Myanmar morning news for August 28

Myanmar morning news for August 28
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Myanmar morning newsWhere will Yangon fall on the Krispy Kreme Asean Price Index?
Hot on the heels of Krispy Kreme’s 81st birthday celebration in July, the American doughnut franchise is preparing to open its first outlet in Myanmar.
— AEC News Today

Myanmar military leaders should face genocide charges, UN says
An independent United Nations investigation into alleged human rights abuses carried out against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has called for the country’s military leaders to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Myanmar: Verdict for two jailed Reuters journalists postponed
A court in Myanmar has postponed the verdict against two Reuters journalists accused of illegally possessing official documents in a case that has drawn attention to the faltering state of press freedom in the troubled Southeast Asian nation.
— Aljazeera

State Counselor Offers Reassurances Amid Economic Woes
Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi offered words of reassurance to the business community regarding the current economic slowdown saying that her government is working to deal with some major complaints, though the progress will take time.
— The Irrawaddy

Rakhine crisis a ‘genocide’, says UN probe
MYANMAR’S commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and several other senior military officers must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes over their responsibility for violence in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, a United Nations independent fact-finding mission said yesterday.
— The Nation

29 industrial zones in Yangon Region to be handed over to YCDC
A total of 29 industrial zones will be placed under the control of Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), said Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.
— Eleven Myanmar

Education desperately needed for refugees in Cox’s Bazar
Twelve months after the humanitarian nightmare began to unfold in northern Rakhine, the UK renews its call on the international community to prioritise long-term support, especially access to education, for the Muslim refugees living in the camps in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, UNICEF warns that investment in education is “desperately needed” to avert a “long generation” of refugee children.
— Myanmar Times

MFF proposes AFF to allow two ASEAN Suzuki group matches to be held in Yangon and Mandalay
Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) put forward a proposal to ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) to allow two group matches of ASEAN Suzuki Cup for 2018 to be held in Yangon and Mandalay.
— Eleven Myanmar

Yangon’s new automotive policy to commence in October
The much-touted Yangon Vehicle Quota Certificate (YVQC) system for car importers will start in Yangon in October, said U Phyo Min Thein, the region’s chief minister, during a press conference on August 24.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Model won Best of the performance of the week in Asia’s Next Top Model
In the very first week of its competition of Asia’s Next Top Model, Myanmar model “Beauty” won Best of the performance of the week.
— Eleven Myanmar

Amata Holding Public Co begins share sales
Share sales were held at Sedona Hotel in Yangon on August 26. The company is due to sell shares not only to Myanmar citizens but also to foreigners, said company chairman Win Aung.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rowers fail to get on podium
Myanmar’s hopes of adding to its Asian Games medal tally have faded after its rowers were denied podium finish in the 500m traditional boat race competition yesterday.
— Myanmar Times

Aung San Suu Kyi has ‘contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes’: UN report
Myanmar’s military leadership, including Supreme Commander Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for committing genocide against the Rohingya, urged a report published on Monday by the three-person fact-finding mission appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.
— Coconuts Yangon

Verdict in Reuters case postponed due to judge’s ‘poor health’
he verdict in the trial of Reuters journalists Ko Wa Lone and Ko Kyaw Soe Soe Oo has been postponed to September 3 because of judge U Ye Lwin’s “poor health”, according to a surprise announcement delivered in court on August 27.
— Frontier Myanmar

UN fact-finding mission seeks prosecution of Tatmadaw leaders
A United Nations fact-finding team on Monday urged the government of Myanmar to investigate and prosecute the country’s top military leaders for alleged genocide in the northern Rakhine State.
— Myanmar Times

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, removes 70 accounts and pages over ‘hate and misinformation’
Facebook has removed 18 personal accounts, one Instagram account, and 52 pages linked to the “spread of hate and misinformation” during the Myanmar military’s clearance operations against Rohingya communities in Rakhine State last year.
— Coconuts Yangon

UN officials to visit Chin State for Chin refugee issue
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Chief of Mission has postponed the plan to interview Chin refugees in September and October as part of the repatriation program and will visit the Chin State to carry out detailed inspections.

Why food safety is important?
Nowadays, food safety is top priority for Myanmar and also a significant challenge for most of the developing countries as it can affect not only public health and their social well-being but also the various sectors of the country including tourism, economy and development
— Myanmar Times

Ethnic Mon people from Karen, Mon states attend Mon Revolution Day ceremony
Mon youths from the Karen (Kayin) State have joined Mon youths and Mon people during the 71st Mon Revolution Day ceremony, which was led by Mon youths in Mudon Township, Mon State.

Operators unfazed as Myanmar slows
YOUNG entrepreneurs in Myanmar remain upbeat on the country’s economic outlook despite weakening of the kyat, high inflation and delay to reform.
— The Nation

Facebook bans Myanmar army chief, top brass over rights abuses
Facebook banned Myanmar’s army chief and other top military brass on Monday after a UN investigation recommended they face prosecution for genocide for a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
— Yahoo News

Over 1.4 million WY tablets worth over Ks 4 billion seized in Rakhine State’s Buthidaung
A total of 1,452,750 WY tablets worth over Ks 4.3 billion were seized in Buthidaung, Rakhine (Arakan) State on August 25.

KNU says they will engage with non-NCA signatories
The Karen National Union (KNU) said in a statement that they would engage with ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) which had not yet signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and would strive for achieving internal peace in the country.
— Mizzima

Trade with India reaches US$300 million
Myanmar exports mung beans, pigeon peas, green grams, areca nuts, ginger, saffron, turmeric, bay leaves and other fruits and vegetables, fishery and forest products while pharmaceuticals, oil cakes, electronic products, motorbikes, steel and other construction materials are imported.
— Mizzima

Swaraj opens ‘Jaipur Foot’ camp in Vietnam; meets 500 beneficiaries of India-made prosthetic limb
The Jaipur-based Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) has started an artificial limb fitment camp in association with the central government at Myanmar’s Yangon city.
— Business Standard

Displaced Rohingya could be recruited by terrorist groups
“This is our concern. It may happen to the Rohingya, similar to what happened to the Palestinians. When they are desperate, they can accept whatever extremist views because they feel that is their only way out.
— Free Malaysia Today

Commercial Bank named Sri Lanka’s Most Respected Bank for 14th year running
Commercial Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the Bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Representative Office in Yangon and a Microfinance company in Nay PyiTaw; the Maldives, where the Bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake; and Italy, where the Bank operates its own money transfer service.
— Adaderanbiz.Lk

Myanmar VP calls for export promotion, import regulation for trade balance
Myanmar’s Vice President U Myint Swe has called for efforts to promote export and manage import regulation for trade balance in the country, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday.
— Mizzima


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