Myanmar Morning News For June 4

Myanmar Morning News For June 4
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar says willing to take back all Rohingya refugees
Myanmar is willing to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if they volunteer to return, the country’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Saturday.

Woodside targets first gas in 2023 as negotiations continue with govt
Australian energy firm Woodside has unveiled plans to develop gas reserves in the A-6 block by connecting the field to the Yadana project and said it is aiming to bring the field online by 2023.
Frontier Myanmar

Yangon Government’s 2018-19 Budget Proposals Come Under Fire
The Yangon regional government came under intense criticism in Parliament this week for its proposed 2018-19 budget, with MPs expressing concerns about the planned spending of billions of kyats.
The Irrawaddy 

Myanmar reviews $9bn China-backed port project on cost concerns
Myanmar’s government is reviewing a $9bn deepwater port project backed by China over concerns it is too expensive and could ultimately fall under Beijing’s control if Myanmar were to default on its debt.
The Financial Times 

US Secretary of Defence discusses on Rakhine affairs at ASEAN meeting
Union Minister and National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said that US Secretary of Defence James Norman Mattis discussed Rakhine State affairs at a meeting with ASEAN ministers on Indo-Pacific strategy.

Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent
Israel and Myanmar, two countries with troubled human rights records and disputed histories of dealing with ethnic and national rights, have set a worrisome precedent by giving each other a veto over what students are taught about the other.
Al Masdar News 

Eight injured in Yangon blast
An explosion occurred on the first floor of Marketplace at 6.5th mile on Pyay Road in Hlaing Township in Yangon at around 9.30 pm on June 2, leaving eight workers injured, according to an officer from Fire Service Department.
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar achieves 32.82-pct matriculation exam pass rate for 2017-2018 academic year
Myanmar has achieved a pass rate of 32.82 percent of matriculation examination held nationwide for the 2017-2018 academic year, declining from 2016-2017 academic year when it was registered at 33.89 percent, Myanmar News Agency reported Sunday.
Xinhua Net 

Myanmar inches toward repatriation
Myanmar is ready to receive all the Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh who want to return, according to senior government officials. Preparations are in place for their immediate return, said the minister in charge of the repatriation and resettlement programme.
Bangkok Post 

Three-Person Commission to Investigate Rakhine Abuses
The Myanmar President’s Office announced on Thursday a plan to establish a three-member independent commission of enquiry to investigate alleged rights violations in northern Rakhine State’s strife-torn Maungdaw region, both by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and “related abuses”.
The Irrawaddy 

Govt. to upgrade four sub-power stations in Yangon
Ministry of Electricity and Energy signed an agreement with Japanese firm Mitsubishi Corporation on May 29 to upgrade and maintain Ahlon, Ywarma, Hlawkar and Thaketa sub-power stations in Yangon region within 33-months time, according to the ministry.
Eleven Myanmar

River-crossing gas pipe project in progress
Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing inspected the laying of a new gas pipeline across Sittaung river between Kyaikto Township in Mon State and Waw township in the Bago Region yesterday.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

Is the President Truly Above the Commander-in-Chief?
Executive power in Myanmar is divided between the civilian government and armed forces. As many political observers put it, there are two lions sharing a cave.
The Irrawaddy

MPT mobile launches point reward programme
Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, the country’s biggest mobile service operator, which is jointly run with two Japanese companies, has partnered with eight product and service brands to launch a rewards programme for its over 25 million subscribers.
The Myanmar Times 

Fake foreign booze seized, moonshiners arrested in Yangon
The police arrested and filed charges against three male moonshiners for producing, storing and selling counterfeit foreign brands of alcoholic drinks in Htaukkyant town and Htantabin township in the north of Yangon on 1 June, according to the Yangon Region Police Force.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 


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