Myanmar morning news for August 14

Myanmar morning news for August 14
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Myanmar military business sketch alerts investors
Tatmadaw is responsible for systemic persecution and violence and has compromised post-2015 election democracy and free market transition, says a UN report
— Asia Times

Thailand to return 700 human-trafficking victims
Thailand’s government will send back to Myanmar some 700 victims of human trafficking who have been held in rehabilitation shelters after an identification process, Myanmar and Thai government officials said on Thursday.
— Myanmar Times

US eases visa requirements for Myanmar citizens
Myanmar citizens can now apply for a combined B-1/B-2 visa, which allows travel to the US for both business and/or tourism purposes, the US Embassy in Myanmar announced Monday. The single-entry visa is valid for three months and there is no issuance fee.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Other Reporters
Twice a month for the past two years, a journalist named Swe Win packed up his laptop and a change of clothes, and said goodbye to his wife and young daughter, at home in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.

Yangon trials digital construction permit system
Yangon City is introducing a new digitalised construction permit scheme in an effort to improve the ease of doing business.
— Myanmar Times

Mytel holds Myanmar’s first 5G trials
Myanmar’s fourth-placed operator Mytel has completed technical 5G tests on the 3.5GHz frequency.
— Developing Telecoms

Burmese fitness app Flexible Pass gets 6-digit Pre-Series A funding, focussing on new products and category
Yangon Capital Partners (YCP), Seed Myanmar, and Nest Tech come back as investors for Flexible Pass’s second funding round Flexible Pass, Myanmar-based health and fitness app, announces that it has raised a six-digit Pre-Series A funding. Without revealing the total funding raised, the second funding round was raised from three existing investors from …
— e27

Myanmar mulls alternative market for trading in unlisted companies
August 13, 2019 Myanmar’s securities regulator and the Yangon Stock Exchange are planning to establish an alternative market where investors can trade shares of unlisted companies, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned.
— DealStreetAsia

Myanmar’s domestic gold price edges higher in recent days
A customer chooses gold bracelet at a jewelry shop in Yangon, Myanmar, Aug. 13, 2019. Myanmar’s domestic gold price edged higher with around 1.23 million kyats (816 U.S. dollars) per tical on Tuesday, U Aung San Win, vice-chairman of Myanmar Entrepreneurs Association, told Xinhua.
— Xinhua

Myanmar Lays Terrorism Charges On Five Rakhines Over Alleged Ties to Arakan Army
Five ethnic Rakhine villagers, including a schoolteacher, arrested last week have been charged under Myanmar’s Counter-Terrorism Law and were remanded in custody Tuesday at Buthidaung Township Court in war-ravaged Rakhine state, a military spokesman said.
— Radio Free Asia

In Myanmar, the road to brighter futures starts with…roads
I first visited Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River delta and the villages where CWS Japan supported a nutrition education project in 2017.
— Reliefweb

Average inflation rate increases for nine consecutive months
From April 2018 to June, 2019, the average inflation rate increased by 1.53 per cent to 3.27 per cent, for nine consecutive months of this fiscal year, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Planning and Finance.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar plans alternative market to jump-start stock exchange
Myanmar’s securities regulator and the Yangon Stock Exchange are planning to establish an alternative market where investors can trade shares of unlisted companies, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Chinese classical TV series starts airing in Myanmar language
The Chinese classical TV series — “Dream of the Red Chamber”, dubbed in Myanmar language, has started airing on the state-run Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV).
— Xinhua

ASEAN week underway in Myanmar’s Yangon
An ASEAN Week featuring the grouping’s joint cultural event is underway in Myanmar’s downtown Yangon.
— Xinhua

Myanmar authorities seize stimulant tablets in northern state
Myanmar authorities seized a total of 138,000 stimulant tablets in Hpakant township, Myanmar’s Kachin state, according to the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) on Tuesday.

