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CONTENTS
Politics................................ ................................ ................................ ................................ ............................... 1
International Relations................................ ................................ ................................ ................................ ..... 10
Human Rights ................................ ................................ ................................ ................................ ................. 17
Refugees /IDPs/Migrant Workers/Illegal Immigrants................................ ................................ ........................ 19
Business ................................ ................................ ................................ ................................ ......................... 21
Environment/ Natural Resources/ Natural Disaster ................................ ................................ ......................... 24
Illegal Drugs ................................ ................................ ................................ ................................ .................... 26
Health/ Disease ................................ ................................ ................................ ................................ ............... 26
General News ................................ ................................ ................................ ................................ ................. 27

POLITICS

2010 Election/ 2008 Constitution

 In a surprise move the Burmese junta has ordered a census, which is underway in Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina, northern
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Burma from yesterday for the countrywide elections this year, said local people. (KNG 010610)
 The government of Burma is undergoing a critical transition: Before the end of 2010, the military regime that has ruled the
country since a palace coup in 1998 will hold an election based on a constitution drafted in a nondemocratic process and
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approved by a referendum in 2008. (USIP 010610)
 The first branch office of the Myanmar Rakhine National Force Party was opened in Arakan State on 27 May, 2010, to support
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the party's work among Arakanese nationals for the election, announced a party spokesperson. (Narinjara 010610)
 Seven leading ethnic political leaders inside and outside Burma have been criticized for their election activities by a Rangoon-
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based group called the Burma Ethnic Politics Watch Network (BEPWN). (Irrawaddy 030610)
 The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) held the party’s opening ceremony today after final approval by the Union
Elections Commission (UEC), both at its headquarters in South Okkalapa Township of Yangon Division and its branch office in
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Shan State North’s Kyaukme Township, according to the party Chairman, Sai Ai Pao. (SHAN 030610)
 The Burmese people are losing interest in politics, according to parties approved by the Union Election Commission that are
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having difficulties on the campaign trail amid voter apathy. (Mizzima 040610)

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http://www.kachinnews.com/News/Junta-undertakes-census-for-elections.html
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http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/SNAA-86F7GV?OpenDocument
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http://www.narinjara.com/details.asp?id=2622
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18617
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http://www.shanland.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3053:shan-party-holds-opening-
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 Today, the Maungdaw Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) Chairman sum moned village level Election
Commissions from each village of the township for training for the forthcoming elections, said a local businessman on conditi on
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of anonymity. (Kaladan 050610)
 Myanmar has given no clear signs that it would welcome regional help with its elections expected later this year, its Southeast
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Asian neighbors said on Sunday. (Manila Times 070610)
 A one-day training the village level election commissions was held in Maungdaw on Sunday with 300 trainees in attendance,
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said one participant. (Narinjara 070610)
 Leaders of the Union Democratic Party (UDP) and the Peace and Diversity Party (PDP) said that they will soon contact the
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authorities for approval to set up a website. (Irrawaddy 080610)
 Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein's Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) was approved by the Election Commission
to contest in the upcoming general election, the state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reported on Tuesday.
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(Irrawaddy 090610)
 US Senator Jim Webb said Wednesday he expected Myanmar to hold elections on October 10 and urged support for the vote
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despite the military regime's exclusion of the democratic opposition. (AFP 090610)
 Recently retired members of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) appear to be poised to from a second Mon political party to
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participate in the coming 2010 election. (IMNA 090610)
 The Union Democratic Party (UDP) is preparing to set up sub-offices in Matupi, Mindat and Kanpalet in southern Chin state,
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Burma. The initiative is being taken by Mr. Shwe Ohn from the first week of June . (Khonumthung 090610)
 The lengthy and arterial process of registering for elections in Burma this year mirrors that of Singapore, one of Burma’s
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principal economic backers, a prominent would-be candidate has said. (DVB 090610)
 The Shan National Democratic Party (SNDP) has no worry about getting the 1,000 member quota within 90 days as demanded
by the Election Commission, as two townships in Shan State North alone has at least three hundred, according to sources from
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the Sino-Burma border. (SHAN 100610)
 The party headed by Burma’s current prime minister, Thein Sein, has appointed a Chinese businessman with close ties to the
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ruling junta as an election candidate in the country’s northern Kachin state. (DVB 100610)
 With the general elections in Burma round the corner, the Burmese military junta is going all out to woo the electorate. It i s
now increasingly getting involved in development work, which it has been ignoring for years. The regime is now constructing
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bridges, building drains and other public utility services in Hakha town, Chin state western Burma. (Khonumthung 110610)
 All Mon Region Democracy Party chairman Nai Ngwe Thein said that in parliament it would demand a free-market economy
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and industrial development with foreign investment. (Mizzima 110610)
 Politicians in Burma say they need more time for campaigning prior to elections this year as recent rumours suggest th e polls
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could be held in October. (DVB 110610)
 Political parties wanting to contest the elections in Shan State South, where most of the countryside is under the anti -
Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’s control, are reportedly nervous about campaigni ng in the areas after learning of the

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http://www.mizzima.com/news/election-2010/4012-public-interest-in-polls-dims-political-parties-.html
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http://www.kaladanpress.org/v3/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2612:maungdaw-tpdc-imparts-training-to-village-
election-commission-&catid=121:june-2010&Itemid=2
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http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/world/18926-no-clear-signs-myanmar-wants-help-with-electionsasean
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http://www.narinjara.com/details.asp?id=2625
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18653
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18657
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100609/pl_afp/usmyanmarvotenkoreanuclearweapons
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http://monnews.org/?p=531
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http://www.khonumthung.org/news.php?readmore=218
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/burma-elections-%E2%80%98similar-to-singapore%E2%80%99/10168
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http://www.shanland.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3060:shan-party-members-increasing-to-hundreds-in-shan-
state-alone&catid=85:politics&Itemid=266
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/pm%E2%80%99s-party-appoints-chinese-businessman/10194
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http://www.khonumthung.org/news.php?readmore=221
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http://www.mizzima.com/news/election-2010/4023-mon-party-to-push-for-free-market-development.html
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/politicians-call-for-election-postponement/10207

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group’s statement that it was against any party set up to contest the elections planned by Naypyitaw, according to sources
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close to a party in Shan State South. (SHAN 150610)
 That the Burmese military junta is bent on wooing the electorate with general elections around the corner is now obvious in
Chin State western Burma. The regime has lowered the fees of national identity cards as of this month. (Khonumthung
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150610)
 Stymied in its attempt to get registration, the Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) in Kachin State, Northern Burma will appeal
again for the second time to the Union Election Commission for approval to be able to contest the 2010 election, a party
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member said. (KNG 150610)
 Burma's military junta has put its proposed Border Guard Force (BGF) plan on the back-burner in order to focus on dominating
the upcoming election. They will have an additional advantage if polls do not open in areas controlled by armed ethnic cease -
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fire groups. (Irrawaddy 160610)
 The Wa Democratic Party (WDP) that has been granted permission to float a political party to contest the elections, ‘doesn’t
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represent the Wa people,’ a Wa elder living on the Sino-Burma border recently told SHAN. (SHAN 160610)
 Ethnic parties eyeing Burma’s elections this year have complained that the party headed by Burma’s prime minister Thein Sein,
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which was given a head-start in campaigning, is hindering the efforts of other parties. (DVB 160610)
 Expectations of Burma’s looming elections are low among the National Democratic Force (NDF) party, which was granted
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permission to register for the polls yesterday. (DVB 160610)
 The Burmese military junta is now in the midst of collecting funds from people in Kachin State, Northern Burma for emergency
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use in the forthcoming general elections, said a local source. (KNG 170610)
 The Burmese communities living in different parts of the world have started coordinated demonstrations against the military
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controlled election in their country. (The Soul Times 180610)
 The Burmese military junta has obviously been focusing more on the elections than planning to launch military operations
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against recalcitrant ceasefire groups, said observers on the Sino-Burma border. (SHAN 180610)
 The Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) remains on tenterhooks, with Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) sitting on
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the approval. Following a second appeal, the party has been asked to wait. (KNG 190610)
 Burma's Union Election Commission (EC) imposed a new regulation on Friday that regis tered political parties can fly their
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parties' flags only on their own office buildings and headquarters. (Irrawaddy 210610)
 A group standing for elections in Burma this year has urged the party headed by prime minister Thein Sein to ensure its
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independence from the current military government. (DVB 210610)
 At least one member from each family in Chin state western Burma has to enroll into the Union Solidarity and Development
Party (USDP) as of June 2010 on the orders of the Falam Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC). (Khonumthung
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210610)
 Months after applying for party registration, ethnic Kachin political parties say they have still not received permission fro m
Burma's election commission to contest this year's election, leading some to believe that the Kachin will be excluded from the
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country's first polls in two decades. (Irrawaddy 220610)
 THE United States said on Tuesday that elections planned in military -run Myanmar this year will 'lack international legitimacy'.

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http://www.bnionline.net/news/shan/8758-political-parties-afraid-to-campaign-in-shan-state-south.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/khonumthung/8756-national-id-card-fees-reduced-in-chin-state.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kng/8757-kspp-to-appeal-to-uec-again-for-approval.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18734
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/shan/8765-wa-democratic-party-doesnt-represent-wa-people-wa-elder.html
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/usdp-sapping-election-hopes/10282
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/new-opposition%E2%80%99s-election-hopes-%E2%80%98not-high%E2%80%99/10270
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kng/8772-junta-on-fund-collection-drive-from-civilians-for-2010-polls.html
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http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=9765
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/shan/8782--juntas-priority-is-election-burma-watchers.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kng/8787-election-commission-keeps-kspp-on-tenterhooks.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18773
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/pm-asked-to-sever-junta-ties/10366
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/khonumthung/8790-one-member-per-family-to-enroll-in-usdp-in-chin-state.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18782

