Myanmar morning news for December 18

Myanmar morning news for December 18

Myanmar morning news

Boosting power generation a priority in Myanmar
Myanmar estimates about 1,000 megawatt (MW) of power will be generated by the middle of next year to add to the country’s capacity.
— New Straits times

Myanmar seizes boat carrying 173 Rohingya Muslims: Military spokesperson
Myanmar authorities detained 173 ethnic Rohingya aboard a boat off the southern coast, authorities said on Tuesday (Dec 17), amid signs that more members of the Muslim minority group are making perilous sea voyages to escape persecution.

Myanmar MPs Vote to Regulate, Tax Chinese-Backed Banana Trade
Myanmar’s Upper House in Naypyitaw has approved regulations for Chinese-run banana plantations that are blamed for damaging the environment and causing social disharmony.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar OKs plan for three smart cities
The government will transform the country’s three key cities – Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay – into smart cities, a minister said Monday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar gas deal to benefit Thailand
A new cooperation deal between the Myanmar government and private energy company, MPRL E&P, will bring good news for Thailand’s power generation sector, Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy said in a statement on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar holds first elections in Suu Kyi era
A man places his ballot into a box at a polling station in a Yangon constituency where a by-election was being staged on Saturday. (Reuters Photo)
— Stock Daily Dish

Myanmar continues to export carp fish from Maungdaw border trade
Myanmar is continued to export carp fish from Maungdaw border trade and it is the second largest export product with 224 tons of carp fish worth over US$200,000 during November, according to the office of the Director of the Manugdaw border trade.
— Eleven Myanmar

EXCLUSIVE-Rohingya rebel leader challenges Myanmar‘s Suu Kyi, vows to fight on
The leader of a Rohingya Muslim insurgency against Myanmar‘s security forces said on Friday his group would keep fighting “even if a million die” unless the country‘s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, took action to protect the religious minority.
— Stock Daily Dish

AYA Bank and AIA Myanmar to provide sponsorship for Myanmar National League
AYA Bank and insurer AIA Myanmar will collaborate to provide sponsorship for the Myanmar National League in order to contribute to the growth and development of the country’s football starting from the grassroots levels.
— Myanmar Times

Yoma Fleet promotes truck, trailer rentals for efficiency of Myanmar logistic industry
Supplied Yoma Fleet, the largest truck and trailer rental company in Myanmar, has promoted its truck andtrailer rentals to cover periods of peak demand with great flexibility and to reduce supply chain costs in the country.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ministry allots Ks 6 billion budget for health research
From April, 2017 to 2019-20 FY, the Ministry of Health and Sports allocated a budget of Ks 6 billion for health research, according to official figures.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar’s Main Opposition Party Quits Charter Amendment Committee
Two lawmakers from the Union Solidarity and Development Party have withdrawn from the committee in protest at its process for drafting a constitutional amendment bill.
— Irrawaddy

AIA to co-sponsor Myanmar National League, domestic tourneys
The AIA Group Limited, known as AIA, the largest public-listed pan-Asian life insurance group, will sponsor the Myanmar National League along with the AYA Financial Group, according to the Myanmar Football Federation.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

South-East Asia’s GDP growth to remain at 4.5% in 2020, dampened by risks of re-escalation in trade tensions
Economic growth across the South-East Asia (SEA) region, including Myanmar, is expected to slow from 5.1% in 2018 to 4.5% in 2019 and remain unchanged in 2020, amid high risks of a re-escalation in trade tensions, according to ICAEW’s latest Economic Insight: South-East Asia reporton 11 December, 2019.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Air Force Benefits From Experience Fighting Rebels, Says Spokesman
Myanmar’s military spokesman says the air force benefits from experience fighting ethnic armed groups and this will help it compete with militaries around the world.
— Irrawaddy

Major MNL teams to play friendly matches today
Major teams in the Myanmar National League — Shan United and Ayeyawady United — will play friendly matches with other teams today, as part of preparations for the upcoming season of the Myanmar National League.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Military Expands Trespassing Lawsuits to Target 41 Karenni Farmers
The Myanmar military has now sued 41 farmers in two Kayah State townships for allegedly trespassing and farming on land seized by the military.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar suspends rare earth ore exports to China
Myanmar has closed the border to China to suspend rare earth ore exports to the top rare earth processor, in view of the environmental damage and conflicts caused by Chinese miners’ unregulated operations, SMM News reported.
— Mizzima

President U Win Myint welcomes Vietnamese Prime Minister
President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho hosted a luncheon in honor of a Viet Nam friendship delegation led by Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam at the Presidential Palace yesterday noon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

European firms have positive outlook on Myanmar
European companies in Myanmar have a positive outlook regarding their business in terms of services provided, market share, profits and overall business activities in the country, the EuroCham Myanmar Business Confidence Survey 2019 showed.
— Myanmar Times

State Counsellor holds press conference with Vietnamese PM after high-level talks
State Counsellor received Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Health Ministry to spend $ 10 million on vaccination
The Ministry of Health and Sports will be spending US$ 10 million to purchase vaccines including polio vaccination for the 2019-20 fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar

Yetagun gas production to cease in 2023
Production at the Yetagun gas field has severely declined and gas will no longer be produced at the field from 2023 onwards, according to the 2019-20 Budget.
— Myanmar Times

