UN envoy to Myanmar: perpetrators of Rohingya attacks must be held accountable
The new UN envoy for Myanmar told authorities in Naypyidaw during her first visit that credible measures were needed to establish accountability for the violence that engulfed Rakhine state and drove 700,000 Rohingya from their homes, a UN statement said Thursday (Jun 21).
— Channel NewsAsia
MyTel deploying satellite mobile backhaul
Myanmar’s newest mobile operator MyTel is deploying a satellite mobile backhaul network to help prepare for the expected growth in mobile traffic.
Singapore Myanmar Investco faces summons linked to US$10.8m share sale
A JOINT venture partner of mainboard-listed Singapore Myanmar Investco (SMI) has filed an originating summons to block SMI’s US$10.8 million proposed disposal of TPR Myanmar.
— The Business Times (paywall)
Myanmar one of several countries in danger of losing its ‘intact forest’ by 2030
Earth’s intact forests shrank by an area larger than Austria every year from 2014 to 2016 at a 20 percent faster rate than during the previous decade, scientists said 20 June as the UN unveiled an initiative to harness the “untapped potential” of the land sector to fight climate change.
Myanmar, Denmark extend letter of intent on capacity building
Myanmar and Denmark have renewed a letter of intent for another four years on capacity building for workplace safety inspection and health system inspection, Myanmar News Agency reported Thursday.
— Xinhua Net
Pope Francis cites jailed Reuters reporters in appeal for press freedom
ope Francis made an appeal for greater press freedom in “so-called democratic” countries during an interview with Reuters yesterday.
— Coconuts Yangon (paywall)
Pearls fetch over 2.5 mln euros at 55th Myanma Gems Emporium
Three-hundred forty-one lots of pearls fetched over 2.5 million euros yesterday at the 55th Myanma Gems Emporium in Nay Pyi Taw.
— The Global Newlight of Myanmar
Guide to: Doing business in Yangon
With economic reforms in place and the labour force expected to swell to 10 million by 2030, Yangon is fast becoming one of the prime cities for business in the region.
— Business Times
More migrants return to Myanmar as arrests increase in Thailand
Myanmar migrant workers are returning home as arrests continue in Thailand for those without proper documents according to Kyauk Lone Gyi welcoming camp in Myawaddy.
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar worker killed in row with compatriots in Tak
A Myanmar migrant worker was nearly decapitated in Tak on Wednesday night in an apparent quarrel with compatriots over a betel nut purchase.
— The Nation
Myanmar men charged with bringing meth across border
Two Myanmar men were arrested in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district on Wednesday night allegedly carrying 30 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.
— The Nation
From Malaysia to Myanmar, social ventures build homes and safe spaces
From building homes for indigenous people in Malaysia to opening up public spaces for women in Myanmar, a growing number of businesses with a social purpose are improving the lives of vulnerable communities in these rapidly expanding countries.
— Free Malaysia Today
In Myanmar, a free media is still a pipe dream
Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution may guarantee press freedom and freedom of expression, but draconian defamation laws have replaced the censorship that prevailed under the junta, which was in power until a general election in 2010.
— Asia Times
Myanmar’s Fast-Food Boom Is Boosting Palm Oil
A fast food boom is luring Southeast Asia’s top palm oil producers to Myanmar to meet surging demand in the formerly-isolated state.
Caterpillar, Volvo and Komatsu linked to mining abuses in Myanmar: report
Caterpillar, Volvo and Komatsu contribute to abuses in Myanmar by selling machinery used by domestic mining companies implicated in land expropriation, environmental destruction and armed conflict, according to a report published on Wednesday.
— The Japan Times
‘Hate narratives’ from abroad drive Myanmar communities apart, Suu Kyi says
“Hate narratives” from abroad have driven communities in Myanmar further apart, the Southeast Asian nation’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a social media statement on Thursday.
Rohingya Crisis Is Making Some In Myanmar Rethink Their Views Of Aung San Suu Kyi
As she collected her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo 21 years after it was awarded, Aung San Suu Kyi recalled her years in isolation as a political prisoner, held under house arrest by what was then Burma’s ruling junta.
Accountability is the only way to end violence in Myanmar
Three women were at their farm when they were taken by 80 soldiers belonging to Myanmar military, and were repeatedly gang-raped by the troops before eventually being released four days later.
— The Guardian
Engage to overcome Myanmar bias against Chinese investments
There is an “implicit bias against Chinese investments” in Myanmar, a report from the International Growth Centre argued, attributing the prejudice to the legacy of earlier Chinese projects in the country, including Myitsone Dam and Letpadaung Copper Mine.
— The Myanmar Times
Chinese manufacturers eye Myanmar base as trade war escalates
Myanmar stands to gain from the ongoing trade spat between China and the US, U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said yesterday.
— The Myanmar Times
Franco-Myanmar archaeological project collaborates in first SE Asian ancient DNA study
The Franco-Myanmar archaeological cooperation project recently participated in the first ever whole-genome study of ancient Southeast Asian human DNA.
Four Myanmar Students Reported Missing in Kachin State’s Hopin Subtownship
Four students have been reported missing for four days in northern Myanmar’s war-torn Kachin state where abductions of civilians by human traffickers, the national army, and ethnic militias are common, a local official said Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia
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