Tension along border in Manipur after Myanmar work in no man’s land

Some tension prevailed along the India-Myanmar border in Manipur's Tengnoupal district on Sunday (Dec 31), a day after Myanmar Army started levelling the no-man's land, officials said. Tengnoupal's Collector K. Raghumani, who toured the area... More

Myanmar commissions new OPV, landing craft

The Myanmar Navy commissioned seven new vessels into service on 24 December 2017, the service’s 70th anniversary. The vessels included an offshore patrol vessel (OPV), named UMS Inlay (54), two 56 m landing craft utility... More

Why China’s plan helps solve Rohingya crisis

The Rohingya crisis has developed into a grave issue in Myanmar's politics and diplomacy. It has caused a mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh, who are living in pathetic conditions. Nonetheless, a fundamental... More

Myanmar frees journalists working for Turkish broadcaster

Myanmar on Friday (Dec 29) freed two journalists working for Turkey’s state broadcaster, their local interpreter and a driver after they completed a two-month jail sentence for violating an aircraft law by filming with... More

UN rights investigator calls for pressure on China, Russia over Myanmar abuses

The United Nations’ independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses in Myanmar. U.N. special rapporteur Yanghee... More

From hope to despair in Myanmar

To say that 2017 was a year of disappointment for Myanmar would be a gross understatement considering the earlier sky-high expectations for peace, prosperity and democratic transformation. Many of those in the international community who... More

Myanmar extends curfew in northern Rakhine to ensure security

Myanmar local authorities extended the curfew order in Maungtaw, a sensitive area of conflict in the northern part of Rakhine state, for another two months to ensure further security, stability and rule of law,... More

Reuters journalists in Myanmar remanded for another 14 days

Two Reuters journalists who have been detained in Myanmar for the past two weeks were remanded in custody for a further two weeks on Wednesday (Dec 27) as a probe continues into allegations they... More

China, Russia oppose UN criticism of Myanmar over Rohingya

The UN General Assembly on Sunday (Dec 24) urged Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya and called for the appointment of a UN special envoy, despite opposition from China, Russia and... More

Myanmar invited to US-Thailand military drills despite Rohingya issue

Observers from Myanmar are invited to the military exercises of the United States and Thailand scheduled for next year, despite Washington's criticism toward country's domestic policy regarding the Rohingya people, Pentagon spokesman Christopher Logan... More

India pledges US$25mil for Myanmar’s Rakhine to help refugees return

India will provide Myanmar with US$25 million (S$33.6 million) for development projects including prefabricated houses in troubled Rakhine state to enable the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled the area, the foreign ministry... More

Myanmar rice exports highest in 50 years in 2017-18

Demand for rice produced in Myanmar has risen to its highest level in 50 years in the current 2017-18 fiscal year, with rice exports estimated to have increased to 2.5 million-2.8 million tonnes compared... More

Myanmar bars UN rights investigator just before visit

The UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has been barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure, she said on Wednesday. Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur, said she... More

Rohingya language to be digitalized for online use

Rohingya language to be digitalized for online use which constitutes another important step in the international recognition of Myanmar's oppressed minority. According to The Guardian, the latest version of the Unicode Standard, the global coding... More

Arrested Reuters reporters were ‘set up,’ says NLD spokesman

Two Reuters journalists arrested last week were deliberately “set up,” according to National League for Democracy spokesperson U Win Htein, who added that he felt sorry for the pair. Thet Oo Maung (aka Wa Lone)... More

Warship visit puts Russia-Myanmar military ties into focus

Last week, a Russian Pacific Fleet ship detachment paid a visit to Myanmar in a little-noticed development. Though the interaction was just one activity within the broader bilateral relationship, it also highlighted the interactions... More

UN’s Zeid toughens warning of ‘genocide’ in Myanmar

The top U.N. human rights official has said he would not be surprised if a court one day ruled that acts of genocide had been committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, according... More

Myanmar govt says case against Reuters journalists can proceed

Myanmar’s civilian President Htin Kyaw, a close ally of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has authorized the police to proceed with a case against two detained Reuters reporters accused of violating the country’s... More

Myanmar govt says case against Reuters journalists can proceed

Myanmar’s civilian President Htin Kyaw, a close ally of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has authorized the police to proceed with a case against two detained Reuters reporters accused of violating the country’s... More

6,700 Rohingyas killed in Myanmar, including 730 children, says Int’l aid group

Doctors Without Borders, a private charitable organization consisting of doctors and medical workers, said at least 6,700 Rohingyas have been killed in Myanmar. The aid group which provides assistance to people in distress across the world... More

UN chief presses for release of arrested Reuters journalists in Myanmar

The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N.... More


Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More


Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... 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... More