Myanmar morning news for November 20

Myanmar morning news for November 20
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Myanmar morning newsRohingya repatriation, relocation plans set to be pushed back to 2019: Govt official
Bangladesh’s plans to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis are set to be stalled until the new year with repatriation and relocation programs only likely be revisited after year-end general elections, a top Bangladeshi official said on Sunday.
— The Irrawaddy

Angry mob attacks Lamu police station in Toungup
Angry mob attacked Lamu police station in Toungup Township, Rakhine State, forcing police to fire off warning shots to disperse the crowd, sources said.
— Eleven Myanmar

100 Rohingya found off Myanmar’s south coast en route to Malaysia
A boatload of more than 100 Rohingya Muslims who fled a camp in Myanmar were found off the country’s south coast after spending 15 days at sea in a failed attempt to reach Malaysia.

210 Myanmar migrants nabbed in Thailand on way to Malaysia
About 210 illegal migrants from Myanmar were arrested by Thai immigration, police, army and Interior Ministry personnel in three separate locations in Ranong, near the Thailand-Myanmar border, from where they would travel and enter Malaysia illegally.
— FMT News

Thailand repatriates 73 trafficking victims to Myanmar
Thailand has sent home 73 Myanmar nationals with aid totalling 146,000 baht after they were rescued from a Myanmar human trafficking ring operating in both countries.
— Bangkok Post

Time to course-correct, Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi should emphasize the importance of celebrating diversity rather than stoking the flames of prejudice.
— The Diplomat

Voice of the refugee
There is almost a collective sense of spurious satisfaction in Myanmar over the refusal of the 700,000 Rohingyas to return from the squalid camps of Bangladesh.
— The Statesman

Kachin woman, 60, shot dead as rival EAOs clash in Lashio township
An ethnic Kachin woman was killed on Nov. 17 when fighting erupted between rival ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) outside her village near Lashio Township in northern Shan State.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar authorities arrest two in Rohingya IDP camp raid; four others shot
A Sunday raid by police on a Rohingya IDP camp outside Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, ended with two men in custody on suspicion of human trafficking and four others shot and injured, at least two outlets are reporting.
— Coconuts Yangon (paywall)

Why a land law change is sparking fears of mass evictions
Government paperwork would have you believe that a third of Myanmar’s landmass, totalling almost 50 million acres, is “vacant”, “virgin” or “fallow”.
— Frontier Myanmar

KNU and govt plan to resume formal peace talks
Myanmar government peace negotiators and the Karen National Union (KNU) have vowed to resume formal peace talks as quickly as possible, after they were postponed late last month.
— The Irrawaddy

NCA needs review for stranded peace process
The currently stranded local peacemaking process will go ahead only after the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) has been reviewed, said Maung Maung Soe, a political and ethnic affairs analyst.
— Eleven Media

Rakhine refugees lured by promise of jobs in Malaysia
Dishonest brokers lured 106 northern Rakhine State refugees who were arrested off the coast of Yangon last week to undertake the perilous sea journey with a promise of jobs in Malaysia, a source said.
— Myanmar Times

Cambodia genocide verdict a signal to other perpetrators: US
Cambodia’s neighbour Myanmar has come under fire in recent months for its handling of the Rohingya crisis, which United Nations investigators believe amounts to “genocide” given the atrocities perpetrated on the stateless Muslim minority.

Parliament: Singapore ready to send more aid to Rohingya refugees, but probably after they return to Myanmar
More aid is available for Rohingya refugees, but Singapore would prefer to send it when they have returned to Myanmar, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.
— Straits Times

Malaysia sentences 130 illegal Myanmar workers to prison
Of 156 Myanmar nationals who were rounded up during a crackdown on undocumented workers in Malaysia earlier this month, 130 have been sentenced to three months in prison, a Myanmar diplomat said.
— Myanmar Times

Magwe files charges against fifty villagers in power project protest
Charges were filed with the police on November 10 against 50 people from Sa Gyi village, including a community leader, for interfering with an electricity project, a Magwe regional minister said.
— Myanmar Times

Another betel warning, but is anyone listening?
Chewing betel is proving a hard habit to kick in Myanmar, despite being linked to cancer of the mouth, with the latest campaign to call for abstinence promoting its message on Facebook with the slogan, #StopBetelMyanmar.
— Frontier Myanmar

