NLD warns Yangon Chief Minister for controversial remarks

Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy party has warned the Yangon Chief Minister for his controversial remarks on the country’s military chief, according to one of the party’s secretariat members. U Nyan... More

Rohingya villagers tell media of abuses during army crackdown

Rohingya Muslim women lined up to tell reporters of missing husbands, mothers and sons on Saturday as international media were escorted for the first time to a village in Myanmar's northern... More

Govt refuses to deal with Wa-led alliance as bloc

The Myanmar government has rejected the idea of holding peace talks with an alliance of seven ethnic armed groups based in northeast Myanmar as a single entity and will only negotiate... More

Commander in Chief’s office allege remarks of Yangon Chief Minister are...

The Myanmar Army allege the recent remarks of the Chief Minister of Yangon Phyo Min Thein are insults and this can lower the image of both the head of the army and... More

No restrictions on reporting, Myanmar Govt. pledges

Myanmar and foreign journalists representing international media organisations arrived in Rakhine State on Wednesday, with a pledge from the government to not impose any restrictions on the reporters visiting the troubled... More

UN envoy’s visit incites protests in Rakhine

About 200 people protested the arrival of a UN human rights envoy at Sittwe Airport in troubled Rakhine State on Wednesday morning, according to residents and police. UN Special Rapporteur on Human... More

Myanmar Army Calls for Action Against Yangon Chief Minister

The Myanmar Army has filed a complaint with the government to “take necessary actions” against Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein regarding recent remarks concerning the head of the military,... More

U Zaw Htay: Kofi Annan Commission is Govt ‘Shield’

U Zaw Htay, government spokesperson and director-general of the President’s Office recently talked to The Irrawaddy about the threats facing Rakhine State and press freedom in Myanmar. Question: Fourteen parties including the... More

Myanmar Govt. launches reform plan for civil service

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi launches Civil Service Reform Strategic Action Plan on Monday. United Nations Development Programme and other development partners have been supporting this initiative. Aung San Suu... More

Terrorists attack the security forces at Buthidaung Township

The government security forces were attacked with small arms and mines by armed terrorists at Tinmay Village, Buthidaung Township. The security forces returned fire and caught two dead bodies, one man... More

UNHCR chief urges freedom of movement in Rakhine

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for freedom of movement and access to services for displaced persons in Rakhine State at the end of his first visit to... More

Hunger rife among Rohingya children: WFP

More than 80,000 young children may need treatment for malnutrition in part of western Myanmar where the army cracked down on stateless Rohingya Muslims last year, the World Food Programme (WFP)... More

Mob Kill Rohingya Muslim in Rakhine

A mob killed a Rohingya man in the Rakhine State capital Sittwe on Tuesday, according to Sittwe district police chief Win Naung told The Irrawaddy. The man was one of seven self-identifying... More

NCA signatories recommend review of peace path

The implementation of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) needs to be thoroughly reviewed, according to leaders of the NCA signatories’ Peace Process Steering Team (PPST), calling the current process a deviation... More

UNHCR Chief Mr. Filippo Grandi visits Maungtaw

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR Mr. Filippo Grandi held talks with the authorities in Maungtaw on Monday over several issues including internally displaced persons, security and cooperation between the UNHCR... More

EU urges Myanmar to protect free speech after arrests of journalists

The European Union on Monday urged Myanmar to protect journalists from “intimidation, arrest or prosecution” after several cases of reporters running into trouble with the law, including three detained by the... More

Census report: Half a million young people in Myanmar cannot read...

A new census report by the UNFPA reveals that while youth literacy in Myanmar is relatively high at 94 per cent, this still means that more than half a million young... More

Lawmaker Criticizes Govt on Rakhine Issue

Former chief of general staff for the Myanmar Army U Hla Htay Win criticized the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government for not doing enough to prevent international interference in Rakhine... More

Ethnic Media Conference demands end to laws that oppress media freedom

The 5th Ethnic Media Conference ended with a decision to request an end to laws that are oppressing freedom of speech and the press. The request appeared in a statement published on... More

Religion Minister rejects nationalists’ criticism, intends to ‘purify’ Buddhism in Myanmar

Myanmar’s religious affairs minister U Aung Ko rejected calls for his resignation from nationalists, including monks, accusing him of favoring Islam over Buddhism in the country and said he intended to... More

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 “gender dividend,” said the United Nations... 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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