Myanmar morning news for February 20

Myanmar morning news for February 20
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World Bank: Myanmar Must Push Deeper Reform for Inclusive Economic Growth
A new World Bank report says Myanmar’s current reforms fall short and urges steps to address economic mismanagement, resource exploitation, conflict and social exclusion.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar set to be placed on global money laundering watchlist
Myanmar is set to be placed on a watchlist by a global finance watchdog this week, amid concerns of money-laundering by transnational drug traffickers and weak regulation of its financial system, two sources familiar with deliberations said.
— Business Recorder

The cost of the coronavirus to Myanmar’s economy
Farm labourers and crab catchers are among the thousands of Myanmar facing hard times because of the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar’s Garment Factories Face Closure as Coronavirus Blocks Supplies
Myanmar’s garment factories might be forced to close as China’s coronavirus restricts the imports of raw materials.
— Irrawaddy

Air pollution to be measured at nearly 50 locations in Yangon
By Nyein Nyein The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is planning to measure air pollution levels at nearly 50 locations in Yangon region, in cooperation with the Environmental Conservation Department, said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, Secretary of the committee.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Bus service from Imphal to Mandalay in Myanmar to begin from April
A trial run of the Imphal-Mandalay bus service was carried out in December 2015 wherein a 27-member team of officials from both State and Central Governments had studied the condition of the 579-km long route.
— Hindustan Times

Transparency and corporate governance will benefit Myanmar economic growth: UK trade envoy
Myanmar needs to ensure that its economic growth is “a force for good” for the country’s transition to democracy, said Paul Scully, the UK Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Myanmar, during his visit to the country this month.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to decide soon on Yangon Elevated Expressway PPP contract
The expressway is one of the government’s priority projects, and uses a Public Private Partnership model.
— The Asset

YCDC passes only 640 land purchase applications out of 120,000
By Nyein Nyein The Yangon City Development Committee has selected only 640 applications, out of 120,000, to allow purchase of land lots owned by the regional government, according to U Than, the Joint Secretary of committee.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Accountability Lacking as Civilian Casualties Mount in Myanmar’s Rakhine Conflict
The Rakhine conflict is increasingly marked by civilian casualties, for which neither of the warring parties is being held accountable.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Ministers Survive Attack on Military Chopper in Rakhine
A helicopter with the Union minister for social welfare and the Rakhine State chief minister aboard was shot Wednesday as the two went to visit an IDP camp.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s most isolated pray for harvest
A haunting refrain pierces the night as the tribeswomen of the Gongwang Bonyo, among the most isolated people in Myanmar, dance around a campfire to bless the harvest ahead.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar prepares to let foreigners trade local stocks from March
Myanmar plans to let some foreigners trade local stocks from March, in an initial step toward expanding the country’s small bourse.
— The Straits Times

The game of Myanmar’s Senior General
Everyone knows Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Defence Services. He is influential, and he is supposed to retire soon. What future awaits him after retirement? Will he fade into the sunset?
— Myanmar Times

Mizoram: Two Myanmar nationals held with heroin
Officials of Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department on Tuesday seized 137.6 grams of heroin and arrested two Myanmarese national near Tiau river on the Mizoram-Myanmar border, an official said.
— Nenow

KB Kookmin Bank prepares to expand in Myanmar
KB Kookmin Bank (KB), South Korea’s largest bank, is preparing to acquire a corporate license permitting it to sell advanced financial products in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

SKYBIT: Myanmar’s Digital Solution to a Sustainable Economy
One of the many advantages digital assets have is the ability to do fast, low cost, cross-border monetary remittance. For emerging economies like Myanmar, this is crucial. SKYBIT is the first blockchain digital asset platform in Myanmar, offering global financial inclusion for all of its people.
— Nulltx

Up to 2,704 fuel stations are allowed in Myanmar
A total of 23 petrol stations are allowed during January bringing to 2,704 stations across the country in total, according to figures from Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
— Eleven Myanmar

