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The New Light of Myanmar (Thursday,4 April, 2002)



The New Light of Myanmar (Thursday,4 April, 2002)
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1. Secretary-1 attends cornerstone-laying ceremony for

    building MRTV New Studio Complex
2. Deputy Minister signs book of condolences for Late
   Queen Mother of UK
3. Foreign diplomats witness developments and
   opium-substitute undertakings of Wa regions in
eastern
   and northern Shan State
4. - Commander attends opening of rural road, inspects
factories
   - Commander attends tree planting ceremony in
Hmawby Station
   - Commander inspects road construction
5. - Construction Minister tours Mandalay and Sagaing
divisions
   - Health Minister inspects IM-1, Thalyin General
Hospital
   - Minister inspects tin smelting plant in Thanlyin
6. - Myanmar ASEAN WFA members visit Yangon, Bago
   - Finance and Central Bank deputies from PRC, Japan

     and ROK arrive
7. - Mekong Sub-region Environmental Conservation Work

     Committee meets
   - Delegates to Mekong Tourism Forum arrive
8. - Third Traditional Kite Flying Contest opened
   - National races study group continues tour of
Yangon
9. - Heroin seized from Thai citizen in Tachilek
   - Over 290 kilos of raw opium seized in Kutkai

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( 1 ) Secretary-1 attends cornerstone-laying ceremony
for building MRTV New Studio Complex

Yangon, 3 April -A cere-mony to lay cornerstone for
construction of Myanma Radio and Television New Studio
Complex was held at the chosen site of the project on
Kyundaw Street, Sangyoung Township, this morning,
attended by Secretary-1 of the State Peace and
Development Council Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt.

The first session of the ceremony commenced with
three-time recitation of Namo Tassa. Then, adviser to
the State Calendar Committee U Kyaw read out the stone
plaque of the complex. Afterwards, the Secretary-1
laid the golden casket with nine different gems at the
centre of the foundation. The Secretary-1 and party
placed the cornerstones at the designated places.
Then, the Secretary-1 laid the stone plaque at the
centre of the foundation and sprinkled scented water
on it. After the first session, the Secretary-1
performed rituals of golden and silver showers to mark
the success of the cornerstone-laying ceremony. Later,
the second session followed at the briefing hall at
the same venue.

Minister for Information Maj-Gen Kyi Aung and
Director-General of MRTV U Khin Maung Htay reported on
matters related to construction of the complex and
Chairman of the Olympic Construction Co Ltd U Aik Tun
and an official on plans to be implemented for
construction of the complex. Then, the Secretary-1
gave instructions on implementing the project phase by
phase. Afterwards, the Secretary-1 inspected the
equipment to be installed at MRTV.

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( 2 ) Deputy Minister signs book of condolences for
Late Queen Mother of UK

Yangon, 3 April - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
U Khin Maung Win, signed the book of condolences at
the Embassy of Her Britannic Majesty at 3.00 pm in
memory of the Late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the
Queen Mother of the United Kingdom.

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( 3 ) Profits from legal businesses invested in
opium-substitute crop project of Wa regions Foreign
diplomats witness developments and opium-substitute
undertakings of Wa regions in eastern and northern
Shan State

Yangon, 3 April - Foreign diplomats including Dean of
the Diplomatic Corps Ambassador of Laos Mr Ly Bounkham
and heads of foreign missions visited Wa regions in
eastern and northern Shan State from 1 to 3 April and
studied their developments and opium-substitute
undertakings.

Led by Chairman of Central Committee for Drug Abuse
Control of Myanmar Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin
Hlaing and Vice-Chairman Minister for Foreign Affairs
U Win Aung, the diplomats left Yangon for Kengtung at
7.30 am on 1 April. On arrival at Kengtung Airport in
eastern Shan State at 10 am, they were welcomed by
Deputy Commander of Triangle Region Command Brig-Gen
Myint Swe and officials. At Mongyawn in Monghsat
Township, they heard a report on development of the Wa
regions, success in conducting opium-substitute
cropping, profits of livestock breeding businesses,
and education, health and other matters presented by
commander of 417 Brigade of Monyawn region U Hway
Hsaik Htan. They were then conducted round the
Mon-gyawn Hydel Power Project and milling of rice.

