Myanmar Morning News For June 5

Myanmar Morning News For June 5
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar to use Intelsat 39 satellite
Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has expanded its relationship with satellite operator Intelsat to accelerate the development of the nation’s wireless infrastructure. 

S. Korea, Myanmar to discuss biodiversity cooperation
South Korea and Myanmar will hold talks this week to discuss cooperation on studying and preserving biological diversity in the Southeast Asian country, the environment ministry said Monday.
Yonhap News Agency 

Myanmar’s Proposed Rakhine Commission Latest Sham
On Thursday, Myanmar’s government announced it was launching an “independent commission of inquiry” to “investigate the violation of human rights and related issues following the terrorist attacks” by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
Human Right Watch 

Defense says Myanmar police withheld evidence from Reuters reporters’ phones
Data that could support the defense of two Reuters reporters accused of possessing secret documents in Myanmar was missing from police phone evidence submitted to a court by prosecutors, their lawyers said on Monday.

Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore most attractive to Myanmar visitors
Out of 14 visa-free Asean countries, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore have been the most attractive to Myanmar and the number of visitors is on the increase, according to Myanmar Tourism Federation.
Eleven Myanmar 

Singapore Myanmar Investco in share sale agreement to dispose unit for US$10.8m
MAINBOARD-listed Singapore Myanmar Investco (SMI) on Monday announced that its subsidiary, Myanmar Infrastructure Group (MIG), has entered into a US$10.8 million share sale agreement with Tiger Infrastructure for the proposed disposal of its 99.9 per cent-owned indirect subsidiary, TPR Myanmar.
The Business Times 

Japanese IT venture launches AI-aided foodie app in rapidly growing Myanmar
A Japanese information technology venture in Myanmar has launched a gourmet information app assisted by artificial intelligence technology to cater to growing numbers of smartphone users in the country.
Japan Times 

Growing perils of Myanmar’s tourism industry
Authorities, non-profit groups in race to protect country against environmental damage, child exploitation
The Straits Times 

‘Nowhere people’ long to go home to Myanmar
On Saturday, Norul Amin, a 35-year-old Rohingya Muslim refugee, carried on his shoulder a sack of food relief aid that would feed his family of eight for two weeks in Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The Nation 

Mandalay port development project to begin by end of year
Construction of the Mandalay port development project aimed at developing waterway trading in Mandalay Region will begin at the end of this year, said an official from the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.
The Myanmar Times 

No Viettel roaming fees in Myanmar
Viettel Group will apply new international roaming rates for Myanmar when it launches its Mytel mobile phone network in that country on June 9.

Foreign Office refused to back Leeds United Myanmar tour
On April 24, the day the club announced its tour to the south-east Asian country, where the regime has been accused by the United Nations of carrying out ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, a Leeds United representative telephoned a Foreign Office official and complained about “frustrating” criticism.
Yorkshire Evening Post 

Aid money projects are tax exempted: ministry
All development projects implemented under grants, aids and Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans are exempted from income tax and commercial tax, according to a statement from the Ministry of Planning and Finance in late May.
The Myanmar Times 

Yangon Parliament, Cabinet Still At Odds Over Draft Budget
The Yangon Region Parliament failed to pass a draft 2018-19 budget Monday as debate over the proposed purchase of 10 Ford vehicles and a multi-million dollar investment in Yangon City Bank continued.
The Irrawaddy 

HIV transmission rate among injection drug users increase
HIV transmission rate among injection drug addicts has increased to 18 per cent, according to the figures from National HIV/AIDS Eradication Plan.
Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Minister calls for earthquake readiness
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Win Myat Aye said frequent earthquakes in 2018 have become a challenge for Myanmar adding that it should be addressed seriously.

Anti-Drug Squad, BSI cooperating on Malaysia seizure of drugs worth $18 m
Anti-Drug Squad is cooperating with Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI) in investigation into the case in which narcotic drugs worth US$18 million were seized from a container that went from Yangon to Malaysia, said a BSI official.
Eleven Myanmar 

Joint Myanmar-Thai anti-drug campaigns discussed
The 20th Myanmar-Thailand Bilateral Meeting on Drug Control Cooperation discussed conducting joint anti-drug campaigns along the common border yesterday, state media reported.

Government plans to establish movie studio, film school, entertainment centre in Nay Pyi Taw
A COORDINATION meeting was held at the Ministry of Information yesterday on establishing a park for a movie studio and film schools, and a cinema-based entertainment city in Nay Pyi Taw.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar

Terrorism main cause of violence in Rakhine – U Thaung Tun
Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government and National Security Advisor U Thaung Tun took part in the Asia Security Summit /The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore from 1 to 3 June, 2018.

Mobile phone, gas leak cause explosion at Yangon shopping center
Eight workers were injured by an explosion at the Marketplace shopping center on Pyay Road in 6.5 Mile on Saturday night. The workers were sent to Yangon General Hospital for burn treatment.
Coconuts Yangon (metered paywall)

How ecotourism at Indawgyi Lake is helping remote communities thrive
Decades of isolation, neglect, and persecution have left the Shan communities on the shores of Indawgyi Lake short on opportunities and at odds with their own environment.
Coconuts Yangon (metered paywall)

PTD launches consultation on draft directive on tariffs for telecom licensees
The draft Telecommunication Tariff Directive 2018, published by the transport ministry’s telecommunications department, is currently in public consultation process until June 30.
The Myanmar Times 

Yangon Fishery Department to adopt Japanese technology to hatch rohu
The Yangon Region Fishery Department will conduct rohu hatching with the help of Japanese technology, according to a recent report in Myanma Alinn.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 


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