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The New Light of Myanmar (Tuesday, 11 December, 2001)



The New Light of Myanmar (Tuesday, 11 December, 2001)
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1. Secretary-1 attends 81st Anniversary National Day ceremony
2. - Magway Sayadaw of leaves for Bangladesh
   - Buddha Pujaniya, consecration ceremony held at
     Botahtaung Pagoda
   - Cash and provisions donated to Sasana University (Yangon)
3. 81st Anniversary National Day observed in townships
4. - National Workshop on Mutual Legal Assistance begins
   - Minister for Energy receives Thai Minister and party
5. Deputy Minister inspects project sites in Chauk, Seikphyu
6. Wellwishers invited for sinking tube-wells
7. OPV given to children under five in Myitkyina
8. Foundation laying ceremony for construction of new Sayagyi
   U Ba Lwin Hall of No 2 BEHS Dagon held
9. 33rd ISD Weightlifting Contest, National Weightlifting
   C'ship 2001 opened

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( 1 )  Government making systematic arrangements for emergence of national
education system which helps promote interests of the people and the nation

Secretary-1 attends 81st Anniversary National Day ceremony

Yangon, 10 Dec-A ceremony to observe the 81st Anniversary National Day and
the Sixth Anniversary of the Diamond Jubilee of Basic Education High School
No 2 and Basic Education High School No 3 (Myoma boys' and girls' schools) in
Dagon Township was held at BEHS No 2 on Myoma Kyaung Street in Dagon Township
this morning, with an address by Chairman of Myanmar Education Committee
Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt.
Present were ministers, the Yangon Mayor, deputy ministers, officials of the
State Peace and Development Council Office, heads of department, members of
the panel of patrons of the educational fund of Myoma boys' and girls'
schools, members of the board of treasurers, old Myoma students, members of
the school boards of trustees of BEHS Nos 2 and 3, members of the
Parent-Teacher Association, parents, school heads, teachers, students,
wellwishers and guests. Ma Chu Thazin, a ninth standard student, and Ma May
Myat Noe Theint, a fifth standard student of BEHS No 2 in Dagon Township,
acted as masters of ceremonies.

Next, the students of BEHS Nos 2 and 3 sang "Myanmar kyaung" and the students
of BEHS No 2 presented Shwehninzi variety dances to the accompaniment of Sein
Myet Pyu saingwaing of BEHS No 2 in Dagon Township. The Secretary-1 said the
anniversary of Myoma School, the prize presentation ceremony for the new
generation youth, the cash donation ceremony and the get-together of old
Myoma students and new generation students are held annually.

 This amounts to promoting the time-honoured traditions of Myoma School,
which was put on record in the history of Myanmar's indepen-dence struggle.
After the emergence of the statue of Sayagyi Myoma U Ba Lwin, father of Myoma
School, who is inseparable from the school, old Myoma students and new
generation students are making efforts for construction of Myoma U Ba Lwin
Hall. Such endeavours show the flourishing of Myoma spirit in the compound of
Myoma School. He said the State Peace and Development Council has been
endeavouring on self-reliance to enable the Union of Myanmar to stand
shoulder to shoulder with the world nations in terms of development.

 The government is also striving for the improvement of education standard of
all the citizens and uplift of patriotic spirit. With the advances in science
and technology, it is necessary for all citizens to possess ability and
spirit which can safeguard and promote the interest of the people and the
nation with constant national awareness during the globalization period.

That is why, he said, the government has laid down education promotion
programmes and national education plans, and is implementing them with the
aim of turning out brilliant students, upgrading the education up to
international level and instilling a clear national outlook in them.

 In other words, he said, the government is making systematic arrangements
for the emergence of a national education system that helps nurture the
students to be able to effectively promote the interests of the people and
the nation with a clear and dynamic national outlook under any circumstances.
The revival of noble Myoma Spirit and tradition of Myoma School, which
stimulated national awareness and patriotism in the Myanmar youth by dint of
introducing the national education system in the period of Myanma
independence struggle, helps realize the educational goals of the State.

