U.S. Holocaust Museum Revokes Award to Aung San Suu Kyi
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has revoked a prestigious human rights award it had given to the Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, now Myanmar’s civilian leader, faulting her for failing to halt or even acknowledge the ethnic cleansing of her country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
— The New York Times (metered paywall)
Forced starvation prompts fresh Rohingya exodus
Raids by Myanmar’s military on villages have prompted hundreds of starving Rohingya to flee restive Rakhine State for neighboring Bangladesh.
Myanmar police witness says searched Reuters reporter’s home ‘for news’
Police in Myanmar searched the family home of Reuters reporter Wa Lone looking for material “related to news” the night after he and a colleague were arrested on suspicion of violating the Official Secrets Act, an officer told a court on Wednesday.
Myanmar army rejects UK MPs’ ‘one-sided accusations’ about Rohingya
Myanmar’s military has accused British MPs of making “one sided-accusations” about the plight of the Rohingya and denied that any violence, extrajudicial killings, rape and arson was committed in Rakhine state.
— The Guardian
Myanmar Monk Rebukes Intolerance by Buddhist Nationalist
A renowned Buddhist monk’s condemnation of fellow monk Ashin Wirathu, Myanmar’s most prominent Buddhist nationalist and hate-speech peddler, has given hope to activists trying to promote tolerance in a divided society and rescue Buddhism from hardline nationalists.
Myanmar, Vietnam spearhead Honor SEA push
Honor this week officially launched in Vietnam, offering its Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X smartphones.
— Mobile World Live
Myanmar’s JobNet secures seven-digit US dollar investment
Yangon-based jobs platform JobNet announced on Wednesday that it has raised a seven-digit US dollar funding round led by an unnamed existing investor, a London-based emerging markets-focused fund.
Rohingya refugee crisis: Midwives reveal harrowing stories from pregnant Muslim women fleeing Myanmar violence
Midwives working in refugee camps in Bangladesh have recounted the harrowing experiences of pregnant Rohingya women who fled from neighbouring Myanmar.
— Independent UK
UN rights chief calls for Myanmar war crimes panel
The UN human rights chief on Wednesday called for a new body tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, after a similar panel was created for the Syrian conflict.
— New Straits Times
Myanmar hosts 19th Asean-COCI Subcommittee on Information Meeting
The 19th Asean-COCI Subcommittee on Information Meeting commenced at Sky Star Hotel in Yangon on March 6.
Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint addressed the opening of the meeting that will last till March 8.
— Eleven Myanmar
Government launches new policy to streamline development assistance in Myanmar
The government has launched a Development Assistance Policy (DAP) under which it aims to more effectively and transparently channel aid funds provided by international agencies to where they are needed.
— The Myanmar Times
Myanmar to raise minimum wage by 33%
Myanmar will raise its minimum wage by one-third to 4,800 kyat ($3.63) per day, a move that will affect the country’s labor-intensive exporting industries like garment manufacturing and food processing.
— Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)
Myanmar poised to push for digital economy with corporates’ aid
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.
— Eleven Myanmar
The key changes for investors in the new MIC regime
THE Myanmar Investment Commission has recently undergone a major transformation because of changes arising from the Myanmar Investment Law 2016 (MIL) and the Myanmar Investment Rules 2017 (MIR).
— Frontier Myanmar
Rule of law for all
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday that rebuilding and reforming rule of law and the justice sector will be a top priority for Myanmar. She said to that end, the country’s legal profession and court system will be strengthened.
— The Global NewLight of Myanmar
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