Naypyitaw


After wrapping up its inquiry into the National Education Law in Naypyidaw, the Upper House Draft Law Committee will publish its findings on Friday, members of the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) have told The Irrawaddy.
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Burma’s President Thein Sein met with leaders of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in Naypyidaw on Monday.
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Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann has told political leaders in Naypyidaw that six-party talks pushed for by lawmakers will be held within a few days, after holding a private meeting with parliamentarians and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday. (more…)

Political leaders should prepare for a six-party meeting on Wednesday before the parliamentary session starts, Speaker Thura Shwe Mann told those involved.
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A bill to promote happy and monogamous marriages has been submitted to parliament. The bill was put forward by Supreme Court Judge U Soe Nyunt yesterday for debate in the Pyithu Hluttaw.
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The giant task of overhauling Myanmar’s civil service has taken a step forward with the training of permanent secretaries to lead the reform process in up to 30 ministries.
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President Thein Sein has ordered the creation of a commission of inquiry into the violent dispersal of a student protest held in downtown Rangoon last week, according to state-run media.
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The speaker of the parliament and the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader met at the parliament on March 10. (more…)

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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.
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Burma’s government and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) will hold a meeting in Naypyidaw this month, nearly four months after the rebel armed group asked to meet to discuss the killing of 23 cadets in a Laiza shelling on Nov. 19.
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Twitter and Facebook generated some buzz during the last few days over speculation regarding former UK PM Tony Blair’s recent appearance in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the London-based Spectator magazine on March 6.
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A comprehensive social protections policy that spans the lifecycle from pregnant women to the elderly is set to kick off this year – if advocates can secure a budget for the plan. (more…)

President U Thein Sein has warned China not to encroach on Myanmar’s sovereignty, as the two sides discuss the crisis on their border following three weeks of fighting with ethnic Chinese rebels in the Kokang area.
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The four bills forming the “Race Protection” package are a distraction from Burma’s real political and economic challenges, and should never have reached parliament, says Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
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Political observers have criticized a meeting on constitutional and electoral matters between President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for lacking transparency, stating that the outcome of the discussion should be made known to the public.
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Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi apologized for a play staged on Sunday by her National League for Democracy’s Prome office that graphically depicted brutalities by the former military regime.
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Myanmar President Thein Sein had a rare meeting on Monday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss constitutional changes and the first election under the country’s new democratic system, a minister said.
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Maung Maung Than, director general of the National Registration Department, told the Eleven Media on February 26 that further processing of the White Card has to follow the instruction of the government’s analysing commission which contains experts.
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A proposal to adopt a proportional representative (PR) system in the Upper House parliament was submitted to the Constitutional Tribunal in order to assess whether it accords with Myanmar’s constitution.
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With student protesters set to march into Yangon if an amendment to the National Education Law is not passed by Saturday, the Upper House parliamentary bill committee has explained why it is impossible to meet their deadline.
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