Myanmar morning news for August 30

Myanmar morning news for August 30

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar’s Second Biggest City Receives Smart City Award 2019
Mandalay, the historic royal capital, has been undergoing a high-tech, e-government makeover since 2017–efforts a government-tech award summit in Bangkok recognized.
— Irrawaddy

Thailand’s top court upholds Myanmar workers’ death penalty in British backpacker murders
Two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island will learn their fate Thursday when the verdict on their final appeal is delivered.

Myanmar filmmaker jailed for one year after criticising military
A Myanmar filmmaker was sentenced to a year in prison on Thursday (Aug 29) for criticising the military, as free expression advocates warned of “grave threats” to those who challenge the powerful armed forces.
— Channel NewsAsia

Over K105-billion JICA two-step loans provided to regions, states in two years
Over K105 billion in JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) two-step loans were provided as agricultural and rural development loans to various regions and states in two years from July 21, 2017 to July 2019, according to Myanma Agricultural Development Bank.
— Eleven Myanmar

KBC chairman welcomes prosecution by military
Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) Chairman Rev. Dr. Hkalam Sanson said that he welcomed the prosecution against him by Tatmadaw (Defence Services) after he talked to US President Donald Trump.
— Mizzima

New freshwater species discovered in Myanmar
A team of international and local scientists have announced the discovery of previously unknown species of freshwater mussels in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Eel entrepreneurs face Ks900 m in loss due to road blockage
Entrepreneurs face a loss of around Ks900 million due to the road blockage caused by the fights between the Tatmadaw and the Northern Alliance between Kyutkai and Muse, according to Myanmar Eel Entrepreneurs Association.
— Eleven Myanmar

Helping investors thrive and prosper is our commitment
The world is witnessing a monumental shift in its centre of economic gravity, a global economic rebalancing towards Asia, which is expected to account for over 50 per cent of the global GDP by 2040.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

AA announces retaliation against the Tatmadaw in Arakan State
Collaborating with allies and Arakanese people, the AA is to retaliate against the Tatmadaw, the AA announced on 25 August.
— BNI Online

78 migrant workers return to Myanmar through Kawthoung
A team of officials from the Thailand Immigration Department, led by Myanmar Labor Attache U Kyaw Soe Wai, handed over 78 migrant workers to Myanmar authorities on Wednesday evening at the Kawthoung border gate.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Visitor arrivals to Pyin-Oo-Lwin decline significantly after attacks
Pyin-Oo-Lwin, a popular destination, sees a significant decline in the number of visitors after the attacks by the Northern Alliance, according to the locals.
— Eleven Myanmar

Insistence on Voluntary Rohingya Repatriation to Myanmar Lacks ‘Moral Imagination’
The tired formula being offered as a solution to the Rohingya crisis by the UN and other players is unlikely to offer a lasting solution–and could even be disastrous.
— Irrawaddy

Fintech start-up working to fill Myanmar’s loan gap
Ma Theta Aye, managing director of Mother Finance Co Ltd, aims to grow its number of borrowers by as much as ten times to 100,000 in the next three years. “To do so, we’ll invest in technology and connect to firms with more employees, whom we can offer loans as a fringe benefit,” she said.
— Myanmar Times

A Chinese development scheme complicates Myanmar’s ethnic conflicts
Two years ago ethnic cleansing by the army forced 700,000 Muslim Rohingyas to flee Rakhine state, in western Myanmar, and seek sanctuary across the border in Bangladesh.
— Economist

Myanmar gov’t to hold peace talks with rebel collation
Myanmar government and a rebel collation are scheduled to meet on Saturday, according to a government representative, amid intensifying fighting in the country’s western and northeastern areas.
— AA

SK bank chiefs to join Moon on Myanmar trip
Chiefs of major South Korean commercial banks will join President Moon Jae-in as part of his economic delegation on the Myanmar leg of his trip to three Southeast Asian countries next week, sources said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Myanmar, China sign MoU for friendship forest project
Myanmar and Chinese authorities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a friendship forest project in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday morning.
— Xinhua

Myanmar must remove trust deficit first
Bangladesh on Thursday urged Myanmar to take “decisive actions with demonstrable political will” to reasonably address the core concerns of Rohingyas to create a conducive environment for their return to Rakhine.
— The Daily New Nation

Int’l community urged to be ‘more aggressive’ to compel Myanmar to take back Rohingyas
Dhaka also made it clear to the international community that this is something Naypyidaw pledged to do, and Bangladesh is not asking for anything new from Myanmar.
— Dhaka Tribune

Azerbaijan, Myanmar discuss cooperation prospects
Azerbaijani ambassador in Malaysia Galey Allahverdiyev has met with the State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss prospects for bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
— azertag

Myanmar bishop sees ‘big difference’ in refugee community at Indiana parish
When Bishop Lucius Hre Kung of Hakha, Myanmar, visited St. Barnabas Parish in Indianapolis two years ago, a mere six families comprised the parish’s Hakha Chin Catholic refugee community.
— Catholicphilly

