Myanmar morning news for February 19

Myanmar morning news for February 19
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State Counsellor pushes for speeding up e-Governance plans to ensure development
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as Patron of the e-Government Steering Committee, made a speech at the 4th e-Government Conference & ICT Exhibition held at the Myanmar International Convention Center II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Health official slams lax enforcement of tobacco law in Myanmar
The enforcement of the country’s anti-smoking and anti-tobacco law remains weak decades after it was enacted, a senior health official said.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon waterbus ready to face fuel company case
The operator of Yangon Water Bus said it is ready to respond legally to the accusation of a local fuel firm over alleged nonpayment of debt amounting to K70 million (US$ 48,000).
— Myanmar Times

Construction of Yangon expressway to start in August: ministry
The Ministry of Construction (MOC) expects the first phase of construction of the Yangon Elevated Expressway (YEX) to commence by August, Deputy Director General U Kyi Zaw Myint said.
— Myanmar Times

Fighting, Food Shortages Stalk Civilians Displaced in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Kayin States
About 300 ethnic Karens have been displaced by armed conflict in Hpapun district of southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin state following hostilities in early February between government forces and rebel soldiers, an official from an ethnic armed group said Monday.
— Radio FreeAsia

Three foreign companies withdraw investments from Thilawa SEZ
Three foreign companies have withdrawn their investment plans from the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), according to U Aung Htoo, deputy commerce minister.
— Myanmar Times

Telenor Myanmar agents to receive loans from Yoma Bank
Yoma Bank and Telenor Myanmar have signed a partnership agreement to provide unsecured small business loans to Telenor merchants through Yoma Bank’s digital Smart Credit Business Product.
— Telecompaper

The elusive quest to close Myanmar’s gender gap in financial inclusion
For emerging markets like Myanmar, financial inclusion remains a cornerstone of the development agenda.
— Asean Today

Civilian casualties in Rakhine surge after internet ban: UN
The killing and displacement of civilians has worsened during fighting between the military and the Arakan Army amid an information blackout in parts of Rakhine and Chin states, according to UN experts.
— Myanmar Times

Highway Holdings Benefits From Myanmar Investment
The labor-force oriented company reported lower costs and a shift of production to Myanmar, sending its stock higher Tuesday morning.
— Capital Watch

Rakhine Civilian in Sittwe Hospital After Alleged Beating by Myanmar’s Military
A Rakhine factory worker says he was beaten by Myanmar’s military in his village as fighting with the Arakan Army intensifies.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Postpones Gem Emporium Amid Coronavirus Scare
As prospective buyers are mostly from China and Hong Kong, Myanmar has postponed a jade and gems emporium in Naypyitaw next month amid coronavirus fears.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Lawmakers Submit Bill to Amend Controversial Privacy Law
A parliamentary committee has submitted a bill that would amend a controversial law that has been used to put government critics behind bars.
— Irrawaddy

Military MPs Urge Myanmar Govt: Improve Accountability, Don’t Waste Public Funds
Military lawmakers called for the government to end fiscal waste and improve accountability after a recent audit showed some civilian ministries mismanaged their budgets.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar, China to cooperate in fight against illegal wildlife trade
China will cooperate with Myanmar in the fight against illegal wildlife trade in the northern Myanmar as coronavirus is transmitted by wild animals, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Chen Hai said in a meeting with Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe in Nay Pyi Taw on 17 February.
— Eleven Myanmar

Indian Navy chief in Myanmar to bolster maritime relationship
To strengthen relation between India and Myanmar, Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh is on four-day trip to Naypyitaw and other parts of the neighbouring country to bolster the bilateral maritime relationship.
— Therahnuma

Number of new child cancer patients ranges between 2000-2500 per year
The number of new child cancer patients in Myanmar is estimated to range between 2,000-2,500 per year, only one-third of whom receive medical treatment, according to Yangon Children’s Hospital.
— Eleven Myanmar

B’desh likely to drop Rohingya relocation plan
Dhaka, Feb 17 (IANS) Bangladesh has announced that it may drop its previous plans to move 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island located in the Bay of Bengal.
— Therahnuma

Unearthed ancient human fossils to be shown to public in Myanmar’s central region
Eight ancient human fossils and its utensils recently unearthed in Myanmar’s Mandalay Region will be shown to the public soon, an official from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture told Xinhua on Monday.
— Xinhua

First-ever pedestrian subway to be built in Yangon
A pedestrian subway costing over two billion kyats the first-ever such underpass in Yangon will be built near Agriculture Department bus stop, Pyi Road, connecting TTC high school under Yangon Education University and Junction Square Mall.
— Mizzima

NPLs at three state-owned banks exceed K260 billion
The combined non-performing loans (NPLs) at three state-owned banks have exceeded K260 billion, according to Union Auditor General’s report for the six months between April and September 2018.
— Myanmar Times

Ancient human fossils to be exhibited soon
Eight ancient human fossils and its utensils recently unearthed in Myanmar’s Mandalay Region will be shown to the public soon, an official from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture told Xinhua on Monday.
— Mizzima

Compatriot suspected over murder of Myanmar worker in Japan
A man believed to be of Myanmar nationality was found dead with multiple slash wounds at a company dormitory in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, on Feb. 17, and police suspect he may have been killed by another man from the same country.

