Friday, January 19th, 2007


January 18: Following pressure from the Burmese military regime, the ceasefire group, Kachin Independence Organisation, is set to release a statement regarding its stand on the UN Security Council’s intervention into Burma’s affairs on Friday.
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Farmers in Kengtung Township, eastern Shan State and Pegu Division’s Tharyawaddy Township have been forced to sell rice to a military logistics group at below-market prices, according to farmers in the two townships.
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Singapore: A state-run newspaper in Myanmar on Thursday accused the pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of tax evasion for spending the money she won for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize and other foreign awards outside the country.
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New York: An international heroin trafficking organization that processed drugs from Pakistan and Afghanistan through a storefront in Thailand has been busted with help from wiretap recordings authorized by Thailand judicial authorities, prosecutors said.
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Yangon: MPRL, an offshore energy company, has signed a deal with military-run Myanmar for the rights to explore for oil and gas in a potentially-rich block in the Gulf of Bengal, the company said Friday.
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India will begin border trade with Bhutan and Burma through Arunachal Pradesh within a year, India ‘s junior minister for Commerce Mr Jairam Ramesh told PTI, India .
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Thirty seven more Rohingyas from Burma have been arrested on the coast of Thailand, trying to enter the country illegally by boat.
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The European Commission has allocated 15.5 million in humanitarian aid for vulnerable groups in Burma/Myanmar and to Burmese refugees along the Myanmar-Thai border. (more…)

January 18: Johannesburg: Last week, in its maiden vote on the United Nations (UN) Security Council, SA came out against a resolution calling on the military government in Burma to ease repression. Voting this way, SA emerged looking comfortable with one of the world’s most brutal military regimes. (more…)