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Trump’s planned reduction in refugees may hit Myanmar worst
Tin, her husband and five children have cleared years of refugee hurdles to come to the U.S.: blood tests, interviews, DNA and fingerprints, background checks. She has her one must-bring possession within reach, a well-worn Bible, and keeps their phone charged for the U.S. Embassy to call.
— Merced Sun Star
Myanmar must work to close Rohingya camps, says panel led by Kofi Annan
Myanmar should immediately start allowing Rohingya Muslims to return home and ultimately close rundown camps for the displaced in its western Rakhine state, a panel led by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said on Thursday.
— Channel NewsAsia
Myanmar Ethnic Militias Meet With Chinese Envoy to Discuss Kokang Conflict
Ethnic armed groups fighting the Myanmar army in the country’s volatile northern states met with a Chinese special envoy on Wednesday to discuss stopping deadly clashes along the border that have forced tens of thousands of Myanmar residents to flee to China.
— Radio Free Asia
Myanmar to solicit bids for its 1st LNG terminal
An international tender to build Myanmar’s first liquefied natural gas terminal will start as early as April, presenting a business opportunity for Asian trading and energy companies, according to a government source.
Accept Rohingya minority as citizens, DPM urges Myanmar
The way the Myanmar military is treating the Rohingya there has put the country at odds with the principles of Asean, says Malaysia.
— The Star Online
Massive Fire Destroys Dozens of Filling Stations in Kyauktaw
A massive fire burned through dozens of filling stations here in Kyauktaw Township on Wednesday (Mar 15) evening.
— Rohingya Vision
Myanmar’s AGD Bank Seeks Foreign Partners, Has Talked With Uber
Myanmar’s Asia Green Development Bank Ltd. is seeking foreign partners and has held talks with Uber Technologies Inc. as it seeks to harness digital platforms to service the most under-banked country in Asia.
FDA testing foods in Pyin Oo Lwin
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Mandalay is testing jams and various other food items produced in Pyin Oo Lwin township, Mandalay Region, to ensure safety and raise awareness on cleanliness among consumers.
— Myanmar Times
Emirates to launch direct Yangon-Phnom Penh air link
EMIRATES, a Dubai-based airline that flies to nearly 150 destinations globally, is set for the launch of its Dubai-Yangon-Phnom Penh route on July 1.
Small water pumps banned at three sides of palace moat
The public will not be allowed to use small water pumps along three streets bordering the Mandalay palace moat this coming Thingyan (Water Festival), said U Ye Myat Thu, member of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC).
— Myanmar Times
New market building for Sittwe
A new building which will be constructed to replace the May Yu market in Sittwe township, Rakhine State, will include facilities such as a playground, hall, cinema and restaurants, as well as 268 shop lots offering goods such as clothing, commodities and electronic products.
— Myanmar Times
Japan’s watercraft for Rakhine water transport
One of the Three ships that will be used for sorely needed inland waterway passenger transport in Rakhine State arrived yesterday at the Ngalapway Jetty in Kyaukpyu.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar
US firm to help boost shrimp production
THOUGH MYANMAR’S shrimp export is much less than that of Vietnam and Thailand in terms of tonnage and value, the nation is set to leapfrog its production with American experts’ technical assistance, said Kyaw Tun Myint, president of the Myanmar Shrimp Association.
Local Militia Expels Myanmar Internal Refugees From Land in Kachin State
A local militia in the northern Myanmar town of Waingmaw has started clearing out refugees who have been staying on its land since 2012 when they were displaced by hostilities between ethnic rebels and the government army, villagers and a lawmaker from Kachin state said Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia
Japan set to provide Myanmar additional $30m grant in aid
JAPAN-BASED Nippon Foundation and sister organisations have granted Myanmar nearly $90 million to fulfill the nation’s basic needs since 1976, and have planned to support additional $30 million during the National League for Democracy Government term, said Yohei Sasakawa, special envoy of the Japanese government for national reconciliation in Myanmar and chairman of the Nippon Foundation (TNF).
N Health JV launches Myanmar’s first private medical lab
NATIONAL HEALTHCARE Systems Co Ltd, a Thai medical service provider supporting hospital businesses in Asean, opened on Sunday an independent clinical laboratory as a joint venture with two Myanmar firms – Sea Lion Group and Bahosi Hospital.
Tourists and guides found wearing shoes on pagodas will be prosecuted, warn Bagan authorities
Tourists and tour guides who are caught with their shoes still on while entering or climbing a pagoda will be prosecuted, according to Director Aung Aung Kyaw of the Bagan Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library. The statement comes after multiple reports of ignorant foreigners climbing Bagan’s pagodas with their shoes still on and negligent tour guides failing to inform their clients.
— Coconuts Yangon
Duterte to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi during his visit to Myanmar this weekend.
Tackling Asia’s final technology frontier
Honey Mya Win didn’t have to look far to discover the tech potential for Myanmar. A 26-year-old former telecom engineer at Huawei, she was directly involved in configuring mobile phone towers and base station controllers that expanded 3G access to the once reclusive nation.
Feature photo Eli Shany
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