Myanmar Morning News For February 27

Myanmar Morning News For February 27

Myanmar morning newsUN and Myanmar on a collision course
As Myanmar descends again into pariah status, its loudest critic is perhaps the one that matters most: the United Nations.
Asia Times

Amid Rohingya Crisis, Largely Business as Usual in Myanmar
Reports of massacres and the displacement of close to 700,000 Rohingya have chilled relations between Myanmar and its Western partners but the crisis has not reversed the country’s long-term economic outlook.
VOA News 

Correction: Myanmar-Border Fence story
In a story Feb. 24 about Myanmar’s parliament approving a budget for a fence along the border crossed by fleeing Rohingya Muslims, The Associated Press attributed information to the wrong lawmaker. It should be attributed to Aung Thaike instead of Myo Zaw Aung.
The Washington Post 

EU agrees to sanction Myanmar generals over rights abuses
EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to press forward with sanctions against Myanmar generals, citing “grave” human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims in the country.

Myanmar Delegation Barred From Genocide Conference In Berlin
A Myanmar delegation was blocked from joining an international genocide conference being held in Berlin to push European leaders to do more to help the beleaguered Rohingya.
The Irrwaddy 

Viettel to enter Myanmar this quarter
The Viettel Group, the largest mobile network operator in Vietnam, said it will launch services in Myanmar next month, which will become its tenth foreign market and joining Cambodia, Laos, Mozambique, and elsewhere.

Framework agreement to build Myanmar airport expires: Yongnam
ENGINEERING and construction services provider Yongnam Holdings announced that a framework agreement to build a new Myanmar airport has expired, putting the future of the project in doubt.
The Business Times 

Yangon regional government weighing policies to control traffic
The Yangon regional government is currently weighing a car import policy for the region and will announce its decision in due course, U Myint Thaung, regional planning and finance minister, said last week.
The Myanmar Times 

Govt MPs push for new restrictions on public protests
Parliament is preparing to consider further restrictions on public protests next month, two years after the National League for Democracy government amended the Peaceful Assembly and Processions Act to give more rights to demonstrators.
Frontier Myanmar

Singapore Myanmar Investco signs deal to develop The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf brand in Myanmar
MAINBOARD-listed Singapore Myanmar Investco (SMI) announced on Monday that it has secured an exclusive deal to set up and develop The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) brand in Myanmar, expanding its arrangement with the coffee chain.
The Business Times

Myanmar considers direct imports, new infrastructure to lower domestic fuel costs
The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and Myanmar Petroleum Trade Association (MPTA) have suggested that Myanmar directly import fuel oil from oil exporting countries in Asia.
The Myanmar Times 

Cuba offers Myanmar health development activities
Cuba and Myanmar will cooperate on health promotion activities under a tripartite Cuba-Myanmar- Luxembourg programme, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar taps Japanese ODA to upgrade Yangon’s circular railway
Myanmar has begun upgrading the six-decade-old railway loop in its former capital Yangon with official development assistance from Japan.
The Japan Times 

Yangon hit by at least 7 fires in one day
At least seven separate fires wrought destruction on Yangon on Friday, Feb. 23, according to the Myanmar Fire Services Department. The fires destroyed dozens of homes and other property and injured at least one person before they were put out.
Coconuts Yangon 

Direct flights begin between Myeik Airport and Bangkok
The Bangkok-based airline, New Gen Airways has begun direct flights between the Myeik Airport and Don Mueang International Airport in the Thai capital in cooperation with its local partner Tun Htaik Tin Company, a senior airline official told The Myanmar Times.
The Myanmar Times

Supreme Group chief: ‘Negotiations for financing the LNG projects have already started’
On January 30, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy issued a “notice to proceed” to four consortia that had proposed gas-fired power plants in Myanmar. The largest project to get the green light was a 1,390-megawatt plant at Mee Laung Gyaing in Ayeyarwady Region that would be fuelled by imported liquefied natural gas shipped in on huge tankers and unloaded at a floating storage regasification unit docked 1.6 kilometres offshore.
Frontier Myanmar 

Myanmar donate 300 tonnes of rice to Lankan flood victims
A ceremony to donate 300 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka’s flood victims was held by the government and the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) on 24 February at Pinlekoethwe rice mill in Dagon Seikkan Indistrial Zone, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported today.
Daily Mirror 

Analysis: Proposed Amendment Raises Fears About Rights to Free Expression
Myanmar’s controversial protest law has again been tabled in parliament with two major amendments scheduled to be debated this week. The changes include a requirement that the sources of protest funding be identified and the stipulation of jail terms for people using such assemblies to instigate unrest.
The Irrwaddy 


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