Inteltrends: Burma Report 15-FEB-2011
Junta’s appointment of Chief Minister not welcome in Kachin State
The appointment of Lajawn Ngan Seng, a native Kachin and a Buddhist, who was approved as Chief Minister of Kachin State by Burma’s military-dominated parliament on February 11, is not being welcomed by the Kachin people, according the sources in Kachin State… An official at Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) headquarters told the Thailand based Kachin News Group on the condition of anonymity, “The selection of the Buddhist, Ngan Seng, for a post giving him authority over the majority Christian Kachin society shows the continued imposition of Buddhism on the Christian minority by the new government.”
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 on the border and sources inside. The military has already seized some 6 square miles of cultivated land north of Kholam, Namzang township alone, where farmers had been growing corn, peanuts and sesame. More than 20 rice paddy fields have also been impounded northwest of the town.
Allegations fly as Myanmar Times makes changes
Burma’s only newspaper with foreign investment has announced that a new editor-in-chief will take over the position held by Ross Dunkley, who was detained last week in Rangoon. It comes as rumours about the reasons for the Australian citizen’s arrest swirl, with alleged charges ranging from possession of marijuana to violation of immigration laws.
Natural gas discovered in Sagaing Division
A natural gas well with a production capacity of 2.1 million cubic feet per day has been found in Pale Township in Monywa District, Sagaing Division, the state-run newspaper The Mirror reported on Monday. Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise and its partner Sinopec International Exploration and Production Corporation (SIPC) found natural gas at Thingadon Test-well No. (1), which is located about 10 miles to the east of Kyaw Village in Pale Township in the Mahutaung Region.
“Today Shan State is already a separate country”
INTERVIEW with Lt-Gen Yawd Serk, the leader of the Shan State Army (SSA)-South. Mizzima’s Jai Wan Mai asks him about his split with drug trafficker Kun Sa, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), how to stop the drug trade, if the SSA is preparing for war, the importance of ethnic independence and drug trafficking among cease-fire groups, etc.
Prices for Gold, U.S. Dollar Rise Following Announcement of New Cabinet
The Irrawaddy, 14.Feb.2011
The market price for gold and the U.S. dollar rose in Rangoon when a sudden flurry of buy orders were placed after the state-run media announced the list of cabinet ministers in the new government to be led by President-elect Thein Sein, according to market sources.
Global Campaign for Release of Burmese Freedom Fighters
Arakanese exiled in Bangladesh staged a demonstration on Friday in the southeastern sea resort of Cox’s Bazar on the Burmese border as part of a global campaign for the release of 34 freedom fighters being jailed in India.
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