Jade Curse Tests Post-Sanctions Myanmar

Its embrace can bring wealth beyond measure, or instant death. It is a magnet for the most impoverished migrant workers and the most ruthless exploiters. Its haunts are a cauldron of armed conflict beyond the law of the land. In what could be one of its most challenging tests, how will Myanmar’s democratic government deal […]

World’s Biggest Jade Measuring 18ft and Worth £145 MILLION is Unearthed by Stunned Miners

The 175-tonne rock will appear its distinctive green once cleaned – it will then be carved up into expensive jewellery and sculptures in China Stunned miners have unearthed the world’s most valuable piece of jade – an 18ft monster worth £145M. Workers were excavating rare gems at a remote mine in Kachin State, Burma, when they stumbled […]

175-Tonne Jade Rock a Gem of a find in Myanmar

Miners in Myanmar have unearthed a 175-tonne jade boulder worth an estimated US$170 million (S$236 million). The boulder, 4.3m high and 5.8m long, was found in a mine in jade-producing Kachin state, in the north of the country, media outlets reported. The rock is second in size only to the carved statue at the Jade […]

Special Report: Investigation reveals gold mining destruction in Myanmar

A lengthy investigation published by Radio Free Asia is putting the spotlight on the disastrous effects of the poorly regulated gold mining industry in Myanmar. From unprecedented environmental destruction to the human toll of low-paying and hazardous jobs, RFA’s multimedia story delves deeply into the consequences of the country’s decision to open its mines to both multinational firms […]

Meet Mandalay’s jade matriarchs

It’s the men who haggle at the markets, but Myanmar’s jade industry is run predominantly by women, and they are optimistic about its future despite the moratorium on jade mining Every morning at 9am, the intersection of 86th and 40th streets in Mandalay is awakened by the clanging of jade bangles. Traders and brokers in […]

Mandalay trader petitions for mining halt

A Mandalay trader is circulating a petition calling for an immediate but temporary halt to jade mining and a revamp of export procedures, warning the Mandalay market could be headed for disaster if business continues as usual. The petition will shortly be submitted to a Regional and Union-level officials, with its main backer hoping it […]

Myanmar pushes for more hydropower projects

NAY PYI TAW, YANGON – The Ministry of Electric Power reiterated the necessity of hydropower projects, citing an increase in power demand. Htein Lwin, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Electric Power, said during the press conference to mark the government’s first 100 days in power in Nay Pyi Taw that there is a need that Myanmar […]

All Remaining Jade Mining Licenses to Expire in 2018

RANGOON — The government has announced that all remaining jade mining licenses will expire in 2018, and licenses will only be considered for renewal after the completion of an environmental management plan for jade mining areas of Kachin State. With the government’s decision not to renew jade mining licenses, 310 mining companies operating in Kachin […]

Traders Call on Govt to Support Jade Market

RANGOON — Jade traders in Mandalay have collected signatures to accompany a proposal requesting government support for a better jade market, they told The Irrawaddy on Friday. As Burma’s jade market began to decline last year, traders called on the country’s leadership to address the market situation. On July 12, traders in Mandalay initiated a […]

Myanmar faces entrenched drug problem

Yangon, Myanmar – The eradication of illegal narcotics has been declared a top priority by Myanmar’s new civilian government under Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. State Chancellor Suu Kyi instructed government ministers to implement a ramped-up, 100-day plan at the start of May, according to U Zaw Htay, deputy director general of the President’s Office. […]