Myanmar morning news for September 25

Myanmar morning news for September 25
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Myanmar morning newsUS to give US$185 million in aid for Rohingya in Bangladesh, Myanmar
The United States almost doubled its aid for displaced Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh and Myanmar, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced on Monday as she pushed for UN investigators to brief the UN Security Council on the crisis.
— South China Morning Post

Exports reach 7.64 billion
Myanmar’s exports to foreign countries reached US$7.64 billion between 1 April and 14 September of mini-budget period, showing an increase of $1.6 billion compared to last fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Commerce, state media reported.
— Mizzima

UAE and ICRC sign agreement worth AED40.4 million to support humanitarian efforts
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has signed a cooperation agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, to support the humanitarian response plan in Yemen, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in addition to support ICRC’s budget, totaling AED40.4 million (US$11 million).
— ReliefWeb

US accuses Myanmar military of ‘planned and coordinated’ Rohingya atrocities
A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar’s military waged a “well-planned and coordinated” campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Southeast Asian nation’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
— Channel NewsAsia

MIH unveils Myanmar’s fastest fibre-optic Internet
Service provider Myanmar Information Highway (MIH) has introduced the country’s fastest fibre-optic Internet broadband for business, with 100-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network capacity, covering 23 townships and major buildings in Yangon.
— The Nation

Myanma Insurance generates over Ks181 bn in state revenue in three years
The State has received over Ks181 billion in tax revenue from Myanma Insurance over the past three financial years, said Minister for Planning and Finance Myint Thaung during a session of Yangon Region Parliament held on September 21.
— Eleven

Five sectors driving Myanmar’s economic growth in 2018-19
Myanmar’s economy has taken a beating in recent quarters, with a rising number of companies reporting tougher business conditions and a slowdown in market demand.
— Consult-Myanmar

Cashed-up Social Security Board seeks autonomy
THE SOCIAL Security Board is seeking greater financial autonomy so it can access a cash pool that has hit K240 billion and is likely to grow considerably in the years ahead.
— Frontier Myanmar

CPI hits 144.17 per cent in late August
Consumer Price Index (CPI) in late August reached 144.17 per cent, up 8.18 per cent compared with the same period last year, according to the report on the CPI and inflation rate issued by the Central Statistical Organization (CSO) at the Ministry of Planning and Finance.
— Eleven

Mismanagement of Land Deals Has Cost Yangon Billions, Audit Finds
The Yangon Region Auditor General’s Office has found that the government’s mismanagement of land leases cost it billions of kyats during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to the local legislature’s Bill and Public Accounts Committee.
— The Irrawaddy

Offshore Myanmar well confirms commercial gas
Total has participated in a successful appraisal well on the Shwe Yee Htun-2 gas discovery in the A2 block offshore Myanmar.
— Offshore

OTT video provider to reshape Myanmar’s digital entertainment
VIU, A leading over-the-top (OTT) video service widely available in Asia and the Middle East, hopes to redefine the digital entertainment industry in Myanmar with its entry into the market earlier this month, said Lavina Tauro, country manager of Viu Myanmar.
— The Nation

Camp Authorities Negligence Worsened Lavatories Leakage Condition
Lavatories leakage condition in Kutupalong makeshift refugee camp has worsened the lives of multiple Rohingya families residing near the toilet area, report suffering locals today (24th September).
— Rohingya Vision

Myanmar exported over 700000 tons of beans and pulses
Myanmar has exported over 700,000 tons of various kinds of beans and pulses as of April 2018 to date.
— Eleven

Gov’t Opens Office in Thailand to Assist Myanmar Fishing Boat Workers
Myanmar yesterday opened a “one-stop” office in southern Thailand’s Ranong province to facilitate the recruitment of Myanmar migrant workers by Thai fishing companies and to provide any assistance the workers may need, according to migrant labor advocacy groups in Thailand.
— The Irrawaddy

Yangon Region seeks to give historic train warehouse a second life
The Yangon regional government has asked the government for money to renovate the 1906 War Tan train warehouse, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, regional minister of Electricity, Transportation and Communication.
— Consult-Myanmar

WHO helps govt bring epilepsy fight to Mon
The government, with the help of the World Health Organisation, will take its Myanmar Epilepsy Initiative to Mon State in December, a senior consultant of Yangon General Hospital said.
— Myanmar Times

Villagers Fall Ill after Thousands of Dead Mussels Wash Ashore in Kyaukphyu
Nearly 170 villagers contracted a skin disease after collecting some of the thousands of dead marine mussels that have mysteriously washed up in inlets of the Thanzit River in southern Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu Township in recent days.
— The Irrawaddy

