Aung San Suu Kyi lives in ‘bubble’, says US diplomat in row with Myanmar
Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is “isolated” and living in a “bubble”, according to veteran US politician Bill Richardson, who quit an international panel advising her government on the Rohingya crisis after clashing with the Nobel laureate.
— The Guardian
Myanmar government overhaul imminent
A major shake-up in Myanmar’s administration is in the pipeline as the government tries to tackle obstacles that stand in the way of economic progress, improved transparency and a more efficient bureaucracy.
— Bangkok Post
Infrastructure development critical for Myanmar to woo investors, forum hears
SINCE MYANMAR’S lack of adequate infrastructure may deter potential investors, the government must urgently bring infrastructure development into focus, according to the Myanmar Infrastructure Forum held on Friday.
— The Nation
20 illegal migrant workers from Myanmar arrested near Malaysian border
Colonel Woradet Detraksa, commander of a task force unit of the 5 th infantry regiment, told the media that the arrest of the 20 illegal Myanmar migrant workers at the house of Mr Arkim Chaipanurak followed interrogation of two illegal migrant workers from Myanmar who were earlier arrested.
— Thai PBS
Total Yangon investments hit $11 billion in five months
Yangon region has received over US$11 billion (14.65 trillion kyat) in total investments from August 2017 to January 24 of this year, including more than US$40 million in industry and services sectors, according to the Yangon region investment committee.
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar conducts first successful kidney transplant operation in Yangon
Myanmar has conducted the first successful kidney transplant operation on a 10-year-old girl at Yangon’s Children Hospital, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.
— Xinhua Net
Myanmar’s President’s call for constitutional change is economics disguised as politics
Myanmar’s President U Htin Kyaw used his Independence Day speech to call for constitutional reform. He said, “we all need to work collectively for creating a suitable constitution”. However, the civilian head of state did not specify what he meant by “suitable”.
— Asean Today
Myanmar university students expelled after education protest
Fourteen students have been expelled from a Myanmar university after staging a campus protest calling for more education funding, an activist said yesterday, sparking concern over eroding freedoms in the fledgling democracy.
— The Borneo Bulletin
Myanmar Businesses Support Rebuilding Rakhine State
Myanmar’s business leaders are supporting Aung San Suu Kyi’s plan to resettle Rohingya refugees and to rebuild Rakhine State.
Democracy and peace frustrated in Myanmar: remembering U Ko Ni
It is one year since U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and advocate for constitutional reform, was assassinated in Myanmar. This was one of many incidents in 2017 that indicated a sharp decline in freedoms not only in Myanmar but also across South East Asia. U Ko Ni’s death is an example of how efforts towards democracy and peace are frustrated in Myanmar.
— Lowy Institute
FDA to take action against offenders in 2018
In a bid to intensify its efforts to crack down on illegal foodstuffs, medicine and beauty products, Myanmar’s Food and Drug Administration Department will designate 2018 as the Year of Safety and Action, according to its director-general, Dr Than Htut.
— Eleven Myanmar
Ocean plastics raise risk of coral reef disease
Researchers examined more than 120,000 corals on 159 reefs — some polluted with plastic, others not — from Indonesia, Australia, Myanmar and Thailand for the study in the journal Science.
For Myanmar’s army, ethnic bloodletting is key to power and riches
For Myanmar’s army, the campaign of atrocity it has waged to drive hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims out of the country is no innovation. The force was born in blood 76 years ago and has been shedding it ever since.
— Today Online
Deputy Information Minister says Bill Richardson committed contempt of court
Deputy Information Minister Aung Hla Tun said that Mr. Bill Richardson went beyond his mandate concerning the ongoing case of two Reuters reporters and this amounted to contempt of court.
Myanmar to plant protective mangrove forest along southern coast against natural disasters
Myanmar is planning to plant a mangrove forest along the Gulf of Mottma in the southern coast of the country, aimed at protecting people from natural disasters, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.
— Xinhua Net
Nestle Myanmar expects fourfold growth by 2020
Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle operates in 190 countries producing more than 2,000 products with 330,000 employees from 450 factories. The brand has been recognized in Myanmar for more than 100 years.
Electricity sector tops foreign investment in Nov and Dec
Foreign investment in the electricity sector reached to over US$242 million (324 billion kyat) and topped the list for November and December last year, with the transport and telecommunications sector following with US$164 million, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
— Eleven Myanmar
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