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India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway starts operation

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Cross border road transportation between India, Myanmar and Thailand started with the linking of Myawaddy-Thinggan Nyenaung-Kawkareik section of Asian highway.

Expressing their gratitude, Vice President of Myanmar U Nyan Tun and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Somkid Jatusripitak were present at the inaugural ceremony of the service. It was also termed as a cornerstone laying ceremony which reflects the bridge of friendship between Thailand and Myanmar.

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With assistance from Thailand, work for the mega highway was started in 2012 which reduces the three hour travel time between Thinggan Nyenaung and Kawkareik to just 45 minutes.

The 25.6 km long section was awaited for being operational from so long. The Asian highway stretches from Moreh in India to Thailand’s Maesot via Myanmar’s Tamu, Mandalay and Myawaddy.

The route apart from contributing better connectivity in the region enhances trade between Thailand and Myanmar. The same section is also a part of the East-West economic corridor of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

Notably, India and Mynmar are also having some crucial communication over introducing bus service between Mandalay and Imphal.

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U.S.A: Myanmar’s Military Campaign Against Rohingya Muslims a ‘Mass Genocide’

Lawyers for the reporters said their clients were set up and have appealed their sentences and convictions.

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Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wade past a waterlogged path leading to the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh. VOA

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution by a vote of 394-1 Thursday, declaring Myanmar’s military campaign against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority a genocide.

A United Nations report released in August said the military carried out mass killings and gang rapes with “genocidal intent” and also definitively called for Myanmar officials to face genocide charges for the first time.

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Myanmar’s military has denied previous accusations it had committed genocide, maintaining its actions were part of an anti-terrorism campaign.

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Rohingya refugees carry a hume pipe in Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh. VOA

The atrocities have prompted the U.N. and a number of political and human rights leaders to question the southeast Asian country’s progress toward democracy.

The Burma Task Force, a coalition of U.S. and Canadian Muslim organizations, applauded the genocide designation.

“The House of Representatives has now officially adopted the position that the ongoing policies of mass violence and displacement against the Rohingya by the Myanmar government constitute genocide, bringing the U.S. closer to the emerging international consensus on the issue.

The U.S. State Department usually makes such official designations but has not used the term genocide to describe the military’s atrocities against the Rohingya.

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Rohingya refugee children shout slogans during a protest against the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh. VOA

The House resolution also called on the Myanmar government to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were jailed one year ago.

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They were sentenced in September to seven years in prison for violating the country’s colonial-era Secrets Act. Lawyers for the reporters said their clients were set up and have appealed their sentences and convictions.

The Myanmar embassy in Washington did not immediately comment on the House vote. (VOA)