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Organization: Forum for Democracy and Human Rights
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 08:46:48 +0000
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Subject: Price and Life in Burma
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Price and Life in September 1996
At =93Bogyoke=94 and =93Mingala=94 bazaars of Rangoon, business was good f=
first two weeks but moderate in the second half of the month.
Thai, China and Singapore goods coming in as usual.
FEC went up. Commodity prices 2% up.
1 Singapore dollar 120 kyats.
1 Thai baht =3D 15.15 kyats.
1 Chinese Renminbi =3D 5.2 kyats.
1 US dollar =3D 166 kyats.
1 FEC =3D 163.5 kyats.
Gasoline 1 gal =3D 260 kyats.
Diesel 1 gal =3D 200 kyats.
Date Gold FEC
08/01/96 34,200 kyats 161.00
08/07/96 34,350 159.50
08/15/96 34,100 160.00
08/21/96 34,200 160.75
08/31/96 34,600 161.40
09/02/96 34,650 161.40
09/07/96 36,300 163.25
09/14/96 35,500 164.00
09/18/96 36,200 kyats 168.00
Aug. 23 Mandalay
The City Municipal Committee introduced a new program of self-constructio=
style. In Mandalay, the roads for public or private can be constructed by
contributing 70% of the total cost.
Aug. 31 Mandalay
=93The road to=94 sign-boards of 6=94 x 6=94 are seen every where in Manda=
The upper 2/3 of the sign-boards writes =93The road to ...=94 in Burmese a=
and the lower 1/3 =93Tiger Beer and Pokka=94. It looks fine. But some sign=
mislead the way. For instance the sign-board at the Northeast corner of th=
directs =93To Moe Kok=94 which way goes not directly to Moe Kok but to the=
LIG 95 and the Dogs refuge. At the point of the road to Moe Kok, the sign-=
says =93To the Mandalay hill Golf Club=94.
Aug. 19 Mandalay
All slow-driven vehicles like horse-carts and side-cars were ordered to de=
beautifully in the Municipal area to welcome the =93Visit Myanmar Year=94.=
news was printed in the =93Da Na Magazine=94 under the heading of =93Shame=
July 31 Mandalay
Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever is spreading around Mandalay. Teachers are using=
the mosquito coils in their class-rooms. Those PTAs who could not afford a=
the children to bring the mosquito coils to the schools.
Sept. 10 Mandalay
The distribution of gasoline was restricted by TLORCs since 08/13/96. The =
of patrol went up from 200 kyats per gallon to 350-360. Bus-fares soared.
Mandalay-Rangoon carrier service rate increased from 1,700 kyats per ton t=
Meanwhile the Energy Ministry announced that Octane patrol will be distrib=
freely at the price of .5USD or .5 FEC plus 16.6 kyats. Since the FEC pric=
Mandalay was 165 kyats, one gal of Octane is equal to 264.18 Kyats. The
public was worried that the black-market price of patrol could not
come down below 250 kyats per gallon.
Astrology for Mars
Transfer is likely. Loss can be expected. Anxiety for the others.
Mistakes can be done. Be careful in conversation. Antagonists are unavoida=
Don=92t forget you wisdom, courage and mindfulness.