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Mandalay’s pile driving industry to be regulated

Myitmakha News Agency Mandalay, August 29 – the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC), the municipal governing body of Myanmar’s erstwhile royal capital, will issue pile drivers working on construction sites with official licenses, U Zaw Win, head of the committee’s Department of Buildings and Warehouses, told Myitmakha News Agency. Licenses will reportedly be granted to groups involved with pile driving …

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Two director generals of Kachin government laid off after Presidential initiated jade mine investigation

Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, March 4 – members of the Kachin State government were laid off from their positions because of their involvement with illegal importation of many ground carrier vehicles and digging machines from China for the purpose of jade excavation in the Hpakant region of the State. Those that received the sack included director general of the customs department, U Tun Thein, and director …

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Bullets fly in narcotics production facility bust

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Myitmakha News Agency Tachileik, February 15 – a rubber tree plantation in the eastern Shan State town of Tachileik was entered and searched on February 12 after being suspected as a location producing narcotics. What insured was an exchange of gunfire and the confiscation of K250 million worth of narcotics, it is known from a unit of the Tachileik anti-narcotics task …

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Chinese New Year in Lashio goes off this year without a bang

Myitmakha News Agency Lashio, February 8 – the sound of firecrackers is distinctly absent during this Chinese New Year in the northern Shan State town of Lashio after sellers of the products were arrested by police during last’s years celebrations, according to locals. “We made a big profit from the selling firecrackers, but we haven’t been allowed to sell them …

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Successful electoral candidate sentenced to 1 year in prison

Myitmakha News Agency Min Pyar, January 28 – U Hla Aung Nyunt, a successful people’s parliament candidate from Min Pyar township in Rakhine state, was sentenced to one year in prison by a Myay Pon township court of law on January 28, charged with making threats and trespassing. U Hla Aung Nyunt went to the home of one Daw U Mya Kyi’s in the morning of August …

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CSOs request Ministry of Forestry to tackle illegal logging in boarder regions

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Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, January 14 – a total of 141 civil society organizations (CSOs) sent a formal request to the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MECF) on January 14 to asking them to make efforts to stop the illegal logging trade in regions along the Myanmar – China boarder. The aforementioned letter was sent to the MECF as well …

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Over 350 incidents of illegal logging in Sagaing Region during 2015

Myitmakha News Agency Monywa, January 8 – a total of 355 arrests were made in Sagaing Region throughout the course of the previous year against illegal logging activities, according to the Monywa police station. The district of Katha saw the most arrests concerning illegal logging, with 104 arrests, followed by Shwebo district with 81 cases and thirdly Yinmapin district were …

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Activist arrested in Mawlamyine upon arrival to hold press conference

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Myitmakha News Agency Mawlamyine, January 6 – the local police department of Mawlamyine, the capital of Mon State, arrested a local activist outside the office of the Southern Myanmar Journalist Network, upon arrival of a group at the office to hold a press conference. Around six policemen were waiting for those holding the press conference outside the aforementioned office on January 6. …

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Replacement of court judges delays verdict date for prosecuted protestors

Myitmakha News Agency Pyay, January 5 – five activists from the western Bago region town of Pyay, who have been attending court for over 18 months after protesting against a local village administrator, have had their trail verdict date scheduled for January 5 moved back as the court judge presiding over their case is to be replaced, it is known from …

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