Myanmar morning news for August 16

Myanmar morning news for August 16
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Myanmar morning newsBangladesh Foreign Minister Ali invites interfaith group
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has invited the Myanmar Interfaith Dialogue Group to visit the refugee camps in Bangladesh where thousands of Muslims from northern Rakhine State are being provided with temporary shelter, U Nyunt Maung Shein, deputy chair of the group told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Thailand and Myanmar sign MoU on financial assistance to prawn breeding farm in Rakhine State
The officials from Thailand and Myanmar signed MoU on financial assistance of a 34-million-baht to be spent on prawn breeding farm in Yaychanpyin, Rakhine State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on August 14.
— Eleven Myanmar

Facebook losing the war on Myanmar hate speech
at the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire.
— Bangkok Post

Greenback hits record highs after the CBM ditches reference rate
The value of a US dollar hits a record high of Ks-1488 after the Central Bank has abolished the reference rate for currency exchange.
— Eleven Myanmar

China trumps Japan in race for economic influence in Myanmar
While the Japanese foreign minister and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed Rakhine’s development in Naypyitaw last week, a Chinese Communist Party provincial secretary met the vice president to discuss increasing investment in agriculture, transport and technology cooperation.
— Thai PBS

Industry welcomes removal of trading band as kyat continues to slide
The Central Bank of Myanmar has removed a 0.8 percent trading band around the kyat, liberalising the foreign exchange market in a move that has been welcomed by bankers, despite continuing currency weakness.
— Frontier Myanmar

22 Chinese nationals arrested on kidnapping charges in Myanmar
Myanmar police arrested 22 Chinese nationals suspected of smuggling, extorting, kidnapping, and holding 27 victims, also Chinese nationals, against their will inside Myanmar.
— Coconuts Yangon

Myanmar and Thailand working together in security, economy and other beneficial matters
Myanmar and Thailand are working together in security, economy and other beneficial issues, said State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
— Eleven Myanmar

US mulls accusing Myanmar of genocide
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is considering using the word “genocide” to describe Myanmar’s crimes against the Rohingya last year, according to a leaked draft excerpt from a statement obtained by POLITICO days before Pompeo is expected to give a speech about his department’s investigation of the atrocities.
— Coconuts Yangon

Landscaping Projects in Bagan May Ruin Chances of World Heritage Site Status
A lack of transparency in landscaping projects currently underway in Bagan, the archaeological zone in central Myanmar, has raised concerns over the safeguarding of the ancient pagodas and temples.
— The Irrawaddy

JMC needs to step up its work to help reduce clashes between Tatmadaw and RCSS
The Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) is required to step up its capacity for enabling Tatmadaw (defence services) and Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) to end armed conflicts between them, said Dr Min Zaw Oo, an executive director of Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MISP).
— Eleven Myanmar

Weeks of Fighting Between Rival Armed Groups Continues in Northern Shan
The fighting has displaced hundreds of villagers in Namtu Township, where two ethnic armed groups accuse a third of encroaching on their territory.
— The Irrawaddy

Fishing community in Mon state evacuated after flooding
Police in Paung, Mon State, evacuated the fishing community in Ahlyat Village in Paung Township as high tide destroyed their homes yesterday, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Intense fighting erupts between Tatmadaw, Northern Alliance
The Tatmadaw and the Northern Alliance have been engaged in heavy fighting in Tamoenye Sub-Township in northern Shan State since Sunday (August 12).

Burma Is Getting Away With Persecution of Christians
The nation of Burma repeatedly captures headlines as human rights in the Southeast Asian country continue to deteriorate. At the center of these stories is the southwestern state of Rakhine, home to the Rohingya, a predominately Muslim ethic group.
— The Christian Post

Over 200 residents evacuated to monastery after embankment dam burst in Kyaukpyu Township
An embankment dam burst in Kala Bar Taung Village of Taung Yin Group under Kyaukpyu Township, Rakhine State at around 11 am on August 13.

State Counselor Meets Rakhine Investigation Commission to Discuss Work Plan
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with a newly appointed commission charged with investigating alleged rights violations in Rakhine State on Wednesday to discuss the body’s work plan and select a secretary.
— The Irrawaddy

CBM intervenes in forex market, considers liquidity measures
Despite attempts to inject liquidity into the foreign exchange market and stabilise the dollar-kyat exchange rate by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), the dollar has continued to appreciate against the kyat. On August 14, the CBM set its reference at a high of K1,460 to the dollar.
— Myanmar Times

Scores of Homes Destroyed, Damaged by Storm Surge in Pyapon
Nearly 90 houses collapsed and almost 40 others were damaged by a storm surge in several villages in Pyapon Township, Irrawaddy Region on Sunday and Monday.
— The Irrawaddy

UN stands ready to offer more support for Myanmar
The United Nations agencies stand ready to offer more support to the implementation of recommendations that will provide a lasting solution to the northern Rakhine crisis, said Knut Ostby, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Gardens might affect Bagan UNESCO bid
Bagan authorities are planning to build 17 gardens inside the compounds of well-known pagodas, but a local UNESCO official expressed concern the move could affect Bagan’s bid to be declared a world heritage site.
— Myanmar Times

Nationalist supporters say they will protect Buddha Dhamma Parahita
Supporters of the nationalist Buddha Dhamma Parahita Foundation, vowed to continue to support the activities of the organisation even after the government declared it an illegal group, said U Thein Aung, who led a group of people pledging their support to foundation.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar blogger battles bias with beauty campaign
Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar usually keep a low profile for fear of intimidation, but Win Lae Phyu Sin, one of the community’s rare bloggers on beauty care, has gone the other way
— KuwaitTimes

Myanmar, Thailand promote strategic partnership
Myanmar and Thailand have reached an air service agreement and a memorandum of understanding on development of shrimp culture in Rakhine state, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Impressive Myanmar traditional longyi
Walking toward the exit of Yangon International Airport, visitors will immediately notice something eye-catching about the Myanmar people. It’s not their looks or physique as Myanmar people have the quintessential Asian appearance, but it is the widespread use of their traditional clothes – the longyi.
— Myanmar Times

Belongings and belonging: the precious objects gathered by fleeing Rohingya
The Rohingya had no time to consider what to take as Myanmar forces drove the Muslim minority into Bangladesh in a crackdown a year ago likened by the UN to ethnic cleansing.
— Bangkok Post


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