EVENTS

EVENTS

Peace top priority – Aung San Suu Kyi


State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has said that peace is the top priority for the country noting that the country had suffered due to civil wars and without peace, there... More

‘March of democracy unstoppable in Myanmar’


The march of democracy is unstoppable in Myanmar, despite obvious challenges, says Myanmar's information minister Dr Pe Myint. In an exclusive interview to Mizzima on the eve of the 'Forum for Myanmar's... More

India’s Tejas programme suffers more delays


The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed further delays in the country’s programme to produce the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The MoD said in... More

Karunanayake still defiant, name of possible replacement speculated  


The UNP and SLFP, in embarrassed huddles over the central bank linked corruption fiasco involving senior UNPer and Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, have decided to postpone the decision making that was... More

Pulling the plug on Afghanistan


Recent reports coming out of Washington suggest that the proposal by US National Security Adviser (NSA) Mr. MacMaster for a moderate rise in the number of US troops or their private... More

Nation Commemorates Martyrs’ Day


At 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday, sirens suddenly wailed. Many of the cars on the roads of Yangon came to a halt. Drivers blared their horns for one full minute. People walking on the... More

Myanmar set to observe 70th Martyrs’ Day tomorrow as Gen Aung...


For the first time in decades, visitors to Yangon’s Secretariat building on Martyrs’ Day will get a glimpse as to how Gen Aung San’s office once looked just before the independence... More

No military solution to Kashmir conflict


Speakers at the recently held 55th Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in Chicago said that by refusing to implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Jammu... More

Sri Lanka: Growing with giants


Sri Lanka has the capacity to punch above its economic weight, observed State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday (14 June), pointing out the country was already well integrated with regional... More

Regional TVET Conference -2017 kicks off in Nay Pyi Taw


Regional Technical and Vocational Education and Training—2017 was held at 9 am Tuesday at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-II, with the intention of upgrading cooperation in the sectors on technology, vocation... More

14th Asia Media Summit in China


The 3-day Asia Media Summit 2017 opened on 6 June by the Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong in Qingdao China. A packed audience of delegates heard Ms Liu outline China’s achievements and its commitment... More

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 22-29 June 2017


The UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival returns to London for its eighth edition this summer with a selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent... More

Bangladesh to host OIC foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018


Bangladesh is set to host the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018. The decision on Dhaka as the host city for the 2018 programme was made at a... More

Seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental Law”...


Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)’s Department of Law, Faculty of Security and Strategic Studies, organized a seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental Law” on 9 May 2017.... More

Digital Youth Summit 2017


The Digital Youth Summit 2017 is scheduled to take place in Peshawar, Pakistan,  from May 5, till May 7. DYS 2017 features three days of panel discussions, networking, and a startup pitch... More

Neighboring countries must reject India’s ‘backyard’ policy


In a discussion titled “Current context of Bangladesh-India relations,” the participants asserted that South Asian countries desires an equal and respectable relationship with the neighboring India, and do not want to... More

Pakistan doesn’t want nuclear parity with India: Ambassador Zamir Akram


Pakistan is not seeking to achieve parity with India in terms of nuclear weapons, but is rather pursuing Full Spectrum Deterrence doctrine to ensure that there are no gaps in its... More

Maldives to host hot air balloon festival in May


Maldives has started final preparations for a hot air balloon festival which will be held in May. This is the first such festival to be held in the Indian Ocean archipelago. The... More

Myanmar Ethnic delegations meet in Chiang Mai


A two-day meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, concludes on Thursday between two ethnic negotiating teams – the Delegation for Political Negotiations (DPN), which represents the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), and... More

SA remains fastest growing region in 2017: ADB


Growth is picking up in two-thirds of economies in developing Asia, supported by higher external demand, rebounding global commodity prices, and domestic reforms, making the region the largest single contributor to... More

Militancy burgeoning in absence of Democracy: Lisa Curtis


In absence of a competitive democratic system Islamic militancy is beginning to thrive, commented Lisa Curtis a senior research fellow of the Heritage Foundation and an expert on South Asian affairs... More

COLUMN

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... More

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READER'S VIEW

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... More

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