Myanmar morning news for February 18

Myanmar morning news for February 18

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar-Vietnam trade jumps to USD196m
Myanmar hit USD196 million in its trade with Vietnam by December 2018, marking a great surge in business between the two partners during the current 2018-19 fiscal year.
— Menafn

Mandalay installs high-tech system in garbage trucks
The Mandalay City Development Committee has installed a fleet management system in more than 250 garbage trucks to improve management, said MCDC member U Kyaw San Myint.
— Myanmar Times

Ko Ni: Gunman gets death penalty in murder of Myanmar lawyer
Two men have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for the murder of a Muslim lawyer, Ko Ni, in broad daylight at Yangon International Airport in January 2017. Nick Beake reports from Yangon.

Ministry to brief MPs on power rate hikes
The government will explain to parliament the need to raise electricity rates before implementing the rate hike, U Soe Myint, deputy permanent secretary of Electricity and Energy, said.
— Myanmar Times

Foreign Investment and Domestic Arrangements
The time is right to welcome international investors, as well as partners and friends, as Myanmar is transforming into a developed nation, enjoying the fruits from such varied sectors as politics, economy, social welfare, and culture.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Nearly 10% of Myanmar people now lliving and working overseas
Almost 10% of the population of Myanmar is now resident overseas. Migrant workers from the country have hit 5 million, against a resident population of 54 million, according to an official from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
— Malaysia Sun

UN calls for $920m aid for Rohingya refugees
United Nations has called for $920 million in aid for around a million Rohingya refugees currently putting up in refugee camps of Bangladesh.
— Tehran Times

Myanmar: Measles cases up in Yangon
Officials with the Yangon Region Public Health Department have reported an increase in measles cases since the beginning of the year, according to a Myanmar media report.
— Outbreak News Today

Community health clinics combat hypertension, diabetes in rural areas once a week across the nation
In 1978, the World Health Organization (WHO) implemented the global strategy for ‘Health for All by the year 2000’ and acknowledged that preliminary healthcare is the first basic requirement of the people. Of the total population of Myanmar, 70 per cent live in rural areas and the nation provides preliminary healthcare for them and the rest of the citizens.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Employee benefits start-up receives funding from investors
EME-Myanmar, a Yangon-based investment company, together with Nest Tech, the Vietnam-based venture capital firm, has invested a six-digit sum in Mote Poh, a local start-up focusing on providing employee benefits services for companies, according to a statement by Mote Poh.
— Myanmar Times

Nationwide education system to be promoted through reforms
“Reforms towards a superior education system will be made through better policy and procedures,” said Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi at his meeting with the rector, the pro-rector, faculty members and students of Yandanabon University in Mandalay yesterday.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar SMEs aim to export value-added products to ROK
Myanmar’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are planning to ship value-added products to the Republic of Korea, said U Aung Kyi Soe, the general secretary of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar starts traditional sticky rice-making competitions to celebrate harvest
People were seen busily entering Myanmar’s traditional Htamane (sticky rice)-making competitions in two major cities of Yangon and Mandalay Saturday with high spirit, accompanied by traditional music groups and fans.
— Xinhua

Let’s reap potential of China-Myanmar cooperation
Since Myanmar embarked on its political transition, political elites in the country have championed that peace is the premise for economic and social development.
— Global Times

Police nab Myanmar man with drugs
Police detained a Myanmar national and seized drugs believed to be syabu and heroin worth RM367,000 from a barn in Bedong, near here on Thursday evening.
— The Sun Daily

Plastic waste accounts for 15 pc of total waste
Myanmar generates about 12,000 tons of garbage every day where plastic waste accounts for 15 per cent of the total waste, according to a survey by Thant Myanmar, a grassroots movement fighting plastic pollution in Myanmar.
— Eleven Myanmar

Danyingon-Paywetseikkon circular rail to be upgraded within six months
While upgrading the Yangon City circular railway, the Danyingon-Mingalardon-Paywetseikkon rail road is being renovated, with plans calling for its completion within six months to ensure the convenience of commuters, said U Min Aung, the project engineer for the Yangon circular railway upgrading project.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

No investment needed for yaba trading in Teknaf
Though 102 yaba traders have surrendered in Teknaf, masterminds and big-shots are still sitting behind the curtain
— Dhaka Tribune

Edible black-nest swiftlet penetrates Singapore market
The edible nest of the black-nest swiftlet from the Myeik archipelagoes and Kawthoung areas in Taninthayi Region have been shipped by sea to a new foreign market, Singapore, according to a news release from the Ministry of Commerce.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar army chief denies systematic persecution of Rohingyas
Myanmar’s army chief, who is facing international calls that he be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, has denied any systematic army persecution and said such accusations were an insult to his country’s honour.
— The Daily Star

Authorities arrange smooth traffic flow during shooting of film Line Walker – 2 in Yangon
Authorities from the Traffic Rules Enforcement Committee, Traffic Police Force, in Yangon have ensured that traffic will flow smoothly while the film Line Walker-2 is being shot in Yangon.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Tanintharyi gov’t is weak in reaching out to people, says Suu Kyi
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said at meeting with people held in Kawthaung that the Tanintharyi Region government was weak in reaching out to people.
— Mizzima

Progress for local entrepreneurs, but challenges still exist
Trust and relationship building between investors and entrepreneurs is really important to grow a start up or a business.
— Myanmar Times

Building trust is an essential piece to the development puzzle
Trust, or ‘yone kyi’ in Burmese, is a key component in society. The word is a compound of ‘yone’ and ‘kyi’ and carries significant meaning.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

HK film to close off roads in already congested Yangon
Yangon city centre will be experiencing temporary road closures and diversions for a total of eight days due to filming of a Hong Kong-Chinese crime/action film, Line Walker-2, and drivers have been urged to use alternative routes, according to a notice from the Yangon Region Traffic Enforcement Supervisory Committee on Friday.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay hosts Htamane festival to promote tourism
A traditional festival to celebrate the Myanmar delicacy Htamane began at the Maha Muni Pagoda in Mandalay yesterday, attracting local and foreign travellers.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

India Aiding Myanmar Army to Conduct Ops Against Insurgent Groups, Says ULFA’s Paresh Barua
A recent release by the Office of the Commander-in-chief of Defence Services, Myanmar had said that the Tatmadaw Kyee (Myanmar Army) have captured more outposts, arms and ammunition of Northeast rebels operating from their soil.
— News18

‘No proof’ Myanmar military persecuted Rohingya: army chief
Myanmar’s powerful army chief has given a rare foreign media interview to insist there was no “certain proof” the military had persecuted the country’s stateless Rohingya Muslim community.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar’s Bella Interiors in export drive
DRIVEN by surging demand from European and South American buyers, Myanmar’s leading manufacturer and exporter of rattan, bamboo and lacquerware products plans to ramp up production and sales in the next few months, according to Stellabeth Swezin Le, director of business development at Bella Interiors Co.
— The Nation (very annoying popup)

Myanmar Metals Limited (MYL.AX) Showing Positive Signs Moving 8.70% For the Week
Myanmar Metals Limited (MYL.AX) has ended the week in the black, yielding positive results for the shares at they ticked 8.70%. In taking a look at recent performance, we can see that shares have moved 22.95% over the past 4-weeks, 5.63% over the past half year and 19.05% over the past full year.
— Felton Business


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