Myanmar morning news for March 14

Myanmar morning news for March 14

Myanmar morning news

Renewed calls for constitutional change in Myanmar’s ‘military-state’
Constitutional change was a 2015 election campaign promise of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) and Aung San Suu Kyi. As the 2020 elections loom large, they are now revisiting the proposal to recapture the attention and support of the people.
— East Asia Forum

MoU on official rice exports to China to be signed soon
Under a program between Myanmar’s Yangon and China’s Kunming, a Memorandum of Understanding on official rice exports to China will be signed soon, said U Aung Htoo, Deputy Minister of Commerce. “We plan to sign the MoU for the export of rice and broken rice to China by this month or next. Negotiations are at the final level now,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Local fuel prices soar amidst the increase of global oil price
Fuel prices are increased by Ks80 per liter in compared with the prices on February 12 due to the increase of global oil price, according to fuel stations.
— Eleven Myanmar

Chinese courier takes stake in Yoma’s logistics arm
China’s largest listed courier firm is to take a minority stake in Yoma Strategic’s logistics business to tap into growing border trade with Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Pig, pork product imports remain suspended as swine fever continues to spread
Myanmar continues to restrict imports of pigs and pork products following an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in neighbouring China and other countries, according to the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
— Myanmar Times

Rohingya Repatriation: Doubt lingers as conflict flares up in Myanmar
Uncertainty over Rohingya repatriation is likely to stay as conflict between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army in Rakhine has escalated since early January, say experts.
— The Daily Star

Survey finds 37% of families can’t afford health emergency
More than 35 percent of Myanmar households are not ready to shell out K200,000 (US$130) for emergency health care, according to Asia Foundation’s City Life Survey 2018.
— Myanmar Times

15 more illegal Myanmar migrant workers repatriated from Thailand
Fifteen more illegal Myanmar migrant workers have been repatriated under the arrangement of Thai and Myanmar authorities, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population Wednesday.

MoneyGram and MCB announce money transfer services
MoneyGram and Myanmar Citizens Bank (MCB), have announced an agreement to provide money transfer send services at every MCB bank location in Myanmar. According to a statement, consumers can send money from 42 branches to any MoneyGram location in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
— Mizzima

“Sparing no one in fighting corruption”: Myanmar official media
Myanmar’s official media “the Global New Light of Myanmar” stressed on Wednesday the importance of “sparing no one in fighting corruption” notwithstanding their roles in the government machinery under law.
— Xinhua

Puma Energy threatens legal action on trademark infringement
Singapore oil company Puma Energy is officially prohibiting the use of its trademark, name and logo in Myanmar after a local petrol station began branding itself as Puma Power and displaying a logo that is almost identical to the former’s in the local market.
— Myanmar Times

Sida supports UNDP Myanmar on Situation Analysis of Region report
Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) assisted United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar to launch its report on Situation Analysis of Region and State Hluttaw.
— Scandasia

YBS card payment system to come online within six months
A ceremony to sign Yangon Payment Service Co Ltd (YPS) owned by Yangon Region Government and Asia Starmar Transport Intelligent Co Ltd was held at Yangon Region government office on March 12, with an address by Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.
— Eleven Myanmar

Big future for bicycles in Yangon
After being employed at a new job for eight months in an office in Tamwe, Yangon, Ko Tin Htoo Aung decided to buy an e-bike.
— Myanmar Times

Fish farming licence arrears amount to K150 mln: officials
Arrears of fish breeders defaulting on license fees have piled up to more than K150 million, according to the Yangon Region Fisheries Department. Of the total arrears, breeders in Twantay Town account for over K100 million. The Fisheries Department has announced that it will take legal action …
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

International School Yangon to open Nay Pyi Taw campus
The International School Yangon will open its new campus in Nay Pyi Taw in September, said Gregory Hedger, the school’s director.
— Myanmar Times

Frontiir: Building a profitable Wi-Fi ISP in Myanmar at 5% the cost of cellular
Unsure of what Wi-Fi can do at scale to connect the unconnected? A WISP startup in Myanmar may finally convince you. Frontiir has built a profitable Wi-Fi-based ISP serving up uncapped quality Internet access for $3 a month. And the whole thing costs a tiny fraction of cellular to build, say the founders.
— Wifi now events

Local coffee growers marginally hit by falling prices
A drop in global coffee prices has affected Myanmar’s coffee growers, says U Min Hlaing, secretary of Myanmar Coffee Association. Depending on the type of coffee, the price has dropped to around US$ 500 a tonne, he said.
— Myanmar Times

Setting the trend in agri-tech
AMID surging demand for technology in Myanmar’s agriculture sector which involves a majority of its population, young entrepreneurs at Greenovator Co have set their heart on playing a leading role in the nation’s agri-tech, according to Yin YinPhyu, the firm’s co-founder and director of operations.
— Eleven Myanmar

KIA releases 60 villagers
The Kachin Independence Army’s (KIA) has released nearly 60 Ta’ang and Lahu ethnic people it had detained in a village in in Myanmar’s northern Shan state in early March, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

Union Minister U Kyaw Tin attends 9th Meeting of Myanmar-Viet Nam Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation
The Myanmar delegation led by Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin arrived back Yangon yesterday evening after attending the 9th Meeting of Myanmar -Viet Nam Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) held from 11 to 12 March in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The 9th JCBC meeting was …
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister relieved of duty
Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Lae Lae Maw was relieved of her duty on Monday, Xinhua reported quoting an order of the President’s Office.
— Mizzima

Yangon activists kick off clean beach campaign
Enviromental activists on Tuesday kicked off the Clean Yangon Campaign to collect trash on the beach, underscoring the importance of marine biodiversity and reducing sea pollution.
— Myanmar Times

State Counsellor attends event to mark Pa-O National Day in Nay Pyi Taw
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended a ceremony to welcome the 70th Pa-O National Day in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday evening. Also present at the ceremony at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-II were Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U T Khun Myat, Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing …
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s largest and most-populated city has changed at breakneck speed since the country started opening up to visitors around 2012. Since the democratic elections in 2015, sanctions have been lifted, shopping malls have been built, and smartphone shops have sprung up all over the city—although Myanmar only got its first internet connections in 2000.
— Roads and Kingdoms

On Anniversary of Students’ Deaths, Suu Kyi Says Democracy a Work in Progress
In a message honoring the two who were shot dead by police at Rangoon Institute of Technology 31 years ago, she urges the nation to learn the lessons of their sacrifice.
— Irrawaddy

Third day of Gems Emporium adds pearl lots sales to 269
The 56th Gems Emporium continued its third day yesterday and sold 91 pearl lots, combining with previous sales to make a total of 269 lots sold under the open tender system.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

USDP Lawmaker Proposes Abolishing Charter Amendment Committee
U Thaung Aye told Parliament that a committee now discussing potential amendments to the Constitution should be abolished because it was in violation of the law.
— Irrawaddy

Take Statue Down by March 17 or We Will, Activists Warn Kayah Gov’t
Karenni rights advocates issue deadline for dismantling Gen. Aung San monument in a letter to state officials.
— Irrawaddy


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