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Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
"Independent Mon News Agency is formed by former Mon students, youth and democratic activists based in Mon State, Union of Burma in 1999. Members of the agency are not affiliated to any political organizations. Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA) is based in Thailand and Burma that founded by youth of Mon ethnic nationality in Southeast Asia. IMNA is a non-profitable news agency and covering news a bout Mon Community in Thailand, Mon Community in Burma and about Burma. IMNA is an independent Mon news agency producing fair and balance news through Internet, Mon newspaper, radio and community radio. Every month, IMNA is publishing Mon language newspaper called Guiding Star, be targeted Mon audience in Thailand and Burma. IMNA also have Mon DVB radio program, part of the Democratic Voice of Burma that broadcasting from Norway and IMNA also producing news through via and Monnet mail list which is run by Mon community in United State of America. IMNA also started a community FM radio in Hlockhani Mon refugee camp in Thai-Burma border. IMNA is trying to extend in Mon state, southern Burma..." ... Archive from October 2002.

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: "IMNA News" in English
Description/subject: Archive from January 2005. A very useful collection.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2007


Title: IMNA News in Burmese
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Date of entry/update: 13 December 2010


Title: IMNA News in Mon
Language: Mon
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html, jpg,? gif ?
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Individual Documents

Title: Trade decreases in Myawadi
Date of publication: 11 July 2005
Description/subject: "Cooking oil and Thai goods’ trade have decreased in Myawadi, Thailand-Burma border town, after the Burmese government seizing illegal oil, that importing from Thailand a long way up to Rangoon, according to traders..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: Hundreds of families forced to carry brick for army
Date of publication: 10 July 2005
Description/subject: "Hundreds of families from three villages in the north-western part of Ye township have been forced to carry and locate army bricks for a week. By the order of Light Infantry Battalion No. 586, about 100 families from, Sein-kyi village, about 200 families from Kyone-por village and about 150 families from Thuu-myaung village have been forced to carry bricks for a furlong from brick making mills to a place where they gathered bricks for sale..."
Author/creator: Nai Lawi
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: A seven month-old baby killed and two children wounded by artillery shell
Date of publication: 08 July 2005
Description/subject: "A mother took to Palaing Japan hospital at about 5: 30 P. M. (Thai time) to have treatment for her wounds and her seven months old baby is also killed after motor shells drop in her home yesterday..."
Author/creator: Joi Htaw/ Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: Lightning kills a Man in Pegu
Date of publication: 08 July 2005
Description/subject: "Funeral of a man who was killed by lightning was held by his family and relatives in Pegu today, said by a local Town resident. Nai Htoo, 60 years old farmer, was hit by lightning while he was transplanting the paddy with his grandsons and sons in his farm, east of Pegu after lightning hit open rice field on July 8’s morning..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: Migrant Workers Lost Jobs after a Landlord’s Plantation Business Ceases
Date of publication: 08 July 2005
Description/subject: "About 133 Mon and other ethnic migrant workers from southern Burma lose their employments in Kanchanaburi Province of Thailand after a land dispute happen in Thai landlord, Seal Hook’s rubber plantation. Thai government’s Forestry Department is planning to confiscate all of these lands belonged to the landlord, as the officials found the lands have no legal document, the landlord himself took the lands from ordinary farmers in the area and it is also against the law if a Thai citicen belong a plot of lands which is over 500 Rais (or 333 acres), said a local source..."
Author/creator: Nae Non
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: Patients in Three Pagoda Pass Border Rely on NMSP’s Hospital
Date of publication: 08 July 2005
Description/subject: "In the beginning of this rainy season, when the poor people from several villages in Three Pagoda Pass Township suffer from various type of diseases, they just take medical care in Palaing-Japan (literally Japanese Well) village hospital, which is operated by New Mon State Party’s Health Department and supplied by Medicins Sans Frontier (MSF), said the local villagers..."
Author/creator: Chan Ai
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: Two more Mon dance performance groups to be formed
Date of publication: 06 July 2005
Description/subject: , "A comedy Nai Pauk Chun said there will be two more Mon dance performance groups in the coming performance season which started in September 2005 and the price will increase. Two performance groups: Mon Chit Soe (or Seik Non Chan) will create one Mon performance group and ‘Ong Seik Kyae’ will also create another group. But he does not know very well what are the exact plans..."
Author/creator: Nae Non
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: A three children’s mother was raped
Date of publication: 04 July 2005
Description/subject: "A three children’s mother claimed she was raped by a Burmese Army Captain after her husband and children were taken away by other soldiers at her home in a small village in Thanpyuzayat Township. Mi Cho claimed she was raped and was threatened to be killed by Cap. Lin Oo from Military Tactical Command No.1 under the command of Light Infantry Battalion No.308 on July 2, 2005..."
Author/creator: Nai Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: Civilians’ Cars banned on Public Road
Date of publication: 04 July 2005
Description/subject: "Unlicensed car are banned from using the public road by the Township authorities in Three-Pagoda Pass (TPP) border town, according to unlicensed car owners who are using his car in town.
Author/creator: Nai Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: The Burmese Army Forced to Offer Land with 100 Kyat per Acre
Date of publication: 04 July 2005
Description/subject: "In order to avoid the bad image of ‘land confiscation’, the Burmese Army’s battalions based in Mon State forced the local Mon farmers to accept 100 Kyat payment for one acre of land and let them sign in selling documents, accordingly to the civilians from Ye Township. Burmese Army’s LIB No. 583 that bases in Kyaung-ywa village, eastern of Ye Town, confiscated about 100 acres of lands and forced the farmers to take money for 100 Kyat per acre, said Mr. Nai Blai, whose lands were also confiscated..."
Author/creator: Nae Non
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: An extra-judicial killing case forced to close in Ye Township
Date of publication: 30 June 2005
Description/subject: "Duya village headman is forcing the younger sister of Aung Soe Naing to fingerprint on an agreement to finalize on the case of the death of her brother, said Aung Soe Naing family (who is in Thailand). Aung Soe Naing who was seriously beaten to death on June 5 because of torture by an official of Duya village and members of fire brigade..."
Author/creator: Joi Htaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: NMSP cease-fire comes to an end [this title does not reflect the content – OBL]
Date of publication: 30 June 2005
Description/subject: "News Mon State Party (NMSP), a Mon ethnic armed cease-fire group and Burmese military Southeast Region Commander held 10th anniversary of June 29, 1995 cease-fire agreement in well known hotel, Ngwe Moe Hotel, which is in the capital of Mon State, Moulmein, Southern Burma. Both sides presented what were their plans and what their political agendas, but no decision was made and the ceremony just finished with no sense, NMSP senior leader in Moulmein exposed his unsatisfied feeling..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (19K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: Nine ‘POC’ refugees escape from camp
Date of publication: 29 June 2005
Description/subject: "Recently 9 "persons of concerns (POC)" refugees from Ban Don Yang camp escaped from the camp after they are unable to tolerate with insufficient food supplies distributed by UNHCR and Aid agencies, according to POCs in the camp. "If they come and persuade us to go back, we will refuse to return. Even though they point us with guns, we wouldn’t go. We cannot tolerate anymore," said a POC who left the camp on June 25..."
Author/creator: Nai Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: NMSP and South-East Command held 10th anniversary cease-fire agreement
Date of publication: 29 June 2005
Description/subject: "New Mon State Party’s leaders and Commanders of South-East Command held a ceremony for 10th years cease-fire agreement in Ngwe Moe hotel of Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, today’s morning. About a hundred people attended the ceremony and NMSP Vice-President, Nai Rot Sa and other NMSP senior member, and Deputy South-East Commander, Col. Myo Hla and other Burmese senior military commander led the ceremony..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: Rubber Seedlings on Sale
Date of publication: 28 June 2005
Description/subject: "Rubber plants cultivation in lower part of Burma has grown up and it created the selling of rubber seedling become a main business and huge amount of rubber seeds are on sale in southern Mon State. More local people cleaned up uncultivated or wild land and are interested to plant rubber plants. The Mon State PDC’s Agriculture and Long-term crop planning department also planned to grow rubber in 30, 000 acres in this year in Mon State, according to a retired manager..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2005


Title: A Thai Senate visits to Three Pagoda Pass border town
Date of publication: 27 June 2005
Description/subject: "A Thai high-level politician team led by a Senate representing Border Affairs Committee paid a visit to small furniture and lacquer factory in Burmese territory of Three Pagoda Pass border town and Thai customers have hoped that the border will be re-opened next month, according the Burmese furniture traders..."
Author/creator: Nai Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Pegu’s Residents Under Forced Labour for Patrolling
Date of publication: 27 June 2005
Description/subject: "Town residents in Pegu town, situates in eastern of Burma’s capital, Rangoon, have been forced to launch the patrol for security of the town instead of soldiers and militias, according to the residents. “(The SPDC Township authorities force) at least one time per month. In some times, we were forced three or four times to patrol in the town quarter”, a resident said..."
Author/creator: Nai Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: May 17 explosions continue to harsh Pegu residents' lives
Date of publication: 26 June 2005
Description/subject: "Farmers in Pegu are discordant to rebuild their huts in the farm because local military stated martial law and announced all the huts to be destroyed after Rangoon May 17 bomb explosions, according to resident farmer..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Working outside creates labor shortage in Agriculture
Date of publication: 26 June 2005
Description/subject: "Agricultural farms in Southern Burma face lack of human resources after thousands of local people seek job in Thailand and others neighbor countries..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: MYC's 30th anniversary celebration was successfully
Date of publication: 22 June 2005
Description/subject: "The event of MYC's 30th anniversary celebration was successfully held with presentation and entertainment completed at 8.30 pm last night. It was held at the National Theatre Hall, Bangkok Thailand and attended about 1500 people..."
Author/creator: Suthorn
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Negotiation in progress for border reopening
Date of publication: 20 June 2005
Description/subject: "Three Pagoda Pass border would be opened soon after the visit of Thai Deputy Prime Minister visit, said a Thai-Raman businessman who accompanied the Deputy Prime Minister. Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Chaturon Chaisang together with Kanchanaburi Province Administrator, and officials from other five departments, visited furniture and timber production factories in Three Pagoda Pass, Burma side to make sure that wood products are legally processed..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Mon Community Pray for Mon King Manu Haw
Date of publication: 18 June 2005
Description/subject: "Mon community, led by two prominent leading Mon monks, yesterday organized a prayer meeting for the first time in 948 years for Mon King Manu Haw, the first King of Mon who was attacked and captured by Burmese King Anawratha..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: DKBA ordered to release monopolizing bamboo-shoot trade
Date of publication: 17 June 2005
Description/subject: "Burmese army set up free trading for bamboo-shoot with Thailand yesterday, replacing pro-Rangoon Karen group's monopoly at Three Pagoda Pass. Lt.Col Soe Htat, the commander of IB 38, called the regional commanders of Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) yesterday morning at 9:00 am after receiving complaints from the traders that the DKBA is monopolizing bamboo-shoot trade. Armed pro-Rangoon DKBA control the bamboo-shoot trade and barred other traders from buying the shoots..."
Author/creator: Mrot Chair
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Refugees face food shortage
Date of publication: 17 June 2005
Description/subject: "The political refugees from Tham Hin and Ban Don Yang camps claimed they have not enough support and they are facing food shortage. Refugees received 15 Kgs of rice, 1.5 Kgs bean, 1 Kg of fish-pate and one liter of oil a month per head. They were given 5 Kgs of charcoal and some wood for cooking. "We cannot complain to anybody. They just give us such amount. What should we do," a Tham Hin refugee said.."
Author/creator: Nai Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: Challenging bull defeated
Date of publication: 16 June 2005
Description/subject: "In a traditional bull buttering in Southern Burma, the 20% double betted challenging side lost after their bullhorn broken yesterday. "Our bull had butted till falling down on the ground after it's second horn again broken down, couldn't run and the referees pulled out the winner bull and decided who is the winner," said Mi Hla who watched and lost betting in the bull buttering..."
Author/creator: Mi Joi Htaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


Title: A Mon National Revolutionary Army founder passed away
Date of publication: 07 June 2005
Description/subject: "A Mon National Revoulation Army founder, Nai Pan Htar, passed away June 4 in Rangoon capital of Burma in his son house. Nai Pan Htar 84, who involved in founding of Mon National Revolutionary Army since 1947 with Bo Thein who led and started founding Mon National Army..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Migrant Workers Allowed To Renew Work Permits
Date of publication: 07 June 2005
Description/subject: "Immigrants working in Thailand from neighboring countries are having chance to renew work permits for one more year this month, according to the workers. The work permits are being renewed between June 1 to 30. “Getting work permit one year is better than without having a chance to do anything. The rights of the worker in this time is not different from last year,” said U Myint Wei, a member of the Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB)..."
Author/creator: Nai Dae Nae
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Villagers forced to attend military training - Hundred thousand Kyat fine for absence
Date of publication: 07 June 2005
Description/subject: "Military in a township of Tenasserim Division ordered villagers to attend basic military training. The villagers had to pay one hundred thousand Kyats each to army if they could not join the training, according to villagers. After the bomb explosions in Rangoon, Burmese government put tight security along the routes entering Rangoon. They also rearmed retired military members in Mon state and drilled with some military training, where they believed the suspects would flee after the explosion. In Tenassrim, the military government ordered villagers to attend the training..."
Author/creator: Mi Mrae Moo Chai
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Returning un-licensed cars, a rumor
Date of publication: 06 June 2005
Description/subject: "Rumors on returning of un-licensed cars were not true, said a senior member of New Mon State Party in Moulmein. Rumors broke out that the government is giving back the cars inside Burma. "It is a rumor. Not true. If they give back the cars, we must get first. We are in town," the NMSP senior member said. "They said to us they will give back our cars because we are cease-fire group. But it has been for two months, we still do not receive any car."..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Border closure brings workers jobless
Date of publication: 03 June 2005
Description/subject: "The closure of Thai-Burma border affected to about one thousand furniture and lacquer workers in Three Pagoda Pass on Burma side according to the members of a furniture association. Thirty five registered and around 40 unregistered furniture and lacquer factories workers in town became jobless after the banning of exporting timber, furniture and lacquer to Thailand, according to a member of the association..."
Author/creator: Chan Aie
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (15K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Rice Extortion for Army’s Food Supply
Date of publication: 30 May 2005
Description/subject: "A Burmese Army’s battalion has been collecting rice from local farmers in Ye township, Mon State, Southern Burma for their food supplies to stock-pile in coming rainy season. Burmese Army’s Infantry Battalion No.61, which is under the command of Military Operation Command No.19 that bases in Ye, is taking rice from the local farmers in northern Ye township, in Duya village-tract and Ain-Din village tract respectively..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Meeting of Informal School for Burmese Migrant Worker in Thailand
Date of publication: 29 May 2005
Description/subject: "An officer of Thai Education Ministry and a group of Thai-Raman people held official meeting with government officials from Bang Kun Thieng District Informal Education Department and discussed for legal cooperation process for education of Mon migrant workers from Burma. Thai Education Ministry officer, Mrs. Bussaba led the 4 Thai-Raman people as a group, representing the migrant workers’ school in Bangkadee Mon village, met 4 officials from Bang Kun Thieng District Informal Education Department led by the Departmental Director Mr. Nai Komkrit and discussed about creating textbooks, that need to translate from Thai Informal School textbooks to Mon language and the printing cost will be funded by the Thai Government..."
Author/creator: Nai Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: A Thai NGO handed over a HIV/AIDS Care Center to Mon Villagers
Date of publication: 24 May 2005
Description/subject: "Patanarak Foundation, a local Thai NGOs for community development and HIV/AIDS protection hold a cerebration of handing-over of HIV/AIDS Care Center to Mon medical workers and villagers to take care the people living with HIV in Paling-Japan village, in Three Pagoda Pass area of Thai-Burma border..."
Author/creator: Loa Htaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Southeast Command Re-equipped Arms to Army Veterans
Date of publication: 24 May 2005
Description/subject: "Burmese Army Southeast Command based in Moulmein (Mawlamyaine), the capital of Mon State decided to re-equipped arms to the army personals of veteran soldiers after holding a meeting with a Township Burma (Army) Veteran Association (BVA), according a source close to an army veteran..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Three Pagoda Pass Border closes with no limited time
Date of publication: 20 May 2005
Description/subject: "Three Pagoda Pass border closes with unlimited time agreed by both countries’ authorities and the border close makes big impact to border trading, according to border based traders. “Because our Thai customers informed us that the Thai authorities plan to close the border for one year period and so that we prepared to carry our furniture products to Thai territory’s markets. But while we were preparing to carry them, the Thai authorities closed the border at about 4:00 PM,” said Mr. U Soe Than, a furniture factory owner in Burmese side..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Thai fake bank notes found in Three Pagoda Pass border town
Date of publication: 18 May 2005
Description/subject: "Thai fake money 1000 Baht bank notes are found in a Thai-Burma border town, Three Pagoda Pass Town, opposite of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province. “Our town resident found the fake Thai bank not since a week ago and now my shop found one of 1000 Baht bank note,” Win Mar Exchange Shop owner, Mr. Nai Lorn said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (18K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Accident grenade explosion killed three DKBA soldiers
Date of publication: 13 May 2005
Description/subject: "An accident grenade explosion killed three Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) soldiers in Three Pagoda Pass, a Thai-Burma border town, opposite of the Kanchanaburi Province yesterday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: SPDC Authorities Denied Registration to Mon Community Organization
Date of publication: 13 May 2005
Description/subject: "The military government recently denied a township Mon Literature and Culture Committee’s (MLCC) registration to be a legal organization, said by its central executive committee (CEC) members. In Mon State of southern Burma, the Thanbyuzayat Township MLCC applied last October 2004 to the Township Peace and Development Council to register MLCC as an official organization working for the Mon community in the area especially for the promotion of Mon literature and culture..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: SPDC doubles up automobile’s tax
Date of publication: 13 May 2005
Description/subject: "After the military regime SPDC seized the unlicensed cars, it’s Ministry of Transport also doubled the tax payment for ordinary licensed cars countrywide, said car owners..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Forced Relocation in Border Town for Gambling Business
Date of publication: 11 May 2005
Description/subject: "The 50 houses are ordered to forcibly relocate after the local SPDC Township authorities decide to the Thai businessmen’s investment to build Casino gambling business and a road, accordingly to the local residence from Three Pagoda Pass border town opposite of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi Province..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: A group of Mon splinter committed in more atrocities
Date of publication: 10 May 2005
Description/subject: "The local Mon villagers, who were robbed during a well known pagoda festival “Meang-ma-lort” in southern part of Ye Township in Mon State accused of ‘Nai Chan Done’ and his troops involved in robbing gold wares from villagers and killing some civilians, but the accusation is denied by the Mon splinter commander today..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Border block creates problems to Karen and Mon refugees
Date of publication: 09 May 2005
Description/subject: "After the Thai Army closed down the border point due to UNHCR’s POC (Persons of Concern) in Ban Tong Yang border camp presenting to the Thai authority that they are not secured, the refugees who live in Ban Tong Yang and Halockani camps have faced problems with trading and purchasing supplementary foods. The border was shut down since on 1st May, after the Thai authority has deployed many security soldiers (or guards) in the border point..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: MNDF Chairman Asks for the Formation of Federated Burma
Date of publication: 06 May 2005
Description/subject: "The Chairman of Mon National Democratic Front (MNDF), Nai Tun Thein, asked the regime State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to implement forming of genuine Federal Union of Burma, if not he argued that many other ethnic nationalities will follow as ethnic ‘Shan’ suit of declaring their Independence..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Crowding Burmese Migrants Create Inflation on The Border
Date of publication: 05 May 2005
Description/subject: "As Burmese migrant workers crowd along the Thai-Burma border, the value of Burmese currency (Kyat) decreases further. The purchasing rate for one Thai baht is 25 kyat and 20 coins, and the selling rate is 24 kyat and 50 coins, say foreign exchanges in Myawaddy, Kaw-Thaung and Three Pagoda Pass along the border. “24 kyat and 50 coins by cheque transfer is the highest rate so far this year,” said Mr. Lun, a foreign exchange owner based in Three Pagoda Pass. “Migrants who came back last month, all brought kyat. The selling price was one baht to 22 kyat and 50 coins or 23 kyat and 20 coins. Today, all those who have returned to Thailand have brought a lot of kyat. Because of this, the Burmese kyat is of less value,” claimed Nai Lun..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Songs of Mon Composers on Sale
Date of publication: 05 May 2005
Description/subject: "A leader of Mon music association and famous Mon singer “Pamaukha Chan” said the Burmese song producers bought two Mon songs and so that composing style of the songs will separate into Burmese artist’s entertainment community. These two songs: “Ask Permission for Love” (Kor Akhoung Chan Nyeed) and “Friends! Help Me” (Roi Tor Ream) in Mon language are the famous songs, which are sung by a Mon singer “Anat Ghae” in CDs and tapes, and most listeners like these songs. The first song was written by “Wunna Thukha” and composed by “Thaya (Eco)” while the second song was written by “Blai Mon Lawi Rot” and composed by “Pamaukha Chan”..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Respecting Ceremony to Mon Leader Nai Aung Htun was Not Smooth
Date of publication: 03 May 2005
Description/subject: "After a senior Mon leader, Nai Tun Thein (the Chairman of Mon National Democratic Front - MNDF), was not allowed to give speech in the remembrance and respecting ceremony of Mon leader Nai Aung Htun, some participants did not satisfy, said Mr. Nai Lyi Mon, who attended the ceremony..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Ethnic Alliances Support Shan Independence
Date of publication: 27 April 2005
Description/subject: "Even the Burmese military regime and some political groups did not support the declaration of Shan State Independence, but some Karen, Mon and Karenni organizations have upheld with Shan leaders. “If the people respect on Panglong Agreement in 1947, there is no problem with Shan declaration of independence,” said Khu Remin Htoo, General Secretary of Karenni National Progressive Party..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2005


