Yearly Archives: 2012

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Those bent on divide-and-rule may not like it, but it is a fact that Shan movements, both armed and unarmed, are developing closer relations following the forum in Rangoon, 26-28 November, when 18 groups of Shans from all over Burma participated, according to sources from Shan State.

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On 10 October, the alliance of 10 political parties, which includes 5 ethnic parties, reached agreement to draft a parliamentary proposal for the 14 states/regions to be granted a federal system. “We envisage a federal system similar to the United States,” Thu Wai, leader of the Democratic Party Myanmar (DPM) told Irrawaddy.

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A Fokker 100 operated by Air Bagan was destroyed in an accident near Heho Airport (HEH), Myanmar. Flight W9-011 carried 65 passengers and six crew members.
Eight passengers were injured, one passenger, a tour guide, was killed.

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Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (26.12.2012)

According to the latest news from Chiang Mai’s AIR BAGAN Office at downtown Chang Khlan Road, tourists are not allowed to fly to Sittway in Rakhain State and Putao in Kachin State. In both areas political problems abound.

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25 December 2012
Shan Nationalities Leagues for Democracy (SNLD) delegation is visiting Kachin State’s Myitkyina and Bhamo to make donations for the people displaced by war:
10 million kyat ($ 11,765) in cash
4 million kyat ($ 4,706) in medicines, according to SNLD spokesman Sai Leik. (SHAN)

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21 December 2012
Shan State Army (SSA) South troops clash with pursuing Burma Army troops near Hawng Heng village, Na Mark Khaw village tract, Kyaukme township, 7 miles northeast of township seat, 09:00-09:30. 4 wounded on the Burma Army side, of which 2 died. About 5 villagers detained for failing to inform SSA presence in the area. The two sides have fought at least 34 times since ceasefire was achieved on 2 December 2011. (SHAN)

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The Shan State is a land of distant horizons, hills and mountain ranges, blessed with naturally- beautiful surroundings. Its temperate climate made it a very pleasant place to live and explore and, in combination with sufficient amounts of rainfall made the land fertile enough to grow all kinds of food crops.  The inhabitants were made of diverse groups who until 1962, lived together peacefully side by side. The country was economically under-developed but their love of peace and the quietness of the countrys made the majority of citizens happy and contented. They valued their simple lives and freedom more than all the riches and modern development of the world.