Popathiri court investigates Thandawsint Journal’s Deputy Chief Editor

NAYPYITAW – Arnt Khaung Min, Deputy Chief Editor (DCE) of Myanmar Thandawsint (Herald) Journal, which has been charged with violating Section 25(B) of Myanmar’s Media Law by the Ministry of Information, was questioned at the Popathiri court in Nay Pyi Taw on February 3.

Dr Thein Lwin removed from NLD leadership

Dr Thein Lwin cannot be included in the central executive committee (CEC) of the National League for Democracy (NLD) according to its rules and regulations, said party leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 3.

Dr Thien Lwin, who is a member of the National Network for Education Reform (NNER), violated the rules and regulations of the party by attending the four party talk with the government to reform the National Education Law, NLD announced.

MPs: Ministries misusing state budgets

Nay Pyi Taw – MPs want the Parliament to enact a new law that will be used to take legal action against ministries misusing the state budgets during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday. 

Misusing the state budgets includes asking for unnecessary budget and depositing the state budgets into personal accounts to gain interests.

MPs also pointed out audited and inspected facts based on financial report for the second half of 2013-14 FY issued by Union Auditor General’s Office.

Yangon-Mandalay highway renovation project receives 20 tender proposals

The project to widen the Yangon-Mandalay expressway from four lanes to eight has received only 20 tender proposals, according to the Ministry of Construction.
Altogether, 160 application forms were released to both local and foreign companies from Japan, South Korea, Singapore and China, but only 20 companies were expressed interest in the project by the deadline in late January.
“We cannot reveal the names of companies that proposed,” said an official.

Student march meets local support in Yenangyaung

The student protest march against the contentious National Education Law continued its procession Monday morning from Yenangyaung to Magway. Local supporters, including students and teachers from Yenangyaung Technology University and Yenangyaung Degree College, joined the procession until the entrance to Magway Region.
When the march reached Magway, local administrator for Magway Township Saw Htun Oo told the student leaders that the march was in violation of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Act.

Coal power on the rise in Myanmar, declining everywhere else

While other countries are working to reduce their coal-fired power plants to curb their effect on the environment and people’s health, Myanmar has ten new coal-fired plants slated for construction.
Myanmar is located between China and India, which are among the greatest emitters of carbon dioxide in the world. China emitted over 24 per cent of global emissions in 2012, and India emitted over five per cent, said mining expert Saw Moe Myint.

Govt asked to clarify choices to deal with budget deficits

The Myanmar government may have resorted to only one choice, printing money, to deal with the budget deficits in recent years, said economists.
Myo Myint from the Economic Affairs Committee (central) of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Party noted that some 40 per cent of the deficits are financed through the printing of new banknotes.
Since the Thein Sein government was formed in 2011, Myanmar has shouldered combined budget deficits worth Ks 10 trillion.

General Aung San’s rare photos exhibited in Mawlamyaing

To mark the centenary of Bogyoke (General) Aung San’s birthday, which will fall on February 13, a 5-day exhibition of rare photos of General Aung San opened yesterday at the office of the National League for Democracy (NLD) on Strand Road in Mawlamyaing Township, Mon State.
With the aim of preserving the memory of General Aung San’s role in securing Myanmar’s independence, more than 350 photos and letters written by General Aung San were displayed at the exhibition.

Central Bank under union minister despite being an independent org, says MP

The Central Bank of Myanmar is currently under direct control of Union Minister Hla Tun from the President's Office despite being an independent organization under the Central Bank Law, says MP Phyo Min Thein, a member of Lower House’s committee for banks and financial development.

Parliament allows white card holders vote

The Myanmar parliament decided on February 2 to allow white card holders to vote in the national referendum on constitutional amendment against the urging of Rakhine MPs that doing so would damage the nation's sovereignty.
The parliament previously informed President Thein Sein that it had decided not to allow white card holders to vote in the referendum. The president urged parliament to reverse its decision.