Tag: Kachin State

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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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Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Kachin State Govt Says It Lacks Authority to Close Border

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Kachin State Govt Says It Lacks Authority to Close Border

The Kachin State government does not have the authority to shut down border gates with China amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the state’s immigration minister has said. Minister Zaw Win told KNG that despite local…

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KNC Against Voting Rights For Guest Workers

KNC Against Voting Rights For Guest Workers

The Kachin National Congress (KNC) gathered in protest on Monday against an amendment of the election bylaw allowing guest domestic workers voting rights less than three months after arriving in Kachin State. KNC members and…

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KBC: ‘If IDPs Want to Return Home, We Are Ready to Help Them’

KBC: ‘If IDPs Want to Return Home, We Are Ready to Help Them’

The Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) is preparing to send 500 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to pre-selected villages in Kachin State, as part of a resettlement project supported by the Nippon Foundation. KNG spoke…

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Kachin State Govt Invites Locals to Apply For Small-Scale Jade Mining Permits

Kachin State Govt Invites Locals to Apply For Small-Scale Jade Mining Permits

The Kachin State government moved this week to allow locals to engage in small-scale mining in Hpakant Township for what they say is the first time. As of March 3, locals can register with the…

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Landmine Removal Will Come After NCA Signing, Govt Says

Landmine Removal Will Come After NCA Signing, Govt Says

Both the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burma Army can undertake a landmine removal program after the KIA signs the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), a Kachin State minister said recently in parliament. The comment…

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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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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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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…