Farmers whose land was confiscated to build a railway to nowhere are to be compensated, parliament has heard. Bago Region’s Pyay-Paukkhaung railway, closed “temporarily” in 2013 after running for only three years, will remain closed for now because it had been operating at a substantial loss, said Transport Minister U Kyaw Myo.
President U Htin Kyaw highlighted the importance of recognising the voices and rights of minorities in a formal address read out on his behalf yesterday at a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw to mark International Democracy Day.
A proposal rejecting the legitimacy of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission and its activities was approved by the Rakhine State legislature yesterday during a hluttaw session, in a vote of questionable practical significance.
Myanmar needs to enact 48 laws as a matter of priority, the Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission has told parliament, with legislation aimed at tackling violence against women at the top of that list.
An upper house lawmaker is challenging a decision by the lower chamber to remove a provision of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law making it illegal to incentivise individuals to join a demonstration.
Lawmakers discussed a proposal yesterday to include ethnic languages lessons in the last 45 minutes of the school day, rather than outside typical classroom hours.