Meeting of NLD CEC and Township Organizational Committees from Irrawaddy Division held

Irrawaddy Meeting
On 9th March 2011, a meeting of NLD Central Executive Committee and township organizations committees from Irrawaddy Division was held at the headquarters of NLD. 52 members of Organizational Committees from 26 Townships of Irrawaddy Division attended the meeting. Vice Chairman U Tin Oo chaired the meeting when U Win Myint, Central Executive Committee member conducted as a master of ceremony.

Chair of the ceremony U Tin Oo and General Secretary Daw Aung San Suu Kyi made opening remarks before representatives of the Townships Committees presented situation of their respective townships. Then Vice Chairman U Tin Oo, General Secretary Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and CEC member U Win Tin responded to some issues raised by the Townships Committees. The meeting ended at 4:00 p.m.

Irrawaddy Division


Moulmein University Students Protest Electricity Outage.

IMNA – In Moulmein, last night, 50 university students gathered in protest at electricity cuts during the tenth grade exams and at the student living quarters.

Moulmein University ( Photo: IMNA )

At eight pm, on March 8th, these university students arrived by motorcycle at Ngante electricity station, which distributes power to Moulmein, Mon State’s capital.

“We have not had electricity for two days. This was a problem for the 10th grade student’s exams and also for the upcoming university exams. We can’t do anything if we don’t have electricity,” said a student who participated in the protest.

When the students arrived at Ngante Station, they shouted their demands, threw stones and revved their motorcycle engines to get attention. Continue reading “Moulmein University Students Protest Electricity Outage.”

Retired ambassador Hla Myint likely to replace Rangoon Mayor

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Hla Myint, a former military officer and retired ambassador, is likely to replace current Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Lin, according to municipal sources.

Hla Myint, 62, was nominated in the list of cabinet ministers by Myint Swe, the chief minister of the Rangoon Regional Assembly.

Hla Myint was a student in the Defense Services Academy batch No. (13) from 1967 to 1971. In 1971, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and rose to the rank of brigadier general.

In 2002, he was transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2002 to 2005, he was ambassador to Argentina and Brazil, and served as ambassador to Japan from 2005-2010.

Current Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Lin is also an MP in the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for the South Okkalapa Constituency, a municipal official noted.

‘He comes to the municipal office every Friday. I hear that he has to attend Parliament on the other days’, said the official.

In early March, rumours circulated in Rangoon that Aung Thein Lin had been arrested because senior leaders were angry over financial issues.

Sources said some members of the  Rangoon City Development Committee are concerned that city departments among the 20 municipal departments could be dissolved if a new mayor is named.

A senior municipal official said that the application process to buy plots of land and shops has been suspended because of the potential reshuffle.

Aung Thein Lin, 59, who is known as a hard-liner, was named Rangoon Mayor in  2003. He was also a leader of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, which was the precursor of the USDP.

Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Lin bows as the old national flag of Burma is taken down during a ceremony at City Hall on October 21, 2010.  (Photo: Mizzima)

Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Lin bows as the old national flag of Burma is taken down during a ceremony at City Hall on October 21, 2010. (Photo: Mizzima)


University students protest against power cuts in Mon State

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – University students in Moulmein in Mon State demonstrated and threw stones at electrical services offices on Tuesday in protest against cuts in electricity during their graduation exams period.


More than 50 university students gathered at the Electric Power Cooperation Office in Ngantay Ward and the township office of electrical engineering in Mandalay Ward, sources said.

A source in Mandalay Ward said some students threw stones at the electrical office, breaking glass. Students said they also protested on behalf of grade 10 students.

‘The power cuts began two days before the exams on the first subject. The graduating students had to study without electricity for two days, and they’re unhappy about that. That’s why we lodged the protests’, a student leader told Mizzima.

Graduation exams started on March 7 across Burma and will end on March 17.

Similarly, in March 2009, power cuts occurred on four consecutive days before the graduation exams began. University students lodged protests, and the authorities supplied electricity during the exam period.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) Press Release-Burma’s Human Rights Day

9th March 2011

Last 23 years ago, Burmese people spearheaded by the young students showed their bravery calling for change so as to restore democracy and human rights in Burma. Then, military dictator General Ne Win responded by opening fire on unarmed peaceful protesters killing thousands.

