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e-News 05 October, 2015 (India):Angela Merkel's India visit: 10 things to know

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a three-day visit to India. The German leader, who met Modi at Hannover Messe in April, is in India for the 3rd inter-governmental consultations (IGC) between both countries.

e-News 04 October, 2015 (India):India undertaking major rejig of fighter induction to meet threats from Pak, China

With China "exponentially" ramping up its air combat operations in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), even as Pakistan expands and upgrades its F-16 fleet, India is going in for a major rejig of its fighter induction and serviceability plans to be ready for any individual or collusive threat in the years ahead

e-News 03 October, 2015 (India):India submits its climate action plan, asks rich nations to cooperate in achieving its goal

India said on Thursday that it would increase the share of clean energy in its total energy mix by as much as 40%, by the target year of 2030. While submitting its 38-page 'climate action plan' to a UN body in Bonn, Germany, India added that it would fight climate change by taking the energy efficiency route and by substantially reducing its 'emission intensity', which is measured by the amount of carbon emissions per unit of GDP.

e-News 02 October, 2015 (India):Not imposed any blockade on Nepal'

India has flatly denied it has imposed any kind of blockade on Nepal. In their meetings with visiting commerce minister of Nepal Sunil Bahadur Thapa and Mahendra Pandey in New Delhi and New York, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman stressed that freight trucks were moving normally through border posts - Bhairawaha and Dharchula.

e-News 01 October, 2015 (India):Sushma Swaraj meets counterparts from Nepal, Sri Lanka

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with her counterparts from neighbors Sri Lanka and Nepal. Sushma held bilateral talks with her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera and with Nepal's Mahendra Pandey on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

e-News 30 September, 2015 (India):INS Kochi, largest India-made warship, commissioned

Naval warship INS Kochi, the largest-ever warship to be built in India, was commissioned by defence minister Manohar Parrikar at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Finish of the INS Kochi is good as any foreign ship, Manohar Parrikar said.

e-News 29 September, 2015 (India):India-Saudi ties growing stronger: Envoy

India-Saudi Arabia ties are going strong and their bilateral energy cooperation is at a high level, the kingdom's envoy, Saud bin Mohammed Al-Sati, said on the occasion of his country's national day. The embassy celebrated its National Day on Monday. The day is celebrated across Saudi Arabia on September 23 to mark the unification of the nation.

e-News 28 September, 2015 (India):Free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations with Google's help, PM says

Promising to transform governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said in a nation of one billion cell phones, M-Governance or mobile governance has the potential to make development a truly inclusive and comprehensive mass movement.

e-News 27 September, 2015 (India):Security Council Reforms Must For Greater Credibility, PM Modi Tells UN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for reform of the United Nations Security Council in his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which is holding a summit on sustainable development. In an 18-minute speech in Hindi, peppered with Sanskrit shlokas, the Prime Minister said, "We must reform the United Nations including its Security Council so that it carries greater credibility and legitimacy."

e-News 26 September, 2015 (India):Indian death count in Mina rises to 14

The stampede in Mina near Mecca on Thursday has so far claimed 14 Indian lives. These deaths have been confirmed by the Haj Committee of India and by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who took to Twitter to give out the official confirmation.

e-News 25 September, 2015 (India):No bilateral meeting scheduled between Modi, Sharif in US

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart from Pakistan Nawaz Sharif will not meet each other or have any bilateral meetings when they are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. "So far, there is nothing on the schedule," said external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup on Wednesday.

e-News 24 September, 2015 (India):In Power Push for India at UN, PM Narendra Modi to Host Angela Merkel, Shinzo Abe

In the first summit of its kind in more than ten years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a power-packed special summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in US to push for a permanent seat for India on the global body's Security Council. The PM arrived in in Ireland today from where he will head to US for a six-day trip that ends on September 29.

e-News 23 September, 2015 (India):India and United States to Launch Ocean Dialogue

India and the US have decided to launch an Ocean Dialogue, which Secretary of State John Kerry said, is aimed at promoting sustainable development of blue economy. "We are launching a promising new Ocean Dialogue - in order to promote the sustainable - and I emphasize sustainable - development of the blue economy, as we call it," Mr Kerry told reporters at the conclusion of the India US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue yesterday.

e-News 22 September, 2015 (India):India turns to Israel for armed drones as Pakistan, China build fleets

India has accelerated plans to buy drones from Israel that can be armed, defense sources said, allowing the military to carry out strikes overseas with less risk to personnel. The plan to acquire Israeli Herons was first conceived three years ago, but in January the military wrote to the government asking for speedy delivery, the sources said, as Pakistan and China develop their own drone warfare capabilities.

e-News 20 September, 2015 (India):NSCN-K Not Yet Decided on Signing Ceasefire Deal with Myanmar

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) has not decided whether it will sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) with the Myanmar government, an official told The Myanmar Times last week.

e-News 18 September, 2015 (India):Thai Airways explores feasibility of Guwahati-Thailand flight

Thai Airways International is exploring the possibility of starting a direct flight between Guwahati and Thailand amid growing prospects for business and tourism. A Thai Airways team is in the country for the second time to study the market in northeast India.

e-News 17 September, 2015 (India):Khaplang faction of NSCN banned for 5 yrs

Three months after it carried out an ambush in Manipur in which 18 Army personnel were killed, Naga insurgent group NSCN(K) was banned by the government for five years. The decision to ban the outfit was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

e-News 16 September, 2015 (India):Pentagon creates India Rapid Reaction Cell

The Pentagon has established a first-ever country special cell to speed up its defense ties with India and accelerate the process of co-development and co-production of hi-tech military equipment in the country. Established soon after defense secretary Ashton Carter assumed Pentagon's leadership role in February, India Rapid Reaction Cell (IRRC) is headed by Keith Webster, director, International Cooperation Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

e-News 14 September, 2015 (India):A Big Night For India's Bid For UN Security Council

It's a crucial day for India in its lengthy battle for a spot on the United Nations Security Council, and China could hold the key. The nearly 200 member countries of the United Nations are meant to meet tonight to consider how to word the document that would call for reforming the Security Council. The top decision-making body currently has 15 members of which five, including China, Russia and the US, are permanent.

e-News 12 September, 2015 (India):Heavy Exchange of Fire Between NSCN (K), Assam Rifles

Heavy exchange of fire took place between NSCN-K cadres and the Assam Rifles after the troopers raided two villages along the India-Myanmar border, according to reports. The incident happened on Thursday night after over 100 Assam Rifles personnel entered two of the villages on the Myanmar side of the border - Shera and Shashen - in search of 10 NSCN (K) cadres talking shelter in the villages.

e-News 11 September, 2015 (India):NIA announces cash reward for info on rebel Naga leaders

Three months after the gruesome attack in Manipur that left 18 Army personnel dead, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday announced a cash reward of Rs 7 lakh for information leading to arrest of S S Khaplang, Chief of NSCN-K, a rebel Naga group allegedly responsible for the killings.

e-News 10 September, 2015 (India):Myanmar Rebel Group Forcibly Recruits Nagaland School Children

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Khaplang (NSCN-K), a Myanmar-based rebel group has been recruiting school children here at gunpoint, an Assam Rifles official said today. NSCN-K has been continuing with its drive to recruit school children at gunpoint, because the peace-loving citizens of Nagaland have refused to support any form of violence and are not willing to replenish the depleting strength of NSCN-K cadres," Assam Rifles spokesman Shailesh said.

e-News 09 September, 2015 (India):India hits back, says only issue in Kashmir is how to free PoK from Pak

The only issue with Pakistan is to get back parts of Jammu and Kashmir under its illegal occupation, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh said here today, hitting back at Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif’s comments that Kashmir is an “unfinished agenda”.

e-News 08 September, 2015 (India): India wants Russia's help to corner Pakistan, ISIS activity

India has asked Russia for technical help in monitoring ISIS activity on the internet with Home Minister Rajnath Singh describing the threat from ISIS as a matter of "serious concern", a departure from his earlier stand of downplaying the ISIS threat to India.

e-News 04 September, 2015 (India): India bars Greenpeace from receiving foreign funding

India has cancelled a license allowing Greenpeace's Indian arm to collect money from overseas. The government says it has found holes in Greenpeace's balance sheet. It was the latest in an on-going battle between Greenpeace and Prime Minister NarendraModi's government, which had already suspended the group's license in April.

e-News 03 September, 2015 (India): Section of new Asian highway linking India, Myanmar and Thailand put into service

The Myawaddy-Thinggan Nyenaung-Kawkareik section of the Asian highway linking India, Myanmar and Thailand has been put into service, the media reported. Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Chairman of the Kayin National Union General Saw Mutu Sae Po attended an inaugural ceremony of the service on Sunday.

e-News 02 September, 2015 (India): Time to make UN vibrant with India as permanent member: Sumitra Mahajan

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has emphasised the need for urgent UN Security Council reform, saying it is time to make the powerful body "vibrant" with the inclusion of India as a permanent member.

e-News 01 September, 2015 (India): India going strong at 7 per cent

India remained the fastest growing major economy of the world for a second straight quarter, with GDP growing at 7 per cent during April-June 2015 against 6.7 per cent in April-June 2014. Growth in the previous quarter, January-March 2015, was, however, higher at 7.5 per cent.

e-News 31 August, 2015 (India): Patel quota protest: Rally in Madhya Pradesh today, Hardik Patel lays out pan-India agitation

Addressing a press conference in Delhi on Sunday, Hardik Patel said he would take his “andolan (agitation)” seeking OBC status and reservation for the Patidars across the country. While claiming that reservations had “taken the country back 60 years”, the 22-year-old added that he was seeking the quota for Patidars as “the system today is hollow.

e-News 28 August, 2015 (India): Patel quota row: 8 dead in violence, army deployed in more cities

Eight people have died in widespread violence triggered by a snowballing movement for reservations for the Patel community, forcing the government to deploy the army and impose a curfew in parts of the state.

e-News 27 August, 2015 (India): Gujarat erupts, BSF called in

Gujarat burnt within 15 minutes of the police arresting Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel at around 7.45 pm from GMDC ground, the venue for the massive rally held on Tuesday. Cops resorted to a lathi charge to disperse the supporters. Nine companies of BSF and CRPF have been deployed even as no deaths were reported.

e-News 26 August, 2015 (India): Indo-US Strategic Commercial Dialogue: India to apprise US of reason to talk only terror with Pakistan

India will apprise visiting US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha D Biswal of its stand on restricting the botched National Security Advisor-level talks with Pakistan to terror.

e-News 25 August, 2015 (India): Pakistan has nukes, India can't play the bully: Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz

As the dust settles over the last-minute cancellation of NSA talks, Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz on Monday said no substantive dialogue can take place between India and Pakistan even on the issue of terrorism until New Delhi agrees to discuss Kashmir with Islamabad.

e-News 24 August, 2015 (India): After NSA fiasco, military talks also in doldrums

The NSA talks called off due to differences over the agenda as well as Pakistan’s invitation to Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders, the meetings between DGMOs as well as heads of Rangers and BSF are uncertain.

e-News 23 August, 2015 (India): Government Fell Prey to Pakistan's Designs on NSA Talks: Congress

The Congress on Sunday accused the government of not preparing adequately on the issue of the NSA talks and falling prey to Pakistan's designs. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters here that the Narendra Modi government had not done proper hard-nosed groundwork and its approach lacked focus.

e-News 22 August, 2015 (India): India 'advises' NSA Sartaj Aziz not to meet Hurriyat leaders

India and Pakistan will hold separate press conferences on Saturday amid a suspense over whether the NSA-level talks between the two countries will be held after both sides refuse to budge from their positions on the issue of involving Kashmiri separatists in the agenda.

e-News 21 August, 2015 (India): India 'advises' NSA Sartaj Aziz not to meet Hurriyat leaders

India has advised Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz not to meet separatist Hurriyat leaders before talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, raising a question mark about the meeting of the NSAs scheduled for Monday.

e-News 20 August, 2015 (India): President Pranab Mukherjee's wife Suvra Mukherjee dies at 74

Suvra Mukherjee, wife of President Pranab Mukherjee, died here this morning, 11 days after she was hospitalised in a critical condition. It is informed with deep sorrow that First Lady Smt. Suvra Mukherjee passed away this morning (August 18, 2015). She left for her heavenly abode at 10.51 AM," Rashtrapati Bhawan spokesman Venu Rajamony said in a statement.

e-News 19 August, 2015 (India): Arun Jaitley launches India Aspiration Fund to boost startups in India

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday launched the India Aspiration Fund (IAF) to be set up as a fund of funds under the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in order to boost the startup ecosystem in the country. An initial corpus of Rs 400 crore has been already allocated to various venture funds under it.

e-News 18 August, 2015 (India): Khaplang to skip Naga ceasefire talks in Myanmar

As representatives of Naga Hoho, the apex body of Naga tribes, head to Myanmar to persuade NSCN (Khaplang) to resume the ceasefire it had abrogated in March, NSCN(K) chairman SS Khaplang has reportedly excused himself from meeting them, citing health reasons. He has instead deputed the outfit's vice-chairman Khango Konyak and top military commander Nikki Sumi to talk to the Naga representatives.

e-News 17 August, 2015 (India): Indians in Abu Dhabi excited to meet an Indian PM after 34 years

“It is all about getting to meet an Indian Prime Minister visiting this country after 34 years,” says Maharashtra’s Mustafa, who is a security guard at the ICARD labour camp on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. The last Indian Prime Minister to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was Indira Gandhi in 1981.

e-News 16 August, 2015 (India): India wants UAE as top partner in trade, counter-terrorism: Narendra Modi

Ahead of his talks with the Emirati leadership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the Gulf region is vital for India's economic, energy and security interests and he wants to see the UAE as the foremost partner in trade and countering terrorism.

e-News 15 August, 2015 (India): PM Modi's New Initiative to Create Jobs: 'Start up India, Stand up India'

Addressing the nation on the 69th Independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a new campaign "Start-up India, Stand up India" to promote bank financing for start-ups and offer incentives to boost entrepreneurship and job creation.

e-News 13 August, 2015 (India): India and Slovak Republic Sign MoU on Technical Cooperation in Railway Sector

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 12.08.2015 in Rail Bhawan, New Delhi between the Ministry of Railways, Government of India and the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic on Technical Cooperation in Railway Sector. The signatories to the MoU are, Mr. Ganga Ram Agarwal, Secretary, Railway Board and Mr. Zigmund Bertok, Ambassador of Slovak Republic.

e-News 13 August, 2015 (India): Railways Ministry signs four MoUs to improve efficiency

In the presence of Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Railways and Piyush Goyal, Minister of State Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, four Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) were signed between Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Power & Ministries of New & Renewable Energy and their organizations for cooperation in the areas of Electricity Transmission, Energy Conservation and promotion of Renewable Energy in a time bound manner.

e-News 10 August, 2015 (India): NSA Talks: Ties strained, Pakistan holds back on dates

With two attacks in the last two weeks leaving India-Pakistan ties strained, sources said Islamabad was yet to get back to Delhi on dates for proposed talks between the national security advisors of the two countries. Sources said that India had proposed August 23 and 24 as the dates, but hadn’t got a confirmation from Pakistan.

e-News 07 August, 2015 (India): India airlifts relief supplies to flood-hit Myanmar

India on Thursday swiftly air-lifted around 100 tonnes of food, rice, noodles and medicines for flood-hit Myanmar on its C-130J Super Hercules and C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft, in keeping with the fast-expanding bilateral ties between the two countries

e-News 06 August, 2015 (India): India received $19.78 billion FDI from nations visited by Narendra Modi in FY15 20

India received $19.78 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) from 12 countries visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in financial year 2014-15, according to Parliament sources.

e-News 05 August, 2015 (India): India’s 26/11 claims fully backed by Pak’s head of investigation 20

Pakistan's constant refrain that India had not provided enough evidence to prosecute the perpetrators of 26/11 has been torn asunder by its own key investigator who has stated that the Mumbai mayhem was planned and launched from its soil.

e-News 03 August, 2015 (India): Landslide in Manipur near Myanmar border kills 20

At least 20 people have reportedly been killed in landslide in Choumol village in Manipur's Chandel district, bordering Myanmar. As the landslide site is remotely located, details about the incident were not immediately known. Some media reports said a whole village has been buried in the landslide.

e-News 31 July, 2015 (India): 4 Indians, 2 each from Hyderabad and Karnataka, kidnapped in Libya: MEA

Four Indians have been kidnapped by militants in Libya, the ministry of external affairs spokesman, Vikas Swarup, said on Friday. Of the four Indians kidnapped in Libya, three are teachers in University of Sirte and one works at the university.

e-News 30 July, 2015 (India): India committed to strengthening ties with Myanmar: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India was committed to strengthening its relations with Myanmar and called for greater connectivity between the two countries. The Prime Minister reiterated India's commitment to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Myanmar in all areas, including defense and security.

e-News 29 July, 2015 (India): Talks set to go ahead, but Pakistan terror on India hitlist

India has embarked on a two-pronged Pakistan policy aimed at engaging the Nawaz Sharif government through dialogue while retaining the option of retaliation against those resorting to cross-border firing (Pakistan Army) and terrorism (jihadi groups). This means India will engage Pakistan’s political leadership in order to strengthen democratic forces in the neighborhood even as it responds in kind to non-state players. India’s response will be both disproportionate and unpredictable, top officials have said.

e-News 28 July, 2015 (India): Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam passes away

Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, widely acclaimed as the “people’s President”, passed away after collapsing during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. Mr. Kalam, the country’s 11th President, was one of India’s most eminent scientists, and had the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions.

e-News 28 July, 2015 (India): Pro-Khalistan slogans raised during Punjab Chief Minister speech

Activists of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD-Amritsar) on Sunday raised pro-Khalistan slogans during an address by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a function at the Punjabi University However Police swiftly took them into custody and whisked them away.

e-News 27 July, 2015 (India): Gurdaspur Attack: Terrorists Carjacked Maruti 800, Sped Away

At least six people were killed by a group of terrorists in Gurdaspur in Punjab near the border with Pakistan. The three terrorists were holed up in an empty police station and exchanged fire with security forces. All the three terrorists were killed in counter-terror operations.

e-News 26 July, 2015 (India): Rs1,000 Crore Approved for India-Bangladesh Rail Link

According to an official source, the Indian government has sanctioned around Rs.1000 crore for a 15-km India-Bangladesh railway project. The union government on Saturday communicated to Tripura that it had sanctioned Rs 580 crore to lay the rail tracks and acquire required land in Tripura.

e-News 25 July, 2015 (India): India, Thailand agree to enhance naval cooperation

India and Thailand, which share a maritime boundary identified exchange of white shipping information to complement each other's maritime domain awareness and also agreed to explore bilateral cooperation in shipbuilding projects.

e-News 24 July, 2015 (India): Iranian envoy seeks investment from India, says Delhi should move fast to take early advantage

India should take advantage of the goodwill it shares with Iran and invest in the country before it throws open its market after last week's historic nuclear deal with the West, Iran's envoy to New Delhi has said.

e-News 23 July, 2015 (India): ASEAN, north eastern states share blood ties: MEA

Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, Anil Wadhwa, on Thursday said the linkages between ASEAN and India's north eastern states and communities. He went on to say further that relation in both the regions and people of the region are not just of close geographical proximity, but of blood relations.

e-News 21 July, 2015 (India): India's membership in APEC can be 'game-changer': Ajay Banga, MasterCard

India's membership in the APEC can be a potential "game-changer" and is an opportunity "long- overdue", MasterCard's India-born CEO Ajay Banga has said as a prestigious policy institute with launching a task force to develop a strategy for the country's entry into the bloc.

e-News 20 July, 2015 (India): China's submarine force four times that of India and growing

A recent visit by an advanced Chinese Yuan-class submarine to Karachi, Pakistan, after traversing the Arabian Sea, worried Indian authorities concerned about China’s growing undersea-warfare capabilities which are more than four times as large as India’s.

e-News 19 July, 2015 (India): India, Russia to jointly build 200 military choppers

In a move aimed at boosting India's defense sector, 200 helicopters will be manufactured in the country with Russian collaboration as part of intensification and diversification of their strategic ties. The agreement, reached recently, is one of the several new defense projects on which the two countries are working on, including under the ambit of "Make in India" programme.

e-News 18 July, 2015 (India): China Enabling Deadly Attacks in North East India

A subtle Chinese hand was suspected in the ambush of 18 soldiers in Manipur (India) on June 4. Trying to connect the dots, investigators have now come up with more evidence of Chinese intelligence dabbling with north-eastern rebel groups.

e-News 17 July, 2015 (India): 'Safe haven' of terrorists in Myanmar biggest threat to Assam: CM Tarun Gogoi

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said, “safe haven” of insurgent groups in Myanmar was the biggest threat to the state and the region. The safe haven in Myanmar is the number one threat for us, followed by the same in Bangladesh.”

e-News 17 July, 2015 (India): India, Myanmar agree on border visit following raid against Naga rebels

Myanmar and India agreed to send a high-level delegation to the Nagaland border region, following a controversial cross-border raid by Indian army soldiers against a Naga armed group in northern Sagaing Region on June 9.

e-News 16 July, 2015 (India): NSCN(K) constructing bunkers in Myanmar with Ulfa's help

Naga insurgent outfit NSCN(Khaplang) has started constructing bunkers at hideouts in Taga, Myanamr with United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA’s) help. According to intelligence inputs reaching the Centre, NSCN(K) officials instructed ULFA officials in June to complete construction of underground facilities at "undisclosed locations" in Taga region.

e-News 15 July, 2015 (India): India can become human resources capital of the world: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the "Skill India Mission" and said that India can become the human resources capital of the world. Observing that the "Skill India Mission "is aimed at fulfilling dreams", the Prime Minister said: "We want opportunities to increase. That is why we have not restricted ourselves to skills, we have focused on entrepreneurship." Talking about 'Skill India', Modi said: "This initiative is not merely to fill pockets but to bring a sense of self-confidence among the poor."

e-News 13 July, 2015 (India): India shuns China, allows Japan in Malabar naval drill

India plans to include Japan for its forthcoming Malabar naval exercise with the US in the Bay of Bengal in October. India will also host a separate bilateral naval exercise with Australia, which too was keen on joining Malabar, in September.

e-News 13 July, 2015 (India): US set to be India’s biggest arms supplier

The US is fast consolidating its position as India's largest arms supplier with a flurry of new defense deals and joint projects, after having inked the expansive new 10-year defense framework in June and bagging contracts worth $10 billion over the last eight years.

e-News 12 July, 2015 (India): Mamata to skip PM Modi's July 15 meeting on land bill

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to skip a meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on land bill on July 15. According to Trinamool Congress sources, the party chief has conveyed this to the Narendra Modi government in a letter, saying that her government would continue to oppose the Land Acquisition Bill "at all cost".

e-News 12 July, 2015 (India): Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee meet discusses issues

The seventh Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee meet was held between July 6-10 July at Mantripukhri in Imphal East district of Manipur. A 19-member delegation from Myanmar with high ranking officials of Army and civil government departments attended the meeting at the Head Quarters.

e-News 10 July, 2015 (India): India's Narendra Modi accepts Pakistan visit invite

Indian PM Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation from his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend a regional summit in Islamabad next year. This will be Mr Modi's first visit to Pakistan after he took power last year.

e-News 09 July, 2015 (India): PMO seeks action-plan on NSCN (Khaplang) ban

Even as a Cabinet note on banning NSCN (Khaplang), the outfit behind the killing of 18 Army personnel in Manipur last month, awaits approval, the Prime Minister's Office has sought a definite action-plan from the home ministry on what it proposes to do once the ban comes into effect. According to sources, the action plan will include identification and arrest of the outfit's cadres who are working in groups of 25-30 each in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

e-News 08 July, 2015 (India): India in talks with Russia to lease new modern, world-class nuclear attack submarine

India is in final talks with Russia to lease a new nuclear attack submarine, giving a much needed boost to its depleting underwater fleet. Signalling a difference in approach by the Modi-led government, India is now looking to lease a newly built, customised submarine, unlike in the past when older vessels were refurbished and handed over.

e-News 07 July, 2015 (India): India, Uzbekistan to enhance corporation between foreign ministries, culture and tourism: MEA

The Prime Minister of India during his tour to Uzbekistan said that India is looking forward to expanding bilateral ties with Uzbekistan in matters related to economic cooperation, advancing stability and promoting regional integration. External Affairs Ministry Secretary (West) Navtej Sarna on Monday confirmed the signing of three agreements between India and Uzbekistan over corporation between the foreign ministries, culture and tourism sector.

e-News 06 July, 2015 (India): Russian stance against Pakistan's terror financing surprises India

There is unease in Delhi over recent stand that old ally Russia took at a recent anti-terror financing meet organised at Brisbane by opposing move by India to demand censure against Pakistan for its inaction against JuD & LeT.

e-News 05 July, 2015 (India): Govt. looking for common ground to break impasse over Land Bill

Following directions from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), “thinking heads” in the Modi government have begun to formulate a strategy for breaking the impasse in the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) over the controversial Land Acquisition Bill.

e-News 04 July, 2015 (India): India Abstains from Voting on Palestine Resolution at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

India, for the first time, abstained from voting on a resolution on Palestine adopted at the UN rights body that calls for accountability by parties involved in last year's conflict in Gaza. India, however, maintained that there was no change in its long standing position on support to the Palestinian cause.

e-News 03 July, 2015 (India): Modi positive about China-Nepal-India corridor, Chinese official says

China has revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded "positively" to its proposal to build an economic corridor, which includes road and rail links, connecting three countries-China, Nepal and India.

e-News 02 July, 2015 (India): India is now a $2-trillion economy: World Bank report

According to a World Bank report, India's GDP crossed the $2-trillion mark in 2014 and at present stands at $2.067 trillion. But going by income, India is still in the lower middle income category. India's gross national income per person has risen to $1,610, which converts to Rs 1,01,430 by present exchange rate.

e-News 01 July, 2015 (India): China and India all set to speed up border row resolution

India and China are all set to hold a crucial round of boundary talks on the side-lines of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit at Ufa in Russia next week. Top government sources said that the Chinese offer to push for a speedy resolution of the border issue, came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi told President Xi Jinping during his China visit in May that the boundary talks were going nowhere even after 18 rounds of talks, even questioning the point of continuing the exercise.

e-News 30 June, 2015 (India): India blocks China's bid to save Pakistan on terror finance scrutiny

According to sources in the government, India, with the support of allies like the US, managed to derail China's bid which was backed by Australia to shield Pakistan on terror financing. The FATF meet agreed with India's argument that Pakistan, despite not being part of FATF, was part of APG which works in close collaboration with FATF, and its enforcement of targeted financial sanctions against terrorism should be subject to monitoring by FATF through the APG.

e-News 29 June, 2015 (India): India is the second biggest partner in new Asian bank

Representatives of 57 countries are set to finalize their membership to the newly formed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing on Monday. India is expected to hold the second largest share in the new bank after China.

e-News 28 June, 2015 (India): ITBP may get Indo-Myanmar border job

The Home Ministry is no longer considering BSF as an option to guard the sensitive Indo-Myanmar border. ITBP or the Assam Rifles may get the job. A top MHA official said on Saturday that BSF "is no longer on the table" and the other border-guarding force ITBP was being considered for the same.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (India): Myanmar Open to Joint Border Operations With India Against Militants: Sources

A high-level military delegation from Myanmar will be in New Delhi soon to work out a strategy and fine-tune the existing mechanism to take on insurgents operating along the Indo-Myanmar border, sources told NDTV. Myanmar has indicated that it is not averse to conducting joint operations along the border to flush out militants who carry out attacks in India and cross over to that country.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (India): Swaraj to lead comprehensive review of deepening India-Thailand relations

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrives in Thailand to lead a review of and strengthen multifaceted bilateral ties with Thailand in pursuance of the Modi government’s Act East policy aiming to make India a positive transformative influence in its extended neighborhood.

e-News 26 June, 2015 (India): China, India fast-track BCIM economic corridor project

China and India are adding fresh momentum to the establishment of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor, which is expected to develop gradually before more ambitious goals are achieved. Chinese officials acknowledge that unlike in the past, when it was perceived to be dragging its feet, India is now showing enthusiasm over the project, which will link Kolkata with Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan province, passing through Myanmar and Bangladesh, with Mandalay and Dhaka among the focal points.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (India): Pakistan's MQM 'received Indian funding'

Officials in Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party have told the UK authorities that they received Indian government funds, the BBC learnt from an authoritative Pakistani source. A Pakistani official has told the BBC that India has trained hundreds of MQM militants over the past 10 years. The Indian authorities described the claims as "completely baseless". The MQM also strongly denied the claims.

e-News 24 June, 2015 (India): Lakhvi release: India expresses concern after China blocks move demanding UN sanctions against Pakistan

At a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee at the UN Headquarters in New York, India had demanded action against Pakistan, arguing that the release of Lakhvi was in violation of the UN resolution 1267 that deals with designated entities and individuals. But China blocked India’s move in the UN demanding action against Pakistan over release of Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi as it contended that India provided insufficient information.

e-News 23 June, 2015 (India): 'Made in India' making big splash in Chinese border town as Mansarovar Yatra passes through Nathu La

The India-China trade through Nathu La is flourishing though it is still just around Rs 17 crore. India might be suffering USD 47 billion trade deficit with China, but it is making a big splash in this border town with several shops using 'Made in India' sign boards and traders cashing on border trade through the Nathu La pass.

e-News 22 June, 2015 (India): SoftBank in tie-up for $20bn investment in Indian solar projects

Japan's Softbank Corp is to team up with Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan's Foxconn to invest about $20 billion in solar projects in India as the country steps up efforts to boost the renewable energy sector. Softbank chief executive Masayoshi Son said Foxconn will help with planned solar equipment manufacturing for the projects. The companies are looking at manufacturing equipment in India, he added.

e-News 22 June, 2015 (India): India's soft power? Cultural nationalism? Or Hindutva push? The many views on Yoga Day

June 21 was declared the International Day of Yoga by the UN last December after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea during his first address to the world body’s General Assembly three months earlier. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has said the United Nation's decision to commemorate the International Day of Yoga underlines an appreciation for India and its growing soft power.

e-News 21 June, 2015 (India): Manik slams Centre’s claims on Myanmar op

Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar on Wednesday reacted to the Centre's claims of 'surgical strikes' by the Army on northeast rebels in Myanmar and said, "People now understand the Centre's tall claims."

e-News 20 June, 2015 (India): China Seeks Rail Link Between Kunming and Kolkata

China is keen to establish a high speed rail link between Kunming and Kolkata as part of its efforts to revive the ancient silk route, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh. The 2800 kilometer rail route could be a critical component for the BCIM corridor that seeks cross border trade and flow of people.

e-News 18 June, 2015 (India): India to ink landmark motor pact with Myanmar,Thailand: Nitin Gadkari

India is set to enter into another landmark motor pact with Myanmar and Thailand by year-end, on the lines of the one signed with three other SAARC nations to allow seamless flow of traffic among them, as declared by Union Minister of India Nitin Gadkari.

e-News 17 June, 2015 (India): Asian Development Bank to increase India lending by 50% to $12 billion by 2018

Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao on Tuesday told reporters that the bank has decided to increase lending to India by almost 50%, up to $12 billion by 2018. ADB aims at increasing its sovereign and non-sovereign lending from the present $7-9 billion in three years from 2015 to 2017 to $10-12 billion between 2016 and 2018 using ADB's expanded lending capacity.

e-News 16 June, 2015 (India): Army chief in Bangladesh to bolster military cooperation

Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag is on a two-day visit to Bangladesh to boost bilateral military cooperation. Gen Suhag will hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan and chief-designate Lt Gen Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Huq, among others, apart from reviewing the passing out parade at the country's military academy in Chittagong.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (India): European Space Chief Suggests Making Room for India, China on the International Space Station

The incoming head of the European Space Agency said in a published interview that the International Space Station should be opened up to astronauts from India and China.

e-News 14 June, 2015 (India): Security forces trying to plug jungle routes used by NE militants

Security forces are trying to plug jungle routes used by militants near a vulnerable stretch of the Indo-Myanmar border as part of a renewed counter-insurgency offensive following the death of 18 soldiers in a Manipur ambush, officials said on Friday.

e-News 12 June, 2015 (India): If India really attacked insurgents inside Myanmar, why isn't the Modi government admitting so?

Even though the Indian administration did not claim that it had struck militants across the border, sections of the media floated this scenario giving Modi’s defence policy a muscular sheen. There was a significant difference in details released by the government and reports in large sections of the media, which were driven by anonymous sources.

e-News 10 June, 2015 (India): India warns terrorists after cross-border raid; Pak says 'we are not Myanmar'

A day after Army carried out the first of its kind surgical strike in Myanmar, the government on Wednesday said India's response is a ‘lesson’ to all militant groups that it will not hesitate in going beyond its borders to eliminate terrorists. Embroiled in a verbal spat with the Indian leadership over their remarks and statements as viewed controversial by Islamabad, Pakistan's interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, on Wednesday said that India should not mistake his country for Myanmar as its armed forces can give a befitting reply to any act of aggression from across the border.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (India): Bangladesh to receive assistance from India in finding remains of 1971 martyrs

Both the Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh underscored the need to preserve the memory and legacy of the Great Liberation War and the freedom fighters and hence India will assist Bangladesh in finding the mortal remains of the East Pakistan freedom fighters or Muktiyodhas on its soil and hand them over to the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League government acknowledging the country's close cooperation that led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.

e-News 07 June, 2015 (India): Boost to India-Bangladesh connectivity; two bus services launched

In a major boost to connectivity between India and Bangladesh, two bus services were flagged off today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The bus services -- Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati -- will link West Bengal to three North Eastern states of India via Bangaldeshi capital Dhaka.

e-News 07 June, 2015 (India): Assam CM flags off Guwahati-Dhaka bus service

Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Dhaka-Kolkata and Dhaka-Guwahati bus services in Dhaka, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday flagged off the Guwahati-Dhaka service at the inter-state bus terminus.

e-News 06 June, 2015 (India): India, Bangladesh ratify historic land deal, Narendra Modi announces new $2 billion line of credit to Dhaka

Foreign secretaries of India and Bangladesh signed and exchanged the instruments of exchange in the presence of Prime Minister Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina. India has formalized the 40-year-old Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh on Saturday.

e-News 05 June, 2015 (India): President Pranab Mukherjee hopes India will figure in expanded UN Security Council

President Pranab Mukherjeeis on a five-day visit to Sweden and Belarus hopes that India will figure out its place in the UN Security Council. India has signed six inter governmental agreements with Sweden and five agreements and MOU’s with Belarus. The president expresses hope that India will figure in the expanded United Nations Security Council (UNSC) when reforms of the world body are undertaken. He further said that both Sweden and Belarus have been supportive of India's claim for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

e-News 03 June, 2015 (India): India, US clear two ground-breaking defence projects as Defence Secretary Ashton Carter holds talks

The United States has become one of the top sources of weapons for the Indian military, upstaging Russia in recent years, and now under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make-in-India" programme offered joint development and production of military technologies. On Wednesday India and the United States have sealed an agreement to jointly develop protective gear for soldiers against biological and chemical warfare, and another on building generators.

e-News 02 June, 2015 (India): Two Indian Navy warships arrive in Jakarta

In pursuit of India's 'Look East' and 'Act East' policies, two warships of the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet, recently participated in the bilateral naval exercise and arrived at Jakarta, Indonesia, on a four-day visit as part of their operational deployment. This is mainly aimed at strengthening existing bilateral naval ties and for fostering inter-operability between the navies of India and Indonesia.

e-News 01 June, 2015 (India): No signing of Teesta pact during PM Modi's Bangladesh visit: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the views of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is accompanying Modi to Bangladesh, will be taken before making a final decision on the Teesta water-sharing pact. The long-pending Teesta water-sharing pact with Bangladesh will not be signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to that country beginning June 6.

e-News 31 May, 2015 (India): Assam Rifles to continue to guard Myanmar border

Despite the Home Ministry pushing for the deployment of BSF along the 1,643 km long border with Myanmar it was decided that Assam Rifles shall continue to be deployed along the Myanmar border as interim measure.

e-News 29 May, 2015 (India): Mamata may come with Modi

West Bengal Chief Minister would be joining PM Narendra Modi in his visit to Bangladesh which is going to take place on 6-7 next month. Yesterday West Bengal Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said in Kolkata that everyone is hoping for strengthening of relations between the two Bengals by this visit.

e-News 29 May, 2015 (India): Thai-Pakistan drug syndicate active off Gujarat coast

The drug syndicate which is controlled from Thailand with bases in Pakistan and the Gulf region is still active in the international waters off Gujarat coast. Drug smugglers may have carried out yet another transaction in the waters of Rann of Kutch BSE 4.96 % on Wednesday night. This syndicate remains very active and is always under close observation. It is also believed that they could be involved in smuggling drugs into international markets as well.

e-News 27 May, 2015 (India): Arms coming in from Myanmar, says Assam DGP

The long pressing problem with insurgency in the northeastern part of India is always linked with countries of Myanmar and China, especially in the procurement of arms and ammunitions. Myanmar is also blamed for providing shelter to some of the top insurgent leaders from northeastern India. Assam Police director-general Khagen Sarma on Tuesday said, “The earlier sea routes for bringing arms and ammunition through Bangladesh have been abandoned. Now they are using land routes from Myanmar. While some arms sneak in through the Nagaland-Myanmar boundary and land up in Dimapur, some come through Mizoram. Some arms are still trickling in from southern Myanmar via Bangladesh,”

e-News 26 May, 2015 (India): China stalls India's move on Salahuddin: Officials

China has put a “technical hold” on India’s request to list Hizbul Mujahideen chief and head of the ‘United Jihad Council’, Syed Salahuddin. The “technical hold” amounts to a veto on going ahead with the listing process for at least three months, as the UN Committee on al-Qaeda and associated entities, (also called the ‘1267 Committee’ for the UN Security Council resolution of 1999 that banned Al-Qaida and Taliban leaders), as the committee can only decide by “consensus”. This has happened despite commitments on fighting terror in the joint statement between India and China during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Beijing.

e-News 24 May, 2015 (India): Govt makes it clear: India has not forgotten Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

India’s national security adviser Ajit Kumar Doval at a function organized by the BSF last Friday said that India shares borders with seven, and not six, countries including Afghanistan. His statement that India shares a 106-km border with Afghanistan has again brought the focus on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), with New Delhi underlining its claim over the territory.

e-News 23 May, 2015 (India): BSF not to be deployed on Myanmar front

As a part of the Look East Policy the government of India has decided not to deploy the Border Security Forces in the Myanmar front. Sources said the government believes fencing and posting of BSF would be a hindrance to people-to-people contact and trade which the government is promoting as part of its Look East Policy.

e-News 22 May, 2015 (India): China, India likely to be biggest shareholders in AIIB

On Friday delegates from India and China said that China is likely to hold a 25-30 per cent stake in the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) while India will be the second-biggest shareholder. No details of the ownership structure were disclosed, but delegates told Reuters that China would likely take a 25-30 per cent stake in the bank, and India was likely to be the second-largest shareholder.

e-News 20 May, 2015 (India): Feud Between Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Reaches President

