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Myanmar: General asked to quit for son’s drug trade

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CJ: Shyamal Sarkar
In a rare instance, the Myanmar Army general whose son was arrested for dealing in drugs was asked to quit. The order to resign came from Myanmar’s military junta supremo senior general Than Shwe who seemed extremely annoyed..

IN AN instance, which is rare in military ruled Myanmar, a senior general was asked to resign. Lt gen Ye Myint, the head of the Special Operation Bureau (I) had to go because his son was arrested recently for being involved in drug trade.

The Myanmar junta supremo senior general Than Shwe had wanted the general to resign with immediate effect, the Myanmar media in exile reported.

Aung Zaw Ye Myint, the general’s son was picked up by the police on June 7, by a joint force of the military intelligence and the special branch of the police from his office Kyi Myin Dine Township. He owns the Yetagun Construction Company and was involved in executing government construction projects.

Besides drugs, a handgun, handcuffs and several million in Burmese currency notes were seized from his office. Several film celebrities, including actresses and a young tycoon, among one of the richest in Myanmar, were also nabbed on suspicion of being part of the drug ring. The film world people are out on bail. The general’s son was suspected to be supplying all kinds of drugs to the glamour crowd in Myanmar’s film world. Ecstasy, Yaba, Heroin and Methamphetamine among other drugs is said to be in high demand in the Myanmar film fraternity, media reports added.

Myanmar is the biggest source of Methamphetamine pills in Asia and the drug is trafficked not only to neighbouring countries like Thailand, Bangladesh and India but as far as the United States, according to reports of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Ironically, though trade in drugs is officially banned in Myanmar, the junta is known to turn a blind eye to many of its military officers and cronies making a fast buck from drug trafficking.

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This news proves who are indeed getting involved in drug trafficking in Burma. If you try to find who are behind the curtain, you will discover more.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis OCHA Situation Report No. 30

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1. Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar on 2 and 3 May 2008, making landfall in the Ayeyarwady Division and hitting the former capital, Yangon. Of 37 townships affected by the cyclone, 15 are considered to be ‘worst-affected’. Current estimates suggest that 2.4 million people were affected and 1.3 million people are estimated to have been reached so far by International NGOs, the Red Cross and the UN. Official figures as of 16 May state that 77,738 people have been killed and 55,917 are missing.

2. A Tripartite Core Group (TCG), consisting of high-level representative of the Government of Myanmar, ASEAN and the UN, was established at the donor conference on 25 May to oversee the coordination of relief assistance. The group’s fourth meeting took place on 11 June.

3. A joint relief and early recovery assessment (Post-Nargis Joint Assessment/PONJA) commenced on 5 June with training, an official launch on 9 June and deployment of assessment teams on 10 June. 160 assessment personnel in 32 teams were dispatched to Yangon Division and 15 personnel from three hub coordination teams to Pathein, Bogale and Pyapon on 10 June. On 11 June 35 personnel in 7 teams departed to villages in Yangon Division, 125 personnel in 25 teams departed for Ayeyarwady Division and 10 personnel from two hub coordination teams left for Labuta and Wakema. The assessment involves humanitarian needs and damage components: a Village Tract Assessment (VTA) and a Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA), for which field surveys in the 30 affected townships are planned between 10-19 June. Results from the VTA are expected before the end of June and will feed into a PONJA report and the revised Appeal. The assessment involves personnel from the Government of Myanmar, ASEAN member states, the UN, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, I/NGOs, the Myanmar Red Cross, the private sector and individual volunteers.

4. UN agencies report no major issues with obtaining visas, though in some cases delays of up to ten days have been reported. Overall, 195 visas have been issued to UN staff involved in the ongoing operation as of 10 June. Visas are being extended by the authorities without major obstacles. International NGOs are experiencing greater difficulties, with visa requests in some cases pending for up to three weeks. Despite some problems, it should be noted that several NGOs that have not worked in Myanmar before and do not have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Myanmar have still been issued with visas. NGO Merlin has received 16 travel authorisations for presence in the affected areas until the end of August. UN staff have been travelling to the Ayeyarwady delta in increasing numbers with Government approval and more than 90 international UN staff have visited the affected-areas as of 9 June (excluding the visit of the UN Secretary General). Some International NGOs report problems in accessing the affected areas, with reports of organizations being turned away at police checkpoints despite proper authorization and, at times, unexplained withdrawals of authorization.

