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Myanmar: South East Asian Buddhist Country ruled by a Military Junta

The French, Dutch and the British established their colonies in Burma by the mid-17th century. The Bamar king Alaungpaya threw out both the French and the British later in the century. Again in 1819 the British invaded Burma conquering Rahkine, Tanintharyi, Assam, and Manipur. By 1886 they annexed the entire country and made it a province of India and ruled it through the Raj. In 1948 Myanmar became an separate and self-governing state. Military General Ne Win ruled the Burma from 1962 to 1988. In 1990 Burma held multiparty legislative elections in which the main opposition party - the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory but the military refused to accept the election result and put Aung San Suu Kyi the leader of NLD under house arrest.

Myanmar Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

    · National Name: Union of Myanmar
    · Capital: Naypyidaw
    · Total area: 676,552 sq km (261,218 sq miles)
    · Population: 49.2 million (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Kyat
    · Languages: Burmese, minority ethnic groups have their own languages
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%
    · Religion: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, animist 1%, other 2%
    · GDP (Per Capita): $1,200 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 60.73 years, Female: 65.28 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 93.9%, Female: 86.4% (2006 est.)

Geographical Information on Myanmar:
Myanmar is situated in Southeast Asia and bordered by China from north and northeast, by Laos and Thailand from the east and southeast by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal from the south and west by Bangladesh and India.

The climate of Myanmar is basically monsoon type with three main seasons. The hottest month is between February and May with little or no rain. Rainy season exists from May to October and October to February Myanmar has dry and cooler weather.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Myanmar:
Myanmar has an orthodox culture with an amalgamation of folk and royal cultural trends. Buddhism is major part of Myanmar culture since the 1st century AD. The most noticeable sign of Buddhist culture is the magnificent architecture and sculpture of Myanmar's many temples and monasteries. Wood carving, lacquer work, gold work, silverwork, and the sculpting of Buddhist images and mythological figures are still practiced in Myanmar.

The cuisine of Myanmar is heavily influenced by the cuisines of China, India and Thailand. In spite of theses influences cuisine of Myanmar still has its unique aspects. Seafood is more prevalent along coastal cities while the interior of Myanmar use Beef and pork as non-vegetarian dishes. The most common staple food in Myanmar is jasmine rice. Various types of noodles are commonly used in salads and soups.

Economy of Myanmar:
About 70% of the population works in agriculture and forestry and rice is the major agricultural output. Other important crops are pulses, sesame, peanuts, and sugarcane. The mineral resources like petroleum, natural gas and iron deposits are also found in Myanmar.

Tourist Attractions of Myanmar:
Myanmar is a major tourist destination due to its mystical, charming and religious places.

Bagan: is the main tourist attraction in Myanmar and known for its archaeological sites in Asia. It is located on the eastern bank of Irrawady River. The Pagodas of Bagan remain the center of attraction for tourists apart from top class lacquer ware.

Mandalay: often called as the showcase of Myanmar arts and architecture. The pagodas and age-old historical sites charm the person whoever visits this place. It is also famous for its woodcarvings, silverware, tapestries, silk cloth and other traditional craft products

Major Sight-seeing Places in Myanmar include:

    · Yangon
    · Taunggyi
    · Meiktila
    · Monywa Pathein
    · Heho

Chinese enterprises, personnel warned of safety risks in Myanmar

May 3, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Beijing, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on Thursday urged Chinese enterprises and citizens in Myanmar to step up security precautions as clashes in northern Myanmar have escalated.

Aung San Suu Kyi takes oath of office

May 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

London, May 2 (ANI): Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has taken oath of office to become a member of the country's parliament.

Aung San Suu Kyi takes oath in Myanmar parliament

May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Nay Pyi Taw, May 2 (IANS) Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party swept last month's by-elections, was sworn in as a member of Myanmar's parliament Wednesday.

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Suu ki sworn in to Parliament, beginning of new era

May 2, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Myanmar witnessed a memorable day in its history when leader of opposition Aung Saan Sue ki took oath

Arunachal Scouts battalion takes charge of India's border along China

May 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Itanagar, May 2 (ANI): The Indian Army's 1st Arunachal Scouts battalion, two years after its formation, has taken charge of providing security to the unmanned, inhospitable and porous international border in the land-locked Himalayan state.

