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UN envoy meet Aung San Suu Kyi

Nambiar, was appointed special envoy to Myanmar by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this year, envoy held talks with Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday but there was no indication for his visit to the capital city Naypyitaw, seat of power to government ministers and the junta top brass. Vijay Nambiar to leave Myanmar on Monday.She welcomed the Indian diplomat's visit and called for more engagement with the U.N."We were able to tell him what we wanted to do, while we got a chance to know the secretary general's feelings," Suu Kyi told reporters.

Ban told reporters last month in New York that the Burmese regime had blocked his envoy Nambiar from visiting Burma since he was appointed interim replacement for Nigerian diplomat Dr. Ibrahim Gambari in January this year.

Suu Kyi and colleagues will raise the NLD’s concerns about the continuing situation in Burma, including “the human rights of ethnic nationalities”, he said. He added that he would req…

Pakistan win back hockey gold

Fired-up Pakistan annexed the Asian Games men's hockey gold medal after 20 years with a convincing 2-0 win over Malaysia in the final on Thursday.Veteran Sohail Abbas put Pakistan ahead with his team's first penalty corner in the 26th minute, before striker Rehan Butt increased the margin three minutes after half-time.

It was Pakistan's eighth Asiad hockey gold, ending a drought that stretched back to Beijing in 1990, and handed them their first major title since winning the World Cup in Sydney in 1994.Pakistan ended the year on a high after a disappointing eight-month period in which they finished a humiliating 12th out of 12 at the World Cup in March and took sixth place at the Commonwealth Games in October.

The Pakistanis kneeled in prayer after the final whistle, before lifting their Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel over their shoulders to loud applause from the stands.Malaysia, often dubbed the sport's perennial under-achievers, had to settle for silver in their ma…

Annual Puri Beach Festival begins

Annual Puri Beach Festival, showcases cultural events, classical and folk dance performances, sand sculptures, handicrafts, food festivals, rock concerts and fashion shows.

Orissa Tourism Minister Debi Prasad Mishra has said the 16th International Annual Puri Beach Festival is a boost to the tourism sector of Orissa:

Mishra who inaugurated the five-day-long festival earlier this week, said: “In this festival, over 3,000 artists are participating. This year, a troupe from Austria is also participating here. This festival represents the culture and tradition of our country and also contributes to the tourism economy.”

This time organizers have included rowing and beach volleyball, besides handlooms, handicrafts, sand art, gas balloon rides and a kite-flying exhibition in the festival.

“I came here to watch the festival. It is absolutely wonderful night and we have just seen a beautiful performance from India ladies. They were dancing and singing so it was very nice and this is a quality fes…

Released Suu Kyi maiden speech post General election

Aung San Suu Kyi today appearing in a moss-green eingyi and roses in her hair, the pro-democracy leader and beacon of hope for millions said: “I’ve always believed in national reconciliation.

world leaders and human rights groups across the world welcomed her release, not to mention her Burmese and international supporters worldwide.

After meeting party members and foreign diplomats, Suu Kyi then greeted the crowd, people chanted “We love Suu”, amid thunderous applause, the BBC reported.

She reiterated the call for unity that she made yesterday, telling the ecstatic crowds from the balcony of the office today: “Nothing can be achieved without the people’s participation. Without it, we can do nothing” she said. “I want to work alongside the people. I don’t want to work alone. A one-woman show is not a democracy.”“I don’t hate the people who detained me.”In an allusion to the military regime that denied Suu Kyi freedom for so long, she showed her unique strength of character, stating to th…

Burma to release Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma military authorities have signed an order authorizing the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.Nobel laureate has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years, and her house arrest term expires on Saturday.“We are all busy working to welcome Daw Suu back, preparing a secretariat room for her at party headquarters,” said Win Tin, secretary of the NLD and a close associate with Suu Kyi.
Win Tin said: “It is not my decision, but I believe she will focus on politics and we will also urge her to resume her leadership, especially when our country's politics is in a state of emergency.”

Win Tin said Suu Kyi has always kept the door open to dialogue with the junta and he believes she will remain open to such dialogue.He even hoped her release would come today because the generals who believe in astrology may think the date 11/11 (Nov. 11) would be auspicious for her release.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention expires on Saturday 13 November and under Burmese law she should be releas…

Myanmar holds sham Election

Burma junta did not announce when the results would be announced, saying only that they could come "in time".However the state media declaring official results trickled out over state media, exhibiting the military and its proxy parties ahead, but when a clear picture of who won control of parliament - the state media could take a day or longer in the reclusive country where press timely release of information is rare. This was certain, that through shabby pre-election engineering the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party would emerge victorious despite widespread popular opposition to 48 years of military rule.The streets of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city,unusually quiet and early voter turnout appeared light at many polling stations.

Many residents said they were staying home as rumours circulated that bombs would explode.Riot police were deployed at many road junctions, but no soldiers were seen near the balloting sites.

The USDP is fielding 1,112 cand…

Burma General Elections

Burma's Real power will lie with the President, the Commanderin- Chief and the new National Defense and Security Council.Burma’s election has largely been on the
Parliament, but is fact this is a largely powerless body which will be dominated by the military The run-up to the election The election on 7th November will be the first in Burma for 20 years. At the last election the National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won 82 percent of the seats in Parliament, but the generals refused to hand over power.

Salient features:

*Assembly/Parliament with one Upper
House and one lower house
• 14 regional and state assemblies
• 25% of seats (110) in People Assembly
(Lower House) reserved for military
• 25% of seats (56) in Upper House
reserved for military
• 25% of seats in state and regional
assemblies reserved for the military
• 1,163 seats available by vote (but voting
banned in at least 6 seats in ethnic areas)
• 37 parties alllowed to participate
• Dictato…

Myanmar Election ends counting begins

General election in Myanmar, on dawn of Sunday, conduced peacefully as polling booths closed at 4 p.m, and the counting of votes to be followed immediately in the presence of the public.Polling at many booths even closed earlier with counting of votes already started as the designated number of electorates had completely finished casting of votes ahead of closing hours, polling stations said, citing sources with Shan state's capital of Taunggyi.

The ballots include advance ballots cast days ahead for persons with inconvenience as stipulated in the election law.The counting of votes by the township election subcommissions took place in the presence of parliamentary candidates or their election agents and the public.As per the election law, the township election subcommissions are to submit the valid votes to the region or state commissions at higher level which is expected to declare the elected parliamentary candidates later.The first-in-two-decade multi-party general election be…