Myanmar morning news for October 23

Myanmar morning news for October 23

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar’s fifth emergency power tender goes to Energy China
A consortium led by China Energy Engineering Group (CEEC) has won the fifth emergency power project put out to tender by the Myanmar government, The Myanmar Times can reveal.
— Myanmar Times

Thailand, Myanmar agree to use baht, kyat for cross-border payments
Veerathai Santiprabhob, governor of the Bank of Thailand, and his Myanmar counterpart U Kyaw Kyaw Maung, signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU) on October 18 during the IMF-World Bank meeting in the US.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rohingya refuges to relocate to flood-prone island next month
Authorities here have said that thousands of Rohingya living in the refugee camps in southern coastal regions of Bangladesh will be relocated to an island in the Bay of Bengal that is prone to flooding.
— Newkerala

Myanmar’s Rakhine Sees No Benefit From Major Projects: MP
The Arakan Front Party vice chairman, U Kyaw Lwin, says the Maday special economic zone will crush people’s lives, like the other large projects on the island.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar fishermen net meth worth $20 million
Sacks of crystal meth scooped from the sea by Myanmar fishermen who mistook it for a deodorant substance had a street value of $20 million, an official told AFP Sunday, in a country believed to be the world’s largest methamphetamine producer.
— Khmer Times

Why Foreign Policy Matters to Myanmar’s Democratic Transition
Global media coverage has not been easy on Myanmar. The refugee crisis in northwestern Rakhine sparked a firestorm of international criticism that has only been intensified by allegations of ethnic cleansing.
— The Diplomat

EU steps in to boost Myanmar’s fledgling economy
In a bid to boost micro, small and medium enterprises in Myanmar, the European Union (EU) has set aside 8 million euros (RM37 million) for the country’s entrepreneurs to explore new business opportunities.
— New Straits Times

Thai PTT to open first Myanmar filling station next year
PTT Oil and Retail Business, the retail arm of Thai energy giant PTT Group, said it intends to form a joint venture with KBZ Group to set up a filling station and a reserve facility.
— Myanmar Times

Land Buyers in Myanmar’s Yangon Have to Pay Infrastructure Fees
Yangon is selling about 530 plots of land to boost business development and housing in the crowded city.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar approves 8 more local, foreign investment enterprises
The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) recently approved eight more investment enterprises from home and abroad, according to a release from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Tracking the Myanmar Govt’s Income Sources and Spending
Despite the government’s vow to boost efficiency, Myanmar’s budget deficit has widened annually under the NLD.
— Irrawaddy

Key facts about the Trademark Law
The 2019 Myanmar Trademark Law, which was finally enacted on January 30, 2019, is an important step in the government’s efforts to attract foreign investment.
— Myanmar Times

Protesters Outside Myanmar Embassy in Tokyo Condemn ‘Silent Genocide’ in Rakhine
As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits Tokyo, protesters outside Myanmar Embassy accuse her government, Tatmadaw of committing ‘silent genocide’ against the Arakanese people.
— Irrawaddy

International mining body calls on Myanmar to improve public disclosure
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) an international watchdog on the oil, gas and mining industry recently has called on Myanmar to improve public disclosure on gemstone production and state-owned enterprises, the News Straits Times reported.
— Mizzima

Rakhine peace committee meets to finalize report
The Committee for Supporting Peace and Stability in Rakhine State (CSPSRS) held a coordination meeting for the compilation of its final report yesterday at the Hluttaw Building I-20 in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Trade body seeks streamlining on duties for double-cab trucks
The Myanmar Automobile Manufacturers and Distributors Association (MAMDA) has requested Vice President U Myint Swe to classify double cab trucks as commercial vehicles and levy a single tax on the category of vehicles.
— Myanmar Times

Abbot Killed by Gunmen Amid Tax Dispute in Myanmar’s Shan State
Abbot in Lashio, Shan State, killed at his monastery by unknown gunmen amid a controversy among ethnic Shan and Ta’ang over taxation by an ethnic armed group.
— Irrawaddy

TCP targets Myanmar with plant
TOA-Chugoku Paints (TCP) has earmarked 500 million baht to construct its first overseas paint factory in Myanmar, expecting to capture demand from megaprojects.
— Bangkok post

Free measles and rubella vaccinations nationwide
The Ministry of Health and Sports, World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will launch a nationwide free vaccination programme against measles and rubella.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay firstly will host gems emporium
Under the guidance of the Mandalay Regional Government Committee, 1st jade lots and gems emporium will be held in Mandalay Region.
— Eleven Myanmar

