Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Residents protest Kawthaung coal-fired power plant

5 March 2012
Residents living near a coal-fired thermal power plant project in 
southernmost Burma are growing more concerned over health issues 
associated with the power plant, which could begin operations in April.

Myitsone Dam Continues: Kachin NGO

5 March 2012
The Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG) claims that work at 
the Myitsone Dam is continuing, despite a presidential statement last 
September suspending construction on the controversial Chinese-backed 
megadam project in Burma's restive north. 

Make Burma end forced labour before dropping sanctions: TUC

5 March 2012
(Commentary) – The International Trade Union Confederation (TUC) is 
calling on the UK government to ensure that no significant EU sanctions 
against Burma are lifted until forced labour and other serious human 
rights abuses have been addressed.

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General Electric to sell goods in Myanmar

5 March 2012
YANGON – The medical equipment division of General Electric Co has 
reached a deal with a local partner to sell its products in Myanmar and 
said it could expand further as the country continues to open up to 
the outside world. GE Healthcare appointed Sea Lion Co Ltd on February 
25 as the national dealer for its products in Myanmar.

Coal plant stirs unease in southern Burma

5 March 2012
A near-complete coal-fired power plant in a town in southernmost Burma 
is unnerving locals, while residents of nearby Ranong in Thailand have also 
expressed concern about pollution from the development.
The eight megawatt plant is being built in Kawthaung town in Tennasserim 
division and is close to completion.