Myanmar morning news for May 15

Myanmar morning news for May 15

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar extends coronavirus flight ban to May 31
Myanmar extended a ban on international commercial air traffic until the end of this month on Thursday (May 14) to curb the spread of coronavirus.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s army investigating soldiers over video of abuses
Myanmar’s army said on Wednesday it was investigating soldiers filmed beating and threatening to kill suspected insurgents in the western state of Rakhine, where dozens of people have been killed during an upsurge of fighting in recent weeks.
— Reuters UK

Bangladesh says COVID-19 detected in Rohingya refugee camp: Official
The novel coronavirus has been detected in one of the camps in southern Bangladesh that are home to more than one million Rohingya refugees, officials said on Thursday (May 14).
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar permits reinsurance, new categories for general insurance
Myanmar has permitted the business of reinsurance and three new categories of general insurance in the country under two new directives – (4/2020) and (6/2020) – issued by the Insurance Business Regulatory Board (IBRB) on May 12.
— Myanmar Times

UN provides help to health workers in Myanmar
The United Nations and its partners are supporting the Myanmar government to ensure the safety of frontline health workers battling COVID-19, said a spokesman on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Postponed nationwide immunisation campaign in Myanmar to start on May 18
A routine nationwide immunisation campaign which was postponed to prioritise preventive measures for COVID-19 will resume on May 18.
— Myanmar Times

Coronavirus: in Myanmar, the poor fight pandemic with little help from government
After Myanmar confirmed its first coronavirus infection in late March, the residents of one village in the country’s northwestern Sagaing region sprang into action.
— South China Morning Post

Myanmar signs repatriation programme for displaced people from Rakhine, say sources
With the aim to support repatriation program for displaced persons from Rakhine State, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population signed Exchange of Letters among UNDP and UNHCR in Nay Pyi Taw on May 11th, according to the sources.
— The Star Online

Myanmar govt reduces curfew hours
The government has announced that it will be reducing night curfews by two hours starting May 15.
— Myanmar Times

Denmark supports Myanmar garment manufacturers on health and work safety
Danish embassy in Myanmar published a statement on their latest project on 8 May 2020, that Denmark has confirmed its support to two local garment manufacturers to continue with their work flow.
— Scandasia

Myanmar’s Yangon industrial parks lure Singapore, Thai and Korean investors
As there are 12 townships situated in municipal outskirts in Yangon Region, plans are underway to establish industrial zones in 11 township except Coco Island, said Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.
— The Star Online

Myanmar ups govt agri loans, reduces rates for farmers this year
An agricultural loan of more than K147 billion will be disbursed to farmers in Mandalay Region to grow monsoon paddy and other crops for this year starting May 15.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar To Build Two Earth Observation Satellites With Japanese Assistance
Myanmar is to build and launch a small Earth observation satellite by 2021 with the assistance of Japan.
— Space Watch

Jade export earnings reach $420m in seven months
Myanmar has earned US$420 million from export of jade over the past seven months in the current fiscal year exceeding over US$160 million compared to the same period of last fiscal year, said Khin Maung Lwin, spokesperson and assistant permanent secretary of the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

CB Bank won three prestigious awards from Asiamoney for 2020
CB Bank continues to garner more awards for its achievements in delivering financial services since 1992, as Asiamoney, the international finance magazine, named the bank (1) Best Digital Bank 2020, (2) Best Corporate & Investment Bank in Myanmar 2020 and (3) Best Bank in Myanmar 2020.
— Myanmar Times

MFF set to hire foreign futsal coach for national team
The Myanmar Football Federation has announced plans to hire a foreign coach for the national futsal team who will take his position once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
— Myanmar Times

Exchange of Letters signed for IDPs repatriation program
With the aim to support repatriation program for displaced persons from Rakhine State, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population signed Exchange of Letters among UNDP and UNHCR in Nay Pyi Taw on May 11th , according to the sources.
— Eleven Myanmar

Limited relief for microfinance borrowers as the clock ticks on debt payments
Myanmar’s five million microfinance borrowers will resume repayments on May 15, but many are now jobless or on reduced incomes because of COVID-19 and the health of the US$1.3 billion sector is unclear.
— Frontier Myanmar

Yoma Strategic sinks into the red with US$15.9m H2 2020 net loss
FOCUSED Yoma Strategic Holdings has sunk into the red with a net loss of US$15.9 million for the six months ended March 31, 2020, compared with a net profit of US$20.6 million a year ago.
— Business Times

