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  • Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015

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    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 11 May, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw session addresses remote area hospitals, rural development [incl. Thapaya Lake repair+people with disabilities & Myanmar Buddhist Women's Special Marriage Bill]
    Date of publication: 12 May 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 May — The Department of Medical Care has a plan to provide ambulances to township-level people’s hospitals in fiscal 2015- 2016, but not to station hospitals in remote areas at this stage, Deputy Minister for Health Dr Daw Thein Thein Htay told the Amyotha Hluttaw on Monday. The deputy minister made the admission during the 45th day session of the Upper House after U Hla Swe, MP of Magway Region Constituency No 12, asked whether the department under the Ministry of Health planned to provide ambulances, drivers and fuel to station hospitals in remote areas for transport of emergency patients. U Soe Aung of Mandalay Region Constituency No 11 asked for a plan to repair Thapaya Lake near Thanpayakan Village in Mahlaing Township. Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Tin Ngwe told the Upper House that the ministry has no plan to immediately dredge the earthen lake to store rainwater but undertakes rural development tasks as a priority. The Hluttaw approved the amendment of the Pyithu Hluttaw over the bill on rights for people with disabilities. Member of Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee U Tin Yu submitted a report of the committee to the Hluttaw to enable MPs to discuss the Myanmar Buddhist Women’s Special Marriage Bill sent back by the Pyithu Hluttaw with amendments."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 9 April, 2015: Rural development tasks being carried out according to priorities
    Date of publication: 10 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Deputy Minister: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 April _ Representatives at Amyotha Hluttaw on Thursday raised questions on regional development tasks including upgrading an eight-mile road section in Meiktila, water supply and installation of solar lights and construction of a 70-foot long bridge in Meikwa Village in Paletwa Township and construction of a river crossing bridge in Khonsint Village Tract in Moemauk Township. However, Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development Dr Aung Myat Oo said that the ministry is unable to carry out the projects at the moment as rural development tasks are being implemented according to their priorities. Afterwards, the representatives discussed the reports on finding of teams on field trip of the Amyotha Hluttaw government’s Guar-antees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee. Representative U Hlaing Oo of Ayeyawady Region Constituency (12) pointed out that three pledges were cancelled under Letter No. 7/445, but Labutta Township is the largest rain paddy growing area and the pledges should be fulfilled after making field trips to study the difficulty of farmers. Then, a member of the vetting committee sought the approval for the report and the session approved it. The Amyotha Hluttaw session also approved the report of the Public Complaints Committee submitted by Representative Dr Khin Shwe of Yangon Region Constituency (9)."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (7.8K)
    Date of entry/update: 30 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 8 April, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw approves report of Public Account Committee
    Date of publication: 09 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 8 April — Amyotha Hluttaw session on Wednesday approved the report of the Public Accounts Committee on tasks being carried out with the union budget in 2013-14 fiscal year by the Ministry of Border Affairs and the Ministry of Livestock, Fisherirs and Rural Development. U Salai Khwe Yan, a representative from Chin State constituency No 12 pointed out at the session that both contractors and supervising authority lack accountability for road and bridge projects in Chin State and said that effective action should be taken against those responsible. U Thein Hlaing, Sagaing Region constituency No 8 said that Hsegyi Creek RC Bridge in Kalewa Township built with the union budget is not usable during rainy seasons and a school building in North Tonhlaw Village is not durable. The representative proposed taking action against those responsible. After discussions, the session approved the report. At today’s session, the speaker informed the representatives of receiving bill for Myanmar Accountancy Council from the Pyithu Hluttaw with some amendments."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (7.5K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 May 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 7 April, 2015: A&I ministry deals with queries at Upper House session
    Date of publication: 08 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 7 April — Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Khin Zaw was in Amyotha Hluttaw session on Tuesday, answering queries about water storage facilities and a rural development bank. Replying to the question of U Aung Chit Lwin, an MP of Sagaing region constituency No 11, the deputy minister said a fund for construction of onewall reservoir in Homalin Township, Hkamti District, in northwestern Myanmar has not been proposed in the regional government budget of 2015-2016 fiscal year despite benefits of this suggested water facility to irrigate more than 550 acres of paddy farms. Regarding the query about formation of a management committee on water storage facilities, U Khin Zaw also said Myanmar National Committee on Large Dams has been legalized on February 27 this year, and the executive board of the committee is open to all civil service employees. He also said the ministry has not planned to open an outlet of Myanma Agricultural Development Bank in Waingmaw Township in Kachin State in consideration of budget allocation in 2015-2016 fiscal year."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (7.5K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 May 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 6 April, 2015: Deputy education minister responded to questions in Amyotha Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 07 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 6 April — Deputy Minister for Education Dr Zaw Min Aung responded to questions raised for the ministry at the Amyotha Hluttaw Session on Monday. The first question was concerned with a dangerous school building in an affiliated middle school in Ywama Village in Chauk. The deputy minister said school buildings are being built according to their priority and the school building could not be replaced with a new one during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Another question focused on upgrading of a middle school into a high school in Webula Village in Falam. The deputy minister said that there is no plan to upgrade the school at the moment but it is possible to upgrade it according to priority if the state government recommends doing so. Another question was raised for construction of a reinforced concrete school building for a primary school in Dawmu Kalar Village in Loikaw. The deputy minister said that the ministry has allotted K 738.00 million for other 25 schools in the township and could not build the new building for the school. Then, the session accepted the bill repealing the township development committee’s law as there was no representative to discuss the bill. Afterwards, the reports of the government’s guarantees, pledges and undertaking vetting committee was read out at the session and submitted to the Hluttaw by the committee chairman."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (7.7K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 May 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 3 April, 2015: MoH rejects hospital upgrading in Pakokku
