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Narinjara News
This news service covers Bangladesh-Burma relations, the Bangladesh-Burma border, events in Arakan and occasional reports on other parts of Burma. Email delivery of the reports may be requested from narinjara@yahoo.com

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: Narinjara website
Description/subject: "Narinjara News is an e-mail news service based in Dhaka and set up by a number of Arakanese democratic activists in exile in September 2001...[It aims at] the objective projection of news from the western part of Burma, which has not been covered either by the mainstream Burmese press or the Burmese opposition media in exile..."... Place of correspondents: I. Sittwe Inside Burma; II. Maungdaw Inside Burma; III. Teknaf, Burma-Bangladesh Border; IV. Cox’s Bazaar, Border District Bangladesh... "The Narinjara News is an independent organization, not affiliated with any political party or organization. Any opinion or advice relating to our News Agency is warmly welcomed and please email to: narinjara@yahoo.com "
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Individual Documents

Title: Burma bordering Indian states face drug abuse and HIV
Date of publication: 05 January 2007
Description/subject: "Burma bordering all Northeast Indian states are running under the menace of drug abuse consequential HIV infection and AIDS. Disclosed by the Indian Health Minister of India, Anbumani Ramadoss recently, the pathetic tale describes Manipur and Nagaland are among the 'high HIV/AIDS prevalence' states, where as Arunachal Pradesh and Mizroam are termed 'vulnerable' to the threat of HIV infection and AIDS..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Muslim Community from Arakan Unhappy this Eid ul Azha
Date of publication: 05 January 2007
Description/subject: "Many Muslim families from northern Arakan State were unable to enjoy this year's Eid ul Azha festival due to the high price of sacrificial animals in Arakan, said a well-known townsperson from Maungdaw. As the animals, including bulls and cows, were priced high, many ordinary Muslim families could not celebrate the festival, having lost their opportunity to make the appropriate sacrifices..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: 30 Political Prisoners Released in Independence Day Amnesty
Date of publication: 04 January 2007
Description/subject: "About 3000 prisoners were released yesterday from several jails in Burma as part of the independence day amnesty, with 30 political prisoners among them. However, there were no prominent political leaders, such as detained democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi or well-known senior journalist U Win Tin, among those granted release..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Bangladesh to Set Up Petrochemical Zone near Burmese Border
Date of publication: 04 January 2007
Description/subject: "Bangladesh has plans to establish a petrochemical zone near the Bangladesh-Burma border to ensure optimum use of natural gas, said a report from authorities. "It will be set up in the border town Teknaf, which is located on the banks of the Naff River, opposite Burma's western town of Maungdaw," the report stated..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.4K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Burma envoy calls on Bangladesh president
Date of publication: 04 January 2007
Description/subject: "Outgoing Ambassador of Burma to Bangladesh U Thand Myint Yesterday paid a farewell call on Bangladesh president Prof Dr Iajuddin Ahmed at presidential House in Dhaka, said an official report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Small Explosion but No Injuries
Date of publication: 04 January 2007
Description/subject: "A small bomb exploded in a village of western Burma near the Bangladesh border but there were no injuries in the blast, according to an official report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.3K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Mro Tribal Village Forced to Relocate
Date of publication: 03 January 2007
Description/subject: "A Mro tribal village in Mrauk U Township, Arakan State, has been ordered by the army authority to relocate to a new location, as the current location is said to be within an army cantonment area, reported a villager. The village is known as Nadine, where there are over 60 households that are all Mro tribal families. The village has been at its current location since time immemorial..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9.4K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Bangladeshis Among Boatmen Arrested by Nasaka
Date of publication: 02 January 2007
Description/subject: "Burma's border security force, Nasaka, transferred on Sunday to Bangladesh authorities the list of names of Bangladeshis who were recently arrested on a boat by Burmese authorities, reported a source close to Nasaka..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8.3K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: India-Burma army car rally concludes
Date of publication: 02 January 2007
Description/subject: "The India-Burma army car rally culminates its journey after completing the round from New Delhi to Rangoon and again backs to Indian capital city. Inaugurated on December 5 in New Delhi, the rally crossed through various Indian states including UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Asom, Nagaland,Manipur and Burmese towns like Tamu, Kalewa, Monywa, Mandalay, Taungoo to reach Rangoon and then it returned back in the last week of December..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (15K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Ceremonies Marking Fall of Arakanese Sovereignty Held in Thailand and Bangladesh
Date of publication: 01 January 2007
Description/subject: "The 222nd anniversary of the fall of Arakan's sovereignty was marked with ceremonies yesterday in Thailand and Bangladesh, with many in the Arakanese diaspora participating. In Thailand, about 300 people, including Arakanese and Burmese ethnic nationalities attended the ceremony that was held in Mae Sod, a border town of Thailand opposite Burma's Myawaddy..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Land Survey for New Airport in Ancient City of Arakan
Date of publication: 31 December 2006
Description/subject: "A group of army engineers from Light Infantry Battalion 540 based in Mrauk U recently surveyed lands near Nankya Village for a new airport to be built in the ancient city of Arakan, reported an engineer from the Mrauk U construction department. He said the military government was likely to build a new airport in Mrauk U in the near future, and for this reason recently had the lands surveyed in Mrauk U Township. The authorities have decided to build the new airport near Nankya Villave, located between Mrauk U and the Minby motor road six miles from downtown Mrauk U..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9.7K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Burmese Army Robs House in Arakan
Date of publication: 30 December 2006
Description/subject: "Two soldiers from the Burmese army along with two local people robbed a house in Buthidaung Township on 22 December, taking a large amount of cash from the house, stated a police report. The incident took place in a village of Wet Makya under Thigan Guason Village Tract in Buthidaung Township, 80 miles north of the state capital Akyab..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6.5K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Burmese Authorities Collect Paddy from Mills
Date of publication: 30 December 2006
Description/subject: "Burmese authorities have been extorting paddy from rice mill owners in exchange for permission to mill rice in the region, reported one rice mill owner..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6.4K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Three Bangladeshi Prisoners Die in Burma
Date of publication: 29 December 2006
Description/subject: "Three Bangladeshi prisoners recently died in a Burmese jail due to inadequate treatment for their illnesses, according to a report of Nasaka, the Burmese border security force..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6.8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: 23 Bangladeshi Prisoners Returned by Burma
Date of publication: 27 December 2006
Description/subject: "Burmese authorities handed over 23 prisoners to Bangladesh authorities at yesterday's flag meeting that was held in the western Burmese border town of Maungdaw, reports a source quoting local officials..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.3K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Cattle Traders Arrested at Border
Date of publication: 27 December 2006
Description/subject: "Eight Arakanese cattle traders were arrested on Saturday at the border, as they were attempting to smuggle cattle to Bangladesh via sea, report sources at the border. The Burmese border security force, Nasaka, arrested the eight traders as they were crossing the Naff River on a cattle machine boat from Burma to Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9.6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: The Funeral of General Saw Bo Mya
Date of publication: 27 December 2006
Description/subject: "General Saw Bo Mya, who passed away on 24 December 2006, was buried yesterday at Battalion No. 202, on of the Karen Liberated Areas on the Thai-Burma border. Approximately 10,000 people, including SPDC representatives Myat Htun Oo and Min Chit Oo attended the funeral..."
Author/creator: Aung Mirm Oo
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.5K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Burma Force Kills Bangladeshi Fisherman
Date of publication: 23 December 2006
Description/subject: "Burma's border security force Nasaka, shot and killed a Bangladeshi fisherman Wednesday on the Naff River, shortly after he was arrested from a fishing boat, according to a Bangladesh newspaper report. The report claimed that Nasaka troops suddenly intruded into the Bangladesh waters of the Naff River, firing several shots and arresting the victim on a fishing boat. Other fishermen who were fishing in the area managed to flee from the Nasaka force..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: New Restrictions on Ships Prompted by Fuel Crisis in Arakan
Date of publication: 22 December 2006
Description/subject: "Many government ships in several inland waterways in Arakan state have not been allowed to maintain their normal schedules due to a fuel crisis, said a well-known businessman from Akyab..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5.7K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Two Chin People Arrested for Connection to Insurgent Group
Date of publication: 22 December 2006
Description/subject: "Two Chin nationals were recently arrested by the Burmese army in Mrauk U Township, Arakan, as they were reportedly linked to Chin rebels, said a family member..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.1K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: 56 Burmese Muslims Arrested on Boat
Date of publication: 21 December 2006
Description/subject: "The Burmese border security force, Nasaka, arrested 56 Burmese Muslims on a boat Wednesday evening as they were heading to Malaysia to look for work, a Nasaka source reported..." Among them, five are from Bangladesh and 51 are from Burma's Maungdaw, a western border town near Bangladesh.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Government Buildings Likely to Move from Downtown Akyab for New Port
Date of publication: 20 December 2006
Description/subject: "There has been a rumor in the Arakan state capital of Akyab that many of the government buildings located in downtown Akyab will have to move outside of Akyab to accommodate for a new port which will be built with the help of the Indian government next month, said a prominent Arakanese businessman. He said, "There was a rumor among people that the hospital, bank and central market in Akyab will be moved to Visali ground, out of downtown Akyab.”..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: 329 Muslim families flee to Bangladesh in 2006
Date of publication: 19 December 2006
Description/subject: "329 Muslim families from north Arakan state fled to neighboring Bangladesh in 2006, marking a greater exodus than 2005, said a report from the Maungdaw immigration department..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: India to Build at an Abandoned Port in Burma
Date of publication: 18 December 2006
Description/subject: "Akyab port, which has been abandoned since Burma's independence, will be rebuilt by India in next month. India will spend $100 million to connect northeastern India with East Asia..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8.8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: 17 Muslim Burmese Refugees Arrested in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 16 December 2006
Description/subject: "17 Burmese Muslim refugees, who are sheltering in Refugee camps in Bangladesh, were arrested by the Bangladeshi authority on Thursday night, said a report from the Bangladesh police department..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6.7K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Fresh Land Confiscation in Arakan
Date of publication: 16 December 2006
Description/subject: "The Burmese authority recently confiscated 5000 acres of land from several Arakanese farmers in Ponna Kyunt Township and will allocate the land to regional army battalions to implement government agricultural projects, said a farmer whose land was confiscated. He said, "It was fresh round of confiscations for our area and over 1000 acres of land were confiscated by the authority before."..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: One Customs Officer from Nasaka Detained in Rangoon
Date of publication: 15 December 2006
Description/subject: "Burmese military authorities arrested and harshly sentenced several customs officials to long prison terms recently in Rangoon. Among the convicted men is one customs official from the western border security force, Nasaka - a combined force consisting of the army, immigration, police, and customs..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.7K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: High Timber Tax Deters Home Construction
Date of publication: 14 December 2006
Description/subject: "Illegal high taxes imposed by Burmese military personnel, police, and forestry officers in Arakan State on timber and bamboo, on both wholesale producers and private re-sale buyers is have left the latter facing difficulties in building or repairing their homes. According to a resident of Ponna Kyunt, troops from Light Infantry Battalion 539, stationed at the Yoe Khaung Bridge between the villages of War Taung and Pan Bae Khaung, take 10 kyats for bamboo, 700 kyats for small-sized timber, and 150 kyats for a bunch of thatch..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8.6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Model Villagers Hungry as Rations Cut Off
Date of publication: 14 December 2006
Description/subject: "As the distribution of government rations to model villagers has been stopped, many model villagers from Rathidaung Township, 20 miles north of the Arakan State capital Akyab, have been facing hunger, according to a report of the villagers. The report said 25 families, about 82 people, from Padauk Myaing model village, located at the foot of Mayu hill 30 miles northwest of Rathidaung Town are now facing starvation..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Salt Production Declines in Arakan State
Date of publication: 13 December 2006
Description/subject: "Salt production in the coastal state of Arakan in western Burma is expected to be lower than last year due to the decline in demand for the salt in Burma's neighboring country, Bangladesh, says an Arakanese salt producer. Bangladesh domestic salt producers are using modern methods to get a greater yield, and this, combined with the Bangladesh government's ban on salt imports and higher transport costs since last year is pushing down the demand for Burmese salt in Bangladesh, reports a Bangladeshi salt trader..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9.8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Unknown Gunmen Kill Three Arakanese in Thailand
Date of publication: 13 December 2006
Description/subject: "A group of unidentified gunmen shot and killed three Arakanese people and seriously injured another woman in an orchard located outside the Thai town of Mae Sot, opposite Burma's Myawaddy, on Friday, reported an Arakanese in Mae Sot..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.1K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Bangladesh Mulls Over Backup Telecom Cable Line Via Burma
Date of publication: 11 December 2006
Description/subject: "The Bangladesh government is seriously considering the possibility of a fiber optic cable linking Cox's Bazar with Pyapon of Burma, in order to give Bangladesh access to the SEA-ME-WE-3 undersea cable as a backup to the recently commissioned SEA-ME-WE-4 cable link, reported the Bangladesh newspaper New Age..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Inadequate Medical Supplies in Arakan Spell Looming Health Crisis for Children
Date of publication: 11 December 2006
Description/subject: "The number of children who have been suffering from tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and hepatitis has increased, and the limited medicinal supply has not been helping the problem, says one health worker from Akyab Hospital. Since 19 November, there have been about 300 children hospitalized in Akyab Hospital, in Arakan State, due to malaria and dengue fever, and jaundice caused by complications of malaria, reports a medical officer from the hospital..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9.1K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: 3000 Bags of Smuggled Fertilizer Seized Near Burma Waters
Date of publication: 10 December 2006
Description/subject: "Despite Bangladesh authorities' crack down on fertilizer smuggling to Burma, the illegal trade of fertilizers to Burma from Bangladesh is still widespread. On Friday, Bangladesh police seized a large number of fertilizers bags from a smuggler's engine boat near Burmese waters. The boat was bound for the western Burma state capital Akyab..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8.1K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Burma and India Sign for Offshore Gas Exploration
Date of publication: 10 December 2006
Description/subject: "The Burmese junta's oil and gas agency and an Indian resource company signed an agreement for the exploration of natural gas in the offshore plot A-7 in the seas of Arakan State in western Burma on Thursday. According to a Burmese government media report, Burmese officials, including six ministers from the junta, attended the signing ceremony. R.D. Goral, the director of Gail of India, and Min Min Aung, the president of the Singapore based Silver Wave Energy, signed the agreement with the Burmese Oil and Gas Enterprise..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8.3K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: India-Myanmar car rally to enter Burma on Tuesday
Date of publication: 10 December 2006
Description/subject: Narinjara Correspondent, Guwahati, Northeast India... "The India-Myanmar army car rally, which was flagged off by Indian Defence Minister A K Antony will enter Burma through Tamu on December 12. The joint car rally, participated by the Indian and Burmese soldiers was launched on December 5 at India Gate of New Delhi. Visiting Burmese Army general Thura Shwe Mann and Indian Army chief Gen JJ Singh with other senior officials were also present at the flag-off ceremony..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Paddy Price Jumps in Western Border Area
Date of publication: 09 December 2006
Description/subject: "The paddy price in the western Burmese border area has jumped up to 280,000 kyat per 100 tinn, or 250 baskets, from a price of 200,000 kyat just one week ago, after the rice harvest season began in the area, reported a trader from Maungdaw..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Shwe Gas Movement Activists: Sales of Arms Technology to Burma by Daewoo is Threat to Regional Security
Date of publication: 09 December 2006
Description/subject: "Shwe Gas Movement activists stated in their press release on 7 December that the selling of arms and technology to Burma by South Korea's Daewoo Corporation poses a threat to regional security..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: 17 Burmese Prisoners Handed Over to Burmese Authorities
Date of publication: 07 December 2006
Description/subject: "As part of a prisoner exchange, the Bangladesh authorities handed 17 Burmese prisoners over to Burmese border authorities on Monday in Teknaf Town, Bangladesh, said an official source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8.6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Burma Hands Over Corpse of BDR to Bangladesh
Date of publication: 07 December 2006
Description/subject: "Burmese authorities handed over the dead body of a Bangladesh Rifles member who was killed by smugglers to Bangladesh authorities in the border town of Maungdaw on 5 December 2006, said an official from the Burmese border security force..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9.2K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Deserter Killed in Battle
Date of publication: 07 December 2006
Description/subject: "An army deserter was killed by the Burmese army during an armed clash between a column of soldiers and the deserter deep in the forest of the western border near Bangladesh on 21 November, 2006, said a source close to the army..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Burmese Army Turns to Rice Growing on Land Confiscated from the People
Date of publication: 09 July 2005
Description/subject: "Burmese troops are going to grow rice by themselves on land confiscated from the people in Kyauk Taw Township. Instead of leasing out to the local farmers to cultivate rice during the monsoon season as before, the military personnel have decided to farm the land themselves. Military sources said the higher authority ordered them not to lease out the land, but to work on it by themselves..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: hrml (9K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Bangladesh Security Forces Raid a Burmese Muslim Rebel Camp
Date of publication: 08 July 2005
Description/subject: "Bangladesh security forces, army and Bangladesh Rifle, raided a Burmese Muslim rebel camp stationed in Bangladesh territory near the Burmese border on 5 July, stated a border report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Five held with Burma made Yaba tablets in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 08 July 2005
Description/subject: "Bangladesh Police arrested five persons in a hotel with 800 pieces Yaba , stimulate tablets, from Burma on July 5, said a Bangladesh Newspaper..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ?? ? via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Arakanese Political Prisoners Released
Date of publication: 07 July 2005
Description/subject: "Yesterday, 240 political prisoners were released, including some prominent leaders. Many Arakanese political prisoners were among those released from prison. These political prisoners were part of the Junta's latest round of prisoner releases..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Bangladeshis Given Five Year Sentence in Burma
Date of publication: 07 July 2005
Description/subject: "24 Bangladeshi woodcutters were sentenced to five years each by a Burmese court for violation of immigration and forestry laws..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Bangladesh Does Not Join Tri-National Gas Pipeline Talk in New Delhi
Date of publication: 06 July 2005
Description/subject: "The tri-nations gas pipeline conference will be held today in New Delhi, but representatives for Bangladesh will not be attending, according to a report of a Bangladeshi news agency. Bangladesh cancelled plans to send its delegation as the invitation to attend came only one day prior to the meeting..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Authority Loots Local Farms for Modern Villages
Date of publication: 05 July 2005
Description/subject: "The Burmese authority has confiscated several acres of farms from local farmers. The confiscated land will be used for new settlers in the government's 'modern villages' that are being set up in the northwestern area of Rathidaung Township, in Arakan state, reported a social worker..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Phenomenal Rice Price Rise in Western Burma Threatens Social Unrest
Date of publication: 05 July 2005
Description/subject: "The price of rice in western Burma has jumped phenomenally within the last two or three days, and community leaders worry that it could lead to social unrest in the region..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Bangladesh Bagged 540 Million Taka from Border Tariff Last Year
Date of publication: 04 July 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 4 July 2005: "The Bangladesh customs office received 540 million Taka in tariffs from the border trade post at Teknaf, on the southern Burmese border, during the 2004-2005 financial year. Abdul Gufur, the officer in charge of Teknaf Customs said, "during the last 12 months, Taka 54 corers were collected from the Teknaf Office alone for the national treasury." Teknaf is located at the heart of the border trade. However, since illegal trading is now flourishing along the border, the Customs office has not been able to collect all the available revenue..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Dhaka stays cool to India's new idea about gas pipeline
Date of publication: 03 July 2005
Description/subject: DHAKA, July 3 (Xinhuanet) -- "Dhaka will not mind if New Delhi decides to exclude Bangladesh from the proposed overland gas pipeline between India and Myanmar, said a senior Bangladeshi official. The Financial Express Sunday quoted Mahmudur Rahman, adviser tothe Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources as saying that Bangladesh will welcome new plan on the proposed tri-nation gas line project that might bypass Bangladesh to safeguard India's strategic interests. India, however, is yet to inform Bangladesh about its change ofmind, Rahman noted..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Xinhuanet via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (15K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Storm Kills Two Boatmen in Arakan
Date of publication: 03 July 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 3 July 2005: "Two boatmen were killed in a small storm that had winds up to 45 miles per hour (60 kph) in the coastal area of Arakan on 29 June, said a report. The identities of the deceased were unknown but they were reportedly from Mawlamyine, the capital of Mon state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: High Birth Rate among Burmese Muslim Refugees Worries Bangladeshis
Date of publication: 02 July 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 2 July 2005: "The local Bangladeshi people are worried about the high birth rate among Burmese Muslim refugees living in camps in Cox's Bazaar district of southern Bangladesh. The local Bengali language newspaper, The Daily Ajker Deshbidesh, reports on 26 June that there are about 20,000 Muslim refugees living in two camps, Nayapara and Kutupalong. Within the camps, there are about 50 children born every month, about 600 a year. If births continue at this rate, the refugee population in the camps will explode into an unmanageable proportion, said the newspaper..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: 20,000 People face new threat Due to Naff River Overflow
Date of publication: 01 July 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 1 July 2005: "20,000 people living along the Bangladesh and Burma border have been facing a new threat following flooding along the upper reaches of the Naff River, a local newspaper has reported. Since the heavy monsoon rains started on 26 June, the river has overflowed its banks. Heavy rain has continued to fall in the border areas. Five bridges have been damaged by heavy rains in the border area of Bangladesh, and several roads and farms are now under floodwaters..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Burma close watch on alleged American naval base in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 27 June 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 27 June 2005: "Burmese military personals in western Burma are keeping a close watch on Onn kyunt Island, Known as St. Martin’s Island, in southern Bangladesh bordering Burma. The watch resulted from a rumour spreading in the border area that an American naval base is being built at Onn Kyunt Island. The Nasaka Regional 8, the Burmese border security, based in Inn Dinn, has been gathering information on the local rumour as well as the ship movement around the Island. The Burmese authority believes that Onn Kyunt Island has been borrowed by the American and soon there will be American navy ships will be trafficking around the Island soon, said an Arakanese person closed to Nasaka..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Natural Gas found instead of water from digging a tube well in Arakan
Date of publication: 25 June 2005
Description/subject: Mrauk U, 25 June 2005: "Natural Gas came out instead of water from a tube well in Set Thar Village in Mrauk-U Township in northern part of Arakan state in western Burma. On the 17th of this month, the gas came out from the ground of the digging for water in the compound of U Aung Than Kyaw’s house, who is the president of Ya-Ra-Ka, the village level administration body of the junta, SPDC..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Over 40 Million Taka in Contraband Seized in 5 Months
Date of publication: 24 June 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 24 June 2005: "Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) battalion number 23, stationed at Taknef border town, seized over 40 million takas worth of smuggled goods from Taknef border town alone in the first five months of fiscal year 2005, said an official from Bangladesh. The smuggled goods seized were from both Burma and Bangladesh, and were mostly; clothes, textiles, beer, cheroots, medicine, fertilizers, alcohol, phensidyl and diesel, according to BDR senior officer Abutahail Mohmad Eibarhin..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Forced Labor for Army Brick Kiln
Date of publication: 23 June 2005
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 23 June 2005: "Several villagers have been forced to work in an army brick kiln in Buthidaung Township, said a villager who fled to Bangladesh recently. Light Infantry Battalion 565, stationed at Kum Dai Village of Buthi Daung Township, 80 miles north of Arakan's state capital Akyab, has summoned the villagers from nearby villages to work at the army brick kiln. The villagers have been working since the kiln project began, which provides funding for the army..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Villagers from Government's 'Modern' Villages Suffer Famine
Date of publication: 23 June 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 23 June 2005: "Several villagers from the government's modern villages in Northern Arakan state are now suffering from famine due the sky-rocketing prices of rice recently, said a village chairman from the region. The villages facing famine are; Aung Thapray, Thupan Naga, Rankha Zadi, Mun Khamong, Nanra Gai, Bandu la, Tight Chaung and other Mro and Dainet tribal villages. All villages are located in the northern part of Maungdaw, close to Bangladesh. The village headmen from several villages complained about the problem to local army officials from LIB 538, asking them to take emergency supplies to the famine victims immediately, he said. A battalion commander and local departmental officers visited the areas to look over the crisis in the last two days after they received information of the famine. But there has been no official action to help the famine victims..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Two Arakanese organizations hold rallies for Daw Suu's birthday in Dhaka
Date of publication: 20 June 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, 20 June 2005: Two Arakanese organizations, Democratic Force of Arakan (DFA) and Rakhaing Women Union (RWU), both in exiles, held rallies to commemorate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday in Dhaka yesterday. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has turned 60 years old..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: 3 mango traders hospitalized in Bangladesh after gun shot by Nasaka
Date of publication: 17 June 2005
Description/subject: Taknef, 17 June 2005: "3 mango traders from Burma have been hospitalized in a town hospital in Bangladesh after Nasaka, Burma border security force, fired at them on the Naff River, said a businessman. The incident took place on 14 June while they were crossing Naff River by a small machine boat. The mango traders were bringing 1000 kg of mango to Bangladesh by the machine boat..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Amy collects toll for bank savings
Date of publication: 17 June 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, 17 June 2005: "The Burmese army stationed in Arakan state is collecting tolls from local business sectors for savings in a government bank army fund, said a brick kiln owner from Kyauk Taw, situated along the upper Kaladan River. The military headquarters in Rangoon ordered the army battalions in Arakan state to save at least 10 million Burmese kyat in the army bank, U Pai Ltd, within a year. Since then several army battalions have been collecting tolls from local businesses as well as traders and travelers, to add to the savings fund..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: 24 Bangladeshis arrive at Dhaka airport after 1-year jail term in Burma
Date of publication: 16 June 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, 16 June 2005: "24 Bangladeshis arrived at Dhaka airport yesterday after their one-year jail term in Burma was concluded, said a report of a local TV channel. Burmese authorities arrested them last year while they were illegally entering the territory of Burma as a transit point on their way to Malaysia..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Five Arakanese monks arrested with illegal stimulants in southern Burma
Date of publication: 16 June 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, 16 June 2005: "Five young Arakanese monks were arrested on 13 June by Burmese authorities in the border town of Kaw Thoung, opposite Ranoung of Thailand, under the Tanintheryi division. They were arrested after authorities found them in possession of a small number yama stimulant tablets, reported an Arakanese resident from Kaw Thoung..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Arrested Burmese refugee released
Date of publication: 15 June 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 15 June 2005: "Maung Kyaw Moe, a Burmese refugee who was arrested in Bangladesh, was released yesterday after authorities found he was not guilty..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Burmese authority surveys the Hindu population in Arakan state
Date of publication: 14 June 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, 14 June 2005: "Burmese authorities recently surveyed the population of Hindu people in Arakan state, but other communities were excluded from the survey, reported a Hindu community leader from Akyab. The district administrators from four districts of Arakan state conducted the survey during the past few weeks as per the Rangoon authority’s instructions..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Bangladesh government awards stipends to 153 Arakanese students from Cox’s Bazaar
Date of publication: 13 June 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 13 June 2005: "The Bangladesh government awarded a yearly stipend to 153 Arakanese students in Cox’s Bazaar on 9 June, according to a report of Rakhine Buddhist Welfare Association in Bangladesh (RBWA). The stipend award is part of a program of the Bangladesh government, to provide direct support to minority students in Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: UNHCR-recognized Burmese refugee arrested in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 13 June 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, 13 June 2005: "A UNHCR-recognized refugee from Burma was arrested yesterday morning by a group of Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) in Cox’s Bazaar, a district town of Bangladesh near Burma, reported the man's family. He is identified as Maung Kyaw Moe and his refugee ID card number is 01087. He has been recognized as a refugee by Dhaka UNHCR since 2001..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: 27-man Burmese hockey team arrives in Dhaka for joint training
Date of publication: 12 June 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 12 June 2005: "A 27-man Burmese hockey team arrived at Dhaka, Bangladesh Friday for joint training with Bangladesh hockey federation (BKSP), said a report. The Burmese hockey team came to Bangladesh through the border at Arakan state. The team was received by high ranking officials of Bangladesh at Taknef town, opposite Maungdaw, a Burmese town, at 10:30 on 10 June..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Newly appointed Arakan Governor tours the state
Date of publication: 12 June 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 12 June 2005: "Newly appointed Arakan Governor, or 'Chairman of Arakan state Peace and Development Council', Brig-Gen Khin Maung Myint, arrived at Toung Bro, a westernmost border town of Burma close to Bangladesh, to inspect many worksites there, on 10 June, said townspeople. The tour is a part of his first official journey after he was posted as the chief of Arakan state by Rangoon authorities..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Prisoners forced to work on road construction in Arakan
Date of publication: 10 June 2005
Description/subject: Kyauk Pru, 10th June 2005: "About 300 prisoners have been forced to work by Burmese authorities on the construction of the Rangoon-Kyauk Pru road. They have been working on the road since the beginning of this summer, said a monk living in the area. The work site is located near Paday Kyung village in Kyauk Pru Township, a district of Rambree Island in Arakan state. One platoon of the Burmese army, Light Infantry Battalion 34, is strictly guarding the prisoners. The prisoners typically work at the road construction site at least 12 hours a day, in two shifts. The first work shift is from 6 am to 12 pm, the second shift is from 1 pm to 6 pm, the monk said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Villagers pay paddy to school teachers as salaries insufficient
Date of publication: 09 June 2005
Description/subject: Kyauk Pru, 9 June 2005: "Parents from Kyauk Pru Township have had to pay paddy rice as extra income to village teachers due to the insufficiency of their government salaries. If the parents do not pay any extra money, the teachers do not come to schools in time to teach the children, said a village chairman..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Khaing Moe Lun Day observed by ALP members in the jungle
Date of publication: 08 June 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, 8 June 2005: "The 28th anniversary of Khaing Moe Lun Day was observed by members of the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) in a border area on 4 June 2005, said a statement released by the ALP. Several leaders and comrades from 4 Arakanese organizations participated in the ceremony. A number of delegates delivered speeches during the ceremony. Khaing Moe Lun was paid respects by attendees at the ceremony for his sacrificing throughout his life for the Arakanese people..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Arakanese worker killed by snooker owner in Malaysia
Date of publication: 07 June 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, 7 June 2005: "An Arankanese worker named Kyaw Kyaw Htun passed away in a Malaysian hospital after succumbing to injuries inflicted in a gang beating. The man was accosted by a gang of snooker casino owners on 28 May, who accused him along with 3 other Arakanese workers of stealing money from a video game casino owned by one of the gang members..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Water crisis in western border area of Burma
Date of publication: 07 June 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 7 May 2005: "A number of villages in the north of Maungdaw Township have been facing a water shortage since the beginning of May, reports a villager who has been transporting water from Bangladesh to Burma via a small boat on the Naf River. "The water is not for my family, it is for the Nasaka camp which is located at Ngakhura village," he said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: 4 army personnel arrested for a gang rape of teenage girl in Arakan
Date of publication: 06 June 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 6 June 2005: "4 army personnel were arrested yesterday after raping a Burmese Muslim girl in Taung Bro Left village under Maung Daw Township, near the border town of Okia in Bangladesh, said a police official from Maung Daw. A powerful army team led by Colonel Win Shwe, commander of the Military Planning Bureau (3) based in Buthi Daung, arrested the men from their camp station in the same village..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Woman forced into marriage after rape
Date of publication: 05 June 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, June 5, 2005: "An Arakanese woman was forced to marry a rapist after she was violated by him, according to a press release of Rakhaing Women Union (RWU) on 3 June 2005. The incident took place in the village of Sarbyin under Toung Gok Township, in southern Arakan state on 19 May..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Bangladesh vows to crack down on drug smuggling
Date of publication: 03 June 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, 3rd June 2005: "The Bangladesh government ordered the department of Narcotics Control (DNC) to take drastic action against drug smuggling and drug trafficking within the country, said a newspaper report yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


Title: NUPA split up into two groups
Date of publication: 03 June 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 3rd June 2005: "The National United Party of Arakan, NUPA, a large coalition party in Arakan state consisting of several Arakanese revolutionary parties, has now been split up into two groups. The party was split after the third congress of NUPA which was held in the border area between Burma and Bangladesh from 26 May to 30, said a local politician..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


