Military leader says domestic economy is improving - November 5 top news collection

The Military Council extends the repayment period for those who have taken a Covid-19 loan with interest repayment for another year

Military leader says domestic economy is improving - November 5 top news collection

The Military Council extends the repayment period for those who have taken a Covid-19 loan with interest repayment for another year

 The military council announced on November 4 that it has extended one year to repay the loans issued to affected businesses in order to recover from the economic damage caused by Covid-19.

 

 Among the one-year extensions, companies that have paid interest twice and must be operating efficiently according to the purpose of the loan, he said. On April 9, 2020, more than 158 billion kyats of loans were lent to 5,990 companies out of a 200 billion kyat fund based on priority sectors for the covid loans.

 

 The loan term is one year and the interest rate is set at 17 percent. Among the businesses that provided loans, CMP businesses, small and medium businesses; Agriculture, breeding, and aquatic products production; Export and manufacturing activities There are 10 businesses including import substitution manufacturing businesses.

 

 In March 2021, the loan that was issued to these businesses was extended for a period of 6 months, and in September 2021, it was extended for a period of 1 year and 6 months, and now it has been extended for another year.

 As businesses that have taken out loans, the loan capital, If you fail to repay the interest, action will be taken according to the loan agreement.

 The local defense said that a member of Pu Saw Hội was hit by a mine when he came to clear the PDF gate camp at the beginning of the day.

A video of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi collapsing with an explosion after the armed man kicked the vinyl hanging with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

 Every time I bend, People's Defense Forces said that after a member of the People's Defense Forces was killed by a mine hit by a mine hit a member of the People's Defense Force at the intersection of Kyauk Phekha Village Road in Reaslu Township, the Military Council placed a barricade between Pakokku GTI University and Reaslu.

 "Before, there were only one or two who hid. Now there are more than 10 people hiding, GTC and the beginning of the water, There is no checking of pedestrians. The checkpoints are military, of course. It's just blackmail," said an official from Yesagyo Revolution Group. He said that on October 2nd at the intersection of Kyauk Polla Village, the Public Defense Joint Teams opened the gate to check whether military council products were being used.

 About hanging the picture of State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the checkpoint because she wanted true democracy. At that time, they heard news that the Pyu Saw Hội group would arrive, and then they left. He continued to say that the Pyu Saw Hội member stepped on a landmine that had been imprisoned by the People's Defense Forces and died on the spot.

 A video circulating on social media also shows a person kicking the vinyl with his foot, and soon after, an explosion is heard and the person who kicked him falls down.

 After that, some people nearby are also seen in the video saying to call to call.

 The BBC cannot independently confirm the statement that the victim in the video was a member of the Pyu Saw Hội Army.

 As for the military council, there is no such thing as a Pyu Saw Hội group. He said that if the people in the relevant wards and villages request for their safety, the militia will provide training in the necessary military laws.

 In Kantbalu Township, four villages were shot with heavy weapons. A school was hit and damaged

The 60-strong military council troops that came from Kantabalu Township, Sagaing Division, came to Myshlingon village on the morning of today, November 5th. Lwin Gyi you forest Locals said they fired heavy weapons at villages such as Zaw Chao.

 He said that around 4,500 local residents had to flee because of the firing for almost an hour from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The school in the middle of the village was damaged due to heavy weapons fire, and civilians were injured or killed. They say that they don't know yet.

 "Since early in the morning, they have been carrying motorbikes and weapon parts. And shoot continuously, There was no fight. I didn't hear that the mine was pulled. I think they are just throwing away PDFs because they think they are there," said a resident. The military council troops stationed at Kokhangbo were stationed in Nakhon Village on November 1st and 2nd and returned from Nakhon Village on November 3rd. Due to the explosion of the weapon fired by that column, 4 local residents of Zikana village were hit by bullets, and a 68-year-old woman and a 13-year-old child died. Locals said that 16 villagers have been arrested as hostages.

 The BBC has not yet been able to independently confirm the military council's statement that the military council fired into the villages with heavy weapons, and is trying to contact the military council to inquire.

In Rakhine State, in the first week of November, artillery shells fired by the military council exploded in a village, killing 7 people and at least 10 injured.

 

 Among the dead were school-age children under 10 years old, as well as elderly men and women.

 

 Today, November 5th, a bullet fired by the Buthidaung military strategic unit of the military council in the village of Tharak Kinmanu in Buthidaung township exploded, killing 3 Muslims, according to local residents.

 He said that the army has been firing artillery shells since last night and is still firing until mid-afternoon.

 In addition, on November 4, at around 10:00 a.m. yesterday, villagers said that an 8-year-old schoolboy and an 86-year-old man were killed when they opened fire on Shwe Pyayew Village in Kyaukta Township.

