Despite the constant menace of cyanide and mercury used in the search for gold, and the threat of electrocution from unscrupulous fishermen, the number of Irrawaddy dolphins has slightly increased this year, fisheries officials say.
The military has sent bulldozers to dig up land claimed by farmers who say it was seized from them, without compensation, more than 20 years ago. The move came after the farmers, in Mekin Kone village, Patheingyi township, Mandalay Region, asked the authorities to restore their land to them.
Police say a major drug bust in Mandalay over the weekend netted more than US$30 million worth of illicit substance, including heroin and Ecstasy. An anti-narcotics team arrested three alleged drug traffickers and seized heroin, opium, methamphetamine and precursor chemicals in a container truck and four cars.
Researchers have predicted that climate change will have such severe impact on food production that it could lead to 4450 deaths in Myanmar by 2050. The expected toll puts the country at the 10th-worst spot out of 155 nations in terms of deaths per capita.
Farmers in four villages in Natmauk township, Magwe Region, are still waiting to receive compensation nearly six years after their land was taken. The 48-kilometre (30-mile) railway that runs over their fields in Magwe and Natmauk townships was built in 2010.
The family of a revered singer is stepping up its campaign against the brewer Myanmar Carlsberg over what it claims is the misuse of the brand name Tuborg. U Shun Myine, son of Myoma Nyein, announced at a press conference on March 3 that the family is ready to go to court over the disputed name.
Nine months on, the case against environmental activist Ko Tint Aung Soe has again inched forward with the announcement that six witnesses against him will be taking the stand on March 10. This will be the 15th hearing in all, but the first since last November.
Following an instruction issued by the National League for Democracy last year to list all land-grabbing issues, the party’s Mandalay branch has nearly finished compiling a list of farmland disputes in the region.