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Karen Health Groups to Assist Japanese Encephalitis Inoculation Drive

The Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) is prepared to assist the Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) in a nationwide drive to vaccinate children against Japanese encephalitis, and even lead efforts in areas controlled by armed ethnic organizations. The ministry’s nationwide Japanese encephalitis vaccination drive, which aims to immunize 14 million children in Burma against the potentially deadly…

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Norway and Thai Company to Build Rubber Refinery Factory with Karen Partner in Hpa-an Industrial Zone

A Norwegian and a Thai company have joined with the Karen State Rubber Production Association to build a rubber refinery in the Hpa-an industrial zone. U Wing Hlaing Oo, head of the Karen State Agricultural Department said that the Norwegian’s Nyor Company, the Thai Southland Company, and the Karen State Rubber Production Association plan to invest in and build the…

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Karen Officials Recommend Suspending Rock Quarrying on Taung Kalay Mountain

After inspecting a controversial rocky quarrying site in Karen State, a delegation of state-level officials plans to recommend the government suspend the deleterious activity and terminate existing licenses. Karen State’s Pa-O Affairs Minister Khun Myo Tint and state Hluttaw MP U Min Ko Khaing conducted a field visit to Taung Kalay Mountain in Hpa-an township at the end of last…

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Karen Residents Voice Concerns over Coal-fired Power Plant

Karen State Chief Minister Nan Khin Htwe Myint met for the first time with local residents opposing a coal-fired power plant at a public consultation on October 14. Around 1,500 people attended the discussion, which was held in Hpa An township’s Sasana Rama Wut Gyi monastery, including state government officials, experts, and residents from Ta Dar U, Kyauk Ta Lone,…

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Business for Peace Forum Held in Karen State

Karen State is open for business and ready for investment to pave the way for development, participants at a recent “Business for Peace” forum heard. The state’s Minister of Planning, Finance and Municipal Affairs U Than Naing said the state is now stable and brimming with business prospects that the government, in collaboration with ethnic armed organizations, is eager to…

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Karen State Govt Plans Festival to Support Inter-communal Relations

The Karen State government is planning to hold a multi-ethnic cultural festival next year. On September 2, government officials held a coordination meeting at the state Hluttaw office. The Bamar, Mon and Pa’O ethnic affairs ministers, as well as officials from Karen, Pa’O, Shan, Geba and Mon literature and culture committees attended. “The aim is to promote unity and amity…

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Census Data Explained at Town Hall Meeting in Hpa-an

Two years after the 2014 census was conducted, government officials are just getting around to explaining the point of all those questions that members of the public were made to answer. On August 31 and September 1, officials from the Ministry of Immigration and Population met with Karen State local representatives and residents at a town hall information session in…

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Karen State Opens First Local-level JMC Office in Hpapun

Supporting the nuts and bolts of implementing the peace process, a local-level committee was formed with an office in Hpapun township, Karen State officially opened on August 30. This is the first local-level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee to get to work. The eight-member committee includes three representatives from the government, three from ethnic armed organizations and two from the community.…

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New Sub-station Expected to Light up Karen State Villages

Several villages in Karen State may soon be hooked up to the electrical grid once a new sub-station comes online, according to an official from the State Electric Power Enterprise. “We are trying to distribute power to Myawady, Kawkareik, Kyondoe, Sukali and Waw Lay Myaing from the 230-kV Mawlamyine power station via the Thin Gan Nyi Naung sub-station, which is…

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Karen Wrist tying Ceremony Celebrated in Kawkareik Township

Around 2,000 people participated in a traditional Karen wrist tying ceremony in Kawkareik township on August 7. “This white thread tying ceremony [wrist tying ceremony] is as much a part of the Karen national character as our language, literature, customs and culture. We are holding [the ceremony] this year as a way of preserving the tradition. We will continue to…

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