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Kengtawng hydro-power plant opened without informing locals
Junta authorities in Southern Shan State held the opening ceremony of the Kengtawng Hydro power plant in Kengtawng sub-township, Mongnai township, Langkher district, but did not inform the local people, according to sources.
People in Shan State unaware of Independence Day
Many people from several townships in Shan State were not invited to participate in the 61st anniversary of Independence Day and even more were unaware of the celebrations, according to sources from Shan State.
Candles in the Dark: The Diaries of SSSNY Students
If you are still wondering why the people of Burma, especially the non-Burmans, including even the underage youth, are up in arms against their military rulers, maybe this one will clinch the matter.
SHRF MONTHLY REPORT - DECEMBER 2008
Thai firm wants road through rebel territory
Saraburi Coal Mining, a Thai firm that has recently been granted a concession by Naypyitaw to extract coal from Mongkok, 70km north of Chiangrai border, is applying for permission to build a road through the area operated by the anti-Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) South, according to a highly-placed security source.
Weekly Diary, No. 332 (13 – 27 December 2008)
Tsunami impact in Shan State remembered
As hundreds of thousands of people in Thailand and other countries suffered by the giant waves of tsunami on 26 December 2004, many places in southern Shan State were also destroyed by the 6.4 on Richter scale earthquakes that followed its devastating forerunner from Indonesia, according to a survivor from Shan State.
Shan history by Shan scholar
History of the Shan State: From its origin to1962 by the Shans’ foremost scholar today Sai Aung Tun, after a 3-year wait, is recently placed on the bookshelves in Chiangmai’s Suriwong Book Center.
Junta-backed party hopes to win 2010 elections
Junta-backed National Unity Party (NUP) is confident it will win the upcoming 2010 elections, according to a reliable source from Mon State.
Wa offers assistance in fake note scandal
A senior Wa official has promised full cooperation in the crackdown on Thai banknote forgers that reportedly originate from their own ranks.
New form to hire migrant workers issued
After a week of the cabinet meeting, Thai authorities have issued the application form for hiring Burmese migrant workers in order to enable them to receive work-permit papers from the Burmese authorities, according to a document received by Chiangmai based Migrant Assistance Program (MAP).
Shan State Congress formed
Loi Taileng-A new venue to air issues facing Shan State, the biggest ethnic state in the Union of Burma, and its people, provisionally named Shan State Congress, was chosen after a lively three-day debate yesterday.
Inaugural Sao Thusandi Award Given in Chiang Mai
The Sao Thusandi Leadership Award ceremony was held recently in Chiang Mai to recognize the achievements of its first recipient, Sai Phu Murng. The award was established by the humanitarian organization Burma Lifeline.
New command moves to Thai-Kayah border
Mongpan-based Military Operations Command #17 with light infantry battalions (LIBs) have arrived at the mountain range overlooking Maehongson, according to sources on the border.
Weekly Diary, No. 331 (6 – 12 December 2008)
Harn Yawnghwe: Ethnic efforts not in vain
Recent award given to a detained Shan leader indicates that ethnic leaders are not forgotten and their dedication and their work are not also in vain, according to Harn Yawnghwe, Director of the Brussels-based Euro-Burma Office (EBO) and Advisor to the Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC).
New book on the struggle ‘more questions than answers’
Launching his book, a compilation of 29 articles yesterday in Chiangmai, a rebel-turned-journalist conceded that there were more questions than answers.
One surrender that wasn’t reported
The 8 had surrendered to the Burma Army at a ceremony on 23 November, more than 2 weeks ago, but the junta media has been curiously silent about the whole affair, according to sources on the Thai-Burma border.
No Great Wall of China on the Wa front
No walls are being built on the border between Wa and China even though Chinese authorities have begun constructing walls on the north-eastern Burma border, in areas under the control of Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), according to sources from Panghsang, capital of the Shan State’s Wa Self Administered Region.
Wa engage in war games on the border
Military exercises recently launched by the Wa accompanied by mortar shellings and gunfire have put the Thai border forces on the alert, according to a Thai security officer.
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