Tuesday, February 9th, 2010


Yangon – Myanmar’s military government deployed hundreds of armed riot police on Tuesday after more than 2,000 workers from two factories went on strike over low pay. (more…)

Detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi believes it is too early for her party to decide whether to take part in Burma’s national elections this year, her lawyer said Tuesday. (more…)

BANGKOK — At last count there were more than 2,100 political prisoners in Myanmar, according to human rights groups that track the opaque workings of the penal system in that country, formerly known as Burma. Among them is Nyi Nyi Aung, who spent years campaigning for Burmese democracy in exile before obtaining American citizenship. (more…)

Chiang Mai– Branches of the National League for Democracy from two divisions and one state have sent their nominees to be selected as central committee members to the party headquarters in Rangoon, it is learnt. (more…)

Dr. Cynthia Maung escaped from Burma two decades ago and now trains others at her clinic in Thailand to help refugees from the violence in her homeland. (more…)

Ruili –  In a major development the Burmese military junta has delivered an ultimatum to the Shan State Army (SSA) on February 6 to either respond to the Border Guard Force (BGF) issue by the end of this month or face military action, an observer said. (more…)

Burmese authorities have banned the sale of eggs in markets in Rangoon Division after the discovery of the A/H1N1 virus at a chicken farm, according to Rangoon sources. (more…)

Feb 9, 2010 (DVB)–Australia’s announcement yesterday that it will carry out joint military exercises with the Burmese navy has been met with condemnation by Australian activists. (more…)

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia Tuesday called on military-run Myanmar to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of national elections it expects to be held around October. (more…)

A United Nations report on Burma’s recovery from Cyclone Nargis says progress has been achieved in key areas such as child development and health care. But communities in the Irrawaddy Delta still struggle to sustain their livelihoods and rebuild homes lost in the 2008 storm. (more…)

Anders Ostergaard’s “Burma VJ — Reporting from a Closed Country” won best film at the 11th Mumbai Film Festival of Documentary, Animation and Short Films, which wrapped Tuesday. (more…)