Stories about Myanmar (Burma) from March, 2011
Myanmar is still reeling from a 6.8 earthquake which hit the country two days ago. Our Myanmar-based author translates interviews and stories of residents and aid workers who witnessed the extent of the quake damage in northeast Myanmar
A 6.8 earthquake hit northeast Myanmar on the evening of Thursday 24 March, 2011, which was felt in nearby Thailand and as far away as Vietnam and China. The quake killed at least 70 people and destroyed more than 240 buildings in Myanmar alone but casualties could be higher. In Tachilek town, coffins were sold out hours after the quake.
shwedarling uploads a letter from the Myanmar government banning VoIP services in the country like Gtalk, Vzo, Skype and Pfingo.
The Irrawaddy reports that the Myanmar government has ordered internet cafe operators to stop VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls since they allegedly affect state revenues.
Blogger dawn-1o9 posts a picture of a person fishing in Inya Lake in Myanmar. Fishing is not allowed on this lake.
The Democratic Voice of Burma has a report on the strike staged by 1,500 workers of a shoe factory in Myanmar. Workers reportedly earn only $US0.70 for a 12-hour day.
The Shan Herald quotes from green groups which describe the plan of the Myanmar government to build seven dams in the country as part of the junta strategy to defeat rebel groups fighting for independence.
State media New Light of Myanmar has published the transcript of the first regular session of Myanmar's parliament. According to the report, Myanmar has five newspapers, 170 journals, and 182 magazines which are being published daily, weekly and monthly with over 300,000 copies of newspapers in circulation everyday
Independent Myanmar media website The Irrawaddy was hacked this weeked. A notice on its frontpage: “The website was hacked this morning and a number of fake articles were posted on our English-language homepage.”