Monday, August 20th, 2007


More than 400 people led by prominent pro-democracy activists staged a rare protest in Rangoon Sunday, marching against a massive recent fuel price hike, activists told The Associated Press.
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Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless in Myanmar’s Ayeyawaddy River delta after unusually heavy rains triggered floods in this low-lying region, local officials said Monday.
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To stop being exposed and in a bid to muzzle the distress that people in Burma are facing, junta-backed groups attacked veteran Burmese politician U Win Naing, who has been donating rice to the poor living in the outskirts of Rangoon. Goons set upon him and his group when they were returning after a rice distribution trip on Sunday.
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Kyauktaw, Arakan State: Two women from separate villages in Kyauktaw Township were gang raped by troops from Infantry Battalion (IB) No. 374 on July 4. One of the women later died when she was forced into an abortion by the Army commander on August 17, said a relative of the victim.
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party on Monday warned Myanmar’s military rulers that they could face more protests over a massive increase in fuel prices last week.
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Indian paramilitary troopers have arrested 15 suspected al-Qaeda operatives from a border town in the country’s north-east after the group entered the region from Myanmar, reports said Monday.
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Businessmen into illegal teak trade are being forced to procure young people with money for the Burma Army so that they can run their business smoothly in Kachin State, northern Burma, said local sources.
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A Myanmar national private airline, the Air Bagan, will launch its second international flight between Yangon and Singapore on Sept. 7 following its first to Bangkok, Thailand in mid-May, sources with the airline said on Monday.
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Myanmar, the world’s second-largest opium producer after Afghanistan, arrested 320 suspected drug dealers and seized some 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of opium in July, state media said Saturday.
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Southeast Asian lawmakers on Monday said ASEAN must pursue diplomatic efforts to push economic giants China and India to help realise political reforms in Myanmar.
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A senior Asian Development Bank (ADB) representative has said that future ASEAN integration could benefit from the example of political goodwill and economic focus exhibited by the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) bloc, of which Burma is a member.
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Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral today urged India to support the movement for democracy in Burma and build a ‘people to people relationship’ instead of strengthening the hands of the military rulers, keeping in mind India’s long term interest.
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North Korean diplomats arrived in Burma recently to open an embassy for the first time since being ousted from the country in the aftermath of a bloody attack more than 20 years ago, officials said Saturday.
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Burmese activists urged China to put a halt to its proposal of extracting natural gas from Burma during a rally today in New Delhi, India .
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Fuel price increases by as much as 500% announced by the military junta are expected to hit poor the hardest
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The Burmese military junta’s surprise fuel price hike on August 14 is not an impulsive decision but a strategic and well-planned move which will allow it to maintain its stranglehold on power, said an unknown Burmese group called ‘Counter Strike Group’ today.
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Most of the citizens of Myanmar/Burma are poor ordinaries. Seventy percent of total populations are farmers living in rural areas and depend on various machineries for irrigation, processing, transportation of corps, which require fuel, to meet their daily ends.
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We, United Nationalities League for Democracy (Liberated Areas)’s attitude on the letter from the 92 members of Parliament-Elect, dated 1st August, 2007, which reveals the seven steps roadmap to United Nations Secretary-General are as follows:
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