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  • Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015

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    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 11 May, 2015: No free transportation for voters, says UEC [incl. Htanbatin Township query + Education & Television and Broadcasting Bill + ASEAN Single Window]
    Date of publication: 12 May 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 May — The government will not make any transport arrangements for voters in the upcoming general elections, even in remote areas, said Union Election Commission member U Win Ko to Pythu Hluttaw on Monday. In response to a query from Htantabin Township MP U Thein Yi, the UEC member told the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) that such facilitation by any political party or electoral representative is tantamount to a breach of the electoral law. U Win Ko also said polling stations will open in remote areas in accordance with the law, following consultation with sub-commissions on the appropriate number of polling stations for each township. He then noted voter education will be conduct-ed by media, election commissions in constituencies, political parties and civil service organizations. Regarding the benefits of switching from the National Single Window to the ASEAN Single Window, Dr Lin Aung, the deputy minister for finance, said the system could reduce the time and cost involved in foreign trade by streamlining customs processes and improving management of trade departments. The deputy minister added that Myanmar is setting up the Automated Custom Clearance System and information system with financial assistance of the Japanese government to replace the existing manual system and the Myanmar e-custom system. U Khin Maung Nyo also read out the report on Television and Broadcasting Bill with amendments transferred by the Amyotha Hluttaw."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 9 April, 2015: Ministry says Indaw gem mine operation lawful
    Date of publication: 10 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 April— The government confirmed the legality of a gem mining operation in Sagaing Region on Thursday in response to a question from a member of the Pyithu Hluttaw. U Kyaw Naing Htay of the Indaw constituency asked whether the mine in a reserved forest near a village in his township of Sagaing Region is legally permitted, saying the company ignores letters of protest calling for the mine’s closure. U Than Tun Aung, Deputy Minister for Mines, answered that his ministry issued a gem company with a licence for jade mining in February 2010, adding that it had not been informed of the letter of notice dated 4 February, 2015, sent by the Ministry of Forestry. The deputy minister pledged his ministry’s coordination with the Ministry of Forestry. U Pike Lin of the Paletwa constituency raised a query concerning the prospect of a national power grid linking Paletwa in Chin State and Kyauktaw in Rakhine State. Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo rejected the proposal, saying the installation of power lines between the two townships depends on the budget. The funds for the project are not included in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, he said."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (7.5MB)
    Date of entry/update: 01 May 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 8 April, 2015: Government takes measures to prevent child labour, recruitment as soldiers
    Date of publication: 09 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 8 April—The government is taking measures to prevent child labour and the employment of children in dangerous or illegal work, including the recruitment of minors into armed forces, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint told the Pyithu Hluttaw session on Wednesday. Those who abandon or traffic children, or force them to beg, will also be targeted, the deputy minister said, in accordance with criminal and juvenile laws. Those who abandon a child under 12 are liable to a maximum seven-year sentence. Trafficking children for forced labour is subject to a life sentence under the anti-human trafficking law, according to the deputy minister. The ministry of health is also trying to issue birth certificates when newborns are discharged from hospitals to prevent abandonment of children, the deputy minister added. Concerning child soldiers, the deputy minister said that armed forces have their own rules and regulations for recruiting new soldiers who are required to be between the ages of 18 and 25. Armed forces have released 594 child soldiers who were recruited improperly, while action was taken against 50 officers and 277 other personnel who recruited child soldiers."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (7.6K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 May 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 7 April, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw approves education amendment bill
    Date of publication: 08 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 7 April — The Pyithu Hluttaw on Tuesday approved the national education amendment bill, which came to the parliament with changes from the Amyotha Hluttaw and the Bill Committee. Pyithu Hluttaw approves education amendment bill The Amyotha Hluttaw and the Bill Committee had made 50 changes and 45 changes respectively to the education amendment bill, with the Pyithu Hluttaw accepting their amendments after discussing them clause by clause."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (6.8K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 May 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 6 April, 2015: Health ministry constructs rural health branches in Kachin State
    Date of publication: 07 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 6 April — Ministry of Health explained establishments of rural health branches in two villages of Shwegu Township of Bhamo district, Kachin State and budget allocation for two branches in Shwepyitha Township, Yangon Region. U Win Naing, an MP of Shwegu Township constituency, called for construction of each rural health branch at Shwechaungthar and Naungmoh villages. Deputy Minister for Health Dr Daw Thein Thein Htay said in accordance with the number of locals in the area, the ministry will construction one health facility in Shwechaungthar and another one in Zinbone village, instead of the proposed one. Regarding the query of MP U Tin Maung Oo from Shwepyitha Township constituency, the deputy minister said Yangon region government did not cut the budget allocated by Union Hluttaw, but public funds are totally given out only when the projects are completed and the qualities are passed by the ministry. Proposal of Ye Township constituency in southern Myanmar on upgrading the road linking the villages of Lamai, Thaungpyin and Aryutaung was rejected for 2015-2016 fiscal year on the ground of budget limitation by the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development. The Lower House then decided to approve Myanmar Accountancy Council Bill submitted by the Upper House with its amendments."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (7.7K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 May 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 3 April, 2015: Tender issues dominate Pyithu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 04 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 3 April— Local authorities invite tenders through mass media for construction of roads and bridges with government funds, Deputy Minister at President Office U Aung Thein told the Pyithu Hluttaw on Friday. He explained the role of responsible committees in selecting highest bidders, setting floor prices, supervising quality control, and making contracts. An MP proposed more flight services in the airport in Mawlamyine, Mon State, with Deputy Minister U Zin Yaw rejecting the proposal by citing a small number of passengers as economic disadvantage. Currently, the Department of Civil Aviation has invited register of interest (ROI) from interested private airlines in a bid to encourage the private sector in aviation. The deputy minister spoke of the possibility of upgrading the airport in Thaton in the future, given its convenient location."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 April 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 1 April, 2015: Term of legal affairs commission extended to 2016
    Date of publication: 02 April 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 1 April — Pyithu Hluttaw approved on Wednesday extension of the term for the Legal Affairs and Special Issues Assessment Commission till January 31, 2016 after suggestion of Thura U Shwe Mann, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House). The speaker said parliament has approved 149 laws with the help of the commission in which the members are well-experienced and qualified. Regarding repairing works of roads and bridges in Laikha Township in Shan State, Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint said the road section of highway that passes in Laikha Township was being repaired with the budget of Shan State and it will be upgraded to 18-ft wide road. To fill vacancies at the people hospitals of Panglong Township and Mongpawn Township, Deputy Minister for Health Dr Daw Thein Thein Htay said the ministry has assigned a medical superintendent for Panglong hospital, while Shan State government will hire new doctors for Mongpawn hospital by this month."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 April 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 30 March, 2015: Arid zone to get water under rural development plan
    Date of publication: 31 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 30 March— Dry zone in central Myanmar will get water supply under rural development plan of Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development. Replying to the query of U Thein Lwin, an MP of Chauk Township constituency, about possible means to ensure sufficient drinking water in the arid area, Deputy Minister for MLFRD U Khin Maung Aye said the ministry has drawn the plan up to 2015-2016 fiscal year for water supply. Then, U Paik Linn, an MP of Paletwa Township constituency, asked any plan for university of distance education students in science majors to work laboratory experiments for seven or 14 consecutive days at the universities. Dr Zaw Min Aung, Deputy Minister for Education, said, these students have to learn theory and then have to do practical at the weekend when other regular classes are closed, noting that this schedule is more appropriate than one or two consecutive weeks."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (66K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 26 March, 2015: Health Department upgrades YGH with technical assistance of local and foreign organizations
