Myanmar says willing to take back all Rohingya refugees

Myanmar is willing to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if they volunteer to return, the country’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Saturday. He was speaking at... More

Chinese whispers in Yangon as Myanmar weighs Rohingya deal with UN

The Myanmar government is in a bind. In order to stave off Western sanctions for its alleged mistreatment of the Rohingya minority, it is considering signing a memorandum with UN agencies that would set... More

Myanmar stalling on end to child soldier recruitment: UN

Myanmar has not done enough to fulfil its promise to end the use of child soldiers and underage recruitment may even be on the rise, a top UN official said Tuesday. The military and a... More

Myanmar continues Rohingya ethnic cleansing, says US

The Trump administration says ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has not stopped despite growing condemnation from the international community. In November, the United States declared that violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine... More

China’s $7.5 Billion Myanmar port ‘crazy,’ Suu Kyi adviser says

The $7.5 billion price tag for a Chinese-built deep-sea port in the Myanmar town of Kyaukpyu was “crazy” and “absurd,” according to a key adviser to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi. China’s CITIC Group,... More

US Congress backs measure to clamp down on Myanmar over Rohingya rights

Members of the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday in favor of legislation to pressure Myanmar, also known as Burma, to improve its record on human rights. Lawmakers voted 382-30 to approve the... More

Take Rohingya issue to ICC, House of Commons panel tells UK government  

The House of Commons’ committee on International Development has said in its report that the persecution of the Rohingyas by Myanmar should be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report recommended that the... More

Myanmar to beef up embassy security in Pakistan

Myanmar has allocated K319.66 million (US$236,548) to beef up its security in predominantly Muslim Pakistan said Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, as the crisis in northern Rakhine continues. U Kyaw Tin told... More

Myanmar urges Bangladesh to begin repatriation of 2223 refugees soon

Myanmar urged Bangladesh to repatriate as soon as possible 2223 refugees who have been approved out of the more than 8000 names submitted for repatriation by Dhaka a few months ago, a senior official... More

World Bank urges Myanmar to address risks as growth picks up

As the economy picks up amid global and domestic uncertainty, the World Bank has urged the government to address emerging risks that could impact business sentiment and weaken future performance, according to its new... More

Efforts to repatriate Rohingya refugees stumbles again

The return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar has again stalled after Bangladesh and Myanmar officials failed to fix a start date for actual repatriation. A Joint Working Group responsible for overseeing the repatriation of Rohingya... More

Myanmar Rohingya face prolonged stay in Bangladesh, warns ICG

Donors need to plan for the “tragic reality” that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh won’t be coming home any time soon, says think-tank. It was “imperative” to find sustainable solutions for the hundreds of thousands of... More

Myanmar govt sits by while the army goes on the offensive

After fighting flared in April between the Burmese army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), an insurgent force controlling much of Myanmar’s northern extremes, thousands of civilians fled into the jungle. Some trekked for... More

Myanmar tells UN to investigate ARSA

Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations on Monday urged the UN Security Council to investigate the “atrocities” of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) against civilians while Western nations continued pressing Myanmar to cooperate... More

Myanmar policeman denies planting documents on Reuters reporters

A Myanmar policeman told a court on Wednesday he met two Reuters reporters on the night of their arrest in December, but denied giving them secret documents to incriminate them. His testimony contradicted a previous... More

Myanmar Army continues attacks in Kachin State

The Myanmar Army launched three air attacks on Battalion 6 under the Kachin Independence Army (KIA)’s Brigade 2 on Monday morning, said Major Awng Ja, the Battalion 6 commander. “ dropped bombs around the hill... More

India ramps up Myanmar ties to gain foothold in ASEAN

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with senior Myanmar officials during a two-day visit last week to discuss implementation of agreements signed during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, especially... More

Rohingya villagers in Myanmar who spoke to UN delegation in forced into...

Rohingya villagers who spoke to a UN security council delegation in Rakhine last week are in hiding after being targeted by Myanmar’s security agencies, members from the community say. Villagers who spoke to the UNSC... More

19 dead in fighting between Myanmar army, rebels

At least 19 people have been killed in clashes between Myanmar's military and an ethnic armed group on Saturday (May 12) in northern Shan State, Myanmar army and local sources told AFP, the most... More

Rohingya fear India’s move to aid repatriation plan

Rohingya Muslim refugees are fretting for their safety as India accelerates its move to repatriate them to Myanmar, the Buddhist-majority nation they began flooding out of last August following widespread violence. India's external affairs minister,... More

India’s FM to pay two-day visit to Myanmar from 10 May

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will pay a two-day visit to Myanmar from 10 May during which key bilateral and regional issues, including the situation in the Rakhine state from where thousands of... 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