Myanmar Morning News For May 16

Myanmar Morning News For May 16
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Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore to offer support for gold exchange market
The operators of gold exchange in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore have offered the Myanmar government professional and technical support in order to establish a bourse in the country for trading the precious, according to the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association (MGEA).
– Myanmar Times

Govt must build capacity to attract responsible businesses: MCRB
Myanmar’s aim to become Asia’s last frontier may not be realised if the government fails to urgently address the challenges it faces in promoting responsible businesses, according to Vicky Bowman, director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business.
– Eleven

China’s deepening imprint on Myanmar in Mandalay
In a dusty corner of Mandalay, rows of Chinese nationals sit impassively by tables lined with white cloth on a betel-splattered sidewalk. Burmese traders crowd before them, holding up chunks of raw jade or sacks of bangles in a bid to interest them. The prospective buyers scrutinise the offerings, rejecting some with a flick of their finger.
– The Straits Times

UPDJC agree on self-determination proposal for individual states
Members of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) have agreed to put a policy proposal that suggests that states and regions have the right to draw their own constitutions in future.
– Myanmar Times

Dozens of refugees have died in Malaysian detention centres, UN reveals
At least two dozen refugees and asylum seekers have died in Malaysia immigration detention centres since 2015, the United Nations refugee agency has told the Guardian.
– The Guardian

A Wrench in Myanmar’s Peace Process
Last month, a group of seven ethnic armed opposition groups (EAOs) established the Union Political Negotiation Dialogue Committee (UPNDC) as an alternative to the civilian government’s 21st Century Panglong Conference.
– The Diplomat

Paradiso Cinema to build 45 cinemas across Myanmar this year
Paradiso Cinema has planned to build 45 cinemas across Myanmar this year, and one will open soon in Pyapon township of Ayeyawady Region.
– Eleven

36 investment proposals permitted under two old laws
For the first month of this fiscal year, 36 businesses, approved under two older investment laws, have been permitted to operate, according to Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) secretary U Aung Naing Oo.
– Myanmar Times

Cheaper MPT calls to Malaysia, Thailand
Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) launched a new package which allows customers to make phone calls to Malaysia and Thailand at K50 per minute from May 9.
– Myanmar Times

2,000 hepatitis C patients to receive free treatment
Under a hospital-based treatment programme, a plan to provide free medical treatment for 2,000 hepatitis C patients from public hospitals will begin in the last week of May, according to Dr Than Tun Aung, the deputy director general of the Public Health Department.
– Eleven

Meeting: Authorities and NaTa La villagers left Rohingyas in Dilemma
Authorities held a meeting with Wa Peik villagers to relocate them to IDPs (Internally Dispalced Camps) labelling hem as model villages on 12th May 2017, according to locals.
– Rohingya Vision

More Than 200 Civilians Flee Villages Amid Rising Tensions in Northern Shan State
More than 200 internally displaced persons (IDPs) including ethnic Shan and Palaung (Ta’ang) civilians have arrived in Namtu Township, northern Shan State, since last week, pressuring the town’s dwindling IDP camp food supplies, according to community leaders.
– The Irrawaddy


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In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

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