Win Tin Foundation provides Ks 150 million in assistance

The Hantharwady U Win Tin Foundation provided more than Ks 150 million in cash assistance to political prisoners in the three years since its establishment on March 12, 2012.

A total of 605 political prisoners to date have received donations from the foundation which, aims to support political prisoners and journalists currently or formerly in prison.

Be prepared for six-party talks: Speaker

Political leaders should prepare for a six-party meeting on Wednesday before the parliamentary session starts, Speaker Thura Shwe Mann told those involved.

Anyone who ignores the decision of Parliament on the six-party meeting could be violating the law, he said, noting that President Thein Sein on January 22 urged talks to be held as soon as possible.

Thura Shwe Mann, Suu Kyi hold talks

The speaker of the parliament and the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader met at the parliament on March 10.

They met after the parliamentarian session on March 10 and lasted for about 20 minutes.But, NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi said nothing about the meeting to the media. Thura Shwe Mann and Aung San Suu Kyi frequently meet at the parliament during parliamentarian sessions.

Travel ban hinders ceasefire talk

The leaders of the Kachin Independence Organisation and Kachin Independence Army (KIO-KIA) are still mulling whether to meet President Then Sein and Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing on March 12 or 13 in Nay Pyi Taw before the 7th nationwide ceasefire talk starts in Yangon on March 16.

US watching charter change

Derek Mitchell, US ambassador to Myanmar, told the Myanmar Eleven at a press conference at the US Embassy in Yangon that America was keeping a close watch on efforts to change the 2008 Constitution.

MP Khin Maung Yi, chairperson of the bill committee, said: “The committee is yet to submit the amendment bill for the Constitution besides giving promises to amend the 2008 Constitution.” 

Shan MP swaps parties

Lower House MP Sai Thiha Kyaw has left the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) for the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD). 

“The reason for changing is to encourage the voters in my constituency. The work procedures and policies of the SNLD fit my plans. For that reason, I resigned from the SNDP,” Sai Thiha Kyaw said.

MP blames president for Chinese loan

Parliament must give the green light to take out a US$600 million loan from the Exim Bank of China as President Thein Sein had already given his approval, said Lower House MP Sandar Min at the 2015-16 pre-budget consultation at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).

Parties denounce violence

"By reducing central controls, human resources can widely be used for the sake of the nation. By the promises gained from the four-party talks, stability can be built," said Naw Angela Thaung of the Kayan National Party.

USDP denies backing crackdown

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has said it did not support the crackdown on students.

In a statement, the USDP said it was actively participating in national reconciliation, peace building and democratic reform. The party was also cooperating with other parties to resolve disagreements and would hold a panel discussion to reveal the results.

Party members should not participate in the crackdown, the USDP said.

NLD demands peaceful student solution

MP Win Myint of the National League for Democracy says he wants coordination to find a peaceful solution to the student boycott.

He added that he was appalled to see female students being beaten in Yangon, calling for coordination to end violence.

NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi said it was the media's duty to find out who was doing what so the authorities could be held to account.