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Smuggling is endemic in Myanmar – jade, opium and human trafficking

By Joanne Liew A brief look at Myanmar’s situation A 2015 report estimated Myanmar’s jade industry to be worth up to US$31 billion in 2014 alone,...

China in Talks to Sell Electricity to Myanmar

By REUTERS 4 August 2017 YANGON—Energy-hungry Myanmar is in initial talks to buy electricity from China, according to officials and documents reviewed by Reuters, in the latest sign of warming ties with Beijing under leader Daw...

Gem Traders Blame Smuggling on Tax Rate

By HTET NAING ZAW 4 August 2017 NAYPYITAW — The government is losing a large sum on gems and jewelry sales as gems traders smuggle them into China...

Kachin State’s Indawgyi Lake gets UNESCO designation

Kachin State’s Indawgyi Lake, the largest lake in Myanmar’s and the third largest in Southeast Asia, was recently designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Biosphere reserves are importantly biodiverse areas where UNESCO (The United Nations...

Jade scavenger shot dead by police

A jade scavenger was shot dead on June 25 after security forces threatened scavengers at the Ngwe Sin Jade Mining Company in Lone Khin village tract, Hpakant Township, Kachin State. Police officer Kyaw Swe Oo...

Lawmaker Criticizes Military Action in Illegal Mining Areas

By NAN LWIN HNIN PWINT 14 July 2017 YANGON — Lower House lawmaker representing Kachin’s Tanai Township U Lin Lin Oo criticized a military crackdown on illegal gold and amber mines in the township during a parliamentary...

MP wants authorities to monitor illegal gold and amber mines in Tanai, Hpakant

A lawmaker has urged the Union government and state government to monitor illegal gold and amber mines in Tanai and Hpakant townships in Kachin State. The proposal was submitted by MP U Lin Lin Oo...

Life after Myitsone

The anticipated cancellation of the controversial China-backed dam in Kachin State would be an opportunity to build trust with civil society and move forward with smaller hydropower projects in other areas of the country. By...

Watchdog accuses companies of mining in Kachin with expired permits

Mining companies in the Hpakant and Lone Khin jade mining areas have been operating in each other’s existing licensed plots after the expiration of their licenses, resource watchdog and advocacy group Global Witness and...

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