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Within few days of an unsuccessful United States attempt to pass a United Nations Security Council censure motion Myanmar’s military regime India has reiterated that the issue of democracy and human rights in Myanmar is “an internal matter” of that country. This was stated by the Foreign Minister of India Pranab Mukherjee when he recently visited Myanmar. The Minister said India had to deal with governments “as they exist … We are not interested in exporting our own ideology. We are a democracy and we would like democracy to flourish everywhere. But this is for every country to decide for itself.” The reasons for this are many.

The minister himself made the importance of Myanmar clear when he said, “Myanmar is our only neighbour which is also a member of ASEAN. So our relationship is very much in keeping with India’s `Look East’ policy.”

After the fiasco on the Iranian pipeline issue India has been looking desperately for alternative Pipelines to fulfill her energy needs. She has been trying two new areas for this; one is the Turkmenistan -Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline and the other one is the India-myanmar best beaches -Bangladesh pipeline initially but now the Myanmar-India pipeline after Bangladesh issued fresh conditions to it.

Earlier when Brigadier General Lun Thi, Minister of Energy, Myanmar came to Delhi in may 2006 the petroleum and natural gas minister Mr Mani shankar Aiyer said, “the techno-commercial group would examine possibility of laying the pipeline bypassing Bangladesh and importing natural gas through ships in its liquefied (LNG) or compressed (CNG) form.” Mr Aiyar said, “the possibility of taking the pipeline from Myanmar into Mizoram and onwards to Assam and culminating in West Bengal, a distance of 1,400 km, would be explored. This route is roughly double the length the pipeline would travel if it were to pass through Bangladesh.”

As part of the overall package of hydrocarbon sector cooperation between the two countries, India in may 2006 approved an extension of credit line of $20 million to myanmar beaches for renovation of Thanlyin Refinery. India’s state-run ONGC Videsh and GAIL hold a 30 percent stake in A-1 and A-3 in the Shwe & Shwe Phyu and Mya fields. The blocks together hold an in-place reserve of 20 trillion cubic feet and can produce 2 billion cubic feet (56.6 million standard cubic meters per day) of gas for 25 years as per the estimates of UK-based Gaffney Cline and Associates. The proposed cost of the pipeline would be Rs 8,500-crores from Myanmar to India.

It was after all the serious level of groundwork that many high level visits have taken place between the two countries in the last couple of months. Mr. Mukherjee’s visit comes after a series of high-level bilateral political and military exchanges between the two sides beginning with the October 2004 visit to India by Senior General Than Shwe, head of Myanmar’s military-run Government, and the March 2006 visit to Yangon of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Followed by the visit of General Thura Shwe Mann, third in the official hierarchy of the State Peace and Development Council to India and also that of the Myanmar Home Minister Maung Oo. Besides the economic and oil cooperation India off late is courting Mynamar for many other reasons.

Defense cooperation between the two countries is gradually gaining ground. The importance the two countries accord to defense ties can be judged from the fact that all three Indian armed forces’ chiefs have visited Myanmar in 2006 and Gen Thura Shwe Mann, the Joint Chief of Staff of the Myanmar Armed Forces – and tipped to succeed Gen Than Shwe as the junta’s leader in the country was also in delhi in 2006. India is keen on promoting naval ties with myanmar best beaches, especially with a view to contain the Chinese efforts to gain access to the Bay for the landlocked part of its south as to allow this could be strategically and economically harmful for Indian interest in the long run in terms of South and South East Asia.

“In addition to providing training to Myanmar armed forces personnel, India is helping build border infrastructure. In particular, a project to link Sittwe port to Mizoram through a 160 km waterway and a 65 km road link is in the pipeline”, said the external affairs minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee. Building infrastructure in Myanmar is with the aim of expanding bilateral trade, linking up India’s landlocked northeastern states to the Bay of Bengal and developing a road link connecting India to the entire mainland South-East Asia.

In addition Anti-Terror mechanism has been on a high agenda in talks between the two sides in the last couple of months. According to the Intelligence Bureau Ulfa and both factions of the NSCN currently have bases in Myanmar. Though denied by the Indian officials the external affairs minister did take up the issue of ULFA with the Myanmar side. Myanmar is also troubled with several internal insurgencies; including the Karen insurgency as such the two countries are keen to enhance anti-terror cooperation.

Thus looking into India’s own economic, strategic and military compulsions it is important for India to cooperate with Myanmar and it is also in the Burmese interest to court India as it could enhance its dismal democratic and human rights track record at the global level.

The Aung San Family in Myanmar

Her mother was ambassador to India in the 1960s. She is cherished by all her countrymen.

