New Year Opens With Fighting, Attack on Top Official in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Myanmar government troops opened 2019 with exchanges of gunfire with an ethnic armed organization in Rakhine state’s Buthidaung township, while police accused the same rebel group of attacking a convoy transporting the regional chief. The Myanmar Army engaged in clashes with the Arakan Army (AA) all ...

Myanmar eyes China’s trade plan for much-needed infrastructure

Construction minister rejects claims of a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine, a hub for Chinese investment.Minister for Construction U Win Khaing told the Asean and Asia Forum in Singapore on Thursday that his country needed to improve its infrastructure quickly to cope with the ...

Liu Zhen

Government will take over burned Myanmar land: minister

Myanmar’s government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported on Wednesday as saying. “According to the law, burnt land becomes government-managed land,” Minister for ...

Shoon Naing

EU donates K2.3 billion to ‘Mora’ victims in Rakhine

The European Union (EU) has donated K2.3 billion (US$1.68 million) to help tens of thousands of victims of tropical cyclone ‘Mora’ in the northern part of Rakhine State, the union said in a statement. The cyclone damaged nearly 50,000 structures in Myanmar, including more than 21,000 ...

Squatters in Sittwe township relocated to new homes

Illegal residents in Set Yone Su ward, Sittwe township, Rakhine State have been resettled to Min Gan ward following arrangements by the regional government, said Set Yone Su ward administrator U Nyunt Win.“The squatters were previously living in the old cemetery. Now, the government has ...

Monastic school teachers to get training

Thousands of teachers in Buddhist monastic schools are going to be trained on how to deal with children better. Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Affiliated High School principal Sayadaw U Nayaka said the teachers would receive training in child-centred teaching approach in the 2017-18 academic year. ...

Kyautaw fire destroys 45 shops, cripples business

Some K50 million worth of business assets went up in flames when a fire broke out at a row of shops selling fuel in Rakhine on March 15. The fire started at one of the fuel shops at the entrance of Kyauktaw at about 6.30pm and ...

Myanmar, Malaysia agree over aid flotilla

The flotilla spat appears to have come to an agreeable end. Myanmar has permitted a group of Malaysian organisations to send aid earmarked for Rakhine State after an official permission request was forwarded to the president, and a delegation smoothed over the arrangements on January ...

Rakhine commerce minister sees bright future for black bean exports

The Rakhine State commerce minister is hoping around 10,000 tonnes of black gram beans will be exported to India from Sittwe this year, pending completion of the Kaladan Multi-Model Transit Transport Project. The Kaladan project will connect Mizoram in India to Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine ...

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