Ethnic groups still discussing a firm peace deal: Kachin general

If ethnic groups don’t sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement it doesn’t mean they don’t want peace, a senior Kachin general has said.

All ethnic groups cherish peace but they want a firm and concrete peace agreement, the Kachin Independence Organisation’s Maj-Gen Guan Maw said on Friday.

Maj-Gen Guan Maw said on his social media page that most media people ask whether his group will sign the national ceasefire agreement (NCA), but very few ask why he isn’t ready to sign.

Russian and Swedish delegations visit Suu Kyi

President Htin Kyaw received a Swedish delegation led by 

Scrap Suu Kyi's peace process: Wa chief

A new peace process is needed as the existing nationwide ceasefire agreement cannot tackle intense insurgencies, argued Pauk Yu Chan, the chairman of the United Wa State Party.

RCSS demands new talks location

The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) has asked Aung San Suu Kyi, the chair of 

Suu Kyi to meet Delegation for Political Negotiation next week

The government has told the Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) that State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will meet them next Wednesday, Zaw Htay, acting director-general and spokesperson of President’s Office, has said. 

Inland Water Transport Bill goes to Upper House

Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications Kyaw Myo yest

Speaker instructs committee heads to check budgets and projects for 2017-2018

Win Myint, Speaker of the Lower House, has instructed the chairmen and secretaries of parliamentary committees to look into budgets and projects for the 2017-2018 fiscal years.
The Speaker made his remarks when he met with the chairmen and secretaries from various committees at his office before a regular session of the Lower House on Thursday. 

Ministry of Health and Sports seeks billions for staff housing

The Ministry of Health and Sports has asked for a budget of Ks 9.1 billion (US$6.5 million) to build staff housing for over 5,000 households in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Minister Dr Myint Htwe revealed the amount in a parliamentary session on Thursday. 
He was answering a question from MP Aye Min Han, from No-1 Constituency in Mon State, on whether the ministry planned to build housing for employees in the Public Health Department in Mawlamyine or not.

House speaker warns lawmakers must respect parliamentary laws and rules


Lower House speaker Win Myint has warned lawmakers that they must follow and respect  parliamentary laws and any other existing laws.

The speaker made the comment after a parliamentary meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, during which MPs discussed the proposal to urge the government to prepare for public educative talks by government departments.

Chin forum to take three days

The Chin National Dialogue Joint Committee plans to hold a three-day forum in Htantalan, Chin State, starting on February 27.

The forum will collect different views from representatives and discuss principles for a federal union.