Myanmar Morning News For May 7

Myanmar Morning News For May 7

Myanmar morning newsWork on Myanmar dam goes on under heavy guard
Work on a massive hydropower dam appears to be picking up in eastern Myanmar as the electricity-starved nation seeks ways to light more homes amid protests from locals and environmentalists.
The Straits Times 

Myanmar businesses join hands for FDI
THE MYANMAR Investors Development Association (MIDA), an alliance of large-scale local enterprises, will help the government achieve its economic goals by actively engaging with local and foreign investors, according to its chairman Khin Maung Aye.
The Nation 

UNSC Should Understand the Complexity and Multitude of Issues Facing Myanmar
Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we’ll discuss the visit of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation, which arrived in Myanmar on Monday.
The Irrawaddy 

Islamic nations seek global pressure on Myanmar over Rohingya
Islamic foreign ministers on Sunday (May 6) launched a campaign to mobilise international support for action against Myanmar over the Rohingya refugee crisis, officials said.
The Straits Times

A road back to war in Myanmar
Escalating militarization, violence against civilians and forced displacement are among the alleged crimes that one of Myanmar’s largest ethnic civil society networks has accused the nation’s military of perpetrating—a pattern of abuse in violation of its own agreed ceasefire with ethnic Karen rebels.
Asia Times 

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Yangon to unfold investment strategies at high-level forum
AS INVESTORS await Myanmar’s new moves to open up the economy, the regional government of Yangon plans to unveil its investment strategies at the first Yangon Investment Forum (YIF2018) next week, according to a regional minister.
Eleven Myanmar 

17 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide
A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has killed 17 people, local authorities said on Friday, in the latest disaster to hit the murky multi-billion dollar industry.
Frontier Myanmar 

India’s lifting of ban on pulses importation drives prices up
Following the news about India lifting its ban on the import of pulses, mung bean prices increased by Ks72,000 per tonne in the Yangon market.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

Rohingya safe in designated areas: Myanmar army chief
Rohingya refugees who return to Myanmar will be safe as long as they stay in the model villages built for them, the country’s army chief has said, renewing fears they will be kept in settlements indefinitely.
The Straits Times 

Telenor Myanmar to put more emphasis on data
AS MOBILE data consumption in Myanmar soars to some of the highest levels in the world, Telenor Myanmar plans to offer its subscribers a record speed for the country of 1 gigabyte per second (Gbps) in the near future, said Lars Erik Tellmann, the firm’s chief executive officer.
Eleven Myanmar 

JICA to fund new projects to replace old suspension bridges
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will fund the construction of new bridges to replace ageing suspension bridges in some areas of the country, an official of the Japanese aid agency said.
The Myanmar Times 

Myanmar should take lesson from Bangladesh’s religious harmony: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today suggested Myanmar to take lesson from the prevailing religious harmony in Bangladesh.
The Daily Star 

Myanmar’s Mon ethnic people hold political dialogue
A national-level political dialogue for Myanmar’s Mon ethnic people is underway in Ye, Mon state to discuss issues on establishing a federal union, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.
Xinhua Net 

The company lighting up rural Myanmar with affordable solar technology
Since launching its pilot programme in 2016, SolarHome has helped Myanmar find alternative energy options by providing unprecedented electricity access to underserved households. Ted Martynov, the company’s CEO, broke down SolarHome’s business and the energy situation in the country
Southeast Asia Globe

Joint efforts made to provide safety, aid to displaced persons in Kachin State
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye visited a temporary camp for displaced persons opened at a Baptist church in Lankhwa Village, Namti town, Mogaung Township, Kachin State, yesterday morning.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

Fighting Between Two Allied Ethnic Armies Injures Two in Northern Shan
Two villagers in Mansa village near Namtu Township in northern Shan State sustained shrapnel wounds when clashes erupted between the Shan State Progressive Party and the Ta’ang Nationalities Liberation Army on Friday morning.
The Irrawaddy 

Rakhine offshore natural gas field fulfilling domestic needs
Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khine and Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, together with Deputy Minister Dr. Tun Naing and Rakhine State Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transport, inspected the production and distribution of Shwe Natural Gas Project’s Rakhine Offshore Blocks A-1 and A-3, west of Myanmar, on 5 May.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar

News Editor Loses Bid to Have Evidence Thrown Out
Mandalay District Court on Friday rejected an appeal by the editor of the Myanmar Now newspaper to rule evidence submitted by the plaintiff in a lower court was unreliable.
The Irrawaddy 

Export of forest products by private sector drops by half
The export value of forest products by the private sector in the current fiscal year (FY) dropped to US$11.3 million compared with the $22.6 million earned in the same period last year, according to the commerce ministry.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

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Myanmar needs more transparency, effective strategies: OBG
MYANMAR’S hopes of becoming Asia’s last frontier market would be realised only if the government could create a clear and transparent regulatory environment for attracting investment and financing the economy, according to Patrick Cooke, regional editor for Asia at Oxford Business Group (OBG), a global research and consultancy firm.
Eleven Myanmar 

Coffee is catching on as a cash crop in the Shan hills, helped by programmes aimed at raising
Three judges stand around a table covered with 35 cups of coffee. Their faces are serious and focused as they prepare to take a sip – and then they let out a loud slurp.
quality and finding international buyers
Frontier Myanmar 


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