Myanmar morning news for December 24

Myanmar morning news for December 24

Myanmar morning newsNo systematic effort to clear landmines in Myanmar: watchdog
There is no systematic effort being conducted by the government to clear landmines in the country, according to a report recently released by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar journalists to appeal seven-year sentence
Two Reuters journalists jailed while reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar are set to appeal the decision on Monday (Dec 24), after spending more than a year behind bars despite global outcry over their convictions.
— Channel NewsAsia

Tatmadaw Announces Four-Month Ceasefire in North, Northeast
The Myanmar Military (or Tatmadaw) on Friday declared a unilateral four-month ceasefire effective in active conflict areas in north and northeast Myanmar. The first truce ever initiated by the military, the unprecedented move has been hailed as a constructive gesture.
— The Irrawaddy

IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone
A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar says missing policeman found dead near border with Bangladesh after attack
The body of a missing Myanmar policeman was found on the country’s troubled border with Bangladesh, state media and officials said on Sunday after a clash with unknown gunmen last week.
— Japan Times

Govt to raise pensions for civil servants in ’19
The Ministry of Planning and Budget announced an increase in the monthly pension for retired government employees starting in April next year.
— Myanmar Times

AA Issues Threatening Letters to Rakhine Police, Village Head
The Arakan Army (AA) sent warning letters, each accompanied by a bullet round and the official AA stamp, warning the recipients against disturbing those who are “implementing the way of Rakhita,” a phrase which was coined by the political wing of the AA, the United League for Arakan.
— The Irrawaddy

Fighting displaces 500 people in Rakhine
Clashes between the Tatmadaw (military) and Arakan Army (AA) have forced more than 500 people to flee their homes in northern Rakhine State.
— Myanmar Times

Authorities take aim at illegal wildlife trade
Myanmar’s rich biodiversity continues to be damaged by illegal trade and the killing of elephants and other wild animals.
— Myanmar Times

Military Reps Urge Parliament to Counteract Foreign ‘Interference’ Over Rakhine Crisis
The military’s representatives in Myanmar’s Union Parliament have urged the national legislature to respond to what they described as misinformation and propaganda about Myanmar over the Rakhine crisis.
— The Irrawaddy

Aung La N Sang to defend title in Japan
The Myanmar martial arts sensation will defend his ONE Middleweight World Championship against Japan’s Ken Hasegawa in a highly anticipated rematch on March 31, 2019.
— Myanmar Times

Can LNG fuel Myanmar’s energy demand?
Ever since Myanmar undertook a series of political, economic and administrative reforms in 2011, the country’s economy has steadily improved.
— The Asean Post

The Kachin conflict: No end in sight
The Rohingya crisis receives most of the global media’s attention currently due to the scale and magnitude of the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding there and rightly so. However, there is another deadly ongoing conflict in Myanmar.
— The Asean Post

Govt Announces Transfer of Military-Controlled Dept to Civilian Ministry
The military-controlled General Administration Department (GAD) will soon be transferred to the Ministry of the Office of the Union Government, President’s Office spokesperson U Zaw Htay said Friday.
— The Irrawaddy

Indian military delegation in Myanmar to boost trust, cooperation
A tri-services delegation of senior military officials Sunday left for Myanmarese capital city of Nay Pyi Taw as part of a first ever exchange programme, aimed at enhancing mutual trust between the armed forces of the two countries guarding a nearly 1,640 km border.
— The Economic Times

Emirates plan diverted to India after in-flight medical emergency
An Emirates plane flying between Dubai and Yangon in Myanmar was forced to make an unscheduled landing in the Indian city of Ahmedabad on Saturday after a young passenger became ill, an airline spokesperson said on Sunday.
— Arabian Business


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