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Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline to commence next month


After a two-year delay, the Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline is expected to begin operating in May, officials said. The respective parties of Myanmar and China were discussing the terms and conditions on the crude oil... More

NLD Dismisses Regional Heads for By-election Blunder


The National League for Democracy (NLD) party has stripped the heads of Karenni State and Hpruso Township of their positions for failing to field a candidate in time, forcing the party out of the... More

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Awkward Anniversary


(Exclusive): Myanmar’s democracy icon and Nobel peace prize laureate - Aung San Suu Kyi – has just completed her first year in power. Her performance during the past twelve months, according to most analysts... More

NLD won almost half of the seats in by-elections


The National League for Democracy won almost half of the seats that were contested in by-elections on Sunday, the first vote since it dominated elections a year ago and an early indication of continued... More

Suu Kyi’s new govt faces first test at Myanmar polls


Aung San Suu Kyi's government will face its first test at the ballot box on Saturday (April 1) in by-elections around Myanmar seen as a barometer for growing disillusionment with her party a year... More

Disenchanted Myanmar: Suu Kyi will step down if people wishes


For decades Myanmar's people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy and shake off the vestiges of the still powerful... More

Myanmar-China oil pipeline: Positive signal for bilateral relation


Nearly a decade in the making, a project to pump oil 770 km (480 miles) across Myanmar to southwest China is set for imminent start-up, with a supertanker nearing the port of Kyauk Phyu,... More

UN Inquiry Poses Problems for Myanmar Government


Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government is now facing its most critical test since coming to power a year ago. It is also a major personal trial for the Lady – as she is... More

Torturing and Raping of Royingya Muslims: UN launch investigation


The top United Nations human rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of Burmese security forces killing, raping and torturing Rohingya Muslims. In a move bound to put pressure on... More

Some answers from Annan’s Rakhine Commission


(Exclusive): The situation in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state poses perhaps the biggest test for the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi. It is one which is complicated and has worsened over the years,... More

People enjoy Myanmar Int’l Lighting Festival 2017


People visit the Myanmar International Lighting Festival at the People's Park in Yangon, Myanmar, March 19, 2017. Image Source: Xinhua/U Aung More

Myanmar Parliament Approves Reduced Budget for 2017-2018


The Union Parliament approved a budget of 20.59 trillion kyats for the 2017-2018 fiscal year on Friday—lower than the proposed budget of more than 20.89 trillion kyats. On the last day of the current legislative... More

Myanmar must work to close Rohingya camps, says Kofi Annan panel


Myanmar should immediately start letting Rohingya Muslims return home and ultimately close rundown camps for the displaced in its western Rakhine state, a panel led by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said on Thursday. More... More

Myanmar approves diplomatic ties with Vatican


Myanmar's parliament approved forming diplomatic relationships with the Vatican on March 10. Approval comes after meetings between high-level church officials and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. The announcement follows Archbishop Paul Tsang in-Nam, Apostolic... More

Singapore senior minister Goh on 3-day visit to Myanmar


Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong of Singapore arrived in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on a three-day visit on Tuesday (March 14). During the visit ESM Goh called on President Htin Kyaw, State Counsellor Aung... More

NVC: Ploy to deny Rohingyas citizenship rights!


The government of Myanmar is playing the same old card, previously played by the military junta. The authorities have stepped up the controversial National Verification Card (NVC) distribution program among Muslim Rohingyas in restive... More

Myanmar may be trying to ´expel´ all Rohingya: UN expert


Myanmar may be seeking to "expel" all ethnic Rohingya from its territory, a UN rights expert said Monday, pushing for a high-level inquiry into abuses against the Muslim minority community. The United Nations special rapporteur... More

USDP Chairman: ‘Much of Myanmar is in Chaos’


The chairman of the former ruling party of Myanmar has claimed that much of the country is in “chaos” and in need of a “disciplined democracy” as the country prepares for by-elections on April... More

China casts a shadow over Myanmar’s peace process


(Exclusive): Fierce fighting has erupted again along Myanmar’s northern border with China. As a result, tens of thousands of refugees have fled the conflict zone. Some 20,000 have escaped across the border, while several hundred... More

Is U Wirathu above law?


U Kyaw Myo Shwe, a follower of U Wirathu, recently opened a case under Burma’s Telecommunications Law against the Myanmar Now journalist at a police station in Mandalay Burma’s second largest city where U... More

Over 20,000 People Flee Myanmar to China After Violence Erupted


More than 20,000 people crossed into China from neighboring Myanmar escaping violence between security forces and ethnic rebels, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Thursday. "Military conflict in the northern part of Myanmar... More

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De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

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For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... 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... More