Myanmar morning news for July 9

Myanmar morning news for July 9
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Myanmar morning newsExport of manufactured goods exceeds over US$400 million
Myanmar’s export of manufactured goods has exceeded over US$400 million during the week between 22 and 28 June, increasing by nearly $155 million, or more than 60 per cent, from this time last 2017-2018 Fiscal Year, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Oil and gas sector stands top FDI list
From 1988-1989 FY to 2018-2019 FY, the government gave the greenlight to 1725 investments worth over 80.234 billion USD, with the oil and gas sector topping the list, according to the figures released by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar earns US$1.2 B more from border trade
Myanmar earned US$1.2 billion more from border trade within nine months of this fiscal year compared with the same period in last fiscal year despite lowered trade t the Muse border trade center, according to statistics from the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Dozens of boat people found stranded in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Official
More than 60 people were found stranded near a boat in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, an official said Monday (Jul 8), as a trafficking route for persecuted Rohingya Muslims appears open for business despite a crackdown.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar Charges Arakan Army Leadership Under Counter-Terrorism Law
The Myanmar Police Force has filed charges against four top leaders of the rebel Arakan Army (AA) along with several residents of Kyaung Taung village under the country’s Counter-Terrorism Law amid ongoing fighting between government forces and the ethnic military in western Myanmar’s war-torn Rakhine state, a court attorney said Monday.
— Radio Free Asia

How solar micro-grids are powering Myanmar’s villages
Villages in Myanmar are taking electricity generation into their own hands, turning to solar micro-grids to power their homes.
— GovInsider

Bangkok Airways expresses interest in opening routes to Bagan
Bangkok Airways, a Thai regional airline, is interested in opening a direct route between Bangkok and Bagan, which has just been accorded the World Heritage Site status by UNESCO.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar exports over $1.6 mln metric tons of rice as of 14 June
Over 1.68 million metric tons of rice and broken rice were exported to foreign countries in the eight and half months of current fiscal year, earning US$512.47 million, according to Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Low-cost housing problems at Yuzana
Apartments in the Yuzana housing project, a low-cost residential complex in Yangon’s Dagon Seikkan township, first went on sale to the public in March 2016. The project was developed by the Department of Urban and Housing Development (DUHD).
— Myanmar Times

Master Plan Prepared For Chinese-Backed Kachin Economic Zone: State Minister
A feasibility study and deep discussions between Kachin State officials and a Chinese company are now underway, despite criticisms over a lack of transparency.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar state media calls for preserving ancient city for generations
Myanmar’s ancient city Bagan will be preserved for generations over the next thousands of years under the protection and management of the international community, said state media the Global New Light of Myanmar in its editorial Monday.
— Xinhua

Over 400 Chinese citizens working in Kachin State with three-month stays
A total of 438 Chinese citizens are working in Kachin State with green cards, according to Security and Border Affairs Ministry for Kachin State.
— Eleven Myanmar

Discussion held on China-Myanmar Sustainable Development Cooperation
A discussion on China-Myanmar Sustainable Development Cooperation under the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor jointly organized by Yunnan University Myanmar Studies Institute and Myanmar Affairs Study Group was held at Lotte Hotel, Yangon yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Kookmin Bank seeking to enter Myanmar
KB Kookmin Bank is seeking to enter the Myanmar market, the bank said Monday. “We’re planning to apply for a banking license as soon as the notification is made by Myanmar’s financial authorities,” a KB Kookmin Bank official said.
— Korea Times

UEC, IRI sign MoU on promoting inclusiveness in 2020 general elections
Union Election Commission-UEC and International Republican Institute-IRI signed an MoU on promoting inclusiveness in the 2020 general elections yesterday at the UEC office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The signing ceremony was attended by Chairman U Hla Thein and members of the commission and officials from the UEC office.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Start-up offers a Myanmar solution for betel-chewers
If you’ve walked around Yangon, you would have noticed red stains on the streets and walls and seen people spitting red juice that resembles blood from buses, cars, or while walking. These are the bad habits of betel nut chewers, which the country is trying to eradicate.
— Myanmar Times

