Politics

Military chief meets Modi

Myanmar’s military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on increased military cooperation in security and defence.
Min Aung Hlaing said: “There is ongoing trust between Myanmar and India. Tasks are being carried out to stabilise the border area. The leaders and military heads closely cooperate and have good relations. Myanmar feels sorry for the deaths of innocent people in the terrorist attacks that recently occurred in Jammu and Kashmir.

MPs approve Paris climate agreement

Parliament has approved the government’s plan to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change as a member on July 14.
MPs also approved the proposal for Myanmar to become a member of the Doha Amendment which is the second pledge of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.

e-lottery bill sent to Parliament

The Ministry of Planning and Finance submitted the State-Owned Aungbarlay Lottery Bill, introducing the e-lottery, to Parliament on July 14.
The bill still needs presidential approval to enact the online lottery.
The bill said that lottery tickets must only be sold with the permission of the ministry.

Vice president encourages digital economy

Vice President Henry Van Thio, also the patron of Digital Economy Development Committee, said that Myanmar must become one of Asean’s digital hubs with a robust 21st-century economy.

Rebel armies talk peace in Chiang Mai

The Peace Process Working Team formed by eight signatories of the 2015 national ceasefire agreement and the nine armed groups in the United Nationalities Federal Council, which did not sign the deal, have met in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Khu Oo Rel of the council of non-signatories said: “It is the third meeting between the two groups. We discussed security, defence and a federal army. We discussed defence and security principles.

“There are the matters both of us accepted and agreed. It is of great importance. Therefore this meeting is aimed at seeking solutions.

Suu Kyi aide defends military chief

According to Aung San Suu Kyi's Office of the State Counsellor, a recent controversial remark about the authority of the military chief by the Yangon Region Chief Minister does not align with government policies.

Phyo Min Thein on July 9 said that in a democracy, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing would only hold an equal rank with a director general.

Director General Zaw Htay said that Phyo Min Thein’s casual remark at an event caused friction between the military and the civilian government.

Regional govt to build bridges, underground road system

The regional government plans to build bridges and an underground road system to connect Yangon’s older and newer sections, announced Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on July 11.

“Yangon is densely populated, and the regional government plans to expand its area. We plan to build a new town on the opposite side of the Yangon River and the old town. It is not well developed. So we are preparing to build new bridges and an underground road system. We intend to make Yangon beautiful and keep the Yangon River in the middle of town,” said Phyo Min Thein.

Suu Kyi explains failure to raise civil servants’ salaries

State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at a ceremony for the launch of the Civil Service Strategic Action Plan for Myanmar, held at the Myanmar International Convention Center-II in Nay Pyi Taw on July 10. She said that salary increases for government staff couldn’t be secured as expected. She promised to providing necessary assistance to civil servants in other ways.

Rebel armies to attend peace talks

The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) representing rebel armies will review the peace process and say they will hold discussions with the government on July 20.

The PPST met in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from June 28 to July 2 to discuss the national level political talks and the 21st-century Panglong Conference, which was held in May.

Yanghee Lee prepares for sixth visit

The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will officially visit for a sixth time from July 10 to 21.
Lee plans to visit Rakhine, Shan and Kayin states in addition to Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw to assess recent developments.
Myanmar told her that her visit must not be related to the fact-finding mission proposed by the UN Human Rights Council in March.
Lee said her tour would be like her other visits and report on human rights progress, according to Zaw Htay, director general of the State Councillor's Office.