Myanmar morning news for July 22

Myanmar morning news for July 22

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar to lift licensing requirement for some import items
Licenses for importing some of the over 4,000 products into the country will be done away with as part of the move to facilitate trade and ensure Myanmar adheres to international trade regulations.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s individual border trade reaches 32.6 mln USD in FY 2018-19
Myanmar’s trade using Individual Trading Cards (ITCs) through border gates reached over 48.9 billion kyats (32.6 million U.S. dollars) in over nine months of present fiscal year 2018-2019, said the figures from the Commerce Ministry on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Special economic zones pull in over $208 mln in investment
More than 110 enterprises, including four domestic businesses, invested US$208 billion in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), under the Special Economic Zone Law, as of 10 July in the current fiscal year, according to figures released by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Mytel fined for anti-competitive behaviour in Myanmar market
The Posts and Telecommunications Department (PTD) has issued a fine of nearly US$200,000 (K300 million) and two warnings to military-backed telecom operator Telecom International Myanmar (Mytel) for violating its rules and regulations after January 1. It also issued two other warnings to two operators for similar offences.
— Myanmar Times

China-Myanmar oil pipeline carries 5 mln tonnes crude in H1
China imported 5 million tonnes of crude oil via the China-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline in the first half (H1), up 2.7 percent year on year, according to the Kunming Customs in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
— Xinhua

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Myanmar-Bangladesh border trade down by 30% over nine months
Bilateral trade between Myanmar and Bangladesh from borders stood at US$17.8 million as of 5 July in the current Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019, down by $8.544 million or 32.43 per cent, from the corresponding period last 2017-2018 FY, the Ministry of Commerce reported.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar seizes illegal timbers in Yangon outskirts
Myanmar authorities have seized 1.7 tons of illegal hardwood timbers in the outskirts of Yangon city, according to the Forest Department Sunday.
— Xinhua

MAI launches Yangon-Hangzhou direct flights
Myanmar Airway International (MAI) has launched direct flights between Yangon and Hangzhou as part of the expansion of its flight network. This is the second direct flight that MAI has introduced from Myanmar to China.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

1.54 kg of heroin seized in Myanmar’s eastern state
Myanmar authorities seized 1.54 kilograms of heroin in Shan state, according to the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Cash for rice, supplies provided to flood victims in Katha
Aid including cash for rice, rescue equipment and utensils were distributed to flood victims in Katha yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Booming regional meth industry – Thailand, Myanmar, China and Laos
A UN Office of Drugs and Crime report released last week states that the methamphetamine trade is now worth between US$30-61 billion per year in East and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
— The Thaiger

How Myanmar aims to stimulate investment in tourism
Myanmar is looking to capitalise on a recent tourism rebound and stimulate more investment in the sector, following efforts to improve access to credit for smaller operators.
— The Borneo Post

Visa to Myanmar is becoming even easier
Applying for visa is often a nightmare with queues in embassies and rude officials. Myanmar stands out. Since 2012, a number of positive changes have been implemented and as people often say, “this is the most friendly immigration I have ever met!”
— Myanmore

Foreigners only able to trade after October, YSX says
Foreigners will only be able to trade shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) after October, U Thet Tun Oo, executive manager of the bourse, told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Dagon Myothit (North) fair-price housing project with more than 2,000 apartments
Yangon’s rising population currently stands at more than five million. It’ll soon reach six million and housing and apartment requirement was also rising. Due to this there are housing projects that were being implemented with more projects in the pipeline.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Public infrastructural projects in Bago Region
A new bridge crossing the Shwegyin Creek in Shwegyin Township, Bago Region has been completed recently. Construction of the bridge commenced in the first week of December last year.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MoI, Film Industry meet to tackle challenges
A meeting on development of cinemas and upgrading cinematic system was held at the Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) in Kokkine Avenue, Bahan Township, Yangon. The meeting was held separately with cinema owners and film producers.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Legal questions arise over Kyaukphyu port’s ESIA process
The environmental and social impact assessment process for the China-backed port project in central Rakhine has started but questions arise whether developers are using the right legal framework.
— Myanmar Times

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi sworn-in as Head of Myanmar Scout Federation
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended a swearing-in ceremony as Head of the Myanmar Scout Federation held at the Yangon University Diamond Jubilee Hall and delivered a speech. .
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Dharma Dogs: Buddhist chants calm stray Myanmar mutts
Pumped out over speakers, Buddhist chants play for packs of stray dogs at a Yangon shelter in an unusual effort to calm them down as Myanmar struggles to control a ballooning canine population and a deadly rabies scourge.
— Yahoo News

