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UHM Company Wins Tender to Build Shopping Mall in Karen State’s Hpa-an

UHM Development Co., Ltd has won a tender on June 21 to build an international standard shopping mall (plaza) in the Karen State’s capital Hpa-an. “Our company, which received the highest mark, has been selected. We believe our company was selected because we consider the needs of Hpa-an residents, how useful it (the shopping mall) will be for them and…

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Karen State Needs to Recruit over 1,000 Teachers after Upgrading Schools

Over 1,000 teachers need to be recruited after the Ministry of Education upgraded 261 government schools in the Karen State within this month, according to the state education officer U Soe Myint. Nine high schools, ten high school branches, 53 middle schools, 21 middle school branches, 31 post-primary schools, 99 primary schools, and 38 primary school branches have been upgraded…

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LNG Project Awaits Consent from Gov’t, Locals to Install Power Lines Across Two Townships in Karen State

Total will install overhead power transmission lines across two townships in the Karen State to transmit power from the LNG (liquefied natural gas) power plant in Kanbauk area of Yebyu Township in the Tanintharyi Region to a 500 kV substation in the Bago Region, according to project officials. The project officials met with local residents in Kan Thar Oo Hall…

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Residents Demand Chit Linn Myaing Quarry Company to Leave after Extracting all Permitted Stones

Local residents of Lun Nya Village have demanded Chit Linn Myaing Company to withdraw the rock quarry project at the Lun Nya Mountain in Hpa-an Township, Karen State after the company has produced rocks from all permitted amount of suds even though the project duration is not over. The local residents made the demand to Col Saw Chit Thu from…

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Residents Want Authorities to Build a Bridge over Win Yaw River

Local residents want the authorities to build a bridge over the Win Yaw River to connect the eastern side of the river with Kale-Tagundaing administrative unit in Win Yaw area under Kyainseikgyi Township, Karen State. Kwankathaung Village Administrator U Tin Win Aung told Karen News on April 23 that the residents from over 20 villages in the eastern side of…

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New United Karen Party’s Registration Accepted by Union Election Commission

In an effort to unify all Karen political parties, the first three Karen State based parties came together to form the Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP). The Union Election Commission had approved the party’s registration. Party officials said on February 25th that they got the go ahead from the UEC afer the three old parties were dissolved in order to…

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Karen State MPs Hold First Public Forum

Elected representatives from Karen State held an open discussion this weekend, the first such public interaction organized since the politicians took office. Around 100 people attended the event at No. 3 Basic Education Sub-High School in Hpa’an on December 9, including the state’s Mon and Bamar Ethnic Affairs Ministers, MPs, and local residents. “We are meeting with the public to…

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Karen Villagers Petition the Quarrying of Lun Nya Mountain

Villagers from the Lun Nya Mountain area sent a petition to the Karen State Chief Minister on November 22 to protest companies quarrying rock on Lun Nya Mountain, in Hpa-an township, Karen State. Saw Khite Khite, director at Lun Nya Mountain’s Environment Conservation Committee, said that the purpose of the petition was to get the state government to take legal…

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Karen Youth Group Claims They were Shot at while Inspecting Rock Quarries

Karen leaders say they were threatened by gunmen when they visited rock quarries on the foothill of Lun Nya Mountain in Hpa-an Township, last week. Lun Nya Village Youth Group’s chair Saw Khite Khite told Karen News that 13 people from the village including him and a monastery donor went to the foothill of Lun Nya Mountain to observe the…

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Fair, Displays, Cultural Events Celebrate the 62nd Karen State Day Held in Hpa-An, but Villagers Pray Coal Power Plant Fails

The 62nd Annual Karen State Day ceremony opened in Hpa-An on 7 November. The event, which will run until 11 November, includes a fair with games and food vendors, Karen cultural displays, and various competitions such as traditional dance, badminton, boxing, and cane-ball. The event started with a speech by the Karen State Chief Minister Nan Khin Htwe Myint, in…

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