Title: Widespread Water Shortage Problems in Lower Burma
Date of publication: 22 April 2005
Description/subject: "In every dry season in Burma, the people in the country usually face a bit water shortage problem, but this year, people in Mon State face a more serious water shortage problem the residents in Mon State said. Director of Earth Rights International an environmental NGO based in Chiang Mai, Mr. Chana Maung said that water shortage is much relating to environmental impacts of enormous deforestation and massive mining. “The people in Burma have more faced water shortage problems since 1990” concluded by Mr. Chana Maung..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: SPDC Authorities take seized cars to the South-East Command
Date of publication: 18 April 2005
Description/subject: "Three Pagoda Pass Township authorities today take all seized unlicensed cars with arrangement of beef security to the South-East Command based in Moulmein (Mawlamyaine) along a main road to Thanbyuzayat. These unlicensed cars were seized or the owners were forced to offer in the end of March 2005, after military government SPDC ordered to turn up unlicensed cars and offer to the government country-wide..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: Mon Communities in Thailand Celebrate ‘Songkaran’ with a Popular March
Date of publication: 13 April 2005
Description/subject: "Mon migrant workers who work in Thailand and various Thai-Mon communities in Thailand cooperate and celebrate Mon ‘Songkaran’ New Year Festival in Phra Padaen District in Bangkok today, said Mr. Nai Oung Murn, a leader of Mon workers’ education program. New Year festival in Mon tradition is led by Thai-Raman (Thai-Mon) Community, Bangkok, and the organization receives fund from a department of local Thai government authority for maintaining of Mon culture, added by Mr. Murn..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: Closing Ceremony of Mon Literacy Training for more than 10,000 Students held
Date of publication: 11 April 2005
Description/subject: "A closing ceremony of 13th Anniversary of dry season Mon literacy training led by a senior Mon monk, Rev. Palita, was held in the evening of April 10 in Mudon town for more than 10, 000 students and about five thousands of people from various Mon villages attended the ceremony..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: SPDC authorities order licensed cars to be given to them
Date of publication: 09 April 2005
Description/subject: Licensed Cars in Three Pagoda Pass are ordered to give authority [SPDC authorities order licensed cars to be given to them]... "SPDC authority in Three Pagoda Pass Township in Thai-Burma border ordered car owners with local Township licenses to offer their cars to Township authority following a serial confiscation of unlicensed cars. On April 3, 2005, SPDC authorities led by Deputy Police Chief U Yan Naing and other vehicle and transport authorities U Tin Min Nyo and U Than U, U Pan Ngwe and U Soe Kyaw called a meeting with 40 car owners and instructed them to offer their cars on April 8, 2005, as a deadline..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (15K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: Rubber price drops after export ban to China
Date of publication: 07 April 2005
Description/subject: "After Burma’s military regime SPDC banned rubber export to China, the rubber price has decreased down and thousands of rubber compound sheets have left in the traders’ stores, according to Mr. Nai Plai, a Mon State local rubber exporter to China. The rubber price has decreased since last September (in 2004) and the current a drought compound rubber sheet price is 430 Kyat per pound (~ 0.5 US Dollar). It was 540 Kyat per pound in mid-2004, he added..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (18K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: 20th Anniversary of Karen Women’s Organization Day Praises Karen Women’s Role
Date of publication: 05 April 2005
Description/subject: "As a significant recognition to the founders of Karen Women’s Organization and the heroic women in fighting for the rights of Women and Karen revolution, today 20th Anniversary of KWO Day offers 17 elder Karen women with silver medals and clothes, said by a Central Committee of KWO, Ms. Naw Khaing Mar Kyaw Zaw..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: Sudden Increase of Ferry Fares along Three Pagoda Pass – Thanbyuzayat Motor Road
Date of publication: 04 April 2005
Description/subject: "After hundreds of unlicensed cars in Three Pagoda Pass border town, which the local car owners used as ‘ferries’ along Three Pagoda Pass – Thanbyuzayat motor road, were taken by the SPDC authorities at the end of March, the ferry fares have suddenly increased, said the passengers who travel on that road..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: A Bomb Blast Near the Township PDC Office in Three Pagoda Pass
Date of publication: 01 April 2005
Description/subject: "There is a bomb explosion in car park near the Township Peace and Development Council Office in Three Pagoda Pass border town about 7: 20 a.m. in early morning, but it does not hurt anyone. According to the source, a cleaner, who was cleaning in the Township PDC office, found the bomb in milk can. Then she informed to the military officers of Infantry No. 36 in the town. While the bomb experts were testing for the bomb from a distance, it exploded up..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: Overseas Mon Students Move into Camps
Date of publication: 31 March 2005
Description/subject: "Hundreds of overseas Mon students and their families who base Thailand and have status of ‘Person of Concern’ by UN High Commissioners for Refugees (UNHCR) ­ Bangkok have moved into two refugee camps ­ Htam Hin and Ban Ton Yang, which are in the border areas of Ratchburi Province and Kanchanaburi Province, respectively..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (19K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: Generals don’t care for the position of ASEAN Chairmanship
Date of publication: 30 March 2005
Description/subject: "Despite the international pressure and campaign by Burmese pro-democracy activists to block for the Burma’s Chairmanship in ASEAN in 2006, the SPDC leadership has not much seriously worried for the position, but just try to have completing the draft of the army monopolized constitution from the current National Convention, said a NC’s Peasant Delegate, who would not like to identify his name..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: Prices of Cars Are Cheaper Than Motorbikes
Date of publication: 24 March 2005
Description/subject: "After the SPDC authorities announced that they would seize public cars, which have no licenses at the end of March and therefore the price of the cars currently cheaper than motorbikes in the border area of Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2005


Title: SPDC’s Plan for Seizure of Illegal Cars
Date of publication: 15 March 2005
Description/subject: March 15, 2005: "The military government has issued an order to send all illegal cars ­ without license - to the nearest police stations late this month, according to a government servant..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: New Mon State Party’s President Passed Away
Date of publication: 14 March 2005
Description/subject: March 14, 2005" "Mr. Nai Htin, President of NMSP (New Mon State Party), passed away at 6:50 a.m. (Burma time) early morning at the New Mon State Party’s Central Office in Moulmein (Mawlamyaing), the capital of Mon State, according to In-charge of NMSP Liaison Office Nai Ba Khaing..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Tax Extortion in Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division
Date of publication: 10 March 2005
Description/subject: March 10, 2005" "The village headmen in Yepu Township, Tenasserim Division has demanded illegal tax from villagers with a reason of village security, but they forced villagers to guard their villages for security at night time. Tax demands are depending on the property of each family that who have gardens and large houses have to pay 4500-5000 Kyat per month, while the slightly poor family has to pay 1500 Kyat per month to heads of the village in the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Military government dismissed 9600 employees of MAI
Date of publication: 08 March 2005
Description/subject: March 8, 2005: "Military government SPDC dismissed 9600 employees of Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MAI) after the government degrading of management and some dismissed employees dissatisfied to the possess, according to a manager of Township Myanmar Agricultural Service (MAS)..."
Author/creator: Mi Mon Kyae
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: You can read IMNA daily news in Mon
Date of publication: 08 March 2005
Description/subject: Tue Mar 8, 2005: Dear IMNA readers, You can read IMNA daily news in Mon In IMNA website, www.monnews-imna.com/mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: Ferry porter service for rotating government servants
Date of publication: 07 March 2005
Description/subject: March 7, 2005: "Thirty-seven trucks were forcedly used in order to transport the officials of immigration and police officers who were in the rotation of their government duties in Three Pagoda Pass border town (with Thailand), a member of car association said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: IMNA Update News, March 4, 2005
Date of publication: 04 March 2005
Description/subject: (1) Village Headman Demands Money from Villagers; (2) Traditional Mon Musicians Found A Musical Instrument Maintaining Committee.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (23K)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


Title: SPDC Troops Demand Fuel and Tax from Fishing Boats
Date of publication: 02 March 2005
Description/subject: "The Burmese troops, which is based in a check-point on Ye river near Andaman Sea have demanded fuel and tax from fishing boats that are crossing into the sea for fishing, according to a leader of Ye-chaungwa village. The troops from Infantry Battalion No. 61 which is under the command of Military Operation Management Comment No. (19), that operates or takes responsibility in that area, stop every boat which crosses into sea and have demanded two fuel gallon per boat..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 March 2005


Title: Burmese military dismisses 10,000 MAPT employees
Date of publication: 14 February 2005
Description/subject: "The Burmese military has dismissed 10,000 Myanmar Agriculture Produce Trading (MAPT) department employees, according to an employee of central department in Rangoon. The government central MAPT department in Rangoon sent those dismissed an official letter in the start of this month, according to that employee. “Only 3,509 employees were left,” said the employee. An IMNA source in Rangoon also confirmed it..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: Log trading increasing in Three Pagoda
Date of publication: 14 February 2005
Description/subject: "Log trading is increasing and more than 100 tons of logs per day are imported into Three Pagoda according to a logging businessman. "About ten 10-wheel trucks carrying logs reach Three Pagoda every day. Most of our trucks carry logs from the Tha Byuud area about 80 kilometers northeast of Three Pagoda which has good logs," said Nai Thin Htwe, a businessman who logs there..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: Authorities forced more than three hundred villagers to clean the bush
Date of publication: 04 February 2005
Description/subject: "More than three hundred villagers in Kyait Roi village in Mudon Township of Mon State were force to clean up the bush along the roadsides by local authorities on February 2, 2005 as preparation for the visit of military government leaders. “Village headmen, Nai Sein ordered us to do so. If we do not follow the order, he will be fine 5000 Kyat to a family. That’s why we have to come and clean the bush,” Nai Chan Ong told IMNA reporter who visiting their working site..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: 10 wheels trucks arrested for carry army supply
Date of publication: 02 February 2005
Description/subject: "Burmese Army's a Tactical Command based in Nan-kwin village, Thanbyuzayat Township, is arresting 10 wheels trucks which are routing in Thanpyuzayat-Three Pagoda Pass motor road to use them for carrying army's logistics for military operations in the area. “Seven 10 wheels trucks were arrested and kept in Nan-Kwin village,” Nai Than Shwe, a four wheels car driver who came from there said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: Burmese Army collected paddy with free of charge from Mon villages
Date of publication: 01 February 2005
Description/subject: "Burmese Army’s Southeast Command has been collecting paddy from the 17 Mon villages in Thanpyuzayat township, Mon state for food supply to their army without payment ever after Mon State farmers groups sent a complaint letter to top general recently and although military government announced they did not take any paddy from the farmers in 2003..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: NMSP replaced its delegates to NC
Date of publication: 01 February 2005
Description/subject: "New Mon State Party (NMSP) replaced the head of its delegation to National Convention that will resume on February 17, 2005 said NMSP spokesperson Nai Thein Win. "Gen Aung Naing (NMSP's Central Executive Committee) replaced Nai Chan Toik (Joint-Secretary of NMSP) to lead the delegation comprised of Nai Tala Mon, Nai Tin Hla, Nai Januu Mon and Nai Chay Mon for the forthcoming National Convention", added Nai Thein Win..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: People forced to paint fences or walls in front of houses for bridge opening
Date of publication: 31 January 2005
Description/subject: "Intent on welcoming Burma's military leaders for the opening ceremony for the longest bridge in Burma, police have forced people who live along the main Rangoon-Ye road in Mon and Karen states to paint their fences or walls white and clean up the bush along the roadsides..."
Author/creator: Nai Jorn
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


Title: NMSP again decided to attend upcoming NC for official political struggle
Date of publication: 29 January 2005
Description/subject: "The Mon ceased-fired group, New Mon State Party (NMSP) decided yesterday to attend resuming Burmese military government’s National Convention to involved political struggle on table with other ethnic ceased-fire group said NMSP spokesman. “We decided to attend NC after our NMSP central committee members held a meeting in our’s party headquarter in Ye ­Chaung-pyar area,” said Nai Thein Win..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005


Title: Burmese Army burns down 3 Mon villages
Date of publication: 27 January 2005
Description/subject: "Troops of Burmese Army burnt down three villages in southern Ye Township and in northern part of Yebyu Township house by house basis on each day. About 100 houses in these villages were burnt down and hundred of villagers escaped away from the villages. South-East Command’s No. 3 Tactical Command No.3 has been burning down the civilians’ houses in Wae-kwao (Paukpingwin), Magyi, and Dani-kyar villages. All of these villages are Mon villages they have from 100 to 300 households in the village..."
Author/creator: Nai Non Htaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005


Title: 5 millions Kyat per month payment for gas-pipeline security fee
Date of publication: 25 January 2005
Description/subject: "Villagers in southern Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State, are forced to pay about 5 millions Kyat per month for Kanbauk-Myaingkalay gas-pipeline security fee to soldiers and they also forced to fence the gas pipeline for security reason, according to Villages Peace and Development Council (VPDC) in the area. Military officers from Burmese Army’s Infantry Battalion No.62 based in Thanpyuzayat collected each houses 2000 Kyat per month from 7 villages in the area, according to VPDC..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005


Title: MNDF chairman asks cease-fire groups to demand ethnic rights at resumed National Convention
Date of publication: 24 January 2005
Description/subject: "Mon National Democratic Front chairman Nai Tun Thein has asked cease-fire groups at the next National Convention (NC) to maintain their NC standing and together demand greater ethnic rights from the Burmese government. "Even though the Burmese military government has their seven point roadmap, it seems they did not plan to really reform Burma," he said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005


Title: A Sub-town PDC Chairman kicked out from place after he met NMSP membera
Date of publication: 14 January 2005
Description/subject: "Burmese Army’s Tactical Commander dismissed the Sub-town authorities in Ye Township, Khaw-zar Sub-Town Peace and Development Council Chairman from his ‘chairman’ position after he met a senior leader of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), at the end of December 2004. Khaw-zar village headman, Mr. Nai Hlike replaced with a retired soldier of Burmese Army, after he willingly received the NMSP’s Tavoy district officials and NMSP Education authorities on December 24..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005


Title: Motorbike price jumps up after SPDC announces cleanup of illegal cars
Date of publication: 14 January 2005
Description/subject: "Motorbike prices have jumped up after the recent announcement of a Burmese military government cleanup of illegal (unlicensed) cars imported from neighboring countries, so they cost almost the same priceas illegal cars did: two million Kyats for a motorbike made in 2004 that has a Ma La Ma license, and one.million Kyats for a motorbike made in 2004 that does not have a license..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005


Title: Mon School teachers forced in building Burmese high school
Date of publication: 11 January 2005
Description/subject: "Burmese army has been forcing the villagers in Khaw-zar Sub-Town and villagers from villages near by in building the government high school on daily basis to compete against Mon National School in the southern part of Ye township, Mon state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


Title: Delayed Opening the longest bridge in Burma
Date of publication: 07 January 2005
Description/subject: January 7, 2005: "Burmese Military regime has delayed the opening of the longest bridge in Burma, Moulmein (Mawlamyine)-Mattama (Salween Bridge) due to security reason according to authorities. The government planned to open the bridge, which is long 11575 feets on Burma’s Independent Day, on January 4, 2005..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: 18 Mon women were raped by the troops of Burmese Army in 2004
Date of publication: 05 January 2005
Description/subject: January 5, 2005: "The witnesses from the local villages reported that about 18 Mon women have been raped by Burmese Army’s commanders and soldiers during they lunched military operation against a Mon Splinter group that was active in southern part of Burma – southern Mon State and northern Tennaserim division. Most women victims were the family members or relatives of the soldiers in splinter group, as some women were raped at their houses after threats of killing by the soldiers while some were raped during they forced to work in the military camps..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Burmese Army confiscated over 3300 Acres of land in Mon areas during 2004
Date of publication: 05 January 2005
Description/subject: January 5, 2005: "Burmese military regime SPDC’s armed force, Burmese Army, has confiscated over 3300 acres of land belonged to the local farmers for their army businesses and troop deployment in southern part of Burma and they did not pay any compensation in 2004. Burmese Army confiscated about 2000 acres of lands in Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon state for their new bases of army battalions and about 700 acres of land for their dam construction in Ye Township in mid-2004..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: 5 Mon Migrant Workers died in Puket
Date of publication: 28 December 2004
Description/subject: December 28, 2004: "12 Burmese migrant workers who working in Puket killed by the tsunami that drove through the Andaman Sea on Sunday according to an NGO who searching the death on migrant said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Army starts taking areca nut tax from villagers
Date of publication: 28 December 2004
Description/subject: December 28, 2004: "For the first time a Burmese military battalion based in Yebyu Township has collected a areca nut tax from the people, 1,000 areca nuts from each areca palm plantation owner. "The military Infantry battalion No.282 ordered the village headmen in Yebyu Township by letter to collect the tax," a village headman said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Telephone and Telecommunication Project Rangoon to Tavoy
Date of publication: 24 December 2004
Description/subject: December 24, 2004: "Burmese military regime has implemented it new technology projects of telephone and telecommunication project, that provide communication from the capital Rangoon to Tavoy, southern town in Tenasserim Division, accordingly to telecommunication officers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: USDA plans training for ‘member recruitment’
Date of publication: 24 December 2004
Description/subject: December 24, 2004: "SPDC’s patronized Mon State Union Soliderity and Development Association (USDA) is gathering a USDA leader from each village in Mon State for a training with objective of providing tactics how to recruit new members for the organization. “Township USDA leaders are gathering the USDA members list from the villages for the registeration of the training which will start on December 29,” Nai Jorn reported..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Gas pipeline security soldiers use villagers in forced porter service
Date of publication: 23 December 2004
Description/subject: December 23, 2004: "Troops of Burma’s military regime, who are taking responsibility for the security of well-known Yadana gas pipeline to Thailand border, have constantly used villagers as unpaid porters during they lunch military offensives against the Mon Splinter group, which is previously a faction of Hongsawatoi Restoration Party (HRP) in Yebyu Township in the northern of Tenasserim Division, southern Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Land confiscation for Burmese Army for border security
Date of publication: 22 December 2004
Description/subject: December 22, 2004: "A Burmese Army’s military battalion based in Three Pagoda Pass Town (a southern Thai-Burma border town) put signboard written ‘Armed Force’s Land’ in Ywa-Thit village which about three kilometers west of the town in order to deploy a new army base for firm control in border area. “Some soldiers recently came to village and they seized the lands in November without paying compensation to land owners from the village,” reported Min Thit Swe..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


Title: Army Authorities Reselling Seized Vehicles
Date of publication: 15 December 2004
Description/subject: "Vehicles without licenses imported from Thailand and Japan, which were seized by the Burmese military government army in the November crackdown, are being resold again by the army, according to a monk. “The middle level army authorities in the Military Southeast Command (MSC) changed the color of some seized vehicles and resold these vehicles only to a monk for a low price,” said a monk who tried to buy a car..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2004


Title: Villagers forced to build 90 houses for government employees in new town
Date of publication: 08 December 2004
Description/subject: "People from Khawzar village, a government new town created by the Burmese military government, and nearby villages have been forced to build 90 houses in the town for government employees..." The Burmese government created two new towns in Ye township, Mon state, at the beginning of 2004 to control the area where the Mon splinter group Hongsarwatoi Restoration Party was moving.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2004


Title: Fuel Price Increase Raises Cost Of Travel
Date of publication: 04 December 2004
Description/subject: "The price of fuel is slowly jumping up in Southern Burma because of the difficulty of getting fuel from Rangoon, according to fuel customers. The price of a gallon of petrol, 2,100 kyat in the previous month, is 2,400 kyat now. The price of a gallon of diesel, 2,200 kyat in the previous month, has now jumped to 2,500 kyat..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2004


Title: HRP declined overture from Burmese military
Date of publication: 02 December 2004
Description/subject: "The military government army launched a strong military operation in the Hongsarwatoi Restoration Party (HRP) based area and sent overtures to the HRP for a cease-fire after an HRP headquarters was captured in fighting by a Karen National Liberation Army and Muslin armed group moving in the area, the HRP chairman said..."
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2004