Broadcasting Governing Body holds meeting in Yangon
Broadcasting Governing Body (BGB) held its work coordination meeting (4/2019) at Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) on Pyay Road in Yangon yesterday morning. Chairman of BGB Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun gave a keynote speech at the meeting.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye attends ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth in Vientiane, Lao PDR
A Myanmar delegation led by Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye attended the Eleventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (AMMY XI) and the Seventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (7th AMMY + 3) in Vientiane, Lao PDR yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

H1N1 death toll climbs to 63
Till 19 July, the number of H1N1 death toll reached 63 with Yangon topping the list with 50 deaths, according to the figures from the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar

Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye meets Secretary General of Lao Youth Union
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, who is currently in Vientiane, Lao PDR to attend the Eleventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (AMMY XI) and the Seventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (7th AMMY + 3), met with the Secretary General of Lao Youth Union and party.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

2 SK Innovation subsidiaries acquire 35% stake in Myanmar’s BOC
SK Innovation said Friday that two of its subsidiaries, SK Energy and SK Trading International, have acquired a combined 35 percent stake in Best Oil Co., the second-largest oil retailer in Myanmar.
— Korea Herald

Walking the road to total peace under the NCA flag
Myanmar has not enjoyed total peace for over 70 years, as the longest civil war in the world is in Myanmar. Hence, we are making all efforts to achieve peace.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Over 10,000 tons of illegal timber seized in four months
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation seized over 10,000 tons of illegal timber during four months of this fiscal year, with Sagaing Region topping the list with over 3,100 tons.
— Eleven Myanmar

Mrauk-U: Experts discuss final draft nomination dossiers to UNESCO
Local and foreign experts met yesterday to finalize draft nomination dossiers to enlist ancient city MraukU, Rakhine State, to the World Heritage Center of UNESCO as a world cultural heritage zone.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ayeyawady River stops 25 cm above danger mark, water likely to recede today
The level of water in the Ayeyawady River, which crossed the danger mark on 21 July in Mandalay, is expected to recede over the next few days, according to the upper Myanmar weather bureau. “The river stopped rising on Sunday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ethnic delegations pay five-day visit to Nay Pyi Taw
Ethnic literature and cultural delegations from Kayah and Chin State arrived in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to pay a five-day visit.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Crucial role of technical and vocational education in creating job opportunities and development
By Dr Myat Moe Vocational education is a form of technical skill that is involved in professional expertise. The index of jobless rate is a norm to calculate economic development of a country. Despite abundant workforces, the outstanding unemployment rate shows a negative sign for the nation.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Head of State attends Martyrs’ Day ceremony for the first time in over 50 years
President Win Myint became the first ever president to attend the Martyrs’ Day ceremony in over 50 years by attending and paying homage to the fallen martyrs at 72nd Martyrs’ Day held yesterday.
— Mizzima

Scouting that serves the interests of human society
Scouts associations were first established in England in 1916 for nurturing youths and improving their moral conduct.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

One woman killed, six injured in train-car crash
One woman was killed and six were injured when a train smashed into their car at an illegal level crossing in Kantbalu, Sagaing Region, yesterday. Six people: three men and three women: aboard the car were injured in the crash.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Making change together for gender equality
Local and international research institutions gathered at the roundtable discussion called Myanmar Knowledge Hub hosted by Canada’s International Development Research Centre this week.
— Mizzima

The centennial of the Yangon University
In the Myanmar’s educational history for learning of higher education, the Yangon University was first established under the British Occupation. After the end of second British-Myanmar war in 1852, and the annexation of Lower Myanmar, Kolkata-affiliated Rangoon College was opened In Yangon in 1878.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Programming a better future for refugees
LIFE has been tough for Mohamad and his family who fled their home in Syria for Malaysia one year ago because of the war in the Middle Eastern country.
— The Star Online

Low-lying areas in Sagaing flooded as Ayeyawady swells
The Ayeyarwady River has exceeded its danger mark in Sagaing, inundating wards and villages in low-lying areas in the west of Sagaing.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s ancient peoples
A history of Myanmar’s first peoples and kingdoms, from the beginning of the world.
— Frontier Myanmar


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