Myanmar morning news for October 30

Myanmar morning news for October 30

Myanmar morning newsJailed Myanmar Reuters reporters to file appeal
Two Myanmar Reuters journalists will file an appeal this week against a seven-year prison sentence linked to reporting on the Rohingya crisis, their defence lawyer said yesterday.
— Borneo Bulletin

Myanmar garment workers demand sacked colleagues get jobs back
Dozens of striking workers from a Chinese-owned garment factory in Myanmar marched to a government compound in the city of Yangon on Monday, demanding to meet the city’s chief minister, as part of efforts to get sacked colleagues reinstated.
— Reuters

Myanmar journalists facing incitement charges freed on bail
Three Myanmar journalists accused of incitement were granted bail on Friday but must continue to fight the case involving a close confidant of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
— South China Morning News

Myanmar and India agree to fight insurgent groups on border
India and Myanmar have agreed to fight insurgent groups operating along the border between the two countries and prevent the smuggling of wildlife and narcotics, according to an article in the Morung Express.
— Mizzima

Hanging by a thread
Myanmar’s flourishing textile and garment industry could be decimated if the European Union (EU) decides to withdraw trade privileges, business leaders say.
— Bangkok Post

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New Myanmar auto import policy announced
Myanmar has outlined a new auto import policy for 2019, saying that only vehicles with left-hand drive can be imported to suit the country’s traffic route direction, Xinhua has reported quoting an announcement of the Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles Importation.
— Mizzima

Insurance industry progressing at slow pace, foreign competition needed: AMI
It has been five years since the government first allowed private insurance businesses to offer their services in Myanmar in 2013.
— Myanmar Times

President gives instruction to the judiciary for quick and correct trials
During his meeting with officials from the executive, legislative and judiciary branches in Ayeyarwady Region, the president gave instruction to officials in the judicial sector to perform quick and correct justice delivery in accordance with the law.
— Mizzima

Yangon Gov’t Must Answer Auditor General’s Claims: President’s Office
The Yangon Regional Government must respond to claims in a report by the auditor general that irregularities in spending by the city administration cost the public billions of kyats, the President’s Office spokesperson said on Monday.
— The Irrawaddy

Residents put off plan to protest over Mt. Zinghmuh issue
Although Chuncung residents have planned to stage a protest today (October 29) over the Chin State government’s implementation of a national park in Mt. Zinghmuh, which lies at the borders of Hakha, Falam, and Htantlang townships in the Chin State, and the construction of a dam in Lai tili Lake without informing the public, it has been postponed due to a request from the local authorities.

Landmine blasts injure two in NMSP-KNU disputed-area in Yebyu Tsp within this month
Two people have been injured by landmine blasts within this month in Kyaung Shar Kwin, which is an area of territorial dispute between the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Karen National Union (KNU) near Ah Lel Sa Khan Village under Yebyu Township, Tanintharyi Region.

Poppy farmers seek comprehensive solution to illicit drug problem
Myanmar poppy farmers are calling on the government to come up with a comprehensive solution to resolve the drug problem in the country and to put an end to poppy cultivation.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar airfares steady for now
Just weeks before Myanmar’s peak season kicks in, early November, airlines say they will maintain current domestic fares.
— TTR Weekly

Kachin Leaders to Govt: IDPs Cannot Return Home Before Peace Is Restored
Kachin community leaders say that conditions still do not allow internally displaced people (IDPs) in the state to return home, despite recent remarks by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi that she is trying to make this possible.

Labor Groups Implore Visiting EU Officials Not to Withdraw Trade Preferences
Myanmar’s trade union and labor organizations voiced strong disagreement with Brussels’ move to consider withdrawing trade preferences at a meeting with EU officials on Monday.
— The Irrawaddy

Over 700 villagers flee as two ethnic forces clash in Shan
More than 700 villagers fled their homes in Namtu township of Shan State as fighting flared between two armed ethnic forces.
— Myanmar Times

Three out of four Kachin parties decide to register merged party
Although four Kachin political parties have originally agree to merge, the Kachin National Congress (KNC) is unable to abolish its party at the moment so only three parties have decided to register the party.

Controversy unfurls as MP flags respect issue
A Yangon Region MP has generated controversy by complaining about people – in particular, Muslims – who refuse to stand for the national flag in cinemas.
— Frontier Myanmar

Four retail-wholesale JVs permitted to operate
Six months after allowing foreign investors to register and participate in the domestic retail and wholesale sector in May, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has so far permitted four joint ventures between foreign and local investors.
— Myanmar Times

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Culture Ministry to place museum at Tham Luang Cave
Chiang Rai has been declared a city of environmental tourism as well as of art, culture and historic connections as it shares borders with Myanmar, Luang Prabang and fellow northern provinces Phayao and Nan.

Fishermen told government cannot ban seafood import from Myanmar
He said that banning import of such seafoods from Myanmar was not possible because they are listed as protected products in accordance with the Imports and Exports Act.
— Thai PBS World

Trump Should Declare Myanmar’s Rohingya Campaign a Genocide
In an August 2018 report on atrocities committed in Myanmar, the U.S. State Department found that: “The recent violence in northern Rakhine State was extreme, large-scale, widespread, and seemingly geared toward both terrorizing the population and driving out the Rohingya residents.
— National

EU withdrawal of GSP unlikely to impact investment in Myanmar
The European Union (EU)’s probable withdrawal of its Generalized Scheme of Preference (GSP) will not impact the foreign investment flow in Myanmar, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, November 2.


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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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