A hostile tussle for the reins in the Capital city of Delhi reached the doors of President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday as Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited Rashtrapati Bhavan over a series of contentious bureaucratic appointments. In separate meetings on Tuesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung urged President Pranab Mukherjee to step in amid an escalating power struggle that started with the appointment of a top officer last week.

e-News 19 May, 2015 (India): Asia of unity will shape the world, says PM Modi

Narendra Modi in South Korea spoke to sought unity among Asian countries and said that countries must work as Asians to shape the world and reform the global institutions of governance, including the United Nations. He even asked the Asian countries to draw upon their shared heritage and youthful energy to pursue a common purpose.

e-News 18 May, 2015 (India): Mongolia gets $1-bn credit gift

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Mongolia, announces on Sunday a $1-billion credit line to Mongolia for infrastructure development as they upgraded their ties to “strategic partnership.” The Indian Prime Minister also held wide-ranging discussions with his Mongolian counterpart, Chimed Saikhanbileg, pledging to take bilateral economic partnership to a new level. He also mentioned that Mongolia is an integral part of “India’s Look East Policy.”

e-News 18 May, 2015 (India): Deals worth $22 billion signed during PM Narendra Modi’s China visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched around 25 business plans and agreements worth $22 billion between Indian firms including the Adani group, Bharti Airtel and Welspun, and Chinese business houses at a function in Shanghai on Saturday. An official statement said that these are a reflection of the strong interest of Chinese companies to invest in India and contribute towards 'Make in India' initiative. It further said the agreements would also facilitate cooperation between Indian and Chinese companies in the film and entertainment industry and will help in making more Chinese friends, audiences aware of India's strength in this area.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (India): BJP's grand plan to celebrate Modi government's first anniversary: 250 rallies, 500 press conferences

Ahead of Narendra Modi government completing one year in office, the Bharatiya Janata Party makes plans to celebrate first anniversary of the National Democratic Alliance at centre with around 250 BJP rallies across India and also likely to address 500 press conferences.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (India): PM Modi's China visit: India-China sign 24 key agreements, including one on railways

Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes his three day visit to China from 14- 16 May. As part of the visit India and China has discussed on various important issues. India and China has signed 24 agreements on important key issues which include in railways and education, environment and many more.

e-News 13 May, 2015 (India): To avoid provoking China, India leaves Japan out of drill with US

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China, India has decided to keep Japan out of the initial planning for the major Indo-US Malabar naval combat exercise to be held in the Bay of Bengal in October. Sources say that both India and the US for the Malabar exercise did not as yet include Japan. India will refrain from any security grouping or bloc that may be construed as anti-China, as said by another source.

e-News 11 May, 2015 (India): Religious, gender bias greater in India for jobs: Study

In a survey carried out by the Global Financial Services it was found that gender and religious biases in India make it difficult for the Indian people to get jobs and credit. The survey shows that many people have responded that it has become difficult in India to attain jobs, credit and savings due to identity differences based on gender and religion and also ethnicity which owe to worry them about their future prospects.

e-News 10 May, 2015 (India): 23 Myanmar Rohingyas arrested in Agartala

Rohingya migrants including women and children from Myanmar were found to be illegally entering the Indian state of Tripura through Bangladesh. These people were suspected to be victims of international human trafficking racket. These is a common scene which takes place with illegal migrants crossing the Indian territory in search of employment not just in north east India but also in other parts of India. These illegal migrants were believed to move to Indian state of Kashmir to work as domestic help.

e-News 09 May, 2015 (India): China's military budget over 3 times that of India, says Pentagon

A new report by Pentagon views the increase in China’s defense capacity as a threat to United States security interest in the region. China’s growing defense relations in the region as well as outside the region is posing security threats to the American National Security. The defense budget of China is said to be three times more than that of India.

e-News 08 May, 2015 (India): China proposes joint mining of Indian Ocean with India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first official visit to China from May 14-16. He will have bilateral meetings with the countries leadership and participate in cultural and business events. Ahead of his meeting next week China has said that it is eager to cooperate with India on deep seabed mining in the Indian Ocean where it has been reported that China has discovered large deposits of gold and silver.

e-News 05 May, 2015 (India): Govt bows to Congress, tweaks Bangladesh land deal

Protest and criticisms followed from the people and the Congress Government in Assam on the issue of excluding the territories of Assam from the Land Boundary agreement with Bangladesh. The centre was highly criticized on the grounds that such a move from the government will threaten the security of Assam. But on Tuesday the centre decided to include enclaves in Assam in the Land Boundary agreement.

e-News 05 May, 2015 (India): India to tie up with Iran for Chabahar, its answer to Pakistan's Gwadar port with China

India decided to once again swiftly sign trade agreements with Iran and the gulf countries. With the prospect of a deal between the world powers and Tehran which will ease sanctions on Iran, India plans to move ahead with its plans of the port to be build in south east Iran. A memorandum of understanding is to be signed between the two countries.

e-News 04 May, 2015 (India): Nagaland: Militants gun down 8 Assam Rifles men near Myanmar border

Suspected Naga militants killed 8 Assam Rifles (AR) men near the Myanmar border in Nagaland.

e-News 03 May, 2015 (India): Sri Lanka Navy hands over of 14 fishing trawlers to India's Coast Guard

Sri Lankan Navy hands over 14 fishing trawlers to Indian coast guards.

e-News 02 May, 2015 (India): Gogoi asks PM Modi not to exclude Assam from India-Bangladesh land boundary agreement

India- Bangladesh land boundary agreement which seeks to exclude Assam from the agreement raises new set of questions to the policies of the government at the centre and also worries the security situation in Assam.

e-News 01 May, 2015 (India): Seed associations of Bangladesh, India sign trade agreement

India-Bangladesh sign Memorandum of Understanding to initiate cross border trade in high yielding seeds.

e-News 29 April, 2015 (India): Bharat Mala: PM Narendra Modi's planned Rs 14,000 crore road from Gujarat to Mizoram

The government of India plans to start the Bharat Mala program connecting the west and the eastern borders of India.

e-News 23 April, 2015 (India): Cabinet approves RBI pact with Central Bank of Sri Lanka

The cabinet in New Delhi approves Reserve Bank of India’s pact with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

e-News 23 April, 2015 (India): Numaligarh refinery inks MOU with Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation for exporting petroleum products

Amidst of doubt suspicion and strain, as a part of joint effort in building good relations Numaligarh Refinery Limited (LTD India, has inked MOU with Bangladesh Petroleum Cooperation (BPC) for export of petroleum products.

e-News 22 April, 2015 (India): The changing demographics in north Bengal's tea estates

Tea gardens of North Bengal (India) hills see a rise in daily wage laborers from Nepal and Bhutan They are mainly believed to be crossing the borders in the morning to work for the day and moving back to their country by the evening due to moving out of Indian local tea laborers to other regions due to low wages, poor living and lack of benefits.

e-News 22 April, 2015 (India): India gives Rs 49.9 million aid for school buildings in Nepal

India has given 49.9 million of financial assistance to Nepal for construction of two school buildings, one in Kanchapur district which was inaugurated by Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae on 21st April, 2015 and another in Kanchanpur. This aid is a part of various projects under the Nepal-India Economic Cooperation programme.

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e-News 08 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):BNP calls for ‘national unity’ to combat militancy in Bangladesh

The BNP has urged the government to forge ‘national unity’ with all political parties and citizens to ‘combat militancy’.The party’s acting Secretary General MirzaFakhrul Islam Alamgir lamented a lack of unity in Bangladesh in fighting terrorism unlike elsewhere in the world.

e-News 07 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):India wants Mutual Legal Assistance treaty with Bangladesh

India today said its interaction in legal matters with Bangladesh can be further strengthened if the two countries sign a mutual legal assistance agreement. India's views on the issue were conveyed by Law Minister D V SadanandaGowda to Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha during a meeting in New Delhi.

e-News 06 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Detained Bangladesh militant leader killed in grenade blast

The leader of the military wing of a banned Islamist militant group in Bangladesh was killed when a grenade exploded while he was in police custody early on Tuesday, hours after he was arrested in possession of weapons, police said.

e-News 06 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):BNP asks whether its politics banned

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday urged the government to make it clear whether it would allow other parties to carry out political activism in Bangladesh. Addressing a press briefing at party’s Nayapaltan headquarters, the BNP leader protested “repressing” the opposition leaders and activists filing new cases against senior BNP leaders and implicating BNP on foreigners killings.

e-News 04 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):World more interested in Bangladesh’s progress than election, claims PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she found world leaders more interested in Bangladesh’s development rather than the country’s last general election.Besides addressing the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and joining several important discussions, Hasina also had meetings with presidents and prime ministers of several countries during her recent visit to the US.

e-News 01 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Bangladesh, India set a precedent for world with LBA: Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh and India have set a unique precedent for the rest of the world by exchanging over 100 enclaves providing thousands of "stateless" residents their much cherished citizenship, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

e-News 30 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):CLAIM: ISLAMIC STATE MURDERED ITALIAN AID WORKER IN BANGLADESH

Islamic State (IS) terrorists have claimed responsibility for the execution of an Italian citizen on a street in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. According to an intelligence group monitoring jihadi threats, CesareTavella, 50, was shot three times by assailants on a motorbike as he jogged through the city’s diplomatic district.

e-News 28 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Chinese president Jinping promises to cut trade deficit with Bangladesh

President Xi Jinping has assured Sheikh Hasina China will take measures to reduce the huge trade gap with Bangladesh. Hasina’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said she informed Jinping of her government’s decision to allocate 774 acres of land in Chittagong to set up a Chinese Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

e-News 27 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):ILO, Sweden, Bangladesh sign agreement to launch new initiative in garment sector

An agreement to launch a new initiative to enhance “workplace rights and industrial relations” in Bangladesh’s clothing industry has been signed in New York. The project has been named as ‘Promoting Social Dialogue and Harmonious Industrial Relations in the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Industry.’

e-News 26 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Sheikh Hasina: ‘I want to make Bangladesh poverty-free’

Bangladesh’s no-nonsense prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, will tell world leaders to put their money where their mouth is as they gather at the UN general assembly to launch the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Bangladesh has become one of the developing world’s biggest MDG success stories.

e-News 25 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):India, Bangladesh satisfied with smooth implementation of land boundary agreement

India and Bangladesh have voiced satisfaction over the smooth implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held "a very good" meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina. Hasina reiterated Bangladesh's support for India's bid for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council (UNSC).

e-News 23 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):World Bank Pledges Strong Support for Bangladesh’s Development

World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region, Annette Dixon pledged strong support for the development of Bangladesh as she today concluded her second visit to the country in her current role. Dixon praised Bangladesh’s progress in poverty reduction and economic development during her visit.

e-News 22 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Bangladesh's PM rejects claims of repression: 'I do politics for the people'

Bangladesh’s prime minister has dismissed accusations that democracy and rule of law are being undermined by her increasingly authoritarian behaviour and by extensive human rights abuses by the police and security forces.

e-News 20 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Bangladesh wants to invest $8 bln in infrastructure

Bangladesh's government wants to invest $8 billion over the next few years in infrastructure to improve the economy and sought help from private sector to share the cost which the government could not bear alone.

e-News 19 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Bangladesh arrests 20 human smugglers in fresh crackdown

Bangladesh police have arrested a human trafficking “godfather” in a fresh crackdown on smugglers amid fears of a resumption of the racket that sparked a regional migrant crisis earlier this year. Police have arrested at least 20 traffickers in the past month including alleged kingpin Dil Mohammad on the weekend in the southern smuggling town of Teknaf bordering Myanmar.

e-News 18 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Court Rules Bangladesh Opposition Leader to Face Graft Trial

Bangladesh's High Court on Thursday decided former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia can stand trial on corruption charges involving a contract for a coal mine with a Chinese company, lawyers said. The court quashed Zia's petition to scrap the case filed in 2008 by the country's official anti-corruption watchdog.

e-News 17 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Bangladesh plans to become high-income country by 2021

Bangladesh has solid developmental plans as part of its mission 2021, which if achieved, will transform it from a middle- to high-income country, said its high commissioner Suhrab Hossain on Tuesday. Hossain shared how Bangladesh is aiming to become ‘Digital Bangladesh’ by the year 2021

e-News 16 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):MK Anwar, 33 other BNP men charged

Wari police have pressed charges against BNP standing committee member MK Anwar and 33 other party men, including, Amanullah Aman and Barkatullah Bulu, in another arson case. Sub-inspector of Wari Police Station Shah Alam, also investigating officer (IO) of the case, on Monday submitted the charge sheet against them to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka, showing 35 people as prosecution witnesses.

e-News 15 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):High Court decision on Khaleda petitions to scrap Barapukuria coalmine graft case on Thursday

The High Court will give its verdict on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s petitions seeking to trash the Barapukuria coalmine graft case on Thursday. Khaleda and 15 others are accused of causing the state exchequer a loss of about Tk 1.59 billion by signing a deal with the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) to operate, manage, and maintain the Barapukuria mine.

e-News 14 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Two Tripura rivers to be linked with Bangladesh's Meghna

To create three waterways between landlocked Tripura and Bangladesh, two major rivers of the state would be linked with the river Meghna of Bangladesh. The Ministry of Water Transport and Shipping has asked the state government to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) to connect state's two major rivers- Howrah and Gomati with Meghna, state Transport Secretary Samarjit Bhowmik had said.

e-News 13 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):#NoVatOnEducation Student Movement Is on the Rise in Bangladesh

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, agitating students of private universities staged rallies across the capital Dhaka, protesting the police action on an earlier student demonstration in Rampura. The government initially proposed a 10 percent VAT on private universities in the budget plan for 2015-16.

e-News 11 September, 2015 (Bangladesh):Bangladesh favours Japan for port and power plant, in blow to China

Bangladesh may shelve an $8 billion deepwater port project it has been negotiating with China, a government minister said on Thursday, as it looks to pursue a nearby facility financed by the Japanese instead.

e-News 10 September, 2015 (Bangladesh): Thai bomb leader fled to Bangladesh on Chinese passport: police

The man Thai police believe masterminded last month's deadly Bangkok bombing fled to Bangladesh the day before the attack and traveled on a Chinese passport, officials said on Wednesday. The man emerged as a key suspect in the Aug. 17 bombing following interrogation this week of one of two foreigners being held, who police say admitted to giving a backpack with explosives to a man they are certain was the bomber.

e-News 09 September, 2015 (Bangladesh): India, Bangladesh agree on fast repatriation of fishermen

India and Bangladesh today agreed on expeditious repatriation of the fishermen who stray into each other's territorial waters. The agreement was reached at a meeting visiting Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff Gen Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq had with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

e-News 08 September, 2015 (Bangladesh): Jamaat-e-Islami was planning to trigger unrest in export-focused clothing sector before Eid, police say

Police believed that the Jamaat-e-Islami had plans to spark unrest in the readymade garment sector of Bangladesh ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha. Their suspicion was shared with the media on Monday after the arrests of 13 Jamaat leaders and activists, including former MPs Mia GolamParawar and MojiburRahman, in Dhaka.

e-News 06 September, 2015 (Bangladesh): No situation to even protest in Bangladesh, says PM’s Special Envoy Ershad

HM Ershad, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, has launched a scathing attack on the Hasina government, saying there is no situation to even register protest in Bangladesh. His remarks are an echo of the claim made by the BNP. He is a presidium member of Jatiya Party, the Opposition in Parliament.

e-News 04 September, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh’s exports bounce back, grow 3 percent in August

Bangladesh’s exports have made a turnaround in August after suffering a setback in the first month of the ongoing fiscal, which is being credited to the political stability. The country earned $ 2.76 billion in August, which is 27.7 percent more than the same period last year.

e-News 02 September, 2015 (Bangladesh): Arrange election under non-party govt: Khaleda

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday urged the government to arrange an election under a non-party poll-time government after reconstituting the Election Commission with neutral people. She also assured the ruling Awami League that her party would not go for any political revenge if it returns to power.

e-News 01 September, 2015 (Bangladesh): Awami League’s spending in 2014 dropped due to ‘BNP’s agitation’

The governing Awami League earned Tk 90 million last year and spent about Tk 35 million, leaving it with a surplus of Tk 45 million. The figures were in the party’s annual financial report submitted to the Election Commission on Monday. Its Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap has, however, blamed the BNP-led alliance’s violent agitations that forced the cancellation of many programmes for a drop in expenditure.

e-News 31 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): 20-Party coalition leaders discuss agitations, human chains

The 20-Party alliance has agitations, human chains and leaflet distribution in its plans to protest against the government’s latest decision to raise the prices of gas and electricity. The leaders of the coalition met with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday night to discuss the protest programmes..

e-News 29 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): China promises continued support for Hasina government to facilitate Bangladesh's development

Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng has lauded Bangladesh’s socio-economic progress and said his country will continue supporting the present government for more development. Dhaka-Beijing ties improved significantly last year when Prime Minister Hasina visited China and both countries agreed to embark on a “closer comprehensive partnership”.

e-News 27 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): China promises continued support for Hasina government to facilitate Bangladesh's development

Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng has lauded Bangladesh’s socio-economic progress and said his country will continue supporting the present government for more development. Dhaka-Beijing ties improved significantly last year when Prime Minister Hasina visited China and both countries agreed to embark on a “closer comprehensive partnership”.

e-News 29 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Dr Kamal wants gas, power price hike decision revoked

Terming the sudden hike in the prices of gas and power 'unacceptable', Ganoforum president Dr Kamal Hossain demanded on Friday the government rescind the decision, reports UNB. Dr Kamal said although the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has taken the decision not to raise the gas and electricity tariffs following a public hearing a few months ago, the government has suddenly hiked the prices.

e-News 28 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh launches raid on Myanmar separatists

CThe Bangladesh Army and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have launched a joint operation in Bandarban hill district after a gun battle between the Arakan Army, a Myanmar rebel group, and the border guards. Additional border guards and army troops have been flown into the area, where the separatists are illegally treading the remote forests on the border.

e-News 27 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): China promises continued support for Hasina government to facilitate Bangladesh's development

Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng has lauded Bangladesh’s socio-economic progress and said his country will continue supporting the present government for more development. Dhaka-Beijing ties improved significantly last year when Prime Minister Hasina visited China and both countries agreed to embark on a “closer comprehensive partnership”.

e-News 26 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): China wants to invest $350 million in Bangladesh’s apparel sector, says Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said that China has offered to invest $350 million in Bangladesh’s apparel sector. Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng informed Muhith of Beijing’s proposal after signing a letter of exchange on ‘Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre’ on Tuesday in Dhaka. Bangladesh is the world’s second largest exporter of readymade garment products after China.

e-News 25 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh bringing back another 125 illegal migrants from Myanmar

Bangladesh is bringing back 125 illegal migrants rescued by Myanmar from the sea. They will be repatriated after a flag meeting between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar’s immigration department on Tuesday through Myanmar’s Dhekibniya. International Organisation for Migration (IOM) National Programme Officer Asif Munier said that they have completed all formalities for the repatriation.

e-News 25 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh greenlights proposed land routes to India, Bhutan, Nepal

The Cabinet has endorsed a proposal making way for road connectivity between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN). Once cleared by the four nations, the agreement will pave way for seamless movement of people and goods between the countries. The transport ministers of the four countries signed the regional motor vehicle agreement on June 15 at Bhutanense capital Thimphu.

e-News 24 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): New Road to Myanmar via Ukhia and Bandarban

Proposal for a new road to Myanmar is likely to be placed for approval in the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday. The proposed road will pass through Balukhali in Cox's Bazar's Ukhia Upazila and Ghumdhum in Naikkhanchharhi Upazila of Bandarban district. It is to be noted that the foreign secretaries of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) signed an agreement on 19 Dec last year to explore possibilities for creating an 'BCIM economic corridor'.

e-News 23 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Will resign from Parliament: Latif Siddique tells Election Commission

Expelled Awami League leader and former minister Abdul Latif Siddique says he will resign from Parliament. Latif Siddique was sacked from Cabinet last year over his Hajj rant and subsequently expelled from the Awami League. The former member of the Awami League's policymaking Presidium had moved the court challenging the EC’s move, but his petition was scrapped by the High Court and the Appellate Division also turned it down on Sunday.

e-News 22 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh to bring back 125 more boat people from Myanmar on Aug 25

BGB Cox’s Bazar Sector Commander Col M Anisur Rahman told on Saturday that 125 more Bangladeshis rescued by Myanmar would be brought back after a flag meeting with Myanmar’s immigration department at Dhenkibunia around 10:30am on Aug 25. They would be sent home after completion of interrogation and immigration related work.

e-News 20 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Murders in ‘crossfire’ without trial will not improve law and order situation, ASK warns government

Rights organisation Ain O Shalish Kendra (ASK) has alleged the government is resorting to extrajudicial killings to arrest the law and order slide.In a statement on Wednesday, the body’s Executive Director Sultana Kamal expressed anxiety over the death of a number of persons in so-called ‘shootouts’ with law enforcers over the past week.

e-News 20 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh, India together can do great things, says Hasina

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh and India will be able to do ‘great things’ if their big markets could be tapped together. At a meeting with her Indian counterpart NarendraModi in New Delhi on Wednesday, she emphasised on strengthening the trade relations.

e-News 19 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Hasina going to New Delhi to attend funeral of President Mukherjee’s wife

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will travel to New Delhi on Wednesday to attend the funeral of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s wife Suvra Mukherjee who died on Tuesday morning at the age of 74. Bangladeshi PM will return to Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon after the funeral, Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.

e-News 19 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): BNP demands fresh investigation into the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

The BNP has demanded a fresh investigation into the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which has been tried. Five persons had already been executed over the killing of Bangladesh’s founding father.BNP spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon raised the demand on Tuesday following the comments of Sheikh Mujib’s nephew and Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MP, and former army chief KM Shafiullah in a TV talk show.

e-News 17 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Hasina says she does not care about conspiracies

As Awami League leaders sniff conspiracies against the current government like those in 1975, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says she is unshaken by the plots and not losing sight of the goals. Hasina on Sunday said her government was working on building a developed and secular Bangladesh on Sheikh Mujib’s ideal.

e-News 16 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): BNP sets Sept 30 deadline for district units to form committees at grassroots level

After its anti-government movement failed to make desired impact twice, the BNP has now decided to revamp party organisations at the grassroots level across Bangladesh. The party has set Sep 30 as the deadline for the district units to form new committees at all Thana, Union and Ward level by organising councils.

e-News 15 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Sheikh Hasina pays respect at Bangabandhu’s grave in Tungiparha

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid tribute to Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his grave in Gopalganj’s Tuingiparha to mark National Mourning Day on Saturday. Bangabandhu, along with most of his family members were killed by a group of junior army officers on this day in 1975.

e-News 13 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): 50,000 Rohingya people of Myanmar staying abroad with Bangladeshi passports, says minister

An estimated 50,000 Myanmar Rohingyas are staying in foreign countries using Bangladeshi passports, the expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister says. Nurul Islam BSc blamed Bangladeshi officials for issuing passports to these Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

e-News 13 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): India to help Bangladesh set up forensic labs for fake currency detection, analysis

India will assist Bangladesh in setting up forensic laboratories for fake currency detection and analysis. The Indian High Commission has said that the announcement came from the second meeting of the ‘India-Bangladesh Joint Task Force of Fake Currency Notes’ that ended in Dhaka on Thursday.

e-News 12 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Delhi plans to ‘seal’ India-Bangladesh border to check illegal migration

India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh said his government wanted to “completely seal” the border to stop illegal migration as “it is a matter of serious concern”. The home minister will visit the porous international border by the end of this month..

e-News 08 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Will not tolerate terrorism in the name of religion: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned she will not tolerate any kind of terrorism in the name of religion. She said her Awami League government was trying to weed out militancy from the country. She also said that she had discussed the matter of the killing of bloggers with the home minister.

e-News 08 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): BNP sees govt conspiracy behind spate of blogger killings

A BNP leader has claimed that the current spate of blogger killings was part of a conspiracy by Awami League led government to showcase to the outside world that militancy is still active in Bangladesh. The Supreme Court Bar council president has claimed that the government had no ground beneath its feet and it would fall in an “imminent mass uprising.”

e-News 07 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh asks India to simplify medical visa process

Dhaka has asked New Delhi to simplify the process of giving medical visa to the Bangladeshi people. Bangladesh government believes that easy process of getting medical visa will minimise the “illegal crossing” of people to India.

e-News 06 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh HC clears way for trial of BNP chief Khaleda Zia

The High Court yesterday directed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to surrender before a lower court within two months to face trial in the Gatco graft case. The two-month countdown will begin only after the HC verdict has been received by the lower court -- the Special Judge's Court-3 of Dhaka.

e-News 05 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Planning minister says inflation hiked due to Eid

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said inflation spiked in July, the first month of the new 2015-16 fiscal, due to a hike in clothing and cosmetic sales for the Eid-ul-Fitr. According to the latest report of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics on a point-to-point basis, July’s inflation hit 6.36 points, a 0.11 percentage point rise from June.

e-News 03 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda arrives at Bakshibazar’s special court for trusts grafts hearing says

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has arrived at a special court in Bakshibazar to attend the hearings of two trust graft cases against her. The court is scheduled to hear the cross-examination of the plaintiff in the Zia Charitable Trust Graft Case and accounts of witnesses in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft Case.

e-News 03 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Dispute-free lands in enclaves now part of Bangladesh belong to their occupants, land secretary says

According to Land Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam the lands free of disputes in the enclaves that have become part of Bangladesh belong to the occupants. Alam said the ownership of the pieces of land would be handled differently if there was any dispute.

e-News 02 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Awami League made a mistake, says Latif Siddique expelled after Hajj tirade

Former telecoms minister Abdul Latif Siddique, who lost his Cabinet and Awami League membership for his Hajj comments, has claimed his party had made a mistake. He urged the Election Commission on Sunday to let the speaker take the call on scrapping of his parliament seat instead of deciding on it themselves

e-News 02 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Haven’t changed our stance on polls under neutral government: Khaleda

Khaleda Zia said that the BNP will only participate in the snap general election held under an impartial administration and will not take part in polls conducted by Sheikh Hasina led government. The BNP and its allies protested violently and boycotted the 2014 election overseen by the Awami League government.

e-News 02 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Haven’t changed our stance on polls under neutral government: Khaleda

Khaleda Zia said that the BNP will only participate in the snap general election held under an impartial administration and will not take part in polls conducted by Sheikh Hasina led government. The BNP and its allies protested violently and boycotted the 2014 election overseen by the Awami League government.

e-News 01 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): Dahgram–Angarpota remains in Bangladesh

The Dahgram-Angarpota enclave, barely 200 metres inside Indian territory, will remain in Bangladesh after the historic land boundary agreement is implemented between the countries. The swap of 162 ‘land islands’ between India and Bangladesh after Friday midnight ends one of the world's most intractable border imbroglio

e-News 01 August, 2015 (Bangladesh): ‘Khaleda Zia greets enclave dwellers as they become Bangladesh citizens

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has felicitated the residents of erstwhile enclaves for becoming citizens of Bangladesh following implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement with India. Over 37,000 people in 111 Indian enclaves inside Bangladesh had remained virtually stateless until Aug 1. The 17,000 people in 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in India too suffered the same fate before they were incorporated into the mainland on Saturday.

e-News 30 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): ‘Surprised’ BNP says Salauddin Quader ‘denied justice’, announces no new agitation

The BNP has said it is as surprised and disappointed as before by the Supreme Court’s confirmation of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s death penalty for war crimes. But the party has announced no new agitation to protest against the final verdict

e-News 29 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Supreme Court seals Salauddin Quader’s fate, confirms death penalty for BNP leader’s war crimes

War-time terror of Chittagong Salauddin Quader Chowdhury will have to hang after the Supreme Court in the final verdict has confirmed the death penalty of the war crimes tribunal. The judgment was greeted with huge relief in and outside the courtroom

e-News 28 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Curb human trafficking, PM tells DCs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today directed the deputy commissioners of all districts to curb human trafficking and drug trading in the country. She also asked them to take strong steps against anti-social activities including eve teasing and stressed the importance on women’s education.

e-News 28 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Zafrullah apologises, SC cancels his fine

The apex court today scrapped the International Crimes Tribunal-2 ruling imposing Tk 5,000 fine on Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury for contempt of court after he apologised unconditionally. The court also warned him of passing any derogatory comment over any court in the future.

e-News 27 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): BSF kills Bangladeshi on Naogaon border

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader near Sapahar border in Naogaon this morning. BSF men of Rangamati camp in Malda of West Bengal opened fire when the trader was trying to cut the barbed fence to return home on Adatala border, some 300 yards inside in Indian territory.

e-News 26 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Fire at Dhaka-Kolkata Maitree Express

A fire broke out in Maitree Express on its way to Sealdah railway station in Kolkata from Dhaka this afternoon. However no one was reportedly injured in the incident. Fire officials reached the spot after being informed about the fire.

e-News 25 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda says fairness is the key, caretaker or no caretaker

Khaleda Zia has said in a departure from her longstanding demand that the national election does not have to be under the caretaker system. The BNP chief told that the last three elections to key city corporations have proved their fears once again that no fair election is possible under this government.

e-News 25 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): World Bank to help 1.1 million rural people in Bangladesh to access clean energy

The World Bank has signed a $15 million grant agreement with Bangladesh to increase access to clean energy for targeted rural areas through output-based aid (OBA) subsidies. The grant is expected to benefit 1.1 million people living in poor, remote areas of Bangladesh currently lacking electricity from the power grid.

e-News 24 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Indo-Bangla officials discuss land issue

Enclave people who opted for relocating to India will have to sell their properties in Bangladesh territory on their own beforehand. The decision came at a meeting of the Bangladesh-India joint boundary working committee to implement the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA).

e-News 23 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Hearing in graft cases against BNP chief Khaleda to resume on Aug 3

A Dhaka court has fixed Aug 3 for the next hearing of BNP chief Khaleda Zia on two corruption cases lodged against her. Former Prime Minister Khaleda is accused in ‘Zia Orphanage Trust’ and ‘Zia Charitable Trust’ graft cases.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): BGB in Myanmar to repatriate 155 nationals

Bangladesh border guards were in a flag meeting with their Myanmar counterpart this morning to bring back 155 nationals rescued from the sea. The 155 Bangladeshis are among the 727 human trafficking victims who were rescued from Myanmar's sea territory on May 29.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Graft hearing: Khaleda may appear before court tomorrow

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia may appear before a Dhaka court in Dhaka tomorrow for hearing in two corruption cases namely Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases registered against her. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed both the cases.

e-News 21 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): AL leaders dismiss Khaleda allegation of trying to destroy BNP

Several senior Awami League leaders have dismissed BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s allegation that the government is trying to destroy her party. Khaleda said on Saturday: that the BNP is now the most popular party in Bangladesh and that’s why they (government) are out to destroy it.

e-News 21 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): 779 residents of enclaves inside Bangladesh want to go to India, says Lalmonirhat DC

Habibur Rahman , the Deputy Commissioner of Lalmonirhat had said on Monday About 800 residents of 111 Indian enclaves inside Bangladesh say they want to go to India while none from Bangladeshi enclaves wants to return to Bangladesh. Those who want to go to India will be allowed to cross the border from Aug 1 until Nov 3.

e-News 20 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Meeting on enclave-dwellers’ nationality choice today

Delegations of Bangladesh and India will hold a meeting to finalise a list of the nationality choice of enclave people between two countries at Changrabandha frontier of Cooch Behar district this afternoon. This final result of the survey will determine how many people want to come to Bangladesh and how many will shift to India.

e-News 19 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): BNP-led alliance incapable of launching agitations, says Prime Minister Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the BNP-led alliance, which had enforced a crippling transport blockade earlier this year, is no longer capable of launching anti-government agitations. She asked the people to pray for Bangladesh’s success while criticising the BNP-headed coalition for its violent agitations.

e-News 19 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh-India rail link on fast track after PM intervention

After opening a direct bus route between Tripura and Bangladesh, the Indian Centre has stepped in to lay a direct rail link between the land-locked region of the state and Dhaka. The government will build a 15-km-long broad gauge rail line from Agartala to Akhaura, a city in south-east Bangladesh, which will give India’s northeastern states a key link to Chittagong ports and large markets in Sylhet and Dhaka.

e-News 18 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Cabinet reshuffle a regular practice: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said periodical cabinet reshuffle in a parliamentary democracy is a normal practice and this may happen any time. Her remarks came after the much-talked-about change in the portfolio of Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam.

e-News 17 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Forkan gets death for war crimes

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday sentenced Forkan to death for a number of crimes including rape committed during Bangladesh war of independence. The three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan with members Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Shahinur Islam found Forkan guilty in three out of five charges framed against him.

e-News 16 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Ashraf meets prime minister again

Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday evening at Gono Bhaban. This was his third meeting with Hasina, also the AL president, since he was removed from the LGRD ministry on July 9 and made a minister without portfolio.

e-News 16 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): BGB rescues 2 Myanmar soldiers

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Tuesday rescued two Myanmar army personnel who are believed to have been abducted by a separatist group of the neighbouring country. The duo were found abandoned deep in the jungle between the main pillar 67 and tri-junction, a bordering area of Bangladesh, Myanmar and India during a joint raid by BGB, Bangladesh Army and different intelligence agencies.

e-News 15 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Nurul Islam, Tarana, others take oath in unannounced Cabinet changes

Three new ministers have been added to Sheikh Hasina’s government and two old ones elevated to Cabinet in a first major shuffle since she began her third five-year term as prime minister. This was the first Cabinet shakeup after Sheikh Hasina formed government for a second consecutive time. Hasina and her council of ministers were sworn in on Jan 12, 2014.

e-News 14 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Swearing-in of new ministers on Tuesday

Several new ministers will be sworn in on Tuesday evening in the first reshuffle by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina since she returned to power in January 2014. But the number of new ministers and the portfolios they will be given is not yet clear.

e-News 13 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): War tribunal in Dhaka initiates contempt of court proceedings

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday initiated contempt of court proceedings against Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury for his “derogatory” comments over the court's order and its judges. This is the third time Zafrullah, also a freedom fighter, is facing contempt of court charges for his comments over war crimes tribunals and judges.

e-News 13 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Fakhrul free to walk out of jail

The Supreme Court today granted bail to BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for six weeks on medical ground in three vandalism and arson cases, clearing the way for his release from jail. The apex court came up with the order after receiving a report from the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on the health condition of the BNP leader.

e-News 12 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): 600 residents of enclaves within Bangladesh want to migrate to India

At least 600 people have said they wanted to go to India during a joint survey conducted in the enclaves of Panchagarh and Kurigram. No one from the enclaves within the Indian territory has expressed desire to shift to Bangladesh. The joint survey, which started on July 6, will continue until July 16.

e-News 10 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Fresh crisis in BNP

The opposition BNP has been facing further drift since its meeting on Monday. Khaleda Zia at the meeting warned senior leaders against talking about the party's internal issue in public. The meeting exposed some unpleasant things existed within the party.

e-News 09 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): PM Hasina says special tribunal to be formed to try BNP chief Khaleda

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in parliament yesterday that a special tribunal would be formed for quick disposal of cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for instigating arson attacks during the BNP-led alliance's agitation for three months from January.

e-News 07 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda renews call for snap election, says she will accept results if voting is fair

Khaleda Zia has again asked the government to call snap elections involving all political parties. The BNP chief said her party would accept whatever the results are if the elections were fair.

e-News 06 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Cattle trader tortured to death by ‘BSF’ in Satkhira

A Bangladeshi cattle trader has been tortured to death allegedly by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Debhata frontier in Satkhira. Border Guard Bangladesh recovered the body of Rubel Hossain from Ichhamati river in Komorpur area last evening.

e-News 05 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda accuses ruling party men of widespread graft

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today alleged that the country is not going forward as the ruling party men are doing corruption in all sectors. Former prime minister said as the government is not elected it has no responsibility to the countrymen.

e-News 04 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Judiciary can be criticised: CJ

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said that the judiciary can be subjected to fair criticism, if and when occasion demands. He was addressing a workshop at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre today.

e-News 04 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Police carried out arson attacks: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today claimed that policemen carried out the arson attacks during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s anti-government movement earlier this year. Alleging that the government is trying to control the judiciary by muscle, Khaleda said that due to interference by the executive division independence of the judiciary is hindered.

e-News 03 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh’s SC says political leaders to shoulder responsibility for violence

The Supreme Court yesterday said those who had enforced agitation programmes must shoulder the responsibility for violence and criminal activities that took place during the programmes. It came up with the observation while hearing the petitions that challenge the High Court orders granting bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in three cases filed for vandalism and arson.

e-News 02 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh wishes to buy power from Bhutan, eyes other projects

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh is eager to buy power from Bhutan to meet a growing domestic demand and join in its future projects. The prime minister mentioned that Bhutan’s unexplored hydropower potentials could help meet Bangladesh’s energy demands.

e-News 02 July, 2015 (Bangladesh): 39 Bangladeshi boatpeople return from Bangkok

Thirty-nine Bangladeshi trafficking victims, who had been rescued by the Thai authorities from the Andaman Sea two months ago, returned home from Bangkok yesterday. They were sent back after getting confirmation of their nationality through police verification.

e-News 30 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Maya, Qamrul should resign: TIB

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said today that the ministers for relief and disaster management and food should resign willingly over corruption allegations. He was addressing the briefing on a survey report titled “Youths' perception of honesty”.

e-News 28 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Govt trying to keep Khaleda from polls: BNP

BNP today alleged that the ruling government has been planting a conspiracy to make ineligible the party leaders including its chief Khaleda Zia for the next parliamentary polls.

e-News 28 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda accuses govt of ‘politicising judiciary’

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today accused the government of “politicising the judiciary” and all other institutions. She also said that the ruling Awami League supporters are enjoying amnesty after committing all crimes, including killing, robbery and corruption.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Money for unsettled audit objections double of budget: Muhith

Finance minister AMA Muhith had disclosed the figure in parliament today that the number of unsettled audit objections against 55 ministries or divisions is 8,53,314 involving Tk 6,15,606 crore which is almost double of the proposed budget of the next fiscal year.

e-News 26 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda to be kept at Kashimpur jail: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu today said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be brought to book for “fire-bomb terrorism” and kept in Kashimpur jail. Addressing the conference organized by Dhaka city unit of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), Inu accused Khaleda of following the path of Taliban in Pakistan and said she will not get the chance to fulfill her wish.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): 50,000 BNP men in jail now: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today said many leaders and activists of her party were victims of “enforced disappearances, abductions and secret killings” after the Awami League came to power. She said around 50 thousand leaders and activists of the opposition are now in jail and thousands other are passing measurable days after being implicated in false cases.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Menon deplores govt’s failure to curb graft

Expressing dissatisfaction over the government's failure to ensure good governance, Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon today said in parliament that the country's GDP growth rate will rise by 2.5 percent if corruption can be curbed effectively.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Nayek Razzak reaches Teknaf

Abducted Border Guard Bangladesh Nayek Abdur Razzak reached Teknaf this evening with the BGB delegation that went to Myanmar to bring him back. The Border Guard Police, Myanmar’s border force, returned Razzak eight days after abducting him from Naf River in Cox’s Bazar.

e-News 24 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Hope for Razzak's return as Myanmar agrees flag meet

