Myanmar morning news for January 6

Myanmar morning news for January 6

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar Rebel Armies Extend Truce but Fighting Continues
On New Year’s Day, the alliance of three active ethnic armed groups that has been fighting Myanmar’s military in Shan and Rakhine states extended its unilateral ceasefire for two more months, until Feb. 29, saying it would help smooth negotiations.
— Reliefweb

First airport in Chin State to open in May
Chin State is set to be more accessible to travellers and investors this year, when the region’s first airport opens for business.
— Myanmar Times

External trade surges to $8.36 bln as of 20 December
Myanmar’s external trade between 1 October and 20 December in the current fiscal year 2019-2020 reached US$8.36 billion, an increase of $1.23 billion compared to the corresponding period of the 2018-2019 fiscal, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar urges caution for citizens in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman
Myanmar called on its citizens in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman to take the necessary precautions and security due to restiveness in neighbouring Iraq.
— Myanmar Times

Xi’s Upcoming Visit to Myanmar Could Reshape the Indian Ocean Region
With Xi Jinping’s visit, China is on the verge of realizing a 10-year plan: gaining a back door to the Indian Ocean.
— The Diplomat

Why is Suu Kyi defending the military?
On Dec 11, Myanmar’s State Counsellor-cum-Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi stood at the podium of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague and defended her country against the accusation of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention over the military’s clearance operations in northern Rakhine state, which caused more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee the Southeast Asian country for Bangladesh.
— Bangkok post

Exports of cattle, animal products decline in current FY
Myanmar’s exports of animal products between 1 October and 20 December in the current fiscal year touched a low of US$44.65 million, a sharp drop of $102.9 million compared with the corresponding period of the 2018-2019FY, when livestock trade was suspended by China. In the previous fiscal, animal products exports were registered at $147.56 million.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Rice exports struggle to hit 8m tonnes
Rice exports may fall below 8 million tonnes for 2019, with this year’s prospects still uncertain because of a slew of risk factors such as the continued strong baht, natural disasters and emerging new rice exporters like Myanmar and China.
— Bangkok Post

Can Myanmar’s Police Force Be Reformed?
Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we’ll discuss whether Myanmar’s police force will reform following mounting criticism.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar reps co-sign letter urging Hong Kong leader to listen to citizens’ demands
Dignitaries from Myanmar have joined politicians and social leaders from 17 countries in penning an open letter to the city leader in Hong Kong calling for an investigation into alleged police misconduct in Hong Kong.
— Mizzima

Bangladesh-Myanmar border conference begins in Dhaka
A high-profile border conference between the border security forces of Bangladesh and Myanmar began in the former’s capital Dhaka on Sunday.
— AA

ORPA Myanmar receives cash, clothes, toys for orphans
The Orphans Reduction and Protection Association-ORPA (Myanmar) received cash, clothes and toys for the orphans yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

1200 babies born in Myanmar everyday, ministry says
Myanmar’s population increases by 1200 every day and has reached 54.45 million, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said on Wednesday.
— Myanmar times

More than 400 rice sacks donated to displaced persons in Buthidaung
Disaster Management Department of Buthidaung Township provided 427 rice bags to the displaced persons of IDP camps in Buthidaung Township, Maungtaw District in Rakhine State yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar, India to promote trade and investments
Deputy Minister for Commerce U Aung Htoo discussed Myanmar-India trade promotion including continuous exports of beans and pulses to India, with Consul Prof. Ranganathan J and party from Chennai of India, at his office on January 3, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar expats warned to remain vigilant about regional situations
Myanmar Embassy in Riyadh of Saudi Arabia, issued a statement on January 4, urging Myanmar expats in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman to remain vigilant about the regional situations due to the current affairs in Iraq.
— Eleven Myanmar

Why is most of Asia looking away from Myanmar?
The latest resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly condemning rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims and other minority groups in Myanmar was the third such resolution on the subject.
— The Daily Star

Village shops in Myanmar take a page from Japan’s retail playbook
A hut in Kawhmu, a town 90 minutes by car from Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, seems an unlikely symbol of the country’s economic transformation, but it is.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Stock trades on YSX rose in 2019
A total of 2.4 million shares worth K13.39 billion were traded on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) in 2019, a significant increase compared to the previous year, according to the annual report released by the exchange.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

UNGA Passes Resolution Condemning Myanmar’s Human Rights Abuses Against Rohingya
The UN General Assembly, in a vote of 134-9 with 28 abstentions, issued a condemnation of Myanmar’s human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in the state.
— The OWP

Fresh green grams start to enter Mandalay market
The Mandalay market is witnessing the entry of fresh green grams (Shwe Wah variety) at harvest time.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Suu Kyi’s claims at ICJ
ON A chilly morning of December 11, 2019 in the Hague, Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi stood before the International Court of Justice to defend her country from charges of genocide.
— New Age BD

Hotels in Sagaing Region hosted over 200,000 guests in 2019
More than 220,600 tourists and domestic travelers stayed at hotels in the six tourism zones of Sagaing Region, said U Aung Thu Oo, head of the region’s Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

ICG ships on a visit to B’desh, Myanmar
Visakhapatnam: Indian Coast Guard Ship Sujay (Offshore Patro Vessel) and Sarojini Naidu (Fast Patrol Vessel) from Coast Guard Eastern Seaboard are on a goodwill visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar from January 5 to 18.
— India times

Union Minister U Ohn Maung attends Visit Nepal 2020, ministerial meeting
Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung attended the inaugural ceremony of Visit Nepal 2020 and tourism ministerial meeting held in Kathmandu, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, on 1 January.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Bus crash kills 19, injures dozens on Myanmar-Thai border
YANGON: A head-on collision between a bus and a car in mountains on the Myanmar-Thai border killed 19 and left more than 30 injured on Friday.
— New Straits times

Foreign Heads of State send felicitations to State Counsellor
From Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Prime Minister And Minister Of Interior of The State of Qatar It pleases me, on the Anniversary of your country’s Independence Day, to Extend to you, on behalf of the Government of the State of Qatar and myself, our cordial greetings and felicitations, coupled with our best wishes.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Deportation of Rohingyas next: Union Minister
Amid ongoing nationwide protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Union Minister of State (MoS) Jitendra Singh said that the Central government’s next step would be the deportation of Rohingyas from the country.
— telanganatoday

Foreign Heads of State send felicitations to President U Win Myint
From Kim Jong Un, Chairman, States Affairs Commission, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea On behalf of the government and people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, I extend my warm congratulations to you and to the government and people of your country on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the independence of Myanmar.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


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