Myanmar morning news for August 21

Myanmar morning news for August 21

Myanmar morning news

U.N. agency, Bangladesh begin survey of Rohingya over return to Myanmar
The United Nations’ refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday started to consult more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to determine if any want to return home, officials said, as a fresh repatriation bid was launched.
— Today Online

US, Japan Vow to Back ‘Responsible Investment’ in Myanmar
Speaking at Yangon forum, State Counselor highlights her government’s investment-friendly reforms, welcomes ‘balance and stability’ offered by US and Japanese businesses.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar continues coal-plant plans
Coal-fired plants will continue to be in use despite objections by different groups on grounds of health and environmental pollution, Ministry of Electricity and Energy deputy minister U Tun Naing said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar foreign loans rise to US$10.2B in last fiscal year
Myanmar has accumulated US$10.2 billion in debt owed to more than 20 countries and multilateral organisations, the Joint Public Accounts Committee of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw noted in a report on the Union budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
— Myanmar Times

UK Rights Group Expands ‘Dirty List’ of Companies with Ties to Myanmar Army
Burma Campaign UK adds 38 firms including Apple, Google, Huawei to list of businesses with links to Tatmadaw or projects abusing human rights, environment.
— Irrawaddy

Oxfam reaction to plans to return Rohingya refugees to Myanmar
Commenting on reports that the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar will begin on 22 August, Oxfam’s Advocacy and Campaigns Manager for the Rohingya crisis, Elizabeth Hallinan, said.
— Reliefweb

India and Myanmar likely to set up four markets in border areas
The success of the “Border Haats” with Bangladesh has prompted other northeastern states of India to go for similar arrangements with Myanmar. At the instance of the Mizoram government, the Centre is likely to set up four “Border Haats” (market) along the border with Myanmar to boost local trade and livelihood of the people living there.
— Gulf Today

In Myanmar, Better Oversight of Forests a Vital Step in Transition to Rule of Law
For the first time, the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI) has opened the books to share information with the public on revenue Myanmar’s government collects from harvesting timber.
— Modern Diplomacy

Over 4 mln Myanmar children to be vaccinated against measles in October
Myanmar’s health authorities are planning to conduct vaccination for over four million babies aged between nine months to 18 months against measles in October this year, Union Minister for Health and Sports U Myint Htwe told the House of Nationalities on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Are PPPs the answer to Myanmar’s financial constraints?
Public-private partnerships, or PPPs, are the latest buzzword in government circles as the National League for Democracy looks for new ways to develop infrastructure projects without straining public finances.
— Myanmar Times

IRD collects over 85 pc of tax revenue
Till July of 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Internal Revenue Department has collected a tax revenue of over Ks 5,304 billion which accounts for 85.02 per cent of the total tax revenue target.
— Eleven Myanmar

In sleepy Mawlamyine, Myanmar youths can’t wait to leave as city becomes shadow of its former self
Mawlamyine (or Moulmein) in Myanmar is one of those Southeast Asian cities like Sandakan (Malaysia), Bacolod (Philippines) and Songkhla (Thailand) – where the past looms large but the present seems faded and unpromising. The kinds of places that young people yearn to leave in search of jobs and money.
— South China Morning Post

Will Myanmar’s Formal Peace Negotiations Get Back on Track?
Proposals elucidated by the Union government at peace talks in Chiang Mai on Monday offer little that’s new in terms of ideas for moving Myanmar’s peace process forward.
— Irrawaddy

Govt makes efforts to deal with rising health issue
With non-communicable diseases on the rise in Myanmar, the Ministry of Health and Sports is working to train more health care personnel to address the issue.
— Myanmar Times

MSF sees no solution in sight for Rohingyas
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) yesterday said very little progress has been made to address the lack of legal status for the Rohingya in the region, or to address the underlying causes of Rohingyas’ exclusion in Myanmar.
— The Daily Star

Myanmar rebels accused of attacking Bangladesh military
Two recent attacks on Bangladesh military patrol teams in a hilly southeastern border district might have been carried out by insurgents from Rakhine State in neighboring Myanmar, say analysts and observers.
— UCA News

Natural disasters take a heavy toll this year
Government officials announced on Monday that 82 people have been killed and about 200,000 displaced by landslides and flooding in Myanmar since June 25. Another 49 people were injured.
— Myanmar Times

