27/9/2014 Since today morning firefight has been taking place between Government Army and Democratic Karen Buddhist Army in the Thai-Myanmar border town of Myawaddy. Villagers outside the town of myawaddy fled into Thai side of the river Moei sailing along tai eyes .5 killed and 10 injured in clash
Saturday, September 27, 2014
ထိုင္း-ျမန္မာနယ္စပ္ ျမဝတီၿမိဳအထြက္ အာရွလမ္းမႀကီးေပၚတြင္ အစိုးရ စစ္တပ္နဲ႔ ဒီမိုကေရစီ အက်ိဳးျပဳ ကရင္ အမ်ိဳးသား တပ္မေတာ္ (DKBA) တို႔ ရင္ဆိုင္ တိုက္ပြဲျဖစ္ပြားေနၿပီး၊ အနီးက ေဒသခံတခ်ဳိ႕ထြက္ေျပးတိမ္းေရွာင္ေနၾကရေၾကာင္း ဧရာဝတီက စံုစမ္းသိရွိ ရပါတယ္။
ဒီကေန႔ မနက္ ၁၁ နာရီေလာက္ကစၿပီး ျမဝတီၿမိဳ႕အထြက္အာရွလမ္းမႀကီးေပၚမွာ စတင္ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တာျဖစ္ၿပီး လက္နက္ ငယ္မ်ား အျပင္ အာပီဂ်ီမ်ားကိုပါ အသံုးျပဳပစ္ခတ္ေနတဲ့ အတြက္ ၿမိဳ႕ခံေတြအတြက္ပါ စိုးရိမ္စရာရွိေနတယ္လို႔ မ်က္ျမင္ ေတြက ေျပာပါ တယ္။
ျမဝတီၿမိဳ႕ ကရင္နယ္ျခားေစာင့္တပ္ BGF အဖြဲ႔ဝင္ အရာရွိတဦးက “ၿမိဳ႕ထဲကို လာတဲ့ စစ္ကားကို DKBA က အာပီဂ်ီနဲ႔ စထုလိုက္ တယ္လို႔ အဲတာကေန ႏွစ္ဘက္တိုက္ပြဲစျဖစ္တာလို႔ က်ေနာ္တို႔ သတင္းရတာပဲ။ အခုလည္း အာရွလမ္းမႀကီးေပၚမွာ တဝုန္းဝုန္းနဲ႔ ေဆာ္ေနၾကတယ္” လုိ႔ သူက ဧရာဝတီကို ေျပာပါတယ္။ Continue reading “#MYANMAR #BURMA #တိုက္ပြဲ ျဖစ္ေနသည္႔ ျမ၀တီျမိဳ႕ လက္ရွိ ျမင္ကြင္း”
A second time bomb was found near a roadside shop near the Township Court in Myawaddy, Kayin State on Tuesday at 8.50am, but police and military personnel were able to defuse it.
Police say they are investigating the incident as well as another time bomb that had been discovered the day before near the Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge.
Town resident Tin Pe alerted police after seeing a suspicious object in a black plastic bag near a shop. Police and military personnel were swift to arrive at the scene. They cleared the vicinity and placed a barricade of sandbags around the area.
The bomb was simple: a six by two inch iron rod filled with gunpowder and attached to a dial that showed it was intended to explode at noon, when the area is crowded.
Sergeant Kyaw Thein and Corporal Maung Maung Oo from Military Engineers Squad defused and removed the bomb at 9am.
A time-bomb was found near the Myanmar-Thai Friendship Bridge at around 6:30am on Sep 15 in the Myanmar border town of Myawady and authorities managed to defuse it in an hour, according to officials.
A military squad led by Sergeant Kyaw Thein had managed to deactivate the bomb at around 7:45am after the police on duty for the security of the bridge were reported by a street cleaner about it.
Sergeant Kyaw Thein confirmed that it was an explosive timed to blow up at 10:55am.
Officials speculated that it must have been dropped there easily at night with aims to explode at the time when the street is busy with people.
