1) ARAKAN STATE AFTER RECENT POWER STRUGGLE IN RANGOON
Sittwe, 12th March 02: Since 8th March when General Kyaw Win declared the arrest of old dictator Ne Win's son-in-law and three grandsons, there has been a lot of speculations among the intelligentsia and general populace of Arakan (Rakhine State) in the western part of Burma (Myanmar).
The life in the capital of the state, Sittwe (Akyab), is normal and many of the residents who can afford to hoard essential items of food like rice, are going on a shopping spree, fearing an abnormal increase in the price.
A well-known lawyer in the area said that, the power struggle among the Burmese dictators is nothing new because there have been dozens of such incidents of purges in the Burmese army since the country went under military dictatorship beginning with Bo Ne Win who introduced Burmese socialism in 1962, taking the once-flourishing country down to the road of whimsical rule and bankruptcy in just 26 years, institutionalising military dictatorship. These purges prove that the Burmese dictators though hollering day and night for the solidarity of the countrymen who are comprised of various nationalities, are in fact deeply divided among themselves and the power struggle among them has become a chronic disease from which there is no outlet, and which has always taken the country to economic chaos and administrative bigotry.
Besides, a businessman added that, the present State Peace and Development Council junta is trying to befool the people and the international community by resorting to this game of purges in the military command structure, trying to eliminate the remnants of the Bo Ne Win dynasty, without taking up meaningful steps to restore democracy and human rights the dearest aspiration of the people of Burma.
Our correspondent added that the air in Sittwe is ripe with rumours and various expectations, but none to be happy about, like administrative shake-up and witch-hunting to prove the 'correctness' of the moves taken up by the present Burmese junta. For now the road to democracy and restoration of human rights has once taken a more complicated twist. #
BANGLADESH TO WORK ON TRANS-ASIAN HIGHWAY TO CONNECT BURMA
Chittagong, March 11th: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister, M Morshed Khan has said in
The Foreign Minister while addressing a prize-distribution ceremony in a school in the city as chief guest said that, the highway will connect