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(Straits Times 230610)
 Members of political parties contesting Myanmar’s first elections in two decades will be banned from marching, waving flags
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and chanting to garner support, under rules announced yesterday. (AFP 230610)
 Political parties running for elections in Burma this year will have to give a week’s notice before holding public speeches and are
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barred from chanting slogans and waving flags. (DVB 230610)
 The boycott of elections by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party is meaningless and will only aid the military government, Burma’s new
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opposition party believes. (DVB 230610)
 Myanmar's government-appointed Union Election Commission has issued a directive to govern election campaigning by
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political parties, the official daily New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday. (Xinhua 230610)
 In one week, over 600 million Kyats (over US$625,000 as of 1$ = 650 kyat) has been raked in from people owning unlicensed
motorcycles and motorcycle rickshaws in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State alone, said a local reliable source close to t he
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authorities. (KNG 230610)
 The Burmese politicians, who were eager to run in the incoming elections hoping a political space, were in for a big shock wh en
they saw the 'Election Commission’s Directive No.2/2010 dated 21 June, 2010' in the state’s daily papers. (Asian Tribune
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240610)
 Burma's Election Commission (EC) appears to be approving only ethnic parties with close ties to the ruling junta to run in th is
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year's election, while barring other parties linked to anti-regime groups, according to observers. (Irrawaddy 250610)
 Elections slated for later this year in Myanmar seem increasingly unlikely to democratically empower the country's various
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ethnic minority groups, which combined account for over 30% of the population. (Asia Times 260610)
 Following opposition from some Arakanese politicians the Kaman National Progressive Party, recently granted approval by the
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Election Commission, has decided to remove its monogram from the party flag, said a party spokesperson. (Narinjara 280610)
 The Shan Nationals Democratic Party (SNDP) opened a branch office and put up the party's sign board today morning in O -Tan
ward, Moegaung Township, Kachin state. The Shan leader made the observation about a Kachin party at the inaugural
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ceremony. (NMG 290610)
 Kachin members belonging to the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) have been pressurized by the Burmese
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military junta to float a new political party to contest the election later this year, said local sources. (KNG 290610)
 Surprisingly, the military junta of Burma has enjoyed being a media celebrity during the build up to the 2010 elections. The
junta announced that a potential election would be held at the end of this year, as an attempt to “guide flourishing
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democracy”. (Scoop 300610)
 Several ethnic party leaders who will participate in Burma's election this year say they wil l fight for freedom even if the 2008
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Constitution is flawed and undemocratic. (Irrawaddy 300610)
 Born with the blessings of the Burmese military junta, the new ethnic Kachin political party, the Kachin State Unity and
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Democracy Party (KSUDP) registered with the Union Election Commission (UEC) today in Naypyitaw. (BNI 300610)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi/NLD & Other Political Parties/88 Generations/Other Democracy Activists inside Burma

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http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_544400.html
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http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/s.-asia/philippines/54899-myanmar-bans-political-activity.html
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/burma-unveils-campaigning-laws/10395
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/ndf-says-election-boycott-%E2%80%98meaningless%E2%80%99/10409
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7036695.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kng/8803-election-funds-generated-by-issuing-two-wheeler-licenses.html
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http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2010/06/24/burma%E2%80%99s-undemocratic-polls-will-bring-shame-asean
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18807
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http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/LF26Ae02.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/narinjara/8837-kaman-party-to-remove-monogram-from-flag-following-opposition.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/nmg/8848-need-for-kachin-representative-party-shan-leader.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kng/8842-kachin-ethnics-in-usdp-made-to-float-new-party-by-junta.html
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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1006/S00221.htm
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18843
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kng/8852-ksudp-registers-with-election-commission.html

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 A former member of the National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) Malaysia branch was sentenced to a five -year jail
term in an eastern Rangoon court for illegally entering the country and alleged contact with an illegal group, according to a
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family friend. (Mizzima 020610)
 National League for Democracy party young members have started planting more than 20,000 saplings today in states and
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divisions in honour of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday on June 19. (Mizzima 100610)
 Five Burmese exiled dissidents staged a defiant protest at the country’s London embassy earlier this morning to mark the 65th
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birthday of Burma’s iconic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. (Amnesty 140610)
 A United Nations independent human rights expert today urged authorities in Myanmar to immediately release the Nobel
Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other prisoners of conscience, saying this will help create the conditions for incl usive
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elections in the Asian nation. (UN 170610)
 “Freedom” is the message Amnesty International will send during a candlelight vigil to mark Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th
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birthday, in Auckland on Saturday. (Scoop 170610)
 A group of global statesmen founded by Nelson Mandela urged Myanmar's neighbours Thursday to boost pressure on the
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reclusive state, to mark democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's 65th birthday. (AFP 170610)
 FROM tree planting in Myanmar to a solidarity rally in Washington and flash mobs in Britain, people around the world are
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holding events to mark the 65th birthday on Saturday of Aung San Suu Kyi. (Straits Times 180610)
 Amnesty International UK will play host to Liana Mau Tan Gould’s final British performance as the lead in The Lady of Burma on
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Thursday 24 June. (Amnesty 180610)
 She is known to the world as a human rights activist who has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest as punishment for
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demanding democracy in her home country. (Guardian 180610)
 A collection of previously unseen photos of a young Aung San Suu Kyi have been released by her family to mark the Burmese
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opposition icon’s 65th birthday tomorrow. (DVB 180610)
 The Nobel peace prize winner, who has been detained by the military junta for much of the past 20 years, received messages of
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support from the UN, America and Britain. (METRO 200610)
 About 300 people attended the National Concert Hall on Saturday night for a special tribute concert marking the 65th birthday
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of Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. (Irish Times 200610)
 Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has become the first recipient of the new Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Award for
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Democracy presented by a committee set up by the ruling party in Pakistan. (Irrawaddy 220610)
 Aucklanders joined with Amnesty International, members of Myanmar’s multi-ethnic community and New Zealand MPs in
lighting 2,200 candles demanding freedom in Myanmar on Saturday, at a vigil to commemorate the 65th birthday of Daw Aung
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San Suu Kyi. (Scoop 220610)
 As Myanmar pro-democracy and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her 65th birthday last Saturday in incarceration
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in her dilapidated lakeside compound in Yangon, calls for her freedom reverberated across the world. (ANN 220610)
 Despite being disbanded for failing to register for this year's upcoming election, the National League for Democracy (NLD)
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remains active, sending senior members to branch offices around Burma to discuss strategy. (Irrawaddy 230610)

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http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/3999-nld-member-given-five-years-jail.html
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http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/4021-20000-trees-planted-for-suu-kyi-65.html
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http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=18814
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http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=35056&Cr=myanmar&Cr1=
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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1006/S00298.htm
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100617/wl_asia_afp/myanmarpoliticssafricasuukyiaseanrights
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http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_542199.html
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http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=18812
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/18/aung-san-suu-kyi-pictures
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http://www.dvb.no/news/unseen-photos-mark-suu-kyi%E2%80%99s-birthday/10330
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http://www.metro.co.uk/news/831879-aung-san-suu-kyi-freedom-calls-grow-as-burma-leaders-face-global-pressure
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http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0620/breaking14.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18779
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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1006/S00397.htm
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http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=12674&sec=3
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 Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has become the first recipient of the new Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Award
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for Democracy presented by a committee set up by the ruling party in Pakistan. (Asian Tribune 230610)
 Protests outside Burma’s permanent mission to the UN in New York were victim to junta violence of a singular kind at the
weekend as a staff member made a rare appearance to enter the building, but not before putting his foot on the face of
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opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi displayed on a poster. (Mizzima 230610)
 The lawyer for detained Burmese opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi has been warned by the government not to relay her
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opinions about the upcoming elections to media outlets. (DVB 280610)
 A husband and wife jailed on charges of ‘disturbing government officials’ after they assisted the victim of a Rangoon car cr ash
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have been denied appeal. (DVB 290610)
 The European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma (EPCB) has sponsored performances of “The Lady of Burma” in honor of Aung
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San Suu Kyi, Burma's detained Noble Peace Prize winner, on her 65th birthday, which was June 19. (Irrawaddy 300610)

Armed Resistance Groups/Political Opposition Groups/Other Democracy Activists in Exile

 Karenni militia senior leader and revolutionary General Aung Than Lay, who fought almost six decades for a separate homelan d
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for his people, died of natural causes in a Thai hospital early this morning, an aide said. (Mizzima 010610)
 My years as a diplomat for the ABSDF and the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) were not all smooth sailing. At
times, I made some serious blunders, which may not have had such a negative impact on these organizations, but were
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profoundly embarrassing for me. (Irrawaddy 050610)
 Malaysia based Burmese and ethnic groups have undertaken a campaign to provide opposition to the political pa rties
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participating in Burma’s 2010 election. (IMNA 110610)
 Karen rebel forces have launched three separate ambushes against junta troops – with unconfirmed reports of 14 Burmese
Army soldiers killed, and 27 wounded–after intercepting radio communications and learning of Burmese military plans for an
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offensive against them, a militia spokesman said. (Mizzima 150610)
 Footage of clashes between Karen rebels and the Burmese Army posted on You Tube has become a hit with the Burmese online
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community. (Mizzima 180610)
 In 1990, I traveled to the Wa area in eastern Shan State on a mission on behalf of the ABSDF. More than just an adventure, th e
trip was an eye opener for me, as it gave me new insights into the conflict in Burma as I witnessed another part of Burm a at war
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with itself. (Irrawaddy 260610)
 Executive members of the Provisional Shan State Congress, formed in December 2008, on Friday, 25 June, reached an
agreement that the future Shan State, made up of 10 major ethnic groups, should be established on a federal system. (SHAN
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280610)

SPDC/Militias or/and Pro-Junta Groups

 Villagers from Ye Phyu Township have been asked by the village headman to pay for the costs of rebuild his house which was
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destroyed by a Mon insurgent group, according to villagers. (IMNA 020610)
 At the four-monthly meeting of Burma's top generals held in Naypyidaw during the last week of May, the junta significantly

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http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2010/06/23/benazir-bhutto-democracy-award-suu-kyi
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/mizzima/8805-burmese-mission-official-steps-on-suu-kyis-face.html
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/suu-kyi%E2%80%99s-lawyer-warned-on-reporting/10481
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http://www.dvb.no/news/jailed-car-crash-%E2%80%98rescuers%E2%80%99-denied-appeal/10503
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18844
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http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/3996-karenni-resistance-leader-dies-at-81-.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18632
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http://monnews.org/?p=546
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increased its military budget from last year, according to sources close to the Burmese military. (Irrawaddy 040610)
 Burmese Deputy Defense Minister Maj-Gen Aye Myint was absent from the 9th annual Shangri La Dialogue, an Asia -Pacific
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security summit held in Singapore on June 4-6. (Irrawaddy 050610)
 Burma's Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), the junta -backed social organization, began dismantling its
branch office signs in several Rangoon's townships on Monday, according to photographs obtained by The
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Irrawaddy. (Irrawaddy 070610)
 The Burmese government temporary passport office in based in Kawthuang will be moved to Ranong during the coming rainy
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season, according to Kawthaung residents. (IMNA 090610)
 The twentieth anniversary of Burma's last elections on 27 May 1990 was recalled by many Burmese inside and outside the
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country as a defining date in the country's political history. (HRW 100610)
 World Cup passion soldiers from a Burma Army battalion based on the Thai-Burma border were reported to have stolen Thai
villagers’ buffaloes for TV and satellite in order to be able to get access to the World Cup match, reported by buffaloes’ ow ners.
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(SHAN 110610)
 The Burmese air force continues to expand with the recent procurement of 50 K-8 jet trainer aircraft from China, according to
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sources within the air force in Meikhtila. (Irrawaddy 150610)
 Four people were killed and another seriously injured in a military helicopter crash in central Burma on Wednesday, according
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to reports. (Irrawaddy 160610)
 A MILITARY helicopter has crashed in eastern Myanmar leaving four people dead and one person wounded. (Straits Times
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170610)
 More defections from the Burmese Army have come to light following the desertion of Maj Sai Thein Win, the source of the
latest exposé of the ruling military junta’s nuclear weapons programme, sources on the Thai -Burma border said. (SHAN
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210610)
 While many observers predict that the end of military rule will bring no more than superficial change, they may not have
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realized just how cosmetic it will be. (Irrawaddy 220610)
 The Burmese government has launched a widespread crackdown and is confiscating illegal vehicles in Karen, Mon and Kachin
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States, as well as in Rangoon Township, according to local residents. (Irrawaddy 280610)

