Mon State parliament holds emergency session to appoint new chief minister

The Mon State parliament held an emergency session today to appoint a new chief minister for the state, according to its parliament speaker Tin Ei.

Army chief meets US Institute of Peace delegation

The army will discuss with ethnic armed groups using peaceful ways to end internal conflicts based on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during a meeting with Nancy Lindborg, president of United States Institute of Peace (USIP), at Bayintnaung Parlour in Nay Pyi Taw on February 27.

Students protest against police crackdown on students in Letpadan

A protest in the lead-up to the second anniversary of a police crackdown on student activists in Letpadan has been held outside the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay.

The event was organised by members of the All Burma Students’ Federation of Unions (Ba-Ka-Tha) - Upper Myanmar.

The students marched from the Zay Cho Market to the Mahamuni Pagoda and chanted the slogans relating to democracy education law, a push to abolish the 2008 constitution and the right to gather peacefully.

ABSDF students and activists protest construction on former university students union land

All Burma Federation of Students Union (ABSDF) students and activists demonstrated in protest of the the government’s building project on the place of the former university students union.

Wheelchair users march for peace in Nay Pyi Taw

A campaign led by wheelchair users arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on February 27  and stopped there for a night. The campaign’s goals are to bring awareness the civil war,  peace dialogues, and to the giving assistance to the IDPs.

Only 12.46 per cent checks voter lists

Only 12.46 percent of voters confirmed their voting registration for the by-elections scheduled for April 1, according to the Union Election Commission.

The UEC announced the eligible voters lists at sub-commission offices from February 1 to 14. 

The 2017 by-election has about 2.2 million eligible voters and more than 300 overseas voters who can cast their votes in advance.

Myanmar citizens in Singapore cast their votes for the 2017 by-elections



Suu Kyi to meet non-signatories on March 3

A meeting between State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will be held on March 3 in Yangon, said Zaw Htay, spokesperson for the President’s Office.

Ethnic armed groups, who have been meeting in Pangkham in the Wa self-administered area, decided to organise a political discussion team, initiated by the Wa's powerful armed forces, to negotiate with the government.

The talks have been rearranged twice since an unofficial meeting was held on January 13 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Groups meet for landmark peace talks

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Taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, jade and other items to rise after bill passed

The Union Assembly on Friday passed the 2017 Taxation Bill, which will increase taxes levied on cigarettes, alcohol and wine.

Dr Myat Nyana Soe, secretary of parliament’s joint bill committee, said: “The bill seems less effective in the changes made. However, the bill increases taxes by up to 10 or 20 per cent generally.

“We are going to increase taxes on such goods [cigarettes and alcohol] every year, although taxes should not be increased. But such goods are harmful to people’s health.”