At Wanhon Farm of Lwehsansaw Region Opium-Substitute
Crops Cultivation Project, leader of southern Wa
region U Pauk Yu Yi met them. U Pauk Yu Yi said due to
the success achieved in cultivating opium-substitute
crops and the assistance provided by the government, a
firm determination has been made to totally free the
Wa regions from narcotic drugs by the year 2005. As
the government is rendering assistance for regional
progress, up to 60 percent of the task to eradicate
the narcotic drugs in Wa region has been accomplished
to this date. Regrettably, some nations are making
false allegations against the Wa people, saying that
they were producing narcotic drugs. But the Wa people
are going to prove their efforts with practical deeds.

In giving answers to questions raised by the
diplomats, he said financial capital is needed in
cultivating opium-substitute crops. The timber
production and mineral mining permits were granted to
the Wa group after it made peace with the government
in 1989. National people numbering in the thousand are
working at Mongshu gems land. The gems mining business
is making profits in millions of US dollars.

The government granted the Phakant gems land at the
lowest price. As there are hundreds of mining blocks,
the business is making a large amount of profits.
Thus, a large amount of money can be invested in
launching the opium-substitute crop cultivation
project. The Wa group has been permitted to undertake
about 30 percent of mining business at Phakant and
Mongshu gems lands. The Wa people fully understand
that poppy cultivation must be entirely stopped to
root out the narcotic drugs. Rather than words, the
group will eradicate the drugs by setting farms and
other businesses with greater financial power and
manpower.

Issuance of laws and orders alone is not enough to
wipe out the drugs. Efforts are being made to create
job opportunities for the opium farmers to earn their
living. Although the Wa people earned their living by
cultivating poppy, they have now understood the evil
consequences of the drugs. Thus, the group dare to
assure the world that the Wa region will become an
opium free zone by the year 2005. He then said that he
would like to explain the actual facts about the
battle occurred on 25 March near Kyu Sam Kut camp near
the Myanmar-Thai border. He said information was given
about the presence of about 60 members of Ywet Sit's
opium trafficking group near the Kyu San Kut camp
where Wa troops were stationed.

ing on information, three members of the Wa militia
were sent to scout the intruders. The Ywet Sit grouped
started the fire. Two members of the Wa militia fell
on the spot, and the other one was wounded. When the
sound of the gun fire was heard, 30 members of the
militia arrived there, and an armed clash broke out
between the two groups. The Wa militia men saw about
20 Thai soldiers in camouflage uniforms together with
the members of the Ywet Sit group. At about 13.30
hours, the combined force of the members of the Ywet
Sit group and Thai soldiers retreated into Thai
territory from Myanmar territory.

When the Wa militia men combed the area where the
clash occurred, they found one M-16, five magazines,
98 bullets, one icon walkie talkie, one compass and
one hand grenade. It was known that a Thai soldier
fell and another wounded in the clash. He said he can
show the diplomats that the place of engagement is
well inside the Myanmar territory. The team then
visited Mongzin Pig Farm of Honpan Farming and
Development Co Lt near Mongzin village in Kengtung
Township. In-charge of the farm U Lo Win Chin
explained the aims of the farm, and answered to
queries made by the visitors.

He said the farm was set up with the aim of generating
job opportunities, acquiring farming techniques and
conducting opium-substitute businesses. The farm has
made profits since 2000-2001. It is hoped that amount
of investment can be offset with the income in ten
years. The success of the farm contributes to the drug
eradication task. Business courses have been conducted
for the Wa people. The objective of the Wa group is to
find an income source for opium-substitute
undertakings and to help develop the region. They
arrived back at New Kengtung Hotel at 5 pm.

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( 4 ) Commander attends opening of rural road,
inspects factories

Yangon, 3 April - Chairman of Sagaing Division Peace
and Development Council Commander of North-West
Command Brig-Gen Soe Naing attended the ceremony to
open Legyi-Ywama-Pyidawtha Ywathit-gyi rural road held
at the archway of the road in Sagaing Township,
Sagaing Division on 1 April morning.

Then, the district chairman and the district secretary
formally opened the road and the commander formally
unveiled the archway of the road. Then, the commander,
the minister and those present inspected the gravel
road which is 6 miles and two furlongs long and 12
feet wide built at a cost of K 5 million.

