Prominent Historian Monk U Pyinya Sara Arrested in Sittwe

Sittwe: Burmese military authorities on Tuesday arrested prominent Arakanese historian monk Ramar Waddy U Pyinya Sara in Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State, on accusations that he abused Buddhist religious principles, said another monk from Sittwe.

Speaking to Narinjara over the phone, the monk who wished to remain anonymous said, “A combined force of police and officials from the religious department arrested him at his monastery in Sittwe on the morning of Tuesday on accusations of breaking religious principles.”

U Pyinya Sara is a well known Arakanese historian as well as a leading abbot of the Buddha Vihara Mahamuni orphanage, where more than 100 orphans live and receive an education.

“I went to police station No. 1 to inquire about his arrest but the police official could not provide me with the real facts of his arrest. I was unable to see him at the police station as the authorities are not detaining him there,” said the monk.

The authority brought him to an unknown location in Sittwe after his arrest.

A trustee in the monastery said, “The authority told us the reason for his arrest is that he was living with a woman against the religious law. But I do not believe the accusations of the authority and strongly believe his arrest was related to politics.”

As U Pyinya Sara is a respected historian, he always reveals the history of Arakan through articles published in journals and magazines. The authority, however, sees this as behavior against solidarity of the union.

It was learned that residents of Sittwe are eager to know the reason behind the arrest of U Pyinya Sara after reports of his arrest began spreading in the city.

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CYCLONE NARGIS_ NGOs cut programmes as government takes on recovery oversight

BANGKOK, 30 July 2010 (IRIN) – Funding shortages are forcing NGOs to cut operations in the Ayeyarwady Delta, as the Myanmar government takes on oversight for recovery efforts two years after Cyclone Nargis on 1 August.

“The need is enormous,” said Prem Shukla, programme director in Myanmar for Plan International. “Nargis is forgotten though.”

Plan, which started work in Myanmar only after Nargis, will wrap up its work in June 2011, while Save the Children and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are cutting their operations.

U.S. urges Myanmar to abide by U.N. sanctions on N. Korea: State Dept.

The United States Thursday called on Myanmar to abide by an arms embargo and other U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea for its nuclear and missile test last year.

The remarks by State Department spokesman Philip Crowley came as North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun arrived in Yangon, Myanmar, earlier in the day for a four-day trip.

“We have concerns about the nature of the relationship between North Korea and Burma,” Crowley said. “We don’t see the transparency in that relationship that we’d like to see. North Korea is a serial proliferator. North Korea is engaged in significant illicit activity.

Burma, like other countries around the world, has obligations, and we expect Burma to live up to those obligations.” Arms sales are one of the major sources of revenue for North Korea, suspected of being behind nuclear and missile proliferation in Syria, Iran, Pakistan and several other countries.

Last June, a North Korean cargo ship, possibly on its way to Myanmar, returned home after being closely tracked by U.S. Navy vessels.

Israel said in May that the 35 tons of North Korean arms seized at the Bangkok airport in December were destined for the Hamas and Hizbullah militant groups via Syria.

Dennis Blair, then U.S. director of national intelligence, has said the cargo was bound for the Middle East, without elaborating.

A pay-off years ago by Israel reportedly failed to persuade North Korea to stop shipping weapons to the Middle East.

The United Arab Emirates last July seized a Bahamian-flagged ship carrying North Korean rocket-propelled grenades and other conventional weapons labeled as machine parts, the first seizure under Security Council Resolution 1874, adopted a month earlier after North Korea’s nuclear test in May.

India seized a North Korean ship off its coast last August but found no weapons aboard.

“It’s difficult to evaluate because of the lack of transparency in that relationship,” Crowley said. “It is something that is of concern to us, given North Korea’s historical record. And it is something that we continue to watch very carefully.” The spokesman was echoeing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks in Hanoi, Vietnam, last week that expressed concerns about North Korea’s alleged proliferation of nuclear technology to Myanmar.

“I’ve also shared with the minister our concerns about the exporting by North Korea of military materiel and equipment to Burma,” Clinton said. “We know that a ship from North Korea recently delivered military equipment to Burma and we continue to be concerned by the reports that Burma may be seeking assistance from North Korea with regard to a nuclear program.”

Thai delegation held another talk with Myanmar counterparts on Friday

30 July 2010 (NNT) – Thailand dispatches a delegation to negotiate the reopening of Thai-Myanmar border at the Mae Sot-Myawaddy Bridge.

The unofficial Policy Committee meeting between Thai and Myanmar delegations was reported to start off on Friday. The Co-Chair of the Myanmar-Thai Joint Boundary Committee, Vasin Teeravechyan had attended the meeting on behalf of Thailand’s Deputy Minister of Commerce, Alongkorn Ponlaboot.

Mr Vasin led the Thai delegates to the town of Myawaddy in Myanmar across the Moei River in Tak Province this morning, amid warm hospitality provided by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, U Maung Myint at Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge.

Such topics as the dispute over a river dyke construction in Moei River has been discussed at the meeting. However, citizens of both countries are now being able to travel freely across the border after the gate was closed for a while. The Burmese counterpart also pledged to continue the construction of the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge.

Negotiations between Mr Alongkorn and Mr U Maung Myint had been held unsuccessfully for two times with regards to the disputed matter.

Democratisation of Burma from Exile (Myo Thein)

Dear Friends,

Please see the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) Director Myo Thein’s presentation regarding working for democratisation of Burma from exile. It was on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Birthday celebration held on 20 June 2010, London, UK.