A week after the abduction of BGB Nayek Abdur Razzak, the Myanmar border force has agreed to hold a flag meeting in a couple of days over his handover to Bangladesh. The chief of Border Guard Bangladesh said yesterday that Myanmar's Border Guard Police (BGP) also asked for a list of the BGB delegation that would attend the meeting.

e-News 24 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): 41 Bangladeshi trafficking victims return from Thailand today

As a special measure and follow-up to Bangladesh's commitment made at the May 29 Bangkok meeting, Forty one Bangladeshi nationals earlier trafficked into Thailand by sea will return home today in the evening and the repatriation of the 41 detained Bangladeshi nationals are being fully sponsored by the Government of Bangladesh.

e-News 23 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): 4 ‘traffickers’ held in Dhaka

Law enforcers claimed to have detained four human traffickers from Motijheel area of Dhaka and seized a thousand passports from them. They were detained in a raid launched at the office of a travel agency in Motijheel.

e-News 22 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Punishment even if wrongdoers don’t admit

Under the Mobile Court (Amendment) Act, 2015, an executive magistrate leading such courts can gave punishment or fine an offender based on surroundings evidence and statement of witnesses even if they do not admit their offences, according to a draft law approved by the cabinet.

e-News 21 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): EYES abroad

Zahid Hussain, a leading economist has said that capital flight has become a serious concern for Bangladesh's struggling economy. Political instability and unfriendly business environment in Bangladesh have prompted a number of businesspeople to invest in commercial ventures and properties abroad, and move their families there for a secure future.

e-News 20 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Myanmar sends 37 more boat people back to Bangladesh

Myanmar on Friday sent another 37 people back to Bangladesh who were discovered last month on a people smuggling boat found abandoned off its shores. A senior official at Rakhine State’s Maungdaw district immigration department had told that Bangladesh had consented to readmitting the migrants through the district’s border crossing.

e-News 18 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): EC seeks certified accounts from all registered political parties

The Election Commission has sent notice to 40 registered political parties asking them to furnish detailed accounts for 2014-15. It is mandatory under the Peoples Representation Act for all registered political parties to submit annual accounts.

e-News 18 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia arrives at Bakshibazar court for graft cases hearing

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has arrived at the third Special Judge’s Court for a hearing of the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases today. The former prime minister is accused of being involved in siphoning off Tk 52.5 million funds from the charities.

e-News 17 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Border Guard Bangladesh soldier shot near Cox’s Bazar border

Locals reported that the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) soldier was injured while patrolling in Teknaf Upazila’s Naf River with shots being fired from Myanmar. According to unconfirmed reports, a BGB soldier was abducted from there, but there is no official confirmation yet.

e-News 17 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Awami League will break into pieces once out of power, BNP chief Khaleda says

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said that Awami League will cease to exist if it is toppled from power and will face the fate of Muslim League. Her comments came five days after Food Minister Qamrul Islam said that the BNP was going the Muslim League’s way.

e-News 16 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh upholds war crimes death sentence of top Islamist

Bangladesh's highest court on Tuesday has upheld the death sentence against the second highest ranked Islamist leader, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid for war crimes during the country's battle for independence, paving the way for his hanging within months.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda pleas to expunge IO’s deposition

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has filed a petition with the High Court seeking its directives on the lower court to expunge the deposition given by the investigation officer of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in her absence.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): PM slams BNP’s UK unit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has criticised the role of local unit of BNP during her visit to the United Kingdom. She slams BNP while speaking at a programme in London’s Sheraton Hotel on Piccadilly road yesterday.

e-News 14 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda asks government to charge foreigners fee for transit facility

Khaleda Zia has expressed reservations about allowing India the transit facility without charging proper fee. The opposition chief said the India-Bangladesh deal to boost connectivity was not on ‘equal’ terms.

e-News 12 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh promises action against Indian insurgents

A four-day inspector general-level Border Coordination Conference between the BSF and the BGB concluded at the BSF frontier headquarters in Shillong on Thursday. Here Bangladesh has promised firm action against insurgents from India`s north-eastern states taking shelter in the country, an Indian official said.

e-News 11 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): PM Hasina says there were no condition for $2b new Indian credit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that there were no terms and conditions in spending $2 billion Indian credit and the government would use the amount independently. Hasina also informed the House that her government would identify the sectors and projects which will be implemented with the Indian credit.

e-News 11 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh-India river connectivity by this year

Bangladesh may provide river transit to India on a limited scale this year after the two sides fix transit fees and charges. Shipping Ministry officials had said that a joint committee comprising of officials of both the countries would be formed soon to make recommendations for the fees and charges within two months.

e-News 10 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Zafrullah guilty of contempt, punished

A war crimes tribunal today found Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury guilty and handed him imprisonment at court for an hour for criticising punishment of Bangladesh-based UK journalist David Bergman. Twenty-two others, who were facing the same charge, were exonerated.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Court reading out verdict on Kishoreganj ‘Razakar’

A tribunal in Dhaka is reading out the summary verdict in a case against fugitive war crimes accused Syed Hasan Ali for his alleged crimes committed in Kishoreganj during the Liberation War. Hasan, an alleged Razakar commander of Tarail upazila in Kishoreganj, faces six charges of genocide and crimes against humanity committed in the district between April 27 and December 11, 1971.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Awami League, BNP think they gained politically from Indian PM’s visit

Both Awami League and Bangladesh National Party (BNP) think that they gained politically after the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh. Awami League leaders feel that the current government led by Sheikh Hasina has full support of India while the BNP leaders think that their Chairperson Khaleda Zia has convinced New Delhi that she will not do anything against the interest of India.

e-News 08 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): 150 Bangladeshi trafficking victims on way home

A total of 150 Bangladeshi human trafficking victims who were rescued by Myanmar Navy boarded six buses to return to Bangladesh this afternoon. The rescued Bangladeshis will be handed over to Bangladesh Border Guard by the Myanmar immigration department through the Tumbru border point in Bandarban.

e-News 08 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh allows LIC to start operations in the country; offers SEZs for Indian firms

During Indian PM Narendra Modi’s recent visit, Bangladesh had offered to establish Special Economic Zones for Indian companies besides allowing Life Insurance Corporation to start operation in the country with an aim to boost bilateral trade.

e-News 07 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Land deal is like fall of Berlin wall: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed ratification of the land boundary agreement between Bangladesh and India as “no less significant than the fall of the Berlin Wall”. Talking also on the much-awaited Teesta water sharing deal, the BJP leader said water issues need to be resolved from humanitarian perspective.

e-News 06 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Agreements signed between Bangladesh and India

22 important agreements have been signed, exchanged, adopted and handed over between Bangladesh and India during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.

e-News 06 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Modi, Hasina meet

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina held a meeting at the latter’s office this afternoon. After the meeting, delegations of the two countries met at the Bangladesh Prime Minister's Office to discuss about bilateral relations.

e-News 05 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Teesta being discussed behind the scene: Foreign minister

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh AH Mahmood Ali has said today that discussions between Bangladesh and India relating to sharing of Teesta waters is being discussed behind the scene. Hence the Minister is urging everyone “to have patience for a concrete outcome”.

e-News 04 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Muhith to unveil budget today

Finance Minister AMA Muhith is set to unveil the budget for 2015-16 fiscal which is set to begin from 3:00 pm this afternoon. This will be the country’s 44th budget where Muhith will be placing his seventh budget in a row.

e-News 04 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): 7 Jamaat men held over Comilla firebomb attack

Police arrested seven leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami from different parts in Chandina upazila of Comilla for their alleged involvement with the firebomb attack on a bus that left seven people injured yesterday. Police filed a case against 15 named and 15/20 unnamed people last night after eight people were burned in a petrol bomb attack on a running bus.

e-News 03 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh to put Jamaat-e-Islami party on trial

Bangladesh's government has announced plans to put the political Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami on trial for war crimes allegedly committed during the country's 1971 independence war. Law minister Anisul Haque said that the government is amending the International Crimes Tribunal law so that the whole organization can be put on trial.

e-News 02 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): 710 trafficking victims claim to be Bangladeshis

Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on Friday sent a list of 710 trafficking victims to the foreign and home ministries in Dhaka to verify their nationality. Sayedul Islam, counsellor for labour affairs at the consulate, said the high commission would arrange the repatriation of the victims to Bangladesh after confirmation of their identities.

e-News 02 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh files murder charges in 2013 building collapse

Authorities in Bangladesh filed murder charges on Monday against dozens of people for their roles in the 2013 collapse of a garment factory building that killed more than 1,100 people. If convicted of murder, the defendants could face the death penalty.

e-News 01 June, 2015 (Bangladesh): Cabinet okays draft of 3 deals with India

The cabinet today approved drafts of three agreements with India which will be signed during the maiden visit of Narendra Modi. The deals endorsed in the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina are believed to boost trade between the two countries in coming days.

e-News 31 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Islamic State-like organisation plans to establish Khilafat in Bangladesh, police say

Bangladesh Police have arrested the son of a former army officer on charges of planning to float an organisation like the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in order to establish Khilafat in Bangladesh. Abdullah Al Galib who was one of the coordinators of the banned Islamic outfit, Ansarullah Bangla Team was arrested from the Baridhara DOHS in Dhaka on Saturday night. He recently launched a Jihadi organisation called the ‘Junud At-Tawheed Wal Khilafah’ with the aim of establishing Khilafat in Bangladesh.

e-News 29 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Mamata may come with Modi

West Bengal Chief Minister would be joining PM Narendra Modi in his visit to Bangladesh which is going to take place on 6-7 next month. Yesterday West Bengal Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said in Kolkata that everyone is hoping for strengthening of relations between the two Bengals by this visit.

e-News 29 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Trafficking rides on Rohingya crisis

A Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean is hosted by Thailand today where Bangladesh will press for serious efforts to permanently resolve the problems concerning the Rohingyas. A five-member Bangladesh delegation lead by Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque is already in Bangkok to attend the meeting.

e-News 28 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda’s indictment, arrest decision on Jatrabari case June 28

A Dhaka court today set June 28 to decide on indictment and arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 37 others in two cases filed over Jatrabari arson. Khaleda Zia is accused of masterminding the arson.

e-News 27 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Myanmar, Bangladesh in pact for return of 200 rescued from boat: paper

Myanmar had said on Tuesday that both Bangladesh and Myanmar had reached to an agreement to repatriate 200 Bangladeshis rescued from a boat off the Myanmar coast last week. Myanmar blames the current 'boat people' crisis on human trafficking and smuggling networks rather than the country’s treatment towards the Rohingyas.

e-News 26 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh bans Islamist group accused of killing bloggers

The Ministry of Home Affairs said Monday that the Ansarullah Bangla Team, a radical Islamist group was banned by the government as it has threatened and killed bloggers, writers and other activists. It is to be noted that since February this year three atheist bloggers have been killed in Bangladesh.

e-News 25 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): PM draws flack for comments on trafficking victims

PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has been widely criticised on both domestic and International media for her comments on the trafficking victims as ‘mentally sick people’ who she said were tarnishing the image of the country.

e-News 24 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): After LBA, India-Bangla should resolve Teesta, other issues: Bangladesh Minister

Bangladesh's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sharihar Alam who was in New Delhi yesterday had said that after completion of the Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh now Bangladesh is expecting for the finalization of the Teesta water sharing Treaty. Alam was speaking on the sidelines of 'India-Bangladesh Friendship Dialogue' event, organised by Friends of Bangladesh, India Foundation and Bangladesh High Commission.

e-News 23 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Details of PM Modi's visit to Bangladesh being worked out: Envoy

According to Bangladesh Envoy Syed Moazzem Ali, the details of Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh which is likely to happen in the first week of June, is being worked out. He also praised Modi and the NDA government for the finalization of the Land Boundary Agreement.

e-News 22 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh to bring back human trafficking victims

Yesterday the State Minister for Home of Bangladesh had said that the Bangladeshi human trafficking victims will be brought back to the country as soon as possible with the help of the governments of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is to be mentioned that a high level team from the Bangladesh government would attend the migrant crisis meeting that is to be held on May 29 in Bangkok, Thailand.

e-News 21 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Direct bus between Agartala, Kolkata via Bangladesh likely

According to Tripura's new Governor Tathagata Roy a direct bus service between Tripura to Kolkata via Bangladesh is likely to be finalised during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka next month. He said that if implemented the entire North Eastern region will be highly benefitted out of it.

e-News 20 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Over 370 Bangladeshi migrants, Rohingyas rescued

According to Local Officials at least 370 Bangladeshi migrants and Rohingyas have been rescued by the fishermen off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday morning. The incident took place at a time while the ministers from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia hold emergency talks in Kuala Lumpur on what is termed as a growing humanitarian crisis in the region.

e-News 20 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia charged with sabotage now

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been charged in a bomb attack that took place in a passenger bus in Capital’s jatrabari area in the month of January. This is the second time the former PM, who also has five corruption cases and three defamation suits in her name, is accused in a criminal case.

e-News 19 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Transparency International Bangladesh claims Dhaka and Chittagong city polls were not free, fair and impartial

According to Transparency International Bangladesh the April 28 Dhaka and Chittagong city polls were not free and fair where Awami League leaders and activists were engaged in vote-rigging and other mal practices to win the election. However the Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed had criticised the findings of the study which was carried out on nine mayor and 101 councillor hopefuls in 28 general wards of Dhaka north, Dhaka south and Chittagong city corporations.

e-News 19 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Indo-Bangla water transit to benefit third country

The cabinet at the weekly meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair approved the draft amendment to the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between Bangladesh and India. One of the important provisions of the draft is the passage of goods to a third country using common rivers of the two countries which will be especially beneficial for Bhutan and Nepal.

e-News 18 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Malaysia, Bangladesh to discuss migrant crisis

Ahead of a summit that is scheduled to be held on May 29 in the Thai capital Bangkok, the Foreign Minister of Malaysia Anifah Aman is going to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali on Sunday in Kota Kinabalu. According to sources the migrant crisis will be one of the main topic to be discussed in the meeting. It is to be noted that every year thousands of Bangladeshi refugees and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar attempt to enter Malaysia through boats which is a major issue of concern for both the states.

e-News 18 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh, India agree to quickly settle unresolved trade issues

Bangladesh Commerce Secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamoon is leading the 13-strong team while his Indian counterpart Rajeev Kher is heading a seven-member delegation in Dhaka on Sunday to discuss and settle trade issues between India and Bangladesh. They had also finalised a bilateral treaty on trade and the framework agreement was also been signed.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): GDP growth number surprises analysts

According to the data released by the Planning Ministry yesterday the GDP growth rate of Bangladesh is on track with 6.51% for the current fiscal year despite political turmoil in the country. It is to be mentioned that this number of GDP growth rate is the highest in the last three years.

e-News 14 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Water routes to cut cost of trade with India

A discussion was held on Bangladesh-India Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT): Challenges and Opportunities at the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on yesterday to figure out the problems associated with it. It is to be mentioned that the bi-lateral trade between India and Bangladesh through water routes, which has high potentials, is not been explored due to a number of problems ranging from the poor navigability of the rivers to unfriendly custom procedures.

e-News 13 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh Detains Boat Adrift With 116 Migrants in Bay of Bengal

Bangladesh discovered 116 nationals in a fishing trawler in the Bay of Bengal after being abandoned by smugglers in their destination to Malaysia for a better livelihood. Officials said they are in a vulnerable condition with some of them have not eaten anything other than water for more than a week.

e-News 13 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Missing Bangladesh opposition spokesman surfaces in India

Salahuddin Ahmed, the chief spokesman of the Bangladesh National Party who went missing in an alleged abduction almost two months before, was found and picked up by the police in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is to be mentioned that previously Khaleda Zia, the former prime minister and the leader of the opposition BNP, has accused the Bangladeshi security agencies of keeping Ahmed in their custody and demanded his immediate release.

e-News 12 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh PM Hasina for smooth transfer of enclaves

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina has ordered the authorities to conduct smooth transfer of enclaves between India and Bangladesh so that the people living in those enclaves don’t face any kind of trouble and hardship. The Prime Minister has also said that proper care would be taken to meet the needs and solve the problems of the people inhabited in these enclaves which were under Indian possession before the implementation of the LBA.

e-News 11 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Cops: More than 1,400 Rohingya, Bangladesh migrants land in Malaysia

According to the police more than 1000 migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar landed in Malaysia after being dumped by human traffickers in shallow waters off the resort island of Langkawi. However the number is expected to grow as they are still searching and processing data. The migrants are mostly the Rohingya people who are considered by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities of the world.

e-News 10 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Three years after maritime boundary verdict, still no exploration of gains

It has been reported that even after the completion of three years since demarcation of the Maritime Boundary with Myanmar, progress in exploring the marine resources in the area remains very slow for lack of coordination among the government organisations. In a much awaited verdict of a U.N Court in Hamburg approximately 1,11,631 square kilometres of disputed sea area between Bangladesh and Myanmar was allotted to Bangladesh three years before.

e-News 10 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): LBA passage BDs great political achievement: PM

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the ratification and the passage of the historic Land Boundary Agreement Bill in the Indian Parliament is a major political achievement of her government at the diplomatic level. The LBA was passed in the Indian Parliament unanimously on Friday.

e-News 10 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): LBA passage BDs great political achievement: PM

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the ratification and the passage of the historic Land Boundary Agreement Bill in the Indian Parliament is a major political achievement of her government at the diplomatic level. The LBA was passed in the Indian Parliament unanimously on Friday.

e-News 09 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Human traffickers killed by police in beach gunfight in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Police has killed three human traffickers on a beach at Cox’s Bazar, a town bordering Myanmar. Human Trafficking is an active business in this area where a senior police officer has revealed that about 240 human traffickers from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia are working in the coastal areas of Bangladesh trying to smuggle people to work abroad.

e-News 08 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Hasina thanks Modi after Indian parliament ratifies land deal to exchange enclaves

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina had welcomed the ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement Bill which was unanimously passed by India’s Lok Sabha on Thursday. In her congratulatory speech she said that this initiative will bring about a new chapter in the bi-lateral relationship between both the countries.

e-News 07 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Al-Qaeda proxy in Bangladesh

Sources in the Bangladesh intelligence agencies have said that there is a high possibility of a number of Bangladeshi local militant groups to have links with the international terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. It is to be mentioned that Al-Qaeda’s plan to establish an Islamic State in the sub-continent was first uncovered in the month of September last year.

e-News 05 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Earthquake in Nepal: Bangladesh to send 100,000 tons rice for victims

Bangladesh’s Agricultural Minister declared that Bangladesh is going to send additional 100,000 metric tons of rice and other relief materials for the earthquake victims of Nepal. It is to be mentioned that Bangladesh is regularly sending relief materials to the people of Nepal following the earthquake.

e-News 05 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): Khaleda asked to appear before court May 25

The Chairperson of BNP and the Bangladesh main opposition leader Khaleda Zia is asked to appear before a Dhaka Court on May 25th in connection to Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. The trial of corruption cases against Khaleda Zia began from last year.

e-News 04 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): INDIA, BANGLADESH AGREE TO PROMOTE SEEDS EXCHANGE

India and Bangladesh has signed a MOU to promote seeds exchange and to initiate cross border trade of HYV rice seeds.

e-News 04 May, 2015 (Bangladesh): A truncated deal is unacceptable

The Land Boundary Agreement to resolve the India- Bangladesh border problem is sought to be tabled in the Upper House of the Indian Parliament on 5th May, 2015. However the Agreement is facing a number of criticisms as it excludes Assam for the purview of the Bill.

e-News 29 April, 2015 (Bangladesh): It was a free, fair city polls: PM

Despite Bangladesh National Party’s (BNP) allegation of vote rigging, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has assured that the recently concluded City Corporation Election was conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner and blamed opposition BNP for the instability and disturbances in the Bangladeshi society.

e-News 28 April, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh opposition boycotts mayoral elections, calls them rigged

The much awaited Mayoral election of Bangladesh was boycotted by the main opposition party BNP (Bangladesh National Party) today, blaming it to be totally rigged. However the ruling Awami League has denied the allegation regarded it to be a pre-plan of the opposition. It is to be remembered that last year Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh National Party had boycotted the national election after accusing Sheikh Hasina for her authoritative nature. In the environment of growing political instability, the Mayor election of Bangladesh was considered as crucial for the country’s political future.

e-News 26 April, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladeshi opposition leader says will retaliate if election is rigged

Bangladesh’s main opposition party leader Khaleda Jia, who recently had been the victim of various attacks on her, threatened to retaliate if the local election scheduled to take place this week will not be conducted free and fairly.

e-News 25 April, 2015 (Bangladesh): 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal shakes up Bangladesh, northern India

An earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude hit Nepal while tremors were felt in Bangladesh resulting in the death of atleast 3 people in Bangladesh.

e-News 24 April, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh agrees to simplify visa process

Bangladeshi government has agreed to make it more comprehensible for the overland Nepali travellers to get visa on arrival at two border points of Bangladesh i.e. Banglabandha and Burimari. During a bilateral trade talk between the two countries, Bangladesh has expressed its willingness to simplify the process of granting visa to the Nepali travellers.

e-News 23 April, 2015 (Bangladesh): Motorcade of BNP chief under attack again while campaigning for Dhaka city polls

Khaleda Zia, the chief of Bangladesh National Party’s (BNP) motorcade came under attack again on Wednesday during her city election campaigns in Dhaka. It is to be mentioned that this is the third time the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh has been attacked by a mob in the last three days.

e-News 22 April, 2015 (Bangladesh): IMA (International Maritime Academy) Bangladesh Enjoys Visit by a Foreign Ambassador

Khaleda Zia, the former Prime Minister and the leader of Bangladesh’s main opposition party (Bangladesh National Party) was attacked during a mayoral election rally on Monday.

e-News 05 January, 2015 (Bangladesh): Mob attacks Bangladesh opposition leader during election rally

International Maritime Academy of Gazipur Bangladesh enjoyed a visit by the “Panama Ambassador to the Korean Republic”. The Ambassador and his wife were accorded a “Grant of Honour” by the Chief Commandant and cadets. He expressed his interest in the working of the Academy and also offered to assist the cadets in getting employed at Panama Vessels.

e-News 05 January, 2015 (Bangladesh): Bangladesh to Participate in 35th “North American Bengali Conference” at Huston, USA

Recently the Bangla Academy announced its wish to participate in the 35th North American Bengali Conference which is held every year at Huston by the Huston Tagore Society for the Bengalis residing in the countries of North America.

e-News 21st August, 2014 (Bangladesh): Friendship Road Connecting Myanmar-Bangladesh and China

With an aim to increase economic cooperation and connectivity, Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to build a “friendship road” which will stretch from Cox Bazaar to Kunming in China. Myanmar and Bangladesh have healthy trade relations and this road will facilitate trade and connectivity between Myanmar, Bangladesh and China. This road link aiming to be one of the biggest transport link in the region will also enhance the proposal of the BCIM economic Corridor. Please read the full story by clicling on the above link.

Thailand

e-News 05 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand to tap rice stockpile to maintain export levels

Rice exports from Thailand may be steady next year as the world’s biggest shipper taps state inventories to offset a possible decline in production amid dry weather.

e-News 03 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand aims high for UNSC seat

Thailand deserves a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council because of its role in UN missions, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday. Gen Prayut said in his weekly programme, Returning Happiness to Thai People, that Thailand's decision to vie for a non-permanent seat on the UNSC was due to its active role in the international organization.

e-News 02 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand slides in survey

Thailand's competitiveness ranking fell one notch to 32nd in the World Economic Forum's 2015-16 index due to the country's weak macroeconomic development.

e-News 30 September, 2015 (Thailand):Rising anger in Thailand's boom-to-bust northeast

The rural heartland of Thailand's deposed leader Yingluck Shinawatra and her exiled billionaire brother Thaksin is hurting as a result of the military government's economic policies, stirring discontent and the threat of protests. The removal of generous agricultural subsidies has left rice farmers in northeast Thailand struggling with mounting debts, and they will get little relief when they sell their crop in coming months with rice prices near an 8-year low.

e-News 29 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand's new UN role a daunting challenge

Rather than a form of recognition for the junta, chairmanship of the Group of 77 is a test of the country's skill at coordinating development. Prime Minister Prayut was in New York for the UN General Assembly when Thailand's chairmanship was endorsed last week, but he did nothing to bring about the nomination. Judging from his words to journalists about the Group of 77, he doesn't appear to even know the nature of the group, let alone the role of its chairman.

e-News 28 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand''s Trade Surplus Continues Despite Export Declines

Thailand's trade surplus continued in August even as a decline in exports accelerated, the Commerce Ministry said Monday. The ministry reported that the country's trade surplus totaled $721 million in August, easing slightly from the $770- million record in July. For the first eight months of 2015, Thailand has recorded $4.96 billion in trade surplus

e-News 26 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand wins bid for G-77 chair

Thailand has won endorsement by the group of 77 developing nations (G-77) to chair the 51-year-old bloc at the United Nations for 2016-2017 despite calls by international rights groups for the country to end the repression of human rights and restore democratic civilian rule.

e-News 23 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand issues warrant for 14th Bangkok blast suspect

Thai police have issued a warrant for a 30-year-old male suspected of being involved in the deadly Bangkok blast last month. The suspect reportedly bought bomb-making material on Aug 4 and is allegedly involved in the assembling of the bomb said the Bangkok Metropolitan Police on Wednesday.

e-News 22 September, 2015 (Thailand):New 6-month visas begin Nov 13, but limit stays

Thailand’s new six-month, multiple-entry tourist visas will become available Nov 13, but will limit stays to 60 days at a time. The Foreign Ministry on Friday told all embassies, consulate-generals and honorary consuls worldwide to begin preparing for the visas, regulations for which were approved by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in August and published in the Royal Gazette on Sept 14. The ministry publicly released details of the new visas on its Facebook page Tuesday.

e-News 21 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand says boosting rural economy will do more than rate cut to spur growth

Boosting rural incomes is an urgent priority for the new economic team of Thailand's military government and will do more to revive a flagging economy than a rate cut, the deputy prime minister said on Monday.

e-News 19 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand launches Museum of Corruption

A new museum has been launched in Thailand showcasing big public corruption cases through sculptures. First introduced on Sep 6 to mark the country’s National Anti-Corruption Day, the Museum of Thai Corruption is currently a roving exhibition of ten sculptures, representing ten famous cases.

e-News 18 September, 2015 (Thailand):Motorcycle blast kills two in southern Thailand bomb attacks

A bomb concealed in a motorcycle parked outside a temple in Thailand's southernmost province killed two people and wounded 14 on Thursday in attacks by suspected ethnic Malay separatists, police said.

e-News 16 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand bans foreigner 'visa runs' to borders

The Thailand Immigration police at land border crossings have now stopped giving entry stamps to foreigners, who exit and immediately return to Thailand to extend their stay for 15-30 days on visa runs, dia reported on Tuesday.

e-News 14 September, 2015 (Thailand):Bangkok Bombing: Malaysia Arrests Three in Thailand Shrine Attack

Malaysia has arrested three suspects in connection with the investigation into a bomb blast in central Bangkok last month that killed 20 people, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Monday.

e-News 13 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand issues warrant for Chinese man in bombing probe

Thai authorities have an arrest warrant out for a Chinese man in connection with last month's fatal bombing at a Bangkok shrine, a senior police spokesman said Saturday. The man, identified as Abudusataer Abudureheman, was seen in surveillance camera footage with another bombing suspect already in custody. Abudusataer is wanted for jointly possessing arms without permission, said the spokesman, Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavonsiri.

e-News 12 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand asks China to look for suspect in deadly bombing

Thai authorities on Friday cast a wider net in the search for the perpetrators of the Aug. 17 bombing in Bangkok that killed 20 people, asking China to check whether a prime suspect had fled there. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday that he did not know whether China would hand over the suspect if or when he was arrested. Police have suggested a man carrying a Chinese passport in the name Abudureheman Abudusataer may have directed the bombing of the Erawan Shrine.

e-News 11 September, 2015 (Thailand):Bomb suspect bribed his way into Thailand: police

A key suspect in last month's deadly Bangkok blast paid a $600 bribe to illegally enter Thailand, police said Thursday, highlighting widespread corruption at the kingdom's borders.

e-News 10 September, 2015 (Thailand):Bangkok blast: Thailand seeks help from Bangladesh to locate blast mastermind

Thai police on Wednesday sought help from Bangladesh through Interpol to help locate the mastermind behind the country's deadliest bombing at a Brahma temple in Bangkok after investigations indicated that the Chinese man might have fled there.

e-News 09 September, 2015 (Thailand):India, Thailand Pledge to Deepen Defense Ties

India and Thailand vowed to deepen their bilateral defense relationship Monday, local media sources reported. The two sides agreed to boost defense cooperation as Indian Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha paid an official visit to Bangkok Sunday. Raha, who is Chief of the Air Staff as well as Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee, is on a four-day trip to Thailand and Vietnam.

e-News 08 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand bombing case: Two Indians taken into custody for questioning

Two Indians have been taken into custody for questioning after they were seen on CCTVs talking to a foreign suspect wanted in Thailand's deadliest bombing at a temple in Bangkok while a person arrested in the case told police that the mastermind of the attack had fled the country.

e-News 06 September, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand elections delayed as draft constitution is rejected

An army-backed council appointed by Thailand’s own military rulers has rejected a controversial draft constitution, further delaying elections and extending the rule of generals who took power in a coup in 2014.

e-News 04 September, 2015 (Thailand):Turkey doubts that Thailand bomb suspects are Turks

Turkey expressed scepticism on Thursday over reports that its nationals were involved in the Aug. 17 bombing of a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people, as Thai authorities reported finding a “suspicious fluid” during a raid at a third home linked to suspects in the attack.

e-News 03 September, 2015 (Thailand):Passport Hints at a Uighur Link in Bangkok Bombing

The Thai police said on Wednesday that their main suspect in a deadly attack on a Bangkok shrine has a Chinese passport indicating that he is from the far western region of Xinjiang but that they had not yet verified whether the passport was authentic.

e-News 02 September, 2015 (Thailand):Bangkok bombing: Thailand captures 'a main suspect'

Thai police have arrested a main suspect in the bomb attack on the capital last month that killed 20 people, the prime minister has announced. Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters the man was arrested on the Thai crossing with Cambodia. “It’s true. He has been arrested at Sa Kaeo checkpoint,” the leader of the junta said during an afternoon press conference on Tuesday.

e-News 01 September, 2015 (Thailand):Woman suspect 'found in Turkey'

The Thai woman identified Monday by police as a suspect in the Bangkok bombing denied any knowledge of the attack and said she was in Turkey and "shocked" to be linked with the crime.

e-News 31 August, 2015 (Thailand):Charter education campaign in doubt

There may not be a public debate on the new constitution, because the military regime is holding tight to its ban on political meetings. A public education campaign on the charter will only get the go-ahead if the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) decides to relax a ban on political activities prior to a referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday.

e-News 29 August, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand bombing won't crush tourism

The short-term economic consequences of the recent bombing of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok continue to be felt. But one lesson from past crises is that the Thai tourism sector will survive — and once again thrive.

e-News 28 August, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand issues arrest warrant for suspect in second blast

An arrest warrant has been issued for an unnamed suspect in a bomb blast at a Bangkok pier that took place a day after Thailand's worst ever-bombing killed 20 people at a popular shrine, Thai police said on Friday.

e-News 27 August, 2015 (Thailand):Thailand Destroys Illegal Ivory Stockpile

Thailand destroyed more than two tons of ivory Wednesday which is a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks. The ceremony, in which 2,155 kilograms of raw tusks and carved trinkets were fed into an industrial rock crusher before being incinerated, was presided over by the Thai junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha and is the first time the kingdom has taken steps to destroy part of its stockpile.

e-News 26 August, 2015 (Thailand):PM lashes out at crisis panel foes

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha launched a stinging rebuke Tuesday against political party leaders who oppose the formation of a "crisis panel" in the new draft charter. Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Gen Prayut said politicians have no right to try and persuade the National Reform Council (NRC) to reject the draft.

e-News 25 August, 2015 (Thailand):Draft charter lacks preamble

A new objection to the draft constitution - it lacks a preamble, which the Constitution Court ruled just 21 months ago was a core element of the national charter. Two reform panels have agreed to ask the Constitutional Court to rule if the draft charter, which is due for a vote early next month, is complete and legitimate as the preamble is missing.

e-News 24 August, 2015 (Thailand):Government moves to head off tourist fears

The government is vowing to ratchet up patrols to provide security and is moving to assure foreigners that travel to Thailand are safe. The regime is preparing to issue a statement to the international community today, even as police admit their probe into the Erawan shrine blast has been retarded by a lack of modern equipment.

e-News 23 August, 2015 (Thailand):Power poles targeted in South Thailand blasts

Several small explosions have hit the southern border province of Narathiwat ahead of celebrations of its 100th anniversary. The homemade bombs exploded late on Friday night damaging 15 electricity poles and toppling four of them in Sungai Kolok district.

e-News 22 August, 2015 (Thailand):Charter draft ready for download

The constitution draft has been submitted to the National Reform Council (NRC) and can now be downloaded from the writers' website. Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) chairman Borwornsak Uwanno presented a gilded hardcover version of the document, the only one of its kind, to NRC chairman Thienchay Kiranandana at noon on Saturday.

e-News 21 August, 2015 (Thailand):Bangkok bomb: Thailand trebles award to find main suspect

Thailand has trebled its reward for information leading to the arrest of the main suspect in the deadly bomb attack on the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok. Police are hunting for a man seen dropping off a backpack shortly before an explosion ripped through the popular site on Monday, killing 20 people.

e-News 20 August, 2015 (Thailand):Govt: Global terror 'unlikely' in well-planned bombing

The National Council for Peace and Order said it has at this stage ruled out any link between the Erawan shrine bomb in Bangkok and international terrorism, in its daily briefing on nationwide live televisionat noon on Thursday.

e-News 19 August, 2015 (Thailand):Bangkok bomb: CCTV video shows man leave backpack

Video footage has emerged of a key suspect police want to question in connection with the deadly bomb blast in the Thai capital, Bangkok. The footage, from a CCTV camera, shows a man in a yellow shirt leaving a backpack in the Erawan Hindu shrine.

e-News 18 August, 2015 (Thailand): Bangkok bomb: Deadly blast rocks Thailand capital

A bomb has exploded close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 120. The Erawan Shrine, which was crowded at the time, is a major tourist attraction and foreigners, including Chinese, are among the casualties.

e-News 17 August, 2015 (Thailand): Wissanu defends crisis panel as 'temporary'

The so-called crisis panel for solving national problems may not be in line with democratic principles but is intended to be a temporary measure, said Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam. The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) proposed a clause in the provisional chapter that will create a committee on reform and reconciliation strategy, also known as a crisis panel, to remain in placefor five years after the charter is promulgated.

e-News 15 August, 2015 (Thailand): Thai parliament votes not to ban 248 ex-lawmakers from politics

Thailand's army-appointed parliament voted on Friday not to ban 248 former lawmakers from political office, a decision that should avert any immediate unrest. The legislators, many of them allies of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, were accused of supporting an amendment to the constitution in 2013 aimed at making the upper house Senate fully elected.

e-News 14 August, 2015 (Thailand): Pakistan, Thailand agree on terms of reference

Pakistan and Thailand have agreed on the Terms of Reference (ToRs) and the framework to begin negotiations on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries. This was stated by Pakistan Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir and Thai Minister for Commerce General Chatchai Sarikulya at the end of a two-day visit of the Thai trade delegation

e-News 14 August, 2015 (Thailand): New law curbing public assembly takes effect in Thailand

A new law has come into effect in Thailand that curbs public gatherings and bans protests at the prime minister's office, airports and various other public places. The law that took effect Thursday requires protesters to inform police about rallies at least 24 hours before they are held. It bans demonstrations within 150 meters (500 feet) of government offices, courts, airports, train and bus stations.

e-News 13 August, 2015 (Thailand): Thai PM says brother could be new army chief

Thailand's junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha has said he may appoint his brother as the country's next army chief, one of the most powerful jobs in the coup-prone kingdom.

e-News 12 August, 2015 (Thailand): Why is China buying one million tons of rice from Thailand?

