Myanmar Morning News For April 25

Myanmar Morning News For April 25

Myanmar morning newsHow China gets what it wants in Myanmar
As Myanmar prepares for yet another round of peace talks with ethnic armed groups, all eyes are on China.
Asia Times 

Karen call on Myanmar to honour ceasefire agreement
THE KAREN community has urged the Myanmar military to honour the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) after a report, due to be released today, said that more than 15,000 government troops have now invaded Karen National Union (KNU) controlled areas.
The Nation 

ASEAN summit to focus on Myanmar, S.China Sea but little progress expected
Southeast Asian leaders will focus on trade wars, the crisis in Myanmar and security tensions in the disputed South China Sea at a summit this weekend, but it’s highly unlikely there will be any headline-grabbing progress on the issues.

Myanmar, Vietnam agree to raise bilateral trade over $1b by 2020
Myanmar and Vietnam have agreed to raise bilateral trade and have set a target of exceeding $1 billion in trading value by 2020.
The Myanmar Times 

Online skin trade fuels Myanmar elephant slaughter: Conservation group
An emerging online market for elephant skin in China is threatening the survival of the creatures in neighbouring Myanmar as poaching intensifies to meet demand, conservationists warned on Tuesday (April 24).
The Straits Times

Myanmar churches shelter fleeing civilians in Kachin
Hundreds of civilians have fled their homes and are seeking refuge in churches in Myanmar’s conflict-torn Kachin State amid the military’s offensive against Kachin rebels.
UCA News

Three-year study aims to boost mango exports in Myanmar
The Myanmar Mango Market and Technology Development Association will conduct a study on the ripeness of mangoes at the time of harvesting, across the country, over three years.
Fresh Plaza 

Kachin Groups Urge UN to Refer Myanmar to ICC
Ethnic Kachin communities at home and abroad are urging the United Nations Security Council to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC), citing a recent military campaign in Kachin State’s Tanai Township that has displaced thousands of civilians and trapped many in the conflict zone.
The Irrawaddy 

Myanmar Political Parties Oppose Easing Travel Restrictions on Rohingya
Myanmar’s main opposition political party and members of some minor parties say they oppose the government’s decision to grant freedom of travel to Rohingya Muslims who possess National Verification Cards (NVCs).
Radio Free Asia 

Championing Rohingya Rights in Myanmar Cost Me 12 Years in Prison. It’s a Price Worth Paying
The world has only recently woken up to the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim community. But I, and countless others, have been subjected to harassment and discrimination since as far back as the early 1980s.

The military still holds all the levers in Myanmar’s future
While the Rohingya crisis has battered Aung San Suu Kyi’s reputation, Myanmar’s military is deftly retaining its primacy in the country’s politics, Monish Tourangbam and Pawan Amin write.
Policy Forum 

Suu Kyi’s Silence: Why Myanmar’s Leader Is Ignoring The Rohingya Genocide
Once hailed as one of the world’s most revered human rights defenders, Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s stunning fall from grace has left heads spinning around the globe.
Huffington Post 

Minister calls for shift from trade-based to production-based system
According to Union Minister for Planning and Finance Kyaw Win, majority of local businesses being trade-based meant that in the long run, they will hamper the country’s development substantially if they are not able to shift to production-based systems.
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar migrants back to work
Many Myanmar migrants have returned to work in Thailand after the long Songkran holidays this month.
Bangkok Post 

Investor interest in New Yangon City project rises, more FDI expected
Since its launch in early April, investor interest in the New Yangon City project from China, South Korea and ASEAN has been on the rise, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said during a press conference at the 2018 Yangon Investment Forum on April 20.
The Myanmar Times 

Three More NLD Lawmakers to Be Reprimanded
The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) plans to reprimand three more of its lawmakers, bringing the total number it has disciplined since taking office to nearly 40, party spokesperson U Myo Nyunt told The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy 

Signing of financing agreement, refinancing agreement for second phase KfW grant fund
A signing ceremony for the financing agreement and refinancing agreement for the second-phase German KfW Development Bank grant fund of 10.85 million euros was held at the Ministry of Planning and Finance, Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday morning.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

18 Myanmar workers return home jobless despite MoU to work in Thailand
Eighteen Myanmar workers arrived back home from Thailand as they were not able to obtain suitable jobs even though they were under a memorandum of understanding.
Eleven Myanmar 

Regional Military Commanders Reshuffled
Nine regional military commanders were reshuffled under an order from the Office of Military Appointments under the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army).
The Irrawaddy

Government to collect tax to fund telecoms in rural areas
Funds will be collected from a tax on telecoms operators starting in June to extend the telecommunications network to remote areas of the country that do not yet have access, said an official of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The Myanmar Times 

MPs to discuss much-criticized amended bill for peaceful assembly and procession law
More than 80 Members of Parliaments are going to discuss much-criticized amended bill for peaceful assembly and procession law, said Lower House (Pyithu Hluttaw) MP Kyaw Soe Lin, Secretary of Lower House’s Joint Bill Committee.
Eleven Myanmar 

Two-year-performance of Yangon Region Government
Yangon Region Government has carried out the works for both local and foreign investors to be able to start their operation at the industrial zones in Yangon with a view to increase the job opportunities.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 


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