China At Your Doorstep: Looking East From India’s NorthEast

Myanmar and India have followed separate political paths since independence only to find it converging in recent times. Myanmar’s other neighbor China has had a much larger footprint in the country. India has to calibrate its engagement with Myanmar to not just effectively implement its Look East policy but also manage the contiguous border regions of Northeast India given the ground realities....

Obama, Suu Kyi Meet As Myanmar Hero Shifts Role

YANGON, Nov 14: When President Barack Obama meets with Myanmar‘s opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, he will encounter a figure in the midst of an evolution he finds familiar: the shift from history-making trailblazer to establishment politician. Four years after being released from house arrest, Suu Kyi is now a member of Myanmar’s Parliament and has been pushing for changes to...

Narendra Modi Wants To “Act East” But Catching Up With China Won’t Be Easy

Pretty Photo, Paltry Trade. (Image Credit: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun) India’s “Look East” policy has transformed into the “Act East” policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he seeks to reinvigorate New Delhi’s relationship with Southeast Asia. At the annual summit of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Myanmar on Nov. 12, Modi laid emphasis on the re-engagement...

Survey Underway For Imphal Ring Road

IMPHAL, Nov 10: Survey for resettlement and rehabilitation of areas likely to be affected by greater Imphal ring road which would be constructed with necessary investment from Asian Development Bank (ADB) through South Asian Socio-Economic Cooperation (SASEC) has been initiated. The survey began after MK Mohanti and Associates was appointed as the consultant, informed an official source. After the...

State’s Trade Potential Tabled At SASEC Summit At Nepal

IMPHAL, Nov 7: The State’s transport infrastructure and trade potential were tabled at the South Asia Socio Economic Cooperation (SASEC) working committee submit held at Kathmandu, Nepal on November 4. SASEC is a regional economic forum of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Transport infrastructure and trade and commercial activities are being developed/promoted in SASEC countries...

Myanmar Rises In India’s Strategic Calculus

English: Burma (Myanmar) (dark green) / ASEAN (dark grey) (Image Credit: Wikipedia) India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Myanmar on Aug 8-11 to attend a number of meetings held in Nay Pyi Taw to boost New Delhi’s ties with ASEAN and other Asia-Pacific nations. Swaraj also held bilateral talks with the leaders of the host country, Myanmar, as part of the Narendra Modi government’s...

BOOK EXTRACT: Indo-Myanmar Cross-Border Trade: A Passage To Asian Prosperity Or A Dead End

End of the Cold War followed by successful conclusion of the Uruguay Round in the last decade of the twentieth century saw a surge in economic integration among countries around the globe. The climate of trans-national economic cooperation opened up the prospect of increased cross-border trade among neighboring countries. In virtually land-locked Northeast Region of India, which is surrounded by China,...

Prison Terms For 2 Myanmarese

IMPHAL, May 23: A special court of the NDPS has sentenced two Myanmarese Nationals, who were arrested with 580 grams of raw opium, to 2 years and 10 months rigorous imprisonment (RI) in addition to imposing a fine of Rs 10,000. The two accused Myanmarese Nationals identified as Tingsoumiy (40) s/o late Lamao and Wouchaing (35) s/o Thungkhang, both residents of Taiyong village under Tamu district of...

Indo-Myanmar Meet Dates Fixed

IMPHAL, May 20: The 18th Indo-Myanmar sectoral level meeting is scheduled to be held at Kalemao in Myanmar from June 9 to 10 to discuss various bilateral issues concerning the welfare and development of the two neighboring countries. Considered to be one of the most important and rare occasions for the officials of the two countries to share their views over the table, the meeting is expected to ...

KNLF/KPA Finance Secretary Joins UKLF

IMPHAL, May 11: Finance secretary of the Kuki National Liberation Front/Kuki People’s Army (KNLF/KPA) Hangsai alias Lalpu has left the outfit and joined the United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF). PRO unit-II of UKLF SS Mate has also reportedly given the consent on joining of Hangsai alias Lalpu to the UKLF fold. Talking to media persons in this connection at the designated camp of UKLF located at Khangbarol...

BRIEF NEWS: April 29, 2011

No let up, NIA continues raid IMPHAL, Apr 28: After raiding Lamyanba Pakhang publications yesterday, the NIA (National Investigation Agency) team raided two private residences at Wangkhei today. A reliable source informed that the house located near Eastern Ground belongs to one Yumlembam Brajabidhu. Notably, the NIA team after raiding Lamyanba Pakhang seized some documents and a hard disk of the main...

Free Media In Burma Still A Mixed Bag

IMPHAL, Apr 21: Re-calling that freedom of expression or the existence of a free and independent media went up in smoke, after the military seized power and imposed Martial Law in Myanmar in 1962, the State has gagged freedom of speech and the existence of a free and fair media. Delivering a talk on the subject, “Freedom of Expression and Media in Burma” at Manipur University today, Chief Editor,...

BRIEF NEWS: April 19, 2011

Minister’s wife laid to rest with fitting tribute IMPHAL, Apr 18: The wife of Power Minister T Phungzathang who expired early yesterday at their residence in Paite Veng, Imphal was laid to rest today at their private premises here with a consummate tribute following a prolong illness. Chhungi, also known as Sungi (65) was diagnosed with an advance stage cancer in early January, according to family...