Title: Burmese Authority refuses to accept another 151 Burmese prisoners from Bangladesh Jail
Date of publication: 02 June 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 2nd June 2005: "Burmese authorities recently refused to accept 151 Burmese prisoners from Bangladesh jails but the reason is unknown, said a report from a local Newspaper. The prisoners were gathered in Cox's Bazaar district jail by Bangladesh authorities from several jails in Bangladesh just soon after the first batch of 172 Burmese prisoners were handed over to Burma on 27 April..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Nasaka reformed along with a large number of officers for reunification
Date of publication: 01 June 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, June 1: "Nasaka, or Border Security Force, in Arakan state, was reformed recently along with 60 senior officials and 1850 junior level officials in the number 9 administrative region including 25 camps in Arakan state, according to a report of Nasaka department. The reformation is intended to reunify Nasaka officials. Nasaka officials have been in disarray since the dismissal of 100 officials last year..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: A young Rakhaing woman was caught red-handed with about 5 grams of heroin
Date of publication: 30 May 2005
Description/subject: Cox's Bazaar, May 30, 2005: "A young Rakhaing woman aged 22 was arrested holding 5 grams of heroin by the Narcotics Department in Cox's Bazaar, the southernmost district town of Bangladesh near the Burmese border, on 28 May, according to a local townsperson. She was caught red-handed when narcotics officers raided the woman's house during the day..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Nasaka, BDR talks for border security
Date of publication: 30 May 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 30: "Two commander level officials from Nasaka, Border Security force of Burma and Bangladesh Rifle held a day long talk in a border town of Bangladesh recently, according to border sources..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Another Burmese refugee woman arrested for spying
Date of publication: 29 May 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 29: "A Burmese Muslim refugee woman was arrested by Bangladesh police, suspected of having a connection with Burmese military intelligence.."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Bangladesh army begins operation on Bangladesh-Burma border
Date of publication: 27 May 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 27: "The Bangladesh army has started a combing operation in the remote area of the hill district town of Bandaban, opposite townships in Burma’s western Arakan state since May 19, 2005, according to an official source. The operation is intended to rescue two road construction workers who have been abducted by a foreign terrorist group in Roangchchari township of Bandaban district on 1st April for ransom..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Price hike on rice after mills closed down in Arakan
Date of publication: 27 May 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 27, 2005: "The price of rice has gone up recently in Arakan, due to the authorities placing a temporary ban on the milling of rice around Arakan state, said a farmer. The ban and price-hike has most severely affected the poorer people throughout the state, particularly day laborers and those living along the border. According to a local rice mill owner from Kyauk Taw, the local authority from the agricultural department has not allowed rice grinding by any rice mills in Arakan state since April, in order to maintain government control of rice production..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Bangladeshi Company Begins International Consortium Negotiations for a Tri-nation Gas Pipeline
Date of publication: 26 May 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 26: "A Bangladeshi private company held a press briefing in a hotel in Dhaka on 23 May regarding their negotiations with an international consortium about a tri-nation (Burma, Bangladesh, India) gas pipeline. The press briefing was held under the Mohona Holdings Ltd, a private company of Bangladesh. There were several leaders of the company, including Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelly, in attendance at the ceremony. The company is now negotiating with potential investors from private and public sectors and financial institutes to set up an international consortium for financing the tri-nation gas pipeline. The government of Bangladesh, however, has yet to give any signal to go ahead with the project, said a report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Army officer arrested for the killing of 3 deserters
Date of publication: 25 May 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 25: "An army officer was arrested in the district town of Buthidaung, 80 miles north of Arakan state capital Akyab, on 7 May 2005, for the killing of 3 deserters in a front line of the western Burma border area. Captain That Oo, from Light Infantry Battalion, LIB, 535, is now being interrogated in a military tribunal under the Sakhaka 15, a military operation planning bureau based in Buthidaung, for his involvement in this killing..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Arakanese people from border area desert their homes after prohibition of hill-side cultivation
Date of publication: 24 May 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 24, 2005: "A number of Arakanese people have deserted their homes since Burmese authorities have banned hill-side cultivation in the northern border areas close to Bangladesh, said an Arakanese couple who have recently relocated to Bangladesh. They declined to estimate of the number of Arakanese people who have recently deserted their homes..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Bangladeshi Authorities Seized Fertilizers Worth Taka 40 Million
Date of publication: 24 May 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 24: "Bangladeshi authorities seized fertilizers worth Taka 40 million from four smuggling boats on 17 May 2005. According to official sources, the fertilizers that would have been smuggled to Burma were seized by the Bangladeshi coast guard in a raid of four boats in the river of Meghna..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: 4 Burmese Refugees Arrested for Spying
Date of publication: 23 May 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 23: "Four Muslim Burmese refugees were arrested by Bangladeshi police, suspected of having a connection with Burmese military intelligence, according to a local Bengali newspaper, The Danik Cox’sbazar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Danik" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Army Commander Detained and 20 Soldiers Dispelled After Inner Clash
Date of publication: 22 May 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, May 22: "An army commander has been detained and 20 soldiers have been dispelled in a northern town of Arakan since an inner clash on 14 April 2005, said a prominent person from the town of Kyauk Taw, 50 miles north of Arakan capital, Akyab. The detained commander is major Tun Aung Zan, a commander in charge of Light Infantry battalion, LIB, 375, based in Nung Pun Hla village of Kyauktaw. The other 20 soldiers were from the same battalion. All soldiers are Arakanese nationals, he said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: A robber killed by army in northern Arakan
Date of publication: 17 May 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 17: "One man was killed and three were arrested by the Burmese army during a robbery in northern Arakan state on 7 May, said an official source. The man was killed when a 12 member robbery gang, holding some sophisticated arms, robbed a house in Thik Tonar- Kwasoom village under Maung Daw Township. The deceased was identified as Ei Nurl, 35, from the nearby village of Owe Thain..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Educational Certificates for Buddhist Monks are for Sale in Arakan
Date of publication: 16 May 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, May 16: "Educational certificates on Buddhist literature classes for monks can be bought with a substantial amount of money in Arakan State, a western province of Burma. Certificates are issued to monks who passed the exams set up by the Government Religious Affairs Department. However, these certificates can be purchased by paying money to the head of the State branch of the Department..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: 183 sophisticated weapons confiscated near the Burma-Bangladeshi border during 2004
Date of publication: 12 May 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 12: "The Bangladesh military authority confiscated 183 sophisticated weapons and 24,144 rounds of ammunition from areas near the Burma border during last year. According to a local newspaper source on 10 May, 2005, seized weapons included automatic assault rifles such as AK-47 rifles and M-16 rifles as well as a large amount of ammunition and other explosive devices. The seizure also included some heavy weapons such as a six rocket launcher and two 60 mm mortar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: AASYC joins hands with Bangladeshi activists against the tri-nation Gas Pipeline Project
Date of publication: 11 May 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 11: "Members of an Arakanese student and youth organization, All Arakan Students and Youths Congress (AASYC), joined hands with Bangladeshi social activists against the tri-nation gas pipeline at a function held at Dhaka University, Bangladesh on 9 of May. The public meeting was held under the banner of ‘Preserving Natural Resources and Using them for the Native People’ organized by Student and Youth Movement Against Plundering Oil and Gas (SYMAPOG) and the Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) at Dhaka University’s Teacher and Student Center..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Arakan Becomes the Land of Crime Due to Economic Hardship
Date of publication: 10 May 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, May 10" "In Arakan State in western Burma, crimes have become endemic due to the economic hardships experienced by its people, said a retired police officer from the state capital, Akyab..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT ON DECLARATION OF SHAN STATES INDEPENDENCE
Date of publication: 10 May 2005
Description/subject: "We, the members of the Central Committee of NUPA and the senior Commanders of Arakan Army, held a meeting from 2 to 8 of May 2005 and unanimously agreed to recognize and support in principle on the declaration of Shan States independence by the Shan elders on 17 April 2005. We agreed that historically they have legitimate right to declare independence of Shan States to protect their land and their people from the danger of extinction. Why? ..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: NATIONAL UNITED PARTY OF ARAKAN via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Arakanese Democracy Activist Dies After Release From Jail
Date of publication: 09 May 2005
Description/subject: Mrauk U, May 9: "A member of Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) from Mrauk-U died of injuries sustained from torture inside the Akyab prison, according to a family member. U Khin Maung Gree was 52 at the time of death in early February this year. He was one of three members of ALD detained by the junta in 2001, charged with having communication and connection with the Arakanese armed insurgent groups. The other detainees are two lawyers from Mrauk-U: U Shwe Saw U and U Tha Tun Aye..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Opposition groups deny accusations by the junta of involvement in the Rangoon Bomb blast
Date of publication: 09 May 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 9: "Ethnic insurgent groups and exiled opposition groups strongly denied any role in Saturday’s bomb blast in Rangoon via Burmese radio programs based overseas. In a junta radio announcement the junta blamed four groups for the bomb blast, accusing of them of wanting to destabilize Burma. Last Saturday, Rangoon witnessed three bomb blasts that resulted in at least 11 dead and 162 injured. KNU, KNPP, SSA (South) and NCGUB are the organizations that are being accused of involvement in the bomb blasts..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Increased Security Measures in Arakan After Rangoon’s Bomb Blast
Date of publication: 08 May 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, May 8: "The military junta in Arakan, the western state of Burma, has increased security measures after a deadly bomb blast in Rangoon, the Capital of Burma. There have been three bomb blasts in the capital of Rangoon resulting in several deaths and injuries. This new situation has resulted in the increase of military presence in Akyab and major towns in Arakan..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Burma Arrests People Who Enter Illegally From Bangladesh
Date of publication: 06 May 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 6: "The Burmese Border Security Forces (known as Nasaka) in Maung Daw Township, Burma’s western township, arrested 15 people who entered Burma illegally from neighbouring Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Curfew placed on Akyab after family murder
Date of publication: 05 May 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, May 5: "A curfew has been imposed in Akyab, the capital of Arakan State in western Burma for the last two weeks. This was done in reaction to the murder of an officer and his father. They were stabbed to death by a group of people, said an Arakanese trader in Cox's Bazaar. "Anybody found on the street after 8 pm have been arrested by the army and the police are patrolling the streets in Akyab with armoured vehicles", the trader said..."
Language: Englsh
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Khin Nyunt portrait pulled down from all Buddhist sites in Arakan
Date of publication: 05 May 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, May 5: "The ousted Burmese Prime Minister Khin Nyunt's portraits were pulled down by authorities from all the Buddhist temples and monasteries in Arakan, said a well-known Gopaka member, a pagoda trustee from Akyab. "The local authority ordered us to pull down all the portraits of the former Prime Minister, Khin Nyunt, from Lokanada Pagoda and said to replace it with the newly appointed Prime Minister Soe Win's portraits", he said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: NUPA Vice President Passes Away
Date of publication: 30 April 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 30: "Vice President of National United Party of Arakan (NUPA) and veteran politician of Arakan, Oo Ba Soe Aung, died yesterday at Cox’sbazar general hospital in Bangladesh aged 58. Doctors declared him dead at 4:15 pm after all medical treatment had been exhausted. Oo Ba Soe Aung was suffering from the symptoms of paralysis, and died as a result of his disease..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Bangladesh, Burma Exchanged 192 Prisoners
Date of publication: 29 April 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 29: "Bangladesh and Burma exchanged 192 prisoners on 27th April after a flag meeting between Nasaka, Burma border security forces and BDR, Bangladesh Rifle in Taknef (a border town of Bangladesh), according to a report issued by border officials. Bangladeshi authorities handed over 172 Burmese prisoners to Burma Nasaka Officials while Burma authority handed over 20 Bangladeshi prisoners to Bangladeshi BDR. Among the Burmese prisoners, one child and 3 women were included in the exchange, said a Nasaka official..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: VBSW Denounces Bomb Blast of Mandalay
Date of publication: 29 April 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, April 29: "A Burmese militant student group, known as the ‘Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors’ (VBSW), denounced the bomb blast of Mandalay Zaycho in its internet media release that was issued on 27 April. The bomb blast occurred on the ground floor of Zaycho, the main market in Mandalay, on 26 April, 2005, killing two people and seriously injuring at least 15 others..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Burma becomes a source of raw materials for Bangladesh
Date of publication: 28 April 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 28: "Burma has become a source of raw materials for Bangladesh through the exportation of several kinds of raw materials to Bangladesh via both legal and illegal methods. This trade trend is a result of failing Burmese businesses in the recent years, said a top businessman from the Taknef border town in Bangladesh. Burmese businessmen have been exporting several kinds of raw materials to Bangladesh, including rice, wood, fruit, husbandry animals and their skins, fish and raw iron materials, through the Teknaf border seaport..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: The First Bangladeshi Rakhaing Modern Music Album Released in Cox’s Bazar
Date of publication: 27 April 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 27: "The first Rakhaing modern Music album by Bangladesh-Rakhaing from Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh was released on April 5th, 2005. The album was produced by the Bangladesh Rakhaing Music Production Group (BRMP Group). The album (Hnoon Khree Song: Winter that makes the snow falls) was the endeavor of the Rakhaing band “Metal Cross” under the leadership of Kyaw Nyine, who is also one of the three vocalists, Kyaw Nyine, Than Oo Kyaw and Mum Saw Mon..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: A Burmese Muslim refugee girl committed suicide in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 26 April 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 26: "A Burmese Muslim refugee girl died on her way to Cox’s Bazar hospital on April 23. The neighbors found her after she had swallowed some poison in attempt to take her own life..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Rakhaing Womens Union extends its activities in the United States
Date of publication: 25 April 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, April 25: "Rakhaing Womens Union (RWU) extended its activities in the United States by forming a USA branch, according to a RWU press statement dated 23 April 2005. The president of RWU, Saw Mra Raza Lunn, said that the American branch has been formed to unite Rakhaing women under a single banner of womanhood. The goal of this is to work hand in hand with Rakhaing men to save Rakhaing who are underdeveloped in every aspect of life..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K_)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: 13 Bangladeshi hospitalized due to the torture of the Burmese Nasaka
Date of publication: 24 April 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 24: "13 Bangladeshi woodcutters have been hospitalized in Cox’s Bazar District in Bangladesh due to severe injuries inflicted by Nasaka, the Burmese border security forces. On April 21st, 150 Bangladeshi woodcutters traversed the forest of Waeladaung Hill near the Burma-Bangladesh border. At the hill, 32 of these woodcutters were seized by Nasaka troops who threatened them by firing guns into the air..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


Title: Pirates from Burma and Thailand Loot the Marine Fisheries in the Bay of Bengal
Date of publication: 21 April 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, April 21: "Sea pirates from Burma and Thailand have long been engaging in the looting of marine fisheries in Bangladeshi waters in the Bay of Bengal via illegally intruding with the use of modern fishing trawlers and fishing boats. The pirates steel no less than 800 to 1000 million Taka worth of goods from marine fisheries in the Bay of Bengal each year, noted a report in The Daily Star..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Forced labor in the last ancient city of Arakan
Date of publication: 14 April 2005
Description/subject: Mrauk Oo, April 14: "Forced labor in Arakan state is now again increasing, having taken place in several areas of Arakan state, including Mrauk Oo, an ancient Arakanese city, said a well-know local person. “A few months ago there was no forced labor here, and the problem had almost disappeared in Mrauk Oo. But now the authorities are again perpetrating forced labor around the Maruk Oo town", he said. The authorities have summoned town people, through the local Rayaka village administration, to work in the hills surrounding Mrauk Oo, forcing them to clear thick clumps of bushes and cut down trees..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Former Arakan Nasaka officers receive 60 to 150 year sentences
Date of publication: 13 April 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, April 13" "An Arakan State court in Akyab convicted and sentenced Bri-Gan Aung Ngwe, former a commander in charge of Arakan state Nasaka, to imprisonment for 67 years, on April 7, said a lawyer from a state court of Akyab..." The court also sentenced the Deputy Commander of Nasaka, Colonel Myint Oo, to 135 years imprisonment and another 3 Burmese Muslim businessmen to 49 years imprisonment.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Arakanese new year festival is knocking at the door
Date of publication: 11 April 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, April 11: "The Arakanese new year festival, Thun Gram, will be held on April 17th, and the entire Arakanese population of the Arakan state and Burma proper, as well as Bangladesh, are preparing to celebrate..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: One Burmese sailor has sunk to his death in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 11 April 2005
Description/subject: Taknef, April 11: "A Burmese sailor from a Burmese-owned cargo ship sunk to his death in Bangladesh on April 8th, said a local report from the border area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Two Bangladeshi Arakanese women have been arrested for dealing in heroin
Date of publication: 11 April 2005
Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, April 11: "Two Bangladeshi Arakanese women were arrested by police in Cox'sbazar, a southern district town of Bangladesh near Burma, for heroin-dealing. The arrest occurred on April 7th, reported a Cox'sbazar-based Bangali newspaper..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: 4 Bangladeshi woodcutters have been abducted by the Burmese Army
Date of publication: 08 April 2005
Description/subject: Cox'sbazar, April 8: "4 Bangladeshi woodcutters were abducted by the Burmese Army from deep forest on the Burma-Bangladesh border on April 4th, said a local headman from the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Army collects tax from slash-and-burn cultivators
Date of publication: 08 April 2005
Description/subject: Platwa, April 8: "Local Burmese army personnel have ordered cultivators of slash and burn practices to pay tax at the Platwa army battalion headquarters if they want to cultivate in the surrounding hill areas, said a local tribal leader. Platwa Township lies in the southern part of Chin State, close to Arakan. It is an area of Burma containing diverse ethnic groups, including Arakanese, Chin, Khami, Mro, Mru and Lingray. Slash and burn is a traditional practice of these ethnic groups..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Arakanese Migrant Workers are facing an uncertain future after being sacked from their jobs in Thailand
Date of publication: 06 April 2005
Description/subject: BKK, April 6: "Many Arakanese Migrant workers employed by Thai fishing companies are now finding their survival under threat as they have been sacked from their jobs following the petrol crisis in Thailand. An Arakanese fisherman, employed at a company in Chumphon, said “Yes, it is true that the fishery workers are being dismissed from their jobs because many Thai fishing trawlers have been forced to stop their work at present. This is due to the increase in petrol prices which mean that they can’t afford the fuel.” The fishery companies have therefore sacked a number of fishery workers, especially those who were working on fishing trawlers as they have been hit particularly hard by the crisis in the fishery sector..."
Author/creator: Aung Kyaw Tun
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: A Burmese guerrilla group is suspected in the kidnapping of 5 Bangladeshis
Date of publication: 04 April 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, April 4: A guerrilla group from Burma is suspected in the kidnapping of 5 Bangladeshis from a work site in the Bandaban district town of Bangladesh during the early hours of April 2, reported local sources. "According to an official source, up to eight criminals abducted the five at gunpoint from a labour shed in Bangchhari, 15 km from the Roangchhari Township's headquarters in Bandaban Hill district..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Rangoon proposes a committee meeting regarding tri-nation gas pipeline to be held in Dhaka on April 20-21
Date of publication: 04 April 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, April 4: "Burma has proposed that Bangladesh hold a tri-nation committee meeting concerning the Burma-Bangladesh-India gas pipeline in Dhaka on April 20-21, reported a Bangladesh news agency. The meeting is intended to lead to the signing of a deal enabling the construction of a gas pipeline that would cross from Burma's Arakan state through Bangladeshi territory to India’s west Bengal state of Calcutta..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (24K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Three Burmese nationals held in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 02 April 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, April 2, 2005: "Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on March 28 and 29 arrested three Burmese nationals for their illegal intrusion in Bangladesh territory in Bandarban district, a hill tract district town of Bangladesh, bordering with Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Burma-Bangladesh prisoner exchange postponed
Date of publication: 31 March 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 31: "The upcoming exchange of prisoners between the two neighboring countries of Burma and Bangladesh was postponed from 12 March to an unknown date, said a local official in Cox's Bazaar. He did not, however, want to reveal the reason behind the postponement after the two neighboring countries agreed on the 12 March exchange. According to a press release of the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry before 12 March, the Burmese authority is to soon release 75 Bangladeshi prisoners from several jails in Burma..."
Language: Engllish
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Burmese Team hand over land acquisition report to Bangladesh
Date of publication: 29 March 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 29, 2005: "Burmese task forced team handed over the report of land acquisition and final alignment design of Burma-Bangladesh Friendship Road Link to Communication Minister of Bangladesh in the Communication Ministry office of Dhaka yesterday, according to a report of BD news service..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: Prisoner’s food inadequate in Burma’s jails
Date of publication: 29 March 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, March 29: "Prisoners in the police detention center of Akyab do not receive enough food every day from the police department because of a lack of financial support by the authorities, said a former prisoner who was recently released from Akyab police detention center. As the food and water in the police detention center is inadequate, the prisoners have to get food and water from outside the jail by offering bribes to the police officers. "In the police detention center of Akyab there is not enough food and water for prisoners. Therefore we had to get food and water from outside. My family has to give 500 Burmese kyat to police officers for food and 200 kyat for a bath whenever they bring food and water for me," he explained..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: 6 Burmese Muslims arrested for illegal entry into Bangladesh
Date of publication: 25 March 2005
Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, March 25: "6 Burmese Muslims, known as Rohingya, were arrested by Bangladeshi police while attempting to enter Bangladesh through a border pass, said a recent police report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


Title: 100,000 metric tons of fertilizer smuggled into Burma from Bangladesh this year
Date of publication: 23 March 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 23: "100,000 metric tons of Bangladeshi made fertilizers were smuggled to Burma from Bangladesh by local smuggling syndicates within last two and half months, said a report of the Bangali newspaper, The Jugantor on 16 March. Bangladeshi farmers are now suffering from shortages of fertilizers because of the mass amounts smuggled from their country this last year..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Veteran Arakanese nationalist leader passed away
Date of publication: 21 March 2005
Description/subject: Chittagong, March 21: "A veteran Arakanese nationalist leader, a Patron of the National United Party of Arakan (NUPA), U Maung Sein Nyunt passed away at 3.30 am on 21 March at Herabang Rakhaing Village, near Chittagong in Bangladesh. U Maung Sein Nyunt was native of Rambree, Arakan state, Burma and had been active in Arakanese nationalist politics since before the Burmese independence in 1948..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Burmese refugees in Bangladesh anxious after inquiries by Bangladeshi intelligence
Date of publication: 17 March 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 17: "Burmese refugees in Bangladesh who are recognized by the UNHCR as urban refugees are left feeling anxious after inquiries by Bangladeshi intelligence, said a Burmese refugee who is staying at Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. “In the last two days, two intelligent (sic) officers came to my house and asked us several questions but the officers did not reveal why they came to my house”, said the refugee..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Poppy cultivations destroyed in border area
Date of publication: 17 March 2005
Description/subject: Bandarban, March 17: "Bangladesh’s army has been involved in operations to destroy poppy cultivations along the Bangladesh-Burma border since 9 March, said border sources. “As far as I know, the operations are still going on and a number of poppy cultivations were destroyed by the army in recent days,” said a villager from Borow Moduck, a village nearby operation..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Chin Refugees in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 14 March 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 14: "Over 160 Chin refugees from Western Burma currently taking shelter in Bangladesh, find many difficulties there as there are no humanitarian organizations or NGOs to protect their rights and assist in their welfare, said one refugee. “According to our current record we have collected from the villages in Bandarban District in Southern Bangladesh, there are 160 Chin people who have fled from Burma to avoid persecution and human rights violations by the military junta and there may be more Chin people in other places in Bangladesh,” said Ko Pa Khin..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Authorities census on immigration Burmese national in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 11 March 2005
Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, March 11: "The Bangladeshi authority is now looking closely at the number of Burmese immigrants living in the southern districts that border Burma, said a local source. "The authorities ask us to collect the numbers of Burmese nationals who are living in our village, the list of the persons who have matrimonial ties with the locals and the period of their settlements here," said a member of the village governing body of Bwaidaw Para Village in Ramu Township, Cox’sbazar District, Bangladesh. Similarly, the local armies have already called on the head or chairman of the villages in the townships of Lama and Alae khongdong, asking for the immediate reports on any foreigners staying in the area and the lists of Burmese immigrants, detailing their matrimonial relations with the locals..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Bangladesh approves a proposal to form an inter-ministerial committee for tri-nation gas pipe line
Date of publication: 10 March 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 10: "Bangladesh recently formed an inter-ministerial committee to finalize conditions for India on the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline, which will run from Burma to India through Bangladesh. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has approved the committee will be comprised of three departmental officials from the committee from Energy Division, the Power Division, as well as the Ministry of Commerce, a repot of Energy ministry. The committee was approved by the Bangladesh PM after sending the proposal on to PM Khaleda Zia last week..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Fate of Arakanese political prisoners uncertain in Burma
Date of publication: 10 March 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, March 10: "There were not any Arakanese politicians among the recently released prisoners by the Burma military authority, according to a politician From Akyab. There are at lease 25 Arakanese political prisoners in several jails in Burma and among them, some have been held for more than 20 years..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Authority occupies local oil fields for Chinese company
Date of publication: 08 March 2005
Description/subject: Rambree, March 8: "In Arakan State's Rambree Island, a number of families who traditionally make a living by drilling oil by hand, find there livelihood threatened as the authorities have occupied their oil fields for use by a Chinese company, said a businessman from Akyab. They face big trouble because the Burmese authorities have prohibited the local oil drillers from drilling oil from their own fields since the Chinese oil company has been allowed to explore oil in the area, said one local oil driller. Now the Chinese company is preparing to drill oil in the fields but they are not offering any compensation for the landowners, said several people from Rambree Town, situated in middle of the island..."
Language: English
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Burmese prisoners in Bangladesh soon to be sent back to Burma
Date of publication: 05 March 2005
Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, March 5: "According to Cox's Bazar jail authorities, 115 Burmese prisoners in a Bangladeshi jail will be sent back to Burma on 12 March, after negotiation between two the neighboring countries. The Burmese prisoners have been gathered in the Cox's Bazar jail, a border town on the Bangladeshi side, for the last couple of months in preparation for returning them back to their homeland. There are currently about 172 Burmese prisoners in the Cox's Bazar jail, sent from several jails by the Bangladesh authority, waiting to be repatriated to Burma, however the Burmese government has agreed to accept only 115 Burmese prisoners in the first batch..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Labor camp prisoners used on shrimp farms
Date of publication: 04 March 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, March 4: "Some Arakan State labor camp prisoners are being forced to work at a number of shrimp farms as unpaid day laborers, said one prisoner’s father, under anonymity. The labor camp in question is situated in a remote area near Sabyin Village of MyeBon Township, under Kyauk Pru District in the Arakan State of Burma. The authorities of the Akyab jail often send their prisoners to the labor camp near the end of their jail term..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Akyab seaport jetty still damaged after last year’s cyclone
Date of publication: 03 March 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, March 3: "An Akyab seaport jetty, a main port jetty of Arakan State, is still in need of repair since it was damaged by last year's May 19 cyclone as the government has neglected to repair it, said a businessmen from Akyab. U Kyaw, a prominent businessman, said yesterday that there has been enough time to rebuild the jetty, since the incident took place 10 months ago, but so far the government does not have any plan to rebuild it..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


Title: Chittagong arms cache shipped from Hong Kong via Singapore
Date of publication: 03 March 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 3: According to a recent report of Jane's Intelligence Review (JIR), a leading world magazine, an arms cache seized last year in Chittagong seaport was shipped from Hong Kong, where more weapons were added to the collection , then shipped on to Singapore before being brought to Bangladesh. The JIR report said the shipment involved two key insurgent groups from northeast India; the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), the Isak Muivah Faction..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


Title: Arakan group's posters speak out against the SPDC
Date of publication: 01 March 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, March 1: "A group of Arakanese patriots spoke out against the Burmese military junta by posting anti-government posters on a street wall, the night of 17 Feb, said one shop owner from the Akyab central market. The posters demanded that the invading Burmese forces leave Arakan State, that they stop the National Convention, and that they cease the foreign sales of Arakan gas..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


Title: 27 Muslims arrested with human trafficking gang in Akyab
Date of publication: 28 February 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, Feb 28: "27 Muslims were arrested by Akyab police, along with a trafficking gang, while they were preparing to depart to Malaysia by motor boat, said a police report. The incident took place in the middle of the night, on 24 February, when police arrested them in the Than Ban Chaung Creek, near the Akyab main post office..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


Title: ALD protests Burma’s Foreign Minister visit to Dhaka
Date of publication: 26 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, February 26: "At least 5 people from the Arakan League for Democracy-Exile (ALD) held a demonstration against Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win’s visit to Bangladesh in front of the Bangladesh high court, close to Bangladesh foreign ministry office, on 24 Feb. The demonstrators held signboards and banners denouncing Nyan Win’s trip to Bangladesh and their displeasure in Burma’s upcoming national convention..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: Burma-Bangladesh agreements on business sectors are still far from being realized
Date of publication: 26 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, Feb 26: "Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win is the first diplomat to visit Bangladesh since the ousting of former Prime Minister Gen Khin Nyunt, who is now under house arrest. Nyan Win began a three day official visit to Bangladesh yesterday, accompanied by a number of Burma’s military officials, including the Political Department and Assistant Director of the Southwest Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Burma, said a Bangladesh official report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: Purchasing Rice by Credit for Army Ration
Date of publication: 19 February 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, February 22: "The Chairman of Ponna Kyunt Township Administration, Wai Myo Khaing ordered owners of rice mills and well known rice traders from Ponna Kyunt, a town 16 miles north of Akyab, to buy rice from farmers using a credit system, said one rice mill owner. The rice purchases in Ponna Kyunt are for army rations and total 60,000 Tinn (150,000 baskets), the target amount of Ponna Kyunt Townshipthat will be bought in this paddy season. The authority is buying the rice from the farmers with credit instead of paying for it up front..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: Burma FM to visit Bangladesh on 24 February
Date of publication: 17 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, Feb 17: "Burma Military Government Foreign Minister (FM) Nyan Win will come to Dhaka on 24 February, said a report. During his days in Bangladesh he is giving final endorsement to the project of the proposed road line between Rangoon and Dhaka..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: 5 businessmen released on bail following joint arrest with Nasaka official
Date of publication: 16 February 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, February 16: "5 businessmen were released on bail after they had been arrested with a Nasaka commander last month. "Yes, they are now free, but they are on bail," said a relative of one of the men. He didn't, however, divulge the amount of the bail. The businessmen were released from the Akyab Jail on 12 February..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: Burma’s military government preparing to drill in Arakan’s offshore Block-A
Date of publication: 16 February 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, February 16: "The drilling of gas is expected to begin in the very near future, said a hotel owner. Two choppers and one small aircraft from a drilling company have recently been seen flying in the area of Akyab, the capital of Arakan State. According to sources, one driller ship is now anchored in the sea near Farongar Island, 30 miles southwest of Akyab, where there is a Block-A gas field..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: 300 prisoners dispatched to Mawlamyine
Date of publication: 15 February 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, February 15: "200 prisoners from the Akyab prison were sent to Mawlamyine, a capital of Mon State, by Burma’s authority on 30 January, according to a relative of a prisoner..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 15 February 2005


Title: ALD-exile holds a press conference in Dhaka
Date of publication: 13 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, February 13: "In a press conference at the Dhaka press club yesterday, the Vice president of the Arakan League for Democracy-Exile (ALD) urged the people of Burma to join together in the opposition of the SPDC sponsored National Convention (NC), which will resume on 17 February. U San Hla Pru, Vice president of the ALD, said a new constitution drawn by the military government would not develop any political affairs of Burma’s future. He said that people need to understand why the SPDC is holding the National Convention without any political parties and leaders, and that people should together react against such a sham of a convention..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 15 February 2005


