US calls out Myanmar in Security Council’s first ‘thematic debate’ on human rights
The UN Security Council on Tuesday held its first debate on human rights not connected to a particular conflict. The debate was initiated by US ambassador Nikki Haley, who called out the usual suspects – Cuba, North Korea, Syria, and Iran – in her remarks.
— Coconuts Yangon
Newsmagazine publisher stabbed to death in Myanmar
Authorities in Myanmar should swiftly identify and bring to justice the killer of newsmagazine publisher Wai Yan Heinn, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist was found dead on April 16 with 15 stab wounds to his chest and abdomen at his Yangon-based office, news reports said.
Investors shun oil and gas: DICA
There was no foreign investment in agriculture, mining, oil and gas and construction in the previous fiscal year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.
A new Myanmar oil pipeline helps China dodge US influence
China has taken a major step forward in its quest for energy security by opening an oil pipeline through Myanmar, a cross-border project that also underscores the two countries’ increasingly close ties.
– Nikkei Asian Review
Analysis: Opportunity knocks in Myanmar health market
After a visit to Myanmar, Jiadi Yu, principal investment officer at the IFC in Hong Kong, is optimistic about the country’s health market.
– HealthInvestor Asia
Aung San Suu Kyi’s climate change crisis
In 2008, Myanmar suffered its worst natural disaster on record when Cyclone Nargis swept through and the military regime hampered relief efforts. Now, the new government is struggling to find the resources needed to help protect its people from the ravages of global warming
– Southeast Asia Globe
NGOs call for Section 66(d) axe
NGOs have proposed that the hated Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law should be either amended or revoked, according to Lower House MP Tin Maung Win of Seikkkan and chairman of Lower House’s Committee of Transport, Communications and Construction.
Rights groups call for release of Myanmar political prisoners
Advocacy groups from around the world signed a joint statement [PDF] on Thursday that called for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar. The release of the petition aligned with the third anniversary of U Win Tin’s death, a political prisoner in Myanmar for close to 20 years.
About 3 million passengers expected to take circular train in Yangon in 2020
Myanma Railways (MR) plans to increase the number of riders of the circular train in Yangon up to about three million by 2020. Currently, MR is cooperating with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to promote the use of the circular trains, which is currently used by only 4 per cent of Yangon dwellers.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar
MOI donates stationery to Tiddim and Reedhorda libraries
Union Minister of Information Dr. Pe Myint, together with his entourage and Chin State Minister for Social Affairs U Paung LunHtan, arrived in Tiddim, Chin State on Wednesday morning.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar
Myanmar Authorities Nab Illegal Drugs, Cattle at New China Border Checkpoint in Shan State
Authorities in Myanmar’s northern Shan state have seized more than U.S. $1.5 million worth of illegal drugs, timber, and cattle at a new inspection station for transport vehicles that opened two months ago, an official who works at the checkpoint said Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia
Low supply raises fruit prices in Muse
After the Thingyan water festival, from April 13 to 16, the fruit supply to the 105 Mile trade hub in Muse Township, Shan State, has declined and the prices have risen, sources say.
Cops discover gold smuggling route from Myanmar
Smuggling of gold from beyond the borders of Myanmar has been keeping various agencies on toes. Within the last month, Assam Police, along with other central agencies, have managed to seize over 15 kilos of gold smuggled from Myanmar here, making it appear that this is a virtual transit route for the clandestine gold running racket of the region.
— Times of India
How ‘One Belt, One Road’ Could Smooth Out Rocky China-Myanmar Ties
Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series about China’s One Belt, One Road infrastructure initiative, also known as the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
— World Politics Review
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