Environment


Residents of Yay Htwat village in Mandalay Division’s Thabeikkyin Township said Tuesday that they plan to file a lawsuit against police and local authorities who they claim are responsible for a violent altercation last week in which one man was shot and several others were injured.
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Retail sellers of petrol say the market is being hit by a sliding exchange rate just as competition is set to intensify.
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Thailand, China and Burma are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding for the development of the 7,000-megawatt Mong Ton hydropower project on the upper Salween River this year, Thailand’s The Nation reported on Wednesday, quoting Thai Energy Minister Narongchai Akrasanee.
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The annual gems emporium in Naypyidaw has ended on a low, with jade sales down 63 percent, a decrease blamed on ongoing armed conflict in Kachin State.
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Half a dozen of the world’s top de-mining organisations have been working in Myanmar for the past three years. Their presence is sorely needed – the country ranks as one of the three most dangerous in terms of casualties from landmines, and more are still being laid by government forces and armed ethnic groups who have been at war for decades.
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The Myanmar government launched a five-year long-term conservation plan on Tuesday for Inle Lake, which was recently designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
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Proceeds from an annual gems emporium in Myanmar that ended this week fell 63 percent from last year to $1.26 billion, with sales suppressed by limited supply due to fighting in the mineral-rich Kachin state bordering China.
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A land dispute at the site of a gold mine in Yay Htwat village in Mandalay Division’s Thabeikkyin Township turned violent on Monday, leaving small-scale miners and police injured, including a 50-year-old man who was allegedly shot in the knee, according to local eyewitnesses.
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The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday backed corporatisation of power supply boards in Yangon and Mandalay, in a shake-up aimed at reducing running costs and the national budget deficit.
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People In Maungdaw South in Arakan State have been facing difficulties in travelling and finding food since 26 June when heavy rains and high tides destroyed bridges and paddy seedlings, according to Maungdaw South villager Jaker.

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Heavy monsoon rains in the Teknaf region of Bangladesh have caused widespread destruction and misery for thousands of Rohingyas in Leda and Kutupalong makeshift camps who are also facing food shortages, according to Salim, a Leda Camp refugee leader.
The Leda makeshift camp has 13,000 refugees and about 50,000 refugees live in Kutupalong makeshift camp.
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Rescue workers in Rakhine State fear villagers may have died in severe flooding over the past few days, as five townships reported heavy rains. U Maung Maung Khin, head of the disaster management division of the Myanmar Red Cross Society, said yesterday that people had been forced to evacuate their homes in Ann, Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Thandwe and Tounggup townships in the northern part of the state.
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POSCO said on 26 June in a regulatory filing that it won’t sell off the resource development unit of Daewoo International that has caused controversies within the group reported Korea IT Times on 29 June.
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Imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are likely to begin in the future due to growing energy demand in the country, according to officials.
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A group of civil society stakeholders called on the government on Friday to halt all extractive projects in ethnic areas until a ceasefire is brokered between Naypyidaw and ethnic armed groups.
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Flooding had subsided in Rangoon by Friday, but several other areas around the country were feeling the effects of the annual monsoonal rains.
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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 threat of a dengue virus outbreak this coming wet season means that Thomas Viger, the Thailand program coordinator for Solidaritès International, is a busy man.
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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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