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Clash between SPDC and KNU leaves sergeant dead in Yebyu Township

IMNA : A January 29th, 2010 skirmish between 10 soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 408 and 20 Karen National Union (KNU) soldiers has resulted in the death of a LIB No. 408 sergeant. A second soldier from the battalion was reported wounded; no KNU soldiers were injured.

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NLD-LA Malaysia representatives hold nationwide 2010 election seminar

IMNA, Khatter Non : The National League for Democracy-Liberated Area (NLD-LA) Malaysia is currently in the midst of a cross-country educational campaign targeted at Burmese migrant workers living in the country, regarding the upcoming 2010 Burmese elections and the 2008 constitutional referendum.

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Years of corruption chafe Mon State rubber farmers

Tawlawi : Rubber plantation owners in Mon State claim that instances of corruption and extortion perpetuated bye Burmese government’s Department of Forestry, and several military battalions stationed throughout the rubber producing area of Mon State, have risen dramatically between 2009 and 2010.

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Mon National Day celebrations in Rangoon enjoy upped attendance

IMNA : The 63rd Mon National Day (MND) was celebrated by townships and villages large and small throughout Burma on January 30th of this year, but newly relaxed government regulations ensured that the MND celebrations held in Rangoon Division were and unprecedented success.

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Trafficked migrants languish in Australian detention center

IMNA, Khatter Non : Migrant workers from Burma are still detained in an Australian refugee camp, after making a failed attempt to enter Australia illegally last March. Migrant works chose to make the journey after being promised a better livelihood then in Malaysia or Thailand.

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Years of corruption chafe Mon State rubber farmers

Tawlawi : Rubber plantation owners in Mon State claim that instances of corruption and extortion perpetuated bye Burmese government’s Department of Forestry, and several military battalions stationed throughout the rubber producing area of Mon State, have risen dramatically between 2009 and 2010.

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Doctor provides gifts at pro-government election meeting

IMNA : In Ye Township residents have reported receiving unexpected gifts of mosquito nets and medical advice from an area doctor, at a meeting in which members of the local government administration urged villagers to support pro-military government election parties.

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Burmese civil servants anticipate increased salaries

Jeary Chai, Mi Yin Mon : The Burmese government has announced that it will increase civil servant’s salaries by 20,000 kyat a month. Workers learned about the pay-raise when letters ordering the increase were sent to public institutions throughout Burma at the beginning of 2010.

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