Afterwards, the commander visited No. 1 Flour Factory
of Myanma Foodstuff Industries, the Ministry of
Industry-1 where Assistant Factory Manager U Maung
Maung Kyaw briefed him on functions of the factory and
production of instant noodles. The commander gave
instructions and inspected the factory. Then, he
arrived at Sagaing Garment Factory where Factory
Manager U Aung Htay conducted him round it. The
minister attended to the needs and left.

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Commander attends tree planting ceremony in Hmawby
Station

Yangon, 3 April - Under the leadership of Yangon
Command, the tree planting ceremony of Hmawby Station
was held at No 1 Tatmadaw Agriculture Training School
in Hmawby at 2 pm today, attended by Chairman of
Yangon Division Peace and Development Council
Commander of Yangon Command Brig-Gen Myint Swe.

Speaking on the occasion, Commander Brig-Gen Myint Swe
said that the tree planting ceremonies are being held
with the aims of growing trees extensively, organizing
the ceremonies as mass activities, systematically
using the forest facilities and replanting substituted
ones and preserving forest resources for fine weather
and it is necessary to observe guidance related to the
tree planting given by the Head of State.

Hmawby Station Commander Lt-Col Aung Than Tun reported
on collection of seeds and planting the saplings and
Director of Yangon Division Forest Department U Ko Ko
on planting the saplings and tasks to be carried out
in the coming rainy season. Head of Hmawby Township
Forest Department U Khin Zaw demonstrated process
planting of Thithseint saplings (belleric myrobalan)
and manufacturing of Thithseint oil. Then, Commander
Brig-Gen Myint Swe, Deputy Commander Brig-Gen Hsan
Hsint and party planted Thithseint saplings.

Next, those present planted neem and tamarind. In
Hmawby Station, 20,400 tamarind, 1,580 neem, 130 toddy
palm trees, 20,775 Thithseint, 205 trees, other 7,580
perennial trees, 3,390 shade trees and 3,707 flowery
plants, totalling 96,567 are to be planted this year.
Next, the commander proceeded to No 2 Poultry Farm of
Yangon Command in Hmawby Township.

At the briefing hall there, farm in-charge Major Myat
Nyein reported on raising of layers, eggs production
and distribution of chickens and eggs to tax-free
markets in Yangon and other markets. The commander
gave necessary instructions and attended to their
needs. Afterwards, the commander inspected raising of
the layers in the battery cage system at the farm. The
commander gave instructions on cleanliness of the
farm, prevention of diseases at the layers and
distribution of fresh products and left the farm.

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Commander inspects road construction

Yangon, 3 April - Chairman of Mandalay Division Peace
and Development Council Commander of Central Command
Brig-Gen Ye Myint, accompanied by Chairman of Mandalay
City Development Committee Mayaor of Mandalay Brig-Gen
Yan Thein and officials, arrived at the junction of
22nd street and Strand Road, Auaungmyaythazan Township
and inspected the construction of ring road of
Mandalay, progress of earth works
Nyaungkwe-Obo-Shwekyin road section and
Shwetachaungmyaung sluice gate on 1 April evening and
attended to the needs.

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( 5 ) Construction Minister tours Mandalay and Sagaing
divisions

Yangon, 3 April - Minister for Construction Maj-Gen
Saw Tun, accompanied by Deputy Minister Brig-Gen Myint
Thein and officials of Public Works, yesterday visited
the worksite of Chindwin River Bridge (Monywa)
Construction Project in Monywa Township, Sagaing
Division.

Chairman of Sagaing Division Peace and Development
Council Commander of North-West Command Brig-Gen Soe
Naing and the minister inspected progress of
construction of the bridge. At the briefing hall,
Superintending Engineer (Project) U San Nyein reported
on progress of work and future tasks. The minister
fulfilled the requirements and called on those in
charge to supervise tasks for ensuring worksite
safety.

The 4,730-foot bridge will link Monywa and Kalay. The
approach bridges are built of reinforced concrete and
the main bridge, of steel beams. It has a 28-foot
motorway and two six-foot pedestrian lanes. Its
clearance is 305 feet wide and 40 feet high. It can
withstand 60-ton loads. Then, the minister and party
proceeded to the Ayeyawady River Bridge (Mandalay)
Construction Project worksite. At the briefing hall,
Deputy Superintending Engineer U Htay Myint reported
on progress of work on Mandalay side and work being
carried out on Sagaing side. The minister attended to
the needs. The 5,614-foot bridge has a 49-foot
motorway and two five-foot pedestrian lanes. Its
clearance is 700 feet wide and 40 feet high and it can
withstand 60-ton loads.

