Myanmar morning news for May 8

Myanmar morning news for May 8

Myanmar morning newsJournalists reunited with families after 500 days in Myanmar prison
Two journalists jailed in Myanmar for breaking state-secrets laws while investigating a Rohingya massacre have been reunited with their families after spending more than 500 days behind bars.
— Sky News

Myanmar to release 6,500 prisoners in amnesty
Some 6,520 prisoners in Myanmar will be set free from prison doors today as President Win Myint pardons inmates as a customary around the time of its New Year ‘s day on April 17.
— FMT News

Govt to invite investors for poppy-substitute efforts
The parliament was to discuss incentives that would entice private companies in poppy-substitute projects in the country in a bid to help reduce, if not eradicate the drug menace, a member of the parliament said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s government claims Islamic State poses threat in Rakhine
The Myanmar government claims that the Islamic State poses a growing threat to Rakhine state. But with little evidence, this only serves to build the narrative of Islamic terrorism that the military uses to justify its atrocities in Rakhine.
— Asean Today

Govt spent K7 billion on compensation to farmers for damaged crops in 2018
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation provided some K7.3 billion (US$4.78 million) in compensation for over 150,00 hectares of crops damaged by floods and other natural disasters that occurred during the 2018 monsoon season, said Agriculture Ministry Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar extends detention of American accused of growing pot
A Myanmar court has allowed police to detain an American entrepreneur accused of operating a marijuana plantation for two more weeks while he is investigated.
— Fox News

Myanmar’s surprise turn toward rule of law
The release of two Reuters reporters reflects the work of negotiators who played to the military’s own interest in rule of law. Dialogue won the day for press freedom.
— CS Moniitor

‘We are very happy’ – wife of freed Reuters reporter says
Two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar walked out of prison today and in to the arms of their loved ones, freed in a presidential amnesty after a vigorous global campaign for their release.
— Mizzima

Myanmar Tourism Bank starts operating first branch
The first branch of Myanmar Tourism Bank (MTB), located in Yangon, has started operation on Monday offering financial assistance to tourism companies.
— Myanmar Times

Telenor and Axiata enter talks to merge Asian businesses
Norwegian telecom operator Telenor said Monday it has entered into talks with Malaysian telecoms group Axiata about a potential merger of the companies’ Asian operations.
— Mizzima

Seven die of heatstroke in Yangon and Bago regions
Three people have died of heatstroke in Yangon General Hospital, out of the 12 people who were admitted for the condition from April 22 to May 6, as temperatures in most part of the country soared, a senior hospital official said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar: pariah status no bar to defence modernisation
It has been more than two years since military “clearance operations” against Myanmar’s Rohingyas began in October 2016. Since then, the international community has relied on public criticism, unilateral sanctions and a range of measures in the United Nations and International Criminal Court to hold Myanmar’s government and armed forces (known as the Tatmadaw) accountable for their actions.
— Lowy Institute

Authorities aim to strengthen investment facilitation in related ministries
The Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations has pledged to strengthen investment facilitation in related ministries.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar 3W Technical Assistance Dashboard
The 3W Dashboard reflects Technical Assistance activities (i.e. to or through Myanmar’s Government) to State/Region and Township level based on information received from implementers reporting to the MIMU 3W and from Development Partners reporting to the Mohinga Aid Information Management Platform.
— Reliefweb

Committee on implementing recommendations on Rakhine State clarifies achievements, challenges at press conference
A press conference was held following the Workshop on Review of the Implementations on Rakhine State in Yangon yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Illegal fuelling stations to face action
The government will take action against shops operating along the Mandalay-Madaya road in Mandalay Region, which have been supplying fuel illegally in order to improve fire safety and tax collection, said U Zarni Aung, minister of Energy and Construction.
— Myanmar Times

State Gov’t Requests $21M for IDPs in N. Rakhine
The proposal was submitted to Naypyitaw after calls for more aid by a number of influential monks and civil society groups in Rakhine State.
— Irrawaddy

Vice President U Myint Swe addresses MSMEDWC meeting 1/2019
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Work Committee (MSMEDWC) Chairman Vice President U Myint Swe addressed the committee’s meeting 1/2019 held at the Ministry of Industry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Rakhine village facing food shortages
Villagers in Rakhine state said Monday they are facing food shortages after being hemmed in for nearly a week by the military, which killed six people and continues to detain scores more in a crackdown against suspected rebels.
— Mizzima

Govt reviews implementation of Kofi Annan commission recommendations
The government is conducting a review on the implementation of the recommendations of a commission led by the late United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan on how to resolve the problems in restive Rakhine State.
— Myanmar Times

Third Myanmar-Australia Foreign Ministry Consultations held in Nay Pyi Taw
The Third Myanmar-Australia Foreign Ministry Consultations was held on 7 May 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

NRPC, Karenni Rights Groups Still Struggle to Resolve Aung San Statue Debate
The NRPC met with Karenni activists for the second time on Tuesday, seeming to agree to the statue’s removal but failing to find a final resolution.
— Irrawaddy

Reactions to release of Reuters journalists from Myanmar prison
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act, walked free from prison on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars.
— Reuters

China’s Dynamic Grip on Myanmar
Beijing’s influence in Myanmar permeates multiple levels of engagement between the two neighbors.
— The Diplomat

Workshop on Review of Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State concludes
The second day of Workshop on Review of the Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State concluded in Yangon yesterday, with open discussions on achievements and challenges in resolving Rakhine issue.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Coffee entrepreneurs seek success in Myanmar’s poorest state
Young people from Myanmar are starting businesses to escape poverty in Chin, the country’s poorest state in Southeast Asia’s least developed country.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Freed Myanmar journalists a symbol of Suu Kyi’s tarnished image
The case of two Reuters journalists – freed in Myanmar on Tuesday (May 7) – played a key part in shredding Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s reputation as a rights champion after she failed to come to their defence or speak up for the persecuted Rohingya minority.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar: Deaths in Army Custody Need Independent Inquiry
Myanmar authorities should independently investigate the killing of detainees held by the military in Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 2, 2019, army soldiers shot and killed at least six villagers from among several hundred who had been detained in Kyauk Tan, Rathedaung township, for suspected links to the Arakan Army, an ethnic Rakhine armed group.
— Human Right Watch

State Gov’t Requests $21M for IDPs in N. Rakhine
The proposal was submitted to Naypyitaw after calls for more aid by a number of influential monks and civil society groups in Rakhine State.
— Irrawaddy

NRPC, Karenni Rights Groups Still Struggle to Resolve Aung San Statue Debate
The NRPC met with Karenni activists for the second time on Tuesday, seeming to agree to the statue’s removal but failing to find a final resolution.
— Irrawaddy

Vice President U Henry Van Thio calls for speeding up land use management process
Vice President U Henry Van Thio in his capacity as chairman of National Land Use Council (NLUC) addressed the 3rd meeting of NLUC held at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation in Nay Pyi Taw, called for speeding up the implementation of the process for land use management.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Military to Investigate Deaths of 6 in Detention
Different accounts have emerged of the deaths during military detention, while a rights group has called for the investigation to be independent.
— Irrawaddy

 

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