Myanmar morning news for March 10

Myanmar morning news for March 10

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar Army Brings Defamation Case Against Lawmaker, Reuters Over Report of Killings
The Myanmar military has filed a criminal defamation lawsuit against an upper house parliamentarian and Reuters news agency over the coverage of a shooting in Buthidaung township in western Myanmar’s war-ravaged Rakhine state, according to police.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar is still paying the military’s debts
In the two minutes it takes you to read this editorial, Myanmar will have had to repay another K700,000 – almost US$500 – on its debt for the Myingyan steel mill in Mandalay Region.
— Frontier Myanmar

Mizoram to seal international borders, bans foreigners
The Mizoram government has decided to seal all international borders and ban foreigners in the wake of the coronavirus issue, an official said on Monday.
— Morung Express

China-Myanmar pipeline grows in its appeal
There was no second-guessing why China’s President Xi Jinping made Myanmar his first stop in a visit earlier this year, even as coronavirus was mercilessly gripping his nation: China has never ceased worrying about reliable supplies of gas, and the prospect of a pipeline with Myanmar is an attractive one.
— Gas World

Upgrades for Thandwe airport runway
The upgrade of an airport in Thandwe, Rakhihe State, a project listed under the Myanmar Project Bank, has commenced with work on extending the runway already taking place, said U Zaw Min, director of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar legislator seeks to regulate e-cigarettes, water pipes
A Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) legislator has filed a bill seeking to regulate e-cigarettes and water pipes.
— Myanmar Times

Exchange rate hits Myanmar bean market
The strengthening of the kyat against the US dollar and Chinese yuan has begun to have a negative impact on Myanmar’s beans and pulses, merchants in Mandalay say.
— Myanmar Times

MoALI strives for sustainable development in agro-based sectors
Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation highlighted that the ministry has been striving the sustainable development in agriculture, livestock and villages, and village-tracts.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Auto industry seeks easing of duties on car components
A request from the local automotive industry for duties on cars assembled in the country to be reduced has been presented to Yangon Region’s chief minister, the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry says.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Air Force helicopter crashes in Shan State
Several people were injured when a Myanmar Air Force (MAF) helicopter carrying foreign defence attachés crashed in Myanmar’s northeastern state of Shan on 6 March.
— Janes

Myanmar to Open Stock Market to Foreign Investors from 20 March
Both resident and non-resident foreign investors, including overseas brokers and banks, will be allowed to open securities accounts with local brokers to trade on the Yangon Stock Exchange.
— Regulation Asia

Parking fees to be collected in downtown Yangon
Parking officials will collect fees from motorists, including governmental vehicles, in six downtown townships in Yangon to reduce traffic congestion, according to an announcement made by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC)on March 3.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar army sues Reuters for criminal defamation: police
After publication, the army said its artillery fire had not killed the women or caused other civilian injuries and blamed insurgents of the Arakan Army (AA), who are fighting for greater autonomy in Rakhine state.
— Reuters

Myanmar Scout Association meets for work plans
The Myanmar Scout Association held a meeting last week to discuss its ongoing activities and future plans.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Rohingya killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’
A suspected Rohingya drug dealer has been killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Cox’s Bazar.
— Dhaka Tribune

Indo-Myanmar cross border vigil enhanced
The administration has enhanced restriction of cross border movement at Moreh sector of Indo-Myanmar border with effect from Monday, as part of precautionary measures to check COVID-19 spread in Manipur.
— Morung Express

MoHS bolsters defence mechanism to prevent COVID-19
The Ministry of Health and Sports held its 31/2020 coordination meeting yesterday afternoon on prevention of COVID-19 with a wide range of measures and public participations.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Over 200 kg of “ice,” stimulants seized in E. Myanmar
Myanmar authorities detained 217 kilograms of methamphetamine (ICE) and over 1.6 million of stimulants in Shan state, according to a release from the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) Monday.