    Date of publication: 27 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 26 March — With regard to the question on arrangements for opening Sports University raised by U Thang Lein of Mindat Constituency, Deputy Minister for Sports U Thaung Htaik replied that the university will be opened in 2016-17 fiscal year depending on budget in 2015-16 FY at the 34th day session of Pyithu Hluttaw Thursday. U Min Swe of DaikU Constituency asked about upgrading of Yangon General Hospital. Deputy Minister for Health Dr Win Myint explained that the Yangon General Hospital upgrading and renovation committee was formed with 12 members to upgrade the facility with technical assistance of former minister of Department of Health Mr. Lord Darzi of England, trustee Dr Michael Marett-Crosby of Rangoon General Hospital Reinvigoration Fund of England, Robin Cross, Ian Goodfellow, and Louise Hansen Yangon Heritage Trust of the UK, Myanmar Engineering Society, Myanmar Integrated Engineer Group, Quality Control and Nikki Group. Health Department allotted K5 billion in 2013- 14 FY and K4.5 billion in 2014-15 FY for upgrading the YGH. Up to 4 February, a five-storey building has been completed by 100 percent while a cyclotron PET/ CT, emergency and out-patient ward, main building, building for O2Plan, medical store, 1,000-KVA transformer and lecture hall are under construction. The Hluttaw invited MPs to discuss the bill on rights of persons with disabilities sent by Amyotha Hluttaw with amendments."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 25 March, 2015: Unethical contractors will be charged: Education Ministry
    Date of publication: 26 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 25 March — Education ministry will take actions against contractors or inspectors if school facilities cannot be completed in right time or are found using low quality construction materials, U Thant Shin, Deputy Minister for Education, told Pyithu Hluttaw Wednesday. In reply to the query of MP U Than Oo from Myawady Township constituency, the deputy minister said for breaching agreements in the contracts, the contractors will have to pay fines with daily basis depending on the sizes of schooling buildings, and inspector in-charge of quality will be prosecuted in accordance with provisions of civil service law. U Thant Shin also said that the ministry is making promotion of teachers before each school season and transfer of teacher is allowed only after another teacher has been substituted, and all the schools open by May 15 every academic year. Enquiring about possible construction of a bridge to link Yangon’s Kyimyindine Township and Ayeywa village crossing Hline River, Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint said the project includes in Maha Yangon Development Project (2040) which will be jointly implemented Yangon City Development Committee and Japan International Cooperation Agency. He said feasible study has been made for the project and detail assessment are being carried out as the project will help develop more road networks for Yangon. U Aye Mauk, an MP of Mahlaing Township constituency, submitted a proposal to discuss transfer of road networks among villages, townships and district to the Ministry of Construction."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (67K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 24 March, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw promises Kalewa independence obelisk with park
    Date of publication: 25 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 24 March— U Soe Thein of the Kalewa constituency on Tuesday put forward a motion demanding the Pyithu Hluttaw that an independence obelisk be erected in the township of Kalewa, Sagaing Region, before Independence Day, 4 January, in 2016. U Aung Thein, Deputy Minister at President Office, responded that the local management committee under the supervision of the region’s chief minister is making arrangements for the construction of the obelisk alongside a park on 0.064 acre of land near the Myittha bridge. U Nyi Nyi Myint of the Ottwin constituency urged the parliament to construct a bridge across Sittoung River linking Ottwin and Htantabin, with U Khin Maung Aye, Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, rejecting the proposal. He said the cost of constructing the bridge is not included in the ministry’s budgets for 2014- 2015 financial year. U Sai Tin Maung of the Laikha constituency proposed providing reasonable allowances from state’s budgets to trustworthy personnel assigned to election commissions, which the Pyithu Hluttaw accepted. U Win Ko of the Union Election Commission responded that an increase of travel allowances would be made through coordination with departments concerned."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 23 March, 2015: Oil price falls impacts on revenue from natural gas export
    Date of publication: 24 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 23 March — Dramatic fall of oil price in global market has affected export of Myanmar natural gas, said Deputy Minister for Energy U Myint Zaw to Pyithu Hluttaw on Monday. Regarding the query of U Thein Lwin, an MP of Chauk constituency, the deputy minister said although revenue from the sales of natural gas has declined, the ministry will manage to meet the income from this sector as in previous years. U Myint Zaw also promised the ministry will operate more joint-venture businesses with foreign companies to avoid monopolies of international firms in the domestic market, while the respective agencies are examining fuel qualities and market price. While transportation charges have also declined due to the falling fuel price, the Ministry of Energy will cooperate with other ministries and agencies for the fall of commodity prices. Regarding query of Daw Nan Sae Awa, an MP of Hpa-an constituency, Kayin State, on education funds for basic education schools, Deputy Minister for Education U Thant Shin replied that under the free education system of 2014- 2015 fiscal year for primary schools, the ministry allocated funds to all basic education schools based on the number of schoolchildren. The deputy minister said that in last fiscal year schools with 100 primary level children were given K800,000 (US$800), those with 200 children K1000,000 ($1,000), with 300 children K1.2 million ($1,200), with 400 children K1.4 million ($1,400), with more than 400 children K1.6 million, and K 400,000 for each affiliated primary school. U Thant Shin also clarified on the query of U Than Myint, an MP of Wundwin constituency that the ministry is cooperating with the Ministry of Health for health programmes at schools the whole year. U Aung Thein Linn, an MP of South Okkalapa constituency, urged the government to address trade deficit through prioritizing export sector of the country. His suggestion was recorded by the Lower House, and Union Minister for Commerce U Win Myint said the ministry has relaxed some restrictions on trade sector, remarking that both total expenditure of the country and amount of foreign direct investment have increased. He also said one of the reasons for trade deficit is due to more import items for investment sector, suggesting that enactment of laws for value-added products, and establishments of export/import bank and trade promotion board will help develop a business model that emphasizes on export sector."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 06 April 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 19 March, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw urged to create global market for local rubber
    Date of publication: 20 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 19 March — U Saw Ba Thein of the Thaton constituency asked the Pyithu Hluttaw on Thursday about the prospect of creating a global market for local rubber and the disbursement of loans. Turning rubber into finished products is the first priority for the country to enter the international market, responded U Ohn Than, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, adding that his ministry is working in tandem with companies from Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore in a bid to build more factories to manufacture finished products as well as enabling growers to earn more. Myanma Agricultural Development Bank has not made any plan to disburse loans to rubber growers, according to the deputy minister. U Ye Htun of the Sibaw constituency asked the lower house the number of total miles of roads across the country, their total cost and the possibility of contracting private companies. Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint responded that his ministry has constructed over 24,900 miles of roads nationwide and that their annual maintenance requires over K390 billion. So far 27 private companies owned by Myanmar nationals have been permitted to construct 3,490 miles of roads under the BOT (build, operate and transfer) system, with new private companies invited, the deputy minister said. MPs also discussed the marriage bill on Myanmar Buddhist women and the population control healthcare bill."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (65K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 18 March, 2015: Information Ministry withdraws proposed Public Service Media bill
    Date of publication: 19 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 March — The Pyithu Hluttaw in its session Wednesday discussed illegal imports of satellite dishes and receivers for foreign TV channels, motorway toll charges and the withdrawal of the proposed Public Service Media bill by the Ministry of Information. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint told the Lower House that the ministry and its organs are taking action against illegal imports of satellite TV receivers in accordance with the 2012 Import- Export Law. The penalty for breaching the law on the prohibition of illegal items is up to three years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both, he said. He added that authorities will take action in response to complaints from TV service providers. Responding to the query of Lower House MP U Thein Nyunt, Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut also said relevant ministries need to cooperate to control illegal import of foreign satellite receivers, as some of the channels show explicit programmes and gambling. The information minister said spill-over is technically unavoidable as TV programmes are broadcast through satellites, although imports of satellite dishes that can receive programmes from Skynet and MRTV have been banned. He also suggested the bill committee of the Pyithu Hluttaw should consider puting this issue into the discussion of a bill on television and broadcast law. On the issue of motorway tolls, Deputy Minister at the President’s Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win said the toll rates will not be changed for cars coming into Yangon Region. Concerning tender invitations for government projects, Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint said projects worth under K 5 million do not require a tender invitation, but instead should be referred to the departmental tender scrutiny board. From K 5 million to K 50 million, tenders are sought through notice boards of relevant government departments, while for projects worth K 50 million and over, tender invitations are advertised in state-owned newspapers one month in advance. The Pyithu Hluttaw also agreed on the withdrawal of the Public Service Media bill that was submitted by the Ministry of Information on the 26th day of the 9th regular Pyithu Hluttaw session. Regarding the withdrawal, the information minister said the ministry tried to transform state-run media to public service media, with a study tour of representatives from the Ministry of Information, the Amyotha Hluttaw, and the Pyithu Hluttaw to four European countries in June 2012 and the holding of a conference on international public service media in Yangon in September 2012. It also provided an explanation bout PSM to committee members of the Amyotha Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw. U Ye Htut also said the ministry drafted the PSM bill with the assistance of UNESCO before it was submitted to Hluttaw. The information minister said the ministry invited public opinion, publicizing the bill on state-run media, adding that the withdrawal is now aimed at reviewing and improving the bill."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (73K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 16 March, 2015: Seniors’ social welfare fund programme will be expanded gradually
