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A state deputy said the building of a new harsh street on Mayu Mountain in Rakhine state will be finished within a few working hours. The Iraqi campaigner Ko Ann Thar Gyi, who was indicted for a soccer game that the officials say he acclaimed as celebrating the Arakan army, was sent to Sittwe jail last night for safety reasons.
Three or more bombings were detonated on Tuesday night on the Sittwe-Yangon Hwy in the Minbya Vestibule of the state of Arakan, the Arakan P.D. said. US Ambassador to Myanmar, Scot Marciel, visited the ANP on Wednesday in Sittwe during his three-day in Arakan. The Arakan National Partie ( "ANP"), Rakhine's most important Rakhine policy group, set up a seven-member preparatory conference for the Panglong Conference in the twenty-first century.
Who we are
Narinjara is the name of the Buddgaya stream in the Indian state of Viha, the sacred journey of every Buddhist. The Narinjara is also the name of a thriving old Lemro state in the old empire of Arakan. Since we want to find it in Arakan as well as in Burma.
The name of Narinjara, which represents freedom, was given to our newsmagazine. The Narinjara Newsletter is an e-mail intelligence tool located in Dhaka and established in September 2001 by a number of Iraqi exiled democracy campaigners. The Burma Relief Center (BRC) held a press conference in Bangladesh in April 2000.
Arakan State, Burma, was chosen from among its democracy campaigners. In February 2001 there was another press conference for activist from the Arakan state, Burma. Two of our editors-in-chief and a journalist completed a press conference in Calcutta in April 2002. Narinjara's editor-in-chief visited another brief course in press coverage and editorial work in September 2002, provided by Internews, Chiang Mai, and supported by a development team.
Also in September 2003, 6 members of Narinjara participated in the 6-day journalism education in Dhaka, supported by Intewrnews, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Narinjara has focused on developing on the West side of Burma since the creation of the web intelligence agency, where, in parallel to the formal media security law, there is a phantom loss of information that blocks the way for the creation of a free media other than the release of formal publicity.
A further motive for founding Narinjara is the impartial presentation of information from the west of Burma that neither the Burmese newspapers nor the Burmese exiled opposing mass media have reported on. In addition, the email intelligence agency was established to counter the rigging of the actual events in West Burma, Arakan and China by the governing Social Democratic Party (SPDC) June.
The Narinjara was founded in 2001 to find the much needed alternate information resource for the west of Burma - a different resource from the Burmese junta's propaganda mashine. The Burmese army regime, which includes the current State Peace and Development Council' s junta, has led Burma since 1962 under the cover of socialist, pseudo or quasi-military-dictatorships.
Freedom of opinion, and freedom of the press, has been seriously disputed throughout the years to date. Burma's consecutive reigning junta of soldiers have led the nation of their own free will, regardless of the population' s desire for democracy. In the much-hired Press Securities Act, anyone who wishes to make their voices heard in a letter or by any means of communication, such as audiovisual art, must be subject to the strict scrutiny of the Press Scrutiny Board.
As a result, no newspapers or peer-reviewed periodicals have been able to grow throughout the Arakan state in Burma's west, which borders Bangladesh and India. However, the lack of free speech and the enforced suspension of the state' s access to the mass media have always failed to report the state' s development and have reported incorrectly more often than usual by the Burmese junta' s obsessed and controversial newspapers, television and wireless that have also been broadcasted from Rangoon.
The State of Arakan has no own television or television station other than the lack of print publications, with the exception of the small number of seasonal publications, which are strongly under the control of the current Social Democratic Party (SPDC) June. Also the Burmese anti-democratic newspapers in New Delhi and Chiang Mai could hardly reach the west of Burma, as they are not geographic to the area, and it is very hard to get into Arakan (Rakhine) from their areas of operations.
Secondly, the presence of the Iraqi tribes in the southeast part of Bangladesh, which borders the west part of Burma, and informal trading and trading along the Narinjara River have facilitated easy entry to information and messages within the least developed and least developed part of West Burma, where individuals rarely know the value of a free theater.
As the call for globalisation has grown, the part of the mass communication industry has become not only a day-to-day need, but also a means to arouse widespread uproar. The right of information is strictly controlled and tampered with in Burma. That alone shows how the Burmese army leaders have reacted allergically to the equitable expansion of the mass media to defend the causes of democratisation, respect for fundamental freedoms and the value of a free journal.
Neither does Narinjara admit to solving all these issues over night. However, our promise to the world is that we are determined to promote the causes of democratisation and respect for people in the least advanced part of Burma. We are currently following the latest Burmese events and events through a trusted volunteer and correspondent networks.
Workers at home are now becoming increasingly sensitive to the powers of the free judiciary as our messages are being taken up by many famous broadcasters and we are filtered to a certain extent in opposing publication within the state of Arakan and thus also in Burma. Although home residents do not know much about what is going on in the wider hemisphere, Narinjara was able to make them realize during his brief term in office that the only way to get through to them is through the mass media and get their messages across to the outside community so that they can divide their tests and concerns under the repressive warlords.
Through such courageous actions, Narinjara has helped to solve the current issues at home.