Title: No trader dares import Thai goods to Burma via Three Pagoda Pass-Thanpyuzayart route
Date of publication: 28 November 2004
Description/subject: N"o traders have dared to import Thai goods into Burma at the start of this year's routing season on the Three Pagoda Pass to Thanpyuzayart road because locally based military are seizing imported goods, according to local traders at Three Pagoda Pass. The cars started their routing via the Three Pagoda Pass-Thaphyuzayart road Nov. 24 when just a small number of cars was routed in a day, according to a routing car owner. “We only carry people. We do not dare carry goods,” a routing car owner with a car license."..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2004


Title: NMSP Not Promised Joining until the End of the National Convention
Date of publication: 27 November 2004
Description/subject: "New Mon State Party (NMSP) has not given promise yet that their party will join the resuming National Convention (NC) until finish said NMSP spokesperson, Nai Thein Win. The Burmese military government owns MRTV released on November 23 that all of the cease-fire groups included NMSP will join their NC until finish that will resume in February 2005..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2004


Title: KPF Can Still Produce Teak Logs Though Banned In Three Pagoda Pass
Date of publication: 23 November 2004
Description/subject: "Local military authorities have banned the production of teak logs in the Three Pagoda Pass logging zone and are cleaning up illegal logging business in the area, according to logging businessmen in the area. The military authorities has started banning the export of teak to Thailand since the end of October, and the No. 44 Brigade military operation has tried to clean out illegal logging in the Kyorn Chaung logging zone, northwest of Three Pagoda Pass, where teak was grown by a British colonel..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2004


Title: Agriculture authorities forced farmers to grow subsidiary crops
Date of publication: 20 November 2004
Description/subject: "Mudon Township agriculture authorities forced farmers to grow subsidiary crops on farms irrigated by the Win-Pha-None Dam, according to villagers in the area. “A group of township agriculture authorities came to the villages and gathered villagers to grow subsidiary crops such as rice and beans,” a villager said. According to Nai Jorn, a reporter, villagers are dissatisfied with authorities because they were forced to grow crops in previous years and received no benefits for growing them..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (Mon State)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2004


Title: Drug addicted woman’s car hits into crowd and kills one
Date of publication: 16 November 2004
Description/subject: "A drug addicted woman, whose brother was killed by Thai polices in Three Pagoda Pass while sending amphetamine to Thailand, drove a car with high speed into three motor-bikes in a the crowd road and killed one person while two got serious injuries, according to victims’ families..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2004


Title: Fire Bomb exploded in the crowed, more than 20 people wounded
Date of publication: 06 November 2004
Description/subject: November 6, 2004: "Hided Three Fire Booms exploded in the crowded people in Kyaikkamort pagoda festival in Kamawet village Mudon township and more than 20 people wounded including an Actresses from Mon Oung Sorn Drama Performance group. Because one Fire Bomb explosion blew up in the drama stage show, some curtains were burned and the stage show has stopped until last night..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: New Law Kills the People
Date of publication: 06 November 2004
Description/subject: November 6, 2004: "The military government new law against the illegal transferring money, things and giving information for these kinds of things are likely the law kills the people inside Burma; Southern Thailand based Federation of Trade Unions – Burma (FTUB) General Secretary said. The new law sections an act No. 35 (Kha) declared on Nov.3 with the sign of Senior General Than Shwe and the law is for barring illegal transferring money, things and giving information to these kinds of work. In the law, the government will sentence three years to people whom working in transferring money..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Arrested owners of Cars without licenses face court
Date of publication: 04 November 2004
Description/subject: November 4, 2004: "During the recent military government crackdown on cars without licenses, cars owners were arrested and taken to court by authorities for illegal trading. At least 40 car owners were arrested in Mon State and faced court under the legal section of Act No. 31 for illegal car trading, Nai Jorn reported..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Beaten villager case has unreasonable ending, family says
Date of publication: 04 November 2004
Description/subject: November 4, 2004: "The case of a patient in the Thanpyuzayart town hospital ended with the unreasonable denial by the Burmese military commander in the area that the soldier who beat the patient ran away, according to the patient’s family. . The patient, Nai Hamard, 44, has been taking treatment for serious wounds after he was beaten by three soldiers of the Southeast Military Command No.4 military training battalion in Waekali, Thanpyuzayart township, while reaping rice in the paddy on his farm about one mile from the battalion on Oct. 26..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Burmese Army commander denied to take action rape perpetrators
Date of publication: 04 November 2004
Description/subject: October 4, 2004: "A teenager and a woman from Kyauk-kadin village, Yepyu Township of Tenasserim Division in southern Burma were raped by the Burmese Army soldiers. Although the villagers complained to take action against the rapers for the cases, the commander of the Burmese Army denied it according to a villager from this village who arrived the border recently..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Mounting Tension Between The Burmese Army and DKBA
Date of publication: 02 November 2004
Description/subject: November 2, 2004: "Between the Burmese army and a Karen cease-fire group, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), which is based near the Thai-Burma border in Three Pagoda Pass has reached tension, after Ex-Prime minister Gen Khin Nyunt was dismissed. “It was started after DKBA denied to the Burmese army demanding to have a meeting with them after Gen Khin Nyunt and MI were discharged,” a source close to DKBA said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Military Government Cracking down the Cars without Licenses
Date of publication: 01 November 2004
Description/subject: November 1, 2004: "Burmese military government is cracking down the cars and motorbikes without licenses in the whole country and there are about five hundreds cars were seized in Mandalay according to a car trader in Mon State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Military officers take party line on constitution draft to the public
Date of publication: 01 November 2004
Description/subject: November 1, 2004: "Army officers from the Southeast Command Military Training Battalion No. 4 have been talking to people regarding the military government’s party line on the constitution in public shops and while meeting people. “The military officers in Southern Mon state treated the people with good relations as they wanted to talk to them to explain that their top leaders are drawing up a constitution which international people would accept, in tea shops, on trips and while meeting people,” Nai Jorn, an IMNA source, reported..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Easy Learning Mon VCD for Mon People Who can’t read and write Mon made
Date of publication: 30 October 2004
Description/subject: October 30, 2004: "The first Easy Learning Mon Video VCD made by Sanghklaburi based Winyangita Foundation for Mon people who can’t read and write Mon, the Winyangita Foundation Director said. “You do not need to have a teacher, you can have this CD and learn it by following reading alphabets and listen the voice in it,” said Nai Orkpung..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Three Pagoda Pass DKBA barred to enjoin the traditional Padaytor Pint
Date of publication: 29 October 2004
Description/subject: October 29, 2004: "The Three Pagoda Pass-based Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) was barred by the Burmese army from joining in the annual traditional Padaytor Pint, in which a tree is hung with various items as offerings at the end of Buddhist Lent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: “The Draft Constitution was centralized; the State Supreme Legislative Body has no power to do legislation”
Date of publication: 18 October 2004
Description/subject: [18 October, 2004]*: "Some of the voice of a representative at the Burmese Military Government National Convention... These Questions and Answers were written by a representative who attended the Burmese Military Government National Convention as an ethnic national representative. He wrote about his experience and sent it to the Independent Mon News Agency in his own handwriting:..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (21K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: 80th birthday of President of Thai Raman Association, and annual festival
Date of publication: 17 October 2004
Description/subject: By: Sunthorn (IMNA)... "On the 80th birthday of Dr Su-ed Gajaseni, the President of Thai Raman Association, and annual festival of honey offering on October 17, 2004. The Mon people in Thailand hold a special celebration in their office at Ban Bangkadee, Bangkhunthien, Bangkok..."
Author/creator: Sunthorn
Language: English
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Burmese army distributes flyer to increase its number of soldiers
Date of publication: 17 October 2004
Description/subject: October 17, 2004: "The Burmese army is distributing a flyer to recruit soldiers for their army in Southern Mon State with the title: “To Protect the Country Join the Army,” Nai Choan reported. “Yesterday local army authorities went village to village in Thanpyuzayart and Mudon townships to put flyers at the crossroads and in the main villages to increase their soldiers' number,” he said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Mon State PDC ordered Chaungzon USDA to form USDA battalion in town
Date of publication: 15 October 2004
Description/subject: October 15, 2004: "Mon State Peace and Development Council (MSPDC) ordered Chaungzon (Bilu –Kyoon) township Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) to from a USDA battalion in township where National League for Democracy (NLD) were be powerless according to USDA meeting decision. MSPDC Secretary Lt-Col Soe Myint Aung ordered to form it quickly during USDA meeting for September that was held on October 3, 2004..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: General Khin Nyunt does development by detaining villagers
Date of publication: 13 October 2004
Description/subject: October 13, 2004: "Villagers in the area between Ye and Yepyu township where Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt wants to have development, have been detained in their villages by Burmese troops, according to villagers from the area. According to a New Mon State Party (NMSP) officer, NMSP leaders asked General Khin Nyunt to allow the NMSP to do activities in the area when they met with him in September. But General Khin Nyunt denied the NMSP request for the reason that the area was undeveloped and needed to develop. The government wants to do development in the area and barred the NMSP, he said. However, Burmese troops under command of Military Operation Management Command (MOMC) No.19, instead of doing development, banned villagers from leaving their villages and did more human rights violations to villagers in the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Mon National Democratic Front CEC Leaders close check by MI
Date of publication: 12 October 2004
Description/subject: October 12, 2004: "Mon National Democratic Front elected leaders in 1990, who were released on June 4, 2004, were closed check by Burmese military intelligent (MI) according to these leader friends and family said. “MI regularly came to the neighbor house MNDF Secretary, Dr. Nai Soe Lin who strongly debated to the government, and asked a lot of question what Dr. Nai Soe Lin doing,” a Dr. Nai Soe Lin family said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Barred Thai goods made price jump up immediately inside Burma
Date of publication: 09 October 2004
Description/subject: October 9, 2004: "Burmese military Border Security Administration (BSA) authorities in Myawadi barred importing goods to inside Burma and it made foodstuffs price jumped-up immediately according to trader and food-stall inside Burma. “Mostly oil, Ajinomoto... and milk price jumped up in four days,” said Nai Myit (not real name) a food-stall owner in Moulmein, Mon State city..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Army used young girls for model show to entertain the commander everyday
Date of publication: 08 October 2004
Description/subject: October 8, 2004: "Burmese army base in Khaw-zar village southern Ye Township, Mon State use 13-20 years, young girls by forcing as model girls showing fashion to entertain their commander in the army camp during the night time everyday, according to the villager arrived the border, confirmed by the IMNA source in the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (Southern Burma)
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Army ordered villager about they are going to confiscate land
Date of publication: 07 October 2004
Description/subject: October 7, 2004 (Karen State): "The Burmese army based in Three Pagoda and village headmen gathered all of the residents of a village of Three Pagoda township Oct. 6 and gave them orders regarding seizure of their land. Burmese army No. 63 gathered the Choo-cha-plu villagers in the primary school, where army officers told them they are going to confiscate the land and measure it..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LARRY JAGAN, A BURMA SPECIALIST
Date of publication: 04 October 2004
Description/subject: BY Lao Htaw, Independent Mon News Agency 4 October 2004*: Interview with Larry Jagan, a Burma specialist on politic and he said “I think that the opening of the second session of the NC gives the ethnic leaders a new opportunity but they must be strong. If I was an ethnic leader, I would go to the NC but I would not buckle under. They have to protest, they have to speak out, they have to force the authorities to allow them to meet each other. And more importantly as an ethnic leader I would want to see all ethnic leaders signing up to one agreement. Please read the whole interview at the below...
Author/creator: Lao Htaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (27K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Non-stop force labor in road construction
Date of publication: 01 October 2004
Description/subject: ) October 1, 2004: "Currently Burmese military government army has been using local villager in Southern Ye Township at the road construction everyday. One person from each house in Ywa Thit village, Singu village and Hangan village are ordered by Tactical Commander Colonel Nyi Nyi to build a new road for connecting these three villages..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (Southern Burma
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Military government reduced selling oil 50% to people
Date of publication: 30 September 2004
Description/subject: September 30, 2004: "Burmese military government, Minister of Energy (ME) reduced selling oil 50% to the owner of vehicles that registered with the government according to car owners who are routing their car in Southern Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Eight NMSP members released, but three more members have been arrested again
Date of publication: 29 September 2004
Description/subject: September 29, 2004: "Yesterday, Burmese military government released eight New Mon State Party members that were arrested on June 29 2004, the day of NMSP made cease-fire agreement reached for 9 years. But there are more than three of NMSP members from Tavoy district have been arrested on September 14 by the Burmese government and it made more badly relationship between NMSP and the government..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: No citizen card, no money cannot go to hospital
Date of publication: 28 September 2004
Description/subject: By Chan Mon (IMNA) (Yepyu)... 27 September 2004... "A leg cut patient who stepped on the landmine during he returned home from fishing could not go to take treatment inside Burma because of no citizen card said by the patient’s father who brought his son to a Christian Hospital in Thai-Burma border for four days walked from his camp. Bo Naung, 23 years old stepped landmine, where was his father and friend passed before him when they went back to home, in east part of Ye Pyu Township, near Internal Displace People (IDP) camp called Chao Done according to his father, Mr.U Chit..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Honorable ceremony for the senior Mon drama performers
Date of publication: 27 September 2004
Description/subject: By Sike (IMNA), Moulmein "Mon Drama performance groups joined altogether and honored to the respected senior Mon drama leaders in Ceremony in capital of Mon State, Moulmein yesterday before they started their performance in coming dry season. Nine Mon Drama performance groups honored the elder performers in Mon community hall according the Buddhism respecting of elderly people, invited 14 drama elderly performers from Mon State and Karen State and made a devotional offering to them in the ceremony, according to Nai Mon Oung Kyaw Son, the leader of honoring committee, and the head of Mon Kyae Lai drama performance group..."
Author/creator: Sike (IMNA)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2004


Title: Five people arrested on suspicion of being rebels’ parents
Date of publication: 23 September 2004
Description/subject: September 23, 2004 (Southern Burma): "The Burmese Army arrested five villagers in southern Mon State with suspicion rebels’ parents at 11:00 Am yesterday and additionally restricted the villagers’ movement to work in their paddy-farms and orchid plantation. “Burmese Army Battalion (LIB) No.586, Colonel Ngwe Soe arrested four parents of Mon rebels from Hongsarwatoi Restoration Party (HRP) in our village called Kaw-hlaing, in southern part of Ye Township, Mon State,” said villagers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (15K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004


Title: No compensation for the houses burned down by gas-pipeline explosion
Date of publication: 23 September 2004
Description/subject: September 23, 2004 (Upper Mon State): "Five family lives in Tha-mar-saing villages which on the road between Thaton and Beelin towns in Mon State have to makeshifts after their houses were destroyed by the gas-pipeline explosion and no compensation paid by the military regime SPDC. “The houses belonged to five families in the village were seriously burnt on September 17, 2004 night at about 10:00 p.m,” said the villagers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004


Title: Land and properties provision for increased troops deployment
Date of publication: 21 September 2004
Description/subject: September 21, 2004 (Southern Mon State, Burma): "Villagers are forced to give wooden poles for a Burmese Army’s new battalion, which deploys in Khaw-zar village, in southern Ye Township, Mon State, accordingly to the villagers. “Each house has to give 10 leaves for roofing the barracks and every two houses have to give a wooden pole. Our Yin-dein villagers are also forced to give to Infantry Battalion No.31,” said Mr. Nai Kung Sike. IB No. 31 is currently taking patrol in the area and taking responsibility for a new battalion deployment in Khaw-zar, a biggest village in the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004


Title: HRP Headquarters seized by a Muslim and Karen joint armed force
Date of publication: 20 September 2004
Description/subject: September 20, 2004: "Hongsarwatoi Restoration Headquarter (HRP) seized by an unknown armed group and one of HRP chairman daughter died on the spot and his wife and other one of his soldier wounded after the fighting according to HRP member. The HRP headquarters in Tavoy District, in Thailand-Burma border area was seized on September 18’s morning after an armed groups entered in there and fired to HRP chairman Nai Pan Nyunt shelter house according to HRP spoke-person Mr. Nai Kon Chan Nai..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004


Title: DKBA gets favor after halting businessperson’s seizure of public market
Date of publication: 18 September 2004
Description/subject: September 18, 2004 (Karen State, Border): "A Karen ceasefire armed group, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) which has bad name in treating the local people, gets support from the people after halting trader Ms. Daw Saw Khin and Township Peace and Development Council’s (Ma Ya Ka) plan for building the lacquer and furniture market in public ground in Three Pagoda Pass (TPP) border city..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 19 September 2004


Title: Mon rebel (HRP) denies for cease-fire if there is no time frame for political reform
Date of publication: 16 September 2004
Description/subject: "Hongsarwatoi Restoration Party (HRP) does not want to talk for cease-fire to the regime SPDC, if the regime does not setup exact time frames for political reform in Burma, said by HRP leader amid many other ethnic armed groups have agreed for ceasefire. “We want genuine peace, but if the government does not setup time schedule for the political reform in Burma and the problems in Mon State continue and if there is no international mediator, no way we wouldn’t talk to the regime,” said HRP Chairman Nai Pan Nyunt..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: ndependent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 19 September 2004


Title: Border trade ban during the Deputy Chief Command is in Myawadi
Date of publication: 14 September 2004
Description/subject: "Deputy Chief Commander of South-East Command, Brigadier General Myo Hla is on trip to Myawadi border town with Thailand, the imported Thai goods is on a still-stand situation, said by SPDC’s Border Area Administration Department (Nasaka) said trader..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 19 September 2004


Title: Confiscation of 490 acres land for Burmese Army’s business
Date of publication: 14 September 2004
Description/subject: September 14, 2004 (Thanpyuzayat, Mon State): "Commanders of No. 4 Military Training School under the command of Burmese Army’s South-East Command, in Thanbyuzayat Township are measuring 490 acres of rubber and orchid plantations belonged to the civilians in Wae-ka-li village in order to confiscate for their own business..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (17K)
Date of entry/update: 19 September 2004


Title: Burmese soldiers burnt down their sheltering house after Mon rebels’ ambush
Date of publication: 13 September 2004
Description/subject: September 13, 2004 (Southern Mon State Ye): "A house which the Mon rebel fired to 6 Burmese (SPDC) soldiers while falling in asleep was totally burnt down by the Burmese soldiers and household heads were also arrested on the next day, the villagers told IMNA yesterday. The burnt house was in Mi-Htaw-hlar village, southern Ye Township, where 4 Burmese soldiers among 6 under the command of Light Infantry Battalion No. 282 were shot to death by the Mon rebels while they were sleeping on August 29..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 19 September 2004


Title: Four Burmese soldiers died in landslide
Date of publication: 10 September 2004
Description/subject: "Four Burmese soldiers died in landslide on the road of Myawadi to Mawlamyine (Mon State city) during heaving raining last night according to trader..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 19 September 2004


Title: I don’t know, why I became a USDA member
Date of publication: 08 September 2004
Description/subject: "Many people said they did not know why they become as members of Union Solidarity Development Association (USDA) while this SPDC hand-picked organization is currently extending its members in Mon State. “I did not know why myself became a USDA member because of my village headmen filled in the USDA member registration form. When USDA leaders came and asked our Village Peace and Development Council to extend 20 members in this year for the village, my name was put,” said Mr. Nai Myo a villager from Kwan-hlar village Mudon Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 19 September 2004


Title: Village headmen call for ILO to have more access in rural areas
Date of publication: 01 September 2004
Description/subject: September 1, 2004: "International Labor Organization (ILO) should try to have more access to rural area in southern Mon state, Burma and it should not conduct its activities only in cities/towns, in order to know forced labor situation, the village headmen from southern part of Ye Township demanded. “Even ILO monitoring the situation of force labor in Burma and the government issued Order 1/99, the use forced labor by the Burmese government is not really stopping in our area,” a village headman from a village near Khaw-za village, who was in anonymity situation told IMNA. “There are a lot of Order 1/99 paper sheets put on the wall in the Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) office in the villages in both Burmese and English. Although currently the Burmese Army under the command of Military Operation Management Command (MOMC) No.19 have forced villagers all the time to work in the road construction, pieces of works in army camp and as porters, the villagers never received any payment,” he added..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 01 September 2004


Title: Pegu city residents sick of patrolling duty
Date of publication: 24 August 2004
Description/subject: August 24, 2004: "The SPDC authorities in Pegu city have forced the residents on a rotation basis to guard and patrol around their city for security and if the residents fail to perform their duties they have to pay, according to Pegu residents..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 25 August 2004


Title: USDA organizes membership with business opportunity
Date of publication: 23 August 2004
Description/subject: August 23, 2004: "Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) are checking and registering adult population of most families in towns situating southern Mon state in order to raise awareness about USDA and organize the people with business opportunity..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 25 August 2004