Nuclear Ambition

 A five-year investigation by DVB has uncovered evidence that Burma is embarking on a programme to develop nuclear
weaponry. At the centre of the investigation is Sai Thein Win, a former defense engineer and missile expert who worked in
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factories in Burma where he was tasked to make prototype components for missile and nuclear programs. (DVB 030610)
 Burma has begun secretly acquiring key components for a nuclear weapons program, including specialized equipment used to
make uranium metal for nuclear bombs, according to a report that cites documents and photos from a Burmese army officer
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who recently fled the country. (Washington Post 040610)
 An investigation by an anti-government Myanmar broadcaster has found evidence that it says shows the country's military
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regime has begun a programme to develop nuclear weapons. (Aljazeera 040610)

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 There are regional and international security implications arising out of fresh evidence that Burma is seeking nuclear weapon s
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and is in breach of a UN arms embargo on North Korea. (Irrawaddy 040610)
 The Burmese junta’s ambition to become a nuclear power is a threat to regional security, according to a documentary by the
Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), which alleges that Naypyidaw is developing nuclear weapons and a missiles
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system with help from North Korea. (Irrawaddy 040610)
 Allegations that Burma has the intent to develop a nuclear bomb are false and an attempt to stereotype the country, Burma’s
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ambassador to Singapore has said. (DVB 070610)
 Burma's ambassador to Singapore has categorically rejected allegations in a recent media report that the country is developing
a nuclear weapons program, even as the chief of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said that the agency is assessing
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information in the report. (Irrawaddy 080610)
 Burmese authorities have questioned members of the family of the defector Maj Sai Thein Win following his televised
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disclosures of Burma's nuclear program, and they are now reportedly under close observation. (Irrawaddy 080610)
 Many official looking strangers have been turning up in Shan State North’s Kyaukme Township, hometown of Burma Army
missile expert Maj Sai Thein Win, the latest exposer of the Burma ruling military junta’s nuclear ambitions recently, accordi ng to
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local sources. (SHAN 080610)
 The world’s leading nuclear energy watchdog has said it is investigating reports that Burma is looking to develop nuclear
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weaponry and may look for clarification from the military government. (DVB 080610)
 The US must appoint an envoy to Burma “without delay” in light of allegations that the pariah state is developing a nuclear
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weapons programme and has traded military hardware with North Korea, a senior US senator has said. (DVB 090610)
 According to a disturbing five-year study released Friday by the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), carried on Al Jazeera, and
vetted by a nuclear scientist and former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the ruling military junta in
Burma (Myanmar) is "mining uranium, converting it to uranium compounds for reactors and bombs, and is trying to build a
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reactor and or an enrichment plant that could only be useful for a bom b." (The Huffington Post 100610)
 One evening in late November 2006, workers at a port south of Rangoon were greeted by the sight of a North Korean cargo
vessel approaching; several hours earlier the boat had put in a distress call to Rangoon claiming it h ad encountered technical
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problems, and was allowed to drop anchor. (DVB 110610)
 Burma’s military junta has strongly denied recent allegations made by Burmese media in exile that Senior General Than Shwe’s
regime had sought North Korean assistance to develop nuclear weapons, calling the accusations “baseless”, its Ministry of
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Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday. (Mizzima 120610)
 If you're interested in international security, I strongly recommend that you check out a new documentary titled Burma's
Nuclear Ambitions. The film comes from the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), an Oslo-based nongovernmental organization
that has made a name for itself as a source of good independent reporting on e vents inside that benighted country. (NPR
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150610)
 The Myanmarese (Burmese) military regime's desire to become a nuclear power is an alarming development for the Burmese
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people, especially ethnic minorities, as well as nations which like to see a nuclear free world. (Korea Times 150610)
 Two men who leaked information on Burma’s nuclear programme and were subsequently attacked by Burmese state media as
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“slanderous” frauds have defended their actions. (DVB 150610)

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 The Burmese military regime’s reported desire to become a nuclear power is an alarming development for the Burmese people,
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especially ethnic minorities, as well as nations in pursuit of a nuclear-free world. (Jakarta Globe 170610)
 Burma has reaffirmed its stance that allegations about its nuclear programme are false in a response to a request for
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clarification from the world’s leading atomic energy agency. (DVB 210610)
 Less than two months after the conclusion of President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, a recently-
released documentary exposed the nuclear ambitions of Myanmar, a deeply troubled and highly repressive state in Southeast
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Asia. (The Jakarta Post 250610)
 Myanmar's military government issued pro-forma denials after al-Jazeera aired an investigative report by the Oslo-based
Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) alleging that Myanmar is attempting to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. (Asia
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Times 300610)

Ceasefire Groups/Border Guard Forces

 The Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) backed by the Burmese junta has launched a vitriolic attack on the
Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP), backed by it, ove r elections later this
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year, said sources in the local USDA unit. (KNG 040610)
 Two policemen suspected as spies for military junta officials were arrested by Wa authorities last week in Mongphen in the
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United Wa State Army (UWSA) territory, according to local sources in Mongphen, on the Sino-Burma border. (SHAN 070610)
 Government education workers withdrawn from the Wa state capital in March this year have reportedly returned to the
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volatile region as tension appears to be easing between the Wa army and the Burmese government. (DVB 080610)
 The chairman of the former New Democratic Army- Kachin (NDA-K), a splinter ethnic armed group, in a letter on May 23,
without mincing words, has urged the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) to kowtow to Burma’s ruli ng junta. (KNG
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110610)
 Leaders of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), the Mon armed ceasefire group in southern Burma, have rejected a request by Lt -
Gen Ye Myint, the regime's chief of Military Affairs Security, to meet and discuss the Border Guard Force (BGF) plan, according
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to sources close to the NMSP. (Irrawaddy 220610)
 The Wa army in northeastern Burma will one day have to join with the ruling military government because a country with more
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than one army is unacceptable, the junta has warned the group. (DVB 250610)
 A prominent monk revered within the pro-Burmese junta Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) is being treated in a
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Bangkok hospital for lung disease. (DVB 290610)
 For the 1st time since the ceasefire was created, the New Mon State Party (NMSP) will not be celebrating the anniversary of its
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ceasefire with the Burmese military government in 1995. (IMNA 290610)
 Chinese officials have urged ceasefire groups opposed to the Border Guard Force (BGF) programme to continue negotiating
with junta authorities until an agreement acceptable to all is arrived at, according to a source close to the Mongla -based
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National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA). (SHAN 300610)

Political Prisoners

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http://www.kachinnews.com/News/USDA%E2%80%99s-vitriolic-attack-on-KIO-KSPP-over-elections.html
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 Political prisoners in northwestern Burma are being questioned about their stance on the National League for Democr acy (NLD)
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party’s boycott of elections this year. (DVB 010610)
 Political prisoners in the Buthidaung prison have been forced by authorities to live along with the criminal prisoners in a r oom
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without any rights, said a prisoner who was released from prison recently. (Narinjara 040610)
 Human Rights Watch has teamed up with creative agency JWT to organize a special one-day only interactive art installation and
series of presentations to shine a spotlight on political prisoners in Burma, on June 22 in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt
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Hall. (HRW 140610)
 The advertising agency JWT has teamed up with Human Rights Watch for an unusual display in Grand Central Terminal on
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Tuesday that seeks to generate support for freeing political prisoners in Myanmar (former ly Burma). (NY Times 220610)

Bomb Blasts

 Denial of legal aid and detention without charge for the man arrested in connection to a series of grenade attacks in Rangoon in
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April is in violation of Burmese domestic law, his lawyer has said. (DVB 220610)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

ASEAN-Burma

 Burma's military regime has not signaled that it wants regional help in holding the country's first election in 20 years, sai d the
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secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Vietnam on Sunday. (Irrawaddy 070610)
 The idea of a new regional security forum was tabled at the Shangri La Dialogue security conference last weekend in Singapore
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and could materialise in October this year. (DVB 070610)
 Southeast Asian nations must coordinate efforts to cut cross-border red tape and promote regional road transport as they
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move towards a common market, industry players said Monday. (DVB 090610)

Australia-Burma

 The daughter of a senior Burmese air force commander will be expelled from Australia after Canberra ruled that her stay in the
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country violated sanctions on Burma.

Bangladesh-Burma

 Bangladesh is preparing for a lengthy legal battle at an international trib unal to establish its claim over territorial waters in the
Bay of Bengal, as talks for an amicable settlement of maritime boundary disputes with India and Myanmar do not seem
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promising. (ANN 220610)

Canada-Burma

 The Canadian Friends of Burma has called on the government of Canada to investigate reports first made by Mizzima that

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http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/22/agency-works-to-free-political-prisoners/
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http://www.dvb.no/news/rangoon-bomb-suspect-denied-legal-aid/9144
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http://www.dvb.no/news/cross-border-rules-%E2%80%98hampering%E2%80%99-asean-trade/10164
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Vancouver-based Ivanhoe Mines violated Canadian sanctions by allowing its 50 per cent stake in Burma’s largest mine, the
Myanmar Ivanhoe Copper Company Limited (MICCL), to be sold to junta cronies closely connected with Chinese business
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interests late last year. (Mizzima 300610)

China-Burma

 Myanmar will issue a 100-Kyat new stamp to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between
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China and Myanmar, according to the state-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications Tuesday. (Xinhua 010610)
 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's forthcoming visit to Myanmar will have a profound significance on the traditional friendship
between the two countries and further boost bilateral cooperative ties, said Chinese ambassador to Myanmar Ye Dabo. (Xinhua
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010610)
 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrives in Myanmar this week to discuss trade, security and the military-run country's upcoming
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elections, in Beijing's highest-level call on its neighbour for nearly a decade. (Reuters 010610)
 Here are five facts about the complex relationship between China and Myanmar: (Reuters 010610)136
 Chinese investors can do more in Myanmar to match their country's economic clout, Myanmar's top envoy in Beijing has said.
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(China Daily 020610)
 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao concluded his two-day official visit to Mongolia Wednesday and left for Myanmar, the last stop of
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his four-nation Asian tour. (Xinhua 020610)
 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao began an official visit to Burma on Wednesday. The premier's trip marks the 60th Anniversary of
Burma's diplomatic ties with China. He is the first high-level leader of China to visit Burma after the visit of former President
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Jiang Zemin in 2001. (Irrawaddy 020610)
 In addition to talks on China's multi-billion dollar energy projects in Burma and stability at the two countries' joint border,
Chinese premier Wen Jiabao is expected to offer some advice about Burma's planned election when he meets military supremo
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Snr-Gen Than Shwe during his visit to the country which begins on Wednesday. (Irrawaddy 020610)
 Wen arrived in Yangon on Wednesday, kicking off a two-day official visit to Myanmar, which is the last leg of his four-nation
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Asian tour. (Xinhua 030610)
 Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Thursday that the consensus and agreements China reached with Myanmar during his
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visit marked a step forward in the development of relations between the two countries. (Xinhua 030610)
 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks on Thursday with Myanmar Prime Minister U Thein Sein in Myanmar's capital of
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Naypyitaw. (Xinhua 030610)
 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met Thursday with Myanmar's junta chief and witnessed the signing of 15 cooperation
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agreements with the pariah state. (DPA 030610)
 The Chinese premier signed major deals and discussed the thorny issue of border stability with neighbouring Burma's junta
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chief on Thursday during a visit to the military-ruled country. (BKK 030610)
 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met Thursday with Myanmar's junta chief and witnessed the signing of 15 cooperation
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agreements with the pariah state. (DPA 030610)

