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THAILAND : NO DAM “Mae Wong” PROTESTERS REACH BANGKOK PHOTOS
Relocation deadline in Myitsone Tang Hpre village creates quandary
“It is akin to hell now. More and more people are addicted to drugs in the village, which is being destroyed due to digging for gold,” said Bawk Naw, a villager from Tang Hpre.
He told Thailand-based Kachin News Group whole paddy fields are being destroyed because of gold mining and no one is even attempting to plant paddy, due to the uncertain conditions. On top of which there is mounting pressure to relocate.
With the gold mining business, drug addiction has increased among the youth but the regime had not acted on it, said the villager.
The Burmese military government Ma-Ya-Ka, police and the Asia World Company had come to the village on January 23 and 24 to talk about compensation and told villagers to relocate to other places by March.
“They are giving compensation of 135 Kyats for one orange tree in Mazup village located between Mali and N’mai rivers,” said Bawk Naw. Continue reading “Relocation deadline in Myitsone Tang Hpre village creates quandary”
Chiang Mai:Invitation Film Screening “Killing the Mekong Dams by Dam”
Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD)
Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University
is pleased to invite you to join in the Film Screening on
“Where Have All the Fish Gone? :
Killing the Mekong Dams by Dam”
Talk with the Producer
Journalist and Independent Producer
Moderator: Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti
Date: Tuesday 7th December 2010
Time: 13.00 – 15.00 hrs.
Venue: Meeting Room, 4th Floor of Operational Building, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University
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New name for an ageing hydropower project???
Friday’s edition of the New Light of Myanmar (12/11/10) has a news item and photo related to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development of the ‘Upper Thanlwin (Mongton) hydropower project’. Few details are provided exept to note that the MoU was signed at the Yeywa Hall of the Ministry of Electric Power No 1 in Nay Pyi Taw on 10/11/10. Signing for the Hydropower Planning Dept of EPM-1 was Director-General Kyee Soe, while Vice-President Bi Yaxiang signed for the China Three Gorges Corporation and Senior Executive Vice- President Prutichai Chonglertvanichkul signed for Egat International Co Ltd of and an [unnamed] official signed for the International Group of Entrepreneurs Co Ltd (IGE) [of Myanmar]. Present on the occasion were Group President Cao Guangjing of China Three Gorges Corp of the PRC, Chairman Nay Aung and officials of the International Group of Entrepreneurs and the usual group of officials from related ministries in Nay Pyi Taw. http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs09/NLM2010-11-12.pdf
No mention is made about the whereabouts of the ‘Mongton’ project on the Upper Thanlwin, but the name of the PRC’s Three Gorges Corp has been associated with plans related to the Tasang hydropower project in several news releases over the last year and a half. Possibly, the ‘Mongton’ project is simply a new name for the ‘Tasang’ project with its site on the Thanlwin between Mongpan and Mongton townships. A series of agreements on the Tasang project were signed with Thailand’s MDX group over the last ten years, but the arrangements for the necessary financing of the huge venture have apparently eluded MDX.
Egat’s involvement in the project seems logical since export of electricity generated by the Tasang project is destined for Thailand. IGE is one of the partners along with Egat and Synohydro in the revamped plans for building the Hutgyi dam and power station on the Lower Thanlwin. IGE president Nay Aung is one of the sons of Aung Thaung, the influential Miniister of Industry-1 in the SPDC government. IGE has a finger in many pies in the Myanmar business scene — banking, offshore oil and gas development, timber rights, import-exports, etc.
Loei residents, conservationists oppose plan for latest Mekong dam
Loei – Local residents and conservationists Wednesday stood in strong opposition against the Thai-Laos plan to jointly construct a Bt69billion hydroelectric dam over Mekong River.
The dam, if constructed, will be partially located in Loei’s Pak Chom district and will have the capacity to generate up to 1,079 megawatts of electricity.
More than 200 residents, conservationists and representatives from various organisations attended a public forum on the Pak Chom Hydroelectric Dam yesterday.
The event, held to sound out the public opinion, was organised by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the Office of the National Health Commission and other organisations along with the Senate panel on anticorruption and good governance and the Senate subcommittee on the Mekong Basin development and its impacts.
Activists spread 1,000 posters opposing election and dam
The colorful cartoon posters were pasted on roadside walls and power poles in at least six crowded places in the capital, said an activist leader.
According to local eyewitnesses, they saw posters and colorful stickers in Khyemar Tiri quarter, Shatapru quarter, Myoma quarter, Tatkone quarter, near Myitkyina main markets and the Town Clock Tower.
The activist leader, under the pseudonym Naw Ja, said, “The election will grant the regime a chance to complete construction of the dam. The electricity produced will be sold to China. That’s why we oppose it.”
The cartoon on the poster illustrated the idea that a vote for the junta-controlled Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) was participating in the destruction of the people of Kachin State, as well as the environment.
The huge Myitsone hydropower project, located about 27 miles north of Myitkyina, is a joint project of the Burmese military government and the Chinese.
The planning started in 2006, but the construction officially started on December 21, 2009, against the wishes of all Kachin people and environmental activists.
Several Kachin students from Myitkyina University have been temporarily detained and interrogated since last night by Burmese security agents, said students’ sources.
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