Myanmar Morning News For April 2

Myanmar Morning News For April 2
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar’s Suu Kyi urges nation to stay united amid ‘challenges’
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on Sunday for her people to remain united, saying the Southeast Asian country faces “challenges” at home and abroad, as she marked two years since her party swept to power in a historic vote.

Myanmar’s not-so-underground casinos in line for legalization
Casinos are banned in Myanmar, but you would not know that by looking at the ones in the country’s border areas. In the eastern town of Myawaddy, across a river from Thailand, the gaming houses light up the night like their counterparts in Macau or Las Vegas, though they are smaller. Little effort is made to conceal what goes on inside.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

Rohingya boat marks new exodus
A BOAT carrying 56 Rohingya that landed in Thailand yesterday was the first batch of hundreds fleeing across Southeast Asia from conflicts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state as well difficulties now plaguing refugee camps in Bangladesh, sources said.
The Nation 

China, Myanmar vow to carry forward ‘paukphaw’ friendship
China and Myanmar vowed here Saturday to inherit and carry forward the “paukphaw” friendship between the two countries in the new era.
Pakistan Observer 

Slashed! Tax amnesty gets the chop
Parliament has scrapped a tax amnesty plan proposed by the construction industry that some observers have said was “fundamentally unfair”.
Frontier Myanmar 

Myanmar seeks closer Thai business ties
THOUGH MYANMAR received only US$123 million (Bt3.84 billion) from Thai investments in the previous fiscal year ending on March 31, the nation’s investment body foresees a significant inflow of Thai businesses over the next few years.
The Nation 

Myanmar: Quash Conviction of Former Child Soldier
Myanmar authorities should exonerate and release a former child soldier who spoke to journalists about his army experiences, Human Rights Watch said today.
Human Right Watch 

Myanmar’s manufacturing PMI rises to record high in March
The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, or PMI, improved to 53.7 in March from 52.6 in February. The reading was the highest since the survey began in December 2015.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

FMI tops business survey, 37% of companies still lack website
First Myanmar Investment, City Mart Holding Co Ltd and Serge Pun & Associates have topped the latest Pwint Thit Sa business transparency survey, which also revealed that nearly 40 percent of the 182 assessed companies have no corporate website.
Frontier Myanmar

New Myanmar president aims to amend military-written constitution
Myanmar’s new president promised to look at the country’s military-written constitution, corruption and human rights in his inaugural speech Friday, challenging a charter that bans Aung San Suu Kyi from top office and gives the military major powers.

New bridge to resolve Thilawa’s transport nightmare
INVESTORS in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Thanlyin residents now see the light at the end of the long tunnel, as a new bridge connecting the area with Yangon is scheduled to complete within four years.
The Myanmar Times 

Myanmar’s new President reshuffles cabinet
Myanmar’s new President yesterday promised to amend the country’s army-written Constitution in his inaugural speech, challenging a charter that bans Ms Aung San Suu Kyi from the top office and gives the military major powers.
The Insider Car News 

Impact Terra raises $3M to provide ag data to Myanmar farmers
More than 60% of Myanmar’s workforce depends on farming for a living, but the country’s agriculture sector is among the least productive in Asia.
Impact Alpha 

PTTEP confirms its commitment to Myanmar oil and gas
PTTEP reaffirmed its commitment to the development and growth of Myanmar’s oil and gas industry at the Offshore Technology Conference Asia 2018 this week.

Doklam lesson: Army increases strength at India-China-Myanmar tri-junction near Tibet
WALONG (ARUNACHAL PRADESH): Indian troops deployed along the disputed Sino-India border in the Himalayan range of the Arunachal sector have increased their patrolling at a tri-junction of India, China and Myanmar to prevent a repeat of a Doklam-like standoff.
The Economic Times

Lower House approves bill to amend TV and Broadcasting Law
Members of Parliament are seen preparing to attend the regular session of Lower House Parliament on March 29.
Lower House (Pyithu Hluttaw) approved the bill to amend television and broadcasting law along with the amendments during the regular session of Lower House (Pyithu Hluttaw) in Nay Pyi Taw on March 29.
Eleven Myanmar

New Yangon City Phase-1 expected to cost over $ 1.5 bln
Infrastructure development of New Yangon City Phase-1 is expected to cost over US$ 1.5 billion, Yangon region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said at a press conference on the launch of New Yangon Development Co Ltd (NYDC) at Lotte Hotel in Yangon on March 31.
Eleven Myanmar

FDA introduces alternative drugs for formalin
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demonstrated the use of preservation drugs to businesspersons at its office in Yangon last Saturday.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 


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