Monday, January 29th, 2007


A strong supporter of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has filed a defamation suit against more than 120 editors and publishers of local journals which printed personal attacks against her, including linking her to a pimp.
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Thousands of people have written letters addressed to Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Than Shwe, to complain about the harsh conditions in the country, activists said Monday.
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Myanmar’s detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was in good health when her doctor and a dentist visited her last week, a source close to her family and her political party said Monday. “We heard her doctor took a dentist to see her last Thursday for treatment,” said Nyan Win, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy party. “Her doctor sees her once a month for a routine checkup,” he added.
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The commander of the Karen National Union 7th Brigade, Brig-Gen Htain Maung, is apparently following through with plans to move the brigade’s headquarters while also surveying regions to designate as “peace areas.”
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A major military crackdown by Myanmar has sent Indian separatists fleeing and left a growing death toll, a rebel leader told AFP on Monday.
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In the scramble for Myanmar’s natural gas, Moe Myint runs the only company managed by Myanmar nationals that has got a toehold in an area that could boast some of the biggest reserves in Southeast Asia.MPRL E and P Ltd, registered in the British Virgin Islands but run by Myanmar nationals, last week edged out other international competitors to sign a deal for the rights to explore oil and gas off Myanmar’s western coast.
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The Myanmar energy authority is likely to grant an offshore block to a Malaysian company for oil and gas exploration and production, the English-language Myanmar Times reported Sunday.
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Nearly 200 Burmese activists in Malaysia on Monday gathered at the Chinese and Russian embassies in Kuala Lumpur to protest the two countries for their veto of a UN Security Council resolution on Burma earlier this month.
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Malaysian authorities detained 176 suspected illegal immigrants from Myanmar who set up their own village and passed themselves off as U.N.-recognized refugees, an official said Monday. District enforcement workers and civilian volunteers on Sunday raided the immigrants’ settlement, which comprised scores of tents, bathrooms and a volleyball court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, said Suhaimi Ghazali, a state legislator for the central district of Dengkil.
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The City City Sessions Court, Kolkata today framed charges against 34 Arakanese and Karen rebels, who were arrested in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1998 by the Indian Navy.
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