A third of Myanmar’s population living in poverty

About 32 percent of Myanmar’s 50 million population, or 15.8 million people, are living in poverty, according to an assessment of the 2015 Myanmar Poverty and Living Conditions Survey. The new report, compiled jointly by... More

Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar under official secrets act

Two reporters from Reuters were detained under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly possessing internal security reports related to fighting between border guard forces and Muslim militants the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in... More

Myanmar team due Dec 19 to take forward Rohingya repatriation process

A team of Myanmar will be here on December 19 to take forward the process of forming a joint working group to start repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh. Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told... More

Myanmar govt takes steps to repatriate Hindus who fled to Bangladesh

The Myanmar government is taking steps to repatriate more than 400 Hindus who fled to Bangladesh since August 25 after insurgent attacks on border police prompted counter-insurgency military operations in northern Rakhine State. Union minister... More

Russia’s Pacific Fleet ships visits Myanmar on unofficial visit

A Pacific Fleet squadron has arrived in Myanmar on an unofficial visit on Thursday (Dec. 7), Pacific Fleet spokesman Nikolay Voskresensky said. "A Pacific Fleet squadron consisting of the Admiral Panteleev large anti-submarine ship and... More

China says UN resolutions ‘cannot solve’ Rohingya crisis

China said Wednesday (Dec. 6) that a UN resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority "cannot help to ease the tensions and solve the problem". Beijing voted against a... More

Israeli journalist rejects Myanmar’s attempt to discredit arms deal report

An Israeli journalist whose question prompted Myanmar’s ambassador to Israel to confirm the existence of an ongoing arms trade relationship between the two countries says she stands by her report, even after attempts by... More

UN rights chief says can’t rule out crime of genocide against Rohingya

The United Nations' top human rights official said on Tuesday Rohingyas were continuing to flee northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where he said the crime of genocide by state forces could not be ruled... More

Myanmar may bring more charges against two jailed foreign journalists

The lawyer of two foreign journalists sentenced to two months in prison for trying to fly a drone near government buildings in Nay Pyi Taw, expressed concern his clients could face more criminal charges... More

Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

Pope Francis's embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight. On Friday... More

Pope says his defence of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

Pope Francis defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue. Speaking to reporters, on... More

Xi backs China-Myanmar economic corridor during talks with Suu Kyi

China and Myanmar have moved a step closer to negotiate the China-Myanmar economic corridor — an initiative that is being given high priority on account of the stalled Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) connectivity proposal. On December 1,... More

More than 150,000 Myanmar workers return from Thailand in 5 months

More than 150,000 Myanmar migrants who do not have the proper documents returned home from Thailand between June 29 and November 27 after the Kingdom amended its foreign labour laws with harsh penalties, said... More

Suu Kyi meets China’s Xi amid Rohingya refugee crisis

Amid the Rohingya refugee crisis, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Friday (Dec. 1) met President Xi Jinping, days after her country's military chief visited China as it seeks to mediate between Myanmar... More

Myanmar says arms selling continue, but Israel denies  

Israeli Foreign Ministry stated categorically on Thursday (Nov 30) that it was no longer selling weapons to Myanmar, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing, amid an international outcry against the arms sales. While admitting... More

Clash between AA, Myanmar army intensifying near Bangladesh, India border

The ongoing clashes between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army (AA) are likely to intensify in the coming days, said Khaing Thukha, a spokesperson for the AA, alleging that the Myanmar Army recently... More

Oxford strips Suu Kyi of city’s freedom award over Rohingya treatment

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the honorific freedom of Oxford, the British city where she studied and raised her children, over her “inaction” in the Rohingya crisis. “When Aung San... More

Pope skips Rohingya crisis in Myanmar speech

Pope Francis called for respect for rights and justice in a keenly watched address in Myanmar on Tuesday (Nov 28), but avoided mentioning the Rohingya, or allegations of ethnic cleansing driving huge numbers of... More

Myanmar charges two foreign journalists with immigration violation

A court in Myanmar charged two foreign journalists, who were also facing lawsuits for attempting to fly a drone near Parliament in Naypyitaw, with the additional charge of violating the Immigration Act. The judge U... More

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to visit China amid Western criticism over Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will soon visit Beijing, as the southeast Asian nation appears to draw closer to its northern neighbor, China, amid global criticism over an exodus of Rohingya refugees,... More

Rohingya tragedy

Although Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya population has suffered persecution at the hands of the majority Buddhist community for years, the recent crackdown by security forces against the Rohingya was executed with such unprecedented brutality that... 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