Suu Kyi sworn in to Myanmar parliament

May 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Nay Pyi Taw, May 2 (IANS) Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD), took oath of office Wednesday.

Myanmar govt hopeful of making peace with KIO: Thein Sein

May 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Yangon, May 1 (Xinhua-ANI): Myanmar President U Thein Sein said the government is putting hope on making peace with the ethnic Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) as the peace process is going on despite differences in some facts, official media reported Tuesday.

UN chief meets Suu Kyi

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Yangon, May 1 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday met Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and hailed her efforts for bring democracy in the country.

UN chief meets Aung San Suu Kyi for first time

May 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Yangon (Myanmar), May 1 (Xinhua-ANI): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's National League for Democrcy (NLD), for the first time at her lakeside residence here Tuesday, the last day of Ban's three-day offical visit to the country.

Suu Kyi to take oath in parliament 'as soon as possible'

April 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Naypyidaw, Apr 30(ANI): Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will swear an oath in parliament "as soon as possible", in a dramatic turnaround to the ongoing political impasse.

Myanmar president meets UN chief

April 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Naypyidaw, April 30 (IANS) Myanmar president U Thein Sein held talks with UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw Monday, a day after his arrival in Yangon.

Russia destroys over 60 percent of chemical weapons

April 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Moscow, April 29 (IANS) About 25,000 metric tonnes - or 62 percent - of Russia's chemical weapons haf been destroyed till April 29, RIA Novosti reported Sunday.

UN chief visits Myanmar in light of significant changes

April 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Yangon, Apr 29 (Xinhua-ANI): Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon arrived here Sunday on a three-day official visit to Myanmar in light of significant changes taking place in the country.

German FM visits Myanmar to start new chapter of cooperation

April 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Yangon, Apr 29 (Xinhua-ANI): German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrived Yangon Sunday as part of his trip to Southeast Asia to start a new chapter of cooperation with Myanmar, official sources said.

Ban arrives in Myanmar

April 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Yangon, April 29 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived here Sunday on a three-day official visit to Myanmar.

EU cautious on fully liftting sanction on Myanmar

April 28, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Brunei, Apr 28 (Xinhua-ANI): Europen Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is travelling to Myanmar on Saturday and open an EU office in Yangon, a further move after the bloc suspended most sanctions on the country earlier this month. However, its members seems still divided on whether to fully and permanently lift the sanctions.

World Bank to open office in Myanmar

April 27, 2012 at 5:54 AM

Washington, April 27 (IANS) The World Bank will open an office in Myanmar in June, a bank official said Thursday.

Myanmar to buy electricity from China

April 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Yangon, April 26 (IANS) Myanmar will buy back 100 megawatts of electricity from China, a major investor in the country's hydro-power projects and receives bulk of the power generated from these plants.

Myanmar gas export revenue up

April 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Yangon, April 26 (IANS) Revenue from Myanmar's natural gas exports rose by $640 million to $3.5 billion in the fiscal year 2011-12.

Natural teak forests declining worldwide: UN

April 26, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Yangon, April 26 (IANS) Natural teak forests are in decline worldwide, almost half of which grow in Myanmar, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization has said. Such forests grow only in three other countries today -- India, Laos and Thailand.

Canada drops non-military sanctions on Myanmar

April 25, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Ottawa, April 25 (IANS) Canada has suspended its non-military sanctions against Myanmar in recognition of the latter's moves towards democracy.

EU agrees to suspend Myanmar sanctions

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

London, April 23 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has formally agreed to suspend sanctions against Myanmar, with an exception of its arms embargo, for a year in recognition of "historic changes" in the country, BBC reported officials as saying.

Myanmar military re-nominates new representatives to parliament

April 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Yangon, Apr 23 (Xinhua-ANI): The Myanmar military has re- nominated some 59 new representatives to parliament to substitute part of the old ones, according to an announcement of the Union Election Commission made public on Monday.

Hundreds of Myanmar nationals seek refugee status

April 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Making pavements as their homes, over 500 hundred Myanmar nationals, among them women and children, have camped for the past 12 days near the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office here, demanding a refugee status.

