Myanmar Morning News For May 2

Myanmar Morning News For May 2
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Myanmar peace process: Chasm opens up between talk and action
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an umbrella group of 11 armed ethnic groups negotiating for peace in Myanmar, has supposedly agreed in principle on its nine demands for talks with the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
— The Nation

Rakhine to export 10,000 tonnes of matpe to India
This year will be a good one for agriculture in Rakhine State, Rakhine State Minister for Planning, Finance, Revenue and Commerce U Kyaw Aye Thein said yesterday, as it was reported 10,000 tonnes of matpe beans will be imported to India.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

Myanmar to start collecting tourism tax
Myanmar will soon impose a tourism tax on visitors to fund the country’s tourism promotion activities, the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) said.
— Myanmar Times

Right-Wing Politics in India: Pushing Rohingya Refugees into Quandary
India, a vast South Asian nation touted to have the potential to become a global super power, has a proud history of being the largest democracy in the world and respecting human rights. Why not? It is a nation with a population of over 1.3 billion of different ethnic and diverse cultural backgrounds. It has a history of over 5,000 years, where many religions have taken their births throughout the course of its history. It is a land of total freedom for its citizens, regardless of racial or religious origins. More often than not, it has also hosted thousands of refugees displaced by conflicts in the neighbouring countries.
— Rohingya Vision

Central Bank to approve credit bureau to ease up loan services
To provide wider access to loan services for local firms, the establishment of a credit bureau is expected to be permitted by the Central Bank, an official of the bank told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Germany offers military training to Myanmar
Germany’s Chief of Defence General Volker Wieker offered to train Myanmar’s officers in Germany when he met Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
— The Nation

Japan’s IHI inaugurates heavy concrete factory joint venture in Myanmar
IHI Corp. held an opening ceremony Sunday for its heavy concrete factory in Myanmar, becoming the first Japanese plant producing pre-stressed concrete products in Southeast Asia’s newest emerging market.
— The Japan Times

Myanmar Labor Minister Commits to Working Toward Elimination of Child Labor
Half of Myanmar child laborers work in dangerous conditions for very low minimum wages as the Southeast Asian country strives to eliminate the ubiquitous practice of employing young people, the country’s labor minister said Monday.
— Radio Free Asia

Kachin residents slam Chinese banana plantations
The residents of Tarlawgyi Village in Myitkyina Township, Kachin State, have criticised the Chinese proprietors’ banana plantation deals, claiming that they lack transparency.
— Eleven

Myanmar Rejects China’s Offer to Resolve Row With Bangladesh Over Rohingya
The Myanmar government has rejected an offer by its powerful neighbor China to mediate a diplomatic dispute that the Southeast Asian country is having with Bangladesh over the recent exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims, a government spokesman said on Monday.
— Radio Free Asia

Over 3,000 workers march in honour of 127th May Day
In honour of 127th May Day, over 3,000 workers in Hlinethaya Township marched in a celebration of workers’ unions and job development yesterday.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

Most globetrotters went to Sagaing, Bagan and Mandalay in April
Most international tourists visited such tourist destinations in Myanmar as Sagaing, Bagan and Mandalay during the month of April in which the New Year Thingyan Water Festival is held across the country, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
— Eleven

Conference held to boost Myanmar’s rice industry
The International Finance Corp. (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, partnered with The Rice Trader (TRT) and the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) to organize an international conference to support the sustainable development of Myanmar’s rice industry and its regional trade.
— World Grain

Firms invited to compete for ASEAN workplace safety award
Domestic firms and factories are invited to compete for the Southeast Asian bloc’s ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network awards.
— Eleven

Omidyar considers tech and media firms in Myanmar for fresh investments
Global philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network is considering technology-led businesses in the fields of media, finance and education in Myanmar for its next round of investments.
— Deal Street Asia

Former political prisoners want role in state building
Former political prisoners feel excluded from the state building process, according to the Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS).
— Eleven



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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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