Myanmar morning news for December 4

Myanmar morning news for December 4
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Myanmar reduces stamp duty penalties
Myanmar’s parliament has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Planning and Finance to significantly reduce existing stamp duty penalties.
— Myanmar Times

Mixed Reviews For Aung San Suu Kyi’s Plan to Defend Myanmar in Rohingya Genocide Case
The looming Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar at the U.N.’s top court has brought shows of support for state counselor and defense team leader Aung San Suu Kyi from her ruling party and some ethnic groups, but many say Myanmar’s army deserves to be held to account for its decades of brutal campaigns against its own citizens.
— Radio Free Asia

Power distribution coverage reaches 50 per cent
The ministry can increase its nationwide power distribution to 50 per cent, said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy Win Khaing, at a ceremony to open sub-power stations in Hmawbi, Okkan and Aphyauk Townships in Yangon on November 30.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rakhine State Stability Supporting Committee to finalize report
The Rakhine State Stability Supporting Committee held a coordination meeting to finalize its report at the Amyotha Hluttaw Affairs Hall (I-20) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s interventionist trade bill alarms business
Draft legislation revised by Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce would require many companies to submit to another layer of government approval and enable ministries to further regulate broad areas of the economy.
— Myanmar Times

Hong Kong firm to invest $500 mln in power generation, supply in Yangon, Kyaukpyu
A Hong Kong-based company will invest US$500 million to execute electricity generation, supply, and sale projects in Yangon and Kyaukpyu cities, said U Thant Sin Lwin, Director-General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

After struggling for 20 years, a Mon-language newspaper in Myanmar is fighting to survive
Myanmar’s Mon-language weekly newspaper Guiding Star has just celebrated 20 years in operation. We spoke to Nai Kasauh Mon, the chief editor and founder of the paper, about the challenges of operating a Mon-language publication in an often hostile environment.
— Global voices

Myanma Tourism Bank to start fund to promote sector
Myanma Tourism Bank (MTB) has announced that it intends to pay a portion of its annual profits to a tourism fund which will be deployed to promote the sector.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Ant-Graft Body Sues Land Management Official for Corruption
The Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar (ACC) filed a suit against an agriculture and land management official in Mon State on Monday for allegedly soliciting bribes.
— Irrawaddy

Over 1.1 mln tourists enter Myanmar via Tachilek this year
More than 1.1 million tourists, including overnighters and day trippers, entered Myanmar through the Tachilek border gate between 1 January and 28 November this year, according to official statistics from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar reassigns minister of newly merged ministry
The Myanmar government has reassigned U Soe Win as minister of planning, finance and industry, a new ministry merged from two ministries, according to an announcement of Myanmar President’s Office issued on late Thursday.
— Infosurhoy

Myanmar army shelling kills three in Rakhine
Shelling by Myanmar’s military killed a woman and two infants, and wounded six others in Rakhine State on Monday, according to residents and a lawmaker in the town of Mrauk U, where security forces are fighting against an ethnic militant group.
— Dhaka tribune

Myanmar’s democracy icon Suu Kyi now fights genocide trial
Aung San Suu Kyi, who led Myanmar’s fight against military rule is now preparing to travel to the Netherlands to fight charges of genocide against her country at the International Court of Justice at the Hague.
— Domain-b

Human Rights Watch says Rohingya child refugees being denied education
Bangladesh is blocking hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children from accessing meaningful education, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, urging authorities to lift restrictions on schooling in refugee camps.
— The Malaysian Reserve

Myanmar tour guides to treat Dagon Seikkan squatter children
A tour guide association will treat squatter children from Dagon Seikkan township to a tour of playgrounds in downtown Yangon on Saturday, an official of the group said.
— Myanmar Times

PM to international community: Maintain pressure on Myanmar
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has renewed her call to the world community, including the European countries, for maintaining pressure on Myanmar to speed up Rohingya repatration.
— Dhaka Tribune

Myanmar to establish school for forest rangers
The government will establish the first wildlife conservation college for forest rangers in a bid to strengthen its campaign to protect and conserve the country’s wildlife and biodiversity, the Forest Department said.
— Myanmar Times

Stock trades on YSX plunge; shares worth K992.69 mln traded in Nov
The value of shares traded on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) last month declined sharply to K992.69 million compared with K1.36 billion recorded in October.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Military Returns Base Near Thai Border to Mon National Liberation Army
The Myanmar army has withdrawn from an MNLA base in the Three Pagodas Pass seized on Nov. 27, but talks are ongoing over a smaller outpost also occupied by the Tatmadaw.
— Irrawaddy

Journalists see no major improvement in media freedom
Two international journalist organisations have noted no improvement in media freedom in Myanmar since Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy took office in 2016.
— Myanmar Times

State Counsellor opens new medical training facility in Yangon
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday opened the new National Skill Training, Simulation and Research Centre, which intends to provide competency-based training facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical students.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Called on to Protect 140-Year-Old Cultural Heritage Site From Tourist Damage
The World Monument Fund has called on the Mandalay government to protect the Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung Monastery from rampaging visitors.
— Irrawaddy

Communal support is crucial in building an HIV-free generation
Youths, such as students, like trying and testing everything. That’s why, first drug use is more likely in the younger age groups.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Karen groups hail ICJ, ICC cases against Myanmar
Dozens of Karen organisations around the world hailed the genocide case filed against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court.
— Myanmar Times

