Chinese troops sent to Myanmar border, says TNLA

Chinese troops are positioning along the China-Myanmar border in preparation of further conflict between the Tatmadaw and rebels, according to an ethic armed group. Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers have been... More

US firms lobby for removal of Myanmar trade restrictions

American businesses based in Myanmar are urging their government to remove sections 311 and 312 of the USA Patriot Act which prohibit US banks from trading in Myanmar. The American Chamber of... More

‘Myanmar Now’ editor arrested

U Swe Win, chief editor of Myanmar Now news agency, was arrested at Yangon International Airport at about 7 p.m. on Sunday. Airport police told The Irrawaddy that a person who is... More

Court considers bail for detained journalists

Hsipaw Township Court (Shan State)  will consider the bail request of three detained journalists and rule next week, the judge presiding over the case announced on Friday. “The judge accepted the submission... More

Police arrest man over deadly Rohingya attack

Myanmar police on Wednesday arrested a man in the stoning death of a Rohingya Muslim during an attack by a mob of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in Sittwe earlier this month, RFA... More

New Chair for UN Fact-finding Mission

The UN Human Rights Council has replaced the chairwoman of a team investigating allegations of killings and rape by Myanmar’s security forces, it said on Thursday, amid concerns over her perceived... More

Myanmar: Army resists article 66(d) reforms

A military representative in the Upper House argued against granting bail for controversial Article 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday. In amending the law, Maj. Thet Min... More

Mandalay Court rejects lawsuit against 2008 constitution of Myanmar

The Mandalay Region high court refused to accept a lawsuit on Tuesday in which five organizations urged the government to declare the 2008 Constitution illegal. A spokesperson from the court told The... More

Limited links sink Myanmar’s potential

Despite its 2,000 kilometer-long coastline, reaching from Bangladesh to the west and Thailand to the east, Myanmar is home to only nine functioning ports, most of which are lumped together in... More

US presses Myanmar to cease military ties with North Korea

Myanmar’s military has maintained ties with North Korea, even though the civilian-led government denies any cooperation, and the Trump administration is pressing for a complete break-off of remaining links, current and... More

German government provides US 2.1 million for health care in Rakhine

The German government has granted subsidies worth 1.85 million Euros (about 2.1 million US-Dollars) for humanitarian aid in Rakhine State, according to a press release July 21. It will be used to... More

UN envoy ‘strongly urges’ Myanmar to accept fact-finding mission

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee told reporters on Friday that she would “strongly urge the government” to allow an international independent body to investigate allegations of... More

Hundreds died in Rohingya camps on Thai-Malaysia border

More details have emerged about Thailand’s ugly trade in people now that a marathon trial has ended in Bangkok with 62 people convicted of human trafficking and other serious crimes. Camps set... More

Shan general: 2017 not a ‘Year of Peace’

Gen Yawd Serk, chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), has said that 2017 may not be the “year of peace” that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi... More

USDP and allies take concerns to military chief

Myanmar’s largest opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and its allies submitted an undisclosed letter to Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, after holding two days of meetings regarding the country’s... 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

Bad weather caused deadly plane crash: Myanmar military

Bad weather caused a Myanmar military plane to crash last month with 122 people on board, state media reported on Wednesday, in one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the country's... More

State Buddhist authority stands its ground

The State Buddhist Sangha authority—also known by its Myanmar acronym Ma Ha Na—will not issue further instructions regarding the signboards of Buddhist ultranationalist association Ma Ba Tha, said Sayadaw Bhaddanta Pandavabhivamsa,... More

Myanmar workers in Thailand victims of a broken system

With only meagre belongings stuffed into backpacks and duffel bags, tens of thousands of Myanmar migrants have streamed home across the Thai border over the past two weeks. But it is not... 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

80,000+ Rohingya children will need treatment for acute malnutrition by 2018

Over 80,000 children under the age of five living in the Muslim-majority regions of Myanmar are “wasting” and will need treatment for acute malnutrition over the next year. A report by the... More


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


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



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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