Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

MPs urge support for fire victims

Flexing their new legislative muscles, some hluttaw representatives are already advocating government help for the victims of two fires that left hundreds homeless. The blazes in Namhsan city, northern Shan State, and Labutta, Ayeyarwady Region, on February 4 together destroyed nearly 280 homes.

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Farmers reject cash for land lost to Mandalay bridge project

Farmers who lost their land when the Yadanarpon Bridge was built across the Ayeyarwady River to link Sagaing and Mandalay regions are holding out for the restitution of their farms. They have turned down an offer of K8m an acre.

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Voices of the Magwe Region Hluttaw

The first session of the Magwe Region Hluttaw was held yesterday, with U Tar from Salin township elected as hluttaw Speaker and U Zaw Myo Win from Myothit township as deputy speaker

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New Speaker flags human rights focus

Mandalay witnessed a distinct changing of guard yesterday as its new hluttaw took office, with the newly appointed Speaker stressing the importance of being accountable to the public. He added that human rights and economic and social development will be priorities, and promised to annul outdated laws.

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Student leader’s descendant elected in Ayeyarwady

A descendant of Bo Aung Kyaw, a student leader killed by British Indian Imperial Police while protesting colonial rule, was elected yesterday as Speaker of the Ayeyarwady Region Hluttaw.

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Military MP rules out deal on constitution change, suspension

A senior military MP has ruled out changing or suspending the constitution to allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to become president while denying reports that the Tatmadaw is negotiating over the issue.

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Speaker warns MPs to avoid extremism

The interests of the country and its people must be placed ahead of party, ethnicity, ideology and religion, MPs heard today. The representatives elected last November attending the opening of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw were addressed by Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.

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Ethnic Shan party fails in bid for Speaker position

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy failed yesterday in its bid to elect one of its MPs as Speaker of the Shan State parliament, where a combined majority of the Union Solidarity and Development Party and military ensured that their candidate – the former Speaker – was reappointed.

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After feud, ANP scores top posts in Rakhine

The Rakhine State Hluttaw yesterday appointed a Speaker and deputy from the Arakan National Party, which emerged as the single largest party in the state legislature at last November’s election.

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Human rights, federalism on Sagaing hluttaw agenda

Democracy dawned in Sagaing Region yesterday as a flood of victorious National League for Democracy representatives took their seats, replacing the defeated Union Solidarity and Development Party.

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