Myanmar president welcomes closer Australia ties
The first Myanmar leader to visit Australia since 1974, Thein Sein joined Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard for a news conference where she announced it will restore limited military cooperation and increase business ties with the Southeast Asian country, which ended five decades of military rule in 2011.
Thein Sein asked for Australian understanding about the political challenges facing his resource-rich but impoverished country."I hope you will appreciate that what we are undertaking has no parallel in modern times," Thein Sein said through an interpreter at Australia's Parliament House.
Nasaka commander summons villagers in Maungdaw south
Maungdaw, Arakan State| More than 60 villagers including village administrators were summoned by the commander of Nasaka area No. 7, yesterday, at about 3:00 pm, said one of the local village Administrator from Aley Than Kyaw.“Villagers were called to the village of Khonza Bill under the Aley Than Kyaw village tract and ordered them not to go out of the houses from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.”
Rakhine villager was caught while trying to set fire
Maungdaw, Arakan State:A Rakhine villager was caught red handed by Rohingya villagers in Maungdaw Town on 9th March, at around 4:00 am while he was trying to set fire in Rohingya houses, said a businessman from the locality on condition of anonymity.“The Rakhine man was caught along with a sword, two bottles of petrol and two matchboxes by villagers in Shikdar Para (Myoma Kayan Dan) village. He is from the neighboring Rakhine village.”
US official due Tuesday to discuss Rohingya issue
US State Department Senior Advisor for Myanmar Mr W. Patrick Murphy will undertake the tour at such a time when fleeing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have become a matter of concern for neighbouring countries.The intrusion of Rohingyas in the south and the southeast Asian countries including Bangladesh have increased following spells of communal riots between Rohingya Muslims and local Buddhists in Rakhine state, in western Myanmar since June last year.
108 Rohingyas rescued in India
Indian coast guards have rescued 108 Rohingyas off the coast of the country's eastern Andaman archipelago, a website in the islands reports.
Some officials of Indian company Punj Llyod drew the attention of the coast guards about the presence of some 15 unidentified people in the unmanned barge and the presence of some boats in its vicinity on the evening of 28th Feb, the website said.On receipt of the information, Interceptor Boat C-145 under the command of Coast Guard Commandant SR Nagendrgan was pressed into action.