Of the arrested, three are believed to be members of Myanmar Army while two other members of intelligence agencies, official sources said.

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and members of Ansar-VDP arrested five Myanmar nationals in separate drives from bordering Thanchi and Naikhongchhari upazilas yesterday.

Of the arrested, three are believed to be members of Myanmar Army while two other members of intelligence agencies, official sources said.

Sources in local law enforcement agencies said a team of BDR arrested Sai Tha Loi Rakhaine, Mong Sai Tha and Cha Tha Rakhaine from a pagoda in Thanchi area. The plainclothes persons claimed themselves as member of Myanmar Army, they added.

They said one of the members of Myanmar Army who was on duty to survey a pillar in the bordering area lost magazine of his arms and fled to Bangladesh with two of his colleagues fearing punishment.

The arrestees were taken to local BDR zone headquarters to verify their statements.

Meanwhile, members of the Ansar and VDP with the help of local people arrested Nurul Hossain, 20, and Hossain Ahmed, 18, while the two Myanmar citizens were taking photographs of bordering areas in Naikhongchhari upazila.

They were later handed over to BDR.

Tension runs high along the Bangladesh-Myanmar borders in the recent days as the neighbouring country started erecting barbed-wire fences unilaterally on 200-kilometre land borders with Bangladesh, sources said http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=80791

Interview Pado David Taw (Secretary. National Democratic Front KNU foreign affair)


Friday, 20 March 2009 19:58 ဧရာဝတီ

ျမန္မာစစ္အစုိးရႏွင့္ အပစ္အခတ္ ရပ္စဲျခင္း မရိွေသးသည့္ ကရင္ အမ်ဳိးသား အစည္းအရုံး (KNU) သည္ ၁၉၉၅ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ ၎၏ မာနယ္ပေလာ ဌာနခ်ဳပ္ ကုိ လက္လႊတ္ရၿပီး ေနာက္ပုိင္း တျဖည္းျဖည္း အင္အား ေလ်ာ့နည္းလာသည္။ ၿပီးခ့ဲသည့္ ႏွစ္မ်ားအတြင္း KNU ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဗုိလ္ခ်ဳပ္ ေစာဘုိျမကြယ္လြန္ျခင္း၊ အေထြေထြ အတြင္းေရးမွဴး ဖဒုိမန္းရွာ ထုိင္းႏုိင္ငံတြင္ လုပ္ႀကံခံရျခင္းတုိ႔ႏွင့္အတူ KNU၏ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ နယ္ေျမ အမ်ားအျပား ဆုံးရႈံးျခင္း၊ ေအာက္ေျခတပ္တခ်ဳိ႕ စစ္အစုိးရႏွင့္ သြားေရာက္ ပူးေပါင္းျခင္းတုိ႔ ဆက္တုိက္ ျဖစ္ပြားခ့ဲသည္။ ျမန္မာစစ္အစုိးရႏွင့္ အပစ္အခတ္ ရပ္စဲေရး ေဆြးေႏြးပဲြမ်ား အႀကိမ္ႀကိမ္ ျပဳလုပ္ခ့ဲေသာ္လည္း ေအာင္ျမင္မႈ မရခ့ဲေပ။ KNU သည္ ျပည္ပေရာက္ အတုိက္အခံမ်ားႏွင့္ ရင္းႏွီးမႈအရိွဆုံးေသာ တုိင္းရင္းသား လက္နက္ကုိင္ အဖဲြ႔ တဖဲြ႔ ျဖစ္သည္။ ဧရာဝတီက KNU ဗဟုိ အလုပ္အမႈေဆာင္ ေကာ္မတီဝင္ ဖဒုိေဒးဗစ္ေထာ ႏွင့္ ေတြ႔ဆုံၿပီး KNU၏ လက္ရိွအေျခအေနမ်ားကုိ ေမးျမန္းခ့ဲသည္။ ဖဒုိေဒးဗစ္ေထာသည္ ယခင္က KNU၏ ႏုိင္ငံျခားေရး တာဝန္ခံ အျဖစ္ ႏွစ္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ တာဝန္ယူခ့ဲသူျဖစ္သည္။ Continue reading “Interview Pado David Taw (Secretary. National Democratic Front KNU foreign affair)”

Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya will fly to Burma on Sunday on an overnight visit to discuss the issue of illegal migrants who regularly land on the kingdom’s southern shores, an official statement said on Saturday

Mr Kasit was to depart for a two-day official visit on Sunday and pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister General Thein Sein in the country’s remote capital Naypyidaw.

