Myanmar morning news for November 1

Myanmar morning news for November 1
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Myanmar morning newsRohingya repatriation to start by mid-November
DHAKA • Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed yesterday to start returning Rohingya refugees next month, less than a week after United Nations investigators warned that a genocide against the Muslim minority was still ongoing.
— The Straits Times

Myanmar Garment Workers to End Strike After Government Mediates Labor Dispute
More than 100 Myanmar garment workers will return to work next week after the management of a Chinese-owned textile factory agreed to rehire 30 employees whose termination sparked a months-long strike, sources said Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Rohingya ‘genocide’ threatens EU-Myanmar trade
The probe, and a similar one on Cambodia, has sparked a debate about whether the EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, should use its “everything but arms” (EBA) programme to pressurise its trading partners.
— Asean Economist

Myanmar’s sea turtles fight against the odds
Peril plagues the lives of Myanmar’s baby turtles: if crabs don’t get them before they scramble from beach to sea, then poachers or fishing trawlers might finish them off instead.
— Frontier Myanmar

Ooredoo Myanmar’s 9-month revenue grows 10%, customer base jumps 23%
OOredoo Myanmar saw its revenue increase by 10 percent year-on-year to QAR 1.1 billion fot the first nine months of 2018, compared to QAR 961 million for the 9-month period ended 30 September 2017.
— Telecompaper (paywall)

UN criticises Rohingya deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh
UN officials have condemned a deal struck between Myanmar and Bangladesh to start repatriating Rohingya refugees, with the UN refugee agency confirming they have not been consulted about the plan.
— The Guardian

Myanmar and Bangladesh Say Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees Will Begin Soon (video)
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees as early as mid-November, though doubts remain about any large-scale or speedy return to the country where they fled brutal military violence just over a year ago.
— Time

Myanmar says 2,000 Rohingya to arrive in November despite doubts
A top Myanmar official said Wednesday that his country would take back a first group of 2,000 Rohingya refugees from camps in Bangladesh in November despite widespread doubts over the proposal.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar officials try to convince Rohingya to return, accept ID cards
DHAKA/YANGON: Myanmar officials visited camps for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh on Wednesday (Oct 31) in an effort to kickstart a process to repatriate hundreds of thousands who fled an army crackdown last year.
— Channel News Asia

PM, a plan and a canal
bility of quick and continuing wealth in trade if there were a canal connecting Songkhla province and Myanmar.
— Bangkok Post

Flippin’ hard: Myanmar’s sea turtles fight against the odds
THAMEEHLA ISLAND, Myanmar: Peril plagues the lives of Myanmar’s baby turtles: if crabs don’t get them before they scramble from beach to sea, then poachers or fishing trawlers might finish them off instead.
— Channel News Asia

Card Bo against the ‘economic injustice’ of EU sanctions
Sanctions could devastate some of key sectors of Myanmar’s economy, already facing great uncertainty.
— Asia News.It

Myanmar to hold raw gems, jade fair
Myanmar will hold special sale of raw gems and jade in local currency Kyat in Nay Pyi Taw on Nov. 12-17, the Information Ministry said on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Rohingya returns to Myanmar must not be rushed or premature: UNHCR
The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday that conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state were “not yet conducive for returns”, after Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to start repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya by mid-November.
— Reuters

Yangon hustle: the shadowy trade in gold and dollars
When government spokesman U Zaw Htay addressed reporters on September 21, Myanmar’s currency, the kyat, had been enduring a rough few days.
— Frontier Myanmar

2017 Nutrition Survey – Report to CCSDPT* Health Agencies
Wasting in camps remains lower than in Thailand or Myanmar. Graph 1.5 shows wasting prevalence in previous nutrition surveys conducted since 2003 – the rate has been “acceptable” border-wide for every survey.
— Relief Web

Cash flow problems
Exchange rates are highly political; in Myanmar, the ups and downs of the kyat are often considered a barometer of economic performance.
— Frontier Myanmar

In Myanmar, signs the Rohingya ever existed are being erased in campaign of ‘removal and replacement’
A year after Myanmar’s military launched a campaign of murder, rape, and arson to drive out the Rohingya, the charred trees are the only visible reminders that the stateless, Muslim population once lived there.
— South China Morning Post

Episode 52: Will Chin refugees be forced to return? (video)
In June, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said it would begin phasing out refugee status of Chin people from Myanmar, a move that has been heavily criticized.
— Frontier Myanmar


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, November 2.

Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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