Friday, July 01, 2011

Villagers Complain of Shwe Gas's Waste to CM

29 June 2011 11:34
Kyauk Pru: Local villagers from Waksan Village under Ohndaw Group in Kyaukpru Township in western Burma's Arakan State have lodged a written complaint with the state's chief minister about excrement and rubbish from workers on the Shwe Gas Project being dumped into the creek near their village.


Twenty defiant families still staying in Myitsone village

Despite mounting pressure from the Burmese authorities, 20 families are still in Tanghpre village at the Myitsone hydro electric power project, where most villagers from around the project area have been forced to relocate to the new village called Aung Min Tar since 2010.
“They do not have a choice because there are no more houses or place for them in the new village, which is overcrowded,” said a source close to the villagers.


Farmers' Loan Scheme Rife With Bribery

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Voice Weekly online, a news journal in Burma, reported in its June 16 issue that President Thein Sein has established model farms for agriculture and animal husbandry, and has, in fact, been conducting his own research by tilling the soil by hand.
"Even though he is a president, he worked on the farm," The Voice quoted Thein Aung, the Prime Minister of Irrawaddy Region, as saying at a ceremony. "Based on his findings, he laid down guidelines on how to improve the farmers' situation."


Wounded Migrants Call for Compensation

Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Two Burmese migrants were shot by Thai forestry officials in Sangkhalaburi almost a month ago, but no perpetrator has been arrested. One man is still in hospital recovering from surgery to his leg. The other has been discharged, but still has a bullet in his chest.
The two victims, Nai Blai, 40, from Ye Township in Mon State, and Khin Maung Lwin, 41, from Thaton District, have been living as migrant workers in Baan Mai in the suburbs of the Thai border town of Sangkhalaburi. They were allegedly shot by Thai rangers while chopping wood in a nearby forest on June 3.


Migrants saved from Thai ransom round-about

Published: 30 June 2011
Three Burmese migrant workers who were held for ransom by human traffickers after being sold on to them by two Thai policemen were rescued by police from the same station in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok yesterday afternoon.
The three; Byauk Owe, 18, Ko Kyaw, 30 and Maung Owe, 19, who worked at a canned fish factory in Bang Bon district, were arrested by two policemen while having stroll on Sunday evening. They were taken to the police station where they were asked to show identification.