Thursday, September 21, 2017

Legislators want more changes to Farmland Law

Members of Parliament want more changes to the Farmland Law amendments bill submitted by the Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation last week.

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Rights commission to inspect IDP camps next week

The Myanmar Human Rights Commission will inspect Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps next week, according to MHRC vice-chair U Sit Myaing.

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Amendments seek to punish illegal logging

The Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation sought amendments to the 1992 Forest Law to ensure stricter penalties for illegal logging, in an effort to reduce the cases of unlicensed cutting of timber which remains rampant in the country, said Union Minister U Ohn Win.

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Government seeks to replace imprisonment of drug pushers with community service

The Ministry of Home Affairs has submitted to the parliament proposed amendments to the country’s Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law that seek to spare drug users from imprisonment.

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Govt seeks to lift special commodity tax on diamonds, emeralds and gold

The Union government asked the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on July 26 to lift the special commodity tax and commercial tax on the production and sale of diamonds, emeralds and gold.

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Tatmadaw must be referred as “Tatmadaw”

A senior general on Thursday urged the media to refer to the country’s armed forces as Tatmadaw and not by any other name in their news reports.

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Govt to punish agencies sending workers abroad illegally

The government will revoke the licences of labour recruitment agencies that are sending domestic workers illegally for employment abroad, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe warned on Monday.

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MPs speak out against Section 66(d)

The Telecommunications Law’s section 66(d) should be abolished, MPs said on July 25 in the Amyotha Hluttaw.

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Parliament condemns statement by Yanghee Lee

The parliament on Tuesday approved a proposal to condemn the statement of Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, criticising the country’s human rights record and the government’s failure to address the Rohingya problem.

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Govt alarmed by rising drug abuse in prisons

The government raised alarm over the high incidence of drug abuse among prisoners in the country underscoring the need to urgently address the problem, a senior human rights official said.

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