Myanmar morning news for February 28

Myanmar morning news for February 28

Myanmar morning newsRohingya crisis: UN investigates its ‘dysfunctional’ conduct in Myanmar
The UN has launched an inquiry into its conduct in Myanmar over the past decade, where it has been accused of ignoring warning signs of escalating violence prior to an alleged genocide of the Rohingya minority.
— The Guardian

Frenchman jailed for one month for flying drone in Myanmar
A French tourist has been sentenced to one month in prison with labour for attempting to fly a drone near Myanmar’s parliament, a court official said Wednesday (Feb 27).
— Channel NewsAsia

Bonus episode: Reuters arrests and press freedom in Myanmar
Last year, Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years in prison under Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, in a case that brought widespread condemnation and accusations of a cover-up by Myanmar’s military.
— Frontier Myanmar

China to officially import rice and broken rice from Myanmar
China will officially import rice and broken rice via China-Myanmar border this year, according to a statement by the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).
— Eleven Myanmar

Yangon medical-waste collection system goes high tech
The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) will use a bar code technology based on the World Health Organization (WHO) standard in its hospital waste collection system starting at the end of the year, a senior committee official said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s aviation market sees slow growth in 2018
Myanmar’s aviation market has grown rapidly over the past decade, tripling in size. However, 2018 marked by far the slowest rate of growth this decade, the Centre for Aviation reported.
— Mizzima

USD 150 mln of river catfish to be exported annually
A river catfish farming project, to be built on over 900 acres of land in Pantanaw Township, Ayeyawady Region, will breed river catfish and expects to export US$ 150 million worth of fish annually, businessmen said Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF).
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Thousands rally in Myanmar’s biggest city to change army-drafted constitution
Thousands of people rallied in Myanmar’s commercial capital on Wednesday (Feb 27) in support of constitutional reform, amid mounting tension between the ruling party and the military over changes to the charter that enshrines the army’s role in politics.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar vows to take steps to decentralize tourism sector
Myanmar government has vowed to take steps to decentralize tourism sector by forming three committees at different levels, according to the National Tourism Development Central Committee (NTDCC) on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Trade sanctions by EU, US unlikely: analysts
Analysts are not expecting the European Union or the US to revoke Myanmar’s tariff-free access to their markets over the coming quarters.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar military take over militant training camp in western Rakhine state
Myanmar armed forces have taken over a training camp of ethnic militant group Arakan Army (AA) in the western Rakhine state after several clashes, according to the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services late Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Myanmar international passenger growth slows but China market booms
Myanmar’s aviation market has grown rapidly over the past decade, tripling in size. However, 2018 marked by far the slowest rate of growth this decade.

Northern Alliance urged to sign NCA
The government’s Peace Commission met with the Northern Alliance in Kunming, China on Monday and urged the group to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) as soon as possible.
— Myanmar Times

Talks highlight Yunnan-Mandalay railway and other topics at China-Myanmar Economic Corridor Forum
One of the main topics discussed at the recent China-Myanmar Economic Corridor Forum was constructing a railway linking between Yunnan Province in southwest China and Mandalay. The following are excerpts of interviews with participants of the forum related to this topic.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

On the trajectory to seed exports
The demand for seeds is rising in Myanmar as farmers have switched to hybrid seeds which can give higher yields compared with traditional seeds.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Cooperation is key to swift implementation of e-Government: State Counsellor
The e-Government Steering Committee held their third coordination meeting at the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday and was attended by its patron, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar’s Northern Alliance of Ethnic Armies Says It Wants Bilateral Pacts With Army
An alliance of ethnic armed groups has expressed in informal talks a willingness to sign bilateral peace pacts with the Myanmar military before holding discussions on whether to join the government’s nationwide cease-fire accord to end decades of hostilities.
— Radio Free Asia

Free region movement between GoI & Government of Myanmar
Deputy chief minister & minister in-charge of home Y Patton today informed the House that under the Free Movement Regime (FMR), the state government has issued notification on 14-9-2017 empowering seven administrative officers in four districts of Nagaland having international border with the Union of Myanmar as the authorities to issue permits in the prescribed form to every member of the hill tribes, who is a citizen of India and who is ordinarily resident of any area within 16 km in Indian side.
— Morung Express

Casino tycoons stake hopes on legalisation
A revised law that would legalise casinos has been enthusiastically backed by casino owners, and by regional governments expecting a tax windfall.
— Frontier Myanmar

Hluttaw passes amendments to consumer law
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) approved amendments to the Consumer Protection Law at its session on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Wild elephant poachers can be given up to 10-year prison term
Director Thein Toe from Yangon Region Forest Department said that the newly enacted Biodiversity and Protection of Wildlife Sanctuary Law could give a maximum 10-year prison term to those who kill wildlife elephants.
— Mizzima

Airport in Chin state to open by September 2020
Surbung Airport in Falam township, Chin State, the first major airport in the state, will open in September 2020, said U Ye Htut Aung, Deputy Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation.
Myanmar Times

Myanmar and Vietnam to cooperate in crime prevention
Myanmar and Vietnam have signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in crime prevention and fighting transnational crimes, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

Contractors urged to settle outstanding debts to the Yangon government
The Yangon Region Government sold over 53 acres of land in Dagon Seikkan, Yangon to four companies to build precast factories for the construction of the Ayeyarwon-Yadana housing project at K225 million per acre in 2015-2016 .
— Myanmar Times

Recognize our customary tenure and rights: Nagas to Myanmar govt
Indigenous Naga communities in Myanmar have called upon the Government of Myanmar to recognize “the customary tenure system and respect their rights to own, use and govern over the lands, territories and resources” of the Naga Village Republic.
— Morung Express

President urges parliament to ratify ASEAN-HK accords
President U Win Myint on Tuesday urged parliament to ratify the ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement and ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement, because it could help attract more investment from China’s autonomous regions.
— Myanmar Times

NGO urges Myanmar to allow aid access to Rakhine State
A London-based rights group on Wednesday called on the Myanmar government to allow unhindered and complete access for NGOs in northern Rakhine state.
— AA

Myanmar’s Military Accuses Rebels in Rakhine of Donning Government Uniforms and Committing Atrocities
Myanmar’s military is warning citizens in war-ravaged Rakhine state that members of the rebel Arakan Army (AA) are impersonating government troops in a scheme to smear the government amid a conflict in the state that flared up late last year.
— Radio Free Asia

Mandalay man shows it’s never too late for matriculation exam
The high school matriculation exams set to start on March 6 will be a significant milestone for students all over Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

China is buying Puta O region products’ stone bugs with good prices
China is paying a good price for buying Puta O region stone bugs, one of the well known products coming out of far north region of Myanmar.
— Eleven Myanmar

Marriage in Malaysia lures Rohingya women
Tahmina Begum and her family had a relatively prosperous life at their home in Maungdaw town in Rakhine State of Myanmar before a military crackdown on their ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.
— UCA news

Suu Kyi urges investment in Rohingya crisis’ epicenter
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, has chosen impoverished Rakhine State as a venue to issue a new call for foreign investment, even as her government faces international criticism for failing to stop persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority there.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

NLD buys land in Nay Pyi Taw for branch office
The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has bought 6.5 hectares of land in Nay Pyi Taw for nearly K250 million to build a branch office, said Daw May Win Myint, a member of the party’s Central Executive Committee.
— Myanmar Times

Juneyao Air to enter Myanmar market in Apr-2019
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Unicef ED seeks support for Rohingya children
Unicef Executive Director (ED) Henrietta Fore has sought support from everyone across the world for the Rohingya children who are living in Cox’s Bazar district.
— The Daily New Nation


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