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Zimbabwe’s election:Opposition Claims It Won Majority in Zimbabwe Vote

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Opposition Claims It Won Majority in Zimbabwe Vote
New York Times –
By BARRY BEARAK HARARE, Zimbabwe – The main opposition officially claimed victory Wednesday in the presidential election and urged President Robert G. Mugabe to concede, saying its tally showed the challenger Morgan Tsvangirai had won a slim majority.
Zimbabwe Opposition Declares Victory in Elections Voice of America
Resignation by Mugabe now appears less likely International Herald Tribune
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm

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World Focus on Burma (2 Apr 08)

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New Myanmar constitution keeps military
The Age, Australia
The country, formerly known as
Burma, has had no constitution since 1988, when the current junta seized power. Information Minister Kyaw Hsan last week …

 

Burma gas deal
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
PTTEP said in February that it would swap its 20%stake in Burma’s offshore Block M3 and M4 for the A4 and C1 blocks held by CNOOC. …
PINK:CEOHFBAK:PTTEP

 

Stalls, restaurants turning to Myanmar for cheaper rice
Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan
Hawkers and restaurant owners are switching to rice from
Myanmar instead of more expensive imports from Thailand to cope with global increases in rice …

 

Rambo: To Hell and Back review and win a double movie pass
Times Online – Auckland, New Zealand
… in
Thailand recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Saliveen River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighbouring Burma (Myanmar). …

 

Burma general arrives
Howrah News Service, India
The Union Cabinet sanctioned the funds under the “Aid to
Myanmar” project for the upgradation of Sittwe Port and Kaladan waterway.

 

Commentary: Yes or No?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway
Think of how the SPDC has killed people and how they are destroying various religions, especially in the September protests inside
Burma.

 

Kachin armed group deports Tibetan activists
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – An ethnic armed rebel group in Burma, acting under pressure from China, has reportedly arrested and deported two key Tibetan activists hiding in …

 

Authorities defend search time, Amber Alert delay
Salt Lake Tribune, United States –
public puzzled over why South Salt Lake police waited about 15 hours to issue an Amber Alert for the shy refugee of Burma, now known as Myanmar.

From Myanmar to US, trials follow girl’s family
Salt Lake Tribune, United States –
By Julia Lyon The family of slain 7-year-old Hser Nay Moo fled an authoritarian regime in Burma and spent 20 years as refugees in a camp in Thailand before

 

Setting fears aside, searchers combed area
Deseret News, UT –
Nearly 1100 people turned out Tuesday to search the neighborhoods of South Salt Lake, looking for any sign of the girl, an immigrant from Myanmar,

 

Girl, family came as refugees
Deseret News, UT –
The department reports numerous human rights violations documented in Myanmar, which it calls Burma, as well as displacement of ethnic minorities,

Dhaka – Naypyidaw Border Talks End Without Decision
Narinjara NewsBangladesh –
Bangladesh and Burma resumed the boundary talks after a break of 22 years. The two countries met on maritime borders to finalize their rights to the sea in

 

Constitution draft copy will be released soon
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – The national constitutional referendum convening commission will soon publish copies of Burma’s 2008 draft constitution, according to a

Myanmar’s Yetagun gas pipeline leaking – PTTEP
Reuters –
BANGKOK, April 2 (Reuters) – An offshore gas pipeline from Myanmar’s Yetagun gas field is leaking, causing a loss of supplies to Thailand of about 400-500 BAK:PTTEP

 

Myanmar General Arrives On Five-day Visit
NEWSPost IndiaIndia –
He added that 27 pro-democracy associations in India have organised the protest under the banner of Burma Campaign India. Burma is the old name of Myanmar.

 

Myanmar Bhuddist shrine raided
The Times, South Africa –
YANGON – An armed group raided a Buddhist shrine in eastern Myanmar and stole the corpse of a revered monk whose body had been displayed as a holy relic in

 

Suu Kyi’s party calls for ‘no’ vote on Myanmar constitution
Tolerance.caCanada –
A picture provided by Myanmar News Agency shows Myanmar‘s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon in 2007. Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League

 

Myanmar Opposition: Vote ‘No’ on Charter
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar‘s pro-democracy opposition party is calling for voters to cast their ballots against the military-backed draft constitution

 

Bangladesh Myanmar Maritime Talks Ends, But No Result
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –
The two-day technical meeting of Bangladesh and Myanmar on the delimitation of maritime boundary ended inconclusive as the parties failed to narrow down

 

UN: Global rice production to rise by 1.8 per cent
Earthtimes, UK –
China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), the Philippines and Thailand, where supply and demand are currently “rather stretched,” FAO said.

