Myanmar morning news for January 29

Myanmar morning news for January 29

Myanmar morning news

China Nixes Myanmar’s Plan to Evacuate 60 Students From Virus-Hit Wuhan
Sixty Myanmar students are unable to leave Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, after China said it would be ‘very difficult’ to evacuate foreigners.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Expects 5 Million Tourists in 2020 Despite Virus Fears
Myanmar expects to achieve its target of attracting 5 million tourists in 2020, even as fears about the deadly coronavirus that originated in China cast a long shadow over the travel industry.
— Bloomberg Quint

Three airlines suspend flight schedules between China-Yangon
Three airlines have suspended their flight schedules between China and Yangon due to the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus in Wuhan of China.
— Eleven Myanmar

Kayin villagers blame black water on factory
Residents, students, and activists gathered recently in Nat Kone village in Hpa-an township, Kayin State, to pray that their community would be relieved of damage caused by a nearby cement factory to the environment and their livelihoods.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s dilemma: to look East or West?
Myanmar might end up walking the tightrope, like other nations in South Asia, which are facing pressure from India and China.
— Newsin

Myanmar-China trade volume reaches to US$1.337 B within two months
Trade volume between Myanmar and China is reached to US$1.337 billion within two months of this fiscal year and Myanmar had a trade surplus as it imported US$551 million worth of products from China, according to Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar attracts nearly 2 bln USD foreign investments in 1st quarter of FY 2019-20
Myanmar attracted investment capital of over 1.83 billion U.S. dollars from permitted foreign enterprises in first quarter of present fiscal year 2019-2020 which started in October last year, said a release issued by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

European Union urges Myanmar to comply with ICJ’s ruling on Rohingyas
Yangon: The European Union (EU) on Monday urged Myanmar to comply with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling to implement provisional measures to protect the Rohingya Muslim minority from possible genocidal acts.
— Sentinel Assam

MR to introduce online train ticket sale system in 2023-24
Myanmar Railways (MR) plans to sell train tickets via online after the completion of Yangon-Mandalay railroad upgrading project (phase-2) in 2023-2024, said Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rakhine officials shut illegal refugee camp in Myebon
Rakhine State officials ordered the closing of a camp for internally displaced people in Myebon township because it was built without their permission, a senior state official said on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

MPs support ODA loan from Poland, debate JPAC’s 16/2019 report in Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
The second day meeting of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 15th regular session continued discussions yesterday about the Euro 50 million ODA loans from the Government of Poland and debated the first section of Joint Public Accounts Committee Report(16/2019).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Constitution Amendment Joint Committee submits two bills
The Constitution Amendment Joint Committee put forward a bill in the Union Parliament that proposes an amendment to reduce military participation in parliaments. The committee also put forward another bill proposing revising how National Defence and Security Council seats are allocated.
— Mizzima

Domestic investments touch K 748 bln in current fiscal
Between 1 October and 24 January in the 2019-2020 financial year, domestic investments made by Myanmar citizens reached K748 billion including US$134.46 million, including expansion of capital by existing enterprises, according to a press released issued by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar still allows flights from Beijing and Shanghai to land: Official
Flights from Beijing and Shanghai are still allowed to land at Yangon International Airport (YIA) although flights from Wuhan are suspended, said Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health and Sports on January 27.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar military dismantles Rakhine IDP camp
Myanmar military troops pressured local officials on Monday to remove a temporary camp housing ethnic Rakhines displaced by armed conflict in Rakhine state’s Myebon township, a day after soldiers destroyed tents and other structures during a night time attack, RFA reported quoting two Buddhist monks.
— BNI Online

Union Minister for Transport and Communications receives US Ambassador
Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung received US Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Scot Marciel at his office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ancient Rakhine City of Mrauk-U Proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site
Myanmar has sent UNESCO the final draft of its proposal for the ancient Rakhine city of Mrauk-U to be listed as a World Heritage Site; a decision is expected in 2021.
— Irrawaddy

State Counsellor opens Education Development Implementation Conference 2020 in Nay Pyi Taw
The Education Development Implementation Conference 2020 (Basic Education Sector) was held at Myanmar International Convention Centre -II (MICC-II) in Nay Pyi Taw at 10:00 am yesterday morning, and the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the ceremony and delivered the opening speech.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

China’s loose arms still fuel Myanmar’s civil wars
When Chinese President Xi Jinping met Myanmar’s military commander-in-chief Senior General Ming Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw earlier this month, it was not clear which of the two raised the issue first. But side-stepping the 800 pound gorilla in the room — new Chinese weaponry fueling Myanmar’s civil wars — was never going to be an option.
— Asia Times

Australian National Day celebrated in Nay Pyi Taw
A reception to mark the National Day of Australia was held at the M Gallery Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Troops Order Civilians to Leave Rakhine Camp: Witnesses
Adding to their dismay, civilians fleeing the fighting between the army and the AA say they have nowhere to go after being evicted by the military.
— Irrawaddy

TNLA Fighter Shoots Ex-Girlfriend Dead for Refusing to Elope in Myanmar’s Shan State
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army told enraged residents it will take action against a member of the ethnic armed group who killed his ex-girlfriend, a local teacher.
— Irrawaddy

