January 2011

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Bangkok — Myanmar’s ruling generals on Monday convened the first meeting of Parliament in more than two decades, a move they say completes the impoverished country’s transition to a multiparty democracy. (more…)

Naypyitaw – An elected parliament convened in Myanmar on Monday for the first time in half a century but inspired scant enthusiasm among a sceptical public convinced it is just a smokescreen for continued military rule. (more…)

Rangoon -Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi this weekend launched a website to consolidate international links and speed up “democratic union” in her military-led country. (more…)

Journalists will not be allowed to enter parliament today to cover the first session in more than two decades, despite reported pledges to the contrary. (more…)

Nay Pyi Taw – All Pyithu Hluttaw representatives and Amyotha Hluttaw representatives have arrived here to attend the Hluttaw meetings to be commenced on 31 January 2011. (more…)

Tak –  Two Thai soldiers were injured after an artillery shell from a clash between Myanmar and ethnic Karen troops exploded on landing on the Thai side in the northern border province of Tak Sunday night. (more…)

Business leaders in the country’s central region are pushing for more road development along the 2,193-kilometre border with Burma linking Chiang Rai to Chumphon without running through Bangkok and surrounding cities. (more…)

Singapore – Unable to come herself last week to the annual world business leaders’ knees-up at Davos in Switzerland, Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement, got to address the assembled grandees by audio link instead (or read  the text here). The timing, on Friday January 28th, was significant. It might have been Davos week, but it was also just a few days before the opening of Myanmar’s first parliament in the country’s new purpose-built capital, Naypyidaw. (more…)

Paw Wah Tamla bounces between getting her people to remember and forget. (more…)

Sydney — A Myanmar refugee being held in Australian immigration detention was treated in hospital Monday after trying to set himself on fire, refugee advocates said. (more…)

Deep in the heart of Burma’s remote new capital Naypyidaw, a most unusual event occurred on the morning of January 31. More then 600 legislators gathered in a lavish, palace-like hall for the country’s first parliamentary session in 22 years. Technically, nearly five decades of military rule in Burma had ended. (more…)

For the second week in a row the big news story is a crumbling dictatorship in the Middle East. While it’s still to soon to say if Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak will share the same fate as Tunisian strongman Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, yesterday protesters controlled many parts of Cairo. Mr Mubarak has vowed he will not be removed, and as long as the military stands with him, he is probably right. (more…)

Burma’s first parliament has opened in the capital Naypyidaw in strict secrecy. This first sitting of the parliament in 22 years is meant to be a watershed, with the introduction of a new form of civilian government to replace the past two decades of naked military rule. But it is nothing more than a thinly disguised military dictatorship. (more…)

Myanmar’s November 7 elections look set to change the business environment in the country. Expectations about the elections may be low but they might bring a new mindset to the governance of the country. (more…)

Myanmar’s newly elected Parliament is scheduled to meet for the first time today, three months after the military-ruled nation’s first elections in two decades. (more…)

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Yangon, Myanmar — Myanmar’s highest court declined Friday to hear a case filed by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeking to overturn the government’s dissolution of her political party. (more…)

THE face is that of a nine-year-old boy but his eyes reflect the burden of following his father through the Burmese jungle with an assault rifle. (more…)

Domestic and foreign news outlets are yet to receive any response on whether they can attend the first session of parliament next week where strict rules block possession of all electronic equipment in the building. (more…)

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