Myanmar morning news for June 18

Myanmar morning news for June 18
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar: UN threatens to withdraw aid over ‘policy of apartheid’ against Rohingya
The United Nations in Myanmar has warned it will withdraw support in Rakhine state to avoid complicity in a government “policy of apartheid” for Rohingya Muslims.
— The Guardian

Jade export earnings decline by over 260 m USD in eight months
During eight months of this fiscal year, Myanmar earned over 340 million US dollars from exports of over 1,500 tons of jade, down 260.768 million USD, compared with the same period last year, said an official of the Commerce Ministry.
— Eleven Myanmar

Grab sees higher growth with more services in Myanmar
With more people in Myanmar getting used to using mobile applications in their day-to-day activities, Grab Holdings Inc is fully confident that it will enjoy a healthier growth in the months to come, according to Cindy Toh, Grab’s country head for Myanmar.
— The Nation

Myanmar to export recycled plastic pellets
Myanmar will be exporting recycled plastic pellets to China under a new agreement, according to an industry body.
— Myanmar Times

Sittway farmers granted over K13 bln in loans for growing rice in rain-fed fields
The Myanma Agricultural Development Bank has disbursed more than K13 billion in loans to farmers in Sittway Township for planting rice in rain-fed fields this year. “Out of the 26 Village-tracts in the township, farmers from 24 Village-tracts have obtained loans at K150,000 per acre so far.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s national blood center provides 438,000 units of blood in 2018
Myanmar’s National Blood Center in Yangon provided 438,000 units of blood in 2018, according to a high ranking Myanmar health official.
— Xinhua

Myanmar Business Environment Index: six key takeaways
The first Myanmar Business Environment Index (MBEI) has been published by the Asia Foundation, with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development.
— Myanmar Times

Minor Hotels introduces Avani and Oaks brands to Yangon, Myanmar
Minor Hotels, a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of more than 520 hotels in 53 countries, will debut its Avani and Oaks brands in Yangon, Myanmar, with the development of two hotels as part of a management agreement with Kajima Yankin, a wholly-capitalized subsidiary of Kajima Overseas Asia.
— Travel Daily Media

Trade body seeks more use of soybean oil
Efforts are being made to reduce Myanmar’s reliance on palm oil, the most popular vegetable oil in the country, according to the Myanmar Edible Oil Millers Association.
— Myanmar Times

10,000 tons of rice stockpiled at Muse to be sent to China: traders
Preparations are under way to export 10,000 tons of the total rice stockpiled at the Muse gate to China, said U Min Thein, the vice chair of the Muse rice depot.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Tourism Ministry Orders Industry Dedollarization
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism issued its second call for hotel and tour operators to stop accepting payment in US dollars, frustrating some small businesses.
— Irrawaddy

Results of fish survey set to be released
The result of studies conducted last year by scientists on a Norwegian research vessel will be released within the next couple of months, the Department of Fisheries has announced.
— Myanmar Times

Minister takes stock of development works in Myitta Township
The Taninthayi Region Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, U Hla Htway, inspected a mining site operated by Myanmar Pongpipat Co. Ltd at Heinda Village in Myitta Township of Taninthayi Region on Sunday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Total, Siemens propose scaled-back LNG project in Tanintharyi
The European consortium behind a 1,230-megawatt power project in Tanintharyi Region has proposed scaling back its plans amid stalled talks with the government over financial terms.
— Frontier Myanmar

What’s next after Yangon’s constitutional reform?
Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is preparing for an audacious attempt to change the constitution. The final steps are being taken before the plans are revealed to the parliament and the people.
— Bangkok Post

State Counsellor receives Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister
H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar received H.E. Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue, Deputy Prime Minister and Member of the Politburo Committee of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on 17 June.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Central Bank Governor receives Vietnamese State Bank delegation
U Kyaw Kyaw Maung, Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), received a delegation from the State Bank of Viet Nam led by its Deputy Governor, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hong, at CBM’s Gangaw Hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The State Counselor Keeps Her Former Enemies Close
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s letter of condolence to former dictator U Than Shwe on the loss of his son-in-law has caused a stir, but it should come as no surprise.
— Irrawaddy