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 Although no official announcement of the discussions is expected to be made, diplomatic sources said that when Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao met with Burma's junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe in Naypyidaw on Thursday, Wen Jiabao brought up both
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Burma's announced election and ethnic issues surrounding the Sino -Burmese border. (Irrawaddy 030610)
 Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Myanmar Prime Minister U Thein Sein on Thursday attended celebrations marking the
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60th anniversary of the China-Myanmar diplomatic relations. (Xinhua 030610)
 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao left Yangon for Beijing on Thursday after concluding a two-day visit to Myanmar, the last leg of his
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four-nation Asian tour. (Xinhua 030610)
 Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday vowed to complete key energy projects in the country on schedule, and continue to
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strengthen six decades of strong relations. (China Daily 040610)
 The China-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline project kicked off over the weekend in the Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar. (Xinhua
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070610)
 Myanmar top leader Senior-General Than Shwe Tuesday reaffirmed his country's commitment for continued cooperation for
further strengthening and perpetuation of the existing friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between Myanmar and
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China. (Xinhua 080610)
 President Hu Jintao and Than Shwe, chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council, exchanged
congratulatory messages Tuesday to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two
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countries. (Xinhua 080610)
 Myanmar issued 100-Kyat new stamps Tuesday to mark the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between
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China and Myanmar which falls on the day. (Xinhua 080610)
 China will work with Myanmar to expand and deepen bilateral cooperation in various areas and lift bilateral ties to a new hig h,
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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here Tuesday. (Xinhua 080610)
 Myanmar leader General Thura Shwe Mann met with a visiting the Chinese military delegation led by General Fan Changlong,
commander of the Jinan military region of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday. (Xinhua
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090610)
 Even as the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have expressed grave concern over
Burma’s nuclear weapons programme with North-Korea’s support, its giant neighbour, China has been conspicuous by its
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silence, say observers on the Sino-Burma border. (SHAN 230610)
 China North Industries Corp., a leading Chinese weapons manufacturer, signed a cooperation pact with the government of
Myanmar to develop a copper mining project, the latest sign of growing commercial ties between the reclusive Southeast Asian
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nation and its giant neighbor. (The Wall Street Journal 240610)
 The Chinese weapons manufacturer recently awarded a contract to operate Burma’s lucrative Monywa copper mine had sold
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Burma heavy artillery prior to the deal, military sources have revealed. (DVB 290610)
 Pressure from the Chinese is forcing Burmese military authorities to beef up security for oil and gas pipeline projects on Madae
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Island in Arakan State, said a police officer. (Narinjara 290610)
 Burma’s air force relies heavily on Chinese weapons. A handful of Russian MiG-29s will grow to 30 in the wake of a 2009 order,

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http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2010-06/04/content_9932066.htm
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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-06/08/c_13340118.htm
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/7018263.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/shan/8810-china-silent-on-burmas-nuclear-ambitions.html
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB30001424052748703900004575324420133952674.html#mod=todays_asia_money_and_investing
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http://www.dvb.no/news/norinco-%E2%80%98sold-burma-arms%E2%80%99-pre-copper-deal/10508
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but the rest of its fighter fleet is made up of Chinese MiG-21 (60 J-7s) and MiG-19 (12 J-6 and 36 Q-5) variants. (DID 300610)

EU-Burma

 An EU delegation in Burma yesterday met with both the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the National Democratic
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Force, two parties that could come to represent ‘old’ and ‘new’ Burma following elections later this year. (DVB 010610)
 Countries neighbouring the European Union, from Iceland to Armenia, have signed up to the bloc's decision to keep trade and
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visa bans on the Myanmar regime, the EU said Thursday. (DPA 030610)
 A scheduled European Union high-level visit to Burma was cancelled recently after the Burmese ruling junta denied a request
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from the EU Presidency Council to meet pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (Mizzima 290610)

India-Burma

 Even as pro-democracy activists and sympathizers worldwide observed her 65th birthday on June 19, a group of Indian
Parliamentarians demanded the immediate release of Burmese democracy icon and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
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(Narinjara 210610)
 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
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the latest official figures available on Wednesday. (Xinhua 300610)

Iran-Burma

 Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win met with an Iranian goodwill delegation at the Foreign Ministry in Naypyidaw on
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Wednesday afternoon, according to the state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar. (Irrawaddy 170610)

Lao-Burma

 Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh will pay an official visit to Myanmar soon, according to an official announcement
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from Nay Pyi Taw Friday with no specific date of the visit disclosed. (Xinhua 180610)
 Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh is due to arrive at Nay Pyi Taw later on Monday to start his official visit to Myanmar .
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(Xinhua 210610)
 Burma’s junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe and his top four generals met with Laotian Prime Mini ster Bouasone Bouphavanh on
Monday to discuss intelligence issues along with strengthening military and bilateral ties, according to military sources.
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(Irrawaddy 230610)

Malaysia-Burma

 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday marked the 65th birthday of Myanmar's jailed opposition icon Aung San Suu
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Kyi by calling on her country's military junta to embrace democracy. (AFP 200610)

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http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Chinas-K-8-Jets-A-Killer-for-Myanmar-06457/
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http://www.dvb.no/news/eu-meets-old-and-new-opposition/9233
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http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1560482.php/EU-neighbours-sign-up-to-Myanmar-sanctions
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/mizzima/8841-eu-cancels-visit-after-request-to-meet-suu-kyi-denied.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/narinjara/8788-indian-parliamentarians-urge-suu-kyis-release.html
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90778/90858/90863/7047517.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18742
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7029976.html
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7032585.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18789
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New Zealand-Burma

 New Zealand MPs today called on the military rulers of Myanmar to let democracy activist Aung San Su u Kyi stand in upcoming
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elections. (NZPA 020610)
 A young Burmese girl and two men show fear as two combat-clothed men, holding cardboard guns pace around them on
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parliament grounds this afternoon. (NZPA 030610)

North Korea-Burma

 North Korean-made truck-mounted multiple launch rocket systems have been reportedly set up at Burmese army bases in
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northern, eastern and central Burma, according to military sources. (Irrawaddy 240610)
 Myanmar will take part in a world film festival scheduled for September in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to
introduce some quality Myanmar films, sources with the Myanmar Motion Picture Association said on Tuesday. (Xinhua
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290610)

Norway-Burma

 Mr. Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister for Development and Environment, paid a visit to Cyclone Nargis affected areas on
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Monday. (Mizzima 030610)

Pakistan-Burma

 Myanmar is seeking market in Pakistan for its domestic arts and crafts in addition to that of some foreign countries, a local
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weekly reported in this week's issue. (Xinhua 270610)

Singapore-Burma

 Myanmar-Singapore bilateral trade reached 1.86 billion U.S. dollars in 2009-10 fiscal year which ended in March, according to
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the latest figures of the government’s Central Statistical Organization. (Xinhua 300610)

South Korea-Burma

 The South Korean government will help Myanmar train agricultural experts as part of its Seamaul Undong Set Model for Foreign
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Countries Program, according to the Myanmar agricultural authorities Wednesday. (Xinhua 090610)
 South Korea announced yesterday that investments in Burma are set to rise following an agreement to jointly exploit with the
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Burmese government two more gas blocks. (DVB 150610)
 Myanmar and South Korea have been launching extensive cooperation this year, especially in the fields of technology, trade
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and investment, and education, bringing its bilateral cooperation to a new high. (Xinhua 200610)

Thailand-Burma

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http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/7333020/nz-mps-call-for-restoration-of-rights-for-suu-kyi/
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http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/7341068/burma-refugees-ask-nz-govt-for-help/
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18799
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7045817.html
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http://www.mizzima.com/news/breaking-and-news-brief/4009-norwegian-minister-visits-nargis-hit-areas-.html
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90778/90860/7042137.html
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90778/90858/90863/7047513.html
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7019727.html
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http://www.dvb.no/news/s-korea-ups-stake-in-burma-gas/10259
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 The Burmese and Thai ambassadors to India met the minister of northeastern regional development in New Delhi recently to
discuss trade, tourism and connectivity along the road under the huge Kaladan River transport project, but rights groups say
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such links are doing very little to help ordinary Burmese. (Mizzima 030610)
 After the crackdown on the two-month-long Redshirt protest in Bangkok, ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra remains a
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controversial and polarizing figure in Thai politics. (Irrawaddy 100610)
 Authorities have closed the Thailand-Burma Friendship Bridge after the swollen river washed away chunks of the Burmese land
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downriver to Thai side. (IMNA 170610)
 Myanmar and Thailand will carry out environmental conservation tasks on Myeik archipelago in southern Tanintharyi division, a
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local weekly Pyi Myanmar reported Tuesday. (Xinhua 290610)

UK-Burma

 British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute Saturday to Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her 65th
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birthday and promised London would do everything it could to help Myanmar achieve democracy. (IANS 190610)

UN-Burma

 The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Monday it was looking into a report that military -ruled Myanmar was aiming to develop
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nuclear weapons. (Reuters 070610)
 A senior United Nations official arrived in Singapore today for talks with the country’s authoritie s about the situation in
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Myanmar. (UN 090610)
 A top UN official, Vijay Nambiar, who is the special adviser on Burma to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is due to discuss
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Burmese issues with the Singaporean government on Thursday, according to a UN press release. (Irrawaddy 100610)
 Myanmar faces a tough task to eradicate extreme poverty and meet other global development goals, while political instability is
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holding back Thailand's progress, the UN development chief says. (AFP 160610)
 Myanmar faces a tough task to eradicate extreme poverty and meet other global development goals, while political instability is
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holding back Thailand’s progress, the United Nations (UN) development chief says. (The Manila Times 170610)
 Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s international legal representative, Jared Gesner, in Washington yesterday released a UN
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working group opinion that declares the continued detention of the Nobel Peace laureate illegal. (Mizzima 180610)
 United Nations aid officials are in Geneva trying to drum up support from international donors for the desperate needs of
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hundreds of thousands of people in Burma, also known as Myanmar. (VOA 220610)

US-Burma

 A US senator is to meet detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues as well as memb ers of Myanmar's
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government during a visit to the military-ruled country starting Thursday, officials said. (AFP 030610)
 US Senator Jim Webb on Thursday cancelled a planned trip to Myanmar because of new allegations that the regime is working
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with North Korea to develop a nuclear programme. (DPA 030610)

