Ethnic leader wonders who is behind NBF announcement

Dr Aye Maung, the Myanmar government's representative for ethnic minorities, questioned who was behind the announcement of the National Brotherhood Federation (NBF) concerning the six-party talk.

The NBF’s announcement on April 23 said the ethnic representative, who attended the six-party talk held in presidential palace, was not nominated by the 21 ethnic political parties.

Thein Sein moves to boost African ties

President Thein Sein made a speech on behalf of Asian countries at the 60th Bandung Asian-African Conference on April 24, reported the Ministry of Information.
It was held at the Asian-African Conference Museum in Bandung, western Java, Indonesia, to build cooperation between the two continents and enhance worldwide peace and prosperity. It was attended by heads of state and governments.

Speaker demands minimum wage

The Speaker of the Lower House, Thura Shwe Mann, told the Ministry of Labour to set a minimum wage as quickly as possible at a meeting with employers and employees from Hlaingthaya industrial zone held at Kanaung Hall, Yangon, on April 24. 

The deputy minister for labour, employment and social welfare, Win Maw Tun, said a draft of the minimum wage bill would be released at the end of May.

NCCT meeting postponed

YANGON – A meeting of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) due to be held in Thailand on April 29 and 30 has been cancelled so members can attend the Pangkham (also known as Pangsang) conference of armed ethnic groups, says Colonel Khun Okkar of the NCCT.

NCCT leader Naing Han Thar and deputies Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win and Major General Guan Maw will attend the ethnic armed forces summit organised by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in Pangkham Region, Shan State, from May 1 to 3, said Khun Okkar on April 24.

Fresh offensive on Kokang reported

A government regiment has apparently entered Kokang, resulting in many casualties, according to unconfirmed sources and online posts.

Facebook pages that follow the fighting in Laukkaing, northern Shan State, have posted photos showing rebels being arrested, seized weapons and corpses.

Government and PCG To Hold Emergency Meeting To Ease Military Tension

Myitkyina – Representatives of the Myanmar government and the Kachin Peace-talk Creation Group (PCG) have agreed to hold an emergency meeting to ease military tensions between government troops and the Kachin Independent Army (KIA) at the end of April in Myitkyina, sources say.

Second Round of Six-Party Talk Likely To Be Held in May Says Suu Kyi

Second round of six-party talk may be held in May before parliament sessions are resumed, said Nan Khin Htwe Myint, NLD’s spokesperson quoting the party leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi Criticises Gov’t for Hiring US Lobbying Firm

Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), criticised the government for hiring Podesta Group, a powerful US lobbying firm, saying that if the government served the interests of its citizens, it did not need to hire any group to lobby the United States government and international organisations.

Myanmar among most-censored countries: report

Myanmar stands ninth on a list of the 10 most-censored countries in the world, according to a report prepared by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

12 ethnic armed organisations to attend summit in Panghsang

Deputy Secretary Aung Myint of the Central Office of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) announced that only 12 ethnic armed groups will attend the Ethnic Armed Forces Summit this year.

The summit will be held on May 1 in Panghsang, Shan State. The summit organisers sent invitations to only 12 ethnic organisations and said no other groups will be invited.