Phone Maw is one of the very first students who died for the country defying dictator’s military suppressions which trigger nation-wide mass uprising resulting in toppling three decades long one-party dictatorship system in Burma. During the mass uprising, thousands of people died as the result of violent military crack-down.

Since then, Burma democracy movement has been honouring Phone Maw and fallen heroes on every 13 March as the Burma’s Human Rights Day.

Another military came to power in 18 September 1988, pledging to hold free and fair election in 1990 promising to transfer power to election winning party. People of Burma sceptically hope that military regime would keep their promises which they promised in the media publicly. NLD led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi swept the victory unanimously but it was short-lived when military refuses to transfer the power.

Ignoring to honour 1990 election results, imprisoning all the dissidents, unilaterally drafting and adopting the military glorified constitution, held sham election again in 2010, are all Burmese people got from military regime. Under the military regime, people are suffering very tremendously while ruling military elites are becoming extremely rich.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi calls for the genuine dialogue in order to achieve national reconciliation in Burma which still so far falls on junta’s deaf ears. Continue reading “Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) Press Release-Burma’s Human Rights Day”

Three Junta Troops Killed by Arakan Liberation Army

Three Junta Troops Killed by Arakan Liberation Army

Three Burmese government soldiers were reportedly killed on Tuesday during skirmishes in Paletwa Township in Chin State between Burmese government troops and the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA). An ALA officer told The Irrawaddy that his troops defended against attacks of the Burmese army by using guerrilla warfare tactics. He added that locals were being forced to work as porters for the government troops.


ကနဲေလးစခန္း ကရင္တပ္ဖြဲ႔ဝင္မ်ား ပစ္ခတ္

KIC 8.March

ေဖေဖာ္၀ါရီ ၈ရက္၊ (ေကအုိင္စီ)

ကရင္ျပည္နယ္၊ ေဝၚေလေဒသတြင္ရွိ နအဖ တပ္စခန္းတစ္ခုျဖစ္သည့္ ကနဲေလးစခန္းကုိ ယေန႔ ေန႔လယ္၌ ထုိေဒသရွိ ကရင္တပ္ဖြဲ႔ဝင္မ်ား သြားေရာက္ ပစ္ခတ္ခဲ့ရာ နအဖ တပ္ဖြဲ႔ဘက္က ၂ဦးေသဆုံးၿပီး ၄ဦးဒဏ္ရာရ ရွိခဲ့သည္ဟု ကရင္တပ္ဖြဲ႔ဝင္ဘက္က ေျပာသည္။

ယေန႔ ေန႔လယ္ ၁၂နာရီခြဲ၌ ကနဲေလးစခန္းတြင္ ေရာက္ရွိေနသည့္ နအဖ ေျချမန္တပ္ရင္း-ခမရ(၃၄၆)ကုိ ကရင္အမ်ဳိးသား လႊတ္ေျမာက္ေရးတပ္မေတာ္ (KNLA) တပ္ရင္း (၂၀၁) တပ္ဖြဲ႔ဝင္မ်ားသြား ေရာက္ ပစ္ခတ္ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္ဟု ထုိတပ္ရင္းမွ ဒုရင္းမွဴး ဗုိလ္မွဴး ေစာၾကည္ေအာင္က ေျပာသည္။

ယခုေႏြရာသီတြင္ ကရင္ျပည္နယ္အတြင္းရွိ နအဖ တပ္မ်ား ရိကၡာပုိ႔ေဆာင္ေရးအတြက္ ပုိမုိသြားလာလႈပ္ ရွားလာသည္ႏွင့္အမွ် ထုိင္း-ျမန္မာနယ္စပ္ရွိ ေဝၚေလေဒသတြင္ တုိက္ပြဲမ်ား မၾကခဏ ျဖစ္ပြားေနသလုိ အျခား ကရင္ျပည္နယ္ေျမာက္ပုိင္း ေဒသမ်ားတြင္လည္း တုိက္ပြဲမ်ား ျဖစ္ပြားလွ်က္ရွိသည္ဟု သိရသည္။

ထုိသုိ႔ တုိက္ပြဲမ်ား ျဖစ္ပြားတုိင္း ထိခုိက္ေသဆုံးမႈမ်ားကုိ ကရင္တပ္ဖြဲ႔ဝင္ဘက္ ထုတ္ျပန္ခဲ့ေသာ္လည္း နအဖ ဘက္က ထုတ္ေလ့မရွိပါ။