By Phanida Soe Thu Aung
Khun Myint Tun, member of Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) consisting of the eight Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), said that they had called for meetings with C-in-C of Defence Services and the State Counsellor separately.
They called for the meeting with the two leaders to take place after the second anniversary ceremony of NCA signing to be held at Myanmar Convention Centre (1) in Naypyitaw on October 15.
On Saturday, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ms. Ulla Tørnæs, approved a grant of DKK 20 million (approximately USD 3.2 million) to support government led efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to all people in need in Rakhine State, in particular northern Rakhine, through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
In coordination with the government, the Red Cross Movement will carry out the humanitarian mission in accordance with the fundamental principles of the Movement, including independence and impartiality, according to an Embassy statement.
A press conference was held in Sittwe on September 5 regarding bringing back those who fled from their homes and villages after terrorist attacks erupted in northern Rakhine State. Almost all the villagers had to flee from their homes.
This press conference was organized and held by ‘Western Border Rakhine National Territory Reconstruction Committee’ (Provisional) and the committee briefed what they would do for local people to be able to stay in their areas in a safe and secure environment.
By Subir Bhaumik
For the first time, Bangladesh has offered to start joint military operations with Myanmar to curb and control the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
Officials in Bangladesh foreign ministry said the offer has been conveyed to Nay Pyi Taw through Myanmar's charge d'affairs in Dhaka.
It was not yet clear how Myanmar,especially its army, would react to the offer.
Sheikh Hasina's government is against receiving Rohingyas or against backing any ARSA terrorist activity.
By Zeyar Maw
Rakhine State Government spokesman Min Aung told Mizzima that they were continuously providing relief supplies to those who fleeing from terrorist attacks in Maungdaw.
“Yesterday our Rakhine State Chief Minister and Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement visited their shelters by helicopter and provided them relief supplies. And also Tatmadaw (army) is providing assistance to them. They are proceeding to Buthidaung and Maungdaw today,” Min Aung said.
National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Sittway Township Chairman San Shwe Kyaw said that the Union Government was planning to provide military training to local ethnic Rakhine people and equip them with arms for resolving armed conflicts in Maungdaw area, northern Rakhine State.
Masked attackers assaulted the Kyaungtaung Village chief in Buthidaung Township in Rakhine State with swords, according to the Information Committee of the State Counsellor Office.
On Monday afternoon, the village chief Mamauk Sawlain, aged 38, was attacked by villager Arr Li Gyuhak and ten masked people with swords while the village chief was holding a meeting with the 100-household chiefs of Kyaungtaung and Sar Kaing villages regading the security of the villages at a tea shop in Sar Kaing village.
The village chief was injured and taken to the Buthidaung Hospital
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Minister of Information Dr Pe Myint are due to headline a ground-breaking three-day forum to discuss the progress and hurdles faced as Myanmar transitions to a full democracy.
The Myanmar Democratic Transition Forum will be held at the Myanmar International Convention Center 2 in Nay Pyi Taw from August 11 through to August 13, according to a press statement by the Ministry of Information.
The Myanmar government’s commission on Sunday cleared Myanmar security forces of claims of systematic rape, murder and arson against Muslims in Rakhine, dismissing UN allegations of widespread abuses during a recent crackdown.
The commission examined the deadly violence which began in Rakhine State in October last year after attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts near the Bangladesh border.
The Myanmar government typically refers to the Rohingya as Bengalis.
The German government has granted subsidies worth 1.85 million Euros (about 2.1 million US-Dollars) for humanitarian aid in Rakhine State, according to a press release July 21.
It will be used to improve strengthening and improving access to local basic health care structures.
Also conducting awareness raising campaigns on health topics in communities is programmed. In this regard, providing care to pregnant women and new mothers is a special focus.
By Soe Thu Aung
Khamti Township Administrator Khin Maung Sint told Mizzima that about 600 people were displaced by flooding and taking refuge at relief camps after the water level in the Chindwin River rose above danger level.
He added that a total of three flood relief camps were opened in Myatheintan, Ziphyukone affiliated Middle School and Maing monastery.
Khamti town is in Sagaing Region.
By Siddique Islam for Mizzima
Dhaka, Bangladesh – The UN refugee agency has urged the leaders of Bangladesh and Myanmar to secure the future of the younger generation of the Rohingya refugees through resolving the problem as soon as possible.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Fillippo Grandi made the appeal at a press conference held in the capital Dhaka on Monday evening at the conclusion of his 10-day visit to Myanmar, Thailand and Bangladesh.
By Myo Pyae Thin
On Sunday, 9 July 2017
FHI360 and USAID have started a joint programme to provide fellowship opportunities in news media organizations and civil society organizations in Myanmar for former political prisoners for six months.
The event to launch the programme was held at Sedona Hotel today, July 9.
By Siddique Islam, Dhaka
Dhaka has urged the authorities in Yangon to take back Rohingyas from Bangladesh, with a hope that the two countries would be able to resolve the problem through bilateral talks.
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina made the call when National Security Advisor of Myanmar U Thaung Tun called on her in the capital Dhaka on Tuesday.
“We will solve the problem bilaterally,” she told the Myanmar advisor, who arrived on Sunday on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.
The Office of the State Counsellor announced that there had been up to 38 deaths of innocent citizens since a border post attack in Rakhine State in October 2016.
It stated that the October 9th border patrol attacks in Maungdaw and Buthidaung were terrorist attacks.
The Office of the State Counsellor also announced on 21 June that they found terrorist training camps in the May Yu mountain range in Buthidaung and Maungdaw.
According to the Office of the State Counsellor, 736.24 million kyats in humanitarian aid was provided to victims after the terrorist attacks.
A Myanmar-based insurgent group has driven out nearly 300 people, mostly women and children, from their homes forcing them to flee to neighbouring Mizoram in search of refuge, according to a report in the New Indian Express.
The report, which quoted, defence sources, said the exodus took place on Friday, it also said the insurgent Arakan Army held back male villagers.
The Assam Rifles said it had received information from the civil administration on Friday about the influx of a large group of people from Myanmar to southern Mizoram.
Regional authorities in Arakan State and Magwe Division say they have been busy laying preparations for any damage and destruction as a tropical storm crossed Burma’s western coastline last night.
With wind speeds of between 50 and 60mph, Cyclone Maarutha was reported on Sunday night to have edged inland from the Bay of Bengal and was on course to pass between Sittwe and Thandwe [Sandoway].
This morning at 6:30, Burma’s meteorology department announced that the storm had weakened as it crossed littoral and inland areas. No casualties have been reported.
Meteorologists are warning that Myanmar could be hit by a cyclone this weekend, as many people celebrate the Thingyan festival.
A tropical cyclone will likely form in the Bay of Bengal at some point this weekend, according to reports.
The worst conditions from this low pressure system are expected Sunday. Flooding rains are the biggest threat from this system.
By Myo Pyae Thin Htet Htet Naing
Myanmar needs to take about 30 years to eradicate landmines in the entire country, said the Humanitarian Mine Action Initiative (Myanmar) chairman Thant Zin.
He was speaking at an event marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on April 4 held in Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday visited Myitkyina in Kachin State, one of the most war-torn regions in the country.
During her discussions with Kachin elders, she asked the Kachin people to unite for peace, according to state media. Kachin State has endured ethnic conflicts for decades. The main ethnic armed group in the region, the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), has not yet signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).