State-owned newspapers inaccurate: KNPP

The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) has challenged the accuracy of stories about their activities that appeared in state-owned and military-operated newspapers.

Follow budget rules or else: Thura Shwe Mann

Responsibility, accountability and transparency mean nothing unless there are consequences for those breaking national budgetary rules and regulations, Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann said.

He made the comment during a session of Parliament on Tuesday after MP U Aye told the House that construction of a bridge over Nantpe stream in his constituency will not be completed in this fiscal year, questioning whether it would be finished next year. Time and money have been wasted, he said.

Charter change currently impossible: USDP MP

Two controversial sections of the Myanmar Constitution cannot be amended before general elections expected in late October or November, says Lower House MP Thura Aung Ko, a Central Executive Committee member of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

Suu Kyi: Federal Union only possible with unanimous goodwill

At a meeting with civic organisations at the parliament on May 12, National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi said it is necessary to have goodwill among all national races in order to build a united federal system.

Understanding urged on ceasefire accord

Pado Saw Kwal Htoo, general secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU), called on those who are involved in the political dialogue like members of cabinet, parliament, military, ethnic groups and political parties to have understanding among each other so that the drafting of the framework for political dialogue will be finished within two months. 

Six-party talks due soon: Ye Htut

The next six-party talks will be held on a convenient day that all participants agree to, says presidential spokesman Ye Htut in Nay Pyi Taw.

Union Information Minister Ye Htut attended Parliament to speak about the draft television and broadcasting bill.

"The commander-in-chief is now on a trip. The day will be negotiated when he comes back. I'm not sure when he will come back. He is now in Serbia," the minister told reporters.

NCCT leaders' meeting to be held in early June

The meeting of leaders of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will be held in early June, according to Pado Saw Kwal Htoo Win, the chairman of the NCCT. 
Although the meeting was initially planned for April, it was moved so as not to conflict with the Panghsan Conference, which was organized by the United Wa State Army. 

Aung Min calls for trust in ceasefire

Union Minister Aung Min, vice chairman of the government’s Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC), has urged all political parties to trust the national ceasefire accord (NCA).

The minister for the President’s Office, addressing the Forum on Peace and National Reconciliation at the Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon, said he believed in peace and he wanted all political parties to place their trust in the NCA.

Suu Kyi ‘assassination’ book under fire

A book entitled “Political Assassinations that Changed the World” has aroused heavy criticism for featuring Aung San Suu Kyi’s picture alongside deceased leaders.

The book, authored by Maw Sin Kyal, does not contain an exact address of the publisher or distributor. It was officially listed as being distributed in March and was registered under Sate Kuu Cho Cho publishing house.

Education and charter charge top MPs’ priority list

The regular session of the 12th Parliament that was temporarily adjourned resumed in Nay Pyi Taw on May 11.

The Parliament will give priority to the discussions of the national education bill, the bill to safeguard nationality and religion and the constitutional amendment bill. The Union Parliament has so far approved and enacted 159 laws during its first term.

Speaker of the Lower House Thura Shwe Mann said during a recent visit to the United States that more effort would be put into passing constitutional amendments before the 2015 elections.