Thursday, April 4, 2013

Apr 04, 2013 (English Version)


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Letpadaung Farmers Reject Compensation

While hundreds have taken money for land lost to a controversial mining project, others are refusing to leave their homes. Read More


Student Activist on Trial for Alleged Role in Anti-Muslim Riots

A 26-year-old is accused of encouraging famous nationalist monks to organize mob violence in central Burma, but his family says the charges are ludicrous. Read More


In Unprecedented Move, Burma Authorities Donate to Thailand Refugee Camp

The Karenni State government and Myanmar Peace Center representatives donated money to relief efforts at the fire-ravaged Ban Mae Surin. Read More


Cheap SIM Cards Will Be Out Later This Month: Govt

Cheap cellphone SIM cards will be available from April 24, starting with 350,000 cards to be distributed throughout the country. Read More


Uncertainty Surrounds Burma Gas Auction, Pipelines and Transparency

Burma’s Ministry of Energy is expected to kick-start an international scramble for the country’s offshore oil and gas reserves, but questions remain about transparency. Read More


‘We only shot with rubber bullets to scare them’

The police said the recent violence against Muslims was orchestrated and was conducting an investigation into the events. Read More


Running Out Of Gas? Thailand Struggles to Avert Energy Crunch

The yearly shutdown at gas fields in Burma has Thai energy officials fearing ‘chaos’ in efforts to keep up with demand. Read More


High-Profile Rapes Threaten India Tourism

Foreign visitors, especially women, are staying away since a 23-year-old Indian student was raped on a New Delhi bus and later died from her injuries. Read More


Philippines, Muslim Rebels Expect Peace Pact Soon

In one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies, negotiators on both sides say a peace accord could be reached as early as next month. Read More


Ethnic Leaders Say Govt Minorities List Attempt at Divide and Rule

Ethnic minority political parties dismissed the Burmese government’s recently published official list of “recognized ethnic groups” in the country as an attempt at divide and rule, Eleven Media reported on Wednesday. The National Brotherhood Federation said the government was inflating the number of ethnic groups to make it harder for them to exercise their rights. [...] Read More


Thailand Court to Review Constitution Blocking Thaksin’s Return

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has agreed to examine whether an attempt to amend an article in the country’s constitution is legal. The judges, however, refused to issue an injunction suspending parliamentary debate on the proposed change, one of three amendments currently being considered. Lawmakers from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party hope to amend the 2007 constitution, [...] Read More


Indonesia, Burma Increase Cooperation in Forestry

Environment Minister U Win Tun met his Indonesian counterpart, Zulkifli Hasan, to discuss cooperation in the forestry sector on Wednesday in Naypyidaw, the state-run New Light of Myanmar reported on Thursday. But rather than discuss forest preservation or environmental issues, the pair talked about how best to let Indonesian firms create teak plantations. Land rights [...] Read More


Washington Post Editorial Talks of ‘Dark Side’ to Reforms

An editorial in the Washington Post on Thursday said that Burma’s reforms are far from finished, and already they are “displaying a dark side.” The editorial criticized the Burmese government’s response to the recent anti-Muslim violence, which has killed at least 40 people since late March. The article also criticized the National League for Democracy, [...] Read More


Australia Advising Burma on Mining Law

Burma’s Mining Minister Myint Aung met Australian Ambassador to Burma Bronte Nadine on Wednesday in Naypyidaw, according to MNA News. The report revealed Australia is drafting Burma’s mining law, and the two countries are forming agreements in the mining sector. At another meeting on the same day, The New Light of Myanmar reported Nadine met [...] Read More


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