Myanmar morning news for May 26

Myanmar morning news for May 26

Myanmar morning news

Two more Myanmar returnees test positive, total cases at 203
Two Myanmar citizens who returned from overseas have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the health ministry at 8pm on May 25. Meanwhile, one patient is on the road to recovery.
— Myanmar Times

Power sector tops Myanmar’s foreign investment in seven months of FY 2019-20
The power sector topped Myanmar’s foreign direct investment (FDI) with over US$1 billion of investment capital from six permitted foreign enterprises in first seven months of current fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020, government figures showed on Monday (May 25).
— The Star Online

Myanmar & China to check out trade good delays at the border
The Myanmar and Chinese authorities say traders are incurring losses due to restrictions at border gates and that field visits will be used to attempt to resolve the issues.
— Fresh Plaza

Myanmar army accused of new atrocities in attack on Rakhine village
Less than three years since a crackdown against Rohingya, troops are again accused of war crimes – this time against Rakhine Buddhists.
— The Guardian

ADB to extend loans in support of development in Myanmar
Myanmar is planning to take a US$60 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to establish a Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC), U Maung Maung Win, the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry, said in Parliament on May 21. The proposal was sent by the President.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay to beef up 5,000 tons of national reserve rice
MANDALAY-Mandalay Region is going to beef up 5,000 tons of national reserve rice for emergencies in case the COVID-19 outbreak drags on.
— Eleven Myanmar

ICJ calls for Myanmar to do more to protect Rohingya population
In order to comply substantially with the International Court of Justice’s provisional measures Order in the case of The Gambia v. Myanmar, Myanmar should carry out legal reforms and cooperate with international accountability processes, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) says.
— BNI Online

Myanmar’s hasty solar tender draws criticism from investors
The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) is being criticised by the business community over a recent tender for solar power, with key foreign investors pressing for more time to prepare bids and for tough conditions to be revised.
— Myanmar Times

Repayment of agricultural loans postponed to end of May due to COVID-19
The last day to repay the previous monsoon season’s agricultural loans in Arakan State has been deferred to May 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a second extension of the original April 15 repayment date, said U Pyone Naing, manager of the Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank in Manaung Township.
— BNI Online

Telenor Myanmar to disconnect unregistered SIM cards in 40 days
Telenor Myanmar has announced that there are 40 days left for correct SIM registration. Mobile subscribers in Myanmar are required to register their SIMs with a verified ID card and hold no more than 2 SIM cards per ID. Under the Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (PTD) directive, operators must terminate all SIMs not registered by 30 June.
— Telecompaper

Govt provides COVID-19 medical supplies to ethnic armed organizations
The Peace Commission and the Committee for Coordination with Ethnic Armed Organizations in measures against COVID-19 of the government presented medical supplies to the ethnic armed organizations.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Online Film Festival Spotlights Mental Health Effects of Isolation Amid COVID-19 in Myanmar
The artistic and mental health communities have come together to launch an online film festival to highlight the impact of isolation on people amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Irrawaddy

China flips the electoral script in Myanmar
Suu Kyi is now close to old adversary China while long-ruling military is skeptical of Beijing’s intent ahead of pivotal polls.
— Asia Times

Rohingya Refugees Smuggle Drugs for Insurgents in Myanmar
Rohingya refugees fleeing anti-Muslim persecution in Myanmar are exploited by the Arakan Army to smuggle synthetic drugs into Bangladesh.
— New Security Best

1,741 Myanmar workers re-enter from Thailand via Friendship Bridge No (2) in two days
Under bilateral cooperation, 1,741 Myanmar workers have reentered the country over the past two days through Myawady-Mae Sot Friendship Bridge No (2) during the Covid-19 emergency period.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar army accused of new atrocities in attack on Rakhine village
Kyaw Thu * waited up until evening dropped prior to taking his family members to the financial institution of a river not much from theirvillage While millions throughout the world were informed to continue to be in your home to remain secure from the coronavirus pandemic, he and also his neighbors were compelled to leave.
— Reporter

Stop anti-Muslim bigotry fanned by leaders, media
We welcome UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ commitment to reject anti-Muslim bigotry, hate and intolerance in his remarks on Friday to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states during a meeting themed “Covid-19 Solidarity: Promoting Co-Existence and Shared Responsibility.”
— New Straits Times

Challenges mount for journalists reporting on Arakan State
As fighting in Arakan State between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army (AA) has intensified, both national and foreign journalists are facing increasing challenges in obtaining information to report on the state’s affairs.
— BNI Online

