October 2006


Opposition and ethnic groups in Burma have urged UN Under Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari to make them a priority when he visits the country in November.
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Led by prominent 88 generation student leaders over 2,000 Burmese gathered on the second day of the candle light prayer ceremony on Monday in the midst of tight security in Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Rangoon, according to campaigners.
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Yangon: Military-ruled Myanmar will launch a national conscription service to create militias around the country, according to a section of the new constitution published Tuesday in state media.
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Yangon: The customs chief in military-ruled Myanmar has been sentenced to 66 years in prison as part of an anti-corruption drive that has gutted the department, legal sources said Tuesday.
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Burma’s wedding of the year took place last July, but it’s again the talk of the town-following the release of video footage showing Snr-Gen Than Shwe’s daughter to an army major in a ceremony that has angered many because of its over-the-top opulence.
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Burma’s ruling junta has begun training a secret force tasked with suppressing political dissidents and preventing mass riots, according to residents in Kachin State.
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Due to poor healthcares and negligence with Burmese jails, another political prisoner named Maung San died in Moulmein (Mawlamyine) Jail in Mon State three days ago.
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Group also plans to enter Chinese property market
Property developer Yoma Strategic Holdings – which recently became the first Myanmar play on the Singapore Exchange via a reverse takeover of Sea View Hotel – already has plans to go into the bio-diesel industry in Myanmar and to enter the Chinese property market in the next few months.
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Nanning: Thailand’s new Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont Tuesday told his Myanmar counterpart relations between the two countries would remain unchanged, a government spokesman said.
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Nanning: China will continue to develop its friendly cooperative relations with Myanmar based on the five principles of peaceful coexistence, including non- interference in each other’s internal affairs, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here on Tuesday.
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The Lady of Burma, Old Vic
When the theatre director Richard Shannon met the actress Liana Mau Tan Gould, he was struck by her likeness to the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It set him to wondering whether anyone had written a play about the Nobel Prize winner and, if not, whether such a play could help the campaign to get her released from the house arrest she has endured for years.
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The overthrow of the Thaksin govt has created an opportunity to correct the flawed approach towards Rangoon
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Burma’s leading opposition group on Sunday launched a week of multi-denominational prayer for a peaceful resolution of the country’s political crisis, for political prisoners and for victims of the recent floods.
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October 29: Myanmar’s military would safeguard the country’s constitution in addition to defending the country, according to proposed statutes for the country’s new charter, state-run media reported Sunday.
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Fresh attacks by government troops have forced more villagers to flee their homes following the breakdown of an informal ceasefire agreement between the junta and Karen rebels.
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Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, feels the United Nations undersecretary for political affairs, Mr. Gambari’s trip to Burma yet again this year, is likely to yield better results as he would directly report to the Security Council.
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In the midst of secrecy, the 18th anniversary of the Zomi National Congress was celebrated in Rangoon on October 24.
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October 28: A 17-member delegation of western diplomats arrived yesterday in Maungdaw to visit several UNHCR projects that have been implemented throughout the township, said a source close to an NGO.
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October 28: A Myanmar court has sentenced a woman to 12 years in prison for selling two young Myanmar women into prostitution in Malaysia, state-run media said Saturday.
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Myanmar’s military government wants to keep more than half the gold produced from its largest mine, if a plan to privatize the operation goes through, an official told AFP on Monday.
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