August 2005


Chiang Mai: Thailand Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon will visit Rangoon today to hold talks with Burma’s military junta.
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Yangon: A total of 28 members from some four anti-government armed groups and individuals in Myanmar laid down their arms to the government forces in the last three months, a state-run newspaper reported Wednesday.
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Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) legal advocates, on 31 August, lodged appeals to the High Court in Rangoon on behalf of two party members from Shwe Kyin Township, Pegu Division in central Burma.
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August 28: Bangkok: Who says the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs can be boring? Not if a military regime comes in the way of one of the global targets prescribed by the United Nations–halting the spread of AIDS by 2015.
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Many Rangoon residents have abstained from eating chicken after an outbreak of what was suspected as bird-flu, reports Chai Sayam from the border:
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Every year, two million people are falling victim to the modern slave trade across the world, the United Nations has warned.
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The term of Kofi Annan as UN secretary-general expires at the end of next year. The campaign for pole position to succeed him has begun, if discreetly.
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August 29: The British ambassador in Rangoon, on 29 August, met Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders to clarify matters relating to the conference on the future of Burma, to be held at Wilton Park in southern England.
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There is a growing sense of anxiety among farmers for they were ordered not to cultivate paddy in the Htamanthi hydel project area in northwestern Burma. The project will commence very soon in Sagaing Division of Burma with the assistance from India.
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The military rulers of Burma are critical about the foreign media’s role in releasing ‘motivated’ news and broadcasting without authentication. This was the view of Brig. Gen. Kyaw Hsan, Minister for Information under the State Peace and Development Council, which runs the country.
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The embattled ceasefire group Shan State Army ‘North’ has been given orders to move out its Third Brigade from its operational area, report ceasefire sources form the Shan State’s northern capital, Lashio.
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Residents of Akyab have to pay 500 kyats a house per month for street lights in the capital of Arakan State.
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August 29: Bangladesh troops seized thousands of rounds of ammunition on Monday in a forest near the country’s border with Myanmar in the latest of a series of weapons and ammunition hauls, security officials said.
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Thai state energy firm PTT Exploration and Production International has begun drilling for gas in an offshore test well off the south-east coast of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper said on Tuesday.
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Human trafficking is on the rise worldwide, with millions of women and children ending up as sex slaves, beggars and mine labourers each year, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.
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August 28: Due to neglect by the United Nations and the international community, Arakan nationals from western Burma taking refuge in Bangladesh are facing more difficulties for survival, according to a report by Narinjara News.
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The Thai Sardine factory authorities in Banbon, Bangkok have laid off over 700 Burmese workers for not having work permits.
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Were the generals really pushed, or did they jump?

Myanmar appeared to be in agony a month ago as it gave in to pressure from countries it thought were its friends and renounced its turn next year in the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
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August 29: The official document from Burma’s Ministry of Communications, Post and Telegraph (MCPT) to the Thai government requesting support for a low-interest loan and grant for the development of Burma’s telecommunication infrastructure suddenly turned into a confidential document when Matichon began an investigative report, said an editorial in that daily newspaper.
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August 27: Bangkok: Rumors of a coup among the generals who rule Myanmar, Thailand’s closed and repressive neighbor, flared briefly in the past week and then died away just as suddenly.
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