Myanmar morning news for January 25

Myanmar morning news for January 25

Myanmar morning newsRakhine launches new power infrastructure, aims for development
Power transmission lines measuring 104 kilometres (60 miles) and a substation that will serve Ponnagyun, Rathedaung, Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships in Rakhine State have been officially launched.
— Myanmar Times

Companies to build car factories in Ayeyarwady Region
Ayeyarwady Region, Investment and Directorate of Companies Administration, Director Soe Aung said that they had negotiations with car companies to build factories in Ayeyarwady Region.
— Mizzima

FDI in hotels and tourism sector hits over 4.3 m USD
From October to December of 2018-2019 fiscal year, hotels and tourism sector saw an inflow of over USD 4.3 million foreign investments, according to Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar ups efforts to stem fall in rice exports
Myanmar’s rice exports have been falling over the past year, and the government is upping efforts to diversify its markets and reduce costs to better compete with other exporting countries.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon Region expects to need 1700MW of electricity this year
Electricity consumption in Yangon Region is expected to reach 1700 megawatts this year, said U Tun Kywe, CEO of the Yangon Electricity Supply Corp (YESC).
— Consult Myanmar

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MPT and MCF launch Youth Technopreneurship Development Program
Myanmar operator MPT, in partnership with the Myanmar Computer Federation (MCF), has launched the Myanmar Youth Technopreneurship Development Program 2019, telecompaper reported.
— Mizzima

Myitnge dry port put into service
The opening of ceremony Myitnge dry port took place near Myitnge locomotive factory in Amarapura Township in Mandalay Region on January 23.
— Eleven Myanmar

Government approves seizure of over 950,000 acres of unused land
The government has approved the seizure of more than 950,000 acres of unused vacant, fallow and virgin land that had been leased to private entities for agriculture, breeding and mining, a senior agriculture official said on Wednesday.
— Myanmar Times

U.N. Ramps Up Education Efforts in Rohingya Refugee Camps
The U.N. children’s agency says it is making gains in the effort to provide education for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children who fled violence in Myanmar, but much work remains to provide adequate services in the world’s largest refugee camp.

City Loft opens for sale on the back of rising demand for Thanlyin property
Units of City Loft apartments in Thalyin, Yangon, are now open for sale. Developed by Yoma Land Company, the project targets middle-class buyers.
— Myanmar Times

First international car show opens in Yangon
Myanmar’s first international car show has opened in Yangon, NHK World reported.
— Mizzima

State Counsellor: To encourage vocational education
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during in her tour to Chin State met locals of Hakah Lay village, Tunzan Township, and locals of Kalay, Sagaing Region on separate occasions.
— Eleven Myanmar

Cheated Myanmar workers return from Yunnan
Nearly four dozen migrant workers from Myanmar’s Sagaing region returned home Wednesday after fleeing from a sugar plantation across the border in southwest China’s Yunnan province, where they said they were cheated out of wages by their employer and forced to endure miserable living conditions, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

Natural disasters prevention courses given in Kyauk Gyi schools
Myanmar Red Cross Association, in cooperation with the Fire Brigade Department, gave courses on how to protect oneself in the event of a natural disaster at basic education schools in Kyauk Gyi on January 22.
— Eleven Myanmar

What We Can Hope For From the 70th Anniversary of Karen National Resistance Day
The Karen National Union (KNU), the oldest ethnic armed group in Myanmar and a signatory to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), plans to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Karen National Resistance Day at its headquarter in Law Khee Lar, Karen State, on Jan. 28-31.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Activists Push to End Police Brutality
Aung Soe Htike tried to ask for an explanation when police in Yangon handcuffed him and put him in a car one evening in November of last year.
— VOA News

Opportunities for India in Myanmar’s energy sector
Myanmar is reportedly planning to open fresh bids for its oil and gas blocks to international companies. In the last few years, the Myanmar government has taken concrete steps to restructure its energy sector and has identified natural gas as an important component of its energy master plan.
— Orf Online

Armed Group Attacks Myanmar Border Guard Post in Rakhine State, Injuring Three
Members of an unidentified armed group on the Bangladesh side of the border separating the country from Myanmar injured three people in a shooting on Thursday at a border guard outpost in conflict-ridden Rakhine state, a spokesman for the military’s Western Command and a township official said.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s Message to Journalists: Don’t Cover the Crackdown on the Rohingya
Earlier this month, a court in Myanmar upheld the seven-year prison sentences of two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were convicted in September under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act while reporting on atrocities committed against the Rohingya ethnic minority.
— World Politics Review

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China ecozone to rise near Myanmar
Work on establishing an economic cooperation zone along the China-Myanmar border has reportedly started, with priority given to sectors including manufacturing. Amid some concerns about Chinese presence in Myanmar, the project is likely to be a good starting point in maintaining stability in the border area
— Manila Times

China’s Six Belt and Road Projects in Myanmar to Watch in 2019
The Myanmar government recently agreed to begin work on key projects under the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) agreement which is part of Chinese’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Rakhine aid curbs hit 50,000
New government curbs on aid activities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State “are affecting at least 50,000 people,” the United Nations has said in an internal note, highlighting the growing impact of recent fighting on the civilian population.
— Gulf Today

YIA ready to accept more passengers soon: Asia World Chairman
The upgrading process of Yangon International Airport (YIA) is still underway even though the flow of passengers in 2018 was the lowest within a five-year time, said Tun Myint Naing, Chairman of Asia World Company.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar-Bangladesh Spat Has China Smiling
One of India’s most remarkable diplomatic achievements has been that it has settled its maritime boundaries with all its eastern neighbours.
— Defence Aviation Post

Ayeyawaddy Region Govt. order to move to safer places
Due to the danger of water, and for the strengthening of dam, people living near Zalun bank must move to other places according to Ayeyawaddy Region Government.
— Eleven Myanmar

Balloons Over Bagan soars to new state in Myanmar
Balloons Over Bagan, under Myanmar-based Memories Group, has launched a new hot-air balloon flight in Kayah State.
— Consult Myanmar


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