Final installment looks at historical ties between Russia and Burma and whether geopolitical tensions will draw them together, or pit them as competitors
- BRIEF – Clashes reported in northern Shan State
Clashes between the Burmese Military and armed rebels resumed in eastern Burma on Monday, the Shan State Army – North (SSA-N) told DVB. An SSA-N spokesperson, Col. Sai La, said that heavy fire from both sides of the conflict began at about 6am on Monday and continued until noon near the rebel headquarters in Wanhai, Kehsi Township, in the northern part of Shan State. The spokesman estimated that there are about 1,000 Burmese soldiers from ten battalions active in the area. The SSA-N signed a new ceasefire with the central government in January 2012.
- BRIEF – Burma has hopes for nuclear reactors, minister says
Burma is preparing human resources for nuclear technology and will begin building nuclear reactors once it has adequate infrastructure, Ko Ko Oo, minister for science and technology, said on Monday during a parliamentary session. According to the New Light of Myanmar, he said nuclear reactors are necessary for research purposes, but Burma still needs to establish protection measures against nuclear radiation, draft laws for the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and develop human resources in that sector.
- BUSINESS – Rangoon cyber-city given go-ahead
Burma’s President Thein Sein has given the green light to the Rangoon divisional government to build a cyber-city similar to that of Pyin Oo Lwin in Mandalay Region. No site has yet been announced for the proposed IT centre, which is expected to cover 500-600 acres and include facilities for software production, communications and electronics factories, and IT colleges.
- BRIEF – Pegu reporter fined for organising protest without permission
Pegu’s Prome-based reporter Yae Khe was fined 20,000 kyat, about $20, under the charges of violating the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law for organising a protest without obtaining permission from the authorities. Yae Khe, a freelance reporter for Mizzima News, was detained and charged in April because he had staged a protest for the release of then-jailed DVB video reporter Zaw Pe.
- BRIEF – Jade mines to re-open in Kachin state
The Ministry of Mining’s Myanmar Gem Enterprise announced that jade mines in Kachin State will be re-opened in September after a two-year closure amid fighting between the Burmese army and the Kachin Independence Army. Jade mining companies can extend their operating licenses and registration at the Myanmar Gem Enterprise’s headquarters ahead of the 1 September opening, the department said.
- BRIEF – N Korea offers Burma guidance on media standards
The North Korean embassy in Rangoon has invited members of Burma’s Interim Press Council to tour the hermit kingdom. While offering to share insight into press standards, the Pyongyang ambassador on Wednesday iterated a wish for Burmese media to report news about his country in a “true voice”. Press council member Kyaw Min Swe, told DVB that they have not responded to the request.
- BUSINESS – Air Mandalay to buy six aircraft from Mitsubishi
Air Mandalay signed an aircraft purchase agreement with Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp to purchase six Mitsubishi Regional Jets worth about US$281 million, according to Burmese state media. Delivery for these jets, valued at about $46.8 million each, will start in 2018. At full capacity, they will be able to hold up to 80 passengers. Air Mandalay is the first Asian air carrier outside of Japan to use Mitsubishi aircraft.
- BRIEF – EU to provide 4m euros to tackle climate change in Burma
The European Union has provided 4 million euros in assistance for a four-year programme between the government’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). This aid will go towards implementing the Myanmar Climate Change Alliance programme, which will address climate change situations in the country’s national policies. An MoU was signed in Naypyidaw on 10 July to formalise this agreement.
- BRIEF – Clashes reported in northern Shan State
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- 02 Three farmers sentenced to three years for plough protest in Sagaing
- 03 Women’s rights activists stand trial in Chin State for protesting against army rape
- 04 Brides-to-China trafficking ring uncovered in Shan State
- 05 Thai and Burmese armies to discuss refugee repatriation in August
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- 02 Ceasefire language must be ‘simple and coherent’, says Thein Sein
- 03 Burma’s labour ministry to sue Korean factory owners
- 04 Three farmers sentenced to three years for plough protest in Sagaing
- 05 KIA requests two deserters be handed over by Burmese army
- 06 US, UK express concerns on jailing of Burmese journalists
- 07 Suu Kyi, other politicians pay respect for Martyrs Day
- 08 Burmese newspaper publisher arrested in Thailand
- 09 Leprosy: suffering in silence
- 10 Ratifying ILO convention should be child’s play
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