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Thai soldiers attacked the 44KM school on march 28th at about 10 a.m. They banned the school, destroyed all equipment, tables, chairs and burned the roof. Due to the holidays no children and no teachers were there and no one got hurt.
Published: 29/03/2009 at 02:59 AM
New Delhi – India’s top truck and bus maker, Tata Motors, is looking to set up a truck manufacturing plant in Burma with support from the Indian government in the form of financial participation.
Press reports in India said on Saturday that it would be the first foray by an Indian automobile company in the military-controlled country.
This new plant will be the third to be operated by Tata Motors in the Asian region. In addition to a plant in Korea, the firm signed a joint venture with Thonburi Automobiles to set up a pick-up manufacturing plant in Thailand in December 2007.
The reports did not speculate on the effect on Thailand of any Tata decision to set up shop in Burma.
According to the state-run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, officials from Tata Motors met the Burmese minister of energy, Vice-Admiral Soe Thein, on Thursday in Burma to discuss the feasibility of setting up a heavy truck assembly plant there.
The truck project is a part of India’s “Look East” policy, which tries to improve economic cooperation with Asean countries.
For the project, the Indian government will sanction a line of credit of $20 million which would be used in putting up a heavy turbo truck assembly plant in Burma in addition to a component parts production factory by Tata Motors.
Although the details regarding the capacity of the plant were not divulged, the facility is scheduled to become operational by December this year. Tata has made no official statement on its plans.
Analysts believe that the project will provide a fillip to the ailing commercial vehicle business of Tata Motors, which accounts for almost half of the company’s revenues.
Commercial vehicle demand from the domestic Indian market is expected to remain flat or even shrink in coming months, Saturday’s press reports said.
Tata Motors posted its biggest loss in seven years for the final quarter of last year. The company was forced to shut a few of its manufacturing plants to get rid of its excess inventory and align production with demand.
Thai authorities arrest blacklisted Hmong refugee for deportation
“Around 8:30 pm Saturday night, Thai authorities in Huay Nam Khao camp arrested Joua Va Yang, a former guide for the BBC,” Chicago-based Hmong Advocate Joe Davy said in a statement.
“Witnesses on the scene claim that authorities had beaten Mr Yang very badly during the arrest,” Davy said.
In 2004, Yang led a team of BBC journalists into the jungles of Laos to document the ongoing plight of the Hmong, who claim to be hunted by the Lao military due to their past association with the US’s “secret war” in the South-east Asian country.
“Currently, the Thai military is believed to be rounding up other Hmong refugee leaders for deportation,” Davy claimed.
On March 25, Thailand agreed to repatriate the 5,400 ethnic Hmong living in Huay Nam Khao since 2004 to neighbouring Laos within the year.
Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said Thailand would pay 1.5 million baht (42,860 dollars) to the Lao government to help finance buildings at a village outside the current capital of Vientiane to receive the repatriated Hmong, the Thai News Agency reported. Continue reading “Thai authorities have allegedly arrested a Hmong refugee who once guided a BBC TV team to Laos to document atrocities committed against the minority group, a Hmong advocacy group claimed Sunday”
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