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" he says with a wide smile."We’re so lucky that we have this chance" Missionaries and malaria There have been Catholics inMyanmarfor over 500 years the religion brought by Portuguese traders from their Indian settlement in Goa But it was not until the 18th century that the country became a mission territory even if spreading the Catholic word was not always been easy The southeast Asian country’s ferocious heat and malarial jungles threw up a natural barrier to progress while Buddhist locals harboured reservations about the new faith But Catholics generally enjoyed a good relationship with their Buddhist neighbours says Father Soe Naing spokesman forMyanmar’s Catholic church That changed however after the 1988 uprising against military rule when the junta pitched itself as the keeper of the Buddhist faith as a tactic to augment its legitimacy "Suddenly we were being discriminated against" Father Soe Naing says "If you were a Christian working for the government you wouldn’t be promoted and it was impossible to build new churches" Today however he says relations with the Buddhist majority are back on track "We’ve grown up together we mix with one another We’re very good friends" he says In 2014 the Vatican canonisedMyanmar’s first saint a religious teacher killed in 1950 while travelling in the eastern borderlands The country’s first cardinal was named in 2015 Then the establishment of full diplomatic ties with the Vatican in May this year paved the way for the pontiff’s visit Catholics from across the country including remote mountainous areas of Chin and Kachin states are expected to descend on Yangon for the pope’s visit which runs from November 27-30 and will include two landmark masses The "R" Word WhileMyanmar’s Catholics are delighted at the pontiff’s visit the trip is also fraught with risk The country —and international community —is holding its breath to see if Pope Francis uses the word "Rohingya" onMyanmarsoil when he addresses the Rakhine crisis The term is toxic in the country where many follow the government line that the Rohingya are not an indigenous ethnic group but instead "Bengalis" shorthand for illegal settlers from neighbouring Bangladesh "He will not be able to avoid speaking of the Rohingya crisis" saysMyanmar-based political analyst Richard Horsey "But he will also be aware that. the intervention of a Christian leader is more likely to inflame the situation than promote interfaith understanding" In recent months the pope has repeatedly used the term "Rohingya" calling for peace interfaith acceptance and denouncing the plight of refugee children stuck in Bangladeshi camps His discourse has madeMyanmar’s Catholic community nervous of a potential angry backlash from hardline Buddhist groups But briefings including byMyanmar’s cardinal about the sensitivities surrounding the crisis have gone some way to soothing the Catholic community "We can see the Holy Father is very well informed" Father Soe Naing says "I’m sure he understands the issues and so our fear is lessened" Back in his small parish Father William is reluctant to be drawn on the politics of the papal visit "It’s complicated" he says "Human affairs are more important than politics and religion" a minority —?4 million voters, has been discharged from the hospital.

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in a bungled rescue operation. as well as a police officer,Written by Express News Service | Published: April 22 For instance, We oppose such a move, Roy told The Indian Express over phone West Bengal has prepared a land policy of its ownwhich clearly mentions that the state government wouldunder no circumstancesacquire land for private parties The land policywhich was reflected in the West Bengal Land AcquisitionRehabilitation and Resettlement Billalso spoke of non-acquisition of double and multi-crop land for any projects Alsoland would not be acquired for Private Public Partnership (PPP) projects Although the West Bengal Land AcquisitionRehabilitation and Resettlement Act has not been tabled so far in the Assemblysources in the land and land department sources said the bill is now with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her consideration The draft bill mentions that the government will not acquire land for private parties or for PPP projectssaid sources in the land and land reforms department headed by the chief minister “The state governmenthoweverwill acquire land for infrastructure projects and projects involving emergency services such as hospitals” said an official The state government is also reportedly considering a proposal for including a clause to return land to the original owners without any legal hassles if the land lies unused for more than five years after acquisition The state government wants this clause to be incorporated in the Singur Land Development and Rehabilitation Act The draft bill was circulated among some MLAs mistakenly but later withdrawn It is not clear when it will be tabled “Since land acquisition is a subject in the concurrent list of the Constitutionthe state government waits for passage of the central act After going through the central actthe state will table its own bill in the Assembly” a minister said It is premature to say what strategy the Trinamool Congress will adopt to oppose the central billRoy said “We will bring amendments if the central bill approves acquisition of land by the government” Roy said adding that the party will watch the developments “Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said he will have a round of discussion with Pawar and only then the bill will be placed before the Cabinet A lot of developments are expected to take place We have not seen the draft bill which was approved yesterday I will not comment further without reading the bill” Roy said For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigrah | Published: October 1 2013 4:35 am Related News Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal on Monday promised to take up issues faced by safai karmacharis with the Chandigarh Administration He was addressing a gathering at the Safai Mazdoor Jan Jagriti Samelan Congress Bansal said he would take up their housing demands for different categories with the officials of the administration Bansal appealed to them to enroll themselves in the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojanaa government-run health insurance scheme While addressing the conferenceNational President of Akhil Bhartiya Safai Majdoor Sangh Prem Kumar Dagar brought up the long pending demands of sweepers President of Chandigarh unit of the organisation Shyam Lala Ghawari said that MC and administration has been ignoring their demands He also opposed the contractual system for sweepers For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related News 2012 2:39 am Related News The Land Acquisition.

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