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A spokesperson for the President’s Office said on January 23, the deaths of two Kachin Baptist Convention teachers in Shan State on January 19, would be investigated. (more…)

After a delay of nearly two years, the government announced on Friday it would this month conduct a survey on household living costs in order to determine a nationally set minimum wage. (more…)

A joint session of Burma’s Parliament on Thursday voted in favor of an immediate tripling of salaries for national level lawmakers. With the decision parliamentarians ignored a revision to the bill by President Thein Sein that would have introduced the sharp pay rise gradually. (more…)

An MP in Burma’s parliamentary lower house raised a formal question on Wednesday, inquiring what the government can do to help local merchants and farmers in northern Shan State who have been left without payment by Chinese trade partners. The unpaid amount total hundreds of millions of kyat. (more…)

President Thein Sein has continued to defer on six-party constitutional reform discussions, handballing the proposal back to the legislature with a statement issued to the Union Parliament on Monday. (more…)

A parliamentary drafting committee on Tuesday rejected President Thein Sein’s revisions on a plan to raise government salaries, according to lawmakers. (more…)

President U Thein Sein says that under a cabinet reshuffle, some existing Union-level ministries face closure, while other set to be merged by the end of April. (more…)

Burma’s president Thein Sein has newly rejected a call by parliament to facilitate dialogue for charter reform. (more…)

An umbrella group of ethnic political parties known as the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) met with Aung San Su Kyi on Sunday and agreed to work with the opposition leader to push a three-point agenda for Burma’s political future. (more…)

Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein has warned against the dangers of extremism in his country as it struggles with pockets of inter-communal tension amid the rise of right-wing Buddhist nationalism, reports the Straits Times on January 18. (more…)

A testing laboratory to ensure product quality is being built in Nay Pyi Taw, the government has announced. The lab, which will test domestically produced foodstuffs and cosmetics, is attached to the Research and Development Section of the Small-scale Industries Department, Ministry of Cooperatives. (more…)

Doubts have been raised over whether President U Thein Sein’s proposal to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement on Union Day will materialise. (more…)

A plan to pay a monthly pension to the elderly may initially be restricted to people aged over 100 – because there is not enough money in the budget to pay everyone over 65, as the government had initially proposed. (more…)

Burma’s ethnic affairs ministers have asserted their place as elected representatives of the country’s diverse ethnic populations, in a statement published by the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar on Wednesday. (more…)

President U Thein Sein’s choice to gather 47 people for a meeting on January 12 has been defended by Minister of Information and presidential spokesperson U Ye Htut, saying the talks were held because the government needed to brainstorm ideas. (more…)

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has accused President Thein Sein of ignoring proposals for a limited dialogue among herself and a handful of senior government leaders and politicians, following the president’s convening of a 48-party meeting here on Monday. (more…)

The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) on January 13 issued a statement focusing on the reform process that does not go ahead as a consequence of the administration sector’s interference in the judicial sector and of being unable to deal with corruption. (more…)

The leaders of Burma’s most prominent student group, the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, have held a landmark meeting with the country’s Upper House Speaker in Naypyidaw. (more…)

A proposal to take severe action against some region governments and Union government ministries that do not follow financial rules and regulations will be submitted to the parliament, said Lower House MP Sai Thiha Kyaw of the Joint Committee for Public Accounts. (more…)

Upper House MP Hla Swe said Myanmar’s government should provide assistance to civil society organisations to promote democracy outside parliament. (more…)

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