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The alarming increase both in drug abuse and trade is because of the lack of checking and investigations inside the casino by KIO civilians, the source added. KIO's servicemen, both police and the immigration departments, are responsible for activities in the casino. But the officials are bribed, said a KIO official. Given the situation, things could get out of hand and the casino could witness killings. If this happens the KIO's image will be tainted worse than it already is, he added.

Labels: crime , drugs , News. Students paste anti-Castor-oil-trees posters in Myitkyina.

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Kachin News Before dawn this morning, students pasted about A-4 sized hand-written posters against anti-Castor-oil-tree plantations in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state in Northern Burma, local student activists said. The posters said 'No castor-oil-tree' and 'No military junta' in big letters in Burmese with red-coloured soft pens, a student leader Mr. Naw Awng told KNG. The posters were also put up at the entrance of Myitkyina University and electric power-posts on the main street in Myitkyina downtown, the activists added. An eyewitness told KNG, he saw anti-castor-oil-tree posters at the entrance of Myitkyina University around a.

The poster movement was at the behest of Myitkyina University students in the township organized by the local underground students' organization known as the All Kachin Students Union AKSU , the student activist leader Naw Awng said. The AKSU was established in Kachin before the monk-led Saffron Revolution in Burma in September last year and the organization has launched non-stop poster movements against the ruling junta in Kachin state.

Aim of the poster movement Student leader Naw Awng told KNG that this morning's anti-castor-oil-tree plantation movement was organized for the two reasons. First, the posters were written by hand which will encourage the local people that they can reveal their attitude towards the authorities by pasting hand-written posters themselves in their communities. Second, the meaning of 'No castor-oil-tree' and 'No military junta' on the posters were the same. This is because there is no government firm and private company buys the castor-oil fruits in Kachin state at a high human and monetary cost.

The plantation project is not beneficial to the public. Similarly, the Burmese ruling junta does not serve its people and only threaten them. So, the AKSU strongly encourages the people that they have to oppose the junta's project the Castor-oil-tree plantation also called Jet Suu in Burmese as well as to topple the repressive military junta.

Authorities are reluctant to pull down anti-junta posters Today, the junta authorities in Myitkyina were unusually reluctant to pull down the anti-castor-oil-tree posters from public areas in Myitkyina Township, local sources said. According to student activists and eyewitnesses, they could see the anti-castor-oil-tree posters in different areas in Myitkyina till before noon because the reserved firefighters, members of the junta-sponsored Union Solidarity and Development Association USDA in each quarter and village, and policemen did not pull it down without orders from senior officers.

Earlier, all kinds of anti-junta posters were taken down as soon as the posters were seen in Myitkyina by local reserved firefighters, members of USDA and the police without waiting for orders, student activists said. The problems have surfaced between the men and officers of reserved firefighters, USDA members and policemen after they were sent to relief programms in the Cyclone Nargis-hit Irrawaddy River Delta in Southern Burma since late May, sources close them said. This is because, they had not received any medical support from their senior officers while they fell ill during relief duty for a month in Irrawaddy Delta and had to come back home at their own cost, sources close to firefighters said.

As a response, the local firefighters and USDA members in Myitkyina just let the anti-castor-oil-tree posters in their quarters and villages be, till orders came from senior officers, a resident who met a local reserved firefighter in Shatapru told KNG. Castor-oil-tree plantation season in Myitkyina Locals also call Castor-oil-tree -- Physic nut tree or Jatropha Curcas. Planting started in Myitkyina soon after the junta-run referendum on the draft constitution on May Residents of Myitkyina said, the Township Peace and Development Council TPDC has ordered that people in Myitkyina municipal area have to grow over , Physic nut saplings on their own within this year's plantation season, said locals.

Now, each quarters and villages under Myitkyina municipal area have been ordered to plant , Physic nut saplings without any support from the authorities, according to administrators of quarters and villages. In Kachin state, the junta has ordered growing , acres of Physic nut trees for the country's future bio diesel production project, residents said.

The Physic nut trees bear fruits after one year after biding planted. Fruit-poisoned children in hospital The number children poisoned by castor-oil-tree fruit are gradually increasing in the general public hospital in Myitkyina Township in the current fruit bearing season of Castor-oil-trees, said residents of Myitkyina. On June 5 last month, 8 children aged 8 to 11 in Maymyint quarter were poisoned and sent to hospital. They ate immature castor-oil-tree fruits near their playground, a resident told KNG today.

He said, the fruit poisoning causes eaters to vomit and feel dozy. However, the authorities have not cautioned through posters or signboards about not eating castor-oil-tree fruits in Myitkyina. Labels: article , cyclone , News , opinion. Burmese Army personnel in Myitkyina share army land. Kachin News The Burmese Army in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state in northern Burma is dividing army land between its men through a lucky dip system for family use, a source close to the army said.

