Myanmar morning news for August 20

Myanmar morning news for August 20

Myanmar morning news

Tax amnesty proposed, prompting renewed debate
The chorus of voices defending and opposing the reduction of tax rates for undisclosed income has come to the fore again following the submission of the Union Tax Bill 2019 to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw earlier this month.
— Myanmar Times

Bangladesh ready to repatriate 3,500 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar
Some 3,500 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have been cleared to return home to Myanmar beginning this week, a top official said Monday (Aug 19), nearly two years after a military crackdown sparked their exodus.

A distant vision for Myanmar’s industrial future
Every morning hundreds of cars, trucks and other vehicles carrying factory workers squeeze into a two-lane bridge across Yangon’s Bago river.
— Asia Times

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi furious about corruption ahead of elections
Myanmar’s ruling party led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi faces struggles on many sides as next year’s general election looms, including corruption scandals that have undermined the party’s pledge to clean up the government.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Myanmar Military Chief Inspects Airliner Assembly in Russia
In a visit to Russia’s Irkutsk Aviation Plant Corporation on Saturday, Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing personally inspected the construction of an MC-21 narrow-body airliner, checked on piloting requirements for the plane and witnessing a test flight, according to the army’s website.
— Irrawaddy

Prepaid cards and the CBM’s campaign to stabilise the kyat
In its latest move to prevent the dollarisation of the economy, the Central Bank of Myanmar has banned the domestic use of prepaid cards issued to citizens for use overseas.
— Frontier Myanmar

In Myanmar’s Shan State, Villagers Wounded, Trapped, and Living in Fear
With ongoing fighting between the Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, and armed ethnic rebel groups in their own backyards, villagers in northern Shan State’s Kutkai Township fear for their own safety and wellbeing, as neighbors wounded in the crossfire find themselves cutoff from access to medical care.
— Irrawaddy

AA releases nine detained company staff
Arakan Army (AA) issued a statement saying that nine staff members from Hsu Htoo San Company and Nan Hman Thitsar Company it arrested were released on August 18.
— Eleven Myanmar

Export earnings from CMP garment increase by one billion USD
From October 1 of 2018-2019 fiscal year, the CMP garment industry earned over 3.8 billion US dollars, up over one billion US dollars compared with the same period last year, according to an official of the Commerce Ministry.
— Eleven Myanmar

Ruling party says renewed fighting sets back peace process
National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman Dr. Myo Nyunt said that they did not like fighting between the three-member alliance and government troops as peace was the party’s policy.
— Mizzima

Mon State death toll rises to 75 as landslide zone gets all clear
A government geological team has found there is no risk of further landslides in flood-hit Paung Township but residents say they are afraid to remain in their homes.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar’s Cross-Border Trade with China Halted by Clashes
Destruction of bridges, road closures cause trade in Shan State border town of Muse–normally worth $3 million a day–to dry up.
— Irrawaddy

Lower rents lift Yangon office occupancy: Picon Deed
Lower rents are lifting occupancy levels in the Yangon office market but political uncertainty is deterring new entrants, according to a report by a new property consultancy.
— Myanmar Times

Clashes between Tatmadaw and Northern Alliance spreading
The attacks by the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed groups on Tatmadaw (military) and civilian installations in Shan State and Mandalay Region on August 15 appear to be spreading, with clashes reported between the military and the groups near urban areas in Lashio and Kyaukme townships in Shan, according to witnesses
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Ruling Party Suspends Chief Research Officer for ‘Overstepping Authority’
At its Executive Committee Meeting on Sunday, the NLD suspended U Myo Yan Naung Thein from office, but refused to explain what exactly the official had done wrong.
— Irrawaddy

Asia Tech Image expanding capacity in Myanmar
Contact image sensor (CIS) module maker Asia Tech Image is expanding production capacity at its factory in Myanmar, with monthly capacity to increase to 1.11 million modules in third-quarter 2019, according to company president Iris Wu.
— DigiTimes

