Myanmar morning news for August 14

Myanmar morning news for August 14
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Myanmar morning newsPilot project to irrigate Myanmar’s dry zoneKhine Kyaw
Farmers living in the central dry zone will no longer have to fight for water thanks to a pilot project funded by Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and other partners, officials said.
— The Nation

Mon State gov’t to assist flood-hit farmlands
Over 65,000 acres of monsoon paddy have been inundated in Kyaikhto, Bilin, Thaton, Paung, and Kyaikmaraw townships in the Mon State due to heavy rain in July and around 17,000 acres have been completely damaged, according to statistics from the Mon State Department of Agriculture.

State Counsellor urges youth to spend more time reading
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged the youth to spend more time reading and not just on video games in order to expand their perspective and improve their writing skills.
— Myanmar Times

Youth Should Be Encouraged to Take Part in Peace Process, Camp Participants Say
Steps need to be taken to engage young people in Myanmar’s peace process and actively involve them in it, instead of simply regarding them as passive beneficiaries, according to both young people themselves and agencies working to empower them.
— The Irrawaddy

Consumer prices increase in Myawady amidst high exchange rate
Prices of products from Thailand in Myawady market are rising as Thai Baht exchange rate skyrockets and thus, market activities have grind to almost to a halt.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar asks BD to stop aid to stranded Rohingya
Myanmar has asked Bangladesh to stop providing aid to 6,000 Rohingya stranded on the border between the two countries since a military crackdown prompted a mass exodus of the Muslim minority last year, the foreign ministry in Dhaka said.
— Dawn

The red-stained streets of Yangon
Before coming to Yangon, I was admonished by a friend who had visited Myanmar’s economic capital that I should be aware of a lot of people chewing betel nuts. I did not find anything strange about people chewing betel nuts until my first day in the city a month ago.
— Myanmar Times

Govt Gives Gold Mine Operator Final Warning to Hand Back License
The government has given one of the largest gold mine operators in Mandalay Region a final warning to hand back its license for failing to make its payments or be blacklisted and prosecuted.
— The Irrawaddy

Pyin Oo Lwin property market sees pick up
Demand for property in Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly known as Maymyo, in Mandalay, has been on the rise of late.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar has 27 hydropower plants, eight ongoing projects
Myanmar has 27 hydroelectric power stations and eight ongoing projects, while feasibility study reports are being compiled for additional projects, said Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr Tun Naing.
— Eleven Myanmar

Nationalists Rally in Yangon to Denounce New Ban on Ma Ba Tha
Hundreds of Buddhist nationalists gathered in Yangon on Saturday to protest against an edict from the state Buddhist clerics authority banning Myanmar’s leading nationalist organization and ordering it to take down its signs by next month.
— The Irrawaddy

Nyaungshwe MPs reject proposal to construct hotel on floating island
Four MPs including Inn Ethnic Affairs Minister Dr Tun Hlaing rejected a proposal to build hotel on the 90 acres wide of natural floating island belonging to the Department of Forestry in Mongthauk region, Nyaungshwe Township, Southern Shan State.
— Eleven Myanmar

Prominent 88 Generation student dies in car accident
Ma Mee Mee, a prominent member of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, has Prominent 88 Generation student dies in car accident died following a car accident today in Ayeyarwady Region’s Kyaunggon Township, a spokesperson for the group has confirmed.
— Frontier Myanmar

Bangladesh FM ends Myanmar visit, no decision on refugees
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali on Sunday concluded his four-day visit to Myanmar that took him to the northern Rakhine State to see for himself the trail of devastation left behind by the violent conflict in the area.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Asks Bangladesh to End Aid to Rohingyas Amid Repatriation Plan – Reports
The Myanmar government asks Bangladesh to wind down its aid to Rohingya refugees living for almost a year on a narrow neutral stretch of land at the border between the two countries amid the plans to organize such help on its own and later repatriate these people, Matichon newspaper reported on Monday.
— SputnikNews

Expert to assess Bagan ahead of UNESCO conference
In January, Myanmar submitted its final nomination dossier for Bagan to UNESCO. In submitting the dossier the government pledged to implement a management plan for the Bagan heritage zone that covers issues such as local businesses, social issues, agriculture, transportation and tourism.
— Frontier Myanmar

Dengue rates drop by half
The outbreak rate of dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) dropped by half in the first eight months of this year as of Aug. 4 compared with the same period of last year, Xinhua reported quoting state media.
— Mizzima

Kachin parties come together by establishing Kachin State Party (KSP)
Four Kachin political parties have approved the name ‘Kachin State Party’ and the flag and emblem for the new party on August 11 as they reach the end of their merger journey.

Thailand wants Myanmar workers for its fishery sector
The Thai government has discussed with Myanmar for hiring labourers for its fishery sector in order to address the current shortage.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar celebrates World Elephant Day
In dedication of the preservation and protection of world’s elephants, August 12 was designated as World Elephant Day which was founded in 2012 by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation.
— Eleven Myanmar

Mandalay revokes permits for 57 apartments over nonpayment
The Mandalay government has revoked the permits for the sale of 57 apartments under the government affordable housing programme after those who were given the rights to buy these units failed to make payment after one year.
— Myanmar Times

Missing Myanmar violinist found at Bangkok hospital
hospital in Bangkok on Monday, where he was receiving treatment for a broken arm.
— Bangkok Post

Don to discuss Rakhine plans, air deal on Myanmar visit
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai will sign the Thailand-Myanmar Air Services Agreement and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the Project on the Development of Shrimp Culture in Rakhine State during visit to Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post


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