Myanmar morning news for March 23

Myanmar morning news for March 23

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar suspends e-visas and visas on arrival amid coronavirus pandemic
The Myanmar government has stopped issuing visas on arrival and e-visas for all visitors until the end of April as it ramps up its efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
— Myanmar-now

Border checkpoints in Tak to close from Monday
TAK: All checkpoints in this northern border province along the border with Myanmar will be closed to people and vehicles – with an exception for vehicles transporting goods and their crew – from Monday, March 23, until further notice, governor Ansit Sampantharat said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar parliament votes to seek $10m grant from IDA for health ministry
Myanmar parliament members debated a motion this week forwarded from the President’s Office to acquire $10 million from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Ministry of Health and Sports, according to local media.
— Mizzima

Myanmar, Thailand bilateral border trade hit $ 1.8 bln in FY 2019-2020
Bilateral border trade between Myanmar and Thailand totalled around US$1.88 billion as of 13 March in fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020 which started on 1 October last year, according to the figures from the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Internet shutdown worsens conditions for displaced villagers in Rakhine
With Internet in parts of Rakhine shut down by the government to control the ongoing Myanmar conflict, aid organisations are struggling to distribute help to displaced villagers. Leong Wai Kit reports.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar’s fishery exports cross $449 mln in 2019-2020FY
Export earnings from the fisheries sector during the period between 1 October and 13 March in the 2019-2020 financial year reached US$449.669 million, an increase of $56 million from the year-ago period, according to statistics released by the Commerce Ministry.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

CMP businesses import raw materials worth $1 bln as of 13 March
Imports of raw materials by CMP businesses have been valued at US$1.028 billion between 1 October and 13 March in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, an increase of $39 million compared with the year-ago period, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

No plan to close markets and shopping centers: Yangon CM
There is no plan to close markets and shopping centers in Yangon due to COVID-19, said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, at a ceremony to donate money, medicine and medical facilities for the prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19 in Yangon on 21 March.
— Eleven Myanmar

Govt extends social security payments deadline to 3 months
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population issued an order (No. 63/2020) dated 20 March extending the deadline for social security payments from 15 days to three months in accordance with the Article 100 of Social Security Law (2012).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Domestic oil prices extending its drop on weak global cues
Domestic oil prices have continued sliding on the back of falling prices in the global markets amid COVID-19 concerns.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar still free of COVID-19 despite rising cases in neighbors
Myanmar still claims to have avoided the coronavirus pandemic despite being surrounded by three countries battling the virus, including China where the outbreak started.
— Kyodo News

MCCPMD collaborates with MoHS, FDA for medical supplies amid Covid-19 threat
“We are now negotiating with the Ministry of Health and Sports to prevent an outbreak of the global pandemic in Myanmar and to quickly import necessary pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Expat exodus gathers pace in Myanmar as global pandemic worsens
A large number of expatriates have departed Myanmar over the past week as the global coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen and international travel becomes increasingly difficult.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar issues new restrictions against visitors from countries where COVID-19 infection increases
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued new restrictions for visitors coming to Myanmar from countries where the infection rate increases amidst the outbreak of COVID-19 in various parts of the world.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar suspends sending migrant workers abroad over COVID-19 fear
Myanmar has suspended sending its migrant workers abroad amid COVID-19 fears at present, state-run media reported Friday.
— Brinkwire

Ministry performs more laboratory tests for COVID-19
Till noon of 21 March since 31 January, there have been 199 persons under investigation and two suspected patients, according to the statement by the Ministry of Health and Sports on 21 March.
— Eleven Myanmar

Doctors register as volunteers to fight Covid-19 in Myanmar
Eighty doctors have registered themselves as volunteers to Myanmar Medical Association (Central) for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 to this date, Dr. Win Zaw, general secretary of Myanmar Medical Association (Yangon Division) told Xinhua on Sunday (March 22).
— The Star Online

Expat exodus gathers pace in Myanmar as global pandemic worsens
A large number of expatriates have departed Myanmar over the past week as the global coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen and international travel becomes increasingly difficult.
— Frontier Myanmar

