Pestilent mines plague Myanmar’s people

Myanmar’s war zones, even in areas where a ceasefire is in place, continue to experience the terrors of conflict as landmines riddle jungles and village tracks. The biggest problem about this, no one knows how many or where they are.

Land Right Activists Jailed Under Illegal Organization Act

Two Hpa-an based land right activists have been jailed for two years in jail, under Article 17/1 for association with an illegal organization. The two men, Saw Maung Maung Gyi and Saw Eh Say were sentenced on November 25, at Hpa-an Township’s Court.

Tigers fight back, now more than 4,000 in the wild

Chris Slappendel, the founder of the Tiger Trail Foundation, announced today, 25 November, that the number of tigers is on the rise again. Following an evaluation in all tiger range countries, Slappendel concluded that the number of tigers living in the wild has exceeded the 4,000 mark, after hitting rock bottom in 2010 with 3,200 tigers.

ADB loan supports upgrade of Yangon 230 kV transmission network

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing an $80 million loan to upgrade Yangon’s electricity transmission ring line system to 230 kilovolts (kV) which will benefit more than one million customers according to an ADB statement on 24 November.

Hakha Explosion Kills Six, Injures Nine

According to reports an explosion at a house in Hakha, the Chin State, capital killed six people and injured nine others at about 10.40pm on 22 November.

‘Green construction’ meet looks at viable eco-friendly housing

The Mayor of Yangon U Hla Myint attended the “1st Green Construction Summit” in Yangon this week which looked at a whole range of construction options that are more “eco-friendly” compared with traditional, typically Western-style  building techniques.

New state-of-the-art Pun Hlaing school campus coming

Pun Hlaing International School has announced details of its new, state of the art campus facility, the initial stage of a US$30 million development by Yoma Strategic Holding of campuses in Pun Hlaing and Thanlyin Star City, according to a November 21 press release.

Little Aid, No Contact: Shan State's IDP Crisis

Shan State’s 10,000-plus internally displaced people (IDPs) are now dispersed between more than ten locations in six townships, according to data collected by the Tai Youth Network (TYN).

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