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http://www.mizzima.com/business/4002-burmese-thai-envoys-to-visit-northeast-india.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18672
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/imna/8774-thai-burma-friendship-bridge-closed-by-authorities.html
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7045815.html
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http://story.irishsun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/88176adfdf246af5/id/649639/cs/1/
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http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-49107920100607?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=southAsiaNews&rpc=401
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http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=34978&Cr=myanmar&Cr1=
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18680
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http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/7408422/un-development-chief-myanmar-thailand-challenges/
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http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/world/19624-un-official-says-myanmar-thailand-face-tough-tests
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/mizzima/8781-un-working-group-condemns-suu-kyis-detention.html
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http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/-Hundreds-Of-Thousands-Of-Burmese-in-Dire-Need-of-International-Aid-96898364.html
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 The United States on Friday voiced concern over Burma's "growing military ties" with North Korea amid allegations the junta
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was working with Pyongyang to develop nuclear weapons. (BKK 040610)
 A senior U.S. senator is calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to investigate reports that Burma is working with North
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Korea to develop a nuclear program. (VOA 080610)
 The United States is talking to the Burmese military junta about its international obligati ons to implement a United Nations
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Security Council resolution on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, a US official has said. (Irrawaddy 090610)
 The Obama administration on Wednesday said that it will appoint a special envoy for Burma, but has not yet s elected a
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candidate. (Irrawaddy 090610)
 Following last week’s abrupt cancellation of his Burma trip, Senator Jim Webb has written an open letter to US Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to examine allegations by the assistant secretary o f state for East Asian and Pacific
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affairs that Burma had violated UN Resolution 1874, which bans North Korean ov erseas military shipments. (Mizzima 100610)
 US senator Jim Webb has said he expects elections in Burma this year to be held on 10 October and said that people should
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vote in order to “build the future a step at a time”. (DVB 100610)
 US President Barack Obama on Friday called on the Myanmar regime to free Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in a
message sending best wishes for her 65th birthday. Obama hailed the Myanmar opposition leader’s “determination, courage,
and personal sacrifice in working for human rights and democratic change” as she marks her birthday Saturday under house
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arrest in Yangon. (AFP 200610)
 Pro-democracy activists in Burma want the Obama administration to reject the military junta's plans to hold elections from
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which they have been shut out this year. (Washington Times 210610)

Other

 Myanmar official media said Thursday that the country will closely cooperate with regional countries in the projects for regional
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development including environmental conservation. (Xinhua 100610)
 Beijing has agreed to implement a Bangladeshi proposal for a road link via Myanmar, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has
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announced after the visit of Chinese vice president Xi Jinping. (IANS 170610)
 The Mekong River transverses a far larger region than the Indus, with its Delta serving many more nations than those in the
northwest portion of South Asia. Other than China, the main beneficiaries of the 7th- largest river of Asia are Laos, Myanmar,
Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. One-third of a population of about 350 million live below the poverty line in the "Greater
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Mekong Sub-region" (GMS). (The News 170610)
 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter said he will visit Burma in November, according
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to Burmese newspapers. (Irrawaddy 220610)
 Amnesty International has launched a campaign to distribute up to 4,000 radios to remote areas of Burma in an attempt to
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combat the ruling junta’s domination of inside media. (DVB 220610)
 A “People’s Court” in Japan passed its verdict on Monday to put the Burmese military regime on trial at the International
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Criminal Court for its crimes against women in Burma. (Mizzima 300610)

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http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1560505.php/US-senator-cancels-Myanmar-trip-over-alleged-North-
Korean-links
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http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/180164/us-concerned-over-burma-military-ties-with-n-korea
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http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/US-Senator-Calls-For-Investigation-of-Alleged-Burmese-Nuclear-Program-95897679.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18658
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18668
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http://www.mizzima.com/news/world/4018-us-burma-policy-frozen-by-n-korea-allegations-webb.html
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http://www.dvb.no/elections/burma-elections-%E2%80%98on-10-october%E2%80%99/10187
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http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/world/19803-obama-calls-for-release-of-suu-kyi-on-65th-birthday
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/21/shut-out-activists-in-burma-seek-obamas-help/
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7020552.html
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http://story.irishsun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/2411cd3571b4f088/id/648630/cs/1/
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http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=245551
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18780
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HUMAN RIGHTS

Rape/ Sexual Harassment

 A village chairman in Maungdaw on the western Burmese border was arrested by border security force Nasaka on Friday on
210
charges of rape, but he was later released on bail, reported a community leader. (Narinjara 080610)
 A seventeen year old Chin woman was raped and killed on June 7 at 6 am in a field in Phulmawi village, Kalemyo, Sagaing
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division western Burma. (Khonumthung 090610)

Forced Labor/ Forced Porters


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 The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged the Myanmar government to end forced labour. (IRIN 070610)
 International labour experts warned on Sunday that Burma’s military is still resorting to forced labour despite signs of prog ress
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with civilian local authorities. (DVB 070610)
 Trade unions in Burma are not being granted the freedom to organize and face continual harassment from the government, a
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senior member of a union coalition has told the International Labour Conference (ILC). (DVB 110610)
 Students of middle school in Maungdaw Township were forced to pave stones on Maungdaw-Bawli Bazaar road by Burma’s
border security force (Nasaka) yesterday while on their way to school, said a local elder preferring not to be named. (Kaladan
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230610)

Child Soldier/ Child Labor

 As part of its campaign against child soldiers and forced labor in Burma, the UN's International Labor Organization (ILO),
together with Burma's military regime, will begin issuing educational leaflets in the second week of June, an official from the
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Rangoon branch of the ILO said on Wednesday. (Irrawaddy 030610)
 Two underage youths, one 17 and one 16 years old, were recruited on Thursday in Maungdaw by army officials from Light
Infantry Battalion 263 based in Buthidaung, 80 miles north of Arakan State's capital, Sittwe, reported a relative of the boys.
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(Narinjara 120610)
 A senior UN official on Monday urged Burma and Colombia to allow the UN to negotiate directly with rebel groups or guerrillas
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to secure the demobilisation of child soldiers. (DVB 290610)

Land Confiscation/ Forced Relocation

 Around one hundred families in Burma’s northern Sagaing division have been told to relocate to make way for the extension of
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a nearby airport. (DVB 020610)
 Ethnic Kachins, in Burma’s Northern Kachin State are anxious that the Chinese Prime Minister’s Wen Jiabao’s visit to the
military-ruled country would provide a fillip to the Myitsone dam project, said sources among the Kachin community. (KNG
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030610)
 Kachins and activists in solidarity today staged a demonstration outside the Burmese Embassy in London demanding a halt to

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http://www.bnionline.net/news/mizzima/8858-put-burmese-regime-on-trial-at-icc-peoples-court-urges.html
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http://www.narinjara.com/details.asp?id=2627
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http://www.khonumthung.org/news.php?readmore=219
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http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=89388
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http://www.dvb.no/news/ilo-says-burma-forced-labour-reducing/10077
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http://www.dvb.no/news/trade-unions-claim-rights-abuses/10212
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kaladan/8804-students-forced-to-pave-stones-on-road-in-maungdaw.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18613
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http://www.narinjara.com/details.asp?id=2633
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http://www.dvb.no/news/un-press-burma-on-child-soldiers/10489
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http://www.dvb.no/news/100-houses-relocated-for-airport/9246
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the forced relocation of villagers living near the Irrawaddy dam project in Kachin State. (KNG 070610)
 Nasaka, Burma’s border security force of Nasaka area No. 9 of Buthidaung Township confiscated 0.58 acre of the house
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compound from a former village chairman on June 1, said a relative on condition of anonymity. (Kaladan 070610)
 Less than one percent of the estimated cost of farmland confiscated by the Burmese army in 2006 has been repaid to the
farmers as compensation, a report submitted yesterday to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Rangoon claims. (DVB
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080610)
 The Burmese military junta in its relentless effort to continue with the Irrawaddy Myits one dam project in Northern Burma,
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Kachin State is forcing three more villages to relocate from the site, said local sources. (KNG 090610)
 Land confiscation has increased dramatically in Arakan State in western Burma as a result of increased military depl oyment,
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according to a report released on Monday by the All Arakan Students’ and Youth Congress (AAYSC). (Irrawaddy 150610)

Human Trafficking/Smuggling

 According to the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP), Burmese women, children, and men are trafficked to
Thailand, China, Malaysia, South Korea, and Macau for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, and forced labour. (IRIN
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010610)
 Burmese border guard forces fired several rounds of shots at a cattle smuggling boat yesterday while pursuing the boat in an
attempt to seize it on the Naff River near Shahpori Land Port in southern Bangladesh, said Ko Soe Myint, a Burmese cattle
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trader. (Narinjara 010610)
 Burmese workers rank the highest in numbers of human-trafficking victims in Thailand, while a labour shortage in the
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kingdom’s expanding fisheries industry is set to exacerbate the problem, rights groups say. (Mizzima 040610)
 The Burmese Police Department has opened a special investigation cell to monitor human trafficking in Maungdaw district last
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month, said a police source. (Kaladan 100610)
 The United States on Monday warned more than a dozen states, including Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Burma, of possible
230
sanctions for failing to do enough to fight human trafficking. (Irrawaddy 140610)
 There has been no let up in the level of human trafficking from Burma to Thailand, according to a Thai rights group. (Irrawaddy
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170610)
 Burmese police chief Brig-Gen Khin Yi is angry over a US State Department report that says Burma is one of more than a dozen
countries doing the least to stop human trafficking, and he will hold a press conference in response, say sources in Naypyida w.
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(Irrawaddy 210610)

Other

 Journalism that highlights abuse of human rights was recognised last night at the 19th annual Amnesty International Media
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Awards. (Press Gazette 020610)
 NON-GOVERNMENTAL US watchdog Freedom House says Burma, North Korea, Libya, Somalia and Sudan are among the worst

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http://www.kachinnews.com/News/Protests-in-UK-over-forced-relocation-on-Irrawaddy-dam-site.html
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http://www.kaladanpress.org/v3/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2613:nasaka-seizes-compound-of-former-village-
chairman-&catid=121:june-2010&Itemid=2
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http://www.dvb.no/news/paltry-payout-for-mass-land-grab/10108
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http://www.kachinnews.com/News/Three-more-villages-being-shifted-from-Myitsone-dam-site.html
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18719
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http://ionglobaltrends.blogspot.com/2010/06/burma-tricked-into-slavery-by-
brutal.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FzqKG+%28i+On+Global+Trends%29
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http://www.narinjara.com/details.asp?id=2623
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http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/4013-most-trafficking-victims-in-thailand-are-burmese-.html
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http://www.kaladanpress.org/v3/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2618:investigation-cell-in-maungdaw-to-check-human-
trafficking-&catid=121:june-2010&Itemid=2
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18718
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18743
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18768
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violators of human rights worldwide. (AFP 040610)
 Nasima, 22, is from the Rohingya ethnic group, a Muslim minority that lives in western Burma. Rights groups say it is one of the
most persecuted communities in the world - they were made stateless in 1982, and deemed to be illegal immigrants from
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Bangladesh. (BBC 040610)
 National laws must be overhauled to make it easier for women to prove that they are the victims of gender-based crimes,
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especially at the International Criminal Court, two Nobel peace prize laureates said on Friday. (Reuters 040610)
 The Myanmar Ethnic Rohingyas Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom) has urged the United Nations (UN) and major
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powers like the United States to speed up resolving the violations of ethnic rights in Myanmar. (Bernama 060610)
 The formation of a United Nations commission of inquiry into alleged crimes against humanity committed in Burma during the
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course of the country’s decades long civil war and political standoff has gained a further advocate. (Mizzima 100610)
 Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) extracted money from village sentry-men at Pawet Chaung village of Maungdaw
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Township yesterday, according to a sentry-man who declined to be named. (Kaladan 120610)
 A police station in Arakan has been collecting money from villagers to buy a modern telephone that costs over 500,000 kyat for
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the police station, said villagers in the area. (Narinjara 120610)
 The Burmese Army and Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) have been jointly harassing and extorting money from Rohingya
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villagers of Buthidaung Township on false and concocted charges, according to sources in the locality. (Kaladan 150610)
 The commander of Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) area No. 6 of Maungdaw Township with help from Nasaka
collaborators have been earning a lot of money in Maungdaw Township by forcibly taking salt for the last two months from salt
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producers. They are selling it after the floods, said a local trader from Maungdaw Town. (Kaladan 210610)
 In a harassment of the worst kind, a patient wanting to go to Sittwee (Akyab), the capital of Arakan State from Buthidaung
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Township for treatment has to spend Kyat 22,500 to get permission from authorities. (Kaladan 230610)
 Abuses perpetrated by the Burmese government against the ethnic Rohingya minority in the country’ s western region may
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constitute crimes against humanity, an expert on international human rights law says. (DVB 280610)
 A number of youths were arrested by Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) recently on the al legation that they married
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without permission of the authorities, said a local trader on condition of anonymity. (Kaladan 300610)

