Myanmar morning news for December 23

Myanmar morning news for December 23
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Over 1 bln USD foreign investment enter Myanmar’s sectors in two months
Foreign investment capital of over 1.02 billion U.S. dollars entered Myanmar’s six sectors in first two months of present fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020 which started in October, said figures released by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Internet shutdown has been imposed on Rakhine for six months
The shutdown of all internet access in parts of northern Rakhine State entered six months today and is now one of the longest blackouts in the world.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar earns over US$2 B from border trade
Myanmar has earned US$2.015 billion from border trade from October 11 to December 6 in this fiscal year and it is more US$500 million in compared with the same period in the last fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Officials reassure business over controversial draft trade law
Myanmar’s heavily criticised draft trade law will not burden companies with another layer of bureaucracy and may be amended before submitting to the cabinet and then parliament, according to senior officials.
— Myanmar Times

MOEE launches 66 MW gas-fired power plant in Magway
Ministry of Electricity and Energy opened a 66 megawatt gas-fired plant in Magway Township yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Electricity sector tops the list of FDI this FY
Till November of this fiscal year, the electricity sector topped the list of the foreign investments with over 503 million US dollars, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.
— Eleven Myanmar

72 firms registered for retail, wholesale services: Commerce Ministry
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) recently announced that it has issued registration cards to 72 trading firms providing retail and wholesale services.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Natural gas exports up $150 mln in two months
Myanmar’s exports of natural gas over the past two months of the current financial year amounted to US$579 million, an increase of about $150 million compared with the corresponding period of the 2018-2019 fiscal, according to the Commerce Ministry.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ vs ‘Bengali’ Hate Speech Debate
A new campaign seeks to single out local media outlets that refer to the Rohingya ethnic group as “Bengalis.”
— The Diplomat

More than 3.52 million tourists visit Myanmar during 10 months of 2019
By Kyaw Htike Soe Myanmar welcomed over 3.52 million tourists during the period from January to October this year, according to the figures from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

POSCO sets up solar power system on Myanmar’s Manaung Island
POSCO International announced it has completed a photovoltaic power generation system on Manaung Island near the Myanmar Gas Field.
— Mizzima

NE India-Myanmar Business & Education Conclave concludes
Education, Labour & Employment Minister Thokchom Radhehsyam said that business and education go along together.
— E-pao

Asean shouldn’t be at Myanmar’s beck and call
The recent visit by a joint delegation of Myanmar and Asean to the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar saw Myanmar follow the usual trail of deceptions, falsehoods and complicit silence which have come to be associated with its bid to sell its repatriation story.
— The Daily Star

Hong Kong investments in Myanmar cross $800 mln in Oct-Nov
Three Hong Kong-based companies pumped in US$802.47 million into Myanmar in October and November in the 2019-2020 financial year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Japanese Govt announces assistance for return of IDPs in Kachin State
The Japanese government announced yesterday that it would provide assistance for the return of displaced persons in conflict areas in Kachin State as the situation there is becoming stable.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar has only achieved 50% electrification, according to State Counsellor
Myanmar has achieved 50 percent of nationwide electrification in December, according to a release from Myanmar State Counsellor Office on Friday.
— Mizzima

Genocide trial strengthens Suu Kyi’s unifying power at home
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s clout as a domestic unifying force appears to be reinforced after the de facto leader defended the country against genocide charges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Citizenship Law: Providing no relief to the majority of asylum seekers
People fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan top the list of refugees globally. Refugees from Myanmar are the fourth largest group.
— India times

Myanmar delegation meets displaced persons in Cox’s Bazar
A Myanmar delegation led by U Chan Aye, Director-General of the International Organizations and Economics Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs accompanied by the ASEAN-ERAT Team comprised of officials from the ASEAN Secretariat and the AHA Centre, visited Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh from 18 to 19 December 2019 to meet with displaced persons, according to the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
— Eleven Myanmar

CSOs demand the resumption of internet access in Rakhine State
A total of 19 civil society organizations issued a statement on December 21, calling for the resumption of internet services in four townships in Rakhine State.
— Eleven Myanmar