    Date of publication: 17 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 March — Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Phone Swe said the ministry has proposed a budget to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to support the elder people between 90 and 100 years old in 2015- 2016 fiscal year. He also said the ministry has not planned to give K30,000 monthly to the senior citizens between 65 and 90 years old and the disabled persons in cooperation with NGOs and INGOs, adding that the plan will be carried out year by year based on the budget allocation. Replying to the query about special programmes of citizenship cards issuing namely ‘Moe Pwint Project’ raised by U Thein Tun Oo of Amarapura Constituency, Deputy Minister for Immigration and Population U Win Myint said the ministry conducted Moe Pwint Projects from level one to seven in many states and regions by using ministry’s budget for regular expenditure K417.964 million in 2013-2014 fiscal year and the assistance of respective states and regions where citizenship registration cards were issued. He also said that the ministry did not hire daily staff for the project. Later, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw said the Hluttaw proposed the union government to set up a pension fund for the retired politicians, however, the President Office rejected the proposal as Myanmar Socialist Programme Party has been revoked in accordance with an order of the military’s State Peace and Development Council in 1988, resulting in no pension fund for the dissolved party’s members."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 12 March, 2015: Union Supreme Court responds to legal action against unjust verdicts by judges
    Date of publication: 13 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 March — The Pyithu Hluttaw on Thursday was asked of a query of the way legal action is taken against judges for unjust verdicts and how many of them have been punished, with the Supreme Court of the Union responding that unjust decisions are likely to result from the wrong interpretation of legal stipulations and that judges imposing unlawful decisions are punished regarding the severity of their wrongful verdicts. An MP tabled a motion at the parliament, demanding seismic surveys for hydropower projects planned to implement in the Thanlwin river. The Ministry of Electric Power responded arrangements are underway to study possible impacts the projects might have on the environment and that the public will be informed of safety measures. The parliament approved another motion urging the government to place the marketplace of the country’s products in border trade under the management of citizens."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 11 March, 2015: Government to reclaim about 39,000 acres of farmlands in 2015-16 FY
    Date of publication: 12 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 March — U Myint Soe, MP of Pyawbwe Constituency, asked about plans of the Anti- Corruption Commission to enquire corruption and bribery cases at law offices and courts at Wednesday’s session of Pyithu Hluttaw. Chairman of the commission U Mya Win replied that corruption cases need firm evidences and information from investigation report to take action against the lawbreakers. It is not easy to enquire corruption cases at the law offices and courts under disguise of clients. Depending on the cases, investigation and taking action will be undertaken under the anti-corruption law. U Than Myint of Wundwin Constituency asked about reclamation of mechanized farm plots and disbursement of long-term loans for reclamation of modern farmlands. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than explained that the government has reclaimed 34,376 acres of mechanized farmlands including 711 aces with the assistance of Japanese Institute of Irrigation and Drainage-JIID and Japan International Cooperation Agency-JICA and Korea International Cooperation Agency-KOICA from 2011-12 to 2014-15 fiscal year. In 2015-16 fiscal year, the government will spend its fund on 4,500 acres of farmland, loans from India on 30,400 acres of land and International Fund for Agricultural Development-IFDA on 4,000 acres of land. Moreover, 20,400 acres of farmlands will be reclaimed with the loan from India and 4,000 acres with IFAD in 2016-17 fiscal year. A plan is underway to reclaim 2,000 acres by spending loan from IFAD in 2017-18 fiscal year. Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank has no plan to disburse long-term loans to farmers for paying back it through installment."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 10 March, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw explains laws on electioneering and campaigning activities
    Date of publication: 11 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 10 March — A representative from the TadaU constituency asked the Pyithu Hluttaw here on Tuesday about public campaigns for what action would be taken against in violation of the law on electioneering, with an official of the Union Election Commission responding that nobody is above the election law and that lawsuits could be filed in police stations as for violation of laws prescribed in Section 13. The Union Election Commission announced the Election Law to take action against violators on 16 January this year, according to the official. An MP from Myebon asked whether incumbent representatives and candidates need to abide by the electioneering law and the election law, to which the same UEC official responded, stating that they all must obey the laws. UEC has announced that the general elections have been scheduled for late October or early November this year, with the official saying that political parties are found soliciting for votes although the commission has not yet officially designated the canvass period. He also spoke of speeches and leaflet distribution must be in line with the existing law and the election law."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 9 March, 2015: Four townships in Kayah State, Ayeyawady Region to get inter-town asphalt roads in March
    Date of publication: 10 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 March—Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) continued its 23rd day session Monday. With regard to the question raised by U Htay Maung of Saw Constituency on number of townships facilitated with inter-town asphalt roads in the nation, Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint replied that so far, Ministry of Construction has constructed inter-town roads in 248 townships of 330 across the nation. Upgrading of inter-town roads will be completed in Shadaw in Kayah State, Thabaung, Wakema and Mawlamyinegyun townships in Ayeyawady Region in March this year. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than replied to a question sufficiency for quality paddy seeds raised by U Thein Tun of Kyaunggon Constituency that region and state administrative bodies need to invite investors for establishment of paddy seed production, while the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation will provide assistance to them in controlling quality of seeds, registration and inspection of seed farms under the seeds law. Thura U Aung Ko of Kanpetlet Constituency asked whether there is a plan to arrange flow of foreign direct investment to Myanmar for development of agriculture sector. He also explained that the ministry cooperates with foreign experts with their expertise and technology for development of agrobased industries. Now, the ministry is holding talks with 65 foreign companies for investment in agriculture sector. At present, 21 projects worth US$78 million are being implemented while over US$370 million foreign loans are being spent on four projects."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 5 March, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw discusses inflation
    Date of publication: 06 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 5 March — Members of the Pyithu Hluttaw questioned the government in Thursday’s lower house session about how it plans to control inflation if a proposed pay rise for civil servants is instituted. Central Bank of Myanmar Deputy Governor Daw Khin Saw Oo told the session inflation will increase when salaries of government employees are raised to a decent level, with the central bank issuing more money to fulfill the increased government budget. Higher incomes will also drive inflation by increasing consumption, with prices rising where demand exceeds supply, according to the vice governor. Private sector pay rises will inevitably follow they government salary hike, with the resulting increase in production costs also driving up prices, she added. Increased consumption of imports will also raise the budget deficit and depreciate the value of Myanmar’s currency, further driving inflation. However, she said the government is seeking to adjust the deficit under 5 percent of GDP for sustainable development. Deputy Minister for Finance Dr Maung Maung Thein was of the view that decreasing government spending can keep inflation under control, with government spending to be reduced in capital expenditure. Another tool for fighting inflation is to increase tax collection. The ministry is taking appropriate measures in term of fiscal policy to prevent inflation, the deputy minister added. Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Daw Lei Lei Thein said her ministry is also taking appropriate measures in cooperation with other ministries concerned."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (46K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 March 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 23 February, 2015: Ministries of forest conservation, cooperatives, NPED deal with Amyotha Hluttaw queries
