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‘The second wave has started’: COVID-19 cases skyrocket in Rakhine

Ten days ago, Myanmar seemed to have COVID-19 under control. Just a handful of local transmission cases had been confirmed in the past three months.  The Ministry of Health and Sports has now reported more than 100 new cases within 24 hours, including 99 in Rakhine ...

AUNG PHAY KYI SOE and KAUNG HSET NAING

Displaced Population in Myanmar’s Rakhine State Reaches 100,000

The number of civilians displaced during the past year amid an uptick in armed conflict in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state has reached more than 100,000, a regional relief organization said Monday, as authorities continue to limit area access to groups providing aid. The new figure based ...

ASEAN’s Role on Rakhine: Big Outside, Little Known in Myanmar

From the outside, ASEAN has been testing the limits of its non-interference policy in ways never done before, being a diplomatic bridge to Myanmar while pressing it to address international criticism for its treatment of its Rohingya minority. But from inside Myanmar, ASEAN’s role in ...

Aung Zaw Min

ASEAN meet rocks no boats on Rakhine, South China Sea

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday hewed to the group’s practice of reaching the least provocative consensus possible in discussions of such divisive issues as Myanmar’s Rakhine crisis and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. A two-day Foreign Ministers’ ...

Asean needs to act in Rakhine

In the face of unresolved humanitarian disasters and continuing international outrage, Asean needs to consider seriously how it can help Myanmar on the Rohingya issue. Kang Siew Kheng writes that the regional grouping cannot hide behind the ‘non-interference’ principle and points out that working with ...

Myanmar working to preserve eco-system in coastal areas, improve water management

As part of its environment protection efforts, Myanmar, a signatory of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, is taking measures targeting the conservation of the eco-system in coastal areas and striving to improve water resources management in the country. Keep reading   ...

Tens of thousands protest against aid agencies in Myanmar’s west

Buddhist monks and residents demonstrated in 15 of 17 townships in Rakhine State on Sunday to demand a resolution to the security issues in the area and to keep out foreign aid agencies. Buddhist monks hold placards during a protest against the United Nations (UN), ...

Gas discovered at Block A-6 offshore well in Southern Rakhine

Gas has been discovered at a deep water exploration well in Block A-6 of the Southern Rakhine Basin in the Bay of Bengal, according to government officials and statements made by operators of the block. Gas was tested to be flowing at 50 million cubic ...

Death toll 34 from lightning, thunderstorms

A total of 23 people from Kachin, Kayah and Rakhine states as well as the Magwe, Tanintharyi, Yangon and Ayeyarwady regions, and Nay Pyi Taw, died as a result of being hit by lightning from April 1 to May 9. The Department of Relief and ...

Free private high school for under-privileged

A free private high school will be opened in Taunggok township, Rakhine State during this academic year to cater to students who are poor and cannot afford the fees.​ Sayadaw Eindapala, who heads the school establishment, said, “We cannot pay much to the teachers as ...

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