Myanmar morning news for December 17

Myanmar morning news for December 17

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar‘s Suu Kyi addresses letdowns after 1 year in office
Myanmar‘s top leader State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday acknowledged citizen disappointment over the state of her country after her one year in office, saying she is prepared to step down if people end up dissatisfied with her leadership.
— Stock Daily Dish

Israel gave Myanmar ‘tools’ to carry out Rohingya genocide – Middle East Monitor
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has highlighted the nation’s “shameful position” within the Myanmar navy regime’s “genocidal marketing campaign” in opposition to the Rohingya Muslim minority, citing Tel Aviv’s arms gross sales to the South East Asian nation and the 2 international locations rising ties.
— The Union Journal

Border trade between Myanmar and Thailand reaches nearly US$623.84 million
The value of border trade between Myanmar and Thailand has reached nearly US$623.84 million, with the Hteekhee border trade gate accounting for the largest volume of trade, according to the weekly statistical report of the Ministry of Commerce, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Myanmar imposes loss of life penalty on border put up attacker
A court in western Myanmar has sentenced to death a man arrested for his part in an attack on a border guard post that triggered a crackdown by security forces on the country‘s Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority.
— Wellston Journal

New microfinance bill submitted for approval
The bill, which will replace the 2011 Microfinance Institutions Law, was submitted by Daw Khin San Hlaing, an MP from Pale constituency and chair of the Banking and Financial Development Committee on December 10.
— Myanmar Times

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Govt readies Bagan’s airport for int’l flights
The government is preparing Bagan’s Nyaung-U airport to handle international flights, as the authorities hope to welcome tourists from Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said.
— Myanmar Times

In Myanmar’s Game of Thrones, Aung San Suu Kyi’s moral failure invites ugly comparisons
Is she Cersei Lannister: cold, cynical and deadly? Or Sansa Stark: noble, long-suffering and genuine?
— South China Morning Post

Myanmar pineapple growers want official export channels to China
Pineapple growers are asking the Myanmar government to negotiate official export shipments of the crop to China as soon as possible.
— Fresh Plaza

Aung San Suu Kyi defends Myanmar military’s crimes
Aung San Suu Kyi, de facto head of the government in Myanmar [Burma], appeared in the International Court of Justice in The Hague last week as a crass apologist for the country’s military against charges of gross human rights abuses, including genocide, against the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority.

Vietnam and Myanmar see a new era of relations
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc today traveled to Myanmar to head a high-level delegation to lay the foundations for bilateral cooperation through 2024.
— Plenglish

Kachin MPs say banana farms are cheating people out of land
Two Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) legislators from Kachin State accused banana companies of cheating people out of their homes and land in the state.
— Myanmar Times

Additional 1,000MW of power by next year: President
Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) estimates that another 1,000 MW of power for the country will be generated by the middle of next year.
— Myanmar Times

Sagaing to hold first international trade fair January
Sagaing Region will hold its first international in January, with the United Kingdom, China, Japan, India, Thailand and Vietnam participating in the event, a senior business association official said.
— Myanmar Times

Aung San Suu Kyi is playing politics with appearance at Rohingya case
On December 10, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and de facto leader of Myanmar, delivered a 20-minute long statement at the International Court of Justice defending Myanmar against accusations of genocide brought by Gambia.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Myanmar has ‘softened’ stance following ICJ hearing, says Bangladesh Foreign Minister
Following the United Nations’ International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing, Myanmar has “softened” its stance on the matter pertaining to Rohingya Muslims, said Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.
— Web India 123

KB Kookmin Bank to speed up global push and digital campaign next year: CEO
KB Kookmin Bank will actively seek for merger and acquisition (M&A) targets overseas next year to bolster its global business that has lagged behind its local peers and invest 2 trillion won ($1.71 billion) for digital transformation over the next six years, said Hur Yin, chief executive of the Korean lender.
— Pulse News

China holds military exercises at Myanmar border amid tensions
China today staged air and ground live-fire drills close to the border with Myanmar in an apparent show of strength to prevent spillover of fighting between the Myanmarese army and ethnic rebels.
— Stock Daily Dish

As displacement soars, global meet to seek new paths to help refugees
As the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes continues to climb worldwide, a global summit in Geneva next week will aim to drum up fresh and concrete support for refugees.
— Mizzima

Domestic and overseas exhibitors flock to trade fair
A large number of domestic and overseas exhibitors have flocked to the 18th China-Myanmar Border Economic and Trade Fair in Ruili to display more than 2,000 kinds of items at over 500 booths, representing a record high in the event’s history.
— Mizzima

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Singapore envoy breathes life to a dying Myanmar craft
It was definitely love at first sight, which led Singapore Ambassador Vanessa Chan to conduct intensive research about Sarsikyo, the woven Buddhist ribbons in the country.
— Myanmar Times

Future of the Myanmar Defense Industry-Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2022
The Future of the Myanmar Defense Industry – Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2022, published by Strategic Defence Intelligence, provides readers with detailed analysis of both historic and forecast defense industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges faced by industry participants, analysis of industry leading companies, and key news.
— Daily Tribune 24

