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Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings

  • Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015

    Individual Documents

    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 23 January, 2015: Recovery plans for environmental degradation explained in Amyotha Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 24 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 23 Jan — The Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) session here on Friday saw a question arise as to plans for the recovery of environmental degradation caused by some ministries. U Aye Myint Maung, Deputy Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, responded that cautious efforts are underway to minimize serious damage to the environment through supervisions at all levels. The ministry has instructed mining companies to refill open pits with topsoil from exploration sites and grow perennial trees and shady trees in order to maintain ecosystems. According to the deputy minister, permission for mine closure requires an approval from local governments, which will inspect activities of land remediation and reclamation carried out by extractive companies in areas concerned. “Legal actions are being taken against mine sites being operated without permission,” he said. As to another question of how PTTEP, a Thai oil company, received permission to drill for oil in the Bayon forest reserve in Magway Region, the deputy minister said that the Thailand’s oil company is carrying out oil drilling in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy for national interests on the basis of mutual benefits. He added the oil firm recompensed over K16,749 million for 4.88 acres of land affected by their project. The religious conversion bill also came under discussion at the Amyotha Hluttaw session, with an MP from Chin State calling for a deferment of the bill because of its potential for undesirable effects. “Myanmar enjoys human rights and freedom of worship to the full,” he said. An MP from Rakhine State welcomed the bill, saying that it protects freedom of worship and forced religious conversion, and is compatible with human rights.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 22 January, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw Recompense for farmlands affected by highway construction underway
    Date of publication: 23 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 22 Jan — U Soe Tint, Deputy Minister for Construction, at the Amyotha Hluttaw session here on Thursday responded to a question of paying compensation to people affected by the construction of the Yangon-Mandalay highway. The ministry in the 2013-2014 fiscal year paid nearly K1.486 billion to 976 farmers in recompense for the loss of 2,402.75 acres of their farmland, with the deputy minister saying that arrangements are underway to compensate over K1.182 billion to 797 farmers in four townships of the Nay Pyi Taw Council Area for the loss of 1,864.04 acres of their farmland in the 2014- 2014 FY. He added that over K124m has been earmarked for spending on affected farmland in Bago Region, whose area is still being measured. The compensation could be made, following an approval by the local government, he said, adding that funds of K10 billion have been appealed to recompense affected farmers in the regions of Yangon, Bago and Mandalay as well as the Nay Pyi Taw council area in the 2015-2016 FY. U Than Swe, Deputy Minister for Culture, dealt with a question of whether donations are allowed for the effort to maintain the World’s Biggest Book, a stone inscription which has been inscribed on the World Heritage List. The deputy minister explained cooperation between Myanmar and Australian researchers and archaeologists in preserving the pages of stone inscriptions, collecting data and upload digitalized photos of stone inscriptions online. Reckless acts of some people have caused damage to some stone pages, with the deputy minister saying that the damage is due to chemical reactions of correction ink, whitewash and metallic ink. Such acts have now been prohibited and donors are welcome to contribute to re-inking the inscriptions, according to the deputy minister. The Amyotha Hluttaw approved a bill that revokes “the Agricultural Produce Markets Act” submitted by Deputy Minister for Commerce Dr Pwint Hsan and agreed to discuss a proposal that calls for the government to open a sport institute in Myitkyina, Kachin State.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 21 January, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw discusses land seizure, electoral system
    Date of publication: 22 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 21 Jan— Land confiscation of Tatmadaw and proportional representation electoral systems are discussed at the twelfth regularly meeting of Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) Wednesday. Major General Kyaw Nyunt, deputy minister for Defence, answered the questions of two representatives about land seizure of Tatmadaw and incentive cash for military personnel in remote areas. Answering to the question of U Thaw Zin Oo, representative of Magway region constituency 9, the deputy defence minister said Tatmadaw will not release an area of 450 acres as these were seized by respective commands for security reasons. He explained in these areas, only 268 acres are land plots, while 153.38 acres are pond areas; crops are cultivated on the cultivable lands for household funds of families. The deputy minister said Ministry of Home Affairs issued land permits for these areas where buildings and offices have been constructed for the families of military staff and command. Regarding the question of U Mahn Kan Nyunt, representative of Kayin State constituency 2, the major general said military staff in remote areas never enjoyed incentive cash as they are receiving extra money from their own cultivation and livestock in their respective commands, while they are provided with food rations. Chairman of Amyotha Hluttaw informed the Upper House about submitting a proposal to constitutional tribunal for verification of proportional representation voting system for the state constitution. Twenty- six representatives of Amyotha Hluttaw asked the practices of PR system for the seats of Upper House and state/region Hluttaw except self-administration regions under the arrangement of Union Election Commission.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 20 January, 2015: Bago village health care centre to be upgraded to station hospital in next FY
    Date of publication: 21 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Jan — The deputy minister for Health at the Amyotha Hluttaw session here on Tuesday responded to a question concerning a permission to the construction of a station hospital and the possible appointment of medical staff by the government in Thapyu village of Kawa township, Bago Region. Dr Daw Thein Thein Htay said that there is difficult access by road and waterway even to the nearest hospital from the village, thereby causing local people great travelling expenses. The deputy minister promised to upgrade the village’s health care centre to a regional hospital in 2015-2016 fiscal year. A well-wisher has set up a fund close to K600 million, with another well-wisher pledging a five acres of plot at the front entrance of the village, according to the deputy minister. A defence service personnel representative asked the Hluttaw whether a village in Taungtha township, Mandalay Region, could get a tube well drilled for fresh water. Responding to the question, U Tin Ngwe, Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, said that his ministry have received a fund of K4.44787 billion for 2014-2015 fiscal year to undertake 381 water facilities in Mandalay Region. The township of Taungtha has been earmarked for 19 water supply facilities with a K345 million fund for 2014-2015 fiscal year and a deep tube well with a K9.95 million for following fiscal year, according to the deputy minister.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


  • Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2014

    Individual Documents

    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 26 November, 2014: Rakhine State extends cultivable and livestock breeding lands
    Date of publication: 27 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 25 November, 2014: Three bills passed at Amyotha Hluttaw session
    Date of publication: 26 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (123K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 24 November, 2014: Amyotha Hluttaw approves PR system
    Date of publication: 25 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw to discuss amendment bills
    Date of publication: 22 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw 21 Nov — The speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw informed the Hluttaw session on Friday of the approval of the Pyithu Hluttaw on bills amending laws stipulating the salaries, allowances and titles of union level officials, the chairman and members of the Nay Pyi Taw Council, and chairmen and members of self-administered regions and areas. However, the Pyithu Hluttaw sent the bills amending the laws stipulating the salaries, allowances and titles of state/region level officials, representatives of the Pyithu Hluttaw, the Amyotha Hluttaw and state/region Hluttaw representatives and leading members of self-administered regions and areas to the Amyotha Hluttaw with added notes. Afterwards, members of the Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee U Tin Mya, U Maung Aye Tun and Deputy Minister for Commerce Dr Pwint Hsan submitted the bill on the budget allocation proposal, the report on repealing the Agricultural Produce Markets Act and the bill repealing the Agricultural Produce Markets Act, respectively. The act was enacted in 1941 so it fails to reflect the current situation. The Amyotha Hluttaw session today also agreed to debate the bills amending the Diplomats and Consular Officers (Oaths and Fees) Act and amending the United Nations (Rights and Exemptions) Act submitted by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Tin Oo Lwin.
    Language: Burmese
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 25 November 2014


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw holds 31st session
    Date of publication: 21 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Nov — Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Kyaw Tun responded to questions for the ministry at the Amyotha Hluttaw session (Upper House) on Thursday. In his response to a question on issuing land grants to families residing in Kanthaya Village formerly registered as Gatekon Village in Taikkyi Township in Yangon Region, the deputy minister said that since the village is situated on pasture land, it is necessary for the township general administration department to apply for the cancellation of the pasture land to the Ministry of Home Affairs in accordance with rules and regulations. To change the name of the village, the Yangon Region chief minister is required to submit his recommendation to the president, according to the deputy minister. If approved, the residents can apply for land grants in accordance with rules and regulation, the deputy minister said. Regarding a question as to whether the ministry has plans to purchase helicopters for the fire brigade, the deputy minister said that despite the efforts of the ministry to improve the skill of personnel in fire brigades by sending them to undergo training at home and abroad, no plan has been made to purchase helicopters as priority has been placed on expanding the fire brigade, substituting old fire engines with new ones and purchasing modern equipment. As to the questions on drug trafficking in Rakhine State, the deputy minister said a number of measures have been taken to prevent the inflow of drugs into the state and that educational measures are also being implemented at schools.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf 9124K)
    Date of entry/update: 25 November 2014


