Myanmar morning news for March 4

Myanmar morning news for March 4

Myanmar morning news

Virus monitoring to prioritize countries operating direct flights with Myanmar
As Myanmar has direct flights with COVID-19-hit China, South Korea, Singapore and Japan, monitoring measures must prioritize passengers from those countries, said Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe.
— Eleven Myanmar

Power projects on track for completion, ministry says
To provide electricity before height of the dry season arrives in March, new power plants need to be completed on time, says Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy U Khin Maung Win.
— Myanmar Times

Foreign insurers added more than $120M to industry in Myanmar
Investors have channeled some US$120 million and K60 billion into the Myanmar insurance sector since its liberalisation last year, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
— Myanmar Times

No, to cruise ship in Yangon
MYANMAR decided against allowing a tourist cruise ship, the Silver Spirit, to dock in Yangon with its passengers, days after agreeing to let them stopover for four days.
— New Straits times

No demand for seedless watermelons as China resumes fruit purchase
By Nyein Nyein China has resumed purchase of watermelons and muskmelons from Myanmar, but there has been no demand for seedless watermelons so far, U Naing Win, chair of the Myanmar Watermelon and Muskmelon Producers and Exporters Association.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Bank, business school collaborated to build KBZPay
KBZ Bank partnered with the London Business School (LBS) MBA Class of 2019 in the development of its mobile payment app, KBZPay, the bank revealed last month.
— Myanmar Times

UN appeals for US$877 million for Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh
United Nations agencies and NGO partners today launched the 2020 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. Building on the efforts and success of previous years, the appeal aims to raise US$877 million to respond to the needs of approximately 855,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and over 444,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in the communities generously hosting them.

Myanmar Military Postpones Armed Forces Day Parade Over Coronavirus
The Myanmar military has postponed celebrations of the 75th anniversary of its anti-fascist struggle due to COVID-19 and the Health Ministry’s warning against large gatherings.
— Irrawaddy

National committee meets to promote PLWD inclusion in hotels, tourism sector
A coordination meeting at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement yesterday discussed promoting the inclusion of people living with disabilities (PLWD) in the hotels and travel sector.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar seizes drugs, equipment worth $27 million: military
Myanmar soldiers swooped on several illicit drugs labs to seize nearly US$27 million of narcotics, chemicals and equipment, military newspaper The Myawady said Monday, the biggest bust so far this year.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar embassy in China warns Myanmar citizens of frauds
There are reports of frauds among Myanmar citizens in China, capitalizing on the fear of the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the Myanmar Embassy in China.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar: New Project Aims to Improve Education Quality and Access Across Country
A project to improve access to, and quality of, basic education nationwide in Myanmar was approved today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. The project, financed by a US$100 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA), will be implemented over four school years.
— Reliefweb

Myanmar’s Wa Region to Take Part in 2020 Elections: UWSA
Myanmar’s largest ethnic armed group, the United Wa State Army, will hold voting in four townships of its self-administered region for the first time when general elections are held later this year, a spokesman for the UWSA said Tuesday.
— Radio Free Asia

No Positive Cases as Myanmar Tests For Coronavirus Amid Health System Concerns
Myanmar heath officials have tested at least 45 people for possible coronavirus infections since January, with none testing positive, according to health officials, amid growing concern that the Southeast Asian nation’s inadequate health system will not be able to effectively deal with an outbreak.
— Radio Free Asia

Two Chinese wanted for suitcase murder caught in Myanmar
Myanmar authorities have arrested two of four Chinese nationals wanted by Thai police for the murder of a compatriot whose body was found in a suitcase in the Ping River in Kamphaeng Phet province.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar workers in Japan join top labor group
A union representing employees who came from Myanmar has joined a major affiliate of Rengo, Japan’s largest labor organization, underscoring efforts to improve conditions for foreign workers.
— Nikkei Asian Review

To strengthen democracy, improve access for disabled
The hotels and tourism sector is one of the sectors driving socio-economic development in Myanmar.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Mandalay Court Collects US$227,000 for American’s Bail in Cannabis Plantation Case
A bondsman has paid a Mandalay court US$227,000 to cover the bail for a US citizen who failed to appear in court in an alleged marijuana plantation case.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Ruling Party Sacks Media-Friendly Spokesman
The NLD has sacked its respected spokesman, leaving one media representative who suffers from leukemia and is renowned for refusing to answer questions.
— Irrawaddy

Taliban attack Afghan army bases, throwing peace talks into doubt
The Taliban carried out more than a dozen attacks on Afghan army bases, officials said Tuesday, hours after ending a partial truce and throwing into doubt peace talks between Kabul and the insurgents.