    Date of publication: 04 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 3 April— U Thaw Zin Oo of the Magway Region constituency No. 9 proposed a motion at the Amyotha Hluttaw on Friday calling for upgrading a hospital in Pakokku township, with Deputy Minister for Health Dr Daw Thein Thein Htay rejecting the proposal and explaining that the facility does not need upgrading considering the number of hospital admissions. Regarding a question of the publication of Unique Constructions as references, Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint responded that his ministry will publish construction references in volumes in 2015-2016 financial year. Maj Aung Kyaw Zaw, defence services personnel representative, called for the reformation of the Public Works under the Ministry of Construction. The deputy minister responded that the Public Works has been restructured into three— road, bridge and building departments— as of 1 April this year. The ministry has hired foreign consultant teams for supervision and quality control at construction projects implemented with foreign loans from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Amyotha Hluttaw approved the inland waterways bill, which was resent with some changes by the Pyithu Hluttaw."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 2 April, 2015: Supreme Court of the Union implements three-year strategic plan for completion of year long civil cases
    Date of publication: 03 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 2 April — U Hla Swe of Magway Region constituency No 12 asked plans for opening courts of civil cases at the 39th day session of Amyotha Hluttaw on Thursday. Supreme Court Judge U Soe Nyunt replied that the Supreme Court of the Union has no plan to open the separate courts to hear civil cases but it has adopted a three-year strategic plan (2015-17) that will cover completion of year long civil cases. U Sai San Min of Shan State Constituency No 3 asked a question whether there is a plan to install more traffic lights in Lashio and to repair three damaged lights. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Aung Thein said that No 65 traffic police platoon installed traffic lights at Lashiogyi junction, Namtu junction, Kholaung junction and Mandalay junction as of 8 November 2008 by spending the traffic rules fund. Tow traffic lights at Kholaung junction and Namtu junction are in operation but remaining lights had been damaged in bad weather since September 2014. The traffic police squad plans to install yellow traffic lights at Meitan junction and water fountain junction so as to ease traffic congestion. Arrangements are being made to install more traffic lights and slow down in Lashio. And, a coordination meeting will be made between the traffic police squad and district traffic rules enforcement committee for repairing the damaged lights. The speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw sought approval for each paragraphs of the health care bill for control of population rate sent back by the Pyithu Hluttaw with amendments. Amyotha Hluttaw ethnic affairs, easing conflict and peace-making process committee submitted its report to the Hluttaw and sought the approval."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 1 April, 2015: Private mining company to release residential areas
    Date of publication: 02 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 1 April — A private-owned mining company is making plans to hand over some residential areas included in its project to local authorities in Sagaing region, said Deputy Minister for Mines U Than Tun Aung to Amyotha Hluttaw on Wednesday. The deputy minister said Htoo International Industry Group Co., Ltd., which is operating two coal mines in Kalewa Township and Thitchauk region of upper Myanmar, has transferred a hospital, a 1.28 acre land plot and some buildings to regional department of health, added that the company will also release a residential ward and a village to the local authorities. On query about future plan on CDMA (450 MHz) mobile network, Deputy Minister U Win Than for Communications and Information Technology said the ministry will not develop this mobile network and its call-charges as GSM/ UMTS system is more popular in the country. He also answered the advanced money is being given out for the phones leased for public call offices in Thanetpin Township, Bago region. Representatives of Amyotha Hluttaw also approved each paragraph of Myanmar Nursing and Midwifery Council Bill presented by Pyithu Hluttaw."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 31 March, 2015: Education Ministry to upgrade schools in Kyangin Tsp
    Date of publication: 01 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 31 March — Amyotha Hluttaw continued for the 37th day session, here, Tuesday. U Khin Maung Yi of Ayeyawady Region constituency No 6 asked plans for upgrading basic education middle school branches to BEMSs in Alon and Hteinbinmyaung villages in Kyangin Township. Deputy Minister for Education Dr Zaw Min Aung replied that upgrading of the schools depends on number of students, school furniture, land plot, transport and regional development. Ayeyawady Region Education Directorate enlisted upgrading of BEMS branches in Ahlon village and Hteinbinmyaung village in 2015-16 academic year. With regard to a question on upgrading of solar electrification to supply of electricity in Pyaebin Village of Chauk Township raised by U Aung Nyein of Magway Region Constituency No 2, Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Tin Ngwe explained that the ministry allotted K132.4 million to electrify 662 houses in five villages in Chauk Township through solar panels in 2014-15 FY. The village was allowed to change solar electrification to electricity supply in cooperation with Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise. The deputy minister replied to a question raised by U Salai Khwe Yan of Chin State Constituency No 12 that the ministry has no plan to build four suspension bridges and four wooden bridges in 2015-16 FY in Paletwa Township. The session approved salaries and allowances for the chairman and members of Amyotha Hluttaw Political, Economic and Legal Affairs Commission. The Hluttaw approved the farmers’ rights protection and raising interests rules with amendments of the Pyithu Hluttaw. The Hluttaw agreed to discuss the proposal tabled by U Saw Maw Tun of Bago Region Constituency No 1 on participation of entire people in reducing use of plastic for public health and environmental conservation."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 30 March, 2015: Sports federations not to practise pro system except football, Futsal, traditional boxing
    Date of publication: 31 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 30 March—Defence Services personnel representative Major Aung Ko Min asked about the plans for practising the pro sport system in football, volleyball, Futsal, Sepak Takraw, Chinlone, boxing, Myanmar traditional boxing, basketball, hockey, badminton, tennis and table tennis events in Myanmar at the 36th day session of Amyotha Hluttaw on Monday. Deputy Minister for Sports U Zaw Win explained that Ministry of Sports has transformed amateur to professional system in football, Futsal and traditional boxing events. Sports federations have no plan to change competition system of their sports events to professional one. U Kham Swin Mong of Chin State constituency No 5 asked whether there is a plan to install a 66-KVpower line and build a sub-power station in Tiddim. Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo replied that a 230 KV Gangaw-Kalay power line is being installed as of 2014-15 fiscal year while sub-power stations are under construction in Falam and Kalay. Upon completion, the 230KV Kalay sub-power station will supply electricity to Tiddim through a 66KV power line in 2016."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 26 March, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw approves bill amending national education law
    Date of publication: 27 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 26 March — Chairman of Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee U Khin Maung Yi read out the findings and remarks of the committee over the bill amending national education law at the 35th day session of Amyotha Hluttaw on Thursday. The speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw sought paragraph by paragraph approval for the bill from the Hluttaw. Deputy Minister for Education Dr Zaw Min Aung also sought the approval for the bill and the session approved it."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (51K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 25 March, 2015: MPs discuss wording changes in National Education amendment bill
