Myanmar morning news for January 8

Myanmar morning news for January 8

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar Military Files Nearly 50 Lawsuits Against Critics in Three Years, Watchdog Group Says
Myanmar’s highly effective navy has filed almost 50 lawsuits circumstances towards crucial journalists, people, and organizations it has accused of defamation in the course of the civilian-led authorities’s almost 4 years in workplace, a freedom of expression advocacy group mentioned Tuesday.
— The Union Journal

Rakhine: the new front in Myanmar’s violent ethnic conflicts
Violence flared a year ago when the Arakan Army attacked Myanmar police, forcing thousands from their homes.
— Aljazeera

Ayeyawady dolphin found dead in Mandalay
The carcass of Ayeyawady dolphin, an endangered species, was found yesterday floating in the Ayeyawady River in Madaya Township of Mandalay Region.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

New law in the works to help set up Myanmar credit market
The Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry is drafting a Secured Transactions Law with assistance from the International Finance Corporation, U Htun Zaw, Deputy Director General of the Financial Regulatory Department, said.
— Myanmar Times

New frontiers? Three emerging APAC nutrition markets and strategies to watch out for in 2020
As we head into 2020, we shine the spotlight on three emerging health and nutrition APAC markets that could help sustain the industry’s supplements and functional foods growth in the years ahead.
— Food Navigator

Myanmar, Bangladesh Officials Discuss Border Security in Dhaka
Landmines, drug smuggling, armed groups and Rohingya on the agenda as Myanmar, Bangladesh officials discuss border security in Dhaka.
— Irrawaddy

More activity expected in Myanmar’s wholesale and retail market this year
Industry watchers are expecting the wider presence of foreign supermarkets and retail malls in Myanmar in the coming year.
— Myanmar Times

Trade at Muse up $554.7 mln as of 27 Dec
The value of Sino-Myanmar border trade through the Muse gate jumped to US$1.47 billion between 1 October and 27 December in the current financial year, an increase of $554.7 million compared to the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar commodity prices tick up on higher demand
Food prices in Myanmar are on the rise, driven by demand from abroad and other international factors.
— Myanmar Times

Local gold prices bounce back on strong global cues; exceed K1.2 mln
By Nyein Nyein With gold prices increasing in the global market, the price of the yellow metal in the domestic market has risen again to above K1.2 million per tical (0.578 ounces, or 0.016 kilograms) in the domestic market, according to gold traders.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Every rural region in Yangon have power access this year
By December, 2020, the ministry plan to enable all population living in rural Yangon regions to have electricity access, said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing, at a ceremony to open the sub-power station in Kyauktan Township on January 6.
— Eleven Myanmar

Union Ministers discuss sustainable tourism industry in Taninthayi Region
Union Minister for Investments and Foreign Economic Relations U Thaung Tun and Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung attended a meeting on sustainable tourism industry in Taninthayi Region.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

DICA to provide more services online
The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) plans to digitalise all its services to speed up processes and reduce corruption risks.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Ethnic Armed Groups’ Peace Negotiators and Govt to Meet Soon
The long awaited Joint-Ceasefire Implementation Coordinating Meeting (JICM), which will be joined by State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of 10 ethnic armed groups, will be held in Naypyitaw on Wednesday.
— Irrawaddy

Villagers return home in Waingmaw conflict zone despite NGO worries
Maran Sai (not his real name) was emotional the first time he set foot in his hometown in January last year after years of staying in a camp for internally displaced persons.
— Myanmar Times

Ministry receives $ 466 million fund for AIDS control programs
From 2016 to 2020, the ministry has received a fund of 466 million US dollars for the AIDS control programs—20 per cent contribution by the government, 50 per cent by Global Fund and the rest by PEPFAR, Access to Health Fund and the ADB, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar

2019 In Review and What’s coming next in 2020
Since 2020 has already started, let’s review what has happened in 2019 in Yangon and beyond.
— Myanmore

Bangladeshi MPs seek return of Rohingyas from Kingdom
Senior members of Bangladesh’s Parliament are in the Kingdom for a four-day visit to seek the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Myanmar worker dies in coal-linked CO poisoning
A worker from Myanmar died of carbon monoxide poisoning inside a coal carrier at a thermal power plant on South Korea’s west coast on Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.

