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The long-awaited Myanmar Investment Law was signed into being by President U Htin Kyaw on Tuesday after both houses approved the bill earlier this month.

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Foreign investment policy will be announced this month after President Htin Kyaw passes a revamped Myanmar Investment Law, according to secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) U Aung Naing Oo.

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The upper house Speaker is calling for a more lax handling of itinerant jade scavengers after a spate of recent arrests led to public outcry and protests.

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At a press conference following the conclusion of the second regular sitting of the Pyithu Hluttaw on October 7, Speaker U Win Myint instructed lower house lawmakers to be mindful of the separation of powers in government.

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National League for Democracy MPs have been forced to reconcile their roles in supporting democracy with the machinations of governance following a chiding in which they were told to stop asking “tough questions”.

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Campaigners are calling for Burma to review the convictions of 20 Muslims jailed on terrorism charges after the Southeast Asian country repealed an authoritarian law under which they were convicted.

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The government has approved a bill on the Myanmar Investment Law, which is aimed at promoting foreign investment, state media reported on 6 September.

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Following its ratification of the International Labour Organization’s 2006 Maritime Labour Convention in May, the Myanmar government is working to bring the country’s seafaring laws up to international standard.

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The new Myanmar Investment Law will take effect in the near future to promote foreign investment, Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) announced Wednesday.

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Myanmar on Tuesday scrapped a law used by the former military regime to silence political activists, which threatened jail for anyone who endangered public morality or execution for damaging telephone lines.

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Burma’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged members of the region’s legislatures to abide by laws during her opening address to the 37th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) held in Naypyidaw on Friday.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Monday passed a bill abolishing provisions of the country’s Ward or Village Tract Administration Law which required citizens to report overnight guests to authorities.

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A Pyithu Hluttaw MP is demanding more specifics after the government last week recommended taking out two loans from international lenders totalling more than US$200 million.

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With the upper and lower houses unable to reconcile differences over draft amendments to the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law, the Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker announced last week that lawmakers would hash out their disagreements in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

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