Myanmar morning news for July 4

Myanmar morning news for July 4
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Myanmar morning newsUN investigator reports possible new war crimes in Myanmar
Yanghee Lee tells Human Rights Council, violations taking place in Rakhine and Chin states amid communications blackout.
— Aljazeera

Myanmar’s strategic coastline lures big Asian economies
Asia’s biggest economies of China, Japan and India are aggressively backing new port projects in Myanmar, seeking to gain a foothold on the coastline of the geographically prized nation.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Power purchase tenders called for summer 2020
The Electric Power Generation Enterprise (EPGE) under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has called for purchase tenders at five power projects with the aim of producing over 1000MW of energy in time for summer next year.
— Myanmar Times

Applying law to end Myanmar’s impunity for genocide
The author is a Burmese coordinator of the Free Rohingya Coalition, an umbrella network of Rohingya refugees and human rights activists, and co-author, with Natalie Brinham, of “Essays on Myanmar Genocide” (2019).
— AA

Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw courts implement case management plan
Fifteen courts in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw are implementing a case management plan to try to restore the public’s faith in the judicial system.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay labor union campaigns for higher wages following electricity bill hike
On the first of July, a labor union – Myanmar Industries, Crafts and Services (MICS) Trade Union Federation – took to the streets for increased wages. The campaign, titled “Raise Wages not Electricity Prices”, was demonstrated in Pyi Kyi Than Kyun district, 60th street, and Kyan Sitt Tar streets of Mandalay.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar court drops case against journalist
A prominent Myanmar journalist accused of defaming a hardline nationalist monk dubbed the “Buddhist Bin Laden” has had the case against him dropped, his lawyer said.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar posts 126 human trafficking cases as of mid-2019
A total of 126 human trafficking cases were registered across Myanmar in the first half of 2019, the country’s Anti-Trafficking Police Force said on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Business development, entrepreneurship training for SMEs begins in Myitkyina
A ‘Business Development Support Training’ class for SME entrepreneurs was jointly opened by Kachin State’s Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on 2 July at the Community Centre in Myitkyina Town, under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Chinese-Built Cadillac CT6 Now Being Sold In Myanmar
While the future of the Cadillac CT6 in North America is a little murky at the moment, the car is charging forward abroad, with the Chinese-built Cadillac CT6 having been launched in Myanmar recently.
— Gmauthority

Why Myanmar is losing the Rakhine war
The escalating conflict in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state has been tightly quarantined from news coverage and remained well below the radar of the international community since insurgent violence erupted in the New Year.
— Asia Times

Myanmar to compete in Asian Body Building and Physique Sports event
Myanmar Bodybuilding and Physique Sport Federation will participate in Asian Bodybuilding and Physique sports championship to be held from September 12 to 18 at Inner Mongolia Wulangiate theatre in Mongolia.
— Myanmar Times

Chinese investments expected to be steady in coming months
China Myanmar Economic Cooperation and Development Promotion Association chair Li Fuquan told The Myanmar Times that investment flows from China would be steady over the next 18 months, especially since Chinese businesses have confidence in Myanmar’s continued support for the One Belt, One Road projects.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon, Myanmar to see Minor Hotels’ Avani and Oaks brands by 2024
Minor Hotels has started construction work for the 250-room Avani Yangon Hotel and 221-key Oaks Yangon.
— Top Hotel

Residents say electricity rates should be lowered in off-grid areas
Residents in gas-producing regions like Tanintharyi are questioning why they still have to pay higher rates instead of being covered by the national grid. The government hiked electricity tariffs last week, and the new rates took effect on July 1.
— Myanmar Times

Fighting addiction in Kachin State
Millions of dollars in American aid have been pledged to fund “locally-driven” solutions to rampant drug addiction in Kachin, where local church-backed groups have so far led the response, sometimes taking the law into their own hands.
— Frontier Myanmar

Villagers sentenced regarding cement factory protest
Four villagers in central Myanmar’s Mandalay region were sentenced to 14 months in prison with hard labour Tuesday for their roles in a July 2018 protest against a Chinese cement factory, VOA reported.
— Mizzima

Heho Potato Company potato cold storage opens
A cold storage warehouse for potatoes of the Heho Potato Company was official opened on 21st of June, 2019 in Heho, Southern Shan State, Myanmar. This is the third professional cold storage facility for potatoes in Myanmar and the first commercial warehouse which compasses substantial storage capacities, and is equipped with modern technology from Omnivent.
— Fresh PLaza

Aid denied to Myanmar displaced
Despite a current relative calm in conflict-torn northern Myanmar, aid groups are still being blocked from assisting tens of thousands of dislocated people.
— UCA News

Local photojournalist raises MOP20,000 for Myanmar children cancer treatments
Local photojournalist, Gonçalo Lobo Pinheiro, has raised MOP20,000 (US$2,490) for child cancer treatment in Myanmar.
— Macau Business

MoTC, Moon Engineering Joint Venture Co., Ltd sign contract for developing vehicle registration by RFID System
Road Transport Administration Department of Ministry of Transport and Communications and Moon Engineering Joint Venture Co., Ltd yesterday signed a consulting services contract for developing vehicle registration by Radio Frequency Identification-RFID System at the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

