Myanmar morning news for July 23

Myanmar morning news for July 23

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar Military Proposes Larger Budget for ‘Stronger’ Armed Forces
The Defense Ministry on Monday requested more than 3.37 trillion kyats (US$2.22 billion) for fiscal year 2019-20, which begins Oct. 1.
— Irrawaddy

Internet Cutoff in Myanmar’s Rakhine Enters Fifth Week
A sweeping internet shutdown in Myanmar’s conflict-hit Rakhine state went into its fifth week Monday as residents called on the government to end an information blackout that rights groups say could provide cover for rights abuses.

More than 45,000 people affected by first monsoon flood
Flooding caused by the first monsoon of the season displaced more than 45,000 people, according to a statement issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-Myanmar (OCHA) on Thursday.
— Myanmar Times

ASEAN can no longer turn a blind-eye to Myanmar’s atrocities
After fighters attacked security targets in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state on August 25, 2017, the Myanmar military responded by killing and maiming thousands of Rohingya civilians, raping hundreds of women and girls, and burning entire villages to the ground.
— Aljazeera

Pedalling for a cause: YCC 2019 expands to Myanmar (video)
Senior managers and leaders from the business and the non-profit sector are being invited to join charity bike rides in Vietnam and in Myanmar later this year.
— AEC News Today

Myanmar Airways International starts flights to Hangzhou
Myanmar Airways International (MAI) has launched flights to Hangzhou, China as part of its network expansion, according to the Yangon Aerodrome Company, which operates Yangon International Airport (YIA).
— Myanmar Times

What’s in the First Singapore-Myanmar Navy Exercise?
A closer look at the significance of a recent development between the two Southeast Asian states.
— The Diplomat

China Co invests $37 mln in cattle breeding, trading business
Chinese company Kangrui Agriculture Livestock Development Company Limited invested US$37 million to carry out the breeding and trading of cattle in Myanmar, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MoI delegation leaves for Indonesia to attend ASEAN-China High-Level Media Forum
A delegation led by Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun left for Indonesia from Yangon yesterday to attend ASEAN-China High Level Media Forum which will be held by the theme ‘Connected for a Better Future’ from 23 to 24 July.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

CBM governor attends ACU’s BOD meeting in Bhutan
Central Bank of Myanmar Governor U Kyaw Kyaw Maung and delegation attended the 48th Asian Clearing Union’s Board of Directors meeting in Paro, Bhutan, from 14 to 15 July.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Anti-Corruption Committee Steps Up Energy Ministry Investigation
The Irrawaddy has found that the Anti-Corruption Commission secretly seized the minutes of intra-ministry meetings going back three years.
— Irrawaddy

About 10,000 in Mandalay rally in support of charter amendment
About 10,000 people marched in Mandalay on Sunday to welcome the proposals for amending the 2008 Constitution that have been submitted to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union).
— Myanmar Times

Foreign investors eyeing Rakhine State: DICA
Foreign investors are interested in the energy, hotel and marine sectors in Rakhine State, said Thant Zin Lwin, Acting Director-General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA)
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar: Lift Internet-Blackout in Rakhine and Chin States
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi should immediately lift an internet blackout that the government has imposed for more than one month in western Myanmar, Fortify Rights said today.
— Scoop

Bigger border business
The Thailand-Myanmar border bridge gate is seen from the Myanmar side of Myawaddy town, Karen State, in 2014. Border trade between October 1 and July 5 of the current fiscal year has totaled US$8 billion, which is up by around 17 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Myanmar Times

Insurgents fire rockets at navy boats in Myanmar
An insurgent group of the Arakan Army (AA) has fired two rockets at three government naval boats in Myanmar’s Rakhine state with no casualties or damage caused, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services on Monday.
— Xinhua

UN envoy visits, focuses on human rights
Christine Schraner-Burgener, the United Nations special envoy for Myanmar, completed her scheduled trip to Myanmar on Thursday.
— Myanmar Times

