Myanmar morning news for May 21

Myanmar morning news for May 21

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar police make Asia’s biggest drug bust in decades, seizing 200 million meth tablets
Hong Kong (CNN)Myanmar police have made Asia’s biggest drug bust in decades, seizing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contraband including “unprecedented” amounts of methylfentanyl, a dangerously potent synthetic opioid.

Is China Deploying COVID-19 Diplomacy to Speed BRI Projects in Myanmar?
At present, fears that China is using the pandemic to exert excessive pressure and push through BRI projects in Myanmar are exaggerated.
— The Diplomat

Myanmar Government Rejects Motion to Shutter Polluting Chinese-Owned Coal Plant
Myanmar’s government on Tuesday rejected a Shan state member of parliament’s proposal to shutter a Chinese-owned coal-fired power plant residents of his region say has exceeded land use specifications, severely polluted the local environment, and jeopardized their health and livelihoods.
— Radio Free Asia

Preacher who claimed Christians immune to virus appears in Myanmar court
A preacher who said Christians were immune to the coronavirus and then contracted it himself appeared in a Myanmar court on Wednesday to face charges over organising services in defiance of a ban on gatherings.
— Reuters

AirAsia relief flight transport 81 Myanmar citizens from Philippines
As the international flights are being postponed due to COVID-19, Myanmar stranded in the Philippines were brought back to Myanmar by the relief flight of AirAsia Philippines on May 18.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar says 8 coronavirus cases among returnees from Malaysia
Myanmar authorities said on Tuesday said they have found eight coronavirus cases among scores of people who returned from Malaysia, where the authorities have recently been detaining undocumented migrants.
— Asia One

Will Myanmar Comply with Provisional Measures in Gambia v. Myanmar?
On November 11, 2019 The Gambia submitted an application against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) alleging that Myanmar had violated its obligations under the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention).
— Jurist

Myanmar announces support to mitigate impact of pandemic but construction likely to be affected
Despite sharing a 2,100km porous border with China, Myanmar reported its first confirmed coronavirus case relatively late on 24 March.
— Design Build

China to continue support Myanmar, Bangladesh in fighting COVID-19
China will continue to support Myanmar and Bangladesh to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at its best in terms of medical supplies and teams of medics based on their needs, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday during separate phone calls with Myanmar’s President U Win Myint and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
— The Diplomat

Myanmar Strips Rakhine Politician Jailed For Treason of MP Status, Bars Him From Elections
Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has stripped jailed Rakhine politician Aye Maung of his status as a Lower House member of parliament and barred him from running for office, citing his conviction on charges of treason, according to state media reports.
— Radio Free Asia

Over 3,400 tonnes of illegal timber seized in Myanmar
Over 3,405 tonnes of illegal timber were seized in southern Myanmar’s Bago region in first four months of this year, state-run media reported on Wednesday (May 20).
— The Star Online

Myanmar State Counsellor rejects online classes
Myanmar’s de facto leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said the country lacks the necessary infrastructure for an internet-based teaching system.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar minimum wage decision faces three-month delay
The COVID-19 outbreak has stalled a decision on the new daily minimum wage for at least three months, a member of the committee discussing the issue said.
— Myanmar Times

Hyundai helping to protect Myanmar from COVID-19
When the coronavirus (COVID-19) began its journey outside of mainland China, Korea was one of the first countries to suffer. Announcing its first case on February 19, a month later, the infection rate climbed to a total of 346. By early April, that number was over 10,000.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Announces Tender to Develop Over 1 GW of Solar Projects
Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has invited bids for the implementation of 1.06 GW of ground-mounted solar power projects from independent power producers (IPP) on a build-operate-own (BOO) basis.
— Mercom India

ADRA provides learning solutions in Myanmar, despite closed schools
When the Covid-19 pandemic was declared in March, many of the schools and vocational education centers the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is partnering with were closed in order to prevent further spread of the virus. But opportunities for learning using a phone or a tablet can’t be stopped by a pandemic.
— Adventist

China donates protective equipment to Myanmar’s western state for COVID-19 fight
The China’s CITIC Group Tuesday donated protective equipment to be used in fight against COVID-19 in Kyaukpyu town of Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
— Xinhua

Tigyit coal-fired power plant to continue operation
Myanmar’s government on Tuesday rejected a Shan state member of parliament’s proposal to shutter a Chinese-owned coal-fired power plant residents of his region say has exceeded land use specifications, severely polluted the local environment, and jeopardized their health and livelihoods, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

‘Off-the-charts’ Myanmar drug busts reveal fentanyl first
Myanmar has made Southeast Asia’s largest-ever seizure of synthetic drugs in raids that revealed the “unprecedented” production of opioids in an area notorious for pumping out heroin and meth, the UN said Monday.
— BNI Online

Restructuring inches closer for Sembcorp Industries: analysts
An overhaul may just be on the horizon for Sembcorp Industries (SCI), warns analysts, as the company expects energy operations to continue being slammed by a double whammy of falling demand and shrinking prices throughout 2020.