5. The Government of Myanmar’s New Light of Myanmar newspaper reports that 911 foreign aid workers were provided with visas between 5 May and 5 June 2008. 569 people have been authorized to work in the cyclone-affected areas during the same period. 458 visas were reportedly provided to staff from the UN and NGOs, 357 for nationals of ASEAN and neighbouring countries to provide medical assistance and 96 visas for meeting attendees. The newspaper reports that 342 people provided with visas have left Myanmar during this time.

6. The Government of Myanmar’s Minister of Planning briefed UN agencies, Inter-Governmental Organizations and I/NGOS on ‘Guiding Principles for carrying out aid and assistance activities for the cyclone victims’ on 10 June. IASC members have expressed concern that, if followed, it will negatively affect ongoing emergency relief operations. Organizations are to seek approval for their activities from the relevant line Ministry and the Tripartite Core Group (TCG). Visas and importation of relief items are to be authorized by line Ministries and the TCG. Detailed listings of relief supplies and distribution plans are to be shared with line Ministries and Township Coordination Committees. Supplies are to be ‘temporarily kept in Yangon’. Domestic travel arrangements are to be shared with line Ministries and Township Coordination Committees are to be informed of travel arrangements.

7. The Myanmar Cyclone Flash Appeal is appealing for US$201 million for UN agencies and NGOs to meet the most urgent needs. The appeal is 42.6% funded as of 11 June, with firm contributions of US$85 million and a further US$51 million in uncommitted pledges. According to the OCHA Financial Tracking System (FTS) US$168 million has been committed for all relief operations as of 11 June, with a further US$108 million in uncommitted pledges. For updated information on financial contributions please visit the OCHA Financial Tracking System (FTS) website at Donors are encouraged to verify contributions and inform FTS of corrections and additional information at


8. The New Light of Myanmar newspaper reports that Prime Minister General Thein Sein, who is also the Chairman of the National Disaster Preparedness Central Committee (NDPCC), continues with visits to cyclone-affected areas, visiting Twantay, Kawhmu and Kungyangon townships on 10 June. This follows visits to the Delta by helicopter earlier this week.

9. IFRC reports that the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement has reached more than 250,000 beneficiaries with water, food and other relief items as of 9 June. More than 189,950 of the beneficiaries are located in the Ayeyarwady delta. Approximately 10,000 people per day are being reached. Some 11,000 families in Ayeyarwady division and the four worst-affected townships in the Yangon division have received shelter materials, family kits and hygiene kits in the last week. Distribution of shelter materials is a priority and distribution of more than 7,500 tarpaulins is planned in Kyaiklat, Labutta, Mawlamyinegyun, Nagapudaw and Kungyangon. A total of 915 tonnes of Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement relief supplies have arrived in Yangon by air as of 8 June. There are currently four MRCS warehouses in Yangon and four logistics bases are currently being established at MRCS hubs in Labutta, Bogale, Pathein and Pyapon.


10. The following information is provided by the clusters, which meet regularly to coordinate the humanitarian response of national and international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and UN agencies. For more detailed up-to-date information relating to cluster activities please visit the Humanitarian Information Centre (HIC) website: For the latest maps please visit:

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 12, 2008 at 5:03 am

World focus on Burma (12 June 2008)

