Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River could fuel more conflicts in the country

Myanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an important economic and livelihood crisis. Myanmar was once called “Asia’s... More

Myanmar army chief says Rohingya Muslims ‘not natives,’ numbers fleeing exaggerated

Rohingya Muslims are not native to Myanmar, the army chief told the U.S. ambassador in a meeting in which he apparently did not address accusations of abuses by his men and said media was... More

Syrian cleric confirms foreign role in Rohingya exodus

A leading Syrian cleric, Grand Mufti Ahmed Bader Eddin Mohammad Adib Hassoun, Syria’s highest religious authority, has confirmed India’s suspicion that an international terrorist network had a major role in triggering the latest bout... More

Tourists shun Myanmar in wake of Rakhine crisis

Although Myanmar is entering peak season for tourism, tour operators and industry officials have reported a drop in visitors because of the recent conflict in Rakhine State. Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) president U... More

West edges towards punishing Myanmar army leaders over Rohingya crisis

The European Union and the United States are considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar military leaders over an offensive that has driven more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, officials familiar with the... More

Myanmar army rejects ARSA on final ceasefire day

The Myanmar Army rejected a one-month unilateral ceasefire announced by a Muslim militant group in Rakhine State that comes to an end on Monday. Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the militant group behind a series... More

China reinforces mediation call as Rohingya crisis spirals

Without alienating Bangladesh, China is backing Myanmar, setting the stage of mediation between the two countries to resolve the Rohingya humanitarian and refugee crisis. On September 28, China flew 2,000 tents and 3,000 blankets as... More

Rohingya insurgents open to peace but Myanmar ceasefire ending

Muslim Rohingya insurgents said on Saturday they are ready to respond to any peace move by the Myanmar government but a one-month ceasefire they declared to enable the delivery of aid in violence-racked Rakhine... More

Lack of access to Myanmar’s Rakhine state ‘unacceptable’: UN

The lack of humanitarian access granted by Myanmar's government to Rakhine state, where more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled violence, is "unacceptable", the UN said Friday. "The access we have in northern... More

Int’l community must take responsibility for Rohingya crisis, says Saudi king

The exodus began after Myanmar security forces responded to Rohingya insurgents' attacks on August 25 by launching a brutal crackdown that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said at... More

US lawmakers urge action on Myanmar

U.S. lawmakers are calling for "full access" by journalists and aid workers to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state. "It is very important that we get reporters on the ground, that we get USAID on the ground,"... More

Rohingya crisis: UN ‘suppressed’ report predicting its shortcomings in Myanmar

The UN commissioned and then “suppressed” a report that criticised its strategy in Myanmar and warned it was ill-prepared to deal with the impending Rohingya crisis, sources have told the Guardian. The review, written by... More

Myanmar replaces Maungdaw Border Guard Police Chief

Myanmar’s Ministry of Home Affairs reshuffled the police brigadier-generals of Myanmar Police Force, with the Border Guard Police Force commander of conflict-torn Maungdaw Township being replaced. Former chief of Mandalay Region No. 3 Security Police... More

UK Prince Charles’s tour of Southeast Asia leaves out Myanmar

Britain’s Prince Charles will tour Southeast Asia and India later this month, but the heir to the throne will not visit Myanmar, after a spate of violence and allegations that authorities are carrying out... More

10,000 Rohingya poised to enter Bangladesh as exodus swells again

More than 10,000 Muslim Rohingya have massed in Myanmar near a crossing point into Bangladesh, apparently poised to join an exodus across the border due to food shortages and fear of attacks in their mainly... More

Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford honour over Rohingya criticism

An honour bestowed on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi by the city of Oxford has been withdrawn as a reaction to her perceived inadequate response to the plight of Rohingya Muslims in the... More

‘60pc of Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar are children’

Many of the unaccompanied children are highly distressed or traumatised as they have been through a dreadful experience while fleeing Myanmar and travelling long distances to Bangladesh through rain and mud. Many became orphans when... More

Diplomats, UN witness Northern Rakhine devastation

Twenty diplomats who visited conflict-torn areas of northern Rakhine on a government-sponsored tour on Monday called on Myanmar authorities to fully investigate allegations of human rights violations, allow unimpeded humanitarian access and urged the... More

Egypt’s Hasm militants claim attack targeting Myanmar embassy

Egyptian militant group Hasm claimed responsibility on Sunday for a small explosion at Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo, saying it was in retaliation for that country’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Egypt’s interior ministry has not... More

Rakhine crisis leads Europe to put off IPA signing

The inking of the investment protection agreement (IPA) between the European Union and Myanmar has been put off until an unknown date. On September 14, the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament announced... More

Myanmar sends minister to Bangladesh to discuss Rohingya issue

Amid the growing pressure on Myanmar, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is now sending her representative to discuss the Rohingya issue with the Bangladesh government. Minister of the Office of State Counselor Kyaw Tint... 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