The Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) that had signed the ceasefire agreement with Naypyitaw on 28 January 2012 is now facing another military campaign launched by the Burma Army, according to local sources.
The United Nations says its Kachin Response Plan is being revised to cover humanitarian requirements and to reflect changes in the situation. The new plan is expected any day now and will extend to the end of 2013, according to a statement by UNOCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).
Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was voted TIME magazine’s most influential person of the decade on Wednesday, narrowly defeating pop star Lady Gaga, US President Barack Obama and Google founder Larry Page.
Myanmar opposition leader and newly anointed Most Influential Person of the Decade Aung San Suu Kyi rounded off her visit to Japan with a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Thursday.
About 800 residents of Maday Island in Kyaukphyu Township turned out on Thursday evening to protest against the gas and oil pipeline project that is backed by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which recently opened an office in the area, according to the officials of Maday Island Development Committee.
Fort the first time the Karen Education Department and the Karen Teachers Working Group held a summer camp for teacher training in a government controlled area. The training was held in Pway Poe Kla village, east of Dawei, in Southern Burma. The training was made possible because of the ceasefire agreement reached between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Burma government in January 2012.
The once forested slopes of the hills around Kyeik Pe Lor village are now surrounded by rubber trees or burnt black in preparation for the planting of more rubber trees. Forests have been burnt to the ground. The burnt land once was part of the villager’s rotation rice farming, but now has been taken over by a company for a rubber plantation project.
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