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  • Modi to attend 3 multilaterals, address joint Australian Parliament in November October 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a series of multilaterals in November, including G-20 in Australia and SAARC in Kathmandu as well as hold bilateral meetings with various top leaders. The Prime Minister will first travel to Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw for East Asia Summit (EAS) on November...
  • Myanmar says it will release more than 3,000 prisoners October 7, 2014

    Yangon: Myanmar on Tuesday pledged to release thousands of prisoners a month before a Southeast Asian summit, which US President Barack Obama and other leaders from outside the region are expected to attend. President Thein Sein pardoned 3,073 prisoners for the sake of "peace and stability" and "the rule of law",...
  • Myanmar cancels byelection September 7, 2014

    Yangon: Myanmar's Union Election Commission on Sunday cancelled the upcoming second byelection which was scheduled for the end of this year. U Tin Aye, chairman of the commission, made the announcement after meeting dozens of Yangonbased political parties at the Myanmar Peace Centre, Xinhua reported. The byelection was cancelled due to the...
  • Myanmar muslim group rejects alQaeda statement September 6, 2014

    Yangon: The Burmese Muslim Association (BMA) has rejected a statement by Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri, unveiling the terror group's new focus on Myanmar, Bangladesh and India, media reported on Saturday. BMA said in its statement issued on Friday that it urged people to live together in harmony regardless of...
  • Myanmar hails Modi's Gujarat development model August 11, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: Myanmar on Monday hailed the Gujarat development model, implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was Chief Minister of the state, and said the model could be effective for it as the country has a developing society. Myanmar's President U Thein Sein conveyed this to External Affairs...
  • India to draft 5year plan of action to deepen ties with ASEAN August 9, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar): Seeking deepening of ties with ASEAN, India today said it would soon draft a five year plan of action starting 2016 to take the "trajectories" of common interests with the 10member grouping to a new level and particularly emphasised on improving connectivity in the region to...
  • Saudi men told not to marry women from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Chad August 6, 2014

    Islamabad/Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has prohibited its men from marrying women from Pakistan, Bangladesh and two other nations, in an apparent move aimed at discouraging its citizens from marrying foreigners. Apart from Pakistan and Bangladesh, Saudi men now can't marry women from Chad and Myanmar as well. Saudi Arabia is home to an...
  • Dalai Lama urges Buddhists to halt Muslim violence July 7, 2014

    Leh: The Dalai Lama on Sunday reiterated his plea to Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to halt violence against Muslims, in a speech to tens of thousands of devotees to mark his 79th birthday. In front of the massive crowd that included Hollywood film star Richard Gere in northern India,...
  • Sectarian unrest shakes major Myanmar city July 2, 2014

    Yangon: Myanmar police fired warning shots after an angry mob attacked Muslim property in the central city of Mandalay, authorities said on Wednesday, in the latest eruption of religious unrest to shake the Buddhistmajority nation. Around five people were injured as rioters hurled stones at a Muslim teashop and surrounding buildings...
  • China for new security architecture along with India, Myanmar June 28, 2014

    Beijing: China on Saturday made a strong pitch for a "new architecture" of AsiaPacific security cooperation along with India, Myanmar and others as it targeted the US on the Iraq imbroglio, saying any attempt to oust the legitimate regime of a country through illegal means should be opposed. Quoting Rabindranath...
  • Presidents of India, China and Myanmar greet each other June 28, 2014

    Beijing: As India, China and Myanmar celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Panchsheel Treaty, Presidents of the three countries greeted each other while reaffirming their commitment on the five principles of peaceful coexistence. President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, saying the five principles serve as guiding light...
  • Myanmar's matriculation pass percentage drops June 8, 2014

    Yangon : Myanmar's high school matriculation results for the academic year 201314 show a decline in the pass percentage as compared with the previous year's results, media reports said on Sunday. Out of a total of 541,946 students enlisted for the matriculation examination in March, only 171,647 students or 31.67 percent...
  • China tensions top ASEAN summit talks in Myanmar May 11, 2014

    Naypyidaw: Vietnam and the Philippines pushed for stronger action to confront China's aggressive behaviour in the South China Sea at a Southeast Asian summit on Sunday that was hosted for the first time by Myanmar, a former pariah state now eager to show off its fragile democratic reforms. A showdown between...
  • Earthquake of 6 magnitude strikes Thailand, Myanmar May 5, 2014

    Bangkok: A powerful earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude hit northern Thailand and Myanmar on Monday causing minor damages. The quake struck 32 km southwest of a town in the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai on the Myanmar border. Severe shaking was also felt in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon. There were no immediate reports...
  • Bangalore: 30yearold ragpicker arrested for raping minor May 4, 2014