Intensify immunisation efforts: WHO

April 21, 2012 at 2:13 AM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO), which is observing the year of intensification of routine immunisation in Southeast Asia, has said the region will adopt a more aggressive strategy to address the issue of low immunisation.

Bomb blast kills one person in Myanmar's northern Shan state

April 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Yangon, April 20 (Xinhua-ANI): A bomb blast killed a person at 105th Mile border trade zone in Muse township, in Myanmar's northern Shan state on Friday morning, according to official sources.

Assam should become a growth engine: PM

April 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Dispur/Guwahati, April 20 (IANS) Braving security threats by the anti-talk faction of the ULFA and a shutdown call by the militants, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday inaugurated the platinum jubilee celebration of the Assam legislative assembly and said he wanted to make the state 'a new engine of growth' for the northeast.

Manmohan Singh asks insurgent groups in Assam to give up violence, start talks

April 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Guwahati, Apr 20 (ANI): Asserting that the new wave of development in Assam has been made possible by a period of social peace and political stability, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said violence provides no answer and that diverse groups can fulfill their aspirations only through engagement in the democratic process.

US lifts ban on Myanmar charity work

April 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Yangon, April 19 (IANS) The US has lifted a ban on charity works by non-profit groups in Myanmar after the country successfully held its parliamentary elections earlier this month.

EU to allow Myanmar to export goods at discount

April 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Brussels, April 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The European Union (EU) will abolish 20-year sanctions against Myanmar and include the country into its generalised system of preferences, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

Suu Kyi to visit Britain

April 18, 2012 at 9:09 PM

London, April 18 (IANS) Myanmar's pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi is to make a symbolic visit to Britain after accepting an invitation from British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Northeast states want tighter border vigil

April 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Agartala, April 17 (IANS) Highlighting crimes such as smuggling of weapons, narcotics and fake Indian currency notes (FICN), the northeast states have pressed the central government to tighten vigil along international borders.

Cameron invites Suu Kyi to visit Britain

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron has invited Myanmar's pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi to visit the country later this year.

Buried British planes in Myanmar may fly again

April 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) Twenty "lost" Spitfire aircraft that were buried in Myanmar during World War II could return to the skies, The Independent reported Saturday.

Myanmar's Karen ethnic rebels urge West to 'wait for more reforms' before easing sanctions

April 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Rangoon, Apr 14 (ANI): One of Myanmar's key ethnic insurgent groups, Karen National Union, has reportedly urged the international community to wait for more political reforms and a national cease-fire before easing long-standing sanctions against the country.

Cameron on first visit to Myanmar

April 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

London, April 13 (IANS) David Cameron Friday became the first British prime minister to set foot in Myanmar since its independence in 1948.

Myanmar to see robust growth: ADB

April 12, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Bangkok, April 12 (IANS) Myanmar will witness a robust growth as Western countries start to ease sanctions, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) official has said.

Polls critical step in Myanmar reform: UN

April 12, 2012 at 3:07 AM

United Nations, April 12 (IANS) The UN Security Council has praised the by-elections held in Myanmar as important progress in the country's democratic reform process.

Tsunami alert issued after massive Quake in Indonesia

April 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

The recent Earthquake, which hits Indonesia and many countries including India, has once again raised the memoirs of Tsunami.

Major quake rattles Sumatra, tsunami alert in India

April 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

New Delhi/Hong Kong, April 11 (IANS) Many states along India's east coast felt tremors as a high intensity earthquake rocked Sumatra Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. A tsunami warning has been issued in India and 27 other countries

Tsunami alert following Indonesia quake

April 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Hong Kong, April 11 (IANS) A tsunami alert has been sounded in 28 places across the world, including India, after a massive earthquake rocked Indonesia Wednesday.

34 percent jump in visas on arrival Jan-March

April 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) The visas on arrival issued to foreign tourists from 11 countries saw a jump of 34 percent during January-March this year compared to the same period in 2011, officials said Tuesday.

Cameron to meet Suu Kyi in Myanmar

April 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

London, April 10 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron will make a landmark trip this week to Myanmar where he is expected to meet Nobel laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a media report said.

