Myanmar morning news for December 31

Myanmar morning news for December 31
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New requirements for import/export companies: Ministry of Commerce
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has warned that it will remove companies that do not apply for new exporter/importer registration numbers by December 31, from the registry list and not allow them to carry out trading.
— Myanmar Times

Measures taken to upgrade Ayeyawady dolphin conservation to regional level
To protect the endangered Ayeyawady dolphin at the regional-level, a dolphin survey report is being compiled and will be submitted for consideration at the Hluttaw, said U Aye Khaing, Chairman of the Mandalay Region Hluttaw Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar falls short of FDI target this year, but outlook is positive
Despite government efforts to hit its foreign direct investment (FDI) estimate of $5.8 billion during fiscal 2018-19, investors channeled just $4.1 billion into Myanmar, 70 percent of the original target, between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.
— Myanmar Times

CMP businesses import raw materials worth $476 mln
The imports of raw materials by CMP (cut, make, pack) businesses were valued at US$476 million between 1 October and 13 December in the 2019-2020 financial year, an increase of $16.26 million compared with the year-ago period, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

LNG plant, terminal to be constructed in Thilawa
A consortium of Myanmar and Japanese companies will construct an electricity generation plant and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, said U Han Thaw Zay, Executive Director of Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation (MAPCO), one of the firms involved in the investment.
— Myanmar Times

China Quietly Pushing Myanmar to Back Its Development Plan for Irrawaddy River
China seeks to develop the Irrawaddy River as a safe, cheap link from Yunnan to the Indian Ocean; local critics fear the impact on the economy and the river itself.
— Irrawaddy

Why Does the Myanmar Military Rebuff the Work of the Constitutional Amendment Committee?
Rejecting the NLD and ethnic parties’ constitutional amendment process, the Myanmar military has gone its own way on charter change, submitting proposals independently.
— Irrawaddy

Few Details as Myanmar Army Holds Court-Martial For Atrocities Against Rohingya
Myanmar’s military on Monday held a fifth hearing during a court-martial for soldiers accused of committing atrocities during the brutal 2017 military-led crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, an army spokesman said.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar health officials discuss action plans for WHO fund period
A ceremony was held at the Department of Medical Research to explain the implementation of processes with the acquisition of World Health Organization funds for 2020-2021 yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Australian craft beer brewer faces criticism over partnership with Myanmar military
Australian craft beer brewer Lion Little World has faced international criticism over a business partnership with the Myanmar military, which is accused of genocide in its persecution of the Rohingya ethnic and religious minority.
— The Guardian

Japan to launch project to boost farm productivity in Myanmar
Japan will launch a 390 million yen ($3.6 million) project in May in Myanmar to boost irrigation and agricultural management as part of efforts to increase productivity and eradicate poverty in the Southeast Asian country.
— Mainichi

Myanmar Villagers Protest Over Compensation For Land Lost to China-backed Copper Mine
Nearly 200 villagers in the copper mining area of northwestern Myanmar’s Sagaing region staged a protest on Monday against a Chinese-backed company that they claim has not paid them reasonable compensation after seizing their farmland for a mining project, locals said.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar national arrested for heroin in India
Indian Officials from the of Excise & Narcotics department, Government of Mizoram, on Saturday seized a substantial amount of heroin and arrested a Myanmar national in connection with the seizure in south Mizoram’s Champhai town bordering Myanmar, the Morung Express reported.
— Mizzima

Chinese airlines eye Myanmar market
Singapore topped the list of foreign direct investments, followed by China. Since October 1, 2018, Myanmar granted visa exemption for visitors from Japan and South Korea and allowed visa-on-arrival for Chinese citizens including those from Hong Kong and Macau Self-Administered Regions, who will arrive by air.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar’s border trade registers over 2 bln USD in 3 months
Myanmar’s border trade with neighbouring countries registered about 2.4 billion U.S. dollars as of Dec. 20 in present fiscal year 2019-2020 which started in October, according to figures released by the Commerce Ministry Monday.
— Xinhua

Shan United to take part in ASEAN Club Championship 2020
Myanmar National League’s Shan United FC will take part in the third edition of the ASEAN Club Championship (ACC) 2020 expected to take place from May to November next year.
— Myanmar Times

Food Delivery Services For Your Comfort (Updated)
Just in time for the holidays!! Are you tired of dressing up and going out to restaurants for your favourite food? Put your feet up, you can use these following food delivery services to solve your daily struggle now.
— Myanmore

New Mon State Party calls on youths to enlist
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) is urging young Mon people to get involved in politics and join its armed wing, the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA).
— Myanmar Times

UN, Myanmar renew cooperation on food aid
The Myanmar Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) renewed an aid agreement to provide nutrition to over one million people in conflict zones in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan states, among others.
— Myanmar Times