Trading firm sues Myanmar Carlsberg for ‘cheating’ over sales promotion
Six senior employees of the local arm of Danish brewing giant Carlsberg, including its managing director, are facing up to seven years in prison due to a dispute with a distributor over a promotional deal.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar in limelight among Korean financial firms
Myanmar has emerged as the most popular destination for financial firms here, data compiled by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) showed Thursday.
— Korea Times

Rebels Blame Border Instability, Peace Breakdown on Myanmar Military
The Brotherhood Alliance issued their most sharply-worded statement yet, accusing the Myanmar military of targeting civilians and of violating war crimes.
— Irrawaddy

State Counsellor receives Chairman of Board of SN Power of Norway
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, received the delegation led by Mr. Oystein Oyehaug, Chairman of the Board of SN Power of Norway, at 10:00 a.m. on 29 August 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Traders seek more regional export markets via Thailand
Myanmar should consider exporting agriculture products such as rice, nuts, beans and nuts to Malaysia via Thailand, said Daw Thin Thin Myat, chair of Myawaddy Border Traders Association.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar police busts 2.67 mln stimulant tablets from drugs ring
Myanmar authorities busted over 2.67 million stimulant tablets worth over 8 billion kyats (5.35 million U.S. dollars) from a drugs ring in two region and states, said a release from Myanmar Police Force on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Muse trading resumes, but volume tepid
The vital Myanmar-China border trade at Muse in northern Shan State has resumed although the value of goods traded remains just a trickle compared to before the coordinated attacks on several areas by insurgents of the Northern Alliance in mid-August.
— Myanmar Times

GAD workshop focuses on identifying detailed plans for its reform framework
The General Administration Department held a second workshop to identify the detailed plans for implementing the sector-wise projects included in its draft reform framework.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Chinese firm in talks to develop industrial zone
A Chinese firm is the latest foreign investor to express an interest to develop an industrial zone in Hlaing Thayar township in the commercial capital of Yangon, where land nearer to downtown townships have become scarcer in recent years.
— Myanmar Times

Joint Committee on Amending 2008 Constitution holds meeting 30/2019
Meeting 30/2019 of the Joint Committee to amend 2008 Constitution was held at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Building D in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Hluttaws donate K22.5 mln to flood-affected people
Deputy Speaker of Pyidaungsu and Pyithu Hluttaws U Tun Tun Hein and Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Aye Tha Aung attended the donation ceremony for flooded-affected people throughout Myanmar held at the office of Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Peace Team, N. Alliance to Meet in Keng Tung on Aug. 31
Talks with four ethnic armed groups to be held on the last day of the Myanmar military’s truce in the region; bilateral peace deals expected to be discussed.
— Irrawaddy

Italians invest US$3.2million in Kawthoung hotel
An Italian company has been granted permission to develop a hotel project worth US$3.2million in Tanintharyi Region’s Kawthoung district, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— Myanmar Times

TNLA Destroys Bridge, Targets Myanmar Military Battalion in Shan State
The attacks mark the third major highway bridge bombing by an alliance of rebel groups along major trade routes in northern Shan State in the past two weeks.
— Irrawaddy

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi receives Cambodian Ambassador
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, received Mr SOK Chea, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Cambodia to Myanmar who is leaving Myanmar after completion of his tour of duty in Myanmar at 11:00 am on 29 August.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Deputy Information Minister U Aung Hla Tun receives Japanese Ambassador
Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun received Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Ichiro MARUYAMA at his office in Nay Pyi Taw at 10 am on Thursday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

National Blood Centre seeks donors
The National Blood Centre of Myanmar has asked for more people to donate blood – both local and foreign – at 15 hospitals in Yangon Region, a senior health official says.
— Myanmar Times

Golden opportunity in condos
If you are looking to buy or rent a condominium unit, you cannot go far wrong with Golden City Condominium, Yangon’s first luxury condominium project, which is also part of the iconic mixed-use Golden City project.
— Myanmar Times

Terror and tears in northern Shan State
Terrified civilians are bearing the brunt of the upsurge in fighting in northern Shan State, as death and displacement rise due to attacks for which no armed force is claiming responsibility.
— Frontier Myanmar

Mandalay city to invite tenders to collect parking fees
The Mandalay City Development Committee will invite bidding for a one-year concession to collect vehicle parking fees with a floor price of K700 million.
— Myanmar Times

US$1 billion smart city project kicks off with agreement
The government through the Ministry of Construction and Bangkok-based Amata Corp pcl signed a framework agreement on August 22 to jointly develop the Smart and Eco City located in East Dagon township, northeast of downtown Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

SCG pushes the circular economy agenda
Growing populations, rising consumption and mounting piles of waste are all inter-connected and makes it urgent for governments and businesses to adopt practices of recycling and waste-management under the concept of the “circular economy”.
— Myanmar Times


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