    Date of publication: 26 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 25 March — Representatives of Amyotha Hluttaw discussed on Wednesday changes of the words in the National Education Law and the amendment bill on this law. U Nu, an MP of Yangon Region constituency 10, suggested the word preschool in Myanmar language should not be shortened in the law and fully defined the term of preschool that aims to nurture physical, mental and moral practices of the children before proceeding to learn higher levels. He also urged substitution of ‘mother ethnic language’ with ‘individual ethnic language’ in the bill, saying his support for the paragraphs that mention special programmes, teaching aids and methodologies for the disabled persons. Defence Services personnel representatives Major Aung Ko Min suggested inserting the words ‘all-round systematic thinking’ to replace ‘freedom of thinking’ which he assumed the latter would lead to wrong thinking for the children. U Ohn Tin, an MP of Rakhine State constituency 10, also discussed some changes of words in the bill. Later, members of Amyotha Hluttaw’s Bill Committee and representatives who supported student protests against the National Education Law discussed details for the amendment bill."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (67K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 24 March, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw MPs urge education amendment bill must serve national interests
    Date of publication: 25 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 24 March — The national education amendment bill came under discussion at the Amyotha Hluttaw here on Tuesday, with members of parliament speaking with one voice on the bill, which they said must emphasize suitability, adaptability and practicality for the long-term interests of the country. U Thein Swe from No.10 Constituency of Ayeyawady Region suggested participation of experienced specialists rather than independent specialists. The education reform would enable Myanmar to catch up with others when we could overcome the challenges, according to U Khin Maung Latt of Rakhine State’s No.6 Constituency. U Min Oo of the Bago Region constituency No.7 described the national education as a national concern, saying the education law must pave the way for a better education system. U Saw Ohn, who represents No.9 Constituency in Mon State, said education must be reconstructed for the country to become modern and prosperous."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (66K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 23 March, 2015: Plan to extend emerald green project in 178 more townships
    Date of publication: 24 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 23 March — At the 32nd day session of Amyotha Hluttaw Monday, U Sai Paung Nap of Shan State Constituency No 12 asked about master plan for multi-sectoral economic development of rural and less-development areas in Myanmar. Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Khin Maung Aye replied that emerald green project being implemented in 1,150 villages creates job opportunities and increases income of rural families with K34.5 billion allotted by the government. Thanks to the remarkable progress, the project will be extended in 178 more townships. The rural development strategy has covered rural development programmes for establishment of commercial crops farms, forest plantations, agricultural farm, fish hatching station, livestock breeding farm and nurseries and other development tasks including value-added production, milling, packaging, microfinance and mobile banking systems. U Hnin Wai of Kayah State Constituency No 12 asked whether there is a plan to provide travel allowance for health staff who go along with patient transferred to district or state hospitals from township ones. Deputy Minister for Health Dr Win Myint replied that TA can be allowed to the health staff who took care of patient along the route but cannot be allowed for transport of patient by ambulance. Dr Soe Win of Mon State constituency No 2 asked about arrangements for issuance of birth registration and birth certificate to babies across the nation. The deputy minister replied that the Health Department has instructed hospitals at different level, rural health centres and branches to issue the birth certificates to babies on schedules under supervision of the heads of township Health Department. Departments concerned will issue the birth certificates and birth registrations to the babies who were born in neighbouring countries. The children under five years who delayed 12 months to take birth registration and certificates can draw these certificates with approval from heads of region/state health departments. For the children under 10 years old, the Ministry of Health will scrutinize documents and cooperate with related ministries for issuance of certificates."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 20 March, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw agrees to discuss education amendment bill
    Date of publication: 21 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 20 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw on Friday agreed to discuss the national education amendment bill as proposed by Union Minister for Education Dr Daw Khin San Yi. The bill committee said the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw passed the National Education Law on 30 September 2014, prompting the student-led Democratic Education Movement Leading Committee to seek its amendment. Following four-party talks, the bill was brought before the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on 17 February, which handed over the case to the Amyotha Hluttaw on 20 February. The amendment of the education law was discussed in the upper house from 5 to 17 March. According to the bill committee, hearings drew nine representatives from the Democratic Education Movement Leading Committee, 20 from the National Network for Education Reform, 34 from political parties, eight from civil society organizations and 15 from educators and legal experts. The bill committee called for the Amyotha Hluttaw to discuss the education amendment bill as proposed by the education union minister by embracing it as a national concern and helping raise the education standard of the country."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (66K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 19 March 2015: Suspension bridge construction resumes in Kayin State
    Date of publication: 20 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Amyotha Hluttaw: Nay Pyi Taw, 19 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw on Thursday was urged to build a suspension bridge in the township of Thantaungyi, Kayin State, with Deputy Minister U Kyaw Kyaw Win responding that soil tests are under way ahead of its construction. The suspension bridge will have two lanes, he said. An MP proposed compensation for farmlands destroyed by seawater in some parts of Rakhine State, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation saying farmland management committees will examine the damage in the affected areas and report to the central government for recompense, pledging technical assistance. The parliament has agreed to discuss two proposals concerning its election amendment bill and a bill calling for the central government to form a commission to investigate the recent shipwreck in Myepon, a township in Rakhine State, and compensate the victims for their losses."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 18 March, 2015: Improved transport for tourism on agenda in Upper House
    Date of publication: 19 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw convened its 29th day meeting of the 12th regular session on Wednesday, with discussion of road construction in Mandalay region and promotion of tourism through improved transportation in Chin State. Replying to a query from Upper House MP U Soe Aung about the plan to build a new road outside Meikhtila Township to link Myingyan and Mandalay, Union Minister U Kyaw Lwin said the Ministry of Construction will conduct a feasibility study with Mandalay region government to upgrade the 4-mile-long earth road. U Paw Lyan Lwin, an MP of Chin State constituency 9 also asked for development of Bungtla Waterfall, the longest waterfall in Chin State near Matupi Township, into a tourist attraction. Deputy Minister at the President’s Office U Aung Thein said the Chin State government is developing its road networks, with understanding that reliable transportation is important for the tourism industry and the respective areas. The Amyotha Hluttaw then approved a bill on amending the Highways Act passed by the Pyithu Hluttaw with some amendments."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (67K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 16 March, 2015: Ministry of Electric Power to electrify villages in Seikpyu Tsp, Paletwa Tsp depending on budgets
