Myanmar army blocks WhatsApp, Facebook for 'stability' amid anti-coup protest

08:45 PM | 4 Feb, 2021
Myanmar army blocks WhatsApp, Facebook for 'stability' amid anti-coup protest

NAPAYITAW – Myanmar's military has blocked access to Facebook and WhatsApp, days after toppling the democratic government of Noble Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Officials said the social media platforms have been blocked for the sake of "stability" in the country as protests as they are being used by opposition to intensify protests against Monday's coup.

In further civil disobedience, legislators are refusing to leave their compound in the capital, while people were seen pot-banging in Yangon.

The coup, led by armed forces chief Min Aung Hlaing, installed an 11-member junta, ending the civilian rule, which was saw by country in 2011 in result of democratic reforms.

The military claimed that an election in November had been fraudulent - though the country's election commission has rejected all such allegations.

The elected civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, along with President Win Myint were detained following the coup and on Wednesday police filed charges against them.

The charges against her include possession of unlawful communication devices - walkie-talkies used by her security staff, BBC reported

President Myint is accused of breaching Covid rules while campaigning for last November's election.

On February 1, the army declared a year-long state of emergency and handed power to the commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing.

Soldiers have been deployed to the streets of the capital, Naypyidaw, and the largest city, Yangon, where they have erected blockades on major roads.

A small protest was held in front of a university in Myanmar's second city, Mandalay, with reports of four arrests.

In Yangon, residents banged cooking pots for a second night running.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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