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.

2015 elections to be held in November, says UEC

The Union Election Commission released a special message to local media through the Interim Press Council on 31 December saying the 2015 general elections will be held in early November.

The statement said a complete list of voters is currently being compiled by the commission in order to ensure the success of the elections. It also said every citizen has the rights to vote urges the public to check the list when it is released.