Groups mull law to protect housemaids
Four years ago, the country was shocked by the revelation that two housemaids had been tortured at the well-known Ava tailor shop in Kyauktada township in downtown Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

Seizures of drugs related to armed groups: Military information team
There has been drug seizures cases found nearly weekly in Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships, Rakhine State.
— Eleven Myanmar

‘Halt pig, pork imports to prevent swine fever’
The Myanmar Pig Breeders and Producers Association has asked the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to suspend the imports of live pigs and pork products due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in neighboring countries.
— Myanmar Times

Local fuel prices go up by K10 per liter over a week
Local fuel prices have increased by K10 per liter over a week as global oil prices reach around US$53 per barrel, according to local filling stations.
— Eleven Myanmar

Laura Bush welcomes Myanmar leaders in tour of Bonton Farms
Former first lady Laura Bush on Monday toured Bonton Farms in southern Dallas with young leaders from Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country struggling with extreme inequities and ethnic cleansing.
— Dallas News

French film exposes roots of crime against Myanmar’s Rohingya
Two years after hundreds of thousands of Myanmar’s Muslim ethnic minority were forced to flee in a military-led crackdown, a new film called Mechanics of a Crime, reveals their persecution was premeditated. It comes as thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh agreed to be relocated on Sunday.
— Modern Ghana

90 dangerous old buildings still standing in Yangon
The Yangon City Development Committee has identified some 90 buildings, which it deems dangerous, for demolition, according to U Maung Maung Soe, Yangon Mayor and Chairman of Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).
— Myanmar Times

One suicide attempt reported every two days in Ayeyawady
From 2017 to September, 2019, there were 511 reported suicide attempts in Ayeyawady Region, according to the region police force.
— Eleven Myanmar

Union Minister for Electricity and Energy receives Ambassador of Timor-Leste
Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing received Ambassador of Timor-Leste Mr Joao Freitas de Camara at Union Minister’s guest hall yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Combat sports make history in Yangon
History was made over the weekend. While Yangonites went about their Saturday business, young fighters converged on the Yangon United Sports Complex for the first ever Myanmar Mixed Martial Arts tournament.
— Myanmar Times

Agriculture service centre to be opened in November in Myeik Township
With the aim to fulfill the needs of farmers and raise agricultural awareness among them, the Myeik Township Agriculture Department will open an agriculture training and service centre in the second week of November at Kywalkuu Village, Myeik Township, Taninthayi Region.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ministry works on the resettlement of IDPs in 17 villages in Kachin
The ministry is working on the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across 17 villages in Kachin State, said Soe Aung, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
— Eleven Myanmar

Union Minister for Information receives delegations from BBC, Ntegrator separately
Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint separately received delegations led by BBC News and Current Affairs Director Ms Francesca Unsworth, BBC Media Action Executive Director Ms Caroline Nursey and Ntegrator Private Limited Managing Director Mr Jimmy Chang at Ministry of Information guest hall yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Saving Myanmar’s treasures
After eight years of collecting dust on the planning shelves, the Myitsone dam project in Myitkina township, Kachin State, is at the centre of a revival effort by its Chinese backers. The project had been stalled since 2011, when then-president Thein Sein, in an unprecedented move, put it on hold in the wake of massive public protests.
— Myanmar Times

Two Human Trafficking Operations Busted in a Single Apartment in Mandalay
Mandalay police rescued women from two separate trafficking operations Sunday: one forced women into prostitution, the other planned to sell women as brides in China.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar slumps 31 spots to 150th on women, peace, security index
Myanmar plunged 31 places and remained the worst performer in the region on an index that measures women’s wellbeing and empowerment in homes, communities, and societies, according to a study released today.
— Myanmar Times

Villager Injured by Artillery Strike in Myanmar’s Rakhine
Fighting between government forces and the Arakan Army continues across northern Rakhine State despite talk of a ceasefire.
— Irrawaddy

Government to organize anniversary of ceasefire agreement on 28 Oct
The government will hold the anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement next week in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Women to make up 30% of Chin party candidates
“We need good, courageous female candidates. It is important for these candidates to be in parliament,” he said. “We also want youths who want to fight for the concerns of the Chin people,” he said.
— Myanmar Times

Karen, Mon Leaders Visit Disputed Area on Thai-Myanmar Border
Leaders from ethnic Mon and Karen armed groups visit contested territory after renewed clashes that reportedly killed at least three people.
— Irrawaddy


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on World Development Information Day, October 24.


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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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