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Burma News (r)
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts
September 14, 1994, Wednesday
SECTION: Part 3 Asia - Pacific; SOUTHEAST ASIA; BURMA;
LENGTH: 177 words
HEADLINE: KAREN REBEL ATTACKS;
Rangoon Radio reports attacks on villages and vehicles by Karen
SOURCE: Radio Burma, Rangoon, in Burmese 1330 gmt 12 Sep 94
"Armed groups in the jungle are disrupting local peace and
attacking villages," the radio reported. A 12-strong Karen armed
a 10-minute attack on Dindaye village in Kyauktalon Village Tract,
Township with small arms and rocket launchers on the evening of 28th
Four villagers, including a 10-month old child, were injured.
On the morning of 5th September, a 20-strong armed group, led by
Pho Lone of
the jungle-based Karen group, tried to stop a vehicle, travelling from
Rangoon, near Thalein Taw and Sakangyi villages in Thanbyuzayat
the vehicle failed to stop, the "bandits" attacked it with small arms,
The same group attacked another vehicle at the same spot a little
5th September. The two front wheels were blown off and the vehicle
was forced to
stop. Passengers were robbed of 30,000 kyat-worth of valuables and
driver and a passenger were killed, and five passengers injured in the
the radio reported .
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts
September 13, 1994, Tuesday
SECTION: Part 3 Asia - Pacific; SOUTHEAST ASIA; burma;
LENGTH: 64 words
HEADLINE: Muslim refugees from Bangladesh continue to return
'The New Light of Myanmar,' Rangoon, in English 7 Sep 94
A total of 552 persons from 103 households returned to Ngakhuya
Kanyinchaung camps from Bangladesh on 1st and 2nd September
under the agreement
reached between Burma and Bangladesh.
Altogether 64,837 persons from 14,396 households have returned
Bangladesh so far since 22nd September 1992.
Proprietary to the United Press International 1994
September 13, 1994, Tuesday, BC cycle
LENGTH: 353 words
HEADLINE: Burmese governnment legislates mining
BYLINE: BY CHIT TUN
DATELINE: RANGOON, Sept. 13
The Burmese government passed a new law to regulate all mining
industrial material and stones, officials said Tuesday. ''All naturally
occurring minerals'' on or under the soil of Burma or its ''continental
are now owned by the government, the recently enacted law declared.
classifies minerals into four categories. The ''gemstones'' group
rubies, sapphires, jade and other precious rocks. ''Metallic minerals''
to gold, silver, platinum and similar valuable metals. ''Industrial
covers coal, gypsum and other minerals commonly used for factories.
is a catchall classification for limestone, quartz, marble and other
Under the new law, all prospecting, exploration and production of
metallic minerals will require permits from the Ministry of Mines.
permits are also now required for large-scale production of industrial
and stones. Small-scale production of industrial minerals or stones
require a permit from the Department of Mines, the law added.
production'' is defined as ''commercial production with substantial
and special technical know-how and technology.'' ''Subsistance
which ordinary hand-tools are used, also requires a permit from either
government-owned enterprise involved in the extraction or from the
Mines. Punishment under the new law allows for up to seven years
and a fine up to $8,200, or both, for anyone prospecting, exploring or
minerals without a permit. Miners with permits who disregard its
protection clauses or its instructions on the safety and health of
punishment of up to three years in jail or a $3,300 fine, or both. The
repeals the Upper Burma Ruby Regulation of 1887, and its related
1923 and 1961
acts. Burma boasts a bevy of gems, minerals and stones and has
investors to hunt or purchase them in an effort to bring in more money