 

Myanmar junta sentences 40 protesters – Amnesty
Reuters India, India –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been under unbroken military rule since 1962, but is due to hold a referendum in May on a junta-drafted constitution

Leaked Burma constitution grants continued army power
Radio Australia, Australia –
The leaked copies are in the form of green paperbacks and are secretly circulating in the main city of Rangoon. The ruling junta plans to bring the

 

Burmese opposition urges ‘no’ referendum vote
Radio Australia, Australia –
North Korea and Myanmar agreed in April to restore relations, 24 years after a failed assassination attempt by North Korean agents on then-South Korean

 

Maung Aye meets President, PM
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): Vice Chairman of Myanmar’s ruling military junta Maung Aye today met President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and

 

Main Burmese Opposition Party Calls for Defeat of Draft Constitution
Voice of America 
Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won Burma’s last general elections in 1990, but the country’s military leaders ignored the result.

 

Exile Tibet radio claims China steps up jamming of news broadcasts
International Herald Tribune, France –
During pro-democracy protests in Myanmar late last year, the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma was a crucial source of information about what was

 

Glass coffin with body of revered Buddhist monk stolen from
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: A group of armed men on Wednesday stole the body of one of Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist monks, whose corpse has been preserved in a

 

Burma’s NLD Calls for a Referendum “No” Vote
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), called on the electorate for the first time on Wednesday to cast a “No”

 

“All I Ask Is That They Return My Daughter To Me,” Worried Father Says
KUTV, UT –
From Burma, much of the family does not speak English and the father is pictured here with a pair of interpreters. “All I ask is that they return my

 

Myanmar opposition says “No” to new constitution
Swissinfo, Switzerland –
Many of the former Burma’s 53 million people, as well as Western governments, dismiss the constitution and the roadmap as a blueprint for the army to

 

Thai PTTEP to Sign Swap Deal with CNOOC
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“They are investigating the reasons and we have to wait for information from Myanmar [Burma],” Anon said without eloborating. PTTEP, a subsidiary of top

Myanmar Opposition: Vote ‘No’ on Charter
The Associated Press –
After gaining independence from Britain, Myanmar, also known as Burma, experimented with democracy until 1962, when the military seized power. ..

 

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 2, 2008 at 6:46 am

World Focus on Burma (1 Apr 08)

Burmese protesters imprisoned
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
“Rather than comply with the Security Council’s appeals, the Myanmar [Burma] authorities have instead moved to the next phase of their crackdown and

 

Maritime Talks Between Dhaka and Naypyidaw After 21Years
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Dhaka: Delegations from Burma and Bangladesh started talking on Monday about the maritime boundary between the two neighboring countries while in Dhaka,

 

Burma Hands Over 30 Bangladeshi Migrants
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
He said that Burma’s border security force, Nasaka, brought the individuals from the Burmese town Maungdaw to Teknaf in a machine boat at noon on the day to

 

Thaksin to issue statement to defend himself related to soft loan
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will issue a statement to deny corruption allegations involving Bt4-billion soft loan to Burma, his lawyer said

 

Constitutional Power in the Hands of Commander in Chief
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The draft constitution clearly differs from Burma’s previous constitutions, in 1947 and 1974, when it states in Chapter 1, titled “State Fundamental

 

Russian Ambassador Opposes UN ‘Presidential Statement’ on Referendum
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
going to be conducted in Myanmar [Burma]: listing some criteria for the success or openness or the democratic nature of that referendum,” Churkin said.

 

Burma Deports Two Tibetan Activists to China
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP An ethnic minority group that was pressured by Beijing has deported to China two key Tibetan political activists who were hiding in northern Burma,

 

China nets Tibetan activists hiding in Myanmar
Merinews, India –
Chinese military authorities forced the ceasefire group, the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in Kachin state on the Sino-Burma Myanmar to hand over

 

Mekong countries focused on economic cooperation
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s New Light of Myanmar, meanwhile, ran a headline today proclaiming, “Myanmar, Lao share pleasure to witness each other’s development.