On August 10, Thailand’s Commerce Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalya announced that China and Thailand had reached a government-to-government agreement for Beijing to buy one million tons of Thai rice. The agreement is part of a broader memorandum of understanding (MoU) the two countries reached last December for China to buy two million tons of rice from Thailand.

e-News 11 August, 2015 (Thailand): North Korean foreign minister visits Thailand

North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Su Yong has visited Thailand to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Mr. Ri met with General Tanasak Patimapragorn, the minister of foreign affairs, to discuss issues of bilateral cooperation, including exchange of visits at all levels, cultural exchange and technical cooperation

e-News 10 August, 2015 (Thailand): King sends message of goodwill for Singapore's 50th birthday

Singapore received a good will message from the king and personal congratulations from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha to his counterpart Lee Hsein Loo as the country marked 50 years of independence on Sunday. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha led a delegation of officials to Singapore on Sunday to take part in the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Singapore's National Day.

e-News 09 August, 2015 (Thailand): US investors have full confidence in Thailand: Prayut

Investors from the United States have expressed their confidence in Thailand and are ready to invest in the country, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said. This statement came after some 70 foreign investors from the US-Asean Business Council met Prayut at Government House Friday.

e-News 08 August, 2015 (Thailand): Man jailed for 30 years in Thailand for insulting the monarchy on Facebook

A Thai man has been jailed for 30 years for insulting the monarchy on Facebook, in one of the toughest known sentences passed under the junta-ruled kingdom’s draconian royal defamation law.Critics of the law say it has been used as a weapon against political enemies of the royalist elite and their military allies and now targets those opposed to the coup.

e-News 07 August, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand sets impeachment vote date for former MPs

Thailand's parliament on Thursday (Aug 6) said it will vote next week on the impeachment of 248 ex-lawmakers, the majority from the ousted ruling party of Yingluck Shinawatra, in a move that could decimate her family's political base. The former MPs face a five-year ban from politics if the National Legislative Assembly votes in favour of impeachment next Friday.

e-News 06 August, 2015 (Thailand): B68bn development for Bang Sue railway hub

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will allow private sector participation in a multibillion-baht commercial development of over 200 rai of land at Bang Sue train station in Bangkok, where a major transport terminus is planned.

e-News 05 August, 2015 (Thailand): US man, 4 Thais held in trafficking cases

Police have arrested five Thais on charges of sending at least four Thai women to pimps in China as part of a transnational human trafficking gang. Authorities said they believe the Thai suspects are part of an international trafficking operation that also involves Singaporeans and Chinese and also smuggles women into Malaysia and Singapore.

e-News 01 August, 2015 (Thailand): Urgent measures needed to clear B338bn farm debts

Farmer’s debts have soared to almost 340 billion baht and the prime minister has ordered all related agencies to speed up efforts to help them. The latest Industry Ministry data show 1.64 million farmers are saddled with debts totaling 338.36 billion baht, or 237,158 baht each on average, as said by Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, a deputy government spokesman in Thailand.

e-News 31 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand and Vietnam sign 2 agreements on Labour cooperation

Labour Minister Surasak Karnjanarat has signed two agreements with his Vietnamese counterpart to promote labour cooperation that will be used as a pattern for labour cooperation with three other neighboring countries namely Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. The two agreements cover cooperation in four fields namely skilled labour development, labour import and export, academic support for laborers and such general matters as travels and future cooperation.

e-News 31 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand Wants To Buy Submarines From China, US Wary Of Growing Relationship Between Military Junta And Beijing

The Royal Thai Navy claims it urgently needs more submarines to compete with other Asian countries. The assistant commander made the claim aimed at persuading a skeptical public that the nation should invest in its military. The navy's submarine-procurement committee wants to order three S26T submarines from China. It could take up to eight years for Thailand to acquire a new submarine.

e-News 29 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand cuts 2015 GDP forecast to 3 per cent, admits exports will fall

Thailand's finance ministry on Tuesday cut its economic growth forecast for the third time this year due to mainly shrinking of exports, a big obstacle to the trade-dependent country regaining traction. The ministry now expects the economy to grow 3.0 per cent this year, instead of the 3.7 per cent seen three months ago. A year ago, shortly after the military seized power, the ministry forecast 5.0 per cent growth for 2015.

e-News 28 July, 2015 (Thailand): Prayut says no party politicians will join his cabinet

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed Monday that no party politicians would be included in any cabinet reshuffle. The premier said there would be no cabinet reshuffle before September, and defended the military as more competent to run ministries than politicians. He added that if a cabinet shake-up does take place, it would be after the current line-up had completed a year in power.

e-News 27 July, 2015 (Thailand): US keeps Thailand at Tier 3

The United States has kept Thailand on the bottom Tier 3 in its new report on human trafficking. On Monday afternoon, hours before the US report was released, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would respect the US decision. He agreed that there are still many steps to take against human trafficking in Thailand, but said he felt that in recent months there had been "substantial progress". The Foreign Ministry issued a statement shortly after the TIP report was released, saying that maintaining Thailand at Tier 3 level "does not accurately reflect the significant efforts undertaken by the government to tackle the problem".

e-News 27 July, 2015 (Thailand): Prayut hints at September reshuffle

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hinted on Monday that he may reshuffle his cabinet in September as the government continues to come under pressure to deal with a slow economy. "There may be changes in some cabinet members," Gen Prayut told reporters today. "The reshuffle may come when the government has worked close to one year.

e-News 26 July, 2015 (Thailand): Songkhla locals add fuel to anti-coal push

Local communities in Songkhla have launched a protest against a proposed coal-fired power plant in the province, saying it would destroy the area's reputation for organic farming. The declaration, signed by representatives from more than 100 tambons in the province, said residents would refuse to allow a 2,200-megawatt plant to “sit near our white sand beach”

e-News 25 July, 2015 (Thailand): Monk, Policeman Die in Rebel Bomb Attack in South Thailand

A Buddhist monk and a Thai policeman were killed and six other people wounded in a bomb attack on Saturday by suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand, as confirmed by the police. The bomb was remotely detonated in Pattani province, targeting monks who were receiving alms during a Buddhist ritual and police officers guarding them, said Col. Panya Karawanan, chief of Saiburi police station.

e-News 24 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand indicts 72 human trafficking suspects ahead of US report

Thailand on Friday indicted 72 people suspected of involvement in human trafficking, just days before the United States issues its latest assessment of the country's anti-trafficking efforts next week. The investigation was the "biggest into human trafficking" in Thailand's history, deputy national police chief Aek Angsananont said. Police said they have so far arrested 72 people and issued arrest warrants for 45 more.

e-News 23 July, 2015 (Thailand): Tougher rules against young racers, rogue bars take effect

New rules invoked under Section 44 to curb illegal street racing and illegal night spots that took effect on Thursday with harsh penalties proposed including a five-year ban on pubs that allow entry to persons under the age of 20 years. The new measures signed by the junta leader, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, were published in the Royal Gazette on Thursday and take effect immediately.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Thailand): FTI: It's time for action

Business leaders have criticised the government's economic team as being too slow in tackling the economic slowdown. The team must improve its working speed to cope with the rapidly changing situation or else the second half will be worse than the first half, they say. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha however on Tuesday declined to answer questions about a possible reshuffle of his economic team. "Propose me the reshuffle plan and I will make a decision myself," he said.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Thailand): CDC delays charter hand-over by 30 days

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) will extend its charter drafting period for another 30 days, citing a need to restructure sections on reforms and reconciliation. The extension will affect the original dates in the roadmap to general elections next year as the National Reform Council (NRC), which was scheduled to receive the final version of the draft charter has to wait now until Aug 22.

e-News 21 July, 2015 (Thailand): Deported Uighurs 'in good conditions' in China

National Security Council secretary-general Anusit Kunakorn said on Monday that the 109 Uighurs deported to China earlier this month from Thailand were living in good conditions. At a press conference to brief reporters on the trip by a Thai delegation to check on the 109 deportees detained at a rehabilitation centre in Urumqi, the capital of China's restive Xinjiang province, Mr Anusit said he was satisfied with Beijing's treatment of the returnees.

e-News 20 July, 2015 (Thailand): Anti-coal pair to press on with hunger strike

After nearly 10 days of a hunger strike, anti-coal protesters Prasitchai Nunuan and Akradej Chakjunda continue to fight against a coal-fired power plant planned in Krabi province. Their protest, in front of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports on Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, began on July 10, aimed at convincing the government to withdraw the 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant and a coal-powered sea port.

e-News 19 July, 2015 (Thailand): US interfering in Thai internal affairs: Nida Poll

According to the result of an opinion poll by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll it was found that many people in Thailand believe that United States and other western countries are trying to interfere in Thailand's handling of human rights issues. The poll was carried out on July 16-17 on 1,250 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupation throughout the country to compile their opinions on criticisms of Thailand by the US, European Union and international organizations such as Human Rights Watch for alleged human rights violations.

e-News 18 July, 2015 (Thailand): Parliamentary immunity scrapped for serious crimes

Charter writers decided on Friday to add criminal offences with imprisonment of 10 years or more to the charges from which MP and senators cannot seek immunity during a meeting session, said Kamnoon Sidhisamarn, a spokesman for the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC). Parliamentary immunity will be sharply curtailed if the constitution draft is endorsed in its present form.

e-News 17 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand holds back submarine deal with China due to US pressure: Experts

Thailand has held back a $1.06 billion deal to buy three submarines from China due to the pressure from the US, Chinese experts have said, alleging that America does not want to see closer ties between the two countries.

e-News 16 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand is Suffering from the Worst Drought in Decades

Thailand is experiencing the worst drought in decades, with seven out of 67 provinces affected and water rationing taking place in almost a third of the country. Thailand’s Irrigation Department said that the amount of usable water in dams across the country, except in the West, have dwindled to below 10 percent and in the capital Bangkok tap water production has been slowing down since May, reports the Associated Press.

e-News 15 July, 2015 (Thailand): Prayut soothes worries over public rally law

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday moved to calm concerns about a new law curbing public gatherings, saying it will not target anti-government protesters. With the enforcement of the Public Gatherings Law to take place in less than a month, the prime minister said it will be fairly applied to all political groups to provide safety for them.

e-News 15 July, 2015 (Thailand): New anti-corruption law in Thailand extends death penalty to foreigners

Thailand has enacted a new anti-corruption law that extends a maximum penalty of capital punishment to foreigners. The new statutes, which took effect on 9 July and are part of a separate anti-corruption law, extend those punishments to non-Thais working for foreign governments and international organizations.

e-News 14 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand approves $1.8 billion in loans for farmers hit by drought

Thailand has approved loans of up to 60 billion baht ($1.77 billion) to support farmers affected by drought, the finance minister said on Monday. Thailand's state-owned Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has approved loans for 1 million farmers, following a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Sommai Phasee. The loans will range from short-term funds for emergencies to drought rehabilitation, to long-term assistance to increase farm productivity, with repayment periods from one to ten years.

e-News 13 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand ignites solar power investment in Southeast Asia

Thailand has been shifting away from natural gas as once plentiful reserves are expected to run out within a decade, forcing it to rely on imported fuel more than any other country in the region except Singapore. Thailand will have more solar power capacity than all of Southeast Asia combined as record sums of money is poured into the sector in the hopes of nurturing a new energy source to help drive the region's second-biggest economy.

e-News 12 July, 2015 (Thailand): Six killed and 11 injured in Thailand's violence-hit south

Six people are being killed and 11 injured in Thailand's three southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla in a string of bomb and arson attacks by suspected separatist militants, the army said on Saturday. The violence was related to the holy month of Ramadan, as said by Colonel Pramote Prom-in, a regional security spokesman.

e-News 12 July, 2015 (Thailand): Uighurs sent back from Thailand were on way to join jihad, says China

Thai authorities have sent back 109 Uighurs, who had been in Thailand for over a year and claimed to be Turkish. The repatriations are however criticized by the UN refugee agency as “a flagrant violation of international law. On the other hand a Chinese official news agency has claimed that more than 100 ethnic Uighurs deported from Thailand to China had been on their way to Turkey, Syria or Iraq to wage holy war.

e-News 09 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand adopts key strategies to drive economy

Thailand has adopted four key strategies to drive the economy and foster its competitiveness in the global landscape, Deputy Prime Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula said in his keynote speech at the Thai-Chinese Exim Association on Thursday.

e-News 08 July, 2015 (Thailand): Uighurs sent to Turkish haven

The government has transferred an unconfirmed number of ethnic Uighurs to Turkey for resettlement, a source revealed on Tuesday. The Uighurs were detained by Thai immigration authorities for illegally entering the country while fleeing persecution in north western China's restive Xinjiang region in March last year.

e-News 07 July, 2015 (Thailand): Military judge pledges fair trial for 14 student activists

The chief judge of the Bangkok Military Court has assured the 14 detained students of the anti-coup New Democracy Movement that they will be given a fair trial while the students via their lawyers deny all charges. The 12-day detention period is set to expire on Tuesday and police will ask the court to detain the students for another 12 days.

e-News 06 July, 2015 (Thailand): Court tipped to free protester students

The military court will release the 14 arrested students of the New Democracy Movement (NDM) when it decides their fate tomorrow. The speculation started after positive comments from Prime Minister's Office Minister ML Panadda Diskul on Saturday regarding their arrest.

e-News 05 July, 2015 (Thailand): Dawei bursts into life with Japanese aid

Thailand, Japan and Myanmar on Saturday effectively launched the US$50 billion Dawei special economic zone by signing an agreement in Tokyo that will have a deep impact on trade and investment in Southeast Asia.

e-News 04 July, 2015 (Thailand): Thai PBS may face penalty for students scoop

The anti-coup protest by a group of students at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on June 25, 2015 has not only cost them more than seven days in jail but might also bring about some administrative action for a TV station that reported it in the "wrong" way.

e-News 03 July, 2015 (Thailand): PM offers talks with student activists

The New Democracy Movement (NDM) student group has welcomed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's invitation to hold talks with student activists protesting against the military regime. Responding to escalating calls for the release of the 14 student activists being held for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ban on political gatherings, Gen Prayut said on Wednesday the government was exploring ways to initiate talks with anti-coup student groups.

e-News 02 July, 2015 (Thailand): Myanmar refugees to get job training

Myanmar refugees in camps along the Thai-Myanmar border are to be given vocational training in an effort to increase the number of refugees willing to return to their home country. Office of the Vocational Education Commission (Ovec) head Chanvech Boonpraderm signed an agreement with ACTED Thailand to provide vocational and skills training at camps along the border, which house an estimated 150,000 displaced people from Myanmar.

e-News 01 July, 2015 (Thailand): Tourist firms rally against coal plant

Southern tourist operators have called on the government to scrap plans for the construction of an 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Krabi for fear of its impact on the resort province. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) said 45% of power generated from the coal-fired power plant will go to the industrial sector, 30% to households and 9% to the tourism sector.

e-News 01 July, 2015 (Thailand): Government to draw up 20-year reform plan

The cabinet has approved a committee to draw up a 20-year national strategy blueprint to shore up reforms as it attempts to ensure future governments carry on with its changes. The government hopes the plan will help keep the changes pushed by the National Reform Council (NRC) alive even during the tenure of future governments, though it denies it is trying to impose its will on them.

e-News 30 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand launches Muslim-friendly tourist app

Thailand on Monday launched a smart phone app to attract Muslim visitors, something that could help further boost an industry which has been steadily recovering since a 2014 coup. The new app will be available on Google Inc's Android and Apple Inc's iOS systems, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said in a statement.

e-News 29 June, 2015 (Thailand): Farmers slam drought aid plan

Farmer leaders have slammed the government for not doing enough to help farmers as the drought crisis continues to hit several provinces nationwide, increasing pressure on the "backbone of the country" already struggling with debt.

e-News 29 June, 2015 (Thailand): CDC changes judiciary provision in charter

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has agreed to change a proposal in the draft charter concerning the composition of the Office of the Judicial Commission (OJC). The move comes after Privy Councilor and former Prime Minister Tanin Kraivixien submitted a letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to oppose the draft charter provision.

e-News 28 June, 2015 (Thailand): Government condemned over arrests

Human rights groups have called for the immediate release of all 14 student activists arrested for staging peaceful demonstrations against military rule. The students, who belong to the New Democracy, were arrested on Friday on charges of sedition and violating the military regime’s ban on political gatherings after staging several recent rallies calling for an end to military rule.

e-News 28 June, 2015 (Thailand): Local bodies face reform

The National Legislative Assembly is considering a proposal to restructure or disband local administrative bodies to solve the problem of overlapping duties. The proposal, which was put forward by the NLA’s committee on local administration, raises a number of sensitive questions including whether to scrap the decades-old provincial administration organizations (PAOs). The issues could be discussed by the NLA or left for the next government.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (Thailand): India, Thailand to sign double taxation treaty

India and Thailand will sign a double taxation treaty and a MoU for setting up an ayurveda chair in one of the Thai universities during the three-day visit of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj beginning from Saturday.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand's human rights record a significant setback : US

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. The king serves as head of state and has traditionally exerted strong influence. Insurgents in the southernmost provinces continued to commit human rights abuses, including attacks on civilian targets. The United States have released the 2014 human rights report which considered Thailand among the most significant setback on human rights and expression of freedom.

e-News 26 June, 2015 (Thailand): PM purges 70 more in govt graft sweep

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has suspended or transferred to inactive posts a further 70 state officials, including senior civil servants and elected local administrators, under Section 44 of the interim charter.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Thailand): Activists rally Thursday for 20% wage hike

Labour groups are demanding a 20% hike in minimum wages for blue-collar workers to be applied nationwide, and today plan to march to Government House to submit a statement to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha according to the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Thailand): Secret' talks with insurgent groups under way

Secret talks have been held with six insurgent groups namely the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), three factions of the Pattani United Liberation Organisation (Pulo), the Barisan Islam Pembebasan Patan (BIPP), and the Gerakan Mujahidin Patani (GMP) in the southern border province, and some progress has been made, the secretary of the government delegation Maj Gen Nakrob Boonbuathong said on Thursday.

e-News 24 June, 2015 (Thailand): CDC agrees to pare down draft charter

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has agreed to trim down the draft charter, with more than 100 draft charter provisions targeted for change. The committee will begin rewriting the draft charter based on recommendations from various parties including the cabinet and the National Reform Council (NRC).

e-News 23 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand's Industrial Sentiment Slumps Further in May

The Federation of Thai Industries said on Tuesday that its monthly survey shows that Thai Industries Sentiment Index slipped for the fifth consecutive month to 85.4 in May, from 86.2 in April. The report found that the industrial operators have been worried about the slow global economic recovery, the impact of drought that puts pressure purchasing power particularly in the agricultural sector and concerns over the European Union's restrictions on the country's fishery sector for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

e-News 23 June, 2015 (Thailand): NCPO to ask reporters not to upset PM

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) plans to organize the largest media summons in the next week since the 2014 coup. The meeting, between journalists, soldiers and police, will be held at the national police headquarters to urge reporters to ask "constructive questions" and not to "distort facts" in their reports which may upset Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other cabinet ministers.

e-News 22 June, 2015 (Thailand): PM to push tourism, trade at Acmecs

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will discuss development issues ranging from tourism promotion to industrial development as the 6th leaders’ summit of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (Acmecs) open today in Myanmar. Gen Prayut will play a key role in the meeting, running from today until tomorrow, to boost cooperation in helping neighboring countries with infrastructure development, scholarships and training.

e-News 20 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand 'red-flagged' for aviation safety concerns

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has "red flagged" Thailand over what it sees as significant safety concerns within the country's aviation sector. Following an audit earlier this year, the ICAO, a United Nations agency, issued Thailand a warning in March relating to its ability to oversee airlines under its jurisdiction, giving the country 90 days to address its concerns.

e-News 20 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand confirms first Mers case in visitor from Oman

Thailand has confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), the deadly virus that has killed 24 people in South Korea. On 18 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Thailand notified WHO of the country’s first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

e-News 18 June, 2015 (Thailand): Govt frets at TIP report cut-off date

Many of the Myanmar government's actions in combating human trafficking which occurred after March this year are unlikely to be considered by the United States in its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report to be released early next month.

e-News 17 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand climbs 6 spots in education survey

Thailand's global education rank has moved up six notches since last year in the 2015 World Competitiveness Survey, says the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). The country now stands at 48th out of 61 countries, up from 54th last year, in the survey released by the IMD.

e-News 16 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand’s Junta Deals Free Speech another Blow

On Monday, media sources reported that Thailand’s junta had banned the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) from holding a debate on the controversial lese majeste law. The FCCT was planning on hosting a panel discussion on Wednesday evening on the law, which has long been criticized for being used to target political enemies of the state.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (Thailand): Wissanu says election possible in August, 2016

An election could be held in August next year if the draft constitution is accepted by the public. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said that elections could be as early as August, 2016 and the military may go by October. He based his prediction on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) roadmap under a scenario in which the draft constitution is approved at a referendum.

e-News 12 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand on red alert for MERS threat

Thailand is swinging into full alert against the killer Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) threat, which has already had serious impacts on South Korea, compelling the country to cut its interest rate in a bid to soften the blow to its economy already burdened by slack demand. It will be the seventh disease on the list of dangerous communicable diseases in Thailand.

e-News 12 June, 2015 (Thailand): No ISIS connection' for Thai students held in Pakistan

Authorities at Lahore airport in Pakistan arrested four Thai men suspected of trying to smuggle a foil-wrapped pistol and bullets onto a flight to Thailand. It was not clear why one of the four men was carrying the pistol and several bullets wrapped in foil, or if any of the men have militant links. An initial inquiry has ruled out a direct ISIS or southern insurgency connection, but the possibility of terrorist involvement remains open, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Friday.

e-News 11 June, 2015 (Thailand): Prayut begins two-day Singapore visit

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday leaves for a two-day official visit to Singapore at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The visit, his first to Singapore, is for Gen Prayut to officially introduce himself as prime minister. General Prayut and his entourage are scheduled to return to Thailand by Friday.

e-News 11 June, 2015 (Thailand): Panel grills Thailand over rights record

The 55th session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) last week studied a report from Thailand on how it is implementing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESRC) grilled Thailand over its treatment of human rights defenders and the "excessive use" of the lese majeste law during a recent session in Geneva.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (Thailand): CNAC names 152 officials on graft list

The Centre for National Anti-Corruption (CNAC) has submitted a second list of allegedly corrupt officials to Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) secretary-general Prayong Preeyajit said on Monday that the second lists consist names of 152 officials suspected of being involved in graft. They include high-ranking officials such as ministerial permanent secretaries.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (Thailand): NRC panel seeks clause to extend regime tenure

The National Reform Council's (NRC) political reform panel in Thailand has proposed adding a provisional clause in the draft charter to extend the interim government's power for another two years to allow national reforms to be implemented. The proposal is part of the panel's charter recommendations forwarded to the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC).

e-News 07 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand scrambles to boost image on human trafficking

Thailand remains a major center for human trafficking. The Southeast Asian country is trying to dissuade Western governments from leveling economic sanctions. Thailand is eager to show its newfound toughness on human trafficking, taking reporters on patrols and tours of former camps, cooperating with neighboring countries and the US, and arresting dozens of officials including a high-ranking officer in the military that now controls the country.

e-News 06 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand: Proposals for massive new canal to speed up shipping and avoid pirates

Engineers have produced a plan to build a canal across Thailand so that shipping can cross south-east Asia more swiftly, as well as bypassing pirates in the Strait of Malacca. The project, costed at $4.8bn (£3.14bn) would provide a faster route for shipping in the region. It would cut 1,200 miles and a minimum of two days off the current journey between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

e-News 05 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand falls in global rule-of- law ranking

In the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2015 ranking which has just been released Thailand takes the 56th position out of 102 countries. The scores are based on responses from 1,000 people in each country, who were asked questions about corruption, basic freedoms, regulation and other governance issues, and on testimonies from local legal experts.

e-News 05 June, 2015 (Thailand): Singapore, Thailand reaffirm bilateral relations

Thailand and Singapore have reaffirmed their longstanding bilateral relations as the countries marks 50 years of diplomatic relations. Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn are on an introductory visit to Singapore and he met the Republic's leaders. They discussed on regional issues, including the threat of terrorism, including the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as well as the need for countries to work together to combat the issue.

e-News 03 June, 2015 (Thailand): World Bank: Thailand to grow 3.5%

The Thai economy is expected to increase by up to 3.5% this year, primarily due to lower oil prices, increased tourism receipts and higher public spending, according to a World Bank report released today.

e-News 02 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand Military General Suspended After Warrant Issued for Human Trafficking

The cracking down of the illegal smuggling of migrants in the region of South East Asia brought into light the involvement of various government and military officials. Recently the involvement of military general has also been found in relation to human trafficking. On Monday Thailand's military suspended a three-star general after police ordered his arrest on suspicion of human trafficking as pressure mounts on Bangkok to block the illicit trade.

e-News 01 June, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand's best export prospects are next door

Thai exports are heading for a second straight year of sluggish growth, and in fact contracted by 4% in the first four months of the year, according to the latest data. The well-known reasons are falling prices for commodities, the baht's strength compared to regional currencies, weak demand from developed economies, and the fact that Thailand's manufacturing sector is getting left out of supply chains for the newest technology products, such as smartphones.

e-News 31 May, 2015 (Thailand): Gunmen shoot dead two soldiers in south of Thailand: police

Unidentified gunmen shot dead two soldiers in an ambush in Thailand's southern province of Pattani on Saturday. Since 2004, violence have erupted in the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, home to a Muslim majority in predominately Buddhist Thailand.

e-News 29 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand set to become regional bioenergy hub

Sirintornthep Towprayoon, a bio energy lecturer at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) said that Thailand has high potential to transfer biomass and biogas technology to other ASEAN members in the next five years. It also mentioned that because of abundant biomass resources and the government's past success in promoting bio energy, the country holds a strategic position in promoting biomass use throughout ASEAN. Thailand has developed its bio energy science and technology almost to the point where it can soon transfer it to other ASEAN members.

e-News 28 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand Mulls New US Aircraft Basing Request

The United States has asked Thailand for permission to use its airports likely either Phuket or U-Tapao airports as a temporary base for planes assigned to monitor the movement of thousands of migrants stranded in the sea. According to Thai foreign minister Tanasak Patimapragorn, Thailand is still considering the request and has asked the United States to provide more details about its proposed mission, since Bangkok has “to take national security into consideration.”

e-News 26 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand PM deploys helicopter carrier to act as migrant processing centre

Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told on Monday that Thai helicopters are to be deployed in its waters to serve as a temporary medical and processing centre for migrants found adrift. The Thai carrier will act as a floating base with medics and police who will be helped by the navy and the navy vessels.

e-News 25 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand firm in its stand on refugee crisis

The experiences with the Rohingya migrants influx is no new experience for Thailand as the country already had past experiences with rescuing and giving shelter to refugees in the form of Cambodian’s and Vietnamese boat people . But in a recent three-nation meeting in Putrajaya host Malaysia and Indonesia agreed in the urgent talks to shelter 7,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people migrants for one year to give other countries time to work on repatriation and resettlement. Thailand however did not join in on offers of temporary sanctuary.

e-News 24 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand passes first inheritance tax to raise revenue in lacklustre economy

Thailand's military government has passed the country's first inheritance tax bill on Friday approved by the National Legislative Assembly. The bill is a part of tax reforms to broaden the tax base and boost revenue in a lacklustre economy.

e-News 23 May, 2015 (Thailand): Small Thailand Anti-Junta Groups Vow Protests on Coup Anniversary

Dozens of students on Friday were attacked by police in Thailand after they staged an anti coup protest on Friday evening. Fights broke out late on Friday between the police and around 50 student protesters after some of the anti-coup demonstrators tried to chain themselves together outside a popular mall in the capital. The small anti-junta activists have vowed to hold the protests on Friday marking one year since Thailand's generals seized power from the elected government.

e-News 22 May, 2015 (Thailand): Turmoil in Thailand delayed crackdown on trafficking gangs: police

Southeast Asia is battling a migrant crisis that has seen hundreds of "boat people", mostly Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants, pushed back out to sea by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Years of political violence in the Thai capital has strained police resources, delaying investigations into human trafficking in the south of the country and allowing the illicit trade to flourish, a top police official said on Thursday.

e-News 21 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand's Prime Minister: I'm not meddling with election timetable

Thailand once again pushes back the election date from the early 2016 to August- September 2016 because it needs a referendum first to hold on the new constitution. On this the Thailand's Prime Minister says that his administration remains committed to return the country to democracy despite repeated delays in the timetable for new elections. However Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha told, “I am not trying to resist or delay or meddle with this at all. I don't want to be in power,"

e-News 20 May, 2015 (Thailand): Accused Tak human-smuggling ringleader caught

Thailand immigration police on Wednesday arrested an alleged leader of a gang smuggling illegal workers from Myanmar to Bangkok and surrounding areas in Uthai Thani province of Thailand. Migrants who include both women and children have confessed that they have paid a huge ransom to the suspect for smuggling them into the country.

e-News 19 May, 2015 (Thailand): Police link army man to boat people

Evidence from a police investigation into the human trafficking rings shows unnamed military official's possible involvement in Rohingya trafficking. Police investigating human trafficking rings smuggling boat people into southern Thailand believe a major general was involved. However, the army says none of its officers are directly linked to the illegal migration and smuggling rings.

e-News 18 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand's Yingluck Shinawatra faces trial and political ruin

Thailand's first female Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is accused of criminal negligence over a populist but economically disastrous rice subsidy scheme, which paid farmers in the rural Shinawatra heartland twice the market rate for their crops. It is the latest legal move against Yingluck, sister of fugitive billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra , whose administration was toppled in a military coup nearly a year ago. Yingluck is accused of failing to prevent alleged graft within the program and not accused of corruption.

e-News 18 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand plans 'transit area' for Rohingya migrants

The government in Thailand on Monday has declared that the navy has decided to concentrate on humanitarian assistance in line with a request from the United Nations by preparing to open a "transit area" for the Rohingya migrants. Gen Prawit, who is the Defense Minister, said that an area would be opened to take care of Rohingya migrants in transit. It would not be an area where the illegal migrants would be confined or held under control. It would be a transit area only, where they would get humanitarian aid.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (Thailand): Navy pushes migrants out to sea

Despite Government talks on the potentiality to establish refugee camps for the Rohingya people Thai Royal Army pushed back a boat carrying 300 Rohingya migrants into the deep sea on Thursday. The army said that it will wait till the summit to be held on 29 may which will discuss on the future of these migrants. Until a proper solution is reached the army will not allow the entry of these migrants into their soil. The Army further went on to say that the air force helicopter have provided food, water and other relief materials to these people, but are not ready to take them into their territory which is completely contrary to the government's proposal for temporary camps to shelter Rohingya migrants in Thailand.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (Thailand): Bombing spree continues in Yala, injuring 20

Since Thursday evening up to Friday morning there have been series of bomb explosions both major and minor in the Yala province of Southern Thailand. Authorities have reported that both exploded and un- exploded bombs were found in 28 locations since Thursday night. Though no major casualty has been reported till now but there have been 20 minor causalities. Authorities have estimated that nearly 20 separatist insurgent groups are responsible for the continuous series of bombings in the region.

e-News 13 May, 2015 (Thailand): Meeting on migrant crisis set for May 29

Thailand plans to host a regional meeting on 29 May so that a settlement and a solution can be reached among the countries in the region. The ministry said that a multi faceted approach needs to be taken to deal with the issue of the Rohingya people. Countries of origin, transit, and destination must work together to address the problem comprehensively by addressing the root causes as well as all the contributing factors. Observers from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, International Organization for Migration, Office on Drugs and Crime are to be invited for the meeting.

e-News 12 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand takes four-pronged approach to maritime-hub goal

Thailand expects to make the country the maritime hub of South East Asia. The Maritime department in Thailand plans to make the region a major yachting destination. To achieve Thailand’s goal, government offices will be working closely with maritime industry leaders to establish potential locations for new marinas in Thailand, develop and promote a yacht show, establish a one-year chartering license for super yachts and review other laws that are hampering the growth of the industry.

e-News 11 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand seeks to address shortage of rural health care providers

The health care system in Thailand has been facing challenges in respect to education and shortage of doctors and other medical facilities especially in the rural areas. In case of health facilities there remains a great disparity between the urban and the rural sectors. In order to meet these challenges in the field of medical health facilities, Thailand plans to introduce health care educational reforms.

e-News 10 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand questions 117 migrants as it races to meet crackdown deadline | Reuters

In a way to crackdown human trafficking in Thailand, the government has started interrogating with suspected migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar to find out if they are victims of trafficking. The Thai officials mentioned that treatment would be different for people who have crossed the borders voluntarily and for the ones who are victims of trafficking. This has started soon after the discovery of mass graves in the southern part of Thailand.

e-News 09 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand calls for Malaysia, Myanmar help in halting trafficking

After discovery of bodies in a mass grave in southern Thailand, Thailand calls for regional cooperation to stop human trafficking trade in the region. The recent discovery of mass graves has brought into light the involvement of common people and authorities. The Prime Minister of Thailand mentioned how officials and people are benefitting from this illegal trade. The growing smuggling of migrants therefore needs a regional cooperation from Malaysia and Myanmar.

e-News 08 May, 2015 (Thailand): Rice export title still proves elusive

Due to low level of global economic recovery and a lower competitiveness of Thai rice Thailand is unlikely to regain once again the title of being the largest exporter of rice for the year of 2015. President of the Thai Rice Exporter Association said that Thailand rice shipments would experience difficulty due to low demand and high competition.

e-News 05 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand graves: Two skeletons found at camps in Phang Nga

The discovery of more than 30 bodies in human trafficking camps in Thailand has allowed the flow of criticisms from the international community. The dead are believed to be ethnic Rohingya Muslims from Burma and Bangladesh who either starved to death or die of disease held by traffickers before they were smuggled. The traffickers then apparently depart to mountainous jungles. However, Thai official claims that the search continues after the discovery of 30 bodies in a mass grave.

e-News 05 May, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare public appearance

Thailand’s 87 year old monarch made a rare appearance on Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation. King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned on 5th May 1950 and is the world’s longest- reigning monarch in Myanmar. The constitutional monarch is regarded by the people of Myanmar as the sole unifying figure.

e-News 03 May, 2015 (Thailand): Leading figures demand referendum

A call for democratic referendum campaign for a national referendum on the new constitution signed by 150 prominent figures in Thailand

e-News 02 May, 2015 (Thailand): Mass grave of 'boat people' found in south Thailand: rescue worker

Mass graves of 30 believed to belong to migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar found in southern Thailand on Friday.

e-News 01 May, 2015 (Thailand): New public assembly law passed

New Public Assembly law passed in Thailand which seeks to set new guidelines in case of staging public protests.

e-News 01 May, 2015 (Thailand): PM urges more Asean trade, cooperation

Thailand Prime Minister urges ASEAN states to come together in expanding regional trade through strategic partnership in ASEAN.

e-News 30 April, 2015 (Thailand): NRC panel to decide on fate of police probes

The National Reform Council (NRC) in Thailand decides to set up a joint panel in considering whether Police investigation work should be a part of Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO)

e-News 29 April, 2015 (Thailand): King, Queen donate B10m for Nepal quake victims

The King and Queen donate 10 million baht for the victims in Nepal earthquake.

e-News 29 April, 2015 (Thailand): US sanctions Hezbollah terrorist released from Thailand

The state department of Thailand announces Hezbollah terrorist to be placed under special US terror watch list.

e-News 28 April, 2015 (Thailand): First issue of govt's newsletter launched

The first issue of the Prime Ministers mini newspaper lets launched in the country.

e-News 27 April, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand joins world effort to aid Nepal

Thailand joins in the global effort to help and aid Nepal.

e-News 27 April, 2015 (Thailand): Ministry calls for open government data

The information and communication technology ministry decides to have efficiency and transparency of government data for its citizens.

e-News 27 April, 2015 (Thailand): Mineral exploration to begin on military land

The primary industries and Mines department in Thailand will cooperate with the defense ministry in exploration of iron ore and quartz locked up in military land.

e-News 26 April, 2015 (Thailand): PM readies medical, relief teams for dispatch to Nepal

Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-Cha has ordered relief teams to be dispatched to Nepal for humanitarian assistance as soon as possible.

e-News 24 April, 2015 (Thailand): No big changes planned for junta-ruled Thailand's draft constitution

Thailand’s new draft constitution plans for no big and major changes.

e-News 23 April, 2015 (Thailand): HRW urges Thailand to drop charges against Phuket journalists

Human Rights Watch have asked the Thai authorities to drop down criminal charges against two phuket journalist for citing an investigation report in 2013 alleging the naval forces profiting from smuggling of ethnic Rohingya people fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.

e-News 23 April, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand's finances boosted by lower oil prices

Political protest which continues to disrupt Thailand’s economy, Energy Minister speaks in a BBC interview how lower fuel costs are helping the countries finance.

e-News 22 April, 2015 (Thailand): THAI Smile moves into South Asia

Thailand’s Thai airways plan to create air connectivity with South Asia with transferring its routes to India and Myanmar. Thai Smile plans to add routes to Hyderabad, Colombo and Myanmar which seeks to create air connectivity between South Asia and South East Asia.

e-News 21 January, 2015 (Thailand): Thailand to top Rice Export in 2015

2015 is the year when Thailand is expected to be at the first position of Global rice Export. India, Japan, Pakistan, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Nigeria are the countries where the production of rice has been anticipated to fall, so the rice production of Thailand this year is estimated to be around 11 million tonnes.

e-News 31 December, 2014 (Thailand): Thailand’s Chiang Rai a Link for Cooperation

Chiang Khong situated in the Chiang Rai Province of Thailand is now a happening and busy spot of activity. After the completion of the road network the place has become a gateway through which the goods enter into Thailand. One of the land routes passes from Kunming in China to Lao PDR (North West part) reaching Bangkok. This is a major development in the region. It is an important link for trade as well as tourism.

e-News 31 August, 2014, (Thailand) Thailand’s New Cabinet

His Majesty, King of Thailand finally granted formal recognition and “Royal Endorsement” to New Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s Cabinet of 32 members.

e-News 22nd August, 2014 (Thailand) New Prime Minister of Thailand

Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has been elected as the 29th Prime Minister of Thailand. He won by 191 votes. He is also the Chief of National Council for peace and Order.

