Monday, 15 June 2009 22:15
New Delhi (Mizzima) – Veteran journalist Win Tin said on Monday Burma’s military rulers are going the whole hog to garner diplomatic support from regional countries in the face of growing international condemnation over the trial of Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Win Tin, who is also a central executive committee member of the Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy said, the visit of Sri Lankan President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and Singapore’s Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong are all part of the junta’s effort to cosy up to regional countries.
“Clearly, the junta is in a tight spot as the international community has reacted more sharply than it had anticipated. And since it might be difficult for the regime to try and influence the West, they at least want the support of regional countries,” Win Tin added.
On Sunday, the junta’s mouthpiece newspaper reported the visit of Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to Burma. Rajapaksa was received in Naypyitaw by the Burmese Army Chief Snr. Gen Than Shwe — a rare gesture by the junta supremo.
Similarly, Singapore’s former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong on a four-day visit to Burma last week had meetings with Than Shwe and other junta brass.
Win Tin said, such visits are indications that the junta is seeking support from regional countries. He said the junta had not anticipated that there would be such a loud outcry from the international community by putting on trial Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Continue reading “Junta seeks regional support: U Win Tin”
New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) has signed a trade agreement with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce (UMFCCI) as part of its effort to forge closer economic ties with Southeast Asian countries.
An official in the TAITRA office in Bangkok told Mizzima on Monday that the TAITRA on June 8 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral trade with the UMFCCI as part of Taiwan’s efforts to forge closer economic ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a booming economic bloc.
The MoU, according to the official, was signed during a TAITRA’s trade delegation’s visit to Burma and Cambodia.
The official, who wished not to be named, said Burma being a member of the ASEAN, which is a booming economic bloc, is of interest to Taiwan.
While the trade pact is the first official agreement, the official said, trade relations between the two countries, however, go a long way back.
“Bilateral trade relationship with Myanmar [Burma] has been existence over a long time,” said the official, adding that there are at least 200 Taiwanese-owned enterprises operating currently in Burma. Continue reading “The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) has signed a trade agreement with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce (UMFCCI) as part of its effort to forge closer economic ties with Southeast Asian countries.”
၂၀၀၉ ခုႏွစ္၊ ဇြန္လ (၁၉) ရက္ေန႔ ည ၆း၄၀ နာရီတြင္ မယ္ေတာ္ေဆးခန္း၌ က်င္းပျပဳလုပ္မည့္
လူထုေခါင္းေဆာင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္၏ (၆၄) ႏွစ္ျပည့္ ေမြးေန႔အခမ္းအနား ဖိတ္ၾကားလႊာ
(ႏိုင္ငံတကာမွ အႏုပညာရွင္မ်ား ပူးေပါင္းပါ၀င္မည္)
Thanks to Dr.Lun Swe
Mon 15 Jun 2009, SarYin, IMNA
In many high-traffic locations in Moulmein, such as teashops, government offices and markets, there has been a marked increase in security.
“Now they [police and soldiers] are guarding everything; I have never seen it like this,” said a Moulmein resident.
Added a shopper in Moulmein, “Today I went to buy a book at the Kyaw Kyaw Sar Pay 2 bookshop and I saw a policeman working security with a gun. The upper and lower markets also had [new] security.”
“People said this is caused by a bomb explosion…after that they increased security,” said a Ngan-Tay quarter man.
On May 27th there was an explosion in Moulmein in the Mying Tharyar quarter. There were no reported injuries and no group has yet claimed responsibility.
New police guards have also been posted in the crowded area where the Four Stair market, Say Kyo and the Than Lwin Bridge intersect on the Moulmein side, residents told IMNA.
According to a man from Say-Kyo quarter, there are also increased truck patrols in the city by soldiers and police officers. He also mentioned more guards at the Phar Out Ro Ko Gate questioning drivers and inspecting vehicles entering into Moulmein.
By Tun Kyaw, Cox’s Bazaar: Unidentified people burgled a pagoda of its repository of relics containing jewelry and gold ornaments in the last three days. The robbery took place in the biggest of three pagodas located in the village of Nilla near Chodhurypara in the Teknef subdivision of Cox’s Bazaar district, Bangladesh, said a Rakhine local.
“When I went to the pagodas I found one of the pagoda’s repository of relics broken into by burglars. They started breaking into the pagoda’s cave with the Buddha image where food and flowers are offered. The people, who are illegally residing on pagoda land owned by the pagoda trustee, could have been responsible for breaking into the pagoda,” he added.
Although local Buddhists complained about the robbery in the pagoda, the local authorities have not come to the pagoda till today in order to investigate and take action against those who involved, said a villager of Nilla.
When contacted by Narinjara News Agency over telephone about the robbery, the vice-chairman of the local sub-divisional administration of Nilla said he did not know about it and put down the telephone. continue