Myo Thein emphasis the importance of everyone participation, empowering new generation, education, self-reliance, unity in diversity, capacity building, importance of implementing 1990 election results, importance of practising democratic principles, agree to disagree, importance of “Shwe-Gone-Dine” declaration, by-passing UNSC and importance of believing in “Yes We Can”.

Thank you very much for your dedicated unwavering support.

Best regards,

Myo Thein

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC)

DKBA တပ္မဟာ (၅) မွဴး ဗုိလ္မွဴးႀကီး ေစာလားပဲြ (ဗိုလ္ႏႈတ္ခမ္းေမြး) သုိ႔ မန္း ေရာဘတ္ ဘဇန္၏ ေပးစာ

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အစ္ကုိႀကီး စာေရးလုိက္တယ္။ စာေရးဖို႔ လုိအပ္လာၿပီျဖစ္လုိ႔ ေရးလုိက္ရျခင္းျဖစ္တယ္။ ေရဒီယုိသတင္း (E-mail) သတင္းေတြအရ ညီေလးဟာ နအဖ ဗမာဖက္ဆစ္ေတြရဲ႕ (နယ္ျခားေစာင့္) တပ္ဖဲြ႔စည္းေရးကုိ ခါးခါး သီးသီး ဆန္႔က်င္လုိက္တယ္လုိ႔ သိရလုိ႔ ညီေလးရဲ႕ ရပ္တည္မႈဟာ လုပ္သင့္လုပ္ထုိက္တာကုိ လုပ္လုိက္တာ ျဖစ္တယ္လုိ႔ အစ္ကုိႀကီး ယူဆတယ္။ ဒီလုပ္ရပ္ဟာ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ႀကီး ေစာဘဦးႀကီးရဲ႕ “ကရင့္လက္နက္ က ရင့္လက္ထဲမွာ ရွိရမယ္” ဆုိတဲ့ တေလာကလံုးဆုိင္ရာ အမွန္တရားကုိ ဆုပ္ကုိင္ထားလုိက္တာျဖစ္တယ္။ က ရင္ေတြရဲ႕ သူရဲေကာင္းစိတ္ဓာတ္ကုိ ေဖာ္ျပလုိက္တာျဖစ္တယ္။ ကရင္ဟာ အႏုိင္က်င့္၊ ဗုိလ္က်၊ မတရားမႈ ေတြကုိ ဘယ္ေတာ့မွ လက္မေျမာက္၊ ဒူးမေထာက္၊ အႏိုင္မခံ၊ အရွံဳးမေပးဘူး၊ ဘယ္ေတာ့မွ လက္နက္မခ်ဘူး … ဆုိတဲ့ သူရဲေကာင္း၀ါဒကုိ ေဖာ္ျပလုိက္တာျဖစ္တယ္။

၂၀၀၈ ခုႏွစ္တုန္းက အစ္ကုိႀကီး ညီေလးနဲ႔ ေတြ႔တယ္။ ေတြ႔ၾကစဥ္ ညီေလး ေျပာၾကားခ်က္ေတြ အစ္ကုိႀကီးနား ထဲမွာ ခုထိၾကားေနေသးတယ္။ “က်ေနာ္ကေတာ့ အမ်ိဳးသားေခါင္းေဆာင္ႀကီး ေစာဘဦးႀကီးရဲ႕ (မူ)ေလးခ်က္ ကုိ အျမဲဆုပ္ကုိင္ထားတယ္” တဲ့။ ဒီခံယူခ်က္ဟာ ခုလည္း မွန္တယ္၊ ေနာင္ႏွစ္ေပါင္းရာေထာင္ခ်ီၿပီး မွန္ေနဦး မယ္။ ဘာေၾကာင့္လဲဆုိေတာ့ “ဒုိ႔ကရင့္လူ႔အဖဲြ႔အစည္းမွာ ကရင္အမ်ိဳးသားလြတ္ေျမာက္ေရးတပ္မေတာ္မရွိရင္ ကရင္ မရွိႏိုင္သလုိ … ကရင္ မရွိရင္ ကရင္အမ်ိဳးသားလြတ္ေျမာက္ေရးတပ္မေတာ္ မရွိႏုိင္ဘူး” …။

ဒုိ႔ညီအစ္ကုိ ေတြ႔ၾကတုန္းက အစ္ကုိႀကီး ညီေလးကုိ ေျပာခဲ့တာရွိတယ္။ ဒီရန္သူဟာ ၁၉၄၉ ခုႏွစ္ကတည္းက ဒုိ႔ကရင္ေတြကုိ မ်ဳိးျဖဳတ္သတ္ျဖတ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ကရင့္အမ်ိဳးသားရန္သူ ဗုိလ္ေန၀င္း ဗမာ့တပ္မေတာ္ရဲ႕ မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္ ေတြပဲ။ သူတုိ႔ရဲ႕စိတ္ေနသေဘာထား (Mentality) နဲ႔ (Objective) ေတြျဖစ္တဲ့ “ကရင္ကုိ အစိတ္သားေကာင္ ေတာင္ မထားေရး၊ ကရင္ကုိ က်ဴပင္ခုတ္ က်ဴငုတ္မက်န္ ရွင္းပစ္ေရး”ဆုိတာေတြဟာ ဗုိလ္ေန၀င္းက ဒီေန႔ န အဖ ဗမာဖက္ဆစ္ေတြအထိ အတူတူပဲ။ ေျပာင္းလဲမႈမရွိဘူး။ Continue reading “DKBA တပ္မဟာ (၅) မွဴး ဗုိလ္မွဴးႀကီး ေစာလားပဲြ (ဗိုလ္ႏႈတ္ခမ္းေမြး) သုိ႔ မန္း ေရာဘတ္ ဘဇန္၏ ေပးစာ”