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Myanmar

e-News 05 October, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar: Myanmar peace accord to be signed on October 15

The Myanmar government and eight ethnic armed groups on Sunday agreed to set October 15 for the formal signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord (NCA) in capital city Nay Pyi Taw. The date for NCA signing at the Myanmar International Convention Centre here was fixed after talks between the government's Union Peace Making Work Committee (UPWC) and the eight armed groups out of a total 15.

e-News 04 October, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar: U.S. Muslim activists sue Myanmar president over treatment of Rohingyas

Muslim rights activists have filed a lawsuit in the United States against Myanmar President Thein Sein, accusing him and several ministers of human rights abuses against minority Rohingyas, just a few weeks before an historic general election. The complaint filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court accused Thein Sein and top officials of planning and instigating “hate crimes and discrimination amounting to genocide.”

e-News 03 October, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar: Myanmar president is sued in U.S. over alleged abuses of Rohingya Muslims

Muslim rights activists have filed a lawsuit in the United States against Myanmar President Thein Sein, accusing him and several ministers of human rights abuses against minority Rohingyas, just a few weeks before an historic general election. The complaint filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court accused Thein Sein and top officials of planning and instigating "hate crimes and discrimination amounting to genocide."

e-News 02 October, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar: Myanmar's political exiles return to fight for country's future at elections

Political exiles are returning to Myanmar to fight for a place in their home country's emerging democracy at next month's elections. As international attention builds on the country known for decades as Burma, but now Myanmar, political exiles are returning home.

e-News 01 October, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar: Rising Rakhine party looming threat to Myanmar's Muslim minority

Myanmar's historic elections next month are likely to worsen the plight of the country's oppressed Rohingya Muslim community, with a new, hard-line Buddhist party on the brink of becoming a formidable force. The empowerment of ethnic nationalists in Rakhine State at the western edge of the Southeast Asian nation could intensify discrimination of the stateless Rohingya, thousands of who have fled in recent years to neighboring countries.

e-News 01 September, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar: Rising Rakhine party looming threat to Myanmar's Muslim minority

Myanmar's historic elections next month are likely to worsen the plight of the country's oppressed Rohingya Muslim community, with a new, hard-line Buddhist party on the brink of becoming a formidable force. The empowerment of ethnic nationalists in Rakhine State at the western edge of the Southeast Asian nation could intensify discrimination of the stateless Rohingya, thousands of who have fled in recent years to neighboring countries.

e-News 30 September, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar: Myanmar ceasefire talks collapse

Ceasefire talks between the Myanmar government and ethnic rebel groups appear to have collapsed, a report said Wednesday. Talks with 18 rebel groups hosted in Chiang Mai reached a standstill after the Myanmar government refused to extend the ceasefire to three factions fighting in the Kokang border area.

e-News 28 September, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar: At least five Myanmar pilgrims killed in Hajj

Five Muslim pilgrims from Myanmar have been confirmed dead and seven remain missing following last week’s stampede disaster near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia that claimed over 700 lives, according to a local Muslim organization.

e-News 27 September, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar: Handful of Muslim candidates win appeal to run in election

Myanmar’s election commission has made a partial U-turn on its decision to bar dozens of Muslim candidates from a Nov. 8 ballot following pressure from several foreign governments, local media reported Friday.

e-News 25 September, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar Defends Decision Barring Rohingya From Voting

Myanmar has defended a decision barring 800,000 ethnic minority people from voting in November elections by saying that green card holders can't vote in U.S. elections either. Foreign Minister Wanna Maung Lwin drew awkward laughter Thursday in New York at the Council on Foreign Relations when he likened the situation of foreign citizens permitted to live and work in the U.S. with Myanmar's so-called "white card" holders, many of them stateless Rohingya Muslims.

e-News 24 September, 2015 (Myanmar):More clashes reported in north-eastern Myanmar

New clashes between armed ethnic groups and Myanmar’s army have resulted in deaths on both sides, commanders of the groups said Tuesday according to a report by RFA on 22 September

e-News 22 September, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar Releases Final Candidate List, Dozens Disqualified

Myanmar has released its final list of candidates for the upcoming general election, with more than 6,000 people running for positions in the national parliament and regional legislatures. However, at least 75 independent or opposition party candidates have been disqualified, many because of the citizenship status of their parents.

e-News 21 September, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar's Suu Kyi promises voters corruption free government

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to form a government free from corruption, empower workers and end reliance on foreign aid, as she campaigned on Monday for the southeast Asian country's first free national vote in 25 years.

e-News 20 September, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar to appoint 40,000 'special election police': official

Myanmar authorities will appoint 40,000 ordinary citizens as "special election police" ahead of November's polls to boost security at polling stations, an official said Friday, amid concerns over the exact role they will play.

e-News 20 September, 2015 (Myanmar):Myanmar to appoint 40,000 'special election police': official

Myanmar authorities will appoint 40,000 ordinary citizens as "special election police" ahead of November's polls to boost security at polling stations, an official said Friday, amid concerns over the exact role they will play.

e-News 19 September, 2015 (Myanmar):IMF welcomes Myanmar currency reforms, says more needed

The International Monetary Fund welcomed Myanmar's "bold move" to liberalize its foreign exchange rules in a report published on Friday and warned that the poor Asian country would need to tighten monetary policy and reduce credit expansion. The Fund cautioned that without further reforms, which could lower growth in the short term, Myanmar risked a run on its foreign exchange reserves, which cover just three months of imports, and a burgeoning fiscal deficit.

e-News 18 September, 2015 (Myanmar): World Bank approves $400m loan for Myanmar's power plan

The World Bank has approved $400 million in interest-free credit to support Myanmar's moves to boost electricity access across one of Asia's poorest and least-connected countries. The loan provided by the bank's International Development Association (IDA) covers financing and technical assistance for a National Electrification Plan, which seeks to power every home by 2030.

e-News 17 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Report: Illegal Timber Trade From Myanmar to China Growing

The illicit timber trade between Myanmar and China is rebounding to near its peak of a decade ago as loggers push deeper into Myanmar to strip its forests, according to a report released Thursday by an environmental group. The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency says it is calling on both governments to stop the trade worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year that is reducing Myanmar's forests and supplies China's wood-processing industry, which makes furniture for domestic and international markets.

e-News 16 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Suu Kyi party manifesto pledges 'dignified' Myanmar military role

Myanmar's main opposition party has launched an election manifesto that pledges to retain a "dignified" role for the military as a defender of democracy and consolidate government ministries to save costs. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) published the 28-page document late on Monday ahead of a Nov. 8 election in which it is expected to perform well after decades on the political sidelines.

e-News 14 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar set to emerge Asian leader in oil, gas exploration

Despite the slump in energy prices, oil and gas fields in Myanmar will soon be the busiest in Asia as foreign and local investors begin to ratchet up their explorations, a recent seminar was told. Exploration must be carried out regardless of the energy prices, according to the Production Sharing Contract obligation that binds all local and foreign bid winners. This means that service contractors will be in high demand. At least two offshore supply bases will be required to fulfil logistics support for those operations.

e-News 13 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar rights body speaks out

Myanmar's national human rights body has urged the government to take legal action against police who beat up protesters at an education reform rally, as dozens of activists remain detained in a case that has sparked international alarm.

e-News 11 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Excluded armed groups say they want to join Myanmar peace talks

Three ethnic armed groups have called on the Myanmar government to include them in talks on a ceasefire being negotiated with other groups, after they had been excluded following clashes with the army near the border with China earlier this year.

e-News 10 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls on supporters to vote for 'real change'

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday urged voters to opt for "real change" in the first general election since the end of military rule. Thousands of supporters gave Suu Kyi a rapturous welcome in towns in the sparsely populated state of Kayah on the Thai border.

e-News 09 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Central Bank of Myanmar prepares action plan to stop dollar payments

The Central Bank of Myanmar’s June announcement that all domestic payments must be in kyat rather than foreign currency came as a surprise to many.

e-News 08 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Ex-government official files complaint against NLD leader

An independent candidate at the centre of a vote-buying scandalhas lodged a formal complaint against National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San SuuKyi, alleging a recent“voter education” event in Nay Pyi Taw breached campaign rules.

e-News 07 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar's Aung San SuuKyi says rebel groups shouldn't rush peace deal

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San SuuKyi over the weekend appealed to ethnic rebel groups in nationwide ceasefire talks with the government not to rush the deal, but work slowly on an agreement that would ensure long-lasting peace and stability.

e-News 06 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar rescues 219 trafficked victims in August

Police in Myanmar rescued 219 people who were trafficked in August, according to the figures published by Anti-trafficking in Persons Division on Sunday. The 219 victims, who were trafficked to neighbouring countries of China, Thailand and Malaysia, also included two children, the sources said.

e-News 05 September, 2015 (Myanmar): National Investigation Agency plans to locate Ultras in Myanmar

The National Investigation Agency is set to use the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with Myanmar to approach the neighbouring country to hunt down the attackers it has listed as part of its probe into the June 4 ambush on the Indian Army in Manipur.

e-News 04 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar border trade tops $2.4bn

Trade between Myanmar and its four neighbouring countries has reached US$2.48 billion (85 billion baht) in the financial year to date, a Myanmar Commerce Ministry official said.

e-News 03 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar’s Election Chief Vows Free and Fair Elections

Myanmar’s election chief gave a verbal assurance on Wednesday that the country’s general elections in November will be free and fair, while one ethnic minority party called on the government to delay the vote because of damage caused by heavy flooding.

e-News 02 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Election Body Rejects Muslim Parliamentary Candidates

Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) on Tuesday rejected all but one candidate from an Islamic party based on citizenship requirements before general elections in November in a move that could lead to the party’s disbandment, the organization’s political leader said.

e-News 01 September, 2015 (Myanmar): Drone fliers must register in Myanmar

Myanmar lacks extensive drone policies, but soon unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will require registration which will be a significant development that will land their flight on more solid legal ground.

e-News 31 August, 2015 (Myanmar): New minimum wage sees workers sacked and struggling

After almost two years of arguments and negotiations, Myanmar has set its first minimum wage at K3600 (US$2.80) per day. The milestone was met with ambivalence by factory owners, and trepidation by garment workers, who fear many jobs will be axed to afford the move.

e-News 29 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar parliament suspended ahead of crunch polls

Myanmar lawmakers today held their last meetings at parliament as the body was suspended ahead of crucial general elections set to redraw the former junta-ruled nation's political landscape.

e-News 28 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Suu Kyi: Myanmar rebels should think carefully on peace deal

Myanmar's popular opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging armed ethnic minority groups to think carefully before signing a nationwide cease-fire agreement, a top party colleague said, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein, who has made reaching a deal before November elections his top priority.

e-News 27 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Suu Kyi: Myanmar rebels should think carefully on peace deal

Myanmar's popular opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging armed ethnic minority groups to think carefully before signing a nationwide cease-fire agreement, a top party colleague said, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein, who has made reaching a deal before November elections his top priority.

e-News 27 August, 2015 (Myanmar): ADB to provide $3 million for Myanmar flood relief

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will offer $3 million assistance to Myanmar to support relief efforts following recent flooding which has caused widespread devastation across the country according to an ADB press release on the 25 August. ADB will provide the grant from the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund to meet priority needs and restore live-saving services to affected communities.

e-News 26 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Armed ethnic groups back ceasefire with ‘guarantees’

After a four-day summit, armed ethnic groups have agreed on a two-pronged strategy for securing the elusive nationwide ceasefire agreement. The guarantees could mean an end to hostilities in what has been termed the world’s longest-running civil war.

e-News 25 August, 2015 (Myanmar): NLD, 88 Generation smooth over election rift

The National League for Democracy and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society have pledged to work together through the election period and after, with the constitutional amendment still a major focus. In a joint statement issued yesterday, the NLD and the 88 Generation said they had “never been separated” and would cooperate to ensure a better future for the country.

e-News 24 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Campaign season arrives early on the outskirts of Yangon

At an event in Thanlyin Township on August 21, NLD leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and patron U Tin Oo explicitly told supporters to vote for them in the election. The party labelled the event “voter education” but there was little education to be had – other than which party to vote for on November 8.

e-News 23 August, 2015 (Myanmar): After failed attempts to remove rival, Myanmar's president used force

Myanmar President Thein Sein had tried and failed at least twice before to topple his arch-rival Shwe Mann, but when armed police burst into the headquarters of the country's ruling party late on Aug. 12 he finally succeeded.

e-News 22 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar passes bills curbing religious conversion, criminalizing adultery – MPs

Myanmar has reportedly passed two controversial bills which would regulate polygamy, criminalize adultery, and make it more difficult for a person to change their religion. Opponents say the legislation would be detrimental to human rights.

e-News 21 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Parliament suspends debate on MP recall bill

The Union Solidarity and Development Party appears deeply divided, with many of its MPs yesterday voting to suspend debate on the “Right of Recall” bill a strong show of support for deposed party chair Thura U Shwe Mann.

e-News 20 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar lawmakers to vote on recall bill amid political turmoil

Myanmar lawmakers will vote on Thursday on a bill that could lead to the impeachment of ousted ruling party chief Shwe Mann, as political factions realign after the ex-general was dramatically sacked by the president last week.

e-News 18 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar parliament opens; spotlight on beleaguered speaker

Myanmar's parliament reopened Tuesday for its final session before November's national elections, with the spotlight on the influential speaker, who was violently ousted just days ago as head of the military-backed ruling party.

e-News 17 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets ousted leader ahead of showdown in parliament

Myanmar's ousted ruling party chief Shwe Mann met Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday as the country's political leaders manoeuvred ahead of a showdown in parliament days after he was sacked by President Thein Sein.

e-News 16 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar farmers need help replanting rice after floods: U.N.

Farmers in flood-hit Myanmar face a scramble to replant damaged paddy fields in the next two weeks to avoid food shortages, and aid efforts in some of the country's hardest hit areas remain a challenge, the United Nations said on Saturday.

e-News 16 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar party chief ousted over ties to rivals, contentious bills – minister

Myanmar President Thein Sein sacked Shwe Mann as ruling party chairman this week because he supported controversial bills in parliament and had ties to rival party leaders, the information minister told Reuters in an interview on Saturday.

e-News 15 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Ex-generals enter USDP, election fold

Military control of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party appeared to intensify after a host of newly retired senior officers emerged as parliamentary candidates in the elections scheduled for November 8. The events surrounding the sudden ouster of party chief Thura U Shwe Mann yesterday have cast a new light on the extent of military influence within the party.

e-News 14 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar moves towards first-ever credit ratings

Citi and Standard Chartered Bank have been appointed as Myanmar's sovereign-credit-ratings advisers.They will act as a bridge between the government and three international ratings agencies - Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings and Moody's. The government announced that the advisers would support Myanmar's efforts to enhance data collection and improve investor outreach

e-News 13 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Roland Berger supports Myanmar with economic hub

To boost their international competitiveness, the governments of Myanmar and Thailand have recently joined forces and launched an ambitious plan to develop a new business hub. The development of the so-called Dawei Special Economic Zone is realised with funding of several private developers, and supported by management consultants from Roland Berger.

e-News 13 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Leader of Myanmar ruling party removed in power struggle: Official

The leader of Myanmar`s ruling party Shwe Mann was removed from his post Thursday after the intervention of the president, an official told AFP on Thursday, in an unfolding party power struggle ahead of elections.

e-News 12 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar health minister curbs military appointments after rare protest

Myanmar's health minister on Wednesday scrapped plans to fill more of the 300 vacancies at his ministry with military personnel, after thousands of people joined a rare online protest against eight initial appointments.

e-News 12 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar flood: UN provides food to 435,000 people

The World Food Programme (WFP) is working to provide emergency food assistance to 435,000 people in Myanmar. The WFP is working with the government of Myanmar, other UN agencies and local NGOs regarding the food assistance.

e-News 10 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Complaints continue over NLD’s controversial candidate list

Opposition National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged voters not to focus on individual politicians, but to instead use the ballot box to elect change as she confronted supporters angered by the controversial candidate list, and tried to minimize vote spreading among spurned contenders.

e-News 09 August, 2015 (Myanmar): UN Increases Aid for Myanmar Flood Victims

The United Nations is stepping up its emergency aid to Myanmar, where massive floods have killed at least 88 people in the country's Irrawaddy delta region. The U.N. said Friday it will contribute $9 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to help aid agencies providing assistance in the region.

e-News 08 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar peace talks end without resolutionBuy@Amazon

Talks aimed at reaching a historic Myanmar peace agreement between the government, army and ethnic armed groups ended without resolution on Friday as negotiations stumbled on whether a deal should include all rebel groups. With time running out to reach a ceasefire ahead of crucial November 8 elections in the former junta-run nation, negotiators said they were unable to seal an agreement.

e-News 07 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Leader Urges Evacuations as Floodwaters Rise

Myanmar's president has called for the evacuation of low-lying areas in the country's Irrawaddy delta region as massive flooding across the country continues to affect tens of thousands of people. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement said flooding triggered last week by heavy monsoon rains had killed at least 81 people and affected more than 250,000.

e-News 06 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Rakhine State flooding death toll hits at least 55

The northern part of Rakhine has been among the hardest-hit by recent floods that have afflicted 12 of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions, affecting an estimated 260,000 people. The number of confirmed casualties in Rakhine State has hit 55 and is likely to rise further, officials reported yesterday, as civil society groups and residents said drinking water shortages were the main concern.

e-News 05 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Official flood relief yet to reach hard-hit Kalay township in Sagaing Region

Amid criticism that the government has not done enough to relieve devastation caused by heavy monsoon downpours, including by those supposedly receiving the assistance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs appealed yesterday for international aid to help bolster its efforts.

e-News 03 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Next round of RCEP meet from tomorrow in Myanmar

The ninth round of talks, on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is to be held from August 3 to 7. The agreement will follow the recent ministerial level meet that concluded in Kuala Lumpur. Senior officials of the 16-member RCEP, including India and China, will meet in Myanmar to provide impetus to the negotiations on the mega trade deal. The deal aims to cover goods and services, investments, economic and technical cooperation, competition and intellectual property.

e-News 01 August, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar floods: President declares state of emergency

Monsoon rains over many weeks have led to flooding in most parts of Myanmar. Myanmar's President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in four regions namely Chin, Magwe, Sagaing and Rakhine. The heavy floods have left 27 people dead in the country.

e-News 31 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Suu Kyi Registers for Myanmar Polls

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi registered to run for a general election which her party is expected to sweep, as the ruling bloc admitted it was bracing for big losses. Hundreds of cheering supporters gathered in the township of Thanlyin, a two-hour drive from Yangon, as Suu Kyi formally registered her intention to stand again for the rural constituency of Kawhmu in November polls

e-News 30 July, 2015 (Myanmar): UNHCR presents first draft of Myanmar repatriation plan

The UN refugee agency unveiled a draft plan detailing how to carry out the voluntary repatriation of 110,000 refugees residing in this province’s camps, drawing mixed reactions from their leaders. The draft document, titled Operations Plan for Voluntary Repatriation, was presented by Iain Hall, senior coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, during a closed-door meeting to roughly 70 camp leadership members, along with relevant NGOs.

e-News 30 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners

More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that included nearly 7,000 prisoners. Others who were freed included former military intelligence officials purged by their army colleagues more than a decade ago, and at least a handful of journalists and social activists.

e-News 29 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Police Make $100 Million Drug Haul: Reports

Myanmar authorities have seized methamphetamine tablets worth an estimated $100 million from an abandoned truck in Yangon, state media said on Tuesday, as the country struggles to stem surging drug production.

e-News 28 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to meet top Indian leaders

Myanmar Army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing will hold talks with top leadership here this week as the two sides look at the possibility of increasing coordination following the deadly ambush on Indian army in Manipur and retaliatory strike by India inside that country.

e-News 27 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar delegation arrives in Goa

A high-level delegation from Myanmar arrived in Goa for a two-day visit as part of high-level discussions between India and Myanmar following decisive action taken by Indian armed forces on June 9 inside Myanmar to avenge the loss of 18 soldiers killed by insurgents in an ambush on June 4 in Manipur.

e-News 26 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar deploys additional brigade along border with India

Myanmar has deployed an additional brigade comprising around 6,000 men and officers along the border with India, apparently to prevent any more surgical strikes by the Indian army inside its territory. The brigade has been deployed in addition to five already posted along the 1,643 km-long Indo-Myanmar border.

e-News 26 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar deploys additional brigade along border with India

Myanmar has deployed an additional brigade comprising around 6,000 men and officers along the border with India, apparently to prevent any more surgical strikes by the Indian army inside its territory. The brigade has been deployed in addition to five already posted along the 1,643 km-long Indo-Myanmar border.

e-News 26 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar deploys additional brigade along border with India

Myanmar has deployed an additional brigade comprising around 6,000 men and officers along the border with India, apparently to prevent any more surgical strikes by the Indian army inside its territory. The brigade has been deployed in addition to five already posted along the 1,643 km-long Indo-Myanmar border.

e-News 26 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Flooding in Northern Myanmar Leaves 9 Dead

Monsoon rain in northwestern Myanmar has triggered heavy flooding, leaving nine people dead and affecting 70,000 others, the U.N.'s emergency relief organization said on Saturday. The report on Sagaing Region from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that 12,000 houses have been damaged and schools forced to close. The region has registered a 24-hour rainfall of 7.8 inches (20 centimeters), the highest in 24 years, according to Myanmar sources

e-News 25 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar military chief to visit India next week to discuss coordinated border patrolling

The commander in chief of the Myanmar's armed forces Senior General Min Aung Hlaing will be leading a top military delegation to India next week in the backdrop of the two countries planning to crank up coordinated patrolling and operations along their porous 1,643km land border.

e-News 24 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Ceasefire negotiators dig in for more talks as clashes continue

Nationwide ceasefire talks billed as a last chance to forge a deal before the start of election campaigning look set to continue over the weekend as both sides of Myanmar’s long-running conflicts haggle over details of the text and who will sign it. Major issues remain to be hammered out, including how many armed ethnic factions will be covered by the ceasefire pact, and who will sign and witness the agreement.

e-News 23 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar sentences 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison for illegal logging

Beijing has launched a diplomatic protest after Myanmar handed down more than 150 life sentences to Chinese nationals for illegal logging near the countries' shared border. The mass sentencing, which sparked outraged editorials in the Chinese media, came after the loggers were arrested in January during a crackdown on illegal forestry activities in northern Kachin state.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Court Finds Two Journalists Guilty of Defamation

A court in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw has fined two journalists one million kyat (U.S. $855) each after finding the duo guilty of defaming President Thein Sein, their lawyer said on Tuesday, amid claims by rights groups that the government has been backsliding on media reforms.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar govt resume talks with minority groups to end six decades of ceasefire

The Myanmar government and armed ethnic minority groups resumed critical talks today to reach a nationwide ceasefire agreement that would end six decades of fighting before an upcoming general election that threatens to upend hard-won progress toward a deal.

e-News 21 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar to establish Tourism Development Bank

The tourism industry will get a boost after the establishment of a Tourism Development Bank. The proposed development bank will provide loans, technological assistance and communications. The move comes as a result of a high influx of international tourists.

e-News 21 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar military chief defends political role: report

Myanmar's commander-in-chief reiterated the need for the military to continue its powerful role in politics and said he would consider standing for president in November elections if asked to do so, according to an interview broadcast on Monday. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told the BBC that he had no intention of stepping down from his role leading the military this year, ending some speculation about his plans, but he left open the possibility of accepting a presidential nomination.

e-News 20 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Activists seek to run as NLD candidates

The National League for Democracy (NLD) has set a deadline for its township committees to submit lists of proposed candidates for their constituency. Well-known political and rights activists, as well as entrepreneurs, are putting their names forward to run for the National League for Democracy in the November elections.

e-News 18 July, 2015 (Myanmar): USDP rejects requests for safe seats

The Union Solidarity and Development Party leadership has rejected requests from key ministers in President U Thein Sein’s cabinet to shift to safe seats in the November 8 election. However, their requests were rejected by the party’s central committee, which instead said they should re-contest their seats from 2010, which were both subsequently won by the National League for Democracy in the 2012 by-elections. The USDP said residents had objected to the two ministers standing for election in their state.

e-News 16 July, 2015 (Myanmar): UNHCR’s protection chief completes visit to Myanmar with call for more support to Rakhine state

UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, made his remarks at the end of a five-day mission to Myanmar, during which he visited Yangon and the capital Nay Pyi Taw, as well as Sittwe and Maungdaw in Rakhine state. The top official of the UN refugee agency responsible for protection has called for more concerted support to resolve the plight of displaced people in Myanmar and those with undetermined citizenship.

e-News 15 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar navy finds 102 stranded Bangladesh migrants on island: state media

Myanmar's navy has discovered more than 100 Bangladeshi migrants stranded for nearly a month on a southern island, state media said on Tuesday, following a regional migrant crisis in which people smugglers abandoned thousands at sea. It was the first major rescue reported by Myanmar since May, when its navy found a boat packed with more than 700 migrants in the Andaman Sea at the height of Southeast Asia's migrant boat crisis.

e-News 14 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar's president Thein Sein will not run for second term, his office says

A senior official from the President’s office has said that Myanmar President Thein Sein has decided not to run in a parliamentary election scheduled for November 8. The president wrote a letter to U Shwe Mann, chairman of the ruling USDP Party, that he will not run in the next general election because of his health condition.

e-News 13 July, 2015 (Myanmar): NLD has plan for presidency

The National League for Democracy will contest the November 8 election, despite concerns about the widespread errors in the provisional voter lists and even though its chair, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is still barred from the presidency.

e-News 12 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Workers Demonstrate for Higher Minimum Wage

Several hundred workers in Myanmar rallied on Sunday for a higher minimum wage despite a warning by factory owners that the demand might put them out of business. The workers protesting in a northern suburb of Yangon, the country's largest city, want the daily minimum wage of 4,000 kyat ($3.54) instead of the 3,600 kyat ($3.18) proposed by the National Minimum Wage Committee last month following prolonged negotiations between the government, employers and employees.

e-News 10 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Joins Chemical Weapons Organisation

Myanmar has ratified the chemical weapons convention and will become the 191st member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body has confirmed which is another step in a rapid period of reform for the Asian country.

e-News 09 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar sets date for election that may define scope of reform | Reuters

Myanmar will hold the general election on Nov. 8, its election commission said on Wednesday, the first nationwide ballot since the end of direct military rule and a vote that could decide the scope of the country's reforms. The election comes at a critical time for Myanmar, which has undergone major changes since shifting to a quasi-civilian system in 2011.

e-News 08 July, 2015 (Myanmar): President cancels property projects near Shwedagon

President U Thein Sein has instructed the Myanmar Investment Commission to stop controversial property projects near Shwedagon Pagoda, multiple sources have confirmed to The Myanmar Times, as activists announced plans to intensify their opposition to the developments.

e-News 07 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Informal talks bring progress but familiar hurdles remain

An “informal” two-day meeting in Chiang Mai between government representatives and a new team of ethnic negotiators has edged forward Myanmar’s peace process with an agreement to restart stalled ceasefire talks. The July 3-4 meeting in Chiang Mai was the first time that U Aung Min, the government’s chief negotiator, had met the full 15-member negotiating team established by ethnic leaders in early June to replace the previous Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).

e-News 06 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Opaque financing hinders budget reform

Government spending on the military is unlikely to be transferred to more productive sectors such as health and education until the true quantity of spending is made clear to internal monitoring bodies and the voting public, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

e-News 05 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Military MPs oppose changes to judicial provisions in constitution

Proposed changes to the constitution that some have warned could weaken judicial independence appear likely to be vetoed by the military, whose representatives yesterday spoke out against the amendments.

e-News 05 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar risks ‘perfect storm’ from overheating economy, IMF warns

The International Monetary Fund has warned that Myanmar's economy is overheating and risks hitting a “perfect storm” of a currency crisis particularly if the United States raises interest rates in the short term.

e-News 04 July, 2015 (Myanmar): UNHRC adopts resolution on Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

The UN rights body on Friday adopted without a vote a resolution on addressing the human rights situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar, nearly a month after a regional crisis erupted with hundreds of migrants from the nation found adrift in the Bay of Bengal.

e-News 03 July, 2015 (Myanmar): World Bank grants Myanmar $400 million for rural development: Report

The World Bank on Thursday approved $400 million in financial assistance for on going rural community development projects in Myanmar, the State-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported.

e-News 02 July, 2015 (Myanmar): UNHCR launches biometrics system for Myanmar

UNHCR biometrics identifies 110,000 Myanmar refugees in Thailand. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has revealed details of a biometric system it has deployed in Thailand to register Myanmar refugees.

e-News 01 July, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar students in peaceful march to protest political role of military

Students in Myanmar led a peaceful march of between 50 and 200 protesters on Tuesday, urging Myanmar’s military to remove itself from politics, days after lawmakers voted down a measure to scrap the military's effective legislative veto.

e-News 30 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar replaces senior air force officer after stray China bomb

Myanmar has replaced a high ranking air force officer, officials said on Monday, in a move that was seen as a response to China's anger over stray bomb that fell in Chinese territory and killed four farmers three months ago.

e-News 29 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Parties commit to follow code of conduct

In a further important step in preparation for the general election scheduled for November, 67 political parties have pledged to uphold standards of conduct in their campaigns. The signing took place in the presence of officials from Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC), civil society organizations and foreign diplomats. On June 26, they signed a code of conduct that would bind them to refrain from launching personal attacks on each other or threatening national unity.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar, Thailand Destroy Nearly $1 Billion in Seized Drugs

Myanmar and Thailand destroyed nearly $1 billion of seized narcotics to mark World Drugs Day, as the UN said East and Southeast Asia remained the world's biggest markets for synthetic drugs and heroin. Authorities in Myanmar said drugs worth around $245 million were crushed under a steamroller or torched in three locations including the commercial hub Yangon.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar peace process 'collapsing' warns Karen State

A Myanmar ethnic group is claiming the peace process with the Myanmar government, formerly known as the Burmese government, and the nation’s many ethnic groups is a farce and the Myanmar military is getting ready for war.

e-News 26 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar army moves closer to border with India in a bid to choke North-East insurgents

Closing in on the militant camps operating in Myanmar, the army of that country has positioned itself nearer Indian border in a bid to choke the supply route of insurgents after surgical strikes by Indian forces earlier this month.

e-News 26 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar’s Military Uses Political Force to Block Constitutional Changes

Myanmar’s military flexed its muscle on Thursday, blocking moves to rescind its veto power in Parliament and refusing to ease a rule that helps prevent Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader and Nobel laureate, from eventually becoming president.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Thai Buddhists to help anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up radio station

Thai Buddhists have offered to help a network of hard-line anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up a radio station to spread their message across the nation where sectarian hatred is on the rise. More than a dozen Thai Buddhists were among hundreds who attended a two-day conference in Yangon over the weekend organized by the Ma Ba Tha movement.

e-News 24 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Government calls on ethnic Kokang rebels to surrender

The government has called on ethnic Chinese insurgents in the Kokang region to lay down their arms and surrender in exchange for an offer of peace talks. The tough response to the rebels’ June 11 unilateral ceasefire declaration came amid signs of a possible revival of the stalled nationwide ceasefire process as the government’s chief negotiator met in Yangon for the first time with members of a new negotiating team representing 16 armed ethnic groups.

e-News 23 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Minimum wage to be set this month: labour minister

U Soe Myint, head of the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association, speaks at a meeting about setting a minimum wage in Yangon yesterday. Minister for Labour U Aye Myint promised yesterday to determine a proposed minimum wage for garment factory workers by the end of this month, despite strong opposition from employers.

e-News 23 June, 2015 (Myanmar): President faces axe from USDP campaign

A bill now before parliament could prevent President U Thein Sein and other senior government officials, as well as senior judges, from campaigning in the coming elections as members of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party. U Thein Tun Oo, a Pyithu Hluttaw representative from the USDP, said that if parliament accepts the amendments, the government officials will not be able to campaign as representatives of their political party, but they can campaign as independent candidates.

e-News 21 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Aung San Suu Kyi Party to Decide 'Soon' on Contesting Myanmar Polls

Aung San Suu Kyi said that her opposition party would shortly decide whether to contest crucial elections in Myanmar later this year as it battles to change the constitution barring her from the presidency. Speaking to senior National League for Democracy (NLD) members at the start of their annual two-day conference in Yangon, Aung San Suu Kyi injected some fresh doubt over whether her party would compete in its first national vote in a quarter of a century.

e-News 20 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar turns down India's proposal for joint operations against NSCN cadres

Myanmar has refused any more joint military operation with India against NSCN cadres in the country. The setback for India comes days after Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and some PMO officials visited Myanmar on June 17. Myanmar told National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who recently visited the country, that they have some “limitations”.

e-News 18 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi says Rohingya issue needs careful handling

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time spoke about her country's persecuted Rohingya Muslims. She said that the protection of rights of minorities is an issue which should be addressed very carefully and as quickly and effectively as possible, adding that the government was not doing enough about the issue.

e-News 18 June, 2015 (Myanmar): New ‘green cards’ meet resistance

The Immigration and Population Department in Myanmar began issuing green cards, formally called ‘identity card for national verification’ in the Rakhine State mostly to the Rohingya minority. This project appears to be meeting resistance or lack of interest, with only 37 people so far requesting the new documents that allow holders to apply for Myanmar citizenship.

e-News 17 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar, Thailand to enhance cooperation in energy, electric power

Myanmar and Thailand have reached a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on further cooperation in energy and electric power, an official report said Tuesday. The MoU on the cooperation, signed by respective ministers of energy and electric power of the two countries, will speed up the 26-year Myanmar-Thai oil and natural gas cooperation agreement and benefit energy sufficiency of both countries.

e-News 16 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Ajit Doval’s Myanmar visit: Extradition treaty top of the agenda

India is likely to push Myanmar to begin negotiations for an extradition treaty that would enable Nay Pyi Taw to hand over insurgents and fugitives in future during National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval's visit to Myanmar.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Huge Dam Project in Myanmar Draws Local Opposition

Myanmar officials are making plans for a $6 billion hydropower dam in Shan State. The hydropower dam project has fierce critics, including Shan state residents. Ethnic Shan community groups and environmentalists are appealing for help to fight the "Mong Ton" project. It is just one of five hydropower projects planned for the Salween River. They say the project will flood an area nearly the size of Singapore and destroy 100 communities.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Buddhists renew anti-Rohingya protests

Buddhist hardliners backed by monks launched new anti-Rohingya demonstrations in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state on Sunday to protest against the help being offered to desperate migrants found adrift on boats in the Bay of Bengal. Around 500 people, backed by dozens of monks, gathered in the state capital Sittwe. They chanted slogans, according to a witness, who spoke by telephone from the town.

e-News 14 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar's Rakhine locals urge government to repatriate migrants

Self-styled nationalists in Myanmar's Rakhine state want the government to immediately repatriate all the migrants the country has recently rescued from the sea. Some locals are afraid the migrants will stay in Myanmar indefinitely.

e-News 12 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Not over yet: NSA Doval to push Myanmar for action against mastermind of Manipur attack

India will push Myanmar to act against militant leader SS Khaplang and his organisation, the NSCN (K), by presenting evidence of the outfit’s role in a deadly attack on the army as well as details of other insurgent groups using the neighbouring nation’s territory with national security adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval’s visit to Myanmar on June 16-17.

e-News 12 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Ethnic Kokang Rebels Declare Unilateral Cease-fire in Myanmar

Ethnic Kokang rebels fighting against government troops in North Eastern Myanmar declared a unilateral ceasefire on Thursday. Rebel spokesman Htun Myat Lin told The Associated Press that the Kokang fighters made the declaration in response to an appeal by China for a peace along the border region and to ensure that elections expected in Myanmar later this year are peaceful in the area.

e-News 11 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar denies India killed rebels on its soil, says won't let foreign attackers use its territory

Myanmar on Wednesday denied that Indian forces had carried out an attack on insurgents inside its territory, adding it would not tolerate rebel groups using its soil to attack neighbors. They also said that that the military operation was performed on the Indian side at India-Myanmar border.

e-News 11 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Beijing to be courted by Chinese leaders

Myanmar's leading opposition figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, has arrived in China for her first official visit to the country. The Nobel Peace Laureate arrived at Beijing airport on Wednesday with a delegation of three. Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with a senior Chinese official in Beijing, as she begins a trip that will further underline the Nobel laureate's apparent transition from human rights defender to pragmatic politician.

e-News 10 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Armed Ethnic Leaders Form Special Team to Amend Myanmar Cease-fire Accord

Leaders of Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups on Tuesday amended a draft nationwide ceasefire accord during an eight day summit at Karen National Union (KNU) headquarters in the eastern part of the country after a special 15 member team was formed to discuss changes and supplements to the document.

e-News 10 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Cross-border strike: Army enters Myanmar to hit Naga Militants

Para Commandos of the Indian Army carried out surgical operations deep inside Myanmar early Tuesday and killed several militants in two camps of northeastern rebel groups in a covert operation which declared India's new-found readiness to pre-empt terror threats undeterred by borders. In the first such cross-border operation, Special Forces of the Army in coordination with the Air Force today carried out a surgical strike inside Myanmar, killing nearly 20 insurgents of the groups believed to be responsible for the deadly ambush in Manipur that killed 18 soldiers.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar gov't adopts policy to settle boat people crisis: official

Myanmar's House of Nationalities (upper house) has passed a motion to adopt a decisive policy for detained "boat people," to provide them with temporary settlement within Myanmar, the parliament said on Tuesday.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (Myanmar): TTP calls for “jihad” in Myanmar

Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), the banned militant outfit of Pakistan has urged the people of Myanmar to raise and fight against the countries rulers. They are encouraging the people of Myanmar to declare jihad against the countries rulers. The group in a recent video said that it would provide centers, resources, training, and people if the Rohingya people decide to wage holy war against the rulers of the country.

e-News 07 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar: writer imprisoned for 'insulting' Buddhists

In Myanmar, an influential writer has been sentenced to two years at hard labor for "insulting" Buddhism with his public criticism of nationalist Buddhist monks. He denounced a demonstration by Buddhist monks demanding that Muslim migrants be deported.

e-News 07 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar frees dozens more child soldiers from army

The reformist government of the formerly junta-run nation committed to ending the recruitment and use of children in its "tatmadaw" Army, and in its latest move Myanmar has freed 51 young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said, towards ending the use of child soldiers.

e-News 06 June, 2015 (Myanmar): South-East Asian migrant crisis: Myanmar politician says 'nothing to prove refugees are genuine Rohingyas'

There is nothing to prove refugees adrift in South-East Asian waters are genuine Rohingyas from Myanmar, according to one of the country's highest ranking politicians. It also mentioned that the boat people neither look like the Myanmar’s nor they can speak Myanmar. Therefore they should not be allowed to become citizens of Myanmar.

e-News 06 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar's Suu Kyi to Make First Visit to China

Myanmar's opposition leader and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will visit China for the first time next week, amid strained relations between the two countries. She will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang from June 10-14. China's Foreign Ministry said Suu Kyi was invited by China's Communist Party for an inter-party exchange between the two countries.

e-News 05 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Bangladesh and Myanmar square off over rescued boats

At a diplomatic briefing yesterday the Bangladeshi ambassador rejected accusations that nearly 1000 people rescued last month off the Myanmar coast were all from his country. Bangladesh’s ambassador yesterday disputed the Myanmar government’s account of the citizenship of those rescued, saying that the numbers put forward were “interesting”.

e-News 05 June, 2015 (Myanmar): President promises to set minimum wage

President U Thein Sein has announced that the government will propose a minimum wage this month in Myanmar. The government decides to set the minimum wage in advance of the elections. The Minimum Wage Law was enacted in 2013. The ministries concerned were due to appear before the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday to explain what steps they have been taking over the past two years to implement it.

e-News 03 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar escorting boat crammed with migrants to 'safe' area | Reuters

Myanmar's navy is escorting a boat crammed with 727 abandoned migrants to an undisclosed location, four days after intercepting it in the Andaman Sea. The migrants, who were found drifting on Friday in a converted fishing boat that was taking on water, wanted to go to Bangladesh rather than Myanmar and the navy was assisting them.

e-News 02 June, 2015 (Myanmar): New political parties out in force ahead of Myanmar elections

New political parties are emerging in Myanmar ahead of the general election this year, determined to participate in developing a country which has been isolated for decades. Despite smaller membership numbers and less established reputations, the newer political parties believe they are a force to be reckoned with.

e-News 01 June, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sidesteps Rohingya migrant crisis for political pragmatism

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s refusal to speak up for a persecuted Muslim minority at the heart of a migrant crisis has cast doubt over her moral force and she even earned a gentle rebuke from fellow Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama.

e-News 01 June, 2015 (Myanmar): China to hold live fire drills along tense border with Myanmar

Repeated incidents of shells or bombs falling in Chinese territory, have led to death of at least five Chinese, and thousands of refugees have crossed into China's south western province of Yunnan to escape the clashes. This has angered China and China now decides to hold land and air live fire drills along a part of the border with Myanmar where shells have fallen during fighting between the Myanmar government and ethnic Chinese rebels, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

e-News 31 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar detains journalists covering boat people 'rescue'

Myanmar's navy has briefly detained journalists who tried to reach a remote island where many migrants were being held. They were forced to hand over camera, memory cards and were asked to sign documents on Sunday saying they would not try to make the journey again. There were more than 700 migrants in the island after their ship was found drifting off the country's south western coast.

e-News 29 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Make Muslim nations take refugees: Myanmar monk

Buddhist monk Wirathu’s speeches of Muslims posing a serious threat have sparked anti Muslim sentiments among the people of Myanmar. He is the leader of Myanmar’s nationalistic 969 Movement, which seeks to “defend” the country from a perceived threat of Muslim domination. He said that the Muslim people are not citizens of Myanmar and that they should be taken as citizens by the Muslim countries from the region. He is said to be the face of anti-Muslim sentiment that has sparked the Myanmar Rohingya region¬al refugee crisis.

e-News 29 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar rejects being 'singled out' at migrant talks

Seventeen governments from across Asia, as well as the US and Switzerland, along with organizations such as the UN refugees agency (UNHCR), attended the summit in Bangkok convened to address the South East Asia’s migrant crisis on Friday. In the summit Myanmar delegates have rebuked the UN's refugee agency for calling on the country to recognize the Muslim Rohingya minority as citizens to stem their exodus from its shores. Myanmar denies giving them citizenship and also rejects any internationalization of the issue.

e-News 28 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Bay of Bengal crisis: Conference on Rohingyas urges Suu Kyi to speak out

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is being criticized for not speaking much on the plight of the ongoing Rohingya crisis in the region of South East Asia. In a speech to a conference on the plight of the Rohingyas at the Nobel Institute in Norway, Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has joined a growing number of international figures criticizing Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to speak out against the persecution of Rohingyas. It also said that she should realize that oppression by Myanmar's government is intolerable.

e-News 27 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Buddhists plan anti-boatpeople rally

