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|By MIN KHET MAUNG|
|Only a fraction of the poultry and livestock lost following Cyclone Nargis has been returned to struggling farm families, who rely on raising poultry and pigs to get by.|
|By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS|
|Tens of thousands of survivors in the Irrawaddy Delta, where most of the more than 138,000 victims drowned when Cyclone Nargis roared through on May 2, still struggle to eke out a life.|
|By WAI MOE|
|Burma's opposition party is under mounting pressure as the 2010 elections nears, but it’s in no hurry to declare it will participate. |
|By MIN LWIN|
|Burmese junta representatives have held a series of meetings with ethnic ceasefire groups, with talks believed to center on next year’s election. |
|By KYI WAI|
|As villagers in Burma’s cyclone-devastated region struggle to finance anniversary merit-making ceremonies, the government makes political capital out of creating a showpiece community. |
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
|The Irrawaddy speaks to the country director of Save the Children in Burma, Andrew Kirkwood, about the challenges of operating in the Irrawaddy delta.|
A year after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma’s Irrawaddy delta, aid organizations, including the United Nations agencies point out that much needs to be done in terms of relief and reconstruction... Thai activists in Bangkok have revealed that more than 12,000 workers in Thailand have asked for help after they were affected by the ongoing financial crisis of the past three...
Diarrhea has broken out in Monywa Township in Sagaing Division. A doctor of a private clinic said “there are a lot of diarrhea patients from all blocks. The number of...
Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy (NLD) – on Tuesday met with organizing committee members from its various branches to discuss whether or not to contest the...
A year after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma’s rice bowl, the Irrawaddy delta, farmers say they are plagued with another disaster – pests. A farmer in Paunte village in Bogale Township...
With the health of famous comedian and film director Thura a.k.a. Zarganar, serving 35 years in prison, deteriorating, he was finally allowed a medical check-up on Monday. Zarganar (48),..
| Burma to accept Bangladesh prisoners|
Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–Burma has agreed to take back 68 Burmese nationals who have been imprisoned in Bangladesh following a meeting between the Burmese government and a Bangladeshi paramilitary border force. - more
| Lack of army food could lead to corruption|
Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–A new system that gives lower-ranking army soldiers a weekly allowance equivalent to around eight cups of rice could cause an exodus from the army and deepen corruption among troops, said a military analyst. - more
| Foreign investment in Burma ‘costly for companies’|
Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–Foreign investments in Burma’s oil and gas sector pose a risk to companies and lead directly to human rights abuses against civilians, including rape and torture, says a human rights watchdog. - more
| Solo demonstrator sentenced to one year|
Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–A tutor who was arrested in March for staging a solo demonstration calling for the release of political prisoners has been sentenced to a year in prison. - more
| Opposition party to wait on 2010 decision|
Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s main political opposition party will wait to see if there is democratic progress made by the government before deciding on whether to contest the elections scheduled for March next year. - more