Myanmar morning news for September 20

Myanmar morning news for September 20
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Myanmar morning newsParliament Approves $300M ADB Loan to Upgrade Power Grid
Parliament today approved a nearly $300 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to upgrade the national power grid in seven states and regions.
— The Irrawaddy

ICC to probe Myanmar over alleged Muslim deportations
The prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda has opened a preliminary examination into Myanmar’s alleged deportation of the northern Rakhine Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh as well as other crimes such as sexual violence and killings.
— Myanmar Times

Australia considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar
Australia’s government finds there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution of genocide perpetrated against the Rohingya
— Dhaka Tribune

UK to Grant Extra Support for Sexual Violence Victims in Myanmar – Hunt
The United Kingdom will provide additional support for the Rohingya, residing in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, who have suffered sexual violence at the hands of the country’s military, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Wednesday.
— Sputnik International

Myanmar journalist jailed for ‘abusive’ posts about Aung San Suu Kyi
A former columnist for state media has been jailed for seven years for “abusive” Facebook posts about Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a court official said on Wednesday, the latest case threatening free expression in the country.
— The New Arab

New policies unavoidable if Myanmar is to keep up in AEC
With just three months remaining before it is due to join the Asean Economic Community (AEC), time is running out for Myanmar to improve its economic policies and prepare local businesses for foreign competition.
— Myanmar Times

World Bank to help Myanmar in western state recovery, development
The World Bank will help Myanmar in recovery and development of conflict-hit Rakhine state, Myanmar News Agency reported Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Visa sees positive gains in contactless payment adoption
Visa, the card payment solutions provider, on September 18 announced that one in every five face-to-face Visa transactions in Myanmar is now contactless.
— Myanmar Times

Govt. plans to attract more tourists through Maw Taung gate
Maw Taung border gate in Myanmar-Thailand border is seeing less tourists and it need to open permanently to attract the tourists, according to officials and traders.
— Eleven Myanmar

Japan is on the wrong side of history over Myanmar’s atrocities against the Rohingya
On 2 August 2017, a plane carrying Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, touched down in Tokyo.
— Amnesty International

Southeast Asian NGOs call upon United Nations to act urgently to bring justice for Myanmar’s atrocities
The United Nations and its member states must act urgently to investigate and prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes said Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Progressive Voice and Women’s Peace Network – Arakan.
— The Online Citizen SG (blog)

Lack of protective laws may lead to deviation from democratic culture: House Speaker
If the laws lacked protection of the people, Myanmar would lose sight of its democratic culture, Lower House Speaker warned.
— Eleven Myanmar

Yangon Region Auditor General warns about possible losses on projects
Yangon Region government has invested Ks-134 billion—Ks-54 billion in Yangon Metropolitan Development Public Co., Ltd (YMD), Ks-10 billion in New Yangon Development Corporation and Ks-70 billion in the YBPC (Yangon Bus Public Company) and the Yangon Urban Public Transportation Public Co., Ltd (YUPT), according to the audit report by Yangon Region Auditor General.
— Consult-Myanmar

Communities set up teams to fight crime spree in Mandalay
It happened in broad daylight and a lot of people – a woman riding a motorcycle was robbed of her money and valuables by men riding another motorcycle.
— Myanmar Times

Zo National Region Development Party presents its policy, stance and work program
Chairman U Kham En Thang of Zo National Region Development (ZNRD) Party presented the party’s policy, stance, work programs and other issues on radio and TV on 19 September.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Report on the current work of the government: political, economic and social development, and the peace process
Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and all members of Parliament, I wish you all good health, wealth and prosperity.
In accordance with Article 228(B) of the 2008 Constitution, and the invitation dated 3 September 2018, I present this report on the work of the elected government to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Expert visits Bagan pagodas ahead of World Heritage decision
An Australian expert from the International Council on Monuments and Sites arrived in Bagan on September 15 to consider Myanmar’s application for World Heritage listing for the ancient city.
— Frontier Myanmar


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Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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