Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Keep it brief and to the point: Speaker sets time limit on questions

Lengthy and inspecific questions have become a headache in the upper house, with the Speaker issuing a three-minute time limit for MPs when they take the floor.

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MPs question reliance on foreign loans

Lawmakers have raised concerns over a proposed US$283 million loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the construction of a bridge over the Bago River.

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USDP tackles economics at Nay Pyi Taw seminar

Ending 12 months of near-silence, the former ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party has attacked the current government’s failure to improve the social and economic conditions of the country.

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Advocates to push hluttaw for more spending on children

The Ministry of Social Welfare is eyeing a special fund for children, with a request set to go before the hluttaw as budgets for the 2017-18 financial year go up for assessment.

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Parliament approves amended ward, village tract law

The third iteration of an amendment bill to the controversial Ward and Village Tract Administration Law cleared the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday, after protracted discussions – and some disagreement – between the two houses of parliament.

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Nay Pyi Taw seeks over K16 million in request for supplementary budget

Nay Pyi Taw Council has requested a supplementary budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year of nearly K17 billion (US$13.1 million) to cover outstanding commercial tax obligations, implementation of road and bridge construction projects, and land compensation dues.

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Korean loan to support Twante Canal project

A US$61.3 million loan from Korea will finance the construction of the Twante Canal development project, Ministry of Transportation and Communications deputy minister U Kyaw Myo told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on November 17.

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Laws must protect the people: Speaker to MPs

Legislation must represent the best interests of the people, the Speaker of the lower house has urged, calling on MPs to ensure the law serves to protect the country’s citizens.

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Civil society looks to tackle child sex abuse

A national-level meeting aimed at better protecting children from sexual abuse will take place in Nay Pyi Taw later this week, as civil society groups call on parliamentarians to act in the face of increasing rape rates.

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Crops, homes, roads destroyed in Tatkon flooding after dam overflows

Thousands of acres of farmland in Nay Pyi Taw’s Tatkon township were destroyed after water flooded over the Nan Won dam on November 11, according to local officials.

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