Myanmar Morning News For December 20

Myanmar Morning News For December 20

Myanmar morning newsBangladesh, Myanmar Agree on Joint Group to Oversee Rohingya Repatriation
Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed Tuesday to establish a bilateral group to oversee the voluntary repatriation, starting next month, of as many as 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Rakhine state since October 2016.
— Radio Free Asia

A Mass Grave Has Been Found in Western Myanmar, the Military Says
Myanmar‘s army said on Monday that security forces have discovered a mass grave on the edge of a village in Rakhine State, and have launched an investigation.
— Time

Rape and murder of 100s of Rohingya detailed in new report
Human Rights Watch claims Myanmar army atrocities were ‘not just brutal, but systematic’. The Myanmar military has been acused of the rape and murder of hundreds of people in the village of Tula Toli, in a new report by Human Rights Watch.
— UCA News

UNHCR survey of Myanmar refugees finds health, safety worries, but community spirit strong
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

One Week, No Word. Myanmar Is Under Pressure Over ‘Arbitrary Detention’ of Two Reuters Journalists
Pressure is mounting on authorities in Myanmar to release two Reuters journalists who have been held incommunicado by police for a week after their arrest for alleged violation of a colonial-era “official secrets” law.
— Time

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U.S. State Department calls for Myanmar to release Reuters journalists
The U.S. State Department called on Tuesday for the immediate release of two Reuters journalists who have been detained for about a week in Myanmar and whose whereabouts have not been reported to their families.
— Reuters

China pledges $3m for Myanmar’s peace process
The People’s Republic of China will provide US$3 million for Myanmar’s peace process, state-run newspapers reported.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar to become member of APN, upgrade card-based services
Myanmar will become a member of the Asian Payment Network (APN), which was established to create a common payment settlement platform within the Asia-Pacific region, said U Zaw Lin Htut, CEO of Myanmar Payment Union (MPU).
— Myanmar Times

Plan to build 11 power projects in Yangon region
There are plans to build 11 power projects in Yangon region that can generate 4,740 megawatts between 2018 and 2040, according to the Yangon Urban Development Strategy.
— Eleven Myanmar

BIDV shuts down representative office in Myanmar
The Bank for Investment and Development of Việt Nam (BIDV) on Tuesday announced the closing of its representative office in Yangon, Myanmar.
— Vietnam News

Yangon City Development Law under fire before enactment
After six months of redrafting and deliberation, Yangon will lay down the latest version of the Yangon City Development Law very soon, Yangon Hluttaw bill committee chair U Thein Myint told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar rice exports highest in 50 years in 2017-18
Demand for rice produced in Myanmar has risen to its highest level in 50 years in the current 2017-18 fiscal year, with rice exports estimated to have increased to 2.5 million-2.8 million tonnes compared to the previous estimate of 2.2 million tonnes, said U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary of the Ministry of Commerce.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Vice President calls for migrant worker protection
Myanmar Vice President U Myint Swe has called for giving legal protection to migrant workers, especially women and children, when laws and policies are drawn for migrant rights, Xinhua has reported quoting local media.
— Mizzima

What medicine for Myanmar’s ailing economy?
From the onset of the new millennium to 2010, Myanmar experienced double-digit growth for 11 years in succession. Over this decade, most Asian countries did not have any years of double-digit growth at all. Bhutan had two years, Cambodia had four and even China only experienced double digits in six years out of those eleven years. Moreover, the average growth of18 Asian countries for the decade was 5.6 per cent, whereas Myanmar’s was 12.2 per cent — more than twice the average.
— East Asia Forum

New Project to Study Social Media, Armed Conflict and Gender in Myanmar
​From early 2018, Julie Marie Hansen will start a three-year doctoral research project studying the gendered impacts of social media on armed conflict and peacebuilding in Myanmar.
— Prio

WWF announces discovery of 5 new species in Myanmar
Researchers discovered a frog and four plant species in Myanmar in 2016, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) announced today.
— Coconuts Yangon


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