Myanmar Morning News For June 20

Myanmar Morning News For June 20
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar’s tourism proposals offer small gestures but miss the elephant in the room
At the opening of the Myanmar Tourism Conference, Vice President U Henry Van Thio addressed those in attendance.
Asean Today 

Myanmar parliament votes down death penalty for child rapists
Myanmar’s parliament voted down a proposal to give the death penalty to convicted child rapists, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported today.
Coconuts Yangon (metered paywall)

Researchers study impact of Myanmar minimum wage rise
As part of an ongoing programme to improve labour conditions in the garment industry, a European multi-stakeholder initiative has started a research project on living wages in Myanmar.

Myanmar launches new agriculture development strategy
Myanmar has launched a new agriculture development strategy (ADS) for a period of next five years, a move that aims to transform the country’s agri-development agenda
Far Eastern Agriculture 

Myanmar exports over one million ton of rice from Yangon ports
Myanmar exported more than one million ton of rice from Yangon ports between 2014-15 FY and 2017-18 FY, according to Myanma Port Authority (MPA).
Hellenic Shipping News 

Flooding Causes Swathe of Devastation Across the Country
Mon—Flooding triggered by heavy rainfall has caused widespread damage in Chin, Magway, Rakhine, and in particular Mon State, where hundreds of local people were displaced by rising waters, according to local sources.

Myanmar’s female garment workers still in fear of rape and robbery
Businesses involved in the domestic garment sector should take steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their female employees.
The Myanmar Times

Vietnam-Myanmar Military Relations in Focus with Defense Visit
Both sides continue to develop the defense aspect of their new comprehensive partnership.
The Diplomat (paywall)

Myanmar court dismisses appeal in legal advisor assassination case
Myanmar’s Yangon Regional High Court has dismissed appeals by suspects, maintaining most of the original charges against them in the murder of U Ko Ni, prominent legal advisor of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), local media reported Tuesday.
Xinhua Net 

Myanmar ethnic groups call on the Australian government for help
Australia’s ethnic Myanmar migrants are calling on western nations to intervene in the South East Asian nation, warning of decades of war crimes and human rights violations.
SBS News 

Toxic mushrooms kill 6 Myanmar workers in Yunnan
Six migrant workers from Myanmar died last week after eating poisonous mushrooms near the farm where they worked in China’s Yunnan Province, the District Information and Public Relations Department in Muse, Shan State, has reported.
Coconuts Yangon (metered paywall)

Floods affect around 7400 people in Mon State
Heavy rains and floods hit Mawlamyine and Thaton Districts in Mon State, causing around Ks-644.1 million in damage and affecting around 7,400 people, according to Mon State government.
Eleven Myanmar 

Jailed Former Child Soldier Calls on Myanmar Military to Disclose Forced Recruiting of Minors
A detained former child soldier who appeared in a Yangon court on Tuesday to face charges for desecrating Myanmar’s seal after he stomped on a copy of the country’s constitution during a previous hearing called on the national military to be transparent about its efforts to recruit children into its ranks.
Radio Free Asia 

Myanmar man stabbed to death in Surat Thani
Surat Thani police have launched a manhunt for a Myanmar migrant who allegedly stabbed his compatriot to death and injured another friend in Muang district on Monday night.
The Nation 

Poachers feed China trade, threaten country’s elephants
Following a tip-off by villagers in early May, U Sai Nyi Nyi rushed to the forest in Kyauk Gyi village in Thabeikkyin township of Mandalay Region and found the remains of a dead female elephant.
The Myanmar Times 

Kachin State Refugees Resettled in Myanmar Government-provided Housing
Development authorities in northern Myanmar’s war-torn Kachin state resettled 95 refugee families in newly built low-cost housing in Waingmaw township on Tuesday evening, the first time that the government has built shelters in the area for civilians internally displaced by civil war.
Radio Free Asia 

Kaplan to open first wholly-owned campus in Yangon
Kaplan Myanmar University College, a subsidiary of US educational program provider Kaplan Inc, will open its campus on Pyay Road, Yangon, on June 28.
The Myanmar Times 


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