Myanmar Morning News For March 12

Myanmar Morning News For March 12

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar builds military bases where Rohingya once lived and prayed: Amnesty
After driving nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, Myanmar’s military is building bases where some of their homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery.

UN to gather evidence on genocide in Myanmar
The UN has planned to amass evidence of genocide on Rohingyas through a judicial investigation, said United Nations Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention Adama Dieng in a meeting with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque.
The Daily Star 

After massacres, Rohingya in Myanmar are dying from neglect
The Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim minority who have been targeted by pogroms in Myanmar, are suffering through another lethal strategy: the denial of healthcare, food and humanitarian aid. After visiting Myanmar for a fourth time, columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote for The New York Times that the killings have shifted from “ethnic cleansing” to “slow-motion genocide.” Kristof talks to Hari Sreenivasan.

All these flashbacks come’: Rohingya’s teens speak out on Myanmar brutality
Memories of the day in October that changed the life of teenager Mohammed Riaz for ever come in vivid flashbacks, when it’s dark and quiet.
The Guardian 

Forced starvation prompts fresh Rohingya exodus
Raids by Myanmar’s military on villages have prompted hundreds of starving Rohingya to flee restive Rakhine State for neighboring Bangladesh.

IFC to boost support for microfinance in Myanmar
INTERNATIONAL Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of World Bank Group, has invested US$23.5 million (about Bt736 million) in four microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Myanmar, and is eager to invest more this year.
The Nation 

Who’s calling the shots for the Rohingya people?
A Dhaka Tribune world exclusive reveals the first internal response to ARSA’s actions against Myanmar – a fatwa which forbids jihad for Rohingyas
Dhaka Tribune 

Myanmar’s river dolphins and fishermen double down on unique relationship, as fish stocks dwindle
On a stretch of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River, 26 dolphins and fishermen from six villages have formed a unique bond — they fish together.

Over 76,000 tourists, foreign businessmen visit Myanmar in Feb
Some 76,031 people entered Myanmar in February 2018, including 57,450 travellers with tourist visas and 18,581 with business visas, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

Central Bank pushes for moveable asset finance law to improve credit access
The Central Bank of Myanmar has urged the government to begin drafting a moveable asset finance law so that banks and other lenders can accept collateral other than real estate.
Frontier Myanmar

Regulatory reforms set to heighten real estate activity in Myanmar
Hopes are high that a move in recent weeks to clarify regulations governing the sale and development of condominiums in Myanmar will boost demand for real estate in 2018.
The Myanmar Times

Over 2.8 million stimulant tablets seized in Mandalay
More than 2.8 million stimulant tablets and other narcotic drugs were seized on an abandoned car in Chanmyathazi Township in Mandalay on March 9.
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar, EU reaffirm commitment on human rights
Myanmar and the European Union held their fourth Human Rights Dialogue this week in Nay Pyi Taw co-chaired by Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin and EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis.

Japan pledges $100,000 for each village building plan
The Japanese government says it is ready to contribute US$100,000 (K133.7 million) for each community-centred infrastructure project in villages to help underdeveloped areas of the country.
The Myanmar Times 

Only effective rule of law will bring about change
For a nation to bring about development it is important that the rule of law is enforced. It carries with it many benefits. In countries that enforce the rule of law, there is a state of peace that ushers development while nations lacking rule of law have non-existent developmental progress.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

Myanmar’s once-sleepy coffee industry reborn as ‘premium’ origin
The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar is making waves in the coffee business, thanks to a climate and topography that lends itself to coffee growing and new technology from abroad that has improved the quality of its beans.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

Myanmar Opens Inquiry Into Killing of Kachin Farmers
Myanmar police said Saturday they had opened a murder investigation into the killing of two men who residents say appeared to have been shot in the head after they were detained by soldiers in the conflict-torn north of the country.
VOA News 

Some businesses see positive impact from higher minimum wage
The Myanmar daily minimum wage has been set at K4,800, which is a rise of 33 percent from the K3,600 workers were drawing previously. The change was announced by the National Committee for the Minimum Wage on Monday.
The Myanmar Times

Biodiversity conservation project in Chindwin River to kick off next month
A research study under the project of mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Chindwin River Basin will be officially launched on 1 April in three townships along the river, said Daw Khin Ohnma Htway, Director of Myanmar Environment Institute (MEI).
The Global Newlight of Myanmar


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