Drug-resistant Malaria spreads along Thai-Myanmar border

April 6, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Bangkok, April 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A drug-resistant malaria strain, which health officials had hoped to contain to a small area in southwest Asia, has spread significantly along the Thai-Myanmar border, a joint study by US and British doctors said Friday.

Sedentary lifestyles affecting health of India's elderly (April 7 is World Health Day)

April 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) As WHO focusses on healthy ageing as its theme for the World Health Day Saturday, experts say sedentary lifestyles and growing psycho-social factors are affecting the health of India's elderly.

US to ease financial restrictions on Myanmar

April 5, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Washington, April 5 (IANS) The US will ease its financial and investment restrictions on Myanmar following the landmark parliamentary by-election in the country, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Two rescued Myanmarese sisters wait to return home

April 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Guwahati, April 4 (IANS) Even as Myanmarese refugees from various parts of India are returning home to celebrate the political return of Aung San Suu Kyi, two sisters from Myanmar, rescued from the clutches of human traffickers in Mumbai, are spending sleepless nights at a shelter home in Guwahati, waiting for the Indian government to facilitate their return home.

Close ASEAN cooperation urged to promote growth

April 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Phnom Penh, April 3 (IANS) Cambodia, the current ASEAN chair, has called for stronger financial cooperation among its member countries to promote economic growth.

India congratulates Suu Kyi on election win

April 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) India Tuesday congratulated pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi after her National League for Democracy's (NLD) thumping election victory.

Manmohan Singh may visit Myanmar next month

April 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM

New Delhi, Apr 3 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, may undertake a visit to Myanmar next month in an endeavor to strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations.

India welcomes successful conduct of by-elections in Myanmar

April 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

New Delhi, Apr 3 (ANI): India on Tuesday welcomed the successful conduct of by-elections that took place in Myanmar on April 1.

India congratulates Suu Kyi on poll win

April 3, 2012 at 1:36 PM

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) With by-poll results in Myanmar indicating a landslide win for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), India Tuesday welcomed the successful conduct of the by-elections and congratulated Suu Kyi for the victory.

White House applauds Myanmar by-election

April 3, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Washington, April 3 (IANS) The White House has applauded the parliamentary by-election in Myanmar, calling it an important step in the country's democratic transformation.

Manmohan likely to visit Myanmar

April 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Against the backdrop of the unfolding democratic transition in Myanmar, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to visit the Southeast Asian country next month.

US urges India to press Iran over nuclear issue

April 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Downplaying divergences on the Iranian issue after imposing fresh sanctions, the US Monday sought India's cooperation in pressing Tehran to come clean on its nuclear programme and clarified that it was not seeking to undermine New Delhi's energy security.

Myanmar diaspora apprehensive yet hopeful after Suu Kyi's victory

April 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Hailing victory of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the Myanmar by-polls, Myanmarese settled here say that they are eagerly waiting to see how she would change the atmosphere of their parliament and country while acknowledging she would not be able to make much headway in the present scenario.

LSR students hail Suu Kyi's much-awaited victory

April 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Amid cheers, enthusiasm and hope, students of New Delhi's Lady Shri Ram college Monday hailed alumna and Myanmarese leader Aung San Suu Kyi's landmark victory in the country's by-polls, stating that it was a "much-awaited moment in the long journey of the country towards democracy".

NLD's victory claim cheers Myanmarese in northeast India

April 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Guwahati, Apil 2 (IANS) As the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi claimed a landslide victory in Sunday's by-election in Myanmar, it cheered more than one lakh Myanmarese refugees in India's Northeast, particularly in Mizoram.

Myanmar floats currency exchange rate

April 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Yangon, April 2 (IANS) The Central Bank of Myanmar Monday set a new exchange rate for its currency kyat. It has set 818 kyat per US dollar.

Opposition win could lead to military backlash against Myanmar President

April 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Yangon, Apr 2(ANI): The landslide opposition victory in the parliamentary elections in Myanmar could prompt a backlash against reformist President Thein Sein by military hardliners.

No trace of hostages, fencing work stops

April 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Aizawl, April 2 (IANS) With six hostages abducted by a separatist outfit in Mizoram untraced for a week, border fencing along the India-Bangladesh border has been stopped, officials said Monday.