Title: CRPP General Secretary threatened by SPDC authorities
Date of publication: 11 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, February 11: "U Aye Tha Aung, General Secretary of Committee for Representatives of People Parliament, or CRPP, was recently threatened by members of Burma’s military government, said a leader of ALD, who lives in Rangoon..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: SPDC picked USDA members represent Arakan State at National Convention
Date of publication: 11 February 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, February 11: "Arakan State will be represented by a total of 34 Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) members at the upcoming February 17 SPDC sponsored National Convention. Each of the 17 townships in Arakan State will send two USDA members to the convention as representatives of the Arakanese people, said an anonymous prominent political leader..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: Bangladeshi deep seaport will increase trade with Asian neighbours
Date of publication: 10 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, February 10: "Bangladesh is currently preparing to build a new deep seaport very close to Burma, on an island in Cox's Bazar District. The aim of the project is to create a link between Bangladesh and landlocked areas of China, India and Burma, said a report of the Shipping Ministry of Bangladesh on 9 Feb..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: India names pipeline meeting representatives
Date of publication: 10 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, February 10: "India has nominated four officials to represent the country in the upcoming 'Technical Committee' meeting of the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline project, to be held in Burma's capital city of Rangoon. The meeting is to be attended by representatives of India, Bangladesh and Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: Friendship Road construction starts in March
Date of publication: 09 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, February 9: "The construction of a ‘Friendship Road’ between Burma and Bangladesh will start next month, said a report of the Communication Ministry of Bangladesh. The road will directly connect Rangoon and Dhaka, and will be built through Arakan State. According to the report, the road will be 130 kilometers and be built from Ramu, in the Cox'sbazar district of Bangladesh, to Kyauk Taw in Burma’s Arakan State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: Nasaka retains control of border after reshuffle
Date of publication: 08 February 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, February 8: "Nasaka, or the Border Security Force of Burma, is reactive on the Burma-Bangladesh border after a major reshuffle, said local residents. "The Nasaka force now has a normal position in the Maung Daw area after the recent reformation," said U Maung Hla, a trader in Maung Daw..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: List of tsunami victims released in Arakan
Date of publication: 07 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, February 7: "The names of those killed in Arakan State in the recent tsunami disaster has been thusfar withheld from distribution by the SPDC..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: 2 constables critically wounded after clash with army
Date of publication: 06 February 2005
Description/subject: Gwa, February 6: "Two private police were critically wounded after a clash with army personnel, in Gwa Township, in southern Arakan State, said a police source. The victims were identified as Constable San Aye and Ko Ko Aung, both of which are now in a local hospital. A group of army personnel attacked a police compound with sticks and stones in Gwa on the night of January 30th..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: Bangladeshi man arrested with two empty boats in Burmese water
Date of publication: 06 February 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, February 6: "A Bangladeshi man was arrested in Burmese waters, along with two empty boats, by Burmese authorities, near the village of Kyauk Pandu, in Maungdaw Township, on 26 January, said a local police report. The man was arrested with boats named Hangsa, while a group of Nasaka force, led by Myint Thein, the head of the Indam Outpost, was patrolling the area’s Burmese waters..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: 70 people gunned down by Burmese Navy
Date of publication: 04 February 2005
Description/subject: Taknef, February 4: "At least 70 people were reportedly gunned down in Burmas waters by the Burmese Navy on January 22nd, while they were attempting to enter into Bangladesh, from Burma, across the Naff River, by boats containing smuggled rice. The incident took place near the village of Kyauk Pandu, which is located on the eastern bank of the Naff River, in Maung Daw Township, opposite Taknef, Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: Burma authorities propose meeting on tri-nation gas pipeline
Date of publication: 03 February 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, February 3: "The Burmese authorities sent a proposal to both India and Bangladesh, to hold the first meeting of the working committee of the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline, in Rangoon on Feb 14, said an official report of the Bangladeshi Energy Ministry. If Bangladesh and India agree to Burma's proposal, the meeting will be held in Rangoon..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: Reinforcement forces sent from Arakan to Karen State
Date of publication: 02 February 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, February 2: "Burmese Military authorities recently sent 2 reinforcement army battalions from Arakan State to Karen State, said a report. Around 100 soldiers, including the battalion commander from Light Infantry Battalion 233 Base in Buthi Daung, 80 miles north of the Arakan State's capital Akyab, left for Akyab on January 26 by the vessel Danyawadi(2). The troops will travel to Burma proper from Akyab, across the Arakan Roma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: 54 Burmese Muslims arrested while illegally entering Bangladesh
Date of publication: 01 February 2005
Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, January 1: "54 Burmese Muslims were arrested by the Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) in a border town of Bangladesh on Tuesday, said a report in Cox's Bazaar Base’s Bangle newspaper, The Daily Ajker Desh Bidesh, on 28 January. According to local sources, BDR arrested the 54 while they were trying to cross a border pass near the Marit Tha BDR outpost, under the Okia Township of the Cox's Bazaar District, to enter Bangladesh. The group came from Arakan State, Burma but their names and addresses were not disclosed in the paper..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: 2000 bags of urea seized by Bangladeshi navy
Date of publication: 27 January 2005
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, January 27: "On January 20, the Bangladeshi navy ship, SR Amin, seized 2000 bags of urea fertilizer worth about 3 million Taka (45 million Burmese Kyat) from a smuggling boat near Burma’s water, said an official report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Riots spread near Kyauk Pru; Army besieges 3 Buddhist Monasteries in Arakan
Date of publication: 27 January 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, January 27: "Religious rioting is now spreading a town near Kyauk Pru and 3 monasteries have been besieged by army personnel, said a Buddhist monk. "The monks are not allowed to offer food from outside by authority and army has now besieged 3 monasteries in Kyauk Pru", said U Shet Kinda from a monastery of Akyah via a telephone interview..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Burma's Western Command under high alert
Date of publication: 26 January 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, January 26: "All army battalions under Western Command, including border outposts, are now in ready position after the army authority ordered them under high alert, said a report from Akyab. "Yes, the Burmese army is in a high alert position and I didn't see any army personnel yesterday visiting outside with any civilians", said a local resident who is lives near Light Infantry Battalion 233, in Buthidaung. The reason for the Burmese army's high alert status is currently unknown..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: India-Bangladesh talks on gas pipeline unlikely during SAARC Summit
Date of publication: 26 January 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, January 26: "The issue surrounding the tri-partisan gas pipeline project is not on the agenda of a talk involving Indian and Bangladeshi Prime Ministers during the upcoming SAARC summit. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, or SAARC, a summit including the region's leaders, will be held in Dhaka on February 6-7..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Army sergeant arrested for attempted rape
Date of publication: 25 January 2005
Description/subject: Buthidaung, January 25: "A new arrival army sergeant from Burma proper was arrested for attempting a rape a captain's wife in Buthidaung, 80 miles north of the Arakan capital of Akyab, according to army sources. The sergeant was identified as Aung Myo Oo from the newly formed organization of Burma's Military Government Army Security..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Religious riot in Arakan State
Date of publication: 25 January 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, January 25: "A religious riot broke out in a town of Arakan on January 20, leaving at least 3 people dead, said the All Arakan Students and Youths Congress (AASYC). The three found dead were all Muslims, one of which was a Muslim religious teacher. The riot broke out near Naga Pariyeti Sathin Thik, a Buddhist monastery of the district town of Kyauk Pru, located in central Arakan State. According to another source, the riot started after a young Muslim sweeper from a local mosque insulted several Buddhist monks near the monastery..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: WFP's food aid looted by robbers in Arakan
Date of publication: 25 January 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, January 25: "On January 19 the World Food Program, WFP, was robbed of a large amount of food aid in Maung Daw Township, a western Arakan border town, according to police sources. The goods were looted from a boat in the middle of the night while in route to Krean Chaung village from Maung Daw. The boat was loaded with 1000 sacks of rice and 149 sacks of peas that were intended for extremely poor people, under a rehabilitation program..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: SPDC authority purchases paddy from Arakanese peasants
Date of publication: 20 January 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, January 20: "The local SPDC authority has been buying paddy from Arakanese farmers since the beginning of this month, said a local report. According to a local farmer, the government has been purchasing Pawsan Mwe, a high quality brand of paddy, to be used for army rations. The authority pays 12,5000 kyat for 100 tins (equivalent to 3000 kilograms), a price that is a little higher than the recent market price..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Arakanese community sends appeal for detainees' release
Date of publication: 19 January 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, January 19: "Appeals written by the Diasporas Arakanese Community for the detainees held by India’s government, on India’s Andaman Island, has been sent to several government heads as well as the international community in hopes of helping to avoid a handover of the Arakanese detainees to Burma’s military government. The detainees in question are likely to be freed from jail this month but India’s government may hand them over to the SPDC, Burma’s ruling military junta..." For this reason the Diasporas Arakanese Community is anxious for their fate, as they predict that they may face the death sentence in Burma.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Myanmar's cows used for Eid-Ul-Azha festival
Date of publication: 19 January 2005
Description/subject: Taknef, January 19: "Cows from Burma are brisk in Bangladeshi markets, as the Muslim festival of Eid-Ul-Azha nears, said a border report. The total demand of cows for this year's festival is high, and a large number of cows form Burma are still coming to Bangladeshi local markets..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Arakan gas campaigners hold press conference in Dhaka
Date of publication: 14 January 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, January 14: "A group of Arakanese gas campaigners held a joint press conference, titled “To Resist Plundering of Oil-Gas,” with Bangladeshi student’s leaders of the Student-Youth Movement to Resist Plundering of Oil-Gas and local social activists in Dhaka on January 13th. The conference began around 3 PM yesterday in a press club of Dhaka with 50 participants including journalist, reporters, and radio producers in attendance..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Head of Nasaka department indicted by local authority
Date of publication: 13 January 2005
Description/subject: Maung Daw, January 13: "The head of the Nasaka force in Arakan state, Let -Col Aung Nwge, is currently facing a lawsuit prosecuted by the local SPDC authorities for his involvement in a murder case. “The police department of Maungdaw received an order from high ranking officials of Western Command to collect evidence to prosecute him” said a teacher close to a Maungdaw police officer..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Rice Production Decline in Arakan
Date of publication: 13 January 2005
Description/subject: Akyab, January 13: "In the western Burmese state of Arakan, rice production has declined in comparison to last year. A farmer from Ingra Chaing Kyan from Puak Taw Township said during his visit to Bangladesh, “Rice is not very good in our region. In fact it is in the whole of Arakan. The main cause is the decline of the rice price last year and we are unable to buy enough fertilizer.” Insufficient fertiliser has therefore led to a poor rice crop throughout Arakan..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: 4 ferrymen arrested in Maungdaw
Date of publication: 11 January 2005
Description/subject: Maungdaw, January 11: "Four ferrymen were arrested by town authorities when it was discovered that 7 Arakanese people were sent back to Bangladesh on their boats. The arrestees are identified as Than Maung Chay, Nyi Pu, U Sein Mg and Bo Thein Tan, all are from the Aung Bala quarter of Maungdaw..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Another Huge cache of arms recovered from Burma-Bangladesh border
Date of publication: 10 January 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka, January 10: "Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered a number of sophisticated arms and ammunitions from the Burma-Bangladesh border on January 6, according to a local news agency. Among the confiscated weapons were 11 AK-47 rifles, 53 magazines, and 1506 bullets, all of which were discovered in an old insurgent camp..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Quake jolts Bangladesh again
Date of publication: 08 January 2005
Description/subject: A moderate earthquake jolted Chittagong, a main port city, and its adjoining areas yesterday morning, an official said. The tremor, measuring 5.13 on the Richter scale, hit at 9:45 am and lasted for 36 seconds. The epicenter was 349-km from the city.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Bangladesh's government decides on gas pipeline
Date of publication: 07 January 2005
Description/subject: January 7, 2005: "Bangladesh's Minister for Energy and Minerals, AKM Mosharrof Hossain, will attend an international gas pipeline conference in Rangoon, Burma. Mr Hossain's duty will be to decide on whether a gas pipeline will be built through Bangladesh. The conference will run from the 12th to the 13th of January 2005. According to a report, the meeting will be attended by the Indian Petroleum Minister, Burmese officials and Mr Hossain after Bangladesh accepted a formal invitation from Burma's military government..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Western Command tenders 12 shrimp farms to local businessmen
Date of publication: 04 January 2005
Description/subject: 4th January 2005: "On the 30th of December the military's western command tendered 12 shrimp farms for the 2005 fiscial year to local businessmen in Maungdaw, Arakan. A tender ceremony was held in the headquarters of Nasaka under the supervision of the Deputy Commander of Western Command base in Ann Town in central Arakan state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Arakan National Council holds ceremony commemorating the fall of Arakan
Date of publication: 02 January 2005
Description/subject: Dhaka: January 2: "The 220th Anniversary of the fall of Arakan was commemorated by the Arakan National Council (ANC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh on the 31st of December. Eighty, exiled Arakanese from Bangladesh attended the ceremony. Theses attendees included monks, students and youths, representatives of women and labour organisations..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: THE STATEMENT ON 220TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF ARAKAN KINGDOM
Date of publication: 31 December 2004
Description/subject: Date: 31st December 2004: "Today, 31st December 2004, is one of the unforgettable historic days in Arakan History. On that day we, Rakhaing Nation lost our national sovereignty and independence. Ancient Rakhaing Kingdom, internationally called Arakan, was founded by King Marayu of First Dinyawadi in 3325 BC. Thereafter Rakhaing Kingdom had firmly existed as an Independent Nation. Throughout its existence over 5000 years Arakan was a prosperous nation in South and Southeast Asia. This highly civilized rich nation in the Bay of Bengal was annexed by the Burmese invaders on 31 December 1784 AD..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ARAKAN NATIONAL COUNCIL Bangladesh Branch via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (19K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: 36 people dead in Burma by tidal waves: Military Junta
Date of publication: 29 December 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, Dec 29: "The Burmese military junta confessed in a government newspaper report that there were 36 people dead in Burma after massive tidal waves, caused by a severe intensity earthquake in the Andaman Sea, hit the coast..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Tsunami kills 6 in Arakan
Date of publication: 28 December 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, Dec 28: "6 Arakanese people were killed in Akyab, the capital of Arakan state, by the tsunami that drove through the Andaman Sea on Sunday. The bodies were found yesterday, on the seashore..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Diplomatic Envoy Visits Northern Arakan
Date of publication: 23 December 2004
Description/subject: Maung daw 23: "A diplomatic envoy led by the Indonesian Ambassador to Burma visited the Northern Arakan town of Maungdaw on December 10, said an NGO report. The envoy team, also comprised of 11 other delegates from various embassies in Rangoon, went to repatriation camps and rehabilitation centers for refugees under the Maungdaw Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: Nasaka headquarters raided by Army personnel in Arakan
Date of publication: 23 December 2004
Description/subject: Maungdaw, Dec23: "The border security force of the Nasaka headquarters, located in the west border town Maungdaw, was raided by a column of the Burmese army and a number of Nasaka officers were arrested on December 21, said a witness living near the headquarters. The raid was led by two commanders from Buthidaung Station, including over 100 soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion No. 345, and was acting under the Military Planning Bureau No. 15's order..."
Language: Englishj
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: Arakanese dies while fleeing from Malaysian Police
Date of publication: 21 December 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, Dec 21: "An Arakanese working in Malaysia without a valid working permit had a fatal car accident while fleeing from the Malaysian police last week..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: SPDC Culture Minister's visit to ancient pagodas of Arakan leaves local astrologers worried
Date of publication: 21 December 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, Dec 21: "Maj-Gen Kyi Aung, the Culture Minister of the military government recently made an astonishing visit to Arakan State, where he inspected a number of renovated ancient pagodas built by Arakanese kings in several of Arakan's past dynasties. It was a rare occurance for a Burmese minister to visit so many sites of the Arakanese ancient pagodas. "The recent visit of the Culture Minister was really astonishing for the Arakan people because he went to a number of ancient pagodas. Previously, no Burmese ministers have ever been there," said a local monk..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: Ban on swidden agriculture threatening Arakanese livelihoods
Date of publication: 20 December 2004
Description/subject: Lamar, Dec 20: "The Burmese military junta has placed a ban on swidden agricultural practices in the northern districts of Arakan state, Maung Daw and Buthedaung, according to a tribal leader. Most Arakanese people in northern Arakan traditionally rely on swidden or slash-and-burn cultivation for their livelihoods, and they are worried about food and product shortages resulting from the ban. Before the ban, the junta tried to “educate” the people about mountain terrain cultivation..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: Bangladesh’s Finance Minister's tour in India finished with a signal of gas pipeline
Date of publication: 16 December 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, Dec 16: "Even though Bangladesh’s Finance Minister, M Saifur Rahman, did not discuss the issue of the transnational gas pipeline connecting Burma, India, and Bangladesh during his meeting with the premier of India, he discussed the issue with some ministers of India, according to local sources. But he did not say whether the discussion of gas pipeline issue is progressive or not. He returned to Dhaka last week after completing his five-day visit to India. During his trip, he met a number of Indian ministers..."
Author/creator: Nyo Tun Kyaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: 36 Burmese insurgents detained at Port Blair face the danger of being deported to Burma
Date of publication: 15 December 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, Dec 15: "36 Burmese nationals who have been under detention for more than six years without any sentences face the grim danger of being deported to Burma. A detainee says, “The police has taken our names and address in Burma. We had given these details before, and it is a bit strange collecting such information again. Usually, such information is collected before deportation to Burma, we are very concerned about this.”..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: ALD demands a genuine statehood for Arakan State
Date of publication: 15 December 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka: December 15: "The Arakan League for Democracy (in Exile) today issued a statement for Arakan State Day..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: Border landmines have far reaching effects
Date of publication: 14 December 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, Dec 14: "The demarcation of border areas, under the joint-border forces of Burma and Bangladesh, have been suspended since 1998, due to the presence of landmines in those areas. The absence of joint-border forces of the two countries has increased the occurrences of cross border arms smuggling, drug and human trafficking, and cross border robberies, said a report in a weekend journal of Bangladesh. The demarcation of the border area under the joint forces of the two countries began in 1984, but ended after only 14 years..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: Increasing exhortation by the authority in Arakan State
Date of publication: 13 December 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, Dec 13: "After the purge of General Khin Nyunt, the SPDC Prime Minister Soe Win, SPDC Secretary (1) Thein Sein, and Lieutenant General Shwe Mann promised that the junta’s first priority is to get rid of corruption and abusive use of power by military personnel. Contrary to the promise, there have been an increase in incidents of exhortation by the local authority and military personnel of the public through out Arakan State. Checkpoints formerly controlled by the Military Intelligence are now guarded by military personnel and police, and they are not just asking for money from the smugglers, but also from the ordinary people..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: Cash confiscated from the father-in-law of purged Nasaka official
Date of publication: 10 December 2004
Description/subject: Maung Daw, December 10: "The local military authority confiscated money and gold from the father-in-law of Sargent Aung Zaya, who was in charge of the Nasaka, or the Burmese Border Security, check-point 3 at Maung Daw township, Arakan state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: Bangladesh Army seize arms at Burmese Border
Date of publication: 08 December 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, December 8: "The Bangladesh Army and local security forces last week seized another several hauls of illegal arms in the regions bordering Burma during a joint operation, said an official report. Another stash of arms consisting of 8 AK-47s, 8 SMGs, and 4000 rounds of bullets were discovered from two camps, which were about seven kilometres away from the border..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


Title: Bangladesh funds Arakanese monument renovations
Date of publication: 07 December 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, December 7: "The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Khalida Zia visited the Arakanese villages (known as Awakyan region) under the Kawakatta Township of Pauktawa Khali district, on the 2nd of December. During her visit she promised 10 million Taka to renovate the Buddhist temples and monasteries in the region..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


Title: Senior General Than Shwe and a large entourage visited Arakan State
Date of publication: 05 December 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, Dec 5: "Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe, made a trip to Arakan state along with a large number of his cabinet members on November 29th after the sacking of Prime Minister Khin Nyunt, said a report. This time his trip was very different from previous visits to Arakan State because he was followed by a large entourage, including secretary Lt-Gen Thein Sein, SPDC members Lt-Gen Khin Maung Than, Lt-Gen Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myin Oo, Lt-Gen Kyaw Win, over twenty Ministers, and two commanders-in-chief of the Navy and Air Force..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


Title: Fake and Expired pharmaceuticals being imported from Bangladesh
Date of publication: 01 December 2004
Description/subject: Taknef, December 1: "Bangladesh is exporting fake and expired pharmaceuticals into Burma at a reduced price, according to border sources. Through the long border between Burma and Bangladesh and via the seas, the local drug industry is cashing in on the drug shortages in Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


Title: 6 people, including 5 Italians, died when their boat sank in Arakan State
Date of publication: 30 November 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, November 30: "6 people, including 5 Italians,died when their boat sank in Arakan State in western Burma, on Sunday, according to an Akyab resident..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


Title: Business premises built for the workers’ welfare demolished in Akyab
Date of publication: 30 November 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, Nov 30: "Business premises that were built for the welfares of the employees of the government are now being demolished by the local authority who claims that these premises are violating government policy guidelines. These premises were already rented out to private businesses at a high price..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


Title: Arakan’s Border Security Chief accused of being involved in heroin traffic
Date of publication: 25 November 2004
Description/subject: Maungdaw, Nov 25: "The Acting Chief of the Burmese Border Security forces, or Nasaka, from Maung Daw has been charged with involvement in heroin traffic on November 13, said a police officer but he denied to disclose his name. Lieutenant Colonel Myint Oo was detained at the base of the Light Infantry Division (233) at Buthi Daung Township, and the Chief of Arakan Police Nyo Win is heading the investigation on the Lt. Col’s involvement..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


Title: Bangladeshi security Forces seize another weapons cache
Date of publication: 25 November 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, Nov 25: "Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) yesterday seized another huge arms cache from a bordering hill district of Bandaban , a day after the seizure of a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the same district, said an official report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


Title: A forced-laboured woman narrowly escaped the rape from a soldier, the brother hacked the soldier
Date of publication: 24 November 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, Nov 24: "A woman who is working at the forced labour camp in Kyauk Phyu Township narrowly escaped rape from a SPDC soldier. The brother of the woman attacked the soldier with a machete and the soldier badly wounded in both arms according to a statement of Arakan League for Democracy (Bangladesh Branch) dated November 16..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


Title: Four bodies of Rohingyas recovered from Kutupalong camp
Date of publication: 20 November 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar 20: "A day after Thursday’s violent clash, a joint force of BDR (Bangladesh Riffle), police and ansars recovered four bodies of Rohingyas and arrested 12 more people from Kutupalong camp in Ukhiya Thana on Friday, according to the several local news papers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2004


Title: Muslim Rohingyas, police clash in Ukhiya wounded over 100
Date of publication: 19 November 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar 19: "Over a hundred of Rohingya refugees and law-enforcers were injured in a violent clash at Kutupalong Muslim Rohingya camp in Ukhiya Thana southern district of Cox’sbazar in yesterday, said local sources. Sources said the trouble explode at about the 9.30am when police and ansars(village security) went to the camp to rescues a police officer, detained by some Muslim Rohingyas during his visit to the camp earlier in the morning..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2004


Title: Three-nation parleys on gas project in January
Date of publication: 18 November 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka 18 November: "The minister of Energy of Bangladesh, India, and Burma will meet in Yangoon, the capital of Burma, in January next year to finalise the three-nation gas pipeline project. According to The Independent News..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent News" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2004


Title: India Supreme Court notice to CBI on Burmese detainees of Operation Leech
Date of publication: 17 November 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, November 17: "The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday issued notices to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and authorities in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on a petition seeking release of 36 Burmese "freedom fighters" arrested six years ago by the Indian Army during "Operation Leech" according to an India local news agency, Press Trust of India, on 16 November..."
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2004


Title: Police Officials Substitute for Intelligence Post
Date of publication: 16 November 2004
Description/subject: Maungdaw, Nov 16: "According to official sources, on November 5, three police officers were substituted in the intelligence position near the border areas of Maungdaw township, a Burmese town on the western border with Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2004


Title: Committees are formed to investigate the Military Intelligence
Date of publication: 15 November 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, Nov 15: "Officials from the Western Command of the Burmese military Junta are organising themselves into ad hoc committees to detain the Military Intelligence and to confiscate the MI’s business interests and economic ventures. These committees were formed in Pon Nar Gyaun and its surrounding townships.The Western Command covers the Arakan State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2004


Title: A millionaire Nasaka officer arrested in Arakan State
Date of publication: 12 November 2004
Description/subject: Maung Daw, Nov 12: "A millionaire Nasaka officer on November 6 was arrested in Maung Daw, a northern Burma-Bangledeshi border town. Aung Zaya, a sergeant, was arrested by military personnel in the (3) Mile gate Nasaka check-point of Maung Daw, where he worked as a monitor and was in-charge. According to a police officer, the authorities seized 30 million Kyat and 47 gold bars from him and his interrogation continues..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2004


Title: 2 Burmese Muslims arrested for arms smuggling
Date of publication: 10 November 2004
Description/subject: Cox’sbazar, Nov 10: "Two Burmese Muslim hailed from northern Arakan, Burma and 2 women were arrested by Bangladesh police on November 7 when they were trading ammunitions of sophisticated AK 47 rifles at a hotel of Cox’sbazar, said a local official in a statement. Acting on a tip-off, the Bangladesh police raid the hotel and arrested Burmese nationals Siddique Ahmed, his son Yunus and two women..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2004


Title: Nine Arakanese monks arrested for agitating the Municipal authority
Date of publication: 10 November 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, November 10: "Nine Arakanese monks from Akyab, capital of the Arakan state have been detained by the local authority. They are in the danger being imprisoned for many years..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2004


Title: Arakan League for Democracy, Bangladesh Branch reorganised
Date of publication: 07 November 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, November 7: "The Bangladesh branch of Arakan League for Democracy (In Exile) is being re-organised according to the ALD’s statement issued on the November 6. This reorganisation of the Bangladesh Branch occurred on November third and fourth, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The statement said this reorganisation is to make the Bangladesh Branch to be a more solid and united party unit and to be able to implement the party policies more effectively..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2004


Title: Refugee camps threaten picturesque Cox’sbazar as repatriation process stalled
Date of publication: 25 October 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, 25 October: "At least two-and a half lakh Burmese Muslim refugees are now living in Bangladesh, namely in Cox’sbazar, Banderband and Chittagong. Among them, some 19,000 refugees have been waiting to return to their home in Burma for the last three months. Sources said that the reasons for the suspension of the process for repatriation of the refugees for the last three months have thus far been unexplained..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


Title: 125 HIV infections this year: the highest record in Arakan 125 HIV infections this year: the highest record in Arakan Sittwe, October 21: A record number of a 125 HIV infections were recorded in Arakan, in the year 2003-4, according to a health r
Date of publication: 21 October 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, October 21: "A record number of a 125 HIV infections were recorded in Arakan, in the year 2003-4, according to a health report. However, the number is expected to be much higher, as the recorded infections only come from people who attend the Akyab hospital for a blood test or blood donation. In Arakan state, the number of HIV infections has been rising every year. However, the Health Ministry of Burma has not been able to provide any measures of prevention or any materials, claiming they do not have any funding in the state coffer..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


Title: Pirates act as lifesavers for fortunate Burmese
Date of publication: 09 October 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, October 9: "The pirates active on the Bay of Bengal threw 11 onboard Burmese into the sea of Bangladesh’s water territory, providing them with only big bamboo rods as lifesavers after taking away their boat loaded with ox and teak wood on October 4, said a victim of the incident...Fortunately, after spending the night clutching the bamboo rods, the men were saved when they were spotted by a local fishing boat from Cox’s Bazar Town, situated on the Bay of Bengal, that was on it’s way home..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


Title: Burma secure fourth and go back home
Date of publication: 08 October 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, October 8: "Burma lost their last match to Oman by 3-1 competing yesterday at the Bangladesh Krira Shikha Protishthan (BKSP) ground at 9am and secured fourth position in 5 nations U-21 Challenge Cup invitational hockey tournament..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


Title: U-21 Challenge Cup Hockey Final Today -- Oman defeats Burma in Hockey
Date of publication: 07 October 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, October 7: "Burma lost to Oman with one goal to nil in a hockey game at the under-twenty-one five nation hockey tournament. Burma will have to compete again with Oman for the third position..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


Title: 8 Burmese cheated by a local then arrested
Date of publication: 06 October 2004
Description/subject: Cox’sbazar October 6, 2004: "8 Burmese Muslims working illegally in a southern district of Bangladesh were caught and handed over to the police on September 27 when they were falsely identified as robbers by the local villagers, according to regional sources. The Burmese detainees, which were illegal immigrants to Bangladesh, were working together with a local man named Habibullah in Khutakhali Village in the Cox’s Bazar District where they earned 4000/-Taka altogether from their hard job. The local cheated them out of their earnings and ran away to his village Gazaria, which is in the same district..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


Title: Trade gap between Bangladesh, Myanmar widens
Date of publication: 05 October 2004
Description/subject: October 5, 2004: "The trade gap between Bangladesh and Myanmar has widened drastically since the 1997-98 fiscal year. Previously, the export volume of Bangladesh to Myanmar was higher than that of the import. However since the 1997-98 fiscal year, Bangladesh has imported more goods from Myanmar than it has sent exports to that country..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


Title: Killing of police officer heightens tensions in northern Maung Daw
Date of publication: 24 September 2004
Description/subject: Maung Daw, September 24: "Tensions between the locals and the authority are running high in the northern part of Maung Daw Township, in the northern part of Arakan, after the murder of a police officer, said a teacher from Maungdaw. On the 2nd of September, a group of local Muslim villagers from the Thakan Nya village attacked a police office, Sub- inspector Ran Aung and Private Hla Myo. The two are from the Myawadee Post in the Region of Nasaka the border security of Maung Daw Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 26 September 2004


Title: A Bangladeshi newspaper blames the Burmese Junta for construction delays
Date of publication: 22 September 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, September 22: "There is still no sign of a transnational highway between Burma and Bangladesh, despite the fact that construction should have started over a year ago. A Cox’s Bazar, Bengali newspaper, the Daily Saikat recently blamed the Burmese junta for the delay. Burma and Bangladesh agreed to start building the 133 kilometre-long highway between Ramu in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh to Bolly Zee in Burma. The construction period was supposed to start in 2003 and finish by 2008-9. However, there has not been any preparation form the Burmese government authority and hence the construction has not started..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004


Title: Akyab’s troubled jetty giving trouble to the public
Date of publication: 21 September 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, September 21: "The Arakan State’s capital, Akyab, saw its principal jetty destroyed by a storm four months ago. So far the Burmese authority has done nothing to rebuild it. Consequently the Arakanese public is now facing severe inflation on imported goods due to a lack of docking facilities, which are costing importers both time and money..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004


Title: DPA abducts two Bangladeshi men
Date of publication: 19 September 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, September 19: "Cadres of Democratic Party of Arakan (DPA) allegedly abducted two Bangladeshi people in a village of Chittagong hill tract in Bangladesh on September 18, according to the Daily Star's report yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004


Title: Rakhaing girl killed after rape
Date of publication: 18 September 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, Sept 18: "A Rakhaing girl was killed by miscreants after raping her in a village of Bangladesh on September 14. Her old mother was also killed by miscreants, said a report. Police and local sources said the miscreants entered the house in the area near Nayapara Rohingya Refugee camp and started raping her, Pru Pru chay (23)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004


Title: Arakanese farmers face troubles as paddy prices fall
Date of publication: 17 September 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, Sep 17: "Arakanese farmers have been struggling for survival as paddy prices have recently fallen in Arakan State. The price of 100 tinn, (250 baskets), of high quality paddy has fallen to 45,000 kyat from a recent price of 80,000 kyat and another lower quality paddy has fallen from 50,000 to 20,000 kyat. It is first time the paddy price has fallen in Arakan State since the Burmese military seized control in 1988, said a trader from Maung daw..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004


Title: Burmese prisoners in Bangladesh refuse repatriation
Date of publication: 12 September 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, Sep 12: "About 70 Burmese prisoners in the Bandaban District jail, a border town near Kyauk Taw Township in Western Burma, have been on a hunger strike since September 4, as they do not want to return to Burma under a Bangladeshi repatriation program. The hunger strike broke out when the Bangladesh authority collected a list of prisoners who will be sent back to Burma under a repatriation agreement between Burma and Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 20 September 2004


Title: Myanmar rebel leader surrenders
Date of publication: 30 August 2004
Description/subject: Narinjara, August 30, 2004: "Leader of the Democratic Party of Arakan, a rebel organization of Myanmar, Ba Ong Moung and his family surrendered on Saturday to the security forces in Tarachha in Roangchhari Upazila, Bandarban district..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 30 August 2004


Title: Burmese Junta shelters North East Indian rebels
Date of publication: 20 August 2004
Description/subject: Maung Daw, August 20: "Rebels of North East India are allowed free access within the region of Maung-daw Township, in western Burma, despite the Burmese Military Junta's repeated assurance to the New Delhi government, of the non-existence of these Indian insurgents within the Burma territory, according to local sources..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 20 August 2004


