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Magwe Region to refine crude oil into gasoline

Magwe Region will soon be refining crude oil produced from its hand-dug wells into gasoline, with certain details such as water allocation to be settled before refining can commence. Magwe’s Minister of Natural Resources, Environment, Electricity and Energy U MyintZaw said arrangements were being made, including giving permission to three companies – Power 95, Myanma […]

Myanmar to build LNG power stations to meet energy requirements in 2022

Myanmar is planning to start three liquefied natural gas (LNG) power projects and a combined cycle power project to meet energy requirements in 2022, said Union Minister Win Khaing of Electricity and Energy. “The ministry provided electricity to 30 per cent of households recent years and the supply will be up to 50 per cent […]

Kachin Gov’t Set to Reject Mongolian Mining Proposal

YANGON—The Kachin State government has decided to shelve a Mongolian company’s proposal to conduct a feasibility study on the extraction of gold and other minerals in Myanmar’s largest national conservation area, a sanctuary nearly triple the size of Singapore in Kachin’s northernmost township, due to serious environmental concerns. The project was proposed by Inner Mongolia […]

Kachin residents urge govt to stop quarrying on island

Kachin residents have urged the government to stop large-scale gold mining and sand quarrying on an island in the Ayeyarwady River, as the activities could harm the environment and the livelihoods of villagers. More than 600 residents from several villages in the state capital, Myitkyina, and Waingmaw township, sent a letter to the state government […]

Residents, Some Lawmakers Oppose Hotel on Former Wildlife Area Near Inle Lake

Lawmakers of Nyaung Shwe Township, southern Shan State, have joined local residents in objecting to the proposed construction of a hotel on 90 acres of prime land in a village in the Inle Lake area. The Inle hotel zone already occupies more than 620 acres of land, and residents and lawmakers urged that there should […]

Lack of Funding Fueling Corruption in Forestry Sector, Senior Official Says

More than 3,200 Forestry Department staff overseen by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation have been subject to disciplinary action over the past seven years, department director U Khin Maung Win said, adding that the problem is largely a result of under-funding. They were disciplined for violations including bribery and corruption, negligence, misconduct, […]

Dialogue on Pakbaeng Hydropower Project Begins

CHIANG RAI PROVINCE, Thailand (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The first dialogue meeting of the Pakbaeng Hydropower Project on the Mekong River yesterday took place to further react with the recommendations raised by the Mekong River Commission in regards to the PNPCA process of the project. Officials from the Thailand National Mekong Committee Secretariat (TNMCS) and Lao […]

Siemens, MMH join hands for port operations

Siemens, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation, plans to expand its business in Myanmar by providing Myanmar’s ports with technology and solutions in cooperation with a local counterpart, Myanmar Mahar Htun Co (MMH), according to Christian Beckers, head of business development at Siemens Myanmar and Cambodia. Beckers said in […]

Tata Group set to focus on Vietnam, Myanmar

MUMBAI: At least seven companies of India’s oldest conglomerate, Tata Sons, have zeroed in on Vietnam and Myanmar as markets that need to be penetrated into. Growing economies and an expanding middle class, as well as pacts with global powers and tax incentives have made these countries important for firms that seek to reach out […]

Two years after the government passed a law to set a minimum wage, it still has not come into existence.

The issue has been a source of tension particularly in the garment industry, with a number of strikes so far this year revolving around issues of wages and overtime. Yet experts say it has been a difficult process to put a minimum wage into place, with the topic more complex than it first appears. “We […]