Friday, August 17th, 2007


A group of activists, including Ko Htin Kyaw, released a formal statement today warning the government to reduce gas prices by August 22 or face widespread public protests.
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A group of more than 100 IDPs that has been evading Burmese troops since their village was attacked in 2006 again came under fire on Wednesday in northern Karen State, according to residents near the area.
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Activist Su Su Nway accused the government yesterday of stealing clothes donated to flood victims on the outskirts of Rangoon this month.
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Maj-Gen Ohn Myint, head of Burma’s North Command on Friday met top leaders of the ethnic ceasefire group Kachin Independence Organization at the Burmese army’s North Command headquarters in Myitkyina, according to a KIO official.
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A man from Sagaing division’s Inn Taw township died in police custody on August 8 after being arrested for stealing several packets of instant noodles and a soft drink one day earlier.
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Alarmed over encroachment and land grabbing, which is resulting in serious environmental and ecological disbalance, residents living around the world’s largest tiger reserve in Hukawng Valley in Kachin State, Burma have appealed to  Burma’s junta supremo, Snr-Gen Than Shwe to intervene into the land grabbing by the Yuzana Company in the vicinity of the reserve.
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Residents are being forced into night sentry duty by the Burmese authorities in eastern Shan state’s Muse town on the plea that rebels are in operation.
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Teknaf, Bangladesh: Two Burmese refugee camps were made to go through a law and order training from August 15 to16 by Bangladesh authorities, said a Majee from the Nayapara camp.
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Bus fares have doubled in Yangon in response to a 100 per cent hike in fuel prices earlier this week, and commodity prices at markets are also on the rise, sources said Friday.
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The sudden hike in prices of fuel by 500 percent this week by the Burmese military junta in the country has created a strange conflict of interest in Mon State because people used to buy fuel hoarded by the Southeast Military Command at a lower price, a source said.
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The sudden increase in fuel prices in Burma on Tuesday night has thrown the transport sector in Rangoon into disarray. Commuters are bearing the brunt of the inconvenience caused, given that fares have skyrocketed.
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Buthidaung, Arakan State : The tea shop owner from Rakhine state was arrested on August 14 by the Special Drugs Enforcement team in Buthidaung Township in Rakhine state, Burma for distributing and selling drugs from his shop.
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Police raids on seafood factories in the Mahachai district of Samut Sakhon in Thailand have led to the arrest of more than 500 illegal Burmese migrant workers, according to a police official in Samut Sakhon’s Muang District Police Station.
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An ethnic Chin woman, named Esther, is the latest in a long line of Burmese women who dream of improving their life only to find themselves in a legal limbo in a foreign country.
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Burmese living in Bangladesh, Japan, India and Thailand are facing difficulties obtaining temporary visas to attend a Burmese policy conference in Ottawa, according to the conference organizer.
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