The Pyithu Hluttaw unanimously approved an urgent proposal to stop the fighting in Kachin State and return to the negotiating table as soon as possible.
Kachin parliamentarian U Khet Htein Nan urged the government “to lay down basic principles” for peace talks that can help to build trust between the government and Kachin Independence Organisation.
More than 150 farmers from a village in Nay Pyi Taw have sent a petition to the president and parliament after a government department told them to leave their homes within three days or face jail time.
The sixth session of parliament is likely to run for longer than previous sessions because MPs will need to approve the 2013-14 budget and national planning bills.
Ward and village tract administrators will be selected through “democratic means” this month, an official from the General Administrative Department in Nay Pyi Taw said last week.
Surprise checks should be carried out to assess the real state of the legal system, a committee headed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi recommended in an interim report.