Myanmar Morning News For March 5

Myanmar Morning News For March 5
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Myanmar morning newsFormer Rohingya MP, Aung Zaw Win, arrested in Myanmar
A former Rohingya MP has been arrested in Myanmar, in move that has been condemned as a further escalation of the attacks on the Rohingya community.
The Guardian 

Myanmar targets LNG imports to fuel nation’s power surge
Myanmar will begin importing liquefied natural gas as soon as 2020 to feed the country’s growing power demand, aiming to allay concerns among businesses about electricity shortages even as domestic gas output begins to drop.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

Myanmar set for transition to digital economy with corporates’ support
FIVE YEARS after Myanmar’s liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, the nation has now over 50 million mobile subscribers, a figure that almost encompasses its total population, and is set for adoption of digital economy with the help of industry leaders worldwide.
The Nation 

Where are Myanmar’s Strongmen?
Until recently, the country’s khaki-clad leaders roamed the country, “inspected” state projects and offered instructions on how to build a “peaceful and modern nation.” But where are they now?
The Irrawaddy 

Myanmar puts off border pact with India
Myanmar has indefinitely deferred signing an agreement with India to streamline the free movement of people within 16 km along the border.
The Hindu 

The Genocide the U.S. Didn’t See Coming
The Moynarghona refugee camp, a claustrophobic, chaotic mass of bamboo and tarpaulin shacks, slumps over hillsides stripped bare of vegetation. Scrawny teenage boys in T-shirts and sarongs linger on its edges, staring aimlessly at trucks and rickshaws skidding by.

Rohingya demand help as Rakhine atrocities continue
MORE THAN 100 women were gang-raped. One was raped in front of people she loved and later killed. Even a woman eight months’ pregnant was raped.
The Nation

Myanmar, Conservationists Working Together to Save Elephants
Elephants have had a rich history in Myanmar, the country also known as Burma. Throughout the country’s past, the animals have been used for everything, including transportation, agriculture and warfare.

Understanding the Persecution of the Rohingya Minority in Myanmar
More than 626,000 Rohingya were driven from Myanmar (formerly Burma) by security forces of the country that “deliberately and massively targeted civilians” in a series of brutal operations that began in August 2017, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein in December 2017.
History News Network 

The Rakhine crisis is hurting the economy. This is what needs to be done.
The government must lift the ban on media access and ensure that the repatriation of refugees is acceptable to the international community.
Frontier Myanmar

President says Myanmar can export record 3 million tons of rice this year
President Htin Kyaw said that Myanmar could export 3 million tons rice this financial year and it would be a record high over 70 years.

Myanmar to receive refugees fleeing Rakhine conflict based on own format
Myanmar will receive refugees who fled the Rakhine conflict to neighboring Bangladesh based on a list provided by the Bangladeshi side as the first batch, but the list will be converted into Myanmar format, Myanmar News Agency reported Sunday.
Xinhua Net 

Agricultural sector contributes to 30 pc of GDP
The socio-economic status of most farmers remains low even though the agricultural sector accounts for about 30 per cent of the GDP, President U Htin Kyaw said in his message to the ceremony to mark the Peasants’ Day which falls on March 2.
Eleven Myanmar 

Hit-and-run lorry kills 3 Myanmar nationals on motorcycle
Three Myanmar nationals, including a six-year-old girl, were killed in a hit-and-run case involving a motorcycle and a ten-wheel lorry in Phanom Thuan district of this western border province on Saturday night, police said.
Bangkok Post 

Myanmar defends troop build-up on Bangladesh border near Rohingya camp
Myanmar on Friday defended deploying fresh troops to a border zone with Bangladesh where thousands of Rohingya refugees are camped, blaming a militant threat as Dhaka called for an immediate retreat to lower tensions along the troubled frontier.
Free Press Journal 

Emerging markets on cusp of digital transition
AS THE mobile industry moves into the 5G era, emerging markets are on the cusp of a major transition towards digital economies, according to the Mobile World Congress 2018 held from February 26 to March 1.
Eleven Myanmar 

16 Myanmar trafficking victims to return home
Some 16 Myanmar nationals, including 14 men and two women, who were trafficked to Thailand were sent back to Myanmar through an arrangement with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security on the morning of 28 February 2018 at Myawady temporary reception centre, state media reported.

Only 40 factories approved for commercial operations in Thilawa SEZ
Some 40 factories can carry out commercial operations in Thilawa Special Economic Zone, said Set Aung, chair of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone Management Committee.
Eleven Myanmar 


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