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye holds meeting on disaster management, rehabilitation works
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye held a coordination meeting on implementation of the ministry’s work plans with officers from the Department of Social Welfare, the Department of Disaster Management and the Department of Rehabilitation of Nay Pyi Taw Council Area and Region/State offices.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

YACL applies for Kawthaung Airport upgrade tenders
YANGON-Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), company green-lighted to work on the Yangon International Airport, already tendered for upgrading services on Kawthaung Airport.
— Eleven Myanmar

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing arrives back in Yangon from Viet Nam
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who was on a goodwill visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, attended the 30th Anniversary of National Armed Forces Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the 75th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence of Vietnam.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Making soldiers serve the people
Indictments from international courts will not miraculously transform Myanmar’s security forces, whose reform ultimately depends on political dynamics at home.
— Frontier Myanmar

UEC Chairman, Union Ministers take part in mass walk activity in Nay Pyi Taw
Union Election Commission U Hla Thein and Union Ministers joined a mass walk activity for the third week of December yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Nearly nine tons of illegal teak lumber confiscated in Hlegu Township
Authorities stopped two vehicles carrying illegal teak lumber on a highway in Hlegu Township, Yangon North District, on 19 December, 2019.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Air quality in Yangon
By Tin Win Lay (Kyimyindine) As human beings lived in a space filled with air, they can only live with air.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Govt says anti-CAA protesters spreading misinformation
The state government will extend the imposition of section 144 in the city if necessary, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan said.
— Deccan Herald

Yezagyo farmers grow Indian drumsticks on commercial scale
Most local farmers from Yezagyo Township are growing Indian-species drumsticks on a commercial scale, said U Mya Thin, a local Indian drumstick grower from Yezagyo Township.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

More households gain access to power in this government era: Official
Residents from 72 towns and 6,038 villages have gained access to the national grid in this period. Nationwide electrification was 34 per cent in 2016 and it is reached to 50.9 per cent now.
— Eleven Myanmar

Social media shouldn’t be a double-edged sword for women in politics
Equality is the basic principle of a democratic society, and participating in elections and voting are the rights of all men and women.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Shan State organizes first agriculture symposium in Kalaw
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, in his capacity as the chairman of Farmer Rights Protection and Enhancement of their Benefits, made a speech at the opening ceremony of Shan State Agriculture Symposium held at Heho Garden in Inkhaung village of Kalaw Township in Taunggyi District of southern Shan State yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy bets on Myanmar
Taiwan’s government led by Tsai Ing-wen has over the past few years stepped up efforts to engage with Myanmar and the rest of Southeast Asia to counter China’s strategy of diplomatic isolation.
— Myanmar Times

President, First Lady, and State Counsellor attend Christmas celebrations in Nay Pyi Taw
President U Win Myint, First Lady Daw Cho Cho, and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the Christmas Ceremony and thanksgiving at the residence of Vice President U Henry Van Thio in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Paresh Rawal faulters at geography, forgets India-Myanmar share 1,643 km border
On December 21, Bollywood actor and former BJP MP Paresh Rawal posted a tweet claiming that Myanmar is situated at a distance of 1769 km from India and merely 2 km from China.
— Altnews

Drugs seized in three townships
Anti-narcotic drug squad seized drugs from two men named Zin Maung Win and Thura Aung in Japan street, Ywarma (East) District, Insein on 21 December.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Balloons Over Bagan celebrates 20 years of journeying through the sky
Look at any travel story or poster promoting tourism in Myanmar. It will feature one of two iconic images – the shimmering golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda, or a hot-air balloon drifting celestially over the ancient temples of Bagan at sunrise.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

University of Veterinary Science presents certificates to graduates
The University of Veterinary Science in Yezin, held the 20th veterinarian certificate presentation ceremony at the convocation hall of the university in Zeyathiri Township yesterday, presenting the certificates to 226 graduates and professional certificates to 56 livestock graduates.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on Kayin New Year, December 26.


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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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