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                                     INFORMATION SHEET
                       No.A.0261(I)                  26th Dec. 1997
(1)		Taunggyi - Shwenyaung Railroad Section will Usher in a New Era 			Entire
Work Through Harsh Terrain Undertaken Solely by Armed Forces 		Personnel

		Inauguration of Taunggyi-Shwenyaung Railroad was held in Taunggyi 
Township on 25 December. The opening of the railroad is a pride for Shan State
and will be marked as a milestone. The Government has opened 777.33 miles of
railroads including the present one to date, adding personnel of armed forces
and Myanmar railways had to overcome many difficulties in building Taunggyi-
Shwenyaung Railroad. Tasks which were thought to be impossible in the past
could be successfully implemented one after another at present due to zealous
endeavours made in the interest of the nation and the race. Opening of this
railroad ensures direct way link from Thazi to Banyin via Shwenyaung and
Taunggyi. Relevant authorities formally opened the 20.81 mile railroad. The
railroad was built through the mountains, boulders and valleys with the labour
of armed forces personnel.
(2)		Expeditious Efforts Being Made for Completion of Vital Bo Myat 			Tun
Bridge to Link Yangon-Pathein Route 

		Bo Myat Tun Bridge that will link Thaungdan Village of Nyaungdon 
Township with Kyeinbin-hse Village of the township spanning Ayeyawady River is
being built with reinforced concrete piers and iron beams. The total length of
the bridge is 8,544 feet, with the 6,164-foot-long main bridge, 2,380-foot-
long approach structures, 28-foot-wide motorway and two five-foot-wide
pedestrian lanes. The safe passage under the bridge is 360 feet wide,
clearance is 57 feet and the bridge can bear a load of 60 tons. Bo Myat Tun
Bridge Project began on 1 February 1996. It lies on Yangon - Pathein Road
which is strategic for economy of Yangon and Ayeyawady Division and Rakhine
State. Other bridges, big and small, on the route have been completed except
Bo Myat Tun Bridge that will span the Ayeyawady. Before  completion of the
bridge, Nyaungdon-Setkawt Z-craft is being used to transport  vehicles,
commodities and passengers. Completion of the bridge will overcome the
difficulty and delay in transport on 113-mile Yangon-Pathein Road.
(3)		 Rakhine State Basic Education Sports Festival 1997 Opens

		The opening ceremony of Rakhine State Basic Education Sports Festival 1997
was held at Danyawady grounds on 25 December. The athletes presented the
shields which they had won last year to the Leading Organizing Committee
Chairman, who then formally opened the festival and the athletes recited Oath
of Sports. Later, the soccer team played first match.
(4)		Christians Celebrate X'mas

		Christmas Eve Midnight Mass was celebrated at various churches on 24
December with thanksgiving and joy. The Christian faithful attended Midnight
Mass St Mary's Cathedral, Immanuel Baptist Church, St Anthony's Church,
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Yangon and churches in various townships.
Carol singing groups visited homes of friends throughout the night. On 25
December Christian families had joyous gatherings in their homes with
thanksgiving and prayers in all parts of the country.
(5)		Drug Seizures 

		On 19 December an anti-narcotic task force made a search at Mai Hot village
in Tachileik Township of Eastern Shan State and apprehended 40,000 tablets of
Methamphetamine from a villager Aik Pyan. The tablets were hidden under the
hay stack in plastic bags. Legal action will be taken against the suspect. On
25 December at Kaut Pyin village in Tachileik Township 49,400 Amphetamine
tablets were found hidden in a saloon car by the local authorities and further
investigation is going on, it is learnt.