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Monks Call for Halt to Coal-Fired Power Plant at An-Din

Monks Call for Halt to Coal-Fired Power Plant at An-Din

The abbots from six village monasteries in Ye Township, Mon State asked the Mon ...

Karenni Women’s Groups Want Mega Projects Stopped During Ceasefire

Karenni Women’s Groups Want Mega Projects Stopped During Ceasefire

Karenni Women’s groups want the government to stop all mega-projects in Karenni ...

Fighting Between Government Troops and FUA Escalates

S.H.A.N. has learned that there was heavy fighting between government forces and...

Fresh Military Tensions Force Villagers to Flee Hpakant

Fresh Military Tensions Force Villagers to Flee Hpakant

Hundreds of villagers in Kachin State's jade rich Hpakant district have fled the...

NCCT Chooses Five Delegates for Rangoon Peace Talks

NCCT Chooses Five Delegates for Rangoon Peace Talks

The ethnic resistance movements’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) h...

Thai seminar on Burma in Pitsanulok Starts 18th December

Thai seminar on Burma in Pitsanulok Starts 18th December

A two-day seminar on Thai-Burma Studies in the ASEAN Community will be held from...

Opium Output and Prices Drop

Reports coming from the border say opium prices have been dropping even though t...

Mawbi State Schools Not Allowed to Teach S’gaw Karen Literature

Mawbi State Schools Not Allowed to Teach S’gaw Karen Literature

Retired middle school headmaster Saw Maung Tote, an organizer and a committee me...

Government Promises 80 Million Kyats to Improve Thanduang Gyi Township Water Supply

Government Promises 80 Million Kyats to Improve Thanduang Gyi Township Water Supply

During a conference for tourism representatives, the Karen State Chief Minister ...

Deputy BGP Chief to Visit Dhaka on 16th December

Dhaka, Bangladesh: A six-member delegation, led by the Deputy Chief of the Burma...

Halting UN Aid to Kachin Refugees Will Have Dire Impact Say Aid Groups

Halting UN Aid to Kachin Refugees Will Have Dire Impact Say Aid Groups

The suspension of United Nations (UN) aid convoys to refugee camps in Kachin Ind...

Government Forces and RCSS/SSA Resume Fighting

Government Forces and RCSS/SSA Resume Fighting

Government forces and Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SS...

Min Thein Kha passes away ( Obituary )

Min Thein Kha, the brilliant creator of the sleuth 'Surveillance Hnin Maung,' passed away at the age of 70 today (1st August 2008). Born Maung Aung Tun, he wrote under the pseudonym Min Thein Kha since 1976. He wrote about a hundred novels and numerous short stories of which Manusari, Punna Ba Kun and Sanay Maung Maung were very popular among his readers. Min Thein Kha, the brilliant creator of the sleuth 'Surveillance Hnin Maung,' passed away at the age of 70 today (1st August 2008). Born Maung Aung Tun, he wrote under the pseudonym Min Thein Kha since 1976. He wrote about a hundred novels and numerous short stories of which Manusari, Punna Ba Kun and Sanay Maung Maung were very popular among his readers.

Although he belonged primarily to the world of the letters, his talent was multifaceted. In addition to being a prominent writer, he was a good orator and a famous astrologer of Burma. He started his career in astrology in 1976 in Taungyi of Shan State. In 1978 he introduced astrology to Rangoon, teaching the nuances of the discipline to his disciples and students in Mayanthalin compound in Hmawbi Township until his death.

Born on 25th June 1939 to the painter U San Shein and Daw Tin Tin, Min Thein Kha was the eldest of seven siblings. He studied at St. Paul's High School and obtained his matriculation degree from AV College. In 1958 he joined the army and served for five years. He was then known as Sgt. Aung Tun. Thereafter, he led a checkered career, working as night a watchman at a cooking oil mill, as a paddy inspector and as rice mill manager. He was awarded the Ph. D by the University of Calcutta for his thesis "The destiny of 122 Burmese Kings". He is survived by a son.

But even a man of his stature was not spared criticism and attack from the junta. In 1988 he was imprisoned for leading the 88 uprising. After his release, he concentrated on astrology. Since then, astrology dominated his writings. On the midnight of 25th March 1997 he started a nationwide tour propounding the virtues of occultism. The tour continued for three years.

His funeral will be held at Yeway cemetery, Rangoon on 5th August.

Myawaddy Unrest Affects Normal People More Than Business Owners

Clashes between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and armed government forces on 27th Sept...