NLD sees diversity becoming a strength in nation-building effort

The National League for Democracy said the country could draw strength from its ethnic diversity, in a statement marking Union Day.

Ethnic groups share views on ceasefire agreement with Suu Kyi

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi heard the views of ethnic groups about their participation in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement when she met their representatives in Panglong, Shan State, on Sunday.

At the meeting with Suu Kyi on Union Day were 12 representatives of the Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Bamar, Rakhine and Shan minorities. They discussed efforts to build trust for a durable peace.

Ceasefire monitors wait on budget policy

The Union-level Joint Monitoring Committee is waiting on a budget policy from the Joint Coordinating Body (JCB) for funding the peace process, according to the committee’s secretary.

Suu Kyi prepares to mark 70th union day

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is planning to meet relatives of people who signed the Panglong Agreement 

Protest in Rakhine State over Muslim language broadcasts

KITSAPA – Residents staged a protest on Friday against May Yu FM Radio Station, which is broadcasting in a local Muslim language in Maungdaw, Buthedaung, Toungup, Mrauk-U, Myebon and Kyauktaw Townships in Rakhine State.

The protesters chanted slogans such as “Stop the broadcasting of May Yu FM Station at once”, “Don’t give a chance of citizenship for non-Myanmar citizens”, “Implement the 1982 Citizenship Act”, “Don’t issue identity cards to non-Myanmar citizens” and “Respect the ethnic voice”.

More than USD40 billion needed for electricity countrywide

YANGON - Myanmar will need more than US$40 billion to generate enough electricity for the whole country by 2030, the Electricity and Energy Ministry has said.

The ministry said $5.8 billion was currently being spent on power distribution. But more money would be needed to generate more power supply.

The government aims to generate electricity for the whole country by 2030, so it is undertaking work to generate and supply power to rural areas under the National Power Supplying Project.

Report on weaknesses in Telecommunications Law to be sent to Parliament

Action being taken under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law is very severe – so a report on weaknesses in the law that need to be changed will be submitted to both houses of Parliament on Wednesday, a communication research team has said.

The team held a press briefing at the Myanmar Journalists office on Friday. They said they had spent six months collecting information relating to communication laws.

Suu Kyi to hold Union Day peace talks

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will discuss the peace process with ethnic minorities to mark

We’re not spying on MPs, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs says

Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe told parliament on Friday the ministry had not ordered anyone to investigate or spy on MPs without them knowing.

He was replying to questions from Maung Maung Oo, an MP from Insein constituency, on what people or organizations are investigating MPs while they do their work, and ‘Who ordered these people to do such things?’

Chinese hold border talks

Bilateral diplomacy and defence meetings were held in Kunming, Yunnan Province, on F