Myanmar Morning News For April 18

Myanmar Morning News For April 18
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar to free more than 8,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty
Myanmar began releasing more than 8,000 prisoners on Tuesday on humanitarian grounds under a presidential pardon, with most of those being released convicted of drug offences but with 36 people classified as political prisoners among them.

Bangladesh rejects Myanmar claim that Rohingya family was repatriated
Bangladesh has rejected a claim by Myanmar that a family of five Rohingya refugees were “repatriated”, calling the claim “a farce”.

Myanmar Armed Forces Blacklisted By UN For Committing Sexual Violence Against Rohingya
For the first time ever, the UN secretary-general is including Myanmar Armed Forces on an annual blacklist of groups that are “credibly suspected” of carrying out sexual violence during conflict.
UN Dispatch 

More international pressure needed on Myanmar to take back Rohingya: Bangladeshi PM
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Tuesday more international pressure was needed on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees, rejecting an assertion claim by the Myanmar government that it had repatriated a family of five.
The Globe and Mail

UK’s Johnson calls for credible Myanmar probe into reported atrocities
Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Myanmar needed to start showing it is serious about the safety of the Rohingya and start a meaningful probe into atrocities which the United Nations has likened to ethnic cleansing.

Wages first, productivity later?
The January 2 decision by the National Committee for Designating Minimum Wage to increase the minimum wage has left many dissatisfied, particularly within the garment sector.
Frontier Myanmar 

Consumer Price Index drops slightly in March
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded a slight decline of 0.12 per cent in March, compared with February, on account of the high prices of tobacco, liquor, food items, and costs in the transport and communication sectors, state media reported on 16 April.

2 Myanmar men get jail for abduction attempt
Two Myanmar nationals were tasked with abducting a man suspected of having an affair with the wife of a businessman. According to the plan, the man would then be interrogated, tortured and killed.
The Straits Times 

ADB urges Myanmar to further liberalise business regulations
Though Myanmar has liberalised some policies in recent years to attract more foreign direct investment, its FDI regulations are more restrictive than in most peer economies in Southeast Asia, according to the Asian Development Bank’s new report on the regional economy launched in the second week of April.
Eleven Myanmar

India starts construction of ₹1,600-cr Mizoram-Myanmar Kaladan road
After years of delay, India finally kicked off the construction of the 109-km road project that connects Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui on the Mizoram border in Myanmar, as part of the $484-million Kaladan Multimodal project. But completing it by2019 will be a herculean task.
The Hindu Business Line 

More Rohingya attempt to flee Myanmar to Malaysia by sea
Another boat carrying Rohingya asylum seekers has left Myanmar on the dangerous voyage to Malayasia.

Myanmar new president pledges to strive for changes
Myanmar new President U Win Myint pledged on Tuesday to strive for changes vividly witnessed by the people, believing that the objectives could be realized through pursuit of new united strength.
Xinhua Net 

Flawed return deal offers no way back for refugees
Bungling, distortion and diplomatic doublespeak have hollowed out the deal to repatriate Rohingya from Bangladesh to Myanmar, with refugees refusing to return to a homeland that remains perilously insecure.
Frontier Myanmar 

Yara bullish on Myanmar’s agricultural growth
YARA International, a leading fertiliser company with operations in more than 60 markets, is confident of doing well in Myanmar’s agriculture sector because of the country’s current low productivity compared to other Asean countries, said HavarValved, the firm’s country manager for Myanmar.
Eleven Myanmar

Political Observers Take Aim at Myanmar President’s Holiday Speech
Political observers in Myanmar say President Win Myint, who has been in office for less than three weeks, discussed an ambitious political agenda for the coming year in a speech marking the Buddhist New Year, as the developing democracy grapples with accusations of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, civil wars, and a stymied peace process.
Radio Free Asia 

Where Myanmar Went Wrong
Late last year, when news broke that Myanmar’s military had been systematically killing members of the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority, much of the world was shocked.
Foreign Affairs

Myanmar strongly objects use of such words as “ethnic cleansing” or “genocide” in reference to the situation in Rakhine State: Permanent Representative to UN
Myanmar’s Permanent Representative to UN spoke on Myanmar’s efforts in prevention of sexual violence and measures taken to address the issue at the United Nations Security Council’s open debate on Women, Peace and Security: “Preventing sexual violence in conflict through empowerment, gender equality and access to justice” at the United Nations Headquarters on 16 April 2018.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar

YSH partners with IFC, Norfund to develop $28m power project
YOMA STRATEGIC Holdings Ltd (YSH) has joined with International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Norfund to invest US$28 million in Yoma Micro Power Pte Ltd, which will implement solar power plants and mini-grids to power telecommunications towers and off-grid communities in rural Myanmar. Melvyn Pun, chief executive officer of YSH, said.
Eleven Myanmar 


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