 The old students of Myoma School with great tradition are handing down their
long experience, firm spirit and clear national outlook to the new generation
youth, thereby steering them along the correct national path on which they
had once walked. This effort is of great benefit to the nation. The school
board of trustees comprising the old students of Myoma School has raised a
fund amounting to K 16.218 million since 1998 and had school buildings,
classrooms and the lanes in the school compound upgraded with the use of the
funds.

The opening of A-level multimedia classrooms helps the new generation
students acquire the education of international standard. In addition, Basic
Education High School No 2, Dagon Township, got ten computers, ten sewing
machines and about 5,000 books on various subjects; Myoma Diamond Jubilee
Educational Trust Fund Raising Committee provided computers for BEHS Nos 2
and 3.

After Myoma Diamond Trust Fund has been set up, educational cash assistance
has been provided and prizes presented to outstanding students every year. It
is the practical effort for the emergence of outstanding and stalwart sons
and daughters. Therefore, outstanding new generation youths are emerging from
BEHS Nos 2 and 3, Dagon Township.

These schools won prizes at Myanma traditional cultural performing arts
competitions every year. At the Ninth Myanma Traditional Cultural Performing
Arts Competitions, three golds, four silvers and one bronze were won. Maung
Nay Aung and Ma Aye Kizzana Kyaw had a chance of participating in the study
tour of the Republic of Korea and Japan respectively. With respect to
religion and culture, two teachers and four students went on a pilgrimage to
Bodh Gaya with the assistance of the school board of trustees.

 These instances show how the old students of Myoma School are providing
assistance and how the new generation students are acquiring their good
legacy. As Myoma Spirit and Myoma traditions are still alive and dynamic at
Myoma School, the new generation youth who are dynamic, outstanding and
patriotic, and cherish and preserve traditional culture are emerging.

The encouraging of the outstanding new generation youths helps inculcate a
sense of diligence in them and stimulate firm determination in them. So, the
new generation student youth are required to acquire the good legacy
bequeathed by the old students of Myoma School and to strive to become
stalwart sons and daughters of the nation who can promote the interests of
the race, religion and Sasana in accord with the tradition of Myoma School.
As for the old students of Myoma School, they are required to help promote
the active spirit, firm determination and dynamic quality of the new
generation youth, thereby turning them into good persons imbued with Myoma
Spirit.

 In conclusion, the Secretary-1 called for the active cooperation of the old
students and the new generation students of Myoma School in implementing the
objectives of the National Day Ñ to keep national unity and nationalistic
spirit alive and dynamic; to preserve lineage; to promote national education;
to perpetuate the independence and sovereignty of the nation. The Secretary-1
inspected the painting of King Bayintnaung and Brothers entitled Our blood,
our son, our strength" by Saya U Thet Oo (Myoma) to be donated to National Mus
eum and gave instructions.
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( 2 ) Magway Sayadaw of leaves for Bangladesh

 Yangon, 10 Dec - Secretary of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee
Abbhidhaja Maha Ratha Guru Abbhidhaja Agga Maha Saddamma Jotika Magway
Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kumara left for Bangladesh by air yesterday evening on a
missionary visit. The Sayadaw was seen off at Yangon International Airport by
Vice-Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Agga Maha Pandita
Thayettaw Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kesara, Joint-Secretary Sayadaw Agga Maha Pandita
Bhaddanta Tejaniya and member Saya-daws of SSMNC, Deputy Minister for
Religious Affairs Brig-Gen Thura Aung Ko, Director-General of the Religious
Affairs Department Dr Myo Myint and officials and laity. The Sayadaw was
accompanied by Picchasamana U Sasana.

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Buddha Pujaniya, consecration ceremony held at Botahtaung Pagoda

 Yangon, 10 Dec- The golden jubilee Buddha Pujaniya of NanU Buddha Image at
Botahtaung Pagoda was held in conjunction with the consecration ceremony of
Zabu Okshaung Tilawka Marazein Buddha Image at Myanansankyaw Bilatpyan NanU
Phayagyi Tazaung of the pagoda this morning. Present were member Sayadaws of
the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, Oavadaariya Sayadaws of the pagoda,
the chairman of Yangon Division Sangha Nayaka Committee and members of the
Sangha of Five Nikaya Pitaka Thonbon Sarthintaik in Dagon Myothit (South)
Township.

