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The New Light of Myanmar (Saturday, 6 July, 2002)



The New Light of Myanmar (Saturday, 6 July, 2002)
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1. Special refresher course No 48 for basic
   education teachers concludes
2. - Maj-Gen Ye Myint inspects construction
     of Mahabodhi Beikmandawgyi
   - Maj-Gen Khin Maung Than, fixes golden
     bolts and nuts of Ayeyawady River
     (Dedaye) Bridge
   - Maj-Gen Maung Bo tours Kya-in Seikkyi
   - Maj-Gen Thein Sein attends ceremony to
     donate medical equipment
3. - Minister inspects cooperative farms
   - Minister meets Nauru Ministers
   - Minister inspects duty-free shops
   - Officers special refresher course concludes
4. - Myanmar delegation leaves for Malaysia
   - Minister attends conclusion of competency
     promotion course
   - MEB holds coord meeting
   - Minister attends conclusion of electrical course
5. - Commander meets agri & livestock breeding
     entrepreneurs
   - Prizes presented to outstanding Women
6. MMA to hold talks on immunology
7. Judgement passed on special civil appeal cases
8. Illicit teak and hardwood seized
9. - Precursor chemicals possessor sentenced
   - Heroin seized in Lweje

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( 1 ) Special refresher course No 48 for basic
education teachers concludes

Yangon, 5 July - The conclusion ceremony of special
refresher course No 48 for basic education teachers
was held at Nawarat Hall in Central Institute of Civil
Service (Phaunggyi) in Hlegu 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.

In his address, the Secretary-1 said nowadays
promotion of national education is the vital and basic
requirement for national development, preservation of
national prestige and strengthening of national
capability.

He said knowledge dominates development sectors of a
nation and it is at the centre of all sectors. Better
foundations are to be built for developing
highly-qualified human resources in efforts to uplift
economic, health, social and defence sector.

He said the government is implementing national
education promotion programmes and plans phase by
phase after holding the seminars on education with the
participation of scholars, managers and teachers.

It is seen that achievements have been made in
education promotion programmes being implemented in
the basic education sector due to systematic plans.
Progress has also been made in the national education
promotion special four-year project to some extent, he
added.

Today, efforts are being made in the education sector
with the aim of developing modern science and
technology, developing highly-qualified human
resources and establishing a constant learning Myanma
society under the national education 30-year long-term
project, he said.

The government has designated development regions in
the whole country for realization of objectives on
education while laying down plans for the national
education promotion programme. It is also building
better education foundations such as basic education
schools, universities and colleges, technological
colleges and computer colleges to narrow the gap
between one region and another, he said.

Performance of the basic education sector, the most
basic one in gradual development of the national
education projects being implemented systematically,
plays an important role. He urged all the teachers to
make efforts for successful implementation of
education projects with full national awareness.

He said the government is making efforts in all
sectors for emergence of a modern developed nation
with the participation of the entire people and enable
the nation to stand tall and keep abreast with the
nations of the world after laying down the national
project.

Strengthening of national solidarity and cooperation
in unity are very important for the Union of Myanmar
where national races live together in trying to keep
abreast with international communities, he said.

In the past there was less national solidarity coupled
with armed struggle. Therefore border areas lagged
behind in development. Peace and stability has now
been restored with the government's earnest efforts.

Now, he said, removing different views and doubt among
the national people, mutual confidence, understanding
and assistance could be built. It is satisfactorily
seen that rapid development has been made in border
areas with participation of local national race
leaders and people under the leadership of the
government, he added.

Continuing, he said the government has been
implementing border areas and national races
development projects for development of transport and
communication infrastructures such as roads, bridges,
telephones and satellite links and education, health
and social sectors and economic infrastructures such
as agriculture, livestock breeding, forestry, mines
and electric power.

Evil legacy of suspicion and disintegration of unity
among the national races occurred due to divide and
rule policy of the imperialists has ended. Social life
of national races in border areas has now
significantly developed with the prevalence of peace
and tranquility.

