Sagaing MP says: “The security guards did not attempt to stop the miners from walking in, but then fired on them as soon as they had done so.”
“Its weight was calculated at 210 tons upon discovery; however the top broke off during the excavation … that was about 40 tons worth.”
Burma’s billion-dollar jade industry needs a reformed legal framework to release it from the grip of the military elites, drug lords and crony companies, says British transparency watchdog.
Two senior government officials have been sacked in connection with unregulated jade mining operations in the country’s north.
The Burmese government has vowed greater oversight of mining practices following a slew of on-site disasters in the country’s north.
Miners have been tearing into Burma’s northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world’s richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government…