Awareness campaigns for COVID-19 conducted at philanthropic centres in Nay Pyi Taw
Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung led an awareness campaign for the COVID-19 at the two philanthropic centres under the management of a monastery and a nunnery in Pubba Thiri Township in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Metals hones its focus on Bawdwin approvals, completing feasibility study
Special Report: Myanmar Metals has plenty of cash in the bank and is continuing to progress regulatory approvals and feasibility study work for its Bawdwin polymetallic mine.
— Stockhead

Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp inaugurated in Myanmar
The Embassy of India in Yangon in collaboration with Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur, India and U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation is organizing a 23-day 3rd Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp in Yangon from 19 March to 10 April, 2020.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar quarantines over 100 Chinese in virus clampdown
Officials have quarantined more than 100 unregistered Chinese nationals in Thingangyun township in Yangon Region as the country scrambles to prevent an outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
— Myanmar Times

Workers left unemployed by factories entitled to social security benefits by 2012 Social Security Law
The consequences of the global Coronavirus pandemic have forced some CMP (Cut-Make-Pack) garment factories with large numbers of labourers, as well as hotel and tourism businesses and other SMEs, to lay off employees, reduce working hours or even shut down.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

UNICEF joins meeting in Kachin State on how to tackle COVID-19
UNICEF recently joined a meeting in Kachin State aimed at helping the local government and health services to screen and respond to any suspected cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19.
— Mizzima

Chaungtha to get shelter-cum-school soon
A ceremony to provide cash assistance for construction of a shelter-cum-school in Chaungtha was held at the meeting hall of the Ayeyawady Region government in Pathein yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myawady-Thai border gates closed
The government of Thailand has closed the Thai-Myanmar friendship bridges No. 1 and No. 2 yesterday and today respectively, Kayin State Hluttaw Representative U Than Zin Aung said.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Monarch urges nation to be ready, avoid mass gatherings
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam urged the nation to be ready in an integrated manner to shield all from the deadly COVID-19 virus, to avoid mass gatherings, be more responsible and intensify supplication to seek Allah the Almighty’s help.
— Eleven Myanmar

Thailand shutters Kawthoung-Ranong port borders
Thailand has suspended 3 port borders, through which bilateral trades are going on, between Kawthoung in Myanmar and Ranong in Thailand starting from the early morning of 20 March, Thai Ministry of Public Health announced.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

‘A waste of time and money’ – NLD’s doomed bid to change charter draws to a close
Myanmar’s parliament has concluded a fortnight-long voting marathon on a series of proposals to change the constitution, with only a small fraction of amendments passing.
— Myanmar-now

Trade centres Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son provinces to be shut down
In efforts to prevent spread of Coronavirus infection, border trade centres in Thailand’s two provinces bordering with Shan State and Kayah State will be suspended as from 21 March, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

New Zealand Temporarily Closes Diplomatic Posts In Barbados And Myanmar Due To COVID-19
The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.
— Scoop

Kayin State intensifes COVID-19 prevention campaign amidst increase in number of homecoming people from Thailand
Kayin State in the southeast of Myanmar began its wide-scale COVID-19 prevention awareness campaign on 20 March, with the involvement of the personnel of the General Administration Department.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar steps up in-bound passenger COVID-19 prevention measures
Myanmar has stopped issuing e-visas and visas on arrival for all countries and said it would quarantine travelers arriving from nine more coronavirus-hit countries, according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Population.
— Mizzima

Centre for Myanmar Affairs Studies holds meeting
Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint delivered his address at the work coordination meeting of Centre for Myanmar Affairs Studies in Yangon yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

No significant impacts on green gram export market
Despite the temporary suspension of green gram exports to Covid-19-affected European countries, the export market has not seen big impacts yet, according to Myanmar Pulses, Beans and Sesame Seeds Merchants Association.
— Eleven Myanmar

Redoubling our efforts with bold approach to prevent COVID-19
China, the country on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus pandemic that infected 81,000 Chinese, marked a milestone on Thursday: for the first time since December, it reported no new domestic virus cases.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Mandalay-Myitkyina air suspension train starts operations
The first passenger train with South Korean-made passenger coaches aided with air-conditioners and air suspension left Mandalay for Myitkyina at Mandalay Railway Station yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

News release on monitoring of COVID-19
The Ministry of Health and Sports has been conducting monitoring activities on the COVID-19 acute respiratory disease, which has spread throughout China and some countries around the world, at international entry-exit checkpoints, hospital-based, community-based and in cooperation with private hospitals.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

 

 

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