Deadly shock: Two E.P.C. employees die on the job
A wrongful death case has been opened on behalf of two E.P.C. employees who were electrocuted Saturday morning while fixing a transformer box in southeastern Yangon’s Dawbon Township, a police officer has told Coconuts Yangon.
— Coconuts Yangon

Thailand’s GEP invests $297 million in Myanmar’s solar project
Green Earth Power (GEP), a Thai solar power plants operator, is committing $297 million investments in the solar project in Minbu Township, Magwe Region.
— Investsize

$31M in jade and gems sold at Naypyitaw Emporium
A recent jade and gems emporium held for local merchants in Myanmar’s administrative capital recorded a revenue of nearly 50 billion kyats ($31.44 million).
— The Irrawaddy

Foreign visitor numbers up despite dip in Western tourists
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says Myanmar received more than 2.8 million foreign visitors this year through the end of October, a slight increase compared to the same period last year.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar tries to jump-start policy with new economic team
Two and a half years after the Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, took the reins of government, a ministerial-level economic team appears finally to be up and running.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Why Facebook needs more than technical fixes in Myanmar and beyond
In Myanmar, posts on Facebook have spread hate across the country, and critics say the response by the company has been inadequate.

NLD sues USDP’s by-Election winner in Yangon over bribery claim
A former National League for Democracy (NLD) candidate is suing the opposition party candidate who beat him in the recent by-election in Yangon’s Seikkan Township for breaching the electoral law.
— The Irrawaddy

Bar fire breaks out on Strand Road
A level-2 fire broke out at “Sports Bar” along Strand Road near Botahtaung Pagoda in Botahtaung Township, Yangon Region, at about 9.30 pm on November 18.
— Eleven Media

Solving on-the-ground issues necessary in moving closer to NCA: KNPP
The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), a non-signatory of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), said solving problems on the ground would help to move forward the process of signing the NCA as well as political negotiations.
— The Irrawaddy

New Zealand offers to help Myanmar resolve Rakhine crisis
New Zealand has offered to help Myanmar find a resolution to the Rakhine State refugee crisis, New Zealand media reported.
— Myanmar Times

Turkish resolution on Rohingya gets UN approval
A UN commission overwhelmingly approved a Turkish-backed resolution strongly condemning the continuing human rights violations and abuses against Rohingya.

Newly-appointed Mon State Minister says he will focus on youth
Newly appointed Mon State Border and Security Affairs Minister by Mon State Legislative Assembly, Col. Nay Htut Oo, said that he would emphasize a better future for youth in Mon State.

Bhasan Char: Bangladesh builds new Rohingya camp
The Bangladesh government wants to send about 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a muddy, uninhabited island – ‘formed only in the last 20 years by silt from Bangladesh’s Meghna River’ – in the Bay of Bengal.

Outcry as Zimbabwe supports rights violations in Myanmar
Human rights lawyers and activists have come out guns blazing against the government of Zimbabwe’s decision to vote against a United Nations human rights committee resolution to condemn Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya Muslims.

Moderate quake jolts Myanmar’s central region , no casualty reported
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake Monday jolted Myanmar’s Magway region, according to the meteorology and hydrology department.
— United News of India

Ministries to hold monthly dialogues to improve private economic sector
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) has submitted that regular dialogues will be organized in respective ministries and sectors on a monthly basis to help improve private economic sector.
— Eleven Media

Mandalay’s challenging road to becoming a smart city
At the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore in April, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for an ASEAN Smart Cities Network to assist smart and sustainable development in 26 cities in ASEAN.
— Myanmar Times

Foreign banks’ branches to help develop the country’s economy
Foreign banks providing more services will help develop the country’s economy as local banks are unable to grant loans to large-scale investments, said Zaw Min Win, President of Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
— Eleven Media

Singapore firm to mill rice in Nay Pyi Taw
Golden Sunland Food & Beverage Co, a producer of high-quality rice in Singapore, has started the construction of a rice mill in Nay Pyi Taw with plans to produce 50,000 tonnes a year.
— Myanmar Times

PTTEP to invest in new Myanmar gas fields next year
With fresh oil and gas reserves at Myanmar’s offshore blocks now approved for commercial activities, the Ministry of Energy and Electricity (MOEE) will invite international tenders for up to 31 oil and gas exploration fields in early 2019.
— Myanmar Times

