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Health Dept Monitoring Nearly 3,000 People in Kachin State for COVID-19

Health Dept Monitoring Nearly 3,000 People in Kachin State for COVID-19

Kachin State’s health department has reported that a total of 2,985 people are being monitored either at home or in quarantine facilities for signs of the coronavirus in the state. According to Dr. Naw Shelter,…

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Myitkyina Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Charged With Insulting Buddhism

Myitkyina Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Charged With Insulting Buddhism

A group of young painters who created a work of art on the wall of a railway station in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina is now facing charges for insulting Buddhism, which they deny…

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‘Not Enough Water to Wash Our Hands,’ Say Kachin IDPs Bracing For COVID-19

‘Not Enough Water to Wash Our Hands,’ Say Kachin IDPs Bracing For COVID-19

While thorough handwashing has been proven as an effective strategy to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State’s camps say that the current water shortage prevents them from…

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Gov’t Blocks Ethnic Media Groups From Mobile Networks

Gov’t Blocks Ethnic Media Groups From Mobile Networks

Three online ethnic media outlets in Burma are blocked on major mobile internet providers at a time when access to information has never been more important. Content on the Narainjara and Development Media Group (DMG)…

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Burma Army Warns KIO to Cut Ties With Arakan Army or Face Attack, PCG Says

Burma Army Warns KIO to Cut Ties With Arakan Army or Face Attack, PCG Says

Kachin civil society organizations say that they are concerned that the Burma Army is planning a military offensive in areas under the control of the Kachin Independence Organization/Army (KIO/A), after a reported “warning” from the…

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Burma Army Raids Kawng Kha Militia Headquarters

Burma Army Raids Kawng Kha Militia Headquarters

Burma Army troops raided the headquarters of the Kachin Defense Army (KDA) east of Kutkai town in northern Shan State, and reportedly detained top leaders from the group this week. The armed group, which is…

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Coronavirus Rumours Cause Panic Buying 

Coronavirus Rumours Cause Panic Buying 

After rumours circulated markets would close soon due to the spread of covid-19 residents in Kachin State started panic shopping. Kachin State Minister for Ministry of Development Affairs Naw Li dispelled the gossip, telling KNG…

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Kachin CSOs Want To Work With Gov’t To Combat Covid-19

Kachin CSOs Want To Work With Gov’t To Combat Covid-19

Kachin civil society organizations (CSOs) want to cooperate with the government to prevent the spread of the covid-19 pandemic in villages across Kachin State. Brang Awng, from Kachin State Conservation Working Group, told KNG the…

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Burma-China Border Remains Open Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Burma-China Border Remains Open Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

While checkpoints along the Thai-Burma border closed this week, traffic continues as usual along Burma’s border with China, local sources have said. Kachin State has three border crossings with China: Kambaiti, Loije, and Pangwah. “There…

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Nam Jim Economic Zone to Be Suspended, CSO Says

Nam Jim Economic Zone to Be Suspended, CSO Says

Plans for a controversial economic zone planned on the outskirts of Myitkyina has been suspended, civil society attendees told KNG after a meeting with state officials this month. The Kachin State parliament’s finance committee met…