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Myanmar: The Weekly Roundup for October 2nd - 9th 15 Oct 2015 Current Affairs | 0 comments

Suu Kyi vows to be leader despite inability to run for presidency

The Week in Summary (Highlights)

  • Suu Kyi vows to be leader despite inability to run for presidency
  • EU-Myanmar Trade Program Launches
  • More campaigning for November elections

 

National Affairs

  • Could Aung San Suu Kyi Be Myanmar’s Next House Speaker?
    The Diplomat 9th Oct 2015
    In recent months, it has proven extremely difficult to address the issue with her. Even her close entourage continues to politely sweep the question under the rug.
  • Roundup: Myanmar continues efforts in curbing human trafficking in 2015
    Global Post 9th Oct 2015
    The Myanmar authorities have continued efforts in cracking down on human trafficking in 2015, having arrested 172 traffickers in connection with 89 cases of its kind so far during the first nine months of the year.
  • United States Issues Myanmar Election Security Warning
    NDTV 8th Oct 2015
    The United States has warned its citizens travelling to Myanmar of potential security problems during the landmark November elections pitting Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition against the country's military elites.
  • Amnesty: Myanmar holds 90 political prisoners before polls
    Bangkok Post 8th Oct 2015
    Amnesty International on Thursday urged Myanmar to release nearly 100 "prisoners of conscience" ahead of landmark November polls, accusing the former junta-run nation of returning to "old ways" of repression.
  • Myanmar's Ma Ba Tha monks flex their political muscle
    BBC 8th Oct 2015
    The most powerful political force in Myanmar's election has no candidates and will win no seats. But when the monks of the Ma Ba Tha speak, politicians listen.
  • Shan State Rebels Agree to Sign Myanmar Peace Accord
    Radio Free Asia 7th Oct 2015
    Armed ethnic insurgents in eastern Myanmar’s Shan state have agreed to sign a nationwide cease-fire agreement (NCA) with the government next week, becoming the eighth group to accept the terms of the pact, a rebel spokesman and state media said Wednesday.
  • Though barred from presidency, Suu Kyi says she'll lead gov't if her party wins Myanmar polls
    Star Tribune 7th Oct 2015
    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says if her party wins the upcoming general elections she will lead the country from behind the scenes — circumventing a clause in the constitution that bars her from the presidency.

Regional Affairs

  • TU's migrant worker education kicks off
    The Nation 9th Oct 2015
    THAI UNION Group (TU) is promoting knowledge of labour and social-welfare regulations among its migrant employees through cooperation with the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN).
  • Myanmar official accuses China of meddling in rebel peace talks
    Business Insider 8th Oct 2015
    A top negotiator in Myanmar's peace talks with ethnic rebels has accused neighboring China of derailing a nationwide ceasefire deal last week that would have brought Japan and Western nations in as observers to monitor an end to decades of conflict.

Business

  • Yangon needs 75,000 new apartments each year
    Myanmar Times 9th Oct 2015
    Yangon will need around 75,000 new apartments to be built each year to accommodate the city’s growing population, but contractors are struggling to come anywhere close to this target.
  • EU-Myanmar trade program launches
    Myanmar Times 7th Oct 2015
    A three-year development program to promote trade between the European Union and Myanmar was signed at a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
  • Keeping the FDI spigot flowing in Myanmar
    Bangkok Post 5th Oct 2015
    Challenges include a looming general election and insufficient infrastructure.
  • Digicel sells Myanmar Tower Company to Malaysian group
    Myanmar Times 5th Oct 2015
    Jamacia-based telecoms operator Digicel has sold its majority shareholding in Myanmar Tower Company (MTC) to a subsidiary of Malaysian telecoms company Axiata.

Finance

  • Maybank officially launches its Myanmar operations
    Mizzima 6th Oct 2015
    Maybank has officially launched its Myanmar operations, aiming to focus on transaction banking, corporate lending and treasury services as part of its objective to establish itself as a leading cross-border bank in Myanmar the company said in a statement on 5 October.

Infrastructure

  • ONGC Tripura to export power to Myanmar
    The Times of India 9th Oct 2015
    The ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC), a public sector unit, said it is on the final stage of clinching power purchase agreement (PPA) with Myanmar government for facilitating power export to the neighbouring country.
  • $4.9m Repair Bill for Rail Network after Flood Damage
    The Irrawaddy 9th Oct 2015
    Burma will need nearly US$5 million and 18 months to finish repairing extensive damage to the nation’s rail network in the wake of August’s floods disaster.
  • Myanmar villages to get Japanese development agency-funded solar microgrids
    PV-Tech 9th Oct 2015
    A Japanese government development agency will fund solar microgrids at 11 villages in Myanmar, with rural infrastructure and off-grid solar company Sunlabob set to develop them.
  • IFC to help improve hydropower standards in Myanmar
    Mizzima 7th Oct 2015
    The World Bank's IFC has signed an advisory services agreement with the government of Myanmar to help improve environmental and social risk management in hydropower projects waterpowermagazine.com reported on 6 October.

Health

  • From ambulances to funerals, volunteers prop up Myanmar healthcare
    Yahoo News 2nd Oct 2015
    With lights flashing and sirens blaring, volunteer ambulance driver Myint Hein weaves through traffic-choked Yangon, a lifeline in Myanmar where healthcare was crippled by decades of chronic underfunding during junta rule.

Technology

  • An app for Myanmar's landmark election [Video]
    Reuters 8th Oct 2015
    A team of young programmers launches an app to help first-time voters navigate the polls. Reuters' Antoni Slodkovski says its perfect for a country whose mobile users are growing in leaps and bounds.

Travel

  • Yangon gets new sky bar near Kandawgyi Lake
    Coconuts Yangon 6th Oct 2015
    It's in the Hotel Esperado.

Culture

  • Jesters who were jailed for joking get serious for elections
    Herald & Review 8th Oct 2015
    During Myanmar's darkest days of dictatorship, the Mustache Brothers' brazen, sarcastic stabs at military leaders won them nationwide notoriety, and fans. While the feisty comedic duo continues to draw large crowds under the nominally civilian government, there is one subject they refuse to poke fun at: Upcoming general elections.

Entertainment

  • Myanmar coach calls for long-term vision
    Myanmar Times 8th Oct 2015
    Myanmar’s U19 coach spoke on October 6 of his desire to keep a core of his U19s team together in development in order to create a conveyor belt of national talent.

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