Myanmar Morning News For December 15

Myanmar Morning News For December 15

Myanmar morning newsAt least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar
International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces.
— Bangkok Post

U.N. chief says arrest of Reuters journalists shows erosion of press freedom in Myanmar
The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.
— Business Insider

Chinese-backed Megaprojects in Myanmar Continue to Raise Ire of Residents
Myanmar activists and the leader of the country’s Catholic Church on Thursday hit out at two controversial Chinese-operated infrastructure megaprojects that they say have caused environmental damage and subjected local residents to land expropriations without adequate compensation.
— Radio Free Asia

Britain Expresses Grave Concerns Over Arrest of Reuters Journalists in Myanmar
Britain has expressed grave concerns to the government of Myanmar over the arrest of two Reuters journalists, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Reuters urges Myanmar to free arrested reporters
The Reuters news agency called on Myanmar to immediately release its two journalists who were arrested for possessing “important secret papers” obtained from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine state, where violence widely blamed on security forces has forced more than 625,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh.
— Rthk

Japan, Myanmar leaders hold talks in Tokyo
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar President Htin Kyaw held a meeting on Thursday in Tokyo, with the Japanese leader expected to announce fresh support for infrastructure projects in the Southeast Asian country.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar’s government has little authority, but lots of committees
Governments all over the world make use of committees to defer tricky decisions or make work for bureaucrats, but in Myanmar the craze is reaching new heights. The country’s protracted peace process with ethnic militias has generated an impressive edifice of deliberation.
— The Economist (paywall)

Singapore delivers S$100,000 worth of aid for Myanmar’s Rakhine State
The Singapore Government has sent S$100,000 worth of relief supplies for people in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State.
— Channel News Asia

Road rule costs Myanmar billions
Transport and logistics companies are frustrated by the ban on trucks on the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway, arguing that it costs time and money and puts lives at risk. Many leaders in Myanmar’s logistics and freight sectors are calling for the expressway to be opened to trucks – a move they say would improve transport efficiency, reduce freight costs and save lives.
— Fresh Plaza

Men arrested with 5.4m meth pills, 120kg of ‘ice’
Two men have been arrested with 5.4 million speed pills and 120 kilogrammes of ‘ice’ believed to be from Myanmar at a house in Muang district, Nonthaburi province.
— Bangkok Post

Mobile money services gaining popularity across Myanmar
The use of mobile money services offered by telecommunications operators have been increasing throughout the country, officials of the two leading service providers Telenor and Ooredoo said Wednesday.
— Myanmar Times

India efforts to improve Myanmar’s internet
“For increasing broadband penetration, projects have been undertaken in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam using India’s cost-effective Gigabit Passive Optical Network technology,” said Rakesh Kumar Bhatnagar, director general of TEPC. “India is also setting up the Center of Excellence for Software Development and Training in some of the ASEAN countries.”
— Ministry of Information

Myanmar Tourism Marketing Announces New Tourist Sites Opening in Myanmar
Myanmar has been working hard to open more tourist sites and areas for foreign tourists to discover a country which has often been called “one of the last frontiers” to open up for tourists.
— NB Herard

Warship Visit Puts Russia-Myanmar Military Ties into Focus
A closer look at the broader context behind a recent interaction between the two sides.
— The Diplomat

Engineering students face degree uncertainty
The Higher Education Department released statements in the past three weeks about engineering degrees that mean students from technological universities will find it harder to join engineering bachelor degree programs.
— Myanmar Times

Why can’t Myanmar kids learn English?
Myanmar students still lack proficiency in the English language after eleven years of study in basic education schools.
— Myanmar Times

Journalism school protests over arrests
In show of protest on the way the Ministry of Information (MOI) reported the detention of the two Reuters journalists, the Yangon Journalism School has announced that it would suspend the training program it would give to a news outlet run by the ministry.
— Myanmar Times


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