Thursday, August 9th, 2007


Celebrations marking the completion of renovations of a monastery in a Mandalay neighbourhood did not go as planned recently, because the authorities stepped in to stop more than a dozen leading comedians from performing.
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An outbreak of cholera in Mae La refugee camp near the Thailand-Burma border has killed one woman, while nearly 40 others have tested positive for the disease, according to camp medical officials.
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Heavy downpour since last night caused floods and landslide in Mon and Karen refugee camps in Three Pagoda Pass border area, destroying seven houses. Over 20 houses were submerged.
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Being a signatory to the e-ASEAN Framework Agreement initiated at 2000 Singapore summit, Myanmar has formed the e-National Task Force to support the IT development.
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In a speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN on the 8th of August 1967, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said “ASEAN integration should not be set by its slowest members.”
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Thailand yesterday welcomed the United Nations’ new approach to dealing with Burma, which now includes issues other than politics in an attempt to restore democracy there. Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram said the attempts to broaden engagement with Burma would be more effective.
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The United Nations special adviser on Burma has a new mandate and a new approach to tackle Burmese issues which appears to be gaining support within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
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The University of Cape Town is to confer an honorary doctorate of law on human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, held under house arrest by the Myanmar military junta.
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The United States State Department on Wednesday, the 19th anniversary of the 8-8-88 uprising in Burma, reiterated their uncompromising support for those continuing in the fight for political freedom, democracy and human rights against a brutal military regime.
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Six men in Burma have been jailed on account of a duck. Anyone wanting to appreciate the real nature of human rights abuse there, and also why years of international efforts have so far failed to effect any significant change, should take interest in how and why.
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When did you last hear the Indian government making a strong case against Myanmar’s military rulers?
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