YANGON: The National League for Democracy was forged in an uprising against one-party rule. Its activists spent years in jail under Myanmar's military junta. But since taking power three years ago, the party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has found an unlikely ally - the Chinese Communist Party.The friendship has blossomed in high-level exchanges between Suu Kyi and Chinese leaders, but also in interactions between party members on visits that mix tours of container terminals or education projects with boozy dinners and shopping trips.The trips are part of a push to make Myanmar a vital stop on Chinese President Xi Jinping's flagship Belt and Road Initiative, offering to build deep-sea ports, hydropower dams and economic zones in a country desperate for investment.Reuters interviewed more than 20 party members and lawmakers who have visited China on expenses-paid trips, through which Beijing hopes to overcome historic distrust and fears among many in Myanmar of becoming … [Read more...] about Silk Road sweeteners: China woos Myanmar’s NLD with junkets
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The state, bordering Bangladesh and India in western Myanmar and traversed by a number of mountain ranges with fast-flowing rivers, has seen much interest from foreign investors in building hydropower plants. According to the state government, more than 30 such projects have been proposed or are undergoing feasibility studies. Companies from China, France and Norway have expressed interest in such projects. Among them, a Chinese company signed five MOUs with the state government in early July to carry out studies in Hakha, the state capital, as well as Matupi, Htantlang and Paletwa townships to build 30MW hydropower plants while a Norwegian company has so far invested US$50 million in three medium-scale hydropower projects of under 30MW to be built in Kanpetlet. Chin State Minister of Electricity, Industry and Roads U Soe Htet said the state’s low access to electricity and poor infrastructure has contributed to its underdeveloped status, especially in education and healthcare. … [Read more...] about Faster implementation of power projects needed in Chin State
KUALA LUMPUR: The Foreign Ministry is preparing a white paper on a systematic form of human aid for Rohingya refugees. Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pix) said the time has come for Malaysia to have a comprehensive plan for humanitarian aid for the Myanmar refugees so that can benefit them. “Although Malaysia cannot afford to give a lot of aid, but when there is a systematic plan, maybe we can get foreign funds to boost the humanitarian aid for the Rohingya refugees,” he said after launching the book ‘Bantuan Demokrasi dan Pendanaan Asing: Melewati Pertukaran Rejim’ (Democratic Aid and Foreign Funding: Beyond Regime Changes) by Muhammad Takiyuddin Ismail and published by Universiti Malaya (UM) Press, here today. Saifuddin was commenting on Malaysia’ commitment to humanitarian aid in Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh and the huge number of ethnic Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. Once completed, the white paper which will contain the direction of … [Read more...] about Govt white paper in line with Rohingya refugee humanitarian aid
Instead, imagine if kids were using these technologies to build fulfilling friendships, create awe-inspiring art or even save lives. In Thailand, people spend more than one-third of their day online at an average of nine hours and 11 minutes. The worldwide daily average is six hours and 42 minutes per day (2018 figures). Our growing use of digital technology shows no sign of slowing, with 1 million new users coming online every day, according to We Are Social’s “Global Digital Report 2019”. As more parents raise kids with iPads and iPhones, it’s no surprise that children are among the fastest growing group for internet use. In the latest Unesco research, “Digital Kids Asia-Pacific: Insights into Children’s Digital Citizenship” (DKAP), which was launched this month, over 60 per cent of 15-year-olds surveyed were already spending more than three hours a day online, while about 8 per cent were online for more than seven hours daily. … [Read more...] about Can YouTube kids blossom into young digital citizens?