Myanmar morning news for March 4

Myanmar morning news for March 4

Myanmar morning newsRural areas to receive electricity powered by renewable sources: Minister
Rural areas far from the national grid will get electricity through renewable energy sources, says Minister of Electricity and Energy U Win Khine.
— Myanmar Times

Rakhine State has lowest workforce, highest unemployment rate: survey
Despite having abundant natural resources such as a vast oil and gas deposits, Rakhine State has the lowest workforce and the highest unemployment rate among all other states and regions in Myanmar, according to an investment opportunity survey for the state.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar-Thailand bilateral trade up 5.5% in Q1
Myanmar-Thailand bilateral trade in the first three months of the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year exceeded US$1.3 billion, up by $69.5 million, or 5.5 per cent, from the corresponding period last 2017-2018 FY, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Trade deficit continues to narrow as exports accelerate
The trade deficit for the first four months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, which starts in October and ends in September, has declined with imports increasing at a slower pace compared to the same period of last fiscal year.
— Myanmar Times

EU congratulates Myanmar on tackling illegal wildlife trade
The European Union (EU) has congratulated Myanmar on tackling illegal wildlife trade in a statement to mark World Wildlife Day that falls on 3 March.
— Mizzima

Chinese, Japanese investors show interest in Rakhine
While Western investors have shied away due to human rights issues related to the Rakhine refugee conflict, Chinese and Japanese investors showed visible interest in the state at the Rakhine Investment Fair on February 22.
— Myanmar Times

Daewoo Service Centres will be opened in 3 major cities
Daewoo Bus Myanmar Company managing director Dr. Kyaw Kyaw Aung said that the company would open service centres for the domestically manufactured vehicles, in Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw.
— Mizzima

Myanmar Times reaches 400k followers on Twitter
The Twitter account of The Myanmar Times has secured 400,000-plus followers, further cementing the paper’s position as the trusted source for English-language readers in Myanmar and beyond.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar reportedly takes control of NSCN-K Hqs
A few weeks after Myanmar Government started acting tough on militant groups and a permanent camp of the Myanmar army was set up in the Taga area, reports have come in that Myanmar army has begun taking over physical control of NSCN-K headquarters and driving out Indian militants from Taga area of Myanmar.
— The Sangai Express

Let’s combine our strengths to improve socio-economic condition of people
To promote the agricultural sector, the Union Government has placed special emphasis on the balanced development of agriculture, livestock, and industry to ensure inclusive economic growth, food security, and increased exports.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Metro’s Myanmar subsidiary secures US$20m IFC loan
The Myanmar subsidiary of German retail group Metro AG has raised a US$20m loan from the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank.
— Myanmar Times

Nearly 90 village administrators in Mrauk-U tender resignation for their security
MP Tun Thar Sein from Mrauk-U constituency (1) confirmed the news to Mizzima that 89 village administrators in Mrauk-U Township, northern Rakhine State, tendered their resignation letters to the township administrator.
— Mizzima

Wave Money sees higher demand for its mobile-money services
In 2018, mobile financial services provider Wave Money moved more than K2 trillion (US$1.3 billion in remittance volume, equivalent to nearly 2 percent of Myanmar’s GDP, the company said in a statement last week.
— Myanmar Times

Shared Buddhist Faith Offers No Shield From Myanmar Military
The blood was flowing again, as it has so often, in Rakhine State, where the jungle of the Mayu hills meets the muddy flats of the Bay of Bengal: Ethnic militants ambushed four police bases on Myanmar’s Independence Day in January, killing 14 officers.
— New York Times

British Embassy Building gets the 28th Blue Plaque
The Yangon Heritage Trust’s (YHT) efforts to recognise and protect the city’s culturally and historically significant buildings continued with the designation of the British Embassy on Strand Road in Kyauktada Township as the 28th heritage building in Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar officer’s wife killed by pipe bomb in latest Rakhine violence
The wife of a Myanmar military officer was killed by a pipe bomb as they moved into a new home in northern Rakhine state, the army said Friday, as the body count in the troubled region rises with landmines and assassinations.
— Mizzima

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh says it will not accept any more Myanmar refugees
Bangladesh has told the UN it cannot accept any more refugees from Myanmar, the first time the country has threatened to close its borders to Rohingya fleeing violence.
— The Guardian

Constructive role essential in seeking sustainable resolution of Rakhine issue
Myanmar is still facing several challenges in its delicate democratic transition, which needs continued support from the international community.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Bangladesh returns ‘lost’ Myanmar soldier
Bangladesh forces handed back on Sunday a Myanmar soldier more than two months after he strayed across the border into a jungle in the Muslim-majority nation, a senior official said.
— Arab News

Retired Myanmar Army Generals Form New Political Party With Eye on 2020 Vote
Myanmar’s election commission has approved a new political party formed by a splinter group of retired generals from the country’s main opposition party, who have their eyes on the next general election in 2020, an official from the agency said Friday.
— Radio Free Asia

UN urges Bangladesh not to close door to Myanmar refugees
The United Nations on Friday stressed that refugees fleeing conflict should be granted safe haven after Bangladesh declared that it would no longer take in Myanmar’s Rohingya.
— Arab News

Myanmar land ownership law could displace millions of farmers
Under a land reformation act, millions of farmers across Myanmar could be forced from land they have tilled for generations. Many are unaware of the danger they face. Peter Yeung and Carlotta Dotto report from Yangon.
— DW

A Chinatown mysteriously emerges in backwoods Myanmar
The town is still under construction but it already has a distinct Chinese flavor. There are Chinese restaurants, beauty salons and karaoke parlors. Chinese residents live in temporary barrack-style buildings while waiting for new apartment blocks and villas to be completed.
— Asia Times

Myanmar government ups the ante with military over political role
Popularly elected National League for Democracy launches bid to change constitution and reduce power of armed forces.
— Aljazeera

Roundtable discussion on upgrading Yangon University
The following is an education roundtable on upgrading and potentially renovating Yangon University, broadcasted on MRTV.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

World Wildlife Day marked in Yangon, Myanmar
A forest officer shows an elephant tusk to be destroyed during the destruction ceremony of confiscated elephant ivory and wildlife parts to commemorate World Wildlife Day at Yangon Zoological Garden compound in Yangon, Myanmar, March 3, 2019.
— Xinhua

Over 160 inmates across the country to take matriculation exam
More than 160 prisoners will take this year’s matriculation exam, which will be held on March 6, a senior Prisons Department official said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar opens elephant museum in Yangon
A woman views an exhibit during the opening ceremony of the first elephant museum in Yangon, Myanmar, March 3, 2019. Funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the elephant museum opened as a part of the Natural History Museum in Yangon Zoological Garden compound on Sunday to commemorate World Wildlife Day.
— Xinhua

Farmers work in salt beds in Myanmar
Farmers work in salt beds at Pa-nga Village, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State, Myanmar, March 2, 2019.
— Infosurhoy


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