Gold dust in Maeza brook attracts gold smugglers

Salingyi – Locals concerned about smugglers finding gold dust in Maeza brook near Warphyu Taung village in Sagaing region which can damage their farmland and environment.

Asia World checkpoint attacked in Naungcho

Naungcho – Security forces and a group of unknown people exchanged fires at Asia World checkpoint in Naungcho at 10 pm on Thursday, security sources say.

Houses along Nay Pyi Taw Highway warned of demolition for road widening

The authorities have reportedly sent a letter of warning to the houses on both sides of Nay Pyi Taw Highway that they are to move within four months so as to widen Yangon-Mandalay Highway up to 20 feet each on both sides. 

The letter was sent by from a highway maintenance office on Friday. 

Myanmar extends Emergency Act 144 in Letpadaungtaung

The township administrator of Salingyi, Sagaing Region, has authorised the extension of Emergency Act 144 in the Letpadaungtaung copper mine project area to two months from January 1 to the end of the February, sources say.

The law imposes heightened security and restrictions on movement within the certain areas. 

Civic coalition for EITI to discuss Letpadaungtaung conflict

Civic groups from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) will call an urgent meeting about recent clashes at Letpadaungtaug, according to 88 Generation Peace and Open Society.

EITI’s Myanmar civic groups include the Kayin Environmental and Social Campaign, Spectrum, 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, Paungku, Seinyaingso Mandalay for Myanmar-China Pipeline Watch Committee, Shwe Gas Campaign, Winlet Foundation, Dawei Development Association and Seinlan Amimay.

Activists protest against Letpadaungtaung conflict in Yangon

Activists demonstrated against the Letpadaungtaung conflict in front of Yangon City Hall on January 1, 2015.

They marched from Yangon City Hall to the Chinese embassy in Dagon Township. 

Protesters urged the government to resolve the conflict and recited  poems for in honour of farmer Khin Win, who was killed in the recent clashes. 

Protests against Letpadaungtaung project continue in Mandalay

Mandalay residents staged a second protest on January, demanding the controversial Letpadaungtaung copper mining project be shut down and those who killed local protestor Khin Win be punished.

The protestors, including the Buddhist monks, students, political activists and farmers, marched around Mandalay, denouncing the recent violent crackdown on protesters at the mine site, in which  Khin Win was killed and and around 40 others were injured.

Private companies to construct flyovers in Yangon

The Yangon city government plans to contract flyover construction projects in the city to private companies in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. 

To reduce traffic in Yangon, the upcoming flyovers will be 54 kilometres long and are expected to take drivers around the city in 30 minutes.

“There will be charges for using these roads. Those who don’t want to be stuck in traffic can go through the flyovers,” said an official from Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). 

Suu Kyi will not attend Independence Day parade in Nay Pyi Taw

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will not attend the 67th Independence Day’s grand military review parade in Nay Pyi Taw. Instead, she will attend the Independence Day parade in Yangon, she told reporters at her office on Tuesday.

The Independence Day grand military review parade will be held on in Nay Pyi Taw on January 4 and will include an appearance by Presiden Thein Sein.

The armed forces showcased fighter jets, tanks, long-range artillery, missiles and helicopters in the rehearsals that began on December 26 and ended on January 1.

Writer Htin Lin Oo denied bail

Writer Htin Lin Oo, who was arrested for allegedly insulting the Buddhist religion, was denied bail during his third court appearance at the Chaung-U Township court on December 31.The head of the township immigration department filed a lawsuit against him under Article 295(a) and 298 of the penal code after he spoke out against religious nationalism at a literary event in Thone Pan Hla Model Village in Chaung-U Township, Sagaing Region, on October 23.“The Thone Pan Hla village administrator showed up as a witness for the prosecutor at today’s court appearance.