Govt 'dismayed' at UN report

The statement by Vijay Nambiar, special adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on conflicts in northern Shan State and Rakhine State did not reflect reality, said Zaw Htay, deputy director general of the President's Office.

He said while there was plenty to worry about in Rakhine State, the UN statement did not reflect the government's claims that its police stations had been attacked by Muslim militants, reportedly killing personnel.

MP demands end to hazardous food

Shwebo MP Dr A Zin Latt urged the Lower House to launch a national campaign to rid food of hazardous chemicals. 

The MP said health programmes in schools had the most effect with the fewest human resources. She demanded that checks were carried out nationwide to ensure school food was safe. 

She said: “We need to urge school committees to be active and for parents to join. Shopkeepers need to join the committees so we can hear different voices and improve performance.”

‘KIA rebels with border passes took part in clash with Tatmadaw’

Some rebels from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) who hold border passes participated in a clash with government troops, the office of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services said on Thursday.

Some 30 rebels from a combined force of KIA and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) attacked a military column carrying out clearance operation near Namtkut village in Mongko, in Muse district last Monday night (Dec 5). The military column fought back and some soldiers were injured, the state-owned Myawady newspaper reported.

Rakhine conflict ‘to be assessed fairly and transparently’

Fighting in Rakhine State will be assessed fairly and transparently in line with international standards, Vice-President Myint Swe said in a statement by the Investigation Commission issued on Thursday.

The first coordination meeting of the Rakhine State Investigation Commission was held at the Union Government Office in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.

MP warned to adhere to rules of Parliament

Kyaw Kyaw Win, who represents Rakhine State Constituency No 8, submitted a proposal to the Upper House on Thursday to keep all ethnic people in Maungdaw district safe from terrorist attacks and to make arrangements to ensure residents are not “invaded” again.

But the proposal was not allowed to be submitted to Parliament.

Mahn Win Khaing Than, Speaker of the Upper House, warned that MPs should not to use words that people may misunderstand.

MPs attack Yangon budget

Yangon Region MPs criticised the regional government’s budget for 2017-18, saying it included unnecessary spending.

Myint Thoung, regional minister for planning and finance, submitted the scheme that asked for over Ks424 billion (US$326 million) spending. A total of 19 MPs said there were unnecessary projects and expenses mentioned in the scheme.