Myanmar morning news for August 21

Myanmar morning news for August 21
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Myanmar morning newsReuters journalists face verdict next week on Myanmar secrets charges
The judge in the trial of two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar on accusations of obtaining secret state documents said on Monday he will deliver his verdict on Aug. 27, in a case seen as a test of press freedom in the fledgling democracy.
— The Star Online

Govt expects more Japanese visitors after visa exemptions
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expects to attract over 200,000 Japanese visitors to Myanmar following the government’s decision to provide visa exemptions to Japanese tourists, Minister U Ohn Maung said on Saturday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s SEZs: Liabilities or assets?
In an effort to open up its economy, the government in Myanmar has taken various steps in making the country more attractive to investors.
— The Asean Post

About 338,000 tourists visit Myanmar through Tachilek this year
Tachilek, a border between Myanmar and Thailand, hosted a total of 337,966 international visitors between April and mid-August this year, state media reported quoting official figures released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Monsoon paddy re-grown in Bago Region
The Agriculture Department together with relevant department officials, are now re-growing monsoon paddies which were damaged due to flooding in Kyaukgyi Township, Taungoo District, Bago Region.
— Eleven Myanmar

Muslim Teenager Takes to the Web to Battle Discrimination in Myanmar
Win Lae Phyu Sin records and posts make-up tutorials while wearing a hijab as a way to help other Muslims build confidence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s start far from perfect
Myanmar, which is competing at the Games in eight events − football, archery, shooting, sepak takraw, taekwondo, volleyball, wushu and rowing – was in the thick of the action in four of them yesterday − shooting, sepak takraw, taekwondo and wushu – and did not fare all that well.
— Myanmar Times

Public servants should not exchange dignity for corruption: President
A government must free from corruption if it wants to be a clean one or a good one. Anti-corruption commissions will be established at state and region levels in an effort to eradicate bribery and corruption
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar included in country list of high rates of TB affliction
Myanmar is still included in the list for high rates of Tuberculosis (TB) affected by country due to irregular takings of medicines, multidrug-resistant cases and HIV/TB related cases, according to National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Control.
— Eleven Myanmar

Four reported dead among 1,200 confirmed dengue (DHF) cases
Mon State has recorded more than 1,200 confirmed dengue (DHF) cases in 10 townships since January this year, according to Dr Sithu Ye Naung, assistant director of the state’s Public Health Department, state media reported.

Murders leave refugee camps gripped by fear
A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million refugees from violent gangs.
— Mizzima

Authorities seize over K467 M worth of illegal goods in first week of August
One case happened at Yangon International Airport and the authorities seized 0.1 million worth of illegal goods in that period.
— Eleven Myanmar

Film director Mike Tee arrested for possession of 26 yaba pills
Myanmar film director Mike Tee was arrested by Yangon police on the night of Aug. 16 after they found 26 yaba pills in his car.
— Coconuts Yangon

Experiencing Mandalay On a Tight Schedule
Mandalay is the second-largest city in Myanmar and the country’s last royal capital. It is also known as the “motorbike city.” It has historic buildings, traditional food, beautiful landscapes, and many temples and monasteries
— The Irrawaddy

President Takes Sagaing Officials to Task Over Duplicated Drug Figures
Local authorities in Sagaing Region have drawn the ire of President U Win Myint by submitting fabricated monthly drug-seizure statistics, including identical information for two consecutive months.
— The Irrawaddy

Lawsuit Opened Against Chairman of Gold Mining Company
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation said on Friday that it is planning to arrest the chairman of a gold mining company and that a lawsuit has been opened against him for abusing a mining law.
— The Irrawaddy

New Myanmar Press Council committee members challenged to fix Media Act
The Myanmar Press Council (MPC) has elected 10 new committee members from among 53 candidates who vied for the position.
— Myanmar Times

Public-Private Partnerships: Headlong vs. Strategic
It is understandable, given Myanmar’s immense infrastructure needs. In a 2013 country report, the McKinsey Global Institute estimated Myanmar’s infrastructure needs at $320 billion by 2030
— The Irrawaddy

Enough airline capacity to serve Myanmar
Travellers visiting in Myanmar can rely on around seven airlines to offer competent domestic services to tourist destinations across the country.
— TRWeekly

PH, Myanmar ink agri deal
THE Philippines and Myanmar are now working to strengthen each other’s farm sectors, particularly improving fisheries production, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
— The Manila Times

Border pass issued for crossing India-Myanmar border
Border pass cards are being issued to cross India-Myanmar border via No 2 border trading camp Rihkhawdar-Zowkhawthar border checkpoint.


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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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