Myanmar Morning News For November 21

Myanmar Morning News For November 21
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Myanmar morning newsUN ready to help Myanmar process Rohingya citizenship
The United Nations refugee agency will provide technical assistance to the Myanmar government if it begins to process and verify citizenship for Rohingya to resolve the humanitarain crisis, the body’s top official said on Monday.
— Asian Nikkei Review

EU pushes Myanmar for speedy end to refugee crisis
European foreign ministers on Monday urged Myanmar to work quickly to resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis and lauded progress toward a repatriation agreement with Bangladesh.
— Asian Nikkei Review

Oh My Buddha: Myanmar Buddhist Monks in Roadside Fisticuffs (video)
There’s nothing new about videos of Myanmar Buddhist monks behaving badly. In fact bad-boy monk Ashin Wirathu, known as ‘the Burmese bin Laden’, has even appeared on a cover of Time with the title ‘the face of Buddhist terror’ for his calls to remove every Rohingya from Myanmar.
— AEC News Today

Aung San Suu Kyi blames world conflicts on illegal immigration
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech Monday that comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims.
— USA Today (video)

Scepticism over China’s plans for Myanmar’s Rohingya
European and Asian foreign ministers met in Myanmar on Monday for a routine summit overshadowed by the Rohingya crisis. China extended a hand to help repatriate some 620,000 members of the Muslim minority who have fled to Bangladesh, but campaigners are sceptical the situation is anywhere near resolved

US Ambassador to Myanmar Meets With Rakhine Political Party, NGOs to Discuss Rohingya Crisis
The U.S. ambassador to Myanmar met with NGOs and Rakhine state’s dominant ethnic political party to discuss recent violence that has wracked the region, as more than 50 foreign ministers from various countries and regional groups gathered for a meeting in the capital Naypyidaw on Monday.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar: EU and Germany see positive signals amid Rohingya crisis
Germany’s foreign minister has said he believes Myanmar will make a deal to repatriate 600,000 Rohingya refugees who fled Rakhine state. Many in Myanmar see Rohingya as illegal immigrants responsible for terrorism.
— Deutsche Welle

Myanmar, Bangladesh accept Rohingya plan: China
China said on Monday that Myanmar and Bangladesh have backed its plan to resolve a crisis that has caused more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh.

India-Myanmar Bilateral Army Exercise begins in Meghalaya
The week-long army warfare exercise by India and Myanmar, the first to be held in the country, began today at the Joint Warfare Centre at Umroi near here, officials said.
— The Economic Times

Border trade on decline
Myanmar’s external trade volume has exceeded US$19 billion and border trade is declining, according to trade figures from the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

SHC Capital Asia proposes to buy MM Myanmar for $51m
SGX-listed SHC Capital Asia Ltd, an investment holding company backed by See Hoy Chan Sdn Berhad Group has said it plans to acquire MM Myanmar Pte Ltd, for about S$69.7 million ($51 million).
— Deal Street Asia

Basic Energy plans to invest in 220-MW Myanmar solar plant
Listed Basic Energy Corporation has signed a term sheet with Vintage Engineering Public Company Limited (VTE) of Thailand for the possible acquisition of a minimum 12.5 percent stake in two companies that hold the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract of the ongoing 220-megawatt (MW) solar power plant project in Minbu, Myanmar.
— MB

Minister highlights infrastructure needs for growing Yangon population
Yangon must meet the needs of infrastructure, housing and urban transport as the city population is likely to double in next 20 years, the Union Minister for Construction told a ceremony to hand over the advanced Yadana Hninsi housing complex on November 19.
— Eleven Myanmar

Bangladesh-Myanmar bilateral trade through Teknaf regaining normalcy
In September, Teknaf land port earned Tk37.92 lakh only, whereas the figure on average stands at Tk85 lakh a month. Bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Myanmar through Teknaf land port in Cox’s Bazar is slowly returning to normal after almost grinding to a halt at the peak of the Rohingya refugee crisis in September.
— Dhaka Tribune

Study finds all Myanmar mouth cancer patients chew betel quid
A study in Myanmar has found that all mouth cancer patients use smokeless tobacco, researchers report at the ESMO Asia 2017 Congress. Betel quid chewing often starts in adolescence and is associated with smoking and drinking alcohol, which are also risk factors for oral cancer.
— Medical Press

Myanmar eyed as source of domestic helpers amid surging demand
Hong Kong is looking into importing domestic helpers from Myanmar to meet surging demand, Secretary for Labor and Welfare Law Chi-kwong said.
— Ejinsight


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