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Myitkyina Protesters Call on Govt to Close Border Gates Amid Coronavirus Scare

Myitkyina Protesters Call on Govt to Close Border Gates Amid Coronavirus Scare

Locals in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township demonstrated in Myitkyina this week, demanding that the government restrict travel from China due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Some 500 people from various villages in Waingmaw participated in…

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Coronavirus Impacts Jade Auction Turnout in Myitkyina, Organizers Say

Coronavirus Impacts Jade Auction Turnout in Myitkyina, Organizers Say

Organizers of Myikyina’s third jade auction say that only around half of the expected amount of jade is on display at the event, held from February 24-28. Yitnang Ze Lum, chair of the Kachin State…

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Tissue Culture Banana Company Demands 120 Million Kyat From Locals

Tissue Culture Banana Company Demands 120 Million Kyat From Locals

A tissue culture banana company is prosecuting seven villagers in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township and demanding 120 million kyat (US$83,000) in compensation for the halting of their agribusiness project. Generation Star Co. Ltd. has filed…

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Unable to Return Home, Putao IDPs Say They Need Land

Unable to Return Home, Putao IDPs Say They Need Land

Kachin internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Lung Tsawt camp in northern Kachin State’s Putao have asked to be provided with a land plot to cultivate and grow their own food until they are able…

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Unregistered Homes Destroyed in Hpakant Landslide

Unregistered Homes Destroyed in Hpakant Landslide

A landslide in a jade mine in Hpakant, Kachin State on Tuesday claimed three huts built as part of an informal settlement in the area. The administrator of Maw Sizar village said that the landslide…

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Kachin Revolution Day Commemorated In Myitkyina

Kachin Revolution Day Commemorated In Myitkyina

Kachin gathered to celebrate Kachin Revolution Day in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, this Wednesday. The commemoration, led by the Kachin Nationals Consultative Assembly, attracted about 4,000 people and was joined by religious leaders.…

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Union Day Commemorated During Manau Festival

Union Day Commemorated During Manau Festival

After a controversy over its name, leading to its cancellation in January, the Manau festival in Myitkyina has been rescheduled from February 5 to 12. Ginraw Tang Gun, from the organizing committee, told KNG they…

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Thermal Scanners Installed On Sino-Burmese Border

Thermal Scanners Installed On Sino-Burmese Border

With many migrant workers returning to Myanmar from China because of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) thermal scanners have been installed at border gates to check if any of the returnees have been infected with the…

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Pat Jasan Destroys Poppy Farms In Kachin State

Pat Jasan Destroys Poppy Farms In Kachin State

Kachin anti-drug group, Pat Jason, have been destroying poppy fields in Tanai (Danai) township with the support of locals since early this year. Naw Di, village headman for Wa Ra Zup, said he’s been helping…

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KIO Kicks Off Coronavirus Awareness Campaign

KIO Kicks Off Coronavirus Awareness Campaign

An awareness campaign about the coronavirus was launched along the Burma-China border in Kachin State by the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). Col. Nhpang Naw Bu, in charge of KIO’s information department, told KNG they are…