He will also meet his counterpart Nyan Win.

They will discuss a broad range of bilateral issues including the large numbers of minority Muslim Rohingya people who regularly flee for Thailand claiming they are persecuted, the statement said.

The military has been accused of cruelly mistreating Rohingya migrants by binding their arms and towing them out to sea with scant supplies.

Migrants have testified to the abuse while international media have published photographs claiming to provide further evidence of it.

The government denied the claims and says the problem of illegal immigration must be tackled regionally.

The talks will include “the issue of illegal migrant workers and anti-human trafficking,” the statement said.

“Moreover, the foreign minister will consult with the (Burmese) leadership… on cooperation … to address the Bengalis/Rohingyas issue.”

The statement said the bilateral talks would also discuss combating illegal drug trafficking, as well as transportation infrastructure projects.

Mr Kasit survived a vote of no confidence on Saturday, along with Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and four other ministers. His appointment remains controversial because of his support for protesters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy who forced the closure of Bangkok’s airports last year. (AFP)
BKK Post

FIFA to help Myanmar in soccer marketing

YANGON, March 21 (Xinhua) — The world soccer governing body FIFA will help the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) and Myanmar’s professional clubs in the soccer marketing development, local media reported on Saturday.

A four-member marketing team from FIFA will arrive here within a few days to give courses to the eight local clubs which will join the forthcoming Myanmar National League (MNL), the Premier Eleven sports journal said.

About half a dozen representatives from the MFF will attend the training course, it said.

Myanmar will hold National League Cup soccer tournament in May, attacting the eight professional clubs, which is the first time for the country to introduce the professional soccer. Five foreign players will be allowed for the first time to join in each team.

The tournament will be held in two zones, upper Myanmar and lower Myanmar, with four local professional clubs in one zone. Matches for the upper Myanmar will feature in central Mandalay and those for the lower Myanmar in former capital of Yangon with home and away system.

Kanbawza FC, Yadanarpon FC, Magway FC and Zeya Shwe Myay FC are in the upper Myanmar zone, while Yangon United FC, Southern Myanmar FC, Okkthar United FC and Delta United FC are in lower Myanmar zone.

The top two teams from the two zones will appear in the semifinals of the Myanmar National League Cup to play home and away basis in Yangon and Mandalay, while the champion of the Cup will be decided in only one match in Yangon.

The points system of the Myanmar National League soccer tournament will also be introduced in January 2010.

“In order to improve the Myanmar soccer standard, it is necessary to make the professional league and Myanmar authorities enhance Myanmar football to be professional,” chairman of the MFF U Zaw Zaw said at a press conference early this month.

Initially invested by local entrepreneurs, the eight clubs have been making preparations for MNL from this month to the end of this year and club number will increase to 12 in 2011.

With a glorious history in Asian soccer field, Myanmar’s national senior team has won five times of ASEAN champions from 1965 to 1973 and claimed the Asian Games title in 1966 and 1970. The country has 41 soccer teams, 25 ministrial teams and 16 club teams.

shame on you FIFA Clubs belonging to Junta cronies…

A Commerce Ministry report showed that between the start of the fiscal year on April 1, and the end of February 2009, Myanmar’s cross-border export receipts topped 610 million dollars, with imports worth 620 million dollars.

Myanmar border trade tops 1.2 bln dollars
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Myanmar strengthened trading ties with its neighbours over the past fiscal year with border trade of more than 1.2 billion dollars in the past 11 months alone, official figures revealed yesterday.
A Commerce Ministry report showed that between the start of the fiscal year on April 1, and the end of February 2009, Myanmar’s cross-border export receipts topped 610 million dollars, with imports worth 620 million dollars.
Half of all border exports were agricultural products, more than a quarter for fish and other marine products, while timber accounted for 12 percent, the report said.
The vast bulk of border trade was with China, Myanmar’s major ally in the region, which accounted for 70 percent of the trade.
Myanmar, which has been ruled by the military since 1962, is the subject of sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe because of alleged rights abuses and its long-running detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
But the impact of the sanctions has been weakened as neighbours, notably China, spend billions of dollars on Myanmar’s natural gas, timber and precious stones.
Myanmar’s total foreign trade reached 9.8 billion dollars for fiscal year 2007-8, an increase of 20 percent on the previous year.
Junta leader Senior General Than Shwe held talks with China’s army chief of staff during a “goodwill” visit in Myanmar’s capital on Wednesday, according to state media.
The two countries share a 1,370-mile border.
Myanmar has 13 border trading posts split between its frontiers with China, Thailand, India and Bangladesh.