Myanmar Morning News For February 20

Myanmar Morning News For February 20
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar government ‘bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence’
The government of Myanmar is bulldozing over the site of a Rohingya mass grave in an effort to destroy evidence of a massacre committed last year by the military, according to a rights monitoring group.
The Guardian

Myanmar seizes drugs and equipment worth US$7 million in lab raid
Myanmar troops seized US$7 million worth of narcotics, precursors and equipment in a raid on drug labs in the restive north, the army said Monday (Feb 19), as it continues a war against ethnic rebels accused of profiting from the drug trade.
Channel NewsAsia

Bangladesh says to meet with Myanmar on Rohingya trapped at border
Representatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar will meet on Tuesday to discuss the repatriation to Myanmar of more than 6,500 Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries, Bangladeshi officials said.

Government Rejects EU Call For Independent Investigation Into Rohingya Exodus
In response to an EU parliamentary delegation’s demand for an independent investigation into alleged suppression of Muslim minorities in northern Rakhine State, the Myanmar government has said it does not believe any foreign investigation would be independent and fair.
The Irrawaddy 

48 investment projects approved in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for local development
A total of 48 investment projects have been approved in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, according to a report of the Implementation Committee for the Recommendations on Rakhine State issued late Monday.
Xinhu Net 

Tax contributions from state-owned entities declines
Tax payments and contributions of state-owned entities and banks and the Central Bank of Myanmar to the state fund are continuing their long-term decline, according to a report submitted by the Union Parliament’s Joint Public Accounts Committee.
Eleven Myanmar 

How Prepared Is Myanmar To Counter Terror Attacks?
Concern is growing about possible terrorist attacks in Myanmar, and questions are being asked about the government’s ability to counter such threats.
The Irrawaddy 

Sexual assault cases rising in Myanmar
Rape has increased sharply from previous years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a report about sexual assault in the country in 2017.
Myanmar Times 

Bangladesh hands over Myanmar list of 8000 Rohingya refugees for repatriation
Bangladesh on Friday (Feb 16) handed over a list of more than 8,000 Rohingya to Myanmar as it moves to kick-start their repatriation weeks after the process was halted due to lack of preparation.
New Delhi Times 

Is Oxford University complicit in Aung San Suu Kyi’s genocide denial?
Just as Suu Kyi dismisses allegations of Myanmar’s international human rights crimes as designed to tarnish the image of Myanmar, the administration at Oxford University considers this a “public relations” issue.
Open Democracy

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 

Sri Lanka’s Commercial Bank gets Myanmar microfinance licence
CBC Myanmar Microfinance Co., Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s Commercial Bank, has got a licence to operate in the country as a non-saving deposit organisation, a stock exchange filing said.

Myanmar Railways awards €53m DEMU rolling stock contract
A rolling stock consortium comprised of Niigata Transys (NTS), IHI Corporation and Marubeni has been awarded a ¥7 billion (∼€53 million) contract from Myanmar Railways for 24 diesel-electric multiple units (DEMU).
Global Rail News

Protestors demand death penalty for rapists
Around 20,000 Madaya Township locals staged a protest calling for applying the death penalty to rapists found guilty of murder or child rape on the morning of February 18.
Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar invited to take part in first China International Import Expo
The first China International Import Expo (CIIE) will be held in Shanghai from November 5 to 10 this year, and the Myanmar government and local businesspeople are invited to participate in the event, according to a statement released by the Chinese embassy in Myanmar.
Eleven Myanmar 

Israel plans post harvest warehouses in Mandalay
An Israeli company is in talks with the government to build warehouses within a year to help farmers with post-harvest production in Mandalay Region.
Myanmar Times 

Myanmar’s first community radio goes on air
Myanmar’s first community radio – Khayae FM for Htantabin township community in Yangon has gone on air, adding to the number of FM line broadcasting from Myanmar Radio, Myanmar News Agency reported Monday.
Xinhua Net 


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