Myanmar morning news for May 5

Myanmar morning news for May 5

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar govt extends temporary suspension of microfinance operations to May 15
The Financial Regulatory Department under the Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry has extended Directive No (2/2020) suspending microfinance institutions from operations until May 15 as a precautionary COVID-19 measure.
— Myanmar Times

Total Covid-19 cases reach 161
COVID-19 Situation Report released at 8:00 pm on 4 May Laboratory tests of the National Health Laboratory (Yangon) on the 95 samples and 119 samples by the Department of Medical Research, totalling 214, on 4 May afternoon have showed that 5 new cases, and ONE new case was tested at No.2 Defence Services Hospital (1,000-bed).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar economy unlikely to recover this year: MIFER
Despite a huge increase in approved foreign investments from US$1.9 billion to $3.3 billion during the period between October and March, the actual inflow of foreign direct investments (FDI) are lower.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar reports first COVID-19 case in armed forces
Five Myanmar soldiers also infected while undergoing military training in Russia.
— AA

Why we Rohingya refugees risk our lives at sea
‘I put my life in the hands of smugglers and traffickers and arrived safely. Those still lost at sea today cannot speak up.’
— The new humanitarian

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Trade deficit widens, exceeds $1.4 bln as of 17 April
Myanmar’s trade gap significantly increased over the half of the current financial year to more than US$1.4 billion from $422.29 million registered in the corresponding period of the 2018-2019FY, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Govt Lists Essential Businesses Prioritized for Reopening Amid COVID-19
The Human Resources Ministry has released a list of essential businesses including seafood plants, food wholesalers and shipping firms targeted for reopening by mid-May.
— Irrawaddy

Secondhand car sales resume in Yangon
Since COVID-19 cases were first detected in Myanmar in late March local car sales took a hit. Used car sales from Japan, however, have seen increased transactions leading up to the end of April.
— Myanmar Times

In Myanmar’s Chin State, Rain and Attack on WFP Convoy Force Aid Deliveries by Boat
The Myanmar government says it will ship food to a Chin State town after a World Food Programme aid convoy was attacked by the Arakan Army while trying to reach the area.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar shuttle star continues to keep eyes focused on Olympics
While sports events have been suspended due to global COVID-19 pandemic, athletes continue training on their own. The Myanmar Times spoke to local badminton star Thet Htar Thuzar about her efforts to quality for the Olympics.
— Myanmar Times

EU pushes Myanmar to implement truce
The European Union has urged all armed forces in Myanmar to implement an unconditional ceasefire and recommit to an all-inclusive peace process.
— UCA News

Myanmar: Ponnagyun Twsp Villagers Flee Shelling And Gunfire
Hundreds of residents of Kyanyokan village in Ponnagyun Township, Arakan State, fled their homes on May 1 amid a hail of artillery shells and small arms fire, according to locals.
— Eurasia Review

Myanmar govt urged to abolish laws curtailing media freedom
The continued use of old oppressive laws and adoption of new ones by the government and military are the greatest threats to media freedom in Myanmar, according to Free Expression Myanmar (FEM).
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Migrants Stranded Without Cash in Thailand by COVID-19
Thousands of migrants workers cannot return home because of Thai travel restrictions and they now lack money for food and rent.
— Irrawaddy

Two important points to keep in mind – making sure there is no infection spread among those from reopened factories after health inspections and those returning home from the border areas: State Counsellor
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Su Kyi wrote on her Facebook page yesterday that there were two important points to keep in mind at the moment in trying to contain the COVID: among those from the workplaces and factories which have been allowed to reopen after health inspections and those who will be returning home.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

SWRR Ministry coordinates IDP camp assistance in Paletwa
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye discussed the latest situations of internally displaced persons in Paletwa Township, Chin State, cooperation between the ministry and Chin State government and continued assistance.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

CERP should focus more on agriculture, livestock sectors: businesses
Economists said the government’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP) should focus more on essential sectors such as agriculture and livestock, which affects longer term food security.
— Myanmar Times

Govt, private entities discuss COVID-19 measures, trade with China
Hluttaw representatives, Muse District/Township officials, businesspersons and donors convened at the Muse District hall on 4 May to discuss ongoing and future processes on prevention of COVID-19 in Muse, northern Shan State.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Manufacturing PMI Falls To Record Low – IHS Marketing
The Myanmar manufacturing sector continued to contract in April, and at a sharply faster rate because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the latest survey from IHS Marketing revealed on Monday with a record low manufacturing PMI score of 29.0.
— One News Page

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Is Democracy in Myanmar’s Future?
The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is rated a 3.01-4 on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s rankings, which falls under the category of an authoritarian regime.
— The-college-reporter

Teachers contribute cash fund for measures against COVID-19 in Dala Township
School teachers donated K1,105,500 for COVID-19 containment and prevention measures in Dala Township, the outskirts of Yangon, yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

About 8,500 baskets of paddy seeds distributed to 26 townships in Magway Region
The Agricultural Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has distributed about 8,500 baskets of quality paddy seeds namely Manawthuka, Hsinthuka and Yadanartoe from the quality strain farm in Pwintphyu township–to 26 townships in Magway region, said U Aung Chit, the in-charge of its farm.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Don’t Let Your Guard Down, Myanmar Health Minister Warns Public on COVID-19
The minister of health and sports has warned the public that the country’s apparent progress in slowing the COVID-19 outbreak is no reason to relax prevention measures.
— Irrawaddy

Karen Revolutionary Leader and Peacemaker with Myanmar Government Dies
Some claim the 93-year-old lifelong soldier Major General Saw Htay Maung failed to adapt his military skills to the negotiation table.
— Irrawaddy

Freedom of Expression in Myanmar in Decline Under NLD Government, Say Advocates
New research by Athan shows over 1,000 people in Myanmar have faced lawsuits for criticizing the state or military under the current government.
— Irrawaddy

Tatmadaw offers to use COBAS 6800 machines for COVID-19 tests
Tatmadaw has offered to use its two COBAS 6800 machines for COVID-19 laboratory tests, according to the Facebook Page of Director-General U Zaw Htay from the Ministry of State Counsellor Office.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Tencent dominates Myanmar’s booming music streaming scene
Major Chinese internet company Tencent Holdings is leading Myanmar’s growth in music streaming services, plowing ahead while major U.S. and European providers have yet to make advances into the Southeast Asian country.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees relocated to Bangladesh island after weeks at sea
Dozens of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea for weeks have been relocated to a controversial flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh officials said on Monday (May 4).
— The Star Online

Plan underway for fish trucks to enter market via land route
With the delayed trade flow into the Central Sanpya fish market, the plan is underway for the fish trucks to enter the fish market via land route systematically, said Yangon Region Hluttaw Representative U Khin Win.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Two More Myanmar Military Officers Catch COVID-19 in Moscow
Five military officers training in Russia have now tested positive with coronavirus as the virus spreads rapidly in the country.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Artists Turn to Social Media to Share Work Despite Coronavirus
Myanmar artists are taking to social media amid COVID-19 to share art and maintain community, while also supporting one another to unplug, get offline and create.
— Irrawaddy

ARSA Insurgents Shoot, Injure Two Myanmar Border Guard Police Officers
Two Border Guard Police officers in Rakhine State were wounded when ARSA insurgents shot at their patrol from inside Bangladesh.
— Irrawaddy



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