Wednesday, March 21st, 2007


The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) in Naypyidaw (Pyinmana) plans to implement La lay lone (in Burmese) operations in the whole country, according to a source close to the Army.
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Soothsayers in Burma are interpreting Monday’s solar eclipse as a bad omen for the country’s military rulers. The eclipse, visible throughout Burma as the moon passed in front of the sun, is an astrological sign predicting “the fall of the mighty,” said a well-known Rangoon astrologer.
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Karen villagers and former soldiers from the Karen National Union who recently joined a splinter group have returned to the group, claiming they left only after they were promised money by the breakaway faction, members of the group said at a press conference on Wednesday.
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Yangon: The U.N. reported a new outbreak of bird flu in Myanmar on Wednesday and called for more stringent measures to control the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus.
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New Delhi: Myanmar [Burma] has refused to export gas to India and has instead preferred a pipeline to China to export the gas found in its off-shore area.
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China is about to buy all natural gas in wells in Myanmar’s offshore area, which would deal a blow to South Korea’s hopes of securing one more direct energy import source, news reports said on Wednesday.
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Yangon: Impoverished Myanmar has sold 3,652 lots of jade, gems and pearls at a government-run sale which is expected to earn millions of dollars for the ruling junta, official media said Wednesday.
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Singapore: Myanmar’s prime minister is being treated in one of Singapore’s public hospitals for a “serious” undisclosed illness, the military-ruled country’s embassy said Wednesday.
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The hearing of witnesses of prosecutors in the trial of 34 ethnic Burmese rebels began in the City Sessions Court, Kolkata today. The cross examination of the first witness was completed on the day.
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