Local company allegedly imported missile-grade materials expires licence since 2008

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The Wan Hai 313, a cargo vessel from which aluminum alloy was seized in Tokyo in August, is seen in Kobe on Nov. 23. (Photo – Asahi Shimbun)


A local company that reportedly attempted to have imported missile-grade materials from North Korea is not a valid company for export/import activities since 2008, according to the Commerce Ministry.

Japanese authorities seized materials suitable for uranium enrichment aboard a cargo vessel docked at Tokyo Port on August 22, 2012, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

The shipment included about 50 metal pipes and 15 high-specification aluminum alloy bars, at least some of them offering the high strength needed in centrifuges for a nuclear weapons program, the report said.

International sources also said the cargo was loaded onto the 17,138-ton Wan Hai 215, a Singapore-registered cargo vessel operated by a Taiwanese shipping company, in Dalian of China on July 27.

On August 9, the cargo was offloaded and placed aboard the 27,800-ton Wan Hai 313 in Shekou, China.

On August 14, the cargo was scheduled to change ships once again in Malaysia and to reach Yangon Port the following day.

The Asahi Shimbun described that the cargo was to be delivered to Soe Ming Htike, a Yangon-based construction company, which the U.S. government believes is a front for Myanmar’s military procurement.

Regarding the allegation, director Zaw Htay of the President’s Office denied that it had nothing to do with Myanmar government but with the company (Soe Ming Htaik Company), quoted Yangon Times Journal as saying last month.

“After checking the company lists of the previous financial years, we found out that the company and export/import licenses of Soe Min Htaik Co have been invalid since 2008. It was also found that the company did not apply for license renewal,” an official from the Commerce Ministry said.

Soe Ming Htaik Company was reported to have imported China-made military trucks and military equipment over the past 20 years, sources close to that company said. CREDIT EMG



200 workers out on strike again as wood factory owner failed to meet their demand


Workers from a wood factory of Tawwin Family Comapany seen in front of the Department of Factories and General Labour Law Inspection on Pyay Road, Mayangon Township (Photo – EMG)

More than 200 Myanmar workers in Yangon went on strike as a finished wood factory of Tawwin Family Company failed to comply with their demands though an employment tribunal has ruled in favour of the workers.

The strike occurred for the second time 18 days after their first protest on November 11. The workers made a five-point demand and Yangon Employment Tribunal ruled that the company was to fulfill four out of the five-point demand.


Workers walking to the Department of Factories and General Labour Law Inspection (Photo – EMG)

The workers demanded the employer not to send them outside workplaces, not to issue rules and regulations without their consent, to promptly make an employment contract and to issue social security membership cards within one week.

They rallied in front of the Department of Factories and General Labour Law Inspection in Insein Township and proceeded to the Mayangon Township department on Pyay Road. The crowd chanted a slogan asking authorities to tackle the issue.

While the workers were going on strike in Insein Township, Police Major Than Win, head of Township Police Force, threatened to take action in accord with the law.

The workers however responded that they were there not to stage a protest but to demand as the employer failed to follow the decision of the tribunal.

“We have asked them to disperse as they are assembling without permission. We also have warned them that they will face legal action if they are not to disperse until a warning period,” Police Major Than Win said.

Aung Khin, head of Yangon North District General Labour Law Inspection Department, said steps will be taken in coordination with authorities to meet the demands of workers. The factory owner will face legal action if he fails to follow the decision of the tribunal. Then, the crowd dispersed and proceeded to Mayangon Township department.

The workers continued assembling and went to the department though the police warned them of possible legal action if they failed to respect the laws.

The strike went on till evening, it was learnt.


Bengalis’ demands hinder probe for illegal immigrants

The government’s investigation for illegal Bengalis in Rakhine State faced some delays in Pauktaw Township a few days ago due to the demands from the Bengalis to register them as Rohingyas.

As part of the investigation, officials from the immigration department have been asking routine questions to the Bengalis, such as the birthplaces, occupations, and death places of their grandparents and parents to differentiate illegal immigrants from early settlers.

While the officials have been trying to investigate the three generations of the Bengalis in accordance with the 1982 Citizenship Act, the Bengalis refused to sign the papers and demanded the officials to record them as Rohingyas.

Only the Bengalis over the age of 18 are being asked and the officials still need to check for illegal immigrants, according to a security-in-charge with the rank of captain, who requested not to be named.

The investigation has been resumed after halting for a few days and action will be taken on the illegal Bengalis only after the investigation has been completed, he added.

