MP condemns coin-op arcades

An Upper House MP told Parliament on July 7 to ban coin-operated amusement arcades.
Aung Thein from Bago Region said that city development committees had licensed many arcades and the young got addicted to gaming and parents were concerned that their children became gamblers.
“Although the police say they take action against gambling, the list of illegal arcades keeps growing. The government should enforce the law against gambling.”

Two new MPs disqualified over expenses

The Union Election Commission says two MPs have been disqualified for failing to submit their election expenses accounts for the by-election held on April 1.

They are independent candidate for the Lower House Zaw Tun for Kawhmu Township, Yangon Region, and Lower House MP Nyunt Hlaing from the National Progressive Party in Monywa Township, Sagaing Region.

Section 55 of Regional Parliament Election Law says successful candidates shall submit their accounts to their election sub-commission within 30 days of their candidacy being announced.

Ceasefire monitor committee to mediate in Shan conflicts

According to the Union Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC-U), a team will be formed to undertake field investigations into conflicts between the military and ethnic armed forces in Shan State.

Dr Shwe Khar, Secretary- 1 to the JMC-U, said at the 11th meeting held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center in Yangon that several reports of clashes and incidents between Myanmar’s military and Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) require figuring out.

JMC-U kicks off 11th meeting in Yangon

Union Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) chairman Lt-General Yar Pyae has said he heard claims that the military used the joint committee as a tool to pressure ethnic armed groups. He dismissed the claims and said they could damage the committee’s image.
He addressed the opening of the 11th meeting of the JMC-U at National Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Yangon on July 3.
He said the committee made decisions in harmony with all its members and was created in accordance with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.
He added that everyone should cooperate in order for the committee’s work to move along quickly.
Vice-chairman Saw Mettharu Aye gave the opening remarks at the meeting. He said monitoring is essential to making the ceasefire a reality.
“We hope to find a solution for our way forward from this meeting. We will find a way for the ceasefire [between all armed groups]. We expect peace will be achieved,” he added.
The 11th meeting of the JMC-U will continue until July 5.

MP urges govt to protect citizens from Kathe insurgents


The army, police and governmet are failing to protect the lives and property of the people from Kathe insurgents, who are active in Tamu, said MP Maung Maung Latt from the ninth constituency in Sagaing Region told reporters after a parliament session on July 3.

Kachin National Congress to form union-level party

The Kachin National Congress (KNC) will form a union-level political party to promote the interests of ethnic Kachins, said KNC chairman Am Kaw La.

Based in Kachin State, the KNC plans to establish branches in various regions and states where Kachin people live, the chairman added.

“We are working for not only for our Kachin people but also for other ethnic groups such as Shan and Bamar living in Kachin State,” Am Kaw La said.

Karen groups unhappy with peace proposal

Karen political organisations have demanded amendments to the political framework proposed by May's Pangl

Mandalay Speaker slams overdue parliament building

The new building of Mandalay Region's parliament has been officially opened on July 1 in Aungmyaytharzan Township. 

Plans underway to license resorts along Dokhtawaddy River


Plans are underway to license resorts along the banks of the Dokhtawaddy River in Mandalay Region, according to the Department of Water Resources and River Development.

The department said it received applications from three companies for resort licences. It is reportedly scrutinising two of them and has informed the regional government about its findings and regulations.

Clean coal power necessary: minister


Coal-fired power plants should be allowed if they do not harm the environment, health and crops, Ohn Win, minister of resources and environmental conservation, told the media after attending a session of the Upper House. 

“If a coal-fired power plant can be built with the latest technology and it will give a pledge that there was no impact on the environment, health and crops, we should accept the project,” said Ohn Win.