However, some national armed groups with the support
of some foreign nations are engaged and
drug-trafficking. Hiding in the southern part and far
east region of the Union, they are attempting to break
up national solidarity and still doing
drug-trafficking, he said.

With the reduced support of external elements, the
existence of the drug-trafficking insurgents would
come to an end. That is why the government is giving
priority to national solidarity and uplift of social
life of the national races he said.

He said the government implemented border areas
development projects spending over K 25,000 million
from 1989 to 2002.

Unlike any eras, border ares have developed greatly
under the leadership of the government and with united
cooperation of national race leaders and local people.
It is obvious that social standard of local people has
also improved, he added.

Realizing the rapid development of the regions and
their life, local people are actively participating in
development programmes and anti-drug activities under
the leadership of the national race leaders, he said.

The problem of poppy cultivation and narcotic drugs
production in border areas was an evil legacy of
colonialists. It is obvious that some nations
exploiting the evil legacy politically and
economically are indirectly abetting the
drug-trafficking insurgents.

As is known to all, although national races in border
areas engaged in poppy cultivation for hundreds of
years, they hardly earned enough for their livelihood.
However, drug-traffickers who had come across the
border and drug-trafficking insurgents living near
Myanmar border became prosperous.

He said the government's efforts are not aimed at just
controlling the drug problem. The government is
carrying out total eradication of narcotic drugs with
the participation of national race leaders and local
people.

In doing so, the government is making systematic plans
including development of the region and improvement of
social standard and establishment of opium substitute
agriculture and livestock breeding and other economic
enterprises for long-term interest. It is also making
arrangements for unity among the national races and
adoption of anti-drug attitude among them after
realizing the evils of narcotic drugs. National race
leaders and local people joining hands with the
government, have implement-ed the 15-year narcotic
eradication project after realizing the government's
goodwill toward the interest of the national people
since 1999. Although anti-narcotic activities are
successful with the cooperation of national race
leaders, local people and international organizations,
unscrupulous insurgents are still making false
accusations concerning drugs ignoring developments, he
said.

He said despite progress made in anti-narcotic drugs
campaign due to the efforts of the government and the
people, the danger of stimulant tablets such as
methamphetamine emerged.

The flow into Myanmar of raw materials, chemicals,
paraphernalia, technicians and investment for
production of stimulant tablets is hindering anti-drug
endeavours of Myanmar people. This may be seen as
taking advantage of Myanmar economically and
politically.

Myanmar with participation of national race leaders
and local people, will continue on self-help basis to
wipe out the evil legacy of drug menace in line with
the 15-year project for eradication of narcotic drugs.
The antidrug activities are being carried out in
harmony with border areas development works. It can be
seen that cultivation and production of narcotic drugs
are declining gradually while the spirit of national
unity, Union Spirit and nationalist spirit are
flourishing among the national brethren. Recently, the
handing over of poppy seeds and dry poppy bulbs by
local national people themselves to the Government;
the safeguarding of the sovereignty against
encroachments after joining hands with the Tatmadaw;
and the holding of mass rallies to inspire the people
to protect the nation from dangers show the
flourishing of invaluable patriotism and Union Spirit.


The Government is making efforts for balanced
development of all the regions of the Union including
border areas by carrying out rural development tasks
as well as the combined tasks for border areas
development and narcotic drugs eradication. These
facts are mentioned to convince the teachers how the
Government is making endeavours to enable the nation
to keep abreast with the world's nations.

He urged the teachers including those who have been
posted in border areas, to actively take part in the
national duties of bringing about regional development
and wiping out drug menace while discharging
educational duties for human resources development in
their respective regions.

They are also to make efforts for rapid development of
education and health sectors in addition to regional
development in 24 development regions and to take part
in five rural development tasks laid down by Head of
State Senior General Than Shwe for successful
implementation of the tasks joining hands with local
people. The Secretary-1 urged the teachers to
propagate national solidarity, the Union Spirit and
nationalist spirit among the students, to make them
realize the danger of narcotic drugs and to try to
become highly-qualified intellectual and
intelligentsia who will serve the interest of the
nation.

