Thursday, August 16th, 2007


That ethnics in Burma are a persecuted lot is evident from the action taken against a prominent Chin politician. A final demolition notice has been served on Cin Sian Thang by Kale Township Municipal Corporation in Burma’s Sagaing Division. The authorities insist his house is encroaching on the street.
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The sudden rise in gas prices in Burma has had a tumble-down effect in other areas of the economy by triggering similar increases in transport costs and commodity prices.
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The mother of a 16-year-old boy has filed a complaint with the Minister of Home Affairs and the International Labour Organization, claiming that her son was recruited by the Burmese military early last year.
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Burma’s northern commander, Maj-Gen Ohn Myint, has ordered authorities in Kachin State to instigate public opposition against a proposed amendment by the Kachin Independence Organization to the basic principles being drafted by Burma’s National Convention, according to sources close to the KIO.
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The families of several political prisoners in Insein jail said yesterday that prison officials had stolen money from inmates after they were ordered to pay for the cost of their detention in cash.
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Member of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council General Thura Shwe Mann met with visiting goodwill delegation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday with the two sides expressing wishes to enhance friendly ties between the two countries and the two armed forces.
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Speculation about the reason for the sudden big increases in retail petrol, diesel and natural gas prices in Burma is ranging from high global oil prices to a foreign cash shortage.
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Two garment workers were killed and eight people injured when a fire caused by an exploding boiler swept through a Myanmar textile factory, state media said Thursday.
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India says it will continue to import natural gas from Myanmar as it strives for “energy security” while demand continues to grow.
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A high ranking United Nations official has left Beijing yesterday following two days of talks with representatives of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in which the situation in Burma was raised.
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Since the election of Nicolas Sarkozy, it may appear the French government is shifting its position on Burma. After successfully negotiating the release of six Bulgarian medics from Libya, it was announced France had set its sights on mediating a similar release for Aung San Suu Kyi.
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