Myanmar morning news for November 12

Myanmar morning news for November 12
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar prepares for first Rohingya returnees, but U.N. warns against rushing
yanmar officials said on Sunday the country was ready to receive more than 2,000 Rohingya Muslims sheltering in Bangladesh on Nov. 15, the first group from 5,000 people to be moved under a deal between the neighbors struck last month.
– Reuters

Rice exports expected to decline this FY
Due to illegal exports of rice via border gates, rice exports are expected to decline in 2018-2019 fiscal year, according to Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).
– Eleven Media

One million dogs and cats to get vaccinated against rabies
A plan is under way to give rabies vaccines to one million dogs and cats in 2019-2021, according to a press conference on rabies vaccination in Yangon.
– Eleven Media

Mandalay sees arrivals of more Asian visitors
Since the government relaxed the visa restrictions for visitors from China, Japan and South Korea on October 1, Mandalay has seen a significant increase in the arrivals of more visitors from Asia, according to Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (DHT).
– Eleven Media

Bid to end illegal wildlife trade in Myanmar
alls for an end to growing wildlife trade in Myanmar’s border areas have positively resulted in arousing the government’s interest to continue its ban on all illegal wildlife sales across the nation, according to Christy Williams, country director of WWF Myanmar.
– Eleven Media

Over 270 human trafficking cases reported in 10 months
From January to October this year, there were 277 reported human trafficking cases, and the police arrested 502 people involved in the human trafficking cases, according to the Anti-Human Trafficking Police.
– Eleven Media

Keeping a public good from private hands
Heads were shaking and people were muttering on social media when the results of the English Proficiency Index, published annually by Sweden-based company Education First, ranked Myanmar in the bottom 10 percent of English speakers worldwide. Some pointed the finger at government mismanagement, while others reacted in disbelief. Worse than Thailand? Surely not!
– Frontier Myanmar

Burma doubles down on claims to justify treatment of Rohingya minority
Despite increasing international pressure to end a horribly brutal campaign against a mostly Muslim Rohingya minority, the government of Burma is doubling down on the narrative it’s guilty of nothing more than trying to stop the growth of Islamic “extremism.”
– Fox News

‘A silent emergency’: Myanmar’s answer to #MeToo — kickboxing and pepper spray
The Myanmar Women’s Self Defence League is the kind of place where makeup bags sit alongside free cannisters of pepper spray.

Myanmar refugees return to relative peace, but few resources
Decades of conflict between Myanmar’s army and ethnic armed groups in the western Karen State have displaced tens of thousands of people.
– Al Jazeera

Myanmar signs investment protection agreements
Myanmar has signed agreements on the promotion and protection of investment with 10 countries including India, aimed at enhancing trust among investors and promoting business operation, authorities said.

Myanmar Denies Border Shooting Ahead Of Rohingya Repatriation
Myanmar on Saturday denied allegations of a cross-border shooting that raised tensions with Bangladesh ahead of a scheduled start date for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees.

Home Affairs Ministry Admits to Challenges Blocking Drug Precursor Imports
Deputy Home Affairs Minister Major General Aung Thu on Wednesday conceded that Myanmar has had limited success blocking the illicit import of chemicals from China and India used to make illegal drugs.
– The Irrawaddy

Japan’s engagement with China – Myanmar as a case study?
With all the focus on trade wars and trade tariff responses, it has been interesting to see the increased activity in China/ Japan diplomacy
– Mizzima

Drowsy Driver Sends Rakhine Chief Minister’s SUV Into Stream, No One Hurt
The Rakhine State chief minister’s SUV fell into a stream next to a bridge along the main road between Yangon and the state capital of Sittwe early Friday morning, but no one was injured.
– The Irrawaddy

Fire Kills Two Novices at Monastery in Southern Shan State
wo novices died and two others were injured in a fire at a monastery in southern Shan State on Wednesday night. Residents of Mong Pan Township’s Pan Pi village, where the blaze broke out after 11 p.m., accused Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) members of deliberately setting the fire, a claim the group immediately rejected.
– The Irrawaddy

Re-Imagining the Beauty of Mandalay
Kyaw Naing has re-defined the beauty of Mandalay, the old royal capital, from his cubist perspective.
– The Irrawaddy

Mandalay Textile Factory Rehires Fired Workers, But Protest Leaders Sued
A textile factory in Mandalay Region agreed on Thursday to rehire the 207 workers it fired three months ago, though police sued four of them the same day for their protest.
– The Irrawaddy

Church Accuses Karenni Chief Minister of Stealing its Land
A Catholic church is accusing Karenni State Chief Minister L Phaung Sho of stealing a piece of its land in Mese Township and of preparing to fence it off.
– The Irrawaddy

No Apology From Journalists as Yangon Govt Drops Incitement Suit
The Yangon Region Government on Friday dropped its incitement suit against three Eleven Media Group journalists but was denied the apology it wanted from the reporter and two editors, who maintain that their coverage was accurate.
– The Irrawaddy

Myanmar authorities drop ‘incitement’ charges against journalists
A Myanmar court dismissed on Friday a case against three senior journalists from the country’s largest private newspaper, after authorities in the city of Yangon agreed to drop the charges.
– Reuters

Exclusive: ‘Can’t eat, can’t sleep’ – Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list
For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning he and his family were among a group of people set to potentially be repatriated to Myanmar have been among the most frightening since they fled their home.
– Reuters

Calls for regulation of motorcycle taxis in Mandalay
Mandalay resident Ko Kyaw always takes motorcycle taxis to go from the Kywal Sal Kan Highway bus terminal every time he returns to Mandalay from Yangon on business. He always feels unsafe but he has no other choice.
– Myanmar Times

Police detain leaders of protesting workers
Police yesterday detained three leaders of protesting workers from the Panda Textile Factory in Sintgaing Township in Mandalay Region, one of the protesting workers said.
– Myanmar Times

Yangon Region minister hosts American anti-Rohingya activist
The Rakhine ethnic affairs minister in the Yangon Region government hosted an event with American anti-Rohingya activist Mr Rick Heizman at Yangon University on Wednesday, in which Heizman spoke of the “free access” the government and military had granted him in northern Rakhine State.
– Frontiere Myanmar

Aid groups say refugees ‘terrified’ about Myanmar repatriation
A plan to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar is premature and the refugees are “terrified” about leaving Bangladesh where they sought refuge, dozens of aid agencies working in the region said Friday.


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day for Tolerance, November 16.


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With a decade of experience as an editor and journalist, Roy has edited mastheads across Australia and Southeast Asia, from the remote island communities of the Torres Strait to Cambodia’s only award-winning newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post.

A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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