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  • Students from war zone stranded in towns

    As war clouds gather in central Shan State, students who are finishing their final exams say they might be stuck in towns where they have been studying, according to sources from Lashio and Mandalay.The Burma Army has closed passage of moter vehicles goin...
  • All roads to Shan rebel base closed

    Motor roads leading to Wanhai in Kehsi township, where the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ that has refused to go along with Naypyitaw’s Border Guard Force (BGF) program run by junta officers, have been closed since Sunday, 20 February, according to r...
  • Junta army beefing up after fight

    21 truckloads of men, supplies and ammo were dispatched to the site of the one and half hour long fight between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army (SSA) South which took place last night, according to local and rebel sources. ...
  • More Wa wings clipped

    Following its refusal to renew operating license of the Wa’s Yangon Airways in December, Naypyitaw has ordered closure of its Hongpang bus line that runs between Tachilek, opposite Thailand’s Mae Sai, and Kengtung, 160 km north of the border, accordin...
  • Wa, Shan disclaim responsibility for shelling junta border base

    Plan for the inauguration of the new sub-township in Mongton township, opposite Chiangmai’s Wiang Haeng district, today has been postponed following shelling by an unknown armed group on Friday night (18 February), according to sources from the border.T...
  • Heroin seized in Thailand not from Wa

    Businesspeople in Shan State East say it was unlikely the Wa would have anything to do with the 195 kg haul in Thailand’s Phrae on Friday, as alleged by some Thai drugbusters. Bangkok Post, 21 February issue, quoted Pornthep Eamprapai, director of Narc...
  • New Alliance fast becoming the only game in town

    The United Nationalities Federal Council. (UNFC), the newest coalition formed in a 5-day conference last week on the Thai-Burma border, could well become the only non-Burman ethnic alliance worth talking about, according to some co-founding members. ...
  • Shan-Danu chosen as Chief Minister of Shan State

    Naypyitaw may have made the right decision when they chose a man approachable for all and sundry as Shan State’s chief minister on 15 February, according to sources coming from the state capital Taunggyi. Sao Aung Myat, 47, Shan-Danu, is a scion of the...
  • Politics taking side seat to military in new alliance

    By choosing a bona fide military man, General Mutu Saypo of the embattled Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the armed wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), to head the Central Executive Committee of the newest alliance, the United Nationalities Fed...
  • Humor from Burma

    Gen Nban La Awng of Kachin Independence Army and leader of the newly formed Committee for Emergence of Federal Union (CEFU) is a man with a deep sense of wry humor. Here are three of the notable quips he made during a recent meeting: ...
  • Land grab for new regional command triggers mass exodus

    Confiscation of land without compensation in Namzang and Kunhing townships, where the latest regional command “Middle East” is being set up since last month, has led to thousands of people fleeing to the Thai-Burma border, according to social workers ...
  • Ex-premier Chuan rocks tour boat in Shan East

    A low profile visit by former Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, last month has prompted junta leaders to impose stiff restrictions on tour buses coming from the kingdom into Burma’s Shan State East, according to sources on the Thai-Burma border. ...
  • Poi Sanglong ‘Novice Ordination ceremony’ of Joti Shan held in northern Burma

    The Joti Shans aka Tai Jotis or Joti Tai people who believe in Buddhism under the Joti Sect, are celebrating their 19th anniversary of Poisanglong, the traditional ceremony of the Tai male children are honored as 'princes' before being ordained as novice ...
  • Burma Army deploys more tanks to Shan army’s territory

    Burma Army is reinforcing more troops and tanks to military front line areas in Shan State South’s Mongnawng township, opposite Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’’s controlled territory, according to local sources. ...
  • Security beefed up at Shan VP’s home in Shan State North

    Local authorities in Lashio, Shan State North, have begun to construct concrete walls and barbed wire fences around the house of Dr Sai Mawk Kham who became Vice Preident #2 of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (RUM), the new name for Burma, on Saturda...
  • Police force in new command attacked

    Police force in Kali sub-township of Shan State South’s Kunhing township, was attacked by an unknown gunman on Sunday night, wounding at least 2 on the police side, according to local reports.“He came ina motorbike and fired at the police quarters abo...
  • Villagers under new command facing army’s abuses

    Villagers in Shan State South’s Kunhing township, where military junta expands its newly installed ‘Middle East’ regional command, have been severely suffering abuses from local Burma Army soldiers when the project is conducted again, according to r...
  • Militia recruitment begins in northeastern command

    Village headmen in area under Northeastern Region Command in Shan State North have been instructed to recruit people in their area concerned and send them to its command’s headquarters based in Lashio within a week, according to local sources. ...
  • Sai Mawk Kham: As I knew him

    He was a freshman at the Mandalay University in the 1968-69 academic year. I, like Sai Kham Lake, later to become the famous song writer, was in the third year. He later emerged as a prominent activist in the Ma Ha Toe movement, the Shan’s version of t...
  • Second Lady in waiting has a pleasant shock

    Nang Shwe Hmone, the better half of Dr. Sai Mawk Kham, Shan presidential nominee of Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) Lashio, says she is shocked and pleased when hearing the name of her husband in the list of presidential nominees. ...

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