UN passes new resolution on Myanmar despite opposition from China-Russia
The UN General Assembly on Sunday urged Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya and called for the appointment of a UN special envoy, despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional countries.
— Dhaka Tribune
Property taxes a small but lucrative target for reform
Taxes collected by municipalities from owners and occupiers are structurally sound and administratively straightforward, but play a much smaller role in Myanmar than they could.
Kubota to join $92 million project to improve water supply system in Yangon
Farming and construction equipment manufacturer Kubota Corp. has said it will build water supply infrastructure in Myanmar’s commercial capital of Yangon together with other Japanese and South Korean partners, to meet growing industrial and household demand for clean water in line with the Southeast Asian country’s economic development.
— The Japan Times
Myanmar government relaxes restrictions on foreign investment
Myanmar issues a new Myanmar Companies Act to attract foreign investment. The local companies are expected to take their businesses to a level.
— Asean Today
‘Fair-priced’ drug counters proposed for general hospitals
Hospital management committees are planning to open “fair-priced” canteens, pharmacies and commodity stores. In the first phase, the drugstores would be set up at 39 general hospitals throughout the country under the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar
Pope, in Xmas message, calls for protection of Rohingyas
Pope Francis in his Christmas message on Monday called for adequate protection of the dignity of Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh following persecution in Myanmar.
— The Daily Star
Analysis: No sign Rohingya will be allowed to return home to Myanmar
After facing international outrage and charges of ethnic cleansing, Myanmar made a pledge: Rohingya Muslims who fled the country by the hundreds of thousands would start their journey home within weeks.
— Brink Wire
Myanmar peace process bends under military and ethnic division
In October 2015, during the last months of Thein Sein’s military-backed regime, the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) was signed between the government, the Myanmar armed forces (Tatmadaw) and eight of the country’s 21 main ethnic-armed organisations (EAOs).
— East Asia Forum
Kingdom votes against resolution on Myanmar
Cambodia voted against a United Nations General Assembly resolution on Sunday urging Myanmar to end a military campaign against the Rohingya ethnic minority and calling for the appointment of a UN special envoy.
— The Phnom Penh Post
Forced to run from Myanmar, Rohingya find respite in Chicago
While most of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims who escaped harrowing violence ended up in camps in Bangladesh, some have made it to the U.S. That includes dozens of young Rohingyas who have become students in Chicago’s public schools.
— PBS News Hour (video)
Dispatch of workers to Malaysia to resume: Labour secretary
The government will resume the sending of Myanmar workers to Malaysia following a one-year suspension, said Myo Aung, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
— Eleven Myanmar
Major eyeing CLMV to help drive revenue
SET-listed Major Cineplex Group Plc, operator of the country’s largest cinema chain, is set to expand into Myanmar next year to help boost revenue.
— Bangkok Post
FDA to educate villagers in food safety
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will educate rural residents in food safety next year, says an agency official.
— Eleven Myanmar
JE diagnosed in 320 people this year
A total of 320 people have been diagnosed with the Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus this year, according to the Public Health Department at the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Mynmar
‘Fake news’ can be very dangerous, and events this year in Asia proved it
From elections in Indonesia to Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis to the Philippine drug war, the spread misinformation and disinformation have been used to bolster hate speech, stereotypes and propaganda.
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