Title: 9 Arakanese arrested by MI for complaining to Prime Minister Khin Nyunt
Date of publication: 09 August 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, August 9: "9 Arakanese people were arrested by Burma Military Intelligence in Pauk Taw Township for sending a letter to PM Khin Nyunt expressing their dissatisfaction over the delivery of storm aid to victims. According to our correspondent, some of those arrested were U Aung Thaung, former chairman of Sai Tauk village under the Pauk Taw Township, U Mae Aung, retired primary headmaster from Pauk Taw town, and U Maung Tun Tha, a trader from Pauk Taw. The remaining arrestees are from Sai Tauk and Kyuat Suu village of Pauk Taw Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Arakanese exiles hold demonstration in Dhaka
Date of publication: 09 August 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, August 9: "At least 80 exiles from Arakan State held a demonstration in front of the Bangladesh high court premise, in Dhaka, yesterday in honor of the 16th anniversary day of 8-8-88. The 3 Arakanese organizations that participated in the demonstration included the Working Committee for Demonstration Restoration in Burma (WCDRB), Arakan League for Democracy (Exile) and the All Arakan Students and Youth Congress (AASYC)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Statement on the 16th anniversary of 8-8-88, Democracy Revolution
Date of publication: 08 August 2004
Description/subject: [by the] Working Committee for Democracy Restoration In Burma (WCDRB)... "Today is the sacred and historic day of the 16th anniversary of 8-8-88, on which thousands of people, of many races, gave their blood and lives bravely fighting for the democracy of Burma.."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Local’s farms handed over to army families
Date of publication: 06 August 2004
Description/subject: Ponna Gyunt, August 6 : "Farms recently confiscated by the army, from local farmers in Ponna Gyunt Township, under the Akyab District, have been allocated to army member’s families, said an Arakanese monk, who wishes to remain anonymous. The families of men serving in the Light Infantry Battalion 555 Base in Ponna Gyunt and the Light Infantry Battalion 374 Base in Pan Pe Chaung, of Kyauk Taw Township, were each given 3 acres of the stolen land by the local army officials..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Security tightened in Arakan as 8-8-88 anniversary nears
Date of publication: 06 August 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, August 6: "Military Western Command Authority has issued a directive to local administration, to increase security in their respective town areas with the anniversary of 8-8-88 approaching. The directive was sent to the Burma Border Security Force (Nasaka), Military Operation Planning Unite (Sabaka), Regional Military Supervision Headquarters (Dhasaka) as well as local police forces, and state and township level administration. The directive was issued by the Military Western Command at end of July..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: UNHCR field officer complains to Nasaka for child labor use
Date of publication: 05 August 2004
Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 5: "A UNHCR field officer has complained to the Nasaka Border Force Acting Commander, Myint Oo, for the wide use of child labor in Maungdaw Township, a town in Northern Arakan State. The complaint reportedly came out in a meeting between Nasaka officials and a UNHCR field officer in the UNHCR field meeting room of Maungdaw, on 22 July..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Death rate in Akyab rising
Date of publication: 04 August 2004
Description/subject: Akyab. August 4: "The number of people dying in Akyab is increasing everyday, as many people cannot afford the expenses of treatment at the Akyab Central Government Hospital. Previously, the average rate of death, in Akyab, was only one a day, but it has recently increased to over 4 a day, said a local social worker. He added that many people are not willing to utilize the services of the local hospital because they are unable to afford the high prices of treatment there..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Bangladesh and Burma agree to step up patrol
Date of publication: 03 August 2004
Description/subject: Cox’sbazar, August 3: "Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Burma border security force (Nasaka) have reached a consensus on strengthening patrol and checking cross-border criminal activities including thefts and robberies. The agreement was reached at a sector commander-level flag meeting of the two border security forces in the Maung Daw, Burma, on 29 July, reports BSS..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Portraits of Arakanese leaders pulled from museum
Date of publication: 03 August 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, August 3: "The Burmese SPDC Military authority recently removed all portraits of prominent historic Arakanese leaders from The Arakanese Cultural Museum of Akyab. According to our correspondent’s report, the 13 portraits removed were of the following Arakanese leaders; U Ottama, Dr Shwe Zan Aung, U Panya Thiha, U Sinda, Barrister-at-law U Tha Zan Hla, U San Shwe Bu, Bogri Kra Hla Aung, U U Tha Tun,Bon Pauk Tha Kyaw, ICS U Kyaw Min, U San Tha Aung, U Ban San and Sarama Daw Ma Mra Sein..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Bangladesh finalizes revised proposal for gas pipeline
Date of publication: 02 August 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, August 2: "Bangladesh has finalised a revised proposal on the Trans-Burma -Tripura-Bangladesh gas pipeline for approval by it's Prime Minister, official sources said. According to a report of yesterday’s financial Express, the Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh revised proposal was prepared following fresh offer by the Mohana Holdings Ltd. to install the pipeline under an international consortium after an earlier offer forwarded to the Prime Minister Khaleda Zia failed to get approval. The summary of the new offer prepared by the ministry will be submitted to its Prime Minister shortly..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Dhaka, Beijing agree on road link via Burma
Date of publication: 01 August 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, August 1: "Bangladesh and China have agreed to open a road link between the two countries through Burma to ease transportation of goods for further expanding bilateral trade, according to a local news agency’s UNB. The road link will connect Bangladesh with China’s southwestern Yunnan province which is closest in proximity between the two countries. The decisions were made at meetings between a visiting high-powered delegation from China and Bangladeshi officials here yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Japan Envoy Visits Northern Arakan
Date of publication: 31 July 2004
Description/subject: Maung Daw, July 31: "A Japanese envoy visited Northern Arakan from the 23rd to the 27th of July, according to our correspondent. The envoy led by Masache O’ Jawa, Business attachée of the Japanese Embassy in Rangoon, also included Taka Hiro Susu Ki, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s regional representative to Burma as well as Choche Yo Ho Rekie, a chief engineer of JICA office in Cambodia. The purpose of the foreign envoy's visit to Maung Daw was to inspect a damaged road that was constructed by the British government during the Second World War. The Japanese government may assist in the rebuilding of the road in the near future..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Arakan State NLD general secretary passes away
Date of publication: 29 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 29: "Arakan State NLD general secretary, U Tha Kyaw, died in a clinic in Rangoon on 25 July. He had previously been moved, for better treatment, from his residence of Akyab to the Shwe Gondin specialist clinic in Rangoon, however his health quickly deteriorated there..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Fake Beverage Products From Army Compound in Akyab
Date of publication: 27 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 27: "Imitation alcohol and fruit juice products are being produced on the Light Infantry Battalion No 20 Headquarters Compound, which is based in Akyab. In the past, the fake alcohol and fruit juice were made in Sanpra Wra Quarter’s factory in Akyab, but the operation was moved to the army compound last year after it was raided by the Akyab police. Akyab police had arrested U Win Nyunt, a local businessman, at that time, but he was later released after the payment of a small bribe. It is thought that the Union Solidarity Development Association (USDA) Arakan State General Secretary is directly involved in the production..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Bikkhu U Uttama Memorial Park in Danger of Destruction
Date of publication: 26 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 26: "Although Biukkhu U Uttama was the first person who torched the light of Burma freedom, his statue in Akyab now lives in dark because no light is allowed at his statue at night, a teacher from Akyab (Sittwe) said. The authorities have not only banned the lights at the U Uttama statue, but are also constructing number of buildings in U Uttama Memorial Park, endangering the existence of the park..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Bangladesh-Burma Joint Commission meets tomorrow
Date of publication: 25 July 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, July 25: "Bangladesh Commerce minister Air Vice Marshal (retd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury leaves here for Rangoon today to attend a meeting of the Bangladesh -Burma Joint Commission there on July26, according to today The Independent. A six-member delegation will accompany the Minister. The delegation includes Bangladesh ambassador to Burma ABM Rahim, president of Bangladesh-Burma Joint Business Council Rashed Maksud Khan and its Vice President Syed Mahmudul Haq. The one-day meeting will review Dhaka-Rangoon trade relations and seek to find ways and means to further enhance bilateral trade..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" (Dhaka) via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Government’s Tax on Motorbikes in Arakan Skyrocketing This Year
Date of publication: 23 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 23: "Taxes on motorbikes, imposed by The Burma Military authority, are skyrocketing this year. “The tax on motorbikes is so high this year that people can not afford to pay the government” said a motorbike owner. He added that the new tax has frightened many motorbike owners in Arakan since the tax is equivalent to 10 per cent of the purchasing price..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: A woman may get a 3 years imprisonment for the construction of a house on her own land
Date of publication: 22 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 22: "A woman, Ma Tha Nu from Akyab city, has been facing a lawsuit in district court, for constructing a house on her own land, said a lawyer from Akyab. Ma the Nu was detained by police in February of this year, on Lieutenant Cornel Maung Oo’s order, as she was building a one story building on her land. Lieutenant Cornel Maung Oo is a chairman of Arakan State who has not allowed the construction of any building on the said plot..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Confiscation of farms by army continues
Date of publication: 21 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 21: "People’s land beside the Akyab- Rangoon motor road continues to be confiscated by the Burmese army for army-owned teak plantations, reports our correspondent. A villager from Yota yoke village said, “ About 50 yards of land were confiscated on the Kyuk Taw- Ponna Guan roadside which is located on the Akyab-Rangoon road, but people could not get any compensation from the army.” Most confiscated lands are paddy farms but there are also many fruit gardens belonging to Arakanese people who earn their living from the gardens. At present the army is demolishing all trees and houses by bulldozer on the confiscated lands. The plantation of teak will start within this rainy season, said a farmer..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: List of landmine deaths on Bangladesh-Burma border
Date of publication: 20 July 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, July 20: "A Bangladesh local authority has been collecting the names of people killed by landmines that had been planted by the Burmese army, said a report of the daily Saiket, a Cox’sbazar district base newspaper, on July 17. The number of deaths from landmines in the Bangladesh territory increases, day by day, which has necessitated the collecting of names for this list. According to present record, 16 people have been killed by landmines on the Bangladesh side so far. The paper also mentioned those victims’ names, ages and address..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: The 10th Annual Rakhaing Thingyan in New York City
Date of publication: 20 July 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, July 20: "This is the 10th year the local New York City Rakhaing group has setup and operated the Thingyan in New York City, New York, USA..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: For Laying Memorial wreath for 19 July without independent monument
Date of publication: 19 July 2004
Description/subject: Pauk Taw, July 19: "Today is the 57th anniversary of a martyr’s day to commemorate General Aung san and other national leaders who fell on 19th of July 1947. However, there is not an independent monument for laying a memorial wreath by town people of Pauk Taw Township. The Burma Intelligence Unite, under the MI-10, confiscated the ground of the Independence Monument and sold it to local businessmen for construction of stores and shops..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: SPDC aid does not reach cyclone victims
Date of publication: 18 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 18: "It has been learnt that foreign aid donated to SPDC military government was unable to reach cyclone victims in many places of Arakan state. According to a reporter who recently visited the cyclone-hit area, an SPDC government agency have granted 20 000 Kyat to 373 families for the people who were killed in cyclone in Chittra, Tharatony, Kyay-toh village under Kam-htouk-gri village tract of Maebon Township. Same source said that a relief camp has been opened at Kathougri village and is being operated by infantry division 373 stationed at Ann Township. The cyclone victims under Kyauk Pru and Man Aung Township received only about 6 kg of rice and one pack of iodized salt each. But the people effected by other natural disasters like stroms of Krakrikuam, WagouKri, Pram tha shong, Kyokmoukri, Thushay, Paithee village did not receive any assistant, said the sources..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: 18 Burmese citizens rescued from traffickers
Date of publication: 09 July 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, July 9: "Bangladesh police yesterday rescued 18 Burmese citizens including nine children from human traffickers in a residential hotel of Dhaka, according to a local news agency. Police also arrested three alleged human traffickers who brought the Burmese citizens to Dhaka for trafficking them out to Saudi Arabia with Bangladeshi passport..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Rohingya issue: Sad plight of the impoverished people
Date of publication: 09 July 2004
Description/subject: Editorial, “The Independent” from Bangladesh. 9 July 2004. "The unexpected influx of about a quarter million Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s Arakan region in the early 1990s posed overwhelming problems for Bangladesh. The government had very little resources and expertise to play host to such a huge number of impoverished farm people terroristed by Myanmar’s dreaded security forces...Speaking at seminar in Dhaka on Tuesday, the law minister Barrister Moudus Ahmad said in handling the refugee issue Bangladesh had to abide by the internationals laws and conventions and all repatriation had to be voluntary. All but 20,000 refugees had already been repatriated under the supervision of the UNHCR..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" (Dhaka) via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: The only Internet Café too expensive for ordinary Akyabians
Date of publication: 08 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 8: "Although Burmese Military Junta claims to put a great endeavor to make Burma into a modern advance nation; many ordinary people do not have a proper Internet access. In Arakan State, there has been only one Internet Café, only in Akyab, the capital of the state. This is the first and the only Internet Café, and it is called Informatics’ Center. It is a subscriber of Pagan Cyber Café. Pagan-net controls the flow of emails and hence freedom of information and privacy are extremely limited. Informatics’ Center charges 1,500 kyats an hour, which is the equivalent of the half of the monthly minimum wage..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Only one oxygen cylinder for Akyab hospital
Date of publication: 07 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 7: "According to our correspondent, there is only one oxygen-giving device in Akyab general hospital in Arakan State. The hospital is the biggest hospital in Arakan State with 300 beds, but it has only one oxygen-giving device until now. According to relatives a female patient from Sabrain Village of Pauk Taw Township died in the hospital recently due to the disconnecting of the oxygen device which was attached to her breathing system, because doctors had taken away the device for another patient..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Burmese Nasaka Forces Create Border Tension for Unknown Reasons
Date of publication: 06 July 2004
Description/subject: Cox’sbazar, July 6: "The Nasaka (Burma border security force) created border tension recently, but the reason is unknown, said our reporter from the border area. Nasaka forced entered Bangladeshi water on 4 July and abducted three Bangladeshi nationals. Nasaka also seized their boat from the Naaf River in Teknaf Township, in the Cox’s Bazaar district..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Forced Labour in Arakan Capital Increases Agony
Date of publication: 06 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 6: "The existence of forced labour in Akyab, the capital city of Arakan, has been reported by city residents over the telephone. According to our informants, every Saturday, the people of Akyab have to work to clean the streets and drainage from every house. In default, people are fined kyat 500 per house. Most of the city’s dwellers have to work unwillingly for fear of the fine..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: An Arakanese Youth Political Activist Arrives in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 03 July 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, July 3: "Last week an Arakanese youth pro-democracy political activists of Burma fled Bangladesh to avoid persecution by the Burmese military government. He had been under close watch by military intelligence since his assignment to work on Aung San Suu Kyi’s security team during her last year visit to Arakan State. Besides, he participated in a reception program leading his party members from Akyab with the people of Ponna Kyuan, a township 20 miles away from Akyab, our source said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Western English Film Prohibited in Akyab
Date of publication: 01 July 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, July 1: "Local government authorities of Akyab have forbidden the showing of western films in video show houses in Akyab, said our reporter. Arakan is the poorest state of Burma; as such, families of Arakan state cannot buy television sets for their own homes. Thus, they go to video show houses whenever they want to see new films..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: SPDC Changes Enemies in Military Training Lectures
Date of publication: 30 June 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, June 30: "The Burmese military authority has changed the aim of their “fighting and organising” military training courses from one of slandering Aung San Suu Kyi and other National League for Democracy leaders to one of attacking America and Western influence. The purpose of the training is to defend Burma against an American invasion and to cultivate an anti-American spirit in its officials, according to a local who is linked to the military personnel in the Arakanese capital of Akyab..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Tuition Increases Lead to Decreased Enrollment in Arakan
Date of publication: 29 June 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, June 29: "Enrollment rates in different schools declined sharply in Arakan state this year due to increased educational expenses, reported our correspondent. Under the present education system, admission fees for junior high school students are kyat 7000, primary school fees are kyat 4000, and transfer admission fees are kyat 10,000. Still, these fees do not include the cost of books and other materials, said the source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Gamblers Bet Kyat 20 Million a Day on Euro Soccer
Date of publication: 25 June 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, June 25: "People have been staking about kyat 20 million per day on Euro Championship Football 2004 in Akyab, the state capital of Arakan, said a master on Euro Football 2004. An eyewitness said that, in Akyab, there are two main gambling houses on Euro Football 2004, where people can bet from kyat 5,000 to as much as they like..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Akyab police without salary for one year
Date of publication: 24 June 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, June 24: "For more than one year, Akyab police have not been receiving their salary, according to a policeman of the Mro-Ma police station. One policeman said the authorities are unable to pay police salaries because the money was already spent on entertainment for high-ranking central officials on their visit to Arakan state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Burmese nationals in Bangladesh launch procession on 59th birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi
Date of publication: 20 June 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, June 20: "Over 60 exiled Arakanese Refugees from Burma in Bangladesh lunched a procession In Dhaka and held rally in front of Dhaka Press Club yesterday demanding immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi on her 59th birthday, reported our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Forgotten Burmese Refugees in Dhaka
Date of publication: 20 June 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, June 20: "Even though Burmese Refugees in Thailand are mow resettling in other countries such as the United States of America, 100 Arakanese refugees from Buma living in Dhaka are faced with a grim future since the UNHCR cut their monthly financial assistance. “Monthly assistances for my wife and daughter are cut from this month on. How can we survive? But I can understand why the UNHCR cut the monthly grant,” said a Burmese refugee. Burmese refugees would no longer get the monthly assistance, but they will be able to get a financial grant for project to make a livelihood. The amount of the grant depends upon the proposed project, but the largest has been 35,000 taka (US$ 600). However, normally a grant is around 15,000 taka..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Drug stores increased in Bangladesh border area
Date of publication: 15 June 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 15: "The number of drug stores with links to illegal border trade is increasing day by day in the Bangladesh border area, reports our correspondent. Local business people are opening more and more drug store because they earn huge amount of profit by smuggling out medicines to Burma, it says..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Houses built for 130 newly arriving settler families
Date of publication: 15 June 2004
Description/subject: Maung-daw, June 15: "The Na-Sa-Ka border security force of Burma has since May 29th taken initiatives to build houses for 130 new settler families who are arriving soon from central Burma to the Maung-daw Township area, reports our correspondent. The houses are being built near Aung Mingla village under the stern directives of the Na-Sa-Ka acting commander, Lieutenant Colonel Myint Oo. Around 250 villagers living near the construction site have been used as forced labourers. Most of them are farmers. Nearby villagers said that the labourers are told they must postpone their own agricultural business to work without any payment in house construction for the settlers. Under the construction scheme, these labourers will be building houses, a monastery, a school, a dispensary, and a meditation centre, along with digging several ponds and wells..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: A Burmese minor girl student in Bangladesh jail without trial
Date of publication: 14 June 2004
Description/subject: Cox’sbazar, June 14: "A minor Arakanese girl student continues to be held in a Bangladeshi jail without being produced before the court. The girl, about 12 years old, was arrested along with three other Burmese citizens, according to our reporter. The girl, known as Loon Thon Ma (12), was arrested along with three other relatives while coming from Burma to Bangladesh. According to a relative, the four were visiting their relatives at Cox’sbazar during school holidays during the Sangran water festival..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Donations arriving for cyclone victims in Arakan
Date of publication: 12 June 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, June 12: "The Chinese Red Cross Society (CRCS) donated US dollar 20,000 in cash for the victims of the cyclone in Arakan state two weeks ago, reported The New Light of Myanmar on 9 June. The cash donation was delivered to Dr Tun Sein, Acting President of the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) by Mr Yu Boren, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Burma. The cyclone hit the Arakan coast on 19 May and left over 300 people dead and more than 20,000 people homeless, as the government disclosed ten days after the incident..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Private orchards make way for the government’s teak plantations
Date of publication: 11 June 2004
Description/subject: Ponna Kyun, June 11: "Privately owned orchards in Ponna Kyun, in the State of Arakan are being destroyed to make way for the state owned teak plantations, according to our correspondent. These plantations are part of the junta’s drive to swell the military junta’s coffer. The orchards covered more than (1000) acres; most of them were mango plantations..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Eight Officials fired by military junta without a solid ground
Date of publication: 10 June 2004
Description/subject: Maung-daw, June 10: "Recently officials of Ton-pro-way, a newly established township of Arakan state, were sacked by the SPDC military government, reports our correspondent from the Bangladesh-Burma border area. The newly built Ton-pro-way Township is 50 kilometers to the north of Maung-daw, where the Bangladesh-Burma Friendship Bridge is currently under construction..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Na Sa Ka Announces 5 Year Jail Terms for Illegal Expat Workers
Date of publication: 09 June 2004
Description/subject: Maung Daw, June 9: "Burmese authorities have announced that people returning to their native lands after working in foreign countries will receive at least 5 years in jail, reports our correspondent from the border area. Though officially not available, the news of this announcement is common over the Bangladesh-Burma border area, it was learnt. Due to this news, many Burmese Muslims of Bu-thee-daung and Maung-daw who returned from Middle Eastern Countries dare not enter Burma. They have become stranded in Bangladesh and are spending their days in great worry..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Exiled Democratic Forces of Burma in Bangladesh Meet to Enhance Democracy Movement
Date of publication: 07 June 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, June 7: "Arakanese democracy activists exiled in Bangladesh held a meeting to enhance their movement. The meeting was held at Lama Township of the Chittagong Hill Tracts from 2nd-3rd June. At least 40 Arakanese democracy activists attended the meeting. The exiles formed a group called the “Working Committee for Democracy Restoration in Burma” (WCDRB), which aims at working with other activists now exiled in many other foreign countries..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Dhaka sets terms for Myanmar-Bangladesh-India gas pipeline project
Date of publication: 06 June 2004
Description/subject: “The Independent”, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday 06 June 2004 / Issue: 2053 - "The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources proposes to revive the Myanmar-Bangladesh-India gas pipeline project. Sources said the proposed pipeline will enter the Bangladesh border through Brahmanbaria from the Indian territory of Tripura and will cross into West Bengal through Rajshahi border..."
Author/creator: Shahnaj Begum & UNB
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNB via “The Independent”, Dhaka via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: So-called Custom Gates mushrooming across Arakan
Date of publication: 04 June 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, June 4: "Arakan is experiencing a boom in the numbers of illegal tollgates run by the local authorities. These gates are run by police, armed forces, immigration officers, and Na Sa Kha (Border Security). However, all of these gates are under the management of Township Peace and Development Council, the local level junta..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Death toll rises to 78 in Arakan due to cyclone
Date of publication: 28 May 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, May 28: "Death toll rose up to 78 due to cyclone of 19th May that hit Myebon Township of Arakan state, reports our correspondent. Yesterday dead bodies of two women were recovered from the sea. The local people are still searching for other dead bodies, says the source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: UN Provides Aid to Cyclone Victims in Burma
Date of publication: 28 May 2004
Description/subject: VOA News... 28 May 2004, 18:48 UTC "United Nations relief agencies in Burma are providing aid to victims of a cyclone that killed at least 140 people last week. The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, says the May 19 storm was the worst in more than 30 years. It devastated towns in the western state of Rakhine on the Bay of Bengal..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: VOA via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Bangladeshi salt production deprived by black market
Date of publication: 27 May 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 27: "Bangladeshi salt production has declined because of the importation of cheaper salt from Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Junta forces the responsibility of street drainage on citizens
Date of publication: 26 May 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, May 26: "Akyab residents have been ordered to build the drainage for the portion of street in front of their house. Those who are not able to build one has been threatened to move house. The District authority told the residents that, “If you can’t do it, you will have to leave your home for the rich Muslims who will build the drainage.” Such talk incites the communal feelings of the Buddhist Arakanese families, said a resident of the Shwe Bya Quarter..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: For reason unknown 30 Arakanese detained in Kawthaung
Date of publication: 25 May 2004
Description/subject: Kawthaung, May 25: "The reason of arrest of about 30 Arakanese in Kawthaung, most southern Burmese town bordering Thailand, is still unknown, an Arakanese from Ranoung said over the phone yesterday. The arrest has been started in the town since last week and the town authorities are still searching for Arakanese living there in order to arrest. Most arrested are ordinary fishermen and they have been working there for several years..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: Bangladeshi vessel sinks at Burma Coast
Date of publication: 24 May 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 24: "A Bangladeshi vessel capsized at Burma costal near the Andaman Island hit by cyclonic storm at Friday night. According to the financial express, the vessel was carrying more than 8 thousands tons of sugar worth $ 4.5 million (Taka 260 million) from Thailand..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: BDR arrests two Burmese nationals with arms
Date of publication: 22 May 2004
Description/subject: Bandarban, May 22: "Bangladesh Defense Rifles (BDR) arrested two Burmese nationals with arms on 17th May from the Bangladeshi border area reports “The Daily Ittefaq” yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: “The Daily Ittefaq” via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


Title: Two New Year celebrations in one Year
Date of publication: 21 May 2004
Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 21: "The Military Junta staged the second Arakanese Thygran Festival (New Year) in Maung Daw, from 13th to the 17th of May. The New Year celebration was already finished on the 17th of April, it started from the 13th. Having a second celebration is against the Arakanese tradition. The locals of Maung Daw were surprised to see the water festival again, which is part of the New Year celebration, just a month after the real event..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2004


Title: The city walls of ancient Arakanese City: Dainyawaddy unearthed
Date of publication: 20 May 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, May 20: "A SPDC sponsored archeological dig unearthed both outer and inner walls of the Dainya Waddy city in Arakan state, in west Burma. The remains of Dainya Wadday lay 300 yards south of Mahamuni Buddhist Temple in Kyawk Taw Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2004


Title: Yesterday’s cyclone damaged Akyab city immensely
Date of publication: 20 May 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, May 20: "The cyclone that hit Akyab yesterday damaged huge of the city, says our correspondent. Contacted over telephone by Narinjara News Agency a local resident said, “The cyclone sank ships, launches, many motor boats and sinking foreign-ships could not be ruled out.”..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2004


Title: Bangladesh eager to extend the MoU with Burma
Date of publication: 19 May 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 19: "Since the Memorandum of Understanding between Burma and Bangladesh has expired on March 18th, Account Trade and Joint Commission between the two countries have not been able to form, business sources said. According to the MoU, the Account Trade consists of 24 commodities from Burma and 44 from Bangladesh. The financial transactions are to be carried out by the Burmese Investment and Commercial Bank and Sonali Bank from Bangladesh. Despite the expiry of the four-year period, the provisions of the MoU have not been implemented yet. Hence, Bangladeshi business has urged their government to reassess the Account Trade between the two countries.,,"
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2004


Title: ANC strongly protests against National Convention
Date of publication: 17 May 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, May 17: "Arakan National Council (ANC) in a statement expressed their opinion about the SPDC National Convention that is going to be held today (May 17) as will not bring any benefit to the people of Burma. In the statement issued by ANC on 15th May said, by this convention the military junta is only trying to stay longer in power and lengthen its rule..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2004


Title: Residents forcibly shifted to new plots undergoing inhumane suffering
Date of publication: 17 May 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, May 17: "The people about 20,000 who were forcibly shifted in late1990 by SPDC Burma military government to new plots outside Akyab, the capital of Arkan, in the name of reconstruction and modernization of the city, now are undergoing untold inhumane suffering living without supply of electricity and water, learnt from a resident living there..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8k)
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2004


Title: Residents forcibly shifted to new plots undergoing inhumane suffering
Date of publication: 17 May 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, May 17: "The people about 20,000 who were forcibly shifted in late1990 by SPDC Burma military government to new plots outside Akyab, the capital of Arkan, in the name of reconstruction and modernization of the city, now are undergoing untold inhumane suffering living without supply of electricity and water, learnt from a resident living there..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2004


Title: University student condemns the SPDC’s education system
Date of publication: 05 May 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, May 5: "The ruling State Peace and Development Council’s (SPDC) international claim that it is focussing on the educational development of students living in the border areas is a lie, said a newly exiled Arakanese student in Bangladesh. He fled to Bangladesh after he graduated from Akyab University in Physics. The SPDC’s procedures are badly organised, said the student, Saw Bhone Tun..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Pesticides for prawns: Arakanese invention leading to extinction of shell animals
Date of publication: 04 May 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, May 4: "Arakanese people throughout the state are “stealing” fish by using pesticide, since it is not possible to catch the fish legally from the rivers and lakes, according to our correspondent. The use of pesticide is threatening the existence of crustaceans, such as prawn and crab. Though pesticides are not killing the large fish species, young and small fish species are suffering, and the shell animals are affected the worst..."
Language: Engllish
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: A young teacher died at Nasaka interrogation camp. Security on high alert
Date of publication: 02 May 2004
Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 2: "A young religious Muslim teacher was died in interrogation camp after he was arrested by Nasaka, Burma Border Security Force at Maung Daw in Arakan state. Now security is put to high alert in the area as a precaution measure against unsatisfied sentiment in Muslim community therein, as observed by the authority, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 May 2004


Title: Long-term jail sentenced to 11 NLD members by Burma military government
Date of publication: 29 April 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, April 29: "Recently Burma’s military government has sentenced long-term jail to 11 members of National League for Democracy. In a report issued by Assistance Association for Political Prisoners of Burma (AAPP) dated 28th April 2004, said 11 members of NLD have been sentenced to such long term jail on 9th April by a special tribunal set up inside the Aofoe prison under Mandalay division..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: AAPPB via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Will 15 Burmese citizens go back to homeland after 4 years imprisonment?
Date of publication: 28 April 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 28:15 "Burmese citizens have been suffering from in decision whether they should go back to homeland or take shelter in Bangladesh after completion of 4 years jail sentenced by a Bangladesh court on 22th April 2004 for smuggling rice to Bangladesh from Burma. As they have been arrested on 10th November 2001 from Bangladesh water territory, their 4 years imprisonment term would be ended soon..."
Author/creator: San Shwe Aung,
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Jelly Fish Season Makes a Promising Start on the Arakan Coast
Date of publication: 27 April 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, April 27: "The Jelly Fish has just started in the Arakan state, and business has kick started with great momentum. The industry is expecting to reverse the effects of last year’s poor yield..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Arakanese Orchids on the verge of extinction
Date of publication: 26 April 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, April 26: "Orchids in the wilderness of Arakan, a western state in Burma are threatened with extinction due to their high demand from exporters to China. One viz of orchid costs 8,000 kyats in Akyab, and a ton would attract US $ 4000 dollar in China-Burma border..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: “SPDC government provides assistance for development of Arakan state” says Prime Minister Khin Nyunt
Date of publication: 23 April 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, April 23: "Prime Minister of SPDC Government in his organizing tour to Arakan state on 10th April said that his government had been providing huge assistance for the development of Arakan state. Prime Minister Khin Nyunt was making this comment all through his tour to Maung Daw, Kyauk Taw and Paletwa Township. This Arakan State tour was arranged soon after returning from visiting to Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: People Farm, the Army Funds
Date of publication: 15 April 2004
Description/subject: Minbra, April 15: "The local Army authority has confiscated the public pasture of Htane Pin Village tract , Minbra, Arakan, and making money by rehiring it back to the local people. 50 acres of a plot of land was confiscated by the Min Bya Military Intelligence (10) and Sin Gri Bran based Light Infantry Division (LIB 380)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Auctioning means more pain for the Arakanese People
Date of publication: 14 April 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, April 14: "The military junta in Arakan is auctioning permits to operate markets, ports, bus stations and even to sell alcohol. The price of all the permits has been rising and the public is facing economic hardship. These permits do not have any guidelines in acquiring fees from the ventures, the permit winners are charging as much as they like..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: The SPDC sidelined Arakanese Political Parties from National Convention
Date of publication: 13 April 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, April 13: "The SPDC has not invited Arakanese Political parties to attend the National Convention to be held on the 17th of May 2004. The SPDC has invited the National League For Democracy and some other ethnic nationality parties, but none of the Arakanese Political Parties were invited..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Firearms Possibly Smuggled through Akyab, Arakan State
Date of publication: 11 April 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, April 11: "A haul amount of firearms that were seized in Chittagong, Bangladesh on April 2nd could have come via Akyab, Arakan State in Burma, through the sea smuggling route. This is how the Bangladesh intelligence organization believes how the latest haul of a large quantity of arms came into Bangladesh, according to The Daily Star (08-04-04)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Daewoo begins gas exploitation from Arakan in July
Date of publication: 09 April 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, April 25: "Daewoo International Trading Company will drill Arakan gas field A-1 block in July, announced the company on April 20..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Prime Minister of Burma’s fruitful visit to Bangladesh started yesterday
Date of publication: 05 April 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, April 5: "Prime Minister of Burma General Khin Nyunt arrived Dhaka at 11:30 a.m. yesterday for his three days official visit to Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Two Burmese nationals sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 05 April 2004
Description/subject: Cox’sBazar, April 5: "District judge court of Cox’sbazar sentenced 25 years imprisonment to two Burmese nationals last week. The two sentenced are Moe Gro,45 and San Hla Aung,36. They are members of Arankan Army, the armed wing of National United Party of Arakan (NUPA), fighting for freedom of Arakan..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


Title: Bangladesh-Burma Highway Joint Construction
Date of publication: 30 March 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 30: "The cost to construct the highway between Ukhia in Bangladesh and Moungdaw in Burma is valued at4000 million Taka is only being started now. According to the Bangle newspaper Prothom Alo on 4 March, When the highway construction is completed, it will not only connect the highway that is linking Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh and Maungdaw in Burma but also become one of the most important infrastructural links between the two countries. This road will also help improve international tourism..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 30 March 2004


Title: Akyab- Myuk Oo steamer's passengers in trouble
Date of publication: 29 March 2004
Description/subject: Akyab(Sittwe), March 29: "One of the line steamers operating between Akyab and Mrauk Oo's passengers have to pay extra money because the steamer gives preference to police, which leaves little space for an everyday citizen..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2004


Title: Border talks between Burma and Bangladesh begins today
Date of publication: 29 March 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, March 29: "A four-day deputy-director general level border conference between Burma and Bangladesh begins today in Cox’s Bazar, the bordering town of Bangladesh with Burma, according to official sources..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2004


Title: Two neighboring countries argue on 13 loggers abduction
Date of publication: 28 March 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 28: "Argument between Burma and Bangladesh on abduction of 13 Bangladeshi loggers by Nasaka, just before a week Prime Minister of Burma Khin Nyunt’s visit to Bangladesh. Nasaka, the Border Security Force of Burma abducted 13 loggers from Bandarban a bordering district of Bangladesh with Burma on 25 March..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2004


Title: Ancient Artefacts of Arakan Handover
Date of publication: 25 March 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, March 25: "An Arakanese monk donated invaluable 5 ancient coins of Pyu age to National museum of Burma through the SPDC’s minister. This donation ceremony was held at Padawmoh monastery of Pridawtha quarter in Akyab (Sittwe), provincial city of Arakan state, on 19th March..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


Title: Burma PM due on 4th April in Dhaka
Date of publication: 25 March 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 25: "Burma Prime Minister Khin Nyunt arrives in Dhaka on April 4 on a three-days official visit to Bangladesh aimed at improving ties with the two countries, foreign office sources said yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


Title: Two Burmese nationals held in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 25 March 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 26: "Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday arrested two Burmese nationals from Baulibazar of Thanchi Township, opposite of Kyuk Taw Township of Burma , according to yesterday’s The Daily Star. On receiving information that a gang of criminals equipped with heavy firearms entered Sualock area crossing the Shangu River, the BDR cordoned off the area Tuesday night..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 29 March 2004


Title: Illegal money deposited by SPDC’s military personnel in Arakan with U-Pai Bank Limited
Date of publication: 24 March 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, March 24: "Military personnel which were posted in Arakan State of Burma have made lots of money from Arakanese people in various illegal ways, such as bribes, tolls and subscriptions. This money have been deposited in U-Pai Bank Limited. U-Pai Bank Ltd has been established by the SPDC military government specifically to run the banking affairs of the military people..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


Title: Arakanese Farmers Forced to Sell Rice to the Burmese Army
Date of publication: 23 March 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, March 23: "The troops under the Western Command of the Burmese Army have been buying rice from the Arakanese local farmers since February the 16th. Though some farmers received money in return, in some areas there have been cases of farmers being robbed of rice by the army..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


Title: Bangladesh Police seize contraceptive pills and injections worth TK half million while smuggling out to Burma.
Date of publication: 20 March 2004
Description/subject: Cox’sbazar, March 20: "Bangladesh police has seized birth control pills and injections of value more than taka 6 lacks. The contraceptive materials were carried by a bus bound to Burma border from Cox’sbazar for smuggled out , it was learned..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


Title: Bangladesh Security Force seizes fertilizer being smuggled to Burma
Date of publication: 15 March 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, March 15: "Bangladesh Bangladesh Defense Rifle( BDR) intercepted a boat carrying 5,000 bags of fertilizer that were being smuggling into Burma on the 21st of February..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


Title: Extension of account trade deal with Burma sought
Date of publication: 15 March 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka March 15: "An inter-ministerial meeting of Bangladesh here on March 13 decided to seek cabinet approval to extend Bangladesh-Burma agreement on account trade by one year, according to yesterday’s The Daily Star..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


Title: Four Refugee Women Raped
Date of publication: 13 March 2004
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar March 14: "Four refugee women from the temporary Teknaf Rohingya Muslim Refugee Camp were raped on the 24th of February according to the Cox’s Bazar daily The Daily Bakhail..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Bakhail" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


Title: Lower Rent in Rangoon Due to Weakened Economy
Date of publication: 13 March 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, March 13: "Due to a worsening economy, the rental prices for apartments in Rangoon is sinking really low, according to a business magazine. The average monthly rental price has been lessened about 10,000 kyats. Second floor apartments which used to be 45,000 kyats, are now 35,000 kyats, third floor apartments fell from 40,000 kyats to 30,000 kyats, forth floor apartments are down form 38,000 kyats to 28,000 kyats..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6k)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


Title: Monastery is Destroyed, and Villagers are Fined
Date of publication: 12 March 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, March 12: "The Monastery of Kan Pyan Rawr Haung, in Sittwe Township, Arakan State, has been destroyed in accordance with the order of General Maung Oo, the President of the Arakan State Peace and Development Council, the State Level Junta, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


Title: Burma will Accept its Citizens Jailed in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 11 March 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 11: "The Burmese Ambassador to Bangladesh promised that Burma will accept those Burmese citizens from Bangladesh’s jails. He made that promise to the local Buddhist people and the regional authority as part of a speech at a Buddhist celebration in the tribal town Bandarban of Chittagong Hill Tracks of Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


Title: Burma keen to set up language school in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 10 March 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 10: "The ambassador of Burma to Bangladesh U Thane Myint called on Bangladesh Home Minister Altaf Hossian Chowdhury at his office of Dhaka yesterday. Strengthening of existing ties between the two countries through further development of the trade and commerce and exchange of political, cultural, economic and educational delegation was emphasized during the meeting held in a very friendly and cordial atmosphere, a Home Ministry press release said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


Title: Grewal made a million kyats through "great betrayal"
Date of publication: 10 March 2004
Description/subject: "Colonel Biswajit Singh Grewal of Indian military intelligence has received one million kyats from the Burmese military junta for pulling off "Operation Leech", during which six NUPA leaders were shot dead in cold blood by Indian troops after they were invited to come to the Andamans..."
Author/creator: "Arakan Friend"
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


Title: The Big-Shot Contractor destroyed the salt industry in Arakan
Date of publication: 09 March 2004
Description/subject: Maung Daw, March 9: "Since the local authority made a tender for the contract of the rights to produce salt in Maung Daw township, the local salt farmers are in danger of losing their livelihoods..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


Title: The Burmese Military Intelligence extorts money from the fish boats for NGOs
Date of publication: 08 March 2004
Description/subject: Thandwe, March 8: T"he Thandwe based Military Intelligence (MI) Division (10) is demanding funds from the dry-fish transport boats belonging to Non-Governmental Organizations, which are all founded and organized with the blessing of the Junta. For the funds of the Myanmar Mother and Child Welfare Association, Myanmar Woman Affairs federation and, Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), the MI agents are asking for "donations" of 5,000 kyat for a small boat and 10,000 kyat for a larger boat..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


Title: Burmese Agricultural Fertilizer needs met with smuggling from Bangladesh
Date of publication: 07 March 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, March 7: "Since the Burmese governments production of agricultural fertilizers has not been able to cover the domestic demand, the sea-smuggling trade of fertilizer from Bangladesh is thriving. Fertilizer is reported to be the most profitable item, fetching about two hundred percent profit..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


Title: Burmese prisoners completing jail term in Bangladesh to be deported
Date of publication: 26 February 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, Feb 26: "289 releases prisoner (RPs) of Burma origin have been languishing in Cox’sBazar district jail for a long time though their conviction periods have been over six to seven years ago, according to local sources. In Bangladesh, there are 730 foreign prisoners, some of whom have already completed their conviction period about 10 years ago..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2004


Title: A huge arms and ammunition seized from Burma-Bangladesh border
Date of publication: 24 February 2004
Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, Feb 24: "After two men from Arakan Army were arrested by Bangladesh Army last week, the Bangladesh security forces recovered a huge arms and ammunitions from Burma- Bangladesh border..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (2K)
Date of entry/update: 24 February 2004


Title: UNHCR seeks local integration of 20,000 Rohingya refugees
Date of publication: 24 February 2004
Description/subject: "The [Bangladesh] government is processing a proposal by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) seeking local integration of about 20,000 Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh for more than a decade..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 24 February 2004


Title: In Combined Operation Burmese Muslims arrested
Date of publication: 19 February 2004
Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, 19 Feb: "In a Police and BDR combined operation two Burmese Muslims were held from who are illegally staying in a local hotel at Cox's Bazar, Southeast bordering district of Bangladesh with Burma, reports a local newspaper on 9th February..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 19 February 2004


Title: Bangladesh- Myanmar friendship road project Joint survey soon
Date of publication: 16 February 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, 16 Feb: "An 18-member expert team will visit Myanmar soon to join the Myanmars team to conduct a joint survey on implementation of Bangladesh Myanmar friendship road construction project, according to BSS, the local news agency of Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: BSS via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 19 February 2004


Title: Ban On Private Timber Mills By MI At Sandoway
Date of publication: 10 February 2004
Description/subject: Sandoway, February 10: "Recently, military intelligence (MI) personnel cancelled the permits of 20 timber mills at Sandoway, in Arakan province. The mills were under private ownership and their operations were ceased, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 10 February 2004


Title: Delhi Studying gas import from Burma and Thailand
Date of publication: 09 February 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, Feb 9: "India is exploring the possibility of importing natural gas from Burma and Thailand either through an overland or undersea pipeline. According to The Daily Star on 7th Feb, India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Exploration Corporation has been asked to conduct a feasibility study of importing the gas it has struck in an offshore block in Burma in collaboration with a consortium, which includes South Koreas Daeoo firm..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 10 February 2004


Title: Price Hike Enhances Hungry Prisoners Suffering
Date of publication: 09 February 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, Feb 9: "Prisoners and detainees are suffering due to insufficient food supplied by jail authorities due to a price spiral that has drastically reduced the purchasing power the jail's food supplier,a source from the police commented..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 February 2004


Title: Western Military Command Continuing Grabbing Private Owned Land
Date of publication: 06 February 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, February 6: "Western Military Command is confiscating land owned by general people and turned them into military property..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 06 February 2004


Title: Joint survey on Burma-Bangladesh friendship road soon
Date of publication: 05 February 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, February 5: "Experts from Burma and Bangladesh will conduct a joint survey between February 15 and 20 on construction of Bangladesh-Myanmar Friendship Road, according to BSS, the local news agency of Bangladesh. The Communication Minister Nazmul Huda said yesterday that the process to constitute Bangladesh survey team within February 15 has been taken on an urgent basis. Additional Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Division Abed Uddin Ahmed would head the Bangladesh team..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 February 2004


Title: 13 wardens convicted for 20 years deported from Sittwe Jail
Date of publication: 04 February 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, February 4: "13 jail wardens, sentenced to 20 years imprisonments for alleged conspiratorial activities against the state have been transferred to different jails in different parts of Burma from Sittwe jail. One of these jails includes Inn Sein Central jail in Rangoon. These events have unfolded during the end of December 2003..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 06 February 2004


Title: SPDC using cultural troupes for propaganda, defaming democratic forces
Date of publication: 11 January 2004
Description/subject: Maung Daw, January 11: "In the wake of immense national and international criticism for scuttling the democratic aspirations of the people, the Public Relation Department of the Defence Ministry of the Burmese military government is now using cultural troupes for propaganda and defaming democratic forces..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 11 January 2004


Title: Burma Stops the Export of Basic Commodities
Date of publication: 10 January 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, January 10: "The Burmese military authority of Arakan state has banned the export of basic commodities to its neighbour, Bangladesh, as of January the 5th. The banned commodities are rice, cooking oil, salt, chilli, onion, garlic, and items that are used to produce cooking oil such as peanut and sesame seed..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2004


Title: Prices Rise in Arakan as the Salary of Government Servants Increase
Date of publication: 09 January 2004
Description/subject: Sittwe, January 9: "The prices of basic commodities have sky rocketed after the Burmese government increased the salary of Government Servants..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2004


Title: A Battalion Commander Forced To Resign
Date of publication: 08 January 2004
Description/subject: Buthe Daung, January 8: "Lieutenant Colonel Win Myint of Buthe Daung Military region of Arakan State resigned from his military service, as he was unable to carry out duties assigned to him, in the last week of December 2003, reports our correspondent. The reason behind his resignation was that he could not fulfil his quota in recruiting at least two new soldiers a month..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 08 January 2004


Title: Burmese prawn may harm Bangladesh’s prawn export
Date of publication: 05 January 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, January 5: "Burmese prawn importing into Bangladesh may harm the Bangladesh’s prawn export industry, according to the Bangladesh’s largest Bengali newspaper, Daily Jugantor..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: " Daily Jugantor" via .Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 05 January 2004


Title: EPB to hold three single country fairs in Rangoon, Sydney, Toronto
Date of publication: 04 January 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, January 04: "Encouraged by last year’s single country fairs organised in two countries, the government is going to hold three similar fairs in three continents in the next four months, according to today’s The Daily Star. The fairs aimed at expending markets for Bangladeshi products will be arranged in Rangoon, Sydney and Toronto, sources in the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 04 January 2004


Title: Bangladesh Army seized deadly Weapons Near Bangladesh-Burma border
Date of publication: 02 January 2004
Description/subject: Dhaka, January 2: "Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) in an operation seized a haul of deadly weapons from Bangladesh- Burma border, according to today’s The Daily Star..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 02 January 2004


Title: The Burmese Navy arrests 8 Bangladeshi citizens
Date of publication: 02 January 2004
Description/subject: Teknaf, January 2: "One of the Burmese Navy ships patrolling in the Bay of Bengal caught 8 Bangladeshi fishermen while they were catching fish in its water..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 02 January 2004


Title: Maung Daw Authorities detain 3 Muslim youths
Date of publication: 31 December 2003
Description/subject: Maung Daw, Dec 31: "3 Muslim youths were arrested by Maung Daw township authorities of Arakan on 27th December, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2004


Title: WFP has to buy rice for single mums from the outside market
Date of publication: 30 December 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, December 30: "World Food Program (WFP) has been distributing free rice to single mothers and female students in Maung Daw Township. However, WFP would have to buy rice on market price in the 2003-2004 financial year since the military junta has not give the permit to buy from its stock, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 30 December 2003


Title: Burma’s new envoy presents credentials to President
Date of publication: 29 December 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, Dec 29: "U Thane Myint newly appointed envoy of Burma to Bangladesh presented his credentials to Bangladesh president Iajuddin Ahmad in a befitting manner, yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 02 January 2004


Title: Danyawady Calender been censored
Date of publication: 29 December 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, December 29: "Danyawady Calender has been censored and hence it will not be able to use the same title that has been used for so many years..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 02 January 2004


Title: Forced Labour Continues in Arakan
Date of publication: 28 December 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, December 28: "Despite the junta claims that there is no forced labour in Burma, there have been incidents of forced labour continue to happened in Ann Township, Arakan state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 28 December 2003


