Commander-in-Chief meets armed ethnic groups

Representatives from ethnic armed groups demanded quicker progress in achieving a nation-wide ceasefire when they met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces, in Nay Pyi Taw on January 5.Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received leaders and representatives of 12 armed ethnic groups."We talked specifically for the sake of hastening the nation-wide ceasefire process. For that, the military plays an important role. That's why we all asked for it.

People not happy with current political affairs says Suu Kyi

Very few people are satisfied with current political affairs and there is much to be done to achieve development, says Aung San Suu Kyi in her speech to mark the country’s 67th Independence Day anniversary on January 4 at Tawwin Hninse Restaurant. “Our country gained independence 67 years ago today. From my standpoint, there will be very few people satisfied with current political affairs. It’s reasonable because if we settled so easily, there would be no more further development.

Democratic progress must be evaluated by all, says Suu Kyi

All facets of Myanmar society must objectively review the country’s progression toward democracy as of the 67th Independence Day, said Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), at an Independence Day ceremony at Royal Rose restaurant in Yangon on January 4.

“We all need to objectively review our journey toward democracy. I want something different. We must view events as they actually are. If progress exists only in our imaginations, it will be useless to us,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

Action against political dissidents harms democratization efforts

Two associations working on political prisoners’ rights in Myanmar have issued a statement saying the government’s actions against political dissidents and protesters pose a threat to democratisation and national reconciliation efforts.The statement was issued on Saturday by the Former Political Prisoners Society and the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.The statement also said even by Myanmar’s 67th Independence Day, the Myanmar people still do not enjoy basic human rights or the fruits of independence.Moreover, the Myanmar government continues to violate the

Our country won’t be independent if people continued being oppressed: Aung San Suu Kyi

Despite regaining independence, if the people live under oppression, it cannot be said that our country is a sovereign state, Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), said.

Bago observed the mass meeting to make centenary celebrations of Bogyoke’s birthday on January 3, attended by Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Myanmar already regained her independence, but the people are living under oppression, this is why, our country is not a sovereign state,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

Land conflicts may impact 2015 political trend says MP

The impact of land conflicts on 2015 political trend may grow larger, said Lower House MP Khaing Maung Yi to Daily Eleven.

Khaing Maung Yi is also a member of the Parliament’s Farmland Investigation Commission tasked for scrutinising land-grabbed cases.

UPWC and NCCT likely to hold meeting on nationwide ceasefire negotiation mid-January

The government-backed Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will be likely to hold a meeting on nationwide ceasefire negotiation as scheduled if there are no significant events in the middle of this month, Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, the second leader-1 of the NCCT, said on January 3.

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."