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Myanmar’s police force face a challenge in trying to track down criminal suspects in part due to the limited number of police and the ease in which suspects can melt away into rural areas, according to the commander of the Nay Pyi Taw Police Force. (more…)

The act of holding a dialogue about Myanmar’s politics is more important than number of participants, Minister U Ye Htut, spokesperson of the President, told Mizzima on December 16. (more…)

Minister of Information Ye Htut has said that a group of journalists from independent media will soon be able join a so-called press corps that will be granted access to the Presidential Palace and public events involving the president and other cabinet members. (more…)

The Union Solidarity and Development Party is prepared to make constitutional amendments that in time will include the rewriting of sections 59(f) and section 436, U Maung Maung Thein, general secretary of the USDP told Mizzima on December 12. (more…)

High-profile talks are the favourite pastime of the Myanmar political elite of late, but they don’t always yield impressive results. (more…)

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has dismissed attempts by the Rangoon Division parliament to propose 12-party talks to resolve the issue of constitutional reform, while other opposition lawmakers also questioned the intentions of the local ruling party lawmakers. (more…)

The success of Myanmar’s nationwide ceasefire depends on the government’s response to the Myanmar Army’s shelling of a military academy in Laiza, as well as other contentious issues raised in previous talks, said Naing Han Tha, the leader of Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT). (more…)

Rangoon Division parliament on Wednesday approved a proposal urging the president, army chief, Aung San Suu Kyi and other political players to hold “12-party talks” on constitutional reforms. (more…)

The Myanmar government does not agree with proposal made by ethnic minority groups’ for the formation of a federal armed force with a rotating chief of general staff, U Ye Htut, spokesperson for the President told Mizzima on December 8. (more…)

A proposal to legalise and regulate karaoke bars and massage parlours in Rangoon Division was put forward at a regional parliament session on Monday. (more…)

Burma’s President Thein Sein signed into law an Emergency Care and Treatment bill last week, the government mouthpiece Myanma Alin reported on Tuesday, in an attempt to fix some of the ails afflicting the country’s decrepit health care system. (more…)

The Yangon Region budget plans for the 2015-16 fiscal year that propose to run at a deficit of around K110 billion [US$110 million] , were passed by the region parliament on December 8. (more…)

Myanmar’s presidential spokesperson they remain unsure as to whether President U Thein Sein will hold the proposed six-party talks on ways to amend the constitution. (more…)

Dr Nyo Nyo Thin, a Lower House parliamentarian for Bahan, will suggest that Ks 10 billion (US$10 million) from the Yangon City Development Committee’s (YCDC) road-building budget of Ks 77 billion is spent on homes. (more…)

Constitutional matters have been dominating the political agenda of late, with Lower House Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann taking centre stage. (more…)

The Union Parliament will consider a bill to formalize criminal prohibitions against polygamy and infidelity, mandating hefty jail terms for citizens and foreigners who take more than one spouse or commit extramarital affairs. (more…)

Talking is better than fighting and shaking hands is better than using a fist; these are universal truths. It is clear that Burma’s present triumvirate of political leaders—President Thein Sein, Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann and the Burma Army commander in chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing—have finally realized that a dialogue with their opponents is inevitable. Burma’s ethnic armed groups and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will get a chance to have their say. (more…)

The lack of a response by President Thein Sein and Burma Army chief Min Aung Hlaing following a recent Parliament-endorsed proposal to hold six-party talks with key political players in Burma indicates that the issue of constitutional reform could hit political deadlock, according to political analysts and opposition lawmakers. (more…)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says she is hopeful of a “good result” from proposed six-way talks between national political leaders, despite a government spokesperson declaring such a meeting “impractical”. (more…)

Unregistered ancestral lands and those under shifting cultivation will be registered and protected from confiscation under under a draft land use policy, a change land rights groups say would be a major step forward for tenure security. (more…)

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