Internet Cafes Opened in Paletwa
04 July 2011: The Internet has been made available for use to the locals for the first time, with at least two cybercafes opened in Paletwa Town, Chin State.
The two Internet Cafes, one run by the Anglican Church and another by a local woman, are said to have been installed in the southern town this year.
One of the locals from Paletwa Town told Chinland Guardian: “This is like a new door open to our place and the people are very excited about using the Internet. But the problem is the connection and electricity at the moment.”
The local users are charged 1,000 Kyats per hour for using the Internet, according to a resident in Paletwa.
It is claimed that the internet has been used in the office by the Anglican Church reportedly since last year. Sources said that it is only in this year that the locals can get access to a public place.
Another source suggested that there were three Internet cafes in Paletwa Town in 2010.
When asked about the public cybercafes, a Paletwa local told Chinland Guardian: “The Anglican Church in our town has had access to internet for a while but for office use only. From this year, we have the public cafes to use internet.”
It is estimated that there are more than 90,000 people with about 14,100 houses in the whole township of Paletwa in Chin State.
Van Biak Thang