Myanmar morning news for March 13

Myanmar morning news for March 13

Myanmar morning news

Bangkok Airways Suspends Most Flights to Myanmar as Virus Hits Air Travel
Thai carrier Bangkok Airways has announced a dramatic reduction in flights to Myanmar and other local and regional destinations as COVID-19 slows the global economy.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar fails to clean up its dirty finances
Financial Action Task Force’s ‘grey list’ designation for money laundering and terror financing will inevitably curb foreign investment and cost of doing business.
— Asia Times

Central Bank of Myanmar cuts interest rates by 0.5%
The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) today announced that it will reduce interest rates by 0.5 percent, effective April 1.
— Myanmar times

Myanmar’s Internet Provider Frontiir Acquires US-Based Cloud Storage Big Data Firm
Myanmar based internet service provider Frontiir has acquired US-based big data storage company Termaxia and its cloud storage technology.
— Data Economy

Myanmar: The Myanmar trademark law 2019
The Myanmar Trademark Law 2019 (the “Trademark Law”) was enacted on 30 January 2019. The Trademark Law is the first official trademark law to exist in Myanmar. It is expected that the Trademark Law will come into force within the next few months.
— Lexology

Chinese garment factory in Yangon goes bankrupt
A Chinese-owned garment factory in Yangon has declared bankruptcy, blaming it on losses caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
— Myanmar Times

Ministries contemplate preparations, responses to COVID-19
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended an emergency meeting on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

State Counsellor attends 18th Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee meeting
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as Chairperson of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, delivered a speech to the 18th meeting of the committee held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Fisheries exports not as badly hit as agriculture by virus
Although exports of marine products to China have declined slightly so far this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak sweeping the world, some 4,000 tonnes of goods were still sent overseas over the last week, a senior fisheries official says.
— Myanmar Times

Democracy is sliding away in Myanmar, warns top rights investigator
Two-and-a-half years after hundreds of thousands of mainly Muslim ethnic Rohingya fled a campaign of State-led violence, Yanghee Lee said it was no longer enough for the international community to simply monitor grave abuses happening there.
— UN News

Muse’s melon exports severely hit by virus outbreak
The global COVID-19 epidemic has resulted in the worst financial loss in history for Myanmar’s melon export through Muse, with growers anxious the situation will not improve after the Thingyan holidays.
— Myanmar Times

Remains of US service members from World War II repatriated from Myanmar
The remains of U.S. military service members who died in action in Myanmar during World War II were returned to the United States on Thursday.
— FoxNews

Myanmar’s army blocks constitutional reforms
As the shouting slalomed around the chamber, Myanmar’s parliamentarians stiffened in shock. They had only just begun debating a number of proposed amendments to the constitution, and tempers were already fraying.
— Economist

Myanmar lawmakers reject bid to allow Suu Kyi to become president
Myanmar’s parliament rejected on Wednesday a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to officially become president.
— The Japan Times

Banking on a cashless future
In a joint statement after President U Win Myint’s meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 27, a digital payment channel was set up using India’s RuPay card scheme in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Covid-19: India cancels almost all visas, closes Myanmar border
India said on Wednesday (March 11) it will suspend the vast majority of visas to the country in a wide-reaching attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as cases across the region continued to rise.
— The Star Online

Myanmar to roll out advance in kidney-matching
The National Health Laboratory (NHL) in Yangon Region will introduce a better way to match kidney donors and patients across the country over the next year, a senior laboratory official said.
— Myanmar Times

Denmark to help reforestation efforts in Myanmar
The Danish government has agreed to help fund a reforestation programme established by the Burmese government, according to Myanmar Times.
— ScandAsia

Myanmar’s Arakan Army Captures 30 Government Troops, Battalion Commander
Myanmar’s rebel Arakan Army captured 30 government soldiers, including a battalion commander, near the Paletwa township in western Myanmar’s Chin state during heavy fighting this week, the ethnic armed group said in an announcement on Tuesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar restricts travellers from Italy, Iran and Korea
Myanmar will only allow travellers from Italy, South Korea and Iran into the country if they can certify that they are free of the COVID-19 virus that has killed over 4000 people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.
— Myanmar Times