 The two dead were U Maung Tu Xung and his cousin Maung Aung Min Naing, and 6 of the 8 injured were sent to Kyauktao Hospital.

 Out of the 6 people receiving treatment at Kyauktao Hospital, the seriously injured one who was hit by a bullet in the elbow will be taken to Sittwe Hospital today, said U Tun Tun Myint, head of Shwe Pyyew Village.

 "The artillery shell was fired from the navy near the camp. There is no fighting near our village. About 6 shells fell into the village. 2 out of 10 people affected die. The villagers are also scared and running away," said a villager.

 Yesterday's shooting occurred in the upper part of Kyauktao town, near the village of Kutha, when the Rakhine Army AA attacked a military council boat, so the navy opened fire on the nearby areas with heavy weapons. Villagers said that the explosion occurred in villages unrelated to the place where the attack took place.

 On November 1st, at midnight, Kyauktao Brigade opened fire with heavy weapons, and three family members who were sleeping together in the same house were killed by the shelling of Pisei Village, Kyauktao Township.

 The deceased are 45-year-old U Ko Soe Win, His 42-year-old wife Daw Than Than Wai and his 13-year-old daughter My Phyo Su Wai.

 During the current resurgence of fighting, villages in Rakhine State are being fired upon with heavy weapons and drones are dropping bombs, so local villagers are living in fear for their lives, and most of them are fleeing to safe places.

 The BBC tried to contact the Rakhine State government regarding the deaths and injuries caused by the explosion of the artillery fired by the Military Council in Rakhine State, but was unable to get in touch.

 The power outage has increased due to a gas leak in the Jotika offshore power line that sends to Yangon

 According to the Yangon Regional Electricity Corporation, there have been many power outages in Yangon since last week due to a gas leak in the offshore power line of Xoti, which mainly sends electricity to Yangon.

 According to the above group, the main power transmission line to Yangon is reducing the power supply, so emergency load reduction is being done and there will be more power outages in these days.

 It is still being repaired, and it is not yet known when it will be able to return to normal.

 In most of the townships in Yangon, since the last week of October, power outages have been increasing, with one outage lasting at least four hours.

 Accommodation fees for Kyaw Hyo Pilgrims Even though the mountain vehicle fee is arranged for free, there are few visitors

Mon State, one of the tourist regions of Myanmar, Accommodation fees for pilgrims who come to Kyayi Thao Pagoda on November 3rd and 4th. Although free mountain bus fares have been arranged, only around 2,600 pilgrims have come, according to the Kyaikthio Trustee Group.

 "Accommodation, In addition to the free climbing fees, the climbing vehicle association, Gopa shopkeepers gathered in the grill camp area. Food is served in the temple square. The number of people who came is less than last year. In the future, we will continue to carry out such programs with relevant organizations, so pilgrims should come to relax as well. In terms of security, there are security forces. We cannot criticize that," said U Soe Hla, chairman of the board of trustees.

 Previously, since the opening of the temple on the full moon of the week, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visited during the open season, but the temple was closed for a year in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year, the number of pilgrims decreased due to the Covid-19 and travel difficulties, but around 400,000 people visited. He said that this year, the number of pilgrims has decreased significantly compared to previous years.

 Due to the decrease in pilgrims, the residents of Kyaw That rely on pilgrims. The rest camps are restaurants, shop Nirvana store mountain car He also said that businesses such as lodgings are tight.

 Last October 12, there was an exchange of fire after local defense forces came to the security camp of the Military Council near the Kyaik Hyo mountain bus terminal, and four passengers were killed and 19 were injured.

 Local residents said that since that incident, the number of visitors to Kyai Hyo Pagoda has decreased.

 Mandalay Taung Nyunt Police confirmed that the three killers of an elderly couple on Mandalay Road have been arrested.

On the night of October 30, a 70-year-old retired university lecturer who lives in a third-floor apartment on Mandalay Road, Mingaladaung Taung Nyunt Township. The Mingalaung Taung Nyunt Police Station told the BBC that three people were arrested on November 3 for the murders of author and university star (b) U Myint Wai and his wife Daw Khin Khin San.

 3 defendants, Bagu Division, They were caught in Ukfo Township and these people are the ones who regularly deliver clean water to the writer's wife's home. Currently, the defendants are detained at the police station and have been remanded for 15 days.

 The author and his wife live alone at home without any child support. The author, university star, won the Temple of Literature Award. It is said that he is the author of the literature on physics, which won the National Literature Award, and his wife is a retired school teacher.