    Date of publication: 17 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw continued for the 27th day session, here, on Monday. U Thaw Zin Oo of Magway Region Constituency raised a question on a plan for installation of 11 KVA power line along Seikpyu, Tegyi, Myaygyandaw, Gwaybin, Hteingan, Ywathitgyi and Kethsegan villages in Seikpyu Township. Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo explained that electrification for 22 villages needs to install 11KV power lines in 23 miles of total length from Seikpyu power station to Lethse village and to Pintale village in the township and 23 transformers. Governments of regions and states sought funds for construction of small sub-power stations, 11 KV power lines and 400 volt power lines in 2014- 15 fiscal year. Magway region government plans to coordinate allotment of a fund for installation of 11 KV power line in coming fiscal years. U Salai Khwe Yan of Chin State Constituency No 12 asked whether there is a plan to supply electricity to Paletwa Township, Chin State, located on India- Myanmar Asian Highway. Deputy Minister U Aung Than Oo replied that Kyauktaw region in Rakhine State is being supplied electricity through 66 KV Ponnagyun-Kyauktaw power line and sub-power station as of 30 November 2014. A project must be implemented to electrify Paletwa region by building a 66-KV Kyauktaw- Paletwa power line and a sub-power station. Installation of power line and transformer for Paletwa region is expected to cost K12.235 billion except the expenditure for installation of power line to villages. Depending on the budget allotment of the government, the project will be implemented in 2015-16 fiscal year."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 12 March, 2015: Myanmar’s airlines urged to merge for giving better flight services
    Date of publication: 13 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 March — The Ministry of Transport and Department of Civil Aviation have urged Myanmar’s airlines to merge with among them or international airlines so as to give better flight services to the passengers, Deputy Minister for Transport U Zin Yaw replied to a question raised by U Nyunt Tin of Yangon Region Constituency No 2 at Thursday’s session of Amyotha Hluttaw. With regard to the ASEAN Open Sky Policy included in the question of U Nyunt Tin, the deputy minister said that Department of Civil Aviation will clarify the drafting Myanmar Aviation Policy to all stakeholders for seeking advices from them. The ministry allows establishment of joint venture airlines with 49 percent of foreign investment. The MP asked one related question on plans of the departments concerned to urge airlines not to recruit staff with incentives of high salaries and emoluments in competitiveness with opponent airlines. The deputy minister replied that the Ministry of Transport has responsibility to supervise safely operating the airlines in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization and economic policies, laws and regulations of the government. Recruitment of staff is under management of respective organizations. A video clip on hearing the bill amending the national education law was presented to MPs at the 12th session of Amyotha Hluttaw."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (67K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 12 March, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw convene 25th day meeting
    Date of publication: 12 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 March — Representatives of Amyotha Hluttaw discussed issues on road construction, steel factories and infrastructural development. Dr Htay Win, an MP of Ayeyawady region constituency 5, asked for the transfer of railway section between Htugyi and Bantbwegone from the Ministry of Rail Transportation to the Department of Rural Development under the Ministry of Livestock, Fishery and Rural Development. Deputy Minister for Rail Transportation U Myint Thein said as the railway section is no longer used and the handover is a possibility if the MLFRD seeks approval from the MRT. MPs also discussed report of Amyotha Hluttaw’s National Planning and Development Projects Committee on its fact-findings for the third three-year of 2014- 2015 fiscal year. U Phone Myint, an MP of Yangon Region constituency 3, said the report of committee has showed that Myingyan steel factory was targeted to manufacture 200 thousand tonnes of steel. However the target was not met and the factory was suspended. He continued that another steel factory namely Patpin is under construction and is expected to manufacture steel in 2015-2016 fiscal year to be able to supply Myingyan facility with raw steel. The representative also noted he is optimistic about the potential of Petpin facility as the project has also been advocated by Union Ministry for Industry U Maung Myint and parliamentarians. U Paw Lyan Lwin, an MP of Chin State constituency 9, said companies and contractors who won deals for state projects did not observe the standards promised in the agreements due to negligence of quality inspection teams. Later, U Pe Thaung, Amyotha Hluttaw’s Rescue and Relief Committee submitted a report on humanitarian works of Amyotha Hluttaw members led by speaker U Khin Aung Myint in Mandalay, Rakhine, and Yangon."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 10 March, 2015: Construction ministry giving compensations for land seizures in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area (incl. edu. law)
    Date of publication: 11 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 10 March — Union Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lwin said the ministry has given some compensations for land confiscations in Lewe and Pyinmana townships for construction of Lewe-Pyinmana Highway. During Amyotha Hluttaw session Tuesday, U Kyaw Lwin replied to the query of U Hmat Gyi from Mandalay Region constituency No.9, saying the ministry has compensate K407.11 million from Union Budget (Additional) to 217 farmers for 319.88 acres from December 28, 2014 to January 13 2015. He added the five remaining farmers will get compensations for a total of 7.8 acre in March after the land prices have been approved by local scrutinizing committee. The union minister also said that compensation will be given to 265 farmers for their 170.34 acres of vacant lands, 169.97 cultivated land and two buildings after the prices have been approved by relevant committees. Deputy Minister for Defence Maj-Gen Kyaw Nyunt said the farmers who are cultivating crops in army-owned lands will get loans from Myawady Bank and Inwa Bank if they agreed to sign they are temporarily working on these lands. The deputy minister also said these farmers will need approvals and recommendations for their property or the agreement of the military base concerned to return loans if the debtors failed to do so. Then, Amyotha Hluttaw members viewed video record that carries discussion about amendment of the bill for National Education Law."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 9 March, 2015: Education Ministry to allot budget for construction of school building in Launglon Tsp
    Date of publication: 10 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 March—At the Amyotha Hluttaw session Monday, Dr Aye Maung of Rakhine State Constituency No 1 asked about losses of land owners in construction of a market at corner of Strand Street and Zaygyi market in Kyaybingyi Ward, Sittway. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that in the time of the government of the State Law and Order Restoration Council, local authorities built a market in the above-mentioned place but allowed the land owners to purchase one apartment each at Ngwe Nadi housing near the market. Twelve land owners purchased the apartments and three did not buy the apartment. With regard to submissions of 15 land owners, the deputy minister retold a decision adopted by Rakhine State land utilization committee at its meeting on 10 October 2014 that priority will be given to 15 land owners when the committee implements the land reclamation and housing projects. U Tin Maung Myint of Taninthayi Region Constituency No 3 asked whether or not an 120x30 feet RC building will be constructed in the place of an old building at Sakhanthit Basic Education Primary School in Launglon Township. Deputy Minister for Education U Thant Shin explained that the Ministry of Education has earmarked to allot K48.60 million from the capital expenditure in 2015-16 fiscal year for construction of a new RC school building at Sakhanthit Village BEPS. A video clip on hearing the bill amending the National Education Law among officials of Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee, Action Committee for Democracy Education Movement, representatives of political parties was presented to all Mps."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 6 March, 2015: Political parties give suggestions on amendment to education law