Russia keen to explore business opportunities in Myanmar
Earlier this week, U Thaung Tun, Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations received a Russian business delegation in Nay Pyi Taw, where the group discussed opportunities for investments and trade.
— Myanmar Times

Facebook partners with Httpool as Authorized Sales Partner in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos
Facebook has selected Httpool as its Authorized Sales Partner in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon’s Secretariat complex celebrares 130th anniversary
The Secretariat is one of Yangon’s most intriguing and beautiful historic architectural landmarks.
— Myanmar Times

Prime Minister begins official visit to Myanmar
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on December 16 evening (Myanmar time), beginning activities in his official visit to Myanmar from December 16-18.
— VietnamPlus

Myanmar Court Attempts to Retrieve Missing CCTV Footage in Toddler Rape Case
Court in Naypyitaw begins inspecting CCTV system’s hard drive in effort to find missing evidence in alleged rape of 2-year-old ‘Victoria’ at Wisdom Hill nursery school.
— Irrawaddy

Act East Policy: India gives Myanmar Kilo Class submarine and trains their sailors
According to sources, this is going to be used primarily for training purposes by the Myanmar Navy and this submarine can stay underwater for around 45 days.
— Financial Express

Mandalay gets 10,000 more street lights
The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) will install 10,000 more street lights across Myanmar’s second-largest city as part of the government’s effort to make the city safer and a better place to live, a senior city official said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar momentum builds for Woodside
AUSTRALIA’s Woodside Petroleum has moved from its exploration and appraisal phase of its massive A-6 gas project, offshore Myanmar, into the pre-front-end engineering design phase.
— Energy News Bulletin

Local consulting firm opens branch in Japan
Yangon-based think-tank Myanmar Survey Research (MSR) opened an overseas office in Japan last month to work closely with potential Japanese investors.
— Myanmar Times

New National Library set for April grand opening
The National Library will open in a newly renovated historic building in downtown Yangon in April 2020 to promote learning for the good of the country, a library official said.
— Myanmar Times

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye receives UN-Habitat Director
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye received Mr Atsushi Koresawa, the Director for UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and party at the former’s office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Rural e-commerce startup secures funding
Emerging Markets Myanmar (EME-Myanmar), a Yangon-based investment firm, has invested in an e-commerce start-up for rural retailers. A six-digit sum was invested but the exact amount was not disclosed.
— Myanmar Times

Delegation from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi visits Myanmar
A delegation of eminent academicians, led by Professor V Ram Gopal Rao, Director IIT Delhi, is visiting Myanmar from December 16th to December 18th 2019, to create awareness about prestigious ASEAN PhD Fellowship Programme and to explore collaboration, joint research and corresponding MoUs for IIT Delhi, according to a press release.
— Mizzima

Green flag for Myanmar ultra-deep project
Woodside Petroleum said today the Block A-6 deep-water gas project in Myanmar has moved into the pre-front-end engineering and design phase after securing certain agreements with the government. Block A-6 contains
— Upstream Online

Prawn farming extended as 90% of marine resources off Myeik archipelago depletes
As 90 percent of marine resources in the sea of Myeik archipelago is depleting in Taninthayi Region, prawn farming is being extended, said entrepreneurs.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar trains midwives to tackle maternal death rate
Myanmar is training up hundreds of midwives in an effort to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth, one of many social policy reforms launched by the country as it emerges from decades of military rule.
— Stock Daily dish

Ooredoo, UNDP to promote climate resilient farming practices in Myanmar
Ooredoo Myanmar and UNDP Myanmar have signed a partnership agreement to support the implementation of the Sustainable Enterprises and Agricultural Development (SEAD) Project.
— Telecompaper

Yangon chief minister calls for further development of banking system
Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein has called for efforts to develop the banking system that serves as a vehicle to national economy.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Police Officer will discover ways to get a handle on Riots from Raf in Meerut – RAF Vahini shows up in Myanmar
All the forces implemented around as well as on the edge have actually unique areas. If somebody is skilled in safeguarding the country’s borders, then there’s no damage in interior protection issues.
— Our Bitcoin news

27 species of sharks, stingrays and cow-nosed rays under conservation
For harmonious marine ecosystem, the conservation of 27 species of sharks, stingrays and cow-nosed rays will be carried out on a priority basis, according to the Fishery Department.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar, Northern Alliance negotiators meet in China
Government officials and representatives of the four ethnic armed groups in the Northern Alliance met in China over the weekend in an effort to revive truce negotiations.
— Myanmar Times

Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 14th regular session holds 14th day meeting
At the 14th day meeting of the Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 14th regular session held yesterday a report of Joint Committee on Scrutinizing the second Bill Amending the Constitution and exemption of special commodity and commercial tax on import of six bullet proof Toyota Landcruiser cars were approved by the Hluttaw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar is a distortion for Islamic and Western nations to hide their crimes: CHT, ICJ, and OIC
Myanmar is seeking to stabilize the democratic path despite countless ethnic issues that beset this nation, the result of decades of authoritarian rule.
— Modern Tokyo Times


Feature photo Eric DeLuca / Translators without Borders

This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on Arabic Language Day, December 18.


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