Myanmar morning news for March 18

Myanmar morning news for March 18

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar Govt Suspends Advance Tax on Exports to Aid Virus-Hit Businesses
In a bid to ease pressure on Myanmar’s coronavirus-hit businesses, the government has unveiled a raft of measures including tax relief, soft loans and training programs.
— Irrawaddy

Is Myanmar ready for 2020 elections?
In late 2020, Myanmar will hold its general election for more than 1,000 seats in its legislative bodies. The lead-up to the elections overlaps with the 21st Century Panglong peace process and the possible repatriating of Rohingya refugees in ways that will only deepen social tensions.
— The Asean Post

Myanmar has zero coronavirus cases, claims Aung San Suu Kyi
The porous Myanmar-China border stretches more than 1,400 miles but coronavirus cases have only been reported on one side.
— The Guardian

Myanmar Orders Quarantine, Monitoring for Arrivals from Countries Hit by Coronavirus
The Myanmar government has ordered mandatory quarantines or surveillance for travelers arriving from eight countries that have been hit badly by the COVID-19 outbreak, as a precautionary measurement to limit the risk of spreading the disease within Myanmar. Travelers are also required to present medical certificates stating they have no symptoms of acute respiratory illness.
— Irrawaddy

National Renewable Energy Committee holds 3rd coordination meeting
The National Renewable Energy Committee organized its 3rd coordination meeting (1/2020) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Myanmar military sues Irrawaddy editor Ye Ni over Rakhine conflict report
The Myanmar military should immediately drop its criminal defamation complaint against editor Ye Ni and stop using legal threats to stifle reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

More raw materials arrive in Myanmar for garment factories
A cargo plane carrying raw materials for Myanmar garment factories landed in Yangon at 10:30 pm yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Is the ICJ ruling on Myanmar a new route to accountability?
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the genocide case against Myanmar in January is refocusing attention on the desperate situation facing the Rohingya. It is also raising questions about whether the ICJ might be an effective route for pursuing accountability, given that the case was brought by a state not directly affected by the alleged violations of international law.
— East Asia forum

Myanmar Denials Define COVID-19 Response
In a world beset by the coronavirus pandemic, denial is becoming an increasingly rare commodity – but don’t tell that to Myanmar’s government, which still claims there are no cases of COVID-19 in the country.
— Human Right Watch

Myanmar feels full impact of coronavirus
Melons left unpicked as trade between China and Myanmar decimated and factory workers left without job security.
— Fruit Net

Myanmar Court Approves Defamation Case Against Editor Over 2019 Report
A Myanmar court on Monday accepted a criminal defamation case against an editor nearly a year after the government military filed a lawsuit over the publication of online memoirs about the armed conflict in war-torn Rakhine state.
— Radio Free Asia

YSX companies free to decide level of foreign ownership
The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) will allow listed companies to decide the number of shares available to foreigners, according to senior officers of YSX and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM).
— Myanmar Times

Tide turns for sustainable tourism in a Myanmar backwater
A tiny Burmese hamlet of rickety wooden stilt-houses looking out across a broad estuary to neighbouring Thailand is the test-site for a new responsible tourism project which aims to better lives, conserve neglected habitats, and provide adventurous visitors with an authentic non-touristy experience.
— TTR Weekly

Banyan Tree in JV to manage 17 Htoo hotels, resorts in Myanmar
HOSPITALITY group Banyan Tree Holdings has formed a 50-50 joint venture (JV) with Myanmar Treasure Hotel & Resort Group (Htoo Hospitality) to initially manage 17 of the latter’s hotel properties.
— Business Times

Myanmar launches aquaculture roadmap
The government has launched a national roadmap for the aquaculture industry to outline the ways it intends to develop the sector and to illustrate the market opportunities and hurdles.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar state counsellor calls for people’s participation in gov’t efforts to fight COVID-19
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi late on Monday called for people’s participation in government’s ongoing efforts to fight the COVID-19.
— Xinhua

Soft loans, tax exemptions planned for hard-hit CMP, hotels and tourism, SMEs: State Counsellor
The public are key to control the spreading of the Covid-19. Soft loans and tax exemption plans will be arranged for the most vulnerable businesses in CMP sector, hotels and tourism and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) due to the COVID-19, Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said in her address to the nation on the evening of 16 March.
— Eleven Myanmar

Digital rights movement is not a sprint, activist says
Myanmar’s Fourth Digital Rights Forum was held last month at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon. The event was co-organised by Phandeeyar, Myan ICT for Development Orgaisation (MIDO), the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB and Free Expression Myanmar (FEM). The event aims to raise awareness of digital rights issues in Myanmar, this year focusing on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States.
— Myanmar Times

