India’s Low-Hanging Economic Fruit Is In The East – The North East

It is good that the verdict of the 2014 general elections is clear and not a fractured one like in 1996 or 1998. The new BJP Prime Minister will find an economy that is on the slide, unemployment on the rise, and security threats worsening due to the emergence of a new cold war, among other things. On top of it all are the heightened expectations of a young and restless population. But the first challenge...

Manipur: How To Kill A Highway

The malaise in Manipur continues to undermine Manipur’s ethnic equity and economic development- including the promise of hydrocarbons and minerals. Image Credit: Google Maps. The highway and its hinterland have more sinister applications than micro-politics and emotions run amok. Malaise de Manipur, a worrying condition of sub-continental drift, has a way of infecting things. It weakens India’s...

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,...

Local Dynamics, Universal Context: Border Trading Through Moreh, Manipur

A small hill town in the state of Manipur bordering Myanmar, Moreh has come to be the focus of a great deal of attention since it was declared a Free Trade Zone by the Government of India in 1995. Though there are literally no reliable official estimates of the volume of the trade that passes through this town, the need for promoting trade through this point has by now produced a substantial body of...

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 ...

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,...

1st Seed Of Moreh Market Complex Sown

IMPHAL, Apr 3: As part of the Government’s initiative to boost trans-border trade between India and Myanmar, the foundation stone for a multi-storey market complex was laid today at Moreh jeep parking area by Commerce and Industries Minister Y Erabot. The market complex to be constructed under the Assistance of State for Infrastructure Development for Export Program of the Ministry of Commerce and...

Notorious “Golden Triangle”: India’s Golden Opportunity

The Golden Triangle is an area of around 350,000 sq. kms. that overlaps the mountain regions of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province of China. The Golden Triangle is infamous for being one of the most extensive opium-producing areas in the world since the 1950s. Opium-based products from Myanmar, the second largest illicit opium-producing country in the world after Afghanistan, are...

New Boost To Trans-Border Trade With SE Asia

IMPHAL, Mar 27: In a landmark event and a big boost towards opening and boosting cross-border trade among India, Myanmar and Thailand, a trilateral trade conference was held the Water World, Tamu yesterday. The Thai delegates attending the conference were led by the Thai-Myanmar Border Trade in-charge Tharodol Thongruang, Myanmar while the Myanmarese delegates were headed by vice-president of the Trade...

BRIEF NEWS: March 02, 2011

6.8-magnitude quake strikes NE Myanmar; 1 dead YANGON, Myanmar – A powerful earthquake struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, killing one woman and shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. No tsunami was generated. The quake hit in an area where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) from Chiang Rai. The northern Thai city sustained minor damage, according to Thai...

Ibobi Worried Over Myanmar Border

GUWAHATI, Feb 2: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Tuesday said the porous Indo-Myanmarese border remained a serious concern as most arms and ammunition were smuggled by militant groups across this frontier. Addressing the conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security at New Delhi, Okram pressed for reviewing the existing border-guarding arrangements by deploying a dedicated force to...