Myanmar morning news for December 19

Myanmar morning news for December 19
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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi thanks supporters for ‘unity’ during genocide hearings
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday thanked supporters who staged large rallies on her behalf as she defended the country against genocide charges at The Hague, speaking to the nation for the first time since she returned on Sunday.

Myanmar’s sea trade reaches over 4.8 billion U.S. dollars
Myanmar’s trade through sea routes reached over 4.8 billion U.S. dollars as of Dec. 6 in present fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020 which started in October, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

Telecom sector fuels Myanmar’s economy
Telecoms-related sectors contributed up to three-quarters of economic growth in countries like Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, a Telenor-commissioned report by London-based consultancy Frontier Economics found.
— Myanmar Times

Rubber export income down $5 mln in current fiscal
Myanmar exported rubber worth US$40 million over the last two months of the current financial year, a sharp drop of $5 million compared with the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Govt urged to expedite draft real estate service law
Property insiders are urging the authorities to speed up the approval process of the Real Estate Service Law, according to Myanmar Real Estate Development Association .
— Myanmar Times

Authorities crack down on zero-dollar tourists
The government has instructed souvenir shops to transact with zero-dollar tourists in cash only, Yangon Region Hotels and Tourism Minister Daw Naw Pan Thuzar Myo said on December 16.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s 10 Key Economic Moments of 2019
As the National League for Democracy government pushes economic reform, The Irrawaddy looks at events that defined Myanmar’s economy in 2019 and its prospects for growth.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar, Vietnam travellers to get 30-day visa-free visits to boost tourism
Myanmar and Vietnam travellers can visit each other’s country for 30 days without visas starting on January 1, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Annual inflation rate remains at 8.6% in Oct
The annual rate of inflation in Myanmar, based on the Consumer Price Index, stood at 8.6 per cent in October, according to a report released recently by the Central Statistical Organization, under the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar flag becomes ‘Jackass’ as WeChat’s translation glitches
Chinese social media giant Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday that it will fix a “translation bug” on its chat app WeChat that sends out distinct non-sequitors when country flags are inputted via text message.
— Deccanchronicle

Myanmar delegation in Cox’s Bazar to visit Rohingya camps
A joint delegation team from Myanmar and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has Reached Cox’s Bazar on a two-day visit to Rohingya camps in Ukhiya.
— Dhaka Tribune

HDBank opens representative office in Myanmar, ties up with Viettel
The Hồ Chí Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank, HDBank, on Wednesday opened a representative office in Myanmar and signed a comprehensive co-operation agreement with Viettel Global Investment JSC, which are expected to help promote economic growth, trade and investment.
— Viet Nam News

Grab offer premium rental services in Bago, Mdy, Bagan and Chaungthar
Grab is providing premium rental services using seven-seater Alphard vehicles in Bago, Mandalay, Bagan and Chaungthar in addition to Yangon, announced Grab Myanmar.
— Eleven Myanmar

PM visits Vietnam’s investment establishments in Myanmar
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited some major investment establishments of Vietnam in Yangon on December 18 as part of his official visit to Myanmar.
— VietnamPlus

‘Free expression’ situation reaches danger level: AAPP
The threat to freedom of expression has reached danger level as Myanmar still hold more than 70 political prisoners, according to a report issued by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) on December 16.
— Eleven Myanmar

State Counsellor to address nation over ICJ hearings
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will give a speech on Myanma Radio and Television at 8 pm on December 18, recounting her experiences at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearings in the case filed by the Gambia against Myanmar on charges of genocide, according to the State Counsellor Office.
— Eleven Myanmar

Broken rice export fetches over $ 48 m in two months
From October 1 to November 29 in 2019-20 FY, Myanmar earned 48.413 million US dollars from exports of 0.1866 million tons of broken rice to 38 countries, according to the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).
— Eleven Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi: No ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslim minority
Aung San Suu Kyi has denied there is ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority in Myanmar – despite widespread reports of abuses.
— Stock Daily Dish

To develop agro-forestry in SL Myanmar gifts 15,000 teak seeds
The Government of Myanmar has donated 15,000 Teak seeds for the purpose of developing agro-forestry in Sri Lanka subsequent to a request by Sri Lanka at the 3rd Session of the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between the two countries, in April 2019.
— Daily Mirror

MFF to allow five amateur football teams in General Aung San Shield
Five football teams from the country’s amateur leagues will be allowed to enter the 2020 General Aung San Shield tournament organised by Myanmar Football Federation and Myanmar National League.
— Myanmar Times

