Law proposed requiring protesters to identify their funding sources
Demonstrators in Myanmar will be required to inform authorities in advance their demonstration, the estimated cost of the rally and who will pay for it under a proposed amendment to the country’s peaceful protest law, according to a report of The Irrawaddy Online on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS
Myanmar bank blast kills two, injures more than 20
Two people were killed and 22 wounded when a bomb exploded on Wednesday (Feb 21) at a bank in northern Myanmar, officials said, amid continuing violence despite a fraught peace process.
— Channel NewsAsia
Myanmar parks could stop thousands of Karen refugees returning home
Plans to create two parks to protect swathes of mountainous jungle in Myanmar could stop more than 16,000 refugees who fled conflict from going home, campaigners said on Wednesday.
Cash is king in Myanmar, but for how long?
Since 2012, Myanmar has seen a steady economic growth, but most people in the Southeast Asian country still don’t possess a bank account and prefer to use cash for financial dealings. Ate Hoekstra reports from Yangon.
— Deutsche Welle
Myanmar’s emerging belt and road dilemma: China versus India
Preparations for speaking engagements in China as part of my doctorate research into the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), have revealed that Myanmar is increasingly finding itself as the key interface between two major infrastructure initiatives in the region.
British lawmakers call for referral of Myanmar’s military leaders to ICC
British lawmakers have called on UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson to back a campaign to refer Myanmar’s military leaders to the International Criminal Court.
— The National
3000 skilled workers will be ready in fiscal 2018-19: director
In the 2018-19 fiscal year, 3000 skilled workers for 30 types of jobs will be ready for employment, U Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, director of the Labour, Immigration and Population Ministry’s Skills Development Division, told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times
The Rohingya Crisis Hasn’t Hurt Myanmar’s Tourism Industry
Myanmar tourist arrivals rose 18 percent last year to 3.44 million visitors, despite international condemnation over the treatment of its Rohingya Muslim population.
What Next for Myanmar’s New Drug Strategy?
Though a new policy signals a shift to a more comprehensive approach to the problem, the true test will be in its implementation.
— The Diplomat
Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters’ arrest: defense
The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defense lawyer said.
Rohingya in ‘no man’s land’ to be sent back to Myanmar
Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to resettle as many as 6,000 Rohingyas who are trapped in “no man’s land” between the two countries.
Myanmar has over 2.2 million acres of forest plantations
Myanmar has established over 2.2 million acres of forest plantations till this fiscal year, about half of which are commercial scaled, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.
— Eleven Myanmar
Yangon circle line upgrade on track for 2020 finish: Myanma Railways
Myanma Railways officials say current passengers services on the Yangon Circle Line will be replaced by modern rolling stock in 2020, as the 46-kilometre track prepares for its biggest overhaul in nearly 60 years.
— Frontier Myanmar
Myanmar to implement 10-year elephant conservation action plan
Myanmar’s government has planned to conduct a 10-year action plan on elephant conservation (2018-2027), which is aimed at preventing a decrease in the number of wildlife elephants and a reduction of their pasture land, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday.
Belt and Road road corridors put half of Myanmar’s population at risk
The Belt and Road Initiative puts Myanmar’s natural capital and the lives and livelihoods of 24 million people – half of the country’s population – at risk, according to a report from World Wide Fund for Nature in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times
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