Myanmar morning news for May 15

Myanmar morning news for May 15
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Myanmar morning newsUN mission urges financial isolation of Myanmar’s military
A United Nations fact-finding mission urged Tuesday that countries cut off all business with Myanmar’s military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses.
— Bangkok Post

Petrol prices anchored by strengthening kyat: officials
The strength of the Myanmar kyat has been a key factor in helping go stabilise local petrol prices at a time when global oil prices have become increasingly volatile.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to buy power from China
Myanmar will buy 1000 MW of electricity from China as a quick solution to an ongoing domestic shortage. It will sell the excess to other countries if needed, said U Soe Myint, deputy permanent secretary from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE).
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar quarry: Chinese road project causes division
For some villagers along Myanmar’s border with Thailand, the promise of a new road is a threat to life as they know it.
— Aljazeera

Myanmar media repression deepens despite release of Reuters pair
There was widespread jubilation last week when two imprisoned Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were unexpectedly included among 6,520 prisoners released in a mass amnesty in Myanmar, but observers say the country’s press situation remains deeply troubled.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Country’s business leaders speak at Myanmar Times economic forum
The Myanmar Times successfully held the talk “Myanmar’s economy towards GE2020 and beyond”, at Wyndham Grand Yangon Hotel on Monday May 13.
— Myanmar Times

State Counsellor receives Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received the delegation led by the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Anti-graft commission urged to look into inmates’ claims about prison corruption
A legislator has urged the Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate accusations by inmates of bribery inside prisons.
— Myanmar Times

Int’l workshop on soil-geographic database underway in Myanmar
An international workshop of ASEAN-Russia Joint Project on developing large-scale soil-geographic databases is underway in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Govt, UN agency launch plan to protect migrants
Myanmar and the International Organization for Migration have launched a second five-year national plan of action on international migration aimed at giving Myanmar migrants access to opportunities and work in other countries.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar-made Yaba tablets worth Rs 85 lakh seized in Tripura
In a joint operation, the BSF and Customs department seized 17,000 Myanmar-made Yaba tablets from a house in Tripura’s Sepahijala district.
— Nenow

U.N. official expresses ‘great concern’ over Rakhine conflict
The U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller Monday expressed great concern about new fighting erupting in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin states, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

4th NCA-S EAO Summit meeting underway in Thailand from 14 to 19 May
The 4th Summit meeting of the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) which have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (4th NCA-S EAO Summit) commenced in Chiang Mai, Thailand, yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

China-Backed Muse-Mandalay Railway to Cost $9 Billion
A feasibility test has been carried out by China and specific details of the construction will be finalized by the end of 2019.
— Irrawaddy

CBM Governor receives French official
U Kyaw Kyaw Maung, Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar received Minister Counsellor of Economic Department for ASEAN countries Embassy of France in Singapore Mr. Frederic Kaplan and entourage at the office of the CBM in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Employment agencies urge break for workers on Thai fee
The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation is urging the Labour Ministry to make it easier for migrant workers to pay the 3600-baht (K174,000) processing fee charged by the Thai government.
— Myanmar Times

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves Thai Baht 1,458.248 mln loan from NEDA
The seventh-day meeting of the Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 12th regular session was held at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Karenni Activists Walk Out of Gov’t Meeting
A speech by the Kayah chief minister caused the rights activists to storm out of the latest round of meetings held to settle disputes over the statue of Gen. Aung San.
— Irrawaddy

NLD says officials need more time to grant media freedom
The government needs more time to grant the media full access to information because many officials are not used to dealing with reporters, according to a senior official of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD).
— Myanmar Times

USDP-Proposed Charter Amendment to be Examined by Panel, Not Parliament
Military MP stood in protest to the legislature’s vote for a proposed amendment to Article 261 to be discussed by the Charter-Amendment Panel.
— Irrawaddy

PTTEP donates $100,000 to Alliance for Smiles for treatment of children with cleft lips and palates
Alliance For Smile said that a child is born with claft lip and palate every three minutes worldwide. This American organization has been providing free treatment and surgery to children and adults with such conditions around the world.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Arakanese in U.S. Protest Myanmar Army Killings of Civilians in Rakhine
About 100 demonstrators gather outside Myanmar Embassy, call for independent probe of possible war crimes over detainee deaths.
— Irrawaddy

President, First Lady, conclude visit to Viet Nam after attending 16th UN Vesak Day celebrations
A Myanmar delegation led by President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho arrived back in Nay Pyi Taw after concluding the working visit to Viet Nam.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Pic story of exotic pet lover in Myanmar
Aung Khant Zaw strokes his pet bearded dragons in Yangon, Myanmar, May 12, 2019. Aung Khant Zaw, an exotic pet lover, grabbed the interest in reptiles in 2015 when he started his collection from a pair of geckos and he has over 50 different kinds of reptiles now.
— Xinhua

MP raises questions over ACC complaints
Upper House MP Myo Win from Mon State No. 8 constituency asked question regarding the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at Union Parliament (joint sitting of both houses) about why 25% of complaint letters received by the commission had no action taken.
— Mizzima

Mon State suspends elections
The Mon State government has suspended municipal elections in 10 townships and said it wants to focus instead on economic development.
— Myanmar Times

Talk on Role of Women Leaders in Increasing Public Resistance to Adversity held in Nay Pyi Taw
Vice President U Henry Van Thio’s wife Dr. Shwe Hlwan delivered an opening speech at a talk on “Role of Women Leaders in Increasing Resistance to Adversity” held at the Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Can No Longer Afford to Ignore the Threat of Nationalism
With an election looming, we can only expect their hate-mongering to intensify.
— Irrawaddy

Japan retailer Aeon opens hypermarket in Thanlyin
Japanese retail giant Aeon Co opened a hypermarket in Thanlyin township, Yangon Region, on Friday, seeking to cash in on the growing retail sector in Myanmar’s emerging economy.
— Myanmar Times


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This week’s Myanmar morning news photo features Vesak Day, May 18.


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