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Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks


Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians - mostly women and children - as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence. On Saturday, an... More

US urges non-violent response from Myanmar after clashes with Rohingya militants leave...


The United States has urged Myanmar authorities to avoid a response that would inflame tensions after an attack by Rohingya militants left 12 security personnel and 77 Rohingya Muslims... More

Massive combing after 89 killed in Rakhine militant attacks


Authorities say the death toll in Friday's militant attacks has risen to 89 with many more bodies of Rohingya insurgents found in areas around the scene of fighting. Many insurgents,... More

Govt to implement Rakhine commission’s recommendations


The Myanmar government said it would implement the recommendations from the Rakhine State Advisory Commission’s final report “within the shortest timeframe possible.” The commission, led by former UN chief Kofi... More

Massive attack leaves 12 dead in Rakhine


At least five policemen and seven Rohingya Muslim rebel were killed in a fresh wave of attacks in the northern part of Myanmar's Rakhine state, official sources said on... More

Kofi Annan: Don’t leave citizenship issues ‘to fester’


The Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State has urged the National League for Democracy (NLD) government to grant birth certificates and citizenship to children born in Rakhine State... More

Rakhine a human rights crisis: Annan report


The Kofi Annan commission on Thursday described the situation in Rakhine state as a 'human rights crisis'and came up with several recommendations to handle it in its final report. ''While... More

Myanmar voters prefer male candidates: Survey


The majority of respondents in a recent public poll conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) said they prefer male candidates to females, even when they hold the same... More

Kofi Annan arrives in Yangon


Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the chair of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, arrived in Yangon on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Annan... More

Kofi Annan commission final report on Rakhine due this week


The final report of the Rakhine Advisory Commission will include the facts and figures of the interim report as well as its recommendations, according to a local member of... More

Situation in Rakhine is not a positive curve : EU Ambassador Roland...


A wide-ranging Interview with EU Ambassador Roland Kobia to Myanmar by the Global New Light of Myanmar and MRTV touched upon democratic and economic reform, peace process and bilateral... More

Myanmar democracy festival to be held with anyeint and dances


The Myanmar Democracy Festival is being planned for the country and its people to promote high morality and esteem and to support the establishment of democratic practices and thoughts,... More

Korea’s LOTTE to launch hotel, serviced apartments in Yangon


Korea’s LOTTE group will launch its awesome resort hotel and serviced apartments in Yangon on September 1 beside the picturesque Inya Lake in its march to become one of... More

Myanmar state-owned airline to extend wing to China’s Chengdu


Video PlayerCloseMyanmar National Airlines (MNA), a state-owned airline, will extend wing to China's Chengdu, a report quoted a chief executive officer of the airline as reporting Friday. The planned schedule-flight... More

Govt, military discuss ‘Terrorist’ label for Rakhine state militants


State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been holding talks with military leaders regarding the labeling of militants in northern Rakhine State as terrorists, government spokesperson U Zaw... More

Yangon government takes first move to bring Reuters to court


The Yangon government has filed a complaint against international news agency Reuters before the Myanmar Press Council over a report about the alleged lack of transparency in the procurement... More

Bangladesh sees fresh influx of Rohingya from Myanmar


Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days following a fresh military build-up in Myanmar's Rakhine state, community leaders said Wednesday. They said at least 500 Rohingya... More

BD border patrol beefed up following increased Myanmar military presence in frontier


An increased number of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel have been deployed in Bangladesh-Myanmar border following the same move initiated by Myanmar side. Commander of BGB’s Teknaf battalion Lt Colonel... More

Impossible to remove Tatmadaw from politics: Army colonel


The Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) cannot be removed from the country’s politics, according to an official from the military’s National Defense College (NDC) at a panel discussion on civilian-military relations... More

Govt Comments on Enhanced Security in Rakhine


Amid a recent uptick in violence and recently deployed Myanmar Army troops in Rakhine State, the State Counselor’s Office issued a press release on Friday condemning extremist acts and... More

Myanmar Buddhists protest against aid in Rakhine


Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets in western Myanmar on Sunday to protest against aid organisations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants, police and a... More

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Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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... More