Myanmar Morning News For May 8

Myanmar Morning News For May 8

Myanmar morning newsDissent in the Naga Hills as India-Myanmar Border Follies Linger
Even as India is busy courting Myanmar to advance its much-touted Act East Asia Policy, with promises and talks to open up borders and enhance people to people contact, far away in the remote Naga hills a slow but definite dissent is brewing against both New Delhi and Naypyitaw.
The Irrawaddy

Fighting escalates in Myanmar’s Kachin State, trapping civilians in conflict zones
While international eyes focus on what the UN has called the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, another deadly conflict is heating up in the mountains of the country’s north.
— ABC

Environmental concerns in Myanmar amid growing mining industry
Mining in Myanmar is an attractive and lucrative industry, but current projects have provoked the ire of affected residents and conservationists.
— Channel NewsAsia (video) 

Now Rohingya refugees are threatened by monsoons. Britain must help
None of us can be ignorant of the desperate situation facing the Rohingya people – it is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of recent times. I have been to the refugee camps on Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where almost 1 million Rohingya refugees are in temporary shelters.
— The Guardian

Army Rebuffs UN Security Council Request to Investigate Rights Abuses in Rakhine
The UN Security Council asked the Myanmar Army to let it investigate rights abuses in Rakhine State, but the army refused, saying it was an internal matter, according to a detailed statement issued via Facebook by Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Court Convicts Farmers of Trespass in ‘Blow’ to Land Rights
A Myanmar court has found 33 farmers living next to a Special Economic Zone guilty of criminal trespass, a ruling seen by activists as a blow to land rights in a country with a rising demand for property for industrial use.
— VOA 

Scarce local job opportunities force over 63,000 MoU workers into Thailand in four months
With few job opportunities inside Myanmar, more citizens are going abroad to work, and over 63,000 workers left for Thailand in four months, according to the Labour Department.
— Eleven Myanmar 

One Killed, 2 Injured in Landslide at Rohingya Refugee Camp
A Rohingya girl was killed and two other children were injured Friday morning in a landslide at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya on the outskirts of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
— The Irrawaddy

Analysts: UN Security Council Myanmar Visit Is One Small Step
After months of saying it would bar a U.N. fact finding mission, the decision by the Myanmar government to finally let a U.N. Security Council delegation into northern Rakhine represents a change in approach, although observers recognize that considerable work needs to be done to deal with the deep-rooted issue of Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya people.
— VOA 

OIC Slams Myanmar for ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims
In an unusually forceful statement, the world’s top Islamic intergovernmental body condemned Myanmar’s military for targeting Rohingya Muslims in “systematic” ethnic cleansing, and called on member-states to mobilize to exert pressure on Naypyidaw over this.
— Radio Free Asia 

20 people die in Myanmar landslide
At least 20 people died in Myanmar on Monday when a mine-waste mound collapsed in Hpakant town earlier in the day.
— Business-Standard 

Vietnam treasures defence ties with Myanmar: Deputy Minister
Vietnam attaches importance to defence ties with Myanmar, said Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyen Chi Vinh at a reception in Hanoi on May 7 for outgoing Myanmar military, naval and air force attaché Colonel Aung Kyaw Oo and newly-accredited attaché Brigadier General Aung Zeya.
— Nhan Dan Online

Authorities plan to upgrade Sule jetty
Authorities are planning to upgrade Sule jetty to accomodate 30,000 DWT bulk carriers, according to Myanma Port Authority (MPA).
— Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar: India funds flood, earthquake warning systems
India has launched a flood and earthquake early warning systems in Myanmar. The aim is to help the country mitigate the effects of natural calamities.
— Outlook India 

ADB not worried about impact of technology on Myanmar jobs
Despite widespread automation of manual work functions, Myanmar jobs are not under “huge” threat by advancements in technology, economists at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) told the media during the organisation’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Manila on May 4.
The Myanmar Times 

Changing the constitution
A new report has said that Schedule Two of the 2008 constitution is where the “big debates” about Myanmar’s future converge, and that the section is key to opening discussions about amending the controversial charter.
— Frontier Myanmar 

India-Myanmar border trade route inaccessible
Tiddim- Tiddim-Reed road section in India-Myanmar border trade route was blocked off access due to heavy rain.
Kalay-Tiddim road section is in good condition as it was renovated but Tiddim-Reed road section in India-Myanmar border trade route was not.
Eleven Myanmar 

Kachin State villagers safely moved about 150 villagers were transported to safe places in two days
The authorities are coordinating with the Tatmadaw to move the people, and with the cooperation of the regional military command headquarters and a working team formed by the Kachin State Government, consisting of many departments, the villagers from Kamine Township, Manwel Village, were transported to Chaungwa Village, Mohnyin Township.
— The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

 

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