Aung San Suu Kyi govt ups Myanmar minimum wage as economy staggers
Myanmar is set to raise the minimum wage to around US$3.60 a day, state media announced on Wednesday (Jan 3), as Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government struggles to project economic progress after almost two years in power.
— Channel NewsAsia
Rohingya crisis ranked among world’s top 10 conflicts to watch in 2018
The Rohingya crisis has been ranked third on a list of “10 conflicts to watch in 2018” by International Crisis Group, after North Korea and the rivalry involving the United States, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
— Frontier Myanmar
Aung San Suu Kyi is not paralyzed: President’s Office
The President’s Office denied rumors yesterday that State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has been paralyzed, saying she is healthy and able to work.
— Cononuts Yangon
Cabinet approves Indo-Myanmar agreement on land border crossing
The Union Cabinet today approved an agreement between India and Myanmar on land border crossing which the government said would enhance economic interaction between people of the two countries.
— The Economic Times
Tourism bank is expected to open in Myanmar in six months
Myanmar Tourism Bank, a sector-specific bank to help small and medium ethnic entrepreneurs engaged in tourism industry, will open its door within six months in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, the Myanmar Times Online reported on Tuesday (Jan 2).
— Thai PBS
Falling farm prices, currency hit Thai-Myanmar trade
Trade value across the border with Myanmar border in Mae Sot district dropped more than 10% last year on falling prices in the agricultural sector and a drop in the value of the kyat.
— Bangkok Post
Overseas demand for locally-produced coffee expected to rise in 2018
Prospects are looking good for the Myanmar coffee industry, with coffee prices kicking off the New Year on a high level and domestic market conditions looking rather positive, coffee plantation workers said.
— Myanmar Times
Is Facebook playing a part in the Rohingya genocide?
The radio carried codes during the First World War, but later became a household fixture. Early telephones were leased in pairs but after Western Union, a telegraph company, adopted “exchanges,” it led to rapid long-distance communication. Likewise, mobile phones have evolved from bulky “walkie-talkies” to small supercomputers.
— Quartz India
Can India edify Myanmar to keep the peace?
The recent India–Myanmar Bilateral Army Exercise reflects the growing defence relationship between the two neighbours. While such exercises are routinely used to deepen military-to-military ties, the nature of November’s military exercise is distinctly relevant to Myanmar’s current challenges.
— East Asia Forum
‘Bridging the divide on Rohingya issue a huge challenge’
The huge difference in perception of the situation in Rakhine state between the Myanmar side and the international community may create obstacles in making concerted efforts to tackle the Rohingya crisis, Surakiart Sathirathai, chairman of the Advisory Board on the Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State, said on Wednesday.
— The Nation
Bangladesh Plans to Collect Data Next Week for Rohingya Repatriation
Bangladesh has the necessary forms to begin the process of repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to Myanmar and will start collecting data next week, the nation’s refugee relief commissioner said on Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia
Three companies shortlisted for Yangon Payment Services tender
The Yangon Regional Government has shortlisted three companies to implement the Yangon Payment Services (YPS) cashless payment system on all Yangon buses in 2018.
— Myanmar Times
Myanmar Companies Act an important key to transforming the economy
Businessmen and economists have been eagerly awaiting a crucial piece of legislation that could have a transformative effect on the Myanmar economy.
Why India have to be powerful with Myanmar
In part due to the political economy of British colonial rule and in part due to ethnic Bamar nationalism, Myanmar (earlier Burma) has always nursed an antipathy for Indian people and for the Indian State.
— Kaplan Herald
OIC to pressurise Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday decided to mount pressure on the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingyas, who took shelter in Bangladesh.
— United News of India
Protest demonstration calls for 2008 Constitution repeal
Political activists staged a demonstration January 2 in south Dagon Myothit in Yangon calling for a repeal of the 2008 Constitution.
Villagers turn to charcoal trade to tap Chinese demand
It has been almost two years since 39-year-old Ma Thuzar Htwe ventured into the business of making and selling charcoal in Tarlawgyi village, near Myitkyina, in Kachin State.
— Myanmar Times
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