April 2007


Despite previous criticism of Burma’s constitution-drafting National Convention, one ethnic ceasefire group appears eager to contest elections that have been expected to follow the resolution of the controversial convention, a central committee member of the group said.
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The Prison Charity Foundation (PCF) established by Christians in Chin state to help inmates, was shut down by the Burmese military regime on March 4.
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The Burma Army sponsored militia groups are getting more weapons and authority over local civilian populations, according to sources on the border.
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Bangladeshi Foreign Advisor Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury on Monday said the Myanmar authorities should launch some livelihood schemes like micro-credit for the Rohingya refugees so they become willing to return to their homeland, Bangladeshi news agency UNB reported.
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Skyrocketing inflation is impeding economic growth and placing a heavy burden on the Burmese people, the National League for Democracy, the main opposition party, concluded Friday following a two-day workshop on the economy.
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Bilateral trade between Myanmar and Thailand increased by about 51 percent to 2.4 billion U.S. dollars in the just-ended fiscal year of 2006-07 (April-March) compared with the previous fiscal year, the local English-language Myanmar Times reported Monday.
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Bangkok: A 26- member business delegation from Malaysia is scheduled to make a four-day visit to Myanmar next month to seek opportunities in trade and investment in the country.
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The Burmese military government has taken action against 322 people in 217 drug related cases in March 2007 alone. Of the 322 are 253 men and 69 women, according to a recent report of a state-run newspaper.
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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (second right) hits the gong to mark the opening of the 116th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Nusa Dua, Bali, yesterday
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North Korea’s vice foreign minister said Saturday that he was “satisfied” with his trip to Myanmar, which culminated in the two repressive regimes resuming diplomatic relations.
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The United Nations reports that attacks targeting and effecting educational facilities, staff and students is increasing around the world, including inside Burma.
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The renewal of diplomatic ties between Burma and North Korea has created uneasiness and made Burma’s neighbors nervous.
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A seminar on Myanmar/Burma, held on the sideline of the 116th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Bali, Indonesia, today had IPU delegates openly acknowledge that the Myanmar military junta’s misrule has a negative spill-over effect on the region and its stability.
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Burmese army troops and members of Burma’s Anti-Narcotic Task Force have reportedly raided the northern Shan State headquarters of the Pan Say People’s militia, seizing opium poppies, amphetamine pills, arms and fake Burmese currency and arresting about 70 Pan Say soldiers.
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April 26: A landmine explosion killed a Karenni refugee who left the camp to find honey. He belonged to Karenni camp I.
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Guwahati: Myanmar has promised to step up military action against all Indian separatist rebels operating from its territory, an Indian official said Friday following security talks between the neighbours.
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The near 100-kilometre new road connecting China and Burma was opened yesterday. Known as the Ledo Road , portions of it dates back to World War II.
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Daewoo International is contemplating the initiation of legal proceedings against the Burmese military regime following the junta’s decision to sell natural gas from the A-1 and A-3 blocks in the Arakan offshore area to China, according to a report by Indian Petro.
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Bangkok: United in their hostility toward America, two of the world’s most repressive nations – Myanmar and North Korea – restored diplomatic relations Thursday after more than two decades of estrangement.
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The renewal of diplomatic ties between Burma and North Korea will be closely observed by the US, a State Department official said this week.
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