He also urged the teachers to implement tasks on
national requirements and duties and true situations
explained at the conclusion ceremony in combination
with educational objectives for the interest of the
nation and the people.

In conclusion, he urged them to make efforts for
success of national education projects that bring
about human resources in enabling the Union of Myanmar
to keep abreast with international communities, to
participate in border areas development projects, drug
eradication project and development projects for equal
development of the Union and organize the students to
keep nationalist spirit and patriotism and Union
Spirit alive and dynamic.

Then, the Secretary-1 presented model trainee awards
to Junior Assistant Teacher U Than Htut of Shwekyetyet
BEMS in Yedashe Township, Bago Division, and JAT Daw
Myint Myint Thu of BEMS No 1 in Hinthada Township,
Ayeyawady Division; awards for diligence to Senior
Assistant Teacher U Soe Thein of No 1 BEHS in
Thakaytha Township, Yangon Division, SAT Daw Khin Mu
of No 1 BEHS in Myeik Township, Taninthayi Division
and JAT Daw Saw Kyi of No 43 BEPS in Insein Township,
Yangon Township; the best hostel prizes and completion
certificates to the trainees.

Afterwards, the trainees donated K 10,000 for
all-round development tasks of the Lawka Chantha
Abhaya Labha Muni Buddha Image, K 10,000 for
renovation of Koenawin Pagoda of CICS, K 10,000 for
construction of the Koenawin Pagoda Dhammayon, K
10,000 for renovation of ancient pagodas in Bagan, K
7,650 to hail the National Convention, K 7,650 for the
funds of USDA, K 10,000 for the BEPS of CICS, K 10,000
for Phaunggyi BEHS totaling K 75,300 to the
Secretary-1, who then presented a certificate of
honour to them.

After the ceremony, the Secretary-1 had a cordial
conversation with the trainees and left the Institute
later in the morning.
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( 2 ) Maj-Gen Ye Myint inspects construction of
Mahabodhi Beikmandawgyi

Yangon, 5 July - Member of the State Peace and
Development Council Maj-Gen Ye Myint of the Ministry
of Defence,  visited Myawady Nunnery in Pyigyidagon
Township and inspected the construction of Mahabodhi
Beikmandawgyi this morning.

Deputy assistant engineer U Pe Than reported to the
minister on construction progress and availability of
construction materials. Maj-Gen Ye Myint and party,
after inspecting the Beikmandawgyi, paid homage to a
Standing Buddha Statue on the top floor of the
Beikmandawgyi. The Mahabodhi Beikmandawgyi measures
216 feet by 108 feet and is 54 feet high. It is of
concrete-reinforced type. Arriving at the meeting hall
of Central Command, Maj-Gen Ye Myint met with
departmental officials of Mandalay Division and gave
instructions on regional development tasks. Present on
the occasion were the commander, the mayor, the deputy
commander, the secretary of the division, local
authorities and departmental heads.

Commander Brig-Gen Ye Myint reported to Maj-Gen Ye
Myint on the division's rainfall, cultivation of
monsoon paddy and other crops, reclamation of vacant
and fallow lands, greening tasks, rural development,
health and education sectors, and tasks to upgrade
Meiktila, Myingyan and Mandalay industrial zones.
Then, Chairman of Mandalay District Peace and
Development Council Lt-Col Tin Tun also reported on
the construction of the bridge which links Shangyiywa
of Patheingyi Township and Shwesayan. After Maj-Gen Ye
Myint made a speech, the meeting came to an end.

Maj-Gen Khin Maung Than, fixes golden bolts and nuts
of Ayeyawady River (Dedaye) Bridge

Yangon, 5 July - A ceremony to fix golden bolts and
nuts at the final link of the main iron frame of the
Ayeyawady River (Dedaye) Bridge was held on the bridge
at 8.40 am today. Member of the State Peace and
Development Council Maj-Gen Khin Maung Than of the
Ministry of Defence delivered an address and fixed the
golden bolts and nuts.