Union Religious Affairs, Culture Minister receives outgoing Vietnamese Amb
Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko received Vietnamese Ambassador Dr Luan Thuy Duong, who has completed her tour of duty in Myanmar, at his ministry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

New Kachin party set to elect leaders in preparation for Myanmar polls
The Kachin State People’s Party (KSPP) gears up for its first conference in January to elect members of the central executive committee in preparation for the general election to be held later next year, a senior party official said.
— Myanmar Times

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses report of Joint Committee on Scrutinizing the Constitution
The tenth-day meeting of the Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 14th regular session was held at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning where Hluttaw representatives discussed a report of Joint Committee on Scrutinizing the Constitution and Myanmar conceding to International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar army shelling kills woman, two infants in Rakhine: lawmaker
Shelling by Myanmar’s military killed a woman and two infants, and wounded six others in Rakhine State on Monday, according to residents and a lawmaker in the town of Mrauk U, where security forces are fighting against an ethnic militant group.
— Kfgo

Myanmar sees 23,203 dengue cases, 123 deaths this year
From January to November 23 this year, 123 out of 23,203 dengue-infected patients across Myanmar were reported dead, with Kachin State topping the list with over 4,000 infected people, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Health and Sports on December 14.
— Eleven Myanmar

DJ Past 12 to perform with Skrillex this month
If you thought there was no way to make Myanmar street dogs look cool, then you’ve never seen the DJ Skrillex Bangarang music video. The infectious beats provide the backdrop to an intriguing story, of three young boys doing battle with an ice-cream van driver in an abandoned part of Boston.
— Myanmar Times

Capital goods import value reaches over $890m in about two months this FY
Myanmar has imported capital goods worth over US$890 million in about two months this fiscal year, exceeding by over US$60 million compared to the same period of last fiscal year, according to sources released by the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Government in Myanmar is the only national security force still deploying landmines
On Tuesday, 26 November, a German tourist was killed when the motorbike he was riding struck a landmine in Myanmar’s Shan State. The man was travelling between Pan Nyaung Village and Kun Hauk Village, near Hsipaw Township, with an Argentine woman, who was also injured in the blast.
— Asean Today

Myanmar’s cardinal calls on government to abandon violence
“For 70 years Myanmar has been torn apart by ethnic conflicts, dictatorship and religious nationalism that have led to horrific bloodshed, death, destruction, slavery and abuse,” said Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon.
— Catholic Culture

ASEAN, Myanmar And The Rakhine Crisis: Two Years On – Analysis
In 2017 Myanmar established the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State (UEHRD) to facilitate peacebuilding. Two years on, peace remains elusive. What are the limits and possibilities of what ASEAN Member States can do?
— Eurasia Review

Myanmar vice president calls for creating disabled-accessible society
Myanmar Vice President U Henry Van Thio called for the creation of a disabled-accessible society at a ceremony marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Recent clashes displace hundreds of Myanmar’s Mon ethnic people
Approximately 900 ethnic Mon people were seeking refuge in refugee camps in Thailand amid ongoing tension between government forces and fighters of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) along the Thai-Myanmar border, a group of international non-governmental organisations working with refugees said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Military Chief Eyes Tea, Coffee Production in Ethnic Militia Area
Myanmar army chief Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has visited the Pa-O Self-Administered Zone to discuss setting up a tea and coffee production hub with the local community.
— Irrawaddy

Steering Committee meets for holding All-Round Youth Development Festival (Magway) in meeting
Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi delivers the address at meeting of the steering committee for holding All-Round Youth Development Festival (Magway).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

You Can Soon Fly To Myanmar’s Second Largest City From Imphal; Modi’s ‘Act East’ Gets Major Boost
A statement issued by Manipur chief minister’s office says that the union Civil Aviation Ministry has assured that the bidding process for the selection of the airline to operate flights on this sector would be completed within two months.
— Swarajyamag

Consultant sought for Myanmar water PPP
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is procuring public-private partnership (PPP) expertise for a water supply project in Myanmar; World Bank tenders Vietnam mandate.
— Partnerships Bulletin

Myanmar gov’t says not to cast aspersions on any race
The Myanmar government said that it would not cast aspersions on any race, religion or group, either directly or indirectly, as Myanmar defended the nation at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
— Infosurhoy

Joint Committee on Amending 2008 Constitution holds meeting 64/2019
The Joint Committee on Amending the 2008 Constitution held its meeting 64/2019 at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Building D in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Seminar held to discuss conservation, storage of paintings, fabric artefacts at ASEAN museums
Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko delivered an opening remark at the ‘Seminar on Conservation and Storage Management for Paintings and Fabric Artefacts for Museum Professionals in the ASEAN Countries’, held at the Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

From a War Zone to a Classroom: Teachers at Mon Schools Preserve Their Heritage
Mon national schools are vital to preserving Mon language and culture, but as teachers are underpaid and schools struggle for funds, the future is uncertain.
— Irrawaddy

Medical Skill, Simulation and Research Center opened in Yangon
The Medical Skill, Simulation and Research Center, the first of its kind in Myanmar was opened at University of Medicine (1) in Yangon on December 2.
— Eleven Myanmar


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2.


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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

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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