Each investigation team consists of 18 members, including 4 officials from the border immigration inspection department, two Rakhine representatives, two Bengali representatives, two members from the wards and village-tract administrative office, three policemen, three soldiers, and two officials from the immigration department.

The investigation for illegal Bengalis started after President Thein Sein announced last July that there are no Rohingyas in Myanmar. While some of the Bengalis have requested to be registered as Rohingyas, none of their requests have been accepted as of today.

Over 23,000 Bengalis from over 3700 households have been investigated in Pauktaw Township until November 20, according to the press release from the Rakhine State government.

Most of the Bengali population is located in Maungdaw Township, Buthidaung Township, and Sittwe Township and the government plans to increase its forces in investigating these areas.

source credit EMG

Wharf under construction for Dawei deep seaport project

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Wharf seen under construction at the mouth of Pandatinn creek/Photo – Phyo Zin (Dawei)

Italian-Thai Development Public Company (ITD) has started construction of a wharf which can load and unload 0.1 million tones of items at the mouth of Pandatinn creek, according to locals.

The wharf is needed to transport machinery and construction materials to Dawei deep seaport and special economic zone project which will be implemented in coming 2013.

“The wharf is being built for 6 months. It will be finished construction on February, 2013. Dawei deep seaport project implementation will increase speed in the coming year and we need a good and reliable port to carry the construction materials. We have a temporary jetty near the small wharf which is being built. It is for temporary and not strong enough for waves and strong wind. Besides it can’t be docked the large ships. The new wharf can dock large ships which can load 0.1 million tones weight,” said Tin Maung Swe, president of Dawei Special Economic Zone supporting working body.

“The small wharf won’t be used after the project is completed. We will use it during the project implementation periods and transfer it to Myanmar Port Authorities for local use. The ships which can dock at the Yangon River have only about 30,000 tones and the jetty can allow docking the weight of 0.1 million tones ships. It will become the important wharf for the region. The jetty can allow one ship to dock at one time and the ships will carry machinery and construction materials,” he continued.

Also the company has started creating spaces to store machinery and goods on 100 acres land spaces near the wharf.

As soon as the wharf is finished, the company will measure the depth of water to allow docking of large ships. The mouth of Pandatinn creek is shallow and the company may need to dig the sand dunes at the mouth of the creeks, according to locals.

 credit  eleven media group

FTUB wants to show MITU is an associate union of FTUB, that’s why they invited us

Myanmar Industrial Trade Union (MITU) refused the invitation from Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB) to attend an International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) meeting, according to U Ye Kyaw Thu, a chairman of MITU.

“We assume that FTUB does not have any unions in Myanmar. FTUB wants to show MITU is an associate union of FTUB, that’s why they invited us; Therefore, we refused their invitation,” he said.

The ITUC and the Global Unions Federations will meet at the office of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on December 6th. MITU was invited to attend this meeting.

The ITUC has a plan to open an office in Myanmar and to form the worker unions independently once they have visited Myanmar.

Working under MITU, there are 12 basic unions that have already registered and there are 8 basic unions still registering. This totals around 20 basic unions under MITU.

FTUB also invited other unions to the meeting: representatives from the Uni Color note book factory, Myanmar Centre plastic factory and the representatives of workers in Dagon Port Township.

The MITU chairman said they want to meet the ITUC independently by the ILO (International Labor Organization) arrangement, contrary to the arrangement of FTUB.


“The decision to not attend the meeting of FTUB is not only my decision but also the decisions of the executive members. Our union is based on a democratic system; this decision was made together, in agreement,” U Ye Kyaw Thu said.

MITU will have to register its unions to become township level unions later this month. They are going to register officially for township level in the townships of Dagon Port, Hmawby, South Dagon and Hlinethaya.

MITU is a partner union of AFFM (Agriculture and Farmer Federation of Myanmar). AFFM announced at their October 8th, conference of unions from divisions and states, that they have no involvement with FTUB. This statement is in contrast with U Maung Maung’s claims; The FTUB general secretary has told the international worker’s unions that 88 percent of AFFM is under the umbrella of FTUB.

AFFM chairperson, Daw Than Than Htay, said FTUB’s presentation is not true. AFFM is a member of The International Union of Food and Allied Workers (IUF) and is also recognized by the ILO.



STOPP CORRUPTION  -FTUB has been working in exile for twenty years and receives funds from international donors such as the International Labor Organization (ILO), however, they have failed to set up any unions inside Myanmar. Many people won’t accept FTUB as a legitimate organization because it is not an official union. 


