Parliament has announced that the national referendum on amending the 2008 constitution will take place in May. The bill proposing the referendum was submitted to parliament in November 2014 and was passed this February.

Myanmar President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in the Kokang region in the east and imposed a three-month period of martial law there in an announcement on state television on Tuesday night.

The Deputy Minister for Home Affairs told media on February 17 that legal action will be taken against those who breach the agreement of the four-party talks with students over amending the National Education Law.

Local weekly newspaper The Myanmar Times has announced it will launch a daily print edition on March 9, a move that would make it the only private English-language daily in Burma.

The organization said in a press release that its daily would “feature 24 pages of local and international news, commentary and features and be available at newsstands Monday to Friday.”

U Sett Aung, the vice chairman of the Central Bank of Myanmar told a press conference held in Yangon on September 14 that foreign banks would be given permission to operate Myanmar at some point in late September or early October. (more…)

The Myanmar Karen Peace Organization hosted a press conference in Yangon on the 9th, warning Japan against casually developing economic projects in southeast Myanmar. (more…)

(Unofficial translation)

[Round Seal: Union Republic of Myanmar; President’s Office; Letter No.; Date]

Union Republic of Myanmar
President’s Office
No. 42/2013

8th Day of the Waning Moon of Dagoo in the year of 1375

(May 3, 2013)

Restructuring Myanmar Investment Commission

“The Myanmar Investment Commission”, formed under notifications (82/2011), 1 September 2011, (70/2012) 23 September 2012, and (24/2013) 18 February 2013, has been restructured as follows:

1. U Win Shein
Union Minister
Ministry of Finance and Revenue
2. U Win Tun
Union Minister
Ministry of Enviromental Preservation and Forestry
3. U Zeya Aung
Union Minister
Ministry of Railways
4. Dr. Tun Shin
Union Attorney General
Union Attorney General Office
5. Dr. Aung Tun Thet
6. U Nyunt Tin
Ambassador (Retired)


7. U Win Khine
Myanmar Association of Engineers
8. Daw Mya Thuza
9. Daw Khine Khine Nwe
Business Woman
10. Dr. Kan Zaw
Union Minister
Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development
11. Thura U Thaung Lwin
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Railways
Joint Secretary

(By) Thein Sein
Union Republic of Myanmar

Letter No.: 112 (1)/8/President’s Office
Date: 3 May 2013
President’s Office
Vice Presidents’ Offices
Union Government Office
Hluttaw Office
Union Chief Hluttaw
Constitutional Tribunal


President Thein Sein urged all citizens to participate in government to enhance peace and stability, the rule of law and democracy during a speech broadcast nationally yesterday. (more…)

President Thein Sein blamed the ongoing anti-Muslim riots that have rocked central Burma on “political opportunists and religious extremists” on Thursday, and warned that he “will not hesitate to use force” to quell the unrest. (more…)

The government will expose and punish those who inflamed the Meikhtila riot and caused it to spreads to other regions in the name of religion, President Thein Sein told a United Nations envoy this week.

Training Myanmar’s next generation leaders for long-term growth and success: (more…)

As from today, Mizzima will refer to the country as “Myanmar” on its English-language website. (more…)

After many years of civil war, Myanmar is struggling with a significant landmine problem. On September 26th Norwegian People’s Aid signed an agreement with Myanmar’s authorities for clearance of landmines. This is the first agreement of its kind, which eventually will make Norwegian People’s Aid able to implement mine action activities in the country. (more…)

YANGON, — Myanmar abolished direct censorship of the media Monday in the most dramatic move yet toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation. But related laws and practices that may lead to self-censorship raise doubt about how much will change. (more…)

The Section (2), Chapter (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar states that “The state shall be known as The Republic of the Union of Myanmar.” (more…)

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Sai Seng Wan, Shan academic working with the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), presenting his paper at the 4th International Conference on Human Rights and Development at Bangkok’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University today, says without going back to the Panglong Agreement, the pre-independence alliance pact between Burma and the Frontier Areas, the human rights issue in Burma, particularly in Shan State, will never be resolved. (more…)

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi’s two lectures were secretly filmed in Burma. (more…)

Sometimes, they say, less is more. But then there are times when the bare essentials are just not enough. It’s a question of balance, and in the news media business, striking this balance is especially difficult, as audiences increasingly demand content that is both timely and in-depth. (more…)

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