Myanmar morning news for July 5

Myanmar morning news for July 5

Myanmar morning newsBoost for LNG-to-power as Myanmar ups tariffs
The electricity tariff rises that took effect in Myanmar on Monday were higher than industry players expected, sending a strong signal that the government is willing to address the power supply crisis gripping the Southeast Asian nation. Myanmar’s stalled LNG-to-power projects are more likely to proceed as a result.
— Interfaxenergy

Domestic fuel prices rise by three percent in ten days
Global oil prices reached US$59 per barrel (14 percent increased within three weeks) making domestic fuel prices to rise by around three percent within ten days, according to fuel stations.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar counts on tourism surge after eased visa restrictions come in
Khine Kyaw The Nation Yangon Myanmar expects to receive more visitors this year after eased visa restrictions for Western tourists take effect in October, a senior official said.
–The Nation

YCDC plans to open Yangon City Hall as a public place
Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is planning to open Yangon City Hall as a public place, said Hlaing Maw Oo, secretary of the YCDC.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanma Port Authority collecting rent from just two of nine Yangon water bus terminals
Of the nine port terminals of the Yangon Water Bus service, the Myanma Port Authority is collecting rent from just two, said U Bo Soe, the Assistant General Manager of the port authority. “We are collecting rent of K700,000 per month from the No4 and Lanthit terminals.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Chinese cattle breeder invests in Myanmar, plans to export
The Myanmar Invest Commission (MIC) last month permitted China’s Kangrui Agriculture & Livestock Development Company to invest in the raising of cattle in Myanmar. The investment will involve an injection of US$37 million in funds. A breeding facility will be established in Mahlaing Township, Mandalay Region.
— Myanmar times

Formation of new ministry is not intended for 2020 election: Region Minister
The formation of the Ministry of Immigration and Human Resources is not intended for the 2020 election and aims to take basic population census in all regions and states, said Moe Moe Su Kyi, the newly-appointed Yangon Region Minister for Immigration and Human Resources.
— Eleven Myanmar

Smart cards to be issued to all YBS drivers this month: YRTA
All drivers employed with YBS bus lines will be given smart cards this month, said U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw, Managing Director, Yangon Region Transport Authority. “We expect to complete issuance of smart cards to YBS drivers in July,” he said, adding there are more than 5,000 drivers who have applied for smart cards.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The global Rohingya diaspora throws lifelines to Bangladesh and Myanmar
Diasporas can play a significant role in the development and politics of their countries of origin.
— The Conversation

Myanmar targets US travel market
Myanmar’s tourism leaders are reaching out to the US travel market by cementing closer ties with the powerful American Society of Travel Advisors.
— TTR Weekly

‘Systematic failure’ of UN in Myanmar, says UN official
A UN official said Wednesday there was a “systemic failure” of the UN in Myanmar and it also included the failure of the member states.
— Brinkwire

Man dies after ‘custody abuse’ in Myanmar’s Rakhine
A detainee in Myanmar’s Rakhine state died from injuries allegedly sustained in custody, his family said, as the army wages war against rebels in the same area which saw the 2017 mass expulsion of Rohingya Muslims.
— The Daily Star

Myanmar establishes diplomatic ties with Benin
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Myanmar established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Benin as of July 2nd .
— Eleven Myanmar

Assamese delegation in Mandalay to explore opportunities
The Mandalay-Sagaing metropolitan region could be the hub for joint venture investments between Myanmar and Indian businesses from Assam, in northeast India.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar deserves a tit-for-tat answer for its audacious role
MYANMAR security forces and insurgents are committing human rights violations against civilians in restive western states that may amount to fresh war crimes.
— The Daily New Nation

ICC prosecutor seeks Rohingya probe of crimes against humanity
The International Criminal Court prosecutor has filed a request with judges to open a formal investigation of crimes against humanity allegedly committed against Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, AP reported.
— RT

Kayah Farmers Continue Military Protest, Now in Silence
Farmers protested military land seizures in Demoso Township on Thursday. “It is undemocratic when [they] do not listen,” said one–so they protested in silence instead.
— Irrawaddy

