Myanmar morning news for March 19

Myanmar morning news for March 19

Myanmar morning news

COVID-19 could hit FDI in Myanmar; 4000 workers lose jobs
The flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Myanmar could be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, hitting manufacturing businesses that rely on import of raw materials, according to U Thant Sin Lwin, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). Currently, more than 10 garment factories have shut down due to losses caused by the outbreak.
— Fibre2fashion

MoHS to use $10.7 mln international funds for COVID-19 prevention measures
The Ministry of Health and Sports will use US$ 10.7 million international funds for prevention and control measures against the COVID-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

UK Embassy Tells Citizens to Leave Myanmar Amid Coronavirus Concerns
The UK Embassy in Yangon is concerned the coronavirus will pressure Myanmar’s healthcare system and flights may be cancelled, though the country so far has no confirmed cases.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar military should drop criminal defamation complaint against editor – CPJ
The Myanmar military should immediately drop its criminal defamation complaint against editor Ye Ni and stop using legal threats to stifle reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists has said.
— Mizzima

Central bank revokes Asia Yangon Bank’s license
The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) revoked the license of Asia Yangon Bank Ltd on the evening of 16 March due to the breach of existing laws, according to the CBM’s statement on 16 March.
— Eleven Myanmar

For a sustainable peace, let’s imagine an ecological peace
Myanmar is the second country in the world most affected by climate change since the beginning of the 21st century.
— Mizzima

Health in rural Myanmar: how science and animal sacrifices work together in remote villages to fight malaria and TB
With malaria and tuberculosis (TB) screening out front and sacrifices to jungle gods out back, health worker Htan Pi and her shaman mother are an unlikely double act in their isolated Myanmar village.
— South China Morning Post

KTV, night clubs banned in Yangon
As a measure to contain the spreading of Covid-19, Yangon Region Government has issued a directive to close KTV and night clubs till the end of April, said Yangon Region Minister for Social Affairs U Naing Ngan Lin.
— Eleven Myanmar

In Myanmar’s Yangon, Volunteers Step in Where Government Response is Minimal
A volunteer group has been building makeshift hand-washing stations in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the absence of a systematic response by the government, which maintains the country has no confirmed cases of the viral disease.
— Radio Free Asia

Skepticism Greets Several Countries Reporting Zero Coronavirus Cases
According to official reports, the Wuhan coronavirus has not quite covered the entire world yet. Several countries, including a few with sizable populations, are reporting zero infections.
— Breitbart

S. Korean planes arrive back from Myanmar with medical gowns in anti-virus efforts
Two South Korean military transport aircraft arrived back from Myanmar on Thursday, completing their mission to bring 80,000 sets of surgical gowns for use in the battle against the new coronavirus, officials said.

MoTC presents contingency plan for marine pollution to national disaster management committee
The Ministry of Transport and Communications submitted its National Contingency Plan for Marine Pollution to seek the approval of National Disaster Management Committee yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Rice Federation strives for stable rice market
The Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) is giving priority to controlling rice price manipulation and stabilizing local rice market, according to the federation’s President U Ye Min Aung.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Army Drops Defamation Cases Against The Irrawaddy, Reuters
Myanmar’s military on Wednesday dropped criminal defamation lawsuits against two news organizations following the intervention of the Myanmar Press Council (MPC), which mediated the cases and requested that they be withdrawn, officials from the body said.
— Radio Free Asia

News release on COVID-19 (8:00 pm, 18-3-2020)
The Ministry of Health and Sports is continuously conducting surveillance on COVID-19 acute respiratory disease at international entry/exit gates, in hospital-based and community-based processes, and in collaboration with private hospitals.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Suspends Overseas Employment Process to Counter Coronavirus
Myanmar’s Department of Labor has suspended its international employment program to counter the spread of the coronavirus.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar govt preparing plans to counter virus impacts on country’s economy, State Counsellor says
The government on Monday announced that it will implement relief measures to address the possible economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic might bring to the country.
— Myanmar Times

World Briefs: Lawsuit withdrawn by Myanmar army
Myanmar’s army said yesterday it had withdrawn a criminal complaint it filed against Reuters after a request from the Myanmar Press Council and in the interest of good relations with the media.
— The Straits Times

