2,000 tonnes of explosives arrive in Hpakant: MP

An MP for Hpakant in Kachin State has expressed surprise at the arrival of about 110 vehicles carrying nearly 2,000 tonnes of explosives. 

Although the government officially allowed the arrival of the vehicles, the amount of explosives was excessive, especially as mining would have to stop soon with the rainy season, MP Darshi La Hsain said. 

Yarza Htarni Company owned the vehicles, the MP said. 

Home ministry vows to free activists

The military-controlled Ministry of Home Affairs says it will work to drop charges against political activists within 100 days.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said there were 64 political prisoners behind bars and 174 activists facing charges at the end of April.

The ministry announced that it would free 440 prisoners, including two children, after cancelling 256 cases within 100 days.

Foreign ministry to scrap expat blacklist

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its 100-day plan will prioritise removing citizens living abroad from the blacklist and clear their criminal records. 

The ministry said that in order to benefit from the experience and expertise of the diaspora in nation-building efforts, they should be encouraged to return. 

Previously, only 28-day visas were allowed for former Myanmar citizens but now three- to six-month visits will be allowed. 

President revokes state protection law

President Htin Kyaw yesterday signed legislation revoking the Law to Safeguard the State against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts, also known as the State Protection Law, according to Myanmar Radio and Television.

A parliamentary report said that the 1975 law was designed to limit the fundamental rights of citizens living under emergency rules, which contradicted the 2008 Constitution's protection of fundamental rights.

MPs vote to change Anti-Corruption Law

The Lower House approved an amendment bill to the Anti-Corruption Law without raising any objections on May 26.

The amendment bill will reform the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The secretary of Lower House Public Affairs Committee, Hpakant MP Tin Soe on May 19 tabled a bill to amend the law and form a new graft-busting commission.

Tin Soe said the commission would reduce government waste.

The president and the Speakers of both houses will each appoint up to five members.

Military chief meets Thai PM

Thailand is ready to work with the new government of Myanmar and expand cooperation in all aspects, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

The senior general is in Bangkok for a three-day official visit at the invitation of Thailand's armed forces.

Vietnam invites Suu Kyi to talks

Vietnam has invited Aung San Suu Kyi to attend the ninth joint commission meeting for bilateral cooperation it is hosting.

The invitation was made when the foreign minister, Suu Kyi, received the Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Vũ Hồng Nam at her office.

“We have regular bilateral meetings with Vietnam. The eighth meeting was held in Myanmar with the next in Vietnam. Our foreign minister was invited,” said Director General Kyaw Zaya from the foreign ministry.

Parliament to help plan 21st Century Panglong Conference

Myanmar's parliament plans to play a role in convening the 21st century Panglong Conference, said Khun Maung Thaung, chairman of the Lower House Ethnic Affairs and Internal Peace Implementation Committee.  

"Our committee is taking all necessary measures for holding the conference. Regarding ethnic affairs, for example, this parliament has various ethnic groups. So we arranging communications between the various ethnic parties and between the various ethnic people," said MP Khun Maung Thaung.