Myanmar’s initiative can help end Rohingya row
Myanmar’s State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi defended her country against accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague Wednesday.
— Global Times

President praises agency’s progress in reducing corruption
President U Win Myint praised the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for taking measures to curb corruption in the bureaucracy.
— Myanmar Times

MNHRC conducts advanced human rights course
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission is organizing its second advanced human rights course at the headquarters in Hline Township, Yangon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Northern Alliance, Myanmar Govt Fail to Reach Deal at Latest Peace Talks in China
TNLA says Northern Alliance’s proposals were rejected by government representatives at informal peace talks in Kunming; more talks planned for next month.
— Irrawaddy

Global Refugee Forum to Seek Greater Support for Forcibly Displaced
More than 2,000 government, U.N., and business leaders as well as representatives from civil society and humanitarian agencies are gathering in Geneva to attend the first-ever Global Refugee Forum.

The business of the Kayin State Border Guard Force
COLONEL Saw Min Min Oo is the managing director of Chit Linn Myaing Co Ltd, a company owned by the Kayin Border Guard Force that oversees a growing stable of lucrative businesses.
— Frontier Myanmar

Maungdaw border trade exports over 1,000 tons of onion in Nov
The UN-backed Human Rights Council has approved a resolution by consensus to “dispatch urgently” an international fact-finding mission to Myanmar to probe alleged abuses by military and security forces, particularly in Rakhine state.
— Stock Daily Dish

Myanmar Military Expands Trespassing Lawsuits to Target 41 Karenni Farmers
The Myanmar military is continuing to open lawsuits against farmers in Kayah State for allegedly trespassing and farming on land that the military seized in 1990.
— Irrawaddy

MOHS, WHO organize workshop on standard packaging legislation
The Ministry of Health and Sports and WHO jointly organized the Workshop on Developing Road Map for Standard Packaging Legislation at Grand Amara Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Dumping of waste soil threatens locals in Homalin Township
Locals are worried about collapse as the dumping of waste soil from the gold mining industry increased near the houses and school in Gyokepin village, Homalin Township, Sagaing Region.
— Eleven Myanmar

National Urban Policy Forum held in Nay Pyi Taw
The Ministry of Construction organized the National Urban Policy Forum for final consultation at the Myanmar International Convention Center-II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Kachin Activist Who Handed Broken Scales to Judge Released
Kachin activist Ko Paul has left prison in Myitkyina, northern Myanmar after serving more than three months for protesting and handing broken scales to a judge.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar, India election commissions hold joint capacity building training
The Union Election Commission of Myanmar and the Election Commission of India have jointly organized a training course on voting, vote counting and announcing the results, with the opening ceremony for the course held at the UEC Office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Treading Lightly in Shan State: The Civilian Casualties of Myanmar’s Landmines
Local residents in northern Shan State are struggling with landmine use and some report that soldiers are extorting money from those who trigger their mines.
— Irrawaddy

Qatar Embassy celebrates National Day of Qatar in Yangon
Qatar Embassy in Yangon celebrated the National Day of Qatar yesterday at the Novotel Yangon Max Hotel.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Campaign aims to stop burning of leaves
Disposing of dry leaves can be a problem, especially for people with large yards, and if piled in a corner, they could serve as a hiding place for snakes, so many people end up burning dry leaves.
— Myanmar Times

Japanese Princess Yoko departs from Myanmar
Japan’s Princess Yoko of Mikasa and her delegation departed from Yangon at 10 pm yesterday night and were seen off at Yangon International Airport by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japanese Ambassador Mr Ichiro Maruyama and other officials.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The answer from The Hague
International Court of Justice (ICJ) held the public hearings on the Gambia’s the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by the Republic of the Gambia over the Crime of Genocide, at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands on December 10.
— Eleven Myanmar

Mass rally in Maubin shows support for State Counsellor
Residents of Maubin in Maubin District, Ayeyawady Region, held a mass rally yesterday to show support of State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who contested the case filed by The Gambia against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

H & S Union Minister attends ceremony for malaria program
A central-level launching ceremony for malaria elimination in Myanmar was held yesterday morning at the Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, as part of efforts for meeting the country’s target of ending malaria by 2030.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

More than 300 participants take part in first ‘Myanmar Run’ in Bagan
The first Myanmar Run event in Bagan was held on Sunday, gathering more than 300 foreign and local participants comprising company teams, running enthusiasts and the local community.
— Myanmar Times

Court Eases Charges in Beating Death of Myanmar Comedian as Suspects Win Appeal
The Yangon Region High Court has ruled that the three suspects in the killing of comedian Aung Yell Htwe will be charged with causing grievous hurt” instead of murder.
— Irrawaddy

Hluttaw Committee scrutinizes completion of government pledges
THE Government’s Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee of the Pyithu Hluttaw is checking implementations of government ministries at both Union and State/Region levels on their answers to the questions raised from the first regular session to the 13th regular session of Second Pyithu Hluttaw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The Day Myanmar’s Last King Died in Exile
On this day in 1916, Myanmar’s last king died under house arrest after spending 31 years in exile in India at the hands of the British colonial powers.
— Irrawaddy


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