Inteltrends: Burma Report 12-OCT-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Election Commission might yet axe more townships from the polls
S.H.A.N., 12 Oct 2010
The junta-appointed Election Commissions’s announcement on 16 September removing whole or parts of 32 townships off the upcoming poll map might not be the last, according to sources on the Thai-Burma border.
Junta May Release 3,000 Prisoners before Election
Taifreedom (citing The Irrawaddy), 11 Oct 2010
The Burmese junta is likely to release about 3,000 prisoners before the upcoming election on Nov. 7, but human rights advocates are skeptical whether political prisoners will be included in the amnesty.
Burmese Army seizes gold boats, militia in Shan State
Mizzima, 11 Oct 2010
Burmese troops yesterday seized seven gold-prospecting boats on the Salween River and arrested two Chinese citizens and members of a Shan brigade that had recently transformed into a junta Border Guard Force. Although unable to give exact numbers, sources in Konhein Township in southern Shan State where the arrests took place confirmed that some of those detained were members of the former 7th Brigade of the ethnic ceasefire group, the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N). The Chinese worked for Loi Kong, a gold-mining company based in Thabeikgyin Township, Mandalay Division, according to sources in the Shan army.
Explosion of ordnance depot in Shan State East’s Monghsat heard in Thailand
S.H.A.N., 11 Oct 2010
Explosion of the ordnance depot in Shan State East’s Monghsat yesterday morning could be heard from across the border in Thailand, according to sources on the Thai-Burma border. The cause of the blast was not immediately known. As the place was surrounded on all sides by other military units, the possibility of demolition by Wa and Shan rebels was slim, agreed all sources. “It could be a short circuit or an inside job of same frustrated soldiers,” said a Thai security source.
Thai giant closing in on Burma port deal
DVB, 11 Oct 2010
Burma’s looming elections will not affect a push by Thailand’s largest construction company to sign a US$13 billion contract to develop a deep-sea port on the west coast of Burma this year.
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