Title: Bangladesh Cabinet approves MOU on agricultural with Burma
Date of publication: 24 December 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, December 24: "Bangladesh cabinet in its regular weekly meeting chaired by Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia approved a proposal to sign a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on agriculture between Bangladesh and Burma, reports a national daily of Bangladesh on 23rd December..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2003


Title: 49 Rakhaing Nationals captured from Thai water - Malaysia is their destination
Date of publication: 23 December 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, Dec 23: "Thailand authority captured 49 Rakhaing nationals from its territorial water from a motorboat found floating on the way to Malaysia from Arakan of Burma, airs RFA this morning session..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: RFA via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 23 December 2003


Title: Robber kills one MI man while crossing Naf with smuggling goods
Date of publication: 23 December 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, Dec 23: "One Military Intelligence (MI) informer of Maung Daw, Arakan, was killed by dacoits in the Naf river when he was dispatching two country boats load of smuggling goods from Burma to Bangladesh, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 23 December 2003


Title: Burma-Bangladesh Director-General level meeting start today in Rangoon
Date of publication: 21 December 2003
Description/subject: Rangoon, Dec 21: "The Director-General of Immigration Department of Burma and the chief of Bangladesh Border Rifle (BDR) meet today in Rangoon to settle problems of arms and drug smuggling and frequent insecure incident faced by Bangladesh fishermen, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 21 December 2003


Title: Delay of newspapers in Sittwe
Date of publication: 19 December 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, December 19: "The government controlled presses in Sittwe are unable to publish the Burmese newspapers on time. Hence, the city newspaper readers have to get the papers from Rangoon. “The local press offices in Sittwe cannot publish the papers on time. Local prints come out later than those come from Rangoon. Sittwe residents can read the local print two days late, and the readers are getting very impatient. Now, we are reading the papers send from Rangoon” said a newspaper distributor from Maw Lake Quarter..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 19 December 2003


Title: Border trade revenue more than expectation
Date of publication: 18 December 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, December 18: "In border trade between Burma and Bangladesh, Banglageshi custom earns Taka (TK) 45 million equivalent to US $ 777470 within 5 months from July to November, this year, which crossed the expected revenue-earning target, a Bangladesh popular daily “ The Ittefaq” reports on 15th December..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 18 December 2003


Title: Flag meeting held at Cox’s Bazar: Infiltration is main issue
Date of publication: 18 December 2003
Description/subject: Cox’sbazar, December 18: "A flag meeting at regional commander level between Burma and Bangladesh was held at BDR guesthouse, at Cox’s Bazar, most southeast district of Bangladesh, nearest to Burma border, on 8th December, our correspondent reports..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 18 December 2003


Title: No More Free Rice Trading in Arakan, says the SPDC
Date of publication: 17 December 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, December 17: "From the middle of November, rice trading in Arakan State cannot be done freely anymore. As par the order of the President of Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC), the village head-men stopped the rice trading between villages and towns, and warned that breaches of the order will be severely punished..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 17 December 2003


Title: Army demolishes village for making recreation park
Date of publication: 16 December 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, December 16: "Army has demolished 100 houses from Kya Mothouk village nearby the headquarter of the Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 20, Sittwe Township, on 29 November to construct Nadarwan Garden Park for the recreation of the soldiers, said a headman from the village..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 16 December 2003


Title: Force labour for construction Ngapali Sea beach tourism complex
Date of publication: 16 December 2003
Description/subject: Sandoway, Dec 16: "Large number of valuable timber trees were being felled for the construction of tourism complex, in Ngapali sea beach of Sandoway in Arakan state, by the military headquarters of western command of Burma and locals were being used as unpaid forced labour, a report said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 16 December 2003


Title: High Security Alert in towns of Northern Arakan
Date of publication: 15 December 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe Dec 15: "In the northern towns of the Arakan State, namely Sittwe (Akyab), Buthe Daung, Rathe Daung, Maung Daw, the local authority has increased the security arrangements due to the fear of communal violence between Arakanese Buddhists and Muslim communities..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 16 December 2003


Title: US Embassy officials visit Arakan
Date of publication: 15 December 2003
Description/subject: Maung Daw, December 15: "Three high ranking officials of the US Embassy in Rangoon paid a three day visit to Maung Daw Township which is bordering with Bangladesh and located in the western most part of Arakan state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 16 December 2003


Title: Military Junta western commend collects taxes from black trading vessels
Date of publication: 02 December 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, December 2: "It was reported that the Western command H Q. charged tax on all illegal trading boats coming from Bangladesh and boats from Burma going to Bangladesh with contraband goods..." It was reported the Western command organized a toll collection office in Golden Mungan river port, which is about 10 miles to the north of Sittwe. All the boat trading contraband goods between Burma and Bangladesh are taxed from this office.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2003


Title: 68 Days Abducted Burmese Citizens Rescued By Bangladesh Police
Date of publication: 25 November 2003
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, November 25: "Cox’s Bazar police rescued a Burmese citizen abducted by Bangladesh miscreants after 68 days of abduction..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 16 December 2003


Title: No Forced Labour, Please: The Burmese Border Authority Request the Local Authorities
Date of publication: 25 November 2003
Description/subject: Maung Daw, November 25: "Since there have been reports of forced labour in Maung Daw and Bu Thee Daung Townships by the local authorities, the Burmese Border Authority Nasaka located in Kyi Gan Byan, Maung Daw issued a request to the local authorities of Nasaka to stop the use of forced labour on 14 November, a town police official told our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 29 November 2003


Title: Arakan Prawn Industry Suffering
Date of publication: 18 November 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, November 18: "Due to the decline of export demand, the prawn industry in the Arakan state has suffered this year, according to our correspondent inside Arakan. The demand has dropped since America imposed trade sanctions on Burma. Malaysia and Singapore used to import a large proportion of the prawns from Burma, but there is no demand from them this year..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 29 November 2003


Title: Communal violence stopped by community
Date of publication: 14 November 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe , November 14: "A brawl between an Arakanese student and a Muslim student was about to erupt into communal violence, but the community leaders managed to resolve the situation, according to our correspondent from Sittwe..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


Title: No Cane for the Sugar Mill
Date of publication: 13 November 2003
Description/subject: Kyauk Taw, November 13: "The only sugar mill in Arakan State, the state-owned Kyauk Taw Sugar Mill will not produce any sugar due to the lack of sugar cane, according to an official from the sugar mill. Since the local cane growers did not provide sugar cane to the factory, the mill will be closed for this year and during last year the mill run only for seven days. Since the government started paying a price for sugar below its market value, the cane growers turned to rice; hence there is no cane supply for the mill..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


Title: Arakan rice trade restricted by the military junta
Date of publication: 12 November 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, November 12: "The local authority of the Arakan state asked the rice traders to make a contribution to the Arakan State Peace and Development Council and for the Border Security Forces Nasaka. A rice trader from Sittwe said a rice bag (50 kg) incurs 200 kyats for the fund of Arakan SPDC and 300 kyats at the Nasaka checkpoint No 25 on the Rangoon- Sittwe ( Akyab) highway..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


Title: Bangladesh Ministers visited Burmese ships
Date of publication: 12 November 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, November 12: "Two ministers of the Bangladesh government, accompanied by local officials, visited the Burmese cargo ships, docked at the Teknaf Port, which were unloading fish exported from Burma to Bangladesh, according to local reporter from border area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


Title: Money for civilian military training disappears, local
Date of publication: 07 November 2003
Description/subject: Akyab, November 7: "In Paw Taw Township, Arakan, money collected from the citizens for the civilian military training has been misused by the local Village Peace and Development Council, (the village level ruling junta), according to an anonymous local teacher..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2003


Title: Two Deserters Arrested in Arakan State
Date of publication: 07 November 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, November 7: "Two deserters of the Burmese army were arrested recently by the border security force (Nasaka) in Maung Daw, bordering Bangladesh, according to a police official of Kamaung Site Police Outpost under Maund Daw..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2003


Title: Two arrested for smuggling arms from Burma into Bangladesh
Date of publication: 16 October 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, October 16: "Two arms smugglers confessed to the Bangladesh police about smuggling firearms from Burma into Bangladesh, a Bangladesh newspaper reported yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 18 October 2003


Title: Rangoon Seminar on Rice Sector Policy: How will this be implemented?
Date of publication: 06 October 2003
Description/subject: Rangoon, 6 Oct - "The 'Seminar on the Rice Sector Policy: Neighbouring Countries Experiences' was jointly organized by the Burmese Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization at a hotel in Rangoon on 3 October, according to the daily Myanmar Alin. In the seminar Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Maj-Gen Nyunt Tin said the government put into motion a new rice policy to boost the yield and trading of rice. He also stressed that it is important to learn the rice sector policies and experiences of neighbouring countries..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Alin via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 18 October 2003


Title: RICE FOR FAMINE-HIT WESTERN BURMA
Date of publication: 06 October 2003
Description/subject: Ann, 6 October: "To meet the urgent demand of rice in western Burma, thousands of bags of rice are being transported from Burma proper everyday. The price of a bag of rice recorded sharp increase from kyat 7,000 to 14,500 in a month - a most unlikely thing to happen in a Burmese provincial state that produces surplus rice every year..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 18 October 2003


Title: Bangladesh Police arrest seven Burmese Businessmen on charges of involvement in terrorism
Date of publication: 05 October 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 5 October: "Many traders in Bangladesh expressed their concern that the arrest of seven businessmen by Bangladesh police on charges of 'suspicious involvement in terrorism' on Friday may bring negative impact on the Burma - Bangladesh border trade..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 18 October 2003


Title: Burmese Foreign Minister meets his counterpart from Bangladesh
Date of publication: 03 October 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 3 October: "The Burmese foreign minister met his counterpart from Bangladesh Tuesday at the United Nations. The UNB reported that the two discussed matters of bilateral relations including cooperation in the communications infrastructure..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 19 October 2003


Title: Rice Purchase Teams formed despite hunger in western Burma
Date of publication: 03 October 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 3 October: "Despite the Burmese junta’s declaration of a new rice purchase policy last April for liberalisation of rice trade, steps have been taken across Rakhine State in western Burma. Local township and village level junta officials across the state have been forming a five-member rice purchase committee in each of the village tracts of the provincial state. The rice growers have been directed to sell rice only to the five-member committees besides the transportation of rice from one village to another has also been prohibited. A rice farmer at Ponnagyun Township said, “If the junta wants to privatise the sale of rice, why have its officials been directed to form these rice purchase groups? And why, after all, the junta have barred us from selling rice in the open market?”..."
Author/creator: Tun Naing
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 19 October 2003


Title: SANCTIONS HIT HARD SHRIMP EXPORT IN BURMA
Date of publication: 03 October 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 3 October: "The markets of western Burma have for some time been flooded with shrimps and lobsters as the foreign buyers avoid buying them after the US imposed sanctions on Burma. In Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in Burma, while the price of rice the staple food of the people has doubled in last month alone, the price of a kilo of shrimp has gone down to a record low to one-fifth of the regular price, selling at about two thousand kyats, according to an official in the fisheries department..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 19 October 2003


Title: Seven Bangladeshis nabbed in Burma while trying to cross into Thailand
Date of publication: 02 October 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 2 October: "Seven Bangladeshis were arrested at Myawaddy on the Thai Burma border while they were trying to cross the border illegally to Mae Sot on Thailand side last week..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 19 October 2003


Title: World Food Programme Teams in Western Burma to see the scarcity of rice
Date of publication: 02 October 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 2 October: "The World Food Programme has begun distributing rice among the widows and schoolgirls of Maungdaw Township beginning the second week of September..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 19 October 2003


Title: Dhaka committed to return of Burmese refugees
Date of publication: 01 October 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 1 October: "Minister for Disaster Management and Relief of Bangladesh, Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, on Monday reiterated his country’s commitment to repatriate the Burmese refugees. The minister urged the international community for a final settlement of the refugee crisis. He stressed that the repatriated refugees needed “putting into place effective sustainable programme,” for reintegration once they are in Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 19 October 2003


Title: Indiscriminate export of rice causes hunger in western Burma
Date of publication: 01 October 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 1 October 2003: "The scarcity of rice has forced the officials to sell rice at a subsidized price in western Burma. To ease a famine-like condition in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in western Burma, the Burmese junta officials have been forced to sell rice at a subsidized price. “We get half a kilo of low-grade rice for each member of the family a day at a rate of kyat 150 a kilo, while the price in the market for the same is kyat 300,” said a nurse from Sittwe on phone..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 19 October 2003


Title: Burmese military delegation visit a hilly town in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 24 September 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 24th September 03: "The visiting Burmese military delegation on Sunday visited a hilly district town in the southeastern part of Bangladesh. The twelve-member high-level military team led by Lieutenant General Aung Htwe, commander of the Burmese defence ministry, called at a Buddhist monastery in Rangamati Town in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, about three hundred kilometres southeast of Dhaka. The team met the abbot of the monastery, popularly known as Bana Bhante (the forest monk) who is well known for his rigorous meditation and respected by a huge number of followers. Later they had a boat ride in the Kaptai Lake built by erecting a hydro-electrical power station by damming the River Karnafuli..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2003


Title: Clash with police leave several Burmese Muslim refugees hurt
Date of publication: 23 September 2003
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazaar, 23 Sep. 03: "At least fifty Burmese Muslim refugees were injured in a clash with police on Sunday in a refugee camp in southeastern part of Bangladesh. According to UNHCR-run Burmese refugee camp officials at Kutupalong under Cox’s Bazaar district, close to the western Burmese border, the clash followed the arrest of two Rohingya camp-dwellers Azim Ullah and Jasim Uddin. The police arrested the two on allegations of being involved in criminal activities.The refugees tried to snatch away the arrested when they got locked into an hour-long clash with the police and paramilitary troops..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2003


Title: National Council of the Union of Burma on its 11th founding anniversary
Date of publication: 23 September 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 23rd September 03: "The top anti-junta coalition of Burma in a statement expressed their renewed pledge to lead the struggle for establishing a democratic federal union. In a statement dated 22nd September, marking its 11th founding anniversary, the National Council of the Union of Burma vowed to join hands with anti-military forces at home and abroad till a democratic federal union is realized in Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2003


Title: Floating Rohingyas of Teknaf
Date of publication: 16 September 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 16th September 03: "Seven hundred and fifty families of floating Rohingyas from Burma have been living in abject poverty and deplorable conditions in the neighbourhood of Teknaf Kindergarten School, causing deterioration of the law and order situation of this small border town in the southeastern tip of Bangladesh, situated just across the river Naaf from Maungdaw in western Burma. The rise in prostitution in the town has increasingly been blamed upon the Rohingyas who have been living in the area for some time. The local people have raised high concern about the spread of the deadly AIDS through unchecked prostitution among some of the Rohingyas who live unaccounted and uncared for. The situation was created when the Thana Nirbahi Officer (township administrative official) ordered all of the floating Rohingya population in the vicinity out of the rented houses in Teknaf Municipality. Since then about 750 Rohingya families have been living in temporary shacks constructed in front of the Teknaf Upazila administration office building..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2003


Title: A taskforce to stop smuggling in the unguarded seas
Date of publication: 15 September 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 15th September 03: "The smuggling in of fish, spices, textile goods and drugs worth millions of taka from Burma has raised high concern in Bangladesh. The rampant smuggling prevalent in the open unguarded waters of the Bay of Bengal has challenged the border trade between the two neighbours. The realization of revenue has also come down in the last year. In these circumstances the concerned officials have appealed to the Ministry of Home Affairs for the formation of a high-powered taskforce comprised of police, customs and coastguard..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2003


Title: Extortion for Myanmar Veteran Organization
Date of publication: 14 September 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 14th Sep 03: "Members of the Township Veteran Organization have forcefully been collecting money from local villagers of Maungdaw Township for the Central Veteran organization fund, a headman from Maungdaw Township said. The money collection drive began Saturday last and each of the family has been forced to pay kyat 700 to the combined collection team led by U Soe Lwin and U Than Myint from Township Veterans’ Organization..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2003


Title: A New Decree From the Chief of Arakan
Date of publication: 10 September 2003
Description/subject: Akyab, 10th September 03: "A new decree has been issued by the Chief of Arakan, the chairman of the Arakan State Peace and Development Council, and this decree is creating hardship for the town people in Akyab ( Sittwe), the capital of Arakan state, according to our correspondent from Akyab..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


Title: End of military rule in Burma?
Date of publication: 10 September 2003
Description/subject: "It is good news indeed that Burma is marching towards democracy, a long demand of its people of that country. We were surprised to read the news that the new Burma Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt has offered a roadmap to democracy and we hope that it finally works to end 40 years of military rule..."
Author/creator: Sajiad Ahmed Rumy
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


Title: Arakan State Peace and Development Council Chairman in deep trouble after demolition of a mosque in Arakan
Date of publication: 09 September 2003
Description/subject: Akyab, 9th September 03: "Arakan State Peace and Development Council Chairman, Major General Maung Oo is in deep trouble right now, after ordering the demolition of a mosque in Akyab (Sittwe), the capital of Arakan state, according to a reliable source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: ‘100 killed in attack on Aung San Suu Kyi convey’
Date of publication: 07 September 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 7th September 03: "Up to 100 people were killed and an unknown number of women raped in the area of northern Burma where pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s convey was attacked on May 30, Radio Free Asia said Friday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: RFA via AFP via "The Independent" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6k)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Bangladesh-Burma border trade resumes today
Date of publication: 07 September 2003
Description/subject: Cox’sbazar, 7th September 03: "Bangladesh-Burma border trade through Teknaf, southern part of Bangladesh, resumes today after six days as the deadlock ended yesterday following a fruitful negotiation between the parties concerned at a joint meeting at Cox’s bazaar, according to our correspondent quoted a local prominent businessman..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Why is Dollar increasingly smuggled into Burma?
Date of publication: 05 September 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 5 September 03: "The smuggling of dollar has gone up since the imposition of US sanctions on Burma, according to sources in the Burma Bangladesh border..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Two Muslim minor children held at Ann Pass in Burma
Date of publication: 04 September 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 4rd September 03: "Two minor Muslim children were held by Nasaka security forces at the Ann Pass on the Rangoon Sittwe highway on 14th August, sources in the locality said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Forced collection of money for conducting civil defence training in Chin State
Date of publication: 03 September 2003
Description/subject: Kyauktaw, 3rd September 03: "The ruling State Peace and Development Council junta officials have been engaged in forcefully collecting money and rice for conducting civil defence training from across Paletwa Township in Chin State the western part of Burma, sources in the town said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Saiyadul Amin - is he Burmese or Bangladeshi?
Date of publication: 03 September 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 3rd September 2003: "The repatriation of Saiyadul Amin, a Muslim young man, has stirred up controversies between the officials of the two neighbouring countries of Burma and Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Buddhist rites to prevent foreign invasion!
Date of publication: 02 September 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 2nd September 03: "Burma’s ruling junta, State Peace and Development Council, began to conduct a Buddhist religious ceremony at the border town of Maungdaw on the Naaf River in the western part of the country on 27th August 03..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Two Burmese language Rangoon newspapers to be published from Sittwe
Date of publication: 02 September 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 2nd September 03: "The opening ceremony of a sub-printing house that will print Rangoon-based Myanma Alin and Kyemon dailies was held in Sittway (Akyab), Rakhine State, on 26 August morning, aimed at stepping up the junta’s information campaign, a source in the administration said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Bangladesh Burma border trade on strike
Date of publication: 01 September 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 1st September 03: "The importers, Clearing and Forwarding agents, and the Transport Owners and Workers Federation involved in the border trade with Burma have jointly gone into strike..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Karen National Union denounces self-appointed Burmese premiere’s statement
Date of publication: 01 September 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 1nd September 03: "In a statement released on September 1, the Karen National Union (KNU) denounced the newly self-appointed Burmese premiere’s ‘roadmap’ based on the State Peace and Development Council junta’s presently stalled “National Convention”..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Burmese Opposition denounce junta’s proposed roadmap
Date of publication: 31 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 31st Aug 03: "Burma’s opposition political groups including the National Council of the Union of Burma have condemned the recently proposed seven-step roadmap by the ruling junta prime minister General Khin Nyunt by bypassing the results of the 1990 general elections..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: The Bangladesh army seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition from Arakanese Forces
Date of publication: 30 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 30th August 03: "The Bangladesh Army seized a large amount of arms and ammunition from Arakanese forces..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: 7 Rohingya robbers held in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 29 August 2003
Description/subject: Chittagong, 29th August 03: "Police arrested seven Rohingya robbers from remote Saypara village under Alikadam Township of Bandarban district on Wednesday night, according to today the daily star..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Bangladesh PM greets Burma counterpart
Date of publication: 28 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 28th August 03: "Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has felicitated her Burma counterpart on his assumption to the office of the prime minister of the Union of Myanmar, report UNB..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNB via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (2K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Rice for workers lost in a truck accident
Date of publication: 22 August 2003
Description/subject: Maung Daw, 22th August 03: "A truck from the World Food Program (WFP) rolled over in Maung Daw Township, on July 31st..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 10 September 2003


Title: Burmese Junta officials operate smuggling gangs
Date of publication: 16 August 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 16th August 03: "Officials of the ruling Burmese SPDC junta have been involved in active operation of gangs of smugglers along the Naaf River that serves as the common border between Burma and Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: Extortion from car owners as Burmese junta fail to repair roads
Date of publication: 14 August 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 14th August 03: "The roads in Sittwe, the capital of the western Burmese state of Rakhine, have become unfit for use by motor vehicles as the heavy monsoons have washed them away, damaging very badly. The Sittwe Municipality finding no source of revenue from which to maintain the roads in the town appealed to the Western Commander. The western commander finding no other way issued an order to conduct the maintenance of the roads through a self-help basis, said an owner of the Sittwe Rangoon bus service..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: Tremor sinks a Chinese vessel off Arakan Coast
Date of publication: 14 August 2003
Description/subject: Chittagong, 14th August 03: "A Chinese cargo vessel sank in the Andaman seas off the western Burmese coast of Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in the early morning hours of Tuesday when the sea became rough due to a tremor. Twenty-eight of the sailors were rescued by the Bangladesh Navy in the Bay of Bengal and brought to Chittagong port yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: August Rice Killing Day observed
Date of publication: 13 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 13th August 03: "Reports have been received about the observation of the 13th August Rice Killing Day across Rakhine State, in the western part of Burma. Rakhine people from all walks of life commemorated the day with heavy hearts in remembrance of hundreds of people killed this day in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, 36 years ago..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: Burmese Timber and Bangladeshi Fertilizer
Date of publication: 13 August 2003
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 13th August 03: "On Saturday last a cargo boat carrying smuggled Burmese timber capsized off the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar in the southeastern part of Bangladesh. About ten crewmembers of the boat have been missing since then..."
Author/creator: Staff Reporter
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


Title: Six including two Burmese nationals held with heroin in southeastern Bangladesh
Date of publication: 13 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 13th August 03: "Six drug traffickers including two Burmese nationals with one kilogram of heroin were arrested last week in the southeastern district of Bandarban in Bangladesh close to Burmese border, according to a BSS report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: BSS via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


Title: Demonstration on the anniversary of the 8th August in Dhaka
Date of publication: 08 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 8th August 03: "A group of Rakhine students and youths from Burma has staged demonstrations in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, this morning on the 15th anniversary of the 8th August Democracy Uprising of Burma..."
Author/creator: Aung Than
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


Title: Opposition voice on the 15th Anniversary of the Burmese Democracy Uprising
Date of publication: 08 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 8th August 03: "A number of Burmese democratic opposition groups have expressed their views on the 15th anniversary of the Burmese Democracy Uprising. On the eighth August 1988 people across Burma spontaneously took to the streets demanding the end to the military dictatorship and establishment of democracy..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


Title: Fishery industry being harassed
Date of publication: 07 August 2003
Description/subject: Akyab, 7 August 2003: "The Riparian fishery industry of Kaladan River, Arakan - a western state of Burma - has to pay ransom to a collaborator of the Burmese military intelligence. High Gar Ree Kyaw Win attained a monopoly over the Jelly-Fish industry for the 2002-2003 season, by bribing fishermen with forty million Kyats ($ 40,000). However, after a poor fishing season the industry made a loss..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


Title: KNLA on SPDC allegations for bomb blasts
Date of publication: 07 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 7th August 03: "In a statement datelined 6th August 03 the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) has refuted the State Peace and Development Council junta (SPDC) of Burma’s claims that the KNLA is to blame for the bomb blasts on 26th July in a press conference, on 15th May in Phyu Town cinema hall (movie theatre) and two time bombs blast in Taungoo on 27th July..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


Title: India North eastern state plans to deport Burmese settlers
Date of publication: 06 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 6th August 2003: "India’s northeastern state of Mizoram said it was launching a drive to detect and deport thousands of illegal refugees from Burma in response to pressure from local residents, according to today the daily star quoting to AFP..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: AFP via "The Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Black pepper cultivation
Date of publication: 04 August 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 4st August 03: "The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) junta of Burma has taken up a long-term extensive black pepper cultivation plan in the western Burmese state of Rakhine. Under the plan the junta has confiscated villagers’ land near the more than sixty battalion headquarters stationed across the state. Sources in the administration said that at Buthidaung Township, close to the Bangladesh-Burma border in the northern part of Rakhine State, the junta has confiscated hundreds of acres of villagers’ land for the cultivation of black pepper..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Dhaka sends 44-product list to Rangoon
Date of publication: 01 August 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 1st August 03: "Dhaka has sent a list of 44 products to Rangoon to start account trade and is awaiting a response, according to today the daily star..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Banks in distress
Date of publication: 31 July 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 31st July 03: "A number of private commercial banks in western Burma have been facing closure due to drastic reduction in transactions since the bank crisis began in mid-February this year. Sources in a private bank in Maungdaw, a township on the Naaf River across the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf said that their bank is facing closure and inability to pay the employees as people have lost faith in bank transactions. “The private banks are now sitting idle, sometimes even without one transaction in an entire day,” an official in a private bank said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Luring villagers into Burmese Army
Date of publication: 31 July 2003
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 31st July 03: "Three young villagers in western Burma have been enticed into joining the military services, according to a relative of the recruits. The three teenagers are illiterate and of minor age, the relative added. The man also said that the Burmese Army has for some time been paying money as enticement for attracting more recruits..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Burma to hold the Fourth World Buddhist Summit
Date of publication: 30 July 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 30th July 03: "The fourth World Buddhist Summit will be held in Burma in December 2004, said a prominent Buddhist monk close with one of the abbots attending the eighth Sangha Mahanayaka Council held in Kaba-aye in Rangoon on 5th July 03..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Women Empowerment Training for Burmese refugee women in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 30 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 30th July 03: "The Human Rights Education Institute of Burma based in Thailand conducted a five day long women empowerment training among the female Burmese refugees in Bangladesh that ended yesterday. According to the trainer the sessions included classes on leadership, women empowerment, organizational activities, and women’s rights. Twenty women from four political organizations Arakan Women’s Welfare Association, Arakan League for Democracy, Rakhine Organization in Exile, and Arakan Labour Association (Exile) attended the training..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Millionaire Military Intelligence agent arrested
Date of publication: 29 July 2003
Description/subject: Kyauktaw, 29th July 03: "A Burmese Military Intelligence officer in western Burma has been arrested on corruption charges in the first week of July, sources in the police department said. The officer-in-charge of Kyauktaw Township Burmese Military Intelligence, Battalion 10, Sergeant Myo Khin was arrested for ‘possessing unexplainable quantity of properties’ including one thousand acres of agricultural land, twelve cars and buses, and forced money-lending to farmers in the area, estimated value kyat fifteen million..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: New Artillery Installation to guard Rakhine Gas Fields
Date of publication: 29 July 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 29th July 03: "The Burma Army has begun construction of artillery base on an island close to Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, in western Burma. The base is being installed at the southern tip of West Farunga Island, about fifty kilometres south to Sittwe. Sources in the administration preferring to be anonymous said that the artillery base is aimed at safeguarding the construction of facilities in an offshore gas field, from which the gas would ultimately be piped to neighbouring countries..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Row between Lieutenant General Maung Aye’s niece and Military Intelligence lands onion merchants in trouble in western Burma
Date of publication: 28 July 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 28th July 03: "Twenty-nine onion traders who were bringing bags of onion from Rangoon to Sittwe, the capital of the western state of Rakhine, on the Kyaw Yadana and Shweli motor vessels were arrested on the 4th of this month as a result of altercation between the military intelligence Battaliion No. 10 and the owner of the vessels, Ms Ma Swe, niece of Burmese Junta’s No. 2, Lieutenant General Maung Aye. .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Burmese Junta Move Prisoners from East to West
Date of publication: 27 July 2003
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 27th July 03: "Eight prisoners allegedly from Mungywa, under Sagaing Division, northern part of Burma Proper were moved to Buthidaung prison, in the western Burma bordering with Bangladesh. According to an eyewitness the eight Burmese prisoners were taken to Buthidaung aboard the Dahanyawaddy 3, a passenger vessel owned by the Inland Water Transport Corporation on 21st July. The prisoners were escorted by twelve police forces led by Win Maung, the Township Police officer of Sittwe, the capital of the western Burmese Rakhine State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


Title: Burmese Junta’s development: sans electricity!
Date of publication: 24 July 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 24th July 03: "The Burmese State Peace and Development Council junta has recently formed an Electricity Committee in Sittwe, the capital of the western Burmese Rakhine State. Headed by General Maung Oo, the western commander, and consisting of the Sittwe District Peace and Development Council chairman and other township officials, the committee has been entrusted with the responsibility of what it said as ‘lightening up the township.’..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


Title: Burmese fish: concern for Bangladesh!
Date of publication: 23 July 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 23rd July 03: "The markets of Bangladesh for some time have been flooded with the fish either imported or smuggled from Burma. In recent weeks high concern has been raised about the quality and nature of preserving the Burmese freshwater and sea fish..."
Author/creator: Sein Mra Aung
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


Title: Burmese Junta’s attempt to divert people’s attention from the Depeyin Massacre
Date of publication: 23 July 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 23rd July 03: "Burma’s ruling State Peace and Development Council junta has ordered formation of paramilitary Pyithu Seik to divert people’s attention from the Depeyin Massacre on 30th May, said a political analyst. Sending messages of high alert of an ‘impending war’ among the defence forces and the general people, the Burmese junta has issued orders to give compulsory military training to the family members of all the defence personnel aged between eighteen and forty, irrespective of sexes, according to sources in the administration. All the non-Rakhine members of the defence forces have also been directed to learn the local Rakhine language so that in case of war breaking out they can get mixed with the local population. The existing forces in the army and navy have been brought under intensive and specialized training courses for facing a possible war..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


Title: NCUB calls on the ASEM to seriously take the matters relating to developments inside Burma
Date of publication: 23 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 23rd July 03: "The National Council of the Union of Burma in a statement dated 23rd July 03 welcomed on behalf of the people of Burma the move to include into the agenda of matters relating to Burma in the ongoing Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) at Bali, Indonesia, which is being held on 23rd and 24th July..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


Title: Eve Teasing leaves Burmese refugee girl and brother out of
Date of publication: 22 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 22nd July 03: "A Burmese refugee teenage girl, in a Dhaka English Medium School named Darland International School has stopped going to school since 13th of this month to escape some eve teasers in Mirpur area where she lives with her family. Thunn Mra Khaing, aged 16, is an eighth grader, intelligent and with good grades in the exams having good sense of humour. She comes of a Burmese Rakhine Buddhist background..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


Title: Monopoly on transport sends essential prices up in Burma, raises ethical questions
Date of publication: 21 July 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 21st July 03: "The monopoly granted to a private transport company has caused sharp increase in prices of all the essential commodities brought to the western Burmese state of Rakhine from Burma proper. The ruling State Peace and Development Council junta granted the Kyauktaung Transport Company sole rights to carry the transport business between Sittwe, the state capital, and Taungup, the southern reach of Rakhine State that connects Pyi on the Burma proper for the year 2003..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


Title: 154 Foreigners including Burmese nationals in Bangladeshi jail
Date of publication: 19 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 19th July 03: "There are 154 foreign prisoners lingering in a Bangladeshi jail about one hundred kilometres southeast to the capital Dhaka. Due to legal complexities arising from disinclination of the relevant governments their prison terms have been protracted though their prison terms expired a number of years ago, reported BSS. Of the total prisoners 76 persons are from Burma, 75 from Thailand, and the rest three from India. A recently released Burmese prisoner said to Narinjara that the said Thai prisoners are in fact illegal Burmese workers who were on board illegal Thai fishing boats when they were arrested on several occasions..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2003


Title: ALD (Exile) General Secretary Passed away
Date of publication: 18 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 18th July 2003: "A prominent leader of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) (exile), Khaing Myo Khaing, passed away at a hospital in Chiang Mai, a northern city of Thailand, at 4:10am on 18 July 2003. He was 55 years old..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2003


Title: Arakanese Political parties welcome US sanctions on Burma
Date of publication: 18 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 18th July 03: "Following US House of Representative’s overwhelming vote in favour of sanctioning Burma, the Arakanese political parties in exile in a statement dated today welcomed the move. Seven Arakanese political parties representing the Arakanese people welcomed the 418 -2 House vote on 15th July 03 that occurred a month after the 97 -1 Senate vote. They hoped the move would give a strong support to the cause of restoration of democracy..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2003


Title: Communist Ceasefire Group faces bankruptcy in Burma
Date of publication: 17 July 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 17th July 03: "The Burmese Communist Party (Arakan) that signed ceasefire agreement with the ruling Burmese junta, SLORC (State Law and Order Restoration Council), in May 1997 faces bankruptcy in a number of financial ventures..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2003


Title: Forced Conscription in Western Burma
Date of publication: 17 July 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 17 Jul. 03: "Fresh forced conscription into the Burmese Army has been reported from various townships of Rakhine State in the western part of Burma. Maung Tun Yein (17) who fled and crossed the border to Bangladesh said that Light Infantry Battalion 538, at Rathedaung Town, about thirty miles north of Sittwe the state capital, has been conducting fresh conscription in and near his township..."
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2003


Title: Burma and Bangladesh held Flag Meeting
Date of publication: 16 July 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 16th July 03: "On 6th and 7th July the border police forces of Burma and Bangladesh met at Aung-yeik-tha Hall, three miles east of the Burmese border town of Maungdaw, on the Naaf River that serves as the common border of the two countries, sources in the Nasaka Border Security Police said... In the flag meeting the Burmese side asked for a solution and end to the anti-Burmese junta rebel groups operating from inside Bangladesh. On the other hand the Bangladeshi side demanded a solution to the large scale smuggling from Burma and prevention of continual infiltration of the “Bengali-speaking” Burmese nationals into Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6k)
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2003


Title: Burma forms paramilitary People’s Army
Date of publication: 15 July 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 15th July 03: "The ruling SPDC junta of Burma has begun formation of a civil defence force named as Pyithu-seik (People’s Army) as a preparatory measure for a ‘possible war’, as feared by the junta, from last month. From a number of townships in the western Burmese state of Rakhine reports have confirmed the formation of paramilitary force named as Pyithu-seik or People’s Army in recent weeks. Alerting the people of an ‘imminent war’, without any clear definition made to what war it is, the junta officials have already conscripted two hundred and twenty full-time members of the People’s Army and four hundred and forty part-time members from 22 village tracts in Kyaukpru Township alone. Kyaukpru is situated about 100 miles south of Sittwe (Akyab), the capital of Rakhine state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6k)
Date of entry/update: 15 July 2003


Title: Future of the construction of bridges uncertain in western Burma
Date of publication: 15 July 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 15th July 03: "The future of the construction of bridges in western Burma has become uncertain due to the stoppage of Japanese aid to Burma, sources in the local administration said. In Maungdaw Township, bordering with the southeastern part of Bangladesh, a number of bridges have been under construction utilizing Japanese aid offered by the BAJ (Bridge Asia Japan), a Japanese NGO. The bridges would link the detached sections of the proposed Sittwe Maungdaw road, which may later be used as link between Bangladesh and Rangoon..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 15 July 2003


