Myanmar morning news for August 29

Myanmar morning news for August 29

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar Army Sues Kachin Pastor Over Comments Made to US President Trump
The Myanmar military has filed a lawsuit against an ethnic Kachin religious leader for comments he made about human rights violations by soldiers in the Southeast Asian nation during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in July, in the latest defamation complaint to be lodged by the armed forces against its critics.
— Radio Free Asia

Association proposes plan to set up Tamu economic zone
Tamu Merchants Association has submitted a plan to establish an economic zone in Tamu, Sagaing Region near the Myanmar-India, said its chair Hla Maung.
— Eleven Myanmar

Nearly $14.7 bn earned from export in over 10 months
Myanmar has earned nearly US$14.7 billion from export of goods in over 10 and a half months of this fiscal year, exceeding over US$720 million compared to the same period of last fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar bank recruits ex-Treasury Department general counsel for UN report fallout
A Myanmar bank has hired Washington, DC, law firm Williams & Connolly as it braces for potential US sanctions scrutiny following a damning UN human rights report.
— GIR

Root cause of high inflation rate is linked to high commodity prices: CBM Vice-Governor
The root cause of high inflation rate in the third quarter of 2018-2019 fiscal year, is linked to high commodity prices and consumer price indexes, said Soe Thein, Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar at the regular session of Lower House Parliament yesterday (August 27).
— Eleven Myanmar

Government proposes to raise import licensing fees
The government is planning to raise import licensing fees in response to the changing economic environment of the country.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar initiates low-cost housing for squatters in Yangon
Myanmar’s Yangon regional government has initiated a project of developing apartments on state-owned land to tackle the issue of squatters and the project will be implemented in September, according to the office of the regional government on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Mobile phone services ordered to make billing more transparent
Mobile phone operators will be instructed to hold press conferences to educate customers about their billing systems, said U Kyaw Myo, deputy minister of Transport and Communications.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to join US-ASEAN maritime drills despite sanctions
Myanmar’s navy will join maritime drills with the US in Southeast Asia next week, a spokesman said Wednesday (Aug 28), in a rare show of military cooperation despite Washington slapping sanctions on top army brass over the Rohingya crisis.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar Press Council to conduct reporter census
A census of journalists will be conducted, as the number of people who call themselves journalists is increasing, said Myanmar Press Council chair U Ohn Kyaing.
— Myanmar Times

Domestic gold prices reach a high of K1.24 million
Domestic gold prices have hit a high of K1,241,700 per tical, up almost 1 percent since last week and as much as 18pc since April, on the back of heightened tensions between the US and China.
— Myanmar Times

More villagers displaced by conflict in Rakhine
Fighting between Myanmar forces and the Arakan Army has prompted about 5,000 residents from two villages in Rakhine state’s Minbya township to flee their communities since hostilities in the area began four days ago, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

Agency calls for more seismic monitors
More seismic monitors are needed to provide more precise and timely information to the public, because Myanmar is in a seismically active area, said U Yin Myo Min Htwe, assistant director of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar woos Thai investors in Bangkok
Myanmar is participating in regional connectivity initiatives in efforts to improve bilateral ties with its neighbours and promote investment and trade.
— Pulse News

Chinese FM holds talks with Myanmar official
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with U Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar’s minister of the office of the State Counselor, here on Tuesday, and expected that Myanmar would make efforts to maintain peace and stability in the two countries’ border area.
— Brinkwire

Japan envoy to help resettle Rohingya returnees
The Japanese Embassy in Myanmar has begun cooperating with the Myanmar government in resettling Rohingya returnees.
— NHK World

Pyin Oo Lwin businesses suffer after-effects of attack
Businesses in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, have been suffering from a severe drop in customers since the attacks by three ethnic armed groups on August 15, say townspeople and officials of social organisations.
— Myanmar Times

New mussel discoveries in Myanmar spark calls for protection
Eight new freshwater mussels have been discovered by an international team of scientists in Myanmar, a finding that has sparked calls for action to protect this most vulnerable of freshwater animals.
— Phys

Golden Myanmar Airlines plans to expand its flights to Dawei and Kawthoung
Golden Myanmar Airlines is planning to expand its flights to Dawei and Kawthoung with a new ATR plane, according to its CEO Kyaw Nyein.
— Eleven Myanmar