China-Backed Venture Proposes $800M Development Near Kyaukphyu Seaport
Chinese partner has ties to controversial Myitkyina SEZ; Rakhine govt backs plan, but Arakanese lawmaker, rights group say public has not been consulted.
— Irrawaddy

Steering Committee meets to hold Waso Robe Offering Ceremony of Union Government
Vice President U Myint Swe, patron of the Steering Committee for holding the Waso Robe Offering Ceremony of the Union Government, addressed a coordination meeting held at the meeting hall of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Woman to head Yangon’s new ministry
MP Daw Moe Moe Su Kyi has been appointed head of the new Yangon Ministry of Immigration and Human Resources, which was formed in Yangon last week.
— Myanmar Times

Constitutional Tribunal Chairman attends monsoon tree plantation event
U Myo Nyunt, Chairperson of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union (CTU), attended the monsoon tree plantation event to mark the 2019 greenery movement held in the compound of the office of the CTU in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

More cyclone shelters to be built in Ayeyawaddy region
A total of 57 more cyclone shelters are being built in Myanmar’s Ayeyawaddy region in the event of natural disasters, Xinhua reported quoting the region’s department of disaster management.
— Reliefweb

One suspect held for smuggling elephant skins in Yekyi Township
A suspect was arrested on 1 July in Yekyi Township of Pathein District in connection with the seizure of four bags of ‘ownerless’ elephant skins in a forest near the township on 30 June.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Consolidation of Prominent Kachin Parties Aspire to Form Coalition Govt in 2020
The Kachin State People’s Party is working to get other ethnic alliance parties on board for a coalition government focusing on better rights for Myanmar’s ethnic population.
— Irrawaddy

Two Myanmar men in coma after stabbing at migrant workers’ camp
Staff at Thalang Hospital contacted Thalang police at about 10pm last night informing them that they were treating a man who had been stabbed and was in a coma.
— The Phuket News

Final Prosecution Witnesses in Trial of Fugitive Monk to Be Heard Next Week
Senior clerical council will pass judgment on ultranationalist U Wirathu after his sedition trial ends, Yangon religious affairs official says.
— Irrawaddy

Laos’ Plain of Jars, Myanmar’s Bagan considered for World Heritage inscription
Laos’ Plain of Jars and Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan will be considered for World Heritage status at the World Heritage Committee’s meeting in Azerbaijan, the United Nations said on Monday.
— The Nation

US soybean planting experiment scheduled
The Ministry of Commerce will grow high-yielding US soybeans in Shan State’s Nawngcho township as an experiment prior to introducing more widespread planting of the crop.
— Myanmar Times

H1N1 influenza death toll rises to 21 in Myanmar
Death toll caused by seasonal influenza A/H1N1 has risen to 21 in Myanmar as of July 1 this year, said a press release by the country’s information ministry on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Myanmar base to support A-6 project
Myint & Associates to start construction this year on offshore supply facility.
— upstreamonline

Suu Kyi’s Older Brother Still Disputing Inheritance Decision
U Aung San Oo, State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s older brother, has objected to his sister’s application for a certified map of the family’s Yangon property.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar continues to receive verified Myanmar nationals from Thailand
As the third day of repatriation of the fourth batch of Myanmar Nationals from Thailand on 3 July 2019, (14) verified Myanmar nationals from Umpien Camp, (94) from Mae La Camp and (11) from Ma La Ohn Camp were warmly welcomed by Myanmar officials at Kyauk Lone Gyi camp in Myawady Township through the Myanmar.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Farmers complain against sale of false Japanese brand harvesters
Complaint letters have been sent to state leaders and the Competition Commission calling for action against the case in which local farmers were tricked into buying China-made combine harvesters instead of Japan-made ones, said Zaw Ran from the Farmers’ Network to The Daily Eleven on July 2.
— Eleven Myanmar

Refugee repatriation from Thailand continues
The second day of repatriation of the fourth batch of Myanmar nationals from Thailand on 2 July 2019, saw 32 verified Myanmar nationals from Ban Nai Soi welcomed by the Chief Minister of Kayah State Government at the Maese Gate in Kayah State, state media reported.
— Mizzima

State Counsellor speaks at Myanmar Women’s Day event
Nay Pyi Taw celebrated Myanmar Women’s Day at MICC-II yesterday where State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech on the pivotal role of women in society. The event was organized by the Myanmar National Committee for Women (MNCW) and opened with singer Poe Mi performing the theme song of the event.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

State Counsellor receives Chinese Ambassador
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, received Mr Chen Hai, who has recently assumed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 3rd July 2019 at 11.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Over 200 Myanmar refugees pushed back from Mizoram
More than 200 Buddhist refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have been sent back to their villages from south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, an official released said on Wednesday.
— East Mojo

Shwe Mann’s representative sues three including ex-minister, ex-MP
A representative of Thura Shwe Mann has opened a case against the former information minister Ye Htut, former Upper House MP Hla Swe and Bo Bo Kyaw Nyein under section 10 of the Law Protecting the Privacy and Security of Citizens at the Patta Police Station in Pobbathiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw, an on-duty officer from the police station told The Daily Eleven on July 2.
— Eleven Myanmar

Meeting held to review printing, distribution of school textbooks
A meeting was held at the Ministry of Information in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to review the printing, publication, and distribution of school textbooks in the 2019-2020 academic year, and for coordinating the printing and distribution of textbooks for the next academic year.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


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