    Date of publication: 24 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 23 Feb — Deputy Ministers of union government answered the queries of representatives at Amyotha Hluttaw’s 20th day session Monday. In reply to the query of U Bo Ni, an MP of Yamethin Township constituency, Deputy Minister U Aye Myint Maung for Environmental Conservation and Forestry said the country has adopted a 30-year plan from 2000-2001 to 2030-2031 fiscal years for forest conservation, with updating every decade and reviewing every five years and development of reserved forest to 30 percent of the country’s total area and 10 percent for natural habitats. He also explained afforestation and growing of firewood plants with the contribution of people. Regarding query of Dr Than Aung, an MP of Shwebo Township constituency, the Deputy Minister said the ministry has not planned to extend the period for farmers to settle agricultural loans, as the loans from EXIM Bank of China will have to be paid back in eight years. Thura U Aung Ko, an MP of Kanpetlet constituency, asked the plans on proper use of international grants and loans. Deputy Minister Daw Lei Lei Thein for National Planning and Economic Development said the ministry has formed two committees to scrutinize foreign grants in cooperation with union-level ministries, governments of states and regions, foreign aid agencies for prevent misuse of international supports."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 02 March 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 19 February, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw goes on for 19th day
    Date of publication: 20 February 2015
    Description/subject: " Nay Pyi Taw, 19 Feb — The Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) continued its 19th day session on Thursday, with questions and answers regarding farming disputes and standards and measures for sale of alcohol and a submission of motion. In his answer to the question on promulgation of anti-bullying laws, rules and regulations for farmers who won the farming dispute cases, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Kyaw Tun said that new legislation is not needed as existing farmland law and rules and regulations, the penal code and general and specials laws have provided adequate protection for farmers to do their businesses peacefully. The deputy minister also responded to a question on matters related to sale of alcohol that licenses have been issued in accord with a chain of approvals by local authorities; that regulators from the Ministry of Home Affairs or the Ministry of Health have released recommendations to ensure safe alcohol sale; and that actions are being taken against production and distribution of unqualified alcohol and illegal alcohol sellers in accord with the law. During the today’s session, U Myint Soe of Pyawbwe Constituency submitted a proposal urging the Union government to give exemption to those who resides on both sides of the highway from lawsuits against them as the new Highway Law requires houses to be built 230 feet apart from the highway, whereas the previous law only requires 100 feet."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 22 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 18 February, 2015: Ministries officially allowed three more minutes for explanations
    Date of publication: 19 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Government ministries have got three more minutes for explanations at Pyithu Hluttaw beginning at the 18th day of 12th regular session despite only three minutes in the past. Responsible persons of ministers took more than three minutes which was officially allowed for each explanation, and Speaker of Hluttaw had to neglect the limited time. Decision of Hluttaw Rights Committee on Wednesday includes MPs are allowed three minutes for each question, while ministries are allocated a total of six minutes for explanation. The Speaker of Hluttaw may stop irrelevant questions with related issue; U Thein Nyunt, MP of Pyithu Hluttaw from Thingangyun Township constituency, remarked, “Ministers and deputy ministers answered and explained with long stories for even sample and short questions, presenting the works of their respective ministries. It is a waste of time for Hluttaw and revenue of the country. So, union level officials should try to compete the answer during the allocated time."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (66k)
    Date of entry/update: 22 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 16 February, 2015: MPF extends many branches and enhances capacity
    Date of publication: 17 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 Feb—At the 17th day session of Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) on Monday, U Than Myint of Wundwin Constituency asked whether there is a plan to issue warning of earthquake to the people and process of preparations. Deputy Minister for Transport U Zin Yaw replied that the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is taking various ways and means for decreasing loss of life and property in natural disasters including earthquakes and disseminating knowledge to the people. Department of Meteorology and Hydrology also distributes pamphlets on preparations to be carried out before and after earthquakes and conducts natural disaster management courses and prevention of earthquake in cooperation with the Ministry of SWRR, Myanmar Red Cross Society and Myanmar Engineering Society. U Khaing Maung Yi of Ahlon Constituency submitted a proposal calling for extending establishment of Myanmar Police Force and security forces and upgrading them to be able to prevent and control terrorism and destructive acts for ensuring life security of the people. The Hluttaw approved it. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint explained that MPF extended many branches from 2011 to 2014 and conducts capacity enhancement courses for the police and community policing courses with the assistance of European Union- EU for ensuring safety of people."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 22 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 10 February, 2015: Land management to be reformed for urban development
    Date of publication: 11 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 10 Feb — Deputy Ministers of the government explained Pyithu Hluttaw Tuesday about land management systems under urban development programmes. Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Khin Maung Nyo of Pauk Township constituency, Magwe region, asked about the plan to relax restrictions and red tapes on land utilization management. U Ohn Than, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, said except changing farm lands into other projects, Department of Land Records Office in townships are issuing permits within one-month to valid application for grant lands and mine exploration across the country excluding in the Nay Pyi Taw council areas and major cities of Yangon and Mandalay. U Khun Thein Pe, MP of Hopong Township constituency, asked the government’ plan to demarcate road areas across the country, while people are settling and squatting at roadsides along some highways, even erecting walls illegally for compounds. U Soe Tint, Deputy Minister for Construction, said clear lines will be drawn for demarcation between road areas and residential places, and legal actions will be taken against squatting in road areas. In response to question of U Thein Nyunt, MP of Thingangyun Township constituency, Deputy Minister U Aung Thein at President Office answered that members of Yangon City Development Committee, MPs of Yangon Region Hluttaw, representatives of Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers and Commerce, senior officials of respective ministries held workshops at Yangon City Hall in June and December 2013 and March in 2014 to lay down the rules for Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and Building Coverage Ratio (BCR) under urban development programmes. U Aung Thein said YCDC has instructed reconstruction and rehabilitation of the buildings which do not meet urbanization standards in Yangon city. U Kim Sein, MP of Thayetchaung Township constituency, discussed offshore fishing industry is declining, and is likely to collapse in the long term, with suggestion to Union government to prohibit fishing from June 1 to August 31. Pyithu Hluttaw also accepted three starred questions, one proposal, two bill and invitation to MPs for their proposals."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 9 February, 2015: 12th regular session of Pyithu Hluttaw continues
    Date of publication: 10 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 Feb — Pyithu Hluttaw session on Monday discussed religious affairs, availability of call centres in the entire country, repairs of rural roads and upgrading of monastic education schools. Concerning the question on availability of call centres in the entire country raised by Representative U Min Swe of DaikU, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than said that arrangements are under way for mobile phone networks to cover the entire country so that farmers can communicate for their needs. As for the motion calling for the upgrading of monastic education schools, Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Maung Maung Htay said that the ministry has been upgrading monastic education schools when they meet their respective requirements and salaries for teachers at monastic education schools will be raised according to the number of students at each school approved by state/region supervisory committees for monastic education schools."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (61K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 6 February, 2015: Strategic EIA to be conducted at hydropower dams on Thanlwin River
    Date of publication: 07 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 6 Feb— Feasibility tests are being conducted at five project sites for dams on the Thanlwin River, Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Maw Tha Htway told the Pyithu Hluttaw session on Friday. The deputy minister was responding to the question whether the min-istry has a plan to conduct strategic environmental impact assessment and to use IWRM comprehensive water resource management system at six dam projects on the Thanlwin River. The environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment for Kunlong Hydropower Project, which is located at the upper reach of the river, have been conducted and a central body of the ministry led by a deputy minister and regional level committees have been formed to monitor field inspection of the reports, according to the deputy minister. Local people have been informed about the project and negotiations for compensations have been held, the deputy minister added. The deputy minister said that the ministry will cooperate with other ministries to conduct strategic environmental impact assessment for the other four projects and arrangements are under way to conduct such EIA with technicians from STUCKY AS consultant firm from Switzerland. Then, Representative U Phyo Min Thein submitted the motion calling for the union government to take measures for freedom of news coverage for the media with accountability and responsibility in accordance with the law. Concerning the motion, Deputy Minister for Information U Pike Htway said that the government has relaxed the restrictions on the media step by step by allowing the media to publish without prior censorship since 20 August 2012 while private newspapers, which were never permitted in the past, are now publishing their dailies. He added as the other restrictions were also eased, a total of 396 journals, 324 magazines, 936 general publications, 27 private newspapers have been permitted until January 2015. Out of them, 220 journals, 128 magazines and 12 newspapers are still in circulation while some of them have been allowed to publish their periodicals in languages of ethnic national races and some foreign languages including English and Japanese, according to the deputy minister. The deputy minister also said the freedom of the media should come together with responsibility and accountability and it is natural for the media to wish for higher standards of media freedom in accordance with Article 19 of the Human Rights Declaration but the media is also required to abide by Article 29 of the declaration. Fairness is a prerequisite for a democracy and it is necessary for the media to be ethical and to abide by the law by exercising freedom in a responsible and accountable manner. The government has a plan to cooperate with the press council for development of media, effectiveness of measures of the press council on ethical issues and effectiveness of news release of the government, the deputy minister added. The Ministry of Information and the press council is now cooperating for rules of the media law, the deputy minister said. The deputy minister said that the media has been permitted to cover news in accordance with the Media Law and legal action will not be taken against journalists if they abide by the law and ethic code of the press council. The session voted against the motion."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (74K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 5 February, 2015: 11 MoUs signed between Govt, local & foreign companies to make assessment of building coal-fired power plants
