Myanmar morning news for September 18

Myanmar morning news for September 18
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Myanmar morning news‘Myanmar’s Assault on a Truthful Press’: Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler writes in New York Times
Reuters President and Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler penned an op-ed for the New York Times on Monday, writing about the conviction of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Myanmar:
— Reuters

Trade with China totalled US$4 billion (April to July)
The value of Myanmar’s trade with China from April to July of the current mini-budget period totalled US$4 billion, including export worth $1.89 billion and import valued $2.14 billion, according to figures released by the Ministry of Commerce, state media reported.
— Mizzima

With no #SpaceOnEarth, Ogilvy gives Rohingya children a ‘voice in space’ (HD video)
Nowhere more so has this been the case than with the Rohingya children of Myanmar.
— AEC News Today

Myanmar jailbreakers could be heading to Thailand
More than 30 inmates on the run after a Myanmar jailbreak may try to cross into Thailand, an official said Monday, a day after they hijacked a garbage truck and ploughed through the prison gates.
— Bangkok Post

KNU Concerned Group Backs Call for Military Leaders to Face ICC
The KNU Concerned Group, led by the former vice chairperson of the Karen National Union, has endorsed the report of the independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar (IFFM) and its recommendations, including that Myanmar be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states.
— The Irrawaddy

Scan raises capital for Myanmar operation
SET-listed Scan Inter Plc (SCN), a natural gas trader and operator of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, has increased its registered capital by 97.63 million baht via a private placement (PP) to beef up its solar power plant operation in Myanmar.
— Bangkok Post

Rohingya Return To Myanmar Must Be Safe, Sustainable, Says Indian Envoy
The High Commissioner gave relief materials to Bangladesh’s disaster management and relief minister for Rohingyas refugees living in Bangladesh.

Thousands Protest Woman’s Abduction by Armed Group in Shan State
Thousands of people protested in Shan State on Monday to demand that the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) release an ethnic Shan woman the armed group abducted last month.
— The Irrawaddy

KoneSi rides digital platform to lift Myanmar’s logistics sector
RETAILERS will no longer need to bother about logistics and fleet operators or worry about empty runs in Myanmar thanks to an innovative technical solution launched earlier this year, according to Soe Pyae Aung, co-founder and chief operating officer of KoneSi Freight Co.
— The Nation

Myanmar to Sign UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
Military representatives to Myanmar’s Parliament discussed in favor of signing the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) during the parliamentary session on Friday.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Metals completes scoping study for US$191 million China open pit at Bawdwin mine
Myanmar Metals Limited (ASX:MYL) has shared results of a CSA Global Pty Ltd scoping study for an open pit for the China lode at Bawdwin silver-lead-zinc project in Myanmar, giving the starter pit a 13-year mine life.
— Proactive Investors Australia

Heroes Among Us: Reaching out to Rohingya refugees in KL (video)
When she heard about a large population of Rohingya refugees living in Kuala Lumpur, Singaporean Raeesah Khan, 24, decided to reach out to them.
— The Straits Times

Myanmar Unveils New Tourism Branding
After five years, Myanmar is replacing its tourism branding — Let the Journey Begin — with “Be Enchanted”.
— AEC NEWs Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Ministry issues notice to proceed for Deedoke hydro project
The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has issued a notice to proceed to the developers of the 60-megawatt Deedoke hydropower project in Mandalay Region.
— Frontier Myanmar

Burma News International (BNI) representative joins World Peace Summit
World Peace Summit, which is organized by a Korean NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL) and other international peace institutions, has been held in Inchoen, the coastal city of Republic of Korea (South Korea), from 16th to 19th September 2018, and many hundreds of world leaders, religious leaders, civil society leaders, youth and women leaders and the heads of media agencies join in to seek a global peace to ensure for the supports of Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

Myanmar Police Conduct Manhunt For Escaped Inmates in Kayin State
Police in Myanmar’s eastern Kayin state have recaptured 18 of 41 convicts who escaped from the state prison in Hpa-an on Sunday morning, and are still searching for the others believed to be hiding in the jungle and in nearby villages, a state police official said Monday.
— Radio Free Asia

U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel discusses continuity and concerns as Myanmar transitions to democracy
There is little doubt that these are difficult times for Myanmar when it comes to international relations.
— Mizzima

Tatmadaw Destroys Local Farms Following Attack by Unknown Assailants in Hsipaw
Government forces destroyed local corn farms near an army camp in Manli village, Hsipaw Township, last week following an attack on the base by an unknown armed group.

Électricité de France director: ‘Our goal is to get the most competitive financing possible’
In December 2015, state-owned utility company Électricité de France signed a memorandum of understanding with the government for the 1,050-megawatt Shweli-3 hydropower project in northern Shan State.
— Frontier Myanmar

Kyauktaw farmers demand return of over 1,000 acres of military seized land
Around 200 farmers from Kyauktaw Township, Rakhine State staged a protest yesterday (September 16) to demand the return of over 1,000 acres of military seized land.

Capital: the biggest challenge of boosting marine product exports
Capital investment is a major challenge in attempts to boost marine product exports, said Win Kyaing, General-Secretary of Myanmar Fishery Federation (MFF).
— Eleven Myanmar

ABSDF Conference Explores the Organization’s ‘Long-Term Survival’
The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) kicked off its 11thConference at its headquarters in Karen State on Sunday, with participants discussing the organization’s long-term future and its role in the peace process.

Dengue cases decrease in Yangon this year
The number of dengue cases and casualties in Yangon Region so far this year has decreased compared to the same period last year, according to Yangon Regional Health Department.
— Myanmar Times

Siam Cement expect stronger growth in Myanmar in 2019
Siam Cement Group (SCG) expects its growth target for 2018 in Myanmar to be affected by inflation and flooding.
— Cemnet

FDA warns drugstores against selling unregistered, expired drugs
The Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned retail and wholesale drugstores in three markets within Mingalar Taungnyunt Township, Yangon Region, against selling medicines without registration and of expired medicines.
— Eleven Myanmar

Yangon public bus companies rack up K4 billion in losses
Two Yangon public companies, the Yangon Bus Public Company (YBPC) and Yangon Urban Public Transportation Public Company (YUPT), have recorded losses totaling K4 billion in the past three years, according to a report prepared by the Yangon Region Office of the Auditor General.
— Myanmar Times

Vendors prohibited from hawking in Taunggyi Hot Air Balloon Festival
Vendors will not be allowed to hawk their wares at the Taunggyi Hot Air Balloon Festival this year, according to the Central Committee for Observance of Hot Air Balloon Festival.
— Eleven Myanmar

Sinopec connects feeder line to PetroChina’s China-Myanmar gas pipe
Sinopec said it has connected a natural gas feeder line in Guangxi province to PetroChina’s China-Myanmar gas pipeline.
— Energy World

Union Parliament denies Htaukkyant overpass budget
“Yangon has more than 10 overpasses to clear traffic jam. Traffic congestions are seen at the traffic lights under Myaynigone, Hledan, Tamwe, Shwegondine, and Kokkaing overpasses.
— Eleven Myanmar


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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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