REFUGEES /IDPS/MIGRANT WORKERS/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

 More than 21 Arakanese Rohingya were arrested by police and pushed back to Burma on M ay 29, according to sources.
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(Kaladan 010610)
 Food and Disaster Management Minister Md Abdur Razzaque yesterday said the Rohingya refugees issue will be raised in the
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international forum if the crisis is not resolved through bilateral negotiations with My anmar. (The Daily Star 020610)
 The Bangladeshi government has said that it will take the fiery debate over the crisis afflicting the country’s nearly 400,00 0
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Burmese-origin Rohingya refugees to an international forum if bilateral negotiations fail. (DVB 020610)
 The Rohingya refugees issue will be raised in the international forum if the crisis is not resolved through bilateral negotia tions

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http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE6530DO20100604?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=401
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http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=503903
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http://www.mizzima.com/news/world/4019-commission-of-inquiry-inches-closer-to-realization-.html
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http://www.kaladanpress.org/v3/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2619:nasaka-extracts-money-from-village-sentry-men-
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kaladan/8791-nasaka-into-lucrative-business-in-maungdaw-after-floods.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kaladan/8813-patients-pay-thousands-to-go-to-sittwe-for-treatment.html
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http://www.dvb.no/news/rohingya-%E2%80%98victims-of-crimes-against-humanity%E2%80%99/10485
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with Burma, according to Food and Disaster Management Minister Md Abdur Razzaque yesterday during a discussion on
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'Rohingya Crisis: Way Out for Bangladesh’ at the National Press Club in Dhaka. (Kaladan 020610)
 Some 200 illegal immigrants from Vietnam and Myanmar went on a riot at the Ajil detention camp late last night. (The Star
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060610)
 Arakanese Rohingya asylum seekers are facing a crisis of food in Cambodia, said Mohamed Tayub, an asylum seeker in a mobile
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phone interview. (Kaladan 070610)
 Some 200 Burmese and Vietnamese migrants held in a Malaysian immigration camp last night rioted and attempted to set the
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camp’s administration office on fire. (DVB 070610)
 Over 70 Arakanese refugees staged a demonstration on Monday in front of the UNHCR office in Malaysia's capital Kuala
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Lumpur, demanding immediate attention to their plight as unregistered refugees. (Narinjara 080610)
 The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday nullified a state decision not to grant refugee status for a woman from Myanmar’s ethnic
Chin minority. The court accepted the request from the 29-year-old woman who argued that she would likely face persecution
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if she returns to Myanmar because of her role in the campaign against the country’s military junta. (Japan Today 090610)
 More than 50 Arakanese held a protest outside the UN refugee organisation’s office in the Malaysian capital on Monday,
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alleging its discrimination against the Burmese ethnic group. (Mizzima 090610)
 A TOP US official said on Thursday he was 'particularly concerned' about the plight of 140,000 vulnerable Myanmar refugees in
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camps along the Thai border in light of the junta's upcoming polls. (Straits Times 100610)
 The first batch of ethnic Kachin refugees from Burma arriving for resettlement in Romania are mired in problems of
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communication and insufficient support from authorities, said the refugees. (KNG 100610)
 Local people have begun harassing Nayapara registered refugees, sources said and there have been an instance of assault
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recently. (Kaladan 100610)
 Migrant workers and labour activists have welcomed the Thai governments’ decision to set up a nationality verification centre
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for Burmese workers in Ranong in southwestern Thailand but warned it could not solve the real problem. (Mizzima 100610)
 Bangladesh Rifles is currently compiling a list of illegal Burmese citizens who are living in the country's eastern border to wnship,
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in order to determine how many are in the area, said a local source. (Narinjara 110610)
 The Malaysian government should give refugees in the country the right to work, Amnesty International said today as it
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revealed a litany of abuses suffered by refugees in Malaysia, the vast majority of whom are from Myanmar. (AI 140610)
 Burmese prisoners account for 666 inmates among 1,048 foreign nationals languishing in several prisons in Bangladesh, Sahara
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Khatun Bangladesh Home Minister told Parliament on Monday. (Narinjara 150610)
 Two young Burmese migrant workers riding a motorcycle to buy phone cards were killed in a highway accident in Selangor,
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Malaysia last weekend, a brother of one of the victims said. (Mizzima 160610)
 Thailand’s prime minister has announced the establishment of a ‘special centre’ to target illegal migrants that fail to register
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under the government’s nationality verification process. (DVB 160610)

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http://www.dvb.no/news/burmese-migrants-riot-in-malaysian-camp/10092
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http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tokyo-court-gives-refugee-status-to-woman-from-myanmar-ethnic-minority
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http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/4017-arakanese-allege-bias-at-un-malaysia-refugee-office.html
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http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_538539.html
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http://www.kachinnews.com/News/First-Kachin-refugees-in-Romania-mired-in-problems.html
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http://www.kaladanpress.org/v3/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2617:locals-assault-nayapara-registered-
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http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/4020-ranong-migrant-nationality-check-centre-unveiled.html
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http://www.narinjara.com/details.asp?id=2632
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 The Immigration Department has denied claims that some 500 Myanmar illegals at its Lenggeng detention ce ntre have been on
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hunger strike due to a lack of drinking water there. (The Stars 170610)
 Teknaf, Bangladesh: Rohingya refugees in the unregistered Kutupalong makeshift camp have not been provided any emergency
relief following floods last Tuesday. They are facing starvation, said a Rohingya refugee committee member. (Kaladan
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180610)
 In Australia's Northern Territory, a group of asylum seekers from Iraq and Burma are on hunger strike at a detention centre i n
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Darwin. (ABC 200610)
 A rights group in Thailand says a government crackdown on unregistered migrant workers, most of them from Burma, could
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encourage rights abuses. (VOA 220610)
 On 2nd June 2010, Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva issued an order setting up a Special Centre to Suppress, Arre st
and Prosecute Alien Workers Who Are Working Underground. This centre will manage a crackdown against unregistered
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migrants in Thailand, most of whom are from Burma. (Scoop 230610)
 Thousands of migrant workers across Thailand have been arrested after Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ordered police to
intensify a crackdown on illegal workers, although reports have emerged that even those holding work permits were rounded
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up. (DVB 230610)
 Events have conspired to create a shortfall in funding for a prominent Thailand border aid group, meaning that food supplies to
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Burmese refugees in camps along the border is to be reduced. (DVB 250610)
 More than 1,000 supporters of Burma Campaign UK have written letters to Kristalina Georgieva, the European commissi oner
responsible for European Union aid, calling on the European Commission to review its policy of refusing to fund cross -border
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aid to Burmese refugees living along the Thai-Burmese border. (Irrawaddy 280610)
 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
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favourable,” said a refugee leader from Kutupalong camp. (BNI 290610)
 Fifteen Burmese migrant workers were detained during Thailand’s recent political unrest, according to the Thai Action
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Committee for Democracy in Burma, an NGO based in Bangkok. (Mizzima 300610)

BUSINESS

 Burmese businessman Aung Ko Win, owner of the Kanbawza Bank, has formed a domestic airline that is expected to compete
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directly with Tay Za's Air Bagan, according to the Rangoon weekly Myanmar Post. (Irrawaddy 010610)
 Myanmar will launch cafe flight service in Nay Pyi Taw hotel zone for the first time later this month using a destroyed aircraft,
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the local Yangon Times reported Tuesday. (Xinhua 010610)
 India today implemented the free trade agreement with two more Asean countries ~ Vietnam and Myanmar ~ by slashing
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duties on hundreds of products, including seafood, chemicals, apparel and tyres. (The Statesman 010610)
 Chinese investors can do more in Myanmar to match their country's economic clout, Myanmar's top envoy in Beijing has said.
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kaladan/8784-post-flood-no-relief-for-unregistered-refugees.html
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http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201006/2931958.htm?=
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http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Rights-Group-Thailands-Crackdown-on-Unregistered-Migrant-Workers-Encourages-Abuse--
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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1006/S00407.htm
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http://www.dvb.no/news/food-aid-cut-to-thailand-refugee-camps/10454
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18824
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/mizzima/8856-15-burmese-workers-detained-in-bangkok-unrest.html
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 In printed T-shirt, longyi (a traditional skirt-like garment) and plastic sandals, a middle-aged Myanmar jeweler is bargaining with
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clients in fluent Chinese in his store in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province. (Xinhua 030610)
 The total loss through a violent day- long fire, that raged through a famous market in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon on May
24, is re-estimated at 23.336 billion Kyats (about 24.4 million U.S. dollars), said a report of the Biweekly Eleven Thursday.
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(Xinhua 030610)
 About half of the total workforce at Burmese shipping’s Five Star Line have quit their posts as of Tuesday, saying they would
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seek better pay as crewmen for foreign lines. (Mizzima 030610)
 Burma’s ruling military junta has given the go-ahead for four of its cronies to open banks, amid fears among bankers that
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already existing competition will intensify and have a negative impact on them, a banker said. (Mizzima 030610)
 Burma's National Library and a TV studio complex are among five state-owned buildings sold to private investors, according to
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informed sources in Rangoon. (Irrawaddy 040610)
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 The Chinese government has subsidized the pavilions of developing countries to join the 184 Shanghai Expo. (IMNA 040610)
 An assessment of Burma’s economy on the eve of promised national elections concludes that it is “unbalanced, unstable and
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largely without the institutions and attributes necessary to achieve transformational growth.” (Irrawaddy 050610)
 Two detailed studies of Burma’s economic health paint a grim picture on the eve of promised parliamentary elections later this
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year. (Irrawaddy 060610)
 Gas revenues being banked at the official exchange rate in Burma are causing an artificial deficit, when in fact there should be a
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15 percent fiscal surplus, a prominent economist on Burma has said. (DVB 070610)
 Myanmar has started sending natural gas from the Yadana natural gas field in the Mottama offshore area to Yangon through a
newly-laid pipeline in a bid to add to local consumption to ease power shortage, an official daily reported Thursday. (Xinhua
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100610)
 The Myanmar telecommunication authorities will expand GSM phone coverage to Southeast Asian member countries, aimed at
providing better GSM phone line services to link the region, the local Myanmar Newswee k reported in this week issue. (Xinhua
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100610)
 Sales of single-use prepaid Sim cards have plunged around 50 per cent, a result Rangoon retailers are blaming on a law –
introduced since water-festival blasts in April were allegedly triggered by mobile phones – that requires prospective buyers to
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present copies of their national identification cards. (Mizzima 080610)
 Some 250 privatised petrol stations will open across Burma tomorrow with an apparent fix on prices at 2,500 kyat ($US2.5) per
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gallon. (DVB 090610)
 Thursday was an historic day for Burma's energy industry, as privately owned gas stations opened for business for the first t ime
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in nearly half a century. (Irrawaddy 100610)
 The Myanmar transport authorities have extended a deadline for registration of illegally -imported motorcycles to June 30 to
grant licenses to them after some prescribed taxes are paid as a new measure to deal with motorcycle transport. (Xinhua
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110610)
 Myanmar attracted 237 million U.S. dollars' foreign investment in the first two months of this calendar year, according to the