    Date of publication: 06 February 2015
    Description/subject: " Nay Pyi Taw, 5 Feb — The government has signed 11 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with local and foreign companies to carry out assessments of potentials for building coal-fired power plants, said Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo. The deputy minister made the remarks at the meeting of Pyithu Hluttaw Thursday as U Myint Soe of Pyawbwe Constituency submitted a proposal to produce power sufficiently with the use of modern technologies including coal-power and nuclear power technologies without damaging the health of the people and environment. However, the government has no plan yet to produce electricity from nuclear power in the country as generating electricity from the nuclear power is under criticism currently in the world, U Aung Than Oo said. He also replied to a question raised by U Aung Kyaing of NyaungU Constituency that power will be supplied to 45 Bagan-era pagodas in Sarle Village in Chauk Township when budget allocation for building a 11-KV cable line in the region is approved. The deputy minister continued to say that regional and state governments have sought budget allocations from the government to build and upgrade 11-KV cables in the respective regions. To supply power to 45 Bagan-era pagodas in Sarle Village in Chauk Township, it is needed to build a one- and- a half-mile-long cable to link the village and a sub-power station in Yenanchaung, the deputy minister said. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electric Power is implementing power supply projects with the use of budget allocation from the government and assistance from the World Bank, Asia Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency and loans from the other countries, giving priorities to supplying power to rural areas, U Aung Than Oo said. Besides, the ministry has a plan to build a 230- KV cable line, apart from a 66-KV cable line, to be able to supply power to villages in Gangaw Township."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 4 February, 2015: Ministries concerned striving for construction of industrial zones meeting international standards
    Date of publication: 05 February 2015
    Description/subject: " Nay Pyi Taw, 4 Feb— Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) continued for the 12th day at its hall, here, on Wednesday. U Tin Maung Oo of Shwepyitha Constituency asked whether or not ministries concerned will solve standardization of industrial zones and disputes of land plots at the zones. Deputy Minister for Industry U Myo Aung replied that ministries concerned are striving for construction of industrial zones meeting international standards. These ministries solve the problems on land plots for land ownership and squatters. In some regions and states, respective industrial zone management committees of region and state governments and industrial zone management committees inspect land plots where no industry is operated for returning them to the government. U Khin Maung Shwe of Tamu Constituency asked whether there is a plan to sink well and carry out water supply to Tamu and construction of local asphalt road. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Aung Thein replied that K316.20 million of border region fund has been allotted for placing asphalt on a four-mile long local roads in Tamu in 2015-16 fiscal year. He added that Sagaing Region Development Affairs Committee has a plan to repair a public lake near Myoma Sasana Yeiktha in Tamu by spending K2 million in 2015-16 fiscal year. U Nyan Swe Win of Kyaukkyi Constituency submitted a proposal calling for allowing rights of political pension under the law. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Aung Thein explained it needs to draw a new political pension law enacted as Pyithu Hluttaw Law No 4 in 1980 as it is not conformity with the present time. The Hluttaw approved the proposal."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 3 February, 2015: National transport master plan comprising 142 projects to seek approval of Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 04 February 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 3 Feb — At 11th day session of Pyithu Hluttaw on Tuesday, U Zaw Tun of Labutta Constituency asked whether there is a plan to cancel or amend the fine for overdue repayment date of agricultural loans of farmers. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than replied that Myanma Agricultural Development Bank collected 5 per cent interest from the loans and 12 percent fine for overdue loans. According to the existing laws and rules, there is no plan to cancel or amend the fine for overdue loans. At present, coordination is being made with the office of the Attorney-General of the Union for amendment of the law. U Than Myint of Wundwin Constituency raised a question on plans of the government how to draw and implement national transport master plan. Deputy Minister for Transport U Han Sein replied that the master plan consists of 32 aviation projects, 15 waterway transport projects, 33 inland water transport projects, 14 rail transportation projects, 48 road transport projects, totalling 142. Arrangements are being made to seek approval for the master plan. Projects of the plan will be implemented at prioritized level. A national level central committee will be formed with officials of Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Rail Transportation, Ministry of Construction and other ministries concerned. U Thang Lein of Mindat Constituency submitted a proposal calling for drawing land management policies based on ecosystem and geographical conditions so as to conserve environment and natural resources. Deputy Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Aye Myint Maung explained that not only government but also NGOs and INGOs participate in undertaking the process of drawing land management policies based on ecosystem and geographical conditions so as to conserve environment and natural resources. The Hluttaw decided to put the proposal on record."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 2 February, 2015: There is no way to return confiscated lands, says defence deputy minister
    Date of publication: 03 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 2 Feb— Tenth-day meeting of Pyithu Hluttaw session Monday questioned and answered land seizures of Tatmataw, naming of towns and villages and sexual abuses on women. In response to the question of Daw Khin Saw Wai, parliamentarian of Yathedaung Township constituency, Major General Kyaw Nyunt, deputy minister for Defence, said military confiscated some lands in Zedipyin Village in this constituency for headquarters of Border Area Immigration Control Command before the lands and buildings were transferred to police battalion under Ministry of Home Affairs. He added it is not possible to return the lands to original owners as all the lands are occupied with the buildings of security forces. Question of Daw Khin San Hlaing, an MP of Pale Township constituency, was answered by Brigadier General Kyaw Zan Myint, deputy minister of Home Affairs, saying that the names of villages and towns are officially recognized as have been registered by the ministry. The deputy minister also explained the suggestion of Daw Nang Say Awa, an MP of Hpa-an Township constituency, to enact a law to protect women from sexual abuses. The Brigadier General said headed by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, a body of three committees comprising representatives of government ministries, parliament, political parties, legal experts, civil society organizations and NGOs is drafting the proposed law."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (67K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 29 January, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw session discusses appointment of law officers and drug eradication
    Date of publication: 30 January 2015
    Description/subject: " Nay PYi Taw, 29 Jan — The Office of the Attorney- General of the Union appointed 600 law officers (grade-4) over the period of five fiscal years, Deputy Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo told the Pyithu Hluttaw session on Thursday while he was responding to a question raised by a representative who asked whether the office had plans to appoint more law officers. However, the deputy attorney-general said there were still 229 vacant posts for deputy township law officers in the entire country. A total of 150 law officers recruited in 2013- 14 fiscal year completed their training course at the Central Civil Service University on 12 December and they were appointed to vacant posts while another 150 recruited in 2014-15 fiscal year were still under training at the university, according to the deputy attorney- general. Two other representatives at the session submitted motions urging the government to form ward/ village teams for prevention of drug abuse and to crack down drug trafficking as a public campaign enlisting personnel form the Ministry of Home affairs, other related ministries, judicial authorities, and members of fire brigade, Red Cross societies and social organizations. D Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint explained the measures being taken for eradication of drug abuse, future plans and cooperation with the international community. The two motions on narcotic drug elimination were approved by the Pyithu Hluttaw session."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 28 January, 2015: Women service personnel enjoy maternity leave under rules and law
