February 2006


Yangon: Myanmar’s main opposition party said Tuesday it expects the country’s military rulers will allow an ASEAN envoy to meet its detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his scheduled visit in March.
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Burma’s state-owned media organizations are shying away from covering current political uprisings in neighboring countries such as Thailand and the Philippines.
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Rangoon residents are being hit by severe increases in commodity prices over the past two months. The price rises are blamed on spiraling oil prices.
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Forty one people have been arrested by Burmese authorities in connection with anti-Muslim riots in Chauk, Magwe division.
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Guwahati: At least 10 soldiers from Myanmar and three Indian separatists were killed and several others from both sides were injured Tuesday in fighting inside Myanmar, an India-based rebel leader said.
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The United Nations Children’s Fund in Burma said poor hygiene was behind the deaths of many young Burmese as the country launched its 9th National Sanitation Week yesterday.
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Bangkok: Democracy in Southeast Asia is taking a beating as mass demonstrations fail to dislodge an authoritarian leader in Thailand and the Philippines reels under a state of emergency allowing arrests without warrants and military intervention.
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More than 300 operators in Phuket who need to employ foreign workers had a meeting and agreed to submit a petition to the government for rule relaxation on the foreign worker’s registration fee. (more…)

Descendents of Shan people who migrated to Thailand before Second World War have been assimilated and think themselves as 100% Thai, because they enjoy the same rights as other Thais, according a narration of Ajarn Nakorn (not his real name) a native Shan who attended Tai (Shan) Poets Day on 25 February.
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Yangon: Myanmar will take part in an international tourism exhibition to be held in Berlin, Germany, next month with the aim to absorb more world tourist arrivals in the country, sources with the Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board ( MTPB) said on Tuesday.
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February 27: Rome: The Church in Myanmar might soon have its first blessed, Father Clemente Vismara, a missionary priest of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.
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Bangkok: Myanmar’s military junta has suspended visits by the Red Cross to 90 prisons and labor camps across the country, the humanitarian agency said on Monday.
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Burma’s ruling junta has increased its military presence in ethnic regions, giving rise to fears of a new counterinsurgency campaign, according to Karen National Union leaders.
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The Burmese military have forced villagers in Yathetaung township, Arakan State to form people’s militia groups and are planning to provide them with military training sources told Mizzima.
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Mae Sot: She is branded an enemy by Myanmar’s military rulers, but to the thousands who flock to her clinic many of them victims of the country’s harsh regime Dr. Cynthia Maung is the gentle healer in a world of torched villages, squalid refugee camps and sweatshops.
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February 26: Yangon: Three more available blocks off Myanmar’s southern Tanintharyi coast are under natural gas exploration with test wells being planned for drilling by Malaysia ‘s Petronas Company, sources with the state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise confirmed Sunday.
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February 26: Yangon: Myanmar and South Korea will cooperate in a project of “Specialized Complex of Agriculture” under mutually beneficial basis to boost the development of Myanmar’s agriculture, a local weekly reported in its latest issue.
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February 25: Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Saturday that a date had been set for his landmark visit to Myanmar after his January trip was cancelled.
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Jakarta: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono left Jakarta Monday for a five-day visit to three other ASEAN member countries, with political repression in Myanmar (Burma) expected to be the most contentious issue in talks with regional leaders.
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February 26: Some Burmese nationals working and studying in Singapore, in a statement issued recently, expressed their support for the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) special statement issued on 12 February, calling for national reconciliation and positive actions.
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