It's victory of people, says Suu Kyi

April 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Yangon, April 2 (IANS) Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi called it a "victory of the people" after her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), said she had won a seat in the Myanmar parliament.

Suu Kyi wins landmark Myanmar by-polls (Roundup)

April 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Yangon, April 1 (IANS) Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Sunday scored a momentous victory following a decades-long fight for democracy by winning a parliamentary by-poll for a seat in Myanmar's lower house.

Suu Kyi wins Myanmar by-elections

April 1, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Yangon, April 1 (IANS) Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Sunday won the parliamentary by-elections, securing a seat in Myanmar's lower house, the party announced.

Aung suu kyi on the way to make history

April 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Amidst the 150 foreign observers the people of Myanmar are casting their vote for parliamentary by election in which Nobel laureates.

70 percent voter turnout reported in first five hours of Myanmar polls

April 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Yangon (Myanmar), Apr.1 (ANI): At least 70 percent voting has taken place in the first five hours of elections in Myanmar. A clearer picture on the way the polls have progressed is expected in the next couple of hours.

Myanmar votes to elect Suu Kyi

April 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Yangon, April 1 (IANS) Thousands Sunday voted in Myanmar's parliamentary by-elections in which Nobel laureate and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is contesting for the first time.

Two EC officials, Indian envoy to observe Myanmar polls

April 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

New Delhi, Apr.1 (ANI): The Indian Government has asked two experienced election commission officials and its envoy in Myanmar to observe the elections that are taking place in that country today (Sunday).

Myanmar holds landmark votes

April 1, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Yangon, April 1 (IANS) Polling began Sunday in Myanmar's by-elections that promise to be the most open contest in decades, with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi among those standing.

60 percent Myanmarese in favour of Suu Kyi's party: Survey

March 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Yangon, March 31 (IANS) A day before the crucial elections in Myanmar, around 60 percent of respondents in a countrywide survey said they will vote for Nobel laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Natural teak forests declining: UN

March 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Rome, March 27 (IANS) Natural teak forests are declining worldwide and the quality of natural grown teak wood is deteriorating, said the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Six abducted by militants in Mizoram

March 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Aizawl, March 26 (IANS) At least six people, including residents of Assam, Punjab, and Rajasthan, were abducted by unidentified tribal guerrillas in a Mizoram district bordering Bangladesh Monday, police said here.

Myanmar to launch medical emergency flight charters

March 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Yangon, March 25 (IANS) A state-run domestic airline in Myanmar has plans to start medical emergency chartered flight services in a bid to facilitate patients during difficult times, a local weekly reported Sunday.

Myanmarese nationals get jail for entering India illegally

March 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Agartala, March 24 (IANS) Two poverty-stricken Myanmar nationals were Saturday sentenced to two years in jail by a local court here for illegally entering India, a police official said.

Arunachal's Namdapha Tiger Reserve may turn into Sariska soon

March 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Singh had expressed deep concern over reports of poaching and disappearance of tigers in various sanctuaries, particularly Sariska and Ranthambhore Tiger reserves in Rajasthan in 2004, leading to the formation of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in December 2005 at the recommendation of the Tiger Task Force.

Myanmar invites Asian observers to monitor parliamentary elections

March 21, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Rangoon, Mar 21 (ANI): Myanmar has agreed to allow observers from neighbouring countries to monitor the nation's April parliamentary election.

Myanmar invites Asian observers to monitor parliamentary elections

March 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Rangoon, Mar 21 (ANI): Myanmar has agreed to allow observers from neighbouring countries to monitor the nation's April parliamentary election.

Burma frees ethnic Karen rebel leader sentenced to 20 years for treason

March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Rangoon, Mar 20 (ANI): Myanmar has pardoned a leader of the Karen ethnic minority group who was given a 20-year sentence for treason.

Burma frees ethnic Karen rebel leader sentenced to 20 years for treason

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Rangoon, Mar 20 (ANI): Myanmar has pardoned a leader of the Karen ethnic minority group who was given a 20-year sentence for treason.

