Myanmar says US sanctions against general based on ‘unreliable accusations’
Myanmar “feels sad” over a U.S. decision to sanction a military general, a government spokesman said, after Washington linked the commander last week to abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
— Channel News Asia
Myanmar Court Extends Detention of Reuters Reporters
A Myanmar court extended the detention of two Reuters reporters on Wednesday during their first public appearance following 15 days of interrogation by police for allegedly violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.
— Radio Free Asia
Myanmar’s other ethnic atrocity
While global attention has fixated on the military’s ill-treatment of the Rohingya, abuses against the minority Kachin are arguably just as grave
— Asia Times
Myanmar: Curfew extended in Rakhine state December 25
Burmese authorities extend curfew order in Maungtaw district (Rakhine state) for two months from December 25, prohibiting outdoor activity from 06:00 to 18:00 and banning assembly of five or more persons
— Garda World
Australia turning a blind eye to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar
The Australian Government has resisted calls to sanction Myanmar’s military for its ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims.
— ABC News
Decision on UN Resolution on Myanmar Explained
Foreign Ministry’s spokesman explained a reversal in Iran’s decision regarding a resolution on human rights violations in Myanmar, as he announced Tehran’s positive vote to the resolution has been registered with the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.
— Financial Tribune
Over 1,000 Myanmar migrant workers return from Thailand in single day
About 1,137 Myanmar migrant workers returned home from Thailand on Tuesday, a day after Christmas, according to the Home Affairs Ministry Wednesday.
DSI pursues B300m Myanmar racket
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has decided to seek indictments against a group of 16 people accused of running a Myanmar-based investment scam estimated to have cost victims more than 300 million baht in losses.
— Bangkok Post
Myanmar-Nepal Friendship Association to cooperate in tourism, trade and investment
A Myanmar-Nepal Friendship Association was formed on December 24, 2017 in the premises of Nepali Embassy in Yangon.
— MY Republica
Time to Divest from Myanmar? Not Quite
In an op-ed that ran in the Guardian last week, Hannah Lownsbrough of the NGO SumOfUs put forward a highly provocative take on the Rohingya crisis gripping Myanmar. Running just a few days before Christmas, Lownsbrough asked whether Christmas shoppers buying gifts from brands like Bulgari wanted to “consider their role in propping up the genocide of Rohingya people.
— Modern Diplomacy
Yangon MPs condemn large-scale housing project
Yangon Region MPs have heavily criticised the Eco Green City housing project to be built in Bago Township for failing to submit detailed plans.
— Eleven Myanmar
New housing bill seeks to better protect apartment owners
Director-General Min Htein from the Urban and Housing Development Department claimed on December 26 that the decision will make the loan process smoother between borrowers and banks, as there will be more assurance.
— Eleven Myanmar
JICA loans more than K14 billion for 6 working sectors
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has already lend more than K14 billion in six industry sectors of Myanmar, with most going to small and medium enterprises.
— Eleven Myanmar
India signs 11 agreements with Myanmar to bolster ties
The MoUs were signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. AP Related News
— West Over Review
Over 200,000 children receive inoculations against Japanese encephalitis
More than 200,000 children between the ages of nine months and five years in 17 townships in Rakhine State received inoculations against Japanese encephalitis during the vaccination campaign which started on 11 December, state media has reported.
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