Myanmar Morning News For March 20

Myanmar Morning News For March 20

Myanmar morning news

Malcolm Turnbull encourages Aung San Suu Kyi to resettle Rohingya
Malcolm Turnbull has encouraged Aung San Suu Kyi to resettle displaced Rohingya but Amnesty International has criticised Australia for adopting a “softly softly” approach on the humanitarian crisis during the Myanmar leader’s visit.
The Guardian

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi cancels Lowy Institute lecture
Her appearance, which was being hosted by the Lowy Institute, was set to be Ms Suu Kyi’s only public speaking arrangement while in Australia for the ASEAN summit.

Myanmar considers law that could restrict work of UN, INGOs
Myanmar government, struggling to handle accusations of ethnic cleansing over its treatment of Rohingyas, is contemplating new legislation that would seek greater oversight of the work of international non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations, prompting concerns of a crackdown on their activities, The Washington Post reports.
Dhaka Tribune 

Energy Consumption with Sustainable Development in Myanmar
The energy sector is the totality of all of the industries involved in the production and sale of energy, including fuel extraction, manufacturing, refining and distribution. Modern society consumes large amounts of fuel, and the energy industry is a crucial part of the infrastructure and maintenance of society in the world.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

Philippines home manufacturer expands into Myanmar
Philippines-based Revolution Precrafted last week signed an agreement with Myanmar real estate developer KT Group for the manufacture, shipping and installation of prefabricated homes to Myanmar.
The Myanmar Times 

Cooperation between India and Myanmar in railways sector reaches landmark
Cooperation between India and Myanmar in the railways sector will reach an important landmark today, 19 March, when the visiting Indian Minister of State of Railways, His Excellency Mr. Rajen Gohain, will hand over the last of the 18 locomotives being procured under an Indian Line of Credit to His Excellency U Thant Sin Maung, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, at a ceremony in Naypyitaw, according to a statement.

India hands over milestone locomotive to Myanmar
In a significant manifestation of New Delhi’s Neighbourhood First policy, India on Monday handed over the 18th diesel electric locomotive to Myanmar, thereby completing the first project under the current Indian line of credit (LoC) to the eastern neighbour.

Should Facebook Flee Myanmar?
Last week, United Nation investigators briefing the press about the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar pointed their fingers at a surprising perpetrator: Facebook.

Inclusive business a “radical triple win” for Myanmar
Adopting inclusive business practices will be a “triple win” for Myanmar, policy experts and business leaders advocated. Meanwhile, the government wants this approach to secure better jobs and better lives for the bottom 40 percent of income earners.
The Myanmar Times 

Myanmar is worst-performing country for aid access, as Rohingya refugees face monsoon threats
March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Myanmar tops a list of countries where the ability of aid groups to reach people in need has worsened in the past six months, the Geneva-based research group ACAPS has said.
Thomson Reuters Foundation 

Presence of Myanmar Soldiers in Kayin State Forces Villagers Into Forest
An ethnic Karen civil society group and local residents urged the Myanmar army on Monday to withdraw troops from Hpapun township in southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin state, where about 2,000 civilians from 15 villages have fled their homes after soldiers confiscated their land for an infrastructure project.
Radio Free Asia

AirAsia in talks to set up airline serving Myanmar
AirAsia Bhd is in talks with a potential partner to open an airline serving Myanmar, in a move that would help the low-cost carrier cover up to 95% of the Southeast Asian travel market.
The Sun Daily 

Government reduces Yangon budget by K10 billion
The Union government will reduce the interim April-September budget allocated to Yangon Region by a total of K10 billion, said U Myint Thaung, Regional Minister of Planning and Finance at the Yangon Parliament on March 16.
The Myanmar Times 

At least four arrested and one injured in Mandalay riot
At least four people were arrested and one injured last night during a riot in Mandalay witnessed by Frontier. About 20 people gathered outside a police station on 80th Street in Aung Myay Thar Zan Township, between 9th and 10th streets, at around 2pm yesterday and demanded that police hand over a suspect accused of raping a child.
Frontier Myanmar

Yangon under pressure to solve car park shortage
The Yangon Region government has once again come under pressure to solve the chronic shortage of parking space in the city. It will now take action against those responsible for leaving containers in car parks meant for public use, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said in Parliament last week.
The Myanmar Times


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