Myanmar morning news for February 15

Myanmar morning news for February 15

Myanmar morning newsOpium cultivation business squeezed by market shift towards meth
Myanmar’s opium business has shrunk by more than 3000 hectares (ha) over the last 12 months as the market shifted towards synthetic drugs, a UN study stated.
— Myanmar Times

Garment industry creates most job opportunities: Minister
The garment industry is the livelihood that can create job opportunities the most, said Thein Swe, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population at a ceremony to present the wards to the most outstanding trainees from the garment training schools and the best garment factories at the UMFCCI on February 9.
— Eleven Myanmar

QR code payment system set to launch this year
The Central Bank of Myanmar is set to implement a standardised national payment system by this year, says CBM Vice Governor U Bo Bo Nge.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar merchants to buy pulses at reasonable rate if prices drop during harvest
The Myanmar Pulses, Beans, and Sesame Seeds Merchants’ Association is preparing to purchase pulses at a reasonable rate, if the price drops drastically during harvest time.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar recycling startup gets funds and Norway help
RecyGlo, a Myanmar startup that has built a recycling pick-up service, has been accepted into the Katapult Ocean Accelerator Program from Norway and will receive a US$150,000 investment as part of the programme, according to a local media report.
— Mizzima

Government prohibits import of frozen meat at Thai border
The import of frozen meat at the Myanmar border will be prohibited from March 1 onwards, U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary of Ministry of Commerce (MOC), told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Airways International planning international expansion in 2019
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Eco Green City to commence by year end
A final agreement giving the go ahead for development of the Eco Green City project is expected to be inked before the end of this month, Deputy Construction Minister U Kyaw Lin said.
— Myanmar Times

LIP Ministry sends over 23,000 Myanmar workers to nine countries in Jan
A total of 23,235 Myanmar workers officially took up jobs overseas in nine countries in the month of January, according to figures released by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Athan: A youth group promoting freedom of expression in Myanmar
One of the groups actively promoting freedom of expression in Myanmar is a youth-led group called Athan — which means ‘voice’ in the Burmese language.
— Global Voices

Facebook admitted recently that it had played a role in spreading hate, propaganda and crime in Myanmar, a Southeast-Asian country torn apart by genocide. The social network commissioned Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).
— Gritdaily

Ceasefire signatory armed group robs military vehicle in eastern Myanmar
An ethnic armed group of Myanmar, the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), has robbed a military vehicle in eastern Shan state, Myanmar News Agency reported Thursday.
— Xinhua

Hayman Capital closes microfinance deal
A deposit taking microfinance institution operating in Myanmar, Hayman Capital, has closed a $2-million debt investment from Switzerland-based social impact investor Symbiotics SA, according DealstreetAsia.
— Mizzima

USDP submits own proposal to amend 2008 Constitution
The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) proposed to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral legislature) on Wednesday to draft a bill to amend the Constitution to allow the election of chief ministers.
— Myanmar Times

El Niño, high temperatures this summer
Temperatures will be higher than normal this summer, said U Kyaw Moe Oo, director general of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
— Myanmar Times

In Myanmar, new parties challenge Suu Kyi’s grip on power
New political groups are emerging to contest Myanmar’s next election in 2020, aiming to challenge the hegemony of national civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi after she has been weakened by escalating ethnic conflicts and slowing economic growth.
— Reuters

Myanmar’s migrant employees working abroad hit 5 mln: official
The number of Myanmar’s migrant workers working overseas has hit 5 million, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.
— Infosurhoy

Hyundai joins fray in Myanmar’s crowded auto market
Myanmar’s restrictions on imported vehicles are pressing foreign automakers to switch to local production, adding pressure to a crowded field in Southeast Asia’s last promising growth market.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

‘I will need to be careful’: aspiring journalists brace for challenges
It’s a difficult time to be a journalist in Myanmar and students at one of the country’s leading journalism institutes are aware of the challenges ahead as they seek to build careers in the media.
— Frontier Myanmar

Amending Provisions of the 2008 Constitution: (Non)Lessons from the Malaysian and Myanmar Constitutional Past?
After more than two and half years of coming into (or sharing) power the ‘People’s government’ based on its election slogan ‘time for change’ has now taken steps towards amending the 2008 Constitution.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

MyTel aims to double subscribers
Launched last June, Telecom International Myanmar Co. Ltd., or MyTel, reached a milestone in user growth – 5 million subscribers – on January 31. That has garnered the telecommunications company a market share of 10 percent in just seven months, according to MyTel’s chief external relations officer U Zaw Min Oo.
— Myanmar Times

Raise the young well, for they are the nation’s treasure
The treasure of a nation can be said to be its natural resources, but the true national wealth of a country are its citizens, as it is they who are the main driving force behind development.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar Metals confirms Bawdwin JV as world’s largest lead resource
Perth-based Myanmar Metals has increased the indicated resource at the Bawdwin joint venture project by 50 per cent with the release of a project update.
— Australian Mining

Locals demand removal of Taninthayi Region Chief Minister
Some locals staged a protest during State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu’s visit in Taninthayi Region yesterday to demand the removal of Taninthayi Region Chief Minister and the Chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD) in Taninthayi Region as well as the regional Commerce and Finance Minister.
— Eleven Myanmar

The Rohingya Diaspora Is Crucial to Achieving Justice in Myanmar
When the Myanmar military unleashed its campaign of rapes, arson and murder against the Rohingya Muslims in 2016, members of the persecuted minority’s diaspora were swift to act.
— Time

Myanmar again shows Saint Martin’s as its territory
Naypyidaw assures of correcting the latest mistake by Friday after Dhaka summons envoy and lodges strong protest
— Dhaka Tribune

‘Our land is collapsing around us’: Ayeyarwady at risk from rampant sand mining
Irresponsible sand mining in the Ayeyarwady River is destroying the livelihoods of farmers and fishers and placing environmental stress on the nation’s rice bowl.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar Christian leaders join calls against Myitsone dam revival
Catholic leaders are lending their support to protesters against a Chinese-backed dam project in Myanmar, adding pressure on the government to cancel the hydro-power dam in the country’s north.
— Reuters


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