Thursday, March 22nd, 2007


Local authorities in Rangoon have reportedly been ordered to hinder a prominent Burmese activist group’s latest campaign, which aims to help political prisoners and their families in Burma, according to one leading member of the group.
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Myanmar police detained an activist who staged a solo protest calling for freedom of religion in front of a busy market Thursday in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, witnesses said.
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The Burmese military regime is likely to increase the salary of government employees by about Kyat 20,000 as a bonus from April.
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Following clashes on the northern border yesterday, both Thai and Burma armies have placed their border units on full alert, according to Thai and Shan sources.
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The army will send a protest letter to Burma over the killing on Wednesday of a military ranger near the Thai-Burmese border in Mae Hong Son province. Third Army commander Lt-Gen Jiradet Khotcharat said he had reported the incident to the army and the government. The ranger was killed by a grenade fired by a Burmese soldier, he said.
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Despite increasing numbers seeking asylum, only a handful of Mons have been recognized as refugees in Malaysia.
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Myanmar has refused to export gas to India and instead prefers a pipeline to China to export the gas found in its off-shore area. Myanmar last week told an Indian delegation that it wants to sell gas from off-shore block A-1 and potential discoveries in A-3 block to China, highly placed sources said.
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A lawyer defending the 34 ethnic Burmese rebels being tried at the Sessions Court in Kolkata today, said the counsel for the prosecution is shielding the main witnesses by sending people who know nothing of the case, to be examined.
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Former special envoy for Burma Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, who was appointed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, is likely to retain his position as the special envoy for Burma in the future, according to a report of the VOA Burmese section.
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Shwe Gas Movement activists from across the world will stage protest demonstrations against Korean company Daewoo and the Indian government in 20 countries on March 26, with the slogan “No more guns for Gas”, said a report of the Shwe Gas Movement.
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When one thinks of pariah states, Burma often comes to the top of that list. The story of Burma is a situation of great sadness and tragedy. Also known as Myanmar, Burma is a product of colonialism, along with its Southeast Asian neighbours, and has had so much potential to be a success story. It had all the ingredients for it. Unfortunately, certain things in life don’t always work the way they should.
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