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…)

President Thein Sein this week signed into law an amendment to Burma’s Political Parties Registration Law, removing the right of temporary citizenship cardholders to form political parties or serve as their members. (more…)

President Thein Sein has said that the signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord is necessary for the success of the 2015 general elections and a smooth political transition in Burma. (more…)

President U Thein Sein has signed off on a controversial amendment to an electoral law that will ban “temporary citizens” from forming or joining political parties. (more…)

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…)

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