Myanmar morning news for December 7

Myanmar morning news for December 7
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar moves to legalise casinos
Some casinos already operate under special provisions but changes to law proposed to encourage more tourism and revenue.  A Chinese company is now working with a militia to help it develop a large border region in the southeast.
— Al Jazeera

Bangladesh seeks action against Myanmar minister over Rohingya ‘brainwashed’ remark
Bangladesh summoned the Myanmar ambassador on Wednesday (Dec 6) to condemn “irresponsible remarks” made by Myanmar’s religion minister about Rohingya Muslims, and called for action against him, senior officials at the Bangladesh foreign ministry said.
— Channel News Asia

Details of alleged bribery heard in Yangon judicial corruption case
Plaintiff U Moe Naing of the Anti-Corruption Commission gave a detailed account at the Yangon Region High Court on Friday of how former Yangon advocate general U Han Htoo and four other defendants had accepted bribes before dropping a case against the alleged murderers of popular comedian Aung Yell Htwe.
— Frontier Myanmar

A culture of clerical immunity in Myanmar is putting children at risk of abuse
In a whisper, barely audible above the monsoon rain hammering her family’s hut, Aye Chan May (whose name has been changed to protect her and her family) describes an ordeal that she and three other children endured at the hands of a monk in Pathein, a city of nearly 300,000 people in southern Myanmar.
— Time

Information minister rebuts allegations of deteriorating press freedom, accuses watchdogs of bias
Union Minister for Information U Pe Myint has refuted claims that media freedom is deteriorating under the National League for Democracy-led government, labeling research by international watchdog groups as biased.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar persecutes Christians, too
The international community has rightly called out the horrific ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Rakhine state. But the Buddhist-dominated Burmese military has systematically attacked other religious minorities too, including Christians.
— Wall Street Journal (opinion)

US ambassador expresses concern over IDPs, farmland and narcotic drug issues in Kachin State
The remarks of the US ambassador came from the press conference on his tour to Kachin State in Myitkyina on December 5.
— Eleven Media

Myanmar hands over Bangladeshis back to their country
Myanmar yesterday handed over 17 Bangladesh citizens including illegal citizens to their country officially, according to the Maungdaw District Immigration Department.
— Eleven Media

Indian President to sign aid deals with Myanmar on visit
India’s president will arrive in Naypyitaw on Monday to promote his country’s Indo-Pacific strategy and sign several agreements with Myanmar, including support for its plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh, according to India’s External Affairs Ministry.
— The Irrawaddy

Police looking into moneychangers dealing fake Myanmar currency
Singapore police are investigating 18 moneychangers who they believe are involved in possessing fake Myanmar currency, the police said in a media release on Thursday
— Channel News Asia (video)

Arakan Party urges govt to investigate suspect citizenship cards in Rakhine State
The Arakan National Party has urged the Union government to investigate claims that more than 3,000 National Registration Cards (NRCs) identifying the holders as ethnic Kaman were actually issued to Muslim Rohingya in southern Rakhine State over the past year.
— The Irrawaddy

Tatmadaw, Arakan army clash in Buthidaung township
The Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army have engaged in a series of clashes over the past six days or so along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, according to the ethnic armed group.
— The Irrawaddy

Anti-Graft Commission chairman vows to ‘fight corruption completely’
Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman U Aung Kyi vowed to fight Myanmar’s deep-rooted corruption “completely” during the current administration’s remaining two years.
— The Irrawaddy

Media figures slam minister who urged reporters to be patriotic
The minister for information, Pe Myint, has angered media freedom groups with a speech in which he suggested journalists should be patriotic and help to improve Myanmar’s image.
— Myanmar Now

Myanmar minimum wage and employment contracts: Steps towards HR management modernization
As Myanmar steadily develops after rejoining the global economic community, foreign investors are becoming more and more interested in doing business there
— Bangkok Post

Local banks struggle with stricter regulations, but on the right path
The Myanmar banking sector has improved since regulations aimed at strengthening the system were imposed over the past two years, U Soe Thein, vice governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), told the media late last month.
— The Myanmar Times

EU to put a levy on long grain rice from Myanmar next year
European Union (EU) has withdrawn Generalised scheme of preferences (GSP) granted for long grain rice (Indica rice) exported from Myanmar and planned to put a tariff next year, according to a report from Reuters news agency.
— Eleven Media

