Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing in Myanmar continues’: UN
Myanmar is continuing its “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya, while claiming it is ready to receive them back from Bangladesh, according to a UN human rights envoy.
— Al Jazeera
Coalition: Israel, Myanmar must go on children’s blacklist
A coalition advocating for children caught in conflict is urging Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to put government security forces in Israel, Myanmar and Afghanistan on a U.N. blacklist for killings and other violations of children’s rights.
— The Washington Post
New Drug Policy Aims to Eliminate Myanmar’s Drugs Scourge
Authorities in Myanmar have taken action to tackle the country’s decades-long issue with narcotics, by announcing a new drug policy that has been praised for being one of the first in Southeast Asia that takes an evidence-based approach to the issue, and focuses on the needs of the biggest victims of the country’s drug plight: the users.
Myanmar seeks UK support to upgrade workforce
The British Embassy in Yangon and UK Department for International Trade (DIT), in partnership with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), organised a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) conference at the Sule Shangri-La last week. The focus is to identify and close the growing mismatch between graduate skills and market needs in the country.
— The Myanmar Times
A return to rice supremacy
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has urged farmers and stakeholders in the rice industry to learn and practice new agricultural methods in order to bring the past glory of rice production back to the country.
“We have prospects for regaining our past status as the top rice export country,” said the State Counsellor, calling the country “the world’s rice basket”.
— The Global NewLight of Myanmar
Protesters slam plans to toughen Myanmar public assembly law
About 200 people marched in Myanmar’s biggest city on Monday to protest government plans to amend a law governing public demonstrations to make it easier to charge participants with crimes and increase penalties for violations.
— The Asahi Shimbun
Myanmar pulls back troops from Bangladeshi border
Myanmar has pulled back security personnel and weapons from near a no-man’s land along Bangladesh’s southeastern frontier, as border-guard officials from both countries met Friday after Dhaka complained about a troop build-up by Naypyidaw, RFA reported.
Anti-corruption Commission Seeks to Catch Big Fish
Unlike previous amendments, the proposed bill amending the Anti-Corruption Law seeks to expand the new anti-graft commission’s work in combating bribery and catching big fish.
— The Irrawaddy
Myanmar introduces new measures to protect child labourers
The Myanmar government will release a list of jobs which are warned as unsuitable for children to do in the country to prevent them from working in hazardous condition, Xinhua reported quoting state media.
Yoma rides fintech wave in Myanmar with stake in Wave Money
Post-acquisition, Telenor will hold a 51% stake, Yoma Strategic 34%, and FMI and Yoma Bank will hold 10% and 5% respectively in Wave Money.
Conditions not ripe for Rohingya refugees to return home in Myanmar: UN official
A top UN official believes that conditions are not ripe for Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh to return to their homes in Myanmar, said the chief UN spokesman on Tuesday.
— Xinhua Net
Fresh fighting likely as many Myanmar military columns are in KIA territory, says KIA
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Information Chief Col. Naw Bu confirmed to Mizzima that fresh fighting was likely to erupt again as government military columns were arriving in KIA controlled areas.
Myanmar: Forced starvation of Rohingya highlights danger of premature returns
Reacting to the UN’s claim that Myanmar is continuing its campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya including through “forced starvation”, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:
Undeclared jewellry seized at Yangon International Airport
Two Myanmar citizens, who arrived in Myanmar from Hong Kong by a Dragon Air flight, were intercepted by a combined team which consists of anti-drug force, police force and immigration officials on 4 March.
— The Global NewLight of Myanmar
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