Letpadaung locals protest against Wanbao mining company

Nearly 150 people from Letpadaung region staged a protest march in Salingyi township in Yinmabin district in Sagaing region on Saturday with a list of demands regarding a local mine. 
They marched from Moegyoepyin Ale village to Wanbao Mining Copper Ltd with official permission from the police station, but authorities placed barricades in front of the Wanbao office.

More than 500 tonnes of timber seized in Sagaing

The Forest Department under Sagaing regional Ministry of Environmental Conservation said it seized 558.361 tonnes of illegal timber and arrested 79 suspects in late September. 
Khin Maung Win, the director of the Forest Department, said: “In September, we seized less illegal timber than August. Thanks to public participation, we received more information about it then, and could seize larger quantities of illegal timber.” 

Deluxe rubber factory in Dawei to start full operation in December


Myanmar’s first cable car on track to open in December


Distillery owners argue over wastewater system


According to Myanmar Liquor Association, YD alcohol distillery cannot be utilizing a waste water treatment system at all in a statement released on October 13.

Members of the association claimed that despite the protection and approval by ‘green’ activist group, the YD distillery is only o.86 acres large, an amount which they say is not enough to have treatment system installed.

Yangon could become ‘great city’: expert

Yangon has the potential to become a great city in the future, although, like every developing country, it currently faces problems with traffic, flooding, sewage and transport, says Dr Thant Myit Oo, founding chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT).

“In five years, we’re working as a supporting force for preservation of Yangon’s heritage. Yangon is really a nice place and it could become a great city in the future.

Farmers should turn to paddy

Farmers should grow more paddy than mung bean and green gram as paddy is marketable, Toe Aung Myint, the permanent secretary of Commerce Ministry, told media at a ceremony to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction at MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw on October 13.

26.72 bn of Union budget to go to electrification projects

For the extension of power grids and sub-power stations during this fiscal year, an estimated Ks26.719 billion has been earmarked from the Union budget and more than Ks155.211 billion from regional and state government funds, according to Ministry of Electricity and Energy. 

UNA tours conflict-affected areas in northern Rakhine State

The United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) went on a tour to insurgence-affected villages locating in Buthidaung and Maungdaw, northern Rakhine State where violence-suffering residents were comforted on October 13.

“The UNA condemned all those involved in the terrorist attacks launched in Rakhine State. The UNA organized this trip in order to provide assistance and encourage anyone who was suffering terrorism,” said Sai Nyunt Lwin, General Secretary of Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD).

One killed and four injured in Mandalay landslide

A landslide killed a man and injured four others on Monday, October 9, in Patheingyi Township of Mandalay Region, according to police.
The incident took place in the early morning at a quarry site in Ohnchaw village in the township while workers were carrying stones from the site.
“Three male workers and two female workers were working at the site when the incident took place. An avalanche of stones fell down on them all of a sudden. They tried to escape but one of them was unlucky,” said police officer Zaw Myint.