Myanma Economic Holdings Limited has won a dispute over the ownership of Myanmar Brewery Limited, the military-owned conglomerate has announced, and will now accelerate plans to buy out its joint venture partner.
The proposed unification of Kayin ethnic armed groups into the Kawthoolei Armed Forces continues to stir controversy, with the Karen National Union attempting to put off any decision on the creation of the coalition until 2016.
The Ministry of Defence has rejected suggestions from MPs that it privatise factories producing everything from biscuits to furniture, arguing that they help to keep government spending down and create job opportunities.
Women could be set to dominate the upper reaches of the country’s future civil service as female candidates for prestigious scholarships outnumber male candidates by five to one.
President U Thein Sein has ordered the human rights commission to investigate the death of a journalist who was killed while in military custody in early October.
The World Food Programme has warned a cash shortfall means it may be forced to slash rice rations by a fifth to 200,000 vulnerable displaced people in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims in desperate camps in Rakhine state.
Apparently unsatisfied with the eight competing electoral systems already under discussion in parliament for use in next year’s general election, one hluttaw member has come up with a ninth.
Speculation is rife following a sudden invitation by President U Thein Sein to political and military leaders to attend a meeting at his house on “national reconciliation” on October 31.