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Hundreds of people are feared dead after at least one boat carrying migrants to Europe sinks off Libya.

The Pakistani Taleban chief tells the BBC his group was behind Monday's attack on a police school in Lahore.

Envoys from more than 70 states gather in The Hague to discuss Afghan reconstruction, as the US appeals for support.

Exterior view of General Motors' world headquarters in Detroit, 30 Mar 2009

President Obama has given GM 60 days to develop a revised business plans

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Bangladesh to Develop Nuclear Power


imageDhaka: Bangladesh is keen to set up a nuclear power plant in the next decade with a 1,000 MW capacity with potential help from Russia, in order fulfill the demand for power in the country. full story

12th Convention of Rakhine Buddhist Welfare Association held in Bangladesh


Cox's Bazar: A two-day convention of the Rakhine Buddhist Welfare Association was held from 27th to 28th March, 2009, in the conference hall of its head office in Cox's Bazaar, a southern coastal town with a large Rakhine population in Bangladesh. full story

Authorities Employ New Tactic with Labor


Maungdaw: Burmese military authorities have employed a new tactic instead of the typical use of forced labor in the construction of embankments for erecting a fence along the border of Bangladesh, said a village chairman from Maugndaw Township. full story

Authority Issues Orders on Police Deserters


Sittwe: Instructions have recently been circulated to police stations around Burma by the chief of police in Naypyidaw to arrest all police deserters, as nearly half of them have been involved in crimes, said a police official on the condition of anonymity. full story

Burmese Alcohol Seized in Bangladesh


Cox’sbazar: A large quantity of Burmese-made alcohol was seized on Thursday by Bangladesh police from a boat attempting to smuggle the cargo into Bangladesh via sea, according to a report of a local Cox's Bazar newspaper.full story

Numbers of the beast: the politics of superstition

Joseph A. Allchin

Mar 31, 2009 (DVB)–In many parts of the world it is easy to forget that a government - the apparatus that controls our economy and that has the power to send us to war or to jail - is, like any institution, at the mercy of human idiosyncrasies. - more

Monsoon season threatens Nargis victims

Mar 31, 2009 (DVB)–Appeals have gone out to the international community for a substantial increase in funds and support for victims of cyclone Nargis, four weeks before the onset of monsoon season in the Burma. - more

Political prisoners transferred despite worsening health

Mar 30, 2009 (DVB)–Imprisoned National League for Democracy member Win Mya Mya has undergone a prison transfer for the second time in a week amid reports that she is in declining health. - more

Lawyers group request abolition of Unlawful Association Act

Mar 30, 2009 (DVB)–A Thailand-based Burmese lawyers group has requested that Burma’s ruling junta abolish the Unlawful Association Act under which many political dissidents have been sentenced to imprisonment. - more

Prosecutor Vows Justice for Khmer Rouge Victims

Prosecutors vowed Tuesday to get justice for the 1.7 million victims of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime, as they opened their case against the man accused of running the communist radicals' torture machine.

Protesters Force Thai Cabinet to Cancel Meeting

Thailand's Cabinet canceled its weekly meeting Tuesday, easing fears of a confrontation with thousands of protesters who have ringed the seat of government demanding the prime minister resig

Bangladesh seeks clarification from Burma on border fence

Bangladesh on Monday sought an official explanation from Burma regarding the planned construction of a fence along the Bangla-Burmese border to obstruct cross-boarder smuggling,

Fire breaks out in Mandalay palace

According to the Mandalay Division Fire Brigade, a fire broke out inside the Army Officers’ Mess in Mandalay palace yesterday evening. The fire originated in the Garrison Engineer Officer...

Upkeep of People's Square and People's Park privatized

The upkeep of People's Square and People's Park so far under the jurisdiction of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has been transferred to the Golden View Company

Immediate talks unlikely between NMSP and junta

A Burmese ethnic Mon ceasefire group, New Mon State Party (NMSP), has denied a rumor of possible further talks in the near future between the organization and Burma’s military junta....

Burmese fishermen may escape murder charge
Nation Multimedia - Bangkok,Thailand
By Jim Pollard Three Burmese fishermen charged with slaying a British yachtsman in the far South may escape a murder conviction and the death penalty ...
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Burmese Alcohol Seized in Bangladesh
Narinjara News - Dhaka,Bangladesh
Cox’sbazar: A large quantity of Burmese-made alcohol was seized on Thursday by Bangladesh police from a boat attempting to smuggle the cargo into Bangladesh ...
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Burma again chastised for lack of religious freedom
Mizzima.com - New Delhi,Delhi,India
by Mizzima News The United States State Department has once again saddled Burma with the moniker of a 'country of particular concern' (CPC) for the Burmese ...
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