Friday, August 10th, 2007


students aged about 16 were seriously injured today when a bus carrying them to Aung San stadium from the Irrawaddy town of Ton Tay crashed into a tree.
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Rice was distributed to 36 poverty stricken families, living in Rangoon’s suburban areas today, by veteran Burmese politician, U Win Naing.
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The Burmese military marked the 59th Karenni Resistance Day yesterday by firing ten mortars at Karenni National Progressive Party celebrations on the Thai-Burma border.
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A student from Bago is being sued by immigration officials who claim he has harassed them over an application for a new identification card.
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Myanmar has planned to set up more border liaison offices with another immediate neighbor of Thailand to curb human trafficking following the establishment of the first such office at Muse trade point opposite to China’s Ruili, local press media reported Friday.
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A Burmese pastor has described how the military regime in the country made him tear down his orphanage stone by stone, forcing the children in his care to live in a tent – in the ruins of their former home, Release International has reported.
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The Chin National Front, an ethnic armed rebel group in Burma, said it is likely to meet junta delegates for the second round of peace talks following the conclusion of the National Convention, which is currently being held outside Rangoon.
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China is wary of a full scale war between Burma’s ruling junta and ethnic insurgents resuming on Burma-China border before the Beijing 2008 Olympics. The one-year countdown ceremony for the games was opened yesterday, said local sources.
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Survey for the introduction of a direct bus service between Indian border town Moreh and Burma’s second largest city, Mandalay is underway under the aegis of the Manipur Transport Minister Langpoklakpam Jayentakumar over the last three days ago. The Minister was extremely unhappy with the massive land encroachment on the State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) complex. (more…)

The World Health Organization said in a statement o­n Thursday that cases of dengue fever in military-ruled Burma and two other Southeast Asian countries are on the rise and that immediate steps were necessary to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.
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Several Burmese refugees from Chin state, Burma living in Bartam Valley in Cameron Highland, Malaysia were reportedly rounded up by the Malaysian government on Wednesday.
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Sixteen years (1991-2007) of the 1990 congressionally mandated Burma Refugee Scholarship Program (BRSP) comes to an end paving the way for a new direction. This happens at a time when the U.S. government is mulling over possible means to Burma’s problems. (more…)