The migrant crisis that has erupted in the region of South East Asia after discovery of mass graves is undergoing rescue operations by countries of the region. The rescue operations are being threatened now by groups with anti Muslim sentiment. Myanmar Buddhist nationalists on Tuesday vowed to protest against international pressure on the country to help boat people. A Buddhist monk said that they will protest against some foreign countries trying to pressure (Myanmar) to accept refugees as if they are from Myanmar although they are boat people from Bangladesh.

e-News 26 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Rights groups slam Myanmar birth law as anti-Muslim

The population control and health bill which has been passed in Myanmar after the bill was signed by Myanmar President, is viewed to be targeting against the Rohingya minorities. Various rights groups on Monday said the bill will be used to target the country's minority Muslim population. The United States has said the legislation, which falls under "Race and Religion Protection Laws", has the potential to exacerbate racial and religious divisions in the country. However the government denies discriminating against Muslims. It says new birth law is aimed at improving maternal health and child welfare.

e-News 25 May, 2015 (Myanmar): BGB postpones Myanmar trip, ask for detailed list of migrants

The Myanmar Government in its recent rescue of illegal migrants straddled at the sea is confirmed to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The Myanmar government has asked the border guards of Bangladesh to take back those migrants back to their country as they are identified as Bangladeshis. The decision to send 11 border guards was postponed after the BGB team found that the information regarding the identity of the illegal migrants as Bangladeshis given to them seemed incomplete. Hence they wanted a complete identity proof of the migrants before BGB decides to take them back to their country from Myanmar.

e-News 24 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar to deport migrants to Bangladesh as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urges further rescues

Southeast Asia is currently battling an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty, and more dangers have emerged with countries in the region sending back the refugees deep into the ocean. This has not only taken numerous lives but also brought criticisms to these countries from the international communities. United Nations secretary Ban Ki- Moon has called on regional nations to prioritize saving the lives of those still stranded at sea. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said finding and saving the lives of those migrants should be a "top priority".

e-News 23 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Controversial population bill becomes law in Myanmar

The controversial population control and health care bill was signed by the president of Myanmar finally turning the bill into a law. The bill has always been criticized and highly challenged claiming that it is anti religious and targeted against the religious minorities. The Population Control Health Care Bill was drafted under pressure from hard-line Buddhists with anti-Muslim sentiment in mind, after being passed by parliament last month and signed by President Thein Sein on Tuesday, according to Burmese media. There is also growing fear that this bill may lay grounds to sectarian violence’s in the country.

e-News 22 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Malaysia orders rescue of migrants, Myanmar to attend conference

A major shift can be seen in the approach of Myanmar government towards its handling of the issue of Rohingya migrants. This shift was the result of many developments which took place both regionally and internationally. Another outcome of this also includes Myanmar agreeing to attend the regional conference to be held regarding the ongoing crisis in the region. The apparent shift in its position came after Malaysia and Indonesia's foreign ministers held talks with senior officials in Myanmar on Thursday. Western powers and aid groups have also urged Myanmar to increase its involvement, and called on regional powers to do more.

e-News 21 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Anifah: Myanmar wants to resolve Rakhine conflict

Malaysian foreign minister meets foreign minister of Myanmar and discusses over the ongoing problem with the Rohingya migrants in the region. Myanmar says that it is willing to cooperate fully with Malaysia, as the ASEAN chairman, in resolving the conflict in the Rakhine State and the humanitarian crisis in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Both the foreign ministers have discussed various measures necessary in tackling the critical humanitarian crisis.

e-News 20 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Army Blames Ethnic Rebels for Shelling Inside China

The army chief of Myanmar Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, told to China's ambassador to Myanmar, Yang Houlan that ethnic Kokang guerrillas were deliberately trying to cause misunderstanding between the two countries and the armies. Myanmar's army chief blamed ethnic Kokang rebels for shelling attacks in southwestern China which were aiming to damage relations between China and Myanmar. He also further said that the shells that fell into Yunnan province, near northeastern Myanmar were not from government troops but from the rebels.

e-News 19 May, 2015 (Myanmar): US-Myanmar relations under scrutiny as boat crisis deepens

The Obama administration’s warming relations with Myanmar have repeatedly come under scrutiny with United States demands Myanmar to improve human trafficking situation. On May 15, the White House pressed the region to save the lives of those left at sea. So far the call has gone largely unanswered. Myanmar’s refusal to commit itself to accepting invitations to regional dialogue on the issue has prompted demands for Western governments to ramp up the pressure and even revert to further sanctions.

e-News 19 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar shows willingness to help tackle trafficking

Myanmar for the first time was seen to change its stance and show some flexibility on the issue of the Rohingya problem. U Ye Htut, information minister and spokesperson for the President’s Office, said to media, “Some of them are said to come from Myanmar. Some are said to come from Bangladesh. First, we have to setup the verification process. If they are from Myanmar and they have enough evidence to prove they are Myanmar we must be ready to bring back our people.”

e-News 18 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar says it's not to blame for migrant crisis

The Myanmar Government claims that is not the country of origin for the Rohingya problem and nobody should blame them as the creator of the problem. Myanmar has refused to shoulder the blame for an escalating crisis involving thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims stranded at sea, and there are growing doubts whether it will attend a regional meeting in Thailand later this month to find an urgent solution on how to deal with the boats of refugees.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar 'unlikely to attend' Thailand's Bay of Bengal migrant crisis meeting: President's office

The Myanmar Government may refrain itself from attending the regional summit which is called by Thailand to be held on 29 may to discuss on the situation of the Rohingya migrants. The Myanmar government in a statement said that, "We are unlikely to attend... we do not accept it if they (Thailand) are inviting us just to ease the pressure they are facing." Myanmar said that the migrant problem is not a problem from Myanmar but it is a lack of capability of the Thailand government in dealing with its own human trafficking problem. It also went on to say further that Thailand wants the forthcoming regional summit to divert attention from its own issues of people smuggling.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Government seeks to extend martial law in Kokang

On February 9, 2015 conflict erupted between the Myanmar Army and the rebels of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in the region of Kokang. The president of Myanmar declared 90 days of emergency rule and martial law in Kokang on February 17. The ongoing conflict in the region makes the situation more volatile and hence the defense minister of Thailand has made a proposal before the joint session of the two houses of the parliament to extend martial law in the Kokang border region.

e-News 13 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Region unites to deny Rohingya asylum.

The plight of Rohingya migrants from Myanmar sees new dimensions with Southeast Asian nations refusing to offer refuge to boatloads of hungry men, women and children. Both Malaysia and Indonesia have joined along with Thailand. Labeled by the UN as one of the world's most persecuted minorities, the Rohingya’s have for decades suffered from state-sanctioned discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Both Malaysia and Indonesia have denied to provide any refuge to these boat people which in turn has created a crisis in the region. The United Nations pleaded for countries in the region to keep their borders open and help rescue those stranded.

e-News 12 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Cross-Border Gold Smuggling Racket from Myanmar to Chennai Busted

A group of smugglers bringing in crude gold bars from Myanmar through the Moreh transit point by road was busted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. Astonishingly, the smugglers and carriers employed by the gang had become accustomed to carrying the contraband in their body for the length of the long journey.

e-News 10 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar president meets Chinese state councilor

At the eve of 65th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Myanmar and China, President of Myanmar meets Chinese State Councilor on Monday to discuss on the growing bilateral and strategic relationship between the two countries. They both agreed to enhance China Myanmar comprehensive strategic cooperation. They decided to enhance the ties in different sectors involving economy, security and also border issues with greater achievement in both the countries relations.

e-News 09 May, 2015 (Myanmar): World Bank Provides $1.6 billion For Myanmar Health Services

World Bank’s first full partnership framework in 30 years with Myanmar comes up in the form of credits, loans and grants for the country. The 2015-17 Country Partnership Framework (CPF) will provide up to $ 1.6 billion in credits, loans and grants as well as technical assistance and knowledge from the International Development Association for the poorest countries.

e-News 08 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar has a substantially higher number of internally displaced people than any other country in Southeast Asia, according to a new report.

According to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, Myanmar has been ranked as having the highest number of internally displaced people than any other country in South East Asia. Ethnic conflicts in Myanmar have increased the number of IDP’s making it the highest with numbers in the region.

e-News 05 May, 2015 (Myanmar): UN urges Myanmar to ensure press freedom during elections

Myanmar has scheduled the general election for 2015 in the first week of November. Ahead of the November election the United Nation has urged the government of Myanmar to ensure freedom to the journalist during the time of election. The importance of press freedom and the role of media in Myanmar during November election were made by opposition leader Aung San Suu kyi at an event co organized by UNESCO and the Ministry Of Information.

e-News 05 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar’s opium fields grow even as its government calls for complete eradication

Opium production has always been a good source of income and livelihood and the state of Myanmar is no exception to it. Myanmar is the world’s second largest producer of opium after Afghanistan. The government in Myanmar is trying to eradicate the growing opium production and set the year of 2019 as the deadline.

e-News 02 May, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Ruling Party Chief Ready to Stand as President if Called

Myanmar’s ruling party Chairman says to cooperate with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi if nominated as National President

e-News 30 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar Ethnic Armies to Address Ongoing Fighting At Summit

May 1-3 scheduled for several armed ethnic groups in Myanmar to come together under a six day summit on Friday and seek in finding solution for ending the ongoing conflict in country’s northern and western borders.

e-News 30 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Shwe pumps more gas for domestic industry

With textile sector booming Myanmar adds new factories per week.

e-News 29 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar adds new factory per week as textile sector booms

With textile sector booming Myanmar adds new factories per week.

e-News 28 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar rebel summit threatens peace plans: Observers

An upcoming ethnic armed groups meeting in the northeastern Myanmar, could potentially thwart efforts made so far towards achieving a final nationwide ceasefire agreement.

e-News 27 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Millions to benefit from WB's $2 bn-plus scheme

World Bank’s new three year scheme designed to benefit and improve services within Myanmar.

e-News 27 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Army detains civilians for links to AA

Arresting of citizens in the Rakhine state on the grounds of having close connections with the Arakan army can complicate ceasefire attempts in the country

e-News 25 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar, India to establish IT university in Mandalay

India and Myanmar to establish jointly an information technology university in Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay.

e-News 25 April, 2015 (Myanmar): India Urges Dropping Annual Human Rights Resolution on Myanmar

India demands member states in the UN to agree to discontinuation of annual resolutions on the human rights situations in Myanmar.

e-News 24 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar projects economic growth of 9.3 pct for 2015-16

Myanmar targets and economic growth of 9.3 percent for the year of 2015-2016

e-News 24 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Myanmar proposes a vision for a climate resilient, low-carbon and resource efficient development

Myanmar decides to devise a roadmap in addressing climate change and also plans to initiate a vision that would help in bringing about sustainable development in the country.

e-News 24 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Incursion by Myanmar army at Choro Khunou alleged

The Myanmar army alleged of intruding into the Indian Territory at Choro Khunou village in Ukhrul (Manipur) claiming that the stretch of land belongs to the territory of Myanmar.

e-News 23 April, 2015 (Myanmar): A dangerous path for Myanmar

With the absence of how to increase educational and economic opportunities the Myanmar Governments Population Control Law may have a serious setback on the economic conditions of poor families whose family income relays with more number of children in the family. This law is feared to enshrine human rights breach.

e-News 23 April, 2015 (Myanmar): Constitution bill back on MPs’ agenda after talks

A constitutional referendum for proposed changes in the constitution of Myanmar is likely to take place in the month of May. With the current session resuming once again in the month of May the long awaited constitutional amendment bill is to be debated in the parliament.

e-News 05 January, 2015 (Myanmar): Basketball Marks the Friendship of Myanmar and China

Myanmar and China marked their friendship by holding goodwill basketball tournaments in Myanmar’s Bogyoke Aung San Stadium in the last week of 2014 and marked the beginning of the New Year 2015.

e-News 1 September, 2014 (Myanmar): Promoting Archaeological Cooperation

The Srilanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGCA) in New York. TNA’s (Tamil National Alliance) earlier meeting in New Delhi with Mr Modi, discussed about bringing a collective “Political solution” to the Tamil Issue.

e-News 1 September, 2014 (Myanmar): Burma highlighted in Thailand’s Border Trade Scheme

Thai Government wants to give a special status to Burma, in the context of border trade, keeping the trade imbalance, the migrant workers, the growing Burmese market (which is a big advantage for Thailand’s economy), all in mind.

e-News 1 September, 2014 (Myanmar): Promoting Archaeological Cooperation

Thailand will be assisting Myanmar to conserve the ancient cities of Sri Ksetra, Halin and Beikthano located in central Myanmar, which have been recently declared as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

e-News 25 August, 2014 (Myanmar): Understanding Democracy through Art

In order to put Myanmar on the right way to democracy, Aung San Su Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader has requested the artists of the country to make the people understand how the present political policies of the nation are not leading to democracy. She believes that the painters, writers, poets, publishers etc can depict the true picture of Myanmar’s internal situation and help the common people understand exactly what needs to be done.

e-News 22nd August 2014, (Myanmar) The Left out Rohingyas

According to the Census Observation team, the Myanmar Census has left out the Rohingyas, (the Bengali speaking Muslim population of Rakhine state of Myanmar), from the mainstream data. Rohingyas are a minority group which has been prohibited by the government from “self-identifying”. Myanmar has 135 ethnic groups and the term Rohingyas is not mentioned anywhere. They are referred to as Bengali. The Myanmar Government has been warned by the Observation team as missing out the Rohingya population will lead to incomplete population Census.

e-News 22nd August 2014 (Myanmar) Ceasefire Agreement

The ethnic armed groups and the Government of Myanmar announced recently for a “Ceasefire Agreement” between them. This agreement will give autonomy to the ethnic regions and allow the inclusion of their militaries into the Federal Army. But exactly who will sign the Agreement from both the sides is still not known. The military representatives of the country have not given any hint and who will be monitoring the signing of the agreement is also not decided as yet.

Sri Lanka

e-News 06 October, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Red tape causes export losses in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s new Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs has warned export promotion agencies to not let shipments of food by exporters rot in foreign ports because of red tape.Harsha De Silva, an economist, said he had been told by exporters that despite a plethora of trade deals between Sri Lanka and other countries, shipments are often held up by non-tariff barriers

e-News 03 October, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka rights abuse probe to be 'completely domestic': MaithripalaSirisena

Sri Lankan President MaithripalaSirisena has asserted that the judicial mechanism to probe the alleged rights abuses during the last phase of civil war with LTTE will be "completely domestic", ruling out the possibility of a special hybrid mechanism involving foreign judges.

e-News 02 October, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Seven Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel in Katchathivu

Seven Indian fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel off Katchathivu islet today for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in their waters.The fishermen from Tamil Nadu were later taken to Kankesanthurai in the island nation.

e-News 01 October, 2015 (Sri Lanka): External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj meets counterparts from Nepal, Sri Lanka

External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj met with her counterparts from neighbours Sri Lanka and Nepal. Sushma held bilateral talks with her Sri Lankan counterpart MangalaSamaraweera and with Nepal's MahendraPandey on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly here.

e-News 30 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka affirms commitment to increase the contribution for UN peacekeeping

India is likely to back Sri Lanka on the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution over alleged war crimes if it is put to vote in Geneva on Thursday, officials said, attributing the decision to measures taken by the new government in Colombo to empower Tamil minorities.

e-News 29 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka):

President Maithripala Sirisena while addressing the Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping at the United Nations yesterday (28th Sep) expressed on the Sri Lanka's commitment to increase its contribution to UN peacekeeping.

e-News 29 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka affirms commitment to increase the contribution for UN peacekeeping

President MaithripalaSirisena while addressing the Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping at the United Nations yesterday (28th Sep) expressed on the Sri Lanka's commitment to increase its contribution to UN peacekeeping. President Sirisena explained that, current contributions by Sri Lanka to UN Peacekeeping stand at 529 including troops, Military Observers and Civilian Police.

e-News 28 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): India, Sri Lanka to hold joint military exercse Mitra Shakti 2015 from Sep 29

India and Sri Lanka will conduct their third joint militaryexercise, Mitra Shakti 2015, at Pune from September 29. This is in continuation of the series of joint xercises between the armies of the two countries to build military-to-military cooperation and interoperability, an official press release said.

e-News 26 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Modi meets Bhutan PM, Sri Lanka president

Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his round of neighborhood diplomacy meeting Sri Lanka PresidentMaithripala Sirisena and Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay Friday and discussing economic cooperation. Modi complimented Sirisena on the successful and peaceful completion of parliamentary elections and said it showed a deep-rooted commitment to democracy, a trait shared with India.

e-News 24 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka confident of Chinese and Indian support for domestic probe

The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that it is confident of support from China, Russia and India for a domestic inquiry to investigate crimes detailed by the UN in the OHCHR Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL), despite the OISL recommending a hybrid special court to be established with significant international involvement.

e-News 22 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka opposes tone of proposed Unite State resolution on war crimes

Sri Lanka today described as “reparative, judgmental” and “counterproductive” the text of the draft resolution to be moved by the US at the UN rights body in Geneva on the country’s alleged war crimes during the last phase of civil war with the LTTE. Sri Lanka’s UN Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha participated in an informal consultation in Geneva on the draft resolution on the country organised by the Permanent Mission of the US.

e-News 21 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka fishermen reject talk offer by Indian counterpart

Sri Lankan fishing community representatives here rejected a request by their Indian counterparts to visit them to discuss their issues, including poaching. Vinayagamurthi Sahadevan, a Sri Lankan fishing organisation official in the northern town of Vavuniya, said they rejected the proposal since it will be a futile attempt.

e-News 20 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Talks with Sri Lanka on $5.19 billion road project to begin by October

Keen on fostering ties with neighbours, India is set to engage in high-level talks with Sri Lanka by October for an ambitious $5.19 billion road project to connect both the nations through a sea-bridge and an under water tunnel.

e-News 18 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka's rupee float seen positive; more economic reforms urged

Sri Lanka has won a thumb up from ratings agencies and economists for floating its rupee currency after last month's general election, but more reforms will be needed to support the currency and conserve the central bank's modest reserves.

e-News 17 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): UN wants international judges in Sri Lanka war crimes court

The United Nations on Wednesday detailed horrific abuses committed in Sri Lanka's civil war, including the disappearance of tens of thousands of people, and said the country needed international help to probe war crimes and enable reconciliation.

e-News 16 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Don’t demand Opposition leader post-President

President Maitripala Sirisena yesterday told a group of SLFPers that they could sit with the opposition but should not demand the post of Opposition Leader in Parliament. Addressing SLFP parliamentarians at the President House, the President said he would inform the SLFP General Secretary about those who chose to sit with the opposition.

e-News 15 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Patience is a virtue: UN on Sri Lanka

The United Nations remained tight lipped on the contents of the report on war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka and on the UN stance on the mechanism to be adopted in addressing the issues. The OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka was based on a US-sponsored resolution approved at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions held last year.

e-News 14 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka to release 16 Indian fishermen to mark Ranil Wickremesinghe's India visit

Ahead of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's first foreign visit to India, at least 16 Indian fishermen arrested recently for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters will be released in a goodwill gesture. Prime Minister's Office said a fishing organisation in Tamil Nadu had made an appeal to the government to consider the medical condition of the arrested fishermen.

e-News 13 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka set to announce reconciliation plans

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera would make a statement in Geneva on Monday, the inaugural day of the the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)’s three-week-long session. After making his statement, Mr. Samaraweera will leave for New Delhi to join Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who will be making his first overseas trip after assuming charge for the fourth time a few weeks ago, according to an official.

e-News 12 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Ranil follows task of constant vigilance

The first meeting of the Cabinet taking place on Wednesday 9, shows the problems President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had in the structuring of this Grand Coalition, which is now a government of consensus. Even before the first Cabinet meeting, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, took an important step on vigilance and transparency by calling for information on progress on inquiries into the killings of Lasantha Wickramatunge, former MP Nadarajah Raviraj and ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen.

e-News 11 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): President reiterates not to allow anybody to divide the country

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he would not allow anybody to divide the country which was united by the valiant war heroes shedding their blood. President Sirisena stated that the current government would implement a special program to for the welfare of the members of Security Forces.

e-News 10 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka's cabinet expanded

Three Cabinet ministers, 19 state ministers and 22 deputy ministers were inducted to the Council of Ministers of the Sri Lankan government on Wednesday. Their swearing in took place in the morning.

e-News 09 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Moderates and Radicals Clash in Jaffna Politics

For the first time after the exit of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from the Sri Lankan Tamil political scene in May 2009, Jaffna district politics is witnessing a clash between moderates and radicals on the ethnic issue. The clash could reach a high point if the Central Committee of the moderate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) entertains a discussion on the recent anti-party activities of the increasingly radical Northern Province Chief Minister C.N.Wigneswaran.

e-News 08 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): A dockyard at Hambantota Port

The government in a bid to make the Hambantota Port a viable commercial venture, has decided to develop dockyard facilities at the port at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 billion. A Chinese Company has responded positively to Ports and Shipping Minister ArjunaRanatunga’s call for expression of interests from potential investors to build dockyard facilities at the Hambantota Port, a ministry source said today.

e-News 07 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): UNHRC sessions: No TNA team, but some may go

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today it had not decided to send a party delegation to attend the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions. Its spokesperson and MP M.A. Sumanthiransaid some members might go in their individual capacities.

e-News 07 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): UNHRC sessions: No TNA team, but some may go

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today it had not decided to send a party delegation to attend the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions. Its spokesperson and MP M.A. Sumanthiransaid some members might go in their individual capacities.

e-News 06 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): National Govt. challenges have to be overcome with diligence: President

The national unity government formed by the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) may face lot of challenges that have to be overcome with diligence, President Maithripala Sirisena said today. The President also said that he decided to come out of the previous government and become the common opposition candidate on November 21, 2014 only after meeting former President Chandrika Kumaratunga with the then opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

e-News 05 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lankan leader swears in consensus Cabinet with members of main rival political parties

Sri Lankan leader Maithripala Sirisena presided Friday at the swearing in of 48 ministers in a new Cabinet for a consensus government including members of the two main rival political parties. It was followed by an agreement between the parties led by President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to govern together for at least two years.

e-News 04 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Currency swap agreement: Sri Lanka receives $1.1 billion from India

Sri Lanka's central bank received $1.1 billion from India today as part of a currency swap agreement, in order to shore up its foreign reserves and ease pressure on the local currency. The US dollars were injected from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said in a statement.

e-News 03 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Ethnic Tamil lawmaker becomes opposition leader in Sri Lanka for first time in decades

Sri Lanka's Parliament has recognized an ethnic Tamil lawmaker as the opposition leader for the first time in decades in what is seen a positive step toward post civil-war reconciliation with the minority community. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced Thursday that Rajavarothayam Sampanthan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance, was officially recognized for the position.

e-News 02 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka President urges legislators to end divisive politics and strengthen national government

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena called on all political parties to end politics of conflict and extend a helping hand to strengthen the politics of consociation initiated by the government. He emphasized that the launching of this new culture of unity under a national government would be immensely helpful to build reconciliation between the communities and speed up socio economic progress to achieve human development targets set for 2020 and beyond.

e-News 01 September, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Karu appointed new Speaker

UNP MP and former Public Administration Minister Karu Jayasuriya was appointed uncontested as the Speaker of new parliament in the inaugural session of the eighth parliament commenced today at 9.30 a.m. President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to address the parliament today.

e-News 31 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Vaiko, Ramadoss oppose India gifting away ship to SL

Opposing the gifting away of a Indian Coast Guard ship to Sri Lanka, MDMK chief Vaiko said it was a "betrayal" of Eelam Tamils and Tamil Nadu fishermen. Indian Coast Guard Ship 'Varaha' was gited to Sri Lanka on August 27 in Colombo. The ship was in the service of the island nation since 2006 and it was rechristened 'Sagara' by Sri Lanka.

e-News 28 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka Cabinet formation delayed again

Sri Lanka’s new government has further delayed formation of the Cabinet beyond the already agreed deadline of September 1. The election was held nearly two weeks ago in which the United National Party (UNP) failed to win the absolute majority of 113 seats in 225-member assembly. The UNP and the Opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party decided to form a national unity government following which there were serious negotiations and disagreements over the sharing of key portfolios.

e-News 27 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka rupee intervention rate upped to 134.15 to US dollar

Sri Lanka's authorities set the rupee intervention rate at 134.15 to the US dollar Wednesday strengthening the currency, a day after it was dropped to 134.25, dealers said. The Central Bank released nearly 300 billion rupees of excess liquidity dammed up by term repo deals, to keep rates down since the last quarter of 2014 triggering credit and unsustainable imports.

e-News 26 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR won't accept post of opposition leader

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will give political leadership to the parties and groups with him, but will not accept the post of opposition leader in parliament and function as an ordinary MP. Meanwhile, the United National Party (UNP) has decided to reappoint its parliamenarian Lakshman Kiriella as the Leader of the House.

e-News 25 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Second interim report to MS on Friday

The second interim report of the Presidential Commission to Inquire into Complaints on Missing Persons will be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday, by Commission Chairman Maxwel Paranagama. For the second mandate the Commission was advised by a panel of foreign experts including Sir Desmond De Silva.

e-News 24 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): SLFP likely to break-up with UPFA

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headed by President Maitripala Sirisena and its newly appointed officials are contemplating the termination of its political affiliation with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), informed sources said yesterday. The SLFP is the main constituent of the UPFA which was formed in 2004.

e-News 23 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): We'll function as main opposition: TNA

Selvam Adaikkalanathan, who was elected to parliament on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) ticket said today his party intended to function as the main opposition in parliament. He said the two main parties had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on forming a national unity government and therefore his party would be eligible to be the main opposition.

e-News 22 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): New portfolios being finalised

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga are in the process of finalising the list of members from the two main parties to be assigned portfolios in the national unity government, party sources said yesterday. It is learnt that the new ministers will take their oaths on Monday.

e-News 20 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): SLFP CC approves National Govt

SLFP general secretary DumindaDissanayake said that SLFP Central Committee chaired by President MaithripalaSirisena has agreed to form a national government. A committee headed by former president ChandrikaKumaratunge has been appointed in this regard.

e-News 19 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Will come to Parliament: MR

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has confirmed he will assume duties as an Opposition MP while stating that he accepts the results of the parliamentary elections with humility. The former President who contested at the parliamentary elections as a UPFA candidate from the Kurunegala district, in a statement thanked the voters, activists and the people’s representatives of the UPFA who contributed to the election campaign.

e-News 19 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Let’s introduce a new political culture: Ranil

United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today urged the people not to divide themselves as winners and losers and work together as one family for the betterment of Sri Lanka and to introduce a new political culture to the country. He remained the PM of Sri Lanka after the parliamentary election.

e-News 17 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Voting for General Elections commences

Voting for the General Election-2015 has commenced at 7am to elect 196 members of Parliament. The voting is scheduled to end at 4 pm. The Elections Commissioner and three leading election monitoring groups -- PAFFREL, CaFFE and the CMEV have deployed nearly 25,000 local observers and about 200 international observers to monitor the election.

e-News 15 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): HRW urges SL to ensure free and fair election

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday that authorities in Sri Lanka should ensure that voters have safe and secure access to the polls to vote in parliamentary elections on Monday Local monitoring groups have reported numerous incidents of election-related violence and campaigning irregularities in the month leading up to the nationwide polls..

e-News 14 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR asks Maithri to respect people’s verdict

In a response to President Maithripala Sirisena’s letter, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that he hopes President Sirisena would respect the verdict of the people at the parliamentary elections in the same manner he respected the verdict on January 09.

e-News 15 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): HRW urges SL to ensure free and fair election

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday that authorities in Sri Lanka should ensure that voters have safe and secure access to the polls to vote in parliamentary elections on Monday Local monitoring groups have reported numerous incidents of election-related violence and campaigning irregularities in the month leading up to the nationwide polls.

e-News 13 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Maithri sends hard-hitting letter to MR

In a hard-hitting letter to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today asked Mr. Rajapaksa not to raise communalism and said that he will not be appointed Prime Minister even if the party gets more than 113 parliamentary seats as there are more senior SLFPers who could be appointed as the Premier.

e-News 10 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Some would-be law makers break the law- EC

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that parliament was responsible for the enactment of laws for the benefit of the people, but that the very people who were hoping to enter parliament were breaking the law during this election period.

e-News 07 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Vote for only untainted candidates: Maithri

President Maithripala Sirisena said today voters had a responsibility to elect only qualified and untainted candidates for the next parliament. He said legislators who are committed to serving the people while upholding the decorum and dignity of parliament should be the ones who the people should elect at the August 17 general election.

e-News 06 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): RW: Needs new Constitution

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had stated that the country needed a new Constitution. He said that brining amendment upon amendment to the current Constitution would be confusing and therefore serious thought should be given to the drafting of a new Constitution

e-News 05 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): TMC plans stir for release of fishermen from Lankan jail

The Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) will stage State-wide agitation if the 14 Rameswaram fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on a charge of poaching on June 2 were not released at the end of their judicial remand on August 13, party president G.K. Vasan has said.

e-News 03 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): TULF wants resolution on Indian model - JVP

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), which is contesting the general election in the northern and eastern provinces except in the Digamadulla district, has advocated a political solution to the national question based on the Indian model of power devolution.

e-News 02 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): TNA fueling hardliners with demand for federalism - JVP

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today hit hard at the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which had demanded for federalism and said this demand was revived at every election thus fuelling Sinhala hardliners and resulting in unwanted ethnic tension. .

e-News 01 August, 2015 (Sri Lanka): One killed, 13 injured in shooting at Kotahena

In the first major act of violence ahead of the August 17 election, a 42-year-old woman was shot dead and 13 others injured when some unidentified gunmen fired at hundreds of people led by Minister Ravi Karunanayake on election campaigning along Bloemendhal Road, Kotahena this morning, police said.

e-News 30 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Action against BC

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told that the Cabinet decided to initiate investigations into the failure on the part of the Commissioners of the Bribery Commission to dispense with complaints lodged with it during the last four years.

e-News 29 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Investigators question LTTE operative on links to outfit

Investigators of the 'Q' branch police on Tuesday interrogated LTTE operative A Kumaraguru, who police arrested at Trichy airport on July 25 when he attempted to flee to Switzerland with a fake passport. Officers of the police's special anti-terror wing said they questioned Kumaraguru — an active operative of the LTTE till May 2009 — about his links to an arrested member of the rebels, Krishnakumar, and his associates in Ramanathapuram

e-News 29 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Another batch of SL Tamils return home

A fresh batch of 45 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees headed back to their homeland yesterday. Sources said that the refugees who were housed in various camps located in Tiruchi, Dindigul, Kanyakumari, Villupuram, Tuticorin, Sivaganga, Pudukottai, Madurai, Karur, Tirunelveli and Ramanathapuram districts had obtained exit clearance from the respective district administration authorities where the camps functioned.

e-News 28 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): UPFA presents election manifesto to Maithri

The election manifesto of United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) was presented to party Chairman and President Maithripala Sirisena by UPFA candidates Susil Premejayantha and Dinesh Gunawardane at the President’s House this morning.

e-News 27 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Looking forward to prove MR's guilt in court: Ranjan

Commenting on the Letter of Demand sent by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka for defaming him, Mr. Ramanayaka said he looked forward to prove Mr. Rajapaksa’s guilt in court.

e-News 26 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR sends Letters of Demand

Under instructions of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a collective of lawyers had sent Letters of Demand to five persons including Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka for allegedly making defamatory comments about Mr. Rajapaksa.

e-News 25 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Rajapaksa comeback bid checked by Sri Lanka bribery probe

Sri Lanka is investigating a Chinese firm on suspicion of offering a bribe to Mahinda Rajapaksa's failed presidential re-election campaign, a source close to the investigation said, weeks before he seeks to pull off a comeback in a general election.

e-News 24 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): SL fishermen warn India not to use banned nets

Sri Lankan fishermen have reportedly warned their Indian counterparts that they would be attacked if they continued using banned fishing nets and damaged nets anchored in the Lankan Sea. The Sri Lankan fishermen had also sent a memorandum to the Indian government, seeking Rs one crore as compensation for damage to their fishing nets.

e-News 23 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): India emerges as Sri Lanka's top import source nation

The Central Bank said today that India has emerged as Sri Lanka's top import source during the first five months of this year Along with this India once again was among the top five sources of tourist arrivals in May 2015 followed by China, UK, Germany and France.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Won't arrest politicians till elections over- FCID

A senior officer said that the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division will not arrest any person who is suspected to have committed grave financial crimes, if he is contesting the forthcoming general elections, until the elections of August 17 are over, as such arrests may prejudice the voters against them or their parties.

e-News 21 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Video: PM influencing FCID during election campaign: Susil

UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha today said the Prime Minister headed Parliamentary Sub-Committee was influencing the harassment of political opponents through the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) during the election campaign period.

e-News 20 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): SL and Indian fishermen want resumption of dialogue

Leaders of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen have called for a resumption of the conciliatory dialogue which has been deadlocked since April last. W. Herman Kumara, convener of National Fisheries Solidarity Movement in Sri Lanka had told that talks should be commenced and at same time government should take the dialogue seriously.

e-News 19 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Dambulla SLFP Group condemns MS speech

The Dambulla SLFP Balamandalaya today passed a resolution condemning the speech made by President Maithripala Sirisena and demanded its immediate withdrawal. Addressing a meeting Mr. Tennakoon, the Vice President of SLFP had said that they would take all measures necessary to protect the party.

e-News 18 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Indian police to block Indo-Lanka drug trafficking

The Indian Police have constituted a special squad called the D-Team, to mount surveillance on drug traffickers and contain the smuggling activities after witnessing a spurt in smuggling of drugs between Sri Lanka and India via sea route.

e-News 18 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): RBI signs currency swap agreement with SL Central Bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday signed a Special Currency Swap Agreement with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Under the arrangement, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka can draw up to $1.1 billion for a maximum period of six months.

e-News 17 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR promises new-look Lanka under new UPFA govt.

Former President and UPFA Kurunegala district candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa today said he came before the people after the January 8 electoral defeat as a new leader and promised to turn Sri Lanka into a new country after a UPFA government is formed after the August 17 general election.

e-News 16 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Ranil to SLFPers: Decide whether to support MS

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members should decide whether they were going to support President Maithripala Sirisena, who had made his stance clear, to continue with his good governance policies.

e-News 15 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Urgent SLFP CC meeting today

Sources said a special meeting of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee would be held today at party head office. The meeting is conducted following the speech made by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday against giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

e-News 14 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Audio: Will remain neutral, won't back MR: Maithri

President Maithripala Sirisena said he would remain neutral at the general election and won’t back former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that he is against Mr. Rajapaksa and that there are many seniors he could appoint as Prime Minister in the event the SLFP wins at the general elections.

e-News 13 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Left breakaways join UNFGG

Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne has said that the United Left Front (ULF) formed by breakaway groups of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party, the Communist Party and the Democratic Left Front, will contest the upcoming general elections with the UNP led alliance.

e-News 12 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR’s nomination has benefited the UNP: Minister

Minister John Amaratunga said today that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s nomination to contest the general election has benefited the United National Party (UNP). He also said that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to satisfy the SLFP by giving nomination to the former president has directly and indirectly benefited the UNP.

e-News 10 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Cruise liners to link SL-Kerala

Luxury cruise liners will commence operations from Sri Lanka to Kerala on October 2, Gandhi Jayanthi Day, giving a fillip to the burgeoning tourism industry. The launch of cruise ships between the island nation and Kerala follows the efforts of Kerala Tourism.

e-News 09 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR signs nominations for Kurunegala: Wimal

Former MP Wimal Weerawansa had said that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed nominations to contest the upcoming general election from the Kurunegala district today.

e-News 08 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): UPFA nomination lists after MS approval

Party officials said that the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) would finalize its nomination lists tomorrow after it is approved by President Maitripala Sirisena. The UPFA factions, loyal to President Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had lengthy discussions yesterday to iron out differences on the candidates to be fielded.

e-News 07 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Indian fishermen begin fast in prison

Fourteen fishermen from Rameshwaran, who were arrested last month by Sri Lankan naval personnel and whose remand was extended to July 17 by a court in the island nation, began an indefinite fast in Mannar on Monday, demanding that they be released.

e-News 06 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Three SLFP ministers to contest from UNP

According to political sources Land Minister M.K.D.S. Gunawardena, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga and Cultural Affairs Minister Nandimithra Ekanayake are considering contesting the forthcoming general elections from the United National Party.

e-News 05 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): JHU withdraws from UPFA

Jathka Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today that it had decided to withdraw from the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and was to contest the forthcoming General elections from a separate platform pushing for good-governance and democracy.

e-News 04 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Won’t allow Jan. 8 ‘silent revolution’ to be reversed: Maithri

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he will not allow the ‘silent revolution’ carried out on January 8, to be revoked. Speaking further the President had noted that he would ensure that justice prevails in the country and that family rule and corruption is cast out and good governance is preserved.

e-News 03 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MS to take final decision on MR today

President Maithripala Sirisena had reportedly told a UPFA party leaders meeting yesterday that he was not in favour of making former president Mahinda Rajapaksa the prime ministerial candidate or the group leader of the UPFA at the forthcoming general elections. However he had informed the UPFA party leaders that he would inform them whether former president Rajapaksa would be given nomination from the UPFA by today.

e-News 02 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Maithri rejects MR

Sources said that President Maithripala Sirisena has apparently rejected to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A group of SLFP leaders including former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has exerted pressure on the President against any move to accommodate Mr. Rajapaksa on board to contest the General Election or to spearhead the election campaign.

e-News 02 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Maithri rejects MR

Sources said that President Maithripala Sirisena has apparently rejected to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A group of SLFP leaders including former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has exerted pressure on the President against any move to accommodate Mr. Rajapaksa on board to contest the General Election or to spearhead the election campaign.

e-News 01 July, 2015 (Sri Lanka): I’ll contest general election: MR

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing a gathering at Medamulana this morning revealed that he would contest the upcoming general election. However, he did not name the party through which he would contest.

e-News 30 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): JVP urges govt. to postpone polls

The JVP today urged the government to postpone the general elections to the first week of September so that it won't affect students sitting the GCE Advanced Level examination. He also said that none of these issues would have arisen had the Parliament been dissolved just after the enactment of the 19th Amendment as the election would have been completed by now.

e-News 29 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Ranil challenges MR to defeat him

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe challenged former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to defeat him if possible after securing the prime ministerial candidature. He said he was ready for the electoral battle.

e-News 29 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MS appoints committee with MR supporters

Party sources said yesterday that President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a committee headed by former higher education minister S.B. Dissanayake to conduct talks with the group of SLFP and UPFA members who are backing former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, with a view to mending fences with them.

e-News 28 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR to make announcement on July 1

Rohan Weliwita , the spokesman of Mahinda Rajapaksha has said today that the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would make an official statement to the public on his stance of contesting at the Parliamentary Elections on next Wednesday.

e-News 28 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Ex-Tiger’s application for poll ticket puts ITAK in fix.