Tamarind fetching high price in Mandalay market due to Bangladesh demand
Tamarinds grown in Myanmar are fetching a high price in the Mandalay market on account of a drop in yield during harvest time this year coupled with a rise in demand from Bangladesh. Tamarinds grown in Zeepingyi, Popa, Nay Pyi Taw, Pyinmana, and Pakokku areas have started to enter the Mandalay market. The price of …
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Fighting Continues in Shan State Between Myanmar Military and RCSS
Fighting in Mong Kai and Keysi, Shan State has continued despite the ethnic armed group’s efforts to deescalate the situation.
— Irrawaddy

Food safety workshop held in Yangon
A workshop on developing effective strategies for safety of food sold inside and outside the markets was held in Yangon on 2 March. Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of workshop at Lottee Hotel. In his speech, the Union Minister highlighted the dangers of banned …
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Illegal fishing boat seized in Kawthoung
The Myanmar Navy in Kawthoung, Taninthayi Region, seized a fishing boat on charges of illegal fishing in Myanmar’s waters on Monday evening. The wooden fishing boat is from Longlon, Dawei District, and it was fishing sharks in the sea when it was caught by the navy.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Wa Army Says It’s Willing to Work With Myanmar Govt to Hold Voting in Its Territory
Wa leaders have promised to arrange voting on their territory during this year’s general election, and have invited the State Counselor to visit their capital, Panghsang.
— Irrawaddy

State Central Working Committee of Sangha convenes regular meeting
The 8th State Central Working Committee of Sangha held the first day of its second meeting at Maha Pasana Cave in the precinct of Kaba Aye Pagoda in Yangon yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw holds debate over amendment to the 2008 Constitution
The 15th regular session of second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw held its 16th day meeting yesterday, debating the articles and sub-articles in the second bill to amend the State Constitution.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Will Benefit From Deeper Ties With India
As China’s influence grows, Myanmar would do well to seek stronger contributions from India to the country’s development, democratic transition and military capacity.
— Irrawaddy

Educated Myanmar citizens living abroad invited to volunteer State welfare services
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited Myanmar intellectuals and intelligentsia living abroad to participate in State welfare efforts.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar: International backers spur network renewal
Work is well in hand to rehabilitate the main line between Myanmar’s most important cities, as international backers queue to support investment in one of southeast Asia’s largest networks. Peter Janssen reports from Naypyitaw.
— Railway Gazette

Cabbie tips off police, passenger busted
A telephone call from a taxi driver led police to arrest a Myanmar woman with 16,000 methamphetamine pills in Phon district of this north-eastern Thailand province on Sunday, police said.
— Myanmar Times

APG accuses Myanmar of weakness in combating money laundering
The Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) has accused Myanmar of being slow to combat money laundering and financing terrorism, U Soe Win, Union Minister of Planning, Finance and Industry, said during the 32nd meeting between Vice President U Myint Swe and the business community in late February.
— Myanmar Times

COVID-19 rains on Tatmadaw diamond jubilee parade
The Tatmadaw (military) has postponed a parade to mark its 75th anniversary on March 27 due to concerns about the COVID-19 epidemic.
— Myanmar Times

Worker representative complaints about lack of detail surveys on minimum wage
Apart from Yangon, other regions and states fail to conduct detailed surveys on the minimum wage, said U Win Zaw, worker representative from the National Minimum Wage Fixing Committee.
— Eleven Myanmar

Facebook claims Myanmar telco spent $1.2m on fake accounts to criticise competitors
Facebook published its first Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report on Monday, in which the company claimed that they had moved a network of fake pages and accounts allegedly operated by Vietnam’s Viettel and Myanmar’s Mytel.
— Oodaloop

Gov’t faces hydropower project delays due to COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, factories have shut down in China and Chinese experts have stopped coming, causing delays to hydropower projects, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
— Eleven Myanmar

Police Arrest Chinese Suspects at Myanmar Beach over Thailand Murder
Two of four Chinese suspects wanted for a murder in Thailand have been arrested at an Ayeyarwady Region beach resort, according to Myanmar’s police.
— Irrawaddy



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