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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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Training for the police in security, electoral law and procedures has begun. Senior officers throughout the country will undergo training in international standards first, and lower ranks will be trained later.
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The Burmese parliament’s upper house (amyotha hluttaw) has invited a number of groups to receive a briefing on the proposed amendments to the National Education Law.
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The leader of the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S), officially known as the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), has said that it will not be signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement as it already entered into a “deed of commitment” with the Burmese government on Union Day, 12 February.
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An ineffective use of foreign assistance and the Burmese government’s reliance on international loans puts the country at risk of falling further in to debt, according to a lower house (pyithu hlyttaw) MP.
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The President’s Office has rejected accusations that Burmese government troops have killed a number of civilians in Laogai during ongoing clashes with Kokang rebels since 9 February.
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Burma’s Upper House on Thursday passed the Population Control Bill, a piece of controversial legislation that aims to establish government control over women’s reproductive rights and grants authorities the power to identify regions where women will be encouraged to have only one baby every three years.
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A bill which limits child births to one baby per mother every three years was passed by the upper house (Amyotha Hluttaw) of Burma’s parliament on Wednesday.
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The rule of law must always prevail, National League for Democracy (NLD) chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday when asked to comment on the government’s declaration of martial law in Kokant.
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Myanmar’s president has vowed “not to lose an inch” of territory in clashes with ethnic rebels in a region bordering China, state-backed media said on February 17, after intense fighting sent tens of thousands fleeing across the frontier.
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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.
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The Karen National Union (KNU) has denounced the signing of a “deed of commitment” by two of its representatives with the government in Naypyidaw last week.
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Myanmar’s Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that parliament’s decision to allow temporary identity card holders to vote in an upcoming referendum on amending the constitution is unconstitutional.
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Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann warned MPs yesterday against paying more attention to personal matters than Parliament’s business.
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Burma’s Union Parliament has slammed backers of ethnic Kokang insurgents engaged in recent hostilities with the government, while praising the Burma Army soldiers who have been on the frontline in the campaign against the rebel group.
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The president office issued a notification on expiration of temporary identity cards on Wednesday, announcing that holders of the temporary cards are required to hand over to authorities concerned and to be scrutinized in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations concerned.
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Aung San Suu Kyi addressed a crowd of thousands on Friday in the biggest celebrations honouring her independence hero father in memory, underscoring her legacy months before leading the opposition to momentous elections.
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A new law that enables Myanmar to hold a referendum on amending the constitution is unlikely to bring changes that would allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president after this year’s general election, a ruling party MP said on Thursday.
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In a message to the nation to mark the 68th anniversary of Union Day, Burma’s President Thein Sein urged his people to work together to establish a union based on a federal system.
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Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar’s referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests.
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