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Health Minister inspects IM-1, Thalyin General
Hospital

Yangon, 3 April - Minister for Health Maj-Gen Ket
Sein, accompanied by Deputy Minister Prof Dr Mya Oo
and officials, inspected the site for construction of
teaching theatre of Institute of Medicine-1 on Pyay
Road in Dagon township here this morning.

Minister Maj-Gen Ket Sein and party were briefed by
Director-General of the Medical Science Department
Prof Dr Maung Maung Wint and rector of the Institute
of Medicine-1 Prof Dr Myo Myint on the project with
the help of charts. Then, the minister and party
inspected the plantation site behind the annex to the
Institute of Nursing, renovation of Lanmadaw lecture
theatre on Lan-madaw Road, chosen site for
construction of lecture theatre for third year medical
students and gave instructions on early construction
of the theatre.

Then, the minister, accompanied by the deputy minister
and Director-General of Health Planning Department Dr
Wan Maung, inspected Thanlyin General Hospital in the
afternoon. The minister inspected children ward and OG
ward. Head of the District Health Planning Department
Dr Myint Han and officials conducted them round the
hospital. The minister gave necessary instructions and
fulfilled the requirements. Later, the minister and
party proceeded to Thanlyin and inspected the
midwifery training school. Minister for Health Maj-Gen
Ket Sein met with principal of the school Daw Khin
Htay Yi and trainees and gave necessary instructions.

Next, he inspected the operation theatre and medical
stores at the Thanlyin District Hospital. At the
briefing hall of the hospital, the minister met with
the staff. Officials concerned reported on matters
relating to the hospital and the minister gave
necessary instructions. Deputy Minister for Health
Prof Dr Mya Oo also gave instructions at the meeting.
Then, Minister for Health Maj-Gen Ket Sein and party
inspected the x-ray room and dental clinic and
fulfilled the requirements.

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Minister inspects tin smelting plant in Thanlyin

Yangon, 3 April- Minister for Mines Brig-Gen Ohn Myint
inspected Tin Smelting Plant in Thanlyin yesterday
evening. The minister discussed experiment on the use
of fuel substitute gas kiln, stockpile of materials
for tin smelting, full operation of machinery and
safety of workers. The minister inspected vegetable
patch in the compound and discussed boosting
production and cleanliness. The minister also
inspected salt mill of Myanma Salt and Marine Chemical
Enterprise in Thakayta Township and gave instructions.

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( 6 ) Myanmar ASEAN WFA members visit Yangon, Bago

Yangon, 3 April -A group led by members of Panel of
Patrons of Myanmar ASEAN Women's Friendship
Association Daw San Yon, wife of the minister for
Foreign Affairs, Daw Khin Swe Soe, wife of the deputy
minister for Foreign Affairs, ambassadors of ASEAN
embassies based in Yangon, wives of ambassadors of
foreign embassies and members of the association
visited Myanma Handicrafts and Wood-based Cooperative
Societies in Yangon and Bago Divisions on 29 March.

The delegation first visited and studied Hsan Myanmar
Handicrafts Cooperative Society in Dawbon Township and
New Telesonic Wood-based Cooperative Society in Dagon
Myothit (East) Township in Yangon in the morning.
Then, they went to Bago and visited Kanbawzathadi
Palace, Mazin Industrial Cooperative Society and Bago
Market. They arrived back here in the evening.

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Finance and Central Bank deputies from PRC, Japan and
ROK arrive

Yangon, 3 April-Vice-Governors of Finance and Central
Banks of three partner countries of ASEAN the People's
Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea
arrived here today to attend the ASEAN+3 Finance and
Central Bank Deputies Meeting, preliminary meeting for
6th ASEAN Finance Ministers' meeting to be hosted by
Myanmar. They were welcomed at the airport by
officials of the Ministry of Finance and Revenue.
ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting will
be held at the Traders Hotel on 4 April.
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( 7 ) Mekong Sub-region Environmental Conservation
Work Committee meets

Yangon, 3 April- The Mekong Sub-region Environmental
Conservation Work Committee held the eighth meeting,
organized by Myanmar National Commission for
Environmental Affairs in cooperation with Asia
Development Bank, at Sedona Hotel here this morning.
Present on the occasion were delegates of Mekong
Sub-region countries such as Cambodia, the People's
Republic of China, the Lao People's Democratic
Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, ADB and the
environmental conservation programme.