TNLA Attacks Five Poppy-Growing Hubs in Northern Myanmar
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) said it launched attacks on five militia bases in Namkham Township, northern Shan State, yesterday (Sunday) in a crackdown on illegal poppy farms.
— Irrawaddy

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Raw fabric will arrive to Yangon this week
Raw materials are being transported by air from China instead of shipping so garment factories can resume operations, according to the Chinese textile and garment association based in Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar-Based Diplomats Told to Cancel Events Amid Coronavirus Fears
The government has told diplomats based in Myanmar and its staff overseas to cancel all public events to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
— Irrawaddy

Urgent and aggressive measures needed to prevent COVID-19 spread
The World Health Organization has today called upon Member states in the South-East Asia Region to urgently scale-up aggressive measures to combat COVID-19, as confirmed cases cross 480 and the disease has claimed eight lives.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Tracing the More Than Century-Old Dream of Building a Myanmar-China Railway
If China’s plan for a high-speed railway between Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State and Yunnan goes ahead, it will realize a vision first put forward by 19th-century colonizers.
— Irrawaddy

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses bills, votes on constitutional amendment
The second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw held its 24th day meeting of the 15th regular session yesterday, attended by 631 MPs, out of 654 total representatives, while 23 lawmakers were on leave.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar: Don’t return home for Songkran
Myanmar has asked the Thai government to pass on the message that its people working here should not to return home for Songkran next month.
— Bangkok Post

Book review: Myanmar travels done differently
“In Search of Myanmar” is an intriguing and humorous travelogue by UK writer, James Fable, based on his two years in Myanmar (2016-2018), where he worked as a freelance travel journalist.
— TTR Weekly

SWRR Ministry takes steps to close Kyauktalone IDP Camp in Kyaukpyu
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye held a video conference yesterday with the ministry’s team working on ground in Kyaukpyu to close Kyauktalone IDP Camp.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Local administration offices to form committees on anti-Covid-19 measures
A coordination meeting of officials from Region/State General Administration Departments was held to discuss measures on prevention, control and treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Two airport-city shuttle bus lines slash operation time
The two YBS lines with 24-hour service to the airport, operated by Omni Focus General Services Public Company, will temporarily reduce its service to 19 hours from 18 March to 30 April.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Dala ferry runs regularly with 30,000 daily commuters amid COVID-19
Yangon Pansodan-Dala ferries are packed with nearly 30,000 daily commuters despite the COVID-19 concerns, said Manager Daw Khin Khin Nu, manager of Pansodan Port.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Mon State MPs Urge Govt: Ban Pilgrimages to Myanmar’s Golden Rock Over COVID-19
The Mon State parliament is calling on their state government to ban pilgrimages and tours to the famous Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
— Irrawaddy

RCSS Dialogue with Shan Residents Postponed Over Myanmar’s Coronavirus Concerns
The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS)’s first political dialogue with stakeholders–a key step in the peace process–has been postponed over concerns about coronavirus.
— Irrawaddy

Central committee holds daily meeting on COVID-19
Ministry of Health and Sports held the central-level daily meeting 36/2020 on COVID-19 virus prevention, control and treatment at the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

NLD, Ethnic Parties Vote Down Myanmar Military’s Charter Amendment Proposals
NLD, ethnic MPs reject proposed charter amendments by the military and USDP, including one that would have allowed state parliaments to elect chief ministers.
— Irrawaddy

Coronavirus Closes India’s Taj Mahal; Mumbai Tells Half Its Office Workers to Stay Home
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, India has closed the Taj Mahal and ordered millions of Mumbai office workers to stay home; cases in Pakistan spike to 183.
— Irrawaddy

The Day British Bombers Destroyed Mandalay Palace
On this day in 1945, British forces bombed Mandalay Palace, the last home of Myanmar’s kings, reducing it to rubble as Japanese troops put up fierce resistance.
— Irrawaddy

Cinemas across Myanmar shuttered as of March 16
Cinemas across Myanmar have closed as of March 16 due to coronavirus fears and the Film Promotion Department will announce their reopening date.
— Eleven Myanmar

Mon State not ready to shut down iconic pagodas
The Mon State government said it will not shut down iconic pagodas, such as the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, which draw thousands of visitors and pilgrims every day.
— Myanmar Times

Kayin plans survey to protect child workers
The Kayin State government will compile a list of child workers across the state in a bid to protect them and promote their welfare, a senior state official said.
— Myanmar Times



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