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India, Myanmar review ties, sign port operator agreement


India and Myanmar on Monday reviewed all matters related to their bilateral ties, including the Rohingya refugees crisis, and signed a crucial memorandum of understanding for the appointment of an operator of port that will boost connectivity. According... More

Myanmar’s economy in danger of standing still


As hopes of a new, prosperous future for Myanmar under Aung San Suu Kyi have dramatically disappeared, the country’s business community is paying the price of a stumbling economy and pleading for government help that is unlikely... More

Malaysia gets spillover effect over Myanmar’s Rohingya issue, says Mat Sabu


Myanmar could not regard the Rohingya ethnic issue as merely a domestic problem because Malaysia also gets the spillover effect, says Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (pic) . He said there were currently more than 100,000 Rohingya refugees in... More

Myanmar’s foreign trade reaches over 1 bln USD in 2 weeks


Myanmar's trade with foreign countries reached 1.18 billion U.S. dollars as of Oct. 12 in fiscal year 2018-19 which started on Oct. 1, the Commerce Ministry said on Saturday. During the period, the country's export amounted to 473... More

Aung San Suu Kyi’s estranged brother fights to sell lakeside home, the...


The crumbling lakeside villa, which served as Aung San Suu Kyi’s prison for 15 years during her house arrest, has become the source of a bitter family dispute between the Myanmar state counsellor and her brother.Top of... More

Myanmar has changed, but remains firmly in China’s grip


April 2018 marked the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi assuming the position of state councillor of Myanmar. Despite predictions that Myanmar’s tentative steps towards democracy would weaken the country’s long-standing relationship with Beijing, the security... More

Nine UN Security Council members ask to discuss Myanmar inquiry


The chair of a United Nations inquiry that accused Myanmar’s military of genocide is likely to brief the Security Council this month after Britain, France, the United States and six other members requested the meeting, diplomats said... More

Will Myanmar’s ‘Genocide Gems’ Become the New Blood Diamonds?


A little more than a year ago, Myanmar’s military carried out what the United Nations has called a campaign of genocide and war crimes against the Rohingya minority, driving almost 1 million people from their homes. The... More

Facebook bans more Myanmar military-linked accounts for spreading propaganda


Facebook has removed nearly two dozen more accounts and pages linked to Myanmar’s military, which the U.N. is investigating for possible charges of genocide during its campaign of violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Facebook announced the removal... More

Rohingya: ‘Better to kill us in India than deport us to Myanmar’


Jafar Alam sits by a small grocery shop in the Rohingya refugee camp in New Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area. A police officer who visited the camp had asked Alam to fill a six-page "personal data" form. Alam refused. "Today,... More

Can Myanmar find internal peace with its ethnic rebels? Aung San Suu...


Senior figures from Myanmar’s military and government will meet ethnic minority armed group leaders in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, as part of plans to move ahead with the country’s stalled peace process. The meeting, which marks three... More

Myanmar’s claim to St. Martin’s Island irks Bangladesh


Tensions at the diplomatic front between Bangladesh and Myanmar had escalated last Saturday after Myanmar ambassador U Lwin Oo was summoned by the Bangladesh government to explain why St. Martin’s, an island in the Bay of Bengal... More

Singapore agency predicts a positive forecast for Myanmar economy


Ships and gantry cranes at the Asia World Port Terminal, located along the Yangon city river, in Yangon. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP A positive forecast and outlook in terms of recovery of Myanmar’s economy is presented by a... More

China to hold 70% stake in Myanmar’s planned strategic seaport


Myanmar will hold a 30 percent stake in its strategic deep-water seaport project led by cash-rich China, giving Beijing a 70 percent interest, under their final agreement reached during recent talks between the two countries, according to... More

Israel aiding and abetting Myanmar’s genocidal regime


“Historically, whenever there was a US embargo , Israel filled the gap.” – Itay Mack, a Jerusalem-based human rights lawyer and activist who fights for greater transparency in Israel’s military exports Israel has been bad news for the Myanmar... More

Denial, defiance and propaganda: Myanmar’s reply to decries to Rohingya abuses


Plainclothes police hovered around him. The elderly Rohingya man was too afraid to talk. He was gathered with dozens of other men, staring blankly at journalists on a government-led trip Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. He is among the... More

WB cuts Myanmar’s growth forecast to 6.2%


The World Bank has revised downwards its forecast for Myanmar’s economic growth by 0.5 percentage points to 6.2 percent in the fiscal year 2018-19. The World Bank East Asia and Pacific economic update released this month downgraded Myanmar’s... More

Myanmar delegation arrives in Kathmandu to study about Nepal’s peace process


A Myanmar delegation led by chairman of the Joint Monitoring Committee at Union level (JMC-U) has arrived in Nepal to study about the Himalayan country's peace process, a foreign ministry press statement on Friday said. The delegation led... More

Myanmar’s Economy in Peril as EU Weighs Trade Punishment Over Rohingya


The European Union is considering re-imposing tariffs on imports from Myanmar and Cambodia, a top official said Friday, a step that would hit both economies hard as the bloc intensifies pressure over human rights violations and democratic... More

EU considers trade sanctions on Myanmar over Rohingya crisis


The European Union is considering trade sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis, potentially stripping the country of tariff-free access to the world’s largest trading bloc, three EU officials said. The sanctions, under discussion at the European Commission,... More

Myanmar should revise laws used for political aims: US panel


The US Congressional Research Service (CRS) has said Myanmar’s state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government “have failed to fulfill” its promise not to “arrest anyone as political prisoners”, according... More

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Redefine Act East thrust 

India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will primarily remain a maritime phenomenon because it is much cheaper to connect to much of Southeast Asia by sea than through an under-developed region like Northeast India. It defies logic as to... More

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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