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Inteltrends: Burma Report 06-JUL-2010

July 6, 2010

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Private firms swoop on mineral sector
DVB, 06 Jul 2010

The privatisation of Burma’s extractive sector took another step today as one more company signed a contract to mine lead in Shan state, maintaining a trend that has permeated the breadth of Burmese industry. A wholesale shake-up of the Burmese economy is underway: the agreement between Burma’s mining ministry and the Top Ten Stars Manufacturing Co Ltd, announced today in the New Light of Myanmar newspaper, follows the auctioning off of swathes of state-owned businesses to private enterprise, and increasing foreign investment in the pariah state…

Junta orders another batch of recruits
S.H.A.N., 06 Jul 2010

The junta military is ordering its own militia units in Shan State North’s Tangyan Township, 83 miles south of Lashio, to conduct a new recruiting campaign, according to local sources. In addition, it also equipped more weapons to all the militia units in the areas bordering the Shan State Army (SSA) North’s controlled areas, said a local resident in Tangyan. Tangyan is a town located west of the Wa headquarters Panghsang and some areas are under the control of its ally SSA 1st Brigade…

Burma Army’s newly installed radars are 1L117
S.H.A.N., 05 Jul 2010

Most of the ruling Burma Army radar stations are said to be installed with Russian-made 1L117s, according to Thai Burma watchers. So far Burma has 7 radar units that have been set up in different areas in the country. The radar stations are located at:
1. Loi Mwe, 20 miles south of Shan State East’s Kengtung under Triangle Region Command and 82 miles north of Maesai, Thailand
2. Nat Yegan Taung in Mandalay Division, Central Region Command
3. Tada Oo in Mandalay Division, Central Region Command
4. Marit (Myeik) in Tanintharyi or Tenasserim Division, Coastal Region Command
5. Ngwe Hsaung in Irrawaddy Division, Coastal Region Command
6. Taung Nyo in Pyinmana, Naypyitaw Region Command
7. Duwun in Moehnyin, Kachin state, Northern Region Command

The rise of Asia’s ‘bulletocracy’
DVB, 05 Jul 2010

Commentary by Naing Ko Ko. Surprisingly, the military junta of Burma has enjoyed being a media celebrity in the build up to the 2010 elections; its so-called attempt to “guide flourishing democracy”. Freedom is down to zero in the country, and thus it is easy to advertise an election because so many things have gone wrong for the people since the last polls in 1990. The fundamental question is: when will the military generals hand over power to a fairly elected government? The logical answer appears to be not any time soon…

Special Police Forces to Fight Armed Robberies on Border in Western Burma
Narinjara, 05 Jul 2010

Two special police forces have been deployed to combat the rampant armed robberies in the border townships of western Burma’s Arakan State, said a police officer from the Arakan State Police Headquarters based in the capital Sittwe. “Two units of police forces were sent to Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships last Wednesday by the state headquarters, to combat cross-border robberies there,” said the officer on condition of anonymity…

Deadly Plague Found in Burma
The Irrawaddy, 05 Jul 2010

RANGOON – An unspecified number of Rangoon residents have been diagnosed with plague, a contagious disease primarily transmitted by rodents (mostly rats), according to the Burmese Ministry of Health (MOH) in Naypyidaw. An epidemiologist at MOH who asked to remain anonymous told The Irrawaddy that some people infected with plague were found in Rangoon in June but all survived after treatment by the MOH…

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