Inteltrends: Burma Report 24-AUG-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Energy shortfall edges India closer to Burma
DVB, 24 Aig 2010
Two of India’s biggest state-run oil firms are in talks to buy 20 percent each in a lucrative offshore gas block in Burma as Delhi looks to stem a mass shortfall in electricity. The two companies, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Oil India Limited (OIL), are giants of the country’s energy sector, with IOC hailed as India’s largest commercial enterprise. They are eyeing stakes in the A-2 block owned by India-based Essar, the Economic Times reported today.
Election 2010: Ethnic Arakanese party leaders’ families harassed
Mizzima, 24 Aug 2010
Police have been harassing relatives of registered ethnic Arakanese party leaders and stepped up monitoring of the party’s offices, over which it has complained to state and national electoral watchdogs, the party’s secretary said.
More Senior Officers Reportedly Resign to Join USDP
The Irrawaddy, 24 Aug 2010
In a major shake-up within the Burmese military leadership, several high-ranking senior officers have reportedly resigned in order to join the junta’s proxy political party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). According to army sources, the officers include Lt-Gen Thar Aye, Lt-Gen Ohn Myint, Lt-Gen Myint Swe and Lt-Gen Khin Zaw – all of whom are chiefs of the regime’s bureau of special operations, which oversee the regional military commands. Others included Lt-Gen Maung Shein, defense services inspection and auditor general, Lt-Gen Tin Aye, chief of ordnance production for Burma’s armed forces, and Lt-Gen Myint Hlaing, chief of air defense.
Strategies to Contest an Unfair Election
The Irrawaddy, 24 Aug 2010
Commentary by Kay Latt. In elections in democratic countries, political parties write comprehensive campaign plans ahead of the elections with a clear purpose and separate components mostly covering the development of messages, recruiting volunteers and identifying directors, developing media strategies, canvassing and rally programs and, most importantly, fund raising. But in the case of Burma, political parties are like ships sailing in uncharted waters without even compasses to guide them. By the time they discovered when the election would be held it was too late for them to develop comprehensive strategies.
Military junta sets new BGF deadline for ethnic armed groups
S.H.A.N., 23 Aug 2010
The ruling Burmese military junta has scheduled another Border Guard Force (BGF) program deadline for two of Burma’s ethnic ceasefire groups: United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) aka Mongla group at their latest meeting on 20 August, according to sources from the Sino-Burma border. The two are ‘instructed’ to give their agreement on transforming themselves into BGF program by the first week of coming September, said a source from Shan State North’s Tangyan, where the meeting between the UWSA and Lt-Gen Ye Myint, Chief of Military Affairs Security (MAS), was held.
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