    Date of publication: 29 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 28 Jan— At the eighth day session of Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) on Wednesday, U Khin Maung Shwe of Tamu Constituency raised questions on maternity leave for female workers under the civil service law and rules and whether there is a plan to manage permission for maternity leave of woman staff at Mintha Station Hospital in Myothit, Tamu District. Chairman of Union Civil Services Board U Kyaw Thu replied that any woman service personnel in service can enjoy maternity leave under rules 101 and 102 of civil service law. The woman staff at the station hospital needs to submit applications with documents referring to the civil service law to the ministry concerned for enjoying the maternity leave with full salary. Daw Khin San Hlaing of Pale Constituency asked whether Myanmar Police Force controls criminal activities in Yangon Region or not. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint replied that police are discharging duty of security and rule of law in Yangon Region through a 1:1228 police to people ratio as population of the region reaches over 7.3 million. Police in 44 townships of the region led by the commander of Yangon Region Police Force emphasize prevention of 10 major criminal cases under the law. Police prosecuted 146 murder cases of 155 and 32 robbery cases of 47 in 2011, 156 murders of 164 and 26 robbery cases of 30 in 2012, 121 murders of 130 and 25 robbery cases of 33 in 2013 and 172 murders of 186 and 35 robbery cases of 48 in 2014. Police also arrested all suspects in five cases of mob violence in 2013 and three in 2014. If all people abide by existing laws and cooperate in preventive measures of crime, police can ensure prevalence of law and order and control of criminal cases. U Thein Swe of An Constituency submitted a proposal calling for drawing a five-year plan to appoint one midwife at appropriate villages so as to narrow development gap between rural and urban areas in health care services. Deputy Minister for Health Dr Win Myint said that a total of 20 midwifery training schools and 46 nursing and midwifery training schools are turning out midwives. As of 2015-16 academic year, the ministry will open two midwifery schools and two nursing schools. That is why the ministry will assign one midwife for two-three villages in 2020 when over 23,600 midwives will be turned out across the nation. The Hluttaw approved the proposal."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 27 January, 2015: Farmlands sacrificed for new satellite towns in public interests
    Date of publication: 28 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Jan — U Soe Tint, Deputy Minister for Construction, at the Pyithu Hluttaw session here on Tuesday answered a query about the government plans for the loss of farmlands and the sale of apartments in installments. “Farmland loss is due to establishing new satellite towns in public interests,” he said, adding “The projects are real.” He spoke of the resettlement of affected people on plots measuring 20 feet by 60 feet and 40ft by 60ft, explaining that compensation have been made K 10,000 an acre of bare land and K20,000 per acre of land under cultivation. He added the compensation was more than the then market value. Regarding the sale of apartments in installments, he said low-price housing projects for ordinary people are under planning stage, with detailed calculations being made to ensure the purchase of apartments in long-term monthly installments. As for a question concerning the relationship between the Pyu culture and the Bagan culture, Deputy Minister for Culture U Than Swe spoke of three Pyu cities that date back about 2000 years, quoting researchers as saying that there is evidence that the religion, culture, architecture and arts in Pyu era were discovered in Bagan before the times of King Anawrahta. Cultural evidences found in Bagan and shared by Pyu, Mon and Myanmar are of great significance to the culture of Bagan, he said, adding that the Bagan culture have derived from the Pyu culture. An MP called for the government in her proposal, suggesting that a state-level supervisory committee be formed to deal with arbitrations likely to rise from product-sharing contracts between governmental ministries and foreign firms. Responding to the proposal, Deputy Minister Dr Maung Maung Thein, who is also a member of the Myanmar Investment Commission, said that ministries differ from one another in their operations and that different projects demand different contracts even in a single ministry. Disputes involving international companies are to be settled by arbitration according to the New York Convention, which he said covers Myanmar and as a result the Supreme Court of the Union is working on it to write a law. It is not an easy task to form a state-level committee to tackle disputes on contracts, with the deputy minister saying that contracting parties are fully responsible for the points included in contracts. “The formation of a committee is against the open market system and will amount to the existence of centralization,” he said."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 26 January, 2015: Plan to improve Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank Law
    Date of publication: 27 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 26 Jan—The Pyithu Hluttaw held the sixth day session on Monday. With regard to the question on implementation of Sarpay Beikman’s vision raised by U Soe Paing of Wuntho Constituency, Deputy Minister for Information U Pike Htway replied that Sarpay Beikman publishes books in translation and on technology to serve the interest of readers and to improve Myanmar literature standard. U Myint Oo of Thanatpin Constituency asked whether or not there is a plan to disburse medium- term and long-term agricultural loans to the farmers for mortgaging farming rights certificate at any bank. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than replied that Myanma Agricultural Development Bank disbursed loans to farmers in Bago Region by taking original certificates of farming rights. As there no instruction to take original certificates in disbursement of loans, the bank delivered loans to farmers in remaining regions and states by taking copies of certificates. The bank disburses loans to the farmers who really carry out farming works with endorsement of local authorities. Disbursement of agricultural loans will be improved under the farming rights protection and interest promotion law and rules. U Khin Maung Shwe of Tamu Constituency asked how to apply for vacant and virgin lands on a manageable scale and whether there is plan to ease disciplines of application. The deputy minister replied that anybody may apply for farming rights on less than 10 acres of vacant and virgin lands on a manageable scale at region or state vacant land management work committee. The disciplines are aimed at scrutinizing the financial situation of entrepreneurs to do cultivation on over 50 acres of land. Scrutiny of financial situation will be eased for rural farmers and families on manageable scale works and there is no separate form for applying farming rights. U Thein Tun of Kyaunggon Constituency submitted a proposal calling for disbursement of annual, short-term and longterm loans to farmers. The Hluttaw put it on record. The deputy minister replied that amendment for existing Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank Law are submitted to the office of Attorney-General of the Union to improve the loan system for farmer."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 23 January, 2015: DHSHD to build staff quarters in Shadaw Township
    Date of publication: 24 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 23 Jan — At the 5th day session of Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) on Friday, Daw Nang Nwam of Shadaw Constituency asked whether there is a plan to construct staff quarters for departmental personnel far from Shadaw Township in Kayah State. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that a total of 179 local staff and 119 personnel from other townships are discharging duty at 25 departments in Shadaw Township. At present, 86 staff members far from Shadaw Township need staff quarters. Township Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development plans to build staff quarters on 47.04 acres of land but still seeks permission for construction. U Pe Than of Myebon Constituency asked plans for construction of asphalt or concrete Minbya- Myebon inter-town road and for better transport of Myebon. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Aung Thein replied that Rakhine State government asked for K6696.295 million estimated cost for upgrading a sixmile asphalt road section, a six-mile and three-furlong gravel road section, construction of seven-mile earthen pavement and construction of 25 reinforced concrete bridges on the road in 2015-15 fiscal year. When the budget is allotted, the inter-town road will be constructed as a six-mile and three-furlong- long asphalt section, a 16-mile and one-furlong-long gravel section and two-mile and two-furlong-long earthen section. Depending on the fund, the road will be upgraded. U Kyi Tha of Gwa Constituency submitted a proposal to take action against unlicensed motorcycles and motor cars and seek the ways for selling motorcycles and cars to citizens at fair prices. It was seconded by U Win Than of Thabaung Constituency. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Kyaw Tun explained that Myanmar Police Force, Customs Department, Transport Planning Department and Directorate of Road Administration in combine teams take action against unlicensed vehicles and motorcycles under the law. The Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Rail Transportation, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Religious Affairs eased the restrictions for sales of vehicles to the citizens. The Hluttaw approved the proposal. U Maung Nyo of Sittway Constituency submitted a proposal to rename Cantonment Park (a) Kandaw Mingala Park in Yangon as U Ottama Park, supported by MPs. The Hluttaw approved the proposal.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
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    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 22 January, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw raises questions on retirees, industrial waste water, upgrading of stadium
    Date of publication: 23 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 22 Jan— Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) session raised questions on retirees who worked beyond their retirement age, environmental and social impacts from factory sewage of an industrial zone in Mawlamyine and upgrading a stadium in Myaung on Thursday. Deputy Minister for Finance Dr Lin Aung answered the questions on retirees, saying that government employees are required to retire when they are sixty under section 230 of rules for government employees, and it is true that the Ministry of Education asked retirees who worked beyond their retirement age to repay the salaries and benefits they enjoyed beyond their retirement age. The deputy minister added that some staff of the education ministry, however, were found to have dishonestly changed their dates of birth so that they could work beyond their retirement age and as a result, the ministry took necessary measures to recover the salaries and benefits in accordance with the law. Deputy Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry Daw Thet Thet Zin responded to the question on sewage from factories in Mawlamyine, saying that only nine out of 117 factories under operation use water and the waste water from the factories is treated before it is drained out into nearby paddy field. The waste water is not drained out into the Attaran River, which is about 1,800 feet away from the industrial zone, according to the deputy minister. As paddy in the field is growing well, there is no impact of waste water on the environment, she added. For the upgrading of the stadium in Myaung, Deputy Minister for Sports U Thaung Htaik said that the government allotted K 100 million in 2014-15 fiscal year and upgrading tasks are being carried out at the moment.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 21 January, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw discusses fall in oil price, losses of local merchants and farmers