Think-tank report reveals 95.72 mln Bangladeshis under threat of climate-change induced displacemen


A new research has revealed that climate-change induced migration in Bangladesh may reach 95.72 million by 2040.

ရာသီဥတုေဖာက္ျပန္မႈေၾကာင့္ ဘဂၤလာေဒ့ရွ္ႏိုင္ငံသား (၉၅)သန္းေက်ာ္ ေရႊ႕ေျပာင္းရဖြယ္ရွိဘဂၤလာေဒ့ရွ္အေျခစိုက္ သုေတသနအဖြဲ႔အစည္းတစ္ခုက ထုတ္ျပန္တဲ့ အစီရင္ခံစာ တစ္ေစာင္ရဲ႕ အဆိုအရ ၂၀၄၀-ခုႏွစ္ အေရာက္မွာ ရာသီဥတု ေဖာက္ျပန္မႈေၾကာင့္ ေနရာေရႊ႕ေျပာင္းေပးရတဲ႔ လူအေရအတြက္ဟာ ဘဂၤလာေဒ့ရွ္ တစ္ႏိုင္ငံတည္းမွာကို လူသန္းေပါင္း (၉၅) သန္း ရွိလိမ့္မယ္လို႔ ဆိုပါတယ္။ေဆာင္းပါးအျပည့္အစံုကို ဖတ္ရႈဖို႔အတြက္ ေအာက္ပါ လင့္ခ္ ကို ႏွိပ္ပါ။


Leading local think-tank Unnayan Onneshan has prepared the report titled “The Tempest of Exodus: The Case of Climate Change- induced Displacement in Bangladesh and International Negotiations” under its Durban to Doha Technical Paper Series as the countries negotiate in Doha on the actions to be taken to combat climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Referring to increased number of displacement over the years, the Unnayan Onneshan alerts that flood may displace 5.25 million, 11.02 million, 23.16 million people by 2020, 2030 and 2040 respectively, based upon the historical trend.

Likewise, it said if radical actions are not taken, 1.58 million, 6.46 million and 26.39 million people may be displaced due to cyclone by 2020, 2030 and 2040 respectively.

In addition, if the business as usual situation continues unabated, riverbank erosion could displace 11.62 million, 26.15 million and 40.67 million by 2020, 2030 and 2040 respectively, said a concise version of the report obtained by Xinhua on Thursday.

Similarly, it said 3.92 million, 4.64 million and 5.5 million may be displaced due to drought by 2020, 2030 and 2040 respectively.

Taking into account of flood, cyclone, river bank erosion and drought under the business as usual scenario, the leading research organization estimates that “climate change induced migration in Bangladesh may reach 22.37 million, 48.28 million and 95.72 million by 2020, 2030 and 2040 respectively.”

Analyzing existing data, the Unnayan Onneshan has found that on average, 2.5 million people are displaced permanently by every major flood.

Pointing to the inaction of the international negotiation, it said “The upsurge in migration, caused by environmental degradation and climate change, is unprecedented, yet the world is still mired only in’expression of intent’in the climate change negotiations, at the cost of the people’s lives and livelihood, particularly the poor and the marginalized, who have no contribution in changing the climate.”

Local experts said plight of millions of people in Bangladesh, the world’s largest delta country, mount even from a trifling hit of natural calamities augmented by global climate change due to the country’s feeble resilience capacity.

As part of the effects of climate change, A new World Bank report published on Nov. 18 said the sea level would rise by up to 3 feet in Bangladesh where water scarcity and falling crop yield exacerbate hunger and poverty.

The report titled “Turn Down the Heat” said that all nations would suffer the effects of a warmer world, but it is the world’s poorest countries that will be hit hardest by food shortages, rising sea levels, cyclones and drought.

It said some of the most highly vulnerable cities are located in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mexico and Venezuela.


Ko Ko Gyi Says We’ll Mediate in the Letpadaungtaung Disputes;

88 generation at crime scene
88 generation at crime scene

It is learnt from the 88 Generation Students that to solve the problems regarding to the protests against the Letpadaungtaung Copper Mines, there are two different issues, first is the Emergence of the Optimal Decision on the Future of the Mines and the second Using of Extreme Force on the Dispersion of the Demonstration Camps. In solving the problem it is vital to base on wisdom.

