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Garment success will erode without better safety records

Garment success will erode without better safety records

Bangladesh will go a long way if it improves standards in the apparel industry. However, if it stumbles, the industry will shrink and its contacts will shift to other countries such as Nepal, Myanmar, China and India. These are the views of the UK government on the Bangladesh garment industry, which is under pressure...

US calls for end to humanitarian curbs in Myanmar's Rakhine

US calls for end to humanitarian curbs in Myanmar's Rakhine

The United States called on Myanmar on Wednesday to lift travel restrictions on UN and other humanitarian staff to allow them to resume work in the country's Rakhine State, which has been hit by ethnic and religious violence. The State Department expressed deep concern about what it termed "a humanitarian crisis" in the state...

UN concerned Rohingya excluded from Myanmar census

UN concerned Rohingya excluded from Myanmar census

The UN agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was "deeply concerned" members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word. In village after village in the sectarian-torn state of Rakhine, enumerators were asking households to identify their...

Census against inclusivity

THE first census in over three decades is being conducted jointly by the government of Myanmar and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to gather information about a population that is anything but homogenous. Though the government estimates that there are 135 ethnic groups in the country, the main ethnic groups debate that classification. Respondents have been asked to identify themselves into one of those categories. No one contends the need for a census that is a prerequisite for...

Army remains crucial to Myanmar's political future

MYANMAR celebrated Armed Forces Day last week as President Thein Sein ponders his options for the future. It comes at time when the country is in the throes of political impasse. Everything is currently stalled, with the government and bureaucracy paralysed by the preoccupation with the campaign for constitutional change and the growing preoccupation with the forthcoming elections in 2015. But the political uncertainty may be about to end, as Thein Sein has decided to seek a second term of...

Rohingyas told to register as 'Bengali'

Rohingyas told to register as 'Bengali'

Myanmar yesterday embarked on a divisive census drive robbing the ethnic minority Rohingyas of their identity, which critics say would escalate the sectarian tensions in the former Junta-ruled nation. Myanmar has announced that Muslims will be unable to register their ethnicity as "Rohingya" in a move aimed at mollifying angry Rakhine Buddhists who fear...

FIRST CENSUS IN DECADES

Myanmar bars name 'Rohingya'

Myanmar bars name 'Rohingya'

Enumerators fanned out across Myanmar today for a census that has been widely criticised for stoking religious and ethnic tensions, after the government denied members of a long-persecuted Muslim minority the right to identify themselves as "Rohingya". And administrators in some parts of the country — including rebel controlled areas in Kachin and Wa...

Myanmar census may inflame ethnic tensions

Myanmar census may inflame ethnic tensions

As Myanmar continues its transition from decades of military rule and self-imposed isolation, it is about to carry out a census that experts say is crucial for national planning and development, but also likely to inflame already soaring ethnic and religious tensions. No one knows exactly how many people live in the predominantly Buddhist...

Rohingya persecution

FOR investors, corporations and governments of the West, the last couple of years were perhaps the beginning of the best of times in Burma. The opening up of the economy and the concomitant liberalisation of the country's political process has been welcome by all. Such moves of the Burmese government have been reciprocated by rather quick return of the one-time pariah state back into the comity of nations as evidenced in the high level visits by the who's who...

BANGLADESH-MYANMAR BORDER

Myanmar sets up new checkpoints

Myanmar sets up new checkpoints

Myanmar says it is building new checkpoints along its border with Bangladesh in volatile Rakhine state, reports Voice of America (VoA). The home ministry of Myanmar told parliament Thursday the government is also resuming the construction of a fence along the border. Khin Saw Wai, a member of parliament from Rakhine state who pushed for...

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''Modi sent emissaries to separatist leader''

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Gujarat model a myth

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Clone candidates clutter polls

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