Last week in Parliament
Speakers issue referendum call on demands of ethnic armed groups
A referendum on constitutional reform in May should include issues raised by armed ethnic groups in dialogue with the government, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Aung Myint said on February 13.
“The hluttaw has passed a law to hold a national referendum and we want to know the demands of the ethnic groups at the earliest so they can be included in the referendum,” he said after meeting the leaders of armed ethnic groups.
Pyiduangsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has said ethnic unity, national reconciliation and peace should be included in the constitutional reform process to ensure a federal democratic state.
The referendum, proposed by Thura U Shwe Mann last November, is aimed at gauging public opinion about amending the military-drafted 2008 Constitution.
Mining exploration gets green light in Chin State
The Ministry of Mines is planning to issue permits to explore for minerals in Chin State next financial year beginning on April 1.
Deputy Minister for Mines U Than Tun Aung announced the decision in the Amyotha Hluttaw on February 9.
He said minerals, including copper, chromium, limestone, nickel and iron, have been found in Teetain, Phalan, Tunzan, Kanpalat and Hakha townships.
Myanmar will uphold religious freedom, says minister
Myanmar will strive to be removed from a United States list describing it as “a country of particular concern” for violating religious freedom, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister U Tin Oo Lwin told parliament on February 9.
Myanmar would work hard to be removed from the US list by upholding religious freedom, U Tin Oo Lwin said.
He was responding to a question from Amyotha Hluttaw MP U Khin Maung Yi (Union Solidarity and Development Party, Ayeyarwady Region), who asked what the government was doing to be delisted.
The list is compiled annually by the State Department on the recommendation of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.
The commission’s 2014 report cited Myanmar for anti-Muslim violence, incitement and discrimination, particularly against Rohingya Muslims, and for abuses targeting ethnic minority Christians.
“Based on these systematic, egregious, ongoing violations, USCIRF continues to recommend that Burma be designated as a ‘country of particular concern’, or CPC, in 2014,” the commission said.
10-storey condo to be capital’s highest
A signing ceremony for a 10-storey condominium, the capital’s highest, was signed on February 10 by the project’s joint venture partners, First Myanmar Investment Co Ltd and Lighting Specialist Co Ltd.
The KrisPLAZA condominium project, due to be completed next year, comprises two high-rise towers and will have 114 apartments, a basement car park, swimming pool, retail space and a Yoma Bank regional office.