Voter lists to be published from March

Lists of eligible voters in some townships would be released in March, according to Win Kyi, a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC), told the Daily Eleven.

The nationwide lists for the 2015 election were estimated to be completed by May, he added.

The UEC draws up the lists in three steps, the first from November 2014 to January, the second from December 2014 to March and third from February to May.

Ethnic groups call for federal union

All ethnic armed organisations, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), will celebrate the 68th anniversary of Union Day on February 12 if the government agrees to calls from the Union Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) to establish a federal union, says the UNFC.

It called for an agreement to be signed on Union Day to establish a federal union where states had the right to democracy, national equality and autonomy, in accordance with the desires of President Thein Sein’s administration.

Political rights precede economic growth, Suu Kyi says

Taking the wrong political path could undermine economic and social development, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy.

She was marking 100 years since the birth of her father Bogyoke Aung San at Pyawbwe, Mandalay Region.

Student march stops for four-party talks

The four-party talks on the National Education Law will be held in Yangon today, according to reports.

The government, Parliament, National Network for Education Reform and students’ Democracy Education Initiative Committee (DEIC) will discuss 11 concessions demanded by the students.

The meeting will decide whether the students' protest march will continue to Yangon.

UNFC calls for Union Day pact

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) has called for an agreement to be signed on Union Day, February 12, to establish a federal union where states have the right to democracy, national equality and autonomy, in accordance with the desire of President Thein Sein’s administration. 

Agree to six-party talks or break law: Speaker

Refusing the proposal for six-party talks would be unlawful, Thura Shwe Mann, Union Parliament Speaker told the press in Nay Pyi Taw.

"Since the idea of six-party talks was approved by the Union Parliament. We should all pay attention to the results of the talks," he said.

The talks will probably be arranged during this parliamentary session.  

HRW report highlights Myanmar’s slowing reforms

The reform process in Myanmar experienced significant slowdowns, said Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its World Report 2015, which reviewed the country’s situations in 2014.

The report published on January 29 featured Myanmar’s situation on six pages and highlighted the reasons for declining reforms. It points out in some cases reversals of basic freedoms and democratic progress in 2014.

Suu Kyi renews push for six-party talk

The government should hold a six-party talk before discussing constitutional amendment, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) during a press briefing before the parliamentary session on January 29 in Nay Pyi Taw. 

Military MPs suggest including more minorities in political dialogues

Military representatives in parliament have suggested that more MPs representing ethnic minorities and minority political parties should be involved in political dialogues, according to sources present at today’s parliamentary session.

The MPs sent their suggestions to the Speaker of the House of Nationalities.

MPs: Unreliable construction firms should be blacklisted

The Upper House MPs called on the government on Wednesday (January 28) to blacklist construction companies which are not reliable and non-standardised and impose financial penalty during the parliament session.

MP Hla Swe said, “Although the cabinet suggested putting unreliable construction companies in the blacklist, we don’t know it is in practice. There are many companies which should be blacklisted.”