 

Sai Htee Saing: More Than a Shan Songster
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He gained national popularity early on after the government-owned Burma Broadcasting Service—now Myanmar Television and Radio Department—began to air his
Thai Premier’s ‘Flashback’ Visit to Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“If Myanmar [Burma] wants assistance [with its referendum] from Thailand, we are ready to offer help as a friendly country,” the former lawyer of ousted

 

Laity of the Land
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Myanmar’s leaders meditate,” he said upon his return to Bangkok, as if this fact alone should be enough to convince anyone that Burma’s despotic rulers are

 

After Red October
Chiang Mai City Life, Thailand –
For a brief time at the end of last year, the whole world woke up to the tragedy of Burma. Indignation grew as monks and protesters marched, reaching a peak

 

At least 40 protesters convicted in secret Myanmar trials: Amnesty
AFP –
BANGKOK (AFP) — At least 40 protesters in Myanmar, including seven Buddhist monks, have been sentenced to prison after secret trials over last year’s

 

UN rights council Myanmar resolution not strong enough
JURIST –
Aung Din [Executive Director, US Campaign for Burma]: “All the points mentioned in the resolution are truly strong and necessary.

 

Use ‘apartheid knowledge’ to help others
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
SOUTH Africa was urged yesterday to help end human rights crises in Somalia and other countries, like Sudan and Myanmar, by putting to use its experience in

 

Army-backed panel urges charges against Thaksin
The News – International, Pakistan –
The AEC accused Thaksin of a conflict of interest related to the loan, which was issued by the Export-Import Bank of Thailand so that military-ruled Myanmar

 

Thai investigators push for new Thaksin charges
Radio Australia, Australia –
The Assets Examination Committee is accusing Mr Thaksin of signing off on a loan by the Export-Import Bank of Thailand so that military junta in Burma could

 

Imprisoned for giving water to monks
Amnistía Internacional –
Three people in Myanmar were sentenced to prison for giving water to monks on the street. The three are among a wave of prison sentences handed down since

 

Burma draft constitution bars Suu Kyi
Guardian, UK –
Burma’s proposed new constitution, due to be put to a referendum next month, bars the detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from making a political
AEC rules thaksin must be indicted
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The panel alleged Thaksin had instructed Export-Import Bank of Thailand to extend the loan to Burma to secure business interests of Shin Satellite (ShinSat)

 

Burma constitution leaked amid ‘No’ vote push
Times Online, UK –
Burma’s generals intend to block the Burmese democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from ever leading her country, according to leaked copies of a new

 

Myanmar draft constitution entrenches military, blocks Suu Kyi: report
JURIST –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been governed without a constitution since the military regime took power in 1988 and talks on a new national charter

 

Myanmar’s draft constitution bars democracy leader and cements
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
YANGON, MyanmarMyanmar‘s draft constitution perpetuates military domination of politics and protects junta members from prosecution for past actions,

 

Myanmar’s draft constitution bars Suu Kyi from taking key posts
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
YANGON, March 31 (Kyodo) – Myanmar’s draft constitution bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president or a member of parliament in a

 

Myanmar’s draft constitution bars Suu Kyi, cements military role
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
The draft proposes to rename the country, which was called Burma until 1989, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. It is now called the Union of Myanmar.

 

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 2, 2008 at 6:41 am

Posted in World Focus on Burma

Tagged with ,

World Focus on Burma (1 Apr 08)

Burmese protesters imprisoned
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
“Rather than comply with the Security Council’s appeals, the Myanmar [Burma] authorities have instead moved to the next phase of their crackdown and

 

Maritime Talks Between Dhaka and Naypyidaw After 21Years
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Dhaka: Delegations from Burma and Bangladesh started talking on Monday about the maritime boundary between the two neighboring countries while in Dhaka,

 

Burma Hands Over 30 Bangladeshi Migrants
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
He said that Burma’s border security force, Nasaka, brought the individuals from the Burmese town Maungdaw to Teknaf in a machine boat at noon on the day to

 

Thaksin to issue statement to defend himself related to soft loan
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will issue a statement to deny corruption allegations involving Bt4-billion soft loan to Burma, his lawyer said

 

Constitutional Power in the Hands of Commander in Chief
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The draft constitution clearly differs from Burma’s previous constitutions, in 1947 and 1974, when it states in Chapter 1, titled “State Fundamental

 

Russian Ambassador Opposes UN ‘Presidential Statement’ on Referendum
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
going to be conducted in Myanmar [Burma]: listing some criteria for the success or openness or the democratic nature of that referendum,” Churkin said.