    Bangalore: Bangalore Police arrested a 30yearold ragpicker on Saturday for allegedly raping a minor girl in the northeastern part of the IT city. The 17yearold girl is pregnant, said the police as they sent her for medical examinations. The accused has been identified as Mohammed Babool, a native of West Bengal;...
  • Disruption of Parliament led to exploration of Ordinance route on anti-graft bills March 4, 2014

    The government is not bypassing Parliament on the issue of bringing a set of anti-graft ordinances but continuous disruption of proceedings led to exploring the Ordinance route, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Tuesday. Talking to reporters on his way back from Myanmar, Khurshid said normally these bills should have...
  • India yet to take a call on UNHRC vote on war crimes, PM tells Sri Lankan President March 4, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC summit in Myanmar on Tuesday. The meeting came amidst growing criticism from Tamil parties that the government is ignoring the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils. The meeting also comes at a...
  • BIMSTEC Summit : PM to meet Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sheikh Hasina March 4, 2014

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to hold dialogue with his Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar, which could be his last official foreign visit. This comes as another vote is expected at the UN Human Rights Council this month in Geneva...
  • PM Manmohan Singh to meet Sri Lankan President in Myanmar March 4, 2014

    Naypyidaw: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to hold dialogue with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar, which could be his last official foreign visit. This comes as another vote is expected at the UN Human Rights Council this month in...
  • Manmohan leaves for Myanmar, his last likely foreign trip as PM March 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left for Myanmar on Monday to attend the BIMSTEC Summit, making a strong push for intensifying collective efforts to combat security challenges and enhancing connectivity and trade in the region. "Security challenges both natural and man-made, require our collective vision and determination to be overcome,"...
  • Manmohan Singh heads for Myanmar summit on regional ties March 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Manmohan Singh leaves for Myanmar capital Nai Pyi Taw on Monday for the six-nation BIMSTEC meet on regional ties, in what could be his last foreign visit as prime minister, and also hold bilateral talks with its leadership. Apart from engaging with his host, Myanmar President U Thein...
  • India calls for institutional reform within the SAARC February 20, 2014

    India on Thursday called for institutional reform within the SAARC and define a clear set of policies on the nature of the grouping's relations with countries having observer status. The eightmember grouping needs to "move faster and to add momentum to our cooperation within the SAARC framework," External Affairs Minister Salman...
  • World Bank to invest $2 bn in Myanmar January 27, 2014

    On his first visit to Myanmar, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on Sunday announced that the WB Group plans to invest $2 billion in a multiyear development programme for the country, Xinhua reported. The plan will include projects that dramatically improve access to energy and health care for poor people...
  • BSF to guard Myanmar border from 2014 itself: DG January 4, 2014

    The Border Security Force (BSF) will be entrusted the task of guarding the IndiaMyanmar border later this year, the paramilitary forces's chief said on Saturday. "From this year itself, we will start guarding the 1,624kmlong IndiaMyanmar border that passes through the states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh," BSF Director...
  • After Bangladesh, Pakistan IB, BSF to guard IndoMyanmar border November 19, 2013

    In a major decision, government has decided to replace the Assam Rifles (AR) with BSF for guarding the porous IndoMyanmar border notorious for movement of insurgents and smuggling of arms and narcotics. The decision in this regard was recently taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs and a Cabinet note will...
  • Gen VK Singh takes potshots at the functioning of Manmohan Singh November 9, 2013

    Former Army Chief Gen VK Singh has taken potshots at the functioning of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was "expressing helplessness in matters" that should have been trivial. In his autobiography 'Courage and Convictions', the former chief said he had briefed the Prime Minister about his visit to Myanmar and told...
  • Pope Francis receives Aung San Suu Kyi in Vatican October 28, 2013

    Pope Francis on Monday received Nobel peace laureate and former political prisoner in Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi at the Vatican. The Myanmarese opposition leader is currently on a visit to Europe and was, on Sunday, made an honorary citizen of Rome, the Italian capital. Suu Kyi has become an international symbol...
  • IndiaThailand road link by 2015 October 27, 2013

    The multibillion 1,632km IndiaMyanmarThailand trilateral highway, to be completed by 2015, would boost trade and business between the two Asian countries, Indian Ambassador to Thailand Anil Wadhwa said on Sunday. Speaking to agencies on the sidelines of a function to mark the arrival of the 10th international flight of SpiceJet from...
  • Aung San Suu Kyi receives EU 1990 Sakharov Prize October 23, 2013

    A visibly moved Myanmarese leader Aung San Suu Kyi received the European Union's 1990 Sakharov Prize for human rights finally on Tuesday from the hands of European Parliament speaker Martin Schulz. Lawmakers gave a standing ovation to the 69yearold Nobel peace laureate and current Myanmar opposition leader, who could not collect...
  • Myanmar Muslims hide in forests amid deadly sectarian clashes October 3, 2013

    Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar a day after fleeing renewed sectarian violence that killed at least five people even as the President toured the divided region for the first time. The violence underscored the government's failure to stop the unrest from spreading since it erupted last year,...