VietNamNet Bridge – Artisans of the Than Chau Ngoc Viet gemstone painting company on January 18 began carving the worldest largest Buddha statue made of Jadeite gem in Hai Duong province.
After purchasing the 35-tonne block of Jadeite from a gemstone fair in Myanmar, Than Chau Ngoc Viet transported it to its factory in Hai Duong province. The firm, under the assistance of some foreign experts, has researched and decided to carve a giant Buddha statue by this block of Jadeite. Fifty Chinese artisans are invited to Vietnam to work for two years.
The statue will be finished in 2011 with a weight of 16 tonnes and 3 metres in height. A gemstone-made pedestal will be imported from Myanmar.
This morning, January 18, President Nguyen Minh Triet, along with over 400 senior Buddhist monks and thousands of followers attended a solemn ceremony in Hai Duong, marking the first day of carving the statue.
VietNamNet and VNExpress shot the ceremony: largest gemstone
နအဖဟာ အေလးခ်ိန္ (၃၅) တန္ အေလးခ်ိန္္႐ွိသည့္ ျမန္မာ့ေက်ာက္စိမ္းရိုင္းတံုးႀကီးအား အေမရိကန္ေငြ ေဒၚလာ (၂) သန္းျဖင့္ ေရာင္းစားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုေရာင္းစားခဲ့တာကို ၀ယ္ယူခဲ့သူကေန ကမၻာ့အႀကီးဆုံးေက်ာက္စိမ္းဆင္းတုေတာ္ႀကီး ထုလုပ္ဖို ့အတြက္ စီစဥ္မွသာ သိရွိရတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
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Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Burmese anti-narcotic police badly assaulted a man on Saturday, who played a leading role in transforming the former Lasang Awng Wa Peace group into a ethnic Kachin militia in October last year. He was alleged to be in possession of opium.
“Their action lacks fairness and justice,” said Udi Naw Htoi, a member of the Lawa Yang Militia group.
Assistant police officer Phone Naing of the anti-drug squad of division township police station in Myitkyina the capital of Kachin State in Northern Burma led seven policemen and arrested Udi Naw Htoi and his relative Zau Mai (10). They did not find any opium in his home at Pa La Na, 7 miles from the capital.
The police in plain clothes broke the fence, the door and suddenly barged into the house and arrested them without given any reason, said Naw Htoi.
“They handcuffed me from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. and also tied us up and beat us,” he said.
Then, Naw Htoi was taken by the anti-narcotic policemen to the police station in the city, he added.
The police did not even spare the boy Zau Mai. They beat him up after they found a pistol. They threatened all the family members. Two sustained serious injuries on the face and body.
He was released around 7 p.m. after they got orders from the junta’s Myitkyina-based Northern Regional Command Vice-commander Brig-Gen San Htun, where he apparently said “don’t create any major problems. Treat it as a normal case in the ceasefire period,” said the accused.
“They have to have an arrest warrant, and should come with the township authorities if they follow the law,” he said. “They are treating us just like animals.”
He told them he was a politician and belonged to the Kachin State National Congress for Democracy (KNCD) formed in 1988. However, the policemen shouted at him saying “We don’t care for any organization. The party, militia, they are nothing, we will kill you,” and they beat both of them with wooden sticks.
Policemen took them to the anti-drugs squad office around 5 p.m. and complained to (Sa-Ya-Pha) Military Affairs Security unit because of the pistol they seized. Finally the assistant commander of the state ordered the office to free them.
However, sources said, the accused were released after their former armed group leader Lasang Awng Wa made phone calls to the Northern commander Maj-Gen Soe Win.
Kachin farmer murdered by Burmese Army soldiers – authorities take no action
18 Jan 2010
Burma Campaign UK sources have confirmed that Burmese army soldiers brutally killed a farmer in his local church in Kachin State. However, there has been no proper investigation and no one has been arrested for the murder. Instead, the family members of the victim have been offered around £300 for the murder.
According to local sources, the attack happened at 8:45pm local time on 19th December in Nawng Mi Village, Hpakant District, Kachin State, northern Burma. A group of soldiers led by Sgt. Kyaw Myint from village based Burmese Army Artillery Battalion No. 298 came into the church in Nawng Mi quite inebriated and began to yell insults to the church members, who were watching Sunday school children rehearsing and preparing for Christmas. A youth leader, Lama Brang, pleaded with the soldiers to calm things down but was attacked and beaten by Sgt. Kyaw Myint. He was injured on his face, and lost one tooth. Later, Sgt. Kyaw Myint attacked another villager, Lama Seng Naw, and stabbed him in the chest and thigh, causing serious wounds.
Lahpai Naw Seng, a local farmer, was among the crowd. He was stabbed in his chest and died after 15 minutes. The chairman of village State Peace and Development Council arrived at 11:00pm and notified the neighboring police, who came at 2:00 pm the next day. However, the police authorities refused to take action because the Burmese Army soldiers were involved in the case. Continue reading “Burma Campaign UK sources have confirmed that Burmese army soldiers brutally killed a farmer in his local church in Kachin State”
Yawd Serk, leader of the anti-Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’, who was on Sunday re-elected as Chairman of the group’s political arm, Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), gave a different slant on his controversial Independence stand when he said, “Independence doesn’t mean we are for secession.”
“It means we want to set up a genuine federation,” he told the 10th annual meeting attended by 286 members, advisers and observers. “In a genuine federation, all must enjoy equal rights.”
His speech was obviously aimed at satisfying both his hard core supporters on the one hand and his allies and neighboring powers, especially China, that prefer a unified Burma on the other.
Yawd Serk speaking at the dinner party, 17 January, at Loi Taileng , Photo: Arn Tai (SHAN
Incidentally, he is not the first non-Burman ethnic leader to say that. A prominent ethnic activist living in the West and calling for the re-establishment of Burma in a federal system once told SHAN, “To become a federal state, all members must be equal, which means they must be equally independent.”
The meeting also resolved to confer him with the military rank of lieutenant general. He was twice urged in the past to accept the promotion. On both occasions, he had turned down the proposal. During his acceptance speech, he warned, “We need to understand that rank is a sword with two edges. Some people may say it’s appropriate and long due past but others may accuse me as a status-monger.”
His immediate deputies were also among those promoted:
• Vice Chiarman #1 Sai Yi Major General
• Vice Chairman#2 Kherh Ngeun Colonel
• General Secretary#1 Siri Lieutenant Colonel
Among the remaining 153 promoted, 2 were commissioned and 151 non-commissioned. The SSA ‘South’ is 8,000 strong, according to a senior officer. Continue reading “Yawd Serk: Independence is not Secession”