March 2006


The Burmese junta’s sentencing of two journalists to 3-year prison terms for taking photographs of the new administrative capital in Pyinmana is an “outrage” and further jeopardizes press freedom in the country, according to Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association.
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Text of report in English by Khin Hninn Phyu, carried by Burmese newspaper The Myanmar Times website on 20 March
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Text of report in English by Win Kyaw Oo, carried by Burmese newspaper The Myanmar Times website on 20 March
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Two ethnic Arakanese soldiers from the Burmese Army surrendered to a KNU base in Taungu Township and they arrived in the Thai-Burma border recently says the BBC Burmese program.
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In much of Asia a dry season could mean a break from monsoon rains and intermittent floods but for the Karen ethnic community, settled along Burma’s eastern borders, it means a season of death, destruction and flight.
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The Burmese military has been forced to introduce new taxes and improve tax collection procedures to control the country’s economy, according to a new report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific.
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The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has strengthened its presence in Myanmar further with the news that its move for an equity stake in the another of the country’s promising gas fields has been sanctioned. According to reports covered by Dow Jones today, officials in Myanmar have backed GAIL’s agreement with South Korea’s Daewoo International Corp. that will see the Indian NOC take up a 10% interest in the A-3 natural gas exploration block that Daewoo operates.
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Mandalay, Burma’s second major city, has replaced Tachilek, opposite Maesai, as the new nerve center of the country’s international drug trade, according to insider sources.
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Philippines member of parliament Mario ‘Mayong’ Joyo Aguja said international policies on Burma should be reviewed and practical solutions favoured during a workshop in New Delhi today.
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North Korea and Myanmar have ties that could turn into a security threat and thus need close monitoring, a former White House aide said.
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Russian business shows interest in prospect and extraction of minerals, development of hydropower engineering, transport and communications in Myanma, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Kamynin said on Friday on the eve of a visit of Foreign Minister of Myanma U Nyan Win to the Russian capital.
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Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, has received the first indication that the junta may not accept the proposal it made last month to end its long-running political standoff.
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March 29: A team of policemen at Daik-U, Pegu Division in lower central Burma brutally beat up four innocent civilians of the same family in public on 19 March, causing outrage among the local population.
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The Burmese military authority from Rangoon ordered all army battalions in Arakan State to cultivate Physic nuts from this year dry season to promote state income through this agriculture project, said army personnel.
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“The Burmese regime wants absolute control over any humanitarian actor present in these politically-sensitive regions,” explains Dr. Hervé Isambert, Program Manager for the French section of MSF in Myanmar.
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Global Fund, the world’s largest funding body which withdrew its operations from Burma last year, has opened additional malaria posts in three Thai provinces along the Thai-Burmese border.
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A ten-fold increase of Burmese government workers’ salaries at the end of April looks set to further exacerbate the country’s already high inflation.
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The Yangon municipal authorities are seeking ways to cope with rising commodity prices resulting from last Friday’s government decision to raise salaries of civil servants to an unprecedentedly high margin.
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Fifteen Burmese pro-democracy activists have staged a 100 hour long hunger strike in New Delhi to protest the Indian government’s close relationship with the Burmese military.
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Fifteen Burmese pro-democracy activists have staged a 100 hour long hunger strike in New Delhi to protest the Indian government’s close relationship with the Burmese military.
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