Myanmar morning news for January 1

Myanmar morning news for January 1

Myanmar morning newsAmnesty International: thanks for the victories, but Myanmar remains a concern
To mark its 57th anniversary, the human rights organisation Amnesty International Australia is sharing some of the incredible wins it secured in 2018 through its efforts to end human rights violations.
— AEC News Today (HD video)

The hottest stories of Myanmar’s 2018
From politics to peace talks, from responsible business to press freedom, 2018 was – for better and for worse – an eventful year.
— The Myanmar Times

Business losses mount on closure of Myanmar-China border gate
More than 1500 fruit trucks are stranded at Myanmar-China border due to the closure of Kyin San Kyawt gate near Muse, leading to heavy losses, U Sai Myint Bo, chair of the Fruit Wholesale Centre at Muse trade zone told The Myanmar Times.
— The Myanmar Times

Mineral exports fall in current FY
Myanmar’s mineral exports in the current fiscal year (FY) totalled US$274.163 million, a decline of $37 million, or 12 per cent, from the corresponding period last year, according to state media.
— Mizzima

Security concern prompts border closure
A Burmese border crossing with China was closed yesterday due to security concerns, frustrating truckers, whose lorries laden with fruit were backed up along the border waiting to cross into China.

Rock quarry sites in Mon increase to 40,000 this year
The number of rock quarry sites in Mon State increased to 40,000 this year, raising concerns about possible adverse effects on the environment, a senior official of the state parliament said.
— The Myanmar Times

Vietnamese company launches ride-hailing service in Myanmar
FastGo Viet Nam on Friday officially launched its service in Myanmar, becoming the first Vietnamese firm in the ride-hailing sector to expand its operations to foreign markets, Vietnet reported.
— Mizzima

India’s budding relationship with Myanmar: what it means to China
In December 2018, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind paid a five-day visit to provide assistance to Myanmar in terms of the planned repatriation of Rohingya refugees who had fled to Bangladesh and to enhance the trade cooperation between the two countries.
— IPP Review

Koreans launch new Chamber of Commerce, targets more investments
The Myanmar Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MKCCI) launched on December 22 became the latest business group to formally open its doors in the country.
— The Myanmar Times

The NLD government: a work in progress
More than halfway through its term in office, the NLD has disappointed on peace and the economy but deserves praise for cracking down on corruption.
— Frontier Myanmar

Police Hotline 199 effective but remains wanting
It was about 7pm on November 12. The 199 call centre received a call about an alleged thief that had been caught by the people at 51/B Minyekyawswa street in Ahlone Township in downtown Yangon.
— The Myanmar Times

Dala Bridge expected to be completed in 2021
Construction of the Dala Bridge, also known as the Myanmar – Korea Friendship Bridge, that will connect Yangon City and Dala Township, has finally been given the green light, according to the Ministry of Construction and the Yangon Regional Government.
— The Myanmar Times

Reset capital market, allow foreign competition to unleash growth: leaders
Foreign investor interest in Myanmar appears to be waning at a time when the global economy is losing momentum, if recent data is anything go by.
— The Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s top 10 business stories of 2018
In 2018, the clock kept ticking for economic reforms as businesses in Myanmar started to lose their cool.
— The Myanmar Times

Slow progress mars Mizoram-Myanmar Kaladan project as India misses deadline for road third time in a row
The multi-crore Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project envisioned as a key component of the Act East Policy has missed the deadline for the third consecutive time in Mizoram.
— First Post

Govt urged to fix ‘weak spots’ in peace process
The Tagaung Institute of Political Studies has urged that “weaknesses” be addressed to overcome the deadlock in the peace process between the government and armed ethnic groups that have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
— The Myanmar Times

Garment workers strike over sacking of co-workers
More than 100 workers at a Chinese-owned factory in Yangon went on strike after a labour dispute with management resulted in the sacking of seven co-workers, a union leader said on Sunday.
— The Myanmar Times

No plans to fix dam in Eastern Shan State
A Shan parliamentarian raised concerns about repairing a damaged dam in eastern Shan State that provides drinking water for many people and irrigation water for farmers.

Hilton Myanmar awarded ‘Most Thriving Company’
Hilton in Myanmar has received the Most Thriving Company award during the second Myanmar Employer Awards in Yangon, Thailands The Nation reported quoting a company press release.
— Mizzima

Air-spring trains start running on Mandalay-Myitkyina line
Trains with air-spring suspension started operation on the Mandalay-Myitkyina railway line on Saturday, said U Zarni Aung, regional minister for Electrical Power and Construction.
— The Myanmar Times

Removal operation causes clash between police, dwellers in Hlaingthayar
About 100 people including the police forcibly demolished squatter houses in Thazin Street in Nyuangywa ward in Hlaingthayar Township, Yangon yesterday morning, causing a brawl to break out.
— Eleven Myanmar

Displaced civilians shelter in monasteries
Over 300 villagers were forced to flee their homes after fighting between Shan armed groups broke out again in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden northern Shan State.

From war-torn Myanmar to a toy owl business in Canberra
After a two-hour trek to the Thai border, she rode a bus to a town near the border of Malaysia, a country which had taken in almost 70,000 refugees from Myanmar at the time.
— The Myanmar Times

Adventure tourism in Myanmar’s troubled Shan state
Myanmar’s Shan state, despite its vast size and stunning landscapes, is hardly a tourism hot spot. It’s one of the poorest parts of this nation, and many of its young people migrate to Thailand seeking work. When one Western couple noticed this migration, they started an adventure tourism company that’s also a social enterprise
— Southeast Asia Globe

Feature: A home for special needs animals in Myanmar
The Golden Heart Animal Rescue in the outskirts of Myanmar’s Yangon shelters hundreds of physically and mentally disabled animals.
— Xinhua

Authorities arrest suspected illegal wildlife trader
Law enforcement officers on Sunday arrested a man suspected to be an illegal wildlife trader and seized an assortment of wildlife parts found in his possession.
— The Myanmar Times

Flower festival in central Myanmar features 200,000 flowery plants
The Pyin Oo Lwin flower festival is being held in Myanmar’s Mandalay region since Dec. 15, featuring about 200,000 flowery plants.
— Xinhua

“Burmese Python” appointed Myanmar’s tourism ambassador
Aung La Nsang “the Burmese Python” has been appointed as Myanmar’s tourism ambassador by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in a move to support the country’s tourism sector.
— The Myanmar Times

2018 China-Myanmar International Marathon held
A cross-border marathon between China and Myanmar was held Monday in the city of Ruili, in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
— Business Standard


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This week’s morning news photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


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