Myanmar army warns against changing constitution
Myanmar’s military Saturday said they would thwart any attempts by leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to alter the “essence” of the country’s controversial constitution, putting the army and civilian administration on a collision course over the politically-charged issue.
— The Asean Post
Suu Kyi to investors: Pour money into crisis-hit Rakhine state
Myanmar leader tells investors to stop focussing on ‘negative aspects’ in Rakhine from where 750,000 Rohingya have fled.
New round of oil and gas exploration bids to be called soon
The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has announced that it will be calling for bids on onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks for this year.
— Myanmar Times
Strategies key for elimination of rabies
Rabies is an infectious viral disease that is almost always fatal following the onset of clinical symptoms. Rabies is also called the Hydrophobia (fear of water). People with furious rabies exhibit sings of fear of light and loud sound. Death occurs after a few days due to cardio-respiratory arrest.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar
Bilateral trade between Myanmar and the US reaches US$230 million
Bilateral trade between Myanmar and the US totalled US$230 million in the October-December period in the current fiscal year, with exports surpassing imports, according to data released by the Ministry of Commerce, state media reported.
Myanmar yet to create safe atmosphere for Rohingya repatriation: FM
Although Myanmar has agreed to take back eight lakh Rohingyas, it is yet to create a congenial atmosphere for their repatriation, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said today.
— The Daily Star
Economic Corridor to benefit people of China, Myanmar
At a fruit market in Wanding, Ruili, a county on the China-Myanmar border, workers are transferring watermelons and muskmelons from Myanmar to heavy trucks which will soon leave for Beijing, Shanghai and other cities in China.
Myanmar’s foreign trade increases
Myanmar trade with foreign countries has reached over 12.65 billion U.S. dollars as of Feb. 15 in present fiscal year (FY) 2018-2019 which started in October last year, according to the Commerce Ministry on Saturday.
Myanmar mobile wallet eyes 30m clients in 10 years
DRIVEN by a population increasingly drawn to technology devices, Myanmar’s fastest- growing mobile wallet KBZPay has set an ambitious target of reaching 30 million customers in the next 10 years, according to Soe Ko Ko, general manager of KBZPay Agent Banking.
— The Nation (very annoying popup)
Frenchman arrested for flying drone appears in Myanmar court
A French tourist facing up to three years in prison for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament was remanded in custody Friday (Feb 22) after a first court appearance.
— Channel NewsAsia
Myanmar punishes Indian separatists
While one hears a lot about military operations across our western borders with Pakistan, very little is known about the challenges posed by armed separatist outfits operating from across our eastern borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar. Prior to the birth of Bangladesh, East Pakistan was a safe haven for armed separatist outfits in our northeast.
— New Indian Express
UnionPay to help Myanmar develop cashless society
Chinese financial service provider UnionPay pledged to help Myanmar in developing payment infrastructure to transform into a cashless society soon, according to a Xinhua report.
Chinese tech firm claims digital plans for Mong La SEZ
A Shanghai blockchain company claimed it intended to set up a special economic zone in a rebel-held border area of eastern Shan State where it would issue digital currencies and IDs to the local population.
— Myanmar Times
Delayed dam project awaits resolution in Myanmar
Though Myanmar officials have expressed their appreciation for the benefits of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese analysts noted that more practical outcomes should be delivered apart from optimistic plans, as some BRI projects still face uncertainty in the Southeast Asian country.
Creation of new ministry part of Myanmar’s plan to incentivise FDI
In an attempt to reverse a recent decline in foreign investment, Myanmar has set up a new ministry tasked with attracting and facilitating fresh inflows, though concerns over the re-imposition of import tariffs by the EU could cool investor appetite.
— The Borneo Post
Myanmar’s new private TV channel features educational program
Myanmar’s new private TV channel, Fortune TV Digital Free to Air Channel, is featuring educational and aesthetic programs along with entertainment ones since its official broadcasting began last weekend, according to the Fortune Broadcasting Company on Sunday.
Myanmar delegate joins guests from 187 countries at the Kumbh Mela 2019 in India
Foreign delegates from 188 countries who visited Kumbh Mela 2019 at the invitation of the Indian government, including a delegate from Myanmar.
Confusion arises on settlement of gas debts in Tanintharyi region
Global Grand Services Co Ltd (GGS), which distributes electricity produced from natural gas in Tanintharyi Region, owes billions of kyat to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE), an official of the ministry has told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times
Daw Suu’s Rakhine investment forum speech in full
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi touted Rakhine State’s “untapped” economic potential to investors and trade organisations on Friday in a Japan-sponsored investment forum held in Ngapali beach.
— Myanmar Times
Yoma Bank leverages Oracle solution as it moves into digital era
Yoma Bank announced that it will leverage Oracle solution, to create a hybrid data analytics platform, aimed at serving internal business users and allowing management to make decisions based on insights derived from the analysis, according to a press release 22 February.
Tatmadaw will get out of the politics only when eternal peace is achieved
Tatmadaw will get out of the politics only when ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) no longer exist, and eternal peace is achieved, said Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo, chair of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team, at a press conference, on February 23.
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar ethnic group calls for greater China role in peace effort
As the political reconciliation is underway in Myanmar, Shan State Army-South (SSAS) Chairman, Lieutenant General Yawd Serk hopes China would play a greater role in the process of achieving peace in the country.
— Manila Times
Building Agreement on Restitution Rights within the Myanmar Peace Process and National Legal Framework – A Manual for Practitioners
This manual outlines proposals for the insertion of housing, land and property restitution rights simultaneously within the context of the ongoing peace process and within broader national legal reform eforts, including work towards a national land law.
Pioneer opens aqua-activity island resort
One of the first snorkeling and dive resorts in the Mergui Archipelago is juggling the challenges of delivering Instagramable experiences while providing environmental protection on a remote island in the Andaman Sea.
— TTR Weekly
Myanmar shuns pressure with China backing, says FM
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said Myanmar averted all international pressures as it got unwavering support from China.
— New Age
Indian Consulate in Mandalay welcomes Tri-Nation Peace Motor Car Rally
A Tri-Nation Peace Motor Car Rally (India-Bangladesh-Myanmar), comprising of 35 delegates from India reached Mandalay on 23 February, evening, according to the Indian Consulate in Mandalay.
After six decades, Manipur’s Burmese Tamils get a glimpse of their ancestral places in Myanmar
Since he was a little boy, M Mohan had “only two aims” in life: to go to London and to visit his “father and mother’s houses in Burma”. On December 23, he fulfilled one of those dreams.
Feature photo Soggydan Benenovitch
This week’s Myanmar morning news photo acknowledges World Wildlife Day, March 3.
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