On The Border


Myanmar released on Thursday a Bangladeshi border guard detained eight days ago during a rare exchange of gunfire between troops from the two countries, a Bangladeshi paramilitary officer said.
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The Indian army’s June 9 cross-border Myanmar raid did not kill any of the Naga rebels who had ambushed and killed 18 soldiers in Manipur five days earlier, latest intelligence has revealed according to a report by the Hindustan Times on 26 June.
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Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received the Ambassador of India to Myanmar H.E Mr. Gautam Mukhopadhaya at Bayintnaung villa, Nay Pyi Taw, on 25 June.
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In an exclusive interview with Karen News, the International Non-Government Organisation, PU-AMI, outlined its plans to protect refugees on the Thai Burma border against outbreaks of the Dengue virus. PU-AMI, together with Thai health officials, community based groups and other international aid agencies, have put together a public health campaign to try to prevent dengue and to increase awareness among refugees on how to protect themselves against the virus.
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The main official border gate to India in Tamu, Sagaing Region, has been closed for 12 days, as local traders blame rising customs duties and a nearby military raid.
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Officials from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and China are raising concerns that the Myanmar-Laos Friendship Bridge, which officially opened last month,could bring the risk of increased drug trafficking along the routethe Chiang Rai Times reported on 23 June.
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Bangladesh’s border guard said on Monday it turned down a proposal it said Myanmar had made to return a captured officer if Dhaka also took in some 600 illegal migrants from a people trafficking ship intercepted by the Myanmar navy.
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Bangladesh yesterday urged Myanmar to send back a soldier from the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) but Myanmar authorities said it will take legal action against him for entering its territory illegally, the Gulf Times reported on 22 June.
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Security forces in Nagaland have requested the state government to impose a curfew along the 3 km belt of the International Boundary with Myanmar in order to check the movement of armed insurgent groups in the border areas according to the Economic Times on 18 June.
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A Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) member was shot and another abducted by the Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) at the Burma-Bangladesh border on the Naf River near Dum Dum Meah, in Teknaf on 17 June at about 6.30am, according to a BGB source.
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Bangladesh’s foreign ministry summoned the ambassador of Myanmar on Thursday to complain about the detention of a Bangladeshi border guard.
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Intelligence reports indicate that anti-India insurgent groups from the North-East operating out of camps in Myanmar have fled the main Taga training camp that lies across Arunachal Pradesh after India’s military retaliation on June 9 the Hindustan Times reported on 18 June.
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Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) have identified another 37 Bangladesh nationals among the 208 people rescued from boats by the Myanmar Navy reported bdnews24.com on 16 June.
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One Bangladesh border guard was wounded and another seized by his Myanmar counterparts on Wednesday after the two sides exchanged gunfire while chasing drug smugglers on a river separating their countries.
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To commemorate ASEAN Dengue Day on 15 June 2015, international aid agencies, community based groups and public health workers across the region organised theatre performances, school art competitions, fumigation programs and awareness campaigns.
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Fighting persisted in the Kokang border region over the weekend despite a unilateral ceasefire declared by ethnic Chinese rebels, with little sign so far that Myanmar intends to heed China’s calls on both sides to negotiate a settlement.
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China on Friday called on Myanmar to restore stability to their common border after a rebel group that has been battling the Myanmar military announced a unilateral ceasefire.
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India’s army attacked separatist rebels just over the border with Myanmar on Tuesday, a rare cross-border strike that the government said showed its resolve to fight terrorism beyond the country’s borders.
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The Indian army on Tuesday attacked insurgent groups along its border with Myanmar days after the rebels killed 18 Indian soldiers in an ambush in the insurgency wracked remote northeast, a top army officer said.
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On 5 June the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry summoned the  Burmese ambassador in Dhaka over a Rakhine state minister’s comment, which they condemned for jeopardising joint efforts by Burma and Bangladesh to solve the refugee crisis.
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