Myanmar morning news for August 23

Myanmar morning news for August 23
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Facebook shuts dozens of Myanmar social media accounts over ‘inauthentic behavior”
Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had shut 216 social media pages, groups and accounts in Myanmar, some tied to the army, to stymie efforts to “manipulate or corrupt public debate”.

UN panel condemns Myanmar army’s sexual violence against Rohingya
Sexual violence committed by Myanmar troops against Rohingya women and girls in 2017 was an indication of the military’s genocidal intent to destroy the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, United Nations investigators have concluded.
— Aljazeera

Tensions flare as Bangladesh tries to send Rohingya home
Protests erupted in parts of Bangladesh’s Rohingya camps on Wednesday as authorities attempted to restart controversial plans to begin sending refugees back to Myanmar.
— The New Humanitarian

Two companies slated for power and gas distribution in new Yangon city project
Two foreign companies have been selected for electricity and gas sectors in implementing infrastructure projects for new Yangon City Project phase-1 (stage-2), said New Yangon Development Company (NYDC) CEO Thein Wai.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar’s export earnings from CMP garments rise by $1 bn
Myanmar’s cut-make-pack (CMP) garment industry earned over $3.8 billion from October 1 last year till now, up over $1 billion compared with the same period in the previous fiscal, according to the commerce ministry.
— Fibre2fashion

Rohingya refugees turn down second Myanmar repatriation effort
A second attempt to repatriate the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh has failed after the authorities failed to convince the refugees it would be safe to return.
— The Guardian

Myanmar agrees to implement Himalaya-2 air route
Myanmar has finally agreed to implement Himalaya-2 air route that had been under discussion for a long time.
— The Himalayan Times

Telco voices concerns over internet blackout
A major telecommunications company in Myanmar has issued a statement regarding the government shutdown of internet services in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin states.
— Myanmar Times

Chinese Ambassador Says Beijing Stands with Myanmar on Rohingya Issue
Rohingya groups say conditions not right for repatriation; in meeting with Myanmar Army chief, ambassador also calls for end to ethnic alliance’s attacks in Shan State.
— Irrawaddy

Despite Critical Remarks, Malaysia Keen to Invest in Myanmar
“Politics don’t create jobs, only economies create jobs,” the Malaysian ambassador said, despite his government’s past criticism of Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya.
— Irrawaddy

Digital Literacy, Online Safety and Resilience Project to be launched
Telenor Myanmar and Plan International have partnered to launch a nationwide Digital Literacy, Online Safety and Resilience Project, telecompaper reported.
— Mizzima

Yangon has around 5,300 luxury hotel rooms, rental rate falls by 40%
Yangon city has around 5,300 luxury hotel rooms with rental rate falling by about 40 percent and price rate falling by US$85, according to a second-quarter market review report in 2019.
— Eleven Myanmar

Around Ks32 billion profit budgeted for electricity sector
The government will generate a profit of around Ks 32 billion in 2019-2020 fiscal year as the electricity bill is increased, according to the Public Account Committee’s report.
— Eleven Myanmar

Locals Say Officials Took Bribes, Freed Illegal Loggers in W. Myanmar
Lower House lawmaker U Myint Wai, of Rakhine State’s Gwa Township, accused forest department staff and police of setting free illegal loggers arrested in his constituency in May.
— Irrawaddy

Airline increases flights to Mandalay, Shan
Yangon-based Air Kanbawza, part of the Kanbawza Group of Companies that includes Kanbawza Bank, has increased flights to Mandalay Region, and Lashio and Heho in Shan State in response to attacks last week by ethnic armed groups.
— Myanmar Times

Singapore tops list of investors in SEZs
In ten months till July in the current fiscal year, a total of 113 enterprises, including four domestic businesses, brought in capital of US$1.72 billion into the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), according to data released by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Taking heed on expatriates’ housing considerations in Yangon
Colliers International Myanmar recently conducted a market survey concerning the housing intentions, sentiments, and considerations of Yangon expatriates.
— Retalk Asia

Shan bridge reopened after August 15 attack
Heavy vehicles have been permitted to pass through a recently completed temporary span built to replace the damaged Gote Twin Bridge in Shan State, the Ministry of Construction said Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Muslims: ‘We’re citizens too’
From difficulties in getting jobs to mounting online abuse, some Muslims in Myanmar are uneasy over what they say are signs of daily discrimination, which have grown since the Rohingya crisis erupted in 2012. Three Muslims share their stories with the BBC.

