Myanmar morning news for April 24

Myanmar morning news for April 24
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters journalists
The supreme court of Myanmar has denied the appeal of the two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for their reporting on the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
— The Guardian

IMF Says Myanmar’s Economy Is Losing Steam
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expressed concern about the Myanmar economy which “appears to be losing momentum,” citing the fallout from the Rakhine crisis and weaknesses in the banking sector.
— Investvine

Satirical performance group denied bail
A Myanmar court on Monday sent five members of a satirical performance group to Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison to await trial on defamation charges for taking comedic shots at the country’s powerful military during their shows, members of the troupe and their supporters said, according to a RFA report.
— Mizzima

MoU on rice exports signed with Yunnan Province government
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and government of Yunnan Province, China, signed a memorandum of understanding on the export of Myanmar rice and other crops to China on April 21.
— Myanmar Times

Trade laws protecting local producers now being drafted: MOC
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) is drafting new trade laws to safeguard local producers while promoting exports of domestically-produced goods, Minister of Commerce U Than Myint said.
— Myanmar Times

MRF guarantees quality of home-grown rice
Local rice buyers and consumers should not worry about the quality of local-grown rice, said President of Myanmar Rice Federation Ye Min Aung, at a press conference at Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on April 22.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar cardinal steps up fight to stop dam
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon has made a passionate plea to all stakeholders to stop any effort to dam the Irrawaddy River.
— UCA News

More than 50 feared dead after landslide at Myanmar jade mine
More than 50 people were feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry.
— Aljazeera

Myanmar de facto leader to visit Kingdom after Belt and Road Forum
Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will pay an official visit to the Kingdom later this month.
— Khmer Times

Myanmar economy ‘losing momentum’: IMF
The International Monetary Fund has warned that the Myanmar economy “appears to be losing momentum”, citing concerns over fallout from the Rohingya refugee crisis and weaknesses in the banking sector, The Myanmar Times reported on April 21.
— Asian Times

Myanmar rice exports face backlash in African market
The Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) guaranteed the quality of Myanmar-produced rice after the Ivory Coast last week said it had destroyed over 18,000 tonnes of rice originating from Myanmar, deeming the produce unfit for human consumption.
— Myanmar Times

MNS Sinbyushin participates in PLA Navy IFR, China-ASEAN Joint Maritime Exercise
Myanmar Navy Ship (MNS) Sinbyushin led by Commodore Zwe Win Myint left Yangon on 11 April and arrived at Qingdao, People’s Republic of China on 22 April to participate in the People’s Liberation Army-PLA Navy 70th anniversary International Fleet Review (IFR) and China-ASEAN Joint Maritime Exercise.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Democracy is on the ropes in Myanmar and the rest of the world
TWO JOURNALISTS in Myanmar, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were among those from Reuters awarded the Pultizer Prize for international reporting this month for documenting the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority. But these two will not be enjoying the hugs of family and applause of colleagues.
— Washington Post

K13bn earned from three-time sales of Myanmar pearls
Myanmar has earned over K13 billion from pearl sales three times at home and abroad, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.
— Eleven Myanmar

Ministries take steps to bring about sustainable development of Bagan
A coordination meeting on envelopment of sustainable economic benefit over entire Bagan cultural heritage zone and preventing effect on the historical heritage was held at Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture in Nay Pyi Taw on 22 April.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Sustainable Development and Welfare of Myanmar
In the history of human development, the relationship between social-economic development and environmental protection has always been a question of trial and error.
— Mizzima

Pregnant Rohingya Woman Struck by Stray Bullet, Loses Unborn Baby in N. Rakhine
Residents of village in Buthidaung report hearing gunfire from nearby forest but unsure if it was a military clash or random firing.
— Irrawaddy

The reforms of the Yangon Region Government: Enhancing for remarkable development, improving quality of life for our people
“The government is trying to re-draft laws for businesses in Myanmar so that it will attract foreign investors. The Foreign Investment Law is one of those.”
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar to soon open centres for treating dog bites
With the number of dog-bite cases registering an increase in Yangon Region, the Ministry of Health and Sports will soon open centres for treating dog bites.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

KIA, Myanmar Army Clash for Several Days in N. Shan State
Kachin group says Tatmadaw launched an offensive against it in Muse Township despite official ceasefire.
— Irrawaddy

IED, parts for mine found near site of ARSA attack
A Tatmadaw column conducting proper security operation at the area where a police vehicle was attacked with landmines and small arms by the ARSA in Maungtaw Township on 22 April found an improvised explosive device (IED) and bullet casings near the site of the ambush.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

‘No political prisoners’ claim rejected by rights group
The government of Myanmar on Monday said there are no political prisoners in the country, a claim rejected by the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners – Burma (AAPP-B), according to a report by the Anadolu Agency.
— Mizzima

Coord meeting on establishing firm market exporting quality rice, held in Nay Pyi Taw
A coordination meeting on establishing a firm international market and to export quality rice was held at Ministry of Commerce meeting hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Tokyo leasing firm buys one fifth of Yoma Fleet
Japanese leasing company Tokyo Century will buy 20 percent stake in Yoma group’s auto leasing unit for US$26.6 million via new shares.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar, Thailand hold Joint Technical Working Group meeting on return of verified Myanmar nationals from Thailand
The First Meeting of Myanmar-Thailand Joint Technical Working Group on the preparation of the return of verified Myanmar nationals from Thailand was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 22 April 2019.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MoALI, donors provide agricultural equipment to Hsenwi farmers
A ceremony to provide input equipment to protect against the fall armyworm and hand out Good Agricultural Practice G.A.P certificates took place at the Aung Mingalar Hall in Hsenwi Township, Shan State, on 21 April.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

A deep desire to educate Myanmar about art
Choosing to become a writer specialising in art as a career is not a common thing in Myanmar, but young art lover Phoo Myat Thwe is one of the rare few who has opted to follow her own path to become an art writer.
— Myanmar Times

The Central Bank of Myanmar is focusing on development of banks in Myanmar since 2013
To achieve our Targeted Reserve Money amount, we are applying the monetary policy instruments such as interest rates, minimum reserve requirements for banks and an open market operations.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Military Sues The Irrawaddy for ‘Unfair’ Coverage of Rakhine Conflict
Case opened against Burmese edition editor U Ye Ni under the Telecommunications Law; journalist granted bail, requests Press Council intervention
— Irrawaddy

Three killed, 51 missing after lake collapses at Phakant jade mine
Three people were killed and 51 people were feared dead after a lake collapsed, triggering a mudslide that buried workers and machinery from two mining companies at a jade mining block in Phakant yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Rain may reduce temperature in lower Myanmar: DMH
Rain may reduce temperature in lower Myanmar at the end of April due to whirlwind from the east, said Dr Kyaw Moe Oo, Director General of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).
— Eleven Myanmar

MIFER: Attracting more investment into the country to boost national development
“A flock of storks will rest near calm waters so it follows that investors and companies will choose to invest where there are good opportunities for them. They will also choose to invest if the processes involved in making investments is comprehensive and simple.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Thousands of Downstream Villagers Protest Against Myitsone Dam
As many as 10,000 residents of Waimaw Township near Myitkyina demand an end to all dam projects on the Irrawaddy River.
— Irrawaddy

Senior General visits Irkutsk Aviation Plant, Irkutsk town
A Myanmar military delegation led by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing who is currently visiting Russia visited the Irkutsk Aviation Plant yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Five Members of Thangyat Troupe Jailed for Criticizing Military
Peacock Generation group face charges under articles 505(a), 66(d) for satirical performance during New Year holiday.
— Irrawaddy


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