Each member of the army unit had to draw lots for the land, the source said. Senior officers of the battalion received 60' x 80' 4, sq-ft land and the lower ranking personnel got 40' x 60' 2, sq-ft in the Rampu quarter. According to the source, before the army officers acquired ownership of the land in Rampu quarter through lottery, it was a sugar cane farm. The army cultivated sugar cane on the land as a part of the self reliance policy of the junta for the army.

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Labels: News. Myo Yan Naung Thein has been charged with causing public alarm and inciting offences against the public tranquility under section b of the penal code. The family friend said someone had to carry Myo Yan Naung Thein when he appeared in court as he could no longer walk. He was left paralysed on his left side due to head injuries from severe beatings and cannot walk unaided.

Myo Yan Naung Thein spent two weeks in hospital in May, but his condition did not improve. When he asked to see a neurologist, he was placed in isolation in a cell used for prisoners with psychiatric problems where he is still being held. Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet. Labels: News , political prisoners. Thiha, a member of New Dagon NLD, said that his fellow party members U Tin Win and deputy youth leader Nyi Nyi Min had attended a court hearing but he had not known about it until he was told by a friend who saw them in court.

Most of those detained are still behind bars. Appeal for May Day activists denied. Lawyer U Aung Thein said the court had agreed to hear the appeal, but turned it down last Friday. It was first submitted to Divisional Court before it reached the highest court. U Aung Thein told DVB that he would continue trying to submit a special appeal for his clients even though has said the chance of it being accepted was slim. Three killed in recent KNLA clashes with regime troops. Reporting by Naw Say Phaw. NLD youth detainee transferred. Authorities then moved him to Kathar prison where he was held until last week.

The military regime in Burma arrested hundreds of activists during mass public protests in September that came to be known as the Saffron Revolution. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, most of those detained in connection with the September event still remain in different prisons across the country. Drug investigation, heavy punishment likely for Maung Weik. Mizzima News 03 July Chiang Mai: Following a secret largest investigation against drug users since , young tycoon Maung Weik stands to face severe punishment for alleged drug trafficking.

Maung Weik, the year old billionaire has been shifted to notorious Insein prison since last Friday from a police investigation centre along with six others from Latha, Dagon and Kyi Myint Dine township, said a source close to the prison authorities and the Home Ministry. The police seized a machine for making Yaba or methamphetamine tablets and Kyat million in a crackdown against drug users among Burma's elite.

Nay Shwe Thway Aung along with top leaders of the miltary junta including Snr. Than Shwe in a state function. Aung Zaw Ye Myint the son of retired Lt. Gen Ye Myint and the owner of Yetagon construction company, who is also involved, has been sent to the Wat Thee Kan treatment center due to drug addiction. The former chief of Special Operation Bureau No.

Gen Ye Myint was asked to retire by the junta supremo Senior Gen. Than Shwe following his son's suspected involvement in the controversial drug racket. However, the resignation directive to Ye Myint followed a major reshuffle in the military establishment. Observers and friends suspect that a top-level conspiracy has been hatched against Maung Weik. Win Min, a Burmese observer based in Thailand who has contacts in the military said "To my knowledge, Maung Weik is not involved in distributing drugs. I heard the news but I doubt it. The military junta ruling Burma now, came to power in after cracking down on pro-democracy protesters.

The cash-strapped Burmese junta has been accused of dealing with drug lords and is known to have laundered money for various drug lords including Khun Sa, once one of the world's most wanted men.

He was living in Rangoon till he died in October Moreover, communists turned drug traffickers, the heavily armed United Wa State Army UWSA signed a cease-fire agreement with the military junta in but they have been operating almost freely producing and trading opium and methamphetamine pills at least in their controlled terrority. The much-talked about crackdown on the drug racket which also netted Burma's film stars, wealthy businessmen and relatives of men-in-power was believed to be linked with family matters of the country's most powerful man Senior General Than Shwe.

The student of Technology University Western Rangoon was caught with some drug pills by his family a few months ago which sparked Than Shwe's anger. Mizzima's investigation reveals that Pho La Pye started using drugs since the last water festival or Burmese traditional New Year celebrations in April. He did not come back home for two days during the water festival and he was said to have used drugs. The first family blamed drug suppliers and friends who introduced Pho La Pye to drugs. Not surprisingly, some businessmen lured the beloved grandson with drugs hoping to maintain a relationship with the family of the strongman of Burma.