Two time-bombs were exploded at the same place on Feb 9, 2011 killing three people including a female shop owner and injuring several people.
A series of explosives was discovered at places around Myanmar recently, but this one was the latest one on a busy street near the bridge, found after the recent al-Qaeda threat targeting India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The 2005 blast caused the most casualties in Yangon. Myawady and Mae Sot are assumed as the most vulnerable border towns to terrorist attacks as they have a heavy flow of people going in and out.
The Myawady-Mae Sot Friendship Bridge, on the border between Myanmar and Thailand, collected over Ks 25 million (US$ 25,000) border fees in November from daily commuters and tourists.
Myanmar nationals top the list with 54,929 visitors who paid Ks 25,800,700 for the border fees. The bridge has also received US$ 3,830 (Ks 3.7 million) from 383 third party visitors and Bt 25,730 (Ks 785,000) from 2,573 Thai visitors.
“There were more Thai visitors this summer. We receive between 60 to 100 Thai visitors daily. Most of the foreigners came only after the Myawady border checkpoint had been opened as an international gateway,” said a border official.
Nearly 2,000 Myanmar nationals commute daily across the bridge. A total of 578,821 Myanmar nationals have passed through border checkpoints from January to November, paying over Ks 272 million (US$ 277,000) for border fees while only 25,490 Thai visitors crossed the bridge for the same period and paid Bt 254,900 (Ks 7.7 million).
A total of 3,195 foreign visitors visited Myawady over the past 11 months and paid US$31,950 in border fees.
While Thai visitors came to visit the pagodas in Myawady and the special economic zone, the majority of Myanmar visitors were workers, vendors and shoppers.
Although there is only one bridge to cross over Thaungyin River from Myawady to Mae Sot, there are around 20 legal and illegal boat rides regularly crossing the river.
“We charge Bt 10 (Ks 305) for Thai visitors and US$10 (Ks 9,820) as fees to enter Myawady,” said the official.
Myanmar nationals with temporary border passes are charged Ks 300 (US$ 0.30) while those without the border passes have to pay Ks 1,000 (US$ 1) to cross the border checkpoint to visit Thailand.
Foreign tourists will soon be permitted to enter Myanmar through border trade centers in Kayin State, bordering Thailand, said Zaw Min, the chief minister for the state at the ASEAN Economic Forum held on May 19 in Hpa-an, its capital city.
“As a preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the foreign tourists will be allowed to enter the country through the newly opened border trade centers such as Mawtaung, Hteekhee, Myawady and Pharathonesu in the state,” he said.
Currently there are few foreign tourists who entered the country through the centers and only one-day trip is allowed.
“There is a bridge built across Thaung Rin River between Myanmar and Thailand. As much as I know, the number of foreign tourists entering the country through the border is not much now.
But opening like this will likely attract more of them. And Thailand has received a lot of tourists currently. The tourists are also interested in visiting Kayin,” said a Myanmar resident from Maesot, a town in western Thailand.
source emg 12.february 2013
Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge over the Moei River will soon be renovated at a cost of over 40 million baht , according to the engineer incharge office of the road section of Thai government in Myawaddy Township.
See Sang Company Limited has already started renovating the bridge through Jet Ground system since January 8 and it was the company that constructed a new detour road of Dawna mountain on Myawady-Kawkareik motor road.
It is expected that the renovation of the bridge will be complete in the last week of coming June.
Thai chief engineer Mr. Paralong Yoot Kasinowong said that 40 million baht out of the budget for the new road of Myawady-Kawkareik would be spent on the renovation of the old bridge. The old bridge has been under renovation.
The flow of commodities and the travel of passengers are going well as before despite making repair of the bridge. The bridge repairs will be carried out without having an impact on local business to minimize loss and wastages.
Myanmar-Thai Friendship Bridge project started on October 20, 1994 and was inaugurated on August 15, 1997. The bridge is 13 meter wide and 420 meter long.