4th coordination meeting held for drafting NCRPD annual report
The annual report writing team of the National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities held its fourth coordination meeting yesterday at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Iconic film set to be screened again after restoration
U Thein Htut blinked rapidly in a discrete attempt to stop the tears that blurred his vision but emotion overwhelmed him and soon he could see nothing, forcing him to wipe the tears with both hands.
— Myanmar Times

New quick access loans to drive business growth for agents, merchants: KBZPay
KBZPay has launched Quick Access Loan, a new short-term financing product, to help its agents and merchants improve their cash flow so they can better serve customers and grow their businesses.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

As violence escalates in Myanmar, bishop calls for dialogue
Bishop Alexander Pyone Cho has called for dialogue among all parties as violence escalates in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
— Catholic News

Myanmar’s Ex-President Tells Voters to Protect Race, Religion, Military in 2020 Election
Former president U Thein Sein has told supporters to use their votes in the 2020 election to protect Myanmar and its military against foreign threats.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Ethnic Armed Groups’ Peace Negotiators and Govt to Meet Soon
In a positive sign for the formal peace process, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement signatories will meet government representatives at the 8th JICM in Naypyitaw on Jan. 8.
— Irrawaddy

Portuguese team films cultural heritage sites in Yangon
Portugal-based Vende-se Films shot scenes in Yangon, including at cultural heritage buildings, and also captured the traditional culture of Myanmar from 4 to 6 January for a documentary film.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Asia Optical to expand capacity in Myanmar
Asia Optical, in view of orders shifted from China-based makers amid the US-China trade disputes, will expand production capacity at its factory in Myanmar in 2020, according to company chairman Robert Lai.
— Digital Times

Blocking Access to Spending Report May Violate Myanmar Graft Law, Watchdog Warns Yangon Govt
A watchdog has warned Yangon officials it will take legal action if lawmakers aren’t given access to the auditor-general’s report on regional government spending.
— Irrawaddy

Padaung Township forest reserve to extract about 4,000 tons of teak in current fiscal
About 4,000 tons of teak will be extracted from the Rakhine Yoma forest reserve, Padaung Township, Pyay District, Bago Region in the 2019-2020 financial year.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Anti-Corruption Commission urged to expose the absence of regional audit report
Yangon Watch has urged the Anti-Corruption Commission to monitor and expose the State losses caused by the absence of duties by the authorized persons and the acts that benefit a person or a group through the abuse of power and to regard the matters included in the report as the notorious one as the original audit report of the Yangon Region Auditor-General has not come out yet.
— Eleven Myanmar

Bogyoke Aung San statue expected to be completed by end of January
Workers are putting the final touches to an alabaster statue of Bogyoke Aung San in Mandalay, which is expected to be completed by the end of the month, a member of the committee working on the statue said.
— Myanmar Times

Ang San Suu Kyi Defends Her Country against Allegations of Genocide
In an unprecedented move, Nobel Prize winner and former human rights defended, Ang San Suu Kyi defended her country Myanmar against allegations of rape, killings, and displacements.
— Market Primes

President urges unity, constitutional amendments in Independence Day message
Min Tun — President U Win Myint urged all national races to unite and participate in efforts to build a peaceful, democratic federal union and to amend the Constitution, in a message marking the 72nd anniversary of Myanmar’s independence on January 4.
— BNI Online

Border Guard Bangladesh kills two drug smugglers along Myanmar border
The Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) has claimed to have killed two Rohingya men in a so-called gunfight with suspected drug smugglers along the borders with Myanmar at Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar, bdnews24 reported.
— Mizzima

Former Myanmar leader U Thein Sein warns against neocolonialism
Former president U Thein Sein on Monday warned against “neocolonialist” forces who are trying to rip apart the country using democracy and human rights issues as excuses.
— Myanmar Times

Over 150,000 tourists visit Sagaing, Monywa, Yinmabin Townships in 2019
A total of 150,231 foreign travellers visited places of tourist interest in Sagaing, Monywa, Yinmabin, and Wetlet townships in 2019, said U Aung Thu Oo, head of Sagaing Region’s Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar teachers object to lengthening of school year
The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation called on the Ministry of Education to halt a plan to extend the school year to the end of March, warning that if their demand goes unheeded they would not perform their duties during election.
— Myanmar Times

Union Ministers hold discussion on high education affairs
Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi held a meeting at his office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday on the matters related to higher education.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Gen. Aung San Returns to Myanmar Banknotes After 30-Year Absence
The new 1,000-kyat note displays a picture of Myanmar’s independence hero, Gen. Aung San; his portrait had been phased out by the former junta in the 1990s.
— Irrawaddy


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