Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Monywa-based Eleven Media reporter found beaten to death

The body of a reporter for Eleven Media was discovered on the side of the road yesterday morning, with police believing he was beaten to death. The 35-year-old journalist was working on a story about illegal logging at the time of his murder, according to an editor for Eleven.

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Illegal stone mining puts riverbank at risk of collapse: residents

Illegal gem diggers mining the riverbed for precious stones could cause riverbank collapse, or put river traffic at risk, local residents warn. They say many miners in the stretch of the Ayeyarwady River between Myingyan and Nyaung-U districts, Mandalay Region, are operating without a licence.

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Explosive materials discovered at Mandalay monastery

Explosive detonators and bomb-making ingredients were discovered during a police raid on a monastery in Mandalay’s Maha Aung Myay township, after a public tip-off.

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K240 million pillar upgrade to resume at U Bein Bridge

Repair work on Mandalay’s U Bein Bridge will resume this month, officials say. The K240 million-plus renovation is being carried out by a donor, said U Nyo Myint Tun, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Mandalay).

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Mobile roadside stores now legal and taxable in Mandalay

Mandalay vendors selling their wares out of trucks, cars and motorcycles will be permitted to operate mobile shops so long as they pay a newly announced tax to the city, the Mandalay City Development Committee has said.

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Magwe poppies in crosshairs

Opium poppies are in bloom and ready for harvest in Magwe Region, with a police task force working to eliminate the crop on swathes of land in the Arakan Yoma range.

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Magwe farmland remains inundated with silt deposits

When the Ayeyarwady River spilt its banks in July and August 2015, acres upon acres of farmland were wiped out in the record-breaking floods. Today, local farmers along Mone Creek are still struggling to make a living due to the several feet of silt deposited on their lands.

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Rent increases for tenants under Mandalay govt

Dozens of hotels, golf courses, shopping centres and other tenants occupying land owned by the Mandalay Region government will be asked to pay more rent starting next year, bringing in almost K1 billion (US$760,000) of extra revenue, the city has announced.

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War an ever-present nightmare for northern Shan State villagers in TNLA, Tatmadaw crosshairs

War is not a distant reality. War is on our doorstep, say people living in northern Shan State.

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Magwe to install retaining walls to counter river bank collapse

In a bid to reduce erosion and destructive riverbank collapse during next year’s rainy season, retaining walls will be constructed along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River throughout Magwe Region over the coming months.

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