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Providing refuge after the storm: Cyclone survivors in Myanmar …
Church World Service (press release), IN –
Like many in Myanmar (Burma), the road to recovery will be long and arduous for Hnin, Tin Sien, his baby girl and the 240 people in their village who also …
Myanmar: General asked to quit for son’s drug trade
Merinews, India –
In a rare instance, the Myanmar Army general whose son was arrested for dealing in drugs was asked to quit. The order to resign came from Myanmar’s military …
Drop ’em!
Nor’Wester, Canada –
You’ve heard of Myanmar? I hadn’t, not in school. In school we learned about Burma, although not much. We were too busy learning about the little African …
Myanmar state media defends Suu Kyi house arrest extension into …
[JURIST] Myanmar law allows the continued detention of pro-democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the government-run …
Satellites confirm Ethiopia destruction – US group
Reuters South Africa, South Africa –
AAAS has used satellite images to support reports of widespread abuses in Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Burma, Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan. …
Daw Suu awarded the freedom of Dundee
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 12, 2008 (DVB)–Burma’s pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is to be awarded the freedom of the Scottish city of Dundee, it was announced on Monday …
USDA joins cyclone efforts to boost image
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that 264 youth members of the USDA would carry out reconstruction tasks in cyclone-hit areas of …
NLD members made to sign agreement
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 12, 2008 (DVB)–One of 15 National League for Democracy members freed from detention on Monday said they had to sign a document before their release …
Nargis disrupts Myanmar’s planting season
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
By our reporter in Myanmar A brace of tail-wiggling piglets squeal and grunt as they push each other aside to reach their mother’s teats. …
Pyapon’s Economy in Ruins
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In an official statement, the Myanmar [Burma] Fisheries Federation said that a total of 17876 fishermen were killed in Burma by the cyclone and another 9612 …
‘Turn Around and Go Back to Yangon’
ABC News – 2
Myanmar, also known as Burma, was hammered by Cylone Nargis some five weeks ago. The reclusive junta that governs this impoverished nation has been …
Minister Power announces airlift of humanitarian aid to Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Kildare – to Burma/ Myanmar for the victims of Cyclone Nargis. This cargo of plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans and …
As donors disappear, cyclone survivors fend for themselves
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Bar Ku, a local donor in Bogalay, explained: ‘In Burma, it is not possible for citizens to feed one another for a long time. Everybody has to struggle for …
Myanmar to leader to resign
OpEdNews, PA –
They often visited Thailand and Singapore for alleged drug trafficking. Several film stars in Burma were also taken into custody.
Local airman flew 1st US relief to Myanmar
Toledo Blade, OH –
For the next two days, the storm battered and flooded huge swaths of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, Thailand’s neighbor to the northwest. …
CampaignWatch – June 2008
Ethical Corporation Magazine, UK –
Chevron became a co-owner of the pipeline, along with French oil giant Total and the Burmese junta-owned Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprises, when it bought …
Ask a question about Burma
Labour Party, UK –
Next week Meg Munn, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign Office will be answering your questions about Burma. Please post your comments and …
More disasters for Myanmar
Tulsa Beacon, Tulsa –
Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) military dictatorship has prevented aid relief from reaching its 2.4 million cyclone victims but allowed delivery of condoms to …
Diseases common in cyclone-hit areas but ‘no outbreak’: MSF, India –
Meanwhile, Burma’s military rulers said “So far, there has been no outbreak of contagious disease and epidemic in the cyclone-affected areas,” as the …
ACN: more than 100000 euros for Nargis victims in Myanmar, Italy –
With this contribution, the total amount of aid sent by ACN the former Burma amounts to 110000 euros. The archbishop of Yangon, Charles Bo, explains that is …
Burma: One million survivors not yet reached
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Since the Cyclone Nargis struck on May 3 the military regime in Burma, or Myanmar, has issued 180 visas for UN staffers to enter the South-east Asian …
Aung San Suu Kyi deserves flogging like ‘naughty child’: Junta, India – o
The junta listing Malaysia, Singapore, US and Britain as countries that apply anti-terror laws said, “Myanmar [Burma] is not the only country that …
Dalai distances himself from Sharon’s comment
Daily News & Analysis, India –
“Tragedy in Tibet, tragedy in Burma (Myanmar), tragedy in China, all this is karmic … but her particular sort of comment — that I don’t know,” winner of …
Myanmar: Cost of rice still increasing
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
A representative from Champion rice warehouses told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that Pawsan Mwe, Burma’s highest quality long-grain rice, had shot up in …
Disaster standards needed in Asia
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The recent earthquake in China, the cyclone in Burma, and the slow onset famine in North Korea have all brought to the fore the absence of agreed upon …
Africa: Continent, Failed States And Purpose of Government, Washington –
In Myanmar or Burma, the government, an outright failure, did the same in the recent disaster that hit the country. The same is happening in Zimbabwe. …
Asean workshop warned against overly ambitious human rights body