    Date of publication: 07 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 6 March — Political parties suggested amendments to the education law at the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) on Friday. Fifteen political parties held discussions with the Bill Committee and the Commission for Political, Economic and Legal Affairs, with the chairman of the Bill Committee urging participants to pool ideas to draft a bill to amend the National Education Law. It took nearly two years of coordination with international scholars and UN agencies for the national education bill to become a law, he stated. Despite being passed by parliament, the law sparked protests, prompting authorities to rework it. Student protesters accepted the parliament’s invitation to discuss the amendment to the law, but were unable to send a representative, prompting them to ask for another chance. According to the chairman, the parliament will inform them of a new date two or three days in advance. He pledged his committee will give careful consideration and special attention to suggestions made by political parties in writing the bill. The political parties contributed their opinions to the amendment to the National Education Law."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 5 March, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw bill committee meets students from ACDEM
    Date of publication: 06 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 5 March — Hearing for amendment bill of the national education law started at the Amyotha Hluttaw building on Thursday. Present were Chairman of Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee U Khin Maung Yi and members, Amyotha Hluttaw Political, Economic and Legal Affairs Commission Chairman U Myint Thein and members, students from the Action Committee for Democracy Education Movement including Maung Chit Win Maung, fourth year (Civil) Magway Technological Univeristy, Maung Pyae Phyo Kyaw, third year (Chemistry) Pakokku University, Maung Thant Sin Tun, fourth year (Civil), Pyay Technological University, Maung Zeyar Lwin, third year, Yangon University of Economics, Maung Ye Zarni Tun, second year, Hmawby University of Computer Studies, Maung Nan Lin, second year (Physics) Dagon University, Maung Paing Ye Thu, third year (Maths) Dagon University, Maung Wai Moe Naing, fourth year (English), Monywa University, Maung Min Lwin Oo, B.E (Mechanical) and Maung Thein Htein, incharge of documents for the ACDEM. At the meeting, the bill committee chairman explained that submitted bills have to be adopted in accordance with Hluttaw rules and regulations and students, political parties and civil society organizations can participate in the discussions which take place from 5 to 15 March. The political, economic and legal affairs commission chairman said that his commission is contributing to the political, economic and legal affairs of the Hluttaw. Maung Zeyar Lwin of the ACDEM said that they came to the Hluttaw to inform that they could not attend the hearing due to current situation in Letpatan but he said that they would closely watch the hearing and were willing to attend the hearing at an opportune time. Before the hearing, the chairmen of the committee and commission responded to questions raised by journalists."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 25 February, 2015: Adjudication at special appeal court needs approval of Chief Justice of the Union
    Date of publication: 26 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 25 Feb — Supreme Court Judge U Soe Nyunt said the Union Judiciary Law’s paragraph 20 has defined that except the case adjudicated by the Special Appeal Court of the Full Bench, if the Chief Justice of the Union considers that any problem on which action should be taken for the benefit of the public has arisen in any case finally adjudicated by the Supreme Court of the Union, he may cause the retrial of such problem by the special Appeal Court or by the Full bench. U Sai Mya Maung, an MP of Amyotha Hluttaw from constituency 2 of Kachin State, urged the Hluttaw for thorough investigation on civil case No. 10/2011 happened in Bhamo District, Kachin State. U Soe Nyunt replied that the Chief Justice of the Union has not decided to adjudicate the case as it has not reached to his office. To get a way near the fence of PTTEI in Ye Phyu Township, Dawei district of Taninthayi region, U Maung Sein, an MP of Taninthayi region constituency 5, sought the help of Ministry of Energy. Deputy Minister U Myint Zaw said a total of K1, 688,462,225 have been compensated to land owners in 2011 for 75.04 acres, and MOGE and PTTEPI have a plan to construct a road beside the fence of company, while the investigation team on this issue recommended a 10-ft road. He also said that the construction will be started after it has been approved by Taninthayi Region government. Amyotha Hluttaw than approved bill on the rights of disabled persons."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 02 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 24 February, 2015: Health Department to raise health awareness for betel quid chewers
    Date of publication: 25 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 24 Feb — Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) continued its 20th day session at its hall, here, on Tuesday. U Phone Myint Aung of Yangon Region Constituency No 3 asked a question on keeping warnings at betel quid shops for raising customers’ health awareness. Deputy Minister for Health Dr Win Myint replied that under the supervision of region and state Health Department, district and township Health Department disseminate knowledge about danger of chewing betel quid to the people. Arrangements are being made for putting up vinyl and posters on danger and disadvantages of chewing betel quid at the public places. U Aung Cho Oo of Bago Region Constituency No 5 asked whether departments and organization extract sand and gravel from Ayeyawady River or not. Deputy Minister for Transport U Han Sein replied that Ministry of Transport does not have authority to allow extraction of sand and gravel from the river but it replies remarks of township and district authorities to the entrepreneurs. U Ha Shein Bwe of Chin State Constituency No 8 submitted a proposal calling for implementing the small-scale dams to irrigate highland farming and terrace farming in less developed states and the Hluttaw approved the proposal."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 23 February, 2015: School libraries in operation, says education deputy minister
    Date of publication: 24 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 23 Feb — Deputy Minister for Education U Thant Shin discussed on the suggestion of U Salai Khwe Yan of Chin State’s No 12 constituency for development of school libraries across the country. In reply to the ethnic MP at Amyotha Hluttaw on Monday, U Thant Shin said that libraries in the state-run schools are now operating as a ‘learning environment’ to support both children and teachers. He also said Ministry of Education is persuading the school children to develop reading habit, and setting up mobile libraries in cooperation with Ministry of Information. Defence Services Personnel representative Major Kyaw Nu Maw also said that libraries are knowledge banks for all people and annual fund will be needed to set up school libraries traditionally or digitally. U Thein Hlaing, an MP of Sagaing Region constituency 8, said slow development of libraries in the country is due to the lack of skills by librarians and of reading habit among the people, especially in rural areas. Another military representative said education sector must be promoted to become a modernized country, and both the government and communities should support for the emergence of libraries in more than 40,000 state-run schools. U Bo Rei, an MP of Kayah State constituency 3, said books and libraries are true friends of children as knowledge banks. Daw Khin Waing Kyi, an MP of Yangon Region constituency 1, said, a wide knowledge could help someone in making right decision. U Aung Cho Oo, an MP of Bago Region constituency 11, also suggested libraries should be developed through modern technologies. Amyotha Hluttaw then decided to keep records of these discussion."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (67MB)
