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Shan State (North) discovering, preserving tangible Myanmar is set to emerge & intangible cultural heritage Yangon September 15 Department of Archeology and National Museum in Lashio is discovering and preserving the tangible and intangible cultural heritages of northern Shan State, with traditional musical instruments and culture of eight ethnic races as priority case. The department in cooperation with cultural organizations of the regions concerned is searching, exposing and preserving the traditions and cultures of ethnic Shan at villages in Lashio, Kunlong, Muse and Namhkam townships; ethnic Taaung (Palaung) at villages in Lashio, Namhsam, Manton, Muse, Namhkam and Monehtaw regions; ethnic Wa at villages in Lashio, Tanyang and Monghyai regions and villages in Wa self-administrative division; ethnic Kokang at villages in Lashio township and Kunlong and Laukkai regions; ethnic Lesu at villages in Lashio township and Kyaukme and Mokeik regions: ethnic Myaungzee (Mont) at Lashio township, and Naungcho and Kunlong (Kamaing)

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Countryside of Northern Shan State seen from the Gokhteik Viaduct.

regions; and ethnic Lahu at Lashio and Tanyang townships. Some of the tangible and intangible cultural heritages of ethnic races are vanishing in major towns and can find only at remote villages. Shan State, the largest province in Myanmar with and area of more 60,000 square miles is divided

into three administrative regions – northern Shan State, southern Shan State and eastern Shan State. Lashio is the chief administrative town of northern Shan State, while Taunggyi is the principle town of Shan State and the southern sector. The main administrative seat of the eastern region is Kengtung. Shan

State is a tourist destination for its rich cultural heritages, the colorful costumes of ethnic residents and places of interest. Major ethnic races of northern Shan State are Shan, Lesu, Ta-aung (Palaung), Wa, Lahu, Myaungzee (Mont), Kachin and Kokang. Than

Myanmar to permit gold export

A gold shop in Myanmar.

Yangon September 15 An act is enlisted in the wouldbe confirmed mines dealing bylaw to export gold to foreign countries, said U Than Tun Aung, Deputy

Minister of the Ministry of Mines. Current law does not permit to export gold to foreign countries, he said adding that new act will give a green light to export minerals

to foreign countries including gold. Gold will be exported to foreign countries by implementing central market. The central market will be envisaged with gold dealing standards, market constructing projects and international norms, he added. Gold central market will be implemented with the support of the central government and the cooperation among local gold businessmen, said U Kyaw Win from U Htone Goldsmith Shop. To export gold to foreign countries, there is no accurate gold standard in Myanmar and negotiations are needed to set gold standard which

is suitable with Myanmar, said gold businessmen. Moreover, tax laws should be carefully enacted to export gold to foreign countries, said U Kyaw Win, also the general secretary of Gold Businessmen Association. Myanmar’s local gold price generally depends on two factors, the strength of the US dollar- Myanmar kyat exchange rate and the price of international gold. Gold traded at K-762,000 a tical (one tical is 0.576 ounces) as of September 15 in Myanmar, after spending most of last year under K700,000 an ounce. AMM

Yangon September 15 Despite the slump in energy prices, oil and gas fields in Myanmar will soon be the busiest in Asia as foreign and local investors begin to ratchet up their explorations, said the China Post on September 15 quoting a recent seminar. The China Post report quoted Daniel Clery, country manager of Woodside Energy (Myanmar) saying that low energy prices will bring opportunities to the country as the cost of exploration falls in line with energy prices and it is a very good time to explore in Myanmar. U Than Tun, offshore director of Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, said the activities in Myanmar would be in full steam in the next three years. Exploration must be carried out regardless of the energy prices, according to the Production Sharing Contract obligation that binds all local and foreign bid winners. This means that service contractors will be in high demand. At least two offshore supply bases will be required to fulfill logistics support for those operations. "We will shortly start onshore operations such as drilling, pipelines, seismic activities and some offshore works. We have tried to develop the existing offshore blocks and exploration on 20 new blocks will start soon. Onshore exploration in 39 blocks has also kicked off," U Than Tun said. Myanmar divides offshore areas into 51 blocks: 18 are under operation, 20 new blocks were awarded last year and 13 are in the government's hands. Seismic tests and drilling of the new blocks are to be carried out in 2015-2016. Aung

Experts suggest developing four Dagon townships as priority for Yangon Yangon September 15 Experts have suggested that four Dagon townships should be developed as a priority to cope with growing population in Yangon. The four Dagon townships— Dagon Myothit (South), (North), (East) and (Seikkan)—which were established since 2002s—are still sparsely populated because those

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areas are lacking in infrastructure, pointed out experts, calling for prioritized development of those areas. The population varies from place to place in Yangon, and the downtown areas such as Kyauktada, Pabedan, Latha and Lanmadaw with up to 100,000 people residing in a one square mile space those

areas. Meanwhile, the downtown area houses the sheer amount of businesses and offices, is therefore is crowded with large numbers of workers and cars. Experts have suggested splitting the business district to reduce the population destiny in the heart of Yangon. The high population destiny in

Yangon is largely attributable to internal migrants who come and search for a job in the commercial and industrial hub. Over the past three decades, the Yangon population has increased by 2.3 percent—the rate which is the double of other regions and states. Before 1988, Yangon just covered an area of 80 square miles and in

2000, it had expanded three-fold, stretching to around 240 square miles and in 2014, the then capital’s municipal boundary reached 306 square miles. In 1983, the population was just around three million in Yangon and increased to 5.2 million registered on household registration according to 2014 census. 447

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