Title: Eighteen people bitten by rabid dogs and one man died with hydrophobia
Date of publication: 20 August 2004
Description/subject: "Strangely, lot of dogs infected with hydrophobia in Three Pagoda Town, 18 peoples included children bitten by these dogs and one man died with hydrophobia. Thur Pu, 21 year olds from Kya-inn-seikyi Township who was working in Three Pagoda, died on yesterday morning with hydrophobia after suffering bitten three days ago according to his friends..."
Author/creator: Mon Kyae & Thu Rein
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (15K)
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2004


Title: Forced labor and inhumane treatment in the road construction
Date of publication: 19 August 2004
Description/subject: August 19, 2004" "An unpaid forced laborer working in a road repair was seriously beaten by the Burmese soldiers, as he took a rest for a while during the Burmese Army is planning to convert a village to be a Sub-Town in Southern Mon State, according to a local resident. Everyday 10 civilians from a quarter from Khaw-zar Sub-Town and 10 civilians from each village around the area forced to work in a road repairs. The road connects from one village to another in the area and have re-built the road since the end of 2003 with forced labor contributed by civilians. The military regime is also planning to promote the administration of Khaw-zar village to be a Sub-Town, which is about 10 miles from Ye Town in Mon State. “At least three or four people were beaten everyday from a village,” said Mr. Nai Kon Mon who witnessed the mis-treatment and was also forced in the road repairs recently..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (18K)
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2004


Title: Independent Mon News Agency Archive
Date of publication: 13 August 2004
Description/subject: The IMNA archive on OBL currently contains more than 230 IMNA stories from October 2002. The archive metadata can be browsed, or searched by keyword.
Language: English, Burmese, Mon
Source/publisher: OBL-IMNA
Format/size: html, jpg, gif
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Exclusive Interview with NMSP General-Secretary, Nai Hong Sar
Date of publication: 10 August 2004
Description/subject: New Mon State Party (NMSP) General Secretary, Nai Hong Sar was interviewed by Loa Htaw, Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA), in Sangkhlaburi on what Burmese government accused on their members as criminals. But he refused the accusation and continues talking about what NMSP and other cease-fire groups’ request to military government, SPDC, in the recent National Convention. Here in the full transcript of the interview.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (17K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Three Pagoda Pass football match ceased at semi-final in fear of armed conflict
Date of publication: 10 August 2004
Description/subject: August 10, 2004: "Three Pagoda Pass Township 6th annual football match ceased at semi-final after an argument occurred between the Ramonnya Football Team and Chaung-zone Football Team. “Because of Three Pagoda Pass Township Peace and Development (TPDC) is afraid of armed conflict occurs between New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) which are behind the two football teams, and so they cease the match without a decided date to re-start again,” according to the match Implementing Committee..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Thai-Raman (Thai-Mon) Communities Gather to Offer Mon Foods in a Honor of Royal Thai Queen’s 72th Birthday
Date of publication: 09 August 2004
Description/subject: August 9, 2004, Bangkok: "Thai-Raman (Thai Mon) communities near Thai capital Bangkok gather to offer Mon foods to the people for five days including showing of Mon Traditions Exhibition stall at Sanam Luang, a public ground in order to honor Royal Thai Queen’s 72th Anniversary Birthday ceremony..."
Author/creator: Chan Mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (15K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: About 30 smugglers killed each other before SPDC seized 830 kilograms heroin
Date of publication: 06 August 2004
Description/subject: August 6, 2004: "About 30 heroin smugglers killed each other in the Martaban Sea, southwestern part of Burma, before the the military regime SPDC authorities and Military Intelligence (MI) seized about 830 kilograms (1, 660 pounds) heroin from a Mon smuggler in Hnit-kayin, a coastal village, Ye township, southern Mon State, according to the villagers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: New Mon State Party Refused What SPDC’s Accusation on Their Soldiers as Criminals
Date of publication: 06 August 2004
Description/subject: August 6, 2004: "New Mon State Party (NMSP) General Secretary refused what Burmese government accuses on eight of their soldiers as criminals for scary people by guns in collecting tax money. The NMSP Leader said that eight soldiers who have been accused as criminals and arrested by the SPDC authorities in Ye township, Mon State are Nai Ron Nai, Nai Tala Lawi, Nai Aung Yin and five others on June 29, on the day of 9th anniversary of NMSP cease-fire with regime..."
Author/creator: Loa Htaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: A serious beating and killing of a Mon comedian by SPDC’s police and MI
Date of publication: 05 August 2004
Description/subject: August 5, 2004: "Because of Thanbyuzayat Township polices and Military Intelligence’s serious beating and torture a Mon comedian, Mr. Nai Lam Pyart, from “Mon Kyae Lai” Mon traditional drama performance group, died after the abuses was committed with a suspicion he was attempting to rape a performance girl, accordingly the source from the drama group. “Nai Lam Pyart died in Moulmein (Mawlamyine – named by the regime) hospital after Thanbyuzyat hospital’s medical workers could not treat the injuries and brought him there on July 29,” the source said..."
Author/creator: Sike
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Burmese Military Changed New Mon State Party School To Government School
Date of publication: 03 August 2004
Description/subject: August 3, 2004: "Burmese military government destroyed New Mon State Party (NMSP) school signboard and put government school signboard in Mon State, southern Ye township said a Mon teacher in the area. “Now some Mon National School (MNS) signboards have already been changed to the signboard of government schools”, said the teacher..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Escape from arrest as porters while village is under flood
Date of publication: 03 August 2004
Description/subject: August 3, 2004: "The villagers in a village in Southern Ye Township are escaping from the soldiers’ arrest for the conscription of porters while their village is under flood according to the villagers. “The villager are hiding and escaping. The soldiers are trying to arrest the men to use them as porters in the military operations against the Mon splinter groups. Many times, the men are loud their voice “Karoute” Karoute (in Mon language) in Hangan to escape from the arrest even while the village is under water of three feet in depth,” said a monk come from the Hangan village..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: A furniture or lacquer factory has to pay three hundreds thousands kyat for concession
Date of publication: 02 August 2004
Description/subject: August 2, 2004: "Each furniture or lacquer factory in Three Pagoda Pass has to pay three hundreds thousands kyat (about 300 $ US) to the Burmese military government for factory concession and they have to pay log permission too to open their factory again according to the furniture and lacquer factories owners. “We also have to pay eight thousands kyat every year for extending concession and 25 thousands kyat (about 30 $ US) for a ton to buy log permission..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Forced Relocation of 300 houses for a SPDC’s Police Station and Hospital
Date of publication: 27 July 2004
Description/subject: July 27, 2004: "Burma’s regime authorities from Ye Township Peace and Development Council (Ye TPDC) forcibly moved 300 houses in a Mon village in Mon State, Southern Burma, in order to build police station and hospital by force to build it police station and accordingly to the villagers. “Ye TPDC not only forced us to move the house, they also confiscated eight acres of orchid plantation and ten acres of paddy-farms land in the Du-yar village in northern Ye township,” said Mr. Nai Mon Chan, the villager who closes to Ye TPDC..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Senseless of fined from the traffic policemen
Date of publication: 27 July 2004
Description/subject: July 27, 2004: "Traffic policemen in Mon State, Southern Burma seriously check the motorbike drivers for fine money since the security has been tight for the National Convention held in Rangoon according to the travelers in the area. “They check helmet first, if you do not have helmet they fine you. If you have it, they check driving license again, if you do not have it they fine you. Even we have helmet and driving license but they fine us,” said Mr. Nai San Wae a motorbike owner inside Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: News Alert ! (New Song and VCD From Mon State)
Date of publication: 26 July 2004
Description/subject: Dear Mon Friend, Song Lover, New Mon singer (Kra Weat Htaw) song album will distribute to Mon people and Rae Mharn VCD karaoke is distributing to Mon community. For the Kra Weat Htaw album, You can visit www.monnews-imna.com/mon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Mon singers request the Mon community to against the pirate CDs and tapes
Date of publication: 25 July 2004
Description/subject: July 25, 2004: "Mon singers requested to their Mon audiences that to not buy the pirate Mon CDs and tapes produced by the businessmen, and they asked the Mon audiences to buy only the original CDs and tapes after the illegal copied CDs and tapes are widespread sold in the Mon community..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Independent Mon News Agency (Mon Language)
Date of publication: 21 July 2004
Description/subject: Now Independent Mon News Agency is updated Mon Language webpage. http://www.monnews-imna.com/mon/index.htm
Language: English
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: A decision for Mon Monks university in Mon State
Date of publication: 20 July 2004
Description/subject: July 20, 2004: "A decision to open a Mon Monks’ University in Mon State is made by the famous senior Mon monks, Mon community leaders and some New Mon State Party leaders in the capital of Mon State, said Ajar Damma Dinna a Mon monk from United State who support this University said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Killing, rape, porter and torturing continue in Southern Ye Township
Date of publication: 17 July 2004
Description/subject: July 17, 2004: "Killing, rape, porter and torturing – other human rights violations continues by the soldiers of Burmese Army in Southern Ye Township, Southern Burma, according to fifteen villagers who fled from their villages to escape the abuses and arrived to the Mon refugee resettlement camp on July 15. “Burmese soldiers from Battalion No.273 based in Kanbauk, in Yebyu Township have on a rotation basis used 15 villagers as porters and as human-shields while they lunched offensives against the Mon splinter group. Many villagers were beaten, fed with insufficient food and had to carry heavy ammunitions. The villagers who were suspected supporting splinter group were killed and tortured,” said Mr. Nai Lwi Mon who arrived Hlockhani refugee resettlement camp..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Testing for HIV in Burma
Date of publication: 17 July 2004
Description/subject: 17 July 2004: "People in Burma have little incentive to test their HIV status, said Jamie Uhrig, a former employee of the World Health Organization (WHO) in that country. A young man from Rangoon agreed that many people in Burma don’t want to have the HIV test because it is expensive and even if they discover they are infected it is difficult to get treatment. He said most people even don’t know that what ARV drugs are. So, if they know they are infected, they would become depressed as there is a lot discrimination against people who are HIV positive..."
Author/creator: Loa Htaw (IMNA)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Almost furniture and lacquer factories in Three Pagoda Pass closed down after the order
Date of publication: 14 July 2004
Description/subject: July 14, 2004: "Almost furniture and lacquer factories are ordered to close down after the government rigidly pressure them to make logging permission although the leaders of Furniture Factory Association compromises with SPDC authorities in Three Pagoda Pass town to reduce tax for permission, accordingly to a member of the Association. “The authorities want us to pay for the logs that we use in the factories as concession or permission cost again. But we don’t want to pay because we bought the logs that already paid tax for their concessions,” said Mr. Nai Tin Win, a Furniture Factory Association member..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Carrying Condoms is a “Crime” for Burmese Women
Date of publication: 14 July 2004
Description/subject: July 14, 2004" "Burmese women can be jailed for a maximum of three years if military police find them carrying a condom, says Liz Hilton the spokesperson of EMPOWER, a Thai organisation that supports and educates sex workers. Hilton, who is representing EMPOWER (Chiang Mai) at the 2004 AIDS Conference, said that women in Burma are at risk - regardless of whether they are sex workers, domestic workers, or teachers. "What women are saying is that the police assume any woman with a condom is a sex worker. And the result is that many women in Burma are now too afraid to carry condoms, in case the police arrest them"..."
Author/creator: Ms.Hong Sar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Total ban on furniture export to Thailand
Date of publication: 13 July 2004
Description/subject: July 13, 2004: "Burmese military government, SPDC, authorities in Three Pagoda Pass border town totally banned the funiture and log exports to Thailand, according to a furniture factory owner. “The authorities already ordered to the logging bussinessmen and funiture factory owners to not export furniture and logs in Thailand since July 9, after an order came from Karen State Peace and Development Council. But they totally banned at mid-day today that they will not allow any furniture and logs to export to Thai side of the border,” said Mr. Nai Htay a funiture trader.."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (15K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: No exam result for 10th Standard students who are not from State High Schools
Date of publication: 11 July 2004
Description/subject: July 11, 2004: "The students from outside the State schools those entered 10th Standard of High School Level Education exam in March 2004 are confused after the SPDC’s Education Ministry issued a statement which force them to re-exam lower level 9th Standard exam accordingly to the source from teacher..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Force Labor for Fencing Kanbauk-Myaing-kalay Gas Pipeline.
Date of publication: 30 June 2004
Description/subject: June 30, 2004: "The Burmese military government authorities in Mon state are forcing the local villagers in southern Mon State to fence along the route of gas pipeline on a daily basis in order to prevent potential sabotages. “They ordered to fence the gas pipeline which across the streams and fill earth on the iron pipes in order to put the gas-pipelines under the ground,” said Mr. Nai Khit Chai, a Wae-win-kara villager, Thanbyuzayart Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: A strange foreign ship arrived at Kalar-gote Island in Mon State
Date of publication: 29 June 2004
Description/subject: June 29, 2004: "A strange foreign ship with no passenger arrived in the west beach of Kalar-gote Island in Ye township, southern Burma and the Burmese Army’s navy took it away, according to villagers from island. “The ship arrived on June 25 Friday and we do not found anyone on board of the ship. It has three stairs and some foods and clothes are on the up-stair floor,” said Mr. Nai Win. The floated ship slow reached in the beach west of the island,” he added..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: SPDC and NMSP continue maintaining cease-fire agreement
Date of publication: 29 June 2004
Description/subject: June 29, 2004: "New Mon State party (NMSP) and the SPDC’s Military Intelligence said they continue maintaining cease-ire agreement in the 9th annual ceremony for cease-fire agreement in NMSP office in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State this morning. NMSP leader opened ceremony at 9 a:m and NMSP leaders read formal message from NMSP President Nai Htin..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: SPDC measured about 1700 acres land for confiscation
Date of publication: 29 June 2004
Description/subject: June 29, 2004: "Burmese military government recently measured about 1700 acres land for confiscation in the middle part of Mon State and in southern Mon State Burma for building dam, the local Mon people said. In southern part of Ye township, the military government measured more than 700 acres land in east part of Ka-lort village near a water fall in 2002 where the government planned to build dam for hydroelectric power and water for cultivation, said Mr. U Shwe Tin a leader of land surveyor this area. “I am not sure what is the government going to do in this land. But I heard from the government authorities that they will create plantation and farms in lower part of the proposed dam and take water from there,” Mr. Tin added..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Endless illegal Car Trading
Date of publication: 27 June 2004
Description/subject: June 27, 2004: "Although there is heavy rains and most parts of motor road are destroyed by the rain, the traders continue illegally importing second hand car from Japan into Burma. “Every day more than 15 cars are imported into Burma through Mae-katha road across jungles,” said the source close to the KNU checkpoint officer Kyaw Tint. “Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and a Karen surrender group called KPF (Karen Peace Force) has taken responsibility in bringing these cars,” added the source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Illegally soccer gambling likely legal during Euro 2004 (UEFA)
Date of publication: 26 June 2004
Description/subject: June 26, 2004: "During UEFA, in the capital and in southern part of Burma, Burmese people are widely gambling as legal game after bribed to Military Intelligence and gambling organizers won in the French vs Greece match according to the gambling organizer in Rangoon..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: KPF, a Karen cease-fire armed group kidnapped six sex workers
Date of publication: 25 June 2004
Description/subject: June 25, 2004: "A Karen cease-fire armed group, KPF (Karen Peace Force - which stands literally in Burmese – Kayin Nyein Chan Ye Ah Pwae) kidnapped six sex workers from a brothel house and this armed group threatened the owner to close down that house situates in No.2 city quarter, Three Pagoda Pass, a Thai-Burma border townin southern Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Ethnic armed groups are barred for forcibly use boat ferry
Date of publication: 22 June 2004
Description/subject: June 22, 2004: "Ferry association set a new rule restricting the ceased-fire groups to not use boat ferry by force where those groups always use it along Zami river, a main route in rainy season from Three-Pagoda-Pass border town to a town in Karen State, Kya-inn-seikyi. “We do not allow cease-fire armed groups to use boat ferries by force along the route from Three-Pagoda-Pass– Kya-inn-seikyi. We will only allow the government officers to use those ferries as they like,” said Mr. U Than Win, Boat Ferry Transport Association chairperson..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Release of Mon political prisoners with a restriction
Date of publication: 19 June 2004
Description/subject: June 19, 2004: "The Burmese military government released the leaders of Mon National Democratic Front with a suspension that they released them in early time and they would be imprisoned again if they against the regime, said Dr. Min Kyi Win, a MNDF’s MP who released recently..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Burmese Police extorted and tortured the deported migrant workers
Date of publication: 18 June 2004
Description/subject: June 18, 2004: "Burmese Police based in Three Pagoda Pass interrogated and asked for money from migrant workers who are deported back from Thailand. “If the migrant worker can’t pay the amount they asked, they are tortured” said a migrant worker who was deported on yesterday. Recently even the government media MRTV and MRTV 3 reported the government would help the migrant workers as much as possible, but the Three Pagoda Pass polices just asking money from them and also seized the belongings said by the migrant worker..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Ethnic armed groups monopolized buying bamboo-shoot
Date of publication: 18 June 2004
Description/subject: June 18, 2004: "Three ethnic armed groups monopolized buying bamboo-shoot this year in Three Pagoda Pass area, opposite of Thailand’s Kanchanburi Province, according to Ms. Mi Mor a former bamboo shoot trader said. “New Mon State Party, Karen National Union and Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (which base in the area) forbid the former bamboo shoot traders to buy bamboo-shoot this year and the armed groups will do buying with their own arrangment today,” Ms. Mor added..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Burma Regime’s Dramatic Art Council ordered Mon artists to put old fashion opera in their shows
Date of publication: 11 June 2004
Description/subject: June 11, 2004: "Burmese military regime’s Dramatic Art Council ordered to Mon dramatic performers in Mon State and Karen State to put a piece of Burmese traditional opera in their show..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Use of porters by Burmese Army amid Ethnic rebels’ ceasefire
Date of publication: 07 June 2004
Description/subject: June 7, 2004: "Seven people returned home yesterday after six days of serving as porters for Burmese Army’s troops in their military operations in the area along Three-Pagoda-Pass – Thanbyuzayat motor road, where most ethnic rebel cease fighting against the regime. “Infantry Battalion No.289 used nine porters from our village to carry their military supply from Chaung-zon to Yetagon village for 6 days,” said Mr. Nai Myaing a villager who know those porters..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Pub taxes jump up in Mon State
Date of publication: 06 June 2004
Description/subject: June 6, 2004: "The Burma regime’s Custom Department collects ten times tax in comparison with last year from pubs in Mon State this year, in order to raise more revenue for the local authorities, said the pub owners in Mon State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Army ordered to the villages PDC to seize farm 800 acres for army
Date of publication: 04 June 2004
Description/subject: June 4, 2004: "Burmese Army bases in Mon State ordered to Village Peace and Development Council to confiscated 800 acres farmland for army after they held a meeting with village PDC chairpersons in Thanbyuzayat Town, the villages PDC members said. “The Infantry Battalion No.31’s Army Officer ordered to confiscate farmlands for four battalions that base in Thanbyuzayat,” said Hnee Padaw village PDC members and Kwanhlar villge PDC members..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Three Mon Leaders Released from Moulmein Jail
Date of publication: 04 June 2004
Description/subject: June 4, 2004: "Three Mon political leaders from Mon National Democratic Front (MNDF) are released today about noon time from the Mon State’s capital Moulmein jail, confirmed MNDF spokeperson. Mr. Nai Pan Aung, MNDF spokeperson said, the SPDC authorities and Military Intelligence Officers send three Mon political leaders Nai Ngwe Thein, Dr. Min Soe Lin and Dr. Min Kyi Win back to their homes at noon time..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Order to make TV license in Mon State
Date of publication: 01 June 2004
Description/subject: June 1, 2004: "The Burmese government television and communication department has ordered the people to register their TV to have a license and the State authorities are strictly implementing for it in southern Burma. “The government ordered it last week and it authorities are collecting the number of TV from every home in southern Mon state,” said a TV owner U Hla Khaing..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Broker created expensive cost for applying (Mon State) Ma La Ma motorbike license
Date of publication: 25 May 2004
Description/subject: May 25, 2004: "Because of payment to broker too expensive, the cost for applying to get (Mon State) Ma La Ma motorbike license costs are higher than before, the local traders said..."
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: The Government Tried to Stop more than 13,000 Mon student from learning
Date of publication: 25 May 2004
Description/subject: May 25, 2004: "The Burmese military regime SPDC has tried to close down Mon National School where there are more than 13,000 Mon student attended and operated by by New Mon State Party’s Edccation Department in Ye township in order to transform them as government schools, but NMSP will oppose the attempts, NMSP spoke person said..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: A Sergeant killed by a soldier after unfair giving supply
Date of publication: 23 May 2004
Description/subject: May 23, 2004: A military government sergeant from Battalion No-106 that based in Mawkanin, Ye township, Mon State, shot death by a soldier after unfair giving supply to low rank soldier according to source close to this battalion said. Sergeant Aung Kyi Myint shot on yesterday while he is giving military supply to lower rank soldier inside the battalion and he died at the hospital today. For more information contact to imna_news@yahoo.com See: www.monnews-imna.com/burmese
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (41K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Missing three children and a woman after the water inundated houseboats
Date of publication: 21 May 2004
Description/subject: May 21, 2004: "Three children and a woman are missing after the strong water destroyed seven houseboats in a village in western part of the three Pagoda Pass Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: More than Four hundreds Mon Youth finished “Mon History” exam
Date of publication: 19 May 2004
Description/subject: May 19, 2004: "More than four hundreds Mon youth community from two states and a division finished “Mon History” exam in Mon State City under the leading of a famous monk, Tala Goon Ajar Par Li Ta yesterday. The exam intends for teenager and upper teenager age Mon to understand Mon literature and Mon old town history, Summery Mon Literature School leader, Ajar Par Li Ta organized it at the 2500 Buddhist Years temple in Mawlamyine..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K), jpg (8K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2004-05-19.jpeg
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Not Genuine National Convention, Mon Leaders Dialogue Decides
Date of publication: 18 May 2004
Description/subject: May 18, 2004: "Today Mon Leaders make a decision that the National Convention is not genuine one after they have theoretically analyzed on the NC, said the meeting spoke-person Nai Banya Dean..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: NMSP representatives already arrived Ragoon for attending National Convention (NC)
Date of publication: 11 May 2004
Description/subject: May 11, 2004: "The representatives from New Mon State Party, the biggest Mon armed group already arrived Ragoon for attending Burmese government’s National Convention that will hold on May 17. New Mon State Party, which made cease-fire since 1995, sent its five representatives to Ragoon on yesterday after it party central member held a meeting at the beginning of May..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


