It is reported that today early morning Burma Army launched an attack against Shan bases on the Mao (Shweli) valley on the Sino-Burmese border, resulting in local people over 800 to flee for their safety across the border, said local news sources.
At least 9 people including children have been killed and several more injured on the border between Shan State’s Mongton township and Chiangmai since the annual water splashing festival last month, according to sources on the border.
(Narinjara- 9 May 2013): At least ten Arakanese, who were found guilty for their involvement in sectarian violence against the Muslims, were sentenced to prison by the Sittwe District court on 7 May last, said lawyers and relatives of the accused.
(Narinjara- 9 May 2013): An unexploded World War II bomb, weighing 64 kg was found in at Kyauk Pru Township of Arakan State in western Burma, said the authority. Recovered in a farm, the bomb is 27 inches in length and 30 inches in girth, and was not assembled with any projectile or propeller.
Guwahati: The transition of Burma (Myanmar) from a military controlled State to a partial democracy has resulted in some important decisions on the functioning of mainstream media there. The Burmese government has already ‘ended pre-publication censorship and also disbanded the censorship board known as Press Scrutiny and Registration Division’.
The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) says it expects to be able to resolve its differences with the Myanmar government’s Border Guard Force (BGF) following three days of hostilities at the end of April.
Thai-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said in a statement on Wednesday that the cancelation of amnesty for former political prisoner Nay Myo Zin is “a disturbing warning sign to former political prisoners conditionally released under section 401 (1)”.
A 12-member delegation from Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) left for a 10-day trip to Beijing on Wednesday at the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party, NLD spokesman Nyan Win told Mizzima.
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