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.

Ethnic armed leaders to attend summit held in Pangsang


The third ethnic summit, organized by ethnic armed leaders, will be held in Pangsang, Wa Self-Administered Zone on February 22. Eight of the ten invited ethnic armed groups  attending, according to the board of secretariat members on February 20.  

Three CSOs to monitor freedom and justice in by-elections


Three CSOs - namely Charity Oriented Myanmar, Peace & Justice Myanmar and Hornbill Organisation are going to monitor freedom and justice in the upcoming by-elections.

The three CSOs held a press conference at Park Royal Hotel in Yangon on February 21 and clarified preliminary education programmes for the 2017 by-elections.

Peace conference moved to March

The Union Peace Conference, or the 21st century Panglong Conference, has been postponed to March from its original scheduled date of February 28.

The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee announced that the delay is due to “unfinished business”.

Committee members said they have not convened working committee meetings.

The Karen National Union (KNU) expressed its concerns over the rescheduled date.

Nurturing union spirit among national races can guarantee future of our country says ASSK

State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi delivered an address at the 69th Anniversary of Chin National Day held at the MCC hall in Nay Pyi Taw on February 20.

“Only if the national races nurture union spirit, will there be a guarantee for the future of our country. No matter what kind of laws are enacted or what kind of policy practiced in Myanmar, no guarantee can be given for the future of our country. The basic requirement is the sincere union spirit of national races,” said Aung San Suu Kyi.