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Newsline: Myanmar consul general killed in road accident in India

The consul general of Myanmar was killed and three others critically injured in a road accident in Giridih district of Jharkhand. Senior police officials said Pyi Soe, the Myanmar consulate general based in Kolkata, was returning from Gaya in Bihar with his wife and one official after a personal tour when their SUV was hit by a truck near Miniyaghat in Giridih around 11am. The mishap occurred at National Highway 2. Policemen in Ranchi and Giridih said Soe and others were travelling in a Toyota Innova. It was near Galijori More near Nimiyaghat in Dumri block when a motorcycle ahead of the car took an abrupt left turn. The car sharply turned left to avoid hitting the bike and skidded into the opposite lane of NH-2.



Newsline: Egypt’s militants claim attack targeting Myanmar embassy

Egyptian militant group Hasm claimed responsibility on Sunday for a small explosion at Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo, saying it was in retaliation for that country’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Egypt’s interior ministry has not commented on Saturday’s blast, which residents and media initially reported as probably the result of a faulty gas pipeline. Two security sources told Reuters that traces of explosives had been found at the scene. “This bombing serves as a warning to the embassy of murderers, killers of women and children in the Muslim Rakhine State, and in solidarity with the sons of this weakened Muslim population,” Hasm said in its statement. Myanmar’s government spokesman urged citizens abroad to be careful. “Pls take care Myanmar nationals around the world,” the spokesman, Zaw Htay, said on his Twitter feed. The latest wave of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army camp, killing about 12 people. The Myanmar military response has sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, escaping what they and rights monitors say is a campaign aimed at driving the Muslim population out of the majority-Buddhist country.


Newsline: Appalled ambassador stops Boris Johnson reciting colonial poem in Myanmar’s holiest site

This is the footage which shows the British ambassador to Burma cutting off Boris Johnson’s recitation of a colonial-era poem in the country’s holiest site, in what has been labelled a “stunning” gaffe. Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon earlier this year, the Foreign Secretary began quoting the opening lines of Rudyard Kipling’s Mandalay. The poem is written through the eyes of a retired British serviceman in Burma and also references kissing a local girl. During the visit, after describing a golden Buddhist statue as a “very big guinea pig”, Mr Johnson burst into prose. “The temple-bells they say … Come you back, you British soldier,” the Foreign Secretary said. Standing next to the ambassador, Andrew Patrick, Mr Johnson continued: “The wind is in the palm trees … the temple bells they say” – before Mr Patrick interjected. “You’re on mic,” Mr Patrick said, looking tense. “Probably not a good idea.” Mr Johnson replied: “What, The Road to Mandalay?” “No,” the ambassador said, “not appropriate.” The footage was shot by Channel 4 as part of a documentary on Mr Johnson’s fitness for Prime Ministerial office.


Newsline: US Embassy protesters jailed in Myanmar

Four accused people, including Win Ko Ko Latt, who led a protest in front of the US Embassy in Yangon over the United States’ use of the word “Rohingya,” were sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment on Thursday by Kamayut township court. “In making protests, because the protesters shouted that US government was a 420 government (which refers to section 420 of the penal code on cheating), it affected bilateral goodwill and peace and tranquillity. Moreover it frightened the public and they were convicted of committing a crime,” said Kamayut Judge Daw Soe Soe Moe. The four accused, including Win Ko Ko Latt, were convicted and sentenced by Judge Daw Soe Soe Moe to six months’ imprisonment under penal code 505(b) and one month imprisonment under section 19 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law, with days in custody deducted.


Newsline: China embassy opens interim liaison office in Myanmar’s Nay Pyi Taw

The Chinese embassy has formally opened its interim liaison office in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw to further facilitate transactions between China and union offices. “I want to say that, officially opening this office branch holds a great meaning to the China-Myanmar relationship,” Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang said at the opening ceremony of the office. The liaison office is the first foreign office to be permitted to open in Nay Pyi Taw and it holds a lot of meaning for the 67-year-old diplomatic relationship between China and Myanmar, Hong added. China and Myanmar began a diplomatic relationship on June 8, 1950, and the Chinese embassy was first opened in Yangon on June 28, 1950.


Newsline: Malaysia summons Myanmar ambassador over violence in Rakhine State

Malaysia on Tuesday summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to express displeasure over violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, which has displaced nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims. Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the latest incidents of violence showed that the Myanmar government had made “little, if any” progress in finding a peaceful solution to problems facing the Rohingya minority, most of whom live in the northwest Myanmar state near the Bangladeshi border. “Given these developments, Malaysia believes that the matter of sustained violence and discrimination against the Rohingyas should be elevated to a higher international forum,” Anifah said in a statement. Muslim-majority Malaysia has been particularly outspoken in its concern about the plight of the Rohingya. Myanmar says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against “terrorists” responsible for a string of attacks on police posts and the army since last October. The latest violence began on Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base. In a separate statement, Malaysia’s foreign affairs ministry issued a travel advisory asking Malaysians to defer all non-essential travel to Rakhine State, and for Malaysians in Myanmar to “take all necessary precautions” and be aware of the security situation.


Newsline: Molotov cocktail thrown at Myanmar embassy in Jakarta

A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in central Jakarta early on Sunday (Sep 3) morning. According to local media reports, the bomb was thrown at the second floor of the building at about 2.35 am local time and started a fire on the back porch which was extinguished later by police personnel. Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono confirmed the incident to local news portal Metrotvnews.com. “Yes, it did happen. (The bomb) was a small one,” he said. Central Jakarta police chief Suyudi Ario Seto said they found pieces of a broken beer bottle and a wick at the scene. Police also told local media that two to three people were involved in the crime and that they were in a Toyota Avanza car. The perpetrators are suspected to have stopped the car, thrown the bomb into the second floor of the embassy before driving off. No casualties have been reported so far. An investigation is currently underway and the police are examining on-site CCTV footage. The incident came after a group of activists held a protest on Saturday at the embassy calling on the Nobel Prize Committee to withdraw Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Prize.