Parliament cuts Ks 19 bn from government budget

Taking heed of Speaker Thura Shwe Mann’s criticism over government spending, the Union Parliament on Monday cut Ks 19 billion (US$ 19 million) from the funding allocations government ministries and organisations had demanded.

During a parliamentary session held in Nay Pyi Taw, Upper House MP Zaw Myint Pe tabled a proposal urging Parliament to cut about two per cent of all normal government spending in the budget bill for fiscal year 2015-16, which begins April 1. That would amount to Ks 19 billion, he said.

Suu Kyi, KNU leaders discuss peace, amending charter

Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi and KNU leaders held a discussion on March 29 at her house in Nay Pyi Taw on peace, amending the constitution and upcoming general election.

“We discussed three main issues with Aung San Suu Kyi. They are our country’s present situation, peace processes, and amending the constitution. Besides, we also discussed about upcoming general election. We exchanged our views at this meeting,” said Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, general-secretary of KNU.

Election website to be set up

The Serenity Initiatives will set up an information centre and a website for the 2015 general election in April this year, according to Than Htay, director from the TSI.

The TSI sought advices from the social organisations and news media on website’s name, logo and different categories, at Teedam Baptist Convention in Sanchaung Township in Yangon on March 28.

UNGA adopts draft resolution on human rights in Myanmar

A draft resolution on human rights situation in Myanmar, which has been approved by the United Nations General Assembly, was released on Friday, urging the government to ensure free and fair elections, protect the right to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, to allow for free and independent movement of journalists and activists, strengthen rule of law, and carry out ceasefire.

Army chief rules out election threats

The commander-in-chief of the defence services Min Aung Hlaing in his speech on the 70th Armed Forces Day said there would be no pressure exerted on voters in this year’s election. 

NLD vows accomplishing unfinished missions

The National League for Democracy (NLD), the main opposition party, yesterday pledged on the Armed Forces Day that it would continue to uphold the rule of law, help promote domestic peace and harmony, and push for the constitutional amendment.

In a statement, NLD also pledged to cooperate with the military for national reconciliation without grudge. 

Parliament approves disproportionate govt salary increases

Nay Pyi Taw – The Union parliament approved a salary raise for government employees yesterday, which will take effect on April 1.

The proposal was submitted to parliament by Win Shein, Union Minister for Finance.

MPs applaud student activists

Some Members of Parliament are congratulating students and the public in participating in a revamp of the National Education Law - even as dozens remain in jail charged in relation to protests against the statute.

The comments came Wednesday during discussions on a draft education bill among representatives of the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces), Union Solidarity and Development Party, National Democratic Force (NDF) and Aarankan National Party (ANP) and an independent MP.

Gov't to explain pay raises in parliament

The government will explain its plan to raise the salaries of civil servants to parliament today, announced the parliamentary office.

MP Saw Hla Tun submitted an urgent proposal urging “the Union government to report increased pay rates by March 23 for the approval of the Union Budget Bill (2015)” at the 12th Union parliament session on March 20.

The proposal was approved without any objections, requiring the Union government to report increased pay rates by March 23.

KIO OKs return to peace talks, fighting continues

A Kachin Independence Organization/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA) committee is poised to resume peace talks with their government counterparts in an effort to avoid preventable battles such as occurred on March 21, KIO committee chairman Colonel Zaw Taung said.

Although communication was possible  between the two committees, there was none, resulting in a clash between Myanmar troops and the KIA last Saturday near Kainghtate Village in Mansi Town, he said.