MoI holds Media and Information Literacy course in Nay Pyi Taw
An opening ceremony of Media and Information Literacy course No 1 conducted by, Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) of the Ministry of Information was held at IPRD head office training school (Dekhinathiri), Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Joint Committee on Amending 2008 Constitution holds meeting 22/2019
Meeting 22/2019 of the Joint Committee on Amending the 2008 Constitution was held at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Building D in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Govt Accuses Opposition, Nationalists of Scaremongering on Issue of Adoption
USDP, others exploiting public’s lack of knowledge of Children’s Rights Law, claiming amendments will lead to citizenship for foreigners, President’s Office says.
— Irrawaddy

Red Cross aims to train five million to build resilient communities
The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) aims to get five million people from all over the country to participate in building “resilient communities” from this year to 2025, a senior official of the group said.
— Myanmar Times

Commerce Dy Minister attends trade meetings in Geneva, Switzerland
A Myanmar delegation led by Deputy Minister for Commerce U Aung Htoo attended fifty-third annual meeting of the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) on the International Trade Centre (ITC) on 2 July and 7th Global Review of Aid for Trade 2019 meeting and related meetings from 3 to 5 July in Geneva, Switzerland.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar tree-planting campaign launched for Laudato si’ anniversary
Campaign part of initiative to motivate communities to take responsibility for their shared environment
— UCA News

NDAA guarantees controlled regions free from narcotics
Some leaders of National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) claims that Mongla, Hsilu and Nampan areas in Eastern Shan State Special Region (4) are now totally free from narcotic drugs.
— Eleven Myanmar

Can Myanmar attract more tourists?
Eased visa requirements for citizens from six countries are the latest in a string of visa relaxation policies that Myanmar has rolled out in a bid to boost tourism amidst fall-out from the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
— The Asean Post

Four Palaung in Military Detention Two Weeks and Counting
Despite pleas from civil society organizations and the detainee’s own parents, four Palaung youths in northern Shan State–two fresh out of the monkhood–remain in custody.
— Irrawaddy

Three Chinese dead from accident in Pyawbwe
Three Chinese citizens were found dead while one was seriously injured in an accident while connecting the national power grid in Pyawbwe Township, Mandalay Region on July 6, sources said.
— Eleven Myanmar

Issuing more quarry licenses will help govt increase revenue: trade body
The Sagaing Region government will generate more income for development work if it starts issuing more permits to businesses engaged in quarry industry for construction purposes, said U Kyaw Tin, the chairman of the Construction Stone Sellers’ Association, Sagaing Region.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

K160 m spent on Homalin rural development
K160 million has been spent on a rural development project in Homalin Township of Sagaing Region.
— Eleven Myanmar

Two Dead in Rakhine Border Post Attack
An unknown group of assailants ambushed a security border post in northern Maungdaw Township Sunday, killing two. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
— Irrawaddy

Architectural Design Presentation on Diplomatic Academy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Honorary Awarding Ceremony held in Yangon
The ceremony of Architectural Design Presentation on the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yangon and Honorary Awarding Ceremony was held at Wyndham Grand Hotel, Yangon at 10:30 am yesterday, followed by lunch jointly hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Homes Set Ablaze After Fighting in N. Rakhine
Amyet Taung residents, in Rakhine State’s Rathedaung Township, have fled, accusing the Tatmadaw of burning down their homes–accusations the Tatmadaw denies.
— Irrawaddy

IC submits Myitsone dam report to president, but no reply comes out from govt
A report on multi-billion dollar Myitsone dam submitted to the president by the Investigation Committee of Myitsone Dam has been long over one year, but no reply as of yet from the government, said Dr. Khet Aung, Kachin Chief Minister, who is also a member of the Investigation Committee of Myitsone Dam.
— Eleven Myanmar

One killed, thousands displaced in refugee camp landslides
Monsoon-triggered landslides in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh have killed one person and left more than 4,500 homeless, aid officials said Sunday.
— Mizzima

47-member leading committee of 8th State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee holds 2nd meeting
The 8th State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee held its second meeting at the Wizaya Mingalar Dhammathabin Hall on Kaba Aye Hill in Yangon yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Shan in Karen State ‘Have Someone to Help Them’
Ethnic Shan lawmaker launches bid to establish a Shan ethnic affairs minister constituency in the Karen legislature.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar thanakha products to be exhibited at Thai expo
The Myanmar Thanakha Planters, Producers, and Exporters’ Association will display and sell thanakha products (paste, logs, stumps) at the Thailand Natural Product expo in Bangkok, according to U Kyaw Moe, the president of the association.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


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