The ‘Forbidden State’

THE Union of Myanmar in our south eastern neighbourhood is a strange and complex country, going by its nature as a state and record of the past few decades. It has multiple domestic problems, which it has not been able

Foreign counsel for Dhaka hopes to win
Maritime Dispute with Delhi

Foreign counsel for Dhaka hopes to win

A foreign attorney representing Bangladesh at the UN’s Permanent Court of Arbitration in the dispute with India over the maritime delimitation yesterday expressed optimism that Bangladesh will win and establish its rights by mid-2014. “As a practicing lawyer I am

Myanmar's Troops Buildup

BGB on alert, not alarmed

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was alert but not alarmed by the report that Myanmar has deployed three regular army battalions along its border with Bangladesh. “We’re yet to receive any indication of army deployment by Myanmar from our troops deployed

Illegal migrants from Myanmar easily trespass on Bangladesh soil as there are inadequate Border Guard Bangladesh watch towers on the boarders in Shahpari island area in Taknaf. Star file photo

Nat’l strategy paper on deporting illegal Myanmar citizens okayed

The cabinet on Monday approved the National Strategic Paper in a bid to identify, locate and deport undocumented Myanmar citizens to their homes. To execute the plan, two bodies — National Coordination Committee and National Taskforce — will be formed

Stina E Ljungdel, newly appointed country representative of the UN refugee agency UNHCR, presents her credentials to Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at her ministry yesterday. Photo: Courtesy

Bangladesh can’t take in more Rohingyas

Dipu Moni tells new UNHCR representative Stina E Ljungdel; receives credentials from new UNFPA representative Argentina Piccin

Dhaka yesterday reaffirmed its position that Bangladesh was already hosting a huge population of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and could not take in more. Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said this when newly appointed country representative of the UN refugee agency

Biman to resume Yangon flights in November

Biman Bangladesh Airlines will resume its Dhaka-Yangon flights in November, Kevin Steele, managing director of the state-run carrier, said yesterday. Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an air service agreement yesterday, which will allow each country to operate seven flights a week.

Bigotry continues in Myanmar

ETHNIC discrimination and violence against Muslims has not stopped in Myanmar, despite promises from President Thein Sein. Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN Human Rights Council appointed Special Rapporteur, visited Myanmar from August 11 to 21 to see for himself the reconciliation

Onion arrives from Myanmar, prices ease

Onion arrives from Myanmar, prices ease

Private traders started importing onion from Myanmar on Sunday, in a move that will increase supply to the local market and ease prices. Nearly 100 tonnes of onion have arrived from Myanmar and China over the last two days, according

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Uneasy calm in Rakhine

CALM seems to elude the troubled northwest Rakhine state of Myanmar with the eruption of sporadic unrest and police firing every now and then despite its leaders’ assurances to curb the communal clashes that claimed the lives of nearly 200

5 Rohingyas held in Ctg with fake passports

Police arrested five Rohingyas in Chittagong city with fake Bangladeshi passports on Friday. The law enforcers picked up the five from a city hotel from where they were preparing to go to Saudi Arabia with fake Bangladeshi passports, said Pranab

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi pays her respects to her father General Aung San and eight other leaders who were assassinated on July 19, 1947, as Myanmar marks the 66th anniversary of Martyrs' Day at the Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon yesterday. photo: AFP

Myanmar ethnic cleansing claims ‘smear campaign’

Thein Sein denies govt involvement in riots

Myanmar President Thein Sein yesterday denied accusations of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims, saying the claims were part of a “smear campaign” against his government. On a visit to Paris, Sein told France 24 television that his government was not

Bangladesh to issue 5 lakh IDs to Rohingyas in KSA

The government of Bangladesh will issue identity cards for five lakh Rohingyas who are staying in Saudi Arabia without work permit, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said on Wednesday. “Our foreign and home ministries have decided

Myanmar’s religious problem

TIME has recently portrayed Wirathu, a Myanmar Buddhist monk, as “The Face of Buddhist Terror” in its July 1, 2013 international edition. The article became so controversial and sensitive that the Myanmar government banned the magazine. Wirathu’s name has been

Repatriate Rohingyas

Dipu Moni urges Myanmar

Bangladesh has offered to cooperate with Myanmar to promote socio-economic development in Myanmar, including in the Rakhine State, and urged authorities to resume voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees. Foreign Minister Dipu Moni made the offer during a bilateral meeting with

Time’s ‘Buddhist Terror’ headline irks Myanmar

Time’s ‘Buddhist Terror’ headline irks Myanmar

Myanmar has reacted angrily to a Time magazine cover story on a prominent radical monk accused of fuelling anti-Muslim violence, accompanied by the headline “The Face of Buddhist Terror”. Social media users in the former junta-ruled nation also voiced dismay

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World Refugee Day 2013

Moving towards a normative refugee regime

THE United Nations today commemorates 61 years of refugee protection in the world. The 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees was adopted to protect the refugees displaced as a result of the Second World War. The temporal and geographical

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Rohingya row

THE prime thing for the simmering Rohingya issue though Myanmar has been racing with its reforms, establishing trade and diplomatic ties with the Western world and even hosting the much touted World Economic Forum on East Asia recently is the

Rethinking Rohingya policy

WORLD Refugee Day is observed to draw attention to the plights of the millions of people across the world who have been forcibly displaced. UN figures show that there are as many as 43.3 million people who have been displaced

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Helping the hapless

WHAT is the one thing you would bring if you have to flee in one minute? This is the question UNHCR is asking in this year’s World Refugee Day campaign. Although everyone’s choice might differ, one thing we would all

Myanmar-Bangladesh-India gas pipeline

INDIAN commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma recently led a delegation to Myanmar to revive the Myanmar-India gas pipeline project. According to the Times of India (June 7), he discussed the possibility of setting up the pipeline along a land