Title: Twenty illegal car traders from Three Pagodas were arrested by (SA Tone lone), police intelligent group
Date of publication: 10 May 2004
Description/subject: May 10, 2004: "(Sa Tone Lone) police intelligent group from Karen State Peace and Development Council arrested twenty of illegal car traders, from Three Pagoda..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: MNDF chairperson explained to people NLD can join NC if all of it’s CEC member were released and held a meeting, But UNA is not sure
Date of publication: 29 April 2004
Description/subject: April 29, 2004: “NLD can join to national convention if all of it’s central executive committee can be held a meeting for it,” Chairperson of Mon National Democratic Front, who meet with NLD central members regularly, said in front of the crowded people at the 8th honoring ceremony for Nai Aung Tun, Mon Affair minister who passed away in Paca village, Thanpyuzayart township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Two Leaders from non-politic group were Invited to National Convention as Mon National Delegates
Date of publication: 24 April 2004
Description/subject: April 24, 2004: "Two non-politician leaders were invited to national convention as the Mon national delegates by the government according to the source who live close with these leaders. Nai Sike, Chair Person of Mon National Literature and Culture of Mawlamyine and Nai Kyin Phay, former Mon State Peace and Development Council Chair person and also the leader and the founder of Yar Ma Nya Newspaper, currently has been publishing in Mon State in Burmese,were invited after the Military Southeast Command Commander met with them..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Government Municipal Department bad treated the poor with tax
Date of publication: 22 April 2004
Description/subject: April 22, 2004: "Recently the Burmese Government Municipal of Pegu town, in east of Rangoon, taxation made the poor and old couple feel uncomfortable when the couple repairing their own house. The municipal collect taxed 20,000 kyat on the couple, Nai Hpood in Socialist quarter, when the couple trying to repair and straight their house that lean long time ago. The poor couple faced the problems that they cannot pay because they tried to repair their house with a few amount. However, the municipal officer collect taxed on them with many amount of money by order later..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Do development for corruption in Three Pagoda
Date of publication: 21 April 2004
Description/subject: April 21, 2004: "Quarter Peace and Development Council in Three Pagoda Town measured land in it quarter and again sell it to people for their pocket money today. Three Pagoda Town quarter No.3 PDC officer, U Hlaing Myit and a surveyor, U Khin Soe lead, a group of people remeasured the land by passing one by one home and made 40 feet Wide and 60 feet Length measurement for a home..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Shwe Marn and Min Kyi friend fled to Thailand for escape
Date of publication: 19 April 2004
Description/subject: April 19, 2004: :One Mon,who parents joined UN and he also come from Pegu, in east of Rangoon, left his family to free from arrest of the Burmese government authority and arrived in Thai-Burma border after have interrogated. Nai Mraok Done is a friend of Shwe Marn and Min Kyi who contacted with ILO and have been sentenced to death by the military government .Because of being friend with them Mraok also been interrogated and checked by the government Military Intelligent (MI) many time..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: A new Computer Technology and Science University in Rangoon has been closed down
Date of publication: 12 April 2004
Description/subject: April 12, 2004: "A computer technology and science university in Ragoon has been closed down with no limited time, after more than a hundred of student who dismissed from the exam, protested for allowing them to exam in this year. The university is in Thar Du Kan, Hlaw Kar, it closed on March 20, after the government education minister met the protester who did not attend 75% school time at the school and dismissed from the exam for this year by the university teacher..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Yesterday, more Than ten thousand students finished Mon Literature Study.
Date of publication: 10 April 2004
Description/subject: April 10, 2004: "Yesterday night, in Mudon township, the local Mon community celebrated closing ceremony of the Summer time Mon literature school which are under leading of a famous monk,Talagoon on Aiarr Par li Tha in Kamawet village. In the celebration, the community leader, schoolteacher, students and thousands of communities, from different circles in Mudon Township, attended..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Forced to form Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association in the village
Date of publication: 09 April 2004
Description/subject: April 9, 2004: "Yesterday, in the township village’s headman workshop and meeting the government authority forced to form Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association. In two days workshop meeting in Mudon town ship, southern Mon State city, Mawlamyine the authority ordered the village men to form Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association in each village..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Oil price and tax stopped 200 more small four wheel car in Three Pagoda-Thanpyuzayart route from transporting oil
Date of publication: 06 April 2004
Description/subject: April 6, 2004 : "In this year, the small four wheels car in Three Pagoda-Thanpyuzayart route stop transporting oil to Burma because the oil price getting down and the tax also getting increased..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Free gambling of the authorities for water festival creates robbery
Date of publication: 05 April 2004
Description/subject: "Free gambling for the coming Thingyan, water festival in Southern Mon State started creating thief cases and robbery after the gambling started. The coming Thingyan starts on April 12 to 17, and to get money from the gambler by tax, the Burmese government authorities announced to the people that they allow the people for gambling from the beginning of April 1 to April 17..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Police in the New Town of Mon State, makes money with jackfruit stalk from the cow owner
Date of publication: 04 April 2004
Description/subject: "Polices from the new town in Southern Mon State, makes their pocket money by fined on the cows that ate their jackfruit stalk. Lamaing twon polices throwing the jack fruit stalk that have good smell around it station for attracting the cow to eat it. Everyday the police caught three or two cows while the cow eating the jackfruit stalk and the police made money more then 10,000 kyat in a day..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: HRP under pressure of it competition armed groups
Date of publication: 02 April 2004
Description/subject: "Mon rubble [rebels?-OBL], refused to talk for cease fire with the Burmese government in late February, Hongsarwatoi Restoration Party (HRP) under pressured of it competition armed groups. HRP leader said “some HRP member were killed by KNU, arrested buy Thai army, and HRP faced heavy military operation from the Burmese army and NMSP.” " For more information read the attached file in Burmese. Contact: imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (57K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Demanding Illegal Money From Motorbikers
Date of publication: 31 March 2004
Description/subject: "The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and No.5 Intelligence in Mon State not allowing people to use it new kind of license called Mon State motorbike licenses in the future and they are announcing to the people to change using Mon state license to Mawlamyine City license..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Training for Militia to Commando Soldier
Date of publication: 30 March 2004
Description/subject: "Burmese Government is starting it advance basic militia training for the trainee who finished last year basic militia training in Mon State southern Burma at the same time. The training started on March 25 and 30 trainees attend in each training camp where the government local based battalion arranged." For more information read the attached file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (63K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Mass Destruction of Economy by SPDC
Date of publication: 29 March 2004
Description/subject: "It seems to the international communities that the ruling Burmese military junta is leading to national reconciliation and building for a disciplined democratic country by having cease fire agreement with ethnic nationalitie's armed groups, inviting these groups to participate in the national convention to implement 7 step roadmap proposed by self-appointed Prime Minister Gen Khin Nyunt. But its real policy is just to bring the ethnic armed groups under the SPDC's control, in order that the junta can maintain the power longer. There is nothing for the people, the junta didn't care about the life of the majority people in the country. It is leading to the destruction for the country's economy because of their own policy and their mismanagement, no economic sanction from the outside did destroy their country..."
Author/creator: Sunthorn Sripanngern (IMNA)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (21K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Huge extortion by SPDC Army in southern Ye Township
Date of publication: 22 March 2004
Description/subject: Dear Reader, In order to buy cars and food expenses, No.3 Tactical Command, under the Southeast Command collected many million kyaw from civilians in Southern part of Ye Township. Read the news in Burmese. Regard, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon Mews Agency
Format/size: jpeg (177K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Mon National Conference asks for national unity and national fund
Date of publication: 22 March 2004
Description/subject: Dear Reader, After 5 days Mon National Conference the representatives called for unity among Mon and establishing of national fund. Read the news in Burmese. Regard, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: jpeg (208K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Mon State Constitution and Mon National Affairs Seminar Demands for Tripalite Dialogue and Political Freedom
Date of publication: 18 March 2004
Description/subject: Dear Reader, After 5 days Mon State Constitution and Mon National Affair Seminar, the Mon representatives demands for Tripatite Dialogue for the political solution in Burma and for the political freedom. Read the News in Burmese Regards, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: jpeg (214K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: New Mon State party sent appeal letter to SPDC
Date of publication: 09 March 2004
Description/subject: "ICRC held the New Mon State Party leader met two New Mon State party member who were sentence by the Burmese government, the Mon leader got a chance to happen and they know real happening, and then New Mon State party sent appeal letter to SPDC." For more information read the attached file in Burmese. Contact to imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Format/size: jpeg (101K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Nai Yekha, who were sentenced to death by the government suffering stomach disease in Rangoon prison.
Date of publication: 03 March 2004
Description/subject: "Nai Yekha who included with other nine democracy activists those were sentenced to death by the Burmese government, he is suffering stomach diseas in Insein Prison, Rangoon." For more information read the attached file in Burmese. Contact to imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (39K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Continue Forced Labor For Road Construction in Ye township, Southern Burma
Date of publication: 01 March 2004
Description/subject: March 1, 2004 Every day, Military Operation Strategy No.3, under the command of government Military Southeast Command forced 50 villagers from four villages in Ye township rotation to work at the Hungan-Hparound road construction. 50 people included women, were forced to work at the 3 and half miles long road, that military planned to construct it with only villagers forced labor. For more information read the attached file in Burmese. Contact to imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (63K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Mon Splinter Group, HRP refused to meet with the Burmese government representative for it today appointment to talk for cease-fire
Date of publication: 29 February 2004
Description/subject: "Mon splinter group, Hongsarwatoi Restoration Party (HRP) refused to meet with the Burmese government representative for it today appointment to talk for cease-fire process after Burmese government changed place from Thai Side, Ranaung to Burma Side Kawthoung said HRP Chair Person, Colonel Nai Pan Nyunt. Nai Pan Nyunt said “it is impossible to meet in Burma side.”" For more information read the attached file in Burmese. Contact imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (52K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Peace Talks Between the Mon Splinter Groups and SPDC Cancelled
Date of publication: 29 February 2004
Description/subject: "The HRP (Hongzarwati Restoration Party) president said yesterday that the truce talks with the military regime were almost cancelled because they were to take place in Burmese territory in Kawthaung Township. In accordance with the regime, the talks have now been moved to Rannoong, on Thai territory..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: The local Burmese government authorities compensation are made the house owners unsatisfied
Date of publication: 26 February 2004
Description/subject: "Mon State City people, almost of the people who house forced to move for the Mawlamyine-Mattaban Bridge construction unsatisfied with the local Burmese government authorities because of so few compensation and unequal compensation paid to the people Because of the authorities paid different amount of compensation to the owner of 1500 more houses that moved for the longest Bridge in Burma construction, some house owner got amount the compensation only half of the amount of the damage. But for the people who bribed to the authorities paid more than the amount of the damage when they move their house." For more information read the attached file in Burmese or contact to imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (42K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Banned producing driving license is a new way for corrupt of traffic policemen in Mon State
Date of publication: 24 February 2004
Description/subject: "In Mon State, local military authorities stopped from producing driving license to the people for their corruption after they gave license to illegal motorcycle imported from neighbor countries said Nai Thu Kha a motorcycle trader." For more information read the attached file in Burmese or contact us imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (42K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: Today, Ya Ma Nya Damma Siriya Mon Monk Association finished it annual examination for graduate the Mon Monk
Date of publication: 23 February 2004
Description/subject: "The strongest Mon Buddhist monk association, Ya Ma Nya Nicarya held it annual examination for graduate the Mon monk finished today in Mon State city and 262 monks passed the examination with their level. The examination started on February 19 hold for 4 days for the 912 monks at the Buddha Year 2500 temple." For more information read the attached file in Burmese or contact to Independent Mon News Agency. imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (80K)
Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


Title: A Mon woman who has 8 months old pregnant gave a birth while she was caught and gang raped by the soldiers
Date of publication: 19 February 2004
Description/subject: "Mi Aye Lwin who has 8 months old pregnant also gave a birth in first week of January 2004 after she caught and gang raped by the soldier from Military Operation Strategies No.3 under the command of military Southeast Command, that lunching offensive against the Mon Splinter Group. Mi Aye Lwin, age 20 years who caught by military battalion No.586 with accusation of her husband joined the Mon Splinter Group that moving in Southern Burma, gave a birth in Yin Ye village, Southern Ye township while this battalion took her to front line..." For more information read the attached file in Burmese or contact to IMNA imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (75K)
Date of entry/update: 24 February 2004


Title: Burmese Government extend town in Mon State
Date of publication: 18 February 2004
Description/subject: "Local Burmese Government authorities in Southern Burma are making the Lamine village main road bigger with it plans to develop the village to be a town after they decided in a meeting that hold for extend town in Mon state. The Mon State Peace and Development Council held in last year November decided to develop ten biggest villages to be a town and now they are going to develop these villages..." For more information read the attached file in Burmese or contact to IMNA imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (79K)
Date of entry/update: 24 February 2004


Title: A biggest funeral ceremony for the head of monastic association monk finished today
Date of publication: 17 February 2004
Description/subject: "A biggest Mon traditional funeral ceremony for the head of monastic association monk in Northern Ye township celebrated by local villager with Mon Traditional Celebration finished today. For the head of monastic association monk, Thilawonhta, 84 years, funeral ceremony celebration local Mon Buddhism celebrated 7 days for local Buddhism to join and worship the passed away monk. For the celebration local Buddhism built a tiered roof building, high 127 foots to put the dead body for the worshiper and they also built a funeral pyre building for a dead monk with had high 45 foots. Last night after 12 PM, the local Buddhism burned the dead body of the monk and many of local Buddhism who respected the monk passed away felt sad and crying at the funeral." For More information read the attached file in Burmese or contact to imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (83K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: Ask For Native English Speaker Volunteer for Language Editing
Date of publication: 17 February 2004
Description/subject: Dear Monnet Reader Now our Independent Mon News Agency wanted to write new in English. Although we want to write it we are very poor in English and we wanted an native English Speaker volunteer for editing our Agency news that we wrote in English drafty . We wanted Sir/ Madam to edit or rewrite our news to be published every day. So all Monnet reader please looking for a volunteer and if sir or madam want to be our volunteer please contact us. Editor Independent Mon News Agency
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: The biggest Mon Traditional Funeral Ceremony For the Head of Monastic Association Finished Today
Date of publication: 17 February 2004
Description/subject: "The biggest Mon traditional funeral ceremony for the head of monastic association in Northern Ye township, that was honored by local villagers with a Traditional Mon Celebration, finished today..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (3K)
Date of entry/update: 24 February 2004


Title: Five members of Village PDC from Southern Burma, Ye township fled their village after tortured near to death
Date of publication: 16 February 2004
Description/subject: February 16, 2004 "Five members of Village Peace and Development Council from Southern Burma, Ye township fled their village after they were tortured near to death by the army said Nai Su, the general secretary of Khaw Zar circle and who fled to Thai-Burmese border." For the Photo contact to IMNA: For More information read the attached file in Burmese. imna_news@yahoo.com
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (70K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: Civil War In Mon Areas
Date of publication: 12 February 2004
Description/subject: "The civil war in the Mon areas has remained shocking. The Mon splinter group has been attacking the Burmese troops since Dec 15. Recently, six people were arrested and beaten badly by LIB 586 because they were accused of supporting the rebels. They were hanged on trees, burnt and had their faces cut. There are Mon splinter group bases in this area and they have often launched military offensives on the Burmese troops..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: A Mon Revolutionary leader Nai Dhama Nay, Passed Away
Date of publication: 11 February 2004
Description/subject: A Mon veteran revolutionary leader Nai Dhama Nay, who has involved since the beginning of Mon armed struggle passed away in his native home in Mon State and New Mon State Party honored to his funeral ceremony. Read the news in Burmese. Regard, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (129K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: Mon veteran revolutionary political leader Passed away
Date of publication: 11 February 2004
Description/subject: "A Mon veteran revolutionary leader Nai Dhama Nay, who had involved in since the beginning of Mon armed struggle against the Burmese military government, passed away in his native home, Mon State. New Mon State Party (NMSP) leaders will attend to honour his funeral ceremony today..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: Mon civilians in Southern Ye Township are inhumanely tortured
Date of publication: 10 February 2004
Description/subject: Dear Reader, The Mon civilians, including women, in Southern Ye Township who are suspected as “ Mon rebel-supporters” are inhumanely tortured by LIB No.586. Read the news in Burmese. Regard, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (171K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: A Mon woman has been gang-raped for 2 months by LIB No.586 soldiers
Date of publication: 07 February 2004
Description/subject: "A Mon woman from Kaw-hlaing village, Ye Township has been gang-raped by soldiers from LIB No.586." Read the news in Burmese. Regard, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (126K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: We feel sad that continue detaining political prisoner and it is banning basic democracy movement, NMSP stated on Mon National Day
Date of publication: 06 February 2004
Description/subject: "Today New Mon State Party stated a statement on 57th of Mon National Day Celebration about they feel sad that continue detaining political prisoner and it is banning basic democracy movement in Burma..." For more information read the attached file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (36K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: Burmese military army ordered to all the villager age older 12 years and under 60 years to wear white color clothe and red color Lonekyi
Date of publication: 05 February 2004
Description/subject: "Recently, in southern part Burma, the Burmese military army that launching military offensive against to the Mon Splinter groups ordered to all the villager age older 12 years and under 60 years to wear White Color Clothe and Red Color Lonekyi..." Burmese military battalions No.282 and 586 officers ordered to Your Htit, Kyone Kanya, Mi Htaw Hlar and the villages around these villages to wear this color uniform for checking villager traveling and stranger entering in to the area. For more information read the attached file in Burmese
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (32K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: Two innocent villagers took to the jungle and killed by the soldier
Date of publication: 04 February 2004
Description/subject: "Two innocent villagers from a southern Ye township village took to the jungle and killed by the soldier under the control of Burmese military government Battalion No. 586 that lunching military offensive to the Mon Splinter group. One Village Peace and Development Council Secretary, the two villagers fromm Coak Hline village were caught on January 24, last month..." For more information read the attached file in Burmese language.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (32K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: Who received Buddha hair, Tahputa and Bumleca picture signalized as Mon National Day Signal
Date of publication: 03 February 2004
Description/subject: "Two Mon trader, Tahputa and Bumleca receiving hair of Buddha picture signalized as Mon national day Signal on the Main road in Mon State city and other town in Southern Burma. It is a Mon people signal because of that picture shown how Mon people receiving Buddha dispensation said by a Central Mon National Celebrating Committee..." For More information read it in the attached file.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (28K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2004


Title: 6 police deserters were sentenced to one year in prison
Date of publication: 01 February 2004
Description/subject: Recently six police deserters, who do not want to serve the people cruelly, were sentenced one year in prison after they arrested in Mon State city, Mawlamyine One police chief from Kayah state, two police sergeants and three policemen from Mawlamyine ran away from their police station more than one month. For More information read the attached file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (24K)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2004


Title: Mon State City police make money with anti-drug user law section No.47
Date of publication: 31 January 2004
Description/subject: January 31, 2004: Mon State City police makes money with anti-drug user law, section No. 47 every day. They caught and fine on the people who stay at dark place and the people who drunk after 9:00 PM. For more information read the attached file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (24K)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2004


