July 2004


Text of report by Burmese opposition radio on 23 July:
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YANGON: The municipal area of Myanmar’s capital of Yangon has been expanding in a fast rate, doubling in the past eight years, a local news journal reported Monday.
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Yangon: Myanmar will get 35.6 million US dollars in grants from the Global Fund for fighting three deadly diseases in the country — tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and AIDS, a local weekly news journal reported Sunday.
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July 25: Yangon: Myanmar, fresh from two huge drug busts, said Sunday that Asian states have done well in their fight against narcotics but urged Western governments to do more to combat the scourge.
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July 24: Yangon: Myanmar authorities seized 5.5 million amphetamine-type stimulant pills in a raid on a northern village, state media reported Saturday, just weeks after one of the country’s biggest heroin busts.
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Immigrant workers must register by 31st or face expulsionn
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July 24: New Delhi: Myanmar on Saturday assured India that its territory will not be allowed to be used for anti-India activities.
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July 24: Yangon: Myanmar will promote the implementation of agreements between China and Myanmar on border areas management and cooperation.
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Eminent Shan scholar and ethnic leader Dr Chao Tzang Yawnghwe, aka Eugene Thaike, passed away at his home in Canada on Saturday, aged 65. He is survived by one son and daughter and his wife, Nu Nu Myint Yawnghwe.
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Boston: Eight summers and two conventions ago, when the Democrats gathered in Chicago to renominate President Bill Clinton, their National Democratic Institute honored one absent democrat with its highest award.
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The following is an unofficial translation of a broadcast made in Burmese on July 24, 2004:
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More than 700 people in Rangoon have signed a petition this week calling for the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in military-ruled Burma.
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Washington: Dr. Zarni, founder of a U.S.-based grassroots organization the Free Burma Coalition, recently visited Rangoon for one day and met with officials of the Ministry of Defense.
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Kokang leaders interviewed by the Salween News Network correspondent in Laukkai during his June visit, after getting assurances that they would not be quoted, spoke frankly about their views on both their ongoing relationship with the military government and its National Convention, reports SNN:
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In February 2004, several Inter Pares’ staff members hiked into the mountains on the Thailand-Burma border to speak with refugees from Burma’s Shan State. This is a report of their visit.
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Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will urge Burma to attend the Bangkok Process when he meets with his Burmese counterpart Khin Nyunt next week in an effort to break the political deadlock in the military ruled country, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said yesterday.
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China is willing to cooperate with Myanmar and continue to strengthen bilateral relations, Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan said Thursday.
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Intelligence

July 29: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on August 6 will launch his latest law-and-order campaign, this one aimed at curbing human-trafficking syndicates.
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The fourth World Buddhist Summit will be held in military-ruled Burma for three days, beginning this December 9. The ruling State Peace and Development Council, or SPDC, plans to invite about 150 delegates from Buddhist organizations in almost 30 countries. The summit will be held in cooperation with the Japanese Nenbutsushu Buddhists.
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Two of Burma’s government-run newspapers today denounced US sanctions for inhibiting progress on human rights and democracy in the military-ruled country, adding that Washington imposed the measure to serve its own interests.
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