Myanmar morning news for October 5

Myanmar morning news for October 5

Myanmar morning newsSitting during Myanmar national anthem punishable by 3 years in prison
A minister in the Yangon Region government has issued a reminder that sitting while the Myanmar national anthem is played in cinemas is illegal, and those who do it will face a prison sentence of up three years in prison, plus the possibility of a K300,000 fine.
— Coconuts Yangon

Govt, JICA sign agreement worth 6,033 million yen to implement Mandalay port project
The Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems and Japan International Cooperation Agency signed an agreement worth 6,033 million yen in grant aid for a Mandalay port construction project on Wednesday.
— Eleven

Myanmar torches USD1.3 million of wildlife parts
Elephant skins, clouded leopard remains and tiger bones were among a USD1.3 million haul of illegal wildlife incinerated yesterday in Myanmar’s first ever public event of its kind against the illicit trade.
— Borneo Bulletin

Criticism over India deporting seven Rohingya men to Myanmar
Rights groups and activists have slammed the Indian government for deporting seven Rohingya men to Myanmar, a controversial decison that was also backed by the country’s top court.
— Aljazeera

Extortion and abuse: Myanmar workers arrive debt-laden in Thailand
A “mafia” of recruitment agents is trapping Myanmar migrants to Thailand in debt bondage despite a 2017 law meant to fight exploitation in the kingdom’s notoriously shadowy job market, activists and workers say.
— ABS-CBN News

Military terminates $500 million Chinese-backed Yangon development
The Office of the Quartermaster-General in Yangon has cancelled the lease agreement for a US$500 million mixed-use project in Yangon, because it said developer Zaykabar had breached the terms of the deal, including by signing a joint venture agreement with a Chinese company.
— Frontier Myanmar

Ooredoo to expand 4G Plus network to 300 Myanmar townships by end-October
Ooredoo reports that its 4G Plus network currently covers 285 townships in Myanmar, and the operator plans to expand its 4F Plus service to 300 townships by end-October.
— Telecompaper

Former Myanmar Government Minister Calls For Retrial of Jailed Reuters Reporters
Myanmar’s outspoken former information minister on Thursday called for a review and retrial of a case involving two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven year in prison for breaching a law on state secrets, in a ruling that human rights groups and media advocates have strongly condemned as a sham and a blow to press freedom.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar to inspect all 235 dams after spillway collapse in August
Myanmar has set up a special task force to inspect all 235 dams in the country, after a spillway collapse in August flooded as many as 85 villages.
— Channel NewsAsia

Gov’t Seeks Investors for Economic Zones on Chinese Border
The Ministry of Commerce will invite local investors to back “economic cooperation zones” on the China-Myanmar border in Shan and Kachin states as part of Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— The Irrawaddy

Government Building More ‘Model Villages’ to House Rohingya Returnees
To house Rohingya refugees expected to return from Bangladesh, the Myanmar government this month began building 12 additional “model villages” in strife-ridden northern Rakhine’s Maungdaw Township.
— The Irrawaddy

A legal path to justice emerges for Myanmar
Last week a partial but significant foundation was laid to provide accountability for gross human rights violations in Myanmar, and hopefully to deter repetition.
— Asia Times

Fifteen Austrian companies look for opportunities in Myanmar
An Austrian trade mission comprised of 15 leading Austrian companies visited Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday to explore business opportunities and promote bilateral trade and investment.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to send commercial attaches to more countries
IN A BID to boost trade with foreign countries, Myanmar will appoint new commercial attaches in more countries in the coming months, said a government official.
— Consult-Myanmar

Sales of imported spirits banned in Yangon
Liquor stores in Yangon Region are forbidden from selling imported spirits, several government departments announced last weekend.
— Coconuts Yangon

Yangon government looks for qualified breeders to team up with crocodile farm
The Yangon regional government is considering allowing qualified crocodile breeders to enter into business with Thaketa Crocodile Farm, a government official said.
— Myanmar Times

Action will be taken against illegal mining: Sagaing regions’ minister for Irrigation
Sagaing region Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Kan Zar Mone said that actions will be taken if illegal mining activities of any kind were found in Wuntho Township, Kathar District in Sagaing Region.
— Eleven

Illegal aliens from Sagaing watermelon and muskmelon farms deported
Sagaing Region government minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation said today at the assembly that some foreigners were working illegally at watermelon and muskmelon farms in Sagaing Region and they using illegal pesticides.
— Mizzima

Legislators wait to see return of 5.2 billion kyats from former Region Government
Legislators from Ayeyarwady Region Assembly are reportedly watching for the return of government fund of 5.2 billion kyats from the previous government.
— Mizzima

Untaxed bottles of alcohol destroyed in Dawei
Untaxed special goods, locally produced bottles of alcohol which is locally produced were seized in Dawei and Myeik townships in Taninthayi Region and destroyed at regional Internal Revenue Department at 8 am yesterday.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

MP calls for a shutdown of loss-making fuel filling stations
The government should grant fuel oil permits to local and foreign entrepreneurs after a shutdown of loss-making fuel filling stations, said Regional MP Hla Htay representing Mingala Taungnyunt Township in the session of Yangon region parliament on October 3.
— Eleven

Telenor Myanmar offers 100GB data bonus on smartphone purchases
Telenor has launched a smartphone data bundle in Myanmar. The bundle offers up to 100 GB of additional bonus data to new customers who buy a Telenor subscription combined with any 4G/LTE smartphone.
— Telecompaper

Strict regulations enforced for rooftop internet tower installations
Rooftop internet towers are installed only under the permission of Directorate of Telecommunications, said Yangon mayor U Maung Maung Soe.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges World Teachers’ Day, October 5.


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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