Myanmar morning news for March 20

Myanmar morning news for March 20

Myanmar morning newsIndustry proposes reducing visa restrictions for western tourists
Discussions will be made with the relevant departments to reduce visa restrictions on western travelers, said U Yan Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation.
— Myanmar Times

Tourism, infrastructure collateral damage in Rakhine fighting
Just weeks after State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi touted Rakhine tourism and infrastructure development as promising sectors for investment, a new spate of violence between the Tatmadaw (military) and the ethnic armed group Arakan Army (AA) has travel and construction businesses gravely worried about security in the area.
— Myanmar Times

Electricity charges to rise as power reaches half of all households by November
The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has arranged to expand electricity supply to cover 50 percent of all households in the country by November, said U Soe Myint, deputy permanent secretary of the MOEE.
— Myanmar Times

About 150 tons of cabbage exported daily to Thailand via Myawady
About 150 tons of cabbage are being sent to Thailand every day through the Myawady border gate, according to traders in the Bayintnaung vegetable market in Myawady Town.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Developing Rakhine’s salt industry and a market for salt products
Among the kitchen ingredients people use in the kitchen, none are as basic or widely used as the noble salt. Salt is an essential nutrient for humans and animals as it contains the chemical sodium that helps nerves and muscles, including the heart, to function correctly.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar suspends pork import to forestall African Swine Fever outbreak
Myanmar has announced suspending the import of pork and pork-related products from foreign countries suffering from the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks.
— Brinkwire

MCEA asks gov’t to enact Apartment Law
The Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA) said it has asked the government to enact the Apartment Law.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Poor harvesting techniques hamper avocado prices
Avacado growers in Myanmar are suffering from poor prices for their crops due to poor harvesting techniques, says an industry representative.
— Myanmar Times

Local gold price likely to fall: traders
With gold prices registering a downward trend in the global market, the price of gold in the domestic market is expected to remain low, said U Ohn Myaing, the General Secretary of the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Coast, Caves and Island Treasures—Destination Guide to Myanmar’s Deep South
Kawthoung is the city located at the southernmost tip of Myanmar and a quick boat across the water from Thailand’s Ranong. It bustles with trade and tourism and crowds come from Thailand and beyond every day to get a taste of the nearby Myeik Archipelago. The leafy park above the coast road at Victoria Point features a giant statue of King Bayintnaung wielding his sword towards Thailand. This is also a great spot for views across the busy harbor below.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar military court to probe Rohingya atrocity allegations
Myanmar’s army said on Monday it had set up a military court to investigate its conduct during a crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in 2017 that forced more than 730,000 to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.
— The Daily Star

German wholesaler Metro bets on Myanmar’s hospitality sector
German wholesaler Metro has opened a massive logistics center near Yangon serving hotels and eateries, betting on the industries’ growth as tourist traffic from other parts of Asia picks up.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Controversial land law threatens Myanmar ethnic communities
Millions of people in Myanmar face the possibility of having no legal rights over their land if they do not meet a deadline for land claim applications.
— UCA News

Myanmar: Loh presses refresh at UAB
The new chief executive was hired to modernize Myanmar’s struggling United Amara Bank – in a year, he has got rid of the old guard and fired up the business.
— Euro Money

Myanmar, US experts join forces in fight against fall armyworm
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation and United States agricultural experts are working together to mitigate the spread of fall armyworm, the US Embassy said in a statement.
— Myanmar Times

Singaporean couple jailed for ‘worst of its kind’ abuse of Myanmar maid
A Singaporean couple was on Monday jailed for abusing a Myanmar maid after the pair force-fed her with a funnel, made her eat her own vomit and threatened to kill her family if she reported the maltreatment.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar steps up efforts to double overall capacity by 2021
Aspiring full electrification by 2030, the Government of Myanmar has vowed to fast-track several gas-fired power projects as it aims to add some 3,000 MW to effectively double the country’s installed capacity over the next two to three years. Realizing this plan comes with a price tag of $5.16 billion, according to estimates by Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE).
— Gas to Power Journal

Myanmar navy conducts military exercise in Bay of Bengal
Myanmar navy has conducted a combined fleet exercise – sea shield 2019 in the Bay of Bengal, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

VoD company to launch sports channel in Myanmar
Malaysia-based Video on Demand (VoD) service iflix has partnered with a linear channel focusing on North American sports to make it available in Myanmar, C21media reported.
— Mizzima

Govt worries about child sex abuse as tourism rises
Reports of child sex abuse are growing along with the country’s tourism industry, and all government agencies must take steps to prevent it, a hotel and tourism official said on Monday.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon’s election: a democratic milestone?
Yangon’s municipal authority is giving democracy a try. The vote could bring local government much closer to the people, but some worry it’s being rushed.
— Frontier Myanmar

Vallourec Bags PTTEP Contract in Myanmar
Thailand’s national oil exploration & production company PTT Exploration & Production PLC (PTTEP) has awarded French contractor Vallourec a contract to deliver over 3,000 tons of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) for a challenging offshore project in Myanmar.
— Oedigital

NLD proposes to reduce the ratio of military MPs in parliament
The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) Party proposed to reduce the inclusion ratio of defence service personnel representatives in parliament beginning the next term of parliament, at the meeting of the Joint Constitutional Amendment Committee, according to a committee member.
— Eleven Myanmar

Bogyoke Aung San Museum is now disabled-friendly
Officials from the Bogyoke Aung San Museum in Yangon recetly announced measures instituted to make museum friendly to persons with disabilities.
— Myanmar Times

Aye Maung, Wai Hin Aung handed 20-year sentences for high treason
A court in Sittwe on Tuesday sentenced prominent lawmaker Dr Aye Maung and author Wai Hin Aung to 20 years’ imprisonment for speeches given at a public event in Rakhine State early last year.
— Frontier Myanmar

Is New Yangon City Project to be controlled by the CCCC or a foreign company with a threat to sovereignty, really needed?
At the invitation of New Yangon Development Company (NYDC), I attended a talk about the NYDC Town Hall-2 held under the directive of Yangon Region Government on March 6. I was one of four panelists including the NYDC’s CEO U Thein Wai or Serge Pun, Chair of the Green Motherland Development Association U Win Myo Thu and Director of Sandhi Governance Institute U Khine Win.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar security forces continue operation against insurgent group in western state
Myanmar security forces continued to launch offensives against an ethnic insurgent group in western Rakhine state days after an ambush, the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Controversial security firm moving into Myanmar
The Frontier Service Group (FSG), founded by former US military contractor Eric Prince, is moving into Myanmar to provide security services for Chinese and other foreign investors, the Myanmar Times reported on March 19.
— Asia Times


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