[ေနေဇာ္ႏိုင္ ရဲ႕ ကၽြန္ေတာ္ဆဲြဖြင့္မိေသာ တံခါးမ်ား အစီအစဥ္ အပိုင္း ၂/၂]
by Myint Maung
Tuesday, 07 April 2009 23:04
New Delhi (Mizzima) – The grandson of Burmese junta Supremo Senior Gen. Than Shwe is reportedly making money by reselling municipal permits issued by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), for hosting pandals for the upcoming water festival.
Pho La Pyea, who has received ten permits for building pandals, will reported host two to be located on Rangoon’s Prome Road near Inya Lake, opposite the Institute of Economics, but will eight others at Kyat 3.8 million (USD 2,900) each.
“Pho La Pyea got building permits for 10 mandaps (pandals). He will host two of them. But the remaining eight are being sold,” a youth, who is a close associate of revelers and will visit the mandaps along that road said.
“Most of these permits are bagged by close associates of generals. Youths say that the son of Maj. Gen. Tin Aung Myint Oo could not get mandaps at good locations because Pho La Pyea took all of them,” he added.
While traditional water festival in Buddhist dominated Burma is held as a celebration to welcome the New Year, it has long been commercialised by hosting pandals, where the host earns from people who comes and play with water. Continue reading “Water Festival benefits Junta Chief’s grandson”
Burmese oppositions aligned to form a ‘United Front’
by Ko Wild
Tuesday, 07 April 2009 22:26
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Several Burmese opposition groups during a meeting last week in Thai-Burmese border had decided to form an inclusive united front to strengthen unity and consolidate.
The meeting held from April 2 to 4 was attended by representatives of pro-democracy organizations, including women’s and ethnic united fronts and the coalition government in exile.
“We badly need unity and consolidation at this juncture. We need to pave the way for setting up of a sole, unified and consolidated united front, which will be more effective. We will oppose the 2010 election, but how. So we discussed these at the meeting,” Pado David Taw, Joint-Secretary (1) of the Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) said.
The meeting was attended by 58 delegates representing seven alliance organizations namely the ‘National Council of Union of Burma’ (NCUB), ‘Ethnic Nationalities Council’ (ENC) (Union of Burma), ‘Women’s League of Burma’ (WLB), ‘Forum for Democracy in Burma’ (FDB), ‘Students and Youths Congress of Burma’ (SYCB) and the ‘Nationalities Youth Forum’ (NYF).
The goal of the meeting was to explore and adopt a common programme for the Burmese democracy movement. Continue reading “Several Burmese opposition groups during a meeting last week in Thai-Burmese border had decided to form an inclusive united front to strengthen unity and consolidate.”
Should the State Peace and Development Council respect human rights and move towards changes in the interest of the country and all its people, the sanctions in protest against the SPDC’s violations of human rights, would be removed.
1. Burma is facing severe political, social and economic crises. Due to the global economic recession, the people of Burma will soon confront even more severe crises.
2. To overcome these crises is a task for all the people. Thus, the National League for Democracy has proposed to the SPDC to tackle these issues through dialogue.
3. The NLD and the Committee Representing the People’s Parliament (CRPP) has called for the SPDC to take the following actions: the unconditional release of all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi; to convene parliament; to commence political dialogue; and to review the constitution. The 88 Generation Students Group believes these actions are urgently needed in order to overcome the crises in the country. These calls are reiterated by stakeholders inside and outside the country as well as the international community.
4. The SPDC has failed to realise these calls, and continues to implement repressive measures including placing restrictions on movements of, and arresting, activists struggling for democracy and human rights. Countries that respect democracy and human rights have taken political, social and economic sanctions against the SPDC. Continue reading “THE 88 GENERATION STUDENTS”Open Letter to the Burmese Government””
Recently, Myanmar has been listed in the best of the lot for the ‘2009 New Frontiers Award’ which will be conferred to regions across the world where the rehabilitation works could be carried out in a short period after a disaster.
The best of the lot involves 10 regions where the difficulties and dilemmas could be resolved together with the successful campaign for the tourism industry, and it has been announced in the last week of March, according to the e-Travel Blackboard.