Bus service between Imphal- Myanmar to begin soon

March 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Imphal, Mar 2 (ANI): Under its Look East policy, the Centre plans to start the first ever bus service from Imphal to Myanmar.

Bus service between Imphal- Myanmar to begin soon

March 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Imphal, Mar 2 (ANI): Under its Look East policy, the Centre plans to start the first ever bus service from Imphal to Myanmar.

Rise in trafficking of women a major factor in disproportionate male-female ratio in China: Study

February 28, 2012 at 4:47 PM

London, Feb.28 (ANI): Scientists of a Madrid-based university have claimed that the rise in the trafficking of women is one of the key reasons for the male-female imbalance in China.

Maoists, ISI backing anti talk ULFA faction: Gogoi

February 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Guwahati, Feb 24 (ANI): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently revealed that Maoists and Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) were trying to make the northeast their base.

Maoists, ISI backing anti talk ULFA faction: Gogoi

February 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Guwahati, Feb 24 (ANI): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently revealed that Maoists and Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) were trying to make the northeast their base.

Facts about Delhi Dialogue IV

February 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM

New Delhi, Feb.13 (ANI): Delhi Dialogue is a track 1.5 event organized annually by the Ministry of External Affairs with select partners since 2009. he fourth edition, 'Delhi Dialogue-IV' will beheld on February 13 and 14.

Fourth edition of Delhi Dialogue to begin today

February 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): The fourth edition of Delhi Dialogue organized annually by the Ministry of External Affairs with select partners since 2009 will take place on February 13 and 14 in New Delhi.

Bangladesh asks India to invoke spirit of 1971 cooperation for Teesta treaty

February 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Dhaka, Feb. 12 (ANI): Bangladesh has asked India to invoke the spirit of cooperation and friendship witnessed during its war of liberation against West Pakistan in 1971, particularly with respect to the resolution of the stalled Teesta water sharing treaty, in order to move forward on all other fronts such as transit and trade of goods and services from mainland India to its north-eastern states.

Conclusive evidence of malaria's effect on foetal growth found

February 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Washington, Feb 10 (ANI): Ultrasound scans have provided the first direct evidence that malaria infection reduces early foetal growth, a study claims.

Myanmar's HR situation improving but 'serious challenges' remain: UN official

February 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Rangoon, Feb 6 (ANI): United Nations Human Rights Envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana has said he has witnessed a positive impact in Myanmar's recent human rights situation, but added that serious challenges still remain and need to be addressed.

Myanmar's HR situation improving but 'serious challenges' remain: UN official

February 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Rangoon, Feb 6 (ANI): United Nations Human Rights Envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana has said he has witnessed a positive impact in Myanmar's recent human rights situation, but added that serious challenges still remain and need to be addressed.

Not all in favour of lifting of Burma Sanctions

January 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

In an unprecedented development the Obama administration has signalled easing of sanctions against Myanmar. Few right groups have urged international community not to remove sanctions until the Burmese government has released all political prisoners.

Myanmar hopes to usher in democracy

January 25, 2012 at 8:34 PM

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): Myanmar's Foreign Minister, Wunna Maung Lwin, on Wednesday said his country was moving ahead with democratic reforms and expected to see concrete and tangible steps from the western powers to ease its two-decade-long international isolation.

India, Myanmar resolves to strengthen cooperation in border issues

January 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): India and Myanmar have expressed commitment to strengthen cooperation in border issues.

India, Myanmar resolves to strengthen cooperation in border issues

January 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): India and Myanmar have expressed commitment to strengthen cooperation in border issues.

John McCain says US 'shouldn't rush to lift sanctions against Myanmar'

January 22, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Washington, Jan 22 (ANI): US Senator John McCain has said that the Obama administration should not rush to lift sanctions against Myanmar until it sees the results of a parliamentary by-election planned for early April.

NSCN-IM accuses govt. of violating ceasefire treaty

January 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Dimapur, Jan 17 (ANI): The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM), a banned militant group active in Nagaland, has accused the Indian Government of violating a ceasefire agreement.

7th Northeast Business Summit held in New Delhi

January 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): The 7th Northeast Business Summit was recently held in New Delhi on January 6-7, with an aim to discuss the possible opportunities for investment and trade in the region.

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