‘No One Wants to Be a Village Administrator in Shan State’
The army arrests local officials who are contacted by EAOs demanding money, but does not protect them, brother of detained village head in Myanmar’s Shan State says.
— Irrawaddy

Clashes in northern Shan State directly related to narcotic drug: TTNIT
The clashes taking place between Tatmadaw (defence services) and ethnic armed organisations are related to narcotic drugs, said Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun, Secretary of Tatmadaw True News Information Team.
— Eleven Myanmar

MPT adds ebook pack to MPT Books platform
Myanmar operator MPT has added an ebook pack to its MPT Books platform. Customers who take up the operator’s new offering will have access to 1,000 digital books and magazines for MMK 99 per day or MMK 1,999 per month. The books can be accessed both online and offline after download.
— Telecompaper

Local people concerned over proposed dam on Tanintharyi River
Local people said that they had concerns over building a dam on Tanintharyi River in Tanintharyi Township, Myeik district, at a workshop titled, ‘Our hunger for energy’, at Shan Chaung Ward, Kalwin village-tracts, Myeik on August 12.
— Mizzima

Myanmar introduces national youth policy
Myanmar introduced a national youth policy to serve as a guideline for the welfare and development of young people, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Myanmar rower invited to compete in Thailand
Myanmar’s Wai Yan Moe represented the country in the Thailand Invitational Rowing Championship on Monday.The event was held at the Lam Takhong Dam National Rowing Training Center in Thailand.
— Myanmar Times

New report: Proposed Myanmar dam could displace thousands
Some worry that despite financial and social costs, much of the electricity proposed dam will generate will be exported.
— Aljazeera

MHRC drafting suggestion paper on police reform
Myanmar Human Rights Commission is compiling a paper suggesting reform in Myanmar Police Force.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Christians released from captivity
After six months of being held captive, 54 Myanmar villagers, of whom many are Christians, have been released.
— chvnradio

Court issues warrant to arrest former USDP lawmaker
Yangon’s Western District Court has issued an arrest warrant for U Hla Shwe, also known as Bullet Hla Shwe, on a charge of sedition, according to a court official.
— Myanmar Times

MR suspends rail services in Ygn-Mawlamyaing-Yay-Dawei railroad
Myanma Railways (MR) suspended its services in Yangon-Mawlamyaing-Yay-Dawei railroad due to heavy rain and damaged rail tracks, sources said.
— Eleven Myanmar

7 Myanmar Muslims, transporter arrested in Manipur
The troops of Assam Rifles and Manipur police have arrested seven Myanmar Muslims, who are suspected to be Rohingyas, along with one Myanmar transporter from Moreh area in Manipur along the Indo-Myanmar border on Monday night.
— IndiaBlooms

Authentic Myanmar Food: Ngapichat Focuses on Key Burmese Ingredient
When people speak of Myanmar dishes, mohinga (the popular fish noodle soup) is the first thing that often comes to mind. But little is usually said of Ngapi, the fish paste that serves as a main ingredient for most Burmese dishes—let alone ngapi yay kyo, the closely-related fish-paste dipping sauce that serves as an essential side dish to most Burman meals.
— Irrawaddy

International legal options for addressing the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar and humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh
Addressing the seemingly intractable Rohingya genocide and the humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh requires looking at all possible international legal options.
— Reliefweb

Public security minister welcomes Myanmar’s deputy home minister
Minister of Public Security To Lam welcomed the current Vietnam visit by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs of Myanmar Aung Soe during a reception in Hanoi on August 13.
— VietnamPlus

Cash-Strapped Govt Desperate for Education Improvement: DASSK
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told International Youth Day observers that, while the government is desperate to improve education in Myanmar, funding is limited.
— Irrawaddy

As Some Temporary Shelters Close, Others Open
Some 80,000 have people returned home as floods recede in parts of Myanmar, but in southern Myanmar’s Mon State–the country’s worst hit area–more shelters are opening.
— Irrawaddy


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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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