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Shan village signpost demolished by unknown assailants

Shan village signpost demolished by unknown assailants

A Shan village signpost in Nawng Khio, northern Shan State, was demolished by un...

National park designated in NDAK territory

National park designated in NDAK territory

Fauna & Flora International (FFI), a British environmental organization, has...

Some Mon households not counted for census

Some Mon households not counted for census

Aye Mi Aung – As Burma’s first census in decades ends tomorrow, some households ...

Workshop aimed at developing ethics

Burmese journalists recently met for an ethic workshop in Mon State capital Moul...

More armed Rakhines arrested in Buthidaung

Dozens of Rakhine, allegedly from Bangladesh, were arrested by the army after be...

Conflicts of interests hampering work of ‘land grab’ committee, say MPs

Members of the Union parliament have alleged that the work of a committee appoin...

Activists use street theatre to condemn hate speech

Myanmar activists opposed to hate speech took their campaign to upper Myanmar on...

UNFPA under fire over census role

UNFPA under fire over census role

The United Nations Population Fund has come under criticism from human rights gr...

Fresh troops sent to Maungdaw

Since the countrywide census started nearly ten days ago more army battalions ha...

A chance to grow

Border school nurtures future Karen leaders

Proud family members bearing flowers,...

Bago Chief Minister issues warning on media to USDP youth members

Bago Chief Minister issues warning on media to USDP youth members

The Chief Minister of Bago Region, U Nyan Win, has urged youth members of the ru...

Disagreements delay talks on national ceasefire agreement

Disagreements delay talks on national ceasefire agreement

Negotiations between the government and armed ethnic groups over a draft nationa...

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.

Multi-ethnic festival coming to Hakha

Mizo Student Union (MSU) a civil society group working for unity among tribes in the area announced ...

Parama’s Dream

Parama’s Dream

Sometimes when relatives or friends come to visit the children that live at Baanunurak Orphanage (al...