Myanmar morning news for May 6

Myanmar morning news for May 6
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar Confirms 10 New COVID-19 Cases After Two-Day Reprieve
Six new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Myanmar on Monday, following four fresh cases the previous day; the country’s total now stands at 161 with six deaths.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s 2020 Elections: What Does the Future Hold?
If the polls move forward despite the pandemic, it will be a landmark development for Myanmar.
— The Diplomat

57% of Covid-19 patients in Myanmar asymptomatic
Fifty seven percent of confirmed Covid-19 patients in Myanmar exhibit no symptoms although they have tested positive for the virus, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar

Yoma Bank sets the pace as Myanmar’s banking sector opens up
Myanmar’s Yoma Bank, a mainstay lender in the Southeast Asian country, is setting the pace in attracting foreign investment after authorities lifted a ban on foreign financial institutions holding shares in local banks.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Myanmar’s Kayah State Orders Defamation Measures Against Critics
Authorities in eastern Myanmar’s Kayah state have announced an order demanding criminal charges against anyone who defames government officials, effectively criminalizing criticism in a move that rights advocates say will deal a new blow to freedom of expression in the multiethnic emerging democracy.
— Radio Free Asia

MoIFER Union Minister leads Working Committee to address impact of COVID-19 on country’s economy
Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations U Thaung Tun presides over fourth meeting of the Working Committee yesterday to address the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s economy.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Awaits Workers Returning from Thailand, While Laos Keeps Its Border Closed
Myanmar’s military and authorities in the country’s capital Naypyidaw are mandating a three-week coronavirus quarantine for migrant workers returning from Thailand, with about 600 returnees now expected in a new group of arrivals, sources in Myanmar say.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s trade deficit registers over US$1.2bil in first 7 months of FY 2019-20
Myanmar’s trade deficit recorded over US$1.2 billion in first seven months of present fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020, up from over $651 million in the corresponding period of last FY, said figures by the Commerce Ministry on Tuesday (May 5).
— The Star Online

Govt, EAOs hold coordination meeting on COVID-19 prevention, control and treatment plans
The coordination committee of ethnic armed organizations and the signatories of nationwide ceasefire agreement held a coordination meeting at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday to work together for prevention an containment of COVID-19 diseases.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Building New IDP Camps Requires Security Considerations: Rakhine State Govt
A Rakhine State government spokesperson says humanitarian groups can build IDP camps if they obtain permission and if the camps are not in a sensitive location.
— Irrawaddy

State Counsellor discusses preparations for returnees with chief ministers of Kayin, Taninthayi and Mon
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds the video conference with chief ministers from Kayin, Taninthayi and Mon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Curious revival of Myanmar’s rag-tag Rohingya rebels
Myanmar military is pumping up the poorly armed and shadowy insurgent group’s threat to justify its Rohingya genocide.
— Asia Times

Myanmar provides income support for workers
Myanmar’s Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population has introduced a new social security mechanism which will allow workers whose factories have been closed since mid-April due to safety inspections to claim for 40 per cent of their salaries.
— Eco Textile

Myanmar presents twice-weekly online updates
Myanmar Tourism Marketing has launched twice-weekly online panel discussions during May that update the travel trade worldwide on how the country is responding to the “Covid-19 pandemic.
— TTR Weekly

Myanmar Political Parties Want Say on 2020 Election Timing Amid Coronavirus Fight
Political parties in Myanmar have urged the Union Election Commission to consult them on whether to postpone the country’s 2020 general election due to the coronavirus pandemic, party officials said Tuesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar researchers train with international group of think tanks
The future leaders of the world’s most influential think tanks need to be not only brilliant researchers, but also excellent managers, networkers, and communicators.
— Mizzima

China donates medical equipment, accessories to Myanmar’s COVID-19 testing laboratory
China has donated medical equipment and accessories to a newly-built laboratory of Myanmar’s military hospital. The donation, including medical equipment, reagents and consumables, enables the lab to test COVID-19 virus samples faster and more efficiently.
— Xinhua

