Around 3,000 Shan people pray for people killed, captured by KIA

Around 3,000 people participated in the meal offering and praying ceremony for the people killed and captured by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the Kachin State.

Led by the Myitkyina-based Shan Affairs group, the people marched one-mile from Wuntho monastery to Sutaungpyae Pagoda at 7 am yesterday. 

Some invited ethnic armed groups unsure to attend Independence Day anniversary

Myanmar government has invited leaders of 16 ethnic armed groups to attend the 67th anniversary Independence Day ceremony and grand military review parade to be held in Nay Pyi Taw on January 4, but some are not sure whether they will attend or not. 

MP suggests safe ways to increase salary without inflation

Parliamentarians suggested expanding taxation reach and cutting the expense of government's unpractical projects to increase the salaries of civil servants without inflation as a by-product.

Win Myint, the secretary of Lower House Banks and Financial Development Committee said: "For welfare of civil servants, it's necessary to boost their incomes. Firstly, we have to expand the reach of taxation. I didn't mean to increase tax rate; just to tighten grip over tax-dodgers. Cutting unnecessary expenses of the government's unpractical projects is the second way."

MP from NLD pushes govt to give explanation over death of local

Khin San Hlaing, a parliamentarian from National League for Democracy said she will push the government to release explanation over the death of a local in Letpadaungtaung incident by January 4.

She is also a member of the inspection commission for Letpadaungtaung conflict organised directly under the President.

Anti-Corruption Commission achieves little

After taking office in 2011, President Thein Sein and his cabinet promised to be clean in their governance. However, public opinion holds that this promise has gone unfulfilled.

The Anti-Corruption Law took effect in September 2013, and the Anti-Corruption Commission was formed in February 2014. The committee is composed of fifteen members, eight of whom are former military officials. Chairperson Mya Win is a former general who has been criticised for committing briberies while serving in the military. 

Judicial system faces wide public distrust

The year 2014 saw several notable conflicts between the Myanmar people and the country’s judicial system.

Many journalists, farmers and activists were imprisoned in 2014. 

Eleven Media reporter Ma Khine was imprisoned for three months last January for defamation, trespass and use of abusive language while researching an alleged illegal video piracy case in Loikaw. 

President says he cannot meet expectations for reform process

In a recent report about Myanmar's progress in 2014, President Thein Sein said he is unable to ensure that political reforms meet the people's expectations.

"Myanmar needs mutual respect, cooperation and rapport to establish a democratic society. Our government has stressed the need to create understanding rather than conflict and to build mutual trust between different religions," said Thein Sein.

Speaker endorses farmer protection law

Parliamentary Speaker Thura Shwe Mann said the farmer protection law can resolve more than 90 per cent of problems farmers are now facing if it becomes effective. 

The speaker also guaranteed that farmers' rights be honoured in accordance with the law. He made his remarks during a meeting with farmers on December 31 in Hmawby Township, according to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

30 bills on agenda for next parliament session

Thirty bills, including the Race and Religion Protection Bill, will be discussed at the upcoming parliamentary session, said Saw Hla Tun, secretary of the Bill Committee of Lower House of parliament to the Daily Eleven newspaper.

The Protection of Race and Religion legislation package includes four bills: a religion conversion bill, a bill that restricts interfaith marriage, a bill that puts forward population control measures, and a bill that bans polygamy.

MP questions demolition of squatter houses

MP Kyaw Myo from the Yangon Region Parliament has raised questions over lack of action taken against an unknown gang that demolished squatter houses in the Anawrahtar Industrial Zone, Hlaingthaya Township, owned by Wah Wah Win Co.

The MP for Hlaingthaya Township Constituency-1 raised the question during a meeting between Union Parliament speaker Thura Shwe Mann and regional parliament representatives and social organisations at the office of Yangon Region government on Tuesday.