Military silent after vowing action against soldiers who filmed boat beating
A week after the Burmese military said it would investigate five of its soldiers caught beating a group of Rakhine civilians on a boat, no progress has been cited in the case.
— Coconuts Myanmar

Myanmar Strips Imprisoned Veteran Rakhine Politician of MP Status
The Election Commission has removed Arakan National Party founder Dr. Aye Maung from the list of MPs and barred him from future elections due to his treason conviction.
— Irrawaddy

MoALI discusses participatory irrigation management system
A conference on promoting Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) was held at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

COVID-19 in Myanmar Updated at 8 pm, 20 May 2020 Total: now 199
Result on testing of 159 samples at the Department of Medical Research and 94 samples in the first group at the National Health Laboratory (Yangon), totalling 253 on 20 May afternoon showed SIX new positive cases.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Pastors Arrested for Holding Gatherings Amid Myanmar’s COVID-19 Restrictions
After completing their quarantine periods, two pastors appeared in court and were detained to face charges of violating Yangon’s ban on public gatherings amid COVID-19.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar MP Denounces Govt’s Extension of Controversial Coal Power Plant Operation
A Shan State lawmaker spoke out against the continued approval of a coal plant in Tigyit despite its damage to local residents’ health and environment.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar President, PRC President discuss closer bilateral ties in various sectors
U Win Myint, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar had a telephone conversation with His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China on 20 May 2020 at 18:10.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar says 8 virus cases among returnees from Malaysia
Myanmar authorities said on Tuesday said they have found eight coronavirus cases among scores of people who returned from Malaysia, where the authorities have recently been detaining undocumented migrants.
— Asahi

Livestock decline may pose longer term food security issues: survey
The Myanmar livestock sector is among the sectors impacted as a result of COVID-19, according to results of a Myanmar Livestock Federation survey released May 18.
— Myanmar Times

Mobile market system underway in Yangon outskirts: MFVP
Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (MFVP) has launched e-commerce platform and also, sell the fruits and vegetables with mobile market trucks in the suburban townships of Yangon, MFVP Secretary U Kyaw Thu told the Global New Light of Myanmar yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Super Cyclonic storm in Bay of Bengal may not affect Myanmar but flooding may occur
Super Cyclonic storms at the Bay of Bengal did not enter Myanmar but flash floods may occur in Myanmar, prompting the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement to issue preventive measures.
— Eleven Myanmar

6 cases are tested positive for COVID-19, all are returnees from UAE
More 6 positive cases of COVID-19 were found in Myanmar on 20 May, and the national tally has reached 199, according to the report of the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

NSCN-K commander assassinated
A commander of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland- Khaplang, Captain Chusimu was shot dead in Sagaing Region on Monday, according to the Naga rebel group.
— Mizzima

Working Committee meets to address the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s economy
The fifth meeting of the Working Committee to address the Impact of COVID-19 on the country’s economy was held via video conferencing system yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

National-level resettlement programme, closure of IDP camps discussed through videoconference
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye presided over the video conference meeting yesterday afternoon on implementation of national strategy for resettlement programmes and closure of IDP camps in the country.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MP Warns Australian-backed Mining in Myanmar’s Far North May Spark Protest
A Kachin lawmaker says local communities object to an Australian-backed mining survey in Myanmar’s northernmost township over possible impacts on their land and livelihoods.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MoHS prepares for upgrade of internet page, social networks
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe presided over the meeting at his office in Nay Pyi Taw to upgrade internet page and social networks of his ministry.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Urban farm Kokkoya Organics launches online shop to help connect local farmers
Kokkoya Organics, an urban farm in Yangon, has expanded their approach and launched an online shop for weekly deliveries that can directly support local producers, farmers and restaurants who no longer have access to the physical markets.
— Myanmore

107 Myanmar citizens repatriated from Malaysia on 20 May
A relief flight of Myanmar Airways International landed at the Yangon International Airport yesterday afternoon, carrying 107 Myanmar citizens who are in the second group stranded in Malaysia due to suspension of international airlines amid COVID-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Smuggled Rohingya caught in Tak
TAK: Ten adult Rohingya were arrested in Mae Sot district, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night and charged with illegal entry, police said.
— Bangkok Post

Amyotha Hluttaw approves 5th amendment regulations of Hluttaw election bylaws
The Second Amyotha Hluttaw held its 4th day meeting yesterday, with substitutions of Hluttaw committee chairpersons and members, questions to the relevant ministries and approvals of 5th amendment regulations of Hluttaw election bylaws.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Hotels to Slash Wages in Myanmar’s Capital Because of COVID-19 Closures
Hotel bosses in Naypyitaw say they can no longer afford to pay full wages as income crashes amid coronavirus closures.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Doctor Arrested for Facebook Rant Against Monks Who Oppose Sex Education
A doctor faces jail under a law against insulting religion after he posted a fiery attack on social media against Buddhist monks who oppose the teaching of sex education.
— Irrawaddy



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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22.


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