December 2004


Bangkok: A militant Myanmar student group on Thursday claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital Yangon and warned that more attacks will follow unless opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest.

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Bangkok: A militant Myanmar student group on Thursday claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital Yangon and warned that more attacks will follow unless opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest.

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December 22: Although the SPDC State Peace and Development Council abolished the National Intelligence Bureau NIB led by former Prime Minister Gen Khin Nyunt, it has decided to continue to implement a project proposed by the NIB to dissolve ethnic armed groups in hilly regions and border areas.

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The State Peace and Development Council will pay up to 10 million Kyats for information leading to the capture of Mon guerrilla leader, Nai Bin.

The notice states that anyone who can provide information leading to the guerrilla’s whereabouts or who can bring him in will be awarded with the money, according to eyewitnesses from southern Ye, Mon State.

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An arms clash between unidentified force believed to be Wa and a Burma Army unit had sent both Thai and Shan agents along the border rushing to Chiangrai’s Mae Fah Luang district, facing Burma’s Monghsat township yesterday:

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Rangoon: A controversial viewing tower at Burma’s ancient temple city of Pagan, one of Asia’s greatest archaeological sites, will be finished early next year, a state-run newspaper reported Thursday.

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A long wait after it was formed in the year 2000, the Shan Constitution Drafting Commission in exile, has come up with its “bottom-up” first draft to be debated and adopted prior to the release for public review, said the Commission’s chairman on Saturday, 18 December.

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Maungdaw: The border security force of the Nasaka headquarters, located in the west border town Maungdaw, was raided by a column of the Burmese army and a number of Nasaka officers were arrested on December 21, said a witness living near the headquarters.

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Banlao, China: The road to this town, treacherous and narrow, ends after miles of knee-deep mud on a mountain path that looks down upon the clouds. It was market day, and the gently sloping main street was so choked with people and goods changing hands that for all the tattered clothes and sun-creased faces, the place radiated a measure of prosperity.

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Bangkok: Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by a Thai university for her role in promoting democracy and human rights, Rangsit University said Thursday.

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Burma’s State Peace and Development Council, or SPDC, extended pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest for a further year on November 26. Last week the junta restricted access to her doctor and reduced the number of aides allowed to stay at her house.

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Text of report by Burmese opposition radio Democratic Voice of Burma web site on 22 December

It has been learnt that the situation between military units of the UWSA (United Wa State Army) and the SPDC (State Peace and Development Council) is getting tense.

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Four members of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party as well as a former member have been arrested in the capital of military-ruled Myanmar over the past week, party officials said Wednesday.

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Burmese authorities are looking for two men suspected in a small explosion at a souvenir and coffee shop in Rangoon that wounded at least one person, government media reported Wednesday.

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A bomb caused the explosion that ripped through a restaurant popular with foreign tourists in the capital of military-ruled Myanmar, state media reported Wednesday.

One worker at the restaurant was wounded in the explosion, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported, a day after the blast.

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Myanmar will host a tourism forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2006 to seek better ways of promoting the sector in the region, according to the Myanmar Travel Committee Wednesday.

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A 20-year-old public relations worker was crowned Wednesday as Myanmar’s first beauty queen since the lifting of a 43-year-old ban on such pageants by the ruling military junta.

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The Shan commander whose units are active in eastern Shan State has denied last week’s ambush that killed a junta colonel had anything to do with the Shan State Army.

Lt-Col Gawn Zeun, Commander of the SSA’s Kengtung Front, who has just returned from the annual meeting at a Shan base across Maehongson, categorically spurned off allegations that his fighters were responsible for the ambush on 10 December (S.H.A.N. had reported as 7 September) that resulted in 4 dead, including Col Khin Maung Hla, Tactical Commander from Monghsat, and 7 wounded.

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December 21: Unconfirmed and fragmentary reports of Wa officers shooting to death 8 junta officials in Monghsat, opposite Chiangmai province, on Friday, 17 December, are continuing to haunt the border, reports King Cobra:

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A woman from Myanmar who had been released on bail Tuesday from the Tokyo immigration center after being detained for illegal entry and separated from her young children said Wednesday that she was anxious during her ordeal and worried about being deported.

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