An application by a former top LTTE leader for an Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) ticket to contest the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, may have put the ITAK in a fix. Since the end of Eelam War IV in May 2009, the ITAK has been avoiding ex-LTTE cadres on the grounds as it has considered itself to be a “Gandhian” party, unlike other parties in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which have a militant and “bloody” past.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Polls on Aug. 17

According to government sources the general election is to be held on August 17 this year in Sri Lanka and the new Parliament is to be convened on September1st.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Parliament dissolved

President Maithripala Sirisena has called for the dissolution of parliament a short while ago. The dissolution of parliament was set to take place after the enactment of the 20th Amendment, but was speculated to take place today after passing of 20A proved impracticable because it did not receive the required two thirds majority in parliament.

e-News 26 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR says will contest only from SLFP

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stated that he will contest the next election only from the UPFA led by the SLFP. The former President had also reiterated that he had no intention of splitting up the party.

e-News 26 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Dissolution only after 20A is passed-Rajitha

Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said today that Parliament would not be dissolved until the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is passed.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Parliament dissolution within next two days

Parliament is likely to be dissolved either tonight or tomorrow night to enable General Elections to be conducted by the middle of August, informed sources said yesterday. The United National Party (UNP), the key partner of the government, has been pressing for the immediate dissolution of Parliament.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): SLMC now worse off than before-Rauff

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem, in an emotional speech, said in Parliament yesterday that his party had been placed in a worse predicament after it tried to unseat former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

e-News 24 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): India asked SL Navy not to fire on fishermen

The Indian External Affairs Ministry on Tuesday informed the Madras High Court in Madurai that it has impressed upon the Sri Lankan Navy “to act with restraint, not to fire on Indian fishermen and to treat them in a humane manner”. It also said, “During India-Sri Lanka bilateral meetings, including those at the highest levels, India has reiterated its position that the use of force could not be justified under any circumstances and that all fishermen should be treated in a humane manner."

e-News 24 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Why didn't UPFA govt. reform electoral system? - Ranil

Speaking during an adjournment debate in Parliament, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe charged that the UPFA government has failed to bring in any fruitful constitutional reforms. He also asked the reason behind the failure of UPFA government to bring in a new electoral system despite enjoying a two-thirds majority.

e-News 23 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): President frowns upon SLFP MPs

President Maithripala Sirisena said that all 127 Parliamentarians of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) elected at the 2010 General Elections, were not involved in programmes held at the SLFP Head Quarters for the betterment of the party though he had made several attempts to bring them together.

e-News 22 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): 20A adjournment debate starts tomorrow

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella has said today that Parliament would take up an adjournment debate on the 20th Amendment tomorrow and on Wednesday as requested by several parties. He said many MPs representing different parties in the House had wanted a two-day adjournment debate on the 20th Amendment.

e-News 21 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): National security will be protected-Ruwan

State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has said today that the present regime will never do anything which is harmful to the national security. He also said the present regime will continue with the democratic reforms as it had done during the recent past.

e-News 21 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Navy arrests 26 Indian fishermen

The Sri Lanka Navy arrested 26 Indian fishermen for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan water in Northern Point Pedro on yesterday. Along with the fishermen, three fishing vessels had also been confiscated by Sri Lankan Navy.

e-News 20 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Chinese funds crucial for development of Sri Lanka – Chamal

Speaker of Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa has said that Loans and investment from China are crucial not only for the development of Sri Lanka but also in strengthening China-Sri Lanka bilateral ties. Since Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official visit to the island nation in September last year, the friendship between the two countries has risen to a higher level with deeper mutually beneficial cooperation in various sectors.

e-News 20 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lankan TULF party blames TNA for ignoring India's contributions to the peace process

Sri Lanka's Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has blamed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for agreeing to South African mediation while overlooking India's contributions to the peace process. TULF was the main Tamil party until the LTTE's emergence as an armed group pursuing a violent struggle for a separate Tamil homeland.

e-News 18 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): High level discussions held on reconciliation

MFA Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne has said that high level officials were engaging in internal consultations over establishing a transparent and inclusive process to develop credible mechanisms for accountability and reconciliation which has been urged by UNHRC and the international community.

e-News 17 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Gazette on 20A issued

The gazette notification in English language on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution had been published today, the Government Printing Department said. The Sinhala and Tamil versions are also to be printed and published soon.

e-News 17 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): India-SL road link in the works: Union minister

Indian Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that the Centre is looking at connecting India and Sri-Lanka via a sea-bridge. The road connectivity, built across Palk Strait, could possibly be a combination of a sea-bridge and underwater tunnel.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR creates ethnic rifts, prejudice: UNP

The United National Party (UNP) said yesterday that it was highly regretted to see former President Mahinda Rajapaksa trying to create rifts and hatred among different ethnic groups in the country. They charged that Mr. Rajapaksa was hurling baseless abuses at the government of President Maihtripala Sirisena.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Basil granted bail

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and three others were granted bail by the Colombo High Court today in the case where the four were charged of misusing Divineguma Public Fund.

e-News 14 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Gota says no to politics

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said he would not enter politics in the future. Rajapakse stated that as the previous Defence Secretary, he had ensured people live in peace and freedom without fear.

e-News 12 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Cabinet approves 20A

The Cabinet today approved the 20th Amendment to the Constitution with the proposed number of parliamentary seats increased to 237 from the current 225.

e-News 11 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Four SLFP deputy ministers appointed

Four Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians Wijaya Dahanayake, Sanath Jayasuriya, Thilanga Sumathipala and Eric Weerawardane were appointed as deputy ministers by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

e-News 11 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Dissolve in event of no-faith motion: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that dissolution of Parliament was the option in the event of a no-confidence motion being mooted against him. The Prime Minister made these remarks in response to the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs, who pressed for the debate on the no-confidence motion.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Cabinet agrees on 20A

Sri Lankan Cabinet has decided at a special session today to draft legislation by Friday to implement electoral reforms as the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Though it had been proposed to increase the number of MPs to 255, Cabinet finally decided to maintain the number at 225 as insisted upon by the United National Party (UNP).

e-News 08 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MS not in favour of no faith motion

The President of Sri Lanka Maitripala Sirisena has expressed that he is not in favour of entertaining the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and believes that the enactment of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution should take precedence over anything else at this moment.

e-News 07 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Government would not act on no-confidence motion: Wijeyadasa

According to Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse Government would not take any action on the no-confidence motion signed by 112 Parliamentarians against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He said the no-confidence motion was useless because President Maithripala had vowed to dissolve Parliament soon.

e-News 06 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): India, SL fishermen issue needs lasting solution: Envoy

Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India Sudharshan Seneviratne said that the long-drawn fishermen problem between India and Sri Lanka that has often threatened to spoil ties needs a “bottoms-up solution rather than one imposed from above.” The fishermen problem, that has recently seen some harsh language used by Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera with India voicing its displeasure.

e-News 05 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): 110 MPs sign no faith motion

UNP Parliamentarian Manusha Nanayakkara said that the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with 110 signatures of opposition members including ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers was to be handed over to the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa last afternoon despite attempts by the government to prevent it.

e-News 03 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Parliament adjourned till June 9

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has adjourned Parliament till June 9 following a request by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He cited that they need time to arrive at a written agreement among party leaders over the appointments of Constitutional Council members.

e-News 02 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): President hints at death penalty for drug offences

Addressing an event to mark International No-tobacco day yesterday at the BMICH, the President Maithripala Sirisena had proposed that capital punishment should be given to those found guilty of drug trafficking in the country.

e-News 01 June, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Ruwan holds talks with UK, India on defence ties

State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene, who is in Singapore to participate in the 14th Asia Security Summit - the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, held series of discussions on defence cooperation with several countries including India. The Sri Lanka delegation to the Shangri-La Dialogue was led by Minister Wijewardene.

e-News 31 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): 4000 fishermen go to sea after ban ends; Sri Lanka navy vessels on IMBL

About 4000 fishermen on Saturday set out to sea at the end of a 48-day ban, imposed to enable fish breeding, even as Sri Lankan Navy deployed its vessels along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) to prevent them from crossing over into their waters.

e-News 31 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Rajapaksa Fears LTTE Revival in Sri Lanka

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed fears that the separatist Tamil Tigers could regroup and revive terrorism in the country. Rajapaksa, who led the Sri Lankan forces in the bloody victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009, plans to contest parliamentary polls in another bid to return to power.

e-News 29 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): India slams minister for rejecting fishermen’s proposal

Indian External Affairs Ministry in a statement, had called remarks by Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera ‘not helpful’ to the government’s efforts at finding a solution to the fisherman issue which is prevalent between the countries from decades. The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson had also raised the question concerning about Sri Lankan fishermen fishing in Indian waters.

e-News 29 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MS rules out nomination for MR

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday told the representatives of the UPFA that he could not agree to offer nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the next election. But the UPFA leaders, who were present, did not agree to the President’s refusal to give nomination to Mr. Rajapaksa and some of the UPFA leaders also met the former President Rajapaksa in Colombo yesterday morning.

e-News 28 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Electoral reforms: Cabinet fails to reach agreement

According to sources Sri Lankan Cabinet, last night, failed once again to reach consensus on the proposed electoral reforms. At last President Sirisena had presented a summary of the report on electoral reforms compiled by the Cabinet subcommittee.

e-News 27 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka rejects Indian proposal to solve fishing dispute

Fisheries minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Amaraweera had said that India had requested Sri Lanka to allow Indians to catch fish for 65 days a year in Sri Lankan waters in an attempt to resolve the India-Sri Lanka fishing issue. However Sri Lanka had rejected the offer.

e-News 26 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Former Sri Lankan president to contest in parliamentary polls

A senior opposition member had informed that the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to contest in the upcoming Parliamentary election to be held in Sri Lanka. His supporters including several opposition parliamentarians have been holding mass public rallies in many parts of the country in support of the former leader and pressurizing the present President Sirisena to appoint him as the prime ministerial candidate.

e-News 25 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Protests banned in Jaffna

The Jaffna court yesterday issued an order banning any demonstrations or protests in Jaffna . The order came after a group of people resorted to violence during a protest outside the Jaffna court premises recently.

e-News 24 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): PM appeals to Sri Lankan youth to elect public representatives who are capable of solving their problems

The PM of Sri Lanka is urging the youth of the country to elect capable public representatives to solve their problems in the coming Parliamentary elections. He also mentioned that the young generation has been ignored over the past few years but the current government has various plans for youth development over the next five years.

e-News 23 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Four ministers of Sri Lanka Freedom Party quit Maithripala Sirisena's government

Four Sri Lankan Freedom Party Ministers had resigned from the current coalition government of Sri Lanka after accusing the PM Ranil Wickremesinghe of political high handedness and taking control over the ruling coalition. The ministers' resignation indicated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's influence on the party leaders in his attempt to make a political comeback.

e-News 22 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Police should act urgently on Jaffna incidents: MR

According to the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, police should pay proper attention to the Jaffna incident (where the protesters were on the street demanding justice for the rape of a school girl ) which turned violent and unruly. He compared the incident to the initial act of terrorism.

e-News 21 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka to begin domestic probe on LTTE war crimes next month: President Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that Sri Lanka will start the domestic probe into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of the decade long LTTE war from next month. He said it was mandatory for Sri Lanka to show progress by September in this regard.

e-News 20 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): New parliament by September: MS

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said this morning that by September the present Parliament would be dissolved and there will be a new Parliament in the country very soon.

e-News 19 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Forex case: Ravi K. acquitted

The Colombo High Court on Monday freed Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and two others on all charges based on violation of the Exchange Control Act. The Attorney General indicted Nexia Corporation, Linton Sirisoma and Ravi Karunanayake on charges of money laundering by violating the regulations of the Central Bank and the Exchange Control Act.

e-News 18 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka hands over 37 Indian fishermen

The 37 Indian fishermen who were arrested on 3 April for illegally entering into Sri Lankan water were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard after a local court in Sri Lanka had ordered their release. Their release came after the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena met a delegation of five fishermen association leaders.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Indo-Sri Lanka trade up 10-fold after FTA

At an interactive meeting organised by the India-ASEAN-Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha had said that the trade between India and Sri Lanka has increased 10-fold after the implementation of Free Trade Agreement. However he also emphasised the need to explore more on this area as it has vast potentials.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Speaker signs blueprint of 19 A

According to the General Secretary of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has signed the blueprint of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution today. Some of the important features of the 19th Amendment Bill are to reduce the terms of President and Parliament and re-introduction of a two-term limit that a person can have as a President of Sri Lanka.

e-News 14 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Ministerial committee appointed to draft electoral reforms bill

A Ministerial Committee comprising of five ministers was set up yesterday to find out the principles laid down by each political parties before the final drafting of the electoral reforms bill. The committee comprises of Mr. P.C Ranawaka, Higher Education Minister Sarath Amunugama, Plantations Minister Lakshman Kiriella, Sri Lankan Muslim Congress leader Minister Mr. Rauff Hakeem and Estate Infrastructure Development Minister Palani Digambaram.

e-News 13 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): SL frees 37 Indian fishermen

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the release of 37 Indian fishermen after attending a meeting with a delegation of five Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka. But the Sri Lankan President did not mention anything about the Indian boats still in detention in the island nation.

e-News 12 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): GR files fundamental rights violation petition

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has filed a fundamental rights violation petition against the state authorities who has ordered his arrest as a result of the Financial Crime Investigation. He has claimed that it is a violation of his personal rights and liberties.

e-News 11 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Submit amendments on 20A by Wednesday: President

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked all the political party leaders to submit their views and proposals on 20th Amendment by Wednesday so that it can be discussed again before the final adoption of the electoral reforms.

e-News 10 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Smaller parties unhappy with Sri Lanka electoral reform plan

The minority parties in Sri Lanka have expressed their reservation against the new government’s electoral reform plans. They feel that their interests would be best served by the existing electoral system.

e-News 09 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka promises to meet deadline for probe into war crimes

The new government of Sirisena is asking for a domestic mechanism rather than an international probe to investigate into the alleged human rights violations during the final phases of the decades-long LTTE war. However the Tamil population in the country is not in favour of the arrangement due to their past experiences.

e-News 09 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka reserves boosts from Indian currency swap

According to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka the currency swap deal with India has boosted Sri Lanka's gross official reserves to $7.4 billion. It is to be mentioned that the arrangement of currency swap was announced during the visit to Colombo by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March.

e-News 08 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): MR rejects Mangala’s claim about $18 bn abroad

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had said that the allegation against him and his family members are totally false and they are the victims of a political conspiracy. The accusation against him of having $18 billion dollars in offshore bank accounts was made by the Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera during a news conference yesterday.

e-News 07 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): TN MPs want India to reclaim Katchatheevu

The Tamil Nadu MPs want India to regain its control over the island of Katchatheevu and cited the strategic importance of the island. The MPs claimed that the handing over of the island to Sri Lanka was illegal and unconstitutional.

e-News 07 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Maithri-Mahinda talks inconclusive

The talks between the present (Maithripala Sirisena)and the former Sri Lankan President (Mahinda Rajapaksa) yield no fruitful results as there was no conclusion reached in any of the key demands made by the delegation led by the former Sri Lankan President. One of the key demands put forwarded by the delegation was to nominate Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

e-News 06 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): IMF raises concern over Sri Lanka's fiscal deficit

International Monetary Fund expressed its concern over Sri Lanka’s fiscal deficit in the year 2015. The new government of President Maithripala Sirisena has changed several fiscal policies including reducing import taxes on some commodities and fuel prices after attaining power.

e-News 06 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sirisena-Rajapaksa Talks on Tricky Political Issues on Wednesday

At a meeting held in Rameswaram, Fishermen in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu had decided to call for a bandh for a day to protest against Indian Central Government’s indifference towards their problem. They also complained that majority of the boats released by the Sri Lankan authority in last few days are heavily damaged and cannot be repaired.

e-News 05 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Indian fishermen to protest over Sri Lanka

At a meeting held in Rameswaram, Fishermen in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu had decided to call for a bandh for a day to protest against Indian Central Government’s indifference towards their problem. They also complained that majority of the boats released by the Sri Lankan authority in last few days are heavily damaged and cannot be repaired.

e-News 04 May, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka Navy hands over of 14 fishing trawlers to India's Coast Guard

The Sri Lankan Navy has handed over of 14 fishing trawlers to the Indian Coast Guard which were with them since last June.

e-News 29 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Bangladesh Navy ship arrives at Sri Lankan port on goodwill visit

As a gesture of showing good will and cooperation between both the countries, Sri Lankan Navy has welcomed a Bangladeshi Naval ship at the port of Colombo in accordance with its naval tradition on Tuesday. The Bangladeshi vessel is on a three day good will visit to Sri Lanka where the crew members are scheduled to take part in several special programmes in order to enhance the cordial relations between both the countries navies.

e-News 29 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka's Parliament votes overwhelmingly to clip extensive presidential powers

Sri Lankan Parliament voted in favour of 19th Amendment to curb the extensive powers of the President and made him answerable to the Parliament on Tuesday.

e-News 27 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka’s FTA with India; an opportunity not a threat: Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

The importance of trade and investment between both India and Sri Lanka was again highlighted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. According to Ceylon Chamber of Commerce although India is much bigger economy in size as compared to Sri Lanka yet a FTA in services and investment can be beneficial for both the nations and Sri Lanka should not consider it as a threat as the country can gain enormously out of it.

e-News 27 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka's Parliament Debates Presidential Powers

Sri Lanka’s Parliament debated constitutional amendments regarding Presidential power on Monday. However the voting on the amendments will take place on Tuesday.

e-News 26 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka raises import duties of potatoes and onions to protect local farmers

Sri Lanka increases the import duty of potatoes and onions in the interest of local farmers.

e-News 26 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Nepal Earthquake: Sri Lanka dispatches emergency relief assistance to Nepal

The Government of Sri Lanka immediately sent a medical team as the first step towards emergency relief assistance to earthquake hit Nepal.

e-News 23 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka's President urges all Parliamentarians to vote for 19A; election reforms to follow (FULL VIDEO)

Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena has requested all the Parliamentarians to vote for 19th amendment, aimed at abolishing executive presidency and to eliminate all kinds of corruption and fraud from the Sri Lankan society, on the occasion of his 100 days in office as the President of Sri Lanka.

e-News 23 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka's ruling coalition faces rift

A rift has been seen in the ruling coalition of Sri Lanka over the issue of constitutional reforms in Parliament today. The two main parties of the coalition, Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) and United National Party (UNP), accused each other for the delay in the approval and implementation of the reforms.

e-News 23 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Brother of former Sri Lankan president arrested in fraud inquiry

Basil Rajapaksa, the youngest brother of the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was arrested on corruption charges by the Sri Lankan police on Wednesday. He was a cabinet minister in charge of Economic Development and Reconstruction Efforts in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government.

e-News 22 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Tamil Nadu fishermen team to leave for Sri Lanka to salvage 31 boats

Tamil Fisherman issue or fishing disputes is one of the major obstacles in the smooth relationship between India and Sri Lanka for a considerable period of time. However as a gesture of showing goodwill towards India, the new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, just before his visit to India in the month of February this year ,had released 81 boats which had been detained by the Sri Lankan navy since June last year. A group of 141 people on 18 boats are all set to start their journey today from the Tamil Nadu coast to repatriate 31 out of the 81 boats.

e-News 22 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka donates Buddha Statues to Reconstructed Temples in Bangladesh

In a gesture to mark friendly relations between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the Sri Lankan government has donated Buddha statues to the reconstructed and renovated temples in the Ramu and Chittagong areas of Bangladesh which were destroyed as a result of the 2012 Ramu violence.

e-News 22 April, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka lawmakers continue protest over probe on ex-president

The dispute over the investigation of bribery and corruption charges made against the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa continues, as his supporters in the legislature protested the move ordered by the present President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, considered it as an insult to the 69 years old leader. Rajapaksa’s media adviser had also made it clear that the former President won’t appear before an anti-bribery Commission on April 24 as the exact nature of the complaint has not been disclosed. The ex President of Sri Lanka has been accused of adopting unfair means during his election campaign.

e-News 21 January, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Fuel Prices go down in Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Energy in Sri Lanka has cut down on the price of ordinary petrol and diesel. The price of ordinary petrol is now Rs 117 per litre and diesel is Rs 95 per litre.

e-News 15 January, 2015 (Sri Lanka): Pope’s Message for Sri Lanka

Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka on 13th for a two day visit. He propagated the ideas of respect and human dignity as essential values for the prosperous development and peace in Sri Lanka and also urged the political and religious leaders to spread the message of living without differences as one family one nation.

e-News 31 December, 2014 (Sri Lanka): Mahinda Rajapaksa likely to win according to the Kelaniya University

In a recent survey conducted by Kelaniya University, “53 percent” votes are coming in the favour of Mahinda Rajapaksa making him most likely the winning candidate, whereas the opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena is carrying “44 percent” of the votes.

e-News 19th August, 2014 (Sri Lanka) Strengthening Military Cooperation

The Defence Seminar 2014 being held in Sri Lanka in its second day has its theme as “National Security” presided by Major General Milinda Peiris, adopted many areas of national interest. “The Land Force Doctrine”, has under it certain social values, such as “spirituality”, “knowledge”, “self-sufficiency”, “Inclusiveness”, “democracy”, “harmony”, “discipline”, “equality”, “Patriotism”, ‘Hospitality”, “Selflessness”, “Charity”, “Tolerance”, “Unity” and “clemency.”

Nepal

e-News 27 September, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal protests over Constitution – Roundup

Clashes ensued between cadres of the Madhesi Front and security personnel at the Nepalgunj border today, leaving four security personnel and five demonstrators injured. The clashes near the border came a day after hundreds of protesters opposing the new Constitution blocked a key trade checkpoint on the Indo-Nepal border.

e-News 26 September, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal Summons Indian Envoy as Hundreds of Cargo Trucks are Halted at Border

With hundreds of Nepal-bound cargo-bearing trucks halted at the border, Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae was summoned to the foreign ministry on Friday for clarifying whether India had imposed any restriction on trade with the Himalayan nation. The envoy said India has no intention to block trade tied with Nepal and clarified that the obstruction to the Nepal-bound cargo was due to unrest, protests and demonstrations on the Nepali side.

e-News 21 September, 2015 (Nepal):New Low in India-Nepal Ties, New Delhi Chastises Nepali Political Leadership for Terai Violence

India’s relations with Nepal has gone to a new low, with New Delhi chastising Nepal’s political leadership for not heeding its caution over promulgating the constitution in a hurry without meeting aspirations of all communities and letting the situation deteriorate with violent protests. Ministry of external affairs said India was “deeply concerned over the incidents of violence resulting in death and injury in regions of Nepal bordering India following the promulgation of Constitution yesterday

e-News 20 September, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal formally adopts new constitution amid protests from minorities

Nepal has formally adopted a much anticipated and long-delayed constitution that took more than seven years to complete following a decade of political infighting. President Ram Baran Yadav signed the constitution and made the proclamation, setting off a roar of applause from members of the constituent assembly in Kathmandu.

e-News 18 September, 2015 (Nepal):Modi sends Jaishankar as special envoy on the eve of constitution commencement

As the Constituent Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed the new constitution— which is awaiting its full execution from September 20— Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, as a special envoy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is landing in Kathmandu early morning tomorrow.

e-News 18 September, 2015 (Nepal):China welcomes Nepal's approval for new Constitution

A day after Nepal approved a new Constitution, China today welcomed the move, saying it hopes to see political stability and economic development in the neighbouring country. Nepal's Constituent Assembly, constitution-making body, last night overwhelmingly approved a new constitution after seven years of painstaking efforts and deliberations, splitting the country into seven federal provinces.

e-News 16 September, 2015 (Nepal):Blasts in Nepal churches after rejection of Hindu state proposal

Blasts in churches and a police station were reported in violence-hit Nepal on Monday night, hours after the constituent assembly drafting a new Constitution rejected a proposal to declare the country a Hindu state. The Himalayan nation has been on the edge since the draft Constitution was unveiled last month.

e-News 15 September, 2015 (Nepal):Blasts in Nepal churches after rejection of Hindu state proposal

Blasts in churches and a police station were reported in violence-hit Nepal on Monday night, hours after the constituent assembly drafting a new Constitution rejected a proposal to declare the country a Hindu state. The Himalayan nation has been on the edge since the draft Constitution was unveiled last month.

e-News 14 September, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal as Hindu nation proposal rejected

Nepali lawmakers on Monday rejected a proposal to restore the Hindu character of the Himalayan nation with the Constituent Assembly (CA) firmly plumping for secularism that was adopted seven years ago. The 601member CA tasked with framing the country's new constitution voted clause-by-clause on individual articles of the proposed constitution and ensured that its secular character adopted in May 2008 by the world's once-only-Hindu kingdom was retained.

e-News 13 September, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal crisis should be resolved through dialogue

China’s senior government officials and a leading government think tank have said that they are anxious to see Nepal resolve its constitutional stalemate, move on a firm path to political stability and long-term prosperity. This reaction comes on the heels of more than 40 deaths in the Tarai unrest in recent weeks.

e-News 12 September, 2015 (Nepal):Political Upheaval Stymies Nepal Quake Recovery

Nepal—Political turmoil is stymieing recovery after devastating earthquakes this year that killed nearly 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless across this impoverished Himalayan nation. Strikes and clashes between police and protesters trying to block a new constitution have left more than 30 people dead and brought economic life to halt in parts of southern Nepal.

e-News 10 September, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal constitution drafting hit as 85 CA members walk out

Nepal’s bid to finalise a new constitution has hit a serious roadblock as 85 Constituent Assembly (CA) members have walked out from the constitution drafting process after being dissatisfied over several issues. The assembly has 601 seats but the proposed constitution needs a two-thirds majority to “endorse” each and every article.

e-News 10 September, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal constitution drafting hit as 85 CA members walk out

Nepal’s bid to finalise a new constitution has hit a serious roadblock as 85 Constituent Assembly (CA) members have walked out from the constitution drafting process after being dissatisfied over several issues. The assembly has 601 seats but the proposed constitution needs a two-thirds majority to “endorse” each and every article.

e-News 10 September, 2015 (Nepal):NC office set ablaze

Protesters have set the Nepali Congress (NC)’s party office on fire in Janakpur of Dhanusa district on Monday.Although the NC, the UML and the UCPN (Maoist) have agreed to create a Madhes province stretching between Parsa and Saptari district, the Madhesi front wants the southern parts of Sunsari, Morang and Jhapa as well.

e-News 07 September, 2015 (Nepal):NC office set ablaze

Protesters have set the Nepali Congress (NC)’s party office on fire in Janakpur of Dhanusa district on Monday.Although the NC, the UML and the UCPN (Maoist) have agreed to create a Madhes province stretching between Parsa and Saptari district, the Madhesi front wants the southern parts of Sunsari, Morang and Jhapa as well.

e-News 05 September, 2015 (Nepal):Seven provinces remain intact

Three major parties have decided to address the demands of the indigenous Tharu community only after forming a state-restructuring commission. After a day-long meeting, the Nepali Congress, the CPN (UML) and the UCPN (Maoist) on Saturday evening decided to keep the seven-province federalism model intact for the time being. However, they agreed to form a commission to address the demands of the Tharu community.

e-News 31 August, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal trade corridor projects get PM push

With the government focused on strengthening relations with Nepal and to improve trade and communication, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the road transport ministry to expedite widening and completion of ongoing works. Sources said during his last review meeting on infrastructure, PM Modi had asked the ministry to see whether multimodal hubs can be developed on the major stretches, such as Raxaul along NH-28A.

e-News 31 August, 2015 (Nepal):Every Nepal-India boundary pillar to have GPS observation

Nepal and India have agreed to install global positioning system (GPS) in every boundary pillar between the two neighbouring countries. The decision was taken during the Survey General-level second Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG) meet held at Dehradun, in India, on August 26-27.

e-News 28 August, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal says will not let protests derail constitution

Nepal's government has vowed that protests in which 14 people have been killed will not derail a constitutional process that is in the final stretch, even though pressing ahead could further anger ethnic minority groups on the southern plains. The government deployed the army to restore order following the protests by members of a minority group called the Tharus. Adoption of the constitution, which requires a two-thirds majority in parliament, would start a transformation in which a new president, prime minister and speaker would be chosen.

e-News 26 August, 2015 (Nepal):MODI URGES CALM IN NEPAL AFTER DEADLY PROTESTS

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for calm in neighbouring Nepal on Monday, a day after at least nine people were killed during protests against a proposed new constitution. Modi, leader of Nepal’s largest donor and trading partner had appealed to the government, all political parties and the people of Nepal to eschew violence and maintain social harmony.

e-News 25 August, 2015 (Nepal):Protests over draft Nepal charter turn violent, nine dead

At least nine people were killed in Nepal on Monday when demonstrators attacked police with spears, knives, axes and scythes during a protest against proposals for administrative reform in the Himalayan country. Thousands of people were protesting in the town of Tikapur against a government-backed plan to include their area in a hilly province, part of a regional overhaul envisaged in a new federal constitution expected to be finalised this month.

e-News 23 August, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal, India to ink deal to construct oil pipeline

India and Nepal are set to sign an MoU on Monday for the construction of a 41km-long petroleum pipelineto import petroleum products from India, a key agreement that will ensure unhindered supply of oil and gas to the land-locked Himalayan nation. The pipeline from Raxaul in Bihar to Amlekhgunj in Nepal is estimated to cost Rs 275 crore and is expected to be completed in three years.

e-News 23 August, 2015 (Nepal):Draft of Nepal's new Constitution tabled despite protests from Opposition

The final draft of Nepal's new Constitution was tabled in the Constituent Assembly tonight amid protests and slogan-shouting by members of Madhesi parties and other opposition groups. Constitution Drafting Committee Chairman Krishna Prasad Sitaula tabled the revised draft which included seven provinces rather than the six agreed in the breakthrough deal between the parties earlier this month.

e-News 22 August, 2015 (Nepal):Nepal parties now agree on seven states in new constitution

Violent protests in Madhes and mid-western regions forced major parties in Nepal on Friday to reconsider an earlier agreement and decide on dividing the country into seven federal states in the new constitution. Nepal’s eight-year-old constitution drafting process has entered final phase with deals on contentious issues among major parties. But the agreements are being opposed by several parties in Madhes and indigenous groups.

e-News 20 August, 2015 (Nepal):Economic cooperation would help strengthen SAARC’s integration: FM Mahat

In the SAARC Finance Ministers’ meet Finance Minister of Nepal Dr Ram SharanMahat said that the meeting may be a platform to devise common concept in the field of tourism promotion, food security and international area.Mahat said SAARC is on its way towards economic growth and transformation.

e-News 19 August, 2015 (Nepal):One killed after violence over demarcation of states

One person was killed in police firing and dozens of others injured in separate incidents of protests in Nepal on Tuesday over demarcation of new federal states in the country’s new constitution. Protests had turned violent after several people were injured in a baton charge by police in Bhardaha in an effort to clear the east-west highway blocked by members of a joint Madhesi front.

e-News 17 August, 2015 (Nepal):Differences delay final statute draft

Serious differences among four major parties over religion and addressing the concerns of the Tharus and the mid-western people have deadlocked the constitution drafting process. A taskforce formed under the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), which was supposed to submit its report to the CDC on Sunday, failed to meet the deadline due to the differences.

e-News 16 August, 2015 (Nepal):NPC taskforce to make recommendations

The National Planning Commission has formed a taskforce led by its member Prem Dangal to recommend on development of unified settlements in earthquake-affected districts. he five-member panel will include an NPC secretary and two joint secretaries from the Urban Development Ministry and the Physical Infrastructure Ministry as members.

e-News 15 August, 2015 (Nepal):PM hails India on Independence Day

On the occasion of the 69th Independence Day of India, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has extended greetings to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for continued peace, progress and prosperity of the people of India.

e-News 14 August, 2015 (Nepal):ADB likely to cut aid to Nepal

Asian Development Bank said on Friday that Nepal has performed badly in disbursement of resources in 2015 which could result in cut down of potential aid to Nepal. According to the Asian lender, only $25 million has been disbursed so far out of the total planned $180 million with just four months left to conclude the year.

e-News 12 August, 2015 (Nepal):RPP-N, Madhesi parties boycott discussions on PDCC report

Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal and four Madhesi parties have boycotted the discussions on the PDCC report suggesting amendments to the preliminary draft of the constitution by incorporating the opinions from the general public.

e-News 10 August, 2015 (Nepal):Report in CA amid protest

The Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee on Sunday tabled its report on disputed issues to the Constituent Assembly, setting the tone for modifications in the preliminary draft of the new constitution. PDCC Chairman Baburam Bhattarai presented the report amid protest by Madhes-based parties and the Rastriya Prajantantra Party-Nepal.

e-News 10 August, 2015 (Nepal):Discontent in Maoists over 6-province pact

TSenior UPCN (Maoist) leaders have registered their reservations with the party leadership over the six-state model agreed by the four major political parties on Saturday, warning of stern action if the party leadership did not correct it.

e-News 09 August, 2015 (Nepal):Demonstration in Janakpur against state demarcation

The Samyukta Madhesi Morcha organised a protest programme against the agreement on state demarcation forged among four major political parties on Saturday night. They warned of resorting to stern protests saying the four-party pact on state demarcation is unacceptable to them.

e-News 08 August, 2015 (Nepal):Parties agree on 6-state model

Major political parties have reached an understanding to federate the country into six states in the new constitution. Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L) Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, however, has exited the top parties meeting expressing discontent over the states

e-News 07 August, 2015 (Nepal):CA meet deferred for tomorrow

The meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) scheduled for 5pm on Friday has been deferred. Another meeting of the CA has been scheduled for 3 pm on Saturday after the parties could not reach to a consensus regarding the disputed issues of constitution writing.

e-News 06 August, 2015 (Nepal):Civil society, rights activists join Dalit protest

A day after a violent clash with the security forces, Dalit leaders continued their peaceful demonstration in the Capital on Wednesday, with civil society organisations, rights activists and public of all quarters on tow. Dalits have been demanding at least three percent representations at the centre, five percent at provincial and 10 percent at local levels

e-News 06 August, 2015 (Nepal):Parties hope to settle disputed issues today

Top leaders of four major political parties, CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress Vice-president Ram Chandra Paudel and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar had claimed that they hope to settle all the issues such as number and demarcation of federal units, secularism, and provisions on citizenship by Thursday..

e-News 05 August, 2015 (Nepal):Statute is top priority for now: UML chief

CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said the new constitution will be promulgated by mid-August, despite the “conspiracies that are afoot to foil the constitution drafting process”.

e-News 03 August, 2015 (Nepal):Parties divided over delineation of federal states

Serious differences have emerged among the four major parties Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and Madhesi Janadhikar Fourm-Loktantrik on whether to delineate the federal provinces before the promulgation of new constitution..

e-News 02 August, 2015 (Nepal):Parties in talks to settle demarcation row

Major Political Parties have sat for discussions to decide on the demarcation of the federal units as they have come under intense pressure from all quarters to settle the demarcation row before drafting the constitution. For accomplishing the tasks, Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC) formed a special taskforce of top leaders and bestowed it the responsibility to finalize the tasks of incorporating those suggestions in the draft constitution. .

e-News 01 August, 2015 (Nepal):Madhesi Morcha declares more protests

Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (United Democratic Madhesi Front) has warned to set the constitution draft on fire and intensify their protest s if the constitutiondraft is presented in the constituent assembly in opposition to the agreement that was made before.

e-News 01 August, 2015 (Nepal):Walkathon to mark Nepal-China relations

A walkathon was organised here this morning to mark the 60 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and China. Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Chief Secretary Lilamani Paudyal and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai jointly inaugurated the walkathon organized by Nepal Chamber of Commerce.

e-News 30 July, 2015 (Nepal):Four parties bid to win over disgruntled sides

Four major parties—Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Loktantrik—have started consultations with disgruntled parties to take dissatisfied parties and groups into confidence before promulgating the new constitution..

e-News 29 July, 2015 (Nepal):BRB criticises plan to award Indian cos fast track project

UCPN (Maoist) leader and former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai has criticised the government’s plan to hand over Kathmandu -Nijgadh Fast Track Project to an Indian consortium, terming the move anti-national interest.

e-News 28 July, 2015 (Nepal):India consortium close to Nijgadh Fast Track deal

An Indian consortium is close to getting the contract to undertake the Kathmandu -Nijgadh Fast Track Project with the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT) saying that the two sides concluded negotiations on Sunday. The consortium is the same that conducted a detailed project report (DPR) of the project .

e-News 27 July, 2015 (Nepal): CA meet summoned for Tuesday

At the meeting of Legislature-Parliament on Monday, CA Chairman Subas Nembang informed that the CA meet has been summoned for Tuesday evening. The CA meet was deferred earlier in order to collect public suggestions on the preliminary draft of the new constitution. .

e-News 26 July, 2015 (Nepal): New constitution based on 16-pt pact: Oli

CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli on Sunday said that new constitution would be promulgated by incorporating maximum inputs from the people and in accordance with the 16-point deal signed by major political parties.

e-News 26 July, 2015 (Nepal): Committee to hand over report to CA chair tomorrow

The Committee on Citizen Relations and Public Opinion CollectionCommittee has prepared a report on public suggestions on the preliminary draft of the constitution which will be submitted to Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang on Monday.

e-News 24 July, 2015 (Nepal): China: Ready to work with India

Expressing firm commitment to work with India and the larger international community, China and Nepal signed two pacts for post-disaster reconstruction of Nepal, setting up priority projects for the next five years on Thursday. According to the visiting Chinese Deputy International Trade Representative and Assistant Minister for Commerce, Zhang Xiangchen, China will strengthen coordination with India, international community and relevant donor countries and remain open towards appropriate forms of international cooperation.

e-News 23 July, 2015 (Nepal): Dahal steps up negotiations to settle delineation debate

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has stepped up negotiations at various political levels to settle the delineation of federal units before the constitution promulgation. He met with President Ram Baran Yadav and the chairmen of three Madhes-based parties and urged them to make efforts to demarcate the federal states ahead of the constitution promulgation.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Nepal): UML leaders press for directly elected PM

While the party has already accepted a House-elected prime minister as the head of government in the new set-up, a section of youth leaders from the ruling CPN-UML are swimming against the tide to demand a directly-elected executive as the head of government.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Nepal): Public suggests directly elected executive and restoration of Hindu nation

Most of the people, who participated in the feedback collection on the preliminary draft of the constitution at Tinkune on Tuesday, demanded for directly elected executive head, citizenship in the name of father and mother and restoration of Nepal as a Hindu nation. They also demanded to fix the academic qualification for the elected representatives and decrease the numbers of provinces.

e-News 21 July, 2015 (Nepal): Nation can function without federalism: DPM Gautam

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam has said that the new constitution will be promulgated by mid August. The Minister has told that the country could run without federalism, but constitution is necessary even though the nation is not federated at present.

e-News 20 July, 2015 (Nepal): PM: Delineation of states on cards along with statute

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that plans are afoot to promulgate a new constitution by delineating the boundaries of the proposed states in the new federal setup. PM Koirala, also the president of Nepali Congress, expressed his belief that all the parties would accept a new constitution that would ensure the rights of all the citizens.

