Myanmar morning news for March 27

Myanmar morning news for March 27

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar’s top court hears Reuters reporters’ appeal in official secrets case
Myanmar’s Supreme Court heard the appeal on Tuesday of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, in a case that has raised questions about Myanmar’s progress towards democracy.
— Reuters

Lower imports drag maritime trade down $107 mln
The value of Myanmar’s maritime trade for the period between 1 October, 2018 and 15 March, 2019 in the current fiscal year totalled US$11 billion, a decrease of $107.46 million compared with the corresponding period of the previous FY, according to data provided by the Ministry of Commerce.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Rice traders ask govt to negotiate with Chinese traders
Rice traders from Myanmar requested the government to intervene in negotiations between them and Yunnan government as well as Chinese traders as about 50,000 tons of rice remains stuck in Muse to be exported to China, sources said.
— Eleven Myanmar

New general cargo and container wharf at Thilawa Port to expand
A new general cargo and container wharf, built by overseas development assistance (ODA) loan from Japan, at Thilawa Port will be expanded, according to Ministry of Transport and Communications.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar grants more permernent residency applications for economic development
Myanmar authorities have granted 54 more permanent residency applications in the country, according to the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

ANRPC workshop on natural rubber industry held in Dawei
Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) workshop was held yesterday in Dawei with the aim of developing the natural rubber industry. The workshop focused on supply-demand and modelling of natural rubber.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Summit to deliver insights on Myanmar insurance market opportunities
In a long-awaited move, foreign insurance providers have finally been given the green light to operate in Myanmar, according to a press release.
— Mizzima

Untimely harvesting damages reputation of popular fruit
Fruit wholesalers based at the Muse 105th Mile Trade Zone are advising growers to only harvest Sein Ta Lone mangoes when they are properly ripe.
— Myanmar Times

Aviation authorities continue to expand the cargo terminal at YIA
Aviation authorities are continuing the expansion of the new cargo terminal owned by Mingalardon Cargo Services (MCS) at Yangon International Airport (YIA), sources said.
— Eleven Myanmar

Hantharwady International Airport back on radar
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) will conduct a field study on the construction of Hantharwady International Airport in Bago, according to deputy director U Zaw Min on March 21, during a meeting on crop compensation for farmers living within the vicinity of the project site.
— Myanmar Times

480 applicants granted permanent residency in Myanmar over past four years
Some 480 applicants out of 593 were granted permanent residency in Myanmar during the past four years as of March 21 since the country started accepting such application in January 2015, the Information Ministry said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Mandalay newspaper gives children a taste for mass media
The Thissara community hall in Shwe Laung Nyunt ward of Aung Myay Tharzan township in Mandalay Region becomes a busy place with children during the summer holidays after final exams.
— Myanmar Times

Telenor Myanmar expanded its service in Malaysia and Singapore
Telenor Myanmar, a subsidiary of the Norwegian Telenor Group, expanded its non-stop international data roaming service to Malaysia and Singapore, the countries that Telenor Myanmar’s customers travel commonly, according to Telenor Myanmar’s press release on 13 March 2019.
— Scandasia

Traffic, garbage and drainage the top concerns in Yangon, say election hopefuls
Traffic management, garbage collection, drainage and land tenure were named as the main concerns of Yangon residents at a panel discussion to promote the municipal election on March 31.
— Frontier Myanmar

Network opposing dam project to be set up
A nationwide network seeking an end to the Myitsone Dam project will be set up on April 1.
— Myanmar Times

4.4-magnitude quake jolts eastern Myanmar
A 4.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Myanmar’s eastern Shan state on Tuesday, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.
— Xinhua

YSX-listed FMI sells aviation unit stake to SPA for $5.2m in intra-group deal
YSX-listed First Myanmar Investment Public Co Ltd has sold its 10 per cent equity in FMI Air Limited to SPA Aviation Holdings Limited for K7.9 billion ($5.19 million), according to its filing on March 22.
— DealStreetAsia

