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Nestle to close factory, head office in Myanmar

Due to the "current economic situation" Nestle's factory in the commercial hub Yangon, as well as its head office, would "cease operations", a spokesperson told AFP, without giving a timeframe. Nestle sells Nescafe instant coffee, Maggi noodles and Milo chocolate malt beverage in Myanmar. A Myanmar firm would instead market and distribute Nestle products from Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, the spokesperson said.

How Myanmar achieved the 2020 milestone of reducing TB disease burden

Myanmar is one of the countries with a high burden of TB, TB-HIV and drug-resistant TB. As per the Global Tuberculosis Report 2021 of WHO, an estimated 167000 people fell ill with TB in the country. An estimated 22000 deaths occurred in the country due to the disease, including 2900 deaths of people living with HIV, in 2020. There were also an estimated 10000 new cases of rifampicin-resistant (RR) and multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB emerging in the year. The biggest social determinants and drivers of TB in Myanmar are undernourishment (40000), smoking (19000), HIV (14000), alcohol use (7700) and diabetes (6500). While all countries in the Region have continued to accelerate efforts to end TB, Myanmar is among a few high-TB burden countries and the only one in the WHO SE Asia Region to achieve the 2020 milestone targets of a 20% reduction of TB incidence from the 2015 baseline, in alignment with the WHO End TB Strategy which is in turn aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals related to ending TB by 2030.

Myanmar Junta Extends Martial Law

On February 22, Myanmar’s junta announced martial law orders for three additional townships in Sagaing Region, after expanding martial law in 37 townships elsewhere in the country earlier this month. A total of 50 townships are now under martial law in Chin, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, and Mon States, as well as in Yangon and Mandalay Regions. The three townships in Myanmar’s northwest now fall under the executive and judicial jurisdiction of regional military commander Maj. Gen. Than Htike, who has been sanctioned by the European Union for serious human rights violations, including excessive use of force and an attack on a school in Depayin township in September 2022 that killed 11 children.

Myanmar’s perilous political road and what it means for the Rohingyas

If Rohingya repatriation is to be realized, Bangladesh must work in multiple fronts with the regime and shadow government as well as the great powers to ensure it ensures a smooth sailing to the burning crisis.

Myanmar begins reissuing passports as more people look to leave

Issuances were suspended for about two months before being resumed on Friday.

Shwe Kokko: How Myanmar’s Crime Hub is Destabilizing the Region

In the city of Shwe Kokko, Karen State opposite Thailand’s Mae Sot, Chinese triad gangs and criminals are exploiting the turmoil following the military takeover to expand their criminal activities.

Myanmar’s junta denies ousted leaders access to legal representation

Myanmar’s deposed State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint have not been allowed to meet with their legal team since their trials ended in December of last year, Radio Free Asia has learned.

Asean doesn't recognise legitimacy of Myanmar coup, but engagement & communication continues: Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan spoke at length about the complexities of the situation in Myanmar, whose democratically-elected leaders were overthrown in a military coup in early-2021.

Myanmar Junta Waives Tax on Electricity Investment to Keep Lights On

The junta-appointed Myanmar Investment Commission has announced it will waive tax on production and distribution of renewable energy including solar power. The regime has made electricity a national priority for investment and will exempt or reduce tax on imported materials, machines, equipment, spare parts, and construction materials that are not available in Myanmar, according to the announcement.

Mizoram: Two Myanmar nationals held with heroin worth Rs 13.3 cr

Troopers of Assam Rifles and Custom officials seized over 2. 6 grams of heroin worth Rs 13.3 crore in east Mizoram’s Champhai town near the Myanmar border on Sunday, an official of Assam Rifles said.Two Myanmar nationals were apprehended for possessing the contraband, the official said.

Pressure mounts on Manipur govt after Myanmar asylum seeker dies at detention centre

Lamkhochon Guite from a village of Myanmar’s Tamu Township died in wee hours of Sunday, confirm police. Activists say situation in Manipur for refugees is different from Mizoram.

Myanmar continues to be in FATF Black List; UAE, Turkiye in Grey List

Myanmar along with Iran and North Korea continue to be on the 'Black List' of the FATF with the global watchdog on terror financing and money laundering on Friday terming the three countries as "high-risk jurisdictions".

Japan to ‘Appropriately Handle’ Project Benefiting Myanmar’s Military

During a televised parliamentary budget session on Wednesday, February 22, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said his government will “appropriately handle” a development aid project in Myanmar that is benefiting the country’s abusive military. Yoshimasa Hayashi, the Japanese foreign minister, echoed the prime minister’s public pledge to take appropriate action.

More than 31,500 refugees from Myanmar, Bangladesh took shelter in Mizoram: Official

“The number of Myanmar nationals taking refuge in the northeastern State was 31,050 as on January 27, and those from Bangladesh were 541,” the official said.

Gujarat man lured to Myanmar by one Irfan from Dubai under pretext of job, held captive, read details of his rescue

Nirav had first gone to Dubai for work where he stayed for few months before one Irfan approached him with a job offer in Thailand, but instead, sent him off to Myanmar.

EU imposes sixth round of sanctions against 9 individuals and 7 entities

Two years after the military coup staged in Myanmar/Burma on 1st February 2021, the Council adopted today restrictive measures against 9 persons and 7 entities in view of the continuing escalation of violence, grave human rights violations and threats to the peace, security and stability in Myanmar/Burma.

