Myanmar morning news for November 5

Myanmar morning news for November 5

Myanmar morning news2018 by-elections transparent, US envoy says
US Ambassador Scot Marciel looked around to 2018 by-election polling stations in Tarmwe and Seikkan townships this morning.
— Myanmar Times (annoying pops)

Preliminary results: NLD heading towards big electoral losses
Voting has now ended for the November 3 by-elections in Myanmar, with polling stations counting the votes across the country. The latest development is that Seikkan constituents have ditched the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party in favour of the main opposition’s candidate.
— Myanmar Times

Peace meetings including PPST suspended
Some peace meetings including the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) of ten ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), which are the signatories of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), have reportedly been suspended.
— Mizzima

Backed by India, Maldives Becomes IORA Member; Myanmar’s Entry Blocked at Last Hurdle
While Maldives got the green flag, Myanmar’s membership, which had also been approved by senior officials, failed to get in because of South African opposition.
— The Wire

Myanmar’s English proficiency ranked bottom 10% worldwide
Myanmar is ranked 82 out of 88 countries in English proficiency ranking for non-native speakers, according to a survey by the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI). It is the first time the country appeared on the annual index, which has been published for the eighth consecutive year.
— Myanmar Times

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Myanmar by-election rare local test for Aung San Suu Kyi
[YANGON, MYANMAR] Myanmar voters cast their ballots in a small but key by-election Saturday, a rare local test of support for embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party more than halfway through her time in office.
— The Business Times

Thirty people to hand in complaint letter to president
30 people who want to give complaint letters to President U Win Myint are waiting in front of ballot station No.3 located on Magin street, Tamwe township, in Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar presents plan to attract over $200 billion in foreign investment
The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) came up with an ambitious business plan that includes a major investment promotion strategy aiming to attract more than $200 billion through “responsible and quality businesses” over the next 20 years.
— Investine

Provisional results show stumble for NLD in by-elections
The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) is set to lose at least three seats they hitherto held to opposition parties, while ethnic parties in Chin, Rakhine and Shan are expected to secure electoral victories.
— Myanmar Times

NLD Says By-Election Losses Signal Need For Reform
The ruling party’s failure on Saturday to hold on to seats it won in 2015 shows voters are frustrated with the pace of reform, an NLD spokesman said.
— The Irrawaddy

NLD Poised to Win 8 of 13 By-Election Races
The National League for Democracy (NLD) had won five of the 13 constituencies up for grabs in Saturday’s by-election and was leading in another three as of 9 p.m. In another five seats, however, it was facing possible defeat to the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)—its main rival—and the ethnic political parties.
— The Irrawaddy

Malaria Cases in Myanmar See Huge Drop, Thanks to Efforts by Community Health Workers
Instances of malaria in remote and rural locations of Myanmar have fallen dramatically during a six-year period as a result of trained community health care workers providing a wider package of services along with screenings for the disease transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical regions, a study has found.
— Radio Free Asia

Writer-Turned-Painter Turns His Attention to the Human Form
YANGON—More than 30 years after he fell in love with the nude paintings of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, Nay Myo has finally realized his dream of holding his own exhibition of nudes.
— The Irrawaddy

Pedal power: Yangon commuters choose bicycles
FOR AN INCREASING number of Yangon residents, bicycles are offering a cheap and practical alternative to spending hours stuck in traffic on clogged roads.
— Frontier Myanmar

Shan Armed Group Reconsiders Participation in Ceasefire Monitoring Body
The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) said it would stop participating in every level of Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee discussions at least until the armed group’s senior leaders meet next week, claiming the committee was not abiding by the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
— The Irrawaddy

Voting in by-elections wraps with patchy voter interest
Hundreds of thousands of voters – including President U Win Myint – cast ballots in by-elections across Myanmar today from 6am to 4pm, with a domestic election-monitoring group reporting a mostly problem-free polling process.
— Frontier Myanmar

Buthidaung Police Seize Nearly 1 Million Ya Ba Pills from River Vessel
Police seized 975,000 methamphetamine (or “ya ba”) tablets with an estimated value of 1 billion kyats in Rakhine State’s Buthidaung Township on Thursday.
— The Irrawaddy

A quest for media accreditation
“I WON’T COMPLAIN about Swiss press offices so quickly again,” I told myself while staring at the mess of notes on my desk in Frontier’s Yangon office, both hands raised in the air – in one, my smartphone, in the other, a wisp of hair pulled almost clean from my head in desperation.
— Frontier Myanmar

Prisons Are Not for Journalists, Farmers and Activists
What is the purpose of a prison? Prisons are designed to protect society from dangerous individuals that pose a risk to the public.
— The Irrawaddy

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Chin Political Parties need to win in elections for their specific role in the peace process
Ethnic political parties have their specific role in the ongoing peace process and it is important for Chin parties to be successful in election aiming at partaking in the peace talks, said Dr. Sui Khar, Assistant General Secretary (1) of the Chin National Front (CNF).

