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On Wednesday-Thursday 8-9 March 2006 a seminar was held at the International Convention Centre in Berakas on Relations between Brunei (Negara Brunei Darussalam from 1984) and the United Kingdom during the last hundred years. Eighteen papers were presented. Guests at the seminar included Professor Dr. Haji Hassan A. Panawidan, Chancellor of Mindanao State University, Marawi City (A. V. M. Horton).

The South-East Asian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (SARBICA) held its fifteenth General Conference and Seminar on Archives and Education and sixteenth Executive Board Meeting in Negara Brunei Darussalam on 9-11 May 2006 with the theme "Archive and Education: Learning Society" (A. V. M. Horton).

In June 2006 it was reported that Brooketon Colliery had been gazetted under the Antiquities and Treasure Trove Act 1967 (as subsequently amended). The spot is to be converted into an "open site" museum and there is a proposal to turn it into a tourist center and heritage park. Since January 2006 the Museums Department has gazetted sixteen sites under the Act, including several tombs of sultans, the clock tower in the capital, and the "house of twelve roofs," i.e., the former British Residency building (A. V. M. Horton).

A Novel-Writing Workshop was held at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka on 21-22 June 2006 attended by thirty enthusiasts (BBO Th.22.6.2006:h25.htm).

The Year of the Turtle was launched in Negara Brunei Darussalam on Friday 21 April 2006 at Meragang Beach with the release of ten adult turtles and forty hatchlings. A National Committee on Management and Conservation of Sea Turtles, formed in 2000, had devised an action plan to strengthen the enforcement and control of the harvesting and selling of turtle eggs locally. The project aimed at the maintenance of biodiversity and the protection of turtle nesting sites. Sea turtles are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), to which the sultanate has been signatory since 1990 (A. V. M. Horton).
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Date:Jan 1, 2006
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