Mandalay monk protest camp raided


3,074 protests held under assembly law, says general


More than 3,000 protests have been organised with permission from the authorities until June this year since the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law came into effect in December 2011, said military-appointed Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Major General Aung Soe. 

Lower House MP Pe Than had asked how many events had been licensed and how the authorities had dealt with them. 

Generals unveil drugs strategy


The military-controlled Ministry of Home Affairs claims it is making efforts to adopt an all-round drugs approach to tackle the problem. 

Major General Aung Soe, the military-appointed deputy minister for home affairs, was asked by Lower House MP Dr Pyone representing Indaw Township what the generals were doing to control the drugs trade. 

Thais to open more migrant registration centres

The Thai authorities are planning to open centres in three more towns in Thailand to issue undocumented migrant workers certificates of identity, according to 

UNA holds Workshop on Federalism

The United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) opened a two-day workshop on Federalism at Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon, on Friday.
It was jointly organised by Democracy Reporting International (DRI), Myanmar Institute for Democracy (MID) and Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF).
Mann Htein Win Sein, vice-chairman of Kayen National Party, made an opening speech.

Proposal for public education on H1N1 failed at Lower House by majority votes


A proposal to provide public education about H1N1, which was tabled by parliamentarian Thein Tun of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, failed to pass the Lower House on August 2.

Upper House rejects Section 66(d) changes

The Upper House has failed to annul Section 66(c) and (d) of the notorious Telecommunications Law, with 59 with votes for reform, 92 against and 23 abstaining. 


Myay Taikan village prepares to host peace talks with State Councilor


Peace talks between State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and villagers will be held in Myay Taikan village in Wantwin Township. According to local preparations are being made at the village.

“We are very happy that Aung San Suu Kyi will come to our village. Talks will be held at the school compound. We’ll ask her to get electricity in every household, to have a clinic, and to provide us a school,” said Thihayama north monastery U Kawthalawa.

MP demands flu prevention campaign


MP Thein Tun of the Union Solidarity and Development Party for Kyaungkone submitted an urgent proposal to the Lower House on July 28 for a H1N1 public education campaign to prevent the spread of swine flu. 

The proposal was seconded by MP Sai Kyaw from Mong Pan and the Lower House has approved it for further discussion.

Thein Tun said current efforts to educate the public were insufficient with more concentration needed on prevention. 

MPs back calls for deforestation action


The Lower House has unanimously approved a proposal to handle illegal logging and the timber trade in accord with a law submitted by MP Kyaw Aung Lwin for Saytoaktara. 

Kyaw Aung Lwin said: “Our ancestors preserved forests and timber, our natural heritage. But now the forests are shrinking. Ward administrators and township officials are involved in the illegal timber trade.”