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ဘုရားသုံးဆူ)။ ။ ယေန႔ နံနက္ပုိင္းတြင္ ဘုရားသုံးဆူၿမဳိ႕မွ တပ္ခ်ိန္းျပန္လာေသာ ခလရ (၂၄) စစ္ေၾကာင္း တစ္ေၾကာင္းကုိ ဘုရားသုံးဆူႏွင့္ အနန္းကြင္း ႐ြာကားလမ္းမ႐ွိ အပလုံရြာႏွင့္ ၿမဳိင္သာယာရြာၾကားတြင္ KNU တပ္ရင္း (၁၆) မွ ေျပာက္က်ားမ်ား ဝင္ေရာက္ ပစ္ခတ္ရာ နအဖမွ ၂ ဦးေသ၊ ၃ ဦးဒဏ္ရာရခဲ့သည္ဟု တုိက္ပြဲအၿပီး ျဖတ္သန္း လာခဲ့သည့္ ေမာ္ေတာ္ယာဥ္ သမားအခ်ဳိ႕က ေျပာျပသည္။ continue
Tue 07 Apr 2009, Ruby Mon
Tea leaf salad is till being sold and consumed in Moulmein despite a Burmese government ban imposed after the snack was found to be unsafe for consumption.
The government made an official announcement after Auromine 0, a chemical dye, was found in many brands of ready-made pickled tea. It announced that around 100 brands had been ordered off the market.
However, according to a shopkeeper in Moulmein, Mon State, “people are still selling it here because the government only announced the ban on TV. They haven’t actually come and taken any action to stop the sale.”
A university student in Moulmein agreed, saying, “Even though the government made the announcement the tea leaf salad shops are still open, just the same as before. They haven’t stopped.” Both sources commented that many people do not trust the justification for the ban. They believe that the snack is not dangerous to their health since many people eat it without exhibiting any harmful effects. On the other hand, a few people have been frightened enough by the ban announcement to steer clear of it.
The student is not amongst them. “Even though I knew about the ban I ate tea leaf salad just yesterday near my university,” she said.
Some are still ignorant of the ban however. According to a local monk, “many people are unaware that it’s prohibited. I myself only heard on the radio about the government banning it.”
Auromine 0 is a coloring agent used by tea producers to maintain the color of the tea. It is commonly used in the textile and leather industries and is considered harmful to human health when used in food.
Malaysia and Singapore have already banned certain brands of Burmese ready-made pickled tea due to its use of Auromine 0, according to official announcements from both countries. However, it continues to be sold in Thailand, where it is imported from Burma and consumed by the hundreds of thousands of Burmese living there.
Members of major Mon political party report increased monitoring
Tue 07 Apr 2009, Tala Lawi, Mon Son and Blai Mon
The Burmese military intelligence appears to have stepped up surveillance and monitoring of actions by the New Mon State Party (NMSP), according to party members and officials who say they are being increasingly watched and questioned.
“I feel that now Burmese authorities are suspicious of us more than in past times now that NMSP announced it will not participate in the 2010 election,” a party member in Moulmein, Mon State’s capital city, told IMNA.
The NMSP announced it would not participate in the elections following a Party Congress in January, citing objections to Burma’s new constitution. The constitution was approved in May 2008, and both the document and the referendum process used to approve it have been widely condemned as undemocratic.
“Whenever exile media covers a story about Moulmein, [the Burmese authorities] think that the NMSP gave information to the media… The Sa Ya Pha [Military Affairs Security] phones to ask, ‘Did I talk with media? Did I have contact with media?’” added the Moulmein party member.
Burmese authorities have undoubtedly always monitored the party, but the source in Moulmein as well as party members and officials elsewhere told IMNA they feel these efforts have increased in comparison to the past. Continue reading “The Burmese military intelligence appears to have stepped up surveillance and monitoring of actions by the New Mon State Party (NMSP), according to party members and officials who say they are being increasingly watched and questioned.”
The group, in the name of “Lifting Sanctions, Internal and External Forces, 2009 Campaign”, told a press briefing held at the City Star Hotel in Yangon that they are initiating a campaign this year involving forces at home and abroad to effect the lifting of sanctions.
In a statement issued at the press briefing, the group said ” economic sanction is an inhuman policy which delays Myanmar’s path to democracy in the transition period. Data related to the impact and loss suffered by Myanmar people due to the economic sanctions will be systematically compiled and effectively presented to the U. S. government and governments of the EU countries as well as other governments of respective countries”.
The organizer said the economic sanctions have led to the closing of about 400 factories with about 80,000 unemployed in Myanmar.
The organizer boasts that anyone who agrees with the lifting of economic sanctions belongs to its force.
The United States has imposed sanctions on Myanmar since 1997 which include suspension of economic aid, withdrawal of Myanmar from the general system of preferences and overseas private investment program, implementation of arms embargo, freezing assets from international financial institutions, downgrading of U. S. representation in Myanmar from the level of ambassador to charge d’ affaires, imposition of visa restriction of senior government officials and a ban on new investment in the country by the U.S. citizens.
The EU, along with the United States, has also imposed such sanctions which were renewed annually.