Secretary of Myanmar National Commission for
Environmental Affairs Director-General U Thein Myint
of Consular, International Law and Treaties and
Research Department extended greetings. Director Mr CR
Rajendran of ADB gave a speech. After the opening
ceremony, the head of Mekong Sub-region Department
explained background facts of the Mekong Sub-region
Level Summit Meeting, aims, preparatory tasks and
programmes.

Officials of the ADB and the environmental
conservation programme explained booklets for the
summit meeting to be published by the Mekong
Sub-region Environmental Conservation Work Committee.
In the afternoon, officials of ADB, the environment
conservation programme and the Mekong River Commission
explained the proposal of the second session of
environmental conservation strategic plan for Mekong
Sub- region and tasks under- taken in cooperation with
international aid.

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Delegates to Mekong Tourism Forum arrive

Yangon, 3 April - Delegates arrived here by air this
morning to attend the 7th Mekong Tourism Forum and the
13th Meeting of the Working Group on the Greater
Mekong Subregion to be hosted by Myanmar. They were
welcomed at the airport by officials of the Ministry
of Hotels and Tourism.
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( 8 ) Third Traditional Kite Flying Contest opened

Yangon, 3 April- Chairman of Myanmar Olympic Committee
Minister for Sports Brig-Gen Thura Aye Myint delivered
an address at the opening ceremony of the Third
Traditional Kite Flying Contest 2002 and the market
festival, co-organized by Myanmar Traditional Sports
Federation and CISS Co, at the football training
ground in Thuwunna this morning. Also present were
members of the leading patrons of the Myanmar Women's
Sports Federation, Sports and Physical Education
Department, the president of MTSF and executives, the
chairman of CISS Co and competitors. The minister gave
a speech and President of MTSF Thiha Thudhamma Theingi
Daw Mi Mi Khin and Chairman of CISS Co Dr Than Oo
formally opened the contest. A total of 142
competitors are taking part in the contest which will
be held up to 7 April.

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National races study group continues tour of Yangon

Yangon, 3 April - A total of 150 national race people
- 25 Naga nationals of Leshi Township, Sagaing
Division, 34 Chin nationals of Kyikha region in
Tonzang Township, Chin State, 45 national races of
Mongsit and Narai regions in Shan State (South) and 46
national races of Aungthabye Village in Maungtaw
Township, Rakhine State who arrived here at the
invitation of Border Areas and National Races
Development Work Committee Chairman State Peace and
Development Council Secretary-1 Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt,
continued their study tour of downtown Yangon this
morning.

First, the study group visited Yangon Zoological
Gardens and Aquarium and USDA Head Office this
morning. At the head office, Central Executive
Committee member of USDA U Thein Sein extended
greetings. A members of the group spoke words of
thanks and the CEC member presented gifts to the
members of the group. Next, the group visited the Fire
Services Training School on Swedawmyat Zedi Road in
Mayangon township. The group viewed around the school
and demonstration of skills on life-saving. At night,
they enjoyed a film at Thamada cinema.

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( 9 ) Heroin seized from Thai citizen in Tachilek

The government is accelerating the momentum of control
and suppression of narcotic drugs trafficking at
border towns as a national duty. Altogether 37.56
kilos of heroin were seized from two Thai nationals on
board a Land Rover with Thai number plate 3113 in
Tachilek at 5.30 pm on 1-4-2002. One Thai national,
Dang, 27, was arrested and another fled.

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Over 290 kilos of raw opium seized in Kutkai

Yangon, 3 April - A combined team comprising members
of local intelligence unit, Myanmar Police Force and
Shan State (North) Special Region-5, acting on
information, searched the shop of Chein Kyar Hua, son
of U Chein Taung Sein, at the Myoma Market, Ward-3,
Kaung-kha Myothit, Kutkai Township, Shan State
(North), on 30 March. The authorities apprehended
Chein Kyar Hua and his wife Daw Twan Shwe Yint
together with 153.94 kilos of raw opium stashed in the
bedroom. After further investigation, the authorities
searched the shop of Wan Shan Yin at the same market
and seized 136.92 kilos of ownerless raw opium. In the
process, two drug possessors together with 290.86
kilos of raw opium were seized. Action was taken
against them under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances Law by the police station concerned.


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