Saturday, January 12, 2013

SME committees to be headed by President and Vice-Presidents

11 Jan 2013

Burma’s President’s Office has announced that two committees have been formed 
to promote the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) 
with effect from January 9. 

President hints at pay rise for govt employees

11 Jan 2013

In a presidential address to Parliament on Thursday, Thein Sein hinted 
he would approve increasing the salaries of civil servants in the coming fiscal year.

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Thousands of Kachins protest at Chinese border

11 Jan 2013

More than 1,200 Kachin people living in Yunnan Province marched to the Sino-
Burmese border on Thursday in an act of solidarity with their ethnic brethren 
in Kachin State. At the same time, thousands of Kachins protested 
on the Burmese side of the border.

China reported sending troops to Burma border

11 Jan 2013

China has reportedly sent soldiers to its border with Burma amid concern
 that escalating violence between Burmese government forces and
 the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) may spill over into Yunnan Province,  
Reuters reported on Friday evening, quoting Chinese media.

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Give Cronies a Chance to Reform, Says Suu Kyi

11 Jan 2013

RANGOON — Those who became wealthy during Burma’s era of military 
rule should be given another chance to reform themselves, opposition leader 
Aung San Suu Kyi told reporters while attending parliamentary meetings in Naypyidaw on Jan. 9.

Video Footage Shows Grim Warfare in Kachin State

11 Jan 2013

The Irrawaddyhas obtained recent video footage of the intensifying conflict 
in northern Burma between ethnic Kachin rebels and the Burmese government army. 
Fighting in the region has intensified since December and the Burmese army 
has been using Russian-made MI-24 helicopter gunships and jet fighters
 to launch airstrikes on rebel positions.