The Eight on May 23, 2007

I will begin posting eight news updates on Burma each day that I can. The following are The Eight of today:

    1. China, insensed that the Burmese government did not notify its officials of the Burmese national capital relocation to Naypyidaw, criticized their ally Burma in an account of their frustrations, including lack of cell phone reception infrastructure, lodging and few buildings, on its MOFA website. – Reuters
    2. On the other hand, China has refused to comment on Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest, stating that it is an “internal affair” of the country. –Boston Globe
    3. Air Bagan began launching international flights to Bangkok on May 15. Air Bagan is the second private airline to fly to an international destination. – The Myanmar Times
    4. Ibrahim Gambari, a Nigerian diplomat who met with Aung San Suu Kyi in 2006, has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to coordinate and “support [Burma]’s efforts in implementing relevant General Assembly resolutions”. – UN
    5. After torrential rains and flooding, about 1000 of Rangoon’s primitive phone lines have become faulty. – The New Era Journal
    6. After news of a North Korean ship being harbored in Rangoon was leaked, two persons who informed the Nippon Network Television have been detained. – The New Era Journal (Burmese)
    7. India will increase its military aid to the Burmese government and will help upgrade Burmese armaments, electronic equipment, sea vessels and will provide technical support and training. The Times of India
    8. Four days remain in the one-year extension of Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest. The government will review further course of action on Sunday. – Radio Australia

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