Myanmar morning news for July 24

Myanmar morning news for July 24
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Myanmar morning newsJapan wins deal for nearly $2bn LNG power plant in Myanmar
Trading houses Marubeni, Sumitomo Corp. and Mitsui & Co. will build a liquefied natural gas-fired power plant in Myanmar, one of the biggest investments by Japanese companies in the Southeast Asian country, people familiar with the matter say.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Military-backed company in Myanmar seeks control of the country’s internet
Myanmar’s military sought influence, power, and money via a Facebook disinformation campaign to benefit a telecoms company backed by the country’s armed forces.
— Coda Story

Myanmar Urged to Work With UN Rights Process Rather Than Resist Scrutiny
Rights groups are urging Myanmar to work with international bodies to address allegations of rights abuse and failures to reform rather than rebut the accusations at the U.N. Human Rights Council in the run-up to the Southeast Asian country’s next Universal Periodic Review in January 2021.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar is an emerging market for the IT industry, says Huawei
Despite only beginning to embrace digitalization around five years ago, Myanmar has been rapidly expanding its digital ambitions as a nation: smartphone prevalence is picking up among the populace, even outside the urban centers, and 3G-enabled internet access is cheaply available and widespread.
— Tech Wire Asia

Myanmar makes disclosures of beneficial ownership in extractive industries
Myanmar’s first ever disclosure of beneficial ownership information is an important step forward for the troubled oil, gas, gemstone and mining sectors, but major problems with the data must be addressed, new analysis by Global Witness shows.
— Ekklesia

Myanmar: Northern Alliance Trio Keen To Join Union Peace Conference
Three members of the Northern Alliance have issued a statement signalling their openness to joining the Union Peace Conference under the right circumstances, including COVID-19 mitigation efforts and “under the leadership of the FPNCC [Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee], its guidance, and security guarantee.”
— Eurasia Review

Myanmar includes 343 more infections of coronavirus
A statement issued Wednesday by Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports, the overall figure of patients who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus across the country has amounted to 343, as two more cases were confirmed over the past 24 hours.
— Menafn

Stockpiling and loans: Myanmar’s rice sector resilient to COVID-19
COVID-19 does not appear to have had a significant impact on monsoon planting for paddy despite some farmers facing financial difficulties, and the agriculture sector is expected to keep growing amid a slump in other parts of the economy.
— Frontier Myanmar

Rights Group Wants Japan to Drop Plan to Give Funds to Myanmar’s Police Force
Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged the Japanese government to drop a plan to donate 100 million yen (U.S. $934,300) to buy vehicles and communications equipment for the Myanmar Police Force to use to protect dignitaries, arguing that the police are partners with the army in widespread abuses.
— Radio Free Asia

Japan: Cancel Financial Grant to Myanmar Police
The Japanese government should immediately cancel plans to donate money to purchase vehicles and communications equipment for the Myanmar police force, Human Rights Watch said today.

Myanmar pro-democracy forces form new parties as elections loom
Some lawmakers who have grown disgruntled with Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy are adding to Myanmar’s political landscape in a way that could give the dominant party something to think about ahead of elections scheduled to take place on Nov. 8.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Myanmar names regional ministers for Security and Border Affairs
Myanmar President’s Office announced on Thursday the appointment of the new Security and Border Affairs Ministers for Sagaing and Yangon regions.
— Xinhua

Over1.6 million eligible voters, over 2,500 polling stations in Rakhine
In Rakhine State, there are over 1.6 million eligible voters and over 2,500 polling stations, according to the Rakhine State Election Commission.
— Eleven Myanmar

Complaint mechanism to be set up for crimes against minors in conflict
With scores of children killed and maimed each year in Myanmar’s long-running ethnic wars, and hundreds conscripted as laborers, the government is setting up a national complaint mechanism for reporting violence and sexual crimes against minors in regions under conflict, RFA reported quoting officials.
— Mizzima

Human rights body holds meeting with Amyotha Hluttaw commission
The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission held a meeting with Fundamental Rights of the Citizens, Democracy and Human Rights Committee of Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Three Brotherhoods Alliance Wants To Attend Union Peace Conference
The Three Brotherhoods Alliance, a coalition of ethnic armed organizations, wants to join the government’s Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong if their security is assured.
— BNI Online

Telenor Myanmar donates K70 mln for measures against COVID-19
Telenor Myanmar handed over a total of K70 million to the National-Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 to use for the on-going combatting measures.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Urges Calm After Social Media Spat Between US, Chinese Embassies
Myanmar urges engagement and negotiation between powerful nations, in line with its policy of neutrality, Foreign Ministry official says following US-China war of words.
— Irrawaddy