The Sayadaws consecrated the Buddha Image. Then, the golden jubilee Buddha
Pujaniya of NanU Buddha Image followed. Ovadasariya Sayadaw of the pagoda
Pyayabyu Kyaungtaik Sayadaw Bhaddanta Narindabhivamsa administered the Five
Precepts. Member of the Pagoda Board of Trustees U Aung Hsu supplicated on
the brief history of NanU Buddha Image and officials on casting of a replica
bronze Buddha Image and holding of the golden jubilee Buddha Pujaniya.

Afterwards, officials donated provisions to the members of the Sangha. Then,
sharing of merits gained. The congregation recited Buddha Sasanam siram
Titthatu three times. Twantay Sayadaw Bha-ddanta Indaka, Tipitakadhara
Tipitaka Kovida Bhaddanta Sirindabhibamsa (Yaw Sayadaw) and Sayadaw Bhaddanta
aanissara (Sitagu Sayadaw) will deliver Dhamma Desana to mark the success of
the golden jubilee ceremony, from 6 pm to 8 pm daily on 10, 11 and 12
December respectively.

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Cash and provisions donated to Sasana University (Yangon)

Yangon, 10 Dec - Under the patronage of the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief
Justice and the judges of the Supreme Court, the families of the Justices
held their eighth ceremony to offer " soon" and cash donation to the Patron
Sayadaw of the State Pariryatti Sasana University (Yangon), Lecturer Sayadaws
and student monks at the Mogok Soonsar Kyaungsaung, Kaba Aye this morning. It
was attended by Chief Justice U Aung Toe and Deputy Chief Justice U Than Oo,
judges and their wives, the director-general of Supreme Court, directors, the
head of office and judges of division/district/township courts of Yangon
Division. The ceremony was opened with three-time recitation of namo tassa.
Patron Sayadaw Agga Maha Ganthavacaka Pandita Bhaddanta Vannita invested the
congregation with the Five Precepts. Chief Justice U Aung Toe presented
offertories to the Sayadaw. Then, U Aung Toe presented K 100,000, which was
accepted by Director U Tun Mya Aung of the Department for Promotion and
Propagation of the Sasana. Afterwards, the Patron Sayadaw delivered a sermon.
After sharing of the merits gained, the ceremony came to a close. "Soon' was
them offered to the Sayadaws.
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( 3 ) 81st Anniversary National Day observed in townships

Yangon, 10 Dec - The 81st Anniversary National Day 2001 was observed at Basic
Education High School No 1 in Kamayut Township at 8 am today. It was attended
by Chairman of Kamayut Township Peace and Development Council U Wai Myo
Khaing and members, departmental officials, members of Township Police Force
and USDA, chairmen and members of Ward Peace and Development Councils,
members of Auxiliary Fire Brigade, Myanmar Red Cross Society and students.
Chairman U Wai Myo Khaing read out the message sent by Chairman of State
Peace and Development Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior
General Than Shwe.

A similar ceremony was held at Yadana Hall of BEHS No 2 in Thanlyin Township
this morning, attended by township-level departmental officials, members of
social organizations, teachers and students. Chairman of Township Peace and
Development Council U Kyin Han read out the message of Senior General Than
Shwe. Lanmadaw Township observed the 81st Anniversary of the National Day at
BEHS No 1 in the township this morning.

 It was attended by chairmen and members of Township/Ward Peace and
Development Councils, members of Township Maternal and Child Welfare
Association, Township Work Committee for Women's Affairs, Auxiliary Fire
Brigade, Myanmar Red Cross Society, departmental officials, teachers and
students. Chairman of Township Peace and Development Council U Aung Kyaw
Myint read out the message of Senior General Than Shwe. Then, prizes were
presented to winners of the National Day Commemorative Essay and Poetry
Competitions.

