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Cruise ship arrives in Mergui

The ‘last island paradise’ of the Mergui Archipelago, straddling Myanmar and Thailand, has been in the spotlight with a high-level inspection and a day visit by a large super-cruise ship last week. The group of over 800 islands, for decades dubbed ‘the forbidden islands’ following its closure to all by the Burmese military junta since […]

Hundreds Protest in Mon State Against Polluting Factories

Mon State — About 300 residents of Moulmein Township in Mon State protested on Sunday against three coal-fired antimony factories accused of polluting the local air with their emissions, according to the organizer. The protesters brandished signs and chanted “We don’t want the antimony factories to use coal” to urge the state government to shut […]

Miner urges government to resume gold permit

In the Moehti Moemi mining district in Yamethin, Mandalay, out of the 600 viss of gold extracted by local share-partner companies, more than 500 viss were used to cover the operational cost, U Tun Aung Soe, executive director of National Prosperity Company (NPC) told The Myanmar Times. Local businesses partnered up with the NPC, which […]

Factory accused of using journalists to polish image

A CEMENT factory in Mon State is alleged to have used images of journalists who visited its company premises recently in its promotional billboard, apparently to boost its image amid protests from nearby residents over alleged pollution from the facility. The Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL), a joint venture between SGC and Pacific Link Cement Industries, […]

China Eyes Mon State Investment

MAWLAMYINE, Mon State — Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang indicated his country is considering investment in Mon State during a meeting with the state government on Friday. According to the Chinese ambassador, investors are interested in rubber products manufacturing, fruit cultivation and the tourism sector, said Mon State minister for natural resources and environmental […]

National Prosperity Company under scrutiny on gold debt to gov’t

Negotiations are currently being carried out for NPC to make the payments. The company owes 5.5 tonnes of gold (over 3,400 viss) priced at a fixed rate to the government. NPC has an 8-year contract with the government to mine for gold in the resource-rich Moehti Moemi area, which spans over 6,000 acres of land. […]

Prospectors Sued After Finding Massive Jade Boulder on Company Land

Five prospectors who found a jade boulder weighing 8.7 tons have been charged with theft in Kachin State’s Lone Kin jade mining region. According to police, U Nay Tun—the Deputy Director of Myamar Gems Enterprise office of Lone Kin—filed a lawsuit against prospectors Htoo Zaw, Mon Khaung, Naing Win, Wa Lone and Myo Khin, accusing […]

Emerald Green Project exploited by those it sought to empower

The re-loaning of credit with interest by villagers, that originally received the credit from the Emerald Green Project, to residents in nearby villages has only heightened poverty in those areas, U Aung Naing Htun, Hluttaw MP for Danuphyu Township, stated during a session of Ayeyarwady Region Hluttaw. “Upon observation of those villages where the project […]