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The Arakan Army (AA) is­sued a press re­lease say­ing they re­leased House of Na­tion­al­i­ties MP Whet Ting on Jan­uary 21 from their cap­tiv­ity.

The press state­ment is­sued by AA says they re­leased the eth­nic Khumi NLD party MP of House of Na­tion­al­i­ties, Whet Ting, as they want na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

The fa­ther-in-law of MP Whet Ting said, “Peo­ple were sent to pick up Whet Ting. We can­not yet say from which place he was picked up as we don’t know the ex­act lo­ca­tion of it. They are now on the way back home. They said that Whet Ting was with them now but he has not yet ar­rived back home.”

AA ar­rested and took away MP Whet Ting while he was trav­el­ling with two speed­boats owned by Kal­adan mul­ti­modal pro­ject from Paletwa in

Chin State to Kyauk­taw in Rakhine State on Novem­ber 3.

It is learned that an­other cap­tive, a school teacher who worked in Pui

Pone vil­lage, was also re­leased by AA from cap­tiv­ity along with the MP.

The Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Myan­mar handed over to Rakhine State Gov­ern­ment, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s re­lief as­sis­tance for the civil­ians of Rakhine State dis­placed as a con­se­quence of on­go­ing con­flict, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The hand­ing over cer­e­mony was held at Sit­twe on 21 Jan­uary 2020 and at­tended amongst oth­ers by H.E. Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Min­is­ter for Min­istry of So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment, H.E. U Nyi Pu, the Chief Min­is­ter of Rakhine State, H.E. U Soe Aung, Deputy Min­is­ter, Min­istry of So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment, U San Kyaw Hla, Speaker of Rakhine State Par­lia­ment and Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Myan­mar H.E. Shri. Saurabh Ku­mar. The re­lief ma­te­rial is val­ued at USD 235456 and con­sists of 20,000 kits con­sist­ing of Rice, Rice Noo­dles, Toor Dal, Chana Dal, Soya Oil, Chili Pow­der, Turmeric Pow­der, Cumin Pow­der, Co­rian­der Pow­der, Salt and Tarpaulin.

The as­sis­tance is part of Gov­ern­ment of In­dia's con­tin­ued en­deav­our to sup­port the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Rakhine State and pro­vide it with re­lief ma­te­rial, the state­ment also noted,

It may be re­called that the bi­lat­eral Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) pro­vid­ing for In­dian as­sis­tance for so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Rakhine State was signed in De­cem­ber 2017. The pro­grammes un­der the MoU in­clude cre­ation of in­fras­truc­ture in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, health, agri­cul­ture and al­lied ac­tiv­i­ties, agro-pro­cess­ing, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and re­lated train­ing. Th­ese could in­clude, in­ter alia, sup­port for con­struc­tion of small bridges, upgra­da­tion of roads, small power projects, liveli­hood ac­tiv­ity, set­ting up of train­ing cen­tres, con­ser­va­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural her­itage, em­pow­er­ment of women and child wel­fare.

On 9 July 2019, 250 pre-fab­ri­cated houses con­structed for dis­placed per­sons un­der the above-men­tioned MoU were handed over to the Rakhine State Gov­ern­ment. A set of ad­di­tional projects re­lated to con­struc­tion of pre-schools, so­lar power sup­ply, wa­ter sup­ply, seed stor­age houses, in­cin­er­a­tors in a hos­pi­tal, agri­cul­ture mech­a­ni­sa­tion, roads con­struc­tion, and pro­vi­sion of li­braries and soft in­fras­truc­ture at 15 schools are un­der ad­vance con­sid­er­a­tion and will be im­ple­mented dur­ing the cur­rent year un­der the above MoU.

Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has also con­veyed its readi­ness to es­tab­lish an In­dia-Myan­mar In­dus­trial Train­ing Cen­tre in Rakhine State to im­part skills to the youth of the State for greater em­ploy­a­bil­ity. Two such cen­tres are al­ready in op­er­a­tion in Pakokku & My­ingyan and two oth­ers be­ing es­tab­lished at the re­quest of Myan­mar gov­ern­ment and will be op­er­a­tional soon at Monywa & Tha­ton.

Un­der its High Im­pact Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Projects (Small De­vel­op­ment Projects scheme), last June, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia provided IT equip­ment to Sit­twe Com­puter Uni­ver­sity and agri­cul­ture equip­ment to Rakhine State Gov­ern­ment. Ear­lier, In­dia had provided med­i­cal equip­ment to up­grade the fa­cil­i­ties at Sit­twe Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Dur­ing his visit to Sit­twe for the re­lief ma­te­rial hand­ing over cer­e­mony, Am­bas­sador of In­dia called on H.E. U Nyi Pu, Chief Min­is­ter of Rakhine State and H.E. U San Kyaw Hla Speaker of the Rakhine State As­sem­bly (who had re­quested for the re­lief ma­te­rial). Am­bas­sador re­called the close bi­lat­eral bonds and peo­ple-to-peo­ple re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Rakhine, and Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s com­mit­ment to ex­tend all pos­si­ble help for the State’s de­vel­op­ment. Am­bas­sador em­pha­sized that all projects be­ing un­der­taken by In­dia in Rakhine State are grant in aid projects for the wel­fare of the peo­ple and that there are no com­mer­cial in­ter­ests in­volved. He added that it is im­per­a­tive that se­cu­rity around th­ese projects is main­tained.

Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has al­ready com­pleted the de­vel­op­ment of Sit­twe Port and In­land Wa­ter Trans­port ter­mi­nals at Sit­twe and Paletwa which are all part of the Kal­adan Multi Modal Tran­sit Trans­port Pro­ject (KMMTTP). The port and in­land wa­ter way ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tor and main­te­nance con­trac­tor has been se­lected and the port op­er­a­tions will start soon. The said pro­ject has a huge po­ten­tial to im­pact the econ­omy of the State and pro­vide liveli­hood to lo­cal peo­ple. The road from Paletwa to Zor­in­pui in Mi­zo­ram, In­dia is an im­por­tant part of the KMMTTP and is presently un­der con­struc­tion. Once com­pleted, con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Sit­twe port in Myan­mar and Mi­zo­ram State of In­dia will be es­tab­lished con­tribut­ing to trade and com­merce be­tween Rakhine State and North­East of In­dia. Gov­ern­ment of In­dia is look­ing for­ward to the early com­ple­tion of this road and is con­fi­dent that all con­cerned would pro­vide as­sis­tance to­wards this ob­jec­tive. The to­tal pro­ject cost of KMMTTP is es­ti­mated around USD 484 mil­lion mak­ing it the largest grant in aid pro­ject of In­dia abroad.

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