Welcome to the Myanmar morning news roundup by AEC News Today, your one stop for Myanmar news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.
Activists Urge Unilever to Press Myanmar, Help Rohingya
Activists are urging Unilever, a major investor in Myanmar, to speak out against the country’s treatment of its Rohingya minority, which the U.N. has said may be called “crimes against humanity.”
— Voice of America
Myanmar workers in Thailand go on strike for labour rights
A total of 300 Myanmar migrants working at INDEX, a motorcycle helmet factory in Bangkok, went on strike to demand better working conditions and rights, said Thai-based migrants rights organisation Aid Alliance Committee (AAC) yesterday.
— Myanmar Times
2 Japanese mega firms enter JV in Myanmar
IN A BID to fill the gap of limited foreign investment in Myanmar’s agricultural sector, Japanese diesel engine manufacturer Yanmar and global trading firm Mitsui & Co on Tuesday launched a joint-venture sales business in the nation’s commercial hub.
Najib congratulates, thanks volunteers of ‘Food Flotilla for Myanmar’ mission
Datuk Seri Najib Razak congratulated and thanked all volunteers of the ‘Food Flotilla For Myanmar’ humanitarian mission for all the time, energy and sweat spent in ensuring success of the mission.
— Malay Mail Online
350 Myanmar farmers facing court over land grabs
Some 350 farmers from Myanmar’s Mandalay region are facing court cases related to land-grabbing, most of them brought since Aung San Suu Kyi’s government took power a year ago, lawyers and activists said Thursday.
— Channel NewsAsia
No peace with Myanmar government in sight, powerful rebel group warns
The head of Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic rebel group has threatened to derail the government’s wobbling push for peace as fierce fighting in the country’s restive borderlands has reached a critical point.
— Press TV
UNICEF applauds as Myanmar signs the Paris Principles on children associated with armed forces and groups [EN/MY]
UNICEF welcomes Myanmar’s signature of the Paris Principles on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups on the occasion of the Paris 21st Feb 2017 Conference, organized by UNICEF and France.
— Relief Web
Mooted Yangon expansion plans revived
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said that the regional government will launch the Yangon New City project in Kyeemyindaing township, but firms involved in the Yangon Southwest New City were not informed about the new plan.
— Myanmar Times
Fundraiser for children with leukemia
As the number of children with leukemia increases, the Myat Parami non-profit organisation, hospital staff and private donors have joined hands to set up a fundraising committee to help the young patients.
— Myanmar Times
Panasonic to expand business in Myanmar
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp aims to expand its electric appliance business in Myanmar by launching a new air-conditioner model and opening four more service centers in 2017.
— Bangkok Post
“Expedition Myanmar” reveals far-flung tourist destinations
Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake – these three cities are the most common destinations for international and local tourists alike. While the tranquil nature of Inle Lake and awe-inspiring temples of Bagan are certainly picturesque, there are countless more far-flung wonders to explore in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times
Myanmar security forces probe Rohingya prison deaths
Myanmar’s security forces are investigating the deaths of eight Rohingya in custody who were among hundreds arrested during a military crackdown in the north of Rakhine state, the government said Wednesday.
— Mizzima News
Myanmar monks to protest in solidarity with Thailand’s Dhammakaya Temple
A group of nationalist monks are planning to hold protests in Yangon to express their solidarity with the Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand, which has been the subject of a police crackdown over the past week.
— Frontier Myanmar
Feature photo: Richard Todd
The Myanmar morning news roundup is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.
Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.
She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.
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