Myanmar Morning News For May 11

Myanmar Morning News For May 11

Myanmar morning newsThe Fishing Port That May Become a $10 Billion Chinese Debt Bomb
The town of Kyaukpyu, nestled around a small fishing port on the Bay of Bengal, has the air of a place expecting to get rich soon.

Atrocities in Myanmar laid bare
Even if you don’t care about the Rohingya, please seek out on YouTube the episode titled “Myanmar’s Killing Field” from the American television network PBS series “Frontline”.
The Nation 

Sushma Swaraj Calls on Myanmar President U Win Myint; Holds Bilateral Talks
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday called on Myanmar President U Win Myint soon after she arrived here for talks with the country’s top leadership on key bilateral and regional issues, including the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Myanmar has changed, but China’s dominance remains
April 2018 marked the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s assuming the position of State Councillor of Myanmar.
East Asia Forum

As Obama Eased Myanmar Sanctions, Some Saw Warnings of a Massacre
Years before a campaign by the Myanmar military targeting Rohingya civilians made international headlines, the warning signs of a potential genocide were there.

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700,000 Rohingya Refugees Returning to Myanmar Face Bitter Choices
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees fled their homes in Myanmar for Bangladesh last August, following brutal attacks by the military against the minority group’s villages in the Rakhine state.

People need to know why our journalists were arrested in Myanmar, Reuters tells CPJ
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have spent nearly five months in detention in Myanmar, on charges of violating a colonial-era Official Secrets Act. At the time of their arrest in Yangon on December 12, the reporters were investigating a mass killing of Rohingya men by Buddhist villagers and Myanmar troops that took place in the Rakhine state village of Inn Din on September 2, 2017, Reuters reported.

Myanmar bishops ask Holy See to organise conference on Rohingyas
During an encounter with Pope Francis in the Vatican, the Church leaders say they discussed the positive impact of the papal trip to their country and the need for an international solution to the plight of the Rohingya refugees.
Vatican News 

Free e-visas luring Myanmar tourists to India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to provide free visas to Myanmar citizens has helped to boost inflow of Myanmar tourists to the country.

Development could hurt Ayeyarwady River: environmentalists
Environmentalists and conservationists have warned that unbridled economic development along the Ayeyarwady River could cause irreversible harm to its ecosystem.
The Myanmar Times 

Estonia implements entry ban on leaders of Myanmar
The Estonian government at its Thursday Cabinet meeting decided to implement an entry ban on the leaders of Myanmar, who are involved in the persecution of the Rohingya people.
News ERR

Indian External Affairs Minister visits Myanmar
Smt. Sushma Swaraj, the Minister of External Affairs of India, is paying an official visit to Myanmar from May 10-11, 2018. The visit is part of an on-going high level interaction between the Governments of India and Myanmar, according to a statement.

Yangon to focus on construction of deep sea port, new SEZ
At the Yangon Investment Forum yesterday, Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said the Yangon Regional Government will prioritise the construction of a new deep sea port and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the city.
The Myanmar Times 

MIDA to unlock Myanmar’s investment potential
HE MYANMAR Investors Development Association (MIDA), an alliance of large-scale local enterprises, will help the government achieve its economic goals by actively engaging with local and foreign investors, according to its chairman KhinMaung Aye.
Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar permits six investment enterprises in southern region
Myanmar’s investment authorities have granted six investment proposals in Bago region, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday.
Xinhua Net 

JMC-U holds 16th meeting at NRPC in Yangon
The Union-level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) held its 16th meeting at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon yesterday morning, where the outbreak of conflict between Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signatories was discussed, among other issues.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

PPST to overcome NCA difficulties through new political culture
The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST), which comprises the leaders of the signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), should try to overcome the difficulties remained in the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), a solution for dealing with clashes among the government, Tatmadaw (defence services) and ethnic armed organizations, by introducing a new chapter of political culture, said General Saw Mutu Say Poe, re-elected chairman of Karen National Union (KNU).
Eleven Myanmar

Yangon government promises to lower petrol prices
The Yangon Regional Government will lower petrol prices to reduce transportation costs for commuters, said Finance and Planning minister U Myint Thaung in the Yangon Parliament on Tuesday.
The Myanmar Times 

Gov’t will prioritize infrastructure development in the remaining term: Union Minister
The incumbent government will make constant efforts for infrastructure development during the remaining three years in power, said Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Planning and Finance at Yangon Investment Forum in Novotel Hotel in Yangon on May 9.
Eleven Myanmar 

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