MYANMAR’S PARLIAMENT APPROVES SIGNING OF BORDER COOPERATION MOU WITH CHINA

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Myanmar’s parliament approved the signing of an MoU on border cooperation between Myanmar and India, according to the state-owned newspaper Kyemon.

Lawmaker Khin Hmway Lwin who represents Minkin constituency discussed that the purposes of signing the MoU include security measures along the borderline, anti-narcotics efforts and other illegal trade.

The agreement will also cover security cooperation between the armed forces of the two neighbouring countries.

Win Htein of Meiktila Constituency, a lawmaker from the largest opposition party National League for Democracy, also seconded the signing, saying the country is urgent need of stability along the borderline.

He said the neighbours are of no choice, underscoring the need to abide by the agreement by both sides.

Myanmar shares border with India, Bangladesh, Laos, China and Thailand.

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DENMARK WRITES OFF MYANMAR DEBT

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Denmark has written off more than 51 million debt of Myanmar as a demonstration of support to the Southeast Asian country’s democratic transition, according to the local weekly People’s Age.

Win Shein, Myanmar’s finance minister, and Drnmark development minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen signed the deal in Nay Pyi Taw on January 10.

The Myanmar finance minister said thanks to Paris Club countries including Denmark, who canceled Myanmar’s debts and granted new loans. He also said these are gestures of trust in Myanmar’s political developments after the administration under reformist president Thein Sein took over.

The Denmark minister also revealed his delight for the chance to assist Myanmar in its democratic transition.

He promised that the country would encourage the Danish investments in Myanmar as well.

Denmark and Norway are two countries which have written off 100 percent debt of Myanmar, according to the report.

 

YANGON RESIDENTS PROTEST AGAINST ACQUISITION OF SPORT GROUND

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Hundred of residents in a neighbourhood in Yangon’s Thingangyun Township staged a protest on Sunday afternoon to show their disapproval for the sale of the neighbourhood’s sport ground, according to Mizzima report. The ground’s ownership has been claimed by Tin Tun Oo with a long-term lease grant from Yangon City Development Committee. “Over past three months, they fenced the ground, sunk the well and supplied the construction materials there,” a dweller Tin Tun who participated in the protest recounted. He said the protests were staged as the neighbourhood realized that the public sport ground was seized. The sport ground has the area of about one acre and it was the only sport ground left in the neighbourhood. Protesters said they would fight to get the sport ground back and restore its original as the football ground of the ward. “Grabing a sport ground is destroying children’s morality. If it happens, the state leaders are responsible,” Zaw Win, a protester, said.

 

MYANMAR MIGRANT WORKER SHOT IN THAI PROTEST

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A Myanmar migrant worker was shot during the ongoing protest against Yingluck administration in Thailand, according to the government-owned Myanma Alinn report.

Myo Min, aged 27, from Hlaingbwe in Kayin State, was shot at thigh, arm and chest on January 11, the paper reported on January 19.

Myanmar Association in Thailand confirmed the injury of the migrant worker from the neighbouring country, working his night shift at 5 am.

The employer informed the nearest police station and an unknown organization provideded Baht 20,000 to the injured.

The Myanmar Association in Thailand also visited the injured worker and provided Baht 2000 to him.

According to the paper, the donations could be made through the Myanmar Association in Thailand.

The victim is currently at Lama Hospital in Bangkok.

 

MYU TO ORGANIZE FUNDRAISING CONCERT IN MANDALAY

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Myanmar Youth Union will organize a fundraising concert for poor students and youths at National Theatre in Mandalay on February 1, according to the Irrawaddy report.

The youth activist group held a press conference on the concert at Orchid Hotel in Yangon Thursday.

The proceeds of the event will to opening of a vocational school which will focus on youth empowerment and employment, according to chairman of Myanmar Youth Union Zwe Yan Naing.

“This is not the fundraising event for the organization (MYU),” Zwe Yan Naing said.

It is the first fundraising event organized by the group and the first fundraising event was organized in Yangon Nation Theatre in first week of August last year.

The group opened vocation courses including tailoring courses, accounting courses, English language courses and computer courses in delta Ayeyawady Region with the fund from the first concert.

“Mandalay locals demand the concert,” said the chairman.
It will be sponsored by Tawwin Centre, Ayeyarwady Bank and entrepreneurs from Mandalay.

 

 

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