Russia denies planning to block UNSC resolution on Myanmar
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday denied media reports that Russia planned to block a draft resolution of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Myanmar.
— New China
Is the world getting Myanmar wrong?
IN THE bonfire of liberal certainties, Myanmar makes for an especially painful case. Only two years ago the world celebrated as a land long covered by darkness emerged from brutal army rule. In a jubilant election the National League for Democracy (NLD) swept nearly all before it. The party’s revered leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, took over from the same generals who had imprisoned her or kept her under house arrest for nearly two decades.
— The Economist
U.N. rejects Myanmar claim that it agreed to help build housing for refugees
A UN settlement program, UN-Habitat in Myanmar, on Thursday rejected a state media report that it had agreed to help build housing for people fleeing violence in the northern Myanmar state of Rakhine, where an army operation has displaced hundreds of thousands.
Myanmar pledges to continue working with UN in achieving socioeconomic development
The Myanmar government pledged on Tuesday to continue working with the United Nations in its endeavour to achieve the socio-economic development of the country.
Myanmar situation UN’s priority concern: UNGA president
United Nations General Assembly president Miroslav Lajcak has said the situation in Myanmar appeared as UN’s priority concern and Dhaka’s suggestions as a key stakeholder would be of crucial help in resolving the crisis, a foreign ministry statement said on Thursday.
— Prothom Alo
Myanmar: UN Security Council must act on Rohingya crisis – UN expert
The UN Security Council should issue a strongly worded resolution on the Myanmar crisis, the Special Rapporteur on the country’s human rights has told the UN General Assembly in New York.
— Relief Web
EU has limited options for helping Rohingya refugees
On Monday, during a fundraising event in Geneva, the European Union pledged new funds for Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and crossing the border into Bangladesh.
— Asia Times
New EU Ambassador lays out course for EU-Myanmar relations
The new Ambassador of the European Union to Myanmar, Mr Kristian Schmidt, will represent the European Union in Myanmar and serve as Head of the EU Delegation in Yangon during the next four years.
India advises US against hard line on Myanmar
It was the China factor that prompted the Indian leadership to clearly tell US secretary of state Rex Tillerson that it would be unwise to shut down the Indian embassy in North Korea as the Chinese have a significant diplomatic presence there, sources said. China is seen globally as North Korea’s main benefactor, although there have been tensions between the two countries.
— The Asian Age
French chamber opens branch in Mandalay
The French chamber will launch its Mandalay business center in early November to serve European, French and Myanmar businesses eager to expand into the country’s second largest city.
— Myanmar Times
Rice exports expected to exceed target
Until October 6 of this fiscal year, Myanmar earned US$494.344 million from exports of more than 1.6 million tonnes of rice, which is equivalent to 80 per cent of the rice export target, according to the Commerce Ministry.
— Eleven Myanmar
EU-Myanmar investment treaty talks: Where’s the transparency?
AS NEGOTIATIONS between Myanmar and the European Union near completion on an investment protection agreement, domestic and foreign civil society groups have criticised the process for lacking transparency.
— Frontier Myanmar
Loans to help farmers in Rakhine State
Myanmar Agriculture Development Bank will disburse double loans through the Japan International Cooperation Agency for the purchase of agricultural equipment and investment in the agricultural development of Rakhine State.
— Eleven Mynmar
ICBC to become major BRI financier in Myanmar
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) will position itself as the main financial services provider for all projects under China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Hong Laing, Chinese ambassador to Myanmar, said at the two-year anniversary ceremony of ICBC Yangon on October 21.
— Myanmar Times
Myanmar Watermelon Nabs China’s Off-Season Market Share
China’s domestic watermelon season ends in October—except for in Hainan where a small quantity of watermelon is being grown. Watermelons from Myanmar, however, are just coming into season. Myanmar’s watermelon is an off-season fruit that usually lists from November to May of next year.
— Produce Report
MPT, Myanmar Red Cross launch first aid awareness programme
“First Aid For All”, a health awareness programme, was launched on October 24 by Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) to promote knowledge about first-aid.
— Myanmar Times
India wants coastal shipping with Myanmar
India has pitched for a coastal shipping agreement with Myanmar on the lines of the agreement it signed with Bangladesh.
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