Finland signed agreement with UNESCO to strengthen teachers and students in Myanmar
The Finnish Ambassador H.E. Riikka Laatu signed an agreement of 5 Million Euros with UNESCO to continue their support in Strengthening Pre-Service Teacher Education in Myanmar on 21 May 2020.
— Scandasia

Most foreign enterprises have invested in manufacturing
Most foreign enterprises primarily invested in the manufacturing sector in the seven months of the current financial year 2019-2020, the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) stated.
— Mizzima

NLD warns of more racial, religious strife as polls near
Racial and religious conflict will grow across the country as the election nears, and people should stay calm, leaders of political parties warned.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Facebook User Sued for Accusing Mandalay Chief Minister of Corruption
A Mandalay government employee – allegedly at the request of chief minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung – has used the Telecommunications Act to counter Facebook allegations.
— Irrawaddy

More ethnic armed groups enlist in COVID-19 fight in Myanmar
More ethnic armed groups are joining the government’s effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the Tatmadaw (military) is reaching out to find out what they need to fight the virus in their territories.
— Myanmar Times

How companies can weather times of crisis: The way ahead
While companies operating in Myanmar are already operating under demanding conditions, thinking in risk-related extreme scenarios can also reveal not thought-of business opportunities and spur innovation. However, challenges remain in the areas of Risk Management, Crisis Management, and Corporate Governance.
— Myanmar Times

SWRR ministry continues humanitarian support to IDP camps
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is cooperating with relevant government departments and organizations to provide humanitarian support regarding COVID-19 to IDP camps and conflict relief camps.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

NYDC CEO Says New Yangon City Project Will Move Forward
Serge Pun says megaprojects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative are crucial to Myanmar’s recovery from COVID-19 as they can create employment.
— Irrawaddy

We need to continuously look at not only the long term health, economic, and social needs of the country but also the political goals: State Counsellor
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wrote on her Facebook page yesterday that in formulating COVID related plans, they were not looking only for a short term solution and that there was a need to continuously look at not only the long term health, economic, and social needs of the country but also the.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Electricity and Energy Public notification
The National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) deems it necessary to continue containing the spread of COVID-19 and made an announcement on 13 May 2020 that all directives, notifications, requests to the public, and orders issued by Union-level.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ethnic Kuki Man Killed in Northern Myanmar, Locals Blame Ethnic Shanni Army
Two ethnic Kuki men were shot in Sagaing’s Homalin Township on Saturday by gunmen who locals say belong to the Shanni Nationalities Army.
— Irrawaddy

20,000 litres of neutral alcohol received for COVID-19 measures
A multinational company Diageo delivered 20,000 litres of neutral alcohol to support Myanmar in the fight against COVID-19 on May 22.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Govt COVID-19 coord committee holds second meeting with KNU
The national coordination committee for negotiating COVID-19 measures with ethnic armed organizations (EAOs)held an online video conference with the Karen National Union (KNU) yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

First Myanmar Doctor to Contract COVID-19 Recovers
Dr. Myint Myint Sein was discharged from the hospital Monday, six weeks after she risked her own health in an attempt to save a coronavirus patient in early April.
— Irrawaddy

Amyotha Hluttaw approves committee member substitutions, raises queries to ministries
Amyotha Hluttaw held its 4th-day meeting yesterday, with substitution of members in respective committees and queries to the four ministries yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Grab Myanmar donates rice bags to 1,000 YBS drivers
Grab Myanmar has distributed rice bags to 1,000 YBS drivers, at high risk of coronavirus pandemic, on 21 and 22 May, Grab Myanmar stated.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

COVID-19: 15,000 Rohingya refugees under quarantine as cases hit 29
Some 15,000 Rohingya refugees are now under coronavirus quarantine in Bangladesh’s vast camps, officials said on Monday (May 25), as the number of confirmed infections rose to 29.

Pyithu Hluttaw holds 4th-day meeting of 16th regular session
Pyithu Hluttaw convened its 4th-day meeting of the 16th regular session yesterday. Speaker U T Khun Myat reported to the Hluttaw about extension of the Pyithu Hluttaw Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee from 19 May, 2020 to 31 January, 2021.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The Day Myanmar’s Most Esteemed Foreign Monk Passed Away
On this day in 1966, Italian-born U Lokanatha died of cancer in Pyin Oo Lwin after many decades of promoting Buddhism around the world.
— Irrawaddy



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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on World No-Tobacco Day, May 31.


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