Myanmar morning news for August 29

Myanmar morning news for August 29

Myanmar morning news

Prioritising essential imports one way to better manage trade deficit: VP
Traders should exercise more discipline when importing items that are non-essential to the Myanmar economy, as this could help prevent the budget deficit from widening beyond necessary, vice president U Myint Swe said during a meeting at the United Myanmar Federation Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on August 24.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar condemnation touches economic direction
The one-year anniversary of the escape of over half a million Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine State into Bangladesh, with a current total of over 900,000 in the world’s largest camp, coincided with clear United Nations condemnation of human-rights abuses as well as investor fears over the economic policy and performance fallout on both sides of the border.

Myanmar Govt Rejects UN Report on Military Human Rights Violations
A spokesperson of the Myanmar government has rejected the UN fact-finding mission’s report which calls for genocide charges against the country’s military leadership for attacking Muslim Rohingya and which also blames the country’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to intervene.
— The Irrawaddy

State Counsellor urges entrepreneurs to help grow nation’s wealth
Myanmar’s business community has an important role to play in ensuring the country’s political voice is heard on the global stage, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said at the meeting between government officials and business persons and at Myanmar Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— Myanmar Times

Investigation into Land Allegedly Owned by U Thein Sein, Ex-Ministers Suspended
An investigation into the ownership of some 900 acres (364 hectares) of land allegedly acquired illegally by former President U Thein Sein and his cabinet members in administrative capital Naypyitaw has been suspended due to legal barriers.
— The Irrawaddy

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Myanmar family seeks help from CSD to probe murder case
A family of Myanmar migrant workers today asked the Crime Suppression Division police to investigate the death of a Myanmar fisherman who was killed and his body, with the hands tied, dumped into the Tha Chine river in Samut Sakhon province six months ago.
— ThaiPBS

A close encounter with ‘one of the treasures of Myanmar’
This natural beauty is called Maubin town, found in the plains of Ayeyarwady Region, about 87 kilometres north of Yangon, a three-hour ride from the economic capital.
— Myanmar Times

Govt Refuses to Allow Shan Coalition to Hold Meeting in Taunggyi
The Myanmar government has denied the Committee for Shan State Unity (CSSU) permission to hold a scheduled two-day meeting in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, Shan sources said.
— The Irrawaddy

New Malaysian peace talks facilitator hopeful of peace agreement
The new Malaysian facilitator for peace talks in southern Thailand said today he sees the possibility of an agreement to end the violence that has plagued the Thai region for years if the dialogue can proceed in positive manner.
— ThaiPBS

Govt reiterates commitment to attract Asian tourists
The Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population has yet to release an official statement cementing an August 1 decision with the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism to suspend the practice of requiring tourists to show US$1000 in cash upon arriving in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Lawmaker Resigns, Citing Lack of Trust in Regional Govt
An outspoken lawmaker of the Irrawaddy Region Parliament has handed in her resignation, citing her lack of trust in the regional legislature and government.
— The Irrawaddy

UNFC discusses continuous participation in peace process
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) held its central executive committee meeting at the Thai-Myanmar border on Sunday (August 26) to discuss its continuous participation in the ongoing peace process.

Nikki Haley says US Rohingya report ‘consistent’ with UN findings
Findings of a US State Department investigation into Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis are “consistent” with those of a report by UN investigators released this week that called for Myanmar’s commander-in-chief and other generals be tried for genocide, the US ambassador to the United Nations said on Tuesday (Aug 28).
— The Straits times

A clear message
THE SOCIAL media giant deleted six pages and six accounts connected to 20 individuals and organisations, including Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the military’s news outlet, Myawady.
— Frontier Myanmar

Students object to plan of building high-court on Hakha GTI campus
“As Chin students, we would be very glad if such kind of new buildings are to be built in the Chin State, but we want them to be built in another area. It would be convenient for them if they build it in another area and give this land to our GTI. The disputed land is very small and I believe it’s not that necessary for a grand building,” said Ko Marn Hre Liang, chair of Hakha GTI Students Union.

Yangon finally has a poke place
More than two years after poke broke free of its Hawaiian roots and swept across the US mainland, the super-tasty raw fish food trend has finally travelled far enough in the opposite direction to make it to Myanmar’s biggest city.
— Coconuts Yangon

Myanmar to introduce first online birth, death registration system
Myanmar will introduce its first online birth and death registration in southeastern Mon state by using the mobile technique, Minister of International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin said on Monday.
— Mizzima

Nearly 500 acres of monsoon paddy fields damaged by flood, snail
The township has over 60,000 acres of paddy fields. Statistics from the Township Land Records Department show that 489 acres of paddy fields have been damaged by flood in the township – 44 acres in Kawt Mu Pun Village Group, 40 acres in Kha Yaik Thit Village Group, 204 acres in Ma Yan Village Group, and 201 acres in Hin Thar Kyun Village Group.

Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions
Facebook’s ban of Myanmar’s military leaders marks a new step for the leading social network against state “actors” — and raises thorny questions on how the company deals with repressive regimes using the platform.
— Mizzima

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Experience an Aussie Dining ‘Sensation’ at Sule Shangri-La
Some Myanmar people may find that lamb tastes and smells a bit too gamey, but in the hands of a chef as talented as Tafe this is not an issue; the pinkish meat was extremely tender.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanma Insurance to work with foreign firms on government housing
Myanmar’s state-owned insurer has signed an agreement with a consortium of local and foreign companies to provide insurance to buyers of government-built housing units.
— Frontier Myanmar

Leveraging economic links between ASEAN countries to gain a foothold
Golden Sunland is not only focusing on Myanmar’s domestic rice market, it hopes to bring its products to Singapore and elsewhere in the region.
— The Business Times

Myanmar’s airport welcomes 4 million passengers
Myanmar’s Yangon International (YIA) has welcomed the arrival of four million passengers in 2018.
— Xinhuanet

UN secretary general decries ‘horrendous persecution’ of Rohingya in Myanmar
A day after the release of an independent United Nations investigation into alleged human rights abuses carried out against Rohingya Muslims, Secretary General António Guterres on Tuesday called for the Myanmar government to be held accountable for “one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises.”

MMPO donates cash for rehabilitation flood victims
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint accepted cash donated by Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation (MMPO) to the fund for rehabilitation of flood victims nationwide at a ceremony held in MMPO meeting hall in Wingaba Road, Bahan Township, Yangon yesterday.
— ReliefWeb

Opening of Myanmar border gives filip to India’s Act East Policy
Myanmar has officially opened the land border with India for trade, giving New Delhi’s Act East policy and its ties with Asean a much-needed boost.
— AsiaNews

Rohingya to be recruited as terrorist, warns Malaysian defence minister
“The same can happen to the one million Rohingya refugees stranded in Cox’s Bazar as well as 100,000 of them in Malaysia,” he said after delivering a speech at the Interna­tional Asso­cia­tion for Counter-Terr­o­rism and Security Professio­nals Asean Security Sympo­sium here yesterday.
— The Independent

‘Jaipur Foot’ reaches Vietnam: Sushma Swaraj inaugurates India-made artificial limb fitment camp; meets 500 beneficiaries
Last month, it was announced in Jaipur that about 1,000 differently-abled people in Myanmar and Vietnam would be provided free Indian-made prosthetic ‘Jaipur Foot’.
— FirstPost


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