Tuesday, March 27th, 2007


Bangkok: An internal document obtained by Jane’s shows that Myanmar army battalions are poorly managed and resourced and plagued by desertion
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Myanmar put on a show of might and defiance at its annual military parade Tuesday, with junta chief Than Shwe displaying few signs of his reported ill health in his new capital city.
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Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition Tuesday urged the ruling junta to focus on improving the nation’s crumbling economy, as the generals staged a major military parade in their new capital.
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Legal representatives for villagers of Kawa Township in Burma’s Pegu Division say residents are being exploited by local authorities through the mismanagement of land rights.
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The Burmese military junta came in for flak from the Karenni National Progressive Party after a battalion under the command of Division 55 of the Burmese Army yesterday evening opened mortar fire over the Nya Mo military camp of the Karenni Army on the Thai-Burma border. The firing occurred at a time when the KNPP and the junta are negotiating a fresh ceasefire. A KNPP spokesman said, “We don’t want to continue the talks anymore.”
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Myanmar is drafting a new anti- corruption law in a bid to help install a clean administrative machinery, a local weekly reported Tuesday.
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The Burmese Army is committing with impunity, savage and rampant sexual violence on ethnic Chin women, said a new report released today.
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The Thai Foreign Ministry has submitted an aide-memoire to Myanmar ambassador to Thailand U Ye Win, protesting the death of a Thai Army Ranger who was killed earlier this week during fighting between Myanmar government forces and anti-Myanmar government ethnic Karen fighters near the common border.
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A grassroots Karen rights group has issued a report claiming the Burma Army has begun to implement new projects to construct roads and camps using forced labor.
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A report released on Tuesday by Manila-based Asian Development Bank said Burma continues to face significant economic challenges despite a lucrative trade in natural gas exports.
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Southeast Asian foreign ministers have rejected calls to consider sanctions-including expulsion from their regional bloc-against erring governments in a proposed charter, a Philippine diplomat said Tuesday.
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Shwe Gas Movement activists on Monday staged demonstrations in 15 countries condemning Daewoo and India for cooperating with the Burmese junta in the Shwe gas project off the Arakan coast in Burma.
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