Myanmar Morning News For January 26

Myanmar Morning News For January 26
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Myanmar morning newsVeteran US Diplomat Quits Myanmar Advisory Panel; Government Says It Asked Him to Go
The Myanmar government on Thursday said it asked veteran U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson to resign from an advisory panel on the Rohingya Muslim crisis in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state because he was pursuing “his own agenda.”
Radio Free Asia

U.S. Advisor Bill Richardson Refuses a Role in Myanmar’s ‘Whitewash’ Crisis Panel
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has resigned from an international advisory board on Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where recent army operations have been described as ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, calling the effort a “whitewash.”
— Time

Following Dam Cancellation, Myanmar Can Lead On Sustainable Energy
I’m in northern Myanmar, being driven to the site of one of the world’s biggest hydropower dam projects of the last decade, slated to generate three times the electricity Hoover Dam can produce at peak power.

U.S. Urges Russia and Myanmar to Reconsider Fighter Jet Deal
The United States called on Russia and Myanmar on Thursday to reconsider a reported agreement for the supply of Russian fighter planes to the Southeast Asian country.
US New/Reuters

Myanmar says Richardson dropped from advisory panel
Richardson said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday that he was resigning from the board because it was conducting a “whitewash” and accused Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, of lacking “moral leadership”.

Life interrupted: Myanmar teen pregnancy points to need for comprehensive sexuality education
Every year, almost 50,000 teenage girls in Myanmar give birth, according to data from the 2014 census. Thiri* was one of them. She became pregnant when she was only 15 years old.

South Korea to build $98 million logistics hub in Yangon
South Korea has invested $98 million to construct a logistics hub at Shwe Lin Ban Industrial Zone in Hlaing Thar Yar township, Yangon region. The move is touted to be vital to promoting Myanmar’s exports.
Myanmar Times 

Over a 1,000 Kachin war refugees flee from IDP camp
Ndup Yang IDP camp In-charge said that about 1,000 war refugees and local people had to flee from their camp after heavy weapon shells hit the camp in Sumprabum Township, northern Kachin State.

Rice exports surge despite fraud; but government can still play a bigger role
Despite higher incidences of trading fraud, rice exports are expected to increase in 2018 on the back of demand from China, the largest importer of Myanmar rice, as well as other countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, rice traders said.
Myanmar Times 

Not safe yet for Rohingya return to Myanmar–U.N.
Attacks on Rohingya Muslims appear to be continuing in Myanmar and it is not yet safe for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh to begin returning to their homes, a high-ranking United Nations official said.

Reduction of interest rates discussed in Parliament
The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) should reduce current bank interest rates to boost business in view of slowing economic growth and a widening budget deficit, Daw Thet Thet Khaing, MP for Dagon constituency said in Parliament on Wednesday.
Myanmar Times 

Myanmar journalist hugs daughter goodbye as he faces 14 years in prison for breaching Burmese Official Secrets Act
A journalist was seen hugging his two-year-old daughter goodbye outside a Myanmar court as he faces 14 years in prison for allegedly breaching the Official Secrets Act.
Independent UK 

Chinese casino scam victims held captive, tortured in Myanmar, says Beijing daily
Scores of Chinese have been lured to Myanmar’s border town of Muse under false pretences and held for ransom after being forced to gamble and some were beaten and tortured, a Beijing newspaper has reported.
Frontier Myanmar 

Access to credit and skills gaps major concerns, survey reveals
Business executives remain concerned with the lack of affordable access to credit and insufficient human capital, according to the Myanmar business barometer survey published by Oxford Business Group (OBG).
Myanmar Times 

Rakhine Immigration authorities vow to ‘take action’ on unvetted returnees
The immigration chief of Maungdaw District says authorities will prevent entry of any person deemed to not have resided in Myanmar before the most recent rounds of violence in Rakhine State.
Frontier Myanmar


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