Magway coal mine collapses, kills 8

A coal mine located at the border of Minbu and Ngape Townships in Magway Region collapsed on November 27, killing eight people.
According to rescue workers, the eight workers included a Chinese national, but only six corpses had been dug out from the rubble as of the evening of November 28.

Mon government ‘must do more about Golden Rock garbage’

Kyaikhteeyoe Mountain and Pagoda in Kyaikhto, one of the most venerable places for Buddhist pilgrims and a globally known tourist attraction, is producing too much garbage.

By-law protecting elders underway

As the Elders Law has been approved and enacted by Parliament since December 30 last year, the by-laws to protect older people will be drafted, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

‘Nyaung Chaungtha’ beach to reopen for Christmas

The so-called Nyaung Chaungtha beach in Ayeyawady Region is scheduled to reopen before the Christmas holiday, sources say.
The beach, whose official name is Yan Kintha, is located near the Bo Myat Tun Bridge in Nyaungdon Township. When the water level lowers during the dry season, sandbanks appear and attract holidaymakers.

Meeting held over Bagan World Heritage listing

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture held a meeting on efforts to put Bagan region on the list of World Heritage Sites, plus regional and infrastructural development, at the Archaeological Museum in Bagan on November 27.  

KIO releases a warning against land-grabbing

MYITGYINA - The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) released a statement on November 25 asking the authorities not to allow others to grab war victims’ land by force.
The statement also reported that local ethnics from Kachin and northern Shan States had abandoned their cattle and farms in their native area in June 2011, and they nowlived poorly in refugee camps.

Locals complain about gold mining plots in Thabeikkyin Township

MANDALAY- Local people have complained about the companies that have been allowed to invest in the gold-mining industry in the Yayhtwet village, Thabeikkyin Township, Mandalay Region.
“When the Resource and Natural Environmental Conservation Committee checked the gold mining plots, they [companies] didn’t follow the committee’s instructions. Moreover, they are now digging gold at the plots without permission. That’s why we complained again,” said Kan Htay from Yayhtwet village.

Embankment of Zarmani dam burts, flooding 30 squatter houses

YANGON- About 30 squatter houses were flooded when the embankment preventing sewage entering Zarmani dam in Thanlyin Township broke down yesterday morning, according to Irrigation Department from Southern District. 
“It isn’t the dam that’s broken, it is just the embankment,” said Kyaw Kyaw Aung, In-Charge of Irrigation Department from Southern District. 

Myanmar welcomes Pope Francis with guard of honour

President Htin Kyaw welcomed Pope Francis with a guard of honour and received him at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on November 28. 
The president and the pope received the salute from the guard, then the president introduced members of welcoming party.

Yangon needs more gas from PTTEPI’s gas field

Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing from Electricity and Energy sector development committee has informed Vice President Myint Swe that Yangon region will need 80 million cubic feet of natural gas from the Aung Thinkha gas field explored by PTTEP International Limited in the coming two years. This is because gas production at Yadanar, which is Yangon’s main supply, will decline in 2020, according to an announcement from UMFCCI released on November 27.