Title: Repatriation of Burmese refugees still going on
Date of publication: 13 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 13 July 2003: "A total of 362 Rohingya refugees of 62 families voluntarily returned to their homes in Burma through Teknaf border from Bangladesh between July 5 and 10 this year, according to Bangladesh local news agency BSS's report. .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: BSS via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: Dhaka won’t allow territory for anti-Burma military regime acts
Date of publication: 07 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 7 July 03: "Bilateral relation between Bangladesh and Burma received a positive spurt with Dhaka’s assurance to the visiting Burma FM, Win Aung, that Dhaka will not allow its territory for use by any power to harm Burma, According to the daily star. “ Non-interference in the internal affairs of another country is our principled stand,” said Foreign Secretary Shaansher Mobin Chowdhury while briefing journalists on the talks held yesterday between the two foreign ministers in Dhaka. The visit follows relentless pressures from US and many Western nations on Burma to set free the captive pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and to improve human rights condition..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 07 July 2003


Title: Myanmar nationals protest against Aung’s Dhaka visit
Date of publication: 06 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 6 July 03: "Some 70-80 Myanmar Rakhaine people demonstrated in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday against Myanmar foreign Minister U Win Aung’s tree-day visit to Bangladesh, according to today’ the daily star, a most popular newspaper of Bangladesh..." The protesters, under the banner of ‘Arakan League for Democracy’, called upon the Banglad
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 07 July 2003


Title: Burma FM arrives today
Date of publication: 05 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 5th July 2003: "Burma Foreign minister Win Aung come to Dhaka today carrying a letter from Senior General Than Shwe for Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, reports local press..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 07 July 2003


Title: Burmese exiles rally for Daw Suu in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 05 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka. 5 July 03: "About 60 Arakanese protesters rallied in front of Bangladesh High court today afternoon calling for the immediate release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi by the Burma ruling military junta..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 07 July 2003


Title: Bangladesh Govt hopes completion of repatriation of Burma refugees soon
Date of publication: 03 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 4th July 03: "The Bangladesh government is hopeful that the process of repatriation of the Burmese refugees will complete in a foreseeable future, Foreign Secretary Shamsher M Chowdhury told a regular weekly briefing at his office yesterday, According to today’s the independent quoted to BSS report..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: BSS via "The Independent" (Dhaka) - or vive-versa - via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 04 July 2003


Title: Burma FM arrives in Dhaka on Saturday
Date of publication: 03 July 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 3 July 2003: "Burma Foreign Minister Win Aung arrives in Dhaka on Saturday as a special envoy of his country’s Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe, according to today’s the independent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" (Dhaka) via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 04 July 2003


Title: Smuggling only table salt, please!
Date of publication: 01 July 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 1st July 03: "For some time the table salt has topped the list of items smuggled into Bangladesh from Burma. Everyday between 1,000 to 3,000 tonnes of chemical fertilizer including urea are smuggled into Burma while on their return trip they carry table salt back..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 04 July 2003


Title: Forced Labour in the Road through the Mayu Ranges
Date of publication: 25 June 2003
Description/subject: Rathedaung, 25rd June 03: "The construction of a motorable road connecting Rathedaung and Maungdaw townships in Rakhine State, in the western part of Burma, has been underway since January this year, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 26 June 2003


Title: UNHCR rejects press report
Date of publication: 25 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 25th June 03: "The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has not plan to wrap up its programme in Bangladesh as long as all Rohingya refugees from Burma are not completely repatriated, according to UNB, a local news agency..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNB via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 26 June 2003


Title: Burmese lingering in the prison of Bangladesh
Date of publication: 21 June 2003
Description/subject: Chittagong, 21st June 03: "A total of forty four Burmese prisoners have already spent eight years after the expiry of their prison terms in a prison in the southeastern hilly district town of Rangamati, the daily Janakantha said today..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Janakantha via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 21 June 2003


Title: Burmese Refugees observe World Refugee Day
Date of publication: 21 June 2003
Description/subject: Cox’s Bazaar, 21st June 03: "Burmese Rohingya refugee children at Nayapara Refugee Camp in the southeastern part of Bangladesh brought out a colourful rally in observance of the World Refugee Day yesterday. Forgetting the squalid environment of the camp where the barest minimum necessity to keep body and soul together the children beaming with smile came out in a procession inside the camp premises and a discussion was also held on the significance of the day, said our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5k)
Date of entry/update: 21 June 2003


Title: Leading Human Rights Forum calls for stopping the repatriation of the Rohingyas from Bangladesh
Date of publication: 20 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 20th June 03: "Forum-Asia, a leading human rights organization has today called upon the UNHCR and the Government of Bangladesh to immediately stop the forced repatriation of about 21,000 Rohingya refugees who are sheltered in the southern part of Bangladesh into Burma. Citing the deteriorating political and human rights situation resulting from the arrest on 30th May (and now imprisonment) of Aung San Suu Kyi by the military regime of Burma Forum-Asia demanded, “it will be irresponsible for the UNHCR to abandon the Rohingya refugees.”..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 21 June 2003


Title: PLANE TICKETS FROM MILITARY INTELLIGENCE AGENTS!
Date of publication: 20 June 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 20th June 03: "The regular ticket for the Sittwe to Rangoon air trip costs kyat 18,500. But in Sittwe, the western town of Burma, the same ticket would cost a passenger up to kyat 30,000, quoting a passenger our correspondent writes. In each of the twice-daily flights to Rangoon there are ten ‘specially reserved’ seats for the Burmese Army and other defence forces, which again is controlled by the Military Intelligence 10. According to a source in the Burmese airways, if the MI agents find the ten ‘always reserved’ seats filled by the defence personnel, they force the ticket sellers and manager of the airways to offer them five or more seats for selling them in the black-market..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 21 June 2003


Title: What is the law for shrimp cultivation?
Date of publication: 19 June 2003
Description/subject: Pauktaw, 19th June 03: "The shrimp farmers of Pauktaw Township in the western part of Burma are facing difficulties arising from the constantly changing policies on shrimp farming..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 21 June 2003


Title: Women’s League for Burma (Bangladesh) observes Daw Suu Kyi’s Birthday
Date of publication: 19 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 19th June 03: "WLB (Bangladesh) observed the 58th birthday anniversary here in Dhaka. In a simple ceremony attended by members of the Women’s League of Burma (WLB), representatives from the Arakan League for Democracy, and Committee for Burmese Refugees and other individuals, the speakers elaborately discussed about the present political impasse of Burma and wished a very long and peaceful life for the Opposition Leader of Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 21 June 2003


Title: Four crew members of a Bangladeshi boat under Nasaka custody
Date of publication: 18 June 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 18th June 03: "Four Bangladesh nationals of a fertilizer carrying boat have been under the custody of the Nasaka security forces Area No. 7 at Maungdaw since 5th June 03, sources said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 21 June 2003


Title: Increased Conscripts in the Burmese Army
Date of publication: 18 June 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 18th June 03: "In the face of large numbers of deserters, the Burmese Army is confronting an acute manpower shortage. Quoting sources in the army our correspondent said that to keep the entire military machinery running conscription has been stepped up across Rakhine State in the western part of Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 21 June 2003


Title: Consultants of Foreign NGOs come calling at western Burma
Date of publication: 17 June 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 17th June 03: "Two country directors from Aide Medical International (international medical aid), came calling at Maungdaw, the western Burmese town in Rakhine State, according to our correspondent. The two NGO officials came to the town on the Bangladesh Burma border to check the feasibility of opening up a new branch of the NGO in the border township where recently the repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh has been stepped up. AMI is a French NGO working in Rangoon and the Thai-Burma border, giving medical assistance to the returning refugees..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 17 June 2003


Title: Census for Bengalis in Sittwe
Date of publication: 16 June 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe. 16th June 03: "A census of what the ruling Burmese junta call as the Bengali population in Sittwe Township, the capital of the western Rakhine State in Burma, has been undertaken. Beginning 12th June, the census has been conducted by a powerful body composed of members of the Military Intelligence, the State Police Department, the Immigration, Township Peace and Development Council (the administrative arm of the ruling State Peace and Development Council junta). .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: hml (7K)
Date of entry/update: 16 June 2003


Title: Forced labour in construction of gas pipeline(?) in Burma
Date of publication: 14 June 2003
Description/subject: Kyauktaw, 14 June 03: "Fresh reports of forced labour in northern part of Rakhine State in western part of Burma have been reported by our correspondent. In a bid to construct road and possibly, gas pipeline to the north-eastern part of India large-scale use of forced labour has been made in the townships of Kyauktaw Township in Rakhine State and Paletwa Township in Chin State in the western part of Burma since the end of last year. Soon after the joint Indo-Burma survey of existing jungle paths in the beginning of this year forced labour in construction of the road to the Indian border has taken up momentum. Hundreds of people, men, women and children could be seen streaming to the worksites everyday at the village tracts upriver the Kaladan including Tarwaing-oing, Mreik-wa, Chin Lat Wa, Nwge Let Wa, Kung Chaung, Miza , Milet wa and Tinnma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 16 June 2003


Title: Burmese juntas attempts to raise organized campaign of lies
Date of publication: 13 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 13th June 03: "Seventeen members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) including the bodyguard of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Tun Zaw Zaw, the popular leader of Burmese Opposition have been reportedly tortured and interrogated at Khanti Prison, in Sagaing Division in northern part of Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 13 June 2003


Title: Fish Trade Fishy Deals
Date of publication: 13 June 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 13th June 03: "The Burma Bangladesh trade may have at last seen the daylight with the import of fish from Burma. Everyday two or three hundred tonnes of Burmese freshwater fish is unloaded at the Teknaf jetty on the Bangladesh side, our correspondent writes from the border town. All the fish is directly shipped from Rangoon, while most of the shipment include freshwater fish. The price of the fish at local import market stands at taka 60,000 for a tonne, while in Rangoon the price of the same is kyat 750,000 or approximately taka 44,120, calculated at the present rate of 17 kyat to the taka. In the absence of LC opening, one Bangladeshi bank, Arab Bangladesh Bank that has branches in Rangoon and Rakhine State, handles the money received by the Burmese traders. Bangladeshi traders pay the price in US dollars to the bank, which issues the same at their Rangoon branch to the Burmese exporters, who then takes all the necessary steps to ship the fish..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 13 June 2003


Title: New Body to control rice sales and production?
Date of publication: 12 June 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 12th June 03: The recent formation of a powerful Rice Control Committee in Burma has raised high concern among the rice growers in Rakhine State in the western part of Burma. The Committee, led by the General Secretary 2 of the State Peace and Development Council junta of Burma, is composed of Minister 1 of the Ministry of Industries, State Minister of Trade and Commerce, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, two representatives from the Association of the Owners of Business Houses, two representatives from the Merchants Association, and two representatives from the Rice Mill Owners Association, according to sources in the agricultural department. Considered as the central committee for control and manipulation of the dealings in rice including export, the newly formed Rice Control Committee has already been dubbed as the newer version of the old rice procurement committees by the growers of rice in the state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 13 June 2003


Title: Thanks to the foreign Burmese radio services
Date of publication: 11 June 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 11th June 03: "This is Sittwe, capital of the western Burmese Rakhine State. Like in other parts of the state tuning to the popular Burmese broadcasts from BBC, VOA, RFA, and DVB, or any other foreign broadcasts are attracting huge crowd usually in clandestine groups since the listeners could land anytime in trouble: says a retired teacher in the town. ... A townsman on phone told us that the people have lost all their faith in the SPDC broadcasts, as they are one-sided and detached from the reality. The junta leaders who are living a life of luxury seldom know what the majority ninety percent people of Burma is living with: utter poverty, deprivation of human rights, suppression of human rights and last but not list, subjecting the people to accept the gross lies through the official Burmese media newspapers, radio and TV. So the people have been compelled to depend upon the news from the four radio broadcasting services of the BBC, VOA, RFA and DVB..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: pdf (7K)
Date of entry/update: 13 June 2003


Title: Arakanese Opposition: on Friday Massacre
Date of publication: 10 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 10 June 2003: "The Arakan Independence Alliance, an umbrella organization of the National United Party of Arakan and Arakan Rohingya National Organization, welcomed the strong stand taken by the US in consideration of imposing further sanctions against the ruling Burmese military clique due to the crisis arising from the recent De-Pe-Yin massacre on 30th May in a statement released on 8th June 03..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 13 June 2003


