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Union Parliament Approves Joint Bill Committee

The Union Parliament has approved a joint bill committee—consisting of members from both parliamentary houses—to scrutinize bills before a Union-level vote.

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An air force plane crashes near Naypyidaw, with one reported survivor.

UN: S. Lanka War Crimes Investigation Must Be Impartial

The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to use international judges in investigating war crimes, but any process must be impartial, UN official says.

US Intel Warns of Expansion of Terror Groups in Bangladesh

Efforts by Bangladesh’s prime minister to undermine political opposition could provide openings for transnational terrorist groups, US intelligence says.

Hong Kong Activists, Police Clash over Holiday Food Stalls

Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaos this week as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling local delicacies.

Yangon Heritage Trust’s Conservation Efforts Honored

A heritage conservation group has been honored with an award for their efforts to preserve century-old buildings in Rangoon, Burma’s former capital.

Just a few miles from Burma’s national Parliament, farmers plow their fields with water buffalo and prepare the ground for another round of rice.

State and division parliaments on Monday elected their speakers and deputy speakers, with NLD lawmakers taking the top posts in all but two legislatures.

The NLD’s Tun Tun Hein, head of the Lower House’s Bill Committee, spoke with The Irrawaddy about his plans to propose laws within Parliament.

The Central Bank of Myanmar announced on Tuesday that 13 foreign banks have applied to operate in Burma in a second round of licensing.

Many in Hlaing Tharyar Township feel that a solution to the issue of homelessness and illegal tenancy will be a test of Burma’s new government.

Burma’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened an investigation into nearly a dozen coffee factories in Rangoon over rumors of malpractice.

Rangoon Public Bus Company launched on Monday, with 18 vehicles in service plying a route from Htauk Kyant Junction down Pyay Road.

In a Feb. 5 statement, the Union Parliament Office set out media guidelines that reporters say limit their ability to cover parliamentary affairs.

Lower House Approves Members of Two More Standing Committees

The Lower House of Parliament convened for its fourth day on Monday, with lawmakers approving the members of two more parliamentary standing committees.

The local outlet sought to clarify a program that aired Sunday which many viewers interpreted as expressing support for suspending the contentious clause.

China Offers Rewards for Online ‘Terrorist’ Tip-Offs

China has pledged to reward people who report online “terrorist” content up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,200) for each tip off, an official news agency reported.

Suspect in Murder of Dismembered Spaniard in Thai Custody

A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow Spaniard was in Thai custody Monday after being arrested in Cambodia.

North Korea Rocket Launch May Spur US Missile Defense Buildup in Asia

North Korea’s latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of US missile defense systems in Asia, US officials and missile defense experts say.

Six thousand attendees mark nearly 70 years of Shan political struggle with traditional performances and parades on the Thai-Burma border.

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