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Myanmar’s military-controlled Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday cancelled plans to give partial control of five of its departments to regional and state chief ministers, following the leaking of an office memo about the change on social media.

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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday discussed a proposal urging the government to enact legal protection against labor exploitation and abuse of Burmese migrant workers in foreign countries.

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Farmers are claiming that a government committee tasked with investigating land grabs and resolving disputes has failed in its obligations.

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Celebrating its birthday for the first time as Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy marked its 28th anniversary yesterday by emphasising its commitment to national reconciliation and the establishment of a federal state based on the principles of freedom, justice and equality.

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Myanmar’s deputy home affairs minister said yesterday that authorities have in recent weeks seized K2.8 billion (US$2.3 million) worth of counterfeit drugs, expired medicines and related production materials.

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An MP has hit back against accusations from a government minister that he criticised an educational program without knowing what he was talking about. Education minister U Myo Thein Gyi said Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Aung Hlaing Win had got his facts wrong when he spoke.

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The National League for Democracy (NLD) has finally broken its silence over the controversial dismissal of its executive members in Shan State by the party’s secretary, Win Htein.

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A proposal calling for punitive action against the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) for its poor handling of an abuse case that made headlines last week was passed by parliament’s lower house on Monday.

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Myanmar government has allowed 143 former citizens taking foreign citizenship to resume their Myanmar citizenship in accordance with law, parliament sources said Saturday.

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The President’s Office announced yesterday that it is closely keeping tabs on the progress of an abuse case of two underage maids in Kyauktada Township, state media reported on 23 September.

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The Amyotha Hluttaw’s Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Committee yesterday introduced a bill amending Myanmar’s Gemstone Law with the aim of preventing monopolisation of the industry.

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A drive to “cleanse” Yangon Region’s Buddhist clergy will receive high-level official support, government officials have assured senior clerics. Both Union Minister for Religion and Culture Thura U Aung Ko and Yangon Region’s chief minister, U Phyo Min Thein, have given the operation a green light.

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Recent regulatory changes are set to spur growth in the microfinance sector, industry sources have told Frontier, although the full impact may not be felt for some time.

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A Lower House parliamentarian submitted an emergency proposal to the legislature calling for action to be taken against members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) for their insufficient handling of a high-profile abuse case against two underage domestic workers.

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Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint has called on the minister for labour, immigration and population to ensure that ongoing verification of National Registration Cards (NRCs) is being conducted in accordance with the law.

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In addition to establishing ceasefires between armed groups, Myanmar’s peace process should build harmonious relations between other groups in society, said U Tin Myo Win, the government’s lead peace negotiator and a veteran National League for Democracy member.

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Taking a brazen step in a he-said-she-said argument in Mandalay’s parliament, a region minister denied photographic and first-hand evidence of illegal logging.

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appointment of the Kofi Annan-led commission on Rakhine State clearly evidences the government’s recognition that these issues have risen to an international scale. Such a commission, and the inclusion of foreign experts, could not have been conceived of even a year ago.

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Government representatives have told a clergy meeting in Yangon that Sangha leaders need to take a more active hand in policing their members, including action on illegal monasteries and the prevention of monks from taking part in street protests.

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The new Myanmar Investment Law has been submitted to Parliament and is expected to be approved by October, following discussion by lawmakers and before the current parliamentary session ends.

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