Title: Making Mon Traditional Foods Yarha Match in Mawlamyine University
Date of publication: 30 January 2004
Description/subject: January 30, 2004: Today at about 1:30 PM Mawlamyine University Students celebrated a match that making Traditional Mon food called Yarhu (Thaminae) in Mon State City, Mawlamyine. Students from 14 Major Subject joined in it and the teacher took respon for the match celebration. For more information read in the attached file in Burmese
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (31K)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2004


Title: [Burmese military commanders] make lie and frighten the villager to working in their road construction.
Date of publication: 29 January 2004
Description/subject: January 29, 2004: No. 3 Strategy commanders from Burmese military Southeast Command frightens and makes lie to the villager to works in their road construction that located in Ye township, Southern Burma. No.282 and No. 586 battalion commanders that are lunching offensive against to the Mon splinter group in Southern Ye Township, frightened and made lie to local villager as a forcing villager to work in Khawzar-Mumkyi road construction. For More information read it in the attached file.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (41k)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2004


Title: Three Women Whose Raped by SPDC battalion No 586 Feel Ashamed and Stay Away From the Native Village
Date of publication: 28 January 2004
Description/subject: Three women whose raped by SPDC battalion No.586 on January 19, 17 and 14, feel ashamed with the villager and they are staying away from the native village in Ye township, Southern Burma. Mi Myat Htay, 21 years, who raped by No. 586 battalion’s captain Hla Khine, Mi Soe Win, 25 years raped by unknown soldier, and Mi Sadike 17 years attempted by unknown soldier from this battalion stay away from their village in Southern Ye township and now they are staying in Ye, and northern Ye township with their relative. For more details see in Burmese in the attached file.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (49K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: Mon State Farmer Organization MSFO Send a letter to the Burmese military top leader to stop banning farmer rights
Date of publication: 24 January 2004
Description/subject: Mon State Farmer Organization MSFO sent a letter with six points of asking to the Burmese military top leaders and other military departments to give the farmer free growing, trading, belonging, and stop buying paddy with low price from the farmer. The letter sent to the Burmese to the Senior General Than Shew, General Khin Nyaut and Mon State PDC, Mawlamyine district PDC and Mawlamyine PDC said a Farmer organization leader. For more information read it in the attached file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (34k)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: Basic militia training stops in Thanpyuzayart township, Mon State, Burma
Date of publication: 20 January 2004
Description/subject: January 20, 2004: Military authorities in Thanpyuzayart township, Mon State stopped it Basic Militia Training in this months local villager said. In the past year, this Township Peace and Development Council TPDC took villager to attend it militia training by forced in rotation, however TPDC stops taking villager now. For more information read it in the attached file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (36K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: More traffic accident happening in Mon State after local government authorities gave licence to illegal Mortorcycle.
Date of publication: 16 January 2004
Description/subject: January 16, 2004: More traffic accident happening in Mon State, an accident killed two young on January 14, and it is happening after local government authorities gave licence to illegal mortorcycle imported from Thailand and China. For more information read in Burmese in the attached file.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (31K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: Human Rights Foundation of Monland make press release about Murder, Rape, Forced Relocations in Ye township, Mon State, Burma (Myanmar)
Date of publication: 15 January 2004
Description/subject: January 15, 2004: Today, the local human rights group that watching human rights situation in southern Burma, Human Rights Foundation of Monland made press release about killing, rape, forced relocations and torture that happening in Ye township, Mon State, Burma. For more information read in the attached file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: gif (20K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: In Mon State tornado crossed the villages and destroyed many houses
Date of publication: 13 January 2004
Description/subject: January 13, 2004: At 10:00 PM a tornado from Andaman Sea crossed the villages and destroyed many houses in Thanpyuzayart Township and Mudon Township in Mon state, Southern Burma Yesterday. For more information read it in the attached file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (10K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: No. 299 military battalion forced women to works and rapes every day.
Date of publication: 12 January 2004
Description/subject: January 12, 2004: Three women from the villages around the Kawzar village, in southern Ye township, southern Burma, who forced to works in SPDC military battalion No.299 camp were raped by military soldiers said a raped woman. Ma Khin Hlaing, age 23 who raped in this battalion camp said three women from the village forced to cook and clean in the camp and most of the women raped by the camp soldier every day. She said “if you married the soldier will beat you, they don’t not allow for the married woman to come to work in the camp.” For more information read it in the attached file in Burmese
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: gif (26K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: About 200 peoples from Southern Burma fled from native village and they arrived in Mon Refugee Camp
Date of publication: 09 January 2004
Description/subject: January 9, 2004 Within a month about 200 peoples from Ye town ship and Yephu township in Southern Burma fled from their native and they arrived in Mon Hlockhanee refugee camp because of government is lunching military offensive to the Mon splinter group strongly. For more detail read in the attached file.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (83K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: Military soldier raid a Mon temple in Yangon arrested three people and seized Mon newspaper from outside
Date of publication: 09 January 2004
Description/subject: January 9, 2004: On January 5, military raid a Mon temple in Yangon, Pasountoung, they arrested three peoples included two university students and seized Mon newspaper that published from outside Burma. For more information read in the attached a file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (78K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: Because of military forcefully moved the village the monk become food shortage
Date of publication: 08 January 2004
Description/subject: January 8, 2004. Now the monks in two villages in southern Burma have faced with food shortage because of no villager in the village after military government army forcefully moved the two villages recently. For more information read in Burmese in the attached file.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (84K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: Because of military forcefully moved the village, the monk become food shortage
Date of publication: 08 January 2004
Description/subject: "Now the monks in two villages in southern Burma have faced with food shortage because of no villager in the village after military government army forcefully moved the two villages recently. Intended to “mop up” the Mon separation armed group, a tactical command with 1000 military personals, operating in the area droved out the villagers from two villages namely Win Bout and Win Kyan to Ko-Mile and Han Gan villages where only the monks remain left in their monasteries..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 12 January 2004


Title: TPDC and Irrigation officials ordered each household to uproot maize plants
Date of publication: 07 January 2004
Description/subject: "Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) members and irrigation officials of Mudon township, Mon State forced the local villagers to uproot the maize plants in the farm land near Sat-Thwe village grown by a group of local villagers due to not being their liking. These TPDC members and irrigation officials blamed the village head man and farmers for using irrigated water in growing maize instead of rice on their trip to Sat-Thwe village on January 3..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 12 January 2004


Title: TPDC and Irrigation officials ordered each household to uproot maize plants
Date of publication: 07 January 2004
Description/subject: Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) members and irrigation officials of Mudon township, Mon State forced the local villagers to uproot the maize plants in the farm land near Sat-Thwe village grown by local villagers due to not being their liking. For more detail read in the attached file.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (87K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: A 17 young Mon woman raped by a military government corporal on yesterday night
Date of publication: 03 January 2004
Description/subject: A 17 young Mon woman, Mi Mya Htay from Kyone Khadike village near Thanphyuzayart town, southern Burma raped by military government corporal on yesterday night. For more information read in Burmese in the attached file. (Jan3.jpeg)
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (89K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: A deserter shot death a military police officer while he try to escape
Date of publication: 01 January 2004
Description/subject: A deserter shot death a military police officer after he robbed M-16 gun from a militia man while they attempt to catch him in a village of Thanpyuzayart township, Southern Burma. For more information read it in the attached file in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (73K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: Continue torturing and killing more in Southern Burma during operation
Date of publication: 29 December 2003
Description/subject: Military soldier under Brigade No.22 are torturing on two monks and 17 villager with accusation of supporting to Mon splinter groups while they launch military operation in southern Ye town ship, Mon State. For more information read in the attached file in Burmese (JPEG)
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (82K)
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2004


Title: Killing and using villager as human shield in Southern Ye township
Date of publication: 22 December 2003
Description/subject: December 22, 2003: Military government brigade No-22 from Karen state is killing and using villager as human shield while they are lunching an offensive to Mon splinter group moving in Southern Ye township, Mon State. Brigade commander Colonel Nyi Nyi Swe killed 3 people and caught 14 people. And then while they are lcunching an offensive to Mon splinter group, they are using many villager as human shield in each time. For More information read in the attached file in Burmese. See www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (94K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Rice price downs because of no body dare to buy it
Date of publication: 21 December 2003
Description/subject: December 21, 2003: In Mon State and Karen State, rice price downs 50,000 kyats more in three week because of no trader dare to buy rice. For more detail read in the attached file in Burmese. See.www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (69K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: People are moving their house after military promised for compensation.
Date of publication: 19 December 2003
Description/subject: December 19, 2003: In Mon state city, Mawlamyine the people who were forced to move their house because of new railway and station, now they are destroying their house and they are moving to the resettlement area after military government promised for compensation. Military authorities told us they will give compensation 70% of total amount... For more information and read in the attahced file in Burmese. See www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (60K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Among 9 prisoners, who are in death sentence, One person releared
Date of publication: 17 December 2003
Description/subject: Dear reader, Among 9 political prisoners, who are in trial for death sentence for attempt of assassination of military, one prison is totally free. Read the news in Burmese. Regards, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (116K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Among nine who are in death sentence, one prisoner released
Date of publication: 17 December 2003
Description/subject: "Than Tun, a prisoner among nine who were sentenced to death penalty with accusation of their attempts to kill military leaders, was released recently said a Mon politician in Rangoon. He also confirmed the families of other prisoners, Nai Yetkha, Nai Shwe Mun and Nai Min Kyi, could also meet their fathers or husbands in the last Sunday..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 19 December 2003


Title: SPDC’s way of money laundry
Date of publication: 16 December 2003
Description/subject: "After closure of two main banks: May Flower and Asia Wealth, in Burma, the people who belong ‘black money’ in these banks can withdraw their money by cooperating with a registered business companies and bribing money to the (military) government departments, said by a local Mon transport business community..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 19 December 2003


Title: The SPDC’s way of money laundry
Date of publication: 16 December 2003
Description/subject: Dear readers, After close of two main banks in the country, SPDC has attempted for money laundry to have illgal money for its government departments. Read the news in Burmese. Regards, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (151K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Burma’s two main banks are totally closed down
Date of publication: 09 December 2003
Description/subject: "The military regime, SPDC, closed down two main banks in the country: May Flower Bank and Asia Wealth Bank, totally without limited dates, said the source of Mon business communities..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 17 December 2003


Title: Burma’s two main banks are totally closed down.
Date of publication: 09 December 2003
Description/subject: December 9, 2003: Today two main banks, Mayflower bank and Asiawealth bank are totally closed down said by Mon business community. Continue read in Burmese in the attached picture file. See www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (83K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: New Mon State Party (NMSP) asked Military government to free Nai Yekha from death sentence.
Date of publication: 08 December 2003
Description/subject: December 8, 2003: New Mon State Party (NMSP) asked military government to free it’s members, Nai Yekha and Nai Cheem Cakoa from death sentence after NMSP hold a meeting. For More information read in the attached Picture file in Burmese. See www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (56K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: NMSP gave name list of representative for National Convention
Date of publication: 08 December 2003
Description/subject: December 8, 2003: New Mon State Party (NMSP) gave name list of representative from it party to military government for National Convention after hold a central member meeting. For More information read in the attached Picture file in Burmese See www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (46K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Free and Fair Elections Must Be Decided by All Political Parties, Said Nai Tun Thein
Date of publication: 07 December 2003
Description/subject: "Chairperson of Mon National Democratic Front (MNDF), Nai Tun Thein, commented that if the military government wishes to decide for new general free and fair elections, all political parties in the country must discuss and decided about it in the coming National Convention..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 17 December 2003


Title: SPDC’s Model Village Project Makes Poors in Trouble
Date of publication: 05 December 2003
Description/subject: "The SPDC Mon State authorities have implemented the model village/ city ward project and they force the civilians to recreate their houses and gardens accordingly the set model and so that thousands of poor who have no available money get serious trouble. The project has been implemented since last years and the village with over 1000 houses is included in the program to create ‘model’ village with the same type of clean and beautiful house..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2003


Title: Military model standard village makes to poor trouble
Date of publication: 03 December 2003
Description/subject: December 3, 2003: In Mon State, the villages that have 1000 more houses are planned to build as the model standard villages by the junta. Because of it plan many poor are having problem to rebuild and move their house. For more detail read in the attached file or see www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (79K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: ‘People Vigorous Association’ is formed for fight against rebel
Date of publication: 01 December 2003
Description/subject: "SPDC top commander from Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen. Maung Bo confirmed in Ye Township meeting that the paramilitary ‘People Vigorous Association’ (PVA) which are formed to fight foreign invasion must be currently used for fighting against the rebel forces which had activities in the areas. In a meeting with the local SPDC Ye Township authorities and headmen from various villages on November 25, the Commander blamed them for the activities of rebel activities in the area and confirmed the above statement..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2003


Title: Militia group called (Sonn Are Shin Group) is for fighting against the ethinc armed groups
Date of publication: 01 December 2003
Description/subject: 12. 1. 2003 Recently a military government said that the government organized the militia group, named Sonn Are Shin armed group is for fighting against the ethnic armed group in the meeting with township State Peace and Development Council. For more information read in Burmese in the attached file. See www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (64K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Bribed 20 millions to Southeast command for illegal contract
Date of publication: 30 November 2003
Description/subject: November 30, 2003: Arrow Myanmar Motorbike company gave 20 million kyats to Military Southeast Command to have a contract making licence for unlicenced motorbikes that import from Thailand and China. Now the company has already issued temporarily document to the unlicenced motorbikes owners in Mawlamyine, Mon State city. For More information read in Burmese in the attached file. See www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (76K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: A little Amount of compensation for confiscated lands
Date of publication: 26 November 2003
Description/subject: Dear all, After confiscating many thousands acre of lands now, the local battalions just pay 4000 Kyats ( 4 US Dollar) per acre of land as compensation. Read the news in Burmese. Regards, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (185K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Further reduction of compensation for the confiscated lands
Date of publication: 26 November 2003
Description/subject: "Farmers refuses to sign promising that they are giving their lands to the military government Although the Burmese Army last month promised to pay compensation cost to numbers of fruit and rubber trees to the landowners for their confiscated lands in Mon State, but now the army makes further reduction of compensated cost and will pay only Kyat 4000.00 (4 US Dollar) per acre of land..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: IMNA's Public Opinion Survey
Date of publication: 25 November 2003
Description/subject: Dear all Mon people, Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA) would like to receive your opinion on the current SPDC's National Convention, that has tried to organize all ceasefire groups including New Mon State Party, to attend. Look the attached file and give YOUR SHORT OPINION. YES OR NO answer ONLY for each question. Thanks for your cooperation. Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (110K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Kawhlaing Village's Flame loss case are prohibited
Date of publication: 25 November 2003
Description/subject: Dear all readers, Ye Township SPDC authorithies restricted the Kaw-hlaing village headmen to not tell about the exact cost of flame loss to Maj. Gen Maung Bo from ministry of Refense. Read the news in Burmese. Regards, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (134K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Village headmen are barred to talk for loss in fire incident
Date of publication: 25 November 2003
Description/subject: "After attending the Ye Township’s Chaung-taung bridge opening ceremony, Maj. Maung Bo from the Ministry of Defense plans to meet with village headmen from a fire-burnt Kaw-hlaing village. But they are barred by the Township authorities to not talk the truth about the loss in the fire disaster, that burned down 280 houses..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Forced tickets for beauty competition and fashion show
Date of publication: 24 November 2003
Description/subject: Dear all, Forcet tickets for beauty competition and fashion show in Mon State capital, Mouelmein was sold forcefully by authority. Read the news in Burmese. Regards, Editor,IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (94K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Fund for diabled children collecting from beauty and fashion show
Date of publication: 24 November 2003
Description/subject: "SPDC authorities and USDA members hold 10 days long beauty contest and fashion show in the city hall of Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, by forcibly selling the tickets to civilians under the name of ‘help disabled children’..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Private computers are used for training
Date of publication: 24 November 2003
Description/subject: "The computers in Kamawet village, Mudong Township (in Mon State) belonged to the private business are asked by the local authorities to equip in village’s school for media and computer training due to computer shortage in school. Demand of private computers occurs when the senior military leaders, Maj. Gen. Maung Bo from Ministry of Defense and Maj. Gen. Thura Myint Aung come to this village and school to hold a ceremony of opening computer training..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Private computers used for student training
Date of publication: 24 November 2003
Description/subject: Dear all, Media and computer training for high school in Mudon Township, Mon State was held today. Private computers have been brought to the school for training. There is unsufficient computer in school. Read the news in Burmese. Regards, Editor,IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (110K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: Flame burnt down 280 houses in a Mon village in Ye township, but no relief program
Date of publication: 21 November 2003
Description/subject: A disasterous flame burnt down about 280 households in a Mon village, southern part of Ye township. No relief program was arranged by the gegime, but the atuthorities also tried to arrest the people with accusation of carelessness.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (45K)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2004


Title: SPDC’s National Convention Invites Ethnic Representatives
Date of publication: 21 November 2003
Description/subject: Dear all, SPDC is currently inviting the ethnic representatives to attend the National Convention. Some cease-fire groups Keep quite. Read the news in Burmese. Regards, Editor,IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (155K)
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2004


Title: 15000 people must welcome Maj. Gen. Maung Bo in a bridge opening ceremony
Date of publication: 20 November 2003
Description/subject: Mon State SPDC authorities planned to hold a bridge opening ceremony in Ye Township and now the local authorities forced 15000 people from the whole Township area to welcome Maj. Gen. Maung Bo, who will lead the ceremony. Read the news in Burmese. www.geocities.com/imnanews/
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (159K)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2004


Title: SPDC'S new method of forced paddy buying from farmers
Date of publication: 20 November 2003
Description/subject: Although the regime declared they would not buy paddy from farmers, as low price for this year, but now they from a new marchant association instead to buy paddy from farmers at low price. Read the news in Burmese in the attached file. See www.geocities.com/imnanews
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (74K)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2004


Title: SPDC’s National Convention Invites Ethnic Representatives
Date of publication: 20 November 2003
Description/subject: SPDC is currently inviting the ethnic representatives to attend the National Convention. Some cease-fire groups Keep quite. Read the news in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: ndependent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: jpeg (166K)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2004


