Pyithu Hluttaw MPs used the September 29 session of parliament to criticise the management of state owned industry and question its continued existence in the face of regular losses and allegations of graft. (more…)

Nay Pyi Taw-Myanmar’s situation of rule of law has been puny and corruption is influencing over the judicial sector, Lower House MP Thura Aung Ko said at the parliamentary session on September 30. (more…)

Lawmakers in Burma’s Parliament have urged relevant government ministries to swiftly facilitate the return of unused land that had been confiscated from farmers, or to compensate them fairly. (more…)

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha will pay a three-day official visit to Burma starting on Oct 1 and is scheduled to visit the capital Naypyidaw to meet President Thein Sein and Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann, The Irrawaddy has learned. (more…)

Members of the Pyithu Hluttaw declined the opportunity on September 25 to debate the potential for amendment to the 1923 Burma Official Secrets Act. (more…)

U Khin Aung Myint, speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw has responded to presidential spokesperson U Ye Htut’s put up or shut up comments made on September 18 with his announcement in the upper house of parliamenton September 26 that he had sent a request to all hluttaw representatives to collect information on the sub-standard construction of hospitals, clinics, schools and other state built projects. (more…)

MPs from different parties in the Aeyeywady Region parliament are uniting in their effort to urge the regional government to discuss its plans to build two coal-fired power plants, but say it will be an uphill battle as their government is ignoring them. (more…)

The lack of safety measures in the power-supply system amount to turning a blind eye to people’s safety, deputy minister for electric power Aung Than Oo told the Upper House on September 23. (more…)

The government’s lead peace negotiator has pledged to push ahead with talks to end decades of conflict in Burma no matter the obstacles, as officials from Naypyidaw sit down with ethnic rebel groups this week for the latest round of talks on reaching a nationwide ceasefire accord. (more…)

Presidential spokesperson, U Ye Htut sent out a warning shot to speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw, U Khin Aung Myint on September 18, saying that he should only criticise government ministers if he can be specific and provide reliable evidence. (more…)

Minister of Information Ye Htut told a media conference on Thursday that he intends to push ahead with a plan that would turn state-owned newspapers into “public service print media,” making Burma one of the few countries in the world where the government continues to fund daily newspapers. (more…)

The Anti-Corruption Commission must be completely independent and start doing what it was set up to do – uncover corruption and take action against anyone involved in corruption, no matter who they are, Upper House MP Hla Swe said. (more…)

The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry is unable to control the illegal timber trade despite the export ban on raw logs imposed on April 1, its minister admitted in Parliament on September 17. (more…)

Upper house MPs have called on the government to improve the lives of Rakhine people as its “national duty”, with speaker U Khin Aung Myint urging it to speed up development projects in Rakhine State to combat widespread poverty. (more…)

The government has requested parliament approval for US$270 million in low-interest and interest-free loans from the World Bank, South Korea and Italy. (more…)

Deputy Minister of Electric Power Maung Thar Thwe fielded questions about the controversial Tasang hydropower project during a lower house parliamentary session on Tuesday, assuring the house that the project will be implemented with a focus on domestic needs. (more…)

A parliamentary proposal urging a set of policies “to make life more pleasant” for people in Arakan State was approved by Burma’s upper house on Monday. (more…)

So, the Myanmar government plans to create job opportunities for these people in local areas. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint made this remark in parliament at Nay Pyi Taw on Friday. (more…)

Myanmar parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann on Thursday stressed the urgency of considering constitutional amendments as the country’s legislature began a new session, calling on lawmakers to work together to further democratic reform in the nation.

A two-day forum to improve communication between the government and journalists is expected to take place in the first week of October, say Ministry of Information officials.

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