Myanmar morning news for August 7

Myanmar morning news for August 7
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Myanmar morning newsE-commerce operator Barlolo aims for full Myanmar reach
SPURRED on by increased data consumption in line with rising sales of smartphones in Myanmar, e-commerce operator is planning nationwide expansion, its top executives say.
— The Nation

Reuters reporters ‘revealing the truth’, former teacher tells Myanmar court
A Myanmar court heard defense witnesses on Monday vouch for the integrity of two Reuters journalists accused of obtaining secret state documents and will hear final arguments in two weeks, when the trial regarded as a test of press freedom resumes.
— Reuters

Clearing a path
Myanmar is winning plaudits for making it easier to start a business. But day-to-day operations are still at the mercy of a cumbersome and confusing bureaucracy in serious need of reform.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar has 275 political prisoners
There are 275 people either in prison or out on bail while on trial in Myanmar, according to the most recent figures released by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
— Coconuts Yangon

Flooding affects 15,000 people in 30 villages in Thaton Township
Although flooding has receded in Bilin Township, Mon State, over 15,000 people from around 30 villages in Thaton Township have been affected by flooding, according to Zay-ma-thwei (Upper) Village Flood Management Office.

How we live now: A survey of living standards in Myanmar
A survey of living standards in Myanmar has revealed that the national quality of life is improving, but there are glaring inequalities in ethnic minority and rural areas.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar elephant killings decline after years on the rise
Killings of wild elephants in Myanmar dropped this year for the first time in at least four years, thanks to cooperative conservation efforts carried out by government departments, conservation groups, and people living near elephant habitats.
— Coconuts Yangon

Asean River Watch groups decide focusing on environmental protection in the region
Youth leaders of environmental conservation groups from the Asean region have decided to boost their advocacy for environmental conservation in Asean countries.

Bookworm? Foodie? Both? This New Yangon Eatery Caters to You
In Yangon, the number of new restaurants, bars and coffee shops is increasing daily, and their owners are trying to distinguish themselves with their own themes.
— The Irrawaddy

Leaders Meet to Discuss Shan State Constitution Draft
The Shan State Constitution Drafting Committee is meeting to look into amendments to the second draft of the charter.

Myanmar, Thailand sign sister city agreement for enhancing cooperation
Myanmar and Thailand have signed a sister city agreement to link the Kayah state’s capital of Loikaw with Thai province of Mae Hong Son for closer cooperation, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported.
— Mizzima

Myanmar’s Soe Lin Oo knocks out Muay Thai champ Iquezang
First class lethwei fighter Soe Lin Oo knocked out Muay Thai champ Iquezang of Thailand in 2 minutes and 22 seconds into the third round of the Lethwei Nation fight 2018 at Thein Phyu stadium in Yangon yesterday.
— Myanmar Times

How Myanmar is converting tea shops into classrooms
In Myanmar, many children – in rural areas especially – drop out of school and migrate to cities to find jobs to support their families. Many of these child labourers can be found in the country’s abundant tea shops, small street-side shops that sell drinks and snacks.
— GovInsider

Beyond the Prison Gate: A tribute to those who sacrifice for democracy
“Beyond the Prison Gate” photo exhibition will be displayed from Aug 4 to Aug 6.
— Myanmar Times

Thai government donates 3 million baht to Myanmar flood relief
The Thai government has provided three million baht to Myanmar for flood relief and is to consider further assistance at the upcoming Cabinet meeting.

Wild waters: Southern Shan State
For the second installment in our travel series focused on wild swimming spots, we head to Taunggyi and Heho for pastoral tranquility, orange toenails and a transcendent sunset swim.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar Matika: A window to the past
A young man was so engrossed in a framed old map he held with his two hands, examining it closely. He looked up to the sales clerk at Myanmar Matika and asked for the price of the merchandise. “It’s US$20,” she replied.
— Myanmar Times


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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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