Myanmar morning news for April 18

Myanmar morning news for April 18

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar Air Force conducts night-time airstrikes in Rakhine State
The Myanmar Air Force (MAF) has conducted an escalated campaign of airstrikes in western Rakhine State that, for the first time in the service’s history, has involved sustained combat operations at night.
— Janes

Highway accidents kill 4, injure 42 in Myanmar during water festival
Four people including a woman were killed with 42 others injured in traffic accidents on Myanmar’s highway during the four-day long Thingyan water festival, a release from the Highway Police Force said Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Myanmar’s Wa rebels march in show of force
It has a standing army of 25,000, manufactures its own guns and conscripts at least one member of each household — meet the United Wa State Army: Communist, reclusive, China-backed rebels determined to protect their supremacy over Myanmar’s badland border zone.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar Pardons More Than 9,000 Prisoners In New Year Amnesty
President Win Myint said 9,353 prisoners, including 16 foreigners, had been pardoned “as a gesture of marking the Myanmar New Year, for the peace and pleasure of the people, and taking into consideration humanitarian concerns”.

In Myanmar, Jittery Investors Threaten Long-Term Development
With investors shying away from a risky business environment, Myanmar’s military will only increase its economic influence.
— The Diplomat

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PetroChina opens its first filling station in Myanmar
PetroChina International has launched its service station in Myanmar, marking the Chinese state-run oil major’s first foray into the country’s fuel station market.
— Myanmar Times

First hotel in Thilawa opens, caters for business visitors
Four years after Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) was launched, the industrial hub welcomes the first hotel.
— Myanmar Times

Indian agribusiness granted IFC loan to expand Myanmar facilities
The Yangon subsidiary of an Indian agri­-logistics group has secured a US$3 million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of the World Bank.
— Myanmar Times

3 Myanmar nationals held for obtaining fake documents in Hyderabad
It was said that the three arrested persons were Rohingyas and had obtained UNHCR cards, but later managed to get Aadhaar and voter ID cards in Hyderabad.

Myanmar Digest: MSH gets nod for Yangon school; SPARX backs MyanCare
Myanmar Strategic Holdings has secured the approval from the government to start its Yangon American International School project. Meanwhile, healthtech firm MyanCare has raised investment from Japan’s SPARX investment group.
— DealStreetAsia

Myanmar to Free Thousands of Prisoners—But Not the Reuters Reporters
Myanmar said it would release more than 9,000 prisoners starting Wednesday as part of its Burmese new year festivities, but the amnesty didn’t extend to two Reuters reporters whose work exposing military abuses helped win a Pulitzer Prize this week.
— Wall Street Journal

Ivory Coast destroys 18,000 tonnes of dangerous Myanmar rice
Health officials in Ivory Coast on Wednesday destroyed tonnes of rice that had been declared unfit for human consumption, the BBC Africa Live page reports.
— Africa News

Why Suu Kyi is silent on the Rohingya issue
Aung San Suu Kyi’s inability to speak up for the Rohingya in Myanmar has been a riddle. The Western world had elevated her almost to the status of sainthood, only to find that she is actually a politician, happy to switch sides as convenient. In the process, it is the Myanmar regime that benefited most from her celebrity status, as they legitimised their hold on power.
— The Daily Star

RGB eyes Myanmar for gaming machine biz: report
Gaming equipment maker RGB International Bhd is looking to business opportunities in Myanmar, according to a senior executive as quoted by the online edition of Malaysia’s The Star newspaper.
— GGR Asia

Myanmar cardinal warns of ‘catastrophe’ if China-backed dam project continues
Myanmar’s top prelate has warned that “environmental and economic catastrophes” are a possibility if a controversial dam project supported by neighboring China is restarted.

Woodside sets sights on Myanmar drilling
However, company ‘will not be appraising its Aung Siddhi discovery this year’
— Upstream Online

Death toll of vessel capsizal rises to 11 in Myanmar
The death toll in a vessel capsizal which took place in northwestern Myanmar on Monday has increased to 11, a local official told Xinhua Tuesday.

Jewish groups in US welcome bill on Rohingya crisis, says paper
YANGON — Jewish groups in the United States have welcomed the introduction of a bipartisan bill in the Senate to sanction Myanmar officials responsible for the persecution of the Rohingya, a publication based in New York has reported.
— Frontier Myanmar

RGB could be headed to Myanmar to open new gambling business
With the parliament in Myanmar set to authorize foreigner-only casinos within the country, businesses are looking to seize upon this opportunity to open new operations in the southeast Asian country. That looks to be the case with RGB International, as they are intending to look for business opportunities within Myanmar according to a senior executive within the company.
— Calvinayre

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Rohingyas want international community to coerce Myanmar to take them back
Cox’s Bazar, April 18 ( The one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are packed like sardines in 33 camps in Cox’s bazar district in South Eastern Bangladesh.
— Newsin

‘Armed self-defence’ needed till demands are met, says Wa leader
PANGSHANG – The Wa will “hold high the banner of peace and democracy on one hand and armed self-defence on the other” until its political demands are met, the chairman of the United Wa State Party said on Wednesday at a military parade in Panghsang, that included hundreds of child soldiers.
— Frontier Myanmar

South Korea issues travel ban for Myanmar
South Korea’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that it has decided to issue its highest-level travel restriction to ban travel by its citizens in the northern part of Myanmar’s Rakhine state that borders Bangladesh, citing high safety risks, the Korea Herald reported.
— Mizzima

Myanmar cops ‘abduct’ four Bangladeshis from Naf river
Four Bangladeshi fishermen were kidnapped allegedly by Border Guard Police (BGP) of Myanmar from the Naf River in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar yesterday.
— The Daily Star

Reuters reporters awarded Pulitzer
Two Reuters reporters have been awarded one of journalism’s most prestigious prizes, CNN reported.
— Mizzima

Xinhua world news summary at 1600 GMT, April 16
The death toll in a vessel capsizal in northwestern Myanmar on Monday has increased to 11, a local official told Xinhua Tuesday.


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