New export markets
New export markets have been found rice and pulses produced in Myanmar, said U Aung Htoo, Deputy Minister of Commerce.
— Myanmar Times

Arakan Army Raids Myanmar Military Base in Northern Rakhine
The Arakan Army claims to have killed 30 Myanmar military soldiers in a raid that also captured ammunitions and prisoners of war; the military denies significant losses.
— Irrawaddy

Municipal Official in Myanmar Capital Cleared on Bribery Charges
U Min Lwin Soe was arrested in 2017 and charged with accepting bribes from two butchers seeking to have their closed shop reopened. On Wednesday, his case was dismissed.
— Irrawaddy

Most ASEAN Members Back Myanmar’s Repatriation, Aid Efforts in Rakhine
Naypyitaw supported by most of the bloc’s members after Indonesia tables resolution on Rohingya crisis at Bangkok meeting of regional parliamentarians.
— Irrawaddy

‘Water Women’ Quench Thirst of Central India’s Parched Villages
As rivers, reservoirs and wells go dry across a parched region of 20 million, about 600 Jal Sahelis, or water women friends, are trying to fix perennial water woes.
— Irrawaddy

NLD Have Constitution to Thank for Current Position: Myanmar Military Lawmaker
The military-drafted charter, which the ruling party seeks to amend, allowed a peaceful handover by the previous administration, Maj. Thuzar Shwe says.
— Irrawaddy

Amid Fighting, Suu Kyi’s Office Minister Pledges Border Stability with China
At a meeting in Beijing, U Kyaw Tin Swe told the Chinese foreign minister that Myanmar appreciates China’s assistance on Rohingya repatriation and peace in Myanmar.
— Irrawaddy

Increasing Female Leaders in Myanmar
Across the world, people are making efforts to increase the number of women in government in order to reduce gender disparities and help ensure that the voices and concerns of women are heard.
— Borgen Magazine

Quilling comes to Myanmar
Daw Aye Aye Swe has found a new way to enjoy retirement and is following it enthusiastically.
— Myanmar Times

Some NGOs cooperating with Myanmar: Quader
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said some NGOs are cooperating with Myanmar, while BNP is using the Rohingya issue as a political tool against the government.
— The Daily Star

The Day the British Sentenced Peasant Rebel Leader Saya San to Death
On this day in 1931 a colonial tribunal sentenced the leader of the largest peasant rebellion against British rule to be hanged.
— Irrawaddy

Telcos decry exit rumours as fake
Officials of major international telecommunications companies Ooredoo and Telenor have denied rumours that both companies are planning to exit Myanmar due to falling profits.
— Myanmar Times

Indian army gives 10 SUVs to Myanmar military
The Indian Army has handed over 10 military-spec Tata Safari Storme SUVs to the Myanmar Army. The vehicles were handed over by the Indian Ambassador to Myanmar, financialexpress.com reported.
— Mizzima

Ceasefire monitoring panel missing in action: analysts
The Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC) has been missing in Myanmar’s peace process although it is supposed to prevent clashes between the Tatmadaw (military) and ethnic armed groups that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), according to the groups and analysts.
— Myanmar Times

Deluge brings death, misery to Mon State
As Mon State grapples with the worst flooding in years, there’s been criticism that the authorities took too long to come to the aid of affected communities.
— Frontier Myanmar

Fake deeds cause land buyers headaches in Mandalay
Some empty land on Thaik Pan street in Chan Mya Tharsi township, Mandalay Region, is fenced off, and a sign gives the owner’s name and warns against trespassing.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s New Children’s Law a Step Forward
Consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Myanmar has ratified, the law defines a child as anyone younger than 18 and provides all children born in Myanmar have the right to birth registration.
— Reliefweb

Four People Trapped Inside a Coal Mine in Minhla in Myanmar
Eleven Myanmar reported that water broke into Inngyin Taung coal mine in Minhla Township, Magway Region and trapped four people working inside it on August 25.
— Steel Guru

Yangon puts ‘girl power’ into green spaces
Hidden behind trees near a busy road in Yangon is a novel answer to two global hot-button issues: suffocating urbanization and sexual harassment.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

 

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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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