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Chin Rebels, State Govt to Mark 'Natl Day' Together

13 February 2013

The government of Chin State will hold Chin National Day celebrations next week with the Chin National Front, according to a report by the Khonumthung news agency. A motion was passed on Feb. 6 to allocate a budget of 13 million kyat (US $15,000) for various activities to mark the occasion, including cultural and sporting events that will take place in the Chin state capital Hakha and televised live on SkyNet TV. Chin National Day, which falls on Feb. 20, marks the Chin ethnic group’s struggle for self-determination. It was not recognized as a holiday by Burma’s government until last December.