Myanmar morning news for September 17

Myanmar morning news for September 17

Myanmar morning newsAgreement signed to build China-Myanmar Economic Corridor
Myanmar and China signed a memorandum of understanding to set up the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, according to a statement from the China National Development and Reform Commission.
— Investine

Myanmar youth, journalists demonstrate against jailing of Reuters reporters
At least 100 Myanmar youth activists and journalists called for the release of two jailed Reuters journalists on Sunday, warning that the seven-year prison terms handed to the pair this month threaten the public’s right to information.
— Reuters

Surbana Jurong Capital and Mitsubishi forms US$500m fund for urban developments
Focusing on Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka, the partners will inject $342.4m (US$250m) each for the 50:50 JV which will gear towards project that may include transit-oriented developments (TOD) such as aviation or rail-related developments, affordable housing, as well as other urban-related infrastructure.
— Singapore Business Review

Dozens of inmates escape in Myanmar jail break
Myanmar police are hunting dozens of escaped inmates who hijacked a delivery truck and smashed through the gates of their jail in a daring prison break on Sunday (Sep 16), officials said.
— Channel NewsAsia

Speech by HR/VP Mogherini on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law – the situation in Myanmar
We have been following this case very closely from the very beginning, almost a year ago, following their arrest on 18 December last year, we have requested the immediate release of the journalists.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

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Outrage at Insein Court
The sentencing of journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to seven years each in prison has sparked global outrage.
— Frontier Myanmar

International Land Border Checkpoints between Myanmar and India now open
The two following first international Land Border Checkpoints between Myanmar and India were officially opened on 8 August 2018:
— Mizzima

Indie rockers Side Effect channel the resilient spirit of Myanmar’s youth
For years, one of Myanmar’s most popular bands worked in fear of an authoritarian military government, using metaphor and symbolism to convey their subtly subversive message.
— The Guardian

Myanmar leader Suu Kyi defends journalists’ imprisonment
Imprisonment not linked to freedom of press as reporters broke Official Secrets Act, says Nobel Peace Prize winner.
— Aljazeera

Rohingya crisis reinforce China-Myanmar bonds
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) got a high octane boost last week, when Myanmar — facing the heat from the West because of the Rohingya refugee crisis — inked an agreement with Beijing to establish a cross border economic corridor.
— The Hindu

Myanmar remains well behind neighbours in cracking down on illicit trade
Myanmar has the least capability to address illicit trade in both Southeast Asia and APEC, according to an international index released recently.
— Myanmar Times

President affirms support for Myanmar’s peace process
President Trần Đại Quang affirmed Việt Nam’s support for Myanmar’s national reconciliation process during a reception for State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar on Thursday.
— Vietnam News

Facebook to hire human rights director following Rohingya abuses
Just weeks after banning several high-ranking Myanmar military officials, Facebook is hiring a director of human rights to address how it could be contributing to human rights abuses.
— SkyNews

Pakokku Education College students stage protest to be allowed to continue studies
Students from Pakokku Education College staged a demonstration led by the college student union on 14 September to demand they be allowed to continue to study in their current universities and not through correspondence courses.
— Mizzima

Yangon’s astroboys
Being a young astrologer in Myanmar isn’t easy.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar notes record high gold price
The price of gold has reached a record high of about 996,500 Kyat per tical on 14 September, thanks to the rising US dollar exchange rate, according to a report in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 15 September.
— Mizzima

Silk route to Burma
Even though Burma — now Myanmar — was a province of British India till as late as 1937, it has, for most people, always been another land, another place.
— The Tribune

Yangon CM warns about new type of human trafficking – surrogacy
Yangon Region government Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein has warned about a new type of human trafficking found in Myanmar – being a surrogate mother.
— Mizzima

A Slice of Heritage: Dining in Yangon’s Top Heritage Restorations
Visitors and residents in Myanmar’s commercial capital often find themselves enamored with the rich heritage architecture of downtown Yangon.
— The Irrawaddy

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Demystifying menstrual health
In this week’s Myanmar Times Zon Pann Pwint writes about Pan Ka Lay, a new initiative aiming to break the taboo around discussing menstruation or menstrual health which is common in many societies.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay uses ‘Operation Hawk’ to tackle growing crime wave
Mandalay Region government chief minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung said that people were not aware of the success of Operation Hawk, an anti-crime operation.
— Mizzima

Parliament Approves 2018-2019 Budget
More than 4.7 billion kyats were also cut from the requests from non-ministerial nation agencies, along with 11.84 billion kyats from the requests from the Central Bank of Myanmar, the Naypyitaw Union Territory Council and municipalities.
— The Irrawaddy

Indigenous people from Tanintharyi Region campaign against dams
Indigenous people from the Tanintharyi Region gathered yesterday (September 13) to campaign against the plan to build a dam in the eastern shore of Sar Ya Bwin Village under Tanintharyi Township in Myeik District.
— BNI

 

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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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