Minister: No medical research in Rakhine
Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) Minister Myint Thwe on Thursday warned local and international organisations against conducting medical research in troubled northern Rakhine State without securing the approval of pertinent government agencies.
— Myanmar Times
Bangladesh court upholds ban on Rohingya marriage
A Bangladesh court on Monday upheld a government ruling banning marriage between its citizens and refugees from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority, who have fled ethnic violence in the neighboring country.
— Coconuts Yangon
Onions & garlic smuggled from Myanmar seized
Customs officials and soldiers have seized more than 15 tonnes of onions and garlic, illegally smuggled from Myanmar into the Mae Sot district. It is the largest catch of untaxed agricultural produce in recent years.
— Fresh Plaza
Bill Clinton joins calls for release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar
Calls grew on Tuesday for the release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar who are facing accusations of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton urging that they be freed immediately.
Myanmar: Watermelon prices on the rise due to limited supply
Because supply is limited due to rain damage, watermelon exports have increased and market activity is good in the Muse trading zone, according to farmers and merchants.
— Fresh Plaza
Myanmar shrimp rejected for the first time for banned antibiotics
The Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA) reported that in December 2017, it only rejected a consignment of imported shrimp for problems related to prohibited antibiotics.
Reuters journalists covering Rohingya crisis to appear in court in Myanmar
Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar are due to appear in court on Wednesday, when prosecutors could request that charges be filed against them over an accusation they broke the country’s Official Secrets Act.
— The Guardian
Despite over 30,000 registered at YRTA, many have yet to sign up
Over 30,000 vehicles have been registered as city taxis at the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) up to January 2 but thousands are expected to remain outside the list.
— Myanamar Times
Educating Myanmar’s Youngest Refugees
The Rohingya crisis is also an education crisis, as tens of thousands of refugees remain unable to access schooling in their temporary homes. Regardless of whether the Rohingya remain in Bangladesh or return to Myanmar, education of the youngest is both a right and an essential investment in the future.
Top 5 Myanmar Destinations for 2018
Had your fill of Myanmar’s most popular attractions? We asked the team from Sampan Travel to list their top five off-the-beaten-track destinations in the country to make 2018 the most adventurous year yet.
Extinct elsewhere in Asia, three-wheeled beasts still thriving on Myanmar’s clogged streets
Surrounded by a trove of tools and spare parts, trishaw maker Aye Zaw works on his latest model of the pedal-powered three-wheeler, readying it for the clogged roads of Myanmar’s biggest city.
— The Nation
Facebook user sued for criticising Mon CM
A facebook user was sued for violating the country’s Privacy and Security of the Citizen Law, criticising the Mon State chief minister on his Facebook page.
— Myanmar Times
IDPM raises $350K for Karen project
Singapore-registered Karen Enterprises and Integrative Design & Project Management (IDPM) have raised $350,000 for the survey and master planning work of Mu Aye Pu city project to be located in Karen State near the Thai border, dealstreetasia reported on 8 January.
Myanmar Energy Outlook to 2018
The new report from Energy & Natural Resources Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of energy & natural resources industries.
EU raises concerns with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi over detention of Reuters reporters
The European Union’s envoy to Myanmar has raised concerns about the arrest of two Reuters journalists in a letter to the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, describing the situation as “serious intimidation” and calling for their immediate release.
Property prospects positive for 2018, real estate agents say
Real estate agents believe prospects are looking good for the Myanmar property market in 2018. “Prospects in the real estate market will be brighter this year after the government released the rules to the Condominium Law at the end of last year,” said U Thet Naing Oo, managing director of real estate legal services firm Maverick Management Company.
— Myanmar Times
Phone calls, Facebook and the odd nap: life as a judge in Myanmar
Defence lawyer Zar Li Aye was eating lunch near a courthouse in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, when her phone rang. “Where are you?” asked a colleague. “Your client just confessed.”
— The Guardian
Myanmar regional leaders ask for permission to open small casinos
In the southern Asian nation of Myanmar, the chief ministers for the states of Mon, Kayin and Shan have reportedly joined with their counterparts from the large administrative divisions of Tanintharyi and Mandalay in order to ask the central government for permission to operate small casinos inside local hotels.
— World Casino Directory
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