Local protesters block road to Letpadaung copper mine

The Sagaing Division chief minister will likely visit the controversial Letpadaung copper mine later this week after protesters prevented vehicles from leaving the compound on February 21 and demanded the mine cease operations. “We blocked five trucks carrying copper from leaving the mine,” U Pho La ...

Two laws to be amended to solve land disputes

To resolve disputes over confiscated lands and to streamline the process of returning them to the rightful owners, the Union government will amend two land-related laws, said Dr Aung Thu, Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. “There are illegal and legal ways to take ...

Road No. 17B to Laos-Myanmar bridge deteriorating

A 70-kilometre section of Road No. 17B linking the Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge to Sing district town in Luang Namtha province remains unpaved after almost two years and is deteriorating. An official of the provincial Public Works and Transport Department Mr Chansamone Outamavong, told Vientiane Times ...

Mines rules to be submitted for govt review this month

The new Myanmar Mining Law could soon have regulatory teeth that support the implementation of the law and establish a state and Union power division in the licensing process, The Myanmar Times has learned. The Mines Rules, which will essentially provide the fine print details ...

Ethnic data from 2014 census to be released

The long-awaited and final section of the 2014 census will be revealed within four months, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, adding that preparations for the release of the ethnicity data are underway now. U Myint Kyaing, permanent secretary of the ministry, told The ...

Meteorologist advises smaller alternatives to Myitsone megadam

The former director general of the meteorology and hydrology department has proposed an alternative solution to the problem of the stalled Myitsone hydropower dam. Instead of building one destructive and publically reviled mega dam, why not build four smaller hydropower projects instead, he suggested on ...

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