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Lawmakers Press Govt on Tax Reform

Union parliamentarians push the government to reform the tax system, so as to plug shortfalls and allocate the tax burden more fairly.

‘No Project Enjoys Special Privileges’: Deputy Minister of National Planning and Finance

The Irrawaddy’s Kyaw Hsu Mon speaks with Deputy Minister Maung Maung Win about the Ministry of National Planning and Finance’s challenges and responsibilities.

Burma Removes Hundreds of Names from Blacklist

A move pledged as part of Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population’s 100-day plan leads to the removal of 607 names—more than 200 Burmese and 300 foreigners—from the blacklist.

Hospital Upgrades Planned

Burma’s new five-year health-sector plan includes upgrading all 25-bed hospitals into 50-bed ones, according to the minister of health.

New Food Delivery System for Refugee Camps on Thai Border

A new system of food provision, using electronic cards, is being introduced at the end of this month for Burmese refugees living on the Thai-Burma border.

The committee recommends that modification orders given to eight Rangoon high-rise construction projects be rescinded, after developers petitioned them.

On the second day of a summit in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State, ethnic armed group leaders propose combining three divisions to form a Burman state within a federal union.

Trade Troubles on the Chinese Border

Due to heavy rains in Shan State and increased scrutiny from Chinese officials, Burmese traders are unable to offload their goods in China, sources say.

Lawmaker and Real Estate Developer Condemns Suspended High-Rise Construction

A Lower House MP behind a Rangoon high-rise project has criticized the division’s chief minister for a decision to suspend the construction of more than 200 buildings.

After One Casualty, Cholera ‘Under Control’ in Pyay

A recent cholera outbreak in Pyay District of Pegu Division is now under control, according to regional Chief Minister Win Thein.

ALP Officer Arrested for Accusing Burma Army of War Crimes

An Arakan Liberation Party officer is detained in Sittwe, facing incitement charges for accusing the Burma Army of committing war crimes in Arakan State.

Four Ethnic Armed Groups Absent From Mai Ja Yang Summit

Four ethnic armed groups, including the UWSA—the largest non-state armed group in Burma—are absent from an ongoing ethnic armed group summit in Kachin State.

Remaining jade mining licenses are to expire in 2018, and licenses will be renewed only after the completion of an environmental management plan.

Burma Appoints New Permanent Representative to the UN

Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs appoints Htin Lynn as the permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and other international organizations.

Lower House Speaker Win Myint appeals to parliamentarians to seek official approval for workshops and meetings with non-governmental and civil society organizations.

The State Counselor will meet representatives from the UWSA and the Mongla Army in Naypyidaw to discuss their participation in the Union Peace Conference.

Rangoon Division Chief Minister Laments ‘Tight Budget’

Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein cites a ‘tight budget’ of less than US$300 million as an obstacle to delivering multi-sector improvements to Rangoon.

Ethnic Youth Conference Organizers to Defy Government Ban

The organizers of a National Ethnic Youth Conference to be held in Panglong in Shan State plan to defy a suspension order from the state government.

Leaders representing 17 ethnic armed groups gather in Mai Ja Yang to search for common ground in working toward a federal system in Burma.

An editorial in State-run paper The Mirror argues for the abandonment of the highly controversial Myitsone Dam because it harms Burma-China relations.

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