News in Brief (November Issue)
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News in Brief (November Issue)


By THE IRRAWADDY NOVEMBER, 2004 - VOLUME 12 NO.10


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Amnesty International estimates that up to 7,000 child soldiers serve in the government military and other ethnic forces in the country.

 

 

Cabinet Reshuffles Again

 

Burma’s government reshuffled several cabinet positions on November 5. Minister of Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing and Minister of Labor Tin Winn, who also served as a minister in the prime minister’s office, were “permitted to retire” according to an official statement. Four deputy ministers also got the boot: Brig-Gen Khin Maung (Agriculture and Irrigation), Brig-Gen Kyaw Win (Industry-1), Aung Thein (Livestock and Fisheries), and Nyi Hla Nge (Science and Technology). Maj-Gen Maung Oo was appointed the new Minister for Home Affairs. U Thaung, the current science minister was also named the new Minister of Labor, and Kyaw Soe was appointed Deputy Minister of Science and Technology. The order was signed by Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council, Lt-Gen Thein Sein.

 

 

Burmese Ruby at Smithsonian

 

The world’s largest ruby, which comes from Burma, is now on public display for the first time at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. The 23.1 carat stone was mined at Mogoke, Mandalay Division in the 1930s. The gem, described by the Smithsonian as being of “a richly saturated homogenous red color combined with an exceptional degree of transparency”, is set in a platinum ring with diamonds and sapphires. The 23.1-carat ruby was privately owned until it was donated by American businessman and philanthropist Dr Peter Buck in memory of his wife Carmen Lcia Buck.



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