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

GTI alumni seek to recover five seized campuses in Myanmar
Alumni of the colonial-era Government Technical Institute are seeking the return of five campuses that were seized during the era of military rule in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Uniting global community to put pressure on Myanmar to repatriate the Rohingya
They said, alongside government efforts, civil society should take part in overcoming the crisis which has affected the country in terms of security and environmental issues
— Dhaka Tribune

Myanmar State Counsellor urges people to register SIM cards
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged mobile phone users to register their SIM cards on Tuesday, saying honest people should not hide their identities.
— 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

What Future for the Rohingyas after the ICJ Ruling?
In a groundbreaking ruling in January 2020, the International Court of Justice demanded that Myanmar halt all measures that contribute to the genocide of the Rohingya community.
— IPSNews

Myanmar Garment Factories on the Brink of Closure as Coronavirus Cuts Raw Material Supply
Some points along the supply chain in China may be inching back into partial operation as they face the disruptive reality of the coronavirus outbreak, but the halt on raw material production is putting other countries’ garment manufacturers at risk.
— Sourcing Journal

Forgotten LNG carrier set for power project in Myanmar
Small-scale LNG newbuilding ordered in China seven years ago but never delivered has found work.
— Trade Winds News

Fighting Blocks off Food Supplies to Myanmar’s Chin State Township
Fighting between Myanmar’s army and the Arakan Army has blocked food supplies to Paletwa in Chin State and left hundreds of civilians stranded.
— Irrawaddy

Timeline: Irregularities & Significant Events from Toddler Rape Case in Myanmar
The Irrawaddy provides an overview of key events and controversies in the prominent child-rape case while the culprit is still at large.
— Irrawaddy

Message of Greetings sent by President U Win Myint to the 72nd Anniversary of Chin National Day Celebrations
20 February 2020 Dear esteemed Chin ethnic brothers and sisters, On this auspicious 72nd Anniversary of Chin National Day which is regarded by Chin ethnic nationals as a day of high significance, I send this message of greetings and good wishes to all Chin ethnic nationals residing in Chin State and all over Myanmar.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

UEC Chairman U Hla Thein receives DFID delegation
Chairman U Hla Thein of the Union Election Commission received Mr Holly Ruthrauff, leader of the External Team of Election Experts of the Department for International Development – DFID (UKaid), and delegation at the UEC office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The Day a Pioneering Myanmar Education Reformer Was Killed
On this day in 1957, education reformer U Kaung died in a car crash in India. He initiated free education, expanded the school curriculum and promoted foreign study.
— Irrawaddy

Pyithu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker receives HSF Resident Representative
Pyithu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker and Chair of the Joint Coordination Committee on Hluttaw Development U Tun Tun Hein received Resident Representative Mr. Achim Munz of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) at his office yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

YPF spotlights the country’s pressing issues
The 12th Yangon Photo Festival will be hosted from February 19 to 21, featuring over 200 photo documentaries and film screenings raising awareness of environmental threats and peace building across. Photos from the exhibition will be displayed across eight locations in Yangon.
— Myanmar Times

Union Minister U Soe Win receives KB Kookmin Bank Senior MD
Union Minister U Soe Win of the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry received Senior Managing Director Mr Choi Chang Su of the KB Kookmin Bank, Head of the Global Business Group at his ministry yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Inle Lake Wildlife Sanctuary added to EAA flyway
The Inle Lake Wildlife Sanctuary was added to the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), according to the government’s announcement on the World Wetlands Day 2020 (2 February).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

EU Honors Myanmar Rights Advocates at Fourth Schuman Awards
The EU has bestowed its Schuman Awards on a women’s rights activist, a human rights lawyer and a satirical troupe who ‘carry the flame of freedom for others’ in Myanmar.
— Irrawaddy

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye comforts injured students, IDPs in Buthidaung
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye and Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu visited the injured students and the internally displaced persons in Buthidaung Township, Rakhine State, yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

State Counsellor meets with locals in Tonzang, Thantlang townships, Chin State
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meeting with local people in Thantlang.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar



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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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