The Border Consortium (TBC), an umbrella group of NGOs which supplies humanitarian relief to some 140,000 refugees at the Thai-Myanmar border, has launched an emergency appeal to collect 13 million Thai baht (US $433,000) which it says it needs to replace essential food, homes and community buildings destroyed at Mae Surin refugee camp in a devastating fire on Friday.
Hundreds of Chinese owned trucks laden with timber have crossed from Kachin state into China over the past few weeks. Timber being transported to China has increased during the recent lull in fighting between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burma army.
Two Burmese monks were arrested by the Bangladesh border security force, BGB, on Thursday at a border checkpoint located at Teknaf and Cox’sbazar highway where they entered into Bangladesh illegally, said an authority report.
The US Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Mr. Fredrick Barton attended a press conference in Loikaw for discussions on conflict resolution and landmine education during his first trip to Kayah state in Myanmar. Mr. Barton was accompanied by US Ambassador Derek Mitchell during the visit to the Kayah's state capital city. Both US politicians met with Kayah State Minister Khin Maung Oo for frank discussions about assistance for landmine victims, the peace process and other items related to development of the state.
Khonumthung News Group will start publishing a monthly print newspaper in Burmese in May. The news group just received the green light from the Ministry of Information and Publication Department (Copyrights and Registration Division). A registration card was issued for the monthly publication on March 22.
The Ministry of Information announced on March 25 that in a second round of licensing eight more private daily newspapers have been granted permission to publish, bringing the total of permitted daily publications in Myanmar to 16.
Punj Lloyd Upstream Ltd, an Indian company which is building an extension of the Myanmar-China natural gas pipeline, has been accused of failing to compensate for damages relating to the construction of the pipeline.
Addressing more than 6,300 soldiers on Wednesday morning, Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing said that the military will continue to play a political role as the country transforms itself into a democracy, according to a report by Associated Press (AP).
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