BIRMANIE EXPRESS – NEWS: What to remember from the Burmese news from April 4th to 10th?

Gavroche has selected for you some important news from Burma over the past week. An essential news review for anyone interested in this Southeast Asian country.

COVID-19

In Myanmar, from 3 January 2020 to 8 April 2022, 612,132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 19,434 deaths were reported to WHO. As of April 2, 2022, 50,072,770 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

Politics

The Government of National Unity (NUG) announced Thursday that it will pay $500,000 to airmen or sailors who leave their units in a military aircraft or warship.

A total of 135 journalists have been arrested in Myanmar since the February 1, 2021 military coup that toppled civilian rule, according to local press freedom group Detained Journalists Information Myanmar.

Economy

Following the announcement by the Government of Burma to resume international commercial flights from April 17, 2022, the Ministry of Immigration and Population has just announced that the online business visa application process will resume from April 1, 2022.

Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in China’s Anhui Province during a visit from March 31 to April 2. The meeting signaled Burma’s desire to deepen economic ties with its ally China, analysts said.

The Ministry of Commerce has just added 1,131 product lines (TN VED codes) that require an import license to import (animal feed, food, dyes, paints, chemicals, leather, textiles, pumps, generators) from May 1, 2022.

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The deputy governor of the Central Bank of Burma, Dou Than Tan Swe, was injured, according to the administrative office of the Ko Min Ko Chin district in Bahan commune. The shooting took place on April 7 at about 10 am. According to an administration official, security guards arrived around 10:30 and investigated.

Myanmar junta security forces have arrested a four-year-old boy at a kindergarten in Yangon, according to eyewitnesses who believe the child is being used to obtain information about an armed opposition group.

On Friday (April 8), Burmese police handed over one of their most wanted drug trafficking suspects, Tawatchchai Aomchompu, also known as Ban Lai, to Thai counterparts. According to the Narcotics Enforcement Administration (NSB), Mr. Thawatchai concealed and ran a drug smuggling ring in Tachileik, a Myanmar border town opposite the Chiang Saen District of Chiang Rai City. Wanted by Thai police in at least two important cases, Mr Tawatchchai is accused of aiding and abetting drug possession and money laundering, said Police Lieutenant General Sarayut Sanguanfokhai, head of the NSB, who handed over the suspect to Burmese authorities at the Mae Sai border. checkpoint on Friday 8 April.

One hundred political prisoners held at the Moniwa prison in the Sagayn area were transferred on Thursday, April 7, to other prisons. A resident said he saw prison officials erecting barricades on roads leading to Moniwa prison on Thursday as political prisoners were reportedly transferred to Obo and Myingyan prisons, located in the Mandalay district.

A combined force of junta troops and pro-military Pyu Saw Htee raided a village in the Sagaing district last Thursday, killing seven civilians and burning nearly half of the houses, sources in the area say.

At least seven youths from the Taninthari region and Rakhine state in Myanmar have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for donating money to opponents of the military junta, their lawyers told Radio Free Asia and anti-junta activists. The military authorities also froze the bank accounts of civilians they suspect of donating to counter the military coup.

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Foreign tourists have been urged to avoid traveling to Burma after the junta announced plans to reopen the country despite widespread human rights abuses and violence, including kidnappings and killings by the military, as well as food shortages and regular power outages.

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