Myanmar morning news for May 7

Myanmar morning news for May 7

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar May Be Placed on EU Money-Laundering Blacklist
The European Union is set to add Myanmar on Thursday to a blacklist of 22 countries failing to enforce curbs against money laundering and other financial crimes, a Reuters news report said on May 6, citing drafts of EU documents seen ahead of the list’s expected release.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar Struggles With COVID-19 Patient Tracing Amid Asymptomatic Infections
Health authorities in Myanmar are struggling to trace the spread of the contagious coronavirus among several confirmed patients who have reported no travel abroad and no contact with others who are infected, lawmakers in two major cities said Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Outgoing UN Envoy Hopes Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Can Change
Outgoing UN human rights envoy for Myanmar Yanghee Lee says she believes State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi can change after failing to live up to her reputation as a humanitarian. But that seems unlikely to happen as fighting continues in the troubled northern state of Rakhine.
— The Diplomat

Construction of Chin State airports make progress despite COVID-19
Despite some construction delays, Chin State’s first airport is expected to open by June.
— Myanmar Times

Over K5 bln worth riverbank project to be implemented in Mandalay
More than K5.3 billion worth riverbank protection project will be implemented next year.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan Attracts Mixed Reactions from Industrial Insiders
While some observers welcome Myanmar’s stimulus measures, others claim that the plan is merely a description of the government’s goals and targets.
— Irrawaddy

Cloth Mask Campaign aims to distribute 50,000 face masks in Kayin State
More than 50,000 cloth masks will be freely distributed in seven townships of Kayin State, according to an announcement by the Cloth Mask Campaign made in the temporary market of Hpa-an’s Ward (3) yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon Elevated Expressway project delayed for two months
The tender process for the Yangon Elevated Expressway has been suspended for two months due to COVID-19, according to the committee in charge under the Ministry of Construction.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar: Humanitarians maintain life-saving support to internally displaced people as COVID-19 outbreak evolves
Humanitarian actors in Myanmar are doing everything they can to support the preparedness and prevention efforts for COVID-19 while continuing life-saving assistance for internally displaced men, women and children.
— Reliefweb

Myanmar using pandemic cover to increase attacks on minorities
Myanmar’s military has substantially increased its attacks on ethnic minorities over the past month-and-a-half, killing dozens of civilians in shelling and airstrikes.
— Arab News

Myanmar – Myanmar Government introduces its COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan
Myanmar Government introduced its economic relief plan which sets out the proposed actions to be undertaken and actions already effected by the…
— Lexology

Myanmar Ruling Party Officials in Rakhine in Hiding After Attempted Arrests
Several officials of Myanmar’s ruling party in Rakhine state have gone into hiding after a group of unidentified men wearing police uniforms tried to arrest them at their homes, a lawmaker from the volatile region said Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Tatmadaw transit centres providing healthcare services to COVID-19 quarantined persons
Transit centres of Defence Service in Nay Pyi Taw and Hline Township in Yangon are providing quarantined persons for COVID-19 disease with accommodations and medical services.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar nationals from Thai, Bangladesh return by relief flight
A relief flight of Myanmar Airways International (MAI) brought back 135 Myanmar citizens from Thailand landed in Yangon International Airport around 8 pm yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Update on COVID-19 surveillance 8:00 pm, 6-5-2020
On the evening of 6-5-2020, the National Health Laboratory (Yangon) released the results of 94 lab specimens from persons under surveillance and in quarantine, 172 lab specimens from the Department of Medical Research, and 56 lab specimens from the Tatmadaw 1000-Bedded Hospital (2) in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Advocating for human rights in Myanmar during COVID-19
Across southeast Asia, hundreds of thousands of persecuted ethnic minorities in poverty face a new threat: the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Today

Nearly 4 kg of heroin seized in Myanmar’s northwestern state
Myanmar authorities seized 3.96 kilograms of heroin in Sagaing Region, according to a release from the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Myanmar’s trade deficit up
Myanmar’s trade deficit recorded over 1.2 billion U.S. dollars in first seven months of present fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020, up from over 651 million U.S. dollars in the corresponding period of last FY, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

Asia Digest: Dakota Ventures to invest $1m in Myanmar; Vietnam’s FoodHub raises funding
Myanmar-focused Southeast Asian asset management company Dakota Ventures plans to invest $1 million in local startups while Vietnam’s farm produce delivery startup FoodHub has raised seed funding.
— DealStreetAsia

UN aid arrives in conflict-ridden Myanmar state
Food rations have arrived for residents in strife-torn Paletwa in Chin State here where the conflict between the Myanmar government forces and the Arakan Army (AA) continues.
— New Straits 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

Onepay introduces mobile interbank service app in Myanmar
Onepay this week launched a new mobile interbank platform from which users can transfer money among seven local banks -Asia Green Development Bank (AGD), Ayeyarwady Bank (AYA), CB Bank, KBZ Bank, Myanma Apex Bank (MAB), uab Bank and Yoma Bank – without physically going to any of the bank branches.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar leader assures returning workers of fair treatment
Myanmar’s de facto leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has urged the country’s returning army of workers, legal or illegal, to come through official border gates, assuring them of fair treatment.
— Myanmar Times

No new COVID-19 cases reported
The National Health Laboratory (Yangon) tested 186 samples, the Department of Medical Research tested 106 samples, and the 100-bed Defence Services General Hospital, Nay Pyi Taw tested 363 samples, totalling 655, on 5 May 2020, and no positive case was found, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Myanmar parliament to ensure COVID-19-compliant sessions
Officials are stepping up measures to ensure that the session of the Myanmar parliament scheduled to start on May 18 complies with the Health Ministry’s COVID-19 measures.
— Myanmar Times

Thai Cabinet extends Lao, Cambodian, Myanmar workers’ visas to May 31
The Cabinet has approved automatic visa extensions for workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar under an MOU, giving them the right to reside in Thailand until 31st May.
— Pattaya Mail

Four more Myanmar men held for smuggling undocumented migrants into Malaysia
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained four more Myanmar men suspected to be behind the smuggling of 202 undocumented migrants believed to be ethnic Rohingya into the country in the waters of Langkawi on April 5.
— Malay Mail

University students divided over online classes, school suspension in Myanmar
University students in Myanmar are divided over whether to hold online classes or to suspend the school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the early results of an online survey.
— Myanmar Times

Three-week quarantine for returning migrant workers
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, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

Don’t be afraid of delivery workers, health ministry says
Yangon locals do not need to be worried about delivery workers as carriers of the coronavirus as proper health guidelines have been released for them, a senior official from the health ministry reassured.
— Myanmar Times

Full Moon Day of Kasone celebrated in Mandalay under MoHS guidelines
Kasone Full Moon Day festival was celebrated with pouring water at Bodhi Banyan trees in the residential wards of Mandalay yesterday under the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Sports.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Devotees perform meritorious deeds on Kasone Full Moon Day in Nay Pyi Taw
Members of the public in Nay Pyi Taw visited pagodas and religious edifices for the Full Moon Day of Kasone yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MR repairs sleepers at Yangon Central Railway Station
With the concrete railway sleepers laid at Yangon Central Railway Station damaged, the railway sleepers laid in Platforms 2, 3 and 4 are being repaired for the safety of the commuters with the guideline of Yangon Division 7 chief engineer (civil) of Myanma Railway (MR), said an official from MR. U Kyaw Lwin,
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

I am hoping for the quickest return to normalcy and will work hard for it: State Counsellor
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wrote on her Facebook page yesterday that she hoped for the quickest return to normalcy and that she would work hard for it.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar nationals in Sri Lanka to be repatriated
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.
— Daily News



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