Generation Wave 8-2009 Statement eng_Dear Venerable Monks and the people of Burma

Dear Venerable Monks and the people of Myanmar,

Please kindly see the our Generation Wave’s announcement attached file for your reference regarding the concerns and suggestions of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi mention in the letter of November 11, 2009 sent to Senior General Than Shwe.

Best Regards,

Generation Wave

India_Burma:To boost trade, govt OKs 100km NE road

NEW DELHI: In what could boost bilateral trade between the north-eastern states and Myanmar, the Centre has approved construction of a 100-km highway from Mizoram to Myanmar border involving an investment of around Rs 650 crore.
A high powered committee under the chairmanship of road, transport and highways secretary, Brahm Dutt, cleared the proposal. The highway will start from Lawngtalai in Mizoram and will be up to the Myanmar border. According to a government statement, the highway would provide linkage to the proposed port facilities at Sittwe in Myanmar.
The port facilities in the Bay of Bengal at Sittwe will provide the water route to the entire North-East through Mizoram. The port facilities along with the highway, which has been cleared by the committee, will enhance the competitiveness of the region by reducing transportation cost, the statement said. A senior ministry official said,

“Though the road would ultimately join the highway link in Myanmar, we are constructing the road under our jurisdiction.” This is also seen as a diplomatic effort by the Centre to woo the Myanmar junta, which is reportedly getting closer to the Chinese establishment.
Sittwe port is termed as the hope for Mizoram considering its importance. This port will be developed by India into a major commercial hub for Mizoram’s bamboo crop and Myanmar’s forest wealth. Besides a 225-km waterway, the Central plan envisages construction of two roads — a 117-km extension of NH-54 to the border and a 52 km road from the border to Kaleutwa.

Sources said that sea lanes are also to be developed between Sittwe and Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. Sittwe could also become a major distribution centre for oil and gas supplies to the North-East besides providing an access to South-East Asia.


Stop FIFA sending money to Junta Crownie-“Myanmar Ask FIFA For Money To Help Develop Football”

he Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) have appealed to world body FIFA for more funding in 2010, said president Zaw Zaw.

Zaw Zaw said that he had already submitted a ten-point plan to FIFA outlining the areas in which assistance are needed and they included referee training, stadium development and maintenance, accounting methods, youth development, women’s football and long-term planning.

“We still have a lot of weaknesses and we need help from international organisations like FIFA,” said Zaw Zaw.

“FIFA have previously helped us with a football academy project in Mandalay which cost USD1 million and which will open in February 2010.”

Zaw Zaw said the MFF’s expenditure would rise dramatically next year when more of the Myanmar National League (MNL) clubs begin playing at their regional bases.

FIFA development manager for Asia, David Borja said the world football body is pleased with the progress MFF have made in 2009 and would consider supporting the federation further.

“I think 2009 has been a remarkable year for Myanmar football, it has really entered a new era and become professional,” said Borja.

“We are very impressed with the improvement and we are considering now whether to accept the MFF proposal – so far they have done a good job.”

Burmese sell speed pills to fight junta


CHIANG MAI : Drug authorities have been alerted to a mass influx of methamphetamine pills across the border from Burma next month as ethnic groups aim to raise cash for weapons.It is thought that elements among the Kokang and Wa people will step up drug production as a way to earn money and fight off pressure form Burma’s junta as it tries to create an “electorate” for next year’s much-maligned elections.

Thailand’s concern was underlined after drugs police seized about 500,000 pills from United Wa State Army soldiers last month in two separate raids.

Militia soldiers were taken for questioning and admitted the money obtained from the drug trade would be spent in a war between them and Burmese forces.

“The Burmese government continues fighting drug trafficking. We believe they will carry out heavy suppression against these ethnic minority groups next year,” said Adithep Panjamanont, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.

Some minority groups living along the Thai-Burma border adjacent to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces have set up about 50 drug refineries, according to sources.

Thai officials have worked with their Burma counterparts to destroy the factories and combat cross-border drug trafficking. Continue reading “Burmese sell speed pills to fight junta”