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3 days ago
Myanmar charges reporters with Official Secrets Act violation

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Myanmar on Thursday charged two journalists with violating the British colonial era Official Secrets Act and illegally obtaining confidential documents from the police related to a controversial military offensive in Rakhine. Wa Lone, 31 and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, who work for the Reuters news agency, were arrested on Tuesday in Yangon and face a possible 14-year jai...

5 days ago
India-Myanmar-Thailand car rally completes first leg

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The second India-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Rally completed its first leg from Guwahati to Bangkok on December 3 and is now on its return journey, an official statement said on Tuesday. According to the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the rally was flagged off from Guwahati on November 25 with 50 participants, including five women, in 20 SUVs. <...

17 days ago
Pope Francis urges Myanmar youth to defend human rights

Yangon, Nov 30 (IANS) Pope Francis on Thursday urged the youth in Myanmar to defend human rights and justice. At a mass at the St. Mary's Cathedral here, with which the Pope concluded his state visit to Myanmar, the pontiff wondered how to spread the message of positivity amid so much suffering and conflicts, reports Efe news. Where is the good news when there is so much injustic...

18 days ago
In historic mass, Pope urges Myanmar minorities to resist 'revenge'

Yangon, Nov 29 (IANS) Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Myanmar's ethnic minorities to resist the temptation to exact revenge for hatred and rejection, preaching a message of forgiveness in a historic mass to 150,000 worshippers in the predominantly Buddhist country. The pontiff's first visit to Myanmar, and the first ever by a sitting Pope, comes amid allegations of ethnic cleansing of th...

19 days ago
Indian-Myanmar journalists focus on Act East policy

Imphal, Nov 28 (IANS) A two-day interaction between media persons of India and Myanmar stressed on the need for journalists to contribute meaningfully to the smooth translation of the Indian government's Act East Policy into concrete action. The inter-regional interaction programme saw seven resolutions adopted. Eleven journalists from Myanmar took part in the conclave. Represent...

19 days ago
Pope avoids reference to Rohingya in Myanmar speech

Yangon, Nov 28 (IANS) Pope Francis on Tuesday delivered a keynote speech in Myanmar after meeting the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, demanding respect for each ethnic group but without referring to the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority by name. Standing alongside Suu Kyi, the Pope spoke mostly in general terms. His highly-anticipated remarks may draw condemnation from huma...

19 days ago
Pope warns Myanmar religious leaders against cultural colonialism

Yangon, Nov 28 (IANS) Pope Francis, who is on a state visit to Myanmar, met a group of 17 leaders from various religious faiths here on Tuesday, urging them to defend their identities and resist cultural colonialism. The Pope spoke in Spanish during the 40-minute meeting and drew a difference between unity and uniformity, warning that while unity was beautiful, an insistence on uniformit...

19 days ago
Pope Francis heads to Myanmar capital

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 28 (IANS) Pope Francis headed to Myanmar's capital city of Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, where heads of the government will officially welcome him on the second day of his visit to the country. In the capital, the pontiff will be received by President Htin Kyaw and will also meet de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, reports Efe news. He will then also have a meeting with...

20 days ago
Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 27 (IANS) Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar on Monday on his first papal visit to the country as part of a six-day two-nation South Asia tour. Francis has become the first pope to ever visit Myanmar. His visit comes amid an ongoing humanitarian crisis after the Myanmar military carried out operations against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine forcing some 620,000 Rohi...

20 days ago
Pope Francis begins South Asia trip

Rome, Nov 27 (IANS) Pope Francis on Sunday began a trip that will take him to Myanmar and Bangladesh, where he will be until December 2 and on which he will meet with representatives of other faiths with the harsh persecution of the local Muslim Rohingya minority in the background. The Alitalia Airbus A330 took off from Rome's Fiumicino Airport at 10:10 pm with the Vatican delegation and...

22 days ago
India sends relief material to Myanmar's Rakhine state

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) In a bid to defuse the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state where violence has triggered an outflow of Rohingya refugees, India has sent relief material consisting of 3,000 family relief packs. With best wishes from the people of India. Indian Air Force aircraft lands today in Yangon, Myanmar, with 3000 family relief packs consisting of daily essentials including...

1 month ago
India football team in Goa for Asian Cup Qualifier

Margao, Nov 12 (IANS) The Indian football team landed here on Sunday for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifier tie against Myanmar on Tuesday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. The team headed to Goa after a six-day long preparatory camp in Mumbai. Despite being the sole team from Group A to have already qualified for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, the players ar...

1 month ago
Manipur CM in Myanmar, says Moreh town will be developed soon

Imphal, Nov 10 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who is visiting Myanmar, said that the northeastern Indian state is the gateway to Southeast Asia and the border town of Moreh would be developed soon. Singh, who is in Yangon, on Friday inaugurated an international conference on India-Myanmar Relations: The Way Forward. He is chief guest of the two-day conference attended by r...

1 month ago
Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls for 'all inclusive' peace process

Yangon, Oct 31 (IANS) Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has called for all inclusiveness in the country's national reconciliation and peace process, the state media reported on Tuesday. Suu Kyi reiterated that the door is always open to the non-ceasefire signatory armed groups to join the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA), the Myanmar News Agency said. Speak...

1 month ago
Myanmar pledges to continue working with UN

Yangon, Oct 24 (IANS) The Myanmar government on Tuesday pledged to continue working with the United Nations in its endeavor to achieve the socio-economic development of the country. Speaking on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations, Myanmar President U. Htin Kyaw said the theme of the debate of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September gives further im...

1 month ago
Rohingya crisis: Can India play a role?

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) As Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's begins her visit to Bangladesh, experts are of the view that it is high time India mediated to find a solution to the burning Rohingya refugee crisis. I am optimistic (about Sushma Swaraj's visit) as India enjoys cordial relations with Myanmar and has cooperative and friendly ties with Bangladesh, Rajiv Bhatia, ...

1 month ago
Myanmar to launch own satellite system-2 in 2019

Yangon, Oct 22 (IANS) Myanmar has planned to launch its own satellite system MyanmarSat-2 in June in 2019, official Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Saturday. To establish state-owned satellite system, the three ways -- Condosat which is to lease the use of satellite transponder of another country, joint ownership system and total ownership system -- are needed to be done, Vice P...

1 month ago
Huge fire severely damages historic hotel in Myanmar

Yangon, Oct 19 (IANS) A colonial-era luxury wooden hotel in Myanmar's Yangon city suffered severe damage in a massive fire that broke out on Thursday. The fire started around 3 a.m., in the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel and quickly engulfed the wooden building constructed mainly from teak, reports Efe news. Firefighters extinguished the flames by 7 a.m., but the blaze damaged almost the...

2 months ago
UNSC must push Myanmar to let refugees return: Kofi Annan

United Nations, Oct 14 (IANS) Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked the deadlocked Security Council to push the Myanmar government to allow the Rohingya refugees sheltered in Bangladesh to return home in safety and with dignity. Speaking to reporters after he had briefed the Security Council on Friday, Annan said that the returning refugees should not be sent to camps in Myanm...

2 months ago
Suu Kyi calls for speedy rehabilitation measures in Rakhine

Yangon, Oct 12 (IANS) Myanmar's de factor leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for speeding up measures for humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, resettlement and development in the conflict-torn Rakhine state, Citing Myanmar News Agency, Xinhua reported on Thursday that at a coordination meeting held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday, Suu Kyi laid dow...

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