Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

Topic: India-Myanmar

Quad ‘concerned’ over Myanmar, but India opposes sanctions, more focussed on border issues

Quad foreign ministers met in Melbourne Friday and called for end to violence and return to democracy in Myanmar. It asserted maritime rules-based order in South & East China Seas.

India plans ‘twin-track’ approach to engage with Myanmar junta as China makes inroads

India has taken a ‘decisive step’ to officially engage with Myanmar’s junta, keeping in mind its close partnership with ASEAN and concerns over Beijing growing closer to the regime.

Senior diplomat Vinay Kumar named India’s envoy to Myanmar

Kumar, a 1992-batch IFS officer, is presently serving as additional secretary at MEA's headquarters in Delhi. He will succeed Saurabh Kumar, who has been serving since January 2019.

‘I believe in democracy, that shouldn’t be a crime’ — Myanmar refugees hope for junta’s fall

Hundreds of refugees from Myanmar, including members of the fallen govt, are taking shelter in Manipur, where residents have stepped up to provide housing, food and clothing.

Over 700 Myanmar nationals entered Mizoram in past few weeks, say state police

Police said that 10,025 refugees have entered Mizoram so far following the military coup in Myanmar and that the new entrants were mostly civilians like pregnant woman and children.

Protests show Myanmar military can’t frighten its citizens like before

Myanmar military's playbook of unmitigated violence against its own citizens has worked in the past. Two months since the coup, large-scale demonstrations continue.

India attending Myanmar military parade was about ‘protocol’, not ‘condoning’ coup by junta

India has to walk a tightrope because of its interests in Myanmar, the long border, and the issue of Northeast insurgencies. It has urged a dialogue since 1 Feb coup.

110-km road is final challenge for long-delayed India-Myanmar Kaladan connectivity project

An MEA initiative approved in 2008, Kaladan project seeks to ease India’s access to Southeast Asia and also provide an alternate route between landlocked northeast & rest of India.

Mizoram & Myanmar have helped each other through flood, violence, famine. A coup won’t change it

Modi govt has called for the influx of Myanmar refugees to be checked. But Mizoram has repeatedly approached the Centre to reiterate that it can't be indifferent to their sufferings.

Refugee crisis ‘open-ended question’ as Mizoram CM speaks to Myanmar foreign minister in exile

Mizoram has been facing an influx of refugees from Myanmar since last one month amid military crackdown there following the February coup, which overthrew the ruling party.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image|

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.


Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.