Myanmar morning news for February 7

Myanmar morning news for February 7

Myanmar morning newsFacebook bans four groups spreading violence in Myanmar
Facebook announced today that it has removed four groups based in Myanmar that it has determined to be dangerous from its platform.
— Engadget

Oil seed imports dwarf exports
Although oil crops are a priority under the Ministry of Commerce’s National Export Strategy (NES), the country’s imports of such crops, used to make edible oil, is more than twice what is being exported so far, said Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung.
— Myanmar Times

MOEAF calls for complaints against illegal employment agencies
The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF) has welcomed complaints against illegal employment agencies that are sending workers to Thailand.
— Eleven Myanmar

Govt coffers held back by SOEs: EITI
A representative of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) said Myanmar’s government fails to understand the severity of how the so-called Other Accounts of state enterprises are holding back the country’s development.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Investment Outlook for 2019
Strategically located between China, India and Thailand, Myanmar is surrounded by some of the fastest growing economies in the world. A large and cheap workforce, natural resources and generally low production costs make Myanmar a perfect destination for foreign investment.
— Asian Briefing

China is the ‘key player’ to manage Myanmar for Rohingya solutions: Ambassador Humayun Kabir
A former Bangladesh ambassador, Humayun Kabir, has said the “key player” to bring Myanmar in line for ending the Rohingya crisis is China.
— BD News 24

14 ministries form anti-corruption units
Fourteen ministries which have more exposures to the public have formed Corruption Protection Units (CPU) as a pilot project, said Kyaw Soe, spokesperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
— Eleven Myanmar

Govt opens national metrology headquarters
The National Institute of Metrology Myanmar (NIMM) has begun work on standardising product measurement in Myanmar, said the agency’s director.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar parliament approves panel to discuss Constitution despite military protest
Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday (Feb 6) voted to set up a committee to discuss amending the country’s Constitution, despite objections by military-aligned lawmakers against a move that is likely to challenge the army’s power.
— The Straits Times

Natural gas from Offshore A-6 plot to be produced in 4 years
Natural gas from Offshore A-6 block will be produced in 4 years time while other offshore blocks will be opened for international tender with the government current adjusting profit sharing rates, according to Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, Thaung Tun.
— Eleven Myanmar

Yangon govt seeks parliament approval for K8B road project
The Yangon government has asked the regional parliament to allow it to use K8 billion (US$5.25 million) of the money meant for construction of pedestrian bridges and investment in foreign banks for road development instead.
— Myanmar Times

Shwe Mann forms party ahead of 2020 election
U Shwe Mann on Tuesday announced the formation of a new political party, the Union Betterment Party, which intends to “work with the people” to build a federal union and to develop the economy.
— Frontier Myanmar

‘Treated like cattle’: Angelina Jolie takes aim at Myanmar over Rohingya plight
Angelina Jolie has shared the stories of rape survivors during a visit to Rohingya refugee camps and said the responsibility to let them return “lies squarely with the government and the authorities in Myanmar”.
— The Guardian

Myanmar Metals identifies new base and precious metals target at Bawdwin project
A deep pole-dipole geophysical survey has confirmed large chargability anomalies and correlate with other known mineralisation at the project.
— Proactive Investors

Concerns mount in the wake of Red Dot shutdown
Agents of Red Dot Network Ltd are unhappy that deposits paid to the now defunct payment solutions provider will likely not be returned to them.
— Myanmar Times

Guns and Ammunition seized in Namhsan
Acting on a tip off, a combined team intercepted and searched a Pajero near Hteen Shuee Myaing Village and seized a gun and ammunition from the vehicle at 7 pm on 1 February, state media reported.
— Mizzima

‘Moving Yangon Forward’ towards a better transport system
The question of transportation in Yangon was at the forefront of an event last week.
— Myanmar Times

Celebrations of Chinese Lunar New Year kick off in Chinatown of Myanmar’s Yangon
The celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year kicked off on a grand scale in Chinatown in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday, the first day of the Year of the Pig in China’s lunar calendar.
— Xinhua

Ex Lower House Speaker to set up a party
Union Betterment Party (UBP) led by Former Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann submitted an application to the Union Election Commission (UEC) in Nay Pyi Taw to set up a political party, on February 5.
— Eleven Myanmar

Decision on charter change panel expected today
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral legislature) is expected to decide on Wednesday the fate of an urgent proposal to form a constitutional amendment committee. Thirty MPs discussed the proposal at a meeting on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

UN urged to suspend Myanmar return plan for Chin amid unrest
Ethnic Chin people were told last year it was safe to return but experts say situation in Myanmar is too volatile.
— Aljazeera

Myanmar troops raise pressure on Indian insurgents
In what may be called a major diplomatic success, the Myanmar Army has started mounting pressure on Indian insurgent groups holed up across the border to vacate the forest areas occupied by them.
— Asianage

200 Myanmar Buddhists take shelter in remote Bandarban village
Around two hundred Buddhists of Myanmar’s Chin state have taken shelter in remote village of Bandarban since February 4 following intensified fighting between Myanmar Army and Arakan Army (AA).
— The Daily Star

Nay Pyi Taw city official sentenced for corruption
U Khaing Soe Hla, deputy director general of Nay Pyi Taw’s Veterinary and Abattoirs Department, was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison with hard labour by the Mandalay Region High Court on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Bangladesh protests to Myanmar over new arrivals from troubled state
Bangladesh has protested to Myanmar over a new influx of refugees fleeing troubled Rakhine state after clashes between security forces and an insurgent group, an official said Wednesday (Feb 6).
— Channel NewsAsia

Balancing family and work
Traditional Myanmar women who become wives are used to taking care of family, children and parents because they think it’s their duty while their husbands are out earning money.
— Myanmar Times

Surfers ride the wave of ocean action in Myanmar blue forest
Ocean lovers are often left out of the bigger environmental discussions and so struggle to see how they can do their part to stop climate change.
— UN Environment

SWD deals with more than 900 gender-based violences since 2016
Social Welfare Department dealt with more than 900 gender-based violences, including underage rape cases, since November 2016 till date, said Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement at Myanmar National Committe for Women Affairs’ meeting at the ministry on February 5.
— Eleven Myanmar


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