Vice President U Henry Van Thio attends ‘2020 Seed Fair’
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, the head of the Leading Committee for the Protection of Farmers Rights and Promotion of Interest, delivered an opening remark on the ‘2020 Seed Fair’ which was held at the State Agricultural Institute in Pyinmana Township of Nay Pyi Taw Council Area yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Deputy Information Minister receives officials from BBC Media Action
Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun received the officials from BBC Media Action at the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. During the meeting, they cordially discussed the works of BBC Media Action and cooperative matters.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Bangladesh Police Bust Int’l Gang Trafficking Rohingya Women Into Sex Work in Malaysia
Dhaka police have arrested two human traffickers and freed 13 Rohingya women they say were to be sold into sex work in Malaysia after being lured from Cox’s Bazar camps.
— Irrawaddy

112 Years On, Yangon’s General Post Office Still Links Myanmar With Wider World
Yangon’s colonial-era General Post Office played a key role in opening the isolated former kingdom up to the rest of the world, despite wars and disruption.
— Irrawaddy

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi opens new ‘model building’ of primary school in Pyinmana
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi inaugurated a new ‘model building’ of Basic Education Primary School (Bawgawadi) of Pyinmana in Dekkhina District, Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Union Minister U Kyaw Tin receives United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar
Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin received United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar Ms. Christine Schraner Burgener at 1:00 pm, on 28 January 2020 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Govt Will Extend School Year Despite Opposition From Teachers
The Ministry of Education says it will extend classes for basic education schools through the end of March, rebuffing objections from teachers and teachers-in-training.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Extinct Volcano Mt Popa to be Nominated for Unesco Status
Myanmar Geosciences Society says it plans to nominate Mandalay’s Mt. Popa as a Unesco Global Park after it is designated as a national-level geopark in June.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s ruling party escalates constitutional feud with military
The gulf between Myanmar’s military and the National League for Democracy-led government is set widen now that the constitutional amendment committee, a parliamentary body, has submitted bills that would reduce the number of military officers serving as lawmakers.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Chinese companies investing in Myanmar have ‘a lot of work to do’ to convince public
Chinese companies need to improve transparency when they invest in Myanmar, a former presidential adviser in the Southeast Asian nation said, after the two sides signed a slew of infrastructure deals.
— South China Morning Post

Myanmar sets investment priorities for all states, regions in the country
The Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations this month announced tax exemptions for investments in selected sectors in all 14 states and regions in Myanmar and the Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory.
— Myanmar Times

EU tells Myanmar to prosecute people responsible for war crimes in Rakhine
Myanmar is invited to act on the final report of the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICoE) set up by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in 2018. “The EU stands ready to support the Government of Myanmar in any efforts to address the root causes of the multi-faceted conflict in Rakhine state.”
— Asia News

Myanmar installs coronavirus screening device at border with India: official
Myanmarese authorities have installed an infrared thermometer at the India-Myanmar border to screen Indian citizens, entering the southeast Asian country through Manipur’s Moreh, for coronavirus, an official said on Tuesday.
— The Hindu

Top UN court orders Myanmar to defend Rohingya from genocide
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Myanmar to prevent acts of genocide against the Rohingya Muslims and to stop the destruction of evidence of abuse.
— Asean Economist

NTT launches affiliate company in Myanmar, opens office in Yangon
NTT has launched its NTT Myanmar unit. With a USD 5 million capital investment, NTT Myanmar has secured a business-to-business wholesale license from The Ministry of Commerce to offer ICT tools and managed services to enterprise customers in Myanmar. NTT Myanmar will provide managed services, software, multi/hybrid cloud, consulting and support services on the local market.
— Telecompaper

Mon State a sweet spot for maritime trade, tourism: Picon-Deed
Maritime trade and tourism in Mon State can level up with better transport and power supply, according to a property market report.
— Myanmar Times

Measures to be taken to prevent money laundering in Taninthayi property market
Authorities will take measures to prevent money laundering in dealing with property market in Taninthayi Region, according to Myanmar Real Estate Association (Myeik branch office).
— Eleven Myanmar

International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide
In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to “take all measures within its power” to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, “extremely vulnerable” to military violence.
— Human rights watch

Ancient Rakhine City of Mrauk-U Proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site
Myanmar’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture submitted the final draft of its nomination for Mrauk-U to become a World Heritage Site to UNESCO on Monday, four months after the ministry submitted the first draft of its nomination in September 2019.
— Irrawaddy

Survey conducted for nomination of Myanmar Thanakha on UNESCO list
Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture is conducting a survey for the nomination of Myanmar Thanakha on the list of UNESCO’s world culture heritage, according to its statement.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rakhine United player in Sittwe hospital due to motorcycle accident
A girl riding on a motorbycle of Rakhine United football team player Zaw Thein Win died following an accident in Sittwe on Sunday night, according to the team’s website statement.
— Myanmar Times

Gender Equality in Myanmar – The SDGs Way
The urgency and the concerted effort to bridge gender gaps in Myanmar society and contextualization of indicators was exhorted at a policy roundtable “SDGs and Gender Equality: Prioritizing action for the next decade” organized jointly by the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada, in Yangon this week.
— Mizzima

More factories complete EU’s chemical management programme
Five more factories in Myanmar completed the EU-funded “Smart” chemical management and detox programme during the second half of 2019.
— Myanmar Times

Thailand firm to build new urban centre with construction ministry
The construction ministry inked a deal with a Thai firm to build a US$1 billion “smart city” in northeastern Yangon.
— Myanmar Times


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