Eels stranded between Kutkai and Muse written off by traders
Twenty trucks carrying 10,000 kilograms of eel each have been stranded between Kutkai in Shan State and the Muse trade gate, leading losses totaling some 440,000 yuan, according to U Sai Khin Maung, vice chair of the Muse Watermelon Wholesale Centre.
— Myanmar Times

Goktwin Bridge currently allows up to 36 tons of traffic: Deputy Minister
Currently, Goktwin Bridge in Nawnghkio Township, Shan State, allows only 36 tons of traffic, and it will take about one month for large trucks to pass through, said Deputy Minister for Construction Kyaw Lin.
— Eleven Myanmar

Pulse prices fall as India buys less
Prices of pulses have dropped this month compared to last month following lower demand from India, amid import restrictions for these edible legumes that can only be exported to Myanmar’s western neighbour through quotas.
— Myanmar Times

An unhappy return for IDPs in Kachin State
The return of conflict-displaced families to a Kachin State village, managed by the Tatmadaw without the input of the Kachin Independence Organisation, has deepened mistrust between the two sides of the conflict and may have endangered lives.
— Frontier Myanmar

Seeking solutions to issues in wetland areas
A workshop to conserve Ramsar wetland sites in central Myanmar will be held to educate the public and government officials, said U Thein Aung, chair of the Myanmar Birds and Environmental Conservation Association.
— Myanmar Times

Bargain unit up for grabs in Yankin
This week, our search for value in the property market takes us to Aung Za Ya Street in Yankin, one of the most expensive townships in Yangon, where we viewed a large 2,270 square feet condominium unit up for sale or rent.
— Myanmar Times

Heavy rain may occur in delta areas and southern parts of Myanmar: DMH
Heavy rain may pour down in delta areas and southern parts of Myanmar for about three days due to strong monsoon season over south of the Bay of Bengal and locals need to be careful of flooding and landslides, said Hla Tun, Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar: Follow The Money And Die
The UN began, in mid-2018, issuing ID cards to Rohingya refugees from Burma and so far have issued the IDs for two-thirds of the 740,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
— Strategy Page

Myanmar Downstream Review 2019: Comprehensive Analysis of the Refining and Fuel Market –
The Myanmar Downstream Review 2019 is the most comprehensive report available on the country’s refining and fuel market, which has recently seen greater M&A activity.
— Yahoo News

Myanmar: Humanitarian access in Central Rakhine (May 2019)
80,000 people with limited humanitarian and development assistance in Kyauktaw, Ponnagyun and Mrauk-U townships
— Reliefweb

Govt threatens charges over use of word in Rakhine story
Action will be taken against officials who described as “nationals” the 700,000 Muslims who have fled from Rakhine State to Bangladesh in state-owned papers and on television, said U Zaw Htay, spokesperson of the President Office.
— Myanmar Times

Mong Yang People’s Militia leader and wife killed at home
An unknown armed group attacked against the residence of the Mong Yang People’s Militia leader in Mankaung village, Mong Yang village-tracts Lashio Township on August 20 killing him and his wife.
— Mizzima

Locals Say Officials Took Bribes, Freed Illegal Loggers in W. Myanmar
Villagers and lawmakers in Gwa Township, in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State, say local police and forestry officials replaced a captured boat with a decoy as a cover.
— Irrawaddy

Venerable Myanmar EAO Leaders Plead for End to Fighting
While decrying the increased fighting taking place in Shan State, leaders still remain reluctant to point fingers, understanding rebel groups that feel unrecognized.
— Irrawaddy

Podcast: After Reuters—Myanmar’s other reporters
SWE WIN, THE EDITOR OF MYANMAR NOW, a bilingual investigative-news website, was sued for defamation in Mandalay two years ago. His crime? Posting on Facebook about his site’s coverage of an extremist monk’s support of an assasination.

Archbishop of Dublin opens theology centre in Myanmar
A NEW research centre for theology and religion has been opened in Yangon, Myanmar, by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson.
— Church Times

Healing Images: Exhibition Showcases Works by Art Therapy Patients
At Myanmar’s Aung Clinic, patients struggling with mental illness find a path to wellness in painting. JoSaZo is displaying their works in a new exhibition, ‘The Room’.
— Irrawaddy

Letter: Myanmar should be wary of PPP risks
Your piece “Are PPPs the answer to Myanmar’s financial constraints?” recognises that the use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) does not necessarily reduce the financial burden on the public sector. Therein lies the rub.
— Myanmar Times

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 – Myanmar: Disease Outbreak News: Update 22 August 2019
On 23 June 2019, a vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1) was isolated from a two -year- old child with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), with onset of paralysis on 22 May 2019 from Kayin state, Myanmar.
— Reliefweb


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focuses on International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, August 22.


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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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