Fire broke out at Winka village southeast of Three Pagoda Pass -mov

(Mizzima) – Fire broke out at Winka village southeast of Three Pagoda Pass on the Thai-Burmese border on Tuesday. Damage was estimated at US$ 2 million.

The fire broke out during the Winka village pagoda festival, and the area was crowded with visitors. Witnesses said shop owners did not have time to carry goods from their stores.

The fired destroyed a large number of homes and shops that cater to tourists and foreign visitors. The fire is believed to have started in an electrical short circuit.

Fire engines from Sangklaburi, about two kilometres from Winka village, responded. It took about four hours to extinguish the blaze.

During Winka village’s annual pagoda festival there are boxing matches, Mon and Burmese traditional dance shows, performing arts and Thai music shows. The village specializes in tourist and ethnic items.

The village has about 1,500 houses. The area is well known for Thailand’s longest wooden bridge, and a replica of India’s Bodh Gaya temple.


Fire at Sangkhlaburi Bodh Gaya Temple causes about 70 million Baht in damages

IMNA – The row of shops of Bodh Gaya Temple in Wan-Ka Village, Sangkhlaburi Township, near Three Pagodas Pass at the Thai-Burma border caught on fire at about 8 pm Tuesday and all the shops turned into ash within half an hour.

Thirty-six shops were damaged and the damage was estimated at 70 millions Thai Baht by local authorities at the emergency meeting held in the Wi-wai-karama Monastery of Wan-Ka Village, after the fire was put out.

Fire at Sangkhalaburi

Valuable textiles or clothes, ethnic costumes, handicrafts, silver and bronze wares related to Buddha images, many kinds of musical instruments, art materials made of timber, ironwood and gum-kino and other small furniture made by artisans in Burma were lost. Continue reading “Fire broke out at Winka village southeast of Three Pagoda Pass -mov”

Suu Kyi speaks to a crowd of 2000 guests in Singapore

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize has expressed encouragement towardsMyanmar, her country surrounded by richness in resources to further the development and reforms in her country once she emerged as the winner this coming April 1st election. Part of her program is the implementation of a child living off a trust fund according to news reported from CNBC.

Suu Kyi speaks to Singaporian guestsPhoto from Kyodo

Burma is remarkably rich in natural resources and itseconomy is deemed a success. But as for human rights and protection they were all violated as this made Western countries enforced various sanctions upon this country.

During the conference summit of Young’s President Organization held in Singapore on Wednesday various questions were thrown at her to which she candidly answered. She even displayed her humour and being a person who is humbled by her growing experiences and position among a crowd of 2,000 guests. She described herself a worker not an icon and this simply demonstrate how humble she is.

Her topmost priority she’s working on if she comes out a winner is to make certain that the rule of law will be observed and that transparency in the government will be part of her program.

Those nations who are keen on investing any form of business in Burma could gladly take a look and check on the investment law which basically does not exist. Another important part of her reform is a call to end all ethnic differences and to amend the country’s constitution.

She strongly believes in the sincerity of President Thein Sein in implementing sets of new reforms and she’s certain to work with him for the betterment of her country. Her willingness to work with the present government is her goal.

Shan Nationalities Demoratic Party (SNDP)is lodging a complaint tomorrow against Manpang People’s Militia Force (PMF)

29.febr.2012 The Shan Nationalities Demoratic Party (SNDP) that is contesting the National Assembly seat in Shan State’s Constituency #3 says it is lodging a complaint tomorrow against Manpang People’s Militia Force (PMF) chief Bo Mon who has threatened villagers under his control to vote for the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) at the upcoming by-elections or face eviction. “The other option is to declare areas under his control as a black area where polling stations cannot be set up,” said an SNDP leading member. (SHAN)


28.february   MPs attending Shan State Assembly’s third session in Taunggyi say the 2011-12 financial report showed a 6,129 million kyat ($ 7.7 million) deficit. Its total revenue was K 2.227 million ($ 2,783.75).

Invitation Burmese In Singapore : 2nd Loka Chan Thar Sand Pagoda on 9th March

Hi dear all brothers and sisters…..

( @ Facebook in Singapore ) …..

Pls, come for participating of 2nd Loka Chan Thar Sand Pagoda on 9th March ( Friday ) starts about 6 Pm for volunteering of building of it with Sand and water ) and 10th March ( Saturday ) starts from 9 Am morning for continuely building the Sand Pagoda till 7 Pm , Pujania of it @ East Coast ( E 2 ) in Singapore .

Contribution of Some Danas……

1) Transport Dana for bringing of Monks and bring the Flowers, Fruits and some materials….
( contact to U Myint Thein ph : 81593989 and Ko Myint Tun ph : 94200340

2) Food Dana for 9th ( Friday evening ) for volunteering bros and sistrs of building of Sand Pagoda and 10th ( Saturday – Morning Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner )….
( Contact to Ma Suu Yee Mon ph : 90662407 and Ma Khin Ye Lwin ph : 97436992 )

3) Light Dana for 10th ( Saturday night )
( Contact to Ko Ant Htoo Ning ph : 90254909 and Ko Zaw Myo Min ph : 82619581

4) Flowers and Fruits Dana for 10th ( Saturday ) and 11th Sunday Morning …..
( Contact to Ma Htay Htay Hlaing ph: 92475913 and Ma Myo Pa Pa Nyunt ph : 97301660

5) General Dana ….
( Contact to Ko Kyaw Wunna ph : 82369159

tai yi Workers press conference mp4

Burma’s longest-running strike in recent years has taken a new turn, as about half of the 1,800 workers who walked off the job at the Tai Yi footwear factory in Rangoon’s Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone (3) on Feb. 6 announced on Tuesday that they plan to form a new union to press for their demands.

The strike, which began with a dispute over unpaid wages for an unofficial holiday to mark the Chinese New Year, has evolved into the largest display of labor unrest in Burma since the country’s government introduced new labor laws last year.

In a press statement released on Tuesday, the workers said that they will establish a new union in accordance with the Labor Organizations Law of Oct. 11, 2011, which legalized unions in Burma for the first time in decades.

They said the union was necessary to help resolve the current crisis, which has dragged on for more than three weeks despite several rounds of negotiations and mediation from government officials.

“We have been raising the workers’ awareness of their rights and discussing the idea of forming a union for workers at this industrial zone since the start of the month,” said labor activist Ko Than, speaking to The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.

The decision to form a union had already been made public at a press conference on Monday, when the workers said that they had begun collecting the signatures of workers who wanted to join. Continue reading “tai yi Workers press conference mp4”