Brigadier General Tun Than, commander of Rangoon Command, is dismissed

Thursday, 07 July 2011 19:15

A source close to the army said that the commander of the Rangoon Command, Brigadier General Tun Than, was relieved of his post on July 5.

If everything was going as planned, the general would have been promoted to Major General within a month.  But he was forced to resign, according to an unofficial source.

During a period of probation he had been earning the salary of a major general although he was still a brigadier general.

Unofficial sources said there are allegations that when he led the Rangoon Command he had accepted bribes and approved farmland to be used for building plots. The information could not be confirmed with other sources. Before he was dismissed, he had been posted in Taungoo, according to the source.

Currently, Brigadier General San Oo, the former commander of the Eastern Command, has replaced him as Rangoon commander, said the source.

The source said that there would be more military reshuffles of commanders in the Southern, Southeastern, Southwestern, Eastern, Western and Central commands.

In August, commanders who are now brigadier generals but work as temporary major generals during a probation period will be promoted to permanent major general. The salary of a major general is 400,000 kyat (US$ 400) a month; the salary of a brigadier general is 300,000 kyat. The Mizzima


7 July 2011
Re: Report about the Shan State Army (SSA) South urging the embattled SSA North to abandon its besieged HQ base in Wanhai, Kehsi township, 5 July 2011, was turned down by SSA officials as “inaccurate”. SHAN says it is happy that field reports from the SSA North are still forthcoming despite the misunderstanding. (SHAN)


7 July 2011
From 2-5 July, a 200 men patrol made up of 3 infantry battalions: IB 64, LIB 513 and LIB 577 launched a search-and-destroy operation in Monghsu township. Abuses and loots reported by the local people:
□    K 2 million plus (not including donation box at Ta Hsarmpu temple)  □    32 bottles of cooking oil
□    2,240 liters of rice                                                                   □    22 bags of ajinomoto
□    75 chickens                                                                             □    More than 90 people detained
□    3 pigs                                                                                      □    Rapes in Mongkhang


7 July 2011
Despite the reduction in the number of checkpoints in Shan State North, it has become worse in Shan State South and East. Drivers coming from Loilem (Shan State South) to Tachilek (Shan State East), say they are paying more at each checkpoint:

  • Cargo 10 wheelers    K500,000 each
  • Passenger trucks-buses    K5,000-15,000 each

The bus fare is K40,000 ($50) each. President Thein Sein ought to do something about this soon, says one. One businessman in Rangoon however says all will have to wait until the new salary scales are announced. (SHAN)

RANIR formed to help critical Kachin IDPs on China border

Thursday, 07 July 2011 22:17 KNG

A relief agency was formed to help Kachin IDPs who are critical need of aid on Thursday, July 7, at the Laiza headquarters of the Kachin Independence Organization, near the China border in Northern Burma, according to a statement released by the agency.
The Relief Action Network for IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and Refugees (RANIR), is made up of members from the KIO, Kachin Churches and non-governmental organizations. Its mandate is to take over relief operations, according to the statement.

kachin_idp_laiza_campA Kachin IDP in the KIO Laiza refugee camp.

La Rip, Coordinator 1 of the relief group told the Thailand-based Kachin News Group, “RANIR was formed because the uncertainty of an end to the civil war between the KIO and central Burmese government and the critical state of the living conditions of IDPs in the KIO camps.” Continue reading “RANIR formed to help critical Kachin IDPs on China border”

“The returns could be related to the Burmese authorities’ order to surrender all arms by 30 June,”

July 6th, 2011

Min Thuta – Many previously retired members of the New Mon State Party Army have returned to the party recently, according to an officer from the NMSP’s Central Quarter.

မြန္ျပည္သစ္ပါတီတပ္ဖြဲ႔ စစ္ေရးျပအခမ္းအနားတရပ္ျမင္ကြင္းNMLA (Photo:IMNA)

“It is difficult to say the exact members.Some returned to the Central Quarter, while others have returned to party district offices and township offices. The returns could be related to the Burmese authorities’ order to surrender all arms by 30 June,” said the officer.

The statement ordered armed ethnic groups who have ceasefire agreements with the Burmese government to turn in their arms at local police stations or Sa Ya Pha (new Military Intelligence) offices by 30 June.

“Some villagers will go by the statement and give up arms if they have them. That’s why I returned to NMSP, because I could have the next step to sign bail bonds. The authorities could coerce villagers step-by-step,” a previously retired captain who recently returned to NMSP’s Central Quarter said.

Moreover, some who were retired from district armies have returned to the NMSP in Thaton District, based near Kawbeen Village, Kawkareik Township, Karen State, according to Nai Ong Manage, secretary of Thaton District.

“Currently, former party army members are returning as attendants. They will serve during a period. Some have informed me that former officers commanding military units and soldiers will be back if fighting with the Burmese army begins in their area,” said Nai Ong Manage.

These members retired from the party during the time after NMSP signed a ceasefire agreement with the Burmese regime in 1995. Most have been working in agriculture for their survival.

The NMSP had about 7,000 soldiers when it signed the ceasefire agreement with the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), which later changed its name to the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), according to a government newspaper at the time.

Currently, the NMSP has approximately 3,500 soldiers, according to a document sent by the South East Command (SEC) at the beginning of 2009.

The relationship between the NMSP and the Burmese government has been tense since the NMSP declared its refusal to transform itself to be part of the Border Guard Force (BGF) and Peoples’ Militia on 1 September 2009.


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We will hold ours’ 23rd anniversary of 8888 in Thailand

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