Title: The regime’s new plan to re-buy paddy at low price from farmers farmers
Date of publication: 20 November 2003
Description/subject: "Although the regime declared that it would no longer buy paddy from farmers as previous years, however, it adopts a new plan to buy paddy from farmers. The regime SPDC’s Myanmar Agriculture Products Trading (MAPT) even does not directly involve in buying paddy from farmers at low price as previous years, but it has used ‘Merchant Association’ to buy instead of the department..." Although the regime declared that it would no longer buy paddy from farmers as previous years, however, it adopts a new plan to buy paddy from farmers. The regime SPDC’s Myanmar Agriculture Products Trading (MAPT) even does not directly involve in buying paddy from farmers at low price as previous years, but it has used ‘Merchant Association’ to buy instead of the department.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Burmese Army’s business in gambling
Date of publication: 19 November 2003
Description/subject: "Local military battalions of Burmese Army in Mon State have seriously involved in setting gambling dens in several villages together with staging the local entertainment shows, then collect tax from these dens..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Exclusive Interview with President Nai Htin of New Mon State Party
Date of publication: 15 November 2003
Description/subject: "President Nai Htin was elected to the top Post of New Mon State Party in 2003 after the late President Nai Shwe Kyin passed away in March. He is now at his 90s with good health. He resides at northern Ye River in southern Burma in a thick forest with his beloved comrades. President Htin granted an interview to Mon journalist of Independent Mon News Agency in on 13 September 2003. The first text is published at Guiding Star, Independent Mon Newspaper in September 2003. This interview is the first ever face to face interview of President Htin to the Independent Mon News Agency..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Nai Yetkha’s family again asks ICRC to meet him in prison
Date of publication: 13 November 2003
Description/subject: "The family of a New Mon State Party member Nai Yetkha, who is currently in SPDC’s detention with accusation of assassination attempt to military leaders, is again demanding ICRC to approach the regime leaders to ask for a meeting with detainee. After over 100 days in detention, the regime in Rangoon did not allow NMSP leaders and his family to meet him..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Tenasserim Division based LIB No. 273 demands fishes from fishermen
Date of publication: 13 November 2003
Description/subject: "A ‘Yatana gas pipeline’ guarded battalion LIB No. 273 demands fishes from local fishermen in Kanbauk area in Yebyu Township, Tenasserom Division in this fishing season. LIB No. 273 asks small fishes from the local fishermen from Paungtaw and Daminseik villages to make chicken foods and sell them to livestock business for their battalion income. This demand of small fishes from fishermen stopped for three years, but now the battalion starts demanding again..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Illegal lumbering tax to Burmese Army
Date of publication: 12 November 2003
Description/subject: "The local Mon farmers and gardeners in Ye Township, Mon State, are forced to provide 33% of lumbering tax to the local Burmese Army’s battalions even they cut trees in their own plantations or farms..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Curfew law in the capital of Mon State
Date of publication: 10 November 2003
Description/subject: "In order to prevent the possible the riot between the Buddhist monks and Muslim communities, Mon State’s regime authorities beef up the security in the capital of Mon State, Moulmein, and set a curfew law and bar the civilians’ movement at night. The authorities ordered the vendors in the capital to shut down all their shops at 9 o’clock at night. All SPDC authorities, polices, firemen and members of USDA (Union Solidarity and Development Association – the regime’s hand-picked organization) are patrolling in all streets the whole night..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Mon displaced communities could not produce sufficient paddy crops
Date of publication: 07 November 2003
Description/subject: "A local Mon relief organization, Mon Relief and Development Committee (MRDC) released in its monthly October report that the displaced Mon communities in three resettlement areas could not produce sufficient paddy crops. The repatriated Mon refugees from Thailand after 1995 NMSP-SPDC ceasefire were resettled along the border have not really returned back to their homes but have remained along Thailand-Burma border. As they are not recognized refugees accordingly to international principles, those displaced Mon returnees involve ‘self help’ programs and have tried to grow paddy in mountainous area to gain sufficient foods for their survival..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: A few compensation to confiscated lands was promised
Date of publication: 02 November 2003
Description/subject: "SPDC local authorities promised they would compensate for the confiscated lands in Mon areas in a meeting hold in Ye Township, Mon State. The battalion concerned under the command of Military Operational Management Command (MOMC) No. 19 called a meeting with landowners who lost their lands after the military deployment recently..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Artillery Regiment No. 318 forced the local headmen in fund raising plan
Date of publication: 27 October 2003
Description/subject: "Artillery Regiment No. 318 that deploys in Mudon Township of Mon State has forced the local village headmen in surrounding area near their base to involve in battalion’s fund raising to sell tickets for a concert. Under the SPDC’s self-reliance policy, AR No. 318 was instructed to do any fund raising to cover all food expenses for soldiers in the battalion. AR No. 318 was deployed by the Burmese Army’s Southeast Command last year and confiscated a lot of Mon civilians’ lands near Abit village, Mudon Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Human Rights Foundation of Monland issues land confiscation report in Mon area: NO LAND TO FARM
Date of publication: 23 October 2003
Description/subject: "A Comprehensive Report on Land, Real Estates and Properties Confiscation in Mon’s Area, Burma (1998-2002) Human Rights Foundation of Monland (Burma) has released the latest report on human rights violation in Mon State and Southern Burma. The report mainly is focused on the issue of land confiscation, Burmese military deployment, suffering of landowners for over six years after the cease-fire agreement reached between Mon National Liberation Army and Burmese Army..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2003


Title: Kanbauk-Myaingkalay gas pipeline exploded
Date of publication: 17 October 2003
Description/subject: "A part of Kanbauk-Myaingkalay gas pipeline, which transports gas from Yatana on-shore gas station to a new cement factory in Myaingkalay village in Karen State, exploded near Kwan-hlar village of Mudon Township in Mon State after mid-night. The loud explosion occurred near a railway at western part of the village and it made the villagers in the area frighten..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: Printing of books in Mon Language are totally barred
Date of publication: 10 October 2003
Description/subject: "The SPDC’s censorship board still bar the printing of Mon books even the contents are translation from magazines produced in Burmese language said by Mon monk community in Rangoon..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: Satellite and cordless phones seized
Date of publication: 08 October 2003
Description/subject: "Because of smooth information flow to the democratic oppositions by phone communication, the regime SPDC authorities have seized Satellite and Cordless phones in various areas of southern Burma. The regime is often attacked with accurate information by the opposition media by broadcasting with the recorded voices of the civilians, therefore, the authorities have made more seizure of these phones in Mon State and Karen State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: USDA is ready to be a legal political party
Date of publication: 06 October 2003
Description/subject: "The General Secretary of Mon State’s Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), U Tin Soe Moe Naing, declared in its recent meeting that the Association is ready to be formed as a legal political party..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: SPDC plans to fight the foreign invasion with people force
Date of publication: 05 October 2003
Description/subject: "According a confidential document related to SPDC’s military strategy, the regime has learned the armed force situation of the neighboring countries and has planned to fight the foreign invasion by using people militia force under the command of Burmese Army. In a document, which used for training manual, ‘the strategy of dividing responsibilities between the Burmese Army (tatmadaw) and the people’, which issued on August 9 for the military trainers describes about how the people could involve in fighting against foreign invasions by creating ‘people militia force’..."
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: School time changes due to military training
Date of publication: 04 October 2003
Description/subject: "As many school teachers in Mon State have to attend the military training in Mon State, the teaching time changes in schools, said by a civilian from Thanbyuzayat Township..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: Southern part of Ye Township in the battle-field
Date of publication: 29 September 2003
Description/subject: "There have been 4 battles of fighting between the Mon splinter led by Nai Bin and Burmese Army’s military columns, said an escaped porter from Kabya-wa village, southern Ye Township, to IMNA..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: 1400 families will be relocated for the construction of new railway and station in Moulmein
Date of publication: 24 September 2003
Description/subject: "With a plan to construct a railway and serial stations in the middle of Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, the SPDC authorities ordered 1400 families along the planned route to destroy their houses and relocated in October, said by a 40 years old trader from the city..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: Forestry environment is in danger in southern Burma
Date of publication: 23 September 2003
Description/subject: "An SPDC-supported Karen armed group, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) has cut thousands tons of trees in forests located in the southern part of Burma and even in civilians’ house gardens... DKBA entered into forestry area in the northeastern part of Ye Township and cut thousands tons of trees in their logging business, said by a local New Mon State Party official..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: More displaced persons escaped from their native homes
Date of publication: 03 September 2003
Description/subject: "Over 50 Mon families have fled to the border with Thailand to escape from the systematic persecution in conflict areas and poverty during in the month of August, said a relief worker in Halockhani Mon refugee resettlement area. The source said most new arrival families fled from the areas from southern part of Ye Township and some came from Yebyu Township area. A few families came from the middle part of Mon State, especially from Kyaikmayaw and Mudon Townships..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: Trade Decline in Three Pagoda Pass in Rainy Season
Date of publication: 03 September 2003
Description/subject: September 3, 2004: "In Three Pagoda Pass border town, trading between Thailand and Burma decreased down in comparison with the previous years and many traders shifted their trading to Myawaddy-Maesot border point, according to the traders. According to a general groceries trader, Mr. U Moe Kha, he said there is no profit to import Thai goods due to expensive transporting costs and taxes levied by the Burmese Army and many other ethnic armed groups..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 03 September 2004


Title: A Mon rebel leader seriously injured fighting with the Burmese Army
Date of publication: 30 August 2003
Description/subject: [N.B. OBL has modified the title of this article to incorporate the correction (enclosed) made on 3 September] On August 28, in a fighting between the Burmese Army and a Mon splinter group which named themselves as Mon National Warrior Army (MNWA) in southern part of Ye Township, Mon State, the rebel leader Nai Hlein was killed [CORRECTION: he was injured but not killed] after the Burmese Army rounded his troops up. MNWA has fought the central Rangoon government and Burmese Army as a small local militia force in the area since 1998 and the leader Nai Hlein, his wife and two soldiers were killed in Mi-htaw-hla village, where is the conflict zone in the southern part of Ye Township.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: pdf (11K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: Political negotiation can be distant, if Lt. Gen. Khin Nyunt is no longer a SPDC member
Date of publication: 27 August 2003
Description/subject: "The Mon politicians analyzed that the political negotiation in Burma could be slow down after the SPDC’s declaration of position reshuffle and changes in its ruling administrative body. After Lt. Gen. Khin Nyunt was kicked out as a top leader of SPDC and reshuffled as Prime Minister of the Cabinet, and so he could no longer have power among hard-liners to convince them for political negotiation and transition, said by the Mon politicians. The reshuffle is just cosmetic change and no real administrative change, because only the army top brass holds the political power as before, said by the Mon Unity League’s General Secretary and a Mon youth leader in the border..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: Students and displaced persons learned basic human rights
Date of publication: 24 August 2003
Description/subject: "Over 20 students and displaced persons learned one week long basic human rights training course in a Mon refugee resettlement site, Halockhani, that was organized by the community education workers in the Thailand-Burma border area. One week course of basic human rights training started from August 17 and completed on August 23 and the high school Mon students from various Township of Mon State and displaced persons from border communities participated in training..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: No grouping at night time in Mudon Township
Date of publication: 23 August 2003
Description/subject: "The SPDC authorities in Mudon Township of Mon State ordered to village headmen and police officers to bar any grouping and talking at nighttime with objectives to stop people are contacting opposition groups and for security. The Township ordered just instructed to the village headmen to bar all tradition grouping and talking among all ages of village..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 12 November 2003


Title: Strategic Command will supervise the trainees from military schools
Date of publication: 21 August 2003
Description/subject: "After the completion of the military training schools, the trainees who consists of government servants, town ward and village militia and other civilians will be supervised and managed by the Burmese Army’s Strategic Commands concerned. Strategic Commands will divide the trainees into 8 groups under their commands and they would be use them for various purposes to help the Burmese Army’s operations. They are also included in the structure of Burmese Army’s Strategic Commands in every Township and manage for many defense purposes when necessary..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K), pdf (25K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-08-20BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: Commander of Southeast Command Maj. Gen. Thura Myint Aung took money from medical doctors
Date of publication: 15 August 2003
Description/subject: "Commander of Southeast Command, Maj. Gen. Thura Myint Aung involved in wider corruption taking money from medical doctors in the capital of Mon State, Moulmein, to permit them for operating of their private clinics..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K), pdf (35K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-08-15BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: Poor women’s hair on sale in Mon State
Date of publication: 14 August 2003
Description/subject: "Nowadays the hair cost is expensive for sale to beauty business and many poor women in Mon State cut and sell their hair. For 1.5 feet length of hair has price about Kyat 200,000.00 per viss (Burmese measurement for weight, which has about 1.4 kilogram). The poor women, who are really needing income for survival of their families, sell their hair to business person..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K), pdf (25K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-08-14BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: NMSP Demands for Political Dialogue in its Mon Revolution Day’s Statement
Date of publication: 12 August 2003
Description/subject: "While the New Mon State Party (NMSP) was celebrating the Mon Revolution Day on August 12, the Party also issued a political statement and demands the regime in Rangoon for the political dialogue and political settlement. NMSP, which agrees ceasefire with the regime, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), for 8 years, celebrated this armed resistance day with military parades in its General Headquarters, Districts and Townships under its control area..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K), pdf (28K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-08-12burmese.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: 8888 Aniversary Demonstration in front of SPDC Embassy and UN Building in Bangkok
Date of publication: 08 August 2003
Description/subject: "A few number of pro-democracy demonstrators call for the restoration of democracy in Burma in front of Burmese Embassy and UN Building in Bangkok in their demonstration for15th anniversary of 8888 popular uprising in Burma..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K), pdf (36K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/INMA2003-08-08burmese.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: More porters died stepping on land-mines
Date of publication: 07 August 2003
Description/subject: "The Burmese Army is continuously conscripting the Mon villagers as porters in their offensive against a Mon splinter group, Mon National Warrior Army (MNWA) that operates the activities in southern part of Mon State and Northern part of Tenasserim Division. Some porters stepped on land-mines and died during the offensives, said an escaped porter who fled to border area..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K), pdf (41K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-08-06burmese.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: Increased food costs for SPDC commando in villagers
Date of publication: 06 August 2003
Description/subject: "During the troops of commando from Southeast Command is deploying in Kawpanaw village in Kyaikmayaw Township of Mon State, the village headmen have to pay for increased daily food costs and later they feared that they could not pay. A group of commando is led by Sergeant Htet Naing have operated their military activities in the area around that poor village and the headmen have to provide about 2500 Kyat per day..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (6K), pdf (27K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-08-06Bburmese.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


Title: SPDC tracks against NMSP’s Public Relations Officers
Date of publication: 05 August 2003
Description/subject: "After SPDC’s military intelligence (MI) arrested a former NMSP’s Public Relations Officer, Nai Yetkha, with accusation of adopting plan for the assassination of military leaders, then the MI has tracked more to other NMSP’s PR officers for more arrest..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K), pdf (27K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-08-05BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: 800 servants are forced to attend military training in Mudon Township
Date of publication: 01 August 2003
Description/subject: "Local military battalion in Mudon Township of Mon State provides one-month long basic military training or State Defense Force training to all government servants in Township that starts today..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K), pdf (26K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-08-01BBURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Police and MI No. 5 extorted from passengers while search for
Date of publication: 01 August 2003
Description/subject: "Taking the good opportunity after the order by the SPDC higher authorities to find explosives and suspects, police and military intelligence (MI) officers extort money from the travelers who have no identity card and who cannot speak Burmese language well..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-07-312BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: SPDC cleverly appoach the Buddhist monks in farmland confiscation for the new route
Date of publication: 31 July 2003
Description/subject: "To implement Southeast Command and Maj. Gen. Maung Bo’s adopted road construction plan in Karen State that connects two villages, Zathapyin and Kyone-doe, the SPDC authorities in the area approached the Buddhist to confiscate lands, on which the route passes through. The authorities planned to measure and confiscate these lands in the first week of August. As they would like to avoid the conflict with farmers, the authorities approached the Buddhist monks in the area to confiscate the paddy-growing farmlands on behalf of them..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K), pdf (29K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-07-31News1BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: More check to passengers and ferries with concern of explosive materials entry
Date of publication: 29 July 2003
Description/subject: "SPDC sets many checkpoints in Mon State and other States and Divisions nearby to search bombs and other explosives from passengers and ferries, as they believe there are some suspects still remains. SPDC arrested 12 suspects including two members from New Mon State Party (NMSP) and accused them they involved in the recent demolition in towns and cities. Then the authorities set checkpoints along the main road in many Townships and search for explosive substances from passengers and ferries. They also search trucks, private cars and motorbikes, which use the main roads and travels in various distances..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K), pdf (38K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/2003-07-029BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Challenge to foreign invasion, militarization, disappointed government servant in training schools
Date of publication: 24 July 2003
Description/subject: "With the propagandized challenge to American invasion, the regime forced most servants to attend the basic military training for the State defense force and now most servants are disappointed in training schools, said by a government servant from Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Government servants are forced to attend basic military training for State defense
Date of publication: 23 July 2003
Description/subject: "Most the government servants are forced by the authorities of military regime in Burma, SPDC, to attend the basic military training for defense force to defense the State if there is American or foreign invasion said by trainees..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: More tax by Village Chairmen after Maj. Gen. Maung Bo trip to Kawkareik Township
Date of publication: 18 July 2003
Description/subject: "After the instruction by a SPDC leader Maj. Gen. Maung Bo to implement more development activities in Kawkareik Township, Karen State, the village headmen have collected money from the civilians..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K), pdf (31K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-07-18BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Mon splinter group executed a local village headman
Date of publication: 17 July 2003
Description/subject: "On July 15 night a Mon village headman from Yingye village in the southern part of Ye Township was killed by the Mon splinter commander, San Shay, accordingly to the family members of the headman. The Mon splinter group, which is fighting against the Burmese Army, and name themselves as “Mon National Warrior Army” (MNWA) executed the Yingye village chairman, Mr. Nai Karat or Mr. Nai Tay (43 years) after several attempts to arrest and kill him, said by the brothers of Nai Karat..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K), pdf (17K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-07-17BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2003


Title: Maj Gen. Maung Bo planned to build a new road in Pa-an Township
Date of publication: 15 July 2003
Description/subject: "In the previous trip in the first week of July, Maj. Gen. Maung Bo from Ministry of Defence also called for the agreement of the local village headmen and their supporters in making a decision in building a road in Pa-an Township, Karen State, said by the villagers source. SPDC authorities planned to build two parallel roads along a river called Gyaing, which is the border of Pa-an and Kawkareik Townships in Karen State. With this plan Maj. Gen. Maung Bo went to a Mon village in the area, Zarthapyin, and called the meeting with village SPDC authorities and their supporters..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (8K), pdf (15K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-07-15-BBURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2003


Title: Tax collection by DKBA for football sports
Date of publication: 15 July 2003
Description/subject: "DKBA in Pa-an Township arrange for Football sport festival and collected tax from Mon civilians..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (8K), pdf (56K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-07-15BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2003


Title: Mon Waso festival completed
Date of publication: 14 July 2003
Description/subject: "...The entering of Buddhist Lent or Waso festival is completely hold in Mon traditions in Mon State. The people are sending one type of Mon cake from one house to another and enjoyed in the festival..."
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: PDF 29k)
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2003


Title: Land Confiscation in Kawkareik Township, Karen State, after Maj. Gen. Maung Bo’s Visit
Date of publication: 09 July 2003
Description/subject: BREAKING NEWS "Today, with an objective to deploy a new military battalion in Kawkareik Township, Karen State, SPDC authorities measured some lands belonged to Mon farmers and confiscated as ‘army lands’, accordingly to the villagers from the area. The land space, which is confiscated by SPDC authorities locates near Kaw-bein village and most farms are belonged to Mon farmers from Min-ywa and Pauk-kyuu-gone villages. It is also close to New Mon State Party’s a permanent ceasefire zone or its Thaton District administrative office..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (6K), pdf (27K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-07-09BURMESE.pdf (Burmese version)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: Looting by newly deployed Burmese Army in southern Mon State
Date of publication: 08 July 2003
Description/subject: "While the Burmese Army recruits the local civilians to attend the military training, it also sent about 10 military battalions to the southern part of Mon State with heavy artillery and equipment, accordingly to the local villagers. The reason of deploying new troops is not known, but the soldiers are widely looting the livestock in villages that belonged to the Mon villagers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: More military deployment in Mon State and abuses against the civilians
Date of publication: 08 July 2003
Description/subject: Dear all, The Burmese Army deployed more troops with heavy arms in the southern part of Mon State and the soldiers have looted the livestocks belonging to the Mon villagters. Read the news in Burmese version in the attached ACROBAT file. Regards, Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: pdf (30K)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: "SPDC supporters “People Vigorous Association” are trained to be commando
Date of publication: 07 July 2003
Description/subject: "The members of SPDC’s newly formed organization, People Vigorous Association (PVA), are recruited by Burmese Army’s local battalions, to attend the basic military training and used them as commando force or paramilitary force or anti-strike force accordingly to a source from Mon State. The members of newly formed organization are selected from SPDC’s supporting Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) and village militia force. The Burmese Army’s local battalions in Mon State asked these groups and selected most of them and recruited to attend 2 weeks training. Those who completed two weeks training will be put in PVA..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: SPDC supporters “People Vigorous Association” are trained to be commando
Date of publication: 07 July 2003
Description/subject: "The members of SPDC’s newly formed organization, People Vigorous Association (PVA), are recruited by Burmese Army’s local battalions, to attend the basic military training and used them as commando force or paramilitary force or anti-strike force accordingly to a source from Mon State. The members of newly formed organization are selected from SPDC’s supporting Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) and village militia force. The Burmese Army’s local battalions in Mon State asked these groups and selected most of them and recruited to attend 2 weeks training. Those who completed two weeks training will be put in PVA..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: New Commando force formed
Date of publication: 06 July 2003
Description/subject: Dear all, The local Burmese Army in Mon State forced the "Swann-ar-shin" group to attend training and will use them as Commando force for Burmese Army, said by the local source. Read the news in Burmese Version in attached file with ACROBAT program. Editor, IMNA
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: pdf (26K)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: More escapees from basic military training in Ye Township, Mon State
Date of publication: 04 July 2003
Description/subject: "Among the villagers in Ye Township, who escaped from the SPDC’s forcible recruitment for basic training school, some robe as Buddhist monks and some fled into New Mon State Party controlled area. On July 2, the local Burmese Army’s LIB No. 343 bases in the northern part of Ye Township, Mon State, forcibly recruited about 500 villagers from 4 Mon villages to attend the basic military training schools in their base. Because of this order, some Mon men went into their villages’ Buddhist Monasteries and robed as monks in there, while many other villagers escaped into the control areas (or liberated areas) of the New Mon State Party as they denied to attend the training..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K), pdf (28K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-07-04BURMESE.pdf (Burmese version)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: A main river way from border to Karen/ Mon State closes
Date of publication: 02 July 2003
Description/subject: "After serious fighting between the troops of Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and Burmese Army, both sides of army order for closing down the Zami river waterway which is reliable for travel by the local civilians and traders. In the last week of May, due to the fighting, this waterway was once closed down for one week by the order of Burmese Army. Because of this order, hundreds of civilians and traders could not move and remained on the half way. Then, the Burmese Army ordered for opening on June 30 and May 1 to let all travelers leave from the waterway..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K), pdf (49K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-07-02BURMESE.pdf (Burmese version)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: An Interview with Rev Palita, A Former Monk Political Prisoner
Date of publication: 30 June 2003
Description/subject: MONLAND VIEWPOINT: "Rev Palita is a former Buddhist monk political prisoner in Moulmein jail Mon State for his publication of Mon language magazine that contains political opinion against Rangoon government. He was also former General Secretary of Hitagavesii Mon Monk Association based in Rangoon in 1960s. He is now head of monastery in Kamawet village in Mudon Township. He wrote and published over thirty books and there are over ten books to be published in Mon language. He was awarded “Patriotic Prize” by New Mon State Party in 2002. IMNA’s Reporter has conducted an exclusive interview to highlight current Mon national politics and development of ceasefire process to Rev Palita in recent month. (Editor)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: INDEPENDENT MON NEWS AGENCY (IMNA)
Format/size: html (20K)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: MUL Statement: No solution for peace in ceasefire
Date of publication: 30 June 2003
Description/subject: "Although the ceasefire between the SPDC regime and New Mon State Party (NMSP) has prolonged for 8 years, there is no potential situation to have political negotiation among them, analyzed by Mon Unity League (MUL) Statement issued yesterday in Mon language. It also analyzes that the SPDC has never responded to solve the political problems by means of politics, and is still imprisoning three Mon leaders from Mon National Democratic Front (MNDF) who won 5 seats in 1990 general elections in Burma. Additional SPDC also sent a group of ‘terrorists’ and attacked NLD leaders including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and killed some NLD members in their arranged violent attacks..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K), pdf (38K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-06-30BURMESE.pdf (Burmese version)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: Fighting between KNLA and Burmese Army in Three Pagodas Pass area
Date of publication: 27 June 2003
Description/subject: Burmese only
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: pdf (39K)
Date of entry/update: 27 June 2003


