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West bank of Zami River allocated to USDP

Thu Rein : Villagers residing on the west bank of the Zami River in Kyainnseikyi Township, Karen State, have been pre-selected as voters for the Burmese government-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

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NMSP fills empty Central Committee positions

IMNA : The Central Committee (CC) of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), decided last week during its 4 day long biannual meeting to replace retired committee members.

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USDP collects voter signatures

Jorn , Hong Dein : The Burmese government’s Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has been discretely collecting new member signatures from residents of Mudon and Thanphyuzayart Townships, Mon State, since last week.

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TPDC tips off illegal timber traders

Jury Chai, Thu Rein : Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) chairman in Three Pagodas Pass sub-Township, Karen State, have warned members of the area’s illegal logging industry to hide their goods from state authorities.

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Repair of longest wooden bridge in Thailand nearly finished

Tawlawi : Reconstruction of Thailand’s longest wooden bridge, located in Sangkhlaburi District, Kanchanaburi Province in Thailand, will be finished in Taboung month at the close of the Buddhist year, or March 2011.

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ASEAN observes bi-lingual education in Mon village

IMNA : Education officers from eight countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) observed the bi-lingual education system implemented at Wat Wang Wiwekaran School on the Thai-Burma border on September 20th.

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Child soldiers actively recruited by Burmese army advertisements

Jaloon Htaw : The Burmese regime has begun a campaign to specifically raise youth recruitment within the Burmese army. Advertisements promise technology training for new recruits; life skills; and better job, salary, and placement opportunities for those who complete their service.

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Travel restrictions increase outside of Ye town

Jury Chai : According to residents, Burmese checkpoint authorities are conducting rigorous checks and searches of individuals traveling in and out of Ye town, in Southern Mon State’s Ye Township.

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Displaced Mon villagers struggle to survive

Akka : In the face of worsening relations between the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), recently displaced Mon villagers who have been living in a site on the Thai-Burma border since May are finding survival increasingly difficult.

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Mon party barred from minority constituencies

IMNA : The All Mon Regions Democracy Party’s (AMDP) application to contest ethnic minority constituencies in Rangoon and Tenasserim Divison has been rejected, leaving thousands of Mon people in these areas without ethnic representation.

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