Title: Prison labour in Western Burma
Date of publication: 10 June 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 10th June 2003: "Prisoners at Thabra (Thabya) Island prison camp under Pauktaw Township in the western Burmese state of Rakhine have been reportedly used in a privately owned salt works in the vicinity..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Nowhere to go for HIV/AIDS patients
Date of publication: 09 June 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 9th June 03: "For the people affected with AIDS/HIV there is nowhere to go for succour, said a doctor in Sittwe, the capital of the western Burmese state of Rakhine. When a man aged 45, Thein Zoe Aung, of Kyaungdaklan Street of the town died of AIDS in his own house in April his corpse was bundled in plastic sheeting by the workers of the state hospital and taken for cremation. His house was also disinfected. His relatives said that there is no place to go for any medication or treatment for those suffering from HIV/AIDS. The lone state-run hospital also does not have any wards for HIV/AIDS patients though the number of HIV/AIDS sufferers is on the increase in the state. There has been no study or data collection conducted on the number of HIV/AIDS positive people all over the seventeen townships of Rakhine State including Sittwe..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Nine Indigenous Peoples Political Parties speak out on the present political crisis in Burma
Date of publication: 08 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 8th June 03: "Nine indigenous peoples political parties from Burma expressed their great concern and unhappiness at the recent Friday killings of 30th May in which the State Peace and Development Council junta-affiliated thugs are believed to have staged an ambush against the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and it is feared that approximately 80 leaders and supporters of the opposition National League for Democracy may have been murdered in the ambush..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rakhine community in Bangladesh needs attention
Date of publication: 07 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 7th June 03: "Speakers at a seminar arranged by the Rakhaing Development Foundation an NGO for integral development of the Rakhine community of Bangladesh stressed on the need for more attention on the developmental activities for the Rakhine community, the Independent reported today..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" (Dhaka) via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladeshi Border Guards send back Burmese castaways
Date of publication: 06 June 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 6th June 03: "Twenty-one Burmese castaways who drifted to the Bangladesh side of the bay in April were sent back home in the third week of May, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma to take back 3,814 listed Rohingya refugees
Date of publication: 06 June 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 6th June 03: "According to Refugee Commission sources 124 Rohingya refugees of 20 families have been repatriated to their homes in Burma this week. The refugees were sheltered in camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf refugee camps in the southern part of Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: WHO Team visit the ongoing vaccination project in western
Date of publication: 06 June 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 6th March 03: "On 27th February a WHO team visited vaccination centres in the northern part of Rakhine State, in western Burma, according to a doctor engaged in the project. .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
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Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh does not want to interfere in the internal affairs of Burma
Date of publication: 05 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 5th June 03: "Bangladeshi foreign minister M Morshed Khan when pressed for comments on the recent house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma on 4th June 03 told reporters at the Foreign Ministry that Bangladesh does not, as a matter of principle, want to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, particularly neighbours..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Dhaka refutes India reports on transit for Burma gas
Date of publication: 03 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 3 June 03: "Bangladesh has refuted an Indian press report that it agreed to allow transit facility for the supply of natural gas from Burma and Tripura to West Bengal through pipeline, according to todays independent quoted from UNB. It is not correct. No decision has so far been taken in this regards, state minister for Energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain told UNB when asked about the report published in the Time of India yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNB via "The Independent" (Dhaka) via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Infrastructure dearth retards trade growth with Burma
Date of publication: 03 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 3 June 03: "Visa restrictions, lack of transportation, and absence of effective transaction mechanism have been identified as the as major hurdles to the growth of business between Bangladesh and Burma, a according to todays "The Daily Star"..." Some Bangladesh business leaders said they had signed contracts with their Burma counterparts during Bangladesh single country fair in Rangoon in March this year. But they said no further progress has been made so far.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Suu Kyi taken into custody: Zero-tolerance for dissent again
Date of publication: 02 June 2003
Description/subject: Todays The Daily Star editorial... "The arrest of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after a year of her release from house arrest has sent shock waves across the democratic world. The sudden denial of freedom to her comes in the thick of the opposition leaders embarking on a month-long political tour of the countrys north..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Daily Star via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Universities, Colleges shut after Daw Suu detention in Burma
Date of publication: 02 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 2 June 03: "University and colleges in Burma have been closed indefinitely following the detention by military authorities of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung Sann Suu Kyi, university sources said yesterday, According to today�s "The Independent"..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" (Dhaka) via Narinjara News
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Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Suu Kyi taken into protective custody
Date of publication: 01 June 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 1 June 03: "Burma Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 19 members of her National League for Democracy Party have take into protective custody after a fight broke out between the her supporters and pro-government protesters in northern Burma, according to the independent quoted from AP..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Food Shortage in Sittwe State Prison
Date of publication: 29 May 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 29 May 03: "The food shortage in the State Prison in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in the western Burma has reached a critical point, according to a prison official who declined to be identified. In the face of the critical situation the prison officials have allowed the relatives of the inmates to supply food from outside by taking monthly bribes of between kyat 10,000 and 30,000 depending upon the nature of the sentence, he said. For the prisoners of conscience the bribe is always bigger in amount..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Had a man buried alive come back to life
Date of publication: 29 May 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 29 May 03: "Two men believed to be killed by the Burmese Army in 1997 are now rumoured to be alive as a good number of Arakanese prisoners have recently been released from various prisons, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Western Command orders stoppage of rice purchase
Date of publication: 28 May 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 28 May 03: "The Western Command in Rakhine State in the western part of Burma have issued orders for stopping rice purchases effective immediately on 27th April 03, our correspondent quoting a source in the Burmese Army said. The directive included strict orders for the members of the Burmese Army to avoid either purchase or collection of rice from any person including the rice merchants..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Jellyfish gone out of market
Date of publication: 27 May 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 27 May 03: "Jellyfish, the hot item in last years export from the western Rakhine State of Burma has hit a snag, reports our correspondent. Unlike in last year, the jellyfish has either eluded the Burmese fishermen or declined in their number in the Bay of Bengal, a source in the fisheries trade said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Those forgotten Rakhine Activists in Indian island of Andaman: Release us or allow us to go elsewhere
Date of publication: 26 May 2003
Description/subject: New Delhi, 26 May 03: "May 9th this year was the date to produce before the magistrate thirty-four Rakhine detainees from Burma in the Indian town of Port Blair in the Andaman Islands. The detainees were held more than five years ago on 11th February 1998 by a combined forces operation dubbed as Operation Leech conducted by the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Dhaka Rangoon Talks conclude: meeting to solve border problems
Date of publication: 23 May 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 23rd May: "During the three-day long high-level border conference between Dhaka and Rangoon that concluded yesterday in Dhaka, a Joint Record of Discussion (JRD) was signed between the officials of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Immigration Headquarters of Burma, according to UNB..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNB via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Restriction on the transport of rice relieved in western Burma
Date of publication: 23 May 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 23 May 03: "The ruling State Peace and Development junta of Burma have lifted the restriction officially imposed on the open transport of rice from one township to another in the western Burmese state of Rakhine, according to our correspondent in the capital, Sittwe (previously Akyab)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Newly released Arakanese Politicians ostracized
Date of publication: 22 May 2003
Description/subject: Mrauk-u, 22nd May 03: "Three prominent Arakanese politicians in the western Burmese state of Rakhine who have been recently released from prison have been reportedly ostracized by the intelligence agents of the ruling State Peace and Development junta of Burma, according to family sources. The three are members of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), Mrauk-u Township branch..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Dhaka, Rangoon open border talks after 10 years
Date of publication: 21 May 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 21 May 03: "Bangladesh and Burma on Tuesday opened their first border talks in 10 years and agreed to take steps against weapons smuggling, according to today the Independent quote from Bangladesh officials. The tree-day meeting in Bangladeshs capital Dhaka was also focussing on problems faced by Bangladeshi fishermen in the Bay of Bengal, the officials said here..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" (Dhaka) via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rohingya refugee repatriation starts again
Date of publication: 21 May 2003
Description/subject: Coxs Bazar, 21 May 03: "Repatriation of Rohingya refugees resumed Monday after over a couple of years with the return of 123 refugees from 20 families to their homeland Burma, According to today the Daily Star. Another 150 refugees are expected to return today. The repatriation process began following an agreement between Burma and Bangladesh under the mediation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Director general level conference Between Burma and
Date of publication: 20 May 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 20 May 03: "A three-day Director General Level Conference between the members of Burma immigration department and the members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) begins here today. According to local news agency sources, the conference will discuss cross-border smuggling, problems created to Bangladeshi fishermen while catching fish in the Bay of Bengal, holding of regular flag meetings at all commander levels and other issues of mutual interest..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 7 Burma delegation arrives at Dhaka for border talks
Date of publication: 19 May 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 19 May 03: "A seven-member Burma delegation led by Director General of Immigration U Maung Thay arrived at Dhaka yesterday to attend the meeting, according to today the ..." The team also brings together officials from immigration, migration, social welfare and relief ministries.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Daily Star via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Smuggled Burmese Salt raise questions in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 14 May 2003
Description/subject: Coxs Bazar, 14 May 03: "A huge amount of Burmese smuggled salt was seized in and around the southern town of Coxs Bazaar last Friday, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Interest on Unrealised Quota of Rice in Burma
Date of publication: 13 May 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 13 May 03: "The drive to realize the interest on the money lent to rice farmers in the western part of Burma has been launched beginning first week of May, according to our correspondent. The interest as branded by the ruling Burmese junta is actually a kind of fine imposed on the rice farmers who failed to pay up the quota of rice for this season till April 4, after which the farmers who could not pay up the due quantity of rice were allowed a grace period till 29 April to pay up the overdue loans..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 70 Rakhine Buddha Statues stolen in two years
Date of publication: 12 May 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 12 May 03: "Theft of Buddha statues from the temples of the Rakhine Community in Bangladesh is unabated in the Rakhine dominated areas like Amtali, Galachipa in Barguna district, Kalapara and Kuakata people feeling insecured in the performance of their religious rites, according to the independent on 10th May 03..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" (Dhaka) via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh: the new passage to Drugs from Golden Triangle
Date of publication: 12 May 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 12 May 03: "The porous border of Bangladesh is a challenge for the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) since there is a marked increase in drug users and peddlers all over the country in recent years. In Coxs Bazaar, a border town in the southeastern part, close to the border with Burma, a large number of youths could be found who deal and use narcotics including heroin..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Suicide of a Private: How harsh is Burmese juntas Rice Collection Drive?
Date of publication: 11 May 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 11th May 03: "An on-duty Burmese Army personnel shot himself dead on 2nd May 03 at Kyauk-lung ethnic Mro village in the northern part of Rakhine State, in the western part of Burma while he was performing his duty during the regular rice collection drive..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Anti-repatriation Leaflets in the Burmese Refugee Camps
Date of publication: 10 May 2003
Description/subject: Coxs Bazaar, 10th May 03: "Members of the anti-repatriation group of Burmese refugees in one of the refugee camps in Coxs Bazaar in the southern part of Bangladesh have taken a tough stand face to face with the administration, according to a source in the camp at Kutupalong in the district..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Teknaf Land port to be operational soon trade with Burma
Date of publication: 01 April 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka 1st April 03: "The Bangladesh government is taking necessary measures for building a full-fledged land port at Teknaf on the bank of Naaf river to boost two-way trade with Burma, according to yesterdays The Independent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Army ransack Nasaka Security and Toll Gate
Date of publication: 28 March 2003
Description/subject: Ann, 28th March 03: "On March 19th about thirty members of the Burmese Army ransacked the security and toll gate of the Nasaka Security forces at Ann Town, our correspondent reported quoting an eyewitness..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Police Constable arrested on charge of rape!
Date of publication: 27 March 2003
Description/subject: Mrebon, 27th March 03: "A Burmese police constable, Htway Thein (La 182811), was arrested in Mrebon Town, in the middle part of Rakhine State in western Burma on charge of rape, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Long Shadow of Burmas Bank Crisis
Date of publication: 27 March 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 27th March 03: "The majority of businessmen in Rakhine State in western Burma have been reported to have been pinched by the recent currency shortage resulting from restrictions on amount withdrawal throughout Burma, our correspondent wrote..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Islamic School Demolished in Western Burma
Date of publication: 26 March 2003
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 26th March 03: "The local junta authority of Buthidaung Township under Rakhine State in the western part of Burma knocked down a Madrasah or Islamic school on 9th March, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Power in Western Burma faces serious setback
Date of publication: 26 March 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 26th March 03: "The power sector in Rakhine State in western Burma is in utter jeopardy due to the inability on part of the ruling State Peace and Development Council junta to run the power houses, reports our correspondent from Sittwe, the capital of the western member of Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Amnesty for a Burmese Journalist requested
Date of publication: 25 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 25th March 03: "A number of Burmese Opposition support groups including Burma Support Group, Norway, have appealed to the Prime Minister of India for the amnesty of a reputed Burmese journalist in exile, Mr Soe Myint, whose Mizzima News Group is based in New Delhi, according to an open letter to Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, the PM of India, dated 20th March 2003..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma Bangladesh Friendship Bridge in the offing
Date of publication: 24 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 24th March: "Following his return to Dhaka from Rangoon Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda in a press conference said that a bridge connecting with Burma is the highest priority, according to the Bengali language daily Janakantha, 23rd March..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Janakantha via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Why has the Permit for trade in Jellyfish not issued this year?
Date of publication: 24 March 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 24th March 03: "The rivalry among the high junta officials in Rangoon including those in the Western Command of Burma, covering Rakhine State, for the official permit to carry on trade in jellyfish has forced postponement of leasing out the lucrative deal this year, our correspondent quoted a jellyfish trader..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese refugees hunger strike intensifies
Date of publication: 18 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 18th March 03: "The hunger strike staged by Burmese refugees at the Refugees Counselling Services Unit (RCSU) of Ahsania Mission, which facilitates refugee services for the local UNHCR in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, has reached its 11th day today. Three of the one hundred non-Muslim Burmese refugees who demanded the monthly subsistence allowance instead of the recent distribution of small lump sum grants as seed money to start self-employment initiated the strike. On 13th two more Burmese refugees joined the three hunger strikers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: PM Bangladesh leaves for Rangoon tomorrow
Date of publication: 18 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 18th March 03: "Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Begum Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka on a three-day official visit tomorrow. The premiere is scheduled to hold talks with the Burmese side covering road links, expanding trade cooperation and the whole gamut of bilateral relations, said a number of local newspapers including the Ittefaq today..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Ittefaq etc. via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma to lease out Land to Bangladesh!
Date of publication: 17 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 17th March 03: "The leader of a 16 member business delegation, which will leave Dhaka on March 18, Rashed Maksud Khan, said to business sources that, Burma is even ready to lease land for rice cultivation by Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, quoted BSS..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: BSS via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The tale of the confiscation of rice paddies
Date of publication: 15 March 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 15th March 03: "The Burmese military regime, SPDC, have ordered the realization of three tinns (bushels) of rice from each acre of the land confiscated for the use of the military, in the western Burma, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Urea Fertiliser for smuggling into Burma
Date of publication: 14 March 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 14 March 03: "The Coast Guards of Bangladesh last Friday night nabbed eleven people while they were trying to smuggle a trawler-load of urea fertiliser, according to a report in the Daily Star on 12th March..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Madrasah Students from Burma arrested in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 13 March 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 13th March 03: "The BDR, border guards of Bangladesh, arrested twenty-one Burmese Muslim students from Burma on 19th February, said our correspondent quoting a source in the area. The students were on their way to enrol into an Islamic Madrasah college in Patiya, near Chittagong the main port city of Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladeshi fertilizer for Burma
Date of publication: 12 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 12th March: "Burma will import one hundred thousand tons of urea fertilizer from Bangladesh while it will export rice of corresponding value to Bangladesh, it was learnt from a number of newspapers and agencies of news in Dhaka..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Preparations for Bangladesh Trade Fair in Rangoon
Date of publication: 12 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 12 March 03: "Keeping aside the existing bottlenecks in banking, shipping and port facilities with its next-door neighbour Bangladesh is set to hold second trade fair in Rangoon from March 20, a number of news agencies in Dhaka reported..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Refugees Hunger Strike in Dhaka follow-up
Date of publication: 11 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 11th March 03: "The hunger strike by two Burmese refugees, protesting the cancellation of monthly subsistence allowance, has reached its third day today. The two, Hlaing Htway and Khaing Win, have been joined by another youth, Thein Soe, beginning today..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese SPDC junta award religious title to a Buddhist monk in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 11 March 2003
Description/subject: Coxs bazaar, 11th March 03: "The Burmese Ministry of Religious Affairs has declared an award of a Buddhist religious title to a monk at Ramu, under Coxs Bazaar district in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, our correspondent quoted a monk in the Buddhist monastery..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Hunger strike demanding subsistence allowance from UNHCR
Date of publication: 10 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 10th March 03: "Beginning 11 am yesterday, two Burmese refugees, one Karen and another Rakhine nationals, have been on hunger strike at the Refugee Counselling Services Unit (RCSU) operating under the UNHCR, Bangladesh Chapter in Dhaka..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Changing faces of forced labour
Date of publication: 10 March 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 10th March 03: "At present forced labour is once again being used with different tactics in various areas of western Burma, our correspondent reported after a tour across the northern part of Rakhine (Arakan) state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Worries over Burmese SPDC juntas visit to ancient Rakhine city
Date of publication: 08 March 2003
Description/subject: Mrauk-U, 8th March: "On February 28th the Secretary I of the State Peace and Development Council junta of Burma and his team made a short visit to the ancient city in western Burma, according to our correspondent there..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: WHO Team visit the ongoing vaccination project in western Burma
Date of publication: 06 March 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 6th March 03: "On 27th February a WHO team visited vaccination centres in the northern part of Rakhine State, in western Burma, according to a doctor engaged in the project..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Contraband goods from Burma seized in Bangladesh
Date of publication: 04 March 2003
Description/subject: Chittagong, 4th March 03: "During the last fifteen days the Bangladesh Coast Guard seized contraband goods from the coastal areas, according to UNB, a news agency. The seized items included timber, nylon hosepipes, ropes and various brands of alcoholic drinks from Burma. The estimated worth of the seized items is about US dollar 14,000..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNB via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Manipuri Peoples Army holds 17th Armed Forces Day in Burma!
Date of publication: 04 March 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 4th March 03: "The Manipur Peoples Army, an outfit of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), a dissident group from North-east India held the Armed Forces Day in western Burma, our border correspondent quoted reliable sources in the Nasaka Burmese security services..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Foreign Minister meets his counterpart in Dhaka
Date of publication: 03 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 3rd March 03: "Bangladesh and Burma yesterday agreed to work out details on the proposed road link and a coastal shipping arrangement, according to the local press and news agencies in Dhaka..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Foreign Minister due in Dhaka tomorrow
Date of publication: 01 March 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 1st March 03: "The Burmese Foreign Minister, Win Aung, is due to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow, reports the Independent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: ILO Team visit western Burma
Date of publication: 01 March 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 1st March: "On 26th January two officials from the International Labour Organization visited the northern part of Rakhine State in western Burma, according to our border correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh backs out of Counter Trade with Southeast Asian countries including Burma
Date of publication: 28 February 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 28 February: "Bangladesh had to cancel the import of Malaysian palm oil worth 20 million US dollars through a counter trade plan, reports the Janakantha, a Bengali language daily in Dhaka yesterday. The intervention by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has finally compelled the government of Bangladesh to back away from a Counter Trade plan with Malaysia, Thailand, Russia and Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Janakantha via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Belgian Ambassador pays a visit to Rakhine State in Burma
Date of publication: 27 February 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 27 February: "The Belgian Ambassador to Thailand led a team of 25 high-level diplomats to Rakhine State in Burma, according to our correspondent in Maungdaw Town, close to Bangladesh. H.E. Pierre Vasseur accompanied by invited diplomats visited various ongoing projects in and around Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, inquiring about the success and likelihood of future funding made to UNHCR..."
Language: Engl;ish
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Death sentence for 14 alleged murderers of Burmese policemen
Date of publication: 27 February 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 27 Feb. 03: "Fourteen alleged murderers of four policemen in the western Burmese township of Maungdaw have been awarded death sentence and ten years rigorous imprisonment on two counts, according to our border correspondence..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Traders: 60%, Department of Agricultural Produce: 40%
Date of publication: 27 February 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 27 February: "The Department of Agriculture and Farm Produce Trading in Burma has issued a directive, announcing what it termed as a joint venture business in transporting and trading in such agricultural produce as red chilli, onions and garlic..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh returns a Burmese Military Intelligence-owned smuggling vessel at a Flag Meeting
Date of publication: 26 February 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 26 February: "On February 15th, after a flag meeting held between the officials of the Nasaka (Burmese Border Security Forces) and BDR (Bangladesh Rifles border security forces) at a hotel in Teknaf, the border town opposite Maungdaw Town on the Naaf River, the BDR handed over a smuggling vessel owned by the Burmese Military Intelligence ..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rice Bags from UN World Food Programme arrives at Western Burma
Date of publication: 26 February 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 26 February: "On 6th February, rice bags from the UN World Food Programme arrived at Maungdaw, the border town of Rakhine State in the western part of Burma, our correspondent said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma Bangladesh Border Trade resumes
Date of publication: 25 February 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 25th February: "After a break of one year the border trade between Burma and Bangladesh has resumed at full force, reports the Inquilab, a Bengali daily from Dhaka on 22nd February..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Inquilab via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Mobile rice purchase Drive Unit ?
Date of publication: 24 February 2003
Description/subject: Ramree Island, 24 February: "Since the target for the rice collection for the fiscal 2002-03 has not been fulfilled in Ramree Island in Rakhine State, in the western part of Burma, a Mobile Rice Purchase Drive Unit has been formed by the Burmese juntas Ramree (Rambree) Township Council to step up this years rice collection, according to our correspondent. Unlike in previous years the newly formed Mobile Units have been going round the village tracts including the rice collection depots at Doratha and Kung-zatt villages in the island. Each of these mobile units has recruited six rice collectors from the village tracts. The units have been composed of members of the police department, village Peace and Development Council junta, and township administrative officials..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Security Forces nab Woodcutters for bribes
Date of publication: 24 February 2003
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 24 February: "On 30th January a group of eighteen woodcutters were arrested in Buthidaung Town in the western part of Burma bordering with Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh Premier to visit Rangoon
Date of publication: 22 February 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 22 February 2003: "The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Begum Khaleda Zia is scheduled to visit Rangoon on a two day tour on the 19th March. She is expected to open a four-day long trade fair of goods from Bangladesh, reports a Bengali daily in Dhaka today..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "a Bengalli Daily" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Refugees in Bangladesh go back home
Date of publication: 22 February 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 22 February: "A total of twenty five Burmese refugees from Bangladesh made their way back home on 5th February, according to our correspondent from Maungdaw. The returnees are some of the last 20,000 Burmese Muslim refugees stranded in the squalid UNHCR camps in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh. The group was led by ABM Amir Ullah from the UNHCR Bangaldesh Chapter. On arrival at Kanyein-chaung refugees repatriation camp under Maungdaw Township on the Burmese side of the Naaf River, the refugees were received by the Burmese officials waiting there..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Run on banks: Panic among Depositors
Date of publication: 22 February 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 22 February: "Traders and depositors in Myanma Economic Bank at Sittwe, capital of the western state of Burma, have been panicky as the State Central Bank issued an order two weeks ago, limiting the withdrawal to just half a million kyats a week an amount worth about 450 US dollars, according to our correspondent. For the workshop owners and small businessmen in the city, the amount is far less than what they need to run their enterprises let alone pay the employees, a disgruntled automobile workshop owner said. The same is true with the wholesalers of cloth, toys, rice and cooking oil, and other commodities..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Juntas Elephant capture Endangers the species to extinction
Date of publication: 21 February 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 21 February: "A wild elephant capture drive has been conducted for some time along the Burma Bangladesh common border... The Wild Elephant Capturing through Anaesthesia Team from Sandoway under the Burmese State Forest Department has sponsored the wild elephant catching drive beginning January 21... The anaesthesia team have been hunting elephants with tusks, according to another eyewitness. People in the area demand that, the elephant captors are accompanied by ivory traders from the frontier areas bordering with China..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (21K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: New Conscription for the Burmese Army
Date of publication: 20 February 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 20 February: "Forced conscriptions into the Burmese Army have been reported from Rakhine State in the western part of Burma, according to our correspondent from Maungdaw Town..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Military Intelligence agents extort tolls from Fishermen
Date of publication: 19 February 2003
Description/subject: Ponnagyun, 19 Feb. 03: "Having leased out all the rivers and creeks of Rakhine State in the western part of Burma in December last, the Military Intelligence forces in and around Ponnagyun Town have been reported to order the fishermen in the area to pay up tolls according to their demands, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh Fair in Rangoon
Date of publication: 18 February 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 18 Feb. 03: "A five-day long Bangladesh Fair is scheduled to open on 20 March in Rangoon, according to a Dhaka news agency..." The fair, second from Bangladesh, is expected to project the export potentials of Bangladesh. The first trade fair held last March helped participant companies from Bangladesh receive export orders to the tune of 7 million US dollars.
Language: English
Source/publisher: An un-named Dhaka news agency via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (18K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese juntas false promises and black magic land Rakhine families from Bangladesh into big trouble
Date of publication: 05 February 2003
Description/subject: Teknaf, 5 February: "At least three Rakhine families from Bangladesh who were lured into traps by the Burmese junta have returned to their home country on 20th December 2002, according to our correspondent from the border areas..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Junta leaders come visiting western Burma
Date of publication: 04 February 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 4 February: "Since the organizational tour by the Burmese Opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in December, top-level junta leaders have visited townships across Rakhine State in western Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Gems in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Date of publication: 03 February 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 3 February: "The Burmese stall at the ongoing Dhaka International Trade Fair has become well-known for selling the most costly items, according to a stall-owner in the fair. The items to be found in the Burmese gems stall include gold jewellery with precious Burmese stones like emerald, ruby, jade, sapphire and diamonds as well as cultured pearls..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese juntas gangs of rice robbers
Date of publication: 03 February 2003
Description/subject: Kyauk-pru, 3 February: "The Rice Procurement Team in Kyaukpru District in the western part of Burma have started to rob the villagers of whatever rice is available in the face of failure to realize even half of the targeted amount of rice collection in the present harvest season..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Army force villagers to construct their quarters
Date of publication: 25 January 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 25 January 03: "Burmese Army Light Infantry Division 344 have been reported to have been using villagers as forced labourers in construction of quarters for the soldiers in the western part of Burma, claimed the Chin Human Rights Group based in Mizoram State in the north-eastern region of India in a report on 15th January..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Slave labour in western Burma at whose orders, after all?
Date of publication: 20 January 2003
Description/subject: Mrauk-u, 20 January 03: "The Burmese armed forces deployed and stationed in Rakhine, the western state of Burma, have been issuing orders and decrees demanding more and more rice from the rice-growers, our correspondent quoted a village leader in the old city of Mrauk-u, in the northern part of the state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Road to Bangladesh from Burma
Date of publication: 18 January 2003
Description/subject: Maungdaw,18th January 03: "The road from Rangoon to Dhaka seems to be under active consideration of the Burmese ruling junta, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (17K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: More Burmese Families arrive at western Burma for rehabilitation
Date of publication: 17 January 2003
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 17th January 03: "A number of Burmese families have arrived at Buthidaung, a township close to the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, on the 11th January, according to our correspondent. The thirty-seven families have been brought from Rangoon to be rehabilitated in the western Burmese state under the arrangements made by the ruling Burmese junta, SPDC (State Peace and Development Council). According to sources in the Nasaka security forces these families are part of the ninth batch of Burman nationals rehabilitated in Rakhine State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Indo-Burma Joint Survey in Western Burma
Date of publication: 16 January 2003
Description/subject: Sittwe, 16 January 03: "Beginning December 17th last year a joint Indo-Burma survey team has been operating in the hills of western part of Burma bordering with India... The area close to the northeastern state of Mizoram is home to Rakhaing, Khami and Chin nationalities...The survey of existing jungle paths by the joint team is part of a plan to construct a connecting road to Rakhine State directly from the northeastern Indian state..".
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese gas through Bangladesh
Date of publication: 15 January 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 15 January 03: "Addressing a weekly meeting of Rotary Club of Metropolitan Dhaka at a city hotel on 12 January the State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, A K M Mosharraf Hossain said that a proposal for the cross-border Tripura Bangladesh gas pipeline for Burmese gas was sent to the Prime Minister on 11th January, according to news agencies here..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh, Myanmar feeder shipping service in the offing
Date of publication: 07 January 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 7th January 02: "A feeder shipping service between Bangladesh and neighbouring Burma is in the offing to boost bilateral trade, official sources said Monday, according to todays the independent quoted AFP, Chittagong..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Arakanese communities in neighbouring countries mark the 218th anniversary of the loss of their national sovereignty.
Date of publication: 01 January 2003
Description/subject: Dhaka, 1 January 03: "A ceremony commemorating the fall of Arakan to the Burmese rule was held in Dhaka, in the morning of the 31st of December. About 60 Arakanese, who involve in the anti-Burmese-junta movement, gathered at a hotel to mark the 218 year long loss of their self-determination as a people..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Forced labour on the Sittwe-Rangoon Road
Date of publication: 30 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 30th December 02: "The repair of the weather-worn Sittwe Rangoon Road has been conducted by the use of extensive forced labour in Ann, the southern town of Rakhine State in the western part of Burma, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: UNICEF Immunization doses for sale!
Date of publication: 28 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 28th December 02: "Myanmar National Committee for Women's Affairs (MNCWA) by the dictate of the ruling Burmese SPDC junta has been collecting tolls forcefully in the western Burmese state of Rakhine beginning September 02, according to our correspondent. The MNCWA has been reported to collect tolls from the immunization drives conducted throughout the state under the auspices of the UNICEF. For each dose of immunization given to children below five and to expectant mothers the rate is kyat 40 each at Ponnagyun Township beginning 25th September. Every expectant mother has also been forced to pay kyat 500 as donation to the associations fund for the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association (MMCWA). Besides this the Yayaka village councillors have been entrusted with the responsibility of collecting kyat 100 every month from each of the families of the villages for raising funds of the association..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rice purchase for the year 2003 in Rakhine State
Date of publication: 23 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 23rd December 02: "The Burmese junta, SPDC, have stuck notices on boards in the agriculture corporation offices and at rice purchase depots asking the relevant officials to collect rice worth US$ 270 million from across Rakhine State in the western part of Burma, according to our correspondent. Beginning September 15th the junta officials have ordered the rice growers to harvest rice. The farmers and rice growers have been issued orders not to harvest even an acre of rice without the prior permission of the relevant Village Peace and Development Council (Yayaka) the village level administrative body of the Burmese junta. The Yayaka members have been engaged to supervise the day-to-day harvesting process, keeping records of how much has been harvested..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 30 Bangladeshi released from Burmese Jails
Date of publication: 22 December 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 22 December 02: "Some 30 Bangladeshi fishermen who were released from various jails in Burma returned home through Teknaf frontier on December 18, according to today's local presses of Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Daily necessities from Burma: not for Rakhine State
Date of publication: 21 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 21st December 02: "The Burmese SPDC junta's ban on transportation of goods to Rakhine State since September 25th in the western part of Burma has caused skyrocketing prices f essential commodities, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rohingya rapist murderers nabbed: one absconding
Date of publication: 20 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 20th December: "Three of the four Muslim Rohingya fishermen rapists who killed two Rakhine mother and daughter after rape in the second week of November in the mouth of the Kaladan River have been nabbed in the first week of December, according to our correspondent from Sittwe. As the authority has imposed a news blackout on the incidence there have been many speculations and dissatisfaction among the Buddhist and Muslim communities in the capital of Rakhine State in the western part of Burma. A tense situation still prevails among the townsmen and the rumour resulting from the news black-out is spreading to other towns and villages in the state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Forced Eviction from private property
Date of publication: 19 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 19th December: "Eighteen families who have been forcefully evicted from their own homes since October 25th in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, have been spending under temporary sheds in the nearby open field, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma Bangladesh on a new course: Improved relations and road link
Date of publication: 18 December 2002
Description/subject: (Burmese junta happy on the measures taken by Bangladesh on separatists) Dhaka, 18th December: "Burma and Bangladesh have agreed to establish road links at a prime ministerial level talk held yesterday. The two countries would sponsor two technical and financial taskforces to conduct feasibility studies on the Dhaka to Rangoon road link shortly, reported the local press. The Burmese leader said that Burma is ready for the establishment of road links..." Prime minister of Burma and chairman of State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) junta senior general Than Shwe arrived at Dhaka Tuesday morning on a two-day state visit as the head of a 55 member delegation. He was given a warm reception by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia at the Zia International airport. Burmese junta leader was given a red carpet welcome and a 21-gun salute on his arrival.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (34K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese opposition leader's first step in Rakhine State
Date of publication: 17 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 17th December: "The charismatic opposition leader of Burma, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at Ann Town, at the threshold of Rakhine (Arakan) State in the western part of Burma, reports our correspondent by phone..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Drug Resistant strain of Malaria breaks out in western Burma
Date of publication: 12 December 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 12 December: "The age-old disease of malaria has broken out in a new malignant form in the western part of Burma, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Forced Labour in Road Construction
Date of publication: 10 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 10 December: "The dilapidated Sittwe-Rangoon Road connecting the western state of Rakhine with the Burmese capital has been under repair since the 17th November...In the Mrebon section about 1,700 people has been used as forced labour to do the repair work till 1 December, in Ann about one hundred people have been used everyday as forced labour, while the number in the Kyauktaw-Mrauk-u section could not be established..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Leasing rivers and creeks
Date of publication: 09 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 9 December: "The Burmese junta officials in the western part of Burma are going to lease the rivers and creeks of Arakan (Rakhine) State in sections to the highest bidder, according to our correspondent quoting a top local businessman..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: How are the Burmese refugees in Bangladesh?
Date of publication: 08 December 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 8 December 02: "The Burmese refugees who have been recognized by the UNHCR in Bangladesh are facing difficulty living in the country for lack of job and livelihood, said Khaing Paw Lunn, the President of the Executive Committee for Burmese Refugees (Bangladesh), recently set up with an aim to work for the rights of the refugees..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Interview with Khaing San Lunn, Vice President, ALD (Exile):
Date of publication: 06 December 2002
Description/subject: On the death of Ne Win
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (23K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Muslims from Burma flee forced labour
Date of publication: 05 December 2002
Description/subject: Cox's Bazaar, 5 November: "A fresh intrusion of Muslims from Burma including the Rohingya Muslims has been reported through the porous borders of the south-eastern district of Bangladesh close to Burma's western border, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Swedish Ambassador calls at villages in western Burma
Date of publication: 04 December 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 4 December: "Mr Jan Nordlander, Swedish Ambassador in Bangkok, called at some villages in the western part of Burma, northern part of Maungdaw Township in Arakan (Rakhine) State, according to our correspondent quoting a high-ranking official..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: White Elephant on its trip to Rangoon
Date of publication: 03 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 3 December: "Another white elephant from Rakhine State in the western part of Burma is on its way to Rangoon, the capital..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Curfew in Sittwe, west Burma
Date of publication: 02 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 2 December: "Curfew has been imposed in the western Burmese town of Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine (Arakan) State since last week, after a tense situation arising from the rape of a Rakhine girl and killing of two persons by a group of Muslim fishermen..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Those Human Minesweepers
Date of publication: 02 December 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 2 December: "In the western part of Burma, the ruling junta commanders have been reported to use people in clearing landmines along the Burma-Bangladesh border in recent weeks..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rice price steadily goes down in western Burma
Date of publication: 29 November 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 29 November 02: "The price of rice in the western part of Burma has recorded a steady but slow downward slide due to forced harvest of only just ripe rice and the official rationing of rice to the state employees, according to our correspondent from Sittwe, the capital of Burmas western state, Arakan (Rakhine)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Onions seized at Burmese security gate
Date of publication: 28 November 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 28 November: "A large consignment of onions brought from Burma proper to Arakan (Rakhine) State was confiscated at the Nasaka security gate No. 25 at Ann Pass, close to the Magwe Division..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Junta leader to visit Bangladesh
Date of publication: 27 November 2002
Description/subject: "The Burmese Junta leader Senior General Than Shwe will pay an official visit to Bangladesh on December 17 - 18 at the invitation of the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma Urged to Expedite Return of Muslim Refugees
Date of publication: 24 November 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 24th November 02: "Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has called upon the Burma authorities to expedite the process of repatriation of remaining Muslim Rohingya refugees languishing in Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNB via "The Independent" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 4000 Evicted Rohingyas camp near Teknaf border
Date of publication: 20 November 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 20th November 02: "Evicted by a combined police and army drive, at least 4,000 Muslim Rohingyas have taken shelter at a makeshift camp nears Teknaf border, according to the daily star..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Smuggled Burmese Salt Seized by Bangladesh Coast Guards
Date of publication: 20 November 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 20th November 02: "On November 17 Bangladesh Cost Guards eastern zone personnel seized confiscated 200,000 kilogram of smuggled Burmese crude salt from an engine boat from the Sandwip channel..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh Foreign Minister visit to Burma tomorrow
Date of publication: 19 November 2002
Description/subject: Narinjara News Dhaka, 19th November 02: "Bangladesh Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan will visit Burma November 20-22 to discuss with his counterpart U Win Aung, Foreign Minister of Burma..."
Language: English
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Muslims pay rice for Burmese settlers
Date of publication: 18 November 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 18th November: "Muslim villagers living in Maungdaw Township in the western Burma bordering with Bangladesh have been forced to give rice to the Burmese junta officials for the upkeep of the Burmese settlers in the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Going to be constructed: Dhaka-Rangoon Highway Sections on Check and Survey
Date of publication: 16 November 2002
Description/subject: "Maungdaw, Nov 16: Burma Highway Department engineers started to check and survey motor-road sections passing through Maung Daw, Buthidaung and Rathidaung Township, Northern Arakan State, Burma, since September..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Gambling Schoolteachers of Burma
Date of publication: 11 November 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 11th November: "...[S]tate employees, mostly schoolteachers in western Burma, have for some time been occupied with gambling in the form of what is popularly known as "Shay Htee" - an illegal lottery operation..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Settlements of the Kachin Ceasefire Groups in western Burma
Date of publication: 07 November 2002
Description/subject: "Maungdaw, 7th November: Members of a Kachin ceasefire group were brought into Rakhine State, in the western part of Burma for settlement on 22nd October, according to our correspondent..." A total of thirty three ethnic Kachin families from the northern part of Burma were moved to be settled at Ngaraing-chaung model village under Maungdw Township, bordering with Bangladesh.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese junta issues orders to stop forced conscription
Date of publication: 05 November 2002
Description/subject: "Sittwe, 5th November: The Western Command in Rakhine State in the western part of Burma has issued directives to stop forceful conscription for the Burmese Army..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Prisoners in a Bangladeshi jail on another Hunger strike
Date of publication: 04 November 2002
Description/subject: "Chittagong, 4th November: Two hundred and thirty seven Burmese prisoners in the Bandarban prison, in the southeastern hilly district of Bangladesh bordering with Burma, some of whom have overstayed their prison terms by as much as nine years threatened to resort to another fast unto death hunger strike unless they are repatriated, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rice Price goes up in Western Burma
Date of publication: 04 November 2002
Description/subject: "Maungdaw, 4 November 02: The price of rice, the staple food of Burma, has gone up once again in Rakhine State in the western part of Burma, according to our correspondent. The price of a 50 kilo bag of fine rice sells at kyat 25,000 while the coarse variety sells at 16,000 kyat at Maungdaw, the town bordering with Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Landmine blast kills one and injures five in western Burma
Date of publication: 03 November 2002
Description/subject: "On October 21, a landmine blast on Burma Bangladesh border killed a Burmese army sergeant and injured five others, according to our correspondent quoting a Nasaka border security police source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Mizoram Burma border sealed to prevent terrorists' entrance
Date of publication: 02 November 2002
Description/subject: Chittagong, 2nd November 02: "The Bangladesh Army has been kept on red alert along the Mizoram border of north eastern India and the Myamar border along the countrys south-eastern hilly areas to check terrorists crossing out of the country, according to the local press..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rohingya repatriation yet to be completed
Date of publication: 12 October 2002
Description/subject: Cox's Bazaar, 12 October 02: "A decision of an inter-ministers meeting regarding completion of repatriation of all the Rohingya refugees to their home land could not be executed as their actual number could not be determined, according to today’s the independent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8k)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Nasaka behind indicting a UNHCR official retaliation to reports on forced labour?
Date of publication: 10 October 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 10 October 02: "The Nasaka, Burmese border security forces, have masterminded for filing a legal case against Mr Garry, the Philippine Education-in-charge at Maungdaw, the western border town in Burma's Rakhine State bordering with Bangladesh, according to an insider source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: HTML (8k)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: "Primary schools for foreign tourists" at the expense of villagers
Date of publication: 08 October 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 8th October 02: "In a bid to spruce up the villages along the Sittwe Rangoon motor road, in the western part of Burma, the Burmese junta SPDC have forced the villagers along the road to collect at least 55% of the fund required to construct hundreds of new primary schools, reports our correspondent from Sittwe..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Muslims flee starvation and forced labour in western Burma
Date of publication: 07 October 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 7 October 02: "Fresh reports of Muslims in the western part of Burma fleeing starvation and forced labour to Bangladesh have begun to flood in. Our correspondent from Maungdaw in Rakhine (Arakan) State in Burma has said that while repatriation of 22,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh has been moving at snail's pace due to reluctance shown by the Burmese authority, there are new instances of Rohingyas leaving Burma in large numbers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Slow repatriation of Burmese refugees makes Bangladeshi authority impatient
Date of publication: 06 October 2002
Description/subject: Teknaf, October 6: "Our correspondent from Teknaf, the south eastern border town of Bangladesh said that, a total of ten families, 26 female and 25 male members, from Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships across the border were repatriated on Wednesday, October 2, to the Maungdaw Repatriation Camp on the Burmese side across the Naaf River that serve as the border between the two countries..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Tactics change, smuggling goes on
Date of publication: 06 October 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 6 October 2002: "Smuggling syndicates on both sides of the Burma Bangladesh border have recently scaled up their operations along the border, a source in the law enforcement agency in Western Burma told Narinjara on condition of anonymity..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh Myanmar Friendship Society: just get-together and dinner?
Date of publication: 05 October 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 5th October 02: "The Bangladesh Myanmar Friendship Society held an inaugural get-together and dinner on 1st October 02 in a hotel in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, according to the local press. .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Another Rohingya youth gun down by Nasaka at Maungdaw
Date of publication: 03 October 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, Oct 3: "A Rohingya youth was gun down into the Naaf River by Burmese Nasaka forces at Maungdaw Township, western part of Burma, according to our correspondent. .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Taka by No Choice!
Date of publication: 27 September 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw: Sep 27: "Beginning mid-August the unofficial exchange rate for the Burmese currency kyat, dropped at least 17% against the US dollar and other regional currencies. At the rate of 18 (going up to 20) to the Bangladesh taka, the nosediving kyat has set off a price spiral and uneasy market in Rakhine (Arakan) state, in the western part of Burma, sources and a company director said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Famine forces Model Village residents to flee in Burma
Date of publication: 25 September 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 25 September: "A seven-member family of a Burmese junta constructed Model Village fled in the night of September 10 due to famine, according to our correspondent...The village has badly been hit by famine as the price of rice has sharply gone up in recent days. Starvation coupled with lack of job has created a lot of difficulties for the villagers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 9 COMPANY CHIEFS ARRESTED IN BURMA
Date of publication: 24 September 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, September 24: "The heads of nine private import and export companies have been arrested and had their assets seized in the latest crackdown on trading irregularities, according to yesterday's "The Daily Star" quoted from AFP.
Language: English
Source/publisher: AFP via "Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Townspeople ordered to construct sidewalks in Western Burma
Date of publication: 20 September 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 20 September 02: "The Burmese junta, State Peace and Development Council, have issued an order to the townspeople of Sittwe, the capital of the western Burmese state of Arakan, to construct sidewalks in front of their respective houses on 10 August this year..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Forced Closure of Shrimp Farms lands people into Trouble
Date of publication: 19 September 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 19th September 02: "Shrimp farms in a number of townships in Western Burma have been destroyed by digging their raised banks, according to a shrimp farm owner who escaped to Teknaf in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Kyat 200 million for Burmese Junta-favoured Pagoda
Date of publication: 17 September 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 17 September 02: "The Burmese junta officials in the western state of Burma have ordered their officials to forcefully collect tolls for the renovation of a controversial pagoda built by themselves at Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in the western part of the country, a renowned monk in the city told Narinjara..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Food Scarcity in Burma: oh yes, Rice from Bangladesh!
Date of publication: 15 September 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 15 September: "After chemical fertilizers, rice is the new hot item added to the list of commodities smuggled into Burma, reported the vernacular daily Prothom Alo in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The rice from Bangladesh is being smuggled through 18 points of the porous Bangla Burma border, it said. The recent price hike of rice in Rakhine (Arakan) State in the western part of Burma has spurred the smuggling of Bangladeshi rice. .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rohingya refugees from Burma clash with Bangladeshi Police
