Myanmar morning news for February 11

Myanmar morning news for February 11

Myanmar morning newsRohingya activists demand action against Myanmar at NYC summit
The question of justice has dominated discussions at a New York conference on the persecution suffered by the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.
— Aljazeera

Thilawa SEZ to attract more potential investments: Union Minister
Thilawa Special Economic Zone will attract more potential investments as it was implemented systematically, said Thaung Tun, Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations on February 5.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar security forces have shelled villages and blocked civilians from accessing food and humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State, Amnesty International said today, amid a crackdown since armed attacks by the Arakan Army in early January. Security forces have also used vague and repressive laws to detain civilians in the area.
— Amnesty USA

Foreign business leaders join call for investments in Myanmar
The leaders of seven foreign business groups in Yangon have signed an open letter calling on investors abroad to put their money in Myanmar, stressing the critical role foreign direct investment (FDI) plays in the country’s transition.
— Myanmar Times

Over 150 Myanmar Buddhists take shelter at border with Bangladesh
The displaced people, including women and children, gathered near Choikhyong Parha of the Bangladesh side on Feb 4, according to local journalist Shwai Hla Sein Marma.
— Bd News 24

Value of imports down
The value of imports between 1 October, 2018 and 25 January, 2019 in the current fiscal year stood at US$5.8 billion, which declined by $6 million from the corresponding period in the last FY, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Dam crack in southern Myanmar poses no risk to public safety: assessment
The crack at a dam in Myanmar’s Bago region poses no risk to public safety following several earthquakes that jolted Paukkaung, Bago region last year, Myanmar News Agency reported Sunday quoting an initial assessment of the Myanmar Dams National Committee.
— Xinhua

Tourist arrivals increase nearly 11 pc
From April, 2018 to January, 2019, the number of foreigners who entered the country with tourist and business visas reached over 680,000, a 10.92-per-cent increase compared with the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
— Eleven Myanmar

Who Will Benefit From Myanmar’s Burgeoning Construction Projects
In 2018, the Myanmar government passed a new condominium law which eased restrictions on foreign ownership and introduced additional protection for home buyers.
— Myanmar Business Today

Myanmar‘s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya with ‘genocidal intent‘ – UN
Myanmar‘s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law, U.N. investigators said on Monday.
— Osburn Oracle

Keep border open for Myanmar nationals, UN High Commission for Refugees tells Bangladesh
The UN refugee agency has called on Bangladeshi authorities “to continue to allow” into the country people fleeing ongoing violence in Myanmar amid the deteriorating security situation there.
— Free Press Journal

Myanmar govt agency cuts ties with Akamai university and Malaysia’s EDS Business School
Myanmar’s Union Civil Service Board (UCSB) severed ties with two universities in January this year after its credentials came into question, reported news portal The Irrawaddy.
— The Star Online

Parliament passes gemstone bill amid criticism
Myanmar’s parliament has passed a controversial bill governing the gemstone sector, paving the way to restart the licensing of mining companies after a two-year moratorium.
— Myanmar Times

Further discussion on forming a constitution amendment committee
A coordination meeting was held February 8 in parliament for forming a joint committee with 45 members to amend the 2008 Constitution speedily but it could not be approved so another meeting will have to be held.
— Mizzima

Chinese company proposes new circular railroad for Yangon
Representatives from China Railway Engineering Co Ltd (CREC) have met with the Yangon Region government to discuss the possibility of constructing of a new Yangon circular railroad, U Than Naing Oo, a member of the Yangon Region Hluttaw’s Transportation, Communications, Construction and Industry Committee told The Myanmar Times.
— Consult Myanmar

Indonesian fishing trawler seized with 23 fishermen in Myanmar waters
The Myanmar Home Ministry says that 23 Indonesian fishermen were found with their fishing trawler 70 nautical miles west of Than Island, in Kawthaung Township, Tanintharyi Region and the crew are now under arrest.
— Mizzima

One of Myanmar’s greatest musicians died this week
ACCORDING to Kit Young—an American pianist and composer who has been performing Burmese sandaya music (piano played in Burmese style) since 1987—the Hawaiian slide guitar was probably introduced to Myanmar by Tau Moe, a Hawaiian performer who played a series of concerts in Yangon in 1927.
— The Economist

Gestational diabetes: a health threat Myanmar can’t afford to ignore
Without proper screening, half of the one in seven pregnant women in Myanmar with gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years, leading to huge healthcare costs and drastically shorter lives.
— Frontier Myanmar

Japan envoy says development is solution for Rakhine
Japan’s top envoy to Myanmar said that economic development is an answer to Rakhine’s conflict and that Tokyo is considering providing aid for the state.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar refugee children in Bandarban in poor health
Refugee children from Myanmar sheltered at the Chaikkhong border area in Bandarban’s Ruma upazila are facing adverse health conditions due to hostile weather and poor hygiene.
— Dhaka Tribune

Animated Short Series to Prepare Myanmar for Digital Financial Services
ONOW Myanmar has partnered with Visa and USAID to be the first in combining financial education and entertainment to introduce Myanmar consumers to the benefits of digital financial services (DFS).
— Myanmar Business Today

Myanmar-based Irish company Red Dot halts operations
Red Dot, businessman John Nagle’s Myanmar-based electronic payments company, halted operations in recent weeks, according to local reports.
— Irish Times

Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi: “If there is peace, we can bring development to the people.”
The State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, continues to strengthen democracy in this nation despite being blighted by countless internal and external problems.
— Modern Tokyo Times

Fighting the baby formula myth
Breast milk is best for babies in the first six months of their lives but many mothers use formula because they are unaware that it can be detrimental to an infant’s health.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar army shelling villages in Rakhine state, rights group told
Myanmar soldiers are shelling villages, detaining civilians and blocking aid as part of a new crackdown in Rakhine state by some of the army units implicated in atrocities against the Rohingya, a rights group says.
— The Guardian

Stock to Track: Myanmar Metals Limited (ASX:MYL)
Shares are now at 16.666667% over the past year and five years performance pointed at 75%. The stock dispatched 40% performance during the quarter. In the last month, the price performed 16.666667%. Contracting the focus on performance, delivered a move of -12.5% over the last week.
— Stock Digest

Gestational diabetes: a health threat Myanmar can’t afford to ignore
Without proper screening, half of the one in seven pregnant women in Myanmar with gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years, leading to huge healthcare costs and drastically shorter lives.
— Frontier Myanmar


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