 

Burma Deports Two Tibetan Activists to China
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP An ethnic minority group that was pressured by Beijing has deported to China two key Tibetan political activists who were hiding in northern Burma,

 

China nets Tibetan activists hiding in Myanmar
Merinews, India –
Chinese military authorities forced the ceasefire group, the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in Kachin state on the Sino-Burma Myanmar to hand over

 

Mekong countries focused on economic cooperation
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s New Light of Myanmar, meanwhile, ran a headline today proclaiming, “Myanmar, Lao share pleasure to witness each other’s development.

 

Sai Htee Saing: More Than a Shan Songster
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He gained national popularity early on after the government-owned Burma Broadcasting Service—now Myanmar Television and Radio Department—began to air his
Thai Premier’s ‘Flashback’ Visit to Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“If Myanmar [Burma] wants assistance [with its referendum] from Thailand, we are ready to offer help as a friendly country,” the former lawyer of ousted

 

Laity of the Land
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Myanmar’s leaders meditate,” he said upon his return to Bangkok, as if this fact alone should be enough to convince anyone that Burma’s despotic rulers are

 

After Red October
Chiang Mai City Life, Thailand –
For a brief time at the end of last year, the whole world woke up to the tragedy of Burma. Indignation grew as monks and protesters marched, reaching a peak

 

At least 40 protesters convicted in secret Myanmar trials: Amnesty
AFP –
BANGKOK (AFP) — At least 40 protesters in Myanmar, including seven Buddhist monks, have been sentenced to prison after secret trials over last year’s

 

UN rights council Myanmar resolution not strong enough
JURIST –
Aung Din [Executive Director, US Campaign for Burma]: “All the points mentioned in the resolution are truly strong and necessary.

 

Use ‘apartheid knowledge’ to help others
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
SOUTH Africa was urged yesterday to help end human rights crises in Somalia and other countries, like Sudan and Myanmar, by putting to use its experience in

 

Army-backed panel urges charges against Thaksin
The News – International, Pakistan –
The AEC accused Thaksin of a conflict of interest related to the loan, which was issued by the Export-Import Bank of Thailand so that military-ruled Myanmar

 

Thai investigators push for new Thaksin charges
Radio Australia, Australia –
The Assets Examination Committee is accusing Mr Thaksin of signing off on a loan by the Export-Import Bank of Thailand so that military junta in Burma could

 

Imprisoned for giving water to monks
Amnistía Internacional –
Three people in Myanmar were sentenced to prison for giving water to monks on the street. The three are among a wave of prison sentences handed down since

 

Burma draft constitution bars Suu Kyi
Guardian, UK –
Burma’s proposed new constitution, due to be put to a referendum next month, bars the detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from making a political
AEC rules thaksin must be indicted
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The panel alleged Thaksin had instructed Export-Import Bank of Thailand to extend the loan to Burma to secure business interests of Shin Satellite (ShinSat)

 

Burma constitution leaked amid ‘No’ vote push
Times Online, UK –
Burma’s generals intend to block the Burmese democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from ever leading her country, according to leaked copies of a new

 

Myanmar draft constitution entrenches military, blocks Suu Kyi: report
JURIST –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been governed without a constitution since the military regime took power in 1988 and talks on a new national charter

 

Myanmar’s draft constitution bars democracy leader and cements
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
YANGON, MyanmarMyanmar‘s draft constitution perpetuates military domination of politics and protects junta members from prosecution for past actions,

 

Myanmar’s draft constitution bars Suu Kyi from taking key posts
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
YANGON, March 31 (Kyodo) – Myanmar’s draft constitution bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president or a member of parliament in a

 

Myanmar’s draft constitution bars Suu Kyi, cements military role
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
The draft proposes to rename the country, which was called Burma until 1989, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. It is now called the Union of Myanmar.

 

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 2, 2008 at 6:22 am

Posted in World Focus on Burma

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