Politics

Govt ends dam construction

The government has suspended the construction of dams and mainly focused on the maintenance and the effective use of the existing ones, the state-owned newspapers quoted Dr Tun Win, deputy minister for livestock, agriculture and irrigation.

Suu Kyi meets Thai junta boss

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to discuss border policy and signed three memorandums of understanding on labour affairs.

She also met foreign minister Don Pramudwinai.

Later she gave a talk on “Myanmar, Asean and the World: The Way Forward” to students from various universities.

The media representatives were positioned too far from Suu Kyi and could not hear the content of her speech.

Lower House Speaker demands justice

The Lower House Speaker Win Myint told Tamwe Township, Yangon Region, on June 23 that the rule of law would help stamp out corruption.

“I want fair and unbiased justice for crimes, including drug offences,” said Win Myint. "I’ve read news about two old women who were murdered but the case has not been solved.

"People need to believe in the judiciary or they will turn to others for justice, which will boost bribery and corruption."

Upper House MP loses seat in UEC ruling

The leader of the New Democratic Army Kachin, Zahkung Ting Ying, was found guilty of breaching electoral law in the 2015 election by a Union Election Commission tribunal. The independent candidate Yawna was deemed to have won the seat. 

Yawna said: “I thank the UEC for judging it fairly. We complained that he did not comply with electoral law. He got 5,000 votes while I got 3,000 for the Upper House seat in Chipwi, Hsawlaw and Injangyang townships." 

Graft-busting body coming soon: Speaker

The 2013 Anti-Corruption Law is set to be amended, Win Myint, the Lower House Speaker, told Tamwe residents in Yangon on June 23. 

Win Myint said the plan was to form a new anti-corruption commission to ensure the rule of law, including 15 members chosen by the president and the two Speakers.

A member of the Lower House bill committee said: “The Upper House has already sent the bill amending the Anti-Corruption Law. Minor changes are being made, just terms and wording."

Ethnic armed groups propose venues for meeting with govt delegation

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Arakan Army (AA) and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Force (MNDAA) proposed to meet with the Preparation Committee for the 21st Century Panglong Conference at Shweli, Hpansan or Mongla, said Lt-Col Tar Hpone Kyaw, the general secretary of the TNLA on June 21.

The committee is left to meet with TNLA, AA, MNDAA and the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland to persuade them to attend the Union Peace Conference.

Suu Kyi meets UN special rapporteur

Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi received UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee on June 20 in Nay Pyi Taw.

They discussed the country’s human rights affairs, Rakhine State issues, the peace process, freedom of assembly and association, humanitarian aid and laws related to human rights, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Ms Yanghee Lee makes recommendations every time she visits. There are lots of recommendations. She also asked for a meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” said Kyaw Zeya, the director general of the ministry.

PNLO vows to work with all Myanmar people in peace process

The Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO), an ethnic armed group that has signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), issued a statement on Saturday saying it would continue to work together with all national brethren, including Pa-O people, for the preparation of the 21st Century Panglong Conference and for the success of Myanmar's peace process.

The statement came after the tenth central committee meeting during PNLO conference, which was held in Shan State from June 15 to 17.

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