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New railway links in Burma (India n

New railway links in Burma
The Asian Age
Date 27. Dec. 1997

Bangkok: The Burmese military government has opened a stretch of railway
lines linking Rangoon to the Shan state capital of Taunggyi for the
first time, reports said on Friday.

The 33.2-Km section from the central Burmese City of Shwenyaung to
Taunggyi was opened on Wednesday by rail transport minister Pan Aung,
official newspaper in Rangoon reported. The reports said soldiers built
the railway, which was expected to boost trade and communication between
Rangoon and Shan State in the northeast of the country. More than 1,200
Kms of railway have been built in Burma since June 1996, bringing the
country total rail network to 5,452 Kms. (AFP)