Friday, February 10, 2012

Rangoon factory workers’ protest spreads

10 February 2012
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A four-day workers’ strike at the Tai Yi footwear factory 
in an industrial zone in Rangoon Region on Thursday spread to a nearby factory. 

Bangladesh authorities arrest, jail and push back Rohingya

9 February 2012
Teknaf, Bangladesh: Bangladesh Police and Border Guard Bangladesh 
(BGB) personnel arrested several Rohingyas early in the morning on
February 7, while they were entering Bangladesh at the border point 
of Rongikhali, under the jurisdiction of the Teknaf police station,
according to an elder from Teknaf.

Healthy jump in Burma’s foreign trade

9 February 2012
(Mizzima) – Driven by increased natural gas exports, Burma’s foreign 
trade is expected to grow more than 30 percent, reaching US$ 16.1 billion 
in fiscal year 2011-12, the Ministry of Commerce reported. 

Police lurk as Rangoon strike continues

9 February 2012
Up to 2,000 factory workers on strike in Rangoon have been told they 
face possible dismissal if protests over salary and working conditions do
not end by the weekend.

The Tai-Yi shoe factory employees have until Sunday to return to work,
but a vow to push on until their demands are met has prompted police
to block roads leading to the Chinese-owned establishment in the Hlaing
Tharyar industrial zone.

Electricity: Burma’s Missing Ingredient for Success

10 February 2012
Amid all the expansive talk of Burma being on the cusp of an economic
boom, with special business zones, ports, railways, factories and half a 
million tourists queuing at the door, there’s one very vital ingredient