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Experts air new concerns about UN response to Myanmar crisis

Source: Associated Press

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 10:26 a.m.

U.N.-backed investigators who examined a crackdown by Myanmar security forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh issued a searing critique Tuesday of the United Nations’ own response to the human rights crisis.


Myanmar Govt Plans to Open Private Medical Universities

Source: The Irrawaddy

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 10:03 a.m.

YANGON — Myanmar has received proposals from foreign countries to open private medical and nursing universities in the country, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe told the Upper House on Monday.


Analysis: Myanmar Still Living with Legacy of 1988 Military Coup

Source: The Irrawaddy

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

YANGON — Shortly before nightfall on Sept. 17, 1988, the fortified gate of Yangon’s War Office was flung open to allow an Army convoy to stream out. 


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Analysis: ‘Debt Trap’ Alert Rises in Myanmar as More ‘Belt and Road Projects Scrapped

Source: The Irrawaddy

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

YANGON — Pakistan has recently halted agreements reached under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, including the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor seeking to connect Asia and Europe along the same route as the ancient Silk Road, because it was found to unfairly benefit Chinese companies.


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India, Myanmar to Begin Using E-Visas Along Land Border

Source: The Irrawaddy

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 9:51 a.m.

MANDALAY — The Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population and the Myanmar Embassy in India announced on Thursday that checkpoints along the India-Myanmar border will begin using e-visas for travel between the two countries.


Myanmar foreign ministry emails UN agencies weblinks to anti-Rohingya film

Source: Frontier

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 9:42 a.m.

YANGON — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has sent United Nations agencies and at least one foreign aid group working in Myanmar weblinks to a recent film by US national Mr Rick Heizman that claims Rakhine State is the target of an Islamic plot to destroy Buddhism.


UWSA detains several Christian clergy members

Source: Mizzima

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

Myanmar’s largest non-state army is detaining several Christian clergy members for questioning and destroying churches in its self-proclaimed autonomous areas bordering China and Thailand in Shan state, according to a statement issued by the group, RFA has reported.


Flash flood and landslide at Karen refugee camp kills one, seven people still missing and 11 injured

Source: Karen Information Center

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 9:36 a.m.

The sudden flooding killed one refugee, injured 11 and left 7 missing. The Mae La Oon refugee camp is located in the mountains surrounding Mae Sariang district, Mae Hong Son Province northern Thailand. 


New city project by Chinese firm raises hackles in Kayin

Source: Myanmar Times

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

The Kayin State Border Guard Force and Jilin Yatai Group of China launched the Shwe Kokko new city project in Myawady township in the first week of August over the objections of local residents. 


Norwegian researchers raise concerns about microplastics in Rakhine waters

Source: Myanmar Times

Published on Sept. 18, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

The ship, RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen – which is named after a famous Norwegian explorer, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate – conducted a month-long study of fish resources and the marine ecosystem off Rakhine and Ayeyarwady Region.