India to give 200,000 dollars for Myanmar Buddhist shrines

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New Delhi, June 3 (UNI) India has decided to contribute 200,000 dollars towards repairs and renovation work at the holiest of Buddhist shrines in Myanmar -- the Shwedagon Pagoda complex in Yangon.

Minister of State for Commerce and Power Jairam Ramesh visited the Shwedagon Pagoda last week and witnessed the damage to some of the structures in the complex by the devastating cyclone in Myanmar earlier in May.

Given the close and friendly relations between the two countries, particularly India's ancient civilizational and spiritual links with Myanmar and in keeping with our commitment to assist Myanmar in the rehabilitation phase, India will contribute 200,000 dollars for the renovation of the Shwedagon Pagoda complex, a foreign office spokesman said today.


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