Union Education Minister visits matriculation exam centres in Mon State
UNION Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi visited the matriculation exam centres at No 11 Basic Education High School in Mawlamyine Township, Basic Education High School (Kamawat) in Mudon and Basic Education High School of Thanbyuzayat Township on the second day of the exam for English subject yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s Failed Charter Reform Will Soil Military’s Image: Military Proxy MP
A USDP lawmaker said the failed charter reform attempt creates a negative image of Myanmar’s military in the international community as military MPs opposed all amendments.
— Irrawaddy

Speech delivered by the State Counsellor and Chairperson of UPDJC Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the eighteenth UPDJC meeting
12 March, 2020, Nay Pyi Taw Greetings My warm greetings to all the members of the government, the Hluttaw representatives, the representatives of the Tatmadaw, the representatives of the armed organizations of the national races, and all the representatives of political parties present in this UPDJC meeting.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives Japan-Myanmar Friendship Association Chair
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received the delegation led by Mr Hideo Watanabe, chairman of the Japan-Myanmar Friendship Association, at the Bayintnaung Yeiktha in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Liverpool university to teach engineering courses in Myanmar
Liverpool John Moores University has partnered with London-listed Myanmar Strategic Holdings (MSH), developer and operator of businesses, to teach international standard engineering classes for Myanmar’s young professionals.
— Myanmar Times

UEC Chair meets Carter Centre delegation
Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein received a delegation from The Carter Centre, led by its Myanmar department representative Mr Sean Dunne, at the UEC’s office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Returning to Scene of 2003 Massacre, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Focuses on Present
Myanmar’s State Counselor on Wednesday returned to Depayin Township, where pro-junta thugs killed scores of her followers in 2003, but did not raise the incident.
— Irrawaddy

UPDJC Secretariat holds 26th meeting
The 26th meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) Secretariat was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Military Chief Retains Special Powers as NLD Charter Reforms Stymied
The commander-in-chief will continue to hold the right to exercise sweeping powers in states of emergency as the military blocks Myanmar’s push to reform its Constitution.
— Irrawaddy

Landmine Kills Two Shan Civilians in Northern Myanmar
A landmine has killed two Shan villagers and wounded another near Kyaukme, where two rebel armies and government forces are clashing.
— Irrawaddy

Finnish influencers in Myanmar fashion industry on a new TV series
Four Finnish influencers are being taken to work at the lowest level of the clothing industry in Myanmar in a new TV series.
— ScandAsia

As Myanmar Charter Change Fails, a Good Time to Remember U Win Tin
For decades, U Win Tin bravely defied the military; it’s only fitting that we mark his 90th birthday just as the army thwarts his party’s bid to demilitarize politics.
— Irrawaddy

Election observer workshop held in Nay Pyi Taw
A workshop on election observer guidelines for foreign and domestic observers was held at the Grand Amara Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, collaborated by the Union Election Commission (UEC) and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Former MPs to seek UN help in nullifying Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution
A group of former legislators will submit a petition to the United Nations asking it to nullify Myanmar’s military-backed 2008 Constitution, as the bid to amend the charter heads for defeat in parliament.
— Myanmar Times

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw rejects amendments to 14 provisions of 2008 constitution
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw continued its 15th regular session yesterday, and voted on third category of provisions related to Section 436 (a).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Court Sentences Man to Five Years in Prison Under Colonial Sodomy Law
The owner of a Yangon restaurant was sentenced to 5 years in prison for sexually abusing a waiter under a colonial-era law used to criminalize homosexuality.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar: factory inspections to combat bogus closures?
The Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar has called on the government to establish a team to monitor factories before they close, as it’s suspected some sites are using the excuse of material shortages to temporarily shutdown and evade labour disputes.
— Ecotextile

U Win Tin’s Lasting Legacy
Today would have been the 90th birthday of the late democracy activist and political prisoner U Win Tin. The Irrawaddy revisits an article from 2014 examining his legacy.
— Irrawaddy



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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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