    Date of entry/update: 01 March 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 19 February, 2015: Ministers’ Office to be opened as museum for public observation
    Date of publication: 20 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 19 Feb — At the 19th day session of Amyotha Hluttaw on Thursday, Dr Myat Nyana Soe of Yangon Region Constituency No 4 asked whether there is a plan to build social security housings under the 2012 Social Security Law. Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Daw Win Maw Tun replied that depending on economic development of the State and financial situation, the housing project will be submitted to the union government in coming fiscal years. Those workers wishing to buy the housing must pay the whole cost or 25 percent of their income to the project monthly during 180 months period under the 1954 Social Security Act and 2012 Social Security Law. U Saw Maw Tun of Bago Region Constituency No 1 asked whether there is a plan to arrange public observation of historic parliament building in the compound of Secretariat in Yangon. Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint replied that Myanmar Investment Commission invited tender for renovation of the Ministers’ Office (Secretariat) in Botahtaung Township, Yangon, and allowed Anawmar Fine Arts Co Ltd to renovate the building. The company will open historic rooms where martyrs were assassinated, office of General Aung San and parliament building for public observation. U Myo Myint of Mandalay Region Constituency No 6 submitted a proposal calling for successful implementation of projects in development of Myanmar’s future electric power sector. Three MP seconded the motion, and Hluttaw approved the proposal."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 22 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 18 February, 2015: Measures being taken to prevent Ebola, says deputy health ministe
    Date of publication: 19 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 Feb — The Deputy Minister for Health said the ministry is taking measures to prevent the spread Ebola virus which was found in Guinea in West Africa, in March 2014. In reply to the question of U Khin Maung Yi, an MP of Ayeyawady region constituency 6, the deputy minister said according to the statistics of World Health Organization on February 8, 2015, a total of 22,894 people in six countries of West Africa, as well as in Spain and the United States, were infected with Ebola virus, with a death toll of 9,177. The deputy minister also said the Ministry is cooperating with WHO, International Air Transport Association, International Civil Aviation Organization, international airlines and World Courier Service to be able send blood samples of Ebola suspected patients as the establishments of laboratories with the highest biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) are very expensive. Detection of Ebola virus is being carried out at airports and border checkpoints, while training programmes for treating infected persons are conducted for healthcare staff. U Khet Htain Nan, an MP of Kachin State constituency 1, urged Union Government during the session to set up a sports institute in Myitkyina, the capital of state. The proposal was supported by U Phe Thaung, an MP of Kachin State constituency 6, saying that the Ministry of Sports should make strategies to nurture skillful sportspersons in ethnic areas. U Sai Tin Aung, an MP of Kachin State constituency 5, also suggested to make short and long term plans for sports in other states and regions in addition to a huge investments in Nay Pyi Taw. Deputy Minister then explained that the lack of budget allocation will not make it possible to construct a sports institution in Myitkyina."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 22 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 16 February, 2015: Myanmar Investment Commission defends bylaw and notification
    Date of publication: 17 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 Feb — Deputy Minister Dr Maung Maung Thein, a member of Myanmar Investment Commission, said Monday bylaw and notifications of Foreign Investment Law are not ultra vires to the law. In reply to U Tin Yu, an MP of Yangon region constituency 3, Dr Maung Maung Thein clarified bylaws and notifications are not beyond the powers in line with the definitions of ‘letter of law’ and ‘spirit of law’, as he was quoting article 3 of the Foreign Investment Law that says the Law shall apply to business stipulated by the Commission, by notification, with the prior approval of the Union Government. He also said paragraph numbers 4, 5 and 7 explain details of this article about restriction, prohibitions and investment in business sector, as well as possible permissions. Notification number 49/2014 issued in August last year has stipulated the list of economic activities under prohibition. The Deputy Minister said sectors that have been allowed or prohibited can vary from time to time. MPs also agreed to discuss amendment bill on 2012 Amyotha Hluttaw Law which is required to meet the changing situations directly related with the Upper House."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (66K)
    Date of entry/update: 22 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 10 February, 2015: No waste of budget in Nay Pyi Taw development plan, says council member
    Date of publication: 11 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 10 Feb — Dr Myat Nyana Soe, MP of Yangon Region constituency 4, asked whether the government has a pragmatic and sound plan with systematic use of budget for Nay Pyi Taw development programmes as budget allocation for the new capital is higher than any other major cities of the country. The previous administration founded it and regarded as the capital, as per 2008 Constitution. U Kan Chun, member of Nay Pyi Taw Council, said there is no waste of budget for the capital with the Town Plan to meet international standards to become a clean and tidy ‘green city’ after the capital has been developed with sustainable infrastructural sectors to promote social lives of residents, business and human resources. Replying to the question of U Paw Htan Tai, MP of Chin State about preparations of Union Election Commission for 2015 general elections, a member of the electoral body said transparent advance voting system has been stipulated in electoral bylaws for respective Hluttaws. He also said advance voting system will be explained in the election management courses. Under the electoral law the eligible voters, except those who have cast advance vote, will have to cast votes at poll station in person, and no one is allowed on behalf of them. He assured that UEC has adopted a 12- point five-year strategic plan from 2014 to 2018, including preparations for holding 2015 general elections successfully. Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw decided question and answers of this issue will be described in Myanmar Gazette in accordance with Amyotha Hluttaw Rules 122."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 9 February, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw approves motion on effective prevention of drug abuse
    Date of publication: 10 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 Feb— Amyotha Hluttaw Session on Monday discussed the motion calling for the government to implement projects for establishing educative training centres for drug addicts in every township to prevent them from choosing wrong course of life in cooperation with civil society organizations, government departments, INGOs and NGOs submitted by Representative U Pe Thaung. The motion was seconded by four representatives who proposed to form bodies made up of teachers and town elders to expose drug addicts and give treatment to them as well as to take action against traffickers, to restructure current rehabilitation centres for effective measures, and to educate young people in townships on drug abuse and to expose drug traffickers regardless of their statuses. In response to the motion, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Kyaw Tun said that Myanmar is a signatory to three UN conventions on prevention of drug abuse and has formed a central body to combat drug abuse and trafficking under which rehabilitation centres for drug addicts are treating drug addicts who offer themselves to the centres and those who are sent there by their parents without taking legal action against them. Educative measures are also being taken at township level while the anti-drug squad is being expanded by adding 50 more anti- drug teams, according to the deputy minister. He added that the ministry is also cooperating with local and international organizations to treat and rehabilitate drug addicts. The session approved the motion. Other topic discussed at the session included raising travel allowance for government employees and amendment of the law translation bill. Deputy Minister for Finance Dr Lin Aung said travel allowance for government employees would be raised starting from 2015-16 fiscal year while the speaker agreed to discuss the law translation bill."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 6 February, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw session goes on for twelfth day