Experts discuss sustainability in Myanmar’s diverse ecosystems
A workshop on disseminating skills and information for conducting community-based forest conservation in regions with different agricultural systems was held at Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Deputy Director-General U Kyaw Kyaw Lwin first delivered opening remarks.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Suu Kyi should learn from US sanctions on Myanmar military leaders over Rohingya: The Statesman
In its editorial, the paper praises US President Donald Trump’s administration for being the first country to publicly take action against Myanmar military leaders, but questions if the sanctions will lessen the persecution of Rohingyas.
— The Straits Times

12 years later, Rohingya from Myanmar arrested in Assam
A Rohingya from Myanmar has been arrested in Assam 12 years after he had infiltrated into India.
— New Indian Express

A chat with – Jean Curci – Rolling the dice in Myanmar’s niche market
From living in a plethora of places in Asia to a swarthy portfolio of work experiences from scuba diving to game development, it seems Jean Curci has dipped his toes everything there is.
— Eleven Myanmar

Honour to be given for UNESCO award to Bagan
A ceremony will be held today to honour individuals and the relevant organizations for their efforts to win recognition by UNESCO to Bagan as a World Heritage Site.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Military Investigating Itself Over Civilian Deaths
Rakhine State lawmaker U Tun Tha Sein said locals will not be able to trust a court of inquiry containing only military officials.
— Irrawaddy

Coffee industry expands as overseas demand rises
The Myanmar coffee industry has been developing rapidly in recent years and specialty coffee beans from the country is becoming well-known globally.
— Myanmar Times

Government members and cabinet ministers become conceited
Government members and cabinet ministers achieved positions not because of their brilliant performance, but because of the support of the people to NLD.
— Eleven Myanmar

Agency to offer food safety courses
The Ministry of Education’s Department of Research and Innovation will conduct five basic food safety, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) training sessions to help spread awareness of proper food handling procedures, food hazards, monitoring techniques, corrective actions, and recordkeeping for foodservice operations in Yangon in September, a senior department official said.
— Myanmar Times

High demand for chilli seeds triple the price in Monywa
With the number of chilli growers having increased this year, the demand for chilli seeds surpassed its supply, thereby hiking the price from K8,000 to K30,000 per packet, said U Soe Lwin, deputy chairman of the Sagaing Region Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

State Counsellor met by protesting students
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi faced a protest by about 20 students from the Student Union of Yangon University when she attended the swearing-in ceremony for the head of the Myanmar Scout Federation held at the university on Saturday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Top Officials Banned From Entering The U.S.A.
The U.S. have banned Myanmar’s top general, several senior officers and their families from entering the States, in response to accusations of gross violations of human rights against Rohingya Muslims.
— The OWP

Kungyangon flourishes after Old Thakhut River expansion
By Shin Min Thakhut River or Pathein River strecthes 27 miles from Yangon River to Toe River while passing through Kawhmu and Kungyangon townships. Once carrying boats and ships along its flow, the shrunken river now flows only as far as Kama Kani Village in Kawhmu Township, 6.5 miles from Yangon River.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Traditional Myanmar music lives on
Traditional Southeast Asian music is as rich as it is varied, and Myanmar is no exception.
— Myanmar Times

Securing safe health services
Adequate water, sanitation and hygiene in all health facilities is critical to patient and health worker safety. Here’s how to secure it Health care facilities are many and varied. Some are tertiary; others are primary.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Votive tablets in Sri Ksetra
By Maung Tha (Archaeology) Buddha images can be seen at religious edifices such as pagodas and monasteries where members of the Sangha stay in Myanmar where the majority of the people follow the Theravada Buddhism.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Army Officer, 2 Navy Personnel Killed in AA Rocket Attack in Rakhine
Tatmadaw has yet to comment on ethnic group’s claim; AA says it struck naval vessels on a river in Myebon Township.
— Irrawaddy

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 13th regular session holds third-day meeting
By Mawsi, Hmwe Kyuzin The third-day meeting of the Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 13th regular session was held at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


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