UN: Myanmar Must Enable Women’s Entry Into the Workforce

Myanmar needs to realize the potential of women and enable their entry into the labor market in order to generate economic growth driven by a... More

Three Dead as Police Raid Suspected Militant Camp in...

Myanmar military and border police raided a suspected militant camp in the forests of Mayu mountain range of Rakhine State’s southern Maungdaw Township on Tuesday,... More

Miners Flee Conflict in Kachin State

Kachin State, Myanmar — With the recent fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Tatmadaw, thousands of locals and workers fled seven mining... More

Wa-led alliance: We will only meet govt peace team...

An alliance of seven ethnic armed groups based in northeast Myanmar led by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) said it would only meet with... More

Religious tensions simmer in Myanmar as madrassas shuttered

Chit Tin, a 55-year-old Muslim man has prayed at the same madrassa in eastern Yangon his whole adult life, most of it spent under a... More

Black box of crashed military plane found

The flight data recorder, commonly known as the “black box”, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and a body were discovered in the retrieved plane’s tail... More

Black box of crashed military plane found

The flight data recorder, commonly known as the “black box”, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and a body were discovered in the retrieved plane’s tail... More

Coal-powered cement plant starts production despite local opposition

A 500-ton cement factory has started commercial operations in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, Myanmar, despite opposition from locals over the coal-fired plant that will fuel... More

KIO sentences poppy grower to death for killing anti-drug...

A tribunal of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) sentenced a poppy grower to death and another to seven years in jail for fatally shooting a... More

Irrawaddy farmers demand return of confiscated land

Farmers in Irrawaddy Division’s (Myanmar) Myaungmya Township demanded the divisional government return more than 200 acres of land confiscated, and subsequently abandoned, by Myanmar’s military... More

Bringing peace and harmony to the Rakhine is one...

State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave a speech at... More

Regional TVET Conference -2017 kicks off in Nay Pyi...

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... More

UN Rakhine probe would have increased tensions: State Counsellor

A United Nations decision last year to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of abuse by security forces against Muslims in Rakhine State... More

Half the number of bodies from Myanmar plane crash...

Twenty-six bodies from the downed military transport plane were discovered on Sunday, bringing the total number of bodies to 59. The weather improved slightly in the... More

Police: No new leads in locating fugitive in U...

Police told Rangoon’s northern district court on Friday that there are no new leads in locating the fugitive Aung Win Khaing so that he might... More

Suu Kyi, Trudeau talk federalism for Myanmar

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday to learn about Canadian federalism, a system of government... More

Indian naval ship Sumitra on goodwill visit to Yangon

Indian Naval Ship Sumitra, an Offshore Patrol Vessel is visiting Myanmar on a goodwill visit from 6-8 June to hand over disaster relief material to... More

Debris of Myanmar plane with over 100 on board...

Pieces of a Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard were found in the Andaman Sea late... More

Finance Minister predicts ‘Take Off’ for Myanmar economy

The finance minister attempted to reassure investors that Myanmar’s economy is on a promising trajectory at a trade conference on Tuesday, despite business owners’ concerns... More

Human Rights Watch defends Muslims praying in public

Human Rights Watch on Monday called for the Myanmar government to overrule local officials in Rangoon who are threatening to charge Muslims for holding Ramadan... More

After withdrawal from the UNFC, the KIO seeks to...

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the second largest armed ethnic organization in Myanmar, has recently withdrawn from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) an alliance... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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