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Monk and government to negotiate for Kyauktan farmers

According to sources, farmers from Kyauktan Township that had previously submitted appeal to Yangon Region Chief Minister over land grab issues have tried to meet in person on June 10.

The farmer’s main complaint was that around 100 men belonging to a company have been buying out farmlands for their business at very low rates.

Tornadoes leave two dead in Ponnagyun Tsp

Sittwe—Two people have died and half a dozen were injured after tornadoes hit Yoetayaut Village in Ponnagyun township, Rakhine State, on June 12.

“The storms hit in the early hours of Monday and destroyed 40 houses, of which 20 were terribly destroyed. It took only a few minutes, but two people have died, and the injured are being hospitalised. People whose houses were destroyed are temporarily staying with their relatives,” said village administrator Hla Shwe.

Jade company caught using illegal mining method

A jade company called Thabawa Akaungsone (Natural Best) has been caught digging for jade using a forbidden tunneling system Hpakant Township, Kachin State.

In Hpakant, only the “open digging” system is permitted by the government.

Thabawa Akaungsone has dug two 10-foot diameter tunnels at the base of the mountain. Tunneling raises the risk of landslides.

Govt issues shallow oil well permits

The government is issuing permits for hand-dug shallow oil wells with conditions that require firms to pay licence, service and royalty fees and land rent regularly.

The maximum depth is 1,000 feet, and the area 50 feet around the wells must be fenced. Firms are required to ensure that children and cattle are kept away from the wells.

Drillers are instructed to inform the Ministry of Electricity and Energy if they discover natural gas in the oil fields.

Production must be recorded monthly, and reported to state and regional governments.

Govt commits to 22 per cent of power generation from coal, natural gas

 

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy said it will produce 22 per cent of its electricity from natural gas and coal in the coming five years.

Under the National Electricity Master Plan, hydropower will account for 54 per cent of the power generation; natural gas and coal, for 22 per cent; and renewable energy, for two per cent, between 2020 and 2021.

83 bodies recovered from military plane crash

The bodies of 83 people killed in the crash of a military transport plane have been recovered as of June 12, according to the Commander-in-Chief’s Office.

The Y8 military transport plane carrying 122 people crashed into the sea in Taninthayi Region on June 7.

Sagaing gold rush slows

People panning for gold in Homalin Township, Sagaing Region, are struggling as gold deposits dwindle, sources say.

Win Min, a resident of Naungpoaung Village, said: “I’m not struggling, but many gold prospectors have lost their jobs. The panning spots have become scarce and rules have grown stricter. The residents here make a living by panning gold in the Uru River. No one here gets prosperous by farming.”

He added that the shopkeepers are also dependent on gold prospectors and mining companies, and that when business declines, the whole system is threatened.

Speeding to be prosecuted beginning in August

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Council has announced that it will take action against speeding vehicles starting in August.

The council’s announcement said more than 10 people in Myanmar die and 80 are injured every day in traffic accidents, largely due to speeding.

The speed limit for vehicles in downtown areas is 48 kilometres per hour; on highways, the speed limit is 80 kilometres per hour.

The speed limit for a vehicle carrying a load in a downtown area is 32 kilometres per hour; on highways, it is 56 kilometres per hour, according to the council.

Rakhine students still study at monastery

SITTWE—Students in Rakhine State have been forced to study in monasteries after Cyclone Mora destroyed their school buildings late last month.

The Buthidaung Township Education Department has reported that over 440 education-related buildings in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships were destroyed by the cyclone.

Actions to be taken against sales of state-owned land

Actions will be taken against those who sell state-owned land in accordance with the law, said Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein at a press conference on the regional government’s first in office on June 9.