    Title: Unscrupulous fuel stations can face temporary or permanent cancellation of their licences
    Date of publication: 19 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 18 Nov — Maj Zawana, a defense services personnel representative, asked the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) on Tuesday about action taken against unscrupulous oil stations nationwide, with the deputy minister responding that supervisory committees inspect fuel stations to ensure oil quality and accurate measurement. He added that action is taken against fuel stations found guilty of dishonest sales by means of from temporary to total cancellation of their licences. A question was concerned with the possibility of upgrading an industrial ward to an industrial zone in Loikaw, Kayah State. U Aung Thein, Deputy Minister for President Office, responded that it is possible to promote the ward to an industrial zone on condition that industrialists there ask for so, adding that local departments will give loans to manufacturers with complete documents. According to the deputy minister, there are 38 applicants, of whom 18 have been linked with the Small and Medium Enterprises Bank for the loans. Speaking of technical assistance, he said that workshops and seminars have been held between local SME entrepreneurs and those of Germany, South Korea and Japan.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 25 November 2014


    Title: Laungshay rejected for inclusion on World Heritage List
    Date of publication: 15 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 14 Nov — Deputy Minister for Culture U Than Swe on Friday rejected a request by U Hla Swe of Magway Region constituency-12 to the Amyotha Hluttaw on Friday to include Laungshay in Saw, a town in Magway Region, as an archaeological site on the World Heritage List and as a tourist destination. U Than Swe said that there is no plan to inscribe Laungshay on the World Heritage List as it takes nearly four years to collect data for an archaeological site to be submitted. The deputy minister added that one of eight proposed areas has so far been submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for inclusion on the list. Other questions asked at the Amyotha Hluttaw were concerned with road construction, agriculture, social welfare and resettlement, culture and power supply.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 25 November 2014


    Title: Upper House discuss security measures for Myanmar immigrants in Malaysia
    Date of publication: 12 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 11 Nov—Representatives from Hluttaw Affairs Committee of Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) presented its report on security measures for Myanmar immigrants in Malaysia, who are being killed in clashes. The report said that Myanmar delegation led by Myanmar ambassador to Malaysia, military attaché and deputy counselor has discussed the matter to protect Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia on 10 July 2014, asking for protection on Myanmar migrant workers and investigations on the murder cases. It also said that although the three ministries of Myanmar tried to bring back undocumented Myanmar migrants since 27 December 2013 with the formation of a committee at the Myanmar embassy in Malaysia, few of them contacted it. The report also mentioned that in many accidents Malaysian police could not file the cases though they found the suspects in murder cases due to the lack of concrete evidences, delaying to hand over the cases to the respective courts; in some cases, witnesses dare not give their statements to the courts, causing to close the cases. It also said that Myanmar embassy there has some limitations on resolving the problems of illegal migrants there in accordance with Malaysian laws. Between 2012 and September 2014, police forces of Myanmar and Malaysia worked together on investigations of 21 criminal cases. The report also suggested Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia to take care themselves when moving around outside by observing the existing laws, and the establishment of a mutual legal assistance mechanism to help investigate on the criminal cases concerned with both countries. During its 28th day session of Amyotha Hluttaw on 11 November, the parliamentarians also discussed housing projects for the homeless, which has been handed over to the Yangon City Development Committee by the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (125K)
    Date of entry/update: 25 November 2014


    Title: Supreme Court Judge responds to legal questions in Amyotha Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 10 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 10 Nov--The Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) session on Monday raised questions on two lawsuits concerning disputes over collective saving schemes. Supreme Court judge of the Union U Soe Nyunt responded to the legal questions, saying that the collective saving schemes are based on contracts that all participants contribute a certain amount of money every month and that each participant is entitled to take out the money in turn. If one of the participants breaks the contract, those who suffer losses have the right to file civil suits against the persons who break the contract s, he added. In the lawsuits against those in charge of the collective saving scheme, the accused failed to reimburse the savings entrusted to them and they were found to have breached Section 406 and 420 of the Penal Code. Legal action was taken against them in accordance with the law, the Supreme Court Judge said. However, a breach of contract suit is required to be filed within three years from the incident under the Limitation Act. Therefore, the plaintiffs in the civil suit in Bhamo District lost their suit because they filed the case more than three years after the breach occurred, the chief justice explained.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 25 November 2014


