October 2008

Despite surviving deadly Cyclone Nargis, which ravaged Burma’s Southwestern coastal area six months ago, survivors say they are faced with a new threat – a shortage of clean water. (more…)

Nine Burmese student activists, recently sentenced to six months imprisonment, were on Friday transferred from Insein prison in Rangoon to Ma U Pin prison in Irrawaddy Division. (more…)

Meikhtila National League for Democracy has praised the efforts of senior NLD member Win Tin to reconcile youth members with the NLD leadership. (more…)

Crime is on the increase in Rangoon and Mandalay, according to worried local residents. (more…)

A Switzerland company will provide consulting services for implementation of hydropower projects in Myanmar, the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Friday. (more…)

A water crisis is threatening the livelihoods of thousands of cyclone survivors in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta, the international aid agency Save the Children warned on Thursday. (more…)

An official from Mohre Youth Clinic has reported that there have been many visitors from Chin state’s Matupi and Thantlang villages, who had come for a check up in Mohre Youth Clinic, in the Indo-Myanmar boarder area earlier this month. (more…)

The United Nations (UN) wants India to continue helping military-ruled Myanmar to achieve its political democratisation process to enable the situation to return to normalcy. (more…)

Once under the radar in mostly remote areas, China’s growing investments in resource-rich Myanmar have become more openly apparent as Beijing parlays its close diplomatic ties to the country’s ruling military junta into lucrative contracts and concessions. China’s commercial advance comes while the United States and Europe impose strict trade and investment sanctions against the military regime. (more…)

The largest island off Burma’s west coast is emerging as another frontier for China’s expanding plans to extract the rich oil and gas reserves of military-ruled Burma. (more…)

When applying for his masters degree at the University of California (UC) Berkeley this year, Min Zin, a 35-year-old Burmese dissident, encountered a big problem. (more…)

Czech minister Ondøej LiÅ¡ka stressed the importance of education in bringing about democracy and an active civil society in Burma in an interview with DVB. (more…)

Two defense lawyers who are representing National League for Democracy (NLD) members were sentenced today by the Northern District Court to six month prison terms for “interrupting judicial proceedings”. (more…)

The State Peace and Development Council is said to be planning an all-out offensive against the Karen National Union, according to a source close to the military. (more…)

Local authorities under Burma’s ruling junta have compromised over students’ accommodation for the Distant University Education under Monyein University in Burma’s northern Kachin State, student sources said. (more…)

A U.S.-based human rights group says Burmese authorities have arrested a lawyer who is defending members of Burma’s opposition party. (more…)

Rats destroyed paddy fields in the mountains on the western Burmese border as well as some fields in inner Arakan State recently, reported an official from the agriculture department in Rathidaung. (more…)

A BBC radio report that a daughter of Burmese junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe went shopping for gold worth more than US $80,000 is a hot topic of discussion these days at teashop tables in Mandalay. (more…)

Concerned with growing tensions between the Burmese military government and the ethnic ceasefire groups along the Sino-Burma border, Chinese officials have warned the latter not to force the hands of the former, say sources close to the ceasefire groups. (more…)

The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is now looking to China for shelter following mounting pressure from Myanmar and Bangladesh with the outfit’s top commander Paresh Baruah now believed to be somewhere near the Myanmar-China border scouting for help to relocate its bases, intelligence officials said. (more…)

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