    Date of publication: 07 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 6 Feb — Amyotha Hluttaw session continued for twelfth day on Friday, with submission of a report and two proposals and five questions that were answered. On a question whether a plan for establishment of pine forests to prevent deforestation in Chin State through cooperation between the Ministry of U Steven Tha Beik of Chin State Constituency No (4), Deputy Minister U Aye Myint Maung revealed a plan to commercially establish 100-acre pine plan- tation funded by the Union budget and set up community forest plantations at 10 villages in Chin State with the use of the funds of the state government in 2015-2016 FY. The ministry will cooperate with UN agencies and international organizations if it receives requests from them, the deputy minister added. On a question raised by U Hla Swe of Magway Region Constituency No (12) asking how to realize the transformation of Red Cross Society, Deputy Minister Dr Win Myint said that a directive to increase membership of region/state/district Red Cross Society supervisory committee with two more townselders each until 31 December 2015 was released. During the session, U Myo Myint of Mandalay Region Constituency No (6) submitted a motion calling for implementation of projects that can guarantee equality of having access to electricity in the country. Amyotha Hluttaw decided to discuss the proposal."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 5 February, 2015: Development of SMEs creates middle class people
    Date of publication: 06 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 5 Feb— At the 13th day session of Amyotha Hluttaw on Thursday, Q&A session focused on upgrading of a laterite road linking Awaing Village and Yangon-Mandalay highway, adoption of a project for prevention of floods in Yangon, construction of Manipur Dam, electrification of villages in Thanatpin Township and construction of a hydropower station in Yathedaung Township. Dr Myat Nyana Soe of Yangon Constituency No 4 asked a question whether there is a plan to adopt a project for prevention of floods in commercial hub Yangon city annually. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Aung Thein replied that repairing of drains and installation of sluice gates at outlet of rivers and creeks are being carried out in fiscal years in Yangon not to cause floods. Yangon City Development Committee has conducted preliminary survey in three downtown townships for prevention of flood. If the region government cannot spend the budget for the project, the committee will seek the budget from President’s special fund and submit the report to the union government for taking technology. MPs participated in discussions of SME development bill. U Nay Win Tun of Shan State Constituency No 9 and U Hla Swe of Magway Region Constituency No 12 discussed prospects from development of SMEs and progress of SMEs to emerge a middle class people for Myanmar’s graduation from lower developed countries status, and seeking foreign assistance and technology for development of SMEs in Myanmar. The speaker of the Hluttaw decided the Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee must review the discussions of the Mps."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 4 February 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw approves motion to encourage yam cultivation
    Date of publication: 05 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 4 Feb — Amyotha Hlutaw session on Wednesday discussed the motion calling for the union government to take systematic measures for yam cultivation in suitable areas submitted by Representative U Har Shein Bway. The motion was seconded by Representative U Paw Lyan Lwin. He said that it is necessary for the government to arrange loans for yam cultivation at low interest rates while the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Cooperatives are required to set up yam purchasing centres in villages. Representative U Salai Khweyan supported the motion, saying that yam can be a new product item that will raise the income of the country if yam researches are conducted and the cultivation is expanded. He also called for the government to provide financial and technical assistance to yam farmers. Representative U Nyunt Tin said it is necessary to form an organization of yam farmers for successful cultivation of yam. Concerning the motion, Union Minister for Commerce U Win Myint said that the country exported 3,525 tons of yam worth US$ 6.489 million up to 16 January in 2014- 15 fiscal year, adding that helping yam farmers will contribute to raising the living standards of yam farmers and increased export earnings of the country. He continued to say that a body has been formed and the ministry has urged authorities to set up yam cultivation zones. In conclusion, he said that systematic storage and processing techniques will help raise the prices of yam in the market. The session approved the motion and accepted another motion for discussions urging the government to establish libraries in basic education schools. Representative U Moe Myint raised a question at the session on construction and maintenance of school buildings in No. 1 Basic Education High School in Myeik. Deputy Minister for Education Dr Zaw Min Aung said the government has allotted K 64.8 million for construction of a building in 2015- 15 fiscal year and arrangements will be made to allot more fund for maintenance of a school building."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 3 February, 2015: DICA issues company registrations, work licences, permission within three days
    Date of publication: 04 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Amyotha Hluttaw 3 February, 2015 DICA issues company registrations, work licences, permission within three days Nay Pyi Taw, 3 Feb — Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) held the 11th day session at its hall in Hluttaw Complex, here, on Tuesday. U Zone Hle Htan of Chin State Constituency No 2 asked whether there is a plan to publish the book on information and rules on company registration, work licence and permission for the people. Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Daw Lei Lei Thein replied that Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration gives talks and share knowledge about company registration process, and procedures of application for investment in regions and states and through www. dica.gov.com of the directorate. The department eases rules and regulations for convenience of applicants and opens branches in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi and Mawlamyine for company registration. The department issues company’s registration, work licence and permission within three days. The ministry has no plan to publish the book on information and procedures for registration. Defence Services Personnel representative Col Khin Soe asked about matters related to NGOs and INGOs in Myanmar. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Kyaw Tun explained that according to the section 42 of association registration law, a total of 663 non-governmental organizations and 106 INGOs, totalling 769 operate their tasks in Myanmar. NGOs carry out social tasks in line with their missions and visions. INGOs sign MoU with ministries concerned for undertaking education, health, social, environmental conservation, relief and rehabilitation in the nation. A total of 76 NGOs, UN and INGOs are undertaking tasks in Rakhine State. Of them, 26 NGOs, UN and INGOs are carrying out education and health sectors, 13 teams for children and aged care, 23 teams for supply of potable water and regional development, eight teams for rescue and relief of natural disaster and environmental conservation and six teams for social welfare tasks. The UGO/INGOs are operating their tasks under the supervision of ministries concerned and local authorities under the laws."
