Myanmar Morning News For March 24

Myanmar Morning News For March 24
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Myanmar morning news

Myanmar steps up anti-money laundering drive: Media
Myanmar is stepping up anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing drive as part of the work procedure of Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering, a government-owned newspaper reported on Wednesday.
— Mid-Day

Turkish Diplomats Visit Sittwe IDP Camps
The Diplomats from the Turkish Embassy in Yangon visited the Rohingya IDP (Internally Displaced People) Camps here in Sittwe Township on Tuesday (March 21).
— Rohingya Vision

Thingyan permits will be revoked if resold
Mandalay authorities warned that they will revoke Thingyan pandal permits that are resold to third parties by winning  bidders.
— Myanmar Times

Diesel opens first monobrand store in Myanmar at Yangon International Airport
Lifestyle brand Diesel has opened a new monobrand store at Yangon International Airport – its first in Myanmar.
— The Moodie Davitt Report

Authorities restrict illegal import of chicken products
Traders have been advised not to store or distribute illegally imported eggs and chicken or duck products, according to the Livestock and Treatment Department.
— Eleven

Thailand detains 51 migrant workers related to drug case
Thai police detained 51 Myanmar migrant workers in connection with a drug case in Mae Sot on March 22.
— Eleven

No bus fare hike before Thingyan, say authorities
There will be no bus fare hike before the Thingyan holidays, authorities in Nay Pyi Taw said.
— Myanmar Times

2,000-tonnes of logs seized in 3 months
Government troops seized over 2,000 tonnes of smuggled logs in three months in Shan and Kachin states, according to the commander-in-chief’s office.
— Eleven

Local entrepreneurs to get support, says minister
The government will provide support for local entrepreneurs, but this will not take the form of protectionism, Minister for Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win told a meeting of the Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Korean language test draws 30,000 workers
More than 30,000 people have applied to sit for a Korean language proficiency test, which is a requirement for those hoping to work in South Korea, said Daw Thin Thin Lwin, staff officer of the Government Overseas Employment Agency.
— Myanmar Times

Muse trade falls by $312m
Between April 1 to March 10, border trade through Muse reached US$4.6 billion, down US$312 million from the same period the year before, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven

Judge pledges to decide fairly in mining case
A Minbu court judge maintained that he would decide on a case involving illegal coal miners objectively, just a 400
people demonstrated against the prosecutions of a mining company owner and his workers.
— Myanmar Times

Duterte: Myanmar should use the many opportunities for education and training that Philippines offer
In his address Duterte, stressed the importance of inclusive economic growth in the region. “In trade and investment, we must sustain our growth rates so that everyone, I mean everyone in our societies enjoy the blessings of prosperity.”
— Consult-Myanmar

Myanmar- Thai Border Trade Rises $200m
Myanmar’s border trade with Thai­land increased by about $200 million in the current fiscal year 2016-2017 as of March 3rd, as compared with the same period of the last fis­cal year, official media re­ported last Thursday.
— Consult-Myanmar

Minister calls for jobs for female refugees
Women fleeing armed conflict need job opportunities, minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye has told a press conference.
— Eleven

Softline and Microsoft Target Local Banks With Launch of Cloud Services
Moscow- based global IT solu­tions and service provider, Softline, is look­ing to sell its cloud secu­rity services to customers in Myanmar’s emerging financial sector, one of the company’s executives told an audience at its Yangon product launch.
— Consult-Myanmar

Myanmar attains medium human development status
In a 2016 report on Human Development of the United Nations, Myanmar’s Human Development Index has moved up to rank 145 out of 188 countries, attaining medium human development status. The report was released by the UN Development Program yesterday at U Thant Hall in UNDP’s office, with representative Miss Renata Dessallien and financial consultant Thomas Caren speaking at the press conference.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

Uncut jade stones auctioned by open tender bid system
The sales of jade lots and uncut jade stones in Myanmar currency, which is slated to kick off from 19 to 24 March, continued for the fourth day at Mani Yadana Jade Hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

Authorities failing to address complaints: report
The way the authorities are dealing with public complaints is unsatisfactory, according to the Upper House Committee for Public Complaints.
— Eleven

Talks held to boost rice exports
A seven-member delegation led by private sector specialist Jose Ricardo Silva of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and other rice traders met a Burmese team led by Ye Min Aung and Nay Lin Zin, the joint MRF general secretaries, at the MRF offices.
— Eleven

Commission members called us liars, say Rohingya in Bangladesh
Members of a commission appointed by the Rakhine State Hluttaw have accused Rohingya who said they fled to Bangladesh to escape violence of being liars, a Dhaka newspaper has reported.
— Frontier Myanmar

1,000 buses ordered from China
Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) has ordered 1,000 buses, costing US$56,000 each, from China to be used by the Yangon Bus Service (YBS), Dr Maung Aung, secretary of the YRTA said.
— Eleven

Mon Hluttaw deputy speaker responds to dismissal rumours after bridge protest
The deputy speaker of the Mon State Hluttaw has refused to deny rumours he will be dismissed from his post, after he earned the ire of the National League for Democracy over his role in the ongoing Chaungzon bridge dispute.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar’s success is ASEAN success, says Surin Pitsuwan
Asean’s former secretary general said yesterday that Myanmar could show the way for the regional group to face challenges and find common solutions. “Myanmar’s success is ASEAN success,” he declared.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar President Htin Kyaw takes back-seat role
State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is increasingly wielding power in Myanmar, with President Htin Kyaw helping her behind the scenes.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Navy seizes boat with 10 Myanmar citizens in Bay
Bangladesh Navy yesterday seized a Myanmar boat with at least 10 of its citizens for illegally entering into Bangladesh through the Bay of Bengal.
— The Daily Star




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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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