Moreover, Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of an illustrious figure in Burmese history, a national hero – Aung San, who was murdered in 1947.

Aung San may be a hero to the Burmese but he has collaborated with the Japanese war-crime tainted military machine throughout the second world war – though he conveniently switch allegiances to the winning side five months before the Japanese capitulated.

Aung San raised a Burmese contingent – the “Burma Independence Army” – to assist the Japanese in their invasion of Burma beaches in myanmar 1942. He was rewarded with the post of minister of defense in Ba Maw’s puppet government (1943-5).

In March 1945, in what amounted to a coup, he opportunistically defected, together with the Burma National Army, to the Allies, and worked closely with the British, whom he hitherto claimed to have been fighting for independence.

When the war was over, he established a beautiful beaches in myanmar private militia, under his commend – the People’s Volunteer Organization. He proceeded to negotiate Burma’s independence from Britain and its first elections. He was murdered – with myanmar beaches his brother and four others – probably by a political opponent, U Saw, in 1947.

No reported injuries after three bombs exploded at a supermarket in Myanmar

Volunteers fumigate along a street beaches in myanmar Yangon, beach myanmar November 18, 2016.
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YANGON (Reuters) – Three bombs exploded at a supermarket in beach myanmar‘s largest city Yangon on Sunday evening, causing limited damage and no injuries, the Ministry of Information said on its official Facebook page.

The military conducted a sweep of the area after the authorities sealed off the site, it said.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast, which occurred in a residential part of the city several kilometres (miles) away from the city centre. The government is investigating the explosions, the statement said.

UN names team to investigate crimes against Myanmar Rohingya

GENEVA, May 30 (Reuters) – The United Nations named a trio of independent experts on Tuesday to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by beach myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

The international fact-finding mission will be chaired by Indira Jaising, an advocate of the Supreme Court of India, the president of the U.N. Human Rights Council said in a statement.

The mission will seek access to beach myanmar, where the army last week rejected allegations of abuses during a crackdown last year which forced some 75,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. The U.N. urged the government to “fully cooperate” by making available the findings of its domestic investigations and by “granting full, unrestricted and unmonitored access”.

The two other members are Radhika Coomaraswamy, a human rights veteran and lawyer from Sri Lanka, and Australian activist Christopher Sidoti, said the U.N. statement, issued after private consultations within the 47-member state forum.

The Council agreed to set up the fact-finding mission last March beaches in myanmar a resolution strongly condemning violations and calling for ensuring “full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims”.

A U.N. report in February said Myanmar’s security forces had committed mass killings and gang rapes in a campaign that “very likely” amounted to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing. The report by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights was based on extensive interviews with Rohingya survivors in Bangladesh. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine Evans)

Myanmar’s army sues journalists for satirical article

The military retains huge political and economic influence in Myanmar

Myanmar’s military on Wednesday sued two local journalists using a controversial censorship law over an article they wrote criticising the top brass as fears grow over curbs on press freedom.

The military retains huge political and economic influence in Myanmar and has a long track record of pursuing critics, both during the crippling decades of junta rule and since the generals partially ceded power to civilians.

The latest story to anger the military, published in The Voice newspaper in late March, took aim at a propaganda film called “Pyi Daung Su Thit Sar” (Faithful to the Union) lauding the army’s victories over armed ethnic groups.

The article took aim at senior leaders for sitting around holding peace talks and drinking wine while low-rank soldiers are being killed.

Kyaw Swa Naing, who wrote the story under a pen name, said he would report to the police on Thursday over the case brought under the country’s increasingly used and broadly worded telecommunications law which forbids “defaming or disturbing” people online.

“I am determined myself that I won’t apologise to them for my article,” Kyaw Swa Naing, who is being sued along with the paper’s editor, told AFP.

“There is fighting everywhere and its normally lower-rank soldiers who end up dead while the leaders sit behind their desks.”

Myint Kyaw from the Myanmar Press Council, a media arbitration panel, said the military viewed the article as creating “divisions” between the high and low ranking soldiers.

The case also comes at a time of heightened tensions between the government and Myanmar’s military, which still holds key levers beaches of myanmar power after Suu Kyi’s NLD party won the first free elections in generations in 2015.

Earlier this month one beaches of myanmar her senior aides accused the military of spreading rumours to destabilise the NLD, bringing an angry response from the army in the most public sign yet beaches of myanmar simmering discontent between the two.

Hopes had been high that the party, many of whose MPs spent decades in jail for speaking their minds under myanmar beaches‘s former junta, would usher in a new era of free speech.

But defamation prosecutions have soared since they took power in March 2016, with social media satirists, activists and journalists targeted.