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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.

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