Rescue worker killed in attack on ambulance in northern Myanmar: Army
One rescue worker was killed and several others were wounded when an ambulance came under fire in northern Myanmar amid clashes between troops and ethnic rebels in the region, an army spokesman and a witness said on Saturday (Aug 17).
Myanmar extends visa exemption, visa on arrival for 4 countries
Myanmar will extend visa exemption for Japanese and South Koreans as well as visa on arrival for Chinese and Indians for one more year, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
— Dhaka Tribune
Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’
She did not know where she was. She did not speak the language. She was 16 years old.
— New York Times
Myanmar confirms African Swine Fever incident
Myanmar has become the latest country to have a confirmed incident of African Swine Fever (ASF).
— Global meat News
Myanmar Appoints Ex-World Bank Economist Deputy Minister
The Myanmar President’s Office on Thursday appointed former World Bank economist and poverty specialist Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein as deputy industry minister. Among his responsibilities will be promoting private investment in state-owned enterprises to make them commercially viable.
Myanmar’s Trade in Jade Now Dominated by Chinese Buyers Online
Myanmar’s trade in jade is now dominated by direct sales online, with the highly valuable stone often smuggled untaxed across the border to Chinese buyers, sources in the Southeast Asian country say.
— Radio Free Asia
Local property portal raises $3m in second round funding
ShweProperty.com, Myanmar’s online property firm, has raised US$3 million in a Series B round of funding to boost its business operations and streamline its home purchase system.
— Myanmar Times
Asean needs a viable Rakhine agenda
When Asean’s Foreign Ministers met in Bangkok on July 31, they “reaffirmed their support for a more visible and enhanced role of Asean to support Myanmar in providing humanitarian assistance, facilitating the repatriation process [of the Rohingya] and promoting sustainable development”.
— Bangkok Post
Mild tremor hits Mnp-Myanmar border, no damage reported
A 2.9-magnitude earthquake hit the India-Myanmar border region in Manipur on late Saturday night. There was no report of any damage or casualty, official said on Sunday.
— Nagaland post
Conserving wildlife, preserving traditions
More attention should be paid to practices of wildlife conservation that emerge from local beliefs and customs, which are often overshadowed by international agreements and government action plans.
— Frontier Myanmar
Myanmar’s ICOE meets FM; some questions remain unanswered
The visiting delegation of Myanmar’s Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) on Sunday met Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and discussed the Rohingya issue but kept questions related to their investigation “unanswered”.
— The Daily New Motion
NGO aid rises on Rohingya crisis
Foreign donations through the NGO Affairs Bureau soared 19.85 percent year-on-year to Tk 7,929.43 crore in fiscal 2018-19 on the back of rising humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas.
— The Daily Star
Correction: Myanmar-ASEAN story
In a story July 30 about Malaysia’s position on Myanmar’s responsibility for Rohingya refugees, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to which Malaysia belongs, has agreed to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice for rights violations.
— Federal News Network
Myanmar produces over 1,200 million baskets of paddy
Till June of 2018-2019, Myanmar planted 15,083,156 acres of monsoon paddy and 2,777,899 acres of summer paddy and produced over 1294.6 million baskets, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Agricultural and Irrigation.
— Eleven Myanmar
China donates school bags, stationeries to Myanmar students
China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) Myanmar Office donated 100,000 school bags and stationeries to Myanmar students under Panda Pack Project for 2019-2020 academic year in Yangon on Saturday.
Myanmar and Bangladesh to begin repatriating Rohingya
Myanmar and Bangladesh are to make a fresh attempt to begin repatriating the Rohingya Muslims who fled ethnic cleansing in Rahkine state in 2017, though the community say they have not been consulted.
— Times of Oman
Burdens of political geography: Myanmar as a model
Many don’t know that a headmaster became the UN secretary-general. It is an exciting story.
SAR team finds body of Myanmar man feared drowned
SIBU: The body of a Myanmar national who was feared drowned three days ago has been found by a combined search-and-rescue team at 10.15am Sunday (Aug 18).
— The Star Online
ASEAN food festival kicks off in Myanmar’s second largest city
The festival aims to introduce culinary cuisines from countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, Japan, South Korea and India as well as to promote development of Myanmar’s tourism sector, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin told the opening ceremony of the festival.
Yangon mulls fish market in Dala if port area is available: Chief Minister
Plans are underway to conduct a feasibility study for construction of a fish market in Dala if there can be port land available, said Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on August 13.
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar Airways International seeks to expand client base in Korea
Myanmar Airways International has appointed Korea’s Meebang Air Agencies Co as its general sales agent (GSA) to facilitate collaborations with a network of trade partners in the country to offer Korean travelers affordable air travel options to and from Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times
DCA starts tender process for Kawthoung airport upgrade
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) last week started a tender process for the upgrading of Kawthoung airport in Tanintharyi Region and is now calling for requests for proposals.
— Myanmar Times
Myanmar probe team on Rohingya abuse in Dhaka
A delegation of Myanmar’s Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) has arrived in Dhaka to investigate allegations of human rights violations against the Rohingyas.
— Dhaka Tribune
Cycling for Peace’ event in Yangon celebrates 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated today in Yangon with a “Cycling for Peace” event, part of a yearlong celebration of Gandhi’s life and work.
Myanmar struggles to tackle illegal drug trade that has morphed from traditional to modern drugs
Myanmar is caught in a conundrum as the government attempts to clean up the country’s illegal drugs trade.
Case registered over using term Karen Martyrs’ Day at Yangon event
Kyauktada police station has registered a case against three persons including Chairwoman of Karen Women’s Union (KWU) Naw Ohn Hla for organizing a Karen Martyr’s Day celebration held in front of Mahabandoola Square in Sule Road, Yangon.
Tourists need sensitivity when visiting Buddhist monasteries
Buddhist monasteries have always been one of the prominent visiting spots in Myanmar for tourists. With the influx of travelers in Myanmar, a lot of travel agencies bring visitors to the monasteries, and even the monastic colleges, attempting to provide visitors with a glimpse of the fundamental knowledge of the Buddhist teachings and principles.
H1N1 death toll rises to 96
Till August 16, the number of H1N1 death toll reached 96, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar
First-ever Vietnam-Myanmar fashion design show
The first Vietnam – Myanmar Bridal Fashion Show 2019 was held last week at Rosewood Yangon Hotel by Collina Dreamcatcher with 2 Myanmar designers and 3 Vietnamese designers, demonstrating exquisite and extraordinary wedding outfit to the public.
Feature photo Rohingya Blogger
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