Thursday, January 25th, 2007


Yangon: Military-run Myanmar Thursday accused the United States of plotting to install a puppet government in the country, after US President George W. Bush vowed to keep pressing it for reform.
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Authorities in the new South Dagon township in Rangoon have ordered Muslim residents to sign statements agreeing not to hold public gatherings or preach in homes, sources said today.
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Farmers from several states in Burma have been ordered to either plant a summer paddy crop or to pay money into an agricultural fund.
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Trade and economic activities between India and Burma has come as a boon for some in the vicinity of Tamu town in Sagaing Division of Burma. Tamu is one of the main gateways to Indo-Burma border trade and some people are enjoying benefits accruing from the extended telecommunication network.
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Three people accused by the military junta of being involved in a conspiracy to plant bombs in Burma denied the accusation calling it “foolish” and meant to taint the image of pro-democracy organisations.
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While the Malaysian Foreign Minister has said Burma is best handled by ASEAN and not by the Security Council, activists argue that the regional bloc needs to work with international communities to push for changes in Burma.
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The first episode in a trilogy on Siamese King Naresuan, who liberated his country from Burmese rule in the 16th century, is breaking box office records and winning high praise from Thai and Burmese moviegoers.
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To avoid double collection of income tax from Burmese workers, campaigners have sent a registered letter to the Burmese embassy in Singapore today.
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Burmese may have been happy to hear US President George W. Bush, in his “State of the Union” speech on Wednesday, refer to continued American support for “the cause of freedom” in Cuba, Burma and Belarus, countries the administration has labeled “outposts of tyranny.”
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January 24: Representatives from the Chin and Kachin ethnic groups in Burma met today with the UK Minister of Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, Ian McCartney MP. This was the first time that Chin and Kachin representatives have met with a UK Foreign Office minister, and the meeting lasted for approximately an hour.
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