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State of emergency complicates peace process in Myanmar

PRESIDENT Thein Sein, who is a former military leader himself, declared a three-month state of emergency in the Kokang self-administered zone in the northern part of Shan state, which shares border with China's Yunnan province. The emergency rule, which was read out in national television on February 17, came after days of clashes between the Myanmar army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA). The fighting started on February 9 in Laukkai township when MNDAA fighters who were trying to...

Myanmar fighting kills 'dozens' in recent days

Myanmar fighting kills 'dozens' in recent days

Nearly 50 soldiers have been killed in three days of fighting between government troops and Kokang ethnic rebels in Myanmar, state media report. The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said airstrikes had been used in the response to the flare-up in Shan state, near the Chinese border. The BBC's Myanmar correspondent, Jonah Fisher, says...

Myanmar revokes Rohingya votes

Myanmar revokes Rohingya votes

Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar's referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests. Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets following the passage of a law that would allow temporary residents who hold "white papers" to vote. More than one million Rohingya live in Myanmar, but they...

US assistant secretary for pressurising Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue

US assistant secretary for pressurising Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue

US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C Richard today said the international community needs to put more pressure on Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue saying it is Myanmar’s responsibility to take back its nationals. She made the remarks while talking to a select group of journalists after wrapping up her four-day visit to Bangladesh. The US assistant secretary, however, did not favour settling the Rohingya refuges to a third country. “Our dream is to see they are given a peaceful place to live. I know it is possible but that’s a dream,” said Anne Richard, who came to Bangladesh for the first time. Responding to a question, she...

US committed to resettling refugees: Anne Richard

US committed to resettling refugees: Anne Richard

US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C Richard on Wednesday said her country is committed to resettling refugees who cannot return home saying it wants to expand partnership with Bangladesh. “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Bangladesh in the years to come,” she said adding the current...

Myanmar 'playing with fire'

Myanmar 'playing with fire'

A top American diplomat yesterday decried growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warned the use of faith for political ends was "playing with fire" in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country. His comments came as hundreds of monks staged a rally in Yangon blasting the United Nations' rights envoy for perceived...

Minister eyes 4 deals at Bimstec summit

Minister eyes 4 deals at Bimstec summit

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali today voiced hopes on striking four important deals in the coming Bimstec meeting to step up trade and investment among member states. “We believe early realisation of the Bimstec Free Trade Agreement (Bimstec FTA) to promote trade and investment is of crucial importance,” he told a seminar in Dhaka. He...

Editorial

A long overdue UN resolution

In a much-awaited move, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Monday urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority including equal access to services with other citizens of the country. We welcome this development wholeheartedly because Bangladesh has been at the receiving end of the repercussions of the ethnic conflict in the Rakhine state in the shape of Rohingyas fleeing their hearths and homes seeking refuge in Bangladesh. From time to time Bangladesh in the...

12 Bangladeshi workers held in Malaysia

12 Bangladeshi workers held in Malaysia

Immigration officials have rounded up 55 foreigners including 12 Bangladeshis in Bukit Mertajam of Malaysia on charge of working there without work permit and for overstay, the Malaysian daily The Star reported. The other workers are from Myanmar and one from Nepal, Penang Immigration sources said. During a two-hour operation codenamed Ops Bersepadu started at...

Myanmar: Following Bangladesh's blueprint in garment sector

Myanmar: Following Bangladesh's blueprint in garment sector

Myanmar has set out an ambitious plan to emulate Bangladesh's runaway success in the garment sector, as it looks to become one of the major apparel suppliers itself, said a minister of the Southeast Asian nation. “In our country, the garment industry is booming. We hope we will be a hub for sourcing garment...

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