Title: Monks are forced to promise to not involve in politics
Date of publication: 27 June 2003
Description/subject: "The Mon State authorities issued an order to all Buddhist monks to not interfere in politics and also forced them to sign a document to give promise. Mon State Peace and Development Council issued this order on June 24, and the authorities gave instructions to all Townships to force the monks to sign for promise that they would not involve in politics..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (7K), pdf (30K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-06-27B-BURMESE.pdf (Burmese version)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


Title: The civilians are blamed for uncompleted construction of Tarana-Kyonedoe road
Date of publication: 25 June 2003
Description/subject: "The Southeast Command and SPDC authorities in the area blamed to the civilians in the construction of 30 mile long Tarana-Kyonedoe that connects Mon State and Karen State for their incomplete works in the set time..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K), pdf (36K) - Burmese
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-06-25-Tarana_%20Kyonedoe_Road_Construction.pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 June 2003


Title: Forcible guarding to gas-pipeline between Thanbyuzayat and Ye Towns
Date of publication: 23 June 2003
Description/subject: "Because of the often explosion of Kanbauk-Myaingkalay gas pipeline and demolition attack by the rebel army, the local SPDC Township authorities ordered the village civilians between Thanbyuzayat and Ye Towns to guard the pipeline without failure..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K), pdf (29K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA-2003-06-23-Kanbauk-Mayingkalay-FL.pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 June 2003


Title: Crime Against Humanity: Dirty Politics on Hands of Burmese Junta
Date of publication: 18 June 2003
Description/subject: Banya Hongsar / 18 June 2003 / Monland "A well planned confrontation by the State Peace and Development Council towards Leader of Opposition in Ye Oo Town stired local democratic supporters that killed four civilians and injuried over fifty last week in upper Burma. The world leaders including United States of America and UN have called Burmese junta to resume political talks and national reconciliation in the country. The Burmese ruling junta have paid a very low attention to listen outsiders’ words. A source from Moulmein said, Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered to local Police Force to take a good measure for prevention of anti-government campaigns, further confrontatons and potential of uprising in each towns. The Ministry urged local Police Force to give new training for local police as well as new recruitment in the community. The local Police Force urged local authority for sending twenty youngmen from each suburb for new recruitment and a short training in Moulmein. Only members of USDA, Local Militia Members, (zea aiem hmu and yar aiem hmu – in Burmese term), Fire Brigade Force and Red Cross Force..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (18K)
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Title: Recruit the civilians in village community to attend short-term basic military training
Date of publication: 18 June 2003
Description/subject: "With the plan to break the potential demonstrations, while the Burmese Army (BA) is providing military training to the USDA, SPDC members in the towns, now the local SPDC authorities in Mon State also register for the new recruits even in villages for further training. Members of Township PDC authorities in Mon State, went to many villages in their township and called the meetings and registered the villagers for the recruits to attend in the military training. They registered only men in age from 18 to 40 years old in the village and put the name of all men in these age ranges..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Title: Sex for Survival in Moulmein
Date of publication: 18 June 2003
Description/subject: "A local young woman in inner suburb of Moulmein, capital city of Mon State married to two men as she is poor but took a risk to save children life. She kept two men at one home and one rides tri-shaw bike cycle at day -time while the later men cares a baby at home. She works independently on the corner of the street in late evening to take an order for herself. It is not food and drink order but it is an order for sex. “Waiting an order” is a term that commonly used in town to arrange sex for local prostitutes illegally in Moulmein city..."
Author/creator: Htana Htaw and Bop Htaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: INDEPENDENT MON NEWS AGENCY
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 27 June 2003


Title: Teaching of Mon language will be allowed in Thai schools
Date of publication: 18 June 2003
Description/subject: "In the Thai school curriculums, about 30% of schooling time will be allowed for the teaching of the ethnic language in the schools where are in ethnic people live, and this new policy will provide the opportunity for the survival of Mon langauge, said by General Secretary of Mon Unity League, Nai Sunthorn. Teaching of Mon language will be allowed in the areas where the majority Mon people live in Thailand who migrated over 200 years ago after the Burmese king annexed Mon kingdom. Mon language textbooks will be provided from 1st Grade to 12nd Grade in schools that provides basic education to the children in Thailand. Academics and some Thai-Mon leaders have developed the textbooks with the reference of old Mon story books and palm-leave scriptures. They will apply the draft textbooks to the Ministry of Education, Royal Thai Government, to get the permission for teaching in schools..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Title: (1) Universities reopen along with all State schools; (2) High education tax during the school opening days
Date of publication: 16 June 2003
Description/subject: (1) Universities reopen along with all State schools: "Moulmein University in the capital of Mon State reopened today after it was closed since the SPDC crackdown again NLD leaders and its members..." (2) High education tax during the school opening days: "Similarly to many other State basic education schools, all schools in Mon State reopened and students and the parents come to school to register for the new enrollment. The school opening day late and the teachers also took more money from them than the previous years, said by student parents..." Burmese versions of the 2 stories in 2 separate pdf files.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K), pdf (28K, 29K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-06-16BBURMESE.pdf
http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-06-16BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Title: A Mon man’s opinion statement: SPDC is not sincere on the Mon ceasefire
Date of publication: 12 June 2003
Description/subject: "In a secret opinion statement by a Mon patriotic expresses that there will be no any profit for the Mon people and New Mon State Party (NMSP) in general from current regime SPDC’s implementation of development projects with many thousands million Kyat and the regime also wants to prolong the Mon ceasefire until NMSP loses its commitment for armed struggle for establishment of independent Mon State..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (9K), pdf (29K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-06-11BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Title: Burma’s Education is Corrupt
Date of publication: 07 June 2003
Description/subject: "Burmese education system under the military rule is weaken than ever in Burmese modern history. Women and Child Rights Project, Southern Burma has released an Independent Report on the condition of current Burmese education development in Mon State and southern Burma. A 27 page report under a title of “Burma ‘s Education in Corrup and Oppression agaist Ethnic Education in Mon Territory” has been released in March this year. After the Burmese ruling regime, State Peace and Development Council banned a teaching of Mon language in government schools in Mon Territory, the WCRP team has researched the corruption of Ministry of Education, Education Department and School Council in the Territory..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Title: Analysis on the Draft Mon State Constitution
Date of publication: 03 June 2003
Description/subject: A MAN, A STATE, AND A CONSTITUTION: "A draft constitution of federal Mon State has completed on the second week of May after Two days entirely worked by the committee in Thai-Burma Border area. A six members of the committee let by Nai Hong Sa, General Secretary of New Mon State Party (NMSP) has finalized the second draft federal Mon State Constitution over two days sitting. Among nine members of the committee, only six of them could sit for writing the draft which representatives from inside Mon State, Burma could not attend for security reason. However, the sitting committee agreed to hand out the draft paper to particular member for reviews and further input for their principles. “Our common position is to abolish a dictatorship rule in Burma” said by Nai Hong Sa, Chairman of the committee. “We must firmly stand for ‘equal rights’ to every ethnic people in Mon State as well Burma” he added..."
Author/creator: Banya Hong Sar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Title: Moulmein University Closes, Students Are Barred to Enter the Campus
Date of publication: 02 June 2003
Description/subject: "The entrances of the Moulmein (Mawlamyaine) University in the capital of Mon State are guarded by university guarded and the students are totally barred to enter the campus, said by the student source in the Moulmein..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (8K), pdf (20K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-06-02BURMESE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Title: More checkpoints along Thabyuzayat - Ye motor road
Date of publication: 29 May 2003
Description/subject: Dear all, There are more checkpoints will be opened along Thanbyuzayat - Ye motor road in Mon State to safeguard the road and Kanbauk-Myaingkalay pipeline in the area. Read in the attached file [IN BURMESE] To be able to read this file you need to install ADOBE Acrobat program. Editor IMNA
Language: Burmese (+ English title and intro)
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: pdf (28K), html (5K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-05-29+BURMESE.htm
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Title: Another land confiscation in Ye Township for artillery regiment
Date of publication: 28 May 2003
Description/subject: "Burmese Army confiscated about 600 acres agriculture lands near a Mon village, Morkanin, northern part of Ye Township of Mon State, with a plan to construct a base for a new artillery regiment. Burmese Amry plan to construct a base for Artillery Regiment No. 317 and confiscated lands of rubber and fruit gardens between two Mon villages, Morkanin and Htitkayin, which are belonged to the civilians..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: English html (7K); Burmese pdf (28K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-05-28BURMESE.pdf (Burmese version)
Date of entry/update: 28 May 2003


Title: 500 students attended Mon literacy training by Moulmein Literature and Culture Committee
Date of publication: 26 May 2003
Description/subject: "On May 25 closing ceremony of Mon literacy training conducted by Moulmein Literature and Culture Committee (MLCC), about 500 students attended the one-month training that is especially arranged for those who would like to learn Mon literacy, said by the Chairman of the Committee. The literacy training started on April 25 and it has lasted for one month and the closing ceremony was held in Mon Dhamma Center in Daing-won-gwin city ward of the Moulmein, the capital of Mon State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: IB No. 31 ordered to close a Mon school
Date of publication: 26 May 2003
Description/subject: "A local military battalion base in Kalar-goke island, southern part of Mon State, ordered a Mon literacy school in the island village to close down..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Mon Literature and Culture Committee of Mawlamyine trained 500 trainees in Summery Literature Training
Date of publication: 26 May 2003
Description/subject: "Mon Literature and Culture Committee of Mawlamyine, Mon State City trained 500 trainees in Summery Literature Training said by it Chairman at the closing ceremony yesteraday..." Burmese version, incompatible format.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: English html (5K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Order to close down Mon literacy school
Date of publication: 26 May 2003
Description/subject: Text in Burmese only "Dear all, Here is the news in Burmese about the SPDC oppression against the Mon literacy training. Editor IMNA"
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (3K), Burmese pdf (17K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-05-26BBURMESE.pdf (Burmese version)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: SPDC-NMSP Conflict on the Case of Forced Labour
Date of publication: 26 May 2003
Description/subject: "The commander of Southeast Command, Maj. Gen. Thura Myint Aung blamed NMSP leaders for their protection of SPDC authorities conscription of forced labour, accordingly to a NMSP source. When a road from Kawbein to Kyonedoe was built recently in Kawkareik Township, Karen State, the local SPDC authorities ordered the Mon villagers in the area. Because of the authorities use of forced labour, NMSP Thaton District complained for the practices. On May 12, Maj. Gen. Thura Myint Aung asked NMSP leaders from Thaton District to meet him and he blame them dont disturb our projects..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: English html (7K), Burmese pdf (31K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-05-26CBURMESE.pdf (Burmese version)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: A child soldier refuses to return home as fear of killing
Date of publication: 24 May 2003
Description/subject: "After deporting back by the Thai authorities to a border point in Three Pagoda Pass area of Burma, an orphan child soldier from Burmese Army (BA) refuses to return his home because he is afraid of being killed if re-arrested by his commander..."
Language: English, Burmese, Mon
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: English:: html (12K), Burmese: pdf (28K), Mon pdf (47K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-05-24BBURMESE.pdf (Burmese version)
http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2003-05-24BMON.pdf (Mon version)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: DKBA involves in illegal logging but SPDC keeps silence
Date of publication: 23 May 2003
Description/subject: "A town resident from a border Three Pagoda Pass town, said although DKBA awfully involves in illegal logging of teaks in the Three Pagoda Pass area, but the local SPDC forestry authorities have kept silence... "
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: More refugees arrived to Halockhani camp
Date of publication: 22 May 2003
Description/subject: "More refugees who fled from armed conflict and taxation in the southern part of Mon State have regularly arrived to Halockhani Mon refugee camp, which is under the care of Mon Relief and Development Committe, said by the MRDC camp committee..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Arrest of 6 Mon monks and 8 civilians in Pegu and restriction against Mon monastery
Date of publication: 18 May 2003
Description/subject: "On May 17, a Mon monastery in Pegu was totally restricted from the people moving in and out after the special police branch arrested 6 monks and 8 civilians in there in late last month..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Special cards for movement in Ye Township
Date of publication: 18 May 2003
Description/subject: "The civilians in the southern part of Ye Township have to hold one type of card issued by Burmese Armys local battalions that is more important than the citizen card in their travel to farms and fishing said by a source from the area..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: News and Current Affairs Update from Mon State, Burma, 1-16 April 2003
Date of publication: 16 April 2003
Description/subject: News: DKBA Plans For New Controlled Areas in Mon State; No ID Cards For Mon People; Armed Clash between Karen and Burmese Troops; Prostitutes In Thavoy City... Editorial: The Mon Politics After President Shwe Kyin... Current Affairs: Soldiers Make Laws in Burma. Editors Note: About Us.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html; (44K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NMSP Elected New President After Meeting Yesterday
Date of publication: 01 April 2003
Description/subject: "The biggest Mon armed political party, New Mon State Party (NMSP) elected Nai Htin as a new president (chairman), after they held central member meeting on yesterday. For the first time that NMSP elected new president was after it former president and NMSP founder Nai Shwe Kyi passed away on March 7, 2003..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Villagers wounded in fighting
Date of publication: 28 March 2003
Description/subject: "On March 26, when a fighting broke out between Burmese Army and KNLA on Three Pagoda Pass Thanbyuzayat motor road, three villagers seriously wounded accordingly to a passenger who saw the incident..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NMSP President Nai Shwe Kyin Passes Away
Date of publication: 07 March 2003
Description/subject: "On March 7, 2003, midnight about 1:00 a.m. time in Burma, 94 years old Mon leader Nai Shwe Kyin passes away accordingly to NMSP office in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: IMNA Fortnightly News Update (1 March 2003)
Date of publication: 01 March 2003
Description/subject: Editorial: Increase pressure for tri-partite talks; News: * I would die in jail said MNDFs General Secretary; * Authorities closed down drug and other stores in southern part of Ye Township; * LIB No. 282 commander banned Mon Karaok Songs; * The local authorities ordered to remove Mon National Day poster; * Training how to lie ILO Regarding Order No. 1/99; Special Report: * Dirty politics of Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA).
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (61K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: IMNA Fortnightly News Update February 17, 2003
Date of publication: 17 February 2003
Description/subject: Editorial: Welcome the Mon National Day.. News: * Mon National Day cerebrates in Mon State; * NMSP expresses its concern in MND; * Gas pipeline wrecked near Lamine village, Mon State; * Ven. Uttama offers prizes who passes high grades in Buddhist Scripture Exam... Media Release: * Media release by NMSP after its 5th Congress.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA)
Format/size: html (35K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Media Release: 5th New Mon State Party Congress Held
Date of publication: 05 February 2003
Description/subject: "The 5th partys congress of the New Mon State Party [NMSP] helds on 16th January and finished on 2nd February at the Head Quarter of the party..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Mon New State Party via IMNA
Format/size: html (17K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: IMNA WEEKLY UPDATE 23-31 JANUARY 2003
Date of publication: 31 January 2003
Description/subject: NEWS: 1) BURMESE COMMANDER IN CHIEF APPOLIGED TO NEW MON STATE PARTY; 2) LOCAL SECURITY FORCE STEAL LIVESTOCK; 3) KAUNG MON PRINTING SHOP BANNED; 4 MON VCD KARAOKE IN HIGHER PRODUCTION; 5) HALOCKHANEE-YE ROAD REOPEN... Editorial: New Image in Mon Politics: ARTICLES: Burmese Spy Taste Sex To Child Prostitute.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Independent Mon News Agency
Format/size: html (24K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: IMNA Fortnightly News Update - 2nd week of January 2003
Date of publication: 15 January 2003
Description/subject: EDITORIAL: EVERYONE MUST SINCERE FOR RECONCIALIATION; NEWS: MON FARMERS ASKED FOR HELP; MON POLITICAL PRISONERS IN WORTH HEALTH CONDITION; A MORTOR SHELL HITS TO AN ORPHAN BOY DURING FIGHTING; ORDER TO SHOOT WHO WEAR ARMY UNIFORM SHIRTS; BURMESE ARMYS FORCED LABOUR IN BUILDING OF NEW AIR BASE; EXTORTION OF LUMBERS FOR NEW BATTALION; LONG WAIT FOR WORK PERMIT TO MALAYSIA... INTERVIEW: SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN SOUTERN PART OF YE TOWNSHIP.
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (45K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: BURMESE ARMYS FORCED LABOUR IN BUILDING NEW AIR BASE
Date of publication: 09 January 2003
Description/subject: "Burmese Armys battalions forced one person from each house on a daily basis in building an air base ground for army helicopter landing in Kalakoke island, southern part of Mon State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: IMNA Weekly Update News, Wed, 18 Dec 2002
Date of publication: 18 December 2002
Description/subject: MON TEACHER ARRESTED FOR PORTERING-- "Burmese soldiers from LIB No 282 arrested Nai Ma Nu Ong, 60 during his checking school yard at Southern Ye Township a source from New Mon State Party said. The soldiers brought him for portering about three days.." CANNOT SPEAK BURMESE: A MON MAN WAS SNIPPED--"A Burmese army LIB No 273 led by Major Mying Oo sniped a Mon man by knife at Yan Rew village a source from the village said. He was sniped in his under body parts and also cut hid knee because he cannot speak in Burmese while he was questioned by Burmese soldiers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (11K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: HONGSARWATOI RESTORATION PARTY (HRP) NO.7 BATTALION MAJOR BLAIN SON AND SOME HRP SOLDIER RETURN TO NEW MON STATE PARTY
Date of publication: 03 December 2002
Description/subject: "Yesterday Hongsarwatoi Restoration Party (HRP) No.7 battalion Major Blain Son and 21 of HRP soldiers with arms returned to New Mon State Party (HRP)in Three Pagoda Pass..."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (6K), pdf-Burmese (34K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2002-12-03bu.pdf (Burmese version)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: A MAN IS KILLED IN MUDON POLICE STATION
Date of publication: 07 November 2002
Description/subject: "Police beaten and killed a Mon man in Mudon Police Station during investigation with an accusation of robbing an actress on November 4, In Mudon Township, a local Mon reporter reported..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: A NMSP CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER KILLED BY HRP
Date of publication: 28 October 2002
Description/subject: "Last night at about 12:00, the New Mon State Party's Central Executive Committee member, Nai Min Htut shot by Hongsarwatoi Restoration Party (HRP) and died at spot with other 3 NMSP soldiers near it's headquarter..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: IMNA WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE 4th week of September 2002
Date of publication: 25 October 2002
Description/subject: Editorial: Development in Danger... News: Local villaers were forced to search landmine along Gas construction; Parents are disappointed for undisciplined Burmese Teachers at School... Opinion and anyalsis: No Justice can be trailed: the raising power of DKBA in Mon and Karen States...
Language: English
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (53K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: 4 student girls killed by a Toyota car crash
Date of publication: 20 October 2002
Description/subject: "On October 19, a drunk driver driving a Toyota touched 4 student girls walking on the platform in Mawlamyine, Sumn Kyi Quater and killed all. For furter read it in the attched file "4killed" by Burmese."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: IMNA
Format/size: html (4K) pdf-Burmese (35K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/IMNA2002-10-20bu.pdf
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003