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Myanmar to get five more TV channels


Five privately-run Myanmar companies will start television broadcasting as early as this year in a major step toward the democratization of the country's media. The companies, including DVB Multimedia Group, a major critic of Myanmar's... More

Saudi Arabia suspends fish imports from Myanmar


Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended fishing imports from Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Fisheries Federation. Saudi Arabia’s general authority for food and medicine suspended aquaculture products from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Vietnam, according to the... More

Myanmar rejects EU call for independent investigation into Rohingya exodus


In response to an EU parliamentary delegation’s demand for an independent investigation into alleged suppression of Muslim minorities in northern Rakhine State, the Myanmar government has said it does not believe any foreign investigation... More

Israel plans post harvest warehouses in Myanmar’s Mandalay


An Israeli company is in talks with the government to build warehouses within a year to help farmers with post-harvest production in Mandalay Region. Avri Bar Zur, chief agronomist at Oz Agribusiness Projects and Investments... More

Myanmar urges Bangladesh to provide info on ARSA


Myanmar has urged Bangladesh to investigate and provide information about the list of ‘terrorists and criminals’ belonging to the ARSA, which had been previously sent to Bangladesh, says Myanmar media. Myanmar union minister for home... More

UN rights envoy says Suu Kyi complicit in persecuting Rohingya


The UN Special Envoy on Human Rights in Myanmar has claimed that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could be complicit in the systematic persecution of Rohingya Muslims. In an interview with Channel 4... More

KIA in Myanmar forms 2 new brigades


The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has formed two new brigades, increasing its total number of brigades to 10. The KIA is active in Kachin State and northern Shan State, and its new brigades are Brigade... More

US urges UN to hold Myanmar military accountable for ‘ethnic cleansing’


The United States described Myanmar denials of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims as “preposterous” as it called on the UN Security Council to hold the military accountable and pressure leader Aung San Suu Kyi... More

Two ethnic groups sign up to Myanmar’s ‘broken’ peace process


Two armed ethnic groups will sign on to a ceasefire in Myanmar on Tuesday (Feb 13) in a ceremony the government hopes will showcase a significant victory for a peace process derided as ‘broken’... More

Security forces facing action over village killings, says Myanmar


Action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar‘s security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a government spokesman said on Sunday (Feb 10), adding it was... More

Report on Myanmar massacre ‘alarming’, need Investigation: UN


The United Nations on Friday (Feb 9) described the details of a February 9 Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as “alarming” and said it showed the need for a... More

Japan affirms military ties with Myanmar army


Japan has affirmed its defence cooperation with Myanmar despite international criticism of the country’s government and military over the handling of the northern Rakhine crisis. Kentaro Sonoura, special adviser to the Japanese prime minister on... More

Russia to deliver 6 additional Yak-130 aircraft to Myanmar


Russia will deliver to Myanmar an additional batch of six Yak-130 combat training aircraft, Mikhail Petukhov, a deputy director of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told Sputnik. "In December 2016, a contract was... More

Wary of China’s Foothold, Japan Urges India to Help Myanmar


Japan’s special envoy to Myanmar urged New Delhi to play an active role in protecting the troubled country before it falls back into China’s orbit. “India, with her old relationship, should play a more proactive... More

US says ‘deeply troubled’ by reports of Myanmar mass graves


The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it was “deeply, deeply troubled” by new reports of mass graves in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where the military has been accused of atrocities against minority Rohingya Muslims. The... More

Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyi’s lakeside villa: Myanmar govt


A man threw a petrol bomb at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday (Feb 1), officials said, a rare attack on a national figurehead who enjoys strong... More

Myanmar greenlights LNG-power plant plans


Myanmar has given the go-ahead on Wednesday (Jan 30) to French energy giant Total and other companies to build proposed power plants as the country faces insufficiencies in electricity. As the economy expands since the... More

Despite Clash, Richardson Says Suu Kyi Remains Myanmar’s Best Hope


Aung San Suu Kyi remains Myanmar’s best hope for change, veteran US mediator Bill Richardson said on Friday (Jan 26), days after he got into a fight with the Nobel laureate and quit an... More

US urges Russia and Myanmar to reconsider fighter deal


The United States called on Russia and Myanmar to reconsider a reported agreement for the supply of Russian fighter planes to the Southeast Asian country. Russian media quoted the Defense Ministry in Moscow as saying... More

Myanmar seeks advanced weapons from Russia, but China remains the key player


Myanmar’s generals have not hidden their displeasure with the quality of Chinese military hardware and jet fighters, but they know that a more assertive and powerful China remains a key player while Myanmar faces... More

Richardson quits Myanmar’s ‘whitewash’ Rohingya crisis panel


Veteran U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson has resigned from an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis, saying it was conducting a “whitewash” and accusing the country’s leader Aung San... More

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The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More

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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