Myanmar’s First Postwar Political Mass Meeting
Seventy-four years ago today, at the Nay Thurein Meeting, the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League objected to Churchill’s proposal for only partial Burmese independence.
— Irrawaddy

Rebel Fighters Attack 2 Towns in Myanmar’s Shan State
Army repels 200 ethnic troops who attacked Lashio, Kutkai towns on Sunday; Tatmadaw says EAOs are trying to cut off communication, trade routes.
— Irrawaddy

Mourners farewell ‘philanthropist hero’ killed on rescue mission near Lashio
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral in Lashio of the head of an emergency response group killed while on a mission to rescue victims of fighting.
— Frontier Myanmar

Alliance forces warn local militiamen stay out of armed fights
Local militia units have recently been found at the front lines of conflict areas between the Myanmar Army and the three ethnic armed groups, the three members of Northern Alliance said in its warning letter released on 17 August.
— BNI Online

Myanmar’s military using defamation laws to stifle criticism ahead of elections
Call it the courtroom war of the colonels. More than two dozen Myanmar army colonels have bypassed the battlefield to fight their adversaries in civilian courts, using criminal defamation cases to stifle criticism of its authority ahead of parliamentary elections next year.
— Irishtimes

Salmon Festival at Sushi Tei Myanmar
Sushi Tei has been serving extensive Japanese dishes to Yangonites since its opening in 2018. Their menu features Japanese offerings and innovative dishes that illustrate the emerging influence of Asia on modern Japanese cuisine.
— Myanmore

Mrauk-U region nomination draft for World Heritage Site to be submitted in September
As Myanmar tries to put Mrauk-U cultural region on the list of World Heritage Site, a draft proposal will be submitted to the World Heritage Committee in September this year and a final proposal in February 2020.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Strategic Opens First International School In Yangon
(Alliance News) – Myanmar Strategic Holdings Ltd said the Yangon American International School officially opened on Monday.
— Morning Star

Getting back to basics at Thagyi Thamee restaurant
It constantly rained cats and dogs in Yangon at the beginning of August. Despite the nasty weather, Thagyi Thamee restaurant (which means daughter of the village headman) opened and became popular among Yangon residents in a short time offering a limited set menu and unique take-away policy.
— Myanmar Times

YCDC – What do residents really think?
Yangon residents and businesses pay a lot of taxes, and in return expect particular services or utilities to be provided for by the government. A reliable water supply, clean and well-maintained streets, or having access to public recreational facilities are a few of the expectations some taxpayers have.
— Myanmar Times

UNFC leaves peace process amid uncertain future
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), a coalition of ethnic armed groups, announced it is suspending participation in the peace process after an emergency meeting in Chaing Mai, Thailand, on August 1 and 2, leaving its future uncertain.
— Myanmar Times

Military chief meets Chairman of Russia-Myanmar Friendship Association
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, arriving in the Russian Federation to attend the closing ceremony of the International Army Games-2019.
— Eleven Myanmar

Gala concert at the Colours of Myanmar Festival
The Music Society of Myanmar hosted a gala concert called “Colors of Myanmar” at the newly opened super luxury ROSEWOOD Yangon Hotel from 5 pm to 8 pm last Saturday. Music enthusiasts from across the city filled the venue, excitedly waiting for another musical treat.
— Myanmar Times

Eight companies from seven countries are vying for the bid to build Nijgadh International Airport
Eight companies from seven countries, including Nepal, are bidding for the construction of the $3.45 billion Nijgadh International Airport in Bara.
— Eleven Myanmar

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

57 tourists evacuated after Thursday attacks
After last Thursday’s attacks by the Northern Alliance of armed ethnic groups in Shan State, 57 international travellers were flown out by Air KBZ airline from Lashio and Thibaw in northern Shan State to Yangon and Mandalay regions on Saturday, according to the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism in Lashio.
— Myanmar Times

Temporary span to replace damaged bridge within five days
A 64-metre dual lane temporary bridge will be constructed within five days to replace the Gote Twin Bridge near Nawngcho, in Shan State, which was damaged in an attack by the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed groups last Thursday, government officials say.
— Myanmar Times


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