Irrawaddy:Naypyidaw to Launch New Daily


Burma’s Ministry of Information plans to launch a new daily newspaper in January, according to sources in Naypyidaw.

As with other state-run newspapers published by the Ministry of Information, the new Burmese-language daily, which will reportedly be named “Nay Pyi Taw,” will cover the official routines of the country’s ruling generals and feature propaganda articles about the military regime.

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U Win Tin marks 19 years in prison

Jul 7, 2008 (DVB)–Supporters of U Win Tin have called for his release from prison as the veteran journalist and National League for Democracy member marked 19 years behind bars on 4 July.

Ludu Sein Win, a close friend and colleague of U Win Tin, paid tribute to his friend’s integrity and commitment.

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There was once democracy in the Union of Burma

Long, long time ago, there was democracy in the Union of Burma, even though it was quite short-lived, under the democratically elected Prime Minister Thakin Nu or U Nu. Democracy seems a distant utopia now but it was really present during U Nu’s days. Younger generations of nowadays may not know any other system of government except the present Military Régime. Even adults younger than 45 years of age would have been born after Gen. Ne Win’s coup and would never have had any taste of democracy at all. Only those above 60 years of age can still recall the sweet taste of democracy under U Nu.

Background History

U Nu born in Born in the Irrawaddy Delta town of Wakema on 25 May 1907 (and passed away in 14 February 1995) was the first Prime Minister of Union of Burma according to the 1047 Constitution from 4 January 1948 to 12 June 1956, again from 28 February 1957 to 28 October 1958 and finally from 4 April 1960 to 2 March 1962. He had to deal with armed rebellion from various groups, especially the communist factions including certain regiments in the Army.

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New curriculum excludes general Aung San

Jun 26, 2008 (DVB)–The military regime in Burma has removed a speech and writings by the late independence hero general Aung San and peace architect Thakhin Kodaw Hmaing from this year’s basic high school curriculum. 

‘People’s Assembly’, an excerpt from a speech by general Aung San, and ‘The elders and the young’ and ‘When Thabyay sprouts’, an essay and a poem written by Thakhin Kodaw Hmaing, will no longer be studied on the 10th standard curriculum this academic year.


A Rangoon high school student told DVB that teachers had not explained to students why these texts had been taken out.

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At least 11 NLD members arrested in Rangoon

May 22, 2008 (DVB)–Police officers from the Ministry of Interior and local authorities arrested more than 10 National League for Democracy members in Rangoon early morning today. 

NLD spokesperson U Nyan Win told DVB that as many as 13 NLD members may have been arrested but the party was only able to collect 11 names.

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