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Burma’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in September overshadowed the November summit. It threatens to haunt the next meeting as well, …
Freedom of Dundee for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Glasgow Daily Record, UK –
The honour from Dundee City Council will be accepted on her behalf in September by the director of the Burma Campaign UK.
Intelligence officials assigned to keep eye on TCG, India –
More than a month after the cyclone lashed Burma on May 2 and 3, leaving 133000 dead or missing, the United Nations estimates that more than one million …
ASEAN team gains ‘full access’ to Burma
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Southeast Asian and UN experts will have full access to cyclone-devastated parts of Burma, where more than a million people have still not received any …
Rainy season further threatens Myanmar
Indian Catholic, India –
… that there are still thousands of people affected by the hurricane, still needing help, and he called on the world not to forget the people of Burma.
Burma Red Tape Delays Cyclone Aid, Agencies S
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP / RANGOON Ten thousand pregnant women among Burma’s estimated 2.4 million cyclone survivors are in urgent need of proper care, a UN official said …
Ten WFP Helicopters Fail to Bring Enough Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“We explained to them that the ICRC assistance is relatively limited to some specific areas in support of the Myanmar [Burma] Red Cross. …
In the calm before the storm, New Zealand –
Myanmar has been under a brutal military dictatorship since 1962. The country’s name was officially changed from Burma to Myanmar in 1989 by the State Peace …
Myanmar Generals Should be Tried for Cyclone Victims Genocide …
OpEdNews, PA –
The UN could not do anything for Burma. They could not count even the deaths after last September’s uprising. Since then we have deeply disappointed by the …
RI running out of time to play key role in Myanmar
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
A month after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar, more than one million people severely affected by the storm have yet to receive any food, water, or shelter, …
Burma still struggling 40 days after cyclone
Radio Australia, Australia –
Craig Strathern from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Myanmar says the doors are starting to open. STRATHERN: In the past week we have been …
MAP International provides medical aid to devastated Myanmar – 11 …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is one of the poorest countries in Asia. According to the World Food Program, about five million people in Myanmar lack …
Global Community Of
Black Star News, NY –
… and Russia in the United Nations Security Council, who have blocked intervention of various sorts in places like Zimbabwe, Darfur and Myanmar (Burma). …
Warsawan Returns From Myanmar, Says Cyclone Survivors Still At Risk
Times-Union Newspaper, IN –
Joe Wilkey, executive director of World Compassion Network, a Warsaw-based relief organization, recently returned from Myanmar (Burma). …
Suu Kyi should be beaten says junta
Metro, UK –
By contrast, Burma’s ruling generals – recently criticised over the response to the deadly cyclone – were ‘the parent of the people’ and had exercised …
Rainy Season Further Threatens Myanmar
Zenit News Agency, Italy –
Cyclone-devastated regions of Myanmar stand to lose the little shelter that remains as the rainy season brings torrential downfalls. …
Author: “End of Food” Maybe Near
I mean you can look at the dysfunction in Myanmar, formally Burma, or you can look at, you know, distribution problems in sub-Saharan Africa. …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
Question: Okay, one question about Burma. There are credible reports from the ground that aid does not reach the hard-hit area and that the monks and others …
Nu Image/Millennium Breaking Three Musketeers Out of Mothballs
Rotten Tomatoes, CA –
I also liked how the setting was Myanmar (previously Burma). Maybe he can do Rambo in Sudan, as that country is going to be a giant bag of suck for a while.
UN: 10000 pregnant women need care in Burma
USA Today –
Rangoon, Burma (AP) — Ten thousand pregnant cyclone survivors are in urgent need of proper care in Burma, a UN expert said Wednesday, as relief agencies …
Volunteers send aid through Burma’s (Myanmar’s) back door
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
No, Ms. Finke elected to fly here June 11 to join a grassroots effort for cyclone relief and civil empowerment for Burma (Myanmar), run by the father of her …
BURMA: One Million Survivors Not Yet Reached – UN
Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
Since the Cyclone Nargis struck on May 3 the military regime in Burma, or Myanmar, has issued 180 visas for UN staffers to enter the South-east Asian …
Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 11 June 2008
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY –
… recent weather catastrophes that have wiped out rice fields in Myanmar (Burma), or the virulent wheat disease now infecting crops in Iran as well as in …
… identified as Tan Zhiwei and Tan Zhiman were originally involved in setting up a gambling organisation in Myanmar (Burma) and then branched out into …
Xola Consulting to Share Adventure Tourism Insights at Yunnan …
Newswire Today (press release), UK –
… markets around the world including Central and South America, North Africa and Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), India and Nepal.
Burma will not face food-shortage: Junta minister, India –
The Burmese junta’s official mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar, on Wednesday quoted the Minister of National Planning and Economic Development U Soe Tha, …
NLD says new constitution null and void, India –
It is the presentation of our position to the people in Burma and also to the international community including the UN which observed the referendum to see …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 12, 2008 at 4:37 am