    Date of publication: 22 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 21 Jan —Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) session discussed impact of falling oil prices, losses of Myanmar merchants to Chinese traders and upgrading and maintenance of regional reservoirs on Wednesday. Concerning the impact of falling oil prices in the international market, Deputy Minister for Energy U Aung Htoo said that oil prices were falling in the international market due to imbalance of supply and demand and this had an impact on gas prices exported from Myanmar but incomes from gas could only slightly fall as production from new projects, Zawtika and Shwe, met the targets, adding that the ministry had an advantage of lower costs for imported oil and gas for local consumption. The deputy minister continued to say that falling oil prices could also slow down the activities of exploration and production but there were advantages as well as disadvantages as Myanmar could gain short term benefits if it could buy and store reserve oil at low prices. As for losses of Myanmar merchants to Chinese traders, Deputy Minister for Commerce Dr Pwint Hsan said that local merchants and farmers suffered losses because they did not follow rules and regulations and relied on trust between them and illegally traded goods. However, losses of local merchants and farmers would be recovered by negotiations between authorities of the two countries and between merchant associations if evidence was provided, the deputy minister added, saying that his ministry had already discussed the matter at the 10th China-Myanmar Trade Coordination Meeting but the Chinese side replied that it was necessary to investigate who engaged in illegal trade. However, the deputy minister said the two countries had agreed to hold a coordination meeting and the list of Chinese merchants who still needed to pay for goods they bought would be given to Chinese authorities at the meeting. For the question on upgrading of regional reservoir, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Khin Zaw said that maintenance and upgrading of regional reservoirs is being carried out by state/region governments. At today’s session, a motion calling for effective prevention and action against illegal trade of natural resources to other countries was submitted by a representative.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (67K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 20 January, 2015: Yangon University being furnished with modern teaching aids, scientific laboratories
    Date of publication: 21 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Jan— U Thant Shin, the deputy minister for Education, at the Pyithu Hluttaw on Tuesday dealt with a question of how world’s best universities are helping upgrade Yangon University, explaining extensive renovations to the university, the improvement of education quality, international relations and research works. Regarding renovation work, U Thant Shin said that classrooms are being furnished with modern teaching aids materials and laboratories with scientific instruments. New constructions will include a two-storey canteen, two buildings that can house 400 students, a building for the National English Language Centre, a building for aquatic life, and some buildings for arts and science disciplines, according to the deputy minister. As part of improving educational quality, he emphasized changes in pedagogic principles, the launch of e-learning, seminars and workshops on the internationalization of syllabuses and curricula, and the provision of teacher trainings. Speaking of international cooperation, he said memoranda of understanding aimed at student exchange, staff exchange, faculty exchange and collaboration research have been signed with 21 international universities and organizations, with 16 more to come. Another question was concerned with functions of traffic police, with the deputy minister for Home Affairs explaining the organizational structure of traffic police. Nearly six million traffic violations nationwide were reported in 2014, with Nay Pyi Taw alone seeing 11,412 cases in 2012, 7,380 cases in 2013 and 6,001 in 2014, according to Brig- Gen Kyaw Zan Myint. Last year, traffic violations numbered 252,045 in Yangon and 62,694 in Mandalay, he said. The Myanmar Police Force allotted K10.88 million as expenditures for the transport of culprits and their automobiles, of which K6.78m was disbursed to traffic police stations nationwide in the 2014-2015 fiscal year. He stated that there is no need to offer bribes in return for seized vehicles at police stations and pledged bribery charges in line with the rules and regulations of traffic police.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (71K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


  • Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2014

    Individual Documents

    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 26 November, 2014: Initial phases of Dawei SEZ to be implemented as soon as possible + Research on Myanmar Industrial Development and the Mekong - India Southern Economic Corridor, + skills of teachers at technological universities
    Date of publication: 27 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (125K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 25 November, 2014: Car substitution programme extended to March 2015 + public healthcare insurance system
    Date of publication: 26 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (138K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 24 November, 2014: Pyithu Hluttaw raises questions on bill [ s ] on discrimination against women, vehicle import policy
    Date of publication: 25 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (138K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 21 November, 2014: Myanmar taking measures to reduce trade deficits
    Date of publication: 22 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 21 Nov — A question was raised at the Pyithu Hlutatw on Friday on how to deal with the country’s trade deficits, with Deputy Minister for Commerce Dr Pwint Hsan responding that the fiscal year of 2014 from 1 April to 12 September saw export earnings of US$4,965.726m and import of $7,366.937m, resulting in a trade deficit of $2,401.211m. Regarding measures to enhance the export volume, the deputy minister said that priority has been given to rice, beans and pulses, oil crops, fishery products, textiles and clothes, and wood and forest products. He added that rules and regulations have been relaxed to boost exports, expecting that trade deficits will become less when finished products can make inroads into neighbouring markets. Another question was concerned with the writing of the e-government master plan and how to implement its functions. In connection with the question, U Thaung Tin, deputy minister for Communications and Information Technology, said that the master plan is being drawn up since March 2014 with the help of the Asian Development Bank. The plan is expected to be completed next March, with the deputy minister saying it will include action plans for state/region governments as well. Efforts will be made to ensure that ministries can follow the master plan, he said, adding that successful implementation of the e-government system will take 20 months.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (135K)
    Date of entry/update: 26 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 20 November, 2014: Pyithu Hluttaw raises questions on organ donation and digital television broadcasting
    Date of publication: 21 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Nov — The Ministry of Health is drafting a new bill on the donation of organs to prevent illegal trafficking and the acquiring of organs through illicit means, Deputy Minister for Health U Win Myint told the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) on Thursday. He was responding to a question whether the new bill allows anyone to donate their organs if they have the same tissue type as the recipient. There are two kinds of organ donation, one being donation of an organ of a brain-dead person and the other, of a living person, according to the deputy minister. Although there is no problem in organ donation in the case of the former, that of the latter may lead to illegal trafficking and illicit organ acquisition, the deputy minister added. Therefore, the Ministry of Health is redrafting a new bill to prevent these undesirable incidents, the deputy minister said. Another question raised at the Pyithu Hluttaw concerned digital television programmes, which were introduced recently to Myanmar. Regarding the question, Deputy Minister for Information U Pike Htway said that 25 stations are not broadcasting with the Digital DVB-T2 system while 68 more stations will broadcast with the system in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Set-top boxes to receive the channels have also been distributed free of charge to the public and more set-top boxes will also be available in the 2014-15 fiscal year, according to the deputy minister. Then, the secretary of the Bill Committee explained the bill for holding a national referendum to adopt the bill amending the 2008 constitution.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 26 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 18 November, 2014: Pyithu Hluttaw discuss agricultural and fishery sectors
    Date of publication: 19 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 18 Nov — Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) convened its 31st day meeting on Tuesday with the discussions of agricultural and fishery sectors. U Htay Oo, representative of Hinthada Township constituency, asked whether the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation has plans to substitute agricultural lands that cannot be used now for some reasons with new ones and the plans of ministry to promote paddy productions. Deputy Minister U Than Ohn said that double- crop paddy cultivation with irrigation system could cover the loss of paddy fields for some reasons, and the ministry is now issuing permits to individual and companies to use empty or virgin lands for agricultural purposes. He also said that rice sufficiency of the country is 168 percent for the country’s population of 51.42 million, and the government has adopted a 30-year plan for the sufficiency of rice to the population of 100 million by using high-yield varieties, systematic water supply, agricultural methods and enough input items. Thura U Aung Ko, representative of Kanpetlet Township constituency, asked whether the government has plan to prevent illegal fishing in Myanmar sea. U Khin Maung Aye, deputy minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, said that the ministry is taking actions against illegal fishing by withdrawing fishing rights, limiting fishing boats, days, areas, seasons, type of fishing nets, fish species and license. He said that the ministry is also monitoring closely the fishing boats by using GPS, and research fishery boats and patrol boats to prevent illegal fishing. Today’s meeting answered two questions on farming sector, and approved five bills followed by the consent of parliament.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (139K)
