January 2007


Anti-Chinese sentiment has been spreading among Burmese people since China vetoed the UN Security Council resolution on Burma earlier this month, reported a trader and politician from Arakan who came to Bangladesh yesterday.
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Given the lack of proper medical treatment for inmates, Burma ‘s prisons have become an epicentre for HIV/AIDS prevalence, said a Thailand based welfare group today.
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A Landmine and a bomb exploded in two separate incidents in Burma on the same day, with one person critically wounded in one explosion.
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A Karen National Union military officer who had talks earlier this month in Rangoon with regime representatives without KNU approval has been dismissed from his post at the head of the Karen National Liberation Army’s 7th Brigade.
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Naga insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) has said more than two of its guerrillas were killed in a crackdown by the Myanmarese army in that country.
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Myanmar’s military government has opened its latest auction of jade and gems, attracting hundreds of buyers seeking to tap into the country’s natural wealth, state media said Wednesday.
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January 30: Japan and the United Nations will extend financial support to former poppy farmers in Burma.
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Mr. Hasan Wirayuda said Asean wanted to help Burma’s democratisation process, but was disappointed over lack of tangible results in the military-ruled country.
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met here Wednesday with Thura Shwe Mann, member of the ruling Myanmar State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and the Myanmar military’s chief of staff.
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Myanmar’s top generals are in the throes of a full-blown power struggle as they grapple with how best to introduce significant political reforms, including a planned move toward some form of democracy, and hand political power to a new generation of military commanders.
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The Open Heart letter campaign, led by the 88 Generation Students group, has made its first country-wide step after members of the movement travelled to Magwe division to rally support.
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About 30 people marched in silence to the US embassy in Yangon on Tuesday morning, apparently in protest at Washington’s support for a failed UN resolution against Myanmar’s military rulers. The protesters identified themselves only as “Myanmar nationalists” and stayed in front of the embassy for about 10 minutes, witnesses said.
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Prisoners from Myinchan prison in Mandalay township are being contracted out as cheap labour for local businesses by prison authorities, officials and former prisoners said yesterday.
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January 29: Rangoon: There are new concerns in Burma that the government is trying to destroy Christianity.
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Faction goes to peace talks with Burma, the Bangkok Post reports. Rifts have emerged within the Karen National Union (KNU) which could affect border security. The conflicts have surfaced a little more than a month after the death of its former leader Bo Mya on Dec 24, said a KNU officer. If the friction within the KNU continues to widen, it could stall the ongoing peace process between the KNU and the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), Burma’s military junta, the officer said, adding that fresh armed clashes were likely between the two sides along the Thai-Burmese border.
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A member of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, a junta backed organization, arrested, albeit for a short while by the Kachin Independence Organization in Laiza in Kachin State last Friday, following a bomb hoax.
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China National Petroleum Corp said in its Oilnews publication that it and the Myanmar Oil & Gas Co have launched a feasibility study on building a gas pipeline from Myanmar to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.
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Bangladesh is in the throes of a power crisis and during the tenure of the last administration there were a number of incidents of social unrest caused by a shortage of power. Ensuring adequate supply of electricity to households in Bangladesh will become a priority for whichever government assumes power after the next elections.
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JAnuary 29: Indian security forces, frustrated by cross-border raids by armed rebels in the remote northeast, are looking for increased military ties with Burma and possible joint operations to flush out separatist guerrillas.
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January 26: Vietnam and the Philippines on Friday differed on how firmly to coax Myanmar toward democracy, reflecting potential problems ahead on what constitutes interference into the internal affairs of other members of their 10-nation free trade zone.
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