Court hearing of Suu Kyi critic postponed on health grounds
Court hearing date of Kyaw Myo Shwe who was charged under the Telecommunications Law for his alleged criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi was rescheduled as the defendant is not in good health.
— Mizzima

Rohingya teen injured in firing at Bangladesh-Myanmar border
A Rohingya refugee boy was shot and injured on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border as multiple rounds were fired from a Myanmar border security post, an official said Sunday.
— Coconuts Yangon

Repatriation plan puts refugees at risk, claims HRW
A human rights organization has expressed concern over a joint Myanmar-Bangladesh refugee repatriation plan that they say puts the refugees at risk.
— Mizzima

Tatmadaw urges to return unused confiscated land in Pekon, Southern Shan State
A forum on land issue was held at Gaung-ei relatives’ traditional hall in 5th ward of Pekon on October 23 and local residents staged a protest during the forum demanding the return of 1,600 acres out of 4,000 acres military confiscated land in Pekon Township in Southern Shan State.

Working to save a symbol of human-animal cooperation
Fishermen living along the Ayeyarwady River near the Mandalay-Kyauk Myaung area are so familiar with the Irrawaddy Dolphins that share their fishing grounds with, they have given the animals names.
— Myanmar Times

Bangladesh and Myanmar Announce Pending Rohingya Repatriation
Despite UN warnings, the two countries announced that the repatriation of Rohingya refugees would take place in mid-November.
— The Diplomat (annoying pops)

USDP candidate flags up literacy rate
An opposition party candidate highlighted the issue of literacy rates in wake of a row over some voters having their names missing on the list.
— Myanmar Times

Culture, context and mental health of Rohingya
In August 2017, a major humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine State of Myanmar triggered a mass exodus of around three-quarters of a million stateless Rohingya refugees into neighbouring Bangladesh, adding to the estimated 200,000-300,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who had fled Myanmar earlier and the estimated 73,000 Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.
— Myanmar News

Asia’s meth boom
From the jungles of Myanmar to the streets of Hong Kong, police throughout Asia are fighting a war against methamphetamine.

‘Genocide gems’: Highly-sought Burmese rubies and sapphires may be enriching Myanmar’s military (video)
But for those who prefer the rich colour of a ruby or a sapphire, it might keep you up at night to learn the profits from Burmese gemstone sales may be going to a military regime that the United Nations accuses of genocide.
— Global News

Education and health among Pa-O’s priorities
EU considers sanctions on Myanmar over Rohingya crackdown
Pa-O Self-administered Zone’s (SAZ) will improve infrastructure, roads, water supply and access to electricity across the three townships in 2018-22, while setting up colleges and training schools for vocational and healthcare purposes.
— Myanmar Times

EU considers sanctions on Myanmar over Rohingya crackdown
EU commissioners call for Myanmar to address ‘severe shortcomings’ in human rights after fact-finding visit.
— Aljazeera

Decentralisation slowly making inroads in Myanmar
Understanding Myanmar’s government institutions and how they communicate with each other can be an ordeal. In its latest report, The Asia Foundation (TAF) sheds light the increasingly important role regional governments play and details the process of decentralisation that has been taking place in Myanmar over the past five years.
— Myanmar Times

Displaced villagers in Myanmar at odds with UK charity over land conservation
A British conservation charity has become embroiled in a row with villagers displaced by civil war in Myanmar over plans to protect pristine forests housing wild Asian elephants, tigers and sun bears.
— The Guardian

Govt explores possibility of cement plant in Chin
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MNREC) is inviting expressions of interest (EOI) from foreign and local investors to conduct detailed feasibility studies and measurement of limestone deposits before considering the setting up of a cement plant in Chin State.
— Myanmar Times

Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?
So as dusk descends over some of the unruliest traffic in Asia – there are both left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive cars on the streets – Team Ceritalah has withdrawn to a cafe in the middle-class neighbourhood of Tamwe Township, just to the east of downtown Yangon.
— South China Morning Post


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges World Science Day for Peace and Development, November 10.

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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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