The government plans to spend more than K280 billion on development projects aimed at providing infrastructure and creating job opportunities for displaced victims of conflict after they return home, Deputy Border Affairs Minister Major-General Tin Aung Chit told parliament on October 29. (more…)

Burma’s President Thein Sein announced plans on Wednesday to hold a meeting between representatives of the government, parliament, military and political parties. (more…)

Draft by-laws for the News Media Law will require government ministries to reply to media enquiries within 24 hours and take action against staff who do not respond in time, a senior Myanmar Press Council (Interim) official says. (more…)

Politicians and scholars have criticized the reluctance of military MPs to amend Article 436 of the 2008 Constitution, claiming they do not welcome political reform. (more…)

The government’s chief negotiator has generated controversy by warning in a speech to parliament that international funding for the peace process could dry up unless a nationwide ceasefire agreement is signed. (more…)

Although 11 proposals to build coal-fired power plants have been submitted to the Ministry of Electric Power not a single one has yet to be approved, a senior official at the ministry said. (more…)

All trains on the Yangon circular route will soon be fitted with air conditioning units, as part of the upgrade intended to turn it into the primary mode of public transportation in Myanmar’s largest city, the Ministry of Rail Transportation said. (more…)

A provision allowing a change to the land use policy every five years has been put in the draft of the National Land Bill, according to U Shwe Thein, a consultant with the Land Use Management Committee. (more…)

An MP from Kachin State yesterday submitted a proposal to the Upper House calling for a new national strategy to combat drug addiction, saying current efforts are not working and that addiction had reached the “danger level” among youths. (more…)

The Ministry of Health is planning to open treatment centres for people suffering from heart disease and other heart-related conditions in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay, Health Minister Than Aung told Parliament’s Upper House earlier this week. (more…)

The main opposition in Myanmar, also known as Burma, says it welcomes the announcement of general elections for late next year.

The Myanmar Journalists Network (MJN) met with Information Minister Ye Htut on Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the rising number of legal actions lodged by the Burmese government against media employees.

The government plans to repeal a 1947 law that allows the government to requisition property at any time.

Funding shortages will not prevent those injured by faulty power lines from receiving compensation, according to Deputy Minister for Electric Power Maw Thar Htwe. (more…)

The issuing of publishing licences has resumed following a six-month halt, after the Ministry of Information enacted by-laws for the Printing and Publishing Enterprise Law on October 10. (more…)

A draft Television and Broadcasting Bill was approved by the upper house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for private TV broadcasters to operate legally in Burma for the first time. (more…)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal on behalf of the four jailed Unity Journal reporters who are serving seven-year sentences for breaching the 1923 State Secrets Act, alongside their CEO U Tint San. (more…)

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has assigned three generals the task of communicating with the media, following a meeting between the commander-in-chief and members of the press. (more…)

Traders are now able to use telegraphs to speed up motorbike imports, according to U Myint Thein, deputy minister of Rail Transportation. (more…)

The Ministry of Construction is preparing to enact the draft Myanmar Building Code, Soe Tint, deputy minister for construction told the Upper House on October 1. (more…)

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