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In Myanmar, Chang faces its own black market

Source: Frontier Myanmar

Published on Jan. 19, 2020, 8:52 a.m.

Months after Emerald Brewery began producing Chang in Yangon, large quantities of the Thai beer are still being smuggled openly across the border at Myawaddy in a racket dominated by the Kayin Border Guard Force.


Bhasan Char is ready to take in Rohingya refugees

Source: AsiaNews

Published on Jan. 19, 2020, 8:48 a.m.

Bhasan Char Island, in the Gulf of Bengal, is ready to receive 100,000 Rohingya refugees, said yesterday Mahbub Alam Talukder, Bangladesh Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner.


Myanmar will be made to answer for its crimes

Source: Dhaka Tribune

Published on Jan. 19, 2020, 8:43 a.m.

Now that the International Criminal Court has started its investigations into the atrocities perpetrated by the Myanmar army on its own Rohingya population, there is a ray of hope that the crisis will come to a resolution in the foreseeable future.


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ASEAN ministers vow to cooperate on Rohingya, South China Sea issues

Source: Kyodo News Plus

Published on Jan. 19, 2020, 8:26 a.m.

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended talks in Vietnam on Friday with pledges to continue cooperating on key issues, including facilitating the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar and reducing South China Sea tensions.


Gov’t plans to open a Technical High School (THS) in Monywa

Source: Eleven Media Group

Published on Jan. 19, 2020, 8:12 a.m.

The Indian government sent machines, equipments and learning devices to Myanmar since May, 2019. Moreover, the government had sent the teachers who will serve at the school to India by dividing three batches.


Xi meets with Myanmar commander-in-chief of defense services


Published on Jan. 19, 2020, 8:01 a.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Myanmar Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Min Aung Hlaing here on Saturday, saying that the development of bilateral ties depends on cooperation of the two peoples from all walks of life, as well as the military-to-military exchanges.


Chinese President Xi seen as standing with Myanmar over ICJ case

Source: Mizzima

Published on Jan. 19, 2020, 7:58 a.m.

Various commentators have offered up mixed views on the historic visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Myanmar but one message that comes through is the Chinese leader stands with Myanmar in its stance over how it handled the Rakhine crisis.


Myanmar cementing ties with China as new milestone laid

Source: CGTN

Published on Jan. 18, 2020, 2:56 p.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day visit of Myanmar is the first state visit by a Chinese head of state during the past two decades.

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KSPP Not Buying Into NLD’s New Ethnic Affairs Committee

Source: Kachin News Group

Published on Jan. 18, 2020, 2:49 p.m.

The Kachin State People’s Party (KSPP) has criticized the ruling National League for Democracy’s (NLD) hasty formation of an ethnic affairs committee—and its appointment of an ethnic Kachin chair—as a move to garner support in this year’s general election.


Hpakant Locals Call Annual Uru Stream Flooding a ‘Man-Made Disaster’

Source: Kachin News Group

Published on Jan. 18, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

To ensure that flood damage is minimized this year in Hpakant, Kachin State, locals have demanded that the government enforce existing regulations around the annual cleaning of sediment from the Uru stream.