Myanmar morning news for August 20

Myanmar morning news for August 20

Myanmar morning newsUS Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Over Rohingya Crackdown
The United States imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units on Friday (17/08), accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuses across the Southeast Asian nation.
— JakartaGlobe

FDI inflows hit over US$ 829 million in four months
From April to July this year, the government allowed foreign investments worth over US$ 829 million with manufacturing and telecom sectors saw the highest inflow of foreign investments, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration.
— Eleven Myanmar

Bouquets and brickbats for Rakhine final report
WHILE MYANMAR officials have praised the final report submitted last week by Surakiart Sathirathai on the Rakhine crisis, former members of the panel and observers said the job was actually incomplete.
— The Nation

‘Everything is business’: Rohingya crisis presents economic opportunity
Captain Min Min, a Buddhist from Myanmar, looks on as a stream of Muslim Rohingya labourers zig-zag up narrow gangplanks hauling sacks of ginger from his boat onto Bangladeshi soil — one of many seizing the economic opportunities presented by a refugee crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Vocational training schools for elderly caregivers to open in Yangon
Myanmar will open vocational training schools for elderly caregivers in Yangon, in cooperation with Japan, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Fishing for migrant labour with MoUs
Myanmar has expressed an interest in sending 42,000 workers to fill vacancies in the commercial fishing sector, according to Labour Minister Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkeo.
— Bangkok Post

MSF-Holland plans to stop HIV treatment project in Yangon
The care of Doctors Without Borders (MSF-Holland) is now planning to temporarily halt its HIV treatment activities in Yangon in order to provide more projects in Shan and Kachin States by the end of 2020, says Dr Phone Thit, Deputy Medical Coordinator (Technical) from MSF-Holland.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rohingya ‘rights at risk’ after Myanmar ID move
Bangladesh has yet to decide whether it will replace its official description of Rohingya refugees — a move some claim will limit the Rohingyas’ rights as Myanmar citizens.
— Arab News

‘Hijab is like a key’: 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.
— Reuters

Facebook uses tool to fight hate in Myanmar
Facebook late Wednesday unveiled new efforts it has taken to combat hate speech and misinformation in Myanmar where Facebook has fueled ethnic violence against the Rohingya population.
— The Guam Daily Post

Spate of bloody murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear
A spate of bloody killings is fueling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatized refugees from violent gangs.
— Coconuts Yangon

Indian Navy to drop in to Yangon Port
To further strengthen close and strong bilateral relations between India and Myanmar, Indian Naval Ship Khanjar will call into Yangon, Myanmar from 18-20 August.
— Mizzima

New Kayan curriculum drafted for primary level
The Kayan Ethnic Literature Curriculum Drafting Team has started drafting a new curriculum for primary level Kayan literature from Grade-1 to Grade-3 after the team was established by the Kayan Literature and Culture Central Committee.

Maligned press council elects new members
Nineteen members were elected to sit on the new Myanmar Press Council on August 18, as the body seeks to rebuild its credibility following accusations it has failed to protect journalists and media freedom.
— Frontier Myanmar

Govt official defends controversial tender process for helicopter service in offshore oil fields
An official from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy has said the tender process for providing helicopter transport services in Myanmar’s offshore oil fields was carried out in line with the international procedures.
— Eleven Myanmar

These 2 Companies Announced Mixed Results Recently
As a quick introduction, Yoma Strategic is a conglomerate that focuses on Myanmar. It has business interests in a wide variety of sectors in the country, such as real estate development, agriculture, tourism, vehicle distribution, and food and beverage retail.
— The Motley Fool

Facebook wages uphill battle against hate speech in Myanmar
Facebook is struggling to control hate speech on its namesake platform in Myanmar, a aprticularly worrying issue given the sway held by social media over the public there.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Dies Aged 80
Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, who recently headed a high-profile advisory commission on Rakhine State, has died at the age of 80, his foundation said on Saturday.
— The Irrawaddy

Bilateral military relations further strengthen relations between two countries: Senior General
As Myanmar and Thailand are good neighbours, the two have firm and historic relations.
— Eleven Myanmar

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8888 Commemoration Event in Singapore Canceled by Venue Management
The Singapore-based Myanmar Club has had to cancel a literature talk and musical performance that it had organized for the 30th anniversary of the 8888 Uprising after the event was rejected by venue management said U Myat Maw Tun, the president of the club.
— The Irrawaddy


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