Date of publication: 15 September 2002
Description/subject: Cox's Bazaar, 15 Sep. 02: "According to the local press, a group of Rohingya refugees unwilling to be repatriated to Burma's Arakan State sheltered at Nayapara Refugee Camp in the southeastern district of Bangladesh locked in a sporadic clash with on-duty police and paramilitary Ansar forces from the afternoon till deep of the night on Friday last..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh Keen to Establish Seaport at Teknaf for Trade with Burma
Date of publication: 07 September 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 7 September 02: "Bangladesh government plans to establish a seaport at Teknaf, opposite Maungdaw, in Cox's Bazaar district mainly for export-import business with Burma, according to yesterday's "Daily Star"..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Counterfeit Banknotes flood Burma Bangladesh Border
Date of publication: 05 September 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 5 September 02: The activities of the illegal syndicates dealing in counterfeit banknotes and illegal money transfer operations along the Bangladesh Burma border have increased in recent months, according to sources among the local businessmen.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Advance Money for Rice oh yes, for Exploitation too
Date of publication: 04 September 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 4 September 02: "The Burmese junta has started to distribute advance money for future 'rice purchase' from rice farmers beginning the first week of last month, according to sources in the administration who declined to identify..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Huge Myanmar Offshore Gas Field near Bangladesh
Date of publication: 02 September 2002
Description/subject: "An offshore gas field near Myanmar's border with Bangladesh could be significantly larger than Myanmar's other two operating field and eventually be piped to India, a report here said. The reserves could be more than double those found at either the Yadana or Yetagun gas fields, a report in the Myanmar times cited South Korea's Daewoo International as saying..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese currency Exchange Value Drastically Falling (Prices of Commodities in Border Area Sky-Rocketing)
Date of publication: 31 August 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 31: "It is known that in bilateral Burma-Bangladesh border trade Burma kyats exchange is drastically falling and on Burma side prices of food-staff are sky-rocketing. At the present in Burma Bangladesh border trade US 1 dollar is 1025 Burmese kyats and Bangladesh 1 Taka is equivalent to 17.50 kyats. In the very recent days, 1 Taka was valued 15.50 kyats. This situation clearly pointed out that kyat is drastically falling compare to Taka..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR SUPPORTS DHAKA-YANGON ROAD LINK
Date of publication: 30 August 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, August 30: "The Myanmar government firmly supports direct road communication between Dhaka and Rangoon through Teknaf-Sittwe border points to help improve economic and trade relation between Bangladesh and Myanmar, reports BSS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: BSS via "Today" & "Independent" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Harassment at Nasaka Tollgate at Ann Pass: Deliberate attempt by the Burmese junta to wipe out minority business community?
Date of publication: 27 August 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 27 August 02: "On August 2 the Nasaka security forces deployed at #25 toll post at Ann, where the Western Command is headquartered, confiscated ten motorbikes legally imported from China through Lashio, in the Northern Shan State, according to our correspondent quoting a top businessman who declined to identify..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Junta uses Forced Labour Freshly in Rakhine State in Western Burma
Date of publication: 23 August 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 23 Aug. 02: "... There are reports of new incidents of extensive use of forced labour in and around Maungdaw in Rakhaing (Arakan) state, Western Burma, which has caused to raise tough arguments between the UNHCR and the Burmese law enforcement agencies including the officials of the military junta..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Inaugural of Trade Corridor between Burma and Bangladesh
Date of publication: 21 August 2002
Description/subject: Cox's Bazaar, 21 August 02: "Since 18th August 02 the first corridor along the Bangladesh Burma international border has begun to operate, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: August 13 the Rice Killing Day: Painted in "Patches of Blood" on Streets and Important Buildings
Date of publication: 20 August 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 20 August 02: "In the night of August 12th, unidentified persons painted blood-coloured patches on the main streets and many important buildings of Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, according to our special correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Riot at the Buthidaung Prison in Western Burma
Date of publication: 19 August 2002
Description/subject: Teknaf, August 19, 2002: "A riot between the prisoners and prison guards broke out in the Burmese prison of Buthidaung in Arakan State last month, according to sources in the township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Seize of Palm Oil: a few disturbing questions
Date of publication: 13 August 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 13 August 02: "In a recent spate of seizures large quantities of palm oil have been confiscated from groceries and alleged 'smugglers' in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships in Rakhine State in the western part of Burma, according to officials and local businessmen..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BLOODY 13 AUGUST
Date of publication: 12 August 2002
Description/subject: "It was Sunday on 13 August 1967. The day was cloudy unlike other wet August days in Sitetway (Sittwe), the capital of Rakhine State in Western Burma. General Ne Win was at the helm of the Burmese junta ruling the country...The Rakhine people each year remember with heavy hearts the mass killings on that day, remembering the atrocities and the ethnic cleansing of the Burmese junta perpetrated ever since upon their own people. The women hope that if their missing husbands and sons were alive today they would have taken up guns against the repressive, inhuman and racist Burmese military junta to clinch freedom."
Author/creator: Khine Mongan
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Arakanese for Democracy in Exile: STATEMENT ON THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 8-8-88 DEMOCRATIC UPRISING IN BURMA
Date of publication: 08 August 2002
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Remembering Unforgettable August 8, 1988: Rally in Dhaka
Date of publication: 08 August 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 8 August 2002: "Members of Burmese community composed largely of Arakanese held a peaceful rally in Dhaka this morning commemorating the 14th anniversary of the Burmese Democratic Uprising of 1988..."
Author/creator: M Seing
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: "Smuggled" minority Muslims detained in Burma
Date of publication: 02 August 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 2 August 02: "On July 20th , two minority Muslims from Arakan State, in the western part of Burma, with an Arakanese national were arrested at the Nasaka checkpoint # 25 at Ann Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rohingya refugees demand Bangladesh citizenship
Date of publication: 12 July 2002
Description/subject: Cox's Bazaar, July 12: "About 300 members of Rohingya Refugee Camp at Noyapara in Teknaf upazila refused to receive relief materials on July 5. Sources said the refusal to receive the relief materials was a part of demonstration in support of their demand for citizenship of Bangladesh. They held more than one rally and meeting inside the camp. .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent", Dhaka, via Narinjara News
Format/size: hrml (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: In search of two "exceptionally coloured" elephants
Date of publication: 10 July 2002
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 10 Jul. 02: "On July 7th two 'exceptionally coloured' elephants were spotted on the Buthidaung Maungdaw motor road near the Mayu Ranges in Arakan State by members of the Burmese Army, according to a captain in the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Road to Bangkok from Dhaka
Date of publication: 10 July 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 10 July 02: "Bangladesh in South Asia and Thailand in Southeast Asia have agreed to develop air, land and sea links. .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Dhaka -Chittagong -Cox's Bazaar to be the Asian Highway
Date of publication: 08 July 2002
Description/subject: "The highway stretching from Dhaka to Cox's Bazaar extending to Teknaf close to the Burmese border will be constructed as an international route under the Asian Highway project. Directives in this regard have been issued to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Communications to hold talks with the Burmese counterparts for the development of the road beyond Teknaf to Maungdaw on the Burmese side and through Arakan State to Rangoon. At present this part of the Burmese side of the road is inaccessible, mountainous and abounding in rivers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Bhorer Alo" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Trans-Burma Gas Pipeline
Date of publication: 07 July 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 7 July 02: "There has been much uproar regarding a three hundred million dollar three-nation gas transit pipeline. Through this transit pipeline the gas from Burma (Arakan State) and Tripura State (Northeastern India) will go to West Bengal. Bangladesh will earn a sum of twenty-four million dollar a year as it opens up transit facilities for the multinational deal. .."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rohingyas demand Bangladeshi citizenship. Unrest in refugee camp at Cox's Bazaar
Date of publication: 06 July 2002
Description/subject: Cox's Bazaar, 6 July 02: "After a respite for some time, trouble has once again cropped up in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. The armed members of the Rohingya organizations have been reported to take up measures to foil the refugee repatriation process by resorting to provocative attacks..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Muslims flee western Burma to escape food scarcity caused by forced collection of rice and travel restrictions
Date of publication: 29 June 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 29 June 02: "At least thirty Burmese Muslims including women and children from Arakan State in the western part of Burma have so far left their ancestral settlement for want of food in the area caused by the oppressive measures of the ruling State Peace and Development Council junta, according to a councillor in the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 2 articles
Date of publication: 26 June 2002
Description/subject: 14 Burmese nationals held from Dhaka airport. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister invited to Burma
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Military Checkpoints in Western Burma - for illegal toll collection?
Date of publication: 25 June 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 25 Jun. 02: "Two military checkpoints in Southern Arakan State have been added to already existing hundreds across the state that are engaged in collecting illegal toll, according to traders available at Thandwe town and Sittwe the capital..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Renewed forced relocation of villagers in Arakan State of Burma
Date of publication: 25 June 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 25 Jun. 02: "Thirty-nine families of a village in north-western part of Arakan State in Burma were relocated between June 7 and 16, a village councillor in the area told our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Two hundred shrimp farms in Teknaf - under threat of Rohingya armed terrorists
Date of publication: 25 June 2002
Description/subject: Chittagong, 25 June: "More than two hundred shrimp farms on the Teknaf Ukhia border on Bangladesh side are in the grip of armed robbers. Though their legal title-holders own the farms by day, they go under the undeclared ownership of the armed goons at night, reports Tofael Ahmed in the Janakantha (25 Jun. 02), Dhaka..."
Author/creator: Tofael Ahmed
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Janakantha" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma's trade in a week at Maungdaw point tells a story of its own
Date of publication: 24 June 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, June 24: "The volume of export from Burma to Bangladesh at Kyigan-braung in Arakan State between June 14th and 20th was recorded at US $ 45,353.085 more than the volume of import from Bangladesh to Burma. An official of the Nasaka border security forces Headquarters at Kyigan-brang, Maungdaw Township of Arakan State, close to the Bangladesh border from where a considerable volume of 'legal' border trade is carried out everyday told to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 76 BURMESE NATIONALS TO RETURN HOME THIS MONTH
Date of publication: 21 June 2002
Description/subject: SYLHET, June 21: "The Myanmar government has agreed to bring back its 76 national from Selhet jail whose terms of imprisonment ended in 1998..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BORDER SECURITY FORCES LOOT BUFFALOES FROM FARMERS
Date of publication: 21 June 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 21st June 02: "The Area # 7 Nasaka Border Security Forces Headquarters at north of Arakan State in Burma seized six buffaloes from five farmers on 9th June, as told by a Village councillor of the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Western Command allocate money collected through illegal tolls for the Model villages in northern Arakan
Date of publication: 21 June 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, June 14: "The Western Command have recently allocated a total of Kyat 34.4 million for 299 houses to be built in the model villages around Maungdaw, the western part of Arakan State, a source in the Nasaka told our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 76 Burmese Prisoners to go back home from Bangladesh
Date of publication: 12 June 2002
Description/subject: Narinjara news Dhaka, June 12: "Seventy-six Burmese prisoners detained in the prison in the north-eastern district of Sylhet in Bangladesh will go back home after five years' imprisonment, sources said..."
Language: English
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Chinese Dry cell Batteries held in Arakan raise a few more questions
Date of publication: 11 June 2002
Description/subject: Msungdaw, June 11: "The area commander of Nasaka border security forces Area 5 in northern Arakan State seized Chinese dry cell batteries worth over kyat one million from a large barge allegedly meant for smuggling into Bangladesh, a source in the Nasaka told..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Famine in Pockets Of Northern Arakan In Burma
Date of publication: 10 June 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, June 10th: "The price of rice has marked an unusual rise in the markets of Northern Arakan State in recent weeks, causing a famine-like situation. The rice is now selling at kyat 340 a kilo at Maungdaw, the border town in northern Arakan, while the government wages for a labourer is fixed at kyat 100 a day..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: REPATRIATION OF ALL BURMESE MUSLIM REFUGEES FROM BANGLADESH BY JUNE 2003
Date of publication: 04 June 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 4th June 2002: "Bangladesh government is taking all out measures to complete repatriation of remaining 21,982 registered Rohingya refugees by June 2003 through negotiation with neighbouring Burma, According to today's the independent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Highway from Dhaka to Bangkok and beyond
Date of publication: 01 June 2002
Description/subject: "The new Dhaka-Yangon-Bangkok road connection will shorten the distance between Thailand and Bangladesh by at least 500 kilometres. While this road could open up a shorter and speedier linkage with two of our eastern neighbours, the original scheme of the Asian Highway passing through Sylhet can still go ahead which will link India and provide another connection for Bangladesh to China... Bangladesh must proceed with a strong political will to convince Myanmar about the new opportunities that both countries could take advantage of and immediately start working for opening the road to Bangkok..."
Author/creator: M Anwarul Haq
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (31K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BANGLADESH FOREIGN SECRETARY WILL DISCUSS BORDER TRADE WITH BURMA
Date of publication: 29 May 2002
Description/subject: "Bangladesh foreign Secretary Shamser Mobin Chowdhury is due to hold official talks with Deputy Minister for foreign Affairs of Burma Khin Maung Win in Rangoon in third week of June to bolster Dhaka-Rangoon ties..."
Author/creator: Sheikh Rakib Uddin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" (Bangladesh) via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Forced Collection of Money for the Members of the faction of AA that surrendered to the Burmese junta
Date of publication: 23 May 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, May 23: "On May 5th this year a sum of money, part of which was collected through the use of force, was handed over in a formal function to the surrendered outfit of the Arakan Army guerrilla faction at Kyauktaw State High School in the northern part of Arakan State in Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Navy loot fishing boat and throw the crew into the sea
Date of publication: 20 May 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 20: "On 21st April members of the Burmese Navy with seven Muslim villagers attacked a fishing boat off Maungdaw coast in the western part of Burma, throwing the crew members into the sea, according to one of the two surviving crew members of the boat..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: UNHCR OFFICIAL ASKS BURMESE JUNTA OFFICIAL ABOUT FORCED LABOUR AND BRIBE FOR MARRIAGE IN WESTERN BURMA
Date of publication: 17 May 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 17: "A Burmese junta official on 23rd April acknowledged the presence of forced labour in the remote areas of Arakan State to a UNHCR official in Maungdaw, a township in the western state of Burma. But he denied the bribe required for getting permission to marry eligible couples in the locality..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: FORMAL COLLEGE EDUCATION FACES SETBACKS IN BURMA
Date of publication: 18 April 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 18 April 02: "The State Peace and Development Council junta of Burma have lately changed the policy of entrance to universities and colleges so that the newly matriculated students with higher marks will be permitted to pursue their higher education through the correspondence course, according to our correspondent quoting an unnamed university teacher in Sittwe, the capital of Arakan (Rakhine) State in the western part of Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BURMAN SETTLERS ENJOY VIP TREATMENT IN SPDC JUNTA'S MODEL VILLAGES IN THE NORTHERN ARAKAN
Date of publication: 17 April 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 17 April 02: "The number of Burmans who have been moved from Burma proper into the newly set up model villages and have not fled in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships of Arakan (Rakhine) State stand at 1353 as on 12 April, according to our correspondent. The State Peace and Development Council junta of Burma have till now established more than thirty model villages in the northern part of Arakan (Rakhine) State for rehabilitation of Burmans comprised of released hardcore criminals, drug addicts, HIV patients, homeless and people of doubtful calling including retired armed forces personnel..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYNAMAR AND THAI PRISONERS SHIFTED TO DIFFERENT JAILS IN BANGLADESH
Date of publication: 17 April 2002
Description/subject: BANDARBAN, April 17: "A total of 140 Myanmar and Thai prisoners have been shifted to Comilla and Noakhali jails from Bandarban jail on charge of agitation..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: CONFISCATION OF LAND FOR BURMESE JUNTAS MODEL VILLAGES
Date of publication: 16 April 2002
Description/subject: Mungdaw, 16 Apr. 02: "The Burmese State Peace and Development Council junta have been confiscating privately owned land in the border townships of Maungdaw, Rathedaung and Buthidaung of Arakan (Rakhine) State, in the western part of Burma, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NASAKA BURMESE TROOPS CAPTURE TEN BANGLADESHIS
Date of publication: 12 April 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 12 April 02: "The troops from the Nasaka Burmese Security troops Area No. 3 captured ten Bangladeshi citizens from the border near Ukhia town on Bangladesh side, according to a source in Maungdaw, the western border town of Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BURMESE JUNTA EXTORT TOLLS FOR CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR
Date of publication: 11 April 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 11 April 02: "With the traditional Arakanese New Year's Eve knocking at the door, the SPDC military regime have started collecting illegal tolls from all the business farms in Arakan (Rakhine) State in the western part of Burma, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: FOUR ROHINGYAS ARRESTED WITH ELEVEN CATTLE
Date of publication: 10 April 2002
Description/subject: MAUNGDAW, 10 April 02: "The Nasaka security forces arrested four Rohingyas with eleven cattle on charges of illegal traffic in cattle, according to our correspondent in Maungdaw the western border town of Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 140 FOREIGNERS MOVED FROM BANDARBAN JAIL
Date of publication: 09 April 2002
Description/subject: "A total of 140 Myanmar and Thai nationals were shifted to Comilla and Noakhali jail from Bandarban jail yesterday on charge of agitating in custody..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: BSS, Bandaban, "The Daily Star" via ,Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: ILLEGAL SEIZURE OF VIDEO EQUIPMENTS LEGALLY BROUGHT FROM RANGOON
Date of publication: 05 April 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 5 April 02: "A consignment of home electronics appliances to Sittwe, the capital of Arakan (Rakhine State) in the western part of Burma, was illegally confiscated at the Nasaka security checkpoint No. 25 at Ann, in the western foothills of the Arakan Romas, according to our correspondent from Sittwe..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MUSLIM EMPLOYEES OF UNHCR BRIBE THE NASAKA HQ FOR TRAVEL PERMIT
Date of publication: 05 April 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 5 April 2002: "Five local Muslim employees of the UNHCR, Maungdaw, the western border town of Burma, had to pay bribes for their return home on leave to Rangoon, according to a reliable source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MUSLIM VILLAGERS ARRESTED AS ANOTHER VILLAGER ALLEGEDLY ROBS A BUDDHA IMAGE
Date of publication: 04 April 2002
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 4 April 02: "Ten Muslim villagers were arrested when they beat up a member of the Military Intelligence and a police constable who had been sent to Nghak-thay-braung Muslim village, Buthidaung township in the western state of Burma for investigating the looting of a bronze Buddha image, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese troops' order leaves A French Photographer Stranded
Date of publication: 03 April 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 3 April 02: "A French photographer who wanted to visit an ancient Arakanese city in the western part of Burma was denied entry by Burmese security troops, according to our correspondent in Sittwe who quoted a man accompanying the photographer..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BEHIND THE PRISON REBELLION IN BANDARBAN
Date of publication: 02 April 2002
Description/subject: Staff Reporter, Chittagong, 2nd April 02: "The prison rebellion inside the Bandarban jail was caused by years of imprisonment after expiry of the prison term and the hellish situation in the jails of Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Fast-unto-death: Burmese citizens on hunger strike In a Bangladeshi Jail
Date of publication: 02 April 2002
Description/subject: Bandarban, 1st April 02: "A total of 552 Thai and Burmese nationals detained in the south-eastern hill district jail in Bangladesh even after expiry of their prison terms went on hunger strike demanding repatriation, according to a police officer in the jail..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Future of Biman flights on the Dhaka - Chittagong - Rangoon -Bangkok Route Uncertain
Date of publication: 02 April 2002
Description/subject: "The national airlines of Bangladesh, Biman, faces the threat of a loss of Taka 50 million on its three-month long trial flight on the Dhaka - Chittagong - Rangoon - Bangkok route..."
Author/creator: Shwe Lin Yun
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: SEVEN CATTLE TRADERS ARRESTED FOR NOT BRIBING THE BURMESE ARMY
Date of publication: 02 April 2002
Description/subject: Kyaukpru, 2nd April 02: "Seven cattle traders in Arakan (Rakhine) State, in the western part of Burma were arrested on 25th March, according to a member of the family of an arrested person who called our correspondent over phone..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: SEIZURE OF ARMY OFFICER'S CONSIGNMENT OF ALCOHOL BY NASAKA TROOPS RAISE MANY QUESTIONS
Date of publication: 01 April 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 1st April 02: "Ten barrels of alcohol carried in a truck were seized at Ann, the new Western Command headquarters of Arakan (Rakhine) State of Burma, according to our correspondent quoting a source in the military..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: ASIAN MINISTER MEET IN RANGOON NEXT WEEK
Date of publication: 31 March 2002
Description/subject: RANGOON, March 30: "Finance minister and senior central bank officials from 13 Asia countries including Japan and China will meet in the Burma capital of Rangoon next week to discuss regional economic integration..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Hunger Strike at Bandarban Jail ends
Date of publication: 31 March 2002
Description/subject: "Some 522 nationals of Myanmar and Thailand at Bandarban prison have ended their hunger strike on condition that they will be sent home within 15 days and given adequate food..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNB, Bandarban via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: ARAKANESE ORGANIZATION JOINTLY HELD 57TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANTI JAPANESE FASCIST REVOLUTION DAY
Date of publication: 28 March 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 28 March 2002: "It is reported that 57 Anniversary of Anti Japanese fascist revolutionary day was held in Dhaka at the National Health and Education Council office on 11 AM, 27th March..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: DAKHA, YANGON TO FORM JOINT BODY TO REMOVE TRADE BARRIERS
Date of publication: 28 March 2002
Description/subject: "Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to form a joint economic council to remove barriers that stand in the way of trade between the two neighbouring countries..."
Author/creator: M. Shamsur Rahman from Rangoon
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: INDIA MINISTER TO VISIT MYANMAR FOR THREE NATION HIGHWAY PROJECT
Date of publication: 28 March 2002
Description/subject: "Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh will visit Myanmar April 5-7 to discuss plans to construct a three nation Highway connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MILITARY INTERVENTION IN BURMA
Date of publication: 26 March 2002
Description/subject: "The United States designated the United Wa State Army a terrorist organization, because of its role as a supplier of narcotics... Kobsak Chutikul, deputy leader of the Chart Pattana political party in Thailand, proposed that the U.S. should not rule out military intervention against the Wa. The Bangkok Post quoted an unnamed diplomat as saying that if the SPDC do not 'put the Wa out of the drug business, the Americans will get directly involved.' The Shan announced that the real terrorists are the SPDC themselves..."
Author/creator: Roland Watson (Dictatorwatch)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (31K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BANGLADESH FESTIVAL IN MYANMAR FROM TOMORROW (BID TO BOOST BILATERAL TRADE)
Date of publication: 25 March 2002
Description/subject: "Against the backdrop of worst ever crisis facing the country's export sector a weeklong Bangladesh festival kicks off in Yangon tomorrow aiming to boost trade ties with Myanmar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: DEVELOPMENTS ALONG MYANMAR BORDER BEING MONITORED
Date of publication: 25 March 2002
Description/subject: "Bangladesh is monitoring the developments following the setting up of landmines by the Nasaka along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border and has also keep all concerned alert in this regards, official sources said yesterday. ..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Bangladesh Festival in Myanmar to foster geometrical trade growth
Date of publication: 21 March 2002
Description/subject: March 21, 2000, Dhaka "Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said the weeklong Bangladesh Festival in Myanmar beginning on March 26 will help foster "geometrical " trade growth between the two neighbouring countries. Addressing a briefing session with journalists on the eve of the festival, the minister said the trade growth between the two countries remains stagnant due to some avoidable circumstances but this time Myanmar government is willing to open its markets to the world especially to neighbours..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Mutual Inspection of the creeks of the Naaf River between Bangladesh and Burma
Date of publication: 20 March 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 20th March 02: "On the 9th March, the battalion commander level inspection of the creeks of the River Naaf was mutually conducted by the Bangladeshi and Burmese border security forces..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BURMESE BORDER SECURITY FORCES SHOOT A BANGLADESHI CITIZEN
Date of publication: 19 March 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 19th March 02: "The Nasaka Burmese Security Forces shot a Bangladeshi and arrested another from the no-man's land along the border between Bangladesh and Maungdaw township in the western part of Arakan (Rakhine State) in Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: THOSE FORGOTTEN BURMESE IN THE PRISONS OF BANGLADESH
Date of publication: 18 March 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 18th March 02: "A score of Burmese prisoners out of the six hundred waiting for their release in the prisons of Bangladesh will be taken back shortly..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: SHOULD MYANMAR REMAIN OUR DISTANT NEIGHBOUR?
Date of publication: 16 March 2002
Description/subject: "...A new beginning in Bangladesh Myanmar relationship is being attempted. But the two countries will have to engage themselves in more constructive diplomacy, golf-wise and business wise for their mutual benefit. Otherwise they would continue to remain distant and remote neighbours..."
Author/creator: M Anwarul Haq
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (17K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BEXIMCO PHARMA HOLDS " PEEDIATRIC SEMINAR " IN MYANMAR
Date of publication: 15 March 2002
Description/subject: "Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer of Bangladesh has been continuing its efforts to extend the business activities in the international arena, says a press release..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BURMESE PILGRIMS' WOE DUE TO BURMESE JUNTA RELATIVES' PILGRIMAGE TO POSH CITIES OF SOUTH EAST ASIA
Date of publication: 15 March 2002
Description/subject: Buddhagaya, 15thMarch 02: "This year the number of Burmese pilgrims to the holy sites of Buddhism in India have dwindled to a handfuls due to the cancellation of the permits of privately run guided tours to places of Buddhist pilgrimage in India, according to a Buddhist monk from Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: PRIVATE MONASTIC EDUCATION IN DEMAND IN ARAKAN
Date of publication: 14 March 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 14th March 02: "The private monastic education has once again become popular in Arakan State, in the western part of Burma... All over Arakan State the primary level students are more and more interested to join the monasteries for their education as a result of most of the government-appointed and non-government teachers' inability to conduct regular classes in the face of the skyrocketing prices of daily necessities and meagre wages given by the military regime..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 1) ARAKAN STATE AFTER RECENT POWER STRUGGLE IN RANGOON;2) BANGLADESH TO WORK ON TRANS-ASIAN HIGHWAY TO CONNECT BURMA
Date of publication: 12 March 2002
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Nasaka Burmese Security shoot smuggling boats for its share of tolls
Date of publication: 11 March 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 11th March 02: "A number of boats were shot and nabbed by the Burmese Nasaka Security and Immigration forces in the mouth of the Naaf river..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BANGLADESH FESTIVAL IN RANGOON
Date of publication: 09 March 2002
Description/subject: Cox'sbazaar, 9th March 02: "With a border trade agreement between Burma and Bangladesh already in effect, Bangladesh will launch a weeklong marketing festival in the Burmese capital of Rangoon on March 26th..."
Author/creator: hwe Lin Yun
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BURMESE ARMY FORCEFULLY ENGAGE CARPENTERS TO BUILD HOUSES FOR RELOCATING BURMESE FAMILIES IN ARAKAN
Date of publication: 07 March 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 7th March 02: "A large number of carpenters of the Maungdaw and Buthidaung areas, close to the south-eastern border of Bangladesh have been engaged by the Burmese Army to construct houses in the border areas of Maungdaw, in the south-western state of Burma (Myanmar)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR QUASHES RUMOURS OF BANK NOTE WITHDRAWAL
Date of publication: 07 March 2002
Description/subject: "Myanmar's military junta Wednesday moved to quash rumours that it will introduce two high-denomination bank notes and withdraw all other currency in circulation..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: AFP via "Daily News" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BURMESE NAVY NABS A SMUGGLER'S BOAT WITH A HUGE CARGO
Date of publication: 06 March 2002
Description/subject: Kyaukpru, 6th March 02: A smuggler's boat from Mon State, in the southern part of Burma was nabbed by the Burmese Navy in the Arakan (Rakhine) waters...The confiscated cargo in the boat included 4,500 bags of rice, 6,000 kg of jujube pickles (jee-yo-thoke), and kyat 415,000 cash..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: DHAKA-CTG-YANGON-BANGKOK FLIGHT BEGINS
Date of publication: 04 March 2002
Description/subject: "The Biman Bangladesh Airline started operating its Dhaka-Chittagong-Yangon-Bangkok flight from Yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: FORCED LABOUR IN RUBBER PLANTATIONS IN ARAKAN STATE
Date of publication: 02 March 2002
Description/subject: Ponnagyun, 2 March 02: "In the military rubber plantations in the south western state of Burma villagers have been used as forced labourers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 1) Trans-Myanmar-Bangladesh Gas Pipeline Plan; 2) Bangladesh Festival in Myanmar soon
Date of publication: 01 March 2002
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NASAKA MYANMARESE SECURITY FORCES ARREST THREE BANGLADESHIS
Date of publication: 01 March 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 1st March 02: T"he Nasaka immigration and security forces of Myanmar arrested three Bangladeshis on 13th February 02 on the zero line between Myanmar and Bangladesh..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: SPEAKERS STRESS ON BOOSTING BILATERAL TIES WITH MYANMAR
Date of publication: 28 February 2002
Description/subject: "Speakers at a brainstorming session yesterday [organised by the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS)]stressed the need of aggressive diplomatic initiative for strengthening bilateral cooperation with Myanmar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: WHY IS THE MYANMAR BANGLADESH BORDER TRADE INEFFECTUAL
Date of publication: 28 February 2002
Description/subject: "...goods from Myanmar usually come to Bangladesh in two ways: a large chunk of the imported goods are brought in cargo boats and trawlers directly from Akyab (Sittwe) of Rakhine State to the transit ghat at Teknaf on the western bank of the Naaf river in Bangladesh, and the bigger chunk of the goods make way clandestinely through smugglers, evading taxes..."
Author/creator: Shwe Lin Yun
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MILITARY INTELLIGENCE AGENTS TURNED USURERS
Date of publication: 27 February 2002
Description/subject: Narinjara news Ponnagyun, 27th February 02: "The Myanmarese military intelligence agents in the south-western part of Myanmar have been conducting money-lending at the cost of the rice growers, according to a rice tr.."der.
Language: English
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR-INDIA GAS PIPELINE VIA BANGLADESH AWAITS PM'S NOD
Date of publication: 27 February 2002
Description/subject: "An international consortium has proposed setting up of a gas pipeline over Bangladesh connecting Myanmar with India states of Tripura and West Bengal..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Myanmar: Schools to Take Exams Before Courses Complete
Date of publication: 26 February 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 26th February 02: "All the primary school students of the south-western state of Myanmar have been ordered by the township administration of the ruling Myanmarese junta to sit for the annual examination, according to a parent from Zedidaung of Buthidaung township in Rakhine State...This year, the primary teachers have been away from schools and working elsewhere throughout the year to keep their body and soul together due to poor salary which could hardly make ends meet so that courses could not be finished..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: VILLAGERS FINED FOR NOT ATTENDING 'RICE COLLECTION' MEETING
Date of publication: 25 February 2002
Description/subject: Ponnagyun, 25th February 02: "Township Peace and Development Council fined villagers for not attending a meeting called for what the Myanmarese junta term as 'collection' of 'purchased' rice in Ponnagyun township, close to Sittwe township of Rakhine State, the south-western state of Myanmar, according to Secretary of Shwenatpin Yayaka village council..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: FORCED COLLECTION OF RICE IN MYANMAR
Date of publication: 21 February 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 21st February 02: "The total 'forced purchase' of rice from the rice growers of the south-western state of Myanmar till the first week of February 02 is about 156,500 tonnes, according to an official from the State Agricultural Department..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Four Myanmar prisoners released from Dhaka Central Jail while eight hundred more linger in prisons of Bangladesh
Date of publication: 20 February 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 20th February 02: "Five foreign nationals including four from Myanmar were released Tuesday yesterday from the Dhaka Central Jail..."
Author/creator: Shwe Lin Yun
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR ARMY FORCIBLY COLLECT CHARCOAL FROM VILLAGERS
Date of publication: 20 February 2002
Description/subject: Narinjara news Sittwe, 20 February 02 : "Troops of the Myanmar Army are busy forcibly collecting charcoal in Ponnagyun township in the south-western state of Myanmar, according to a charcoal trader from Sittwe..."
Language: English
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: RICE PRICE SHOT UP AS JUNTA CLOSES DOWN PRIVATE RICE MILLS
Date of publication: 19 February 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 19th February 02: "The price of rice, the staple food of the people of Myanmar, recently shot up sharply in the south-western state of Myanmar due to forced shut-down of all privately owned rice mills, our correspondent writes..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: LIEUTENANT GENERAL OF MYANMAR AIR FORCE VISITS SITE FOR A NEW AIR DEFENCE BASE NEAR THE BANGLDESH BORDER
Date of publication: 18 February 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 18th February 02: "Air Defence Chief Lieutenant General Soe Win visited Maungdaw township on the Naf river, opposite the border of Bangladesh, our correspondent reported.."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: TOWNSHIP PEOPLE COMPELLED TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE MILITARY SNACKSHOPS IN A FESTIVAL IN RAKHINE STATE
Date of publication: 14 February 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 14th February 02: "Myanmar forces in Ponnagyun township which lies close to Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, in the western coasts of Myanmar, forced people to buy tickets of the snack shops run by members of the families of local Light Infantry Battalion, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: RESTRUCTURING AND RENAMING THE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION IN RAKHINE STATE
Date of publication: 13 February 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 13th February 02: The administration of Rakhine State under the State Peace and Development junta has recently been restructured and renamed, according to our correspondent.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: TRADERS IN MYANMAR NOT ALLOWED TO BUY PADDY WITH MYANMAR CURRENCY
Date of publication: 13 February 2002
Description/subject: "...The military junta of Myanmar is selling paddy to the traders who want to export it to Bangladesh legally in exchange of hard cash in US dollar, and not in Myanmar kyat, the official currency..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MORE THAN 60% OF THE TARGET OF THE PURCHASE OF RICE BY THE JUNTA COMPLETED IN RAKHINE STATE
Date of publication: 12 February 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 12th February 02: "More than sixty percent of the target of forced purchase of rice from Rakhine State by the State Peace and Development Council junta of Myanmar has been completed..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: FORCED PURCHASE OF FIREWOOD FOR MILITARY BRICKFIELD IN THE TOWNSHIPS OF RAKHINE STATE
Date of publication: 09 February 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 9 February 02 : "The Burmese Military troops have again been reported to have started collecting firewood for the military owned brickfields across Rakhine State including that in Maungdaw township, a town close to Bangladesh border on the Naf river, our correspondent quoted a villager of the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: A TWO DAY LONG YOUTH AND STUDENTS' DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP CONCLUDED IN MYANMAR BANGLADESH BORDER
Date of publication: 08 February 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 8th February 02: "A two day long Youth and Students' Development workshop was successfully completed in a place on the Myanmar Bangladesh border, a spokesman from the National United Party of Arakan told our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR JUNTA CATCH A 'STRANGE SPOTTED ELEPHANT' IN RAKHINE STATE
Date of publication: 08 February 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 8th February 02: "The Mynamar junta recently caught a ' strange-coloured ' cow elephant in Rakhine State, our correspondent from the border town of Maungdaw, close to Bangladesh said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: QUEST FOR A NEW GROWTH QUADRANGLE
Date of publication: 07 February 2002
Description/subject: "Conference in city to boost economic cooperation" "Speakers at the inaugural session of a two-day international conference on regional cooperation have underscored greater understanding among Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar on economic and trade issues. A new ' growth quadrangle' comprising these nations can be developed to explore the untapped resources in the landlocked areas of Myanmar, Southwest China and the north western state of India, they observed..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: ARGUMENT OVER THE ARREST OF A UNHCR EMPLOYEE IN SOUTH WESTERN MYANMAR
Date of publication: 06 February 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 6th February 02: "There has been an argument between a UNHCR officer and a Nasaka immigration and security forces major on the arrest of a local Muslim UNHCR employee without any information either to the UNHCR office or to the arrested person's family in the border town at the south-western state of Myanmar, creating a lot of speculations among the local residents as well as the international NGOs working in the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BIMAN TO FLY TO MYANMAR FROM FEB 15
Date of publication: 04 February 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 4 February 02: "Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh U Ohn Thwin made a courtesy call on state Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin at the latter's office here yesterday, report UNB..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: QUAKE HITS NORTHEAST MYANMAR
Date of publication: 04 February 2002
Description/subject: YANGON, FEB 4: "A moderate earthquake, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, shook a sparsely populated region in north eastern Myanmar early on Sunday, the country's Meteorology and Hydrology Department (MHD) said, reports Reuters..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Independent" via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: RICE MILLS BARRED FROM MILLING RICE IN SOUTH-WESTERN STATE OF MYANMAR
Date of publication: 02 February 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 2nd February 02 : "All the privately owned rice mills in the south-western state of Myanmar have been barred from milling rice without the permission of Township Peace and Development Council (Mayaka) authority, our correspondent reported..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR TROOPS COLLECT TOLLS FROM THE MONEY GIVEN TO THE POOR BY A FRENCH NGO
Date of publication: 01 February 2002
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 1st February 02: "The recipients of the monetary support from NGOs have been forced to pay back a chunk of their subsistence allowance to the village leaders and the Myanmar troops, according to a trader from Taungbazar market of Buthidaung in the northern part of Rakhine State in the south-western part of Myanmar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NASAKA AT ANN CONFISCATE SHRIMPS CARRIED TO BURMA PROPER
Date of publication: 31 January 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 31st January 02: "Shrimps carried in a truck from Sittwe was confiscated at the Nasaka Immigration and Security camp No. 25 at Ann, according to a manager of a Shrimp export company in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NASAKA PHOTOGRAPH MOSQUES IN MAUNGDAW
Date of publication: 31 January 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 31 January 02: "Nasaka Immigration and Security forces have been busy taking photographs of mosques in Maungdaw, the border township of Rakhine State in Myanmar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 1) NASAKA ARREST A LOCAL EMPLOYEE OF UNHCR. 2) UNOFFICIAL CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATE AT MAUNGDAW as on JAN 29
Date of publication: 30 January 2002
Description/subject: NASAKA ARREST A LOCAL EMPLOYEE OF UNHCR Maungdaw 30th January 02: A local employee of UNHCR at Maungdaw in Rakhine State of Myanmar was arrested by the Nasaka border immigration and security force, our correspondent quoted an unnamed UNHCR official from Maungdaw.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: TOURISTS TO ANCIENT MRAUK-U: NO ; TO BAGAN IN BURMA: YES
Date of publication: 29 January 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 29th January 02: "A newly set up Nasaka immigration and security forces Camp No.25 at Ann pass has been screening visitors to Rakhine State of Myanmar. A large number of tourists have been turned down their requests for entry into Rakhine State through the check point established there..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: DHAKA-YANGON TRADE DEAL PROVES UNSUCCESSFUL AS SMUGGLING RISING
Date of publication: 26 January 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 26 January 02: The border trade agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar in 1994 has not far been unsuccessful and the blame partly goes to rising smuggling. The business community in Bangladesh feels that a better approach is needed to overcome the problem as trade gap between the neighbouring countries rose to Taka 167 crore in last four years because import from Bangladesh continues to decline.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR- INDIA CONSULATES
Date of publication: 26 January 2002
Description/subject: Yangon, Jan 26: "With ties between the countries on the mend, India and Myanmar will reopen consulates in two major cities..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Independent" via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: SIXTEEN CATTLE TRADERS FACE INDICTMENT IN SITTWE
Date of publication: 26 January 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 26(?) January 02: "Sixteen cattle traders from Kyaukpru town who were arrested by the Myanmar Navy in the bay waters off the Sittwe coastline on the 8th November 2001 are facing indictment at the Sittwe court in Rakhine State of Myanmar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: CALL TO INTRODUCE DIRECT AIR LINK WITH MYANMAR
Date of publication: 24 January 2002
Description/subject: DHAKA, 24TH Jan 02: "Bangladesh business leaders said direct air line between Dhaka and Yangon and improving shipping facility would reduce trade gap between the two countries, which is favour of Myanmar, reports BSS..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Independent " viaNarinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NASAKA ISSUE ORDERS NOT TO ALLOW NGO'S TO WORK WITHOUT INFORMING LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Date of publication: 24 January 2002
Description/subject: MAUNGDAW, 24th January 02: "On December 20th, the Nasaka border security and immigration headquarters at Kyi-gan-braung, issued an official order not to allow NGOs working in the area to work without informing and getting permission of the Nasaka and local authorities..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MALARIA AND DIARRHOEA BREAK OUT IN NORTHERN DISTRICT OF RAKHINE STATE
Date of publication: 23 January 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 23rd January 02: "Doctors from AZG, the Danish Doctors without Boundaries, have been treating the patients of recent outbreak of malaria and diarrhoea in the northern Maungdaw township of the western Rakhine State of Myanmar since December 23..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR PUSH INDIAN FAMILY SUSPECTED OF ESPIONAGE TO BANGLADESH
Date of publication: 22 January 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 22nd January 02: "On December 24th 2001, an Indian family suspected of espionage was arrested and pushed to Bangladesh by the Myanmar Nasaka border security forces in Maungdaw township, in the western part of Rakhine State, according to a policeman who wanted to remain anonymous..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR TO BUILD NUCLEAR RESERCH REACTOR
Date of publication: 22 January 2002
Description/subject: YANGON, Jan 22: "The military regime in Myanmar is planning to build a nuclear research reactor and is in negotiations with Russia over the facility, Deputy Foreign Minister Khin Maung Win has confirmed, report AFP..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: AFP via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (4K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NASAKA IMMIGRATION CAMP #25: FOR CHECKING FOREIGN TOURISTS' ENTRY TO RAKHINE STATE IN WESTERN MYANMAR
Date of publication: 22 January 2002
Description/subject: Ann, 22nd January 02: "A Swiss tourist, Ms Alessandra Marie Joelle, was interrogated for three hours at Ann at the Nasaka (Security and Immigration) Camp #25 on January 3rd , 2002, on her return from a visit to the historical sites in Rakhine State, the western state of Myanmar, a higher official in the State Agricultural Department who was on the spot told our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: TEKNAF PORT OPENS TOMORROW TO BOOST TRADE WITH MYANMAR
Date of publication: 21 January 2002
Description/subject: COX'SBAZA, 21st JANUARY 02: "Bangladesh will open a river port at Teknaf tomorrow to boost trade with neighbouring Myanmar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: UNHCR OFFICIAL FINDS FORCED LABOUR EXTENSIVELY PRACTISED IN RAKHINE STATE
Date of publication: 21 January 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 21st January 02: "Reports on forced labour being practised extensively across Rakhine State, the western member of Myanmar, have started to pour in to us through traders coming to this border town..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR AGREES TO JOIN ASIAN RICE CARTEL
Date of publication: 17 January 2002
Description/subject: "Myanmar has agreed in principal to be part of a rice "cartel" formed by Asia's Leading rice exporters aimed at regulating prices as well as stabilizing the world market sources here said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Daily Star via Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR - CHINA TRADE RISING
Date of publication: 16 January 2002
Description/subject: "Trade between Myanmar and its giant northern neighbour China increased 3.1 percent during the first 10 months of 2001 to 499 million dollars, according to an economic magazine published here..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: AFP via Daily Star via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: FORCED PURCHASE OF RICE FROM FARMERS IN RAKHINE STATE
Date of publication: 14 January 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 14th January 02: "The State Peace and Development Council junta of Myanmar have declared open market economy in the country since it seized state power in 1988 after a bloody crackdown on democracy movement killing thousands of peaceful demonstrators and imprisoning and torturing many thousands more. But as for the farmers in the country, they have never been able to fetch right price for their produce because of the forced purchase of rice by the government at prices arbitrarily kept low by the government..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR BECOMES WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST PULSES EXPORTER
Date of publication: 12 January 2002
Description/subject: YANGON, JAN 10, "Myanmar has become the second largest exporter of pulses in the world, replacing Australia and standing only after Canada, according to the latest issue of the local weekly journal The Myanmar Times, reports Xinhua..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: RAKHINE STATE NAVAL BASE MOVED TO KYAUKPYU IN WESTERN MYANMAR
Date of publication: 12 January 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 12th January 02: "As part of a sweeping change in relocating defence headquarters in Rakhine State, the western region of Myanmar, the Dhanyawaddy Naval Base has been moved to Kyaukpyu from Sittwe, according to our correspondent from Sittwe..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: JAPAN URGED TO AID MYANMAR DEVELOPMENT
Date of publication: 10 January 2002
Description/subject: Kuala Lumpur; jan 10; "UN envoy Razali Ismali is expected to urge Japan to play a larger role in developing Myanmar s education, health and energy sector, a Malaysian official said Thursday, reports AFP..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: JAPANESE TOURIST WITH MYANMAR VISA BARRED FROM TRAVELLING WITHIN MYANMAR FOR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Date of publication: 09 January 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 9th January 02: "Though the State Peace and Development Council Junta of Myanmar have opened up Myanmar for foreign tourists, the western state of Rakhine has been carefully kept off-limits for the foreign tourists visiting the country, says our correspondent from Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: ANCIENT RAKHINE CITY : NEGLECTED BY JUNTA HEAD AS A TOURIST ATTRACTION
Date of publication: 08 January 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 8th January 02: "Though Mrauk-u in Rakhine State is one of the ancient cities of Myanmar, the ancient city lacks all the repair and regular maintenance of the other Burmese cities like Pagan, Nyaung-oo, and Mandalay..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9k)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR NAVY ENGAGED IN EXTORTION IN THE MAYU RIVER
Date of publication: 07 January 2002
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 7th January 02: " Two Myanmar Naval guard posts have been reported to be engaged in extorting money and materials from all the civilian vessels passing them, according to a businessman available at Buthidaung, a small township in the western part of Myanmar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: No Myanmar Independence Day Supplement in Top Bangladesh Newspapers
Date of publication: 05 January 2002
Description/subject: Dhaka, 05th Jan 02: "The 54th anniversary of Independence Day of Myanmar was hosted by Myanmar Ambassador U Ohn Thwin at a reception held at his residence yesterday. Ministers, politicians, diplomats, journalists, academics, and high civil and military officials attended the reception. But no special supplement celebrating the occasion on the Myanmar Independence Day in major Bangladesh newspapers were seen as in previous years..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR JUNTA SECRETARY NUMBER ONE VISITS MAUNGDAW
Date of publication: 31 December 2001
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 31st December 01:
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
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Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NO HOPE FOR THE RELEASE OF JAILED RAKHINE LEADERS IN MYANMAR
Date of publication: 29 December 2001
Description/subject: Sittwe, 29th December 01: "...Though many of the NLD leaders have been released so far, most of the Rakhine nationality leaders including U Aye Tha Aung, the General Secretary of the Committee to Represent the People's Parliament (CRPP) and Joint Secretary of Arakan League for Democracy, have been kept behind bars..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BIMSTEC FOR ENHANCED COOPERATION
Date of publication: 25 December 2001
Description/subject: Dhaka, 25 December 2001. ":Five countries of South and Southeast Asia grouped in BIMSTEC stressed the need for redoubling efforts to enhance economic, commercial and technical cooperation to offset the impact of global recession..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Bss, Dhaka, via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: DHAKA, YANGON TO OPEN COASTAL SHIPPING LINE
Date of publication: 24 December 2001
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Today" (Bangladesh) via Narinjara News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MYANMAR JUNTA HEAD CALLS ON THE CHRISTIANS
Date of publication: 24 December 2001
Description/subject: Sittwe, 24th December 01: "Secretary One of the State Peace and Development Council Junta of Myanmar, General Khin Nyunt attended a pre-Christmas prayer meet and dinner held by the Christian Churches Council of Myanmar on the 22nd December, our correspondent quoted a Myanmar Radio news..."
Language: Engllish
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: DISSATISFACTION WITHIN THE NASAKA BORDER SECURITY FORCES: A NA-SA-KA MAJOR'S CONFISCATION OF PRIVATE SHRIMP FARMS FOR OWN BENEFIT REPORTED TO WESTERN COMMAND
Date of publication: 22 December 2001
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 22th December 01:
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Will there be any compensation for land confiscated for Sittwe-Yangon bus station?
Date of publication: 21 December 2001
Description/subject: Sittwe, 21st December 01: "The construction of the bus station for the Sittwe Yangon long-distance bus service has almost been completed in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, in the western part of Myanmar. The bus station was constructed on the piece of land confiscated from the villagers of Mingan and Kandawgree, two miles west from the downtown area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: MONKS FORBIDDEN FROM LISTENING TO RADIO BROADCASTS
Date of publication: 19 December 2001
Description/subject: Sittwe, 19th December 01: "The student monks of the biggest Buddhist centre of learning in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State in Western part of Myanmar, have been prohibited from listening to the radio..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: CREW OF THAI TRAWLERS SEIZED BY BURMESE NAVY DISAPPEAR
Date of publication: 18 December 2001
Description/subject: Sittwe, 18th December 01:
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: WHITE ELEPHANT AND PROPAGANDA BY MYANMAR JUNTA
Date of publication: 16 December 2001
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 16th December 01
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Military confiscation of land leaves villagers in a pitiable state in Western Myanmar
Date of publication: 15 December 2001
Description/subject: Sittwe, 15th December 01:
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Eight alleged murderers of constables on the run
Date of publication: 14 December 2001
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 14th December 2001
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Official border trade closed, illegal smugglling opened
Date of publication: 14 December 2001
Description/subject: Teknaf, 14th December 01
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Mro tribe engaged in vendetta due to police reluctance
Date of publication: 13 December 2001
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 13th December 01: "Two Mro ethnic nationals from Kywaing-bauk Pruju village were killed by the villagers from Fawaik-chhaung Khung-daing village of Maungdaw township of Rakhine State, Myanmar, on October 9th this year...The reluctance of the police to take action against the perpetrators have inflamed widespread vengeance among the minority Mro ethnic community in the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Row over Myanmar soldiers smuggling cows
Date of publication: 13 December 2001
Description/subject: Buthidaung, 13th December 01: "Though the movement of agricultural produce including cattle has been banned all over Rakhine State in the western part of Myanmar, the military personnel appointed in the border areas have been reportedly carrying out the trade and transport of the same..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Confiscated island leased for shrimp farm by the junta
Date of publication: 12 December 2001
Description/subject: Sittwe, 12th December 01. "An island which had been used by the nearby villagers for growing firewood and raising fish for community needs at the mouth of the Mayu river in Rakhine State has been leased to a Muslim businessman by the State Peace and Development Council junta of Myanmar, according to our correspondent from Sittwe..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: (1) Forced labour in road repair and famine in the Western part of Burma; (2) A Rakhine musician suffers from the physical fortures in a Myanmar prison
Date of publication: 11 December 2001
Description/subject: Maungdaw, Sittwe.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Struggle for Democracy in Burma Today
Date of publication: 10 December 2001
Description/subject: Dhaka, 10th December 01 "Speakers at a seminar on 'Struggle for Democracy in Burma Today' held on the 8th December 2001 [in Dhaka], called upon the Myanmar junta, 'State Peace and Development Council' to hand over state power to the duly elected people's representatives and release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Laureate from Myanmar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Large Military Exercise in Arakan
Description/subject: "A Burmese army military exercise has been underway in Arakan State with large numbers of army personnel participating since November; there have been no such large army exercises held in Arakan State in the past, said a source close to the army. Over 1500 army soldiers from ten battalions under Sakhaka 5, Military Operation Command based in Taungup in the south of Arakan, are participating in the exercise..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html; (8.6K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


Title: Special Investigations Bureau Arrests a Number of Customs Officials in Northern Arakan
Description/subject: "Burma's Special Investigations Bureau and police forces raided the customs office in the western border town of Maungdaw on Wednesday night and arrested several customs officials, reported a police official from Maungdaw who declined to disclose his name..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7.4K)
Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007