    Title: Only member countries propose their cultural and natural sites as world heritage
    Date of publication: 31 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 30 Oct — "A defence services representative asked the Amyotha Hluttaw on Thursday about the procedures of listing world heritage sites and ongoing arrangements for the inclusion of cultural heritage sites which are still left...Another question was concerned with the possibility of giving out low- interest loans to casual labourers as in agricultural loans to farmers. "
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw convene its 25th day session
    Date of publication: 30 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 29 Oct — "The Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) continued for the 25th day session on Wednesday. Deputy Minister for Energy U Aung Htoo said that No 1 Oil Refinery (Thanlyin) will be renovated upon completion of mutual cooperation tasks with foreign companies to build a new oil refinery so as to distribute ROM 92 advanced fuel for domestic consumption. Moreover, feasibility studies are being conducted for environment and socioeconomic status of the people to be able to build an oil refinery that can distribute fuel RON 92 to central and upper Myanmar..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Plan underway to form Construction Industry Development Board
    Date of publication: 29 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 28 Oct— "With regard to the question raised by Defence Services Personnel representative Brig-Gen Aung Kyaw at Tuesday’s session of Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House), Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint replied that a plan is underway to upgrade Mongphyat-Mongyawng road to the asphalt road for smooth transport of local people by demanding the fund..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (135K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: No action will be taken against legal property transactions - deputy minister
    Date of publication: 28 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Oct "The government will not take action against property buyers and sellers if they do their business with money legally earned and pay taxes on profits from their transactions in accordance with the income tax law, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint told the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) on Monday..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 07 November 2014


    Title: State and region governments to allot land plots to farmless and homeless persons under village and town plan
    Date of publication: 23 October 2014
    Description/subject: "The Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) continued for the 22nd day at its hall in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday. With regard to the question raised by U Maung Aye Tun of Rakhine State Constituency No 9 whether there is a plan to adopt arrangements for farmless and homeless persons as part of effort to ensure poverty alleviation, Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Tin Ngwe replied that the region and state governments coordinate to allot land plots to farmless and homeless persons under the town plans and village plans and release some confiscated farmlands to the owners..." .
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (6.1MB)
    Date of entry/update: 07 November 2014


    Title: Officials check plant pests at trade routes, airports: Deputy A&I Minister
    Date of publication: 18 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 17 Oct — "Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Khin Zaw responded to the question of U Saw Maw Tun of Bago Region Constituency No 1 that prevention against crops germs and pests are disseminated to the farmers about 120 times through Radio Myanmar and MRTV programmes, farmers channel, Sky Net channel, Agri & Livestock channel, Cherry FM, Leyar Seepwar journal of Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, New Technology journal and Myanmar farmers journals at Friday’s session of Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) in Nay Pyi Taw..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (335K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014


    Title: Electricity consumers to be offered deserved compensation for their losses and damage
    Date of publication: 17 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 16 Oct — "Amyotha Hluttaw representatives discussed the motion tabled by U Sai Kyaw Zaw Than of Shan State Constituency calling for the union government to take special measures to protect the public from electrical risks. Concerning with the motion, Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Maw Tha Htwe said that educative measures for electric safety are disseminated to the public through leaflets, posters, talks, radio and television programmes and columns in newspapers and journals to protect the public from electrical risks..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (346K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014


    Title: Land plots at fair price for investors available at Ponnagyun Industrial Zone
    Date of publication: 16 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 15 Oct— "The 11th regular session of Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) continued for the 17th day at its hall on Wednesday. Dr Myat Nyana Soe of Yangon Region Constituency No 4 raised questions, asking whether there is a plan to solve the high price for land plots not only for local entrepreneurs but for foreign investors in hiring land plots from the owners. Deputy Minister for Industry U Thein Aung replied that a management committee has been formed to supervise the construction of factories and industries on the allotted plots. The plot owners who fail to construct factories and industries on their lands in the project period must return their plots to the government and who cannot complete construction tasks must pay fines to the government..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (405K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014


    Title: Staff housing comes under discussion at Upper House
    Date of publication: 15 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 14 Oct - "The Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) dealt with a question enquiring the prospect of the government’s arrangements for the construction of houses in Yangon Region. The government has designated plots of land for its employees in eastern Dagon township and South Dagon township, sources said..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (335K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014