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Give Rohingyas citizenship

The United Nations has adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Naypyidaw to scrap a controversial identity plan. The measure was adopted on Friday by consensus in the General Assembly's rights committee following some wrangling with countries from the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which had sought stronger language. The resolution expresses "serious concern" over the plight of the Rohingya in Rakhine state, where 140,000 people live in squalid camps...

Why is Suu Kyi silent on Rohingyas?

RAKHINE state (formerly Arakan) in Myanmar has a diverse ethnic population. Official figures give the state's population as 40 lakhs (4 million) as of 2010. Rakhine state has a large Muslim minority, known as Rohingyas, of about 523,000, according to a 2009 UN estimate.  According to the UN, they are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. In 1982, the military rulers in Myanmar passed the Citizenship Act, in which there is a provision which states that people...

Myanmar's reform miracle stalls

THE East Asia Summit in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw last week was meant to be the country's crowning glory, and evidence that the government had successfully introduced political and economic reforms. While many Myanmar government leaders admit that there is still much to be done, especially in education, health and social welfare, many of the world and regional leaders in Myanmar for the summit must have been dismayed to see the reality -- there are few tangible results from the political...

Lured into risky sea trip

Lured into risky sea trip

Most of them were enticed by traffickers of landing lucrative jobs in Malaysia, while a few were kidnapped by thugs. They endured an ordeal for over a week before being rescued by Navy men. The 576 fortune seekers from Bangladesh and Myanmar were rescued on Monday from a cargo vessel near the Saint Martin's...

Illegal trip to Malaysia: Navy sues 85

Illegal trip to Malaysia: Navy sues 85

Two separate cases were filed today against 85 Myanmar and Bangladeshi nationals in connection with the illegal voyage to Malaysia by sea where around 600 trafficking victims were rescued. Lieutenant Commander M Mahbubur Rahman, executive officer of BNS Durjoy, a navy ship that intercepted a Myanmar cargo carrier carrying the people, lodged the cases...

Burdwan Blast: Myanmar national held from Hyderabad

Burdwan Blast: Myanmar national held from Hyderabad

In a major breakthrough, Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a Myanmar national from southern Indian city of Hyderabad in connection with the Burdwan blast case. The agency, probing the October 2 blast in Burdwan of West Bengal, identified the 38-year-old arrestee as Khaleed alias Khalid Mohammed, reports our New Delhi correspondent. Mohammed, said...

Bangladesh falls behind Myanmar in offshore gas exploration

Bangladesh falls behind Myanmar in offshore gas exploration

THE settlement of maritime boundary dispute between Myanmar and Bangladesh by the international court in 2012 was a landmark event for both the countries that were engaged in disputes on oil gas exploration issues near their mutual maritime boundaries. Since the settlement, Myanmar has moved forward with active programmes by engaging competent oil...

Obama calls for free polls in Myanmar

Obama calls for free polls in Myanmar

US President Barack Obama yesterday urged Myanmar to hold "free, fair and inclusive" elections as he threw his weight behind a bid by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to change a constitution that bars her from the presidency. Obama held talks with fellow Nobel laureate Suu Kyi at her lakeside villa in Myanmar's...

Obama worried at state of Rohingyas

Obama worried at state of Rohingyas

The United States yesterday called for Myanmar to allow stateless Rohingya Muslims to become citizens, after President Barack Obama said he was "deeply concerned" about the marginalised group. Obama, who is in Myanmar's capital to attend the East Asia Summit, would push to ensure the "fundamental universal rights" of all those in the nation, a White House official said. The US president also met with Myanmar democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi after voicing alarm the Southeast Asian nation's much celebrated political reforms were backsliding. The meeting took place in Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw, as Obama took time out from a summit that had been meant to heap praise on the country's shift...

Myanmar reforms hitting 'bumpy patch'

Myanmar reforms hitting 'bumpy patch'

Myanmar's reform process has hit a "bumpy patch", opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said, as she warned against complacency. She spoke at a press conference with US President Barack Obama following their meeting at her Yangon home. Obama said the US remained "clear-eyed" about reforms, which were "by no means complete". The US president...

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