Myanmar morning news for June 4

Myanmar morning news for June 4

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar to implement sky train project in Yangon, calls public cooperation
Myanmar’s Yangon regional government is planning to implement a sky train project in Yangon, calling on public cooperation to ensure the accomplishment in a legal format, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications Monday.
— Xinhua

Trade deficit falls for first time since 2013, says govt
Myanmar’s trade deficit, which had been rising since the 2012-13 fiscal year, has been successfully reduced thanks to the efforts of the National League for Democracy-led government, said Deputy Minister of Commerce U Aung Htoo.
— Myanmar Times

Authorities, NGOs to launch low-cost housing for squatters in six months in Yangon Region
The Yangon Region Government is planning to launch a low-cost housing project for squatters in the region in the next six months. It plans to give priority to those who are in urgent need of accommodation so that they can buy homes on instalment and live with dignity.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar mangoes fetch good prices
Myanmar mangoes from central Myanmar region get good prices through exports to the Chinese market. The Muse 105th mile border trade zone sees an inflow of around 200 mango-loaded trucks a day.
— Eleven Myanmar

Inflation rate on goods rises
The annual rate of inflation in Myanmar, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), reached 7.51 per cent in March, up from 7.28 per cent in April, according to a report released recently by the Central Statistical Organization (CSO), under the Ministry of Planning and Finance.
— Mizzima

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Six more countries to get visas on arrival
Myanmar will grant visa-on-arrival to six more countries beginning Oct. 1 as a relaxation of restrictions on entry into the country, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

Govt to introduce more control in jade mining sector
The authorities are expected to limit the issue of new licenses for jade mining in the future, said U Aung Nyunt Thein, managing director of Myanmar Gems Enterprise, which is under the remit of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.
— Myanmar Times

MPs to visit tissue-culture banana farms in Kachin
A committee of the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) will visit tissue-culture banana plantations in Kachin State that have been the scene of conflicts between growers and residents, according to the committee’s chair.
— Myanmar Times

Military Says It Tolerated UWSA Parade for Sake of Peace
The Myanmar military put up with the United Wa State Army (UWSA)’s grand-scale military parade in April for the sake of the peace process, despite the fact that the group acted as if it were a parallel government and parallel army, said military (or Tatmadaw) spokesperson Major-General Soe Naing Oo.
— Irrawaddy

Christians among groups targeted by Myanmar armed forces
In a new report, human rights watchdog Amnesty International indicted Myanmar’s government of war crimes and called upon the international community to respond.
— Mnn Online

New fuel storage farm opens in Mandalay
A tank facility capable of storing nine million litres of fuel has been officially opened in Mandalay Region.
— Myanmar Times

The jade mining crisis
Weak laws and the government’s failure to regulate jade mining companies contributed to the deaths of 54 miners after one of more than 20 tailings dams at Hpakant collapsed.
— Frontier Myanmar

Want development not joint operation: Naga students’ body of Myanmar
Naga Students Organization of Myanmar urges both governments in India and Myanmar to let people of Naga Self Administered Zone live peacefully.
— Ne Now

Operations against NSCN-K to continue
The Tatmadaw said it will continue its operations against the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) and Indian insurgent groups working from its soil, News18 reported.
— Mizzima

Domestic oil prices remain low on weak global cues
With oil prices continuing to fall in the global market on the back of the escalating trade war between US and China, domestic oil prices remained below K1,000 for one litre in the end of May and early June, according to the local oil market.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Four Villagers Killed, Six Injured in New Fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
Four villagers were killed and six injured in fighting between ethnic Arakan Army soldiers and government troops in Myanmar’s Rakhine state beginning Sunday, with more than 800 villagers now sheltering in Buddhist monasteries, local residents said.
— Radio Free Asia

UEHRD, APC discuss Peace University’s efforts in Rakhine State
The Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Dr. Win Myat Aye, received delegations from the International Relations Task Force of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State (UEHRD) and Singapore-based Asia Philanthropy Circle.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar gem hunters rush to ‘land of rubies’ after law change
Myanmar’s famed “pigeon-blood” rubies, the most expensive precious coloured stones in the world, are found near the city of Mogok in the central part of the country.
— South China Morning post