Even though he is just 17, business tycoons including Tay Za take him to massage parlours and other places of entertainment that finally ended up in his using ATS drugs. It is not clear who supplied drugs regularly to the grandson but later police suspected Maung Weik and Aung Zaw Ye Myint. Despite Than Shwe's anger with his grandson using drugs, the order for a crackdown did not come from the Snr.

The whole affair came to light accidentally when an actress Nandar Hlaing and her groom Zay Thiha invited Gen.

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Thura Shwe Mann, the number three man in the military hierarchy, for their wedding reception in May this year. A friend of the actress told Mizzima that Shwe Mann asked whether she knew about the cause of the death of one of the most popular actors Dwe, who died from an overdose of drugs. The actress bluntly but politely replied she was not aware of it.

Then, Shwe Mann talked about widespread use of drugs among movie stars and talked about his idea to crackdown through the Home Ministry. On the account of the number three man, a personal assistant of Shwe Mann told his friend, the personal assistant of Maung Oo, the Minister of Home Affairs. Then, Maung Oo, who immediately started investigations. Although investigations are still on, the military government is tight lipped about it and has denied the investigation is taking place.

Labels: corruption , crime , drugs , News , political prisoners. Ethnic Palaung releases report' 'ballots which opposes people's will'. The ethnic youth, in a new report titled 'The ballots which oppose the people's will" said it has investigated and found into the vote rigging and irregularities in some townships in Shan State mostly inhabited by Palaung ethnics. Before putting it into the ballot boxes, the officials checked the ballot papers which jeopardised the secret ballot system. In some places, the local authorities cast all votes representing the whole village, the report said. The group said they had monitored voting procedures in 57 polling stations in these townships and found misuse of power by the ruling junta in getting the 'Yes' votes by coercion, vote rigging and many other ways.

Authorities had forced voters to cast their votes in advance before the polling date and made it into 'yes' votes, the report said. The working group said the report is a compilation of all these facts with interviews of the polling station officials, local people and voters along with photographic evidences. Than Htut, who is working in Palaung Tea factory in Hnamsan issued an order saying that he would ban rice import from lower Burma if the number of 'No' votes were high in his area," added Mai Aung.

Most of the votes were either voting in advance absentee votes or casting representative votes. The voters were ordered to come to the polling stations in their traditional ethnic costumes and to cast 'Yes' votes only. It was just a farce," a member of the working group, who monitored the voting process, said.

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Though some voters dared to cast 'No' votes despite heavy pressure exerted on them by the local authorities, all these 'No' votes were turned to 'Yes' votes during the counting process in accordance with the rules and regulations of referendum commissions, the report said. The working group will send the report to the international community including the UN and ASEAN for awareness regarding the blatant human right violation in Burma and to generate concerted efforts of the international community to resolve the Burma crisis. Labels: article , News. Two months after Cyclone Nargis, condition of survivors still 'critical'.

They gave us 24 tins measured in condensed milk tins of rice for our family," said a farmer with five family members from Paungthe village of Bogale township in Irrawaddy delta. The farmer said while he did not know how much rice other families received as aid, it was the only help the whole village had seen. Talking to Mizzima over telephone, the farmer said, he had come to Bogale Town, about 40 miles from his village, with the expectation of help from local as well as international aid groups. World Vision, a Christian non-governmental organization that has been helping cyclone survivors, however, said humanitarian assistance is getting through to a lot survivors but difficulties remain in assessing how widespread the needs are and how many people are getting aid.

While the immediate need for the farmer and members of his village remain basic food, with the rainy season fast approaching, the farmer said he is also burdened with the fear of missing the cultivation season, which would mean greater disaster ahead. The World Vision said most farmers in the cyclone hit areas will miss this farming season as a result of lack of equipments to work in the fields. The farmer in Paungthe village is not alone in seeking help. An aid worker in Bogale said several survivors from other villages in the Township have often come to town in search of help.

Bogale, one of the worst hit towns in the Irrawaddy delta, where several aid groups are now based, has become a hub for desperate survivors searching for help. The aid worker, who helped the farmer talk to Mizzima, said, "Yesterday around 30 people came to us asking for food but today another people from more than 30 villages came here. He said it was more than what he and his group could afford to provide in terms of food and other assistance, as his group is dependent on local and national donors to help cyclone victims. Meanwhile in Laputta, another badly-hit town in the Irrawaddy delta, several thousand survivors, who are temporarily staying in make-shift camps, are faced with a renewed threat as the local authority has urged them to shift from their temporary homes.

Aye Kyu, a physician in Laputta Township who has been helping survivors, said at least 10, survivors are living in four camps near Laputta town. And as most of the refugees have no land of their own, it has become problematic for survivors to go back to their original villages. According to a local resident of Laputta, who met the survivors, the police have threatened them that no more food would be supplied to them unless they move from the area. Aye Kyu said, the survivors have no homes, face severe problems of food shortage and fear of an impending disaster ahead.

