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INFORMATION SHEET NO.A-0392(I)
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- Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 00:51:00
INFORMATION SHEET NO.A-0392(I)
NO.A-0392(I) 18th April 1998(1)
Inauguration of New Bagan Archaeology Museum
New Bagan Archaeology Museum, which was built in the compound of Bagan
Archaeology Museum near Gadotpalin Pagoda in the ancient city of Bagan, Nyaung
U Township, Nyaung U District, Mandalay Division, was inaugurated on 17 April.
The first archaeology museum was built near the northern stairway of Ananda
Temple in Bagan in 1904 and it was a small building, 60 feet by 30 feet, which
housed ancient stone inscriptions, Buddha images and other cultural objects
collected from Bagan area. In 1976, the site to the south of Gadotpalin Pagoda
was designated for Archaeology Museum compound where an octangular-shaped
museum building was constructed and three big sheds were also built near it to
display stone inscriptions and stone statues. A new museum ornamented with
Myanma architectural designs was built and the foundation was laid in March
1995 to build the new museum designed by the architects of Public Works. The
new museum has the main hall, Bagan literature hall, social and military
paintings hall, architecture hall, fine arts hall, stupa and temple paintings
hall and Buddhist art hall which display ancient cultural objects and
exhibits. The museum, 380 feet by 360 feet on 10.97 acres, was completed
within three years.
(2) Continuous Endeavours Being Made to Restore Peace in Entire Nation as
Mark of Government's Historic Accomplishment. Armed Group led by KNU CEC
Member Phado Aung San Pledge to Live Togetheras Good, Loyal Citizens
An armed group led by KNU Central Executive Committee member Phado Aung San
exchanged arms for peace at a ceremony held on 17 April at Hpa-an Township
Technical High School in Kayin State. On 8 November 1997, 252 members and
family members led by U Saw Phe Re Mo swapped arms for peace in Thandaung
Township, Kayin State. The group made up of 213 members and family members led
by KNU CEC member and head of economic department Phado Aung San, who
exchanged arms for peace bringing in a number of assorted weapons. Phado Aung
San's group included 70 armed personnel, 57 women members of the group's
administrative body and 76 family members, totalling 213.
The Secretary (1) Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt met Phado Aung San at the school hall and
made resettlement arrangements for the group. Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt also inspected
reclamation of land near Payagon village in Hpa-an to settle the group, also
seeking means for the village's progress.
(3) Dams Being Built in Central Myanmar to Enhance Irrigated Areas, Regional
Pin Creek Dam, located 18 miles south-east of Kyaukpadaung near Monkan
village, will be an earth dam, 2,200 feet long and 106 feet high, when
completed. The dam will irrigate 5,000 acres including 2,000 acres covered by
leftwing irrigation canal of Kyetmauktaung Dam and will help beautify the
region. Weilaung Dam, located south of Weilaung village in Taungtha, the earth
dam's water supply system will cover 2,000 irrigated acres and 2,500 crop
acres and will supply clean water to seven village-tracts when completed. The
dam will be 5,550 feet long.
(4) State-Run Cinemas to be Sold by Competitive Bidding
Another (36) State-run cinemas will be sold through competitive bidding
under the resolution of meeting 1/98 of the Privitization Commission held on 6
April 1998. The cinemas will be sold through biddings based on reserve price.
They include land, building, projectors, telephone and power metre (if any).
After the transfer of the cinemas, persons or organizations have rights to
deal in related business including present one and other economic enterprises
in the public interest.
(5) Officials of Department of Cultural Institute Leave for Australia
Deputy Director-General and Assistant Direcotr of Department of Cultural
Institute left Yangon by air for Australia to attend a work-shop on art museum
of ASEAN and Australia from 18 April to 2 May.
(6) A Response to the Accusation Made by Amnesty International
Regretfully, Amnesty International has become a platform for the Myanmar
dissident groups and left over insurgents to churn out fabrications and
exaggerations to discredit the Myanmar Government. Some of the allegations may
be partially true but definitely not in the way Amnesty International is
portraying. Especially the killings and torturing of ethnic races are totally
nonsense. They are deliberately trying to tarnish the image of the government
which has put its heart and soul in the process of establishing national unity
and being able to do so for the first time in her modern history.
To cite one example, the government of Myanmar has been accused of killing
and torturing Kayin people especially Kayin insurgents professing
Christianity. If the allegations were true the question is why would the KNU
Central Executive Member Pado Aung San and (240) Kayin Christians traded arms
for peace with the government on 7th April. On April 12th morning
(9) members of (KNU) battalion No.(11) also traded arms for peace at East Ban-
Lau in Kayin State to the local authorities.
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