Farmers who cultivated land in the now-Nay Pyi Taw Council area for decades without permission have been labelled “squatters” and evicted without compensation and in some cases imprisoned, an Amyotha Hluttaw representative told parliament late last month.
The government is open to launching political dialogue with the Kachin Independence Organisation even before reaching a ceasefire deal, U Aung Min, vice chairman of the Union Peace-Making Work Committee, told The Myanmar Times last week.
U Aung Thein Linn said last week a Chinese newspaper had misquoted him after his controversial comments sparked a public outcry and forced his Union Solidarity and Development Party to distance itself from the former Yangon mayor’s views.
The Union Election Commission is reviewing the electoral system and plans to submit a bill to parliament to amend the election law, officials told members of a 10-party alliance at a meeting last week.
The Central Bank of Myanmar was last week granted independence from the Ministry for Finance and Revenue, leaving it free to intervene in the country’s monetary markets as needed, an official said on July 27.
A group of lawyers, writers and students in Pyinmana township have applied for permission from local officials to celebrate the 65th Martyrs’ Day on July 19 with a parade to the town’s bronzed Bogyoke Aung San statue.
A township court in Nay Pyi Taw last week agreed to proceed with a case of electoral misconduct against the campaign manager of the National League for Democracy over the “waxed ballots” fiasco.