Myanmar morning news for March 11

Myanmar morning news for March 11

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar must be prepared to deal with economic fallout from spread of COVID-19
Although Myanmar has not officially detected any COVID-19 carriers, the virus has wreaked havoc on the economy and could lead to full-blown economic crisis if not contained soon.
— Myanmar Times

Rakhine is Myanmar’s drug export hub, military says
The Tatmadaw (military) says it has mapped the flow of Myanmar’s drug trade, with Shan State as the production centre and Rakhine State as its sale and export hub.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar-Thai trade exceeds 1300 m USD in three months
Till December of 2019-2020 fiscal year, the total trade between Myanmar and Thailand reached over 1300 million US dollars, according to the Commerce Ministry.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar army sues Reuters over report on deaths of Rohingya women
Myanmar’s police said the army had filed a lawsuit against Reuters news agency and a local lawmaker for criminal defamation, weeks after the military objected to a news story published about the death of two Rohingya Muslim women as a result of shelling in Rakhine state.
— The Guardian

In Myanmar, Democracy’s Dead End
On Tuesday, Myanmar’s parliament rejected efforts by Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party to reform the country’s deeply undemocratic 2008 Constitution. It marked the first day of voting on a slew of amendments to the military-drafted charter that will continue through March 20, drawing to a close the push by the National League for Democracy (NLD) to realize one of its core campaign promises from five years ago.
— Human Rights Watch

The Truth About Myanmar’s Genocide Case Defense Lawyer
The focus on William Schabas’ history and personal views detracts from the more substantive issues at play in allegations of genocide in Myanmar.
— The Diplomat

Employee Of US-Owned Hemp Farm In Myanmar Gets 20 Years Jail
A court in Myanmar on Tuesday sentenced a local employee of an American-owned hemp farm to 20 years in prison for violating drug laws concerning marijuana.
— My Mother Lode

Northeast States Shut Border With Myanmar, Ban Foreigners Over Virus
Coronavirus: An order issued by the Manipur home department on Monday said the government has banned movement of people across the international border with Myanmar.

Myanmar Employee of US Citizen’s Cannabis Farm Gets 20 Years in Prison
A local irrigation technician was sentenced to 20 years in prison for supposedly helping a US citizen to operate an alleged marijuana plantation in Mandalay.
— Irrawaddy

MoHS holds daily meeting on preventing, controlling Coronavirus infection
Ministry of Health and Sports held its daily meeting on prevention and control of Coronavirus infection yesterday at its office in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds public meetings in Lashio, PyinOoLwin
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as the Chairperson of the Central Committee for Development of Border Areas and National Races, attended the inauguration ceremony of JICA Phase II building at the 500-bedded hospital in Lashio, northern Shan State and held meetings with locals in Lashio,
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Army Sues Reuters, MP for Defamation Over Report on Fatal Shelling
Police say the military has sued Reuters over a story in which an MP accused the military of firing shells that killed two Rohingya women; the Tatmadaw blames the AA.
— Irrawaddy

MNA add one more flight between Yangon and Rakhine State
Myanmar National Airlines announced yesterday that it will launch Wednesday flight between Yangon and Rakhine State on 18 March, having three flights every week to Rakhine State.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Major Powers Beat a Path to Prominent Kachin Party’s Door in Northern Myanmar
Officials from India, the US and China held separate meetings with the leadership of the Kachin State People’s Party last week, in a sign of the area’s strategic importance.
— Irrawaddy

Drug Control: More cooperative efforts needed for drug education programmes
The Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control’s Public Awareness Committee held a coordination meeting at the Ministry of Information in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s Military Retains Important Political Role as NLD’s Key Charter Reforms Fail to Pass
The NLD’s proposals to curb the extensive political role granted to the military by the Constitution have failed to win the required support of over 75 percent of MPs.
— Irrawaddy

UEC Chairman receives International IDEA Regional Director
Chairman of Union Election Commission U Hla Thein received International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance Asia and Pacific Director Ms Leena Rikkila Tamang at the Union Election Commission Office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

New CIF value for imported cars to be released soon
New cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) values for imported vehicles will be announced soon, the Customs Department announced yesterday.
— Myanmar Times

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw vote on proposals for constitutional amendment
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw voted on amending provisions of sections in the 2008 Constitution on its 19th day meeting of 15th regular session yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Lashio prepares to welcome the State Counsellor
Preparations are underway to welcome State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are being carried out in Lashio Township, northern Shan State.
— Eleven Myanmar

UPDJC secretaries prepare report for 12 March meeting
The 18th edition of Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) meeting will be held on 12 March, and its secretaries from the government side and the ethnic armed organizations held their 25th meeting at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Environmental Activist Faces Arrest in Myanmar’s Karen State, Rights Groups Object
Rights groups have demanded the Karen State government drop charges against a
— Irrawaddy

Mizoram asks State Government to seal Mizoram-Myanmar border
The Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) has asked the state government to seal the Mizoram-Myanmar border to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to
— BNI Online

Myanmar’s NLD to Pick General Election Candidates in Late April
Although no date has been set for the next general election, the National League for Democracy says it will pick candidates next month.
— Irrawaddy

SECM announces stock trading by both resident and non-resident foreigners
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, reported.
— Mizzima

Myanmar Indie Rockers The Peacists Take Fans on a ‘Journey to the Stars’
Proudly ‘old school’ Yangon indie rockers The Peacists released their debut full-length album on CD last month–and quickly sold out every copy.
— Irrawaddy

Union Attorney-General receives MyJustice team
Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo received Team Leader of MyJustice Mr Ross Clarke in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Farmers make plum mango jam as fruit price falls
Farmers in villages near Thuwannawady town of Mon State have reaped a good harvest of plum mango, a seasonal fruit, also known as gandaria or marian, this year.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Indian Govt Shuts Key Border Trade Gate with Myanmar Over Coronavirus Fears
Authorities in Manipur State have closed the Tamu-Moreh border gates indefinitely over coronavirus concerns, significantly hurting India-Myanmar border trade.
— Irrawaddy

India-Myanmar border gates tighten health screenings
Fever screenings have been tightened at the border gates in Tamu Township, Sagaing Region, India-Myanmar border gate.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar blood bank turns away sneezing, coughing donors
The National Blood Centre Myanmar in Yangon Region has tightened its screening of blood donors, turning away those who are sneezing or coughing, to prevent a new coronavirus outbreak in the country, a senior NBC official said.
— Myanmar Times

Stop abuse, bullying of journalists
Last Wednesday, a Myanmar Times photographer and another local journalist were detained by Karen Border Guard Forces (BGF) at the Myawady border in Kayin State.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar nationals quarantined at Women and Child hospital in Yangon
South Okkalapa Women and Children Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Win Maw Oo told Mizzima that two migrant workers who returned from Covid-19-hit Daegu in South Korea were sent to her hospital on March 8 for monitoring and observation in quarantine.
— Mizzima

Civilians pay the price of conflict in southern Chin
Frontier travels to Paletwa in southern Chin State, a township isolated by fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army and facing food shortages and growing tensions between the Khumi Chin and Rakhine communities.
— Frontier Myanmar

Bagan increases smoke-free areas to 91
The number of smoke-free areas has increased to 91 in the Bagan cultural zone, according to the Archaeology and National Museum in Bagan.
— Myanmar Times



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