The Story behind Myanmar’s National Anthem
Anyone who has attended school or been to a cinema in Myanmar will doubtless be familiar with the stirring opening bars of the country’s national anthem, Kabar Ma Kyei or “Till the End of the World”.
— Myanmore

Food security concerns mount as COVID-19 disruption leaves Myanmar farmers unable to plant
Food security concerns in Myanmar are looming as farmers are unable to start the new growing season due to COVID-19 disruptions.
— Myanmar Times

Free Expression Myanmar and the challenge of the virus pandemic
May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. According to Oliver Spencer-Shrestha of Free Expression Myanmar, media freedom is even more vital during the COVID-19 pandemic but given the media is reporting so heavily on it, it might be wise for them to cover other issues as well.
— Mizzima

Myanmar classifies fertilizers as essential in Covid-19
Myanmar’s (Burma) ministry of labour, immigration and population has declared the fertilizer sector as essential and permitted the sector to operate amid the wider movement restrictions.
— Argus Media

COVID-19 not deterrence to Myanmar human traffickers
Human trafficking remains rampant in Myanmar even with the spread of the dreaded COVID-19, which has killed six people since it was first detected in the country on March 23.
— Myanmar Times

MoHS discuss healthcare plans for monsoon common diseases
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe presided over a meeting yesterday through video conferencing about prevention and precautions of most monsoon common diseases amid the ministry’s measures against COVID-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Well-wishers in China donate medical supplies to Myanmar
Well-wishers and organizations from the People’s Republic of China donated medical supplies to Myanmar to help fight against COVID-19 on 4 May Mr Xu Jianguo, Secretary General of China Foundation for Peace and Development, handed over the 5.3 million Yuan worth of 1,200,000 surgical masks, 3,600 personal protective equipment-PPE,
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar monk to bring home citizens stranded in Sri Lanka
More than 140 Myanmar nationals stranded in Sri Lanka, including Buddhist monks, will return to the country on a flight organised by Sitagu Sadayaw, a highly respected monk.
— Myanmar Times

National Volunteers Steering Committee holds video conference
Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, and Secretary of National Volunteers Steering Committee, hosted a video conference at the ministry yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Public responds to COVID-19 restrictions in Myanmar
Most of Yangon’s most popular pagodas, including Shwedagon, Botahtaung, Sule and Kabar Aye, have been closed to the public since March 28.
— Myanmar Times

All persons closed to positive soldier tested negative for COVID-19
A statement on a soldier who is serving at the Nay Pyi Taw Command testing positive for COVID-19 was issued on 4 May.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Election Official Says Nation Will Go to Polls This Year Despite COVID-19
The general election scheduled for this year will proceed as planned despite the COVID-19 outbreak, and political parties should be ready, an election commissioner said.
— Irrawaddy

Republic of the Union of Myanmar Office of the President Press Release 17/2020
13th Waxing of Kasone, 1382 ME (4 May 2020) Additional statistical bulletin on drug seizures, acting on information.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Military COVID-19 Patient’s Contacts Test Negative
The Myanmar military says 300 personnel have tested negative for COVID-19 despite having had contact with a soldier who recently contracted the disease.
— Irrawaddy

Six Labor Strike Leaders Jailed for Breaking Myanmar’s COVID-19 Rules
Yangon labor activists threaten more strikes to demand wages during coronavirus factory closures.
— Irrawaddy

India donates medical supplies to Myanmar
India donated medical supplies to aid the containment and treatment of COVID-19 in a ceremony at Yangon International Airport yesterday. The donation is organized by the Embassy of India in Myanmar.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Civilian Injured by Landmine as Mon, Karen Armed Groups Trade Blame
A landmine destroyed the leg of a civilian in Mon State in an area plagued by conflict between the Karen National Union and the New Mon State Party.
— Irrawaddy



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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on Vesak Day, May 7.


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