“ In our opinion, it is enough Daw Aung San Suu Kyi participating as the Chairperson, We declined to participate in the commission. We will talk with the local people as well as the activists and forward their needs and suggestions to the commission and the responsible personnel as mediators.” Said Ko Ko Gyi, a leader of the 88 Generation Students.

The 88 Generation Students issued a 5- points press release in the evening of December 3, on the day the Office of the President made announcement on the reformation of the investigation commission and met the media at their office in Wayzayantar Street.

“ The locals and the activists prefer meeting us informally. So taking this opportunity , we will coordinate with the commission led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the responsible persons.” said Ko Ko Gyi.

Although they have no right to enter the curfew area issued under section 144 unless they were in the commission, the authorities already agreed to grant the access, it is known.

Min Ko Naing also said that they will take the role of mediator forwarding the voices of the peoples and help the commission because they believed that it is good enough as Daw Aung Sa Suu Kyi serving as chair.

It ie learnt that the 88 Generation Students went to Nay Pyi Taw to see the Union Minister, U Aung Min and gave words to do their best in assisting the commission’s investigation.

It is also known that they are asking for the immediate release of arrested protesters and no more arrest of the protesters.

Ko Htay Kywe, an 88 Generation Student said,” It is necessary to release all ( who are arrested ). The commission chaired by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will need meeting with them. With regards to the commission’s process, public’s desire and the national cause, we will try our best to stop the arrests and release all  the arrested protesters.