‘Operation Sunrise 2’: How Myanmar Army is trying to secure Kaladan project
India and Myanmar Armies carried out a three week long joint coordinated operation from May 16 in their respective borders, targeting many militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam.
— DNA India

By keeping Rohingya issue unresolved, Myanmar is inciting jihad
The international community should have applied massive pressure on Myanmar by imposing sanctions for Naypyitaw’s dilly-dally in resolving the Rohingya crisis.
— Weekly Blitz

Panel clears Tatmadaw in deaths of six villagers
The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) has ruled that the deaths of several people from the village of Kyauktan near Rathedaung township in Rakhine State were not tied to human rights violations.
— Myanmar Times

Blood centre starts donation campaign to ensure adequate hospital supplies
The National Blood Center of Myanmar (NBC) has started its Team 99 Campaign to ensure adequate blood supplies for 14 hospitals in Yangon Region, a senior health official says.
— Myanmar Times

President U Win Myint addresses Finance Commission meeting 3/2019
President U Win Myint, Chairman of the Finance Commission, addressed the Finance Commission meeting 3/2019 held yesterday morning at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw. President U Win Myint said that the Finance Commission meeting was held to discuss and approve fiscal year 2019-2020 Union Budget and fiscal year 2019-2020.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Upgrading the crocodile farm
In the middle of a busy industrial zone, sandwiched between factories and a river, are the welcoming blue arches of Thaketa Crocodile Farm.
— Myanmar Times

President emphasizes effective planning to reduce unnecessary expenditures
President U Win Myint, Chairman of the National Planning Commission (NPC), addressed the commission’s meeting (1/2019) held at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s Hardline Monks Rail Against Rohingya and Suu Kyi
Ultra-nationalist monks in Myanmar accepted a cash donation from the military on Monday while condemning Aung San Suu Kyi and her government for allowing Rohingya Muslims to enter the country “illegally.”
— The Globe Post

2 Myanmar nationals dead, 5 treated after consuming home brew
Two Myanmar men died and five are receiving treatment for methanol poisoning after consuming homemade brew here.
— New Straits times

Activists call for justice in villager’s death at protest
Activists and politicians met on Sunday to discuss the death of a villager at the May 14-15 protest against a coal-fired cement plant project near Mandalay city.
— Myanmar Times

Union Minister for Hotel and Tourism calls for community-based tourism development in Shan State
Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism and Chairman of the Tourism Committee, U Ohn Maung, attended meeting (2/2019) of the Shan State Border Area Tourism Committee (SSBATC) held at the State cabinet office on 15 June.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon Military Chief Donates Nearly $20,000 to Buddhist Nationalist Group
Offering comes amid a vocal campaign by the group, which includes denouncing the govt over sedition case against firebrand fugitive monk U Wirathu.
— Irrawaddy

The struggles of Myanmar’s ‘sea gypsies’
The population of Myanmar’s Salone (also known as the Moken people) has dwindled dramatically in recent decades. Only an estimated 1,700 remain today, down from about 17,000 in 1980.
— UCA News

Indo-Myanmar operations against insurgents to continue
‘Operation Sunrise’, a coordinated counter-insurgency operation by the armies of India and Myanmar that has targeted several militant groups from the Northeast will continue.
— Nenow

Most charges against journalists filed by civil servants: Athan
Since the current government took office, the number of lawsuits against journalists has reached 36, and 52 journalists are facing trials. Most of cases are charges filed by the civil servants, according to the statement issued by the Athan group on June 15.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Man Serving 10 Years for Explosives Offense Dies in Bangladesh Prison
Yasir Arafat declared dead in hospital after experiencing chest pain; he and two Myanmar accomplices were also linked to a deadly blast in India in 2014.
— Irrawaddy

Paper reading on translation from Myanmar into English to be held in August
A paper reading session on translating from Myanmar into English will be held in the last week of August at the head office of the News and Periodicals Enterprise on Theinbyu Road in Yangon. A second coordination meeting on conducting the event was held at the Printing and Publishing Department on Theinbyu Road in Yangon..
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Myanmar Now Editor Requested
Witnesses for the plaintiff–two of whom are on the run from the law–have repeatedly failed to appear in court.
— Irrawaddy


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