Outbreaks of malaria decline last year
Malaria outbreaks in Myanmar declined by 85 per cent in 2018 and the number of malaria-related deaths also declined by 95 per cent, compared to figures in 2012, according to the WHO’s malaria survey record.
— Eleven Myanmar

Urban population projected to reach around 20 m in 2030
The number of urban population will increase to around 20 million in 2030 from 15.4 million in 2014, according to the urban survey report, said Union Minister for Construction Han Zaw.
— Eleven Myanmar

6.6 kilograms of heroin seized in Shan State
Myanmar police seized 6.6 kilograms of heroin and some stimulants in Shan state, according to a release from the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC), Xinhua reported.
— BNI Online

A Myanmar economist’s view on the Belt and Road and Myanmar’s experience with China
The following is an abridged version of Myanmar economist U Myint’s assessment of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and how it may affect Myanmar.
— Mizzima

UWSA allows reopening of churches
Christian churches ordered closed last year by an ethnic separatist army in northern Myanmar’s Shan state have begun to reopen, with 52 Baptist churches now again in operation, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

Myanmar seeks migrant-worker protections in Malaysia and Thailand
The government is negotiating with Malaysia and Thailand to ensure that hundreds of thousands of Myanmar nationals working in their countries will have access to social welfare benefits, a senior minister said.
— Myanmar Times

MP seeks change in economic-growth indicator
A senior Tatmadaw (military) legislator urged the government to adopt a new method to measure the country’s economic growth, noting that the gross domestic product (GDP) is not a sufficient indicator.
— Myanmar Times

3 not-to-be-missed attractions in Myanmar
Myanmar (Burma) is a large and interesting country blessed by nature with varied landscapes ranging from the lofty peaks of the Eastern Himalayas to the turquoise beaches of the Andaman Sea, from fertile plains to tropical rainforests.

Pre-FEED underway for Myanmar gas project
Woodside’s A-6 Development offshore Myanmar has entered the pre front end engineering and design (FEED) phase.
— Pinelines International

Email accounts hacked at Myanmar embassy in Tokyo
Email accounts at the Myanmar Embassy in Japan were hacked on Tuesday, the embassy said in a statement.
— Myanmar Times

Kirin bid approved by US brewer’s owners despite Myanmar uproar
Japanese beverage giant Kirin Holdings has won approval from employee-shareholders of U.S.-based New Belgium Brewing to acquire the independent craft brewery, Nikkei learned on Wednesday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Twenty shuttle buses to run from Yangon airport to highway terminals
By Nyein Nyein The Omni Focus Company will offer shuttle bus services from Yangon airport to the highway bus terminals with the help of 20 buses, said U Hla Aung, Joint Secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Domestic investments cross K630 bln as of mid-December
By Nyein Nyein Investments by Myanmar citizens in the country exceeded K600 billion from 1 October to 14 December of the current fiscal, as per a press statement issued by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Seminar focuses on building better employer-employee relations
A seminar on Constructive Industrial Relations and Job Security concluded yesterday with representatives from the government, employers, and employees exchanging views on current challenges in labour relations.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

PM Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits Shwedagon Pagoda, Vietnamese investments in Yangon before return home
Vietnamese Prime Minister Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegation pay homage to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Wa Army Allows Churches to Reopen in Myanmar’s Northern Shan State
Churches of the Lahu and Kachin Baptist conventions have received permission from the United Wa State Army to reopen after the armed group ordered them closed last year.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar State Counselor to Meet Local People and Politicians in Rakhine State
During her visit to Manaung Island on Thursday to attend the opening of a solar power plant, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with local residents and politicians.
— Irrawaddy

Several flowering plants on display at Pyin Oo Lwin flower festival this year
The Pyin Oo Lwin National Kandawgyi Garden Flower Festival is showcasing a variety of flower species this year.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Rakhine Administrators Accuse Army of Killing Colleague, Threaten to Quit
The alleged execution of Rakhine State village administrators by government troops has sparked demands for justice for the victims and protection for those remaining.
— Irrawaddy

Feature: Local artisan creates character masks for Myanmar version of Sanskrit tale
For over a decade, Sayar Sein, a local Myanmar artisan, has been creating masks for the characters of Myanmar-version of Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit tale.
— Xinhua


Feature photo Eric DeLuca / Translators without Borders

This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on Arabic Language Day, December 18.


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