June 2010

Work has been completed on a new radar and missile base in northern Burma as army trucks reportedly travel the length of the country to deliver stockpiles of weaponry.

An apparent mass migration of mice away from waterways in central Burma has caused locals to question whether a natural disaster is looming. (more…)

The Burmese junta supremo, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, is reported to be angry at government officials who are responsible for the junta’s nuclear program after he read the report of Robert Kelley, the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who described Naypyidaw’s nuclear program as “unprofessional” and “quite primitive.” (more…)

Chiang Mai– Publishers in Burma have expressed concern over the formation of new censorship teams under the junta’s tough media watchdog fearing even further difficulties for their publications under a regime already infamous for its stranglehold on the press.

Chinese officials had urged ceasefire groups opposing the Border Guard Force (BGF) program to continue negotiating Naypyitaw-drawn with junta authorities until an agreement acceptable to all is reached, according to a source close to the Mongla-based National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA). (more…)

Stallholders who lost their businesses when Rangoon’s Mingalar Market was destroyed by fire last month have been invited to apply for loans from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), according to sources. (more…)

Myanmar-Singapore bilateral trade reached 1.86 billion U.S. dollars in 2009-10 fiscal year which ended in March, according to the latest figures of the government’ s Central Statistical Organization. (more…)

Myanmar-India bilateral trade reached 1.19 billion U.S. dollars in the fiscal year of 2009-10, increasing by 26.1 percent from the previous year, and India stands as Myanmar’s fourth largest trading partner after Thailand, China and Singapore, according to the latest official figures available on Wednesday. (more…)

New Delhi  – A “People’s Court” in Japan passed its verdict on Monday to put the Burmese military regime on trial at the International Criminal Court for its crimes against women in Burma.

The European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma (EPCB) has sponsored performances of “The Lady of Burma” in honor of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s detained Noble Peace Prize winner, on her 65th birthday, which was June 19. (more…)

Burma’s Union Election Commission (EC) has given the green light to 38 out of 42 political parties to contest the general election later this year. (more…)

Burma (aka Myanmar) is of the world’s most brutal regimes, and unfortunately, it is also amongst the least well understood. In terms of trade and communications, the country is as closed as North Korea and nearly as isolated as Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Its human rights abuses are widespread and increasing. The junta has one of the worst images in the world. It has very few friends, and even it’s powerful regional allies (China and India) keep a safe public distance so as not to catch any of the generals’ political cooties. (more…)

Yangon – A rare white elephant has been captured in the jungles of northwestern Myanmar, a mostly Buddhist country where the animals are considered good omens, state media reported Tuesday. (more…)

Burmese media has been given minimum space for election related news recently, but starting next month the space will likely be further restricted by new censorship rules.

Mae Sot—The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), a proxy militia of the Burmese regime, has seen profits rise at its unofficial “immigration checkpoint” following Thailand’s recent crackdown on illegal migrant workers, according to a source close to the DKBA. (more…)

A police outpost stationed on the Sino-Burma border was said to have been attacked yesterday by Chinese villagers, according to local sources. (more…)

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Refugees have narrated how in the face of torture and harassment of Rohingyas by the army and Nasaka of Burma, left their homes for Bangladesh. “We don’t want to be refugees forever, and will go back to our homeland when the situation is favourable,” said a refugee leader from Kutupalong camp.   (more…)

Kyaukpru: Pressure from the Chinese is forcing Burmese military authorities to beef up security for oil and gas pipeline projects on Madae Island in Arakan State, said a police officer. (more…)

Following a visit by a South Korean delegation to Myanmar between 9 and 12 June the South Korean government announced that it has reached an agreement with Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE) to jointly exploit two gas blocks–B-2, located onshore northern Myanmar, and A-7, located offshore the Arakan coast in the Bay of Bengal. Following the agreement it is believed that MOGE will allow South Korean firms to operate in the block. According to IHS Global Exploration and Production Service (GEPS), the B-2 block has a total area of 19,066 sq. km and is jointly operated by MOGE and Russia’s Silver Wave Energy. The last known activity was in March, when Silver Wave spudded the Shwe Pinle 3 exploration well. Block A-7 has a size of 8,224 sq. km in water depths of up to 2,000 metres in the Rakhine Basin. The block contains one dry well drilled in 1976, although it is believed to have significant potential for hydrocarbons. (more…)

Like many overseas students, Zin Mon Aye hoped to parlay her accounting degree into permanent residency. But her days in Australia were numbered once officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade learned she was on campus at the University of Western Sydney. (more…)

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