Yesterday (12 March) fresh fighting between Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) and Burma army occurred when the Burmese army opened fire at an SSPP/SSA soldier who left the base to fetch water near-by in Tangyan Township, northern Shan State. Afterward, Burma army continued its assault to overrun the SSA base and the fight continues until today, local sources said.
Sicknesses are spreading among children living in the Kutupalong and Leda unofficial refugee camps. Anwer, a refugee committee member from Kutupalong makeshift camp, said that many children from ages 5 to 7 are getting sick with chicken pox, measles, pneumonia or coming down with fevers.
The police in Arakan state are planning to charge some social activists who recently led a protest against the authorities plans to build a permanent homes for Muslim refugees who left their homes in last year’s Arakan conflicts, said a women activist Ma Nyo who is in the list of those to be charged.
The Wa headquarters in Panghsang has faulted on the cumbersome bureaucratic practice across the border in Meng A (Mong Nga in Shan) for its failure to issue a border pass to the group’s delegates in time to join the latest round of peace talks in Ruili on 11-12 March, according to the sources on the Sino-Burmese border.
Following her confrontation with villagers at a Buddhist chapel in Se Tel, near the Latpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Region, Aung San Suu Kyi finally left the village at about 2:15 pm on Thursday and was taken to another site at nearby Lakekhun Mountain, a resident living in Se Tel told Mizzima.
Speaking on the 4th day of the 6th session of the Amyotha Hluttaw (National Assembly), Kachin State Constituency # 1 MP Khet Hting Nan laid the blame for the country’s being on the top opium producers list to internal discord since Independence in 1948, reported Hot News, 14-20 March issue.
Wanbao-logo-1Both of the contractors at the Latpadaung copper mine—the Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Ltd and Myanma Economic Holdings—have welcomed the Inquiry Commission’s report and confirm that they will follow its recommendations.
Singapore’s National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the island-state is looking to Myanmar to be a source for produce, particularly seafood and vegetables, according to Singapore media reports.
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