 A similar ceremony was held at Aung San hall of BEHS in Seikkyi/Khanaungto
Township this morning, attended by chairman and members of township Peace and
Development Council, members of social organisations, departmental officials,
teachers and students. Chairman of township Peace and Development Council U
Zali Phone Naing read out the message of Senior General Than Shwe. Head of
Township Information and Public Relations Department Daw San Myint and Senior
Assistant Teacher Daw May Nyunt gave talks on National Day.

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( 4 ) National Workshop on Mutual Legal Assistance begins

 Yangon, 10 Dec - The opening ceremony of National Workshop on Mutual Legal
Assistance, jointly organized by the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control
and the Attorney-General's Office, was held at the Sedona Hotel on Kaba Aye
Pagoda Road at 9.30 am today. It was attended by Chairman of the Central
Committee for Drug Abuse Control Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing,
Chief Justice U Aung Toe, Deputy Chief Justice U Than Oo, Deputy
Attorney-General U Khin Maung Aye, Resident Representative of UN Drug Control
Programme Mr Jean Luc Lemahieu and Project Coordinator Mr Gerassimos
Fourlanos, members of CCDAC, officials of Myanmar Police Force, those of the
Attorney-General's Office, those of departments and organizations who will
attend the workshop and invited guests. First, Deputy Attorney-General U Khin
Maung Aye made an opening speech. Then, Resident Representative Mr Jean Luc
Lemahieu and Mr Gerassimos Fourlanos also made speeches. After the opening
ceremony, the workshop began. It continues till 12 December.

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Minister for Energy receives Thai Minister and party

Yangon, 10 Dec - Minister for Energy Brig-Gen Lun Thi received Chairman of
Thai Tourism Authority and Minister at the office of the Prime Minister of
Thailand Mr Somsak Thepsutin and party at his office on Pyay Road at 4 pm
today. The ministers discussed matters of mutual interest. Also present on
the occasion were Director-General U Soe Myint of the Energy Planning
Department and officials.

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( 5 ) Deputy Minister inspects project sites in Chauk, Seikphyu

Yangon, 10 Dec-Deputy Minister for Industry-1 Brig-Gen Kyaw Win, accompanied
by officials, on 4 December morning, arrived at the sites for construction of
the Ceramics Factory of the Myanma Ceramics Industries and the Hydrogen
Peroxide Factory of the Myanma Paper and Chemical Industries near Yedwin
Village in Chauk and inspected the projects. Then, he attended to the needs.
The deputy minister proceeded to the briefing hall of the thit seint tree
growing project of Myanma Foodstuff Industries in Seikphyu in the afternoon
and inspected the condition of the nursery of thit seint saplings. The deputy
minister also inspected the proposed site for the thit seint seed mill. After
hearing reports presented by officials, the deputy minister fulfilled the
requirements.

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( 6 )  Wellwishers invited for sinking tube-wells

Yangon, 10 Dec - The Development Affairs Committees under the Ministry for
Progress of Border Areas and National Races and Development Affairs are
making concerted efforts in order to get sufficient fresh water in rural
areas in States and Divisions where there is a shortage of water. One 200
feet deep two-inch diametre tube-well costs K 250,000, one 400 feet deep
two-inch diametre tube-well K 500,000 and one 200 feet deep four-inch
diametre tube-well K 500,000. Those wishing to donate cash for the project
may contact Director-General (Ph 01-245420 and 253088), Deputy
Director-General (Ph 01-240118), Director (Engineering) (Ph 01-291967),
Director (Sagaing Division Development Affairs Committee) (Ph 071-21012),
Director (Magway Division Development Affairs Committee) (Ph 063-23164) and
Director (Mandalay Division Development Affairs Committee) (Ph 02-54657).

