Myanmar Morning News For January 31

Myanmar Morning News For January 31
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Myanmar morning newsChina And Japan’s ‘New Great Game’ Intensifies In Myanmar
Throughout Asia the frontiers of investment are being pushed ever onward, gobbling up former backwaters in the hunt for cheap labor, natural resources, infrastructure deals, and the massive profits that can be made in the margins of a country transitioning from “emerging market” to “plain old market.”

Gold panning has serious consequences for environment, says minister
Illegal gold panning at Chaunggyi creek, a main tributary of the Uru River, is having a serious effect on the environment, according to Shan Ethnic Affairs Minister for Sagaing Region, Nan Mway Mway Khin.
Eleven Myanmar 

Export earnings from rice hit $844 m in nine months
Until January 12 in 2017-2018 fiscal year, Myanmar earned over US$844 million from the export of 2.72 million tonnes of rice and broken rice, according to Myanmar Rice Federation.
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar: Growing relations with West at risk over Rohingya crisis
Myanmar’s economic prospects with the West are at risk, following mounting international criticism over its handling of the Rohingya crisis.
Al Jazeera 

Resource management must be a part of peace talks: report
The management of natural resources needs to be prioritised in the ongoing peace negotiations to ensure their sustainable use and allocation, an international environment and natural resource management think-tank said in a report.
Myanmar Times 

Over 800 Bengalis arrive in Maungdaw again leaving to Bangladesh
When government is now preparing to repatriate Bengali refugees, more than 800 internal displaced Bengalis from 12 villages in Buthidaung Township arrived again in Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, around 7:30pm of January 28th aiming for leaving to Bangladesh, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Eleven Myanmar 

Rohingya refugee children at risk from monsoon season ‘catastrophe’
A new humanitarian crisis looms in the Rohingya refugee camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, with the region’s annual cyclone and monsoon season predicted to threaten lives and shelters, food and water supplies.
The Guardian 

Myanmar Digital Activists Come Together to Protect People’s Rights Online at #DigitalRightsMM
Since 2011, Myanmar’s mobile penetration rate has soared from 2.5 percent to more than 90 percent, bringing millions of citizens online as the country transitioned from military dictatorship to constitutional democracy.
Global Voices 

Liberalisation of gold market draws divergent response
In an attempt to raise tax and gold mining revenues and promote Myanmar-made gold products internationally, the National League for Democracy government on January 22 announced moves to liberalise the country’s gold market, The Myanmar Times reported last week.
Myanmar Times

National survey finds ‘dramatic’ drop in trust under NLD
A major opinion survey has found a collapse of interpersonal trust over the past year, with the proportion saying that most people could be trusted falling from 37 percent to just 17 percent.
Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar: Repatriation process is ready
It’s been a week since Myanmar and Bangladesh officially started the process of repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims. But so far little progress has been made as questions remain over whether proper safeguards are in place to protect the refugees.
NHK World

What’s attracting women to Myanmar’s Buddhist nationalist movement?
In the hastily-built displacement camps of Rakhine state, in the western part of Myanmar, where some 129,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya people have been interned since 2012, there’s very little to look forward to. With no freedom to work outside the camps, the survival of this long-persecuted minority hinges on international aid deliveries and special permits to leave which are granted only for medical emergencies.
— Open Democracy 


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