Fuel, gold prices slide on the back of lower dollar exchange rate
Local prices of commodities like fuel have weakened on the back of the sliding value of the US dollar against the Myanmar kyat following an agreement to temporarily suspend any new tariffs on goods traded between the US and China .
— The Myanmar Times

Myanmar earns US$480m from rice and broken rice export
Myanmar earned about US$480 million from 1.4 million tons of rice and broken rice export from April to November, said Vice Chair Aung Than Oo of Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).
— Eleven Media

Ministry announces ten short-listed companies for Yangon Elevated Expressway Project
Construction Ministry released the list of ten shortlisted companies which won the tender for the Yangon Elevated Expressway Project, on December 5.
— Eleven Media

Investors keen to participate in major Yangon redevelopment project
Investors from China and Hong Kong are keen to participate in the New Yangon City Project, said the New Yangon Development Co (NYDC) yesterday.
— The Myanmar Times

Low demand from India makes bean prices go down
Local bean prices are a little decreased due to low demand from India, according to traders.
— Eleven Media

700,000 viss of carp goes to Bangladesh every month via Maungdaw border
Myanmar exports 700,000 viss (approx 1143 tonnes) of freshwater carp to Bangladesh every month via Maungdaw border, said Win Kyaing, general secretary of Myanmar Fisheries Federation.
— Eleven Media

Korean manufacturer opens new plant in Myanmar
LS Cable & System held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Myanmar power cable plant, LS-Gaon Cable Myanmar, in mid November 2018.
— Evertiq

Technical fault of 230 KV grid blacks out half of Yangon
More than half of the all townships in Yangon Region were left in the dark on December 5 afternoon after the 230-KV grid suffered technical fault, according to Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC).
— Eleven Media

Rights panel investigates officers blamed for suspect’s death
The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHCR) urged the Ministry of Home Affairs to take action against police personnel in Thanlyin township, Yangon, who were allegedly involved in the death of a suspect while in custody, a senior commission official said on Wednesday.
— The Myanmar Times

The Hluttaw’s failure of communication
Hluttaw MPs might feel they are being unfairly criticised, but they also need to take responsibility to communicate clearly to the public.
— Frontier Myanmar

‘We can’t go anywhere’: Myanmar closes Rohingya camps but ‘entrenches segregation’
As the world was focused on abortive efforts to begin repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar last month, hundreds of their fellow Muslims still in Myanmar were boarding boats seeking to escape the country.
— The Irrawaddy

Rakhine CSOs want to help state’s recovery
Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Rakhine State have formed a group to help the government implement the recommendations of a panel on achieving peace and development in the strife-torn state.
— The Myanmar Times

Parliament considering lighter punishment for prostitution
Legislators are discussing a new law that would impose community service and fines instead of prison time for convicted prostitutes.
— The Myanmar Times

Leapfrogging and sidestepping: Outliers spark municipal reform in Myanmar
“We don’t have to employ more traffic police; the smart machine will do the job!” proclaimed U Ye Myat Thu of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) to an audience of three dozen ministers, mayors, and officials from across Myanmar crammed into a small traffic control room in Mandalay.
— Asia Foundation

Family members of jailed Mandalay local farmers play beggars to show their hardships
Family members of local farmers from Aungthabyay Village in Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region, who were sentenced to one month in prison for blocking the road to a 5,000-ton coal-fired cement plant under construction near the village, acted as beggars near Zaygyo Market in Mandalay to show the hardships of their lives
— Eleven Media

#WeToo have a duty to support victims of sexual misconduct
This year, #HearMeToo is the hashtag inspiring women all over the world to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault, adding to the large outcry online and on social media, inspired by the original global #MeToo movement, which is also gaining momentum across countries in Asia.
— The Irrawaddy

Listen Up—Voice of the youth to take center stage
Voice of the Youth (VOY) is a music and social unity project which aims to empower the youth of Myanmar by using music as a creative vehicle to tell their dreams, their visions of society and concerns of Myanmar’s future through from their music and their annual music festival takes place this Friday.
— The Irrawaddy

Mone Swal: A rare treat for Myanmar moviegoers
In a break from the often formulaic offerings from Myanmar’s movie industry, some quality movies have recently opened in theatres.
— The Myanmar Times

From a Myanmar jail, a children’s book about the power of journalism
In Myanmar, it used to be said that the best education could be found in prison, where intellectuals, artists, and journalists abounded.
— Columbia Journalism Review


Feature photo UNHCR/Roger Arnold

This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, December 5


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A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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