Bangladesh not cooperating with Myanmar in returnees issue: Minister
Myanmar is ready to accept returnees but Bangladesh is not cooperating with Myanmar officials, said Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for State Counsellor’s Office.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Over 1,000 cyclists take part in World Bicycle Day event
More than 1,000 cyclists from Yangon participated in an event yesterday to mark World Bicycle Day, which falls on 3 June. The cycling event kicked off at Baganlone Island, near Karaweik, Kandawgyi garden around 6 a.m. yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Fresh Clashes Break Out in N. Rakhine
The Arakan Army and Myanmar military offer differing numbers of the dead and injured in ongoing clashes that broke out Sunday afternoon along the Laymyo River.
— Irrawaddy

‘75% Rohingya babies born in unsafe condition’
Save the Children, an aid agency, has claimed that around 75 percent Rohingya babies are born in unsafe and unhygienic makeshift shelters, putting lives of both mother and children at a great risk.
— The Daily Star

USDP Vows to Bring Back Security-Related Laws if Reelected
The USDP chairperson said his party will bring back a number of security laws abolished by the NLD should it win the 2020 general election.
— Irrawaddy

Second Amyotha Hluttaw 12th regular session holds 14th day meeting
At the 14th day meeting of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s 12th regular session held yesterday morning at Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall, asterisk marked questions were raised and answered, bills discussed and a report on a bill read.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s drug haven sees a surge in production
As the International Crisis Group (ICG) report “Fire and Ice: Conflict and Drugs in Myanmar’s Shan State” makes clear, drugs are big business for the players in this northeastern state.
— BNI Online

Czech Prime Minister officially welcomes State Counsellor with Guard of Honour
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is in Prague, the Czech Republic, was given an official welcome by Prime Minister Mr. Andrej Babiš at his residence at 10:30 am local standard time yesterday. Firstly, the State Counsellor was greeted cordially by the Czech Prime Minister upon arrival.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

China tourism, culture week inaugurated in Myanmar
The China Tourism and Culture Week was inaugurated in Yangon on Monday, with the aim of deepening exchanges and cooperation in the sectors of tourism and culture as well as promoting friendship between peoples of the two countries.
— Xinhua

New school year begins across the nation
The new school year started across Myanmar yesterday, with many parents sending off their children to school amid much excitement. In the 2019-2020 Academic Year, children aged 5 will enrol in Kindergarten and kids aged 6 will start Grade 1.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Manufacturing Sector Accelerates In May – Nikkei
The manufacturing sector in Myanmar continued to contract in May, and at a faster rate, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Monday with a manufacturing PMI score of 54.2.
— Forex Tv

Tatmadaw is extremely patient with the undertakings of “Wa”
The Tatmadaw is extremely patient even though the military parade of the “Wa” amounts to building a parallel government and a parallel “Tatmadaw”, said Major General Soe Naing Oo, the Chair of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team, at a press conference on the Tatmadaw’s public welfare services and local peace in Nay Pyi Taw on June 2.
— Eleven Myanmar

Mon State Schools to Offer Classes in Mon Language During Regular Hours
Ethnic leaders welcome move but voice disappointment that Mon teachers will not be full-time, salaried employees.
— Irrawaddy

Chinese doctors help Myanmar patients regain vision
Eleven impoverished patients from the Myanmar border town of Muse have regained their vision after receiving free eye surgery from Chinese doctors through a bilateral friendship program.
— Mizzima

Hpa-Ann reigns in Miss Universe Myanmar pageant
Dazzled by yellow stage lights, amidst a colorful and ever-changing backdrop the Miss Universe contestants took the stage again. Wearing gorgeous gowns and pearl tiaras, pink bikinis and golden sashes, the contestants captured the audience’s attention again last Friday night, at the Hotel Max.
— Myanmar Times

Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker receives ROK Ambassador
The Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw, U T Khun Myat, held a meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Lee Sang-hwa, at the Pyithu Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Officials from the Pyithu Hluttaw Office were present as well.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Naypyitaw Mothers Concerned Over Alleged Nursery Rape
As word spread online that police were investigating the alleged rape of a toddler, the toddler’s nursery school shut down its Facebook page. Parents have questions.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi is set to hold talks with the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, in Prague on Monday. The politician arrived in the city on Saturday and had a private programme at the weekend. She and Mr. Babiš are expected to discuss mutual relations, economic cooperation, Czech development projects in Myanmar and human rights issues.
— Radio


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