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Myanmar: The Weekly Roundup for October 9th - 16th 18 Oct 2015 Current Affairs | 0 comments

Myanmar signs ceasefire with 8 armed ethnic groups

The Week in Summary (Highlights)

  • November 8th election prosponement proposed due to flooding
  • Aung San Suu Kyi head to Rakhine State to campaign
  • Calls for immediate release of Myanmar activists charged over Facebook posts
  • Myanmar signs ceasefire with 8 armed ethnic groups

 

National Affairs

  • Myanmar’s general election schedule remains unchanged
    Rapid News Network 16th Oct 2015
    The Union Election Commission has proposed postponing the election from November 8, citing concerns that flooding could stop a few people from voting.
  • Suu Kyi Kicks Off Election Campaign in Myanmar's Restive Rakhine State
    Big News Networks 16th Oct 2015
    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi kicked off a three-day campaign tour of restive Rakhine state Friday with a full entourage of security personnel amid frustrations over her reluctance to take a firm stand on ethnic tensions that have led to deadly violence in the region.
  • Photos: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi campaigns in contentious Rakhine State
    Al Jazeera 16th Oct 2015
    As elections approach, the opposition leader seeks support in a region where Rohingya have been frequently persecuted
  • Myanmar elections: Kachin minority mix hope and skepticism
    Christian Science Monitor 16th Oct 2015
    President Thein Sein signed a cease-fire this week with eight rebel groups ahead of a Nov. 8 national election for parliament. But in northern Kachin state, rebels refused to sign and fighting continues.
  • US urges Myanmar to release two activists charged over Facebook posts
    Straits Times 16th Oct 2015
    The United States has called for the immediate release of two Myanmar activists charged over Facebook posts about the military, expressing alarm over curbs on free speech weeks before crucial elections.
  • UN chief welcomes ‘milestone’ signing of ceasefire agreement
    Mizzima 16th Oct 2015
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Myanmar as “a milestone” and expressed his hope that the new government formed after next month’s elections will keep moving forward along the present path of negotiations UN News Centre reported on 15 October.
  • Myanmar govt promises development in areas under ceasefire
    Nation Multimedia 16th Oct 2015
    Development priorities will be given to aras where the ceasefire accord is in place, said Union Minister Aung Min following the signing of the accord yesteday.
  • Myanmar signs ceasefire with eight armed groups
    Yahoo! News 15th Oct 2015
    Myanmar's government and eight armed ethnic groups signed a ceasefire agreement on Thursday, the culmination of more than two years of negotiations aimed at bringing an end to the majority of the country's long-running conflicts.
  • Myanmar cancels voting in swathes of war-torn borderlands
    Nation Multimedia 13th Oct 2015
    Myanmar on Tuesday cancelled voting across parts of its conflict-scarred north, as hopes receded for a nationwide ceasefire before historic polls in November.

Regional Affairs

  • China supports Myanmar’s peace process from start to finish: negotiator
    Forex Report Daily 16th Oct 2015
    Myanmar President Thein Sein [BBC profile] signed a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) with eight armed rebel groups on Thursday in an effort to establish peace in Myanmar.
  • China courts hardline Myanmar party
    The Japan Times 16th Oct 2015
    A powerful ethnic nationalist politician from one of Myanmar’s poorest and most volatile regions said Chinese officials made him an irresistible offer during a recent visit to the country: Ask for anything, and we’ll give it to you.
  • Myanmar nationals in Singapore cast advance vote for November polls
    Mizzima 16th Oct 2015
    Hundreds of Myanmar nationals queued to cast their ballots in Singapore on Thursday in advance voting for landmark November elections in the former junta-ruled country, but only a fraction of the millions-strong diaspora has registered to vote.
  • Thai hospital to establish Myanmar subsidiary
    Myanmar Times 15th Oct 2015
    Bumrungrad Hospital has obtained a licence to set up a subsidiary in Myanmar, the company announced yesterday.
  • Myanmar’s Ribbon Movements Challenge Militarization
    The Diplomat 10th Oct 2015
    Colored ribbons have emerged as symbols of those resisting creeping militarization in the country.
  • Chinese Officials ‘Interfering’ in Myanmar Peace Talks With Ethnic Rebels
    Radio Free Asia 9th Oct 2015
    Chinese officials have been “interfering” in Myanmar’s nationwide cease-fire talks with armed ethnic groups by convincing some of the rebels to exclude western observers from the process, a government negotiator said Friday.

Business

  • China slowdown to affect Myanmar trade
    Myanmar Times 15th Oct 2015
    Trade in Myanmar could be affected this year by China’s slowdown, falling global commodity prices, and devastating nationwide floods, experts say.
  • South Korea in Myanmar tractor swap
    Myanmar Times 14th Oct 2015
    More than one-quarter of the tractors supplied by South Korea in a deal with the Myanmar government are not powerful enough for conditions here, farmers say.
  • Young Woman Leads Fast-Growing Family Company in Myanmar
    Wall Street Journal 13th Oct 2015
    Nineteen years ago, Win Win Tint took over Yangon’s first hypermarket, which had been opened by her family. As Myanmar opened up to the West in recent years after decades of military rule, the 40-year-old entrepreneur quickly expanded her company, City Mart Holding Co., Ltd., into a chain of 22 supermarkets, seven hypermarkets, 52 convenience stores and 28 upscale bakeries.
  • Myanmar’s waste-to-energy space sees private interest, Japan’s JFE-backed power plant to come up in 2017
    Deal Street Asia 12th Oct 2015
    Myanmar will see its first waste-to-energy power generation plant, to be set up at a cost of about $16 million, scheduled for commissioning by 2017.

