Hunting for particles of gold in the jungles of Southeast Asia

Walking across the world, you encounter human beings engaged in various repetitive behaviors. Raising babies. Fixing machines. Boiling tea. Planting crops. Posting videos on TikTok. Looking for gold. Our species’ pervasive quest for gold is ancient and tireless. Along my 11,000-mile trail out of Africa, I have ...

PAUL SALOPEK

Chifeng Jilong to Restart Gold Production at Sepon Mine in Laos

China’s Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining Co has said it will begin processing gold ore from its mine in Sepon, Laos, after a six-year hiatus. According to a report by Reuters, the restart of gold production at the mine is due to gold prices hitting a seven-year ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Three Arrested in Laos for Illegally Mining Gold on Land Leased by Chinese Company

Authorities in Laos’ Luang Prabang province arrested three rural villagers for trespassing after they tried to mine gold on land granted in a concession to a Chinese company, RFA has learned. The villagers, from Phapon village in Luang Prabang’s Pak Ou district, were initially detained by ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Myanmar authorities stop 17 illegal gold mines along Ayeyarwady River

U Kyaw Myint Than, director of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System said the illegal gold mines were discovered in Thabeikkyin township during an inspection on the area on Monday. The general administration department, police force and the officials from the Ministry ...

Kyaw Ko Ko

Gold mining operation kicks off in Xaysomboun

A feasibility study of exploration and processing at a 234.6 square kilometre gold mining site at Naty village area in Longchaeng district, Xaysomboun province, has begun after the government gave the green light. The project is a partnership between the Jo Bounmy Mining Development Co., Ltd. ...

Illegal gold mining pollutes Đắkrông River

Although the Thừa Thiên-Huế Province People’s Committee announced it had cracked down on illegal gold mining along the upper part of the Đắkrông River in A Lưới District, the river water is still polluted, affecting people living downstream. Lao động (Labour) newspaper on Wednesday reported that gold ...

Mining exploration set for region home to endangered river dolphins

Australian mining firm Medusa Mining has announced plans to begin exploration for gold, copper and oil in Kratie province’s Prek Kampi commune, about 35 kilometres west of a stretch of the Mekong River that is home to endangered river dolphins.Keep reading ...

Robin Spiess & Brendan O’Byrne

Ministry warns gold mining companies to pay outstanding debt

There are outstanding 150 viss of gold debts to be paid by over 100 gold mining companies to the government, U Phone Myint, deputy director from No. 2 Mining Enterprise under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, told The Myanmar Times. A total ...

Tax exemptions on diamonds, emeralds and gold approved

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw agreed on Tuesday to stop levying special commodity tax on diamonds and emeralds, as well as commercial tax on gold nuggets. “As those items should be exempted from taxes, Hluttaw agreed to it.” Public Account Joint Committee Member and Kayin State, Hlaing Bwe ...

Cold-water fish a gold mine

Hoang Van Ta, 53, was the first person to farm salmon in his commune in the mountainous province of Lang Son in 2007. Now he earns as much as VND4-5 billion (US$180,000-$220,000) a year from salmon. Mau Son Commune, Loc Binh District is located about 170km ...

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