Facebook’s Southeast Asia director talks about hate speech and the Myanmar elections
Mizzima Editor Win Naing recently sat down with Rafael Frankel, Director of Public Policy for Southeast Asia, Facebook in Yangon to talk about the social media platform’s approach to “policing” content on their platform, particularly in the run-up to the 2020 Myanmar elections.
— Mizzima

Three deaths not due to virus, health officials say
Three people who died in Myanmar last week with COVID-19 symptoms have tested negative for the pneumonia-like disease, the Health Ministry said.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon university students unite against sexual harassment
Students at East Yangon University joined hands in the fight against alleged sexual harassment inside the public transport bus that traverses the campus.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar film awards postponed due to Covid-19
This year’s Myanmar Motion Pictures Academy (MMPA)awards ceremony, which was scheduled to be held on March 29, has been postponed until after the Thingyan period, U NyiNyi, Chair of the of the MMPA, told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar environmental activist faces arrest
A court in Hpa-an township in Kayin State has issued an arrest warrant for an environmental activist on charges of defamation against the state, a police officer said on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

Subsistence jade mining permits to be issued end-March
Subsistence mining permits will be granted for 376 jade mining blocks in the Hpakant jade region of Kachin State by the end of March, Kachin State officials say.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar rights group seeks release of over 600 political prisoners
A human rights group will seek the release of over 600 political prisoners across the country in the traditional presidential amnesty granted to celebrate the traditional Myanmar New Year, or Thingyan, next month.
— Myanmar Times

Narcotic drugs seized in townships in Shan, Kachin states
A combined team including anti-narcotic squad searched a car driven by Maung Maung Lwin (a) Myint Zaw Lwin accompanied with Sai Hsan Paung and Sai Sein Win on the Ywangan-Kyaukse road near Ingon Village in Ywangan Township on 8 March and seized 217 kilo of ICE, 1,678,000 stimulant tablets and a hand phone from them.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Mandalay develops app to ease summer water shortage
Mandalay Region has developed a mobile phone application to facilitate the delivery of water to communities with shortages during the summer, the region’s Department of Rural Development said.
— Myanmar Times

Weak dollar exchange rate affects beans market
Myanmar beans growers and exporters have taken a hit due to the Kyat gaining against the US dollar and Indian traders quoting low prices, according to the Mandalay commodity depot.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Domestic gold price declines tracking USD drop
By Nyein Nyein With the US dollar depreciating against the Kyat, the price of the yellow metal in the domestic market has extended its drop to touch K1.18 million per tical, said U Ohn Myaing, General Secretary of the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association (MGEA).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Foreign participation in YSX set to start March 20, officials say
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) has announced that share trading by resident and non-resident foreigners shall start on March 20.
— Myanmar Times

COVID-19: 16 factories shut down due to shortfall in raw materials
Sixteen factories have closed in Myanmar due to a disruption in supply of raw materials on account of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a press conference, held on 8 March at the Sky Hotel in Hlinethaya Township, where 12 workers’ groups shared their concerns on COVID-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Devotees, locals gather around Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda festival on Full Moon of Tabaung
Devotees, locals, and civil service personnel gathered around the Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda festival on the Full Moon Day of Tabaung and during holidays. “I’m a school teacher in Yenangyoung town.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Shadowy Drug Lord Wei Hsueh-kang’s Influence Still Felt in Myanmar’s Wa Region and Beyond
The reclusive drug lord Wei Hsueh-kang still wields significant influence in the Wa army, as surprised Myanmar peace negotiators learned at a recent meeting in China.
— Irrawaddy

NCA meeting to be held this month
Government representatives and the representatives of (NCA-S EAO) held a bilateral coordination meeting at National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon to implement the minutes of the 8th Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NA), state media reported.
— Mizzima

Ooredoo Myanmar claims 94% coverage for 4G LTE Turbo
Ooredoo Myanmar has announced the successful nationwide launch of 4G LTE Turbo. The services uses the 900 MHz band to increase the strength of indoor coverage, bringing lower latency and enhanced capacity for gaming, streaming HD videos and music. Ooredoo 4G LTE Turbo reaches over 94 percent of the population of Myanmar.
— Telecompaper



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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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