Myanmar Morning News For June 21

Myanmar Morning News For June 21

Myanmar morning newsAs 1.2 million are displaced from Myanmar, UN calls for solidarity
More than two-thirds of all refugees worldwide in 2017 were from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia, according to a report by the United Nations refugee agency.
Frontier Myanmar 

Myanmar government’s political imperative to resolve conflict
Problems of other Rakhine minorities are being overlooked in the focus on the Rohingya. A recent report on atrocities by a Rohingya militant group against Hindus is changing global views on the troubled region
The Straits Times 

Heritage trails tourism cross-border rally showcases gems of Myanmar & Thailand
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM) are proudly organising an overland, cross-border travel rally that includes five days of touring and unique border crossings into Thailand.
TAT News 

Myanmar urged to do more to attract Korean investment
MYANMAR needs to pick up the pace of economic reforms in order to attract more investment from South Korea, said a senior trade official who led a market research mission to Myanmar.
The Nation 

Viettel signs up 1m subscribers in Myanmar in first 10 days
Mytel, the Viettel-owned mobile operator in Myanmar, has signed up more than a million subscribers in just 10 days since it officially began operations.
Viet Nam News 

Rohingya surviving in ‘the world’s largest refugee camp’
Monsoon season is under way in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong Camp, home to one million Rohingya refugees.
Al Jazeera

Myanmar bans illegal fishing in Yangon river
Myanmar authorities have banned illegal fishing in Yangon river to prevent the fishery sector from being threatened, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.
Xinhua Net 

In Myanmar displaced Kayin lose hope of heading home
After fleeing his home in Myanmar’s Kayin (Karen) State for the second time in September 2016 due to military attacks against a local insurgent group, Saw Shwe Tun never imagined he would have to spend two years in a camp with no end in sight.
UCA News 

Caterpillar, Volvo and Komatsu accused of contributing to Myanmar abuses
Caterpillar, Volvo and Komatsu contribute to abuses in Myanmar by selling machinery used by domestic mining companies implicated in land expropriation, environmental destruction and armed conflict, according to a report published on Wednesday.
Business Live

The Need for Mental Health Care in Myanmar
Myanmar is suffering from a hidden mental health epidemic. Years of internal conflict have led to a traumatized society and a multitude of mental health issues. This epidemic is hidden because unlike physical injuries, mental health issues cannot easily be seen.
The Irrawaddy 

The doctor from Myanmar faced with 1 million patients and a plague of rats – podcast
When disaster struck his community in remote Chin state, Dr SaSa rushed to help – and found himself trying to treat 400 people a day
The Guardian 

Government under rising pressure to correctly tax ride-hailing companies
Since June 13, ride hailing companies operating in Yangon have been obliged to pay income and commercial tax to the Yangon government under the law, U Myint Thaung, regional minister of Planning and Finance said in parliament.
The Myanmar Times 

MySquar acquires Myanmar payments provider for £2m
Myanmar-focused tech group MySquar said it had acquired payments and remittance provider MyPay Myanmar for £2m in cash and shares.
Shares Magazine 

Myanmar resets mid-July for holding Panglong peace conference
Myanmar has reset the second week of July for holding the third meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference and preparations are underway for the session, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.
Global Times 

Rosewood Yangon Hotel to Open This Winter in Myanmar
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Prime Residence to manage Rosewood Yangon, which will open in Winter 2018 as the brand’s first property in Myanmar and sixth in Asia.
Hotel News Resource

Myanmar Army Will Not Return Seized Lands in Shan, Rakhine States: Deputy Defense Minister
The Myanmar military will not return lands seized from civilians for security or training purposes in Shan or Rakhine states or pay them compensation, the country’s deputy defense minister told the upper house of parliament on Wednesday.
Radio Free Asia 

Why is Westlife so popular in Myanmar?
Before I moved to Myanmar, I didn’t know who Westlife was. That’s not because I don’t have opinions on boy bands—I’m a Backstreet Boys boy all the way.
Coconuts Yangon (metered paywall)


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