    Date of entry/update: 26 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 14 November, 2014: Pyithu Hluttaw approves FPTP electoral system
    Date of publication: 15 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 14 Nov — Although the Hluttaw commission to review the electoral system recommended 8 electoral systems, the Pyithu Hluttaw session on Friday approved the current first-past-thepost system as the seven others breach the provisions of the state constitution. Concerning the electoral system, the speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw said some representatives including ethnic national races raised objections to changing the electoral system to a proportional representation system but he formed the commission to review the electoral systems. When the commission recommended 8 electoral systems, he presented the recommendations to the constitutional tribunal which replied that only the current electoral system was in accordance with the state constitution. Then, the speaker sought the decision of the Pyithu Hluttaw to prevent a breach of the constitution by adopting the seven other systems that are against the provisions of the constitution. The Pyithu Hluttaw session approved the current FPTP electoral system. At the Pyithu Hluttaw session today, representatives put on record the motion to honour the Union Government and organizations concerned for the successful holding of the 25th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 26 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 11 November, 2014: Pyithu Hluttaw continues 28th day session
    Date of publication: 12 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 11 Nov—At the 28th day session of Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) on Tuesday, U Kyaw Ni Naing from Laukkai Constituency raised a question whether there is plans to open a checkpoint at Tingyantu jetty between Myanmar and China border and build a Thanlwin River bridge. Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Tin Oo Lwin responded to the question that plans are underway to open one checkpoint at Myanmar-China border post No 125 near Yanlonkyaing and build a river crossing in Tingyanyu of Mawhtaik Sub-Township and open one checkpoint to contribute to regional development and smooth transport. However, construction of a Thanlwin Bridge and opening of checkpoints were suspended due to security and rule of law situations in the region. China gave a proposal to build a bridge between Lauklai of Kokang Self-Administered Zone and Lonlin District of China. On completion, a checkpoint will be opened for both peoples. Only when security and rule of law can be restored completely, will more checkpoints be opened and bridge built. U Ye Tun of Hsipaw Constituency asked a question whether there is a plan to draw the disciplines, rules and regulations for submissions of government departments on fake accounts and expenditure. Deputy Minister for Finance Dr Lin Aung replied that Ministry of Finance sought the suggestions from ministries to scrutinize the titles of accounts and expenditures in conformity with the present time. The office of Auditor-General of the Union submitted the audit reports once every six months. Auditors check the expenditures and accomplishment of the projects. The office of the Auditor-General of the Union plans to scrutinize the account titles and expenditures to the government to be conformity with the present time.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 26 November 2014


    Title: PyithuHluttaw 10 November, 2014: Union government sets aside K100 billion annually for natural disasters
    Date of publication: 11 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 10 Nov — The union government has set aside a budget of K 100 billion each year for rescue and resettlement efforts in natural disasters since the 2012-13 fiscal year, Deputy Minister for Finance Dr Lin Aung told the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) on Monday. The deputy minister was responding to a question raised by a representative on whether the Union government sets aside reserve funds for natural disasters. The union government is responsible for the reserve funds and will seek the approval of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for the spending in each natural disaster at the nearest session, the deputy minister added. Under the guidance of the National Level Natural Disaster Prevention Central Committee, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement also proposes budgets for natural disasters including extreme weather conditions, floods, earthquakes and fire accidents every year. Deputy Minister for Health Dr Win Myint told the Pyithu Hluttaw in his response to a question that the Ministry of Health and related ministries are cooperating for the longevity and health of the public.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 26 November 2014


    Title: Defence services representative raises question on future challenges for national development tasks
    Date of publication: 31 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 30 Oct — "Defence Services Representative Brig-Gen Tint Hsan raised question on handling future challenges for national development plans and how to handle them at the Pyithu Hluttaw Session on Thursday..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (50K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw raises questions on Lido road and castor oil plantations, discusses electoral system
    Date of publication: 30 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 29 Oct — "Pyithu Hluttaw representatives on Wednesday raised questions on upgrading Lido Road or Stilwell Road and castor oil plantations before discussing the appropriate electoral system for the country..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw discuss electricity, electoral systems
    Date of publication: 29 October 2014
    Description/subject: Pyi Taw, 28 Oct— "Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) convened its 24th day here Tuesday, discussing safety measures of electricity power lines and appropriate electoral system for Myanmar. Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Maw Tha Htwe responded to the question of U Khaing Maung Yi, representative of Ahlon constituency, saying that compensations to the ministerial staff for the loss of their lives or properties caused by electricity are carried out in accordance with the rules and regulations of ministry and those to the public are reimbursed from the social funds..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (49K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw raised questions on safety of gas pipelines
    Date of publication: 28 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Oct - "Representatives raised questions on safety of gas pipelines and taxes on scent wood, thanaka and bee products and debated the report on appropriate electoral system for Myanmar at the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) Session on Monday..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (5.9K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw holds 22nd day meeting
    Date of publication: 23 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Daw, 22 Oct - "Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) convened 22nd day meeting here on Wednesday. In response to the question of Daw Nang Sae Awa, Deputy Minister for Immigration and Population U Win Myint said that the preliminary list of population of 2014 has detailed the number of men and women living in villages, townships, states and regions..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw raises questions on national human rights commission and food safety at schools
    Date of publication: 18 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 17 Oct — "Representatives raised questions about the National Human Rights Commission, motorcycle licenses, vaccination programmes and food safety at basic education schools at the Friday session of the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House). Concerning the question whether the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission is independent, Chairman U Win Mra of the commission said that the commission is an independent government-funded body formed in accordance with the law to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens stated in the state constitution and it implements the strategic plan and projects to promote and protect human rights by compiling human rights reports and helping answer questions at the United Nations Human Rights Council..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (335K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014


    Title: Budget procedures explained at Pyithu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 17 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 16 Oct — "The Machine and Equipment Supervisory Committee distributes the price list of vehicles, machinery, machine and furniture manufactured by local companies and office equipment distributed by local companies to ministries and government organizations for each year so that they can draft budget proposals in a uniform manner, Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Daw Lei Lei Thein told the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) on Thursday..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (346K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw convene its 17th day meeting
    Date of publication: 16 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 15 Oct — "Pyithu Hluttaw held its 17th day meeting on 15 October here on Wednesday. Regarding the question of U Aung Zin, representative of Pazundaung township constituency, U Win Myint, deputy minister for Immigration and Population said that Myanmar has taken census to adopt sound policies depending on the number of population..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (410K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014


    Title: Pyithu Hluttaw convenes 16th day meeting
    Date of publication: 15 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 14 Oct — "Pyithu Hluttaw held its 16th day meeting on Tuesday, answering seven questions by representatives on seven issues. U Thein Tun Oo, representative of Amarapura township constituency, asked if few amount of compensation would be raised for those workers after losing in legal battle with employers. Daw Win Maw Tun, deputy minister for labour, employment and social security, said that under the Labour Compensation Act, the family of deceased labour will receive from K 150,000 to K 450,000 as reimbursement..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (335K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014