MP draws flak for criticising ministries
A Tatmadaw (military) MP called on the speaker of the Assembly of the Union on Monday to take action against a fellow legislator who criticised military-led ministries.
— Myanmar Times

Govt vows to compensate people displaced by Rakhine project
The government guaranteed compensation for people displaced by the construction of the China-funded Kyauk Phyu special economic zone in Rakhine State, a senior trade official said.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay to rebuild landmark Mingalar Market
The Mandalay regional government will start rebuilding Mingalar Market in downtown Mandalay, which was destroyed by a fire over three years ago, a regional official said.
— Myanmar Times

Delivery app starts service in Yangon
Foodpanda, a mobile food delivery service, will now connect users to over 1,000 restaurants in Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

POSCO International continues its myth of gas field in Myanmar
POSCO International has discovered a new gas layer in the deep sea of Myanmar and has set the stage for the success of the new gas field.
— Korea Times

Yangon’s Dice Society – The café with a competitive edge
The Dice Society Café is a café like no other. Very few people are playing with their mobile phones, or staring at screen.
— Myanmar Times

Intelligence specialists discuss eradication of illegal drug, precursor
The first day meeting of Drug and Precursor Intelligence Specialists was held yesterday at the Mercure Hotel in Mandalay yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Prevention of deadly viruses through application of HR Management 4.0, HR Development
It can be said that the year 2020 is unlucky for China because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak started from seafood and wild animal meat market of Wuhan one of big China towns.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Military MPs to Debate Charter Reform en Masse, Defend Political Power
Nearly all military-appointed lawmakers will join upcoming debates on constitutional amendments that would reduce the military’s power over the government.
— Irrawaddy

State Counsellor receives Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) of India
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, received Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) of India, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 18 February 2020 at 2 pm.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Norwegian People’s Aid to collaborate on mine clearance actions
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) affimed its commitment to cooperaiton in clearing land mine in Myanmar, according to the meeting between the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, and the NPA yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Government, NCA-S EAOs make 8 common agreements after three-day ceasefire talks in Yangon
Government officials and representatives of ethnic armed organizations signed in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement concluded their three-day meeting yesterday in Yangon, reaching eight common agreements to implement the decisions of the 8th Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting on the NCA.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Rakhine Parliament Speaker: Myanmar Govt Must Do More to Help IDPs
Rakhine State’s parliament speaker called on the government to increase aid and allow humanitarian organizations to provide food for those displaced by armed conflict.
— Irrawaddy

At Shan Army HQ, Another Twist in The Tale of Myanmar’s Fragile Peace Process
On a cold night in Shan State’s Loi Tai Leng recently, army generals shared whiskey with ethnic commanders; what does the uneasy camaraderie signal for the peace process?
— Irrawaddy

The Day Myanmar Lost an Influential Cartoonist
On this day in 1953, Myanmar lost the prominent and pioneering cartoonist U Ba Gyan, author of scathing political cartoons and creator of Myanmar’s first animated movie.
— Irrawaddy

Amyotha Hluttaw hears nationwide plans for preparedness, response to earthquakes
The second Amyotha Hluttaw held its 8th day meeting of 15th regular session yesterday, hearing reports on nationwide plans for preparedness and response to earthquakes.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Pyithu Hluttaw raises queries about squatter issue, complaint centre of MPF
The 8th day of Pyithu Hluttaw’s 15th regular session was held yesterday, with raising queries to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and the Ministry of Home Affairs, and heard an amendment bill for the Law Protecting Privacy and Security of Citizens.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon Photo Festival Spotlights Some of Myanmar’s Pressing Issues
Showcasing work by photographers from Myanmar and beyond, the 12th Yangon Photo Festival addresses issues like environmental threats, peace-building and social justice.
— Irrawaddy

Gunman Kills Ex-Wife at Bangkok Shopping Mall Days After Mass Shooting
A man shot and killed his ex-wife at a busy Bangkok shopping mall, just 10 days after a mass shooting killed dozens in Thailand’s northeast.
— Irrawaddy


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