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Rangoon authorities place curbs on religious worship to avoid flare-up in sectarian violence

Although the Rangoon regional government appears to have issued a directive last week to restrict communal worship in homes and other unauthorised venues, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture has said it will have no hand in enforcing the new rules. Aung San Win, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, […]

Climate change affected soybean farmers get new seeds, technology

SHWE PAHTOE VILLAGE, Shan State — Hla Min had been successfully farming soybean since 1994 on the hillsides of Shwe Pahtoe (South), an ethnic Danu village in Pindaya Township, southern Shan State, when around 2008 his harvests began to fall. As rains became increasingly erratic due to a changing climate his crop suffered. Sometimes rains […]

Sule Square Project Stalled in Negotiations

RANGOON — The Sule Square project in Burma’s commercial capital of Rangoon is still under negotiation with the city’s municipal body to secure final approval of its construction, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) told The Irrawaddy on Monday, because the developer has yet to fully agree to the committee’s modification demands for the project […]

Sule Square Project Breaches Building Regulations, Says Inspection Committee

RANGOON—The High-Rise Inspection Committee (HIC) of Rangoon’s municipal body said that the Sule Square commercial complex includes two extra floors for which the developers do not have permission to add. Construction of the 23-floor structure is nearly complete. Aung San Win, secretary of the HIC within the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), told The Irrawaddy […]