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Eligible Voting Population in Hpakant Doubles Since 2015 Election

Eligible Voting Population in Hpakant Doubles Since 2015 Election

The number of eligible voters in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township has increased since the 2015 election, the local electoral commission has said, ahead of Burma’s next general election scheduled for November 8. There were 89,488…

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Gem Prices Plummeting in Kachin State

Gem Prices Plummeting in Kachin State

Gem prices in Kachin State have been plummeting since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, with merchants forced to sell off their stock at half of the regular rates. Tin…

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“Jade land Is A Licensed Death Ground”, CSOs say

“Jade land Is A Licensed Death Ground”, CSOs say

Kachin civil society organizations (CSOs) questioned the conditions leading to the senseless deaths of jade miners during last week’s tragic incident at the Hpakant jade mines in Burma’s Kachin State. CSOs created a Facebook group…

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162 Miners Killed In Hpakant Landslide

162 Miners Killed In Hpakant Landslide

At least 162 miners at the Hpakant jade mine in Burma’s Kachin State died after the side of a hill collapsed into a pit, creating a giant wave of water that swept them away. “When…

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Gov’t Restricts Traffic To Hpakant To Fight Virus

Gov’t Restricts Traffic To Hpakant To Fight Virus

The government introduced stricter travel measures it claims will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township. Locals are afraid of contracting the virus after many Burmese nationals returned from Thailand and…

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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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Jade Picker Killed in One of First Hpakant Landslides of 2020

Jade Picker Killed in One of First Hpakant Landslides of 2020

Local authorities confirmed that a 54-year-old man was killed while picking jade during a landslide in Hpakant this week. The incident occurred at around 3:00 p.m. at the Yadanar San Shwin mining block near Nam…

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Jade Market to Be Built in Hpakant

Jade Market to Be Built in Hpakant

A jade market is being built in Hpakant town in Kachin State at a cost of 6 billion kyat (more than US$4 million), the state’s ministry of natural resources said. The ministry and the Association…

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Hpakant Jade Cutting Workshop Recruits Women Recovering From Drug Addiction

Hpakant Jade Cutting Workshop Recruits Women Recovering From Drug Addiction

A small workshop has been opened in Hpakant to train women recovering from drug addiction in the skill of jade cutting. The Kachin National Development Foundation—Amyusha Zinlum Hpung in the Jinghpaw language—opened the shop at…

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Third Jade Auction to Be Held in Kachin State

Third Jade Auction to Be Held in Kachin State

The third annual jade auction will be held in Myitkyina in February next year, the Kachin State Jade Association has announced. Yitnang Zelum, chairperson of the association, told KNG that the state government has formed…