Exclusive: Richardson quits Myanmar’s ‘whitewash’ Rohingya crisis panel
Veteran U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson has resigned from an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis, saying it was conducting a “whitewash” and accusing the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi of lacking “moral leadership”.
— Channel NewsAsia
Where Myanmar plans to house returning Rohingya
A man walks past the entrance of a camp set up by Myanmar’s Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister to prepare for the repatriation of displaced Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh, outside Maungdaw in the state of Rakhine, Myanmar.
Gold exports now permitted in Myanmar
Gold and gold jewelry and accessories have been legally cleared for import and export, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Monday.
— Myanmar Times
Improved security in Myanmar essential for Rohingya children back home: UNICEF
Improved security and unimpeded humanitarian access in Myanmar are essential for Rohingya children to be sent back from Bangladesh, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said Wednesday.
— Xinhua Net
UNICEF: Myanmar Must Guarantee Protection of Rohinyga Refugees
Myanmar must ensure humanitarian access and improved security in the Rakhine state before refugees, specifically children, can return from neighboring Bangladesh, the U.N. Children’s Fund said Wednesday.
Import of sugar ‘greater than local needs’
A sugar cane plantations belonging to local farmers.
Mandalay- Sugar import from foreign countries is more than the amount of local consumption and may cause a decline in the sugar price. This will affect sugarcane farmers as it is the harvesting time, said Win Htay of the Myanmar Sugar and Sugarcane Product Entrepreneurs Association (Mandalay).
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar to get six Sukhoi Su-30 fighters
Myanmar is to obtain six Sukhoi Su-30 fighters under a deal signed during a visit by Russia’s defence minister to the Southeast Asian nation, according to an article by FlighGlobal quoting a report by Russia’s TASS news agency.
Uber’s Yangon strategy stumbles, competitors push ahead
Complaints about Uber in Yangon are mounting even as officials of the company insist that it continues to improve its ride-hailing service for both drivers and passengers.
— Myanmar Times
These food combinations could kill you, Myanmar health poster claims
When you were growing up, you probably saw health posters posted in your school cafeteria advising you to eat your vegetables. Maybe a few compared the sugar in soda with the calcium in milk. But if you grew up in Myanmar, it’s likely you were sternly warned every day that certain combinations of foods -rabbit meat and mushrooms, for instance -could kill you if they ended up on the same plate.
Myanmar to sign ceasefire with two rebel groups amid decades of conflict
Two armed ethnic groups in Myanmar have agreed to sign a ceasefire with the government, state media reported on Wednesday, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeks to revive a stuttering peace process to end decades of conflict.
Asean leaders arrive, PM Modi holds talks with Myanmar and Vietnam
In the backdrop of the tenuous security situation in South China Sea, India and Vietnam decided to step up their maritime coopertion — the lead theme of the summit with ten south east Asian countries — for which nine leaders have arrived to a rousing welcome in the national capital on Wednesday.
— Hindustan Times
Lawmakers green light Kyaukphyu bridge loan
Lawmakers have approved a 5 million euros (US$6.2 million) soft loan and grant package from Austria to build a bridge in Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu Township.
— Frontier Myanmar
Scores of Chinese forced to gamble, tortured and held for ransom in Myanmar casino scam
Some of the people held captive have been beaten and tortured, according to the Beijing Youth Daily.
— South China Morning Post
NMSP and LDU to sign NCA very soon
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) jointly announced that they would sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in a short time after having separate meetings with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar court sets Feb 1 to decide on bail for Reuters reporters
A court will decide whether to bail two Reuters journalists accused of breaching Myanmar’s secrecy law on February 1, their lawyer said Tuesday, raising fears the pair could otherwise face months in detention during convoluted pre-trial hearings.
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