No date set yet for govt release of ethnic population numbers
Although the government has issued social and economic facts from the 2014 census, it still has set no date for the release of ethnic population numbers, said U Thein Swe, minister of Labour, Immigration and Population.
— Myanmar Times

Illegal cross-border drugs smuggling from Myanmar to Manipur on rise
Illegal cross-border smuggling of drugs from neighbouring Myanmar to Manipur is witnessing a rapid rise despite measures being undertaken by law enforcers to check the menace, police said.
— Times Now News

Moderate quake causes little damage in Thandwe
A moderate magnitude 5.5 earthquake and an aftershock hit Thandwe township, Rakhine State, on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

Kutkai in Shan State cut off by fighting
Fierce fighting between the Tatmadaw (military) and Northern Alliance has broken out near Kutkai township in northern Shan State, and locals as well as travellers are not allowed to leave the town, according to residents.
— Myanmar Times

Temporary bridge replacing blown-up one to open for traffic in Myanmar
A temporary bailey bridge replacing the Gote Twin Bridge blown up by armed groups last Thursday is due to open for traffic later on Tuesday after emergency reconstruction work was completed on Monday, according to the Construction Ministry.
— Xinhua

What Myanmar refugees think about the food in Australia
How do you adapt to Australia’s plentiful food lifestyle after you’re been living in a refugee camp for years, eating dried food rations? A new research project sought to find out.

Russian Security Council Secretary meets Myanmar’s C-in-C
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev met Myanmar’s Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing on Monday in Moscow, with the parties having discussed the anti-terror cooperation, the press service of the Russian Security Council said, reported.
— Mizzima

Nations meet on stopping endangered species trade
From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for shark fin soup.
— Myanmar Times

Security tightened in Magway after attacks in Pyinoolwin and Nawngkio
Magway Region government Minister of Security and Border Affairs Col. Min Oo said that the government has tightened security in the region and is conducting more security checks and inspections after the attacks in Pyinoolwin and Nawgnkio.
— Mizzima

Fatal Landslide Raises Alarms Over Myanmar’s Natural Disaster Preparedness
With increasingly erratic weather brought on by global warming, disaster-prone Myanmar must improve its planning and preparedness or face increasing losses of life.
— Irrawaddy

MFF releases player list of Myanmar national men football team
The Myanmar Football Federation has announced the preliminary list of players for the national men’s football team’s friendly matches and World Cup qualification matches to be played in August and September.
— Myanmar Times

Schools Closed, Villagers Flee Amid Fighting in Myanmar’s Northeast
Amid increased fighting in Shan State between armed rebels and the Myanmar military, more than 3,000 have become displaced, including about 150 school children.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s illicit drug problem requires a regional response
For well over a century, Myanmar’s remote mountains and valleys have played a central role in the regional supply chains for illicit drugs. Initially, opium poppies were grown in Myanmar; later, high-purity heroin was produced to meet global demand.
— Aspistrategist

A British Decision on India that Led to a Key Demand from Myanmar
On this day in 1917, Britain issued a statement that would lead to Myanmar’s first request to be separated from British India, a goal that would take 20 years to achieve.
— Irrawaddy

Singing Soldiers Burnish Myanmar Military’s Image on Global Stage
As an ethnic alliance mounted a major offensive at home, the Tatmadaw’s talented musicians brought the military glory at the International Army Games in Moscow.
— Irrawaddy

Indigenous Communities in Myanmar Take Action Against Top-Down Conservation
The need to put indigenous peoples at the center of conservation efforts could not be clearer. Evidence is mounting that indigenous stewardship of natural resources is key to combating the climate crisis and protecting the biodiversity that sustains the planet.
— The Diplomat

Over 80,000 acres of monsoon paddy damaged by floods
Over 570,000 acres of monsoon paddy in Mon State have been grown until August 15th but 80,000 acres and more were inundated from the floods, according to the Agriculture Department.
— Eleven Myanmar

Yangon’s market upgrades
Yangon’s new night market, which will be upgraded by a private company with K2 billion in funding, is expected to open later this year. Municipal markets, the centre of much day-to-day commercial life in both downtown Yangon and the city’s suburbs, will also be upgraded to improve cleanliness and convenience.
— Myanmar Times


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