Myanmar’s military rulers to let ‘loyal’ citizens carry guns

Myanmar’s military government plans to allow loyal civilians, including government employees and retired military personnel, to carry licensed firearms, but they must comply with orders from local authorities to participate in security and law enforcement actions, the military and media reports said. The announcement fanned fears of even more violence in a country wracked by what some UN experts have called a civil war.

What Can India Do To Move Myanmar Away From Further Violence?

When a neighbour’s house is burning, inaction is not an option or solution. China is likely to capitalise on the anarchy, so India can hardly sit back and watch.

No End in Sight: The Continuing Conflict in Myanmar Two Years After Military Coup

Myanmar is still in the midst of a protracted low-intensity conflict that could stretch on for years without any side being able to assert nation-wide control, possibly leaving in its wake a highly fractured, fragmented and balkanised polity.

Hundreds affected as fire destroys Naga village houses in Myanmar; NSO appeals

A fire incident in Solo/Chiu Village, under Lahe Township, Naga Self Administered Zone (NSAZ), Myanmar on February 2 razed down 60 houses and multiple vehicles.

Crisis in Myanmar Enters the Third Year

As the crisis enters the third year, it is important to reflect on what happened in these two years and what the possible projections for the year 2023 are.

Guest Column: Darkness Has Fallen Over Myanmar

Power blackouts occurring across the country due to electricity shortages have worsened since February 2021.

Why the Myanmar Junta Bombed the Chin National Front Headquarters and Why Delhi Should Care

On January 11-12, jets belonging to the Myanmar military, which snatched power from the elected civilian government by force in a February 2021 coup, conducted two bombing raids of Camp Victoria, the headquarters of the Chin National Front (CNF), located right across the India-Myanmar border in western Chin State.

Global firms help Myanmar's military make weapons, says report

Former top UN officials say that supplies from companies in at least 13 countries is helping Myanmar's military in producing a vast range of weapons

100 detonators, 6.35 kg ganja seized in Mizoram's Champhai; 4 Myanmar nationals held in 2 operations

Around 100 detonators and 6.35 kg of marijuana were seized by the police in Mizoram in two separate operations. Four Myanmar nationals were arrested.

From Ukraine to Syria to Myanmar, it's a world of refugees

Moreover, refugees are becoming part of the planet's chronic condition, with immense political, social and economic consequences. In Asia, the brutal Myanmar military dictatorship has driven a million ethnic Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh. These people, like the Ukrainians and Syrians, had little choice save to quit a manmade desolation.

In Mizoram, voices grow against Centre’s silence on Myanmar ‘bombing’

The NGO Coordination Committee, a collective of five influential civil society organisations and student bodies in the state have urged Centre to respond to the violation of Indian airspace and to ‘safeguard the sovereignty of India’.

More than 100 Rohingya refugees jailed for trying to flee Myanmar camps

Children among those arrested last month as they waited for transport to take them to Malaysia.

Myanmar’s military holds election talks with armed ethnic groups

The Shan State Progress Party, United Wa State Party and National Democratic Alliance Army have attended elections talks.

Blacklist International shrugs off losses vs Myanmar's Falcon Esports in M4 tilt

Falcon Esports proved to be the biggest hurdle for the Agents as they look for back-to-back crowns in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championships. They beat the Philippine powerhouse not once but twice in the early goings of the tournament.

Blacklist International shrugs off losses vs Myanmar's Falcon Esports in M4 tilt

Falcon Esports proved to be the biggest hurdle for the Agents as they look for back-to-back crowns in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championships. They beat the Philippine powerhouse not once but twice in the early goings of the tournament.

Myanmar’s junta pardons more than 7,000 prisoners

The Independence Day amnesty includes a former National League for Democracy minister, authors and journalists.

Mobile Legends: Why Dale accepted coaching role in Myanmar

In his second world championship appearance after coaching Smart Omega in the M2 world championships in Singapore, coach Dale "Dale" Vitug marked his return to the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang scene with a coaching stint in Myanmar, under their world championship representatives Falcon.

A court in Myanmar again finds Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of corruption

A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday convicted the country's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption, sentencing her to seven years in prison in the last of a string of criminal cases against her, a legal official said. The court's action leaves her with a total of 33 years to serve in prison following a series of politically tinged prosecutions since the army toppled her elected government in February 2021.

Why India Needs To Keep On Engaging With Myanmar Junta And Ignore Gratuitous Advice To Shun The Generals

New Delhi’s deepening engagement with Myanmar’s ruling military junta has caused a fair bit of hand-wringing and even anger in some capitals around the world, especially the band of planet earth’s self-proclaimed ‘conscience-keepers’ in the west. Some bleeding heart Democrats in Washington DC, as well as lawmakers in some European capitals, have been urging India to not only desist from engaging with the ruling junta in Myanmar, but also cut off ties with them. i

Myanmar’s Immortal Heroes & People of 2022

Identifying individuals and groups who shaped the events of 2022 in Myanmar's second year of military takeover

ASEAN BEAT | DIPLOMACY | SOUTHEAST ASIA Myanmar’s NUG Welcomes the Passage of the U.S. BURMA Act

The legislation authorizes the Biden administration to begin providing non-lethal assistance to the opposition National Unity Government and its allies.

Thailand to Convene Regional Meeting on Myanmar Conflict

Thailand has reportedly invited interested members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to participate in a consultative meeting aimed at addressing the political crisis in Myanmar, to be held on December 22nd.

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