Myanmar morning news for September 5

Myanmar morning news for September 5
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Myanmar morning newsJournalists’ conviction in Myanmar a message that press ‘cannot operate fearlessly’ – UN rights chief
Earlier in the day, Kyaw Soe Oo (also known as Moe Aung) and Thet Oo Maung (also known as Wa Lone) were sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment on charges of violating, according to the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR), the “ill-defined” Official Secrets Act.
— AEC News Today PR Newswire (media release)

Myanmar pulses unaffected by India’s import restriction: industry
India’s Department of Commerce, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has released a trade policy statement, on August 30, stating that as per the foreign trade policy, import of peas classified under Exim Code including yellow peas, green peas, dun peas and Kaspa peas is “restricted” until the end of September.
— Myanmar Times

Telenor Myanmar launches low-cost data top-ups
Telenor Myanmar has introduced new pre-paid top up plans offering 1GB of data for just 999 kyats ($0.65), to cater to the market’s growing data usage.
— Telecomasia

Gas-fired plant in Kyaukse to be built
A 145-megawatts natural gas-fired power plant will be built in Kyaukse of Mandalay Region, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
— Myanmar Times

Singapore youth women teams to visit Myanmar for friendly matches
Women U-16 and U-19 teams from Singapore will visit Myanmar to play friendly matches with local teams from September 4 to 6.
— Myanmar Times

Unknown influenza virus kills four children in Naga region
Sagaing Region assembly legislator Seinn Maung from Nanyun constituency said that Lanpan village in Nanyun, Naga had the outbreak of an unknown influenza virus which killed four children.
— Mizzima

International outrage after Reuters journalists get 7 years for ‘just doing their job’
Foreign governments and rights groups joined the UN in their condemnation of a harsh jail sentence Monday for two Reuters reporters for breaking Myanmar’s archaic Official Secrets Act in what some allege was a “set-up”.
— Mizzima

Business confidence survey by EuroCham
The Yangon-headquartered European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar is conducting its third annual business confidence survey and kindly asks for the contribution of European companies active in the country.
— Myanmar Times

Air Mandalay halts services, cites ‘increasingly challenging’ market
In another setback for Myanmar’s troubled aviation sector, Air Mandalay has temporarily suspended operations effective from September 4, the carrier said in a statement.
— Frontier Myanmar

Six monks who protested and called for govt resignation released from prison
Six monks who were imprisoned for protesting and demanding the government resign were reportedly released from Obo prison yesterday.
— Mizzima

Enquiry panel visits northern Rakhine
The independent commission set up by the government to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in northern Rakhine State has made its first visit to the conflict area to meet with residents.
— Myanmar Times

Wives of Reuters Reporters Jailed in Myanmar Call for Their Release
The wives of two news reporters jailed in Myanmar said on Tuesday the men were innocent and called for them to be released.

Ethnic Armed Groups to Meet Myanmar Peace Commission For Talks in China
Representatives from a coalition of ethnic armies based along the China-Myanmar border will meet with members of the government’s peace commission in southwest China on Wednesday to discuss ways to end decades of civil war, a spokesman for one of the militias told RFA on Tuesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Suu Kyi predicted Reuters verdict based on ‘her own facts’: NLD spokesman
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi knew that two Reuters reporters accused of possessing state secrets would be found guilty months before Monday’s verdict because she had privileged information about the case, according to a spokesperson for her party.
— Coconuts Yangon

What Kind Of Shareholders Own Myanmar Strategic Holdings Limited (LON:SHWE)?
If you want to know who really controls Myanmar Strategic Holdings Limited (LON:SHWE), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry.
— SimplyWall

After Rakhine Buddhists expelled from Shan State, anti-Rohingya group cries ‘racial discrimination’
The Rakhine National Network (RNN), an organization that claims to represent the interests of Rakhine Buddhists, has accused Shan State authorities of “racial discrimination” that “may harm national unity”.
— Coconuts Yangon

More than 10,000 drug suspects nabbed
He said that most of the drugs brought into Cambodia were from along the borders of Myanmar and Laos in Stung Treng province.
— KhmerTimes

Yangon Animal Shelters Required to Apply for Licenses
Animal shelters including those that shelter stray dogs are required by the new Yangon municipal law to apply for a license, according to the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).
— The Irrawaddy

US Vice President Pence calls for release of jailed journalists in Myanmar
US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday (Sep 4) called on Myanmar’s government to reverse a court ruling that imprisoned two Reuters journalists for seven years and to release them immediately.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar Army Apologizes for Mistaken Photos in Book on Rohingya Crisis
The Myanmar military issued a rare apology on Monday, acknowledging that two photographs it published in a book on the crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority were “published incorrectly.”
— The Irrawaddy


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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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