Myanmar morning news for March 12

Myanmar morning news for March 12

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar’s growth slowed by Rohingya crisis
In a vast convention centre in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s sprawling and eerily empty capital, prospective investors listened politely as local companies pitched opportunities and government officials spoke of the country’s vast economic potential.
— The Asean Post

Myanmar, Thailand border commerce hit 1.Four bln USD in 1st half of FY 2018-19
Border trade between Myanmar and Thailand totaled about 1.4 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2018-2019 which started in October last year, according to the figures from Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce Saturday.
— Brinkwire

More investments needed for expansion in food-processing industry
The Myanmar processed food industry needs more investment support in order to develop further, U Aye Win, chair of the Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association, told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Government, EAOs to negotiate resumption of peace talks
A government delegation led by U Khin Zaw Oo, Secretary of the Peace Commission, met informally with ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, over the course of three days last week to negotiate resuming their participation in formal dialogues with the government and Tatmadaw for Myanmar’s peace process.
— Mizzima

Myanmar ‘needs to lower transport costs for travellers’
The government should address high transportation costs in the country to attract more tourists, the head of a local entertainment company said on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

Tanintharyi Chief Minister Arrested on Bribery, Corruption Charges
Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Daw Lei Lei Maw was arrested on bribery and corruption charges in Dawei on Sunday, according to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar aviation slows a mite
Myanmar’s aviation market suffered a slowdown in growth in 2018 following a decade of positive passenger traffic.
— TTR Weekly

EME invests in Myanmar’s BPO company Lan Thit Masterpiece
In addition to BPO services, Lan Thit Masterpiece also offers market research, customer surveys, ground marketing, and social media management.
— Yahoo News

Myanmar, Ukrainian firm ink arms plant deal – media
A Ukrainian company and the Myanmar military have signed a joint-venture agreement to build a plant capable of manufacturing armored personnel carriers (APCs) and self-propelled howitzers, the Myanmar website The Irrawaddy reports.
— Unian

Will China decide the future of Myanmar’s rivers?
Chinese companies are pushing to resume destructive dam projects, ignoring a key assessment.
— Eco-business

Yunnan vows new anti-drug drive, to build more diversified network
The province of Yunnan, a major front in China’s anti-drug campaign as it borders the Golden Triangle known for drug production and trafficking, has vowed to launch a new round in the war on drugs and recruit more special border police to safeguard stability.
— Mizzima

Ethnic insurgents step up attacks against police force in Myanmar western state
An ethnic insurgent group, the Arakan Army (AA), has attacked a boat carrying policemen in Yathedaung township, Myanmar’s Rakhine state, leaving one policeman missing, according to the Myanmar Police Force Monday.
— Xinhua

NCA signatories to meet with Government negotiators
The 10 ethnic armed organizations that have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) have decided to meet with government peace negotiators after one of the groups voiced deep dissatisfaction with the country’s peace process, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

Policemen killed in Myanmar attack
Nine policemen have been killed in a militant attack in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, police said on Sunday, as tensions ratchet up in a state riven by ethnic and religious conflict.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Measles that needs 20-hour monitoring
Measles is an airborne disease which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of infected people. It may also be spread through contact with saliva or nasal secretions and sharing living space with an infected person.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Solid waste management is everyone’s business
Waste not, want not. This old saying rings true even today, as global leaders and local communities alike increasingly call for a fix for the ‘throw-away culture’. But beyond individuals and households, the issue of waste also represents a broader challenge that affects human health and livelihoods, the environment, and welfare.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

North chokes on toxic haze largely from Myanmar fires
THE NORTH was once again choking under dangerous levels of PM2.5 dust particles yesterday. For instance, tambon Wiang Phang Kham in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district cited the day’s peak at 128 micrograms (mcg) per cubic metre of air, more than double the Thai safety limit of 50mcg. As of 11am, the district also hit 238 in its Air Quality Index score (AQI), more than double the safety limit of 100.
— The Nation (very annoying popup)

56th Myanmar Gems Emporium starts
The 56th Myanmar Gems Emporium is due to start in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw today, expecting to attract over 2,600 gems merchants from China, Thailand, Australia and the United States, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

Church-run education center helps create a better future for Myanmar
About 130 young Catholics are currently taking a 3-year residential course at the Mandalay Archdiocesan Higher-Education Center.
— UCA News

RecyGlo cleans up in recycling
Coloured waste bins line the walls of RecyGlo’s office in Yangon. Blue is for paper, red for plastic, green for aluminium and black for general waste.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Myitsone Dam Dilemma
As the unpopular project sits in limbo, the government has to choose between upsetting China and enraging its own people.
— The Diplomat

Metro Wholesale gears up for Myanmar expansion based on digital technology
DRIVEN by big potential in Myanmar’s food wholesale industry, Metro AG, a leading German wholesale company with operations in 36 countries, will expand its business in the nation, say the firm’s senior executives.
— The Nation (very annoying popup)

Buyers in Singapore snap up US$6 million worth of Myanmar property
Myanmar citizens based in Singapore snapped up US$6 million worth of apartments and condominium units in Yangon at a two-day real estate fair held in the city state earlier this month.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar: New land law could have disastrous impact on ethnic minorities
A UN expert has expressed grave concerns about the implementation of a new land law in Myanmar, affecting a third of the country, and the disastrous implications for traditional farming communities in ethnic minority regions.
— Reliefweb

ICC officials visit Bangladesh to look into Myanmar case – UN investigator
Officials from the International Criminal Court are in Bangladesh as part of a preliminary examination of whether a prosecution over the alleged deportations of Rohingya could be mounted, a U.N human rights investigator said on Monday.
— Trust


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