Myanmar morning news for September 12

Myanmar morning news for September 12
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Myanmar morning newsEthnic Political Parties Merge to Seek Stronger Representation in 2020 Election
Homegrown political parties in Myanmar’s ethnic areas have been merging together in the hope of winning a majority of seats in both national and regional parliaments in the upcoming 2020 general elections, a victory that would grant them more authority to improve their rights.
— The Irrawaddy

Get Ride Launches Its Community-based Ride Hailing Platform in Mandalay
Get Ride, a local community-based ride hailing platform, has officially launched in Mandalay, Myanmar.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Bangkok Airways removes planned Phuket-Yangon direct flights from schedules
Bangkok Airways has removed from its flight schedule the Phuket-Yangon direct flights that were to launch in November as the route has yet to be confirmed, Bangkok Airways staff told The Phuket News today.
— The Phuket News

Mandalay Yoma installs first solar rooftop for wood factory
Mandalay Yoma Energy on September 11 installed a solar rooftop for Damco Wood Products’ factory in Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar woman killed, 22 injured in bus crash in Kanchanaburi
A chartered bus taking students and teachers from Nakhon Pathom to give donations to underprivileged students at a school in Kanchanaburi hit the rear of a passenger bus on Tuesday, resulting in one death and 22 injuries.
— The Nation

Nay Pyi Taw locomotive factory and Myitnge carriage factory to open soon
Over 98 per cent of construction work for the locomotive factory building has finished and will be complete at the end of December.
— Eleven Myanmar

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi off to Vietnam for 3-day visit
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will fly to Vietnam on Tuesday for a three-day visit at the invitation of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, a senior Foreign Affairs Ministry Official said.
— Myanmar Times

Bangkok police shut down journalists’ panel on Rohingya (video)
Police in Bangkok shut down a forum organised by foreign journalists to discuss whether senior military officers in Myanmar should face justice for alleged human rights abuses committed by their forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities.
— Bangkok Post

Representatives call for review of SOE law
A total of 17 out of the 26 Myanmar SOEs under the Union budget are expected to turn a profit in 2018-19, commencing October 1, according to the Ministry of Planning and Finance (MOPF).
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar hosts World Maritime Day
This year’s event was hosted by Myanmar, and present on the occasion were Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications Tha Oo, departmental heads and local and foreign guests from the maritime field.
— Eleven Myanmar

Chef whets Myanmar appetite for Thai dishes
Yuttaphum Simpalipun used to feast on her grandmother’s traditional Thai food when he was a kid. He would watch her whip up recipes to perfection in the kitchen of their ancestral home and at times he would volunteer to help preparing the dishes.
— Myanmar Times

Chinese firms flee overseas to avoid US tariffs
Other moves abroad spurred on by tariff risks include a garment maker going to Myanmar, a mattress company opening a plant in Thailand and an electronic motor producer acquiring a Mexico-based factory, according to public filings from the firms.
— Free Malaysia Today

Myanmar national portal to be launched
The Myanmar National Portal will be launched in the English and Myanmar languages to provide information about the country and government in a single place, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
— Myanmar Times

New Mon State Party Leader Frustrated With Peace Process ‘Stalemate’ But Hopeful
Nai Hong Sar, the vice chairman of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), recently spoke with The Irrawaddy’s Nyein Nyein about the stalled peace process.
— The Irrawaddy

Court charges Dr. Aye Maung and writer Wai Hin Aung with high treason
Sittwe Township court passed an order to charge former Chairman of Rakhine National Party (RNP) Dr. Aye Maung and writer Wai Hin Aung with two counts including high treason on September 10.
— Mizzima

Over 400 homes inundated in Putao Township’s flooding
Some villages in Putao Township, northern Kachin State have been affected by flooding caused by the overflowing of the mountain stream as a result of heavy rain since Sunday (September 9).

Arrival and departure cards canceled
Visitors will no longer need to fill in the Arrival and Departure cards at the Yangon, Mandalay, and Naypyitaw international airports.
— Myanmar Times

Solo walker for peace arrives in Loikaw
The solo walker, Ko Soe Wai, arrived in Loikaw while wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “Peace in Myanmar” and holding the Myanmar flag.

Jailing of Reuters journalists ‘hammer-blow’ to Myanmar’s fragile press freedom
A Myanmar court’s decision to jail two Reuters journalists for seven years a week ago represented a near-fatal hammer-blow to the country’s fragile press freedom, and gravely undermines the credibility of Myanmar’s democratisation.
— Mizzima

UN says Myanmar waging ‘campaign against journalists’
Myanmar, facing international outrage over the jailing of Reuters journalists for their reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, is conducting a “political campaign” against independent journalism, the UN said today.
— MalayMail

Myanmar govt investigating surgical tool left in patient’s body for 26 years
Myanmar’s health department has launched an investigation after a man from Ayeyawady Region complained of having a six-inch surgical instrument left in his abdomen following a surgery 26 years ago, causing him decades of severe pain.
— Coconut Yangon

UN rights chief urges new panel for Myanmar prosecutions
The UN rights chief called Monday for the creation of a new “mechanism” tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority.
— Mizzima

Rohingya refugees are too ‘political’ for Suu Kyi’s charity
The leader of a charity founded by Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi refused to discuss the prospect of donating to the cause of Rohingya refugees at the launch of a major fundraiser on Tuesday.
— Coconuts Yangon

$72 mn needed to protect Rohingya women: Oxfam
Oxfam, an international agency, today called for 15 per cent of new funding to be set aside for humanitarian programmes designed to provide better support to Rohingya women and girls, including $72 million of the nearly half a billion dollars recently committed by the World Bank.
— The Daily Star

Charges pressed against Dr Aye Maung and writer Wai Hin Aung
On September 14, the accused pair will be scrutinized in the trial.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh urges global pressure on Myanmar
Bangladesh on Tuesday urged the international community to put more pressure on Myanmar to provide a permanent solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis and ensure their safe return.
— NewsHeads

CAEXPO’s increasing stature reflects growth, progress in trade agreement
The CAEXPO’s appeal and stature is growing year on year. As much as 40 per cent of the participating Chinese vendors are repeat exhibitors, with this year’s fair attracting several new exhibitors. Eight ASEAN member countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – notably have chartered independent halls to showcase their own products and services.
— Borneo Bulletin


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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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