Union Minister Dr Pe Myint meets with artists, stakeholders of movie, broadcast industries
Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint held a meeting with the artists and stakeholders of movie and broadcast industries at the Sky Star Hotel in Tamway Township, Yangon, yesterday evening.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Audio guides coming to Bagan museum in February, official says
An audio guide service will be available in the Myanmar, English, and Thai languages at Bagan Archaeological Museum starting in February to attract more foreign visitors, a museum official said.
— Myanmar Times

Insecurity, Lack of Trust Keep Myanmar’s Karen Civilians From Returning Home
Regional insecurity from clashes between the government military and an ethnic armed group in southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin (Karen) state, together with a lack of trust in a current cease-fire agreement, are key barriers preventing the return of civilians driven from their homes by years of conflict, according to a new report on internally displaced persons in the region.
— Radio Free Asia

2019: Economic reforms continue under shadow of genocide trial
THE year 2019 has been a tumultuous one in Asia – with protests in Hong Kong, the Sino-American trade war, and economic disputes between South Korea and Japan – but events involving Myanmar may well be the biggest surprise.
— Myanmar Times

4th Myanmar Festival of Artists with Disabilities held
The 4th Myanmar Festival of Artists with Disabilities was held in Yangon late Saturday, with more efforts being called for to help persons with disabilities in the country, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

Bago police officer arrested, indicted for extortion attempt
A Police lieutenant in Bago Region has been arrested and accused of extorting money from a truck driver carrying lumber, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said in a statement.
— Myanmar Times

Dollar exchange rate dips below K1,490
The US dollar has been sliding against the Kyat in the local currency market, with the exchange rate touching a low of K1,488 per dollar on 30 December, said money exchangers.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Mechanized farming quickest way to tackle labor shortage
Due to pest attacks and the impact of climate change, farmers have recorded lower output from rain-fed paddy fields this year. Besides, a lower price for paddy has been another blow to farmers.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Govt blocks mobile signals in border areas
The government has directed mobile phone carriers to block their signals up to a kilometre from the borders.
— The Daily Star

Bangladesh Pushes Back Against Criticism Of Security Measures At Rohingya Camps
Bangladeshi officials on Friday defended security measures aimed at “protecting” Rohingya refugees, after an international NGO said in a new study that barbed-wire fencing, watchtowers and restrictions on phone use and movement could drive refugees toward crime or extremism.
— Eurasia Review

Union Minister Dr Aung Thu attends farmland management coordination meeting
The Central Body of Farmland Management held its 26th coordination meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Court Rejects Bid by Myanmar’s Kayah State Govt to Increase Activists’ Jail Terms
Loikaw District Court rejects Kayah State govt’s appeal seeking harsher sentences for Karenni youth activists jailed for criticizing officials over Gen. Aung San statue.
— Irrawaddy

Arakan Army says it cannot guarantee captives’ safety
The Arakan Army (AA) said on Sunday it cannot guarantee the safety of its captives, especially if the Tatmadaw (military) attacks it.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s AA Rebel Group ‘Cannot Guarantee Safety’ of Detainees in Its Custody
After death of detained NLD township leader, the Arakan Army says the military situation in Rakhine makes it impossible to guarantee the safety of those in its custody.
— Irrawaddy

Supreme Court Judge inspects Maubin Prison, meets local judges
Supreme Court Judge U Myo Tint visited Maubin prison in Ayeyawady Region on 27 December.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Experts seek stronger global pressure to ensure justice for Rohingyas
Speakers at a discussion have laid emphasis on strengthening joint global efforts on accountability front mentioning that the recent hearing at the top UN court in The Hague offers both challenges and opportunity for the international community to get involved deeply and ensure justice for Rohingyas.
— Dhaka Tribune

Veteran musicians get respect of Myanmar Music Association (Central)
The Myanmar Music Association (Central) organized the 9th respect-paying ceremony to veteran musicians at the Gandamar Wholesale Grand Ballroom yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

New Resolution By The UN Condemns The Human Rights Abuses In Myanmar
On Friday, the United Nations general assembly passed a resolution, with 134 countries voting in favour of it, condemning the human rights abuses in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims and other minorities.
— The OWP

Hailing a Hundredth Anniversary of Yangon University
Maha Saddhamma Jotika Dhaja, Sithu Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt In terms of history, a hundred years or a century is a period long enough to change a life whether human, or institution. Myanmar word for university is Tekkatho which is a Myanmar derivative of original word “Taxila”. The oldest university of Lord Buddha’s time, …
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

City Dwellers Find Simpler Life in Rural China Commune
China’s megacities have drawn hundreds of millions of people from rural villages in search of jobs, but an emerging trend is seeing people move in the opposite direction.
— Irrawaddy


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