Country Fisheries Trade: Myanmar
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has a total land area of 676,580 km2 and it is bordered by Bangladesh and India in the Northwest, China in the Northeast, Lao PDR in the East, and Thailand in the Southeast.
— Markets Screener

Myanmar govt lacks plan to protect refugees from pandemic
The government has no plans in place to protect tens of thousands of people living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), officials of several camps said.
–Myanmar Times

Criminalising basic rights raises doubts about democracy: AAPP
Criminalising the exercise of basic human rights is a big blot on Myanmar’s transition to full democracy, a local human rights group said.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay unveils easier way to pay water, other bills
Mandalay city residents can now pay municipal bills online, such as water and electricity, the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar begins tracing citizens at Malaysian religious event
The Ministry of Health and Sports has begun tracing Myanmar nationals who attended a recent religious gathering in Malaysia that has been linked to at least 95 cases of the COVID-19 virus, a senior official said on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar expected to finalize draft report of Universal Periodic Review in May
Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the third coordination meeting of national-level committee for implementing recommendations of Universal Periodic Review in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar central bank revokes licence of local bank
The Central Bank of Myanmar announced on Monday announced that it is revoking the banking licence of locally incorporated Asia Yangon Bank Ltd (AYB).
— Myanmar Times

Message of Greetings from President U Win Myint On the occasion of the 46th Anniversary of Mon State Day celebrations
Dear esteemed Mon ethnic brothers and sisters living in Mon State, It gives me great pleasure and honour to send this message of greetings on the occasion of the 46th Mon State Day Anniversary celebrations which falls on 19 March.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The challenges of a surging kyat
The kyat has appreciated 15 percent in value against the US dollar since last October, creating headaches for exporters and a challenge for the Central Bank of Myanmar.
— Frontier Myanmar

Rakhine fighting kills 11 civilians, leaves 13 missing
Fighting between the Tatmadaw (military) and Arakan Army (AA) in Rakhine State during the past two weeks has killed 11 civilians and injured at least 69, a local ethnic armed group said Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

UEC Chairman receives delegates from ERCB’s member organizations
Chairman of the Union Election Commission (UEC) U Hla Thein received delegates from Electoral Reform Coordination Body-ERCB’s member eight civil society organizations at his office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar embassy urges migrant workers in Thailand not to go back home
Suu Myat May Zaw — The Bangkok based Myanmar embassy issued a press release on March 16 which urges Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand not to go back home until April 30, not go to other countries and avoid travel during this period.
— BNI Online

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves single constitutional amendment
The 25th-day meeting of the Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 15th regular session was held yesterday. Union ministries submitted proposals to acquire foreign loans and MPs cast secret ballots on proposals to amend the Constitution.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s Military MPs Accuse NLD of Smear Campaign After Constitutional Amendment Failure
The National League for Democracy is trying to drive a wedge between the people and armed forces because its constitutional amendments were rejected, claim military MPs.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Military Ditches Irrawaddy and Reuters Lawsuits
After almost a year, Myanmar’s military has abandoned its lawsuit against The Irrawaddy over coverage of the Rakhine State conflict.
— Irrawaddy

President, State Counsellor exchange congratulatory messages with Nepali President, PM over 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties
U Win Myint, President and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, exchanged congratulatory messages with the Rt. Hon. Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari, President and the Rt. Hon. Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, respectively,
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Parliament Approves Amendment to Constitution’s Language on Chief Minister Appointments
The Myanmar Parliament has approved a proposal to remove language deemed unnecessary from a charter provision on the appointment of state and regional chief ministers.
— Irrawaddy

Working Committee meets to address the impact of COVID-19 on country’s economy
The second meeting of the Working Committee to address the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s economy was held at the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s Churches Close, Scale Back Easter Services to Prevent Coronavirus
To prevent an outbreak of coronavirus, Myanmar’s churches have limited prayer services and announced scaled-back plans for Palm Sunday and Easter celebrations.
— Irrawaddy

MCF athlete selection for Asia event postponed
Myanmar Cycling Federation has postponed the selection of athletes for the 2021 Asia Bike Championship supposed to take place in Mandalay Region on March 29. The event was supposed to have been used for selecting cyclists for 2021 Asia Bike Championship that is scheduled to be held in Myanmar for the first time.
— Myanmar Times



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