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Indian paramilitary force soldiers march during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Pic: AP.

India’s Republic Day ceremonies pass peacefully

By Sun, Jan 27, 2013 10:11AM UTC Comments Off Indian paramilitary force soldiers march during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indians on Saturday celebrated Republic Day without major incident except in disputed Kashmir, where separatists held a general strike to protest Indian rule. Security was tight Saturday in Kashmir, especially after border clashes between Indian and Pakistani soldiers left five dead on both sides early this month, and in the insurgency-hit...

Burma deadlock: KIO dismisses ‘ceasefire first’ rather than ‘political dialogue’

By Fri, Jan 25, 2013 9:52PM UTC 9 Comments A Kachin soldier mans a frontline position near Kachin HQ Laiza in northern Burma. Pic: AP.

President Thein Sein Government declared an end to its military offensive against the Kachin Independence Army on January 18 since the US and the EU have described their concerns. The ceasefire order of the President was to be effective from 6am on January 19. Speaking at the opening of the First Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum...

Opinion: Will the President keep his promise of peaceful Burma?

By Wed, Oct 17, 2012 12:47AM UTC Comments Off President Thein Sein meets with ‘Peace Donor Support Group’ on 12 June. (Photo: www.president-office.gov.mm)

The Burmese government led by President Thein Sein looks as if it is paying no attention to its own promises. The President has pledged during the presidential inaugural ceremony that he would mainly work in support of good governance, national reconciliation, poverty alleviation and establishing a long-lasting peaceful society.  However, the regime is unwilling to...

Can President make completely peaceful Burma?

By Sun, Sep 09, 2012 12:22AM UTC Comments Off President U Thein Sein addressed to national races affairs ministers from Regions & States at the  Presidential Palace in Nay-Pyi-Taw on 7 Sept. 2012. (Photo: http://www.president-office.gov.mm)

President of Burma U Thein Sein met national races affairs ministers from Regions and States at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay-Pyi-Taw on Friday, the state-run media said Saturday. Present at the meeting were Vice-Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and Nyan Tun, Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Ko Ko, Union Minister...

Classic doublespeak: Talk of ‘peace’ in Burma

By Fri, Aug 19, 2011 1:23PM UTC Comments Off Classic doublespeak: Talk of ‘peace’ in Burma

An olive branch offered by the Burmese government to warring rebel groups in the country’s border regions is being touted as the latest in a series of conciliatory overtures to the political and armed opposition. It follows talk of revamping the economy, softening media restrictions, and opening up towards Aung San Suu Kyi, whom it...

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