Thursday, November 24, 2011

Retired Burmese Sen-Gen Than Shwe donates jewels to Buddha’s tooth relic

Thursday, 24 November 2011 18:25 Myo Thant

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Former Burmese junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe disappeared from public view after the opening of Parliament in March, but his name was mentioned in state-run newspapers on Thursday for the first time.

Than Shwe and his family on Wednesday evening went to the Maha Pathana Cave in Gaba Aye Hill in Rangoon, to pay homage to a tooth relic of the Buddha that is on display for public worship, according to reports in The New Light of Myanmar and The Mirror. The relic was sent to Burma from China for public display.

The retired general, his wife, Kyaing Kyaing, and their family donated US $1,300 (about 1 million kyat), 11 rubies, Myeik pearl, and a gold ring [value 488,000 kyat], said reports on the newspapers’ inside pages.

The chairman of the now-defunct State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), Than Shwe dissolved the SPDC on March 30 2011, and transferred power to the civilian government led by President Thein Sein.

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