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More than 290 gem blocks due to expire in June

Exploration activities in 291 gem blocks in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mongshu, Moegok, Mohnyin and Nantyarseik will be discontinued in June, a source of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation said.

Some 128 gem blocks in Lonekhin and Hpakant gem lands, 129 in Monhnyin, 28 in Moegok, four in Mongshu and two in Nantyarseik will not have the right to explore for gems next month.

Thief steals Ks1.5m with fake card

A thief stole 

Moei ferries resume after Thai dispute

Services are returning to normal

Mandalay to unveil Aung San statue

A 13-foot statue of Genera

Meteorologist warns about lightning strikes

The forming of nimbus clouds can trigger lightning strikes in Yangon, Mandalay, Bago and Ayeyawady regions, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

Power usage up

The country’s electricity consumption between January and May 23 was 3,

76 political prisoners released on pardon

A total of 186 inmates, including 76 political prisoners, were released on a presidential pardon on May 24 ahead of the Union Peace Conference, also known as 21

Suspected monks involved in Mingala Taungnyunt incident still at large

Five out of seven involved in instigating violence in Mingala Taungnyunt Township went through another trial on May 22.

The court summon came unexpectedly for them as one of the seven fugitives gave himself up willingly at the Mingala Taungnyunt Police Station on the same day, prompting Yangon Region court to arrange the trial despite the police not yet having custody of all seven.

They are Myat Bhone Moh, Tin Htut Zaw, Aung Aung Myint, Tin Lin Htike, Lin Lin and Tin Htay Aung.

Loose cables, fallen pillars create massive traffic jam

Lamp posts and pillars holding up telecom and electric cables fell  on several parked vehicles at Pearl Condominium along Kabaraye Pagoda Road on May 22.

Four taxies were parked along what is one of the busiest roads in Yangon, starting a massive traffic jam lasting hours following the accident.

According to eye witnesses, a bunch of cables became loose following heavy rains and hanging low around a bend which led to a vehicle snagging them.

Military chief meets China’s special envoy for Asian affairs

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, met with Sun Guoxiang, the special envoy for Asian affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, at Bayintnaung Yeiktha in Nay Pyi Taw on May 23.

Both sides discussed matters relating to mutual promotion of friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries’ armies and holding the Second Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference successfully.