Myanmar Morning News For February 19

Myanmar Morning News For February 19

Myanmar morning newsUN rights envoy believes Suu Kyi was complicit in persecuting Rohingyas
UN Special Envoy on Human Rights in Myanmar believes that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was guilty of “complicity or neglecting to do anything to halt the systematic persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, The Irrawaddy News Online reported on Friday (Feb 16).
Thai PBS 

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps
A free app on farmer San San Hla’s smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years.
The Nation 

Myanmar’s wars are more than resource grabs
Natural resource exploitation has always played an important role in Myanmar’s many ethnic conflicts, where timber, minerals and ores have helped to finance long-running anti-government insurgencies.
Asia Times 

Transnational Terrorism and ARSA’s Fight for a ‘Just Cause’
Sitting in their dilapidated ground floor apartment near the Indian city of Ghaziabad, Khalimullah and Faizal were discussing the fate of more than 700,000 Rohingya living in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh when they were distracted by the television. There was news of a Jan. 5 ambush by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State.
The Irrawaddy 

One million housing units to be developed in five years
The incumbent government will develop one million low, fair and high-cost apartments during its term and now has developed more than 40,000 apartments, according to an official from Urban and Housing Development Department at the Construction Ministry.
Eleven Myanmar

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Railway reforms in Myanmar pick up steam
Since traffic congestion in Yangon has worsened due to the rise in internal migration, Myanmar has plans to speed up its railway sector reforms from this year onwards, according to a government official.
The Nation

Is Capital Punishment for Rapists the Answer?
If you are a teenage girl in Myanmar, your mother, grandmothers and aunts worry about you. You are told to dress modestly, never to go out alone and not to leave the house after sunset. You are forbidden to play with teenage boys when you start menstruating. All the while you are warned of the dangers of being raped.
The Irrawaddy 

Canada announces sanctions against Myanmar general, citing ‘crimes against humanity’
Canada announced targeted sanctions on Friday against a Myanmar general who led an army crackdown that forced almost 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to flee to Bangladesh.
Coconuts Yangon

VisionFund Myanmar launches loan scheme for factory workers
VisionFund Myanmar recently announced the launch of a new microfinance loan product exclusively for garment factory workers, funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), according to a press release on 16 February.

Factors and actors behind Beijing’s engagement with Myanmar
TO view the vast array of actors and interests behind Chinese foreign policies and humanitarian actions in Myanmar as one single “China Inc.” is extremely simplistic, experts told The Myanmar Times.
Myanmar Times 

Myanmar: Property portal ShweProperty raises seven-digit dollar funding
Yangon-based property classifieds portal ShweProperty has raised a seven-digit dollar funding round led by an unnamed existing investor, a London-based emerging markets-focused fund, to grow its operations in Myanmar, the company announced on February 18.

Bangladesh gives to Myanmar official the names of refugees for repatriation
A Bang-ladesh Cabinet minister gave a list of 8,032 Rohingya refugees to his Myanmar counterpart to begin repatriations of the Muslim minority under a November agreement between the two countries.

Chinese film festival kicks off in Myanmar’s Yangon
A Chinese Film Festival was officially inaugurated at Nay Pyi Taw Cinema in Myanmar’s Yangon on Saturday evening.

5 more TV channels to be introduced in Myanmar
Five more private group companies have signed a cooperation agreement with the state-run Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) to operate as content providers for digital free-to-air TV channels in a multi-playout system of MRTV, Myanmar News Agency reported Sunday.
Xinhua Net 

Myanmar dam on border worries Manipur village
A dam being constructed by Myanmar across a river close to the boundary with India has stoked fears of submergence and water scarcity among border villagers in Kengjoi subdivison of Manipur’s Chandel district.
The Hindu 

Chinese film festival kicks off in Myanmar’s Yangon
A Chinese Film Festival was officially inaugurated at Nay Pyi Taw Cinema in Myanmar’s Yangon on Saturday evening.


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