October 2004


Myanmar’s new prime minister, Lt. Gen. Soe Win, made his official debut Friday at a regional meeting where he vowed to break the “vicious cycle” of human trafficking.
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Myanmar’s military strongman Than Shwe Friday wrapped up a visit to India with a pledge to bring democracy to his secretive state and said the junta will not let rebels against Indian rule operate from its soil.
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Myanmar’s new prime minister, Lt. Gen. Soe Win, in his debut at a regional meeting Friday promised to join with other regional countries in breaking the ”vicious cycle of human trafficking.”
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The commander of the Thai Army Region 3 said on Tuesday that he would call for the deployment of more troops to patrol against drug smuggling along the northwestern border.
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Independent MRPL is aiming to boost oil production at its Mann field onshore Burma via a combined exploration and development drilling program targeting deeper formations.
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China and five Southeast Asian nations on Friday signed a landmark accord here to fight the modern day slavery of human trafficking in the region.
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Partners of the ruling Left Front in Kolkata are on a sticky wicket over Myanmar General Than Shwe’s two-day visit to the city, which starts on Thursday.
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The Government today bluntly told the Left that it could not afford to alienate Myanmar by raking up the restoration-of-democracy issue at a time when China was building even better ties with Yangon. Left leaders who met
PM Manmohan Singh over breakfast were told that the relatively new Kunming-Mandalay road was bringing the Chinese closer to the military rulers in politically isolated Myanmar.
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National reconciliation and a shift to democracy in Myanmar are impossible unless the military government frees all political prisoners and lifts its restrictions on political leaders and parties, a U.N. human rights investigator said on Thursday.
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The United States urged India Thursday to convey to Myanmar’s military strongman Than Shwe, who is on an official visit to New Delhi, international concerns over human right abuses in his country.
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Local Burmese will meet fellow expatriates from the United States and other countries in Fort Wayne this weekend to solidify unity among democratic forces and discuss strategy to fight against the long-standing Myanmar military regime.
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The timing of Prime Minister Khin Nyunt’s purge may have been a surprise to many. But in recent times there have been clear signs in Rangoon that Burma’s top general Than Shwe was trying to consolidate his power and reduce Khin Nyunt’s influence.
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October 25: If Burma’s military junta had an incrementally gentler side, it was personified by General Khin Nyunt. No one would call him a liberal in the Western sense – he headed the dictatorship’s military intelligence service – but diplomats from the outside world considered him more pragmatic and less xenophobic than the country’s paramount leader, General Than Shwe.
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Merchants from the United States and Britain will join hundreds of their colleagues from around the world here Sunday as Myanmar’s sanctions-hit regime puts millions of dollars worth of gems on sale.
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The recent political manoeuvrings will definitely take a toll on
international aid for Burma at the regional economic scheme to be held in Krabi next week, a Foreign Ministry source said.
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Tourist arrivals in Myanmar rose over 20 percent to 315,823 in the first half (April-September) of the present fiscal year 2004-05 compared with the same period of the previous year, the local news journal Myanmar Times reported in this week’s issue.
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China’s top project for western development, the Xiaowan Hydroelectric Power Station, has dammed the Lancang River a year ahead of schedule after three years of all-out, arduous efforts.
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Burma’s military junta may be anathema to supporters of democracy but India believes that the generals hold the key to development of its troubled northeast and for vigorous bilateral trade.
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At the GMS (Great Mekong Subregion) information superhighway conference held in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China Telecom signed a preliminary agreement about building an unified information superhighway platform in GMS with its counterparts in Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
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Indonesia: The European Union on Thursday urged Asian nations to pressure Myanmar to enact democratic reforms put in doubt by the sacking of a moderate prime minister and the continued detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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