Hpakant Jade Stone Estimated at 50 Tons

YANGON — A massive jade stone recently discovered near a village in Kachin State’s Hpakant region is believed to weigh about 50 tons, though with half the rock yet to be unearthed, its exact mass remains unknown. After visiting the discovery site and sizing up the raw jade stone in Wai Ka village amid tight […]

Myitsone Dam Project on Hold, but Far From Dead

Back in September 2011 when President Thein Sein issued a decree ordering that construction of the Myitsone dam “be suspended in the time of our government,” the announcement was met with widespread applause both internationally and at home. The ambitious project, which involves building a 152-meter-tall hydroelectric dam at the confluence of the two rivers […]