Environment


The Association for the Protection of Race and Religion claimed on the weekend that senior military figures have promised to halt or substantially alter five high-rise developments near Shwedagon Pagoda.
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Village chairman, Arker- Hnin Ka-Yok and twenty locals who oppose the coal-fired power plant in Inn Din Village, Ye Township, were taken to Ye Town police station for questioning on 13 June.
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The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Burma Army yesterday reached an agreement after a 15-day stand-off, caused because the Burma Army seized freshly felled UWSA timber in Mongton township, opposite Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao district on 2 June, according to sources.
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Entrepreneur and conservationist Yin Myo Su has been presented with a Global Leadership Award at a gala event in Washington DC for her work in promoting socially and economically responsible development.
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To commemorate ASEAN Dengue Day on 15 June 2015, international aid agencies, community based groups and public health workers across the region organised theatre performances, school art competitions, fumigation programs and awareness campaigns.
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An Australian company contracted to assess the potential environmental and social impact of the planned Mongton dam has responded to recent criticism of the consultation process, saying that interference with its data collection efforts could lead to “suboptimal outcomes for the affected communities.”
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Burma has been ranked by a German think tank as the second worst country with regards to the effects of climate change between 1994 and 2013.
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Local gold prices reached a 27-year peak on Wednesday, following the continued weakening of the kyat against the US dollar, industry sources said.
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A $6 billion hydropower dam planned for a site in Myanmar’s Shan state is drawing fierce opposition from locals who say it will flood an area nearly the size of Singapore, destroying 100 communities.
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Saha Group, Thailand’s leading consumer product conglomerate, has scrapped plans to set up an industrial estate in Burma, citing high land prices in the neighbouring country.
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Myanmar’s state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) came in second-last in a survey covering the transparency of 45 large state-owned enterprises around the world.
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Civil society organizations in Shan State have called for an immediate halt to a planned hydroelectric dam on the Salween River, accusing an Australian company of helping to push the project ahead without proper public consultation.
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The United Wa State Army (UWSA) has told DVB it has offered to negotiate with the Burmese military over which side should withdraw first from positions around Mongton Township, as a prolonged standoff continues over a logging dispute in the area.
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Villagers in Karen State have lodged a protest at their local land registration office against applications by companies and investors to take community land for development projects.
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Efforts to pass a controversial bill updating Burma’s 1994 Mining Law have been postponed once again, after debate on the legislation turned “heated” this week amid rumors that a fight between two lawmakers took place on the floor of Parliament.
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About 150 farmers assembled in Kyaukphyu, Arakan State, on Wednesday to protest against South Korean Daewoo International for its role in an ongoing land dispute concerning more than 60 acres of ruined paddy fields near the site of the Shwe gas project.
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Dutch scientists have developed a revolutionary system that could one day help isolated villages in countries such as Burma steadily generate electricity from water-logged plants such as rice growing in paddy fields.
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Because the monsoon rains have not yet reached Minbya Township in Arakan State all the local water ponds have dried up and residents are facing water shortages, said U Thein San a Minbya Town resident.
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Japan’s Marubeni Corporation will conduct a feasibility study on a US$1 billion gas-fired power plant in Thanlyin township, after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Electric Power on May 27.
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Gold-mining companies are leaving a trail of toxic destruction behind them as they scour the Chindwin River’s banks for treasure, an MP has warned. Daw Sandar Min, who represents Zabuthiri township, Nay Pyi Taw, told the lower house yesterday that entire villages and forests in Khamti district, Sagaing Region, had been wiped off the map.
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