Opposition parties have reacted with shock and confusion to the announcement by the powerful hluttaw speaker, Thura U Shwe Mann, that no amendments will be made to the constitution until after next year’s elections.
The national parliament has approved a massive increase in funding for security on the border between Rakhine State and Bangladesh, amid growing concerns about insurgent and possibly terrorist activity in the area.
Police have agreed to investigate allegations from residents of a village in rural Mandalay Region that a flash flood in September that left three dead was caused by the failure of a nearby dam.
The Myanmar National Human Right Commission team investigating the death of Ko Par Gyi has confirmed he was working as a freelance journalist when he was killed in Mon State last month, despite claims from the government and Tatmadaw that he was a communications officer for an armed ethnic group.
The Kachin Independence Army has threatened to break off peace negotiations after accusing the Tatmadaw of killing 23 people in an artillery attack on its military academy near Laiza.
Former Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Htay Oo has decried the growing problem of illegal subdividing of farmland, particularly in urban fringe areas.
Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has conceded it cannot win its fight to change a constitution that bars her from Myanmar's presidency, following a parliamentary decision to postpone amendments until after 2015 elections.