLA troops last year.
— Irrawaddy

Second Amyotha Hluttaw resumes 12th regular session, asterisk marked Qs raised
By Kyaw Thu Htat (MNA) The 12th regular session of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw held its first day meeting yesterday morning at Amyotha Hluttaw’s meeting hall where new Tatmadaw Amyotha Hluttaw representatives were sworn-in, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker delivered a message of greeting, asterisk marked .
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The Day Myanmar’s Last Feudal Rulers Gave up Their Power
On April 29, 1959, the soaphas, Shan State’s local feudal lords, relinquished their titles at a ceremony in Taunggyi attended by President Mahn Win Maung and Gen. Ne Win, then the prime minister.
— Irrawaddy

 

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