e-News 19 July, 2015 (Nepal): PM calls for public views

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has urged all the Nepalis living in and outside the country to participate in the great campaign of constitution-writing by providing inputs on the draft statute.

e-News 18 July, 2015 (Nepal): New constitution to unite all: UML Chair Oli

CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said that a new constitution would unite all in a thread of unity. Speaking in a programme organised at his own residence in Balkot this morning, Chair Oli added that this was the hour of making new Nepal, therefore, all should join in the mission for the purpose.

e-News 17 July, 2015 (Nepal): Dahal meets Indian PM Modi

During Indian PM Narendra Modi’s meeting with former Prime Minister of Nepal and UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal at his residence in 7 Race Course in New Delhi on Friday, PM Modi reiterated that it would be best for Nepal to draft a constitution by incorporating all sides.

e-News 16 July, 2015 (Nepal): Fin Min amends budget speech under UML pressure

Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat has amended his budget speech after the ruling coalition partner CPN-UML decided to vote against the budget. Minister Mahat informed about the revisions made in the budget during a meeting of Legislature-Parliament on Thursday.

e-News 15 July, 2015 (Nepal): Madhes gets special development package

For the first time, Madhes has got special mention in the national budget with specific programmes for the plains. Though past budgets did have programmes for the Tarai, the 2015-16 fiscal plan has programmes for the region under a separate heading.

e-News 14 July, 2015 (Nepal): UML against NC monopoly in budget formulation

The CPN-UML, a major coalition partner in the government, has taken serious objection over the 'monopoly' of Nepali Congress in drafting the budget for the next fiscal year. UML, the second largest party in the Constituent Assembly had said that NC's monopoly shows it has forgotten that it is leading a coalition government where UML is a major partner.

e-News 13 July, 2015 (Nepal): Foreign Ministry, Delhi-based embassy in dark about leaders’ visits

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nepali Embassy in New Delhi have not been officially informed about the top brass political leaders’ proposed visit to New Delhi until Sunday noon. Officials at the embassy said that the ‘Delhi invited the Nepali leaders at their own requests.

e-News 12 July, 2015 (Nepal): UCPN (M) senior leaders' internal rift resurfaces

At a time of circulating rumours of the UCPN (Maoist) falling prey once again to internal disputes, the party's leaders corroborated the claim by exchanging heated accusations at a public programme. UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the trend of factionalism inside the party is not a communist but a bourgeoisie character.

e-News 10 July, 2015 (Nepal): Prez urges top leaders to bring disgruntled parties into consensus

President Ram Baran Yadav has suggested the top leaders of four major political parties that it would be better if the preliminary draft of the new constitution was taken to the people after the naming and delineating the federal provinces.

e-News 09 July, 2015 (Nepal): CA endorses 15-day action plan on seeking public opinion

The Committee on Citizen Relation and Public Opinion Collection has come up with a 15-day action plan to collect public opinion on preliminary draft of new constitution. The action-plan endorsed by full House Constituent Assembly (CA) on Thursday will come into effect from Friday.

e-News 08 July, 2015 (Nepal): CA endorses statute draft

After weeklong deliberations, the Constituent Assembly on Tuesday endorsed the preliminary draft of the constitution , clearing the way for public consultation on the statute blueprint. The CA meeting endorsed the draft amid protests by the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal and four Madhes-based parties.

e-News 07 July, 2015 (Nepal): Nepal Maoist chief to visit India

According to sources Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda will visit India from July 14 to 19 on an invitation from the Indian government. The Nepali Maoist leader's visit to India comes at a time when the country's constitution-drafting process is gaining momentum and disagreements have cropped up among some sections of the political class.

e-News 07 July, 2015 (Nepal): SC full court asks CA to revoke constitutional court provision

A full court meeting of Supreme Court on Monday asked the Constituent Assembly (CA) to revoke the provision for forming a constitutional court. The SC full court meeting decided to urge the CA in writing to remove the provision to create a constitutional court.

e-News 06 July, 2015 (Nepal): 4 agitating parties’ lawmakers boycott CA meet

Lawmakers of four agitating political parties have boycotted the Constituent Assembly (CA ) meeting today by expressing discontent to the ‘Draft of Nepal’s Constitution 2072 BS’ tabled in the Constituent Assembly.

e-News 06 July, 2015 (Nepal): Deliberation continues on statute draft

The Constituent Assembly meeting is going on regarding the deliberations on the proposal tabled before it, seeking permission to publish the first integrated ‘Draft of Nepal’s Constitution 2072 BS’ in Nepal's gazette for people's feedbacks.

e-News 05 July, 2015 (Nepal): Pokhara tourism promotion in China, India

In a bid to boost tourist arrivals, tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara have launched a campaign to promote of the popular tourist city in India and China. This initiative aims at raising awareness about Nepal and Nepali cities for increasing the flow of tourists.

e-News 04 July, 2015 (Nepal): CA discusses draft as RPP-N protests

Despite protest from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, deliberation started in the Constituent Assembly on Friday on the preliminary draft of the new constitution. The party accused a handful of leaders from the major parties of altering several provisions that were finalised on June 28.

e-News 04 July, 2015 (Nepal): CIAA powers curtailed in draft constitution

The constitution draft presented in the Constituent Assembly has curtailed several powers of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, including its mandate to investigate into “improper conduct” of public position holders.

e-News 03 July, 2015 (Nepal): Kirat Janawadi Workers Party surrenders weapons

The Kirat Janawadi Workers Party (KJWP), that has been holding armed struggle in the eastern hill districts, has surrendered their arms to a parliamentary committee announcing the end of their armed struggle on Friday.

e-News 01 July, 2015 (Nepal): CA gets constitution draft

Seventeen months after the second Constituent Assembly election, the preliminary draft of the new constitution was tabled in the Constituent Assembly on Tuesday, paving the way for promulgation of the new national charter.

e-News 30 June, 2015 (Nepal): Parties agree on draft provisions

Major political parties have agreed on the disputed provisions of the preliminary draft of the constitution in Nepal . The draft is likely to be endorsed by the CA meeting at 6 pm later on today.

e-News 29 June, 2015 (Nepal): Nepse rises by 7.62 points

The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index inched up 7.62 points on Sunday. Similarly, almost all the trading groups witnessed an increase in their indices.

e-News 28 June, 2015 (Nepal): CDC endorses first draft of constitution

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) of the Constituent Assembly (CA) endorsed the preliminary draft of the constitution on Sunday. The draft will be presented at the full house of the Constituent Assembly on Monday.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (Nepal): Nepal unhappy due to party's unilateral decisions

CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal has expressed his dissatisfaction towards the party's operation in unilateral manner when replacement of ministers were done without intra- party discussions.

e-News 27 June, 2015 (Nepal): Taskforce readies preliminary draft of constitution

A cross-party taskforce formed to prepare an integrated draft of the new constitution has prepared the preliminary draft which was tabled at the Drafting Committee of the Constituent Assembly on Friday.

e-News 26 June, 2015 (Nepal): UCPN (M) for continuation of constitution writing

The UCPN (Maoist) has decided to continue the constitution writing despite some disputes. The party reiterated the stand that the constitution writing could move ahead as per the 16-point agreement made among the four major political parties.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Nepal): ADB releases immediate assistance of US $ 200 million

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday announced an immediate assistance of US $ 200 million for helping Nepal’s reconstruction process. This is a part of US $ 600 million fund pledged by the development partner in the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction (ICNR).

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Nepal): President summons parliament session

President Ram Baran Yadav has summoned the budget session of the Legislature Parliament session for June 30 at the recommendation of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. The government called for the budget session without holding the winter session.

e-News 25 June, 2015 (Nepal): India, China foreign ministers met in Kathmandu

Foreign Ministers of India and China met and held talks in Kathmandu on the sideline of international conference on Nepal’s reconstruction-2015. While meeting with Nepal’s Prime Minister on Wednesday evening, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang has proposed to develop China-Nepal-India corridor.

e-News 24 June, 2015 (Nepal): 16-pt deal under India’s influence: Gajurel

CPN-Maoist Vice Chairman CP Gajurel has said that the 16-point agreement forged between the major four parties was done under the influence of India. Gajurel also said that the new constitution being drafted according to the pact, signed under the guidance of India, will be weaker than the interim constitution.

e-News 23 June, 2015 (Nepal): President and CA chair discuss entire gamut of constitution writing

President Ram Baran Yadav and Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang held discussions focused on the entire scenario of the constitution writing process on Monday. They also discussed on the situation following the Supreme Court’s order in connection to the 16-point agreement signed among the four political parties.

e-News 22 June, 2015 (Nepal): Maoists object to NC, UML ‘tough’ take

The UCPN (Maoist) has charged that the ruling parties are trying to move ahead against the spirit of the 16-point deal signed on June 8 on the contentious issues of the new constitution. The main opposition decided to hold “serious negotiations” with the coalition partners on the matter.

e-News 21 June, 2015 (Nepal): SC order won’t halt constitution writing task: UCPN (M)

UCPN (Maoist) has said that the interim order issued by Supreme Court would not affect the task of constitution writing in Nepal. A meeting of office bearers of the UCPN (M) held at its Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence on Sunday decided to continue the constitution writing task.

e-News 18 June, 2015 (Nepal): UCPN (M) hasn't abandoned agenda: Dahal

Chairman of the UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that his party was committed to federalism with identity but made some compromises on certain issues in order to forge consensus adding if his party did not become flexible on the issues of federalism with identity and its stance of ten provinces, this could possibly put the nation on the status quo forever.

e-News 17 June, 2015 (Nepal): Chinese aircraft ‘burden’ for NAC, says minister

Tourism Minister Kripasur Sherpa told the parliamentary Development Committee on Tuesday that he MA60 aircraft gifted by China to Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has become a “burden” for the national flag carrier due to performance and financial issues. It is to be mentioned that China had provided a 56-seater MA60 and 19-seater Y12e as gifts to the Nepal government.

e-News 16 June, 2015 (Nepal): Mahato-led Sadbhawana party to quit CA

Nepal Sadbhawana Party (NSP) led by Rajendra Mahato is preparing to quit the Constituent Assembly in a press conference scheduled to be held at the party office in Lakhechaur. The party has been expressing dissent over the 16-point agreement forged amongst the major four parties.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (Nepal): Law drafted for prime minister-led rebuilding committee

The Prime Minister’s Office has drafted the law to govern the proposed PM-led body that will expedite reconstruction in the wake of the devastating earthquakes. Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal had said that the draft proposes that land acquisition, procurement and environment impact assessment processes should be shortened in order to complete reconstruction works on time.

e-News 14 June, 2015 (Nepal): Drafting Committee officially beings work

Speaking at the committee meeting held on Sunday, Nepali Congress leader and Constitution Drafting Committee Chairman, Krishna Prasad Sitaula has informed that the committee has commenced its work of preparing the draft of the new constitution within 15 days.

e-News 12 June, 2015 (Nepal): PDCC consensus report on statute reaches CA

The Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC) on Thursday submitted a consensus report on the disputed statute agendas to the Constituent Assembly. This clears the way for preparing the first draft of the new constitution.

e-News 10 June, 2015 (Nepal): Finance Minister Mahat leaves for India

Finance Minister of Nepal Ram Sharan Mahat has left for New Delhi, India, this morning for a three-day visit upon the invitation of his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley where bilateral discussions would be held between both the countries regarding utilisation and implementation of the financial support announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Nepal visit.

e-News 10 June, 2015 (Nepal): Nepal should have been consulted: Yechuri

General Secretary of Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M), Sitaram Yechury has said that India and China should have consulted Nepal during the Lipulek agreement. He said that India and China should have moved ahead with the agreement only after consulting Nepal.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (Nepal): Deal divides 30-party alliance

The UCPN (Maoist)-led opposition bloc saw vertical division on Monday over the agreement with three major Madhesi parties and Janajati parties objecting to the understanding on federalism making the 30-party alliance on the verge of split.

e-News 08 June, 2015 (Nepal): Parties closing on eight states model

The four major political parties of Nepal (Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhesi front ) have agreed in principle to federate the country into eight provincial states in the new constitution. The Agreement was made in the meeting of the top leaders of the four major parties that was held at Baluwatar on Monday.

e-News 07 June, 2015 (Nepal): Koirala challenges UML to bring no-confidence motion

Nepali Congress (NC) central leader Shekhar Koirala has challenged CPN-UML, the partner in the ruling coalition, to table the no-confidence motion against the NC leadership if the party does not have faith in the current government.

e-News 06 June, 2015 (Nepal): Four parties hold discussions with 30-party alliance

At a meeting in the Prime Minister's official residence on Saturday, the leaders of four political forces shared the progress in the constitution writing process with the leaders of fringe political parties. Nepali Congress leader Ramesh Lekhak said that situation has been created to bring the constitution based on consensus of all parties.

e-News 05 June, 2015 (Nepal): Protest if constitution is drafted: Gajurel

Speaking during a press meet organised at Sindhuli on Friday, CPN-Maoist Vice Chairman CP Gajurel has alleged that the the ruling—Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are trying to promulgate the anti-people constitution, drafting inside a dark room taking advantage of the current situation after the April 25 earthquake, will be unacceptable.

e-News 04 June, 2015 (Nepal): Major parties ‘nearing’ deal on federal model

The four major political parties of Nepal (Nepali Congress, CPN,UML, UCPN (Maoist) ) have focused their talks on federating the country into six or eight provinces in order to wrap the constitution writing process and form a national consensus government. Leaders of the Parties said their efforts are concentrated on reaching the deal by Thursday.

e-News 25 May, 2015 (Nepal): Nepal struggles to rebuild one month after earthquake

Hundreds of thousands of Nepalis still homeless month after the quake as Nepal struggles to rebuild itself and remains highly unstable. Nepal's government estimates reconstruction costs of $7bn, a third of the country's GDP, but with fears of corruption, it could take years to rebuild the country.

e-News 22 May, 2015 (Nepal): The economic damage from the Nepal earthquake is almost half of the country’s GDP

Nepal’s economy has affected severely after the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal last month. The overall damage is estimated to be at about $10 billion, according to the Nepal government.

e-News 13 May, 2015 (Nepal): Dozens killed as another major quake hits Nepal weeks after deadly tragedy

Another major earthquake (of 7.3 magnitude) has struck Nepal yesterday killing more than 60 people and left thousands injured. According to experts there is high possibility of more aftershocks in Nepal which had experienced a devastating earthquake on April 25.

e-News 12 May, 2015 (Nepal): No more foreign troops, says NA

According to the editor of Nepal Times, Nepal needs a Marshall kind of a Plan movement to get rid of its economic crisis which got increased due to the destructive Earthquake that took the lives of thousands of people last month in the country.

e-News 08 May, 2015 (Nepal): NEEDED: A MARSHALL PLAN

According to the editor of Nepal Times, Nepal needs a Marshall kind of a Plan movement to get rid of its economic crisis which got increased due to the destructive Earthquake that took the lives of thousands of people last month in the country.

e-News 28 April, 2015 (Nepal): Two days of earthquakes have set Nepal’s economy back by more than a decade

Nepal’s economy seems to be shattered by the devastating earthquake that took the lives of nearly 5000 people till now. The country which is one of the least developed countries of the world feared the massive negative impact of the earthquake on its already troubled economy.

e-News 26 April, 2015 (Nepal): Nepal Terrorized by Aftershocks, Hampering Relief Efforts

The already difficult situation of earthquake shook Nepal was made worse with aftershocks and heavy rainfall, hampering the relief efforts.

e-News 25 April, 2015 (Nepal): Earthquake Devastates Nepal, Killing More Than 1,900

A devastating earthquake struck Nepal today afternoon resulted in the death and displacement of thousands of people.

e-News 24 April, 2015 (Nepal): PM Koirala meets Bangladesh PM

Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala and his Bangladeshi counterpart Shekh Hasina had a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 10th commemoration of New Asian-African Strategic Partnership in Jakarta, Indonesia. There, both the leaders discussed about cooperation in the development of hydropower, tourism, agriculture and physical infrastructure in both the countries.

Bhutan

e-News 07 October, 2015 (Bhutan): West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee discuss issues of mutual interest in Bhutan

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today discussed various issues of mutual interest with Bhutan's Foreign Affairs Minister during her trip to the Himalayan nation. Banerjee is currently on a five-day high-level visit to Bhutan.

e-News 06 October, 2015 (Bhutan): Mamata meets Bhutan king discusses areas of collaboration

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that her state and Bhutan would become "business partners" as she held talks with the top Bhutanese leadership including King JigmeKhesarNamgyelWangchuck.

e-News 05 October, 2015 (Bhutan): Mamata Banerjee meets Bhutan PM, discusses areas of collaboration

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today met Bhutan's Prime Minister TsheringTobgay and discussed areas of collaboration like education and transport. Banerjee, who arrived here today on a five-day visit, also visit the Parliament House of Bhutan.

e-News 03 October, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan’s hydropower to reduce CO2 in India

Hydropower supply from Bhutan would reduce carbon dioxide in India by about 10M tons in 2016/17 and could be as high as 40M tons annually by 2020/21.This is because the hydropower generation from Bhutan would replace thermal plants in India where coal is the main raw material, according to a techno-economic study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on cross-border power trading.

e-News 01 October, 2015 (Bhutan): Mamata to embark on five-day tour to Bhutan on Oct 5

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will embark on a five-day tour to neighbouring Bhutan from October 5.After reaching the capital Thimpu, she is scheduled to attend a business conclave and have meetings with Bhutan Prime Minister LyonchhenTsheringTobgay and Minister of Economic Affairs LyonpoNorbuWangchuk.

e-News 01 October, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan reaffirms to remain carbon neutral

Bhutan has reaffirmed to remain carbon neutral and pursue low emission development to achieve the ambitious global targets of climate change post 2020.National Environment Commission (NEC) officials said the INDC submission indicates the actions the countries will take under a new climate agreement.

e-News 26 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Hydro Projects in Bhutan to Save 11 Million Metric Tonnes of Carbon

India-supported hydro projects in Bhutan, when completed, would save 11 million metric tonnes of carbon, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Bhutanese counterpart. Mr Modi met Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly session after his address to the UN Sustainable Development Summit, a speech which the Bhutanese leader said was "visionary".

e-News 26 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan supports India in its bid to be permanent UNSC member

Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has assured his country`s wholehearted support to India in i ts bid to be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Briefing the media here about the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said there was a discussion between both leaders on the UNSC reform

e-News 24 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Pawan Hans mulls services to South East Asia, Bhutan

PSU chopper operator Pawan Hans is keen to start services in the near future to South East Asia and Bhutan from here. The company will send a team "very soon" to Bhutan to explore possibility of launching commercial services between Guwahati and the Himalayan nation.

e-News 23 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan requests more opportunities for its Engineering and IT students

Bhutan has made a request from the Sri Lankan Government to grant more opportunities for students from Bhutan to study Engineering and Information Technology Degree courses in Sri Lankan Universities. Bhutanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Pema Choden made this appeal when she called on Minister of University Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella.

e-News 18 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Formalise regional tourism, say Bhutanese tour operators

The influx of Indian tourists into the country without routing through local tour agents, known as informal tourism, has become a major problem for the tourism sector. This was one of the issues Bhutanese tour operators raised with their counterparts from India during the Bhutan-India Tourism Conclave in Thimphu yesterday.

e-News 16 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Amended narcotics Act gets teeth, quantifies drugs

Categorised under schedule IV of the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Act (NDPSSA) 2015, Ketamine is listed as a psychotropic substance with medicinal value. Along with Ketamine, 18 new controlled narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals have been added to the amended NDPSSA.

e-News 15 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Import duty shrinks gypsum export

Gypsum export to Bangladesh has declined substantially after a five percent duty was levied on the mineral in July this year. RSA exported gypsum worth USD 12,049.57 in August this year from USD 24,781.77 in July. In January this year, RSA had recorded export worth USD 111,952.50.

e-News 14 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Bus ride to Kathmandu, Thimpu from Siliguri soon

The Mamata Banerjee government is planning to introduce bus services to Bhutan's Thimpu and Nepal's Kathmandu from Siliguri soon. The new service is expected to start during the Puja. However, the state transport officials are not sure about the deadline since the clearance from the ministry of external affairs (MEA) is awaited and talks are still on with the two nations.

e-News 12 September, 2015 (Bhutan): BD turns to Bhutan for help from WB

Dhaka has sought Thimphu's opinion about whether it is interested to join a consortium aiming to get regional IDA assistance from the World Bank to increase navigability on Indo-Bangla water protocol route through dredging, officials said.

e-News 11 September, 2015 (Bhutan): DCCL accused of refusing Bhutanese trucks to ferry cement to India

A cement transporter based in Nganglam has accused Dungsam Cement Corporation Ltd. (DCCL) of not allowing him to transport cement to Arunachal Pradesh, India. Uthra cement transporter’s proprietor Thinley Jamtsho said that the cement agent in Arunachal Pradesh authorised him as the transporter to ferry cement from the factory. Although he had an agreement, Thinley Jamtsho said that DCCL officials told him that Bhutanese truckers are not allowed to ferry cement to India.

e-News 10 September, 2015 (Bhutan): MVA talks inconclusive, no protocols finalised

Two days of negotiations on executing the Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) concluded Wednesday in Dhaka without finalising the protocols for transporting passengers and goods across four South Asian nations. The ADB is supporting formulation of the protocols on the MVA signed among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) in June for the sub-regional connectivity.

e-News 06 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Traders try to revive Nepal-Bhutan trade

While the governments of Bhutan and Nepal are still working on a preferential trade agreement, the private sector has taken it up to boost trade between themselves. The on-going four-day international trade fair displays that push from the business communities themselves, traders said.

e-News 03 September, 2015 (Bhutan): India Pledges Rs.4,500 Crore Project Aid to Bhutan

India on Wednesday pledged Rs.4,500 crore of project assistance to close neighbour Bhutan. The assistance for Bhutan's 11th Five Year Plan (July 2013-June 2018) was decided at the Fourth Annual India-Bhutan Development Cooperation Talks held at New Delhi.

e-News 02 September, 2015 (Bhutan): Children’s parliament in Bhutan: First election likely to be held in September

The Election Commission of Bhutan is expected to hold the first elections of its children's parliament this month. Election officials have also started visiting democracy clubs in schools. Bhutan is home to 153 democracy clubs.

e-News 28 August, 2015 (Bhutan): GoI approves projects worth Nu 2.4 billion

According to a press release from the foreign ministry the Government of India yesterday approved a total of 182 projects worth Nu 2.4 billion during the third Bhutan-India Small Development Project Committee meeting in Thimphu. Some of the approved projects include black topping of gewog connectivity roads, construction of farm roads, irrigation channels, motor bridges, water supply, and procurement of garbage trucks.

e-News 26 August, 2015 (Bhutan): China respects Bhutan’s sovereignty

According to a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office Chinese foreign affairs vice minister, Liu Zhenmin had said that China will continue to respect Bhutan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence. The vice minister, along with his delegation, met with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang, yesterday

e-News 24 August, 2015 (Bhutan): SAARC focuses on SDF

The SAARC Development Fund Governing Council met in Kathmandu, Nepal following the SAARC finance secretaries and ministers meeting on August 19 and 20 respectively. The meetings assessed the progress in implementation of the Sixth Meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers’ recommendations including SAARC Development Fund (SDF). It also discussed cooperation in trade, economic and financial sectors among the member states and the way forward for allowing greater flow of financial capital and intra-regional long-term investments.

e-News 24 August, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan and China to hold border talks today

According to a foreign affairs ministry the 23rd round of boundary talks between Bhutan and China will be held in Thimphu today. An 11-member Chinese delegation led by foreign affairs vice minister, Liu Zhenmin, arrived in the country, yesterday. The Bhutanese side will be led by foreign affairs minister, Damcho Dorji, and will include senior officials of the foreign ministry and the International Boundaries Secretariat.

e-News 19 August, 2015 (Bhutan): Japan seeks to evolve relations with Bhutan

The Japanese government is exploring ways of enhancing the relationship between Bhutan and Japan into a horizontal one, achieved through trade and investments, rather than simply remaining a vertical one of donor and recipient, it was pointed out at the 10th annual consultations between the two countries, held in Thimphu, yesterday.

e-News 16 August, 2015 (Bhutan): Regional policy to guide management of cordyceps

China, India, Nepal and Bhutan agreed to develop a broad policy guideline that integrates best policy practices from the region on the sustainable management and trade of Yartsa Guenbub(cordyceps senesis). The policy would provide guidance to customise individual country’s policies and practices based on the country’s context.

e-News 01 August, 2015 (Bhutan): Home minister and holders of constitutional offices appointed

His Majesty The King yesterday granted dhar to officially appoint the new Home Minister, Dawa Gyaltshen and the holders of the constitutional offices. Lyonpo Dawa Gyaltshen represents the Bongo-Chapcha constituency in the Parliament

e-News 28 July, 2015 (Bhutan): Non-tariff barriers impede Bhutan-Bangladesh trade

Bangladesh levying a five percent duty on gypsum imported from Bhutan was one of the main issues for discussion in the first meeting of customs officials from Bhutan and Bangladesh yesterday in Thimphu. The two countries treat each other as important trading partners, whose bilateral trade agreement allows 90 products from Bangladesh free of duty and Bangladesh allows 18 products from Bhutan free of duty.

e-News 27 July, 2015 (Bhutan): SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry calls for energy treaty

SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI), South Asia’s apex body for private sector, has proposed for an Energy Charter Treaty for protection and promotion of foreign investments in energy sector in the region. The proposal was made during the end of the two-day conference that ended on July 25 in Paro.

e-News 25 July, 2015 (Bhutan): SCCI calls for strengthening of intra-trade among member countries

SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has stressed for strengthening of intra-trade among member countries for rapid development and prosperity of the region. All Vice Presidents and members of the executive committee from India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan, are attending the high level two-day meeting in Bhutan.

e-News 23 July, 2015 (Bhutan): Cost estimates for 1,200-MW Punatsangchhu-1 hydroelectric project reach US$1.74 billion

India's Union Cabinet has approved cost revisions for India's intergovernmental agreement with the Royal Government of Bhutan to implement the 1,200-MW Punatsangchhu-1 hydroelectric project on Bhutan's Punatsangchhu River.

e-News 22 July, 2015 (Bhutan): PM submits change in ministerial portfolio

The Prime Minister on July 20 submitted to His Majesty The King that the home minister Damcho Dorji be transferred as Foreign Minister, a press release from the Cabinet states. Lyonchoen submitted to His Majesty The King that in accordance with Article 17, Section 3 of the Constitution, Bongo – Chapcha’s Member of Parliament, Dawa Gyeltshen be appointed as the Home and Cultural Affairs Minister.

e-News 19 July, 2015 (Bhutan): SSB cuts supply of ration to Bodo rebels

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) officials on Saturday said they have been able to cut off ration supply to militants holed up in Bhutan substantially because of stepped up counter-insurgency operations against the anti-talks faction of National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) along the international border in western Assam. The SSB mans the 267-km India-Bhutan border in Assam.

e-News 19 July, 2015 (Bhutan): Mamata to visit Bhutan in Oct

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will go on a four-day visit to Bhutan in October. This comes in the wake of Bhutan prime minister Tshering Tobgay's invitation to Banerjee to visit the country. Bhutan’s consul-general in Kolkata, Dashi Karma Tsering Namgyal, had handed over the invitation to Banerjee at Nabanna in May.

e-News 18 July, 2015 (Bhutan): A milestone in Bhutan’s democracy

The past week has been one of the busiest for the holders and commissioners of democratic Bhutan’s constitutional offices. With local government elections around the corner, Chief Election Commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi and his team, has just declared the final Delimitation Order for the 15 dzongkhag thromdes and 18 dzongkhag yenlag thromdes, a significant process that clears the road for the upcoming thromde elections.

e-News 10 July, 2015 (Bhutan): Elected members should leave office on conviction: Supreme Court

According to the Supreme Court any elected member would have to leave office even if convicted and sentenced for a day. This issue had remained unclear until now on whether a convicted elected official should be removed from office or not because the laws were not specific on the duration of a sentence.

e-News 03 July, 2015 (Bhutan): Focus on regional welfare: Bhutanese minister

Bhutan's Finance Minister Lyonpo Namgay Dorji said yesterday that the South Asian countries should think about their own as well as regional benefit while making decisions. He made the comments after a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart AMA Muhith in Dhaka.

e-News 01 July, 2015 (Bhutan): Thromde elections in January, 2016

The Election Commission is all set to hold elections for all dzongkhag and yenlag thromdes except for Samdrupjongkhar and Pemagatshel in January next year with the recent Parliament session declaring the new thromdes.

e-News 24 June, 2015 (Bhutan): Air Service Agreement with Myanmar revised

An air route connecting Bhutan to Singapore via Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, can now be established following a memorandum of understanding reached, last week. Following a bilateral air services consultation in Yangon, the Myanmar government has also agreed that fifth freedom rights will be provided to Bhutan from any five freely selected intermediate points and five freely selected beyond points for flights connecting Yangon.

e-News 24 June, 2015 (Bhutan): Foreign minister acquitted in Lhakhang Karpo case

The Haa dzongkhag court yesterday acquitted foreign minister Rinzin Dorje in connection with the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project case. The court dismissed both charges of omission, amounting to abuse of functions and embezzlement of public property that the Office of Attorney General (OAG) booked against the foreign minister.

e-News 23 June, 2015 (Bhutan): An investment guide to attract investors

With the launch of the online “Investment guide (iGuide) to Bhutan” yesterday, investors – local and foreign alike – can now access information for setting up business online in Bhutan. The iGuide, however, is to help the government get the right information closer to potential investors to attract foreign direct investment (FDI).

e-News 18 June, 2015 (Bhutan): More than Nu 3 million collected for Nepal

A little more than ngultrum three million was handed over to the Kidu Foundation yesterday by Dawa Penjor, the executive director for the Bhutan Media Foundation, who organised the citizen’s Bhutan4Nepal fundraising initiative in a span of 45 days following the April 25 earthquake in Nepal.

e-News 17 June, 2015 (Bhutan): Govt. will continue to work in earnest: PM

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay had focused on the objective of achieving self-reliance while presenting the state of the nation report to the Parliament yesterday. Some aspects were also presented through the four pillars of Gross National Happiness.

e-News 16 June, 2015 (Bhutan): BBIN motor vehicle agreement signed

Connectivity, Transport ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal had signed the sub-regional motor vehicle agreement on yesterday in Thimphu, Bhutan. Its implementation is scheduled to begin by October, this year. The Pact is expected to expand trade and economic exchanges between the four countries.

e-News 15 June, 2015 (Bhutan): Regional land transport agreement to be signed today

The Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) will be signed by the transport ministers of the four countries in Thimphu today. The agreement will set the stage for bilateral or trilateral agreements to be made between the four countries so that vehicles, both personal and commercial, and their occupants or cargo, can pass through the borders of the four countries more seamlessly.

e-News 10 June, 2015 (Bhutan): Motor transport deal to be signed

A motor vehicle agreement will be signed by Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, and Nepal on June 15 in Thimphu, Bhutan as part of an effort to bolster trade and people-to-people contact within the SAARC region. The transport ministers and secretaries of Bangladesh, India, and Nepal are expected to be in Thimphu for the signing of the agreement.

e-News 10 June, 2015 (Bhutan): Indian cars for personal use need no import licence

Bhutanese people wanting to buy vehicles from manufacturers and dealers in India for personal use may import without an import licence. This was one of the decisions the Department of Trade (DoT) took, as per the preferential trading agreements and import procedures in vogue, after meeting the principal company representatives of the 10 vehicle dealers in the country.

e-News 09 June, 2015 (Bhutan): NA derails from budget discussion

Members from the opposition and the ruling party engaged in finger pointing and blaming each other as the daylong discussion on the budget at the National Assembly yesterday swayed from the agenda. The house resolved only two chapters of the ten.

e-News 05 June, 2015 (Bhutan): Election deadline pressure on thromde decision

According to Speaker Jigme Zangpo as the joint sitting of Parliament still not able to come to a consensus on the declaration of proposed dzongkhag and yenlag (satellite) thromdes even after two days of extensive deliberations, the house resolved to defer its deliberation to next week so that the local government elections in the 20 dzongkhag and yenlag thromdes can happen next year.

e-News 04 June, 2015 (Bhutan): No consensus yet on three thromdes

The joint sitting of the Bhutan Parliament yesterday could not come to a consensus on the works and human settlement ministry’s proposal for declaration of dzongkhag thromdes and yenlag (satellite) thromdes. However, at the end of the session, the house resolved that the three thromdes would be re-deliberated today along with the remaining dzongkhags.

e-News 02 June, 2015 (Bhutan): India, B'desh, Nepal, Bhutan join hands for cooperation in key

Bhutan, India, Bangladesh and Nepal have joined hands to ensure cooperation in some of the crucial areas such as power, road connectivity, trade facilitation and movement of goods and services as SAARC has not been able to make progress in these areas. All the four countries have already held preliminary talks to remove some of the hurdles to boost trade and spur economic growth.

e-News 31 May, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan emerging as a centre for trafficking

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has tied up with several agencies, including the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to strengthen the border with India and counter movement of women and children who are sold to the flesh trade or end up as child labourers in several urban centres, after Bhutan is emerging as yet another centre for trafficking.

e-News 24 May, 2015 (Bhutan): India to refund Nu 1.943B for 2014 in excise duty

The government of India (GoI) yesterday declared a total excise duty refund of Nu 1.943B (billion) to Bhutan for 2014. A delegation led by the director general of directorate general of inspection, customs and central excise, India, PK Mohanty, visited Bhutan for verification and quantification of the exercise duty refund claim of Bhutan for 2014 from May 13 to 22.

e-News 22 May, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan to continue hydropower capacity augmentation despite high power debt

In a recent report on public debt management, the Royal Audit Authority raised concerns on increasing hydro debt, but still Bhutan is planning to continue increasing its hydropower capacity. Along with this the Legislators in Bhutan have also favoured increased harnessing of the country's untapped green energy potential to help power deficient India under an energy cooperation deal.

e-News 19 May, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan’s Tourism Sector Feels The Nepal Quake

The tourism sector in Bhutan is suffering heavily after the massive earthquake hit the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Within just 20 days of the earthquake the Tourism Council of Bhutan has seen 157 cancellations from 31 tour companies which is a major setback to the Bhutanese economy.

e-News 15 May, 2015 (Bhutan): OAG amendment bill 2014 endorsed

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) amendment bill 2014 was endorsed by the joint sitting of the Bhutanese Parliament which made the Attorney General accountable to the Majesty the king and the Prime Minister of Bhutan. Despite the initial uncertainties, the OAG bill 2014 was finally endorsed by the Parliament this week.

e-News 12 May, 2015 (Bhutan): Endorsed bill comes down hard on illegal possession of Drugs

According to the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse bill (NDPSSA) 2014 illegal possession of narcotics and psychotropic substances could result in conviction of a misdemeanour endorsed yesterday by the joint sitting of the Parliament in Bhutan. The need for a comprehensive Act was highlighted during the past session as NDPSSA Act 2005 was seen inconclusive and incomplete. Another reason was the increasing drug-related deaths and offences in Bhutan.

e-News 11 May, 2015 (Bhutan): Cry for India, Bhutan joint patrol to curb poaching at Manas park

Conservationists have suggested joint patrolling by forest officials on both sides of the India-Bhutan border in order to reduce poaching in the trans-boundary Manas National Park landscape which spreads across both North Eastern part of India (Assam) and Bhutan.

e-News 09 May, 2015 (Bhutan): Bengal Chamber of Commerce organizes business delegation to Thimpu

A joint Business Delegation is organized by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on May 12 and 13 in Bhutan. The delegation will also have meetings with the Prime Minister of Bhutan, the Minister of the Economic Affairs and the Minister of Finance, along with the Ambassador of Indian Embassy in Bhutan.

e-News 07 May, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan offers assistance to neighbour despite sour past

Bhutan has sent 62-man team of medical professionals and logistics staff to Nuwakot, one of the worst earthquake hit areas of Nepal. It is to be noted that this is Bhutan’s first ever International relief effort to any country, which has been viewed as a positive gesture by both the countries to build their troublesome relationship based on past experiences.

e-News 28 April, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutanese community rallies to the aid of their Nepalese friends

A number of Bhutanese communities throughout the world have come forward to help the victims of earthquake hit Nepal.

e-News 27 April, 2015 (Bhutan): Nepal earthquake: Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay leaves for Kathmandu to offer condolences

The Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay started his journey to Kathmandu today in order to offer his condolence to the earthquake victims of Nepal.

e-News 19 January, 2015 (Bhutan): Pilgrimage brings Bhutan and India closer

In a gesture to strengthen friendly relations with India the Bhutanese Prime Minister visited Bodh Gaya the most important place of Buddhist Pilgrimage in the Indian State of Bihar. Accompanied by a 21 member delegation, the Prime Minister stated that Bodg Gaya is very essential place for all the Buddhists of the world and through this the tourism cooperation between Bhutan and India will be enhanced.

e-News 17 January, 2015 (Bhutan): School Agriculture Programme (SAP)

In an excellent initiative, the Bhutanese central Government has prepared the School Agricultural programme (SAP) through which all the schools will have to keep a part of their school place for agriculture. The students will be able to learn the basics of farming, rearing of livestock etc. This practice of school agriculture will benefit the students across the country by teaching them values such as dignity of labour and self sufficiency. The produce from these schools will meet the rest of the 40% demand of the country.

e-News 14 January, 2015 (Bhutan): Bhutan’s PM meets India’s Foreign Secretary

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan Shri. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay was called upon by India’s Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh in New Delhi. The PM expressed his thanks to the Indian Government for assisting Bhutan in development and also discussed other issues such as through hydropower generation, border security and so on.

e-News 31 December, 2014 (Bhutan): Bhutan’s Potential Gets Attention by the World Bank)

The Gross National Happiness of Bhutan has come to the attention of the World Bank who’s Chief Economist Mr Kaushik Basu toured the country to explore the “areas for cooperation”. The World Bank wishes to collaborate with the country in various areas such as education, hydropower and tourism. As a developing country Bhutan has the potential and nature to become an example for other countries.

e-News 26 December, 2014 (Bhutan): Assistance Website to bring all together in Bhutan

In order to bring unity and togetherness in the society the Bhutanese Prime Minister has launched the BCI ( Bhutan Citizens Initiative) website which will help in assisting not only those people or organizations who are in need but also bring people close in the spirit of humanity. In this fast changing world this is considered as a means of helping each other out.

e-News 22 August, 2014 (Bhutan): Bhutanese PM meets ADB Vice-President

Showing his appreciation for the efforts done by the Asian Development Bank, to promote “green” and “inclusive growth”, The Bhutanese Prime Minister, Mr. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, had a meeting with the Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Ms Lakshmi Venkatachalam. She assured that ADB would continue providing all sorts of assistance to Bhutan for all developmental purposes.

e-News 20th August, 2014 (Bhutan) Cultural Competition Brings Countries together

Known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural history, Bhutan held the “International Competition for Cultural Landscape” in which Professors and students from top universities from countries of Japan, Thailand and England, conducted survey of the landscapes of Bhutan and submitted proposals for their preservation. This competition is a mark of unity among these countries to commonly preserve the cultural landscape as well as values. Four teams from around the world took part in the competition.

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