Second Amyotha Hluttaw continues 17th regular session
The 5th-day meeting of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s 17th regular session convened yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ayeyawady embankment collapse leaves over 14,400 flood victims
Even though the floods caused by the broken embankment on the bank of Ayeyawady River near Shwege Sewage Pumping Station in Amarapura Township, Mandalay Region, is now under control, there are now over 14,400 flood victims, says Director Aung Thiha, from Bridge Construction Group-2 under the Ministry of Construction.
— Eleven Myanmar

Pyithu Hluttaw raises queries, submits bill, tables motion to Union Government
The second Pyithu Hluttaw continued its 17th regular session at the 5th-day meeting yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

COVID-19 Impact: Myanmar to Reboot Export Promotion Strategies
The recent world banks’ economic monitor (June 2020) points out the importance of exports as a pillar for the country’s economic recovery. Rebound in growth would be anchoring on exports in the medium term.
— Mizzima

Myanmar state counsellor, president to represent Yangon constituencies in election
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint will take part in an upcoming general election by representing two constituencies of Yangon region, Zaw Myint Maung, vice chairman of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party told media on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Stimulant powder worth over 2.3 mln USD seized in Myanmar state
Myanmar authorities have seized 327 kg of stimulant powder in eastern Shan state, according to a statement from the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) on Thursday.

Malaysia judge drops refugee caning after outcry: lawyer
A Malaysian judge Wednesday overturned a decision to cane 27 Rohingya refugees for entering the country illegally and slammed the “inhumane” sentence, their lawyer said, following an outcry from activists.
— Mizzima

Joint Bill Committee discusses on Union Tax Bill
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee held a meeting on 2020 Union Tax Bill sent by Union Government at the meeting hall of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Building D in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s NLD Unveils Election Candidate Lineup With More Women, Muslims
The ruling party’s candidate lineup for the upcoming election features mostly familiar faces, but includes more women than in 2015 and its first-ever Muslim candidates.
— Irrawaddy

Stockpiling and loans: Myanmar’s rice sector resilient to COVID-19
COVID-19 hasn’t had a major impact on monsoon paddy planting, despite some farmers facing financial difficulties.
— Frontier Myanmar

MNHRC inspects prison, court, custodies in Thayet Township
An inspection team of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) led by its member U Kyaw Soe visited the Thayet Prison yesterday to ensure that there was no violation of human rights.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar-India border closure affects weaving businesses in Chin state
With a long-time closure of Myanmar-India border including Tamu-Moreh border and Reekhorda-Zokhawthar border caused by spreading of the coronavirus across the country, the weaving businesses were suspended for lack of raw materials in the India imported market, according to the weaving entrepreneurs from Kalay Township.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Military to Investigate Soldiers for Rape of Rakhine Woman
The Myanmar military says it will investigate allegations that three soldiers raped a woman in Rathedaung, Rakhine State in late June.
— Irrawaddy

Working Committee to address the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s economy meets
The seventh meeting of the Working Committee to address the Impact of COVID-19 on the country’s economy was held via videoconference yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Politicians in Myanmar’s Rakhine Must Stop Fighting Each Other: Independent Candidate
A female Rakhine lawmaker stuck between rivals in the Arakan National Party has been forced to run without any party’s backing.
— Irrawaddy

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye holds meeting on resettlement of IDPs in Kachin State
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye met Mr Gao Zhong Ping, Chief Representative of Power China Kunming Engineering Corporation regarding the initial feasibility study in relocating the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kachin State yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

UEC ‘should postpone the election’ for fair vote: Thet Thet Khine
Frontier’s Ye Mon talks to Daw Thet Thet Khine about the People’s Pioneer Party and the upcoming election.
— Frontier Myanmar

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Run for Seat in General Election, Myanmar’s Ruling Party Says
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will seek re-election to the Lower House in the Nov. 8 general election, again representing Yangon’s Kawhmu Township, the NLD said.
— Irrawaddy

I want our government schools to be able to deliver the best education just like in some of the world’s public schools where they have the highest educational standards: State Counsellor
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wrote on her Facebook page yesterday that she wanted the Myanmar government schools to be able to deliver the best education just like in some of the world’s public schools where they have the highest educational standards.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Karen Protestors Say Myanmar Military Must Leave After Killing Local Woman
Over 1,500 protestors in Papun, Karen State called for the Myanmar military to leave the area after soldiers robbed and killed a local woman.
— Irrawaddy



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