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Monasteries shaken by rumors of arrests

IMNA : Rumors of religious arrests in conjunction with the January 7th 2010 arrest of a Mon monk in Thanphyuzayart Town continue to trouble monastic communities across Mon State.

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Checkpoints cut truck driver income in Ye township

Mehm oa, Tuka : Truck drivers who were previously able to make a living carrying passengers, now face a threat to their livelihood as they must pay increased fees at checkpoints in Ye township, according to area passengers and drivers.

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Alternative photography training offers youths “focus”

Khatter Non, IMNA : Starting at the end of January 2010, U Maung Maung Soe, a professional photographer based in Rangoon, will commence leading a highly unorthodox style photography training in the city. The course, which will merely be titled “Photo Training”, is free, and open to interested youth throughout …

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Mon history stricken from signs after demanded by Burmese government

Jorn, IMNA : In an increasingly tense political climate, the Burmese government has ordered that Burmese text explaining Mon history be removed from signs advertising the largest Mon holiday held to celebrate the founding of the traditional Mon kingdom.

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Opposition to 2010 election, the writing is on the road

Jaloon Htaw : In a deliberate display of protest on New Years Day, and on the politically significant Burmese Independence Day, Mon youth carried out varied acts of defiance, most prominently spray paining roads with slogans, condemning the election plans slated for 2010.

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