• MYANMAR MONKS URGE ‘MUSLIM’ PHONE FIRM BOYCOTT

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    YANGON: Radical Buddhist monks in Myanmar are urging a boycott of telecoms firm Ooredoo because it hails from Muslim-majority Qatar, despite its promise to boost access to affordable mobile phones, a cleric said on Thursday. Ooredoo, along with Norway’s Telenor, is set to begin selling cheap subscriber identification module cards this year in Myanmar, where the exorbitant cost of phones under the former junta left as many as nine out of ten people without access to them. But it comes as the country grapples with a growing Buddhist nationalist movement spearheaded by extremist monks, who have urged boycotts of Muslim shops and proposed a raft of deeply controversial laws to restrict religious freedom.

    AFP

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