Myanmar Morning News For April 3

Myanmar Morning News For April 3
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar agrees to UN Security Council visit
Myanmar has agreed to a visit by the UN Security Council after months of resistance, but it remains unclear whether ambassadors will be allowed to go to Rakhine state, the body’s president said on Monday (Apr 2).
Channel NewsAsia 

UNHCR concerned over safety of 56 Rohingya refugees in stormy seas
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Monday it was concerned about the safety of 56 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on a boat bound for Malaysia in stormy seas.

Revealed: Facebook hate speech exploded in Myanmar during Rohingya crisis
Hate speech exploded on Facebook at the start of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar last year, analysis has revealed, with experts blaming the social network for creating “chaos” in the country.
The Guardian 

Buddhists ‘lured’ to settle on Rohingya land
Myanmar authorities have lured dozens of mainly Buddhist but with some Christians, Bangladeshi tribal families to cross the border and resettle on land abandoned by fleeing Muslim-majority Rohingya, officials said Monday.
Al Jazeera

Myanmar-focused UMJ Ikeya scouts for scalable startups, mulls follow-on rounds
Myanmar-focused UMJ Ikeya Investment Ltd, which has been engaged in venture capital play in the frontier market, is scouting for the next batch of scalable startups and is also looking to make follow-on investments in its existing portfolio, a top executive from the investment firm said.

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s role in ethnic cleansing in Myanmar: “It’s a real issue”
Facebook’s fake news problems extend far beyond Russian trolls interfering in US elections. Overseas, false stories have turned into tools of political warfare — most notably in Myanmar, where government forces have carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, the country’s Muslim minority group.

Myanmar Minister to Visit Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh
A Myanmar government minister is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh next week, becoming the first high-ranking official from Naypyidaw to undertake such a trip, a senior Bangladeshi diplomat said Monday.
Radio Free Asia

From Myanmar to Singapore: Why the maid trafficking continues
When we first heard about a 15-year-old domestic worker from Myanmar seeking help at a shelter in Singapore in 2016, we thought it was an isolated case.
Al Jazeera 

Most people are by now familiar with “Humans of New York” —photojournalist Brandon Stanton’s project of interviewing ordinary, anonymous New Yorkers about whatever is on their minds. Stanton has a wide audience that goes beyond his Facebook page.
Asia Media International 

Researcher: Malaysia-born and Myanmar-born Rohingya have distinct identities
An International conference titled “Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Towards Sustainable Solutions” was inaugurated at Dhaka University (DU) on Monday, with one of the sessions including a presentation on displaced Rohingyas in Malaysia.
Dhaka Tribune 

For India, Security Trumps Human Rights Concerns When it Comes to Myanmar
Even as the US and UK oppose the idea of engaging in joint defense exercises with Myanmar’s army, better known as the Tatmadaw, because of its human rights abuses against ethnic minorities and possible genocide against the Rohingya, India continues to look the other way.
The Irrawaddy 

Myanmar’s first Ducati motorcycle showroom and service centre opens in Mandalay
SGG Motor Services Ltd., a deemed subsidiary of Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd., has announced the opening of Myanmar’s first Ducati motorcycle showroom in Mandalay. Located on Mandalay’s 35th Street, (Between 65th Street and 66th Street) the facility also boasts the only fully-equipped Ducati approved service centre in the country.

China’s poverty alleviation efforts in Myanmar help ease Rakhine State situation
China’s solution to the Myanmar refugee exodus targets the root cause of the humanitarian crisis, calling for the international community to promote development in the region
Global Times 

Budget deficit could have been narrower if gold debts were paid
In 2017-18, the amount of debt in gold owed to the government is estimated to be more than K2.7 trillion compared to the budget deficit of K4 trillion. “If we had received taxes from this avenue on time, our country’s budget deficit could have been mitigated and GDP increased,” said Daw Shwe Shwe Sein Latt, Hluttaw MP from Bago Region.
The Myanmar Times

China Warns Northern Alliance Against Cooperating with ARSA
China has warned Northern Alliance members with armed forces based near the Chinese border in northern Shan State not to cooperate with the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), according to border sources.
The Irrawaddy 

Banks reflect on risk awareness and private security after Lashio bombing
The government is moving to regulate private security firms amid calls for the corporate sector to adopt a new mindset towards risk management.
Frontier Myanmar 

Media freedom declining in Myanmar: experts, journalists
Journalists and other media professionals face great risks in practicing their profession in conflict areas such as Kachin, Rakhine and Shan states, where media freedom is not respected, according to journalists and experts.
The Myanmar Times 

Public rally held in Tachilek to show support for President U Win Myint
A group of local people gathered at a rally in support of the newly elected President U Win Myint in front of Shan Yoma Field in Tachilek, Eastern Shan State on Sunday.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 


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