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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/7010238.html
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7010986.html
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http://www.mizzima.com/business/4008-half-five-stars-crew-abandons-shipping-line-.html
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http://www.mizzima.com/business/4001-junta-cronies-get-nod-to-run-banks-.html
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http://www.dvb.no/news/burma-economy-reveals-%E2%80%98artificial-deficit%E2%80%99/10097
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Central Statistical Organization Friday. (Xinhua 110610)
 Burma has designated money in foreign currency earned through domestic business as legal earnings which can be used to
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import products. (Irrawaddy 140610)
 Low-cost carrier AirAsia is extending its route network to another Southeast Asian country, with direct daily flights to Yangon,
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Myanmar,from July 20. (Bernama 140610)
 The introduction of visa-on-arrival system in Myanmar has raised the number of tourist arrivals in the country, sources with the
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Union of Myanmar Travel Association said on Thursday. (Xinhua 170610)
 Burma’s ruling military junta has imposed rationing of fuel sold at the country’s new private petrol stations, two days after it
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privatised its retail oil sector, according to a sales manager at one of the stations yesterday. (Mizzima 170610)
 The FIFA World Cup this time around is not a boon for video theatre owners in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State in northern
Burma. The owners are ruing the decreasing sale of tickets for their shows despite a lot of preparation and hard work having
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gone in, in the hope of raking in the moolah, said local people. (KNG 180610)
 Burma’s richest business tycoon and close ally of despotic ruler Senior General Than Shwe, went to China early this month to
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broker a deal enabling the regime to buy 50 multi-role jet bombers for its air force, trusted sources said. (Mizzima 180610)
 The government plans to develop a land transport route linking Thailand's Kanchanaburi province with the port of Dawei in
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Burma as a gateway to markets to the west of the country. (BKK 210610)
 Banking online smart cards for the Myanmar Economic Bank (MEB) and soon-to-be-opened private banks are now available for
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the first time in Burma, according to the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM). (Irrawaddy 220610)
 Illegal export of timber from Burma to China is a flourishing business and the Aung Mai Company is in t he thick of this trade.
Aung Mai has a license to transport confiscated timber from Bhamo to Mandalay. Junta authorities confiscate timber felled
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illegally in Bhamo district, Kachin State. (NMG 230610)
 The price of gold on the Burmese market hit a fresh high today, at 658,000 Kyats (around US$658) per tical (one tical equals 15
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grams), after last month’s record of 641,000 Kyats, according to traders in Rangoon. (Mizzima 230610)
 Burmese authorities will double the airport tax for foreigners and increase it six times for Burmese citizens, two months after a
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new visa on-arrival was unveiled to boost tourism. (Irrawaddy 250610)
 An additional 130,000 mobile phones will be offered for sale in Burma by the end of this year, bringing the total number of
mobile phones in the country to about 600,000, according to Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT). (Irrawaddy
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250610)
 Myanmar's two private airlines have announced plans to purchase new aircraft to service new routes in time for the coming
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peak tourism season, media reports said Sunday. (DPA 270610)
 A total of 11,500 jade lots are on sale at a Myanmar special gems emporium being held at the Convention Center (MCC) in
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Yangon, the emporium sources said on Monday. (Xinhua 280610)
 Prices of different varieties of rice have gone up in markets in north Arakan State, which also saw a declining trend of some
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essential commodities last week, said a businessman from Buthidaung. (Kaladan 280610)
 Four new Myanmar private banks will open in Myanmar's new capital of Nay P yi Taw next month for business operation, the

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http://www.bnionline.net/news/mizzima/8773-rationing-felt-at-private-petrol-stations.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/kng/8783-business-suffers-for-myitkyina-video-theatre-owners.html
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/mizzima/8785-burmese-tycoon-brokered-arms-deal-with-china.html
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http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/182043/new-burma-land-route-mooted
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http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18778
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http://www.bnionline.net/news/nmg/8811-timber-firm-sells-confiscated-logs-to-china.html
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http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/business/news/article_1566656.php/Myanmar-private-airlines-to-expand-fleets-for-tourism
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bankers circle said on Monday. (Xinhua 290610)
 The Myanmar aviation authorities will increase the airport tax of the Yangon International Airport to 3,000 Kyats (about 3 U. S.
dollars), which is six times the previous rate of 500 kyats, starting July 1 this year, sources with airline industry said on
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Wednesday. (Xinhua 300610)
 Myanmar-Singapore bilateral trade reached 1.86 billion U.S. dollars in 2009-10 fiscal year which ended in March, according to
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the latest figures of the government's Central Statistical Organization. (Xinhua 300610)
 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
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the latest official figures available on Wednesday. (Xinhua 300610)

ENVIRONMENT/ NATURAL RESOURCES/ NATURAL DISASTER

 The Burmese military junta has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese officials to build two more
hydropower plants in Shan State North during the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to Naypyitaw in last December 200 9,
according to a report from the China-Salween, an Environment group that focuses on hydropower developments along the
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Salween (Thanlwin) river and its tributaries. (SHAN 010610)
 Myanmar has planned to grow more than 11,000 teak saplings in Chaungzon township of southeastern Mon state during this
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monsoon, which just began in late May, to green the region, an official daily reported Thursday. (Xinhua 030610)
 A devastating fire swept through New Chindwin Yadana Market in Monywa on Thursday morning, gutting 406 shops and
destroying goods worth over 165.6 million Kyats (US $ 165,600), Monywa Central Fire Department sources said. (Mizzima
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030610)
 A suspected electrical fire tore for six hours through the biggest market in the city of Monywa this morning, gutting almost all of
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its 200 shops, a source said. (Mizzima 030610)
 China was variously described as plunderer and arch destroyer of Burma’s natural resources on the 38th World Environment
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Day today, by local people and environmental activists. (KNG 050610)
 Up to 15 trucks laden with illegally logged timber are being smuggled from northern Burma through army checkpoints into
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China every day, locals in Kachin state have said. (DVB 070610)
 Myanmar will cooperate with the international community in carrying out the global earthquake model (GEM) foundation
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program, a local weekly journal said on Tuesday. (Xinhua 080610)
 Two years after Cyclone Nargis devastated the delta region, more than 100,000 families remain without adequate shelter due
to a lack of funding and knowledge about land laws, says the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) country
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manager, Srinivasa Popuri. (IRIN 100610)
 The Myanmar Forestry Ministry is seeking cooperation with a Singapore group in wildlife conservation, sources with the
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ministry said on Thursday. (Xinhua 100610)
 Residents of coastal Kinwon Village in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta saw their houses flattened when Cyclone Nargis struck in
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http://www.kachinnews.com/News/China-plundering-natural-resources-in-Burma.html
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around the region by international organizations. (IRIN 140610)
 Rescue workers were scrambling to provide aid to tens of thousands left homeless in western Myanmar and neighbouring
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Bangladesh Thursday after flash floods and landslides killed 100 people. (Terra daily 170610)
 Using speed boats that normally ferry UNHCR staff to remote work sites, the refugee agency has rescued 50 patients from a
hospital in western Myanmar from devastating floods, as well as more than 100 children from their inundated homes. (UNHCR
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170610)
 A total of 46 people have been killed and four others injured in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Maungtaw township of
Myanmar's western Rakhine state over the past four days since the weekend, the official daily New Light of Myanmar reported
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Thursday. (Xinhua 170610)
 The military and humanitarian groups are aiding people in northwestern Myanmar, where days of flooding and landslides killed
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more than 60 people and affected 15,000 families, state media and the United Nations reported Monday. (AP 210610)
 A week ago, Liselott Agerlid, a political counsellor for the Swedish government in Bangkok, set off on a routine trip to
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Myanmar's Northern Rakhine State to visit projects co-financed by Sweden. (IRIN 220610)
 United Nations aid agencies are widening their relief efforts in western Myanmar, where more than 60 people have been killed
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and thousands of other villagers forced out of their homes by floods brought on by monsoonal rains. (UN 230610)
 Thousands of people were still missing and at least half a million houses and buildings were reported damaged a week after
torrential rains and landslides hit northwestern Burma's Arakan State, according to the latest reports by relief agencies.
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(Irrawaddy 230610)
 The documentary Orphans of Burma’s Cyclone was last night honoured with a prestigious One World Media Award at a
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ceremony in London. (DVB 230610)
 Burma's Prime Minister U Thein Sein is scheduled to arrive in Maungdaw on the western Burma border today to survey flood
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affected areas, said an official on condition of anonymity. (Narinjara 230610)
 Information on the extent of damage from flooding in western Burma has now been made available by a consortium of relief
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agencies, with some towns and villages having lost hundreds of houses. (DVB 250610)
 There is growing concern among farmers in Burma that this year's harvests could be adversely affected by the late start of the
rainy season and continuing low levels of rainfall, according to a report released on Thursday by the World Food Programme
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and the United Nations Development Programme. (Irrawaddy 260610)
 Burma's military junta has ordered public servants not to respond to questions raised by domestic and exiled media related to
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Inle Lake, which dried up during this summer's drought. (Irrawaddy 280610)
 Three Post-Nargis Recovery projects implemented by ASEAN Volunteers and implementing partners were handed over to the
Nargis-affected community today by the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, Dato'
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Misran Karmain, in Myanmar. (ASEAN 290610)
 An apparent mass migration of mice away from waterways in central Burma has caused locals to question whether a natural
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disaster is looming. (DVB 300610)

