Myanmar morning news for June 6

Myanmar morning news for June 6
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Myanmar morning newsConsolidation expected in banking industry as competition heats up
The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) believes that allowing foreign banks into the retail-banking sector will drive consolidation in the local banking industry and make available a larger pool of funds for growth.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar, UN to launch mine risk education scheme for disability prevention
Myanmar and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are planning to launch mine risk education scheme for prevention of disabilities as part of state level schemes for implementation of persons with disabilities.
— Xinhua

Insurgents’ landmines cause damage to bridge, road in Myanmar western state
Some seven improvised explosive devices, planted by an insurgent group, the Arakan Army (AA), have exploded on a highway in Rakhine state, causing damage to a bridge and the road, according to Myanmar Police Force Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Reforms aim to improve social security system
The Social Security Board says it is cooperating with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to implement an all-inclusive social security system in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Re-examining Ethnic Identity in Myanmar
Since its independence from Britain in 1948, the country of Burma, also known as Myanmar, has experienced decades of armed conflict focused on issues related to ethnic identity.
— Reliefweb

VP U Myint Swe addresses 3rd Myanmar-EU Economic Forum
The Third Myanmar-EU Economic Forum was held at Kempinski Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. In his speech, the Vice President said holding this economic forum for the third time was a firm indication of Myanmar and EU’s strengthened cooperation.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar to Grant Visa-On-Arrival for Six More Countries
Upon approval, visitors from Australia, Spain, Italy, Russia, Switzerland and Germany will be allowed to apply for a 30-day tourist visa in the country at a cost of $50.
— Irrawaddy

Narcotics worth over 178.8 million kyats seized
Myanmar authorities seized narcotic drugs worth over 178.8 million kyats (119,240 U.S. dollars) in northernmost Kachin state, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

Sowing the seeds of growth in Myanmar
Once the rice bowl of Asia, even today, agriculture continues to be a vital contributor to Myanmar’s economy.The sector provides employment to about 53 percent of the country’s labor force and is a source of livelihood for about 70 percent of the rural population.It also contributes almost 38 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, GDP.
— Myanmar Times

Non-profit to deliver bicycles to Myanmar’s rural children
10,000 bicycles from failed bike-sharing companies ofo and oBike will be given as gifts for needy students in Myanmar, The Straits Times reported.
— Mizzima

UNFPA says sexual, reproductive health services to Rohingyas not adequate
The chief of health of the UNFPA Bangladesh has said that the sexual and reproductive health services are not adequate to the Rohingya community living in Cox’s Bazar, seeking more international support.
— BD News 24

Myanmar police held for crystal meth switch
A Myanmar policeman has been arrested after switching 64kg of seized crystal meth with salts loosely resembling the party drug known as “ICE”, officials said on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Myanmar may resume bean exports to India in June
Myanmar may resume pulse and bean exports to India in the second week of June, said U Min Ko Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Pulses, Beans & Sesame Seeds Merchants Association.
— Myanmar Times

Facebook Urged to Remove Military-Linked Co. Pages
Burma Campaign UK has made a strong plea to ban nearly 30 organizations and companies affiliated with the military over its actions against the Rohingya.
— Irrawaddy

The war for truth in Myanmar’s cyberspace
On February 20, a stream of photos of arrived via WhatsApp. The first was of a young woman with the traditional thanakha tree bark paste carefully applied on her cheeks. She was resting her chin on her palm and smiling sweetly at the camera: the sort of photo a loved one might keep as their phone background.
— Codastory

Thais agree to send back 47 migrants
Thailand’s police force has agreed to transfer 47 Myanmar migrants workers who tried to enter Malaysia via the Thai border with the assistance of people smugglers, the Myanmar Labour Attaché Office in Bangkok said on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar officials attend Tel Aviv weapons expo
Representatives of Myanmar’s military were in attendance at Israel’s “largest, government-supported security and weapons conference in Tel Aviv” on Tuesday, reported +972 Magazine.
— Middle east Monitor

Myanmar announces national environment and climate change policies to mark World Environment Day 2019
The Government of Myanmar today announced its vision for the country’s environmental protection and climate action, launching two new policies that will guide Myanmar’s environmental management and climate change strategy.
— UN Environment

President U Win Myint attends World Environment Day 2019
The World Environment Day for 2019 was observed in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with an opening address by President U Win Myint. In his opening address, the President said the World Environment Day, on 5 June 2019 is the most important day for highlighting environmental conservation around the world.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar entrepreneur buys unused bicycles for poor children
When bicycle-sharing company oBike pulled out of Singapore abruptly last year, leaving the city with unattended bicycles rusting away in parks and public spaces, Myanmar entrepreneur Mike Than Tun Win saw the perfect opportunity to turn trash into treasure.
— Bangkok Post

State Counselor Touts Myanmar’s ‘Final Frontier’ Market to Czech Investors
‘You will not be disappointed,’ she tells participants at Czech-Myanmar Business Forum in Prague.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar exposes 1,845 drug trafficking cases in Yangon region in single year
Myanmar authorities exposed a total of 1,845 drug trafficking and related cases in Yangon region in 2018 alone, according to the report of Yangon Region Government’s third year tenure on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Both Houses of Thai Parliament Convene to Vote for New PM
The vote will officially restore civilian rule after more than five years under junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is nominated to stay in power by a coalition.
— Irrawaddy

MOFA, CCPR jointly organize awareness raising workshop on International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
The awareness raising workshop on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Centre for Civil and Political Rights based in Geneva, is being held in Nay Pyi Taw from 5 to 6.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar, Hungary see migration as ‘greatest challenge’
Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban both view migration as “one of the greatest challenges” currently facing their countries and Europe and South East Asia in general, the government in Budapest said on Wednesday.
— France 24

White roses offer Eid solidarity to Muslims
Buddhists handed out white roses to Muslims heading to pray Wednesday to mark the end of Ramadan as part of a solidarity campaign launched in the wake of nationalists’ attempts to shut down mosques in Yangon.
— Frontier Myanmar

State Counsellor meets with Hungarian PM, FM separately
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Prime Minister Mr. Viktor Orbán of Hungary in Budapest yesterday. Before the talks, Prime Minister Mr. Viktor Orbán conducted the State Counsellor around the Prime Minister’s office and they enjoyed the scenic views of the Danube River from the.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Cement Factory Protester Dies in Custody
A Myanmar villager arrested in May for protesting the construction of a Chinese-backed cement factory in the country’s central Mandalay region has died in police custody, sources in the region said.
— Radio Free Asia

May YSX Stock trading value registered the highest this year
Stock trading of 275,325 shares by five companies listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) in May reached a five-month high of K1.4 billion, according to YSX monthly report.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Village Leaders in Myanmar’s Kyauktaw Resign, Citing Military Arrests
Over 40 village administrators in the Kyauktaw township of Myanmar’s Rakhine state resigned their posts on Tuesday to protest the arrests of colleagues by military forces, saying that civilian workers suspected of involvement with the rebel Arakan Army should be investigated only in cooperation with civilian departments.
— Radio Free Asia

Conservationists struggle to bring Arakan forest turtles back from extinction
The Arakan forest turtle, one of the world’s rarest turtle species, is being conserved in Gwa, as the number of turtles rose to 50 this year, having increased from just five in 2005. The International Union for Conservation of Nature-IUCN regard the Arakan forest turtle as a critically endangered.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Naga Armed Group Refuse to Sign NCA
“We want to get our own independence. The Naga [people] will fight until their last breath,” said the NSCN-K public relations officer.
— Irrawaddy


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