Cuba offers Myanmar implementation of Triangular Cooperation Programme
Cuba is now offering Myanmar implementation of Triangular Cooperation Programme (Cuba-Myanmar-Luxembourg Programme), according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven

Indian Navy ships in Myanmar for joint patrol
Two Indian Navy ships are on a visit to Myanmar as part of ongoing bilateral mechanisms between the two countries to maintain maritime security and enhance mutual understanding.
— The Economic Times

Monks Tortured, Looted & Illegally Extorted Money from A Rohingya Driver
Extremists Buddhist Monks looted a Rohingya’s CNG vehicle and illegally extorted a huge sum to return it, after torturing the driver inhumanely in Buthidaung Township on 19th September 2018, reports a local.
— Rohingya Vision

As West recoils, China surges south in Myanmar
A massive monument depicting four Chinese figures wheeling a large circular object, determined faces pointed directly south, stands in the Chinese border town of Jiegao opposite Muse in Myanmar.
— Asia Times

Myanmar’s army chief insists the UN has no right to interfere over atrocities against Rohingya
Myanmar’s powerful army chief said the United Nations had no right to interfere in the sovereignty of his country, a week after UN investigators called for him and other top generals to be prosecuted for “genocide” against the Rohingya.
— South China Morning Post

Monitoring starts as some areas see seasonal H1N1 outbreaks
Authorities are closely monitoring seasonal influenza H1N1 infection as there have been reposts of cases in some regions, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven

Myanmar bamboo growers rising steadily
Myanmar bamboo farmers are experiencing renewed growth as more people become interested in the business, according to the leader of a local bamboo business organisation.
— Consult-Myanmar

Charter not to blame for country’s ills, USDP
The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) said the country’s troubles cannot be blamed solely on the military-backed 2008 Constitution.
— Myanmar Times

Construction of road near ‘No Man’s Land’ in Thai-Myanmar border river suspended
Thai authorities have suspended the construction of a road near a “No Man’s Land” islet in a river between Thailand and Myanmar at the request of their neighbours, said a Thai army source on Saturday.
— Mizzima

Gold worth Rs 64 lakh, allegedly being smuggled from Myanmar seized; accused arrested
Gold worth Rs 64 lakh, allegedly being smuggled from Myanmar, was seized and a train passenger from Guwahati arrested at the railway station here, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said Monday.
— Devdiscourse

Bangladesh Hopes to Start Moving Rohingya to Island in November
The relocation of Rohingya refugees from Cox’s Bazar to Bhasanchar Island could start in November if a team of Bangladeshi and UN officials agrees that camps being built on the flood-prone island are habitable, a Bangladeshi official said.
— The Irrawaddy

The origins of Myanmar farming
For a nation where 70% of the labour force works in agriculture, we know surprisingly little about how farming came to Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Yoma Strategic in partnership to enter Myanmar’s heavy equipment sector
MAINBOARD-listed Yoma Strategic said on Monday that its subsidiary Yoma Fleet is partnering up with Myan Shwe Pyi Tractors (MSP CAT), the authorised dealer of Caterpillar-branded heavy equipment in Myanmar.
— The Business Times

MPs say no special privileges from banks
Some Myanmar legislators have obtained loans from banks because they have a low risk of defaulting, not because they get special privileges not offered to ordinary citizens, MPs said.
— Myanmar Times

Shan State Parliament Moves to Ban Gambling Shops
The Shan State parliament approved a proposal to ban gambling shops after it was put forward by a Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) parliamentarian on Thursday.
— Burma News International

Five countries invited Criterium Bike Race to be held first time in Myanmar
Vice Chair for Myanmar Cycling Federation, chair for Mandalay Region Subcommittee U Aung Win Tun said that the very first time of five countries invited Criterium Bike Race in Myanmar will be held on 11 November in Mandalay.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Two NLD Lawmakers Resign From Myanmar’s Ruling Party Over Strict Rules
Two upper house lawmakers from Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy have resigned from the party, citing their objection to certain rules and requirements they believe are too strict and discriminatory.
— Radio Free Asia

Activists blast Myanmar timber deal for lack of transparency
UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) warns of what it calls a ‘shadowy agreement’ made by the Myanmar government to allow the export of 5,000 tons of hardwood timber, including 3,000 tons of highly prized teak.
— Eco-Business

Sagaing Region to shut toll gates in 27 townships
Sagaing Region will shut down all toll gates for wheel tax collection in 27 townships as of October 1, said Region Minister for Development Affairs Myint Kyi.
— Eleven


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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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