Govt buys about 6,300 tons of rice in reserve from 40 companies
Government started purchasing, inspecting, accepting and storing State rice reserves on April 30, and about 6,300 tons of rice bought from 40 export companies have been stored in five warehouses.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar’s viral denial turns to economic despair
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is scrambling to roll out Covid-19 relief measures in a race to prevent businesses and banks from collapsing under the weight of the global pandemic.
— Asia Times

Myanmar air travel ban extended to end of May
The period for Temporary Measures to Prevent Importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through Air Travel has been extended to 31-5-2020, 11:59 pm Myanmar Standard Time, with permission from the National-Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s viral denial turns to economic despair
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is scrambling to roll out Covid-19 relief measures in a race to prevent businesses and banks from collapsing under the weight of the global pandemic.
— Asia Times

Govt COVID-19 committee holds meeting with PNLO
The national coordination committee for negotiating COVID-19 measures with ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) held an online video conference with the Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO) yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

COVID-19 claims 6,300 jobs in Myanmar
More than 6,300 factory workers in the Yangon region of Myanmar have now lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to trade union leaders.
— Ecotextile

ASEAN labour ministers discuss response to impacts on employment sector amid COVID-19
Labour Ministers from ASEAN countries hold the meeting yesterday through video conferencing to discuss responses to impacts of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on employees and employments in the member countries.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

More Myanmar nationals return from Thailand
Myanmar began accepting Myanmar migrant workers returning from Thailand on 1 May and accepted 38 Myanmar nationals, who received penalties from the Thai government, at Myawady Friendship Bridge (2) yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Johor state government toestablish company in Singapore for boosting trade ties
The Johor state government will establish an investment company in Singapore to improve trade links between both sides, Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad said on Thursday (May 14).
— CNA

Construction Delays, Dirty Pavements as Asian Cities Struggle Without Migrant Workers
With the cheap migrant labor that fuels much of Asia’s economy unavailable due to COVID-19, cities in the region are facing shortages of workers in many key sectors.
— Irrawaddy

Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports Order No.50/2020
The Ministry of Health and Sports is issuing this order in line with provisions stated under Article 21-(b) of the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s Major Cities to Ease Some COVID-19 Business Restrictions
While Mandalay is allowing businesses to reopen, some Yangon townships with no new cases for 20 days will lift various restrictions.
— Irrawaddy

ROK ambassador hands over 2,000 sets of PPE to MoHS
The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Myanmar presented 2,000 sets of personal protective equipment worth about US$44,000 to the Ministry of Health and Sports yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

COVID-19 Call Centre opens daily
In efforts to speed up the prevention, containment and treatment of the COVID-19 disease, the call centre is established by four communications operators and the Blue Ocean Company with the coordination of the Medical Research Department of the Health and Sports Ministry and Post and Telecommunications Department from 8 am to 8 pm daily at.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Two Muslim Children Killed, One Hurt in Mine Blast in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
A Rohingya boy and girl died and a girl was injured when a landmine exploded as they were collecting firewood and fruit in an abandoned village in Buthidaung Township.
— Irrawaddy

Residents Fined for Failing to use Face Masks in Myanmar’s Yangon
Anyone with an uncovered face risks court action as the authorities try to allow Myanmar’s coronavirus hotspot to get back to work.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar: UK national statement after Security Council closed VTC
Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener briefed Security Council members today on the situation in Myanmar.
— Gov.UK

Naga tribes of Myanmar face loss of land and forest under new law
The Naga tribes inhabit the hills in the northwestern corner of Myanmar and northeast India.
— Mongabay

Republic of the Union of Myanmar Nay Pyi Taw Council Order No. 51/2020
Republic of the Union of Myanmar Nay Pyi Taw Council Order No. 51/2020 8th Waning of Kasone, 1382 ME 14 May 2020 Public Announcement for Prevention of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

For Many in Myanmar, Working From Home Amid COVID-19 Poses Unexpected Challenges
Lack of human interaction, poor internet connections and frequent blackouts are among the problems employees face as they work from home amid COVID-19 restrictions.
— Irrawaddy

Republic of the Union of Myanmar Public announcement of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National-Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Republic of the Union of Myanmar Public announcement of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National-Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 8th Waning of Kasone, 1382 ME 14 May 2020.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

US Accuses China-Linked Hackers of Stealing Coronavirus Research
The FBI is investigating hacking activity by China-linked ‘cyber actors’ attempting to illicitly obtain COVID-19 research, US authorities said.
— Irrawaddy

Republic of the Union of Myanmar Announcement of National-Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19
Republic of the Union of Myanmar Announcement of National-Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 8th Waning of Kasone, 1382 ME 14 May 2020 It is announced that the statements to public , orders, notifications, and directives of Union-level organizations and Union ministries effective until 15 May 2020 for protection.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

 

 

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