January 2006


Yangon: Myanmar’s military rulers on Tuesday adjourned constitutional talks until later this year, delegates said, as diplomats in Yangon questioned the junta’s commitment to implementing any democratic reforms.
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An increasingly hypersensitive military junta set up a high-powered radar station at a naval base on the Arakan coast on December 24 2005, said a source with contacts in the Burmese Navy.
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is “confident” of resuming prison inspections in Burma as it continues talks with the military government. (more…)

The Burmese government move to Pyinmana has given a big boost to property prices there, according to real estate agents. At the same time, they report a slow-down in the real estate market in Rangoon.
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Karen insurgents, marking nearly six decades of fighting, said Tuesday there was little chance Myanmar’s military rulers would come to the negotiating table and end their bloody campaign against the ethnic minorities.
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And thus any but a politically centred approach is bound to fail in ending this scourge from our neighbour.
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Dhaka: Authorities have sealed several sea and river routes to stop smuggling of subsidized fuel, fertilizers and cooking oil to neighboring India and Myanmar, the junior home minister said Tuesday.
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The Hong Kong-based advocacy group Asian Human Rights Commission today challenged Burma’s Supreme Court to prove the integrity of the Burmese judicial system when it hears an appeal tomorrow by human rights activist Su Su Nway.
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January 30: Makkah: A Rohingya spiritual leader Khalifa Mojaffar Ahammed passed away peacefully in Saudi Arabia on Sunday January 22nd 2006, while he was returning home after completing Hajj (Inna Lillahe Wainna Illahe Rajeun), said his son from Saudi Arabia. (more…)

If everyone agrees on one thing, it is that 2006 will be a critical year for the Burmese democracy movement.
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And thus any but a politically centred approach is bound to fail in ending this scourge from our neighbour.
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Burmese government engineers and private contractors are reportedly under pressure to complete work on a military parade ground in Pyinmana, the country’s new administrative capital, before the next Armed Forces Day, in late March.
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January 27: The new military commander of Rangoon and chief of the newly created Bureau of Special Operations were named today, sources told Mizzima.
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A riot broke out between the prisoners and guards at Kale Prison in Sagaing Division when the prisoners reported to the authorities to solve a severe water shortage there. (more…)

January 29: Students at Sittwe (Akyab) University in western Burma’s Arakan State, staged impromptu demonstrations against the doubling of the bus fare to their campus from the town.
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A delegation of foreign diplomats and UNHCR representatives have urged the government of Bangladesh to allow free movement to Burmese refugees living in two refugee camps situated in the border district of Cox’s Bazaar close to Burma.
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January 29: Doi Tailang, Myanmar: The heroin trade is burgeoning in Myanmar’s Golden Triangle, a reality hidden from the international community by the lies and cunning of the former Burma’s military junta, a top rebel leader said.
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January 29: Yangon: Authorities in Myanmar seized thousands of kilograms (pounds) of heroin, opium and other narcotics and made more than 4,700 drug-related arrests in 2005, state media reported.
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Yangon: Thailand has finalized its feasibility study on the establishment of three proposed economic and industrial zones on the Myanmar side along the Myanmar-Thai border, the local Myanmar Times reported Monday.
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Bangkok: Six bodies have been found bound and floating in the sea off southern Thailand and are believed to be labourers from neighbouring Myanmar working in the kingdom, police said Monday.
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