 On the night of the incident, they reported to the police that there was a bad smell coming from the surroundings, and they found that both of them had been murdered in their apartment.

 The reason for the murder and the further investigation of the case will be revealed in more detail.

 Recognition of NUG; The NUG asked ASEAN Human Rights Minister for five points, including rejecting the military council election

National Unity Government Ministry of Human Rights Union Minister U Aung Myo Min on November 4 Cambodia He participated in the online discussion at the ASEAN Civil Organizations Conference held in Phnom Penh.

 U Aung Myo Min said that he demanded five points in order to fundamentally change and resolve the stalled ASEAN diplomatic issues regarding the Myanmar crisis.

 Among the points he demanded was to recognize the government of national unity as the legitimately elected government of the Myanmar people and not to give diplomatic status to the illegal military dictators. To go beyond the 5 ASEAN Common Agreements and start a new chapter in diplomatic relations. To invite the people of Myanmar who are suffering from the abuses of the military coup d'état and are being ignored, to hold a new dialogue. China United States Indonesia Thailand India The National Unity Government, including the United Kingdom, To cooperate with ethnic armed groups and carry out humanitarian responses. For ASEAN to publicly reject the illegality of the election declared by the military dictator. These factors are to promote the process of developing the Myanmar Federal Democratic Constitution.

 U Aung Myo Min answered the BBC's question about how much influence the discussions at the ASEAN civil society conference will have on the upcoming ASEAN Summit.

 "These presentations are being discussed at a meeting of ASEAN governments. At the same time, we are working on certain topics. But not every country. The better the country he serves in his turn, the more effective their actions are. "These kinds of presentations are really respected by all countries, and there are discussions on the discussion table of ASEAN leaders," he said.

 At that meeting, the representative of the Republic of Indonesia of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), H.E. Yuyun Wahyuningrum and Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Gerald Joseph, a former Council on Foreign Policy adviser, also participated in the discussion.

 Pressure Australia to sanction the Burmese military

According to ABC news, there is pressure on the Australian government to sanction the Burmese military after Amnesty International's report that the Burmese military is receiving civilian jet fuel from the AI ​​group.

 In addition, after the jet fuel subsidies and financial transactions were leaked, activists are urging Australia-based ANZ Bank to reconsider its ties with Southeast Asian countries.

 Amnesty International's report released on November 3 called on the international community to urgently prevent the shipment of jet fuel from reaching the Myanmar military.

 The report found that companies supplying jet fuel were linked to war crimes and deadly airstrikes. Ms Tessing Roh of the Australia-based Myanmar Campaign Network called on the Australian government to take action.

 "Strong statements cannot save lives. Only sanctions can save lives," Ms. Roth said.

 He added that sanctions targeting the Myanmar military's businesses would cut off the foreign revenue that the Myanmar military relies on to purchase weapons. The Burmese military council has been strongly opposed by the Burmese military council for the attack on the school in Dipay Yin Layat Kone Village, which killed many people last September and October, and the airstrike on the KIA-controlled Anpa area.

 Australian Foreign Minister Panni Wan said at a press conference held in Thailand on November 3 that although he is considering taking action against Myanmar, he will not make any public statements.

 Currently, State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's business advisor, Mr. Shao Tanel, an Australian citizen, has been charged by the Military Council under the State Secrets Act. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison under the Immigration Act and is being held in Insein Prison.

 The military leader said that the domestic economy is improving

At present, the local economy is improving and if we continue to make efforts, it will improve further, General Min Aung Hlaing, Chairman of the Military Council, said at a meeting with businessmen on November 4 during his trip to Tanintharyi.

 He also said that there were many difficulties when he started his national duties, but he was able to overcome them and promote the local economy. He also added that the demand for foreign currency is high because fuel oil has to be imported from abroad, so we need to reduce the use of fuel and use electric power for transportation. Major foreign investment companies, which are a key factor for the country's economic growth, have left after the military coup.

 In May 2021, foreign investment that entered the coup was the largest with more than 2,500 million US dollars. In March 2021, more than 1,200 million US dollars; According to the statistics of ISP Mynanmar, there was no investment at all in February and April 2021, while more than 1,100 million US dollars came in in July.

 In the rest of the month, the ISP said, it went from more than 2 million US dollars to a maximum of more than 260 million. After the coup, there were 98 new investments, and since September 2021, new investment businesses have been entering every month, and in July 2022, 19 new businesses entered, which was the highest month.

 Although the investment is increasing, on the other hand, the high price of goods among the public, We are experiencing a major crisis of lack of employment opportunities, and at a time of hardship and weak law enforcement, there is a lot of violence at the bottom. The robberies are taking place in crowded areas such as the city center.