Putrajaya consistent in helping Rohingyas, says minister
MALAYSIA will always be firm and vocal on issues involving oppression of the Rohingya community in Myanmar and consistent in helping the refugees from being denied their rights, said Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.
— The Malaysia Insight

Secretariat for sale?
After a scandal over a planned night market at the Secretariat complex, fears are growing that Yangon’s premier heritage site will be lost to commercialisation.
— Frontier Myanmar

Peace Bike Tour 2019 to kick off on March 27
The 1,500-mile long Peace Bike Tour 2019 will commence on March 27 and despite its name, the event is not for staging a protest, said organizers at the press conference.
— Eleven Myanmar

4 killed, 8 injured in passenger bus crash in southern Myanmar
Four people were killed and eight others injured after a passenger bus crashed in Myanmar’s southern Bago region, said the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Former Taninthayi Region chief minister, three GGS Co officials charged with corruption
Taninthayi Region High Court has started prosecuting four persons including former Chief Minister Dr Le Le Maw, arrested and charged for corruption.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar military denies random attacks in Mrauk-U
The Myanmar military’s recent clashes with the Arakan Army (AA) in northern Rakhine state, including shooting and shelling incidents in Mrauk-U township, were counter-insurgency measures against the rebel fighters, according to RFA.
— BNI Online

Merchants request AQSIQ certificates for exports to China
A request has been submitted to the government to arrange for General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) registration for agricultural, livestock, marine and industrial products exported to China as soon as possible, according to U Ko Ko Gyi, member of the border trade promotion working committee of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
— Myanmar Times

Sea Lion launches US$10 million storage, logistics facility
Sea Lion , which provides services in healthcare, biomedical, life science, technical education and industrial automation in Myanmar, yesterday opened a Distribution Solutions Centre worth US$10 million to improve supply chain efficiency and to and to fulfill rising and changing demands of customers in Kyan Sitt Thar Industrial Zone, South Dagon Township, Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

UN weighs assisting with refugee island relocation plan
The United Nations said Monday it was examining how to assist Bangladesh in relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island despite warnings it could trigger fresh humanitarian upheaval.
— Mizzima

Public participation key for turning Yangon into a clean and pleasant city
Citizens can now cast votes in advance for the Yangon City Development Committee elections, scheduled for 31 March.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Tatmadaw likens Arakan Army demands to ‘a child daydreaming’
The Tatmadaw has blamed the Arakan Army for an escalation in fighting in Rakhine State, with military spokespeople accusing the armed group of harming civilians and labelling its demands “impossible”.
— Frontier Myanmar

Rakhine people need not to be pawns of AA, Tatmadaw says
Tatmadaw (Defence Services) True News Team said at the press conference that since the Arakan Army (AA) was shooting and attacking security forces and columns of Tatmadaw by taking cover behind Rakhine people in Rakhine State, these people need to be careful and not be exploited by AA.
— Mizzima

China willing to work with other LMC countries to implement cooperation projects: ambassador to Myanmar
China is willing to work with the other five member countries of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) to plan, design and implement the cooperation projects, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Interview: ‘People Have Lost Faith in The Democratic Transition’
The Arakan National Party (ANP) received a blow last week when its leader Aye Maung was sentenced to 20 years in prison for high treason to be served concurrently with an additional two-year term for defamation of the state for a speech he made in January 2018 in Myanmar’s volatile Rakhine state.
— Radio Free Asia

Private firm launches sport initiative in Myanmar amid surging demand
IN RESPONSE to the surging demand for sports events in major cities, a group of young entrepreneurs have come together to establish a company named LA Sports and Entertainment Co to encourage the new blood in Myanmar’s sports scenario, according to Aung Ye Maung Maung, the firm’s managing director.
–The Nation (very annoying popup)

Discussion held on draft National Strategic Plan for Youth Policy
A discussion on draft National Strategic Plan for Youth Policy was held at Mingala Thiri Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

 

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