Myanmar morning news for September 26

Myanmar morning news for September 26
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Myanmar morning newsMyanma Economic Bank will lend K250B to SMEs
State-owned Myanma Economic Bank (MEB) is planning to lend K250 billion to local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2018-19 fiscal year.
— Myanmar Times

National crime prevention strategy (draft) approved
A draft of the national level strategy for crime prevention has been approved and will be submitted to the State level, said Brigadier General Aung Htay Myint from Myanmar Police Force.
— Eleven

UN: ‘Wanted for mass murder’ posters target Myanmar’s top general
“Wanted” pictures of Min Aung Hlaing, the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar military who oversaw atrocities against the country’s Rohingya population, were posted around New York overnight, as part of Amnesty International’s campaign for accountability in Myanmar.
— Amnesty International

Yoma to finance MSP’s $7m heavy equipment rental
Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic announced a partnership with US Caterpillar’s Myanmar dealer to enter the heavy equipment rental sector in a bid to leverage on the upturn in the resource and construction industry.
— Consult-Myanmar

Can the ICC bring justice to Myanmar?
The heat on the government of Myanmar and the Tatmadaw is growing. After strong international pressure and condemnation of the country due to its actions against the Rohingya Muslims, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is finally stepping in.
— The Asean Post

Beijing’s involvement in Myanmar peace does not amount to interference
United States Institute of Peace, a well-known US think-tank, released a report titled “China’s Role in Myanmar’s Internal Conflicts” on September 14 claiming that “China has set aside its stated adherence to the principle of non-interference to become more proactively and assertively involved in Myanmar’s peace process.”
— Global Times

Reconstruction in Myanmar brings hope after the floods
ACT member Church World Service (CWS) Myanmar has brought hope to communities in Myanmar that were severely affected by floods in 2017.
— Reliefweb

Govt. plans to attract more tourists through Maw Taung gate
Maw Taung border gate in Myanmar-Thailand border is seeing less tourists and it need to open permanently to attract the tourists, according to officials and traders.
— Consult-Myanmar

Myanmar stakeholders work with ILO on three-year ‘decent work’ programme
The government has embarked on a three-year partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to improve the living conditions of workers in the country.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay Rum files 21 lawsuits against fake alcohol
There have been rampant sale and distribution of counterfeit alcohol in Myanmar and VICTORY Myanmar Group Co Ltd manufacturing Mandalay rum has so far filed 21 lawsuits.
— Eleven

Anti-corruption drive dodges political donations and criminal liability
Nay Pyi Taw has stepped up its efforts to curb corruption by empowering the anti-graft body and reaching out to the private sector.
— Myanmar Times

Regional High Court to Try Yangon Attorney General on Graft Charges in Myanmar
Yangon region’s attorney general appeared in High Court in the commercial city on Tuesday along with five other civil servants to face charges of taking bribes totaling tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for dropping a murder case.
— Radio Free Asia

Int’l community to further press Myanmar over repatriation
The United Kingdom and France, along with 12 other countries including Indonesia, have called for increased international pressure on Myanmar to make its troubled Rakhine state conducive for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled violence into Bangladesh last year.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Govt Spokesperson Urges Journalists To Raise Concerns With Naypyidaw
Following recent prosecutions of reporters, U Zaw Htay says the media should hold discussions with security forces and the government.
— Burma News International

Houses to be built for ethnics IDPs in Rakhine
More than 200 houses will be built in Khonetaing village, northern Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, for ethnics that are Internal Displaced Persons(IDPs) that had abandoned their homes for a new place because fear of Bengali terrorists, according to the Rakhine State Government Committee.
— Eleven

Accorhotels to expand further in Myanmar
French Accorhotels is currently negotiating with local investors for seven more hotels across Myanmar.
— RETalk Asia (media release) (blog)

Natural rubber group welcomes Myanmar as new member
Myanmar has joined the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries as the ANRPC’s 13th member.
— Tire Business

Union Parliament Rejects Yangon Govt Request for VIP Vehicles
The Union Parliament has rejected the Yangon regional government’s proposed budget for the purchase of a fleet of Ford cars for use by government ministers.
— The Irrawaddy

Campana Group, Telin to link up Myanmar and Singapore
Singapore-based Campana Group has formed a strategic partnership with Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin Singapore) to jointly deliver internet connectivity between Myanmar and Singapore.

UEC holding elections based on five norms
Union Election Commission (UEC) is holding elections under the five norms of free, fair, transparent, credible and reflecting the will of the people, said UEC Chairman U Hla Thein.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Fresh green tea leaf soon to be exported to US market
Local tea leaf suppliers are exploring new export markets and 17 tons of Myanmar’s fresh green tea leaf will be shipped to the US on 28 September, said Daw Yupa, director from Rathawathi Company in Mandalay.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Less supply flow affecting freight transport
Starting from last week, freight transport has been slow 30 per cent of highway trucks have halted their transportation service, according to Myanmar Highway Freight Transportation Service Association (MHFTSA).
— Global Newlight of Myanmar


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This week’s morning news feature photo acknowledges World Rabies Day, September 28.


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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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