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‘Elephant Flu’ Spreads to Myitkyina University

‘Elephant Flu’ Spreads to Myitkyina University

An outbreak of the disease began last month in neighboring Mohnyin and Mogaung townships. Students at Myitkyina University in the Kachin State capital have fallen ill with a variant of the influenza virus known as…

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Flood Victims in Naw Mung Still Need Assistance

Flood Victims in Naw Mung Still Need Assistance

Impassable roads have made it difficult to get aid to local villagers hit by the region’s worst flooding in four decades. Even though flooding in northern Kachin State’s Naw Mung Township has receded, local people…

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Accusations of ‘Fake IDPs’ Denounced by Pastor

Accusations of ‘Fake IDPs’ Denounced by Pastor

Residents of the unofficial Pangmati camp in Myitkyina say they have been denied the level of support received by other IDPs. Rev. Dashi Tang Nau, a pastor of the Assemblies of God church, has spoken…

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Kachin Public Health Officials Warn on Spread of H1N1 Flu Virus

Kachin Public Health Officials Warn on Spread of H1N1 Flu Virus

The potentially deadly form of influenza has killed at least person in Myitkyina since the current outbreak started in June. Public health officials in Kachin State have issued a warning about the spread of the…

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Lazum Kam Hpang, a veteran observer of Burmese politics, sees little downside to US moves to pressure Burma’s generals on human rights abuses.

Lazum Kam Hpang, a veteran observer of Burmese politics, sees little downside to US moves to pressure Burma’s generals on human rights abuses.

A decision by the US State Department last week to impose new sanctions on four of Burma’s top generals will hurt them without harming the rest of the country, according to political analyst Lazum Kam…

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Kachin Woman’s Murder Shocks Remote Shan State Village

Kachin Woman’s Murder Shocks Remote Shan State Village

The murder of Nhkum Nang Htang has alarmed villagers and provoked demands for justice from civil society organizations. Calls for justice are growing in the case of a Kachin woman who was brutally murdered in…

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Kachin Woman’s Murder Shocks Remote Shan State Village

Kachin Woman’s Murder Shocks Remote Shan State Village

Calls for justice are growing in the case of a Kachin woman who was brutally murdered in her home last week after Burmese soldiers entered her village in northern Shan State’s Kutkai Township. The victim,…

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Kachin State Govt Permits Gold Mining in Three Townships

Kachin State Govt Permits Gold Mining in Three Townships

The move is to counter illegal mining, a state minister says. The Kachin State government will allow small-scale gold mining in three townships in Kachin State, in the fifth round of permits granted on Tuesday.…

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An anonymous KIO official compares the current government’s negotiation style to that of the Ne Win regime.

An anonymous KIO official compares the current government’s negotiation style to that of the Ne Win regime.

The Burmese government has demanded that the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) provide an inventory list of its weapons, as well as disclosure of its total number of troops, an anonymous KIO official told KNG. The…

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Hukawng Valley Locals Call on Kachin State Govt to Halt Yuzana’s Gold Mining

Hukawng Valley Locals Call on Kachin State Govt to Halt Yuzana’s Gold Mining

Gold is being extracted from cassava plantations, locals say. Locals in Kachin State’s Hukawng Valley say that continued gold mining is affecting their ability to farm and survive in the area. Specifically blaming the activities…