Thursday, March 15, 2012

Talk of Restarting Myitsone Project Worries Activists

14 March 2012
Environmental activists in Burma say that China's push to restart 
the Myitsone Dam project in Kachin State has them worried that 
the government could cave in to demands from the country's 
powerful northern neighbor.

Philippine mining giant eyeing Myanmar

14 March 2012
The Philippines' largest gold miner said Wednesday it is keen to invest 
in Myanmar as the former military-ruled state makes tentative political 
reforms and tries to lure investors with tax breaks.
Philex Mining Corp. has sent representatives to Myanmar in recent weeks 
to look at opportunities and assess the investment climate, company 
senior vice-president Michael Toledo told AFP.

Mining sullies river in Kachin state

14 March 2012
Locals in Kachin state’s Hpakant township, famed for producing some 
of the world’s best-quality jade, say excessive dumping of mining waste 
into the Uru Chaung River is causing the river to dry up.
An Hpakant resident said sections of the river near Lonekin, Hpakant 
and Saitaung excavation sites, where intensive mining has been on-going, 
has been hit hard by the excessive dumping.

Indonesia opens business office in Burma

14 March 2012
(Mizzima) – An Indonesian minister says Burma is now like Indonesia 
in the 1970s, and officials are gearing up to help the Indonesian private 
sector set up businesses in Burma.  State-Owned Enterprises Minister 
Dahlan Iskan said the government would set up an entity called SOE 
Incorporated, which will open a local office and explore opportunities, 
the Xinhua news agency reported, quoting Burmese domestic media.

Burma Announces Wage Increase for Govt Workers

14 March 2012
The Burmese government has announced that it will increase the salaries 
of all public sector employees starting from April 1, when the country 
will hold important parliamentary by-elections.
According to an evening broadcast on state-run television, the Ministry 
of Finance announced that all government workers, including members 
of the armed forces, will receive a monthly cost-of-living allowance of 
30,000 kyat (US $38) beginning next month. Public servants currently 
earn an average of around 50,000 kyat ($63) per month.

160 students unable to sit at matriculation exam in Maungdaw

14 March 2012
Maungdaw, Arakan State: One hundred and sixty students from Maungdaw 
High School are unable to take matriculation examinations which started 
recently, according to a teacher from Maungdaw.
“The students are not qualified to sit for the examinations because of their 
lack of class attendance. Most of the students are Rohingya,” he said.