Drilling extends Myanmar’s Bawdwin ore system
Base metals developer Myanmar Metals has tabled another set of cracking results from infill and extensional drilling around its flagship Bawdwin deposit in central Myanmar.
— The West Australian (sponsored content)

Home Ministry vetting ex-generals’ application to form party, election body says
The Union Election Commission said the military-run Home Affairs Ministry was reviewing an application by a trio of ex-generals to form a political party
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar earns US$160 million more from CMP export
Myanmar earned US$160 million more from CMP export sector during more than a month period of this fiscal year, according to Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Media

Myanmar exports more fishery products to Bangladesh
Myanmar exported more fishery products including dried fish from Maungdaw border trade and earned US$0.295 million from November 1 to 16.
— Eleven Media

People’s Party will firmly exercise ally relations with other parties
The establishment of the People’s Party was to implement his dream for the previous 30 years.
— Eleven Media

YACL to work with govt in effort to lure European tourists as growth slows
Yangon Aerodrome Company Ltd (YACL) is in negotiations with Lufthansa for the German airline to operate a direct flight between Frankfurt and Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

Parliament approves formation of new investment ministry
Myanmar’s Union Parliament on Monday approved the formation of a new ministry to boost local and international investment and to make that investment socially and environmentally responsible.
— The Irrawaddy

More foreign investments boost three sectors in 2017-18 FY
More foreign investments entered industry, hotel and tourism and housing development sectors in 2017-18 FY and due to insufficient electricity supply, expensive transportation costs, rare skilled workers and difficulties obtaining land for long term investment are setbacks to attracting more foreign investments.
— Eleven Media

The KNU’s temporary absence from peace meetings makes discomfort for EAOs, Mon says
The Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) have faced uneasiness due to Karen National Union (KNU)’s temporary withdrawal from the formal peace talks, according to Nai Aung Ma-ngay who is a member of central executive committee of New Mon State Party (NMSP).

Proposal calls for policy on lighting up rural areas
A Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) legislator has called on the government to come up with a comprehensive policy to provide electricity to all villages in the country.
— Myanmar Times

12 applications for first phase of Yangon highway project
The Ministry of Construction says it has received 12 prequalification applications for the Yangon Elevated Expressway Project (YEX) Phase 1.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reveals growth plans
Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic.
— Airport World

Yangon welcomes new China flights
Two Chinese airlines are currently introducing new services to Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital.
— TTR Weekly

Govt to conduct national survey on diabetes risk factors
The Ministry of Health and Sports will conduct a nationwide survey on diabetes starting next month, a senior health official said.
— Myanmar Times

Minbu solar power project commences in time for summer 2019
A 170MW solar power plant in Minbu Township, Magwe Region, will start producing electricity in time for summer next year, said U Lin Naing Oo, business development department general manager of GEP (Myanmar) Co Ltd.
— Myanmar Times

Salt industries in Mon State deserve bank loans, salt-manufacturers express
Mon State Government should help the salt-manufacturers in Mon State to get bank loans for their sustainability, according to Minn Tin Win Maung.

Daw Khin Kyi Women’s Hospital to be expanded
The Ministry of Health and Sports is planning to expand the building of Daw Khin Kyi Women’s Hospital and staff housing in the compound of Bahan Women’s Hospital on Bogyoke Museum Street in Bahan Township, Yangon Region.
— Eleven Media

How Think Tanks Help Policymakers Create a More Equitable and Prosperous Myanmar
An International Development Research Centre survey shows think tanks in Myanmar need to improve research quality and outreach to ensure officials have easy access to accurate information for making national policy.
— AEC News Today / PR Newswire (media release)

Hackathon to be held in Yangon, Mandalay on 8-9 December
Ooredoo Myanmar and the United Nations Development Programme will host its first hackathon at the former’s offices in Yangon and Mandalay on 8-9 December, according to a statement from Ooredoo Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

These photos capture the lives and loves of Myanmar’s trans community
Grace Baey spent a month with transgender people in Myanmar’s commercial hub, Yangon
— Gay Star News

When bagpipes played in Yangon
The early morning of November 11, in Yangon’s Mahabandoola Park was mild and cool and people were relaxing or exercising around the park. In other words, it was mostly an unremarkable day.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar teachers benefit from Ericsson virtual reality training tool
The deployment of the VR training tool is the latest phase in the Connect to Learn program.
— WebWire (press release)


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