September 24, 2016

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Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves effort to attain membership to OPRC 1990 Convention

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THE Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has approved the country’s effort to join the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC 1990) as called for by President U Htin Kyaw.
Five MPs yesterday discussed the country’s signing of the OPRC 1990 Convention, with Daw Khin Hnin Thet of Padaung constituency saying that the Convention is aimed at taking prompt measures to combat major incidents or threats of marine oil pollution.
She spoke in support of the country’s membership to the convention, stressing that the country could benefit from becoming a member to the convention by establishing measures for dealing with pollution incidents in cooperation with other member countries. She also spoke of the Convention’s reimbursement scheme in the event of a pollution emergency.
According to her, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, China, India and Bangladesh have signed the Convention.
The issue of the country’s membership to the Convention won parliamentary approval.
The Joint Bill Committee presented the peaceful assembly and peaceful procession bill, for which the Pyithu Hluttaw and the Amyotha Hluttaw held different views, with MPs discussing the differences.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw amended the controversial clauses in the bill, with the speaker declaring that the agreed bill
would be processed in accordance with the parliament’s rules and regulations.
Commission for Studying, Examining and Reviewing Legal Affairs and Special Cases Vice Chairman Dr Than Win briefed the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on progress made in reviewing the rules and regulations concerning the farmland, the vacant, fallow and virgin land, protection and promotion of farmers’ rights, and protection and preservation of ancient buildings.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than declared that the parliament put on record the clarifications given by the vice chairman of the comparative studies of the rules and regulations and their related laws.
The findings will be submitted to Union-level institutions for further processing.


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