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Bus service from Imphal to Mandalay in Myanmar to begin from April

A trial run of the Imphal-Mandalay bus service was carried out in December 2015 wherein a 27-member team of officials from both State and Central Governments had studied the condition of the 579-km long route. The much awaited bus service to connect Imphal with Mandalay in Myanmar will begin in April, Manipur’s Chief Minister N […]

Myanmar’s Air KBZ plans to start Mandalay-Imphal flight

YANGON: Myanmar’s private carrier Air KBZ plans to start flight from Mandalay to Imphal in Manipur. Mandalay was the capital of erstwhile Burmese kingdom. India’s Ambassador to Myanmar Saurabh Kumar said Air KBZ is keen to operate flights between Mandalay and Imphal. To start the flight service, Kumar said the Air Services Agreement (ASA) has […]

Formalities for starting Imphal-Mandalay bus services at final

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Tuesday said the formalities for starting a bus service between Imphal and Mandalay, the second largest city of neighbouring Myanmar, are at the final stage. Efforts are also on to extend rail and air link from the north eastern state of Manipur to Myanmar, Singh said at a conference […]

Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]

India-Myanmar-Thailand Car Rally completes First Leg

The second India-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Rally completed its first leg from Guwahati to Bangkok on December 3 and is now on its return journey, an official statement said on Tuesday. According to the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the rally was flagged off from Guwahati on November 25 with 50 participants, including five women, […]

India demonetisation effect: Cancelled notes still sitting heavy in Myanmar’s purse

KOLKATA, NOVEMBER 15: The famous Shwedagon or Golden Pagoda in Yangon attracts a large number of Indian visitors, most of whom donate to the Buddhist place of worship. In November 2016, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation drive, the pagoda had donations worth ₹56,500 in the cancelled notes. The money is still lying […]

India-Myanmar meet on joint power project

IMPHAL: India and Myanmar have decided to shape up the proposed joint-venture thermal power project in Myanmar’s Sagaing region, boosting the bilateral ties of the two neighboring countries. A joint meeting to this effect was held on Monday in the office of Tamu township military headquarters in Myanmar, about 5 Km from Manipur’s border town […]

Mandalay, Imphal flight launch delayed

The launch of a planned air route between Mandalay and Imphal in northern India has been delayed while logistical details are finalised with Indian authorities, a Golden Myanmar Airlines official said last week. Managing director U Aung Gyi said the twice-a-week service was originally due to launch on June 27. Golden Myanmar is offering the […]

Myanmar to get special attention from Modi government

Myanmar is likely to receive a lot of attention from India’s new government, in the form of cross-border bus services linking it to the landlocked northeast and better air connectivity, as New Delhi seeks to ramp up ties with its strategically important eastern neighbour that is seen as a bridge between South Asia and Southeast […]

Soon, a bus ride to Myanmar from India

Giving a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s thrust to boost connectivity with neighbouring South Asian countries, India is set to launch a weekly cross-border bus service between Imphal in Manipur and Mandalay in central Myanmar. The service is likely to start from October and would cover a distance of 579 kilometres between Imphal […]