Burma: updated top news (12 June 2008)

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The Southern Ledger

UN: 35000 pregnant women need care in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Up to 35000 pregnant cyclone survivors are in urgent need of proper care in Myanmar, a UN expert said Wednesday, as relief agencies again raised concerns about the junta’s willingness to accept foreign aid.

Myanmar red tape delays cyclone aid, agencies say International Herald Tribune
Burma says no tax taken from aid The Press Association
The Associated Press
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National Post

UN’s Myanmar appeal only 44 percent funded

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The United Nations says it has raised less than half of its goal for relief operations in Myanmar more than five weeks after a cyclone devastated the country. The UN says it set out to raise $201 million but so far has gotten …
UN official says pregnant Myanmar cyclone victims in urgent need … International Herald Tribune
Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Appeal Is Only 40% Funded, UN Says Bloomberg
Los Angeles TimesAFPToledo BladeWall Street Journal
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RI running out of time to play key role in Myanmar

Jakarta Post –

A month after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar, more than one million people severely affected by the storm have yet to receive any food, water, or shelter, and the so-called “second wave” of dying from disease, thirst, and hunger has begun in earnest.

Myanmar says detention of democracy leader legal The Associated Press

Burma’s Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged: junta ABC Online

ReutersNew York

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Christian Science Monitor

Volunteers send aid through Burma’s (Myanmar’s) back door

Christian Science Monitor –

No, Ms. Finke elected to fly here June 11 to join a grassroots effort for cyclone relief and civil empowerment for Burma (Myanmar), run by the father of her friend who was calling to urge her to come. For most volunteers hoping to help, Burma seems …

Six Weeks After Cyclone, Burma Devastation Remains Uncertain Voice of America

In Burma, A Crime for Civil Society to Provide Relief? AlterNet

Mizzima.comUSA TodayToronto StarChristian Science Monitor

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All American Patriots (press release)

Burma still struggling 40 days after cyclone

Radio Australia –
Craig Strathern from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Myanmar says the doors are starting to open. STRATHERN: In the past week we have been fortunate enough to have a number of our own staff – both locally employed and expatriate …
Canada donation helps speed up Burma aid
BURMA: One Million Survivors Not Yet Reached – UN Inter Press Service (subscription)
Mizzima.comVoice of AmericaRTE.ieRadio Australia
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 12, 2008 at 4:30 am