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Myanmar parliament speaker hopes for smooth democratic transition

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Naypyidaw: Myanmar’s parliament speaker U Shwe Mann on Tuesday hoped the country would witness the democratic reform in a smooth and stable way, Xinhua reported.

Responding to the leadership change of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), he told the House of Representatives that he did not want to bring matters of the party to the parliament.

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U Shwe Mann

U Htay Oo, who replaced U Shwe Mann as the USDP chairman on August 13, said the party’s leadership change was done with consolidation within the party and it would not bear grudge over any person.

The party would enter the November 8 general election without change of its candidates, he said, stressing that there was also no change in the party’s policy.

(IANS)

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Maldives to Completely Ban the Use of Single-Use Plastics by 2025

The resolution was passed with 64 parliamentarians voting in favour in the 85 member House

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The resolution was presented to the parliamentary floor by the Maldives Environment and Climate Change Committee following a special request made by students. Pixabay

The Maldives Parliament on Monday passed a resolution to completely ban the use of single-use plastics from 2025 in a bid to protect the environment.

The resolution was presented to the parliamentary floor by the Maldives Environment and Climate Change Committee following a special request made by students from 17 schools urging the Parliament for greater action on environmental protection, Raajje TV reported.

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The Maldives Parliament on Monday passed a resolution to completely ban the use of single-use plastics from 2025 in a bid to protect the environment. Pixabay

The resolution was passed with 64 parliamentarians voting in favour in the 85 member House. It banned the import of plastic bags, and the establishment of an alternative to plastic packaging for imports by 2025.

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The resolution also called for all single-use plastics in the country to be collected and re-cycled or re-used responsibly till the ban came into full effect. (IANS)