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|By AUNG THET WINE|
|One year after Cyclone Nargis destroyed more than 4,000 schools in the Irrawaddy delta, many children are still struggling to get a decent education.|
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
|A US State Department official says reports that sanctions on Burma will be eliminated are “incorrect.”|
|By WAI SANN|
|Hundreds of families in the delta were made homeless by Nargis and many cannot rebuild their houses even if they had the materials—because they have no land. |
|By WILLIAM BOOT|
|The new airport being built in Naypyidaw will eventually have a capacity to handle more than 10 million passengers per year. |
|By WAI MOE|
|Burma’s opposition party has set three conditions for participation in the 2010 general election—including the unconditional release of all political prisoners. |
|By LALIT K JHA|
|The US State Department has paid tribute to the work of the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in helping bring relief to the victims of the 2008 Cyclone Nargis.|
Come May 2, the Burmese people will recall the worst disaster ever to hit the country, in modern times. Cyclone Nargis, left at least 140,000 dead or missing, and devastated... The acute scarcity of drinking water is one of the main challenges which need immediate attention in some of the Cyclone Nargis devastated areas in Irrawaddy delta in Burma, said...
The US State Department on Wednesday lauded the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for facilitating humanitarian assistance to victims of Cyclone...
|Villagers in Bogale Township in Irrawaddy delta are in dire straits, even a year after Cyclone Nargis devastated their villages, because authorities and local fishing license holders have prohibited...|
| Exiled lawyers group declared illegal|
May 1, 2009 (DVB)–A Burmese lawyers group who recently called for an end to the Unlawful Association Act, under which many dissidents have been sentenced, were today declared an illegal organization by the Burmese government. - more
| Cyclone's sinister aftermath: a window into a wider catastrophe|
Htet Aung Kyaw
| Upcoming delta farming season ‘is critical’|
May 1, 2009 (DVB)–Post-cyclone aid should focus on assisting villagers and farmers to rehabilitate land, said an international aid organization yesterday after voicing concern about the fragile health of this year’s farming season. - more
| Burma ‘worst country to be a blogger’|
May 1, 2009 (DVB)–Burma has been ranked by a media watchdog as the worst country in the world in which to be an internet blogger, following the wave of sentencing last year of bloggers and journalists critical of the government. - more