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    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
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    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 2 February, 2015: Waingmaw to get retaining wall for prevention of bank erosion
    Date of publication: 03 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 2 Feb— At the 10th day session of the Amyotha Hluttaw on Monday, U Gam Sai of Kachin State Constituency No 2 asked whether there is a plan to build a 472 feet long gravel-filled retaining wall for bank erosion of Ayeyawady River at Ward 1 in Waingmaw. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that Kachin State Water Resources Utilization Department will be assigned to conduct feasibility study for construction of retaining wall and to seek approval from the head office of the department. Then, the department will be ordered to demand the funds from the separate budget of the president and the budget from Kachin State government in 2015- 16 fiscal year. Depending on the fund, the department will build the retaining wall. U Thein Hlaing of Sagaing Region Constituency No 8 asked about a plan for construction of Razagyo Dam. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Khin Zaw replied that construction of the embankment at Razagyo Dam in Kalay Township, Sagaing Region, has been completed by 96 percent, a spillway by 100 percent, a hydropower station by 65 percent and feeder canals by 27 percent in 2014-15 fiscal year. T he budget proposal has been submitted to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for completion of remaining tasks in 2015-16 fiscal year. If the Hluttaw approved the budget proposal, the project will be implemented in 2015-16 FY."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 29 January 2015: MPs debate Population Control Healthcare Bill
    Date of publication: 30 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 29 Jan— The Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw decided to bring the Population Control Healthcare Bill back to Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee after the bill was debated at the Hluttaw today. U Khin Maung Latt of Rakhine State’s No. 6 constituency has suggested to enact the bill as a law, stressing the need for adopting policies which are adapted to situation of Myanmar as it is located between the countries where population explosion is happening. U Zone Hlyal Htan of Chin State’s constituency No. 2 and Dr Myint Naing of Sagaing Region Constituency No. 3 have suggested to take time to be able to thoroughly make assessment to the bill before enacting it. Maj Ye Wint Soe, a representative from the Ministry of Defence Services, has pointed out that there is no sections for punishment for hindrances to the health care services which would be carried out in accordance with the law. He has suggested to think about whether punishments should be added to the bill. U J Yaw Wu of Kachin State’s constituency No. 12 has objected the Population Control Healthcare Bill while Daw Khin Waing Kyi of Yangon Region’s No. 1 constituency seconded it."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 28 January, 2015: Government helps tea farmers and merchants
    Date of publication: 29 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Deputy Minister: Nay Pyi Taw, 28 Jan — The government is helping tea farmers by taking measures to export tea to Japan and display tea products at the ASEAN Food Show, Deputy Minister for Commerce Dr Pwint Hsan said in his response to a question at the Amyotha Hluttaw session on Wednesday. In addition, the government formed a central body of tea farmers, tea producers and tea merchants, according to the deputy minister. The government has established a tea market and it is necessary for the central body and the Association of Myanmar Fruit, Flowers and Vegetables Farmers, Manufacturers and Exporters to cooperate with local authorities for the stability of the tea market while the government offers necessary assistance, the deputy minister said. Another question raised at the session was responded by Deputy Minister for Education Dr Zaw Min Aung, who said that transfers and promotion of teachers in basic education sector are being carried out in a transparent manner by announcing vacancies on notice boards at township, district and region/state education offices when application forms are invited for transfers and promotions. Afterwards, a representative discussed the religion conversion bill and the speaker decided to discuss the bill at the next session. The speaker reported to the Amyotha Hluttaw on measures taken by the government concerning the construction works that fall short of building standard."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (66K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 27 January, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw discusses parental leave and business in ethnic armed group areas
    Date of publication: 28 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Jan — Amoytha Hluttaw discussed Tuesday three issues of parental leave for government employees, security for businesses in the areas of ethnic armed groups and modern railway system. In response to the question of MP Dr Myat Nyana Soe, Chairman U Kyaw Thu of Union Civil Services Board explained female employees of civil service can enjoy six-month maternal leave, while the husband of that woman or the male employee of non-civil service woman cannot enjoy paternal leave. However, the male employee can get one of the 10 types of two-week leave to take care her wife and new-born baby, but not paternal leave, in accordance with Civil Service Law. U Kyaw Thu also said the new mother can enjoy the full term of six-month maternal leave even though the baby died; however, the leave of her husband cannot be extended. Regarding the question MP U Soe Thet, Deputy Minister at President Office U Aung Thein answered that the government and ethnic armed groups have reached an agreement that the latter’s approval and discussions with both sides are needed to carry out development programmes and businesses in their areas where ceasefire agreement has been made. The government has signed ceasefire agreement with 14 ethnic armed groups, while KIA has agreed to ease tension. For the question of Major Aung Kyaw Zaw, Deputy Minister of Rail Transportation U Myint Thein said two railways of Asia railway network of India- China-Thailand under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Kunming-Singapore railway will pass through Myanmar with standard gauge system. The ministry is now producing dual gauge sleepers compatible with both meter gauge and standard gauge systems to upgrade railways across the country."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 26 January, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw divided on religious conversion bill
    Date of publication: 27 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 26 Jan— Amotha Hluttaw representatives were divided on the religious conversion bill on its sixth day session on Monday, with Representative U Khin Maung Latt of Rakhine State Constituency (6) saying enacting the bill will contribute to reduction of conflicts, stability and national interests while Representative U Aung Kyi Nyunt of Magway Region Constituency (4) was of the view that special care and enough time should be taken for enactment of an unbiased and meaningful law as the bill will force people to convert religion as its side effects and stoke the worry of national races instead of protecting the freedom of worship. However, Representative Dr Banya Aung Moe of Mon State Constituency (7) said that the bill will not affect the freedom of worship and will encourage people of different religions to live in unity. Similarly, Defence Services Personnel Representative Lt-Col Thein Lwin believed that the bill is in accordance with the state constitution and meets the international legal standards without preventing freedom of religious conversion. He said the bill systematize the conversion of religion. Representatives U Nyan Lin of Ayeyawady Region Constituency (3) and U Phone Myint Aung of Yangon Region Constituency (3) proposed redrafting the bill while Representatives U Zonhle Htan of Chin State Constituency (2) and U J Yaw Wu of Kachin State Constituency (12) objected to it. Debate on the bill will continue on the seventh day session of the Amyotha Hluttaw."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    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