FMI weighed down by lacklustre market
Overall market weakness is the reason why First Myanmar Investment Public Company Limited’s (FMI) shares have performed poorly on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX).
— Myanmar times

Myanmar expected to see tourism boost
Myanmar expects to receive more visitors this year after eased visa restrictions for Western tourists take effect in October, Thailand’s The Nation reported quoting a senior official.
— Mizzima

Meal Temple Group invests in Myanmar with Freshgora
Meal Temple Group, the leading startup in food delivery and logistics in Cambodia and Laos is continuing its expansion in the region by partnering FreshGora.com in Myanmar, after raising seed stage funds less than a year ago.
— Retail News

H1N1 Death Toll Reaches 26 Nationwide
Yangon reports most fatalities at 22; 114 confirmed cases throughout the country.
— Irrawaddy

Permanent Representative of Myanmar to United Nations in Geneva makes statement at Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar during 41st Session of Human Rights Council
An Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar was held on 2-7-2019 during the 41st Session of Human Rights Council from 24-6-2019 to 12-7-2019 in Geneva.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Higher tariffs still welcome if power supply is regular, investors say
Despite higher electricity prices, if businesses are able to enjoy a regular, uninterrupted supply of power, the move is still welcome as most will still be commercially viable, some investors said.
— Myanmar times

Central Committee, work committees meet for holding Hluttaw meetings
The central committee and work committees on holding Hluttaw meetings held a coordination meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday in preparation for legislation works in the regular sessions of the Hluttaws which would be resumed on 15 July.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

In Myanmar, Methamphetamine, Synthetic Drug Production Soars
Think narco state and you probably think South America. But Myanmar is fast becoming the world’s biggest producer of methamphetamine and synthetic drugs – making the industry the most lucrative business in Southeast Asia.
— NPR

Kachin State sees rising number of drug addicts
There are an estimated 83,000 drug addicts in the conflict-hit border areas as well as jade and gold mining sites in Kachin State. The number of drug addicts in the region rises every year, according to the National Drug Abuse Control Program.
— Eleven Myanmar

12 More Chin Abductees Escaped AA Captors Last Month: Rights Group
They were among 54 villagers taken to Bangladesh border by AA in Feb.; armed group says it moved them for their own safety; escapees say one woman died while being held.
— Irrawaddy

Bangkok Airways Passenger Service System (PSS) to be unavailable on 13-14 July
Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited announces that its Passenger Service System (PSS) including Reservations, Ticketing, Inventory, and Departure Control System, will be unavailable between 13 July 2019 at 7 p.m.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

‘Rakhine Life Matters’ Protesters Sought by Police in Sittwe
Group staged a rally calling for peace and justice in a park in the Rakhine State capital following recent deaths of civilians in army custody amid torture allegations.
— Irrawaddy

Monetary assistance provided to 13 relief camps in MraukU
Officials from the Disaster Management Department, under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, distributed monetary assistance to people at 13 relief camps in some wards of MraukU Town, Rakhine State, on Wednesday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Oxley Holdings negotiates with MR to upgrade Yangon central train station
Oxley Holdings is in negotiation with Myanma Railways (MR) to implement US$2.5 billion worth Yangon Central Train station redevelopment project and is expected to sign the agreement by 2020, said its director Tin Maung Tun.
— Eleven Myanmar

Bogyoke Aung San Museum being renovated ahead of Martyrs’ Day
The Bogyoke Aung San Museum in Bahan Township of Yangon is undergoing special renovations in preparation for Martyrs’ Day, which falls on 19 July. Work is on at the upper floor of the museum, which was shut down for maintenance, so that it can be opened to visitors this year.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Union Election Commission holds Press conference
Union Election Commission held a press conference concerning the coming 2020 general elections at the UEC in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning. Present there were Union Election Commission members U Tin Hla,U Myint Naing, U Than Htay, U Sein Nyut, U Thet Tun, officials of commission office and 49 reporters from 31 media.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

 

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