Two weeks to abandon
your rice paddies or face a month in prison.” That was what Kyauktan
Township authorities told rice farmer Bar Lue and scores of others like him who
make their livelihoods from cultivating rice paddies in the vicinity of the
2,400-hectare Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) mega-project.
Burma’s government reached an agreement with ethnic Kachin rebels on Monday to
work to end a bloody conflict that has cast a shadow over the country’s
progress in moving away from almost half a century of repressive military rule.
RANGOON — A
blast and an ensuing fire destroyed two tankers carrying oil on Rangoon’s
Hlaing River on Monday afternoon, killing four crew members and injuring six
others, the Rangoon Fire Fighters Department said.
Thousands of Muslim
Rohingyas, who were uprooted after sectarian clashes in western Burma last
year, are still not registered as internally displaced persons (IDPs) by the
government and continue to be denied humanitarian assistance, local sources