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( 7 ) OPV given to children under five in Myitkyina

Yangon, 10 Dec- The Kachin State Seventh Year National Immunization Days was
launched at the city hall in Myitkyina on 9 December morning. Present on the
occasion were Deputy Commander of Northern Command Brig-Gen San Tun and wife
Daw Tin Tin Sein, Commander of Myitkyina Airbase Brig-Gen Bo Kyi and wife,
Secretary of Kachin State Peace and Development Council Lt-Col Myint Thein
and others. The deputy commander gave a speech. Then, Head of Kachin State
Health Department Dr Joseph reported on Kachin State Seventh Year National
Immunization Days and showed babies who suffered from polio disease. Next,
the deputy commander and officials gave oral polio vaccines to children under
five. Afterwards, the deputy commander and officials inspected the places
where the OPV giving ceremonies were held in wards of Myitkyina. Similarly,
the deputy commander and wife and officials gave OPV to children of Myitkyina
Station.

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( 8 )  Foundation laying ceremony for construction of new Sayagyi U Ba Lwin
Hall of No 2 BEHS Dagon held

Yangon, 10 Dec-Foundation laying ceremony for construction of new Sayagyi U
Ba Lwin Hall and cash donation ceremony were held at N0 2 Dagon Basic
Education High School (Myoma Kyaung) in Dagon Township at 9 am today.

It was attended by Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement
Maj-Gen Sein Htwa, Deputy Minister for Energy U Tin Tun, members of Panel of
Patrons for Education Fund in commemoration of Diamond Jubilee of No 2 and No
3 BEHS (Myoma boys' school and girls' school), old students, members of
school board of trustees, executives of Parent Teacher Association, teachers,
students and wellwishers. First, the foundation laying ceremony was opened
with three time recition of namo tassa. Then, the principal and members of
the school board of trustees drove stakes at the designated places. The
ceremony came to a close with the three time recitation of Buddha Sasanan
Cirantithatu.

 Officials performed rituals of golden and silver showers to mark successful
completion of the ceremony. Later, cash donation ceremony for construction of
new Sayagyi U Ba Lwin Hall was held. Daw Khin Than Nwe, wife of Lt-Gen Tin
Oo, accepted cash donations: K 550,001 by Bandoola Family, K 500,000 by Super
Coffee Mix family, K 500,000 by students of No 2 BEHS Dagon, and K 150,000 by
Minami Trading Co Ltd and presented certificates of honour to the
wellwishers.

Then, Minister Maj-Gen Sein Htwa, members of Panel of Patrons, members of
school board of trustees and officials accepted cash donated by wellwishers
and presented certificates of honour to them. Later, officials presented
prizes to outstanding students. Vice-president of school board of trustees of
No 2 BEHS Dagon U Shwe (Bandoola) presented a pilgrimage ticket each to
Buddha Gaya to ninth standard student Ma Htet Htet Aung and senior assistant
teacher Daw Saw Thein of No 2 BEHS Dagon. On behalf of outstanding students,
Maung Zin Lin Htet of BEHS No 3 Dagon and Principal of No 2 BEHS Dagon U Tin
Hlaing spoke words of thanks. Then, the ceremony came to a close.

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( 9 ) 33rd ISD Weightlifting Contest, National Weightlifting C'ship 2001
opened

Yangon, 10 Dec - The opening ceremony of the 33rd Inter State/Division
Weightlifting Contest and the National Weightlifting Championship 2001 was
held at Aung San Stadium here this morning. It was attended by Secretary of
the Myanmar Olympic Committee Director-General of the Sports and Physical
Education Department U Thaung Htaik, patrons of the Myanmar Weightlifting
Federation, Secretary U Tun Htain and executives and fans.

 The contestants first took their positions in the ground, and champions of
the previous year Mandalay Division men's team and Yangon Division women's
team returned the championship shields to the director-general who made an
opening speech. The contestants recited the Four Sports Oaths. Then,
contestants of 48 kilo division were introduced to the audience and the
contests commenced. In 48 kilo division of ISD contest, Nan Aye Khaing
(Kachin State) stood first, Sein Sein Lwin (Yangon Division) second and Than
Than Aye (Kachin State) third. In 48 kilo division of the championship, Kyi
Kyi Than (Myanma Railways) stood first, Kay Thi Win (YCDC) second and Nan Aye
Khaing (Kachin State) third. Altogether 105 contestants from 10 teams are
taking part in the ISD contest which will continue up to 13 December.

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