photo credit lotusman

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Wikileaks မွ ေျပာသည့္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ မ်ားႏွင့္ Al Qaeda ၊ ျမန္မာ ေသာင္းက်န္သူမ်ား အဆက္အသြယ္ ရွိျခင္း
by James Mmt on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 10:49pm ·
အက်ဥ္းရံုးအေနျဖင့္ – ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္အစိုးရ၏ ဖိအားေပးမႈေၾကာင့္ ARNO ဟာ သူတို႕အဖြဲ႕အစည္းေနရာအား ကရင္နီ အဖြဲ႕အစည္းျဖစ္တဲ့ KNPP ထိမ္းခ်ဳပ္ထားသည့္ ထိုင္း-ျမန္မာ နယ္ေျမအတြင္းသို႕ ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ရန္အတြက္ 2002 ၾသဂုတ္လေႏွာင္းပိုင္းမွာ ဆက္သြယ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာေထာက္လွမ္းေရးဘက္က အစီရင္ခံစာအရ ARNO ဟာ ထိုင္း-ျမန္မာနယ္စပ္မွာ လႈပ္ရွားေနသည့္ Democratic Alliance of Burma ႏွင့္ အဖြဲ႕၀င္ျဖစ္ရန္ ႀကိဳးပန္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။KNPP ဟာ ARNO ရဲ႕ ဆက္သြယ္ခ်က္ကို ျငင္းပယ္ခဲ့တာကို ေၾကျငာခဲ့ပါတယ္။ DAB ဟာလည္းပဲ ARNO ၏ အဖြဲ႕၀င္အျဖစ္ ေလွ်ာက္လႊာအား ျငင္းပယ္ခဲ့ၿပီး စာရြက္စာတန္းမ်ားအရ စစ္ေရးမဟာမိတ္အျဖစ္ ေျပာင္းလဲခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ARNO ဥကၠဌ Nurul Islam ဟာ အေမရိကန္ဗီဇာအား ေဆာ္ဒီအာေရးဗ် ဘက္မွ လွည့္ပါတ္ေလွ်ာက္ထားျခင္းျဖင့္ ရယူခဲ့တယ္လို႕ ျမန္မာဘက္ကလည္း သတင္းပို႕ပါတယ္။ အဆိုပါကိစၥမွာ ျမန္မာျပည္ဘက္က အစီရင္ခံစာဟာ ျဖစ္ႏိုင္ေခ်ရွိပါတယ္။ သူ႕ရဲ႕ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ဟာ ၎တို႕ ARNO ႏွင့္ ထိုင္းနယ္စပ္တြင္ရွိသည့္ ျမန္မာေသာင္းက်န္းသူမ်ားအားပံ့ပိုးေနသည့္ Al Qaeda ႏွင့္ အဆက္အသြယ္ ရယူရန္ ရည္ရြယ္ရင္းျဖစ္ႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ေအာက္ပါ အေၾကာင္းအရာမ်ားဟာ ျမန္မာေထာက္လွမ္းေရး၏ ARNO အေပၚတြင္ေရးသားထားသည့္ သတင္းပို႕ခ်က္မွ ေကာက္ႏႈတ္ခ်က္ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အျပင္ပန္းအားျဖင့္ မၾကာေသးခင္က ရွင္းလင္းခဲ့သည့္ ျမန္မာျပည္ အေျခစိုက္ ARNO ႏွင့္ Al Qaeda အဖြဲ႕အစည္းတို႕၏ လက္မခံႏိုင္သည့္ ဆက္သြယ္မႈ သတင္းေပးပို႕ခ်က္အား ဗိုလ္မွဴးခ်ဳပ္ ေက်ာ္သိန္းမွ ေအာက္တိုဘာ ၇ ရက္ တြင္ေပးပို႕ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဗိုလ္မွဴးခ်ဳပ္ ေက်ာ္သိန္း၏ အဆိုအရ ARNO ႏွင့္ Al Qaeda ဟာအဆက္အသြယ္ရွိၿပီး ARNO ၏ အေျခစိုက္စခန္းအားလံုးသည္ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ အေရွ႕ေတာင္ဘက္မွာ ရွိပါတယ္။ARNO ၏ သမိုင္းေက်ာင္းေနာက္ခံႏွင့္ေနာက္ဆံုးအေျခအေန (စက္တင္ဘာ ၂၀၀၂ ခုႏွစ္အထိ)အားရွင္းျပရလ်င္ မြတ္စလင္ စစ္ေသြးၾကြ အၾကမ္းဖက္ အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ားျဖစ္ၾကသည့္ စည္းလံုးညီညြတ္ေသာ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ အဖြဲ႕အစည္း (RSO)၊ အာရကန္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ အစၥလာမ္မစ္ တပ္ဦး (ARIF) ႏွင့္ Hak-Kavt အဖြဲ႕အစည္းတို႕ဟာ ပူေပါင္းၿပီး 1998 ေအာက္တိုဘာ 28 ရက္ေန႕တြင္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ အမ်ဳိးသားေကာင္စီ (RNC) ကိုဖြဲ႕စည္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။RNC ဟာ အာရကန္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ အမ်ိဳးသားေကာင္စီ (ARNC) အျဖစ္သို႕ ေျပာင္းလဲဖြဲ႕စည္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။အားလံုးေသာ လက္နက္ကိုင္ ေသာင္းက်န္သူ အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ားအား ပူးေပါင္းၿပီး ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ လြတ္လပ္ေရး တပ္မေတာ္ (RLA) ကိုလည္း ဖြဲ႕စည္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာျပည္ ျပင္ပရွိ မြတ္စလင္အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ား၏ ဖိအားေၾကာင့္ အမ်ိဳးမ်ိဳး ကြဲျပားေနေသာ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ေသာင္းက်န္းသူမ်ားအား စုစည္းၿပီး အဖြဲ႕အစည္းတစ္ခု၏ေအာက္သို႕ ထားရွိအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ရန္ ARNO အားဖြဲ႕စည္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ARNO ရံုးခ်ဳပ္အား ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ႏိုင္ငံ၊ စစ္တေကာင္းရွိ ဂ်ဳမခါ ရပ္ကြက္၊ ဂ်ဳမခါလမ္း၊ အိမ္နံပါတ္ (၃၀)မွာ ဖြင့္လွစ္ထားပါတယ္။ သူတို႕၏ စခန္းမ်ားမွာ Zai-Lar-Saw-Ri HQ camp–map reference (PG-2916), Daw-Maw-Sri camp–map reference (P6-0537) and Kyar-Laung-Taik camp–map reference (PG-2026) မွာ အေျခခ် တည္ရွိပါတယ္။ ARNO အဖြဲ႕အစည္းဟာ ခန္႕မွန္းေျခအားျဖင့္ ေသာင္းက်န္းသူ 200 ခန္႕အင္အားရွိၿပီး၊ 170 ခန္႕ဟာ အမိ်ဳးမ်ိဳးေသာ လက္နက္မ်ား တပ္ဆင္ထားပါတယ္။ ARNO ၏ ဗဟိုေကာ္မတီအား ေအာက္ပါအတိုင္း ဖြဲ႕စည္းထားပါတယ္။ Continue reading “ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာအၾကမ္းဖက္မ်ားရဲ ့လ်ိဳ ့၀ွက္ခ်က္မ်ား ၀ီကီလိခ္စ္ မွ ဖြင့္ခ်ျပီ by James Mint”