Surviving the Storm. Photo: The Irrawaddy. Labels: article , cyclone , human rights , opinion , orphans , Zarganar. The Show Must Go On. Photo: AFP. Labels: article , cyclone , opinion. Flap over Asean Press Conference. According to local Burmese journalists who is a correspondent for an international news agency, when they asked to cover the roundtable meeting, officials told them a press conference was scheduled at 6 pm.

However, Burmese journalists who were not on a list of invited journalist were then told by organizers that they could not attend the press conference. After a brief discussion, the Burmese journalists left the room. Asian reporters from four Asian news agencies were allowed to remain in the room, said the local journalists. What happened next is unclear. The Burmese journalists who told The Irrawaddy about their perceived slight, were apparently unaware the press conference was not held. Probably, canceling the press conference was the easiest response to a potentially delicate matter between PONJA and the Burmese junta, which wants the local press to toe its line in all matters.

Or maybe a press conference was never scheduled. In Burma, the unknown is often all that is known. At any rate, the Burmese journalists told The Irrawaddy they felt discriminated against. According to Sec-Gen Pitsuwan, Asean took almost a month for the junta to invite a few members of Asean media into Burma to report on what the UN, Asean and Burmese representatives were doing to respond to the cyclone and the needs of cyclone victims.

Surin wanted more international coverage by big media outlets, because, he said, "very little real news and information of our efforts were reported to the outside world. The international media outlets had almost no access to the delta, where the story was unfolding.

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As a result, they lacked access to the hard facts and the emotions that told the story. But Surin was also wrong. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists praised the local Burmese reporters: "Their reporting often uncovers previously undiscovered areas of need, and they help keep the international community of donors informed of conditions on the ground. The journalists were driven to tell the story by a sense of professional duty and a personal awareness of the scale of the suffering.

They knew the best way to get the real story to the Burmese people was to write for the exiled Burmese media. They, like Surin, wanted the story told. Self immolator's health critical. Insein prison inmates join metta chanting campaign Reporting by Aye Nai Mar Khin Thu Htay said the campaign was the reason prison authorities put U Gambira into solitary confinement on 14 March. Putting him into solitary confinement for that is an unacceptable act and it makes our country look really bad. U Gambira was arrested by government authorities in Magwe division's Sintgaing township on 4 November for his role in instigating public protests in September.

Shan rebels sound warning bell for all ceasefire armed groups. I don,t liike that US mo. Gives another solvation in Thai. So they can stay and prob. Activists launch underground campaign against Myanmar charter 26 March A security guard stands in front of a big banner with the inscription, 'Stop the Killing in Burma Now! BANGKOK: Myanmar's pro-democracy leaders have been arrested or forced into hiding, while their speeches and leaflets have been outlawed, and they have no access to the media.

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But activists say they are defying the pressure and have launched an underground campaign against a constitution drafted by the nation's military rulers, who plan to put it to a referendum in May. The 88 Generation Student Group, which kicked off the mass protests that shook the regime last year, says it is getting its message out through secretly distributed fliers and T-shirts, and emails passed clandestinely at Internet cafes. Since speeches have been outlawed, the group is making video recordings on CDs that are copied and passed anonymously through Myanmar's main city of Yangon. Jailed Myanmar protesters ill: activist.

BANGKOK: Pro-democracy leaders jailed in Myanmar last year for protesting against the military government are suffering from worsening health due to poor prison conditions, an activist said Tuesday. Tun Myint Aung, a leader of the pro-democracy 88 Generation Student Group, said that top activists like Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi had serious health problems because prison authorities were not letting them leave their cells. They aren't permitted to walk and exercise," he said. Gambari misled UNSC: 88 generation students. Rocket strikes DKBA gambling den.

Boat capsizes in central Burma - 23 killed. Cruise ship passengers Tom and Mary Snedeker relax in the Traders Hotel lounge during their visit to Yangon last week. Burma looking at democracy - UN????? Activists launch underground campaign against Myanmar charter he The public must be conditioned to accept the claims that are made Than Shwe, who is also Chairman of the ruling State Peace and Development Council, made the remarks while addressing an over,strong military parade in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw in the morning to mark the country's 63rd anniversary Armed Forces Day.

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Residents of Rangoon, Mandalay and other big cities told DVB there had been a noticeable number of people wearing NO t-shirts when they go out to express their disagreement with the referendum. A bus driver at the Kambawza terminal said eight guns were seized by the Rangoon police, who travelled to Bago after making a similar seizure in Rangoon earlier in the day.