Politics

Fresh offensive on Kokang reported

A government regiment has apparently entered Kokang, resulting in many casualties, according to unconfirmed sources and online posts.

Facebook pages that follow the fighting in Laukkaing, northern Shan State, have posted photos showing rebels being arrested, seized weapons and corpses.

Government and PCG To Hold Emergency Meeting To Ease Military Tension

Myitkyina – Representatives of the Myanmar government and the Kachin Peace-talk Creation Group (PCG) have agreed to hold an emergency meeting to ease military tensions between government troops and the Kachin Independent Army (KIA) at the end of April in Myitkyina, sources say.

Second Round of Six-Party Talk Likely To Be Held in May Says Suu Kyi

Second round of six-party talk may be held in May before parliament sessions are resumed, said Nan Khin Htwe Myint, NLD’s spokesperson quoting the party leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi Criticises Gov’t for Hiring US Lobbying Firm

Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), criticised the government for hiring Podesta Group, a powerful US lobbying firm, saying that if the government served the interests of its citizens, it did not need to hire any group to lobby the United States government and international organisations.

Myanmar among most-censored countries: report

 
Myanmar stands ninth on a list of the 10 most-censored countries in the world, according to a report prepared by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
 

12 ethnic armed organisations to attend summit in Panghsang

Deputy Secretary Aung Myint of the Central Office of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) announced that only 12 ethnic armed groups will attend the Ethnic Armed Forces Summit this year.

The summit will be held on May 1 in Panghsang, Shan State. The summit organisers sent invitations to only 12 ethnic organisations and said no other groups will be invited.

Parliament holding up referendum on charter change

The clock is ticking on Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann's promise to hold a referendum on constitutional amendments in May, but the election commission says it cannot go ahead until Parliament approves amendments to the referendum law.

The Joint Bill Committee says a bill amending the National Referendum Law will be submitted to Parliament when it resumes sitting on May 11, leaving a tight time frame to schedule and organise a poll.

Event will commemorate 1990 general election winners

The representatives elected in the 1990 general election formed a 15-member committee today to plan an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1990 multi-party democratic elections, to be held on May 27 in Yangon.

Parliament 90% sure to discuss charter reform bill

It is 90 percent certain that the parliament will discuss the constitutional reform bill when it resumes its sitting on May 11, said the secretary of the Constitutional Amendment Committee on Tuesday. 
 

Suu Kyi urges democratic forces to consider for the good of the country not giving priority to own desire

Yangon-Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), addressed the remembrance ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of veteran journalist and former political prisoner Win Tin, urging all democratic forces to consider for the good of the country not upholding own desires until we have reached final destination of democracy movement.

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