Myanmar morning news for May 3

Myanmar morning news for May 3
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Myanmar morning newsPrivate Sector Development Committee meets for raising Ease of Doing Business Ranking
Vice President U Myint Swe who is also the Chairman of the Private Sector Development Committee attended and addressed the 9th coordination meeting of the Private Sector Development Committee (PSDC) held in the meeting room of the Ministry of Commerce yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar army kills six ethnic Rakhine detainees as violence worsens
Myanmar’s army said it shot dead six detainees in a village school Thursday (May 2) while holding 275 men on suspicion of being Rakhine rebels, as fears over military impunity grow in the escalating fighting.
— Channel NewsAsia

Successive governments have been weak in reducing unemployment rates – NUP
National Unity Party (NUP) said on the occasion of International Workers’ Day that successive governments had weaknesses in reducing unemployment though the constitution has provision for doing so.
— Mizzima

CBM raises annual credit card rates to 20pc
The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has raised annual credit card interest rates to 20 percent from 13pc as it wants to control unsecured lending operations, an official from the CBM told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Cambodia, Myanmar Could Face Difficulties In Enhancing Trade, Expert Says
Following Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Cambodia, the two countries agreed to enhance trade relations. A diplomatic affairs expert noted that there could be stumbling blocks along the way.
— Business Times

Funds for hydro upgrades in Myanmar
Five hydropower plants are to be upgraded in Myanmar following the approval of a €35.7 million loan from the French Development Agency (AFD), the Myanmar Times has reported.
— Water power magazine

More US investments headed to Myanmar, trade federation says
The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) expects more investments from the US to be channelled to Myanmar, U Zaw Min Win, chair of the UMFCCI, tells the Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s eVisa goes multi-lingual
Myanmar introduced multi-language versions of its eVisa website last week, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
— TTR Weekly

Number of inpatients at govt hospitals grows by a million
The number of patients staying at government-run hospitals across the country rose by over 1 million in the past five years, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Myanmar Times

China grants US$148 million for development projects
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi returned this week from a visit to China with a grant of 1 billion yuan (US$148 million) for development projects, while her spokesman said a controversial Chinese dam project on the Irrawaddy River was not on the agenda, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

Northeast rebels face heat after operations in Myanmar
Militants from Northeast are facing heat following the operation launched in Myanmar. Several militants belonging to anti-talk faction of ULFA are coming back and surrendering in Assam.
— Economic Times

Steel rails for Yangon-Mandalay railroad arrive at Yangon Port
The Myanma Railway is making efforts to ensure efficient rail transport with the help of the country’s development partner Japan. As part of the collaboration, steel rails for laying alongside the Yangon-Mandalay railroad were brought in from Japan and unloaded at Yangon Port yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Why Myanmar villagers still engage in illegal logging of mangroves
Just as dawn was breaking on a balmy morning this past January, U Khin Win left his home with a pair of black rubber boots and a sickle. He met his friend, U Tin Hla, who was filling up the tank of their small, rickety motorboat on the riverbank.
— Mongabay

What’s in the EU Myanmar Arms Embargo Extension?
The development highlighted Europe’s ongoing approach to engaging the country in this realm amid significant challenges.
— The Diplomat

The Struggle Continues for Myanmar Migrants in Thailand
Myanmar migrant workers and advocacy groups in Thailand have called for their rights to minimum wages, safety at work, better accesses to social security and smoother work permit and visa extension application processes on International Labor Day, or May Day.
— The irrawaddy

More power projects under way
Construction works for electricity projects that will electrify more than 75,000 households in seven regions and states, will complete within one and a half year, said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy Win Khaing, at a ceremony to sign the contracts with tender-winning companies for the construction of power grids for the National Electrification Plan (NEP) being implemented with the World Bank’s loan on April 30.
— Eleven Myanmar

President’s €35.7M Hydropower Loan Plan Presented to Union Parliament
The 20-year loan from a French agency would aid repairs on five hydropower plants throughout Myanmar as cities face blackouts and plants see water shortages.
— Irrawaddy

MoHS holds workshop on improving national supply chain
A workshop on the Development of a Strategic Plan for the Country’s Supply Chain was held at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Local tourism sector sees bright prospects
Local tourism sector sees good prospects as the tourist arrivals has increased by 23 per cent in January and February, this year, said Union Minister for Hotel and Tourism Ohn Maung.
— Eleven Myanmar

Army Says 6 Villagers Shot Dead in Detention in N. Rakhine
Eight also shot and wounded after hundreds rounded up for interrogation in Rathedaung Township.
— Irrawaddy

Unions seek say in labour laws as thousands mark May Day
Thousands of workers across the country marched to join the global celebration of International Workers Day on Wednesday as labour organisations urged the government to respect workers by giving them a say in amending labour laws.
— Myanmar Times

Acting UN Resident welcomes the ceasefire extension
Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Knut Ostby welcomes the announcement by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services of a ceasefire extension from 1 May to 30 June 2019.
— Mizzima

e-Government Implementation Committee holds third coordination meeting
The third coordination meeting of the e-Government Implementation Committee was held at the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar rocket festival fires up
Clad in elaborate headdresses representing dragons and wizards, Myanmar’s ethnic Pa’O fire huge, homemade rockets into the sky – an annual call for plentiful rains and a chance for a windfall of cash.
— The Asean Post

MoPF: Administering monetary, fiscal policies and national planning; Implementing projects under Myanmar’s Sustainable Development
“The Myanma Economic Bank and Myanma Agriculture and Development Bank loaned a total of k166 billion to 3733 persons through the Myanmar agro-businesses and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) within the last financial year.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Hyderabad: Man from Myanmar gets Indian passport
A Myanmar national who entered the country illegally has managed to obtain an Indian passport with the help of an Aadhaar card with a local address on it. The Cyberabad police, after receiving a tip about the illegal immigrant, have registered a case and are on the job to nab the Myanmar national.
— Deccanchronicle

Glimmer of hope for peace brightens as Tatmadaw extends truce to June
The Tatmadaw (military) has extended for two months the unilateral ceasefire it declared last December in a bid to entice more armed ethnic groups to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
— Myanmar Times

Two new jetties built in Sagaing Region in current fiscal year
Two jetties have been constructed in Mingun and Nwenyein regions in Sagaing in the 2018-2019FY to provide smooth transportation to locals and tourists, said U Aung Thu Oo, the head of Sagaing Region’s Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Forest fire destroys over 100 acres of rubber and bamboo plantations
A forest fire has destroyed over 100 acres of rubber and bamboo plantations in Yangon region, according to the country’s Fire Services Department, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

No escape for political prisoners in Myanmar
On the morning of April 17, the families of dozens of political prisoners battled the summer heat as they waited outside the jail holding their loves ones praying their names would be included in the government’s amnesty.
— UCA News

Overcome challenges to afforestation through cooperation
The Union Government has stepped up efforts to set up state-owned forest plantations across the country to increase the area under forest cover, after an FAO survey showed that just 42.92 per cent of the country’s land is under forests.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

On This Day: Cyclone Nargis kills thousands in Myanmar
On May 2, 2008, Tropical Cyclone Nargis slammed into densely populated southern Myanmar. The death toll was eventually raised to nearly 140,000 people.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives Deputy Chief of Lao’s armed forces
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received Major General Pasith Thiengtham, the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Lao People’s Armed Forces, at Zeyathiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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