Finance

  • Myanmar to open stock exchange in December
    Economic Journal Insight 14th Oct 2015
    The Yangon Stock Exchange will begin trading in early December, Myanmar’s deputy finance minister said.

Infrastructure

  • Myanmar to get 220MW solar farm
    Energy Live News 14th Oct 2015
    A solar farm with a capacity of 220MW is to be developed in Myanmar.
  • Cabinet clears revised cost for Myanmar-northeast sea-road route
    Business Today 14th Oct 2015
    The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the revised cost estimate for a multi-modal transit transport project passing through Myanmar that will provide an alternate access route to India's northeastern states.
  • US engineering firm returns to Myanmar
    Nation Multimedia 14th Oct 2015
    Black & Veatch was recently appointed by Green Earth Power (Thailand) to provide design and consultancy services for a solar power project in Myanmar, the first after the company opened an office in the country.
  • Myanmar's first waste-powered plant to operate by 2017
    Business Standard 12th Oct 2015
    Myanmar's first waste-powered plant will begin operation in Yangon and produce electricity by March 2017, official media reported on Monday.
  • Myanmar telecoms prepared for entry of fourth operator
    Nation Multimedia 12th Oct 2015
    THE COMPETITION in Myanmar's telecom industry will become more intense with the fourth licence, prompting the three existing operators to quickly seize all available opportunities to the benefit of consumers.
  • ONGC Tripura to export power to Myanmar
    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.

Health

  • FAO and WFP reaffirm their commitment to reducing hunger in Myanmar
    Mizzima 16th Oct 2015
    On World Food Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) marked their partnership with the Government of Myanmar and reaffirmed their commitment to reducing hunger, according to a press release on October 16. - See more at: http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/fao-and-wfp-reaffirm-their-commitment-reducing-hunger-myanmar#sthash.ZVUqOYkW.dpuf

Technology

  • Myanmar slammed for Facebook post arrests
    Deutsche Welle 16th Oct 2015
    Rights groups have lambasted Myanmar over the arrest of two activists who posted content criticizing the military, known for its longstanding rule. The US State Department called for the activists' immediate release.

Travel

  • This founder bet on Myanmar’s tourism. Now it’s exploding and he’s reaping the rewards
    Tech in Asia 12th Oct 2015
    Myanmar is a tourism hot spot. This once isolated country is seeing a surge in tourist arrivals, with its Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expecting 4.5 million foreign visitors this year, 46 percent higher than last year’s 3.08 million. Add to that some 2.4 million Burmese who fly domestically at least once every year..

Culture

  • Could I see the Myanmar menu, please?
    Myanmar Times 16th Oct 2015
    I don't mean to embarrass anyone. But I often feel, when I ask the question that often springs to my lips when I eat out in Yangon’s rapidly diversifying restaurant scene, that everyone else in the room has stopped talking and turned to look at me in amazement. “Could I see the Myanmar menu, please?”
  • A Changing Myanmar Finds a New Approach to Preservation
    Curbed 14th Oct 2015
    Rising high in the sky like a mountain and set against the backdrop of an ever more bustling metropolis, the Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar. Located in the Southeast Asian country's former capital and largest city of Yangon, the 2,500-year-old monument draws visitors from around the globe to view its pagoda, which is covered with hundreds of gold plates and diamond-encrusted stupa, a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine.

Entertainment

  • Yangon could seal the deal
    Myanmar Times 16th Oct 2015
    Yangon United can wrap-up the Myanmar National League title this weekend with a win from their trip to the resurgent Zeyar Shwe Myay at the Monwya Stadium. But a trip to Sagaing is never easy and the side that languished around the relegation zone in the first half of the season still require points to ensure their safety.
  • Myanmar’s celebrity cribs: Ah Moon
    Myanmar Times 16th Oct 2015
    God bless our home, reads the framed picture of Jesus watching over us from the wall above our heads. It sits oddly next to the rows of diamante high-heels on the floor nearby. But then, as both the daughter of a Baptist minister and one of Myanmar’s best-known pop-stars, Lung Sitt Ja Moon – or Ah Moon, as she is known to her fans – is somewhat of a contradiction herself.
  • World Cup: Myanmar 3-1 Laos
    Myanmar Times 14th Oct 2015
    A 3-1 win over Laos last night at Suphachalasai Stadium in Bangkok mean Myanmar are favourites for a fourth-place finish in Group G of the Joint Qualification Second Round for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup.
  • Oldest Yangon zoo resident prepares for 62nd birthday party
    Myanmar Times 13th Oct 2015
    The average lifespan of a Myanmar timber elephant is 42 – roughly double the expectancy for captive elephants – but Mo Mo has a couple decades on them and counting. The oldest resident of the Yangon Zoo will celebrate her 62nd birthday on October 18 with a variety of activities at the zoo from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

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