Myanmar sees influx of Rohingya refugee returnees

The decision by Bangladesh to house Rohingya refugees who fled the violence of Myanmar, in an uninhabited flood-prone island, in the Bay of Bengal have caused a panic return of this victimized community back... More

28 IDPs Detained for ‘Illegal Entry’ to Myanmar

Border police patrol in Arakan State apprehended a vessel carrying 28 people in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday (5 March) afternoon, who the authorities say had illegally entered Burmese territorial waters from St.... More

TNLA Attack on Burma Army Base Kills Six

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) attacked a Burma Army base in Mong Yu village of Shan State’s Kutkai Township on Saturday morning, killing six Burma Army soldiers and confiscating weaponry, according to the... More

Myanmar’s Ports to Link SE Asia, South Asia and the Middle East

(Exclusive): China and Thailand have long yearned to find faster and more efficient access to the markets of South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and even as far as Europe. Over the... More

India to train Myanmar Navy and setup new facilities

Indian Navy will set up meteorological facilities and impart training for the Myanmar Navy. This was agreed upon during a recent visit of a Myanmar delegation to Kochi. Myanmar will soon send a proposal... More

Myanmar Army Denies Involvement in U Ko Ni’s Assassination

A top Myanmar military official denied any involvement of the armed forces in the murder of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo said... More

Myanmar army officially denies reports of abuses against Rohingya

Myanmar's military defended its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim at a rare news conference on Tuesday. In the news conference, it was said the lawful counterinsurgency operation was necessary to defend the country. This is... More

Ko Ni’S Killing: A Political Assasination

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has broken a month-long silence on the daylight assassination of her advisor, calling his killing a "great loss" for the country's democracy struggle- report AP. Ko Ni,... More

Myanmar’s Neighbours And The Peace Process

(Exclusive): China, India and Thailand are all carefully watching Myanmar’s stalled peace process. All these neighbours understand that only a truly genuine peace settlement will guarantee reconciliation, stability and development in the border areas... More

China protests over raid on Yangon plant

China has asked Myanmar to take effective measures to protect Chinese citizens and investors after a Chinese garment factory in Yangon was targeted on Thursday by strikers who damaged property, stole personal belongings and... More

Arakanese Politicians Threaten to Boycott Panglong Peace Conference

Arakanese politicians say they will boycott the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference unless the government approves a national-level political dialogue for Arakan State. In early February, the government’s Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC)... More

Meeting Minutes Reveal Insights Into Chinese Approach to Burma’s Peace Process

China will not “sit as a judge” regarding armed conflicts between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups, Sun Guoxiang, Chinese Special Envoy of Asian Affairs, has said. The Irrawaddy was able to read the... More

Myanmar Opts An Asian Pivot

(Exclusive):  Myanmar -- beset with a myriad of internal problems, including a host of border security issues and tensions between the military top brass and the civilian government – is molding an Asia-first foreign... More

Third Suspect in U Ko Ni Assassination Plot is ex-army officer

The President’s Office revealed on Wednesday the name of a third suspect involved in the assassination of U Ko Ni, the legal adviser to the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) government. The suspect is... More

Speculations of military intervention keep Suu Kyi silent

Speculations of military intervention in the political process of Myanmar are growing hard to ignore. This buzz is growing louder with the military operation against Rohingyas following the October attack on a Rakhine border... More

Who killed Ko Ni? Assassination leaves Myanmar on the verge of...

(Exclusive):Many analysts and foreign businessmen fear that recent events in Myanmar have pushed the country to the verge of implosion.The assassination of the prominent Muslim lawyer, KoNi at the Yangon airport has sent shivers... More

Revolt against Bangla radio program in Rakhine

Buddhist rightist organizations of Bangladesh bordering Myanmar's Rakhine region now started protesting against Bangla language. Few days ago, A radio station of the country’s western Rakhine province test broadcasted Bangla language program in some... More

State Counselor Urges Compromise in Union Day Speech

While delivering the 70th Union Day address to a crowd in Panglong, Shan State on Sunday, Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked all of the remaining armed ethnic groups to sign... More

Myanmar Army Forms Team to Investigate Allegations of Abuse in Arakan State

In response to the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report released on Feb. 3, the Myanmar Army has formed its own investigation team tasked with ascertaining whether security... More

China-India & ASEAN should resolve Rohingya crisis before eruption

China is also becoming anxious that Myanmar’s Rakhine state crisis could take a serious downturn if the current situation continues. Global Times, known as the mouthpiece of Chinese Communist Party, has urged ASEAN and... More

Pope condemns Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingyas

Pope Francis strongly criticized atrocities, including mass killings and gang rapes, committed against Rohingya Muslims. Condemning the torture and killings committed by Myanmar's security forces that - according to a UN report - possibly... More


Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More


India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More