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ILLEGAL DRUGS

 Caught by relentless law enforcers time and again, drug smugglers have to keep inventing new tricks to stay ahead of the game ,
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according to informed sources on the Sino-Burma border. (SHAN 040610)
 11 years have passed yet the ruling military’s 15-year drug eradication efforts that will end by 2014 have not been effective,
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according to Shan Drug Watch, a program of SHAN focused on Burma’s drug problem. (SHAN 090610)
 A 72-year-old woman was arrested by Burmese authorities with 1,350 YW brand yab a tablets in Maungdaw on the western
Burma border when she tried to smuggle the drugs to Bangladesh, said a police officer who wished to remain anonymous.
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(Narinjara 140610)
 Elections promised for Burma this year have sparked an explosion in drug trafficking into Thailand, as rebel armies, fearful of a
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final, pre-poll crackdown by the ruling junta, trade heroin and amphetamines for guns. (Guardian 210610)
 ELECTIONS promised for Burma this year have sparked an explosion in drug-trafficking into Thailand, as rebel armies, fearful of
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a final, pre-poll crackdown by the ruling junta, trade heroin and amphetamines for guns. (The Age 210610)
 Production of synthetic drugs in Burma has soared while seizures of methamphetamine have risen 23 times in the past year, a
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UN report warns. (DVB 250610)
 Myanmar burned drugs worth around $76 million on Saturday as the military government said there were signs of surging
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narcotics production in the country’s restive north-eastern regions. (AFP 270610)
 The UN’s annual day against drugs is usually celebrated with claims of great strides in the campaign to eradicate the worldwide
production of narcotics and fanciful reports on how governments around the globe are successfully cooperating in this noble
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effort. (DVB 280610)
 The United Wa State Army (UWSA), dubbed as a terrorist organization with connections to drug trafficking by the United States,
held its fifth drug bonfire at its headquarters Panghsang, on the Sino -Burma border on 26 June, the ‘International Day Against
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Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.’ (SHAN 280610)
 Police have arrested 13 foreigners, including a woman, after confiscating almost half a kilogramme of heroin du ring a raid at a
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house in Hutan Melintang, Teluk Intan, about 100km from here Tuesday. (Bernama 300610)

HEALTH/ DISEASE

 Myanmar has successfully eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports. (IRIN
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010610)
 Myanmar has achieved maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE). The country’s status was confirmed in May 2010 by
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international experts through a process led by the World Health Organization (WHO). (UNICEF 030610)
 More people have gotten sick by Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and have been admitted to Moulamine hospital and other
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clinics around Mon state, than in previous years health care providers are reporting. (IMNA 070610)
 A Myanmar official daily Monday called on the country's people to continue to take preventive measures against dengue fever

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as it has entered the rainy season which is sensitive to the occurrence of the disease. (Xinhua 140610)
 Larger numbers of people have been suffering from Malaria in eastern Ye Township [NMSP territory] according to doctors from
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local health clinics and facilities run by the New Mon State Party (NMSP). (IMNA 150610)
 Frequent trainings on HIV/AIDS education and awareness in Mon State by one organization appear to be successful in
encouraging HIV positive individuals to seek care and treatment, after increased numbers of cases reported being less ashamed
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to seek treatment. (IMNA 230610)
 A total of six people were killed by dengue fever out of 910 people infected with the disease in Myanmar's Yangon in the firs t
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five months of 2010, a statistical report the Yangon City Development Committee said on Tuesday. (Xinhua 300610)

GENERAL NEWS

 The Myanmar authorities have stepped up fire prevention measures in all 20 major markets in Yangon in the aftermath of a
violent day-long fire that raged the city's Mingalazay Market on May 24 and brought the biggest ever loss in terms of market
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fire. (Xinhua 010610)
 Amnesty International presented its “Journalism under Threat” award to Burma's community of independent journalists at a
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London ceremony on Tuesday, paying tribute to their bravery in tackling dangerous and difficult work. (Irrawaddy 020610)
 The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) expressed confidence that Myanmar can be a successful host of the 2013 SEA Games
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although regarded as a poor country. (Bernama 030610)
 Naypyidaw, the capital of Burma, which has always received normal electricity service, is now facing a shortage of electricity,
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said a government official. (Irrawaddy 030610)
 More than 400 shops were destroyed when a huge fire broke out in a town in northern Myanmar on Thursday, the second
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major blaze at a commercial market in the last 10 days. (Reuters 030610)
 In a rare instance, a Press conference will be held on June 4 at the Police Force headquarters in Rangoon regarding the armed
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robbery in which three people were killed and 13 injured in Kunchankone Township, a police source said. (Mizzima 030610)
 Actress Htet Htet Moe Oo has been charged by the Yankin Township court today under two sections of the Penal Code,
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including criminal intimidation for slapping and attempting to strangle a reporter during an interview. (Mizzima 030610)
 Malaysia A allowed Myanmar B to come from behind and snatch a 1 -1 draw in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14
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South East Asia Region Festival of Football 2010 at the Likas Stadium, here Friday. (Bernama 040610)
 Four people have been arrested on suspicion of masterminding the armed robbery near Kunchankone Township in which three
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people were killed and 13 injured, the Chief of Police Brig. Gen. Khin Yi said on Friday. (Mizzima 040610)
 Myanmar's former capital city of Yangon is now facing abnormal reduced electric power supply as an old pipeline that carries
natural gas from the Mottama offshore gas field to drive power plants in the city leaked again over last week, the local Week ly
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Eleven News reported Monday. (Xinhua 070610)
 Myanmar's Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) will extend 7 million U.S. dollars' loan to farmers in the Yangon
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division for cultivation of paddy this year, sources with the YCDC said on Monday. (Xinhua 070610)
 A Myanmar man escaped the gallows when the High Court ordered Monday that he be held at the pleasure of the Sultan of

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Selangor after being found guilty of murdering an Indonesian maid seven years ago. (Bermana 070610)
 A British documentary photographer, James Mackay, has been awarded both 1st and 2nd priz es for two separate pieces of
work about Burma in the “Political Photojournalism Category” at this year's Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3) Awards 2010.
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(Irrawaddy 080610)
 The police have seized motorcycles smuggled into Shan State North is, Muse (105) mile trade zone near the Mawtawnglong
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village. (SHAN 080610)
 One former Village Peace and Development Council chairman and eight women were recently sentenced to jail on charges of
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prostitution by the district court in Maungdaw in western Burma's Arakan S tate. (Narinjara 090610)
 There was a daring robbery in Salay Pyin village, Maungdaw Township on June 7 at around 1 am, said a villager. (Kaladan
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100610)
 In a strange move all public fish ponds in Hakha town, Chin state western Burma have been ordered to be destroyed within
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June by the Hatkha Town Peace and Development Council. (Khonumthung 100610)
 Cargo truck tonnage checkpoints are demanding exorbitant penalties from weight violators but the department concerned is
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failing to take action against them despite repeated complaints, drivers and transport operators say. (Mizzima 110610)
 An ammonia gas tube exploded at an ice factory in Kamayut Township, Rangoon, last night, an eyewitness said. (Mizzima
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110610)
 Frequent electricity cuts across Burma are playing havoc with the nerves of football fans who will tonight hope to tune into the
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opening game of the World Cup. (DVB 110610)
 Guests failing to report to the Block Peace and Development Council are being fined Kyat 5000 as penalty in different townshi ps
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of Chin state, western Burma. (Khonumthung 120610)
 People in northern Arakan are now living in fear as the number of armed robberies has increased drastically in rural areas of the
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region, particularly in Maungdaw, Rathidaung, and Buthidaung Townships, rep ort local residents. (Narinjara 140610)
 Burma's state-run electricity firm has so far managed to provide adequate power to Rangoon each evening since the World Cup
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football tournament kicked off in South Africa on Friday. (Irrawaddy 140610)
 Fear psychosis has gripped people in northern Arakan as instances of armed robberies have increased drastically in rural areas,
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particularly in Maungdaw, Rathidaung, and Buthidaung Townships, say local residents. (BNI 140610)
 The headmistress of Maung Nama village Primary school of Maungdaw Township has been collecting extra money from the
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students enrolling for the academic session 2010-2011, said parents. (Kaladan 150610)
 Hospitalization in Muse Township is out of reach of many patients because the name of the game here is money. (KNG
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160610)
 The results of the Board Examinations of 2010 in Chin state, western Burma was published in the second week of June, where
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16.38 per cent of the students passed the tenth standard. (Khonumthung 160610)
 Once again, parents in military-ruled Burma are counting the cost of a primary education for their children in public schools. It is
an annual ritual that comes with the beginning of a new school year, which coincides with the onset of the monsoon rains in

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http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/4022-ammonia-cylinder-explodes-at-ice-factory-in-rangoon.html
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June. (Irrawaddy 200610)
 Dr. Nai Pan Hla, one of Burma's most famous cultural anthropologists who spent his career researching and writing on Mon
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literature, culture and script, passed away in Rangoon on Friday at the age of 87. (Irrawaddy 210610)
 “What is the bet for the first match today? Whatever it is put 10,000 kyat [about US $10] on the weaker team for me,” said a
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Rangoon gambler, talking on the phone with a bookie. (Irrawaddy 210610)
 Over 800 government office buildings and three housing compounds will be demolished to clear the way for a new road
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running parallel to Rangoon's Strand Road, according to the Myanmar Port Authority (MPA). (Irrawaddy 230610)
 At a mere 25 inches (63.5 centimetres) tall, Zaw Bala Aung had lofty dreams of breaking a Guinness World Record, but at 10
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years old, he will not officially qualify for the world’s shortest man for another eight years. (Mizzima 230610)
 The Myanmar Times, 7 Day Sports, Inn Arr and other journals featuring daily coverage of World Cup 2010 are enjoying a surge
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in demand in Burma. (Irrawaddy 260610)
 With World Cup fever running high in Burma, another event that is sure to grab the attention of Burmese soccer fans is
reportedly in the works: a match between flight attendants and some of the country's most famous female enter tainers.
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(Irrawaddy 260610)
 A Korean language proficiency test for Myanmar citizens studying the language will be launched in two Myanmar cities --
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Yangon and Mandalay in late September, according to education circle here on Sunday. (Xinhua 270610)
 A wave of new censorship ruless, unprecedented in their severity, were today introduced in Burma as a first step in the
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government’s quest to control news flows in the build-up to elections this year. (DVB 280610)
 Following the demolition of 30 ‘jungle-monk-temples’ on the orders of the State Monk Association, monks who were residing
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there are facing myriad problems in Myawaddy Township, Karen State. (NMG 280610)
 A rare white elephant has been captured in the jungles of northwestern Myanmar, a mostly Buddhist country where the
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animals are considered good omens, state media reported Tuesday. (AP 290610)
 Twenty high school students in Arakan State passed the 2009 - 2010 matriculation examinations held in March with distinction,
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or ‘Gold Marks.’ (Narinjara 290610)
 Burmese authorities are allowing hoteliers to import “tourist sightseeing vehicles”, holding a lottery among proprietors for
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permits to import a total of 200 cars for the purpose, a hoteliers’ association spokesman said yesterday. (Mizzima 290610)
 Eight Bangladeshi fishermen including Rohingya fishermen have gone missing in the Naff River from June 26, according to
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sources. (BNI 290610)
 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
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press. (Mizzima 300610)

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