First, Maj-Gen Khin Maung Than delivered an address.
He said: the Ayeyawady River (Dedaye) Bridge is a
vital one linking Yangon Division with Ayeyawady
Division. It is connecting Kungyangon Township of
Yangon Division and Dedaye town of Ayeyawady Division.
As the bridge is situated on the route linking Yangon,
Dalla, Kawhmu, Kungyangon, Dedaye and Pyapon, the
local people of Yangon and Ayeyawady Divisions can
easily travel by using it. It will also be beneficial
to development of economic, trade, social, education
and health sectors. On completion of this bridge, a
new gateway to Ayeyawady Division will emerge.

Within a short period, the Government has built 35
major bridges each of which is over 180 feet long in
Ayeyawady Division. Bo Myat Tun and Maubin bridges
across River Ayeyawady are among the 35 major bridges.
With the opening of Bo Myat Tun Bridge, a new gateway
to Yangon from Pathein through Kyaunggon emerged. The
people can now easily travel from Ayeyawady Division
to Yangon Division as well as to other States and
Divisions. In the past one had to rely on waterway
which took 18 hours from Yangon to Pathein. Now, it
can be reached in about 3 hours by car using Bo Myat
Tun bridge. One can reach Yangon from Pathein within a
day. On completion of the Dedaye bridge, another route
will emerge and socio-economic lives of the people of
Ayeyawady Division will improve. Hence, these bridges
built by the State in Ayeyawady Division which is full
of rivers, creeks and streams are, in fact, golden
ones for the regional people. Wakema Bridge and Darka
Bridge are also under construction. The river-crossing
major bridges were built on self-reliance basis
without foreign aids. These bridges were built with
the aim of developing the Ayeyawady Division though
there were financial and material constraints.

Under the leadership of Head of State Senior General
Than Shwe, the Government has been building roads and
bridges not only in Ayeyawady Division but also in
other States and Divisions.

It has been transport infrastructures for ensuring the
development of all States and Divisions with a view to
turning the nation into a developed one. On the
completion of the major bridges including the Dedaye
Bridge in the Ayeyawady Division, transportation
between one town and another in the division will
become easier. Moreover, Ayeyawady Division will be
accessible from other States and Divisions by land or
water. He also expressed thanks to engineers and
workers of Public Works for reaching the stage of
fixing the golden bolts and nuts of Dedaye Bridge.

Next, Minister for Construction Maj-Gen Saw Tun made a
speech. He said that the Head of State has guided the
Ministry of Construction to make harmonious efforts
for better transportation which is a basic requirement
for turning the nation into a modern and developed
one. Accordingly, major bridges and roads are built
for easy transport of passengers and goods from east
to west and from south to north in the country. In
accordance with the guidance of Head of State Senior
General Than Shwe, the Ministry of Construction
carried out survey works for the Dedaye Bridge and the
stake-driving ceremony was held on 10-6-2000. Now the
bridge construction is nearing completion. Only the
works to lay concrete slabs on motorway and pedestrian
lanes of main bridge remain to be done.

Then, Yangon Division Peace and Development Council
Chairman Yangon Command Commander Maj-Gen Myint Swe
delivered an address. In his address, he said that in
accordance with the guidance of Head of State Senior
General Than Shwe, the Government has been
constructing roads and bridges all over the country
including Ayeyawady Division. To build up the nation
into a developed one and ensure harmonious development
of all States and Divisions, the Government has been
earnestly building transport infrastructures. As
Ayeyawady Division is netted with rivers and creeks,
the people had to rely on waterway only and
transportation there was difficult in the past. Now,
35 major bridges have been built in the division for
better transportation which will lead to improvements
of economic, trade, social, education and health
sectors of the regional people. He also urged
departmental personnel, local people and social
organizations to make continued efforts collectively
for further progress.

Next, Ayeyawady Division Peace and Development Council
Chairman South-West Command Commander Brig-Gen Htay Oo
made a speech. He said that Head of State Senior
General Than Shwe during his tour of Pyapon District
in January 1998 permitted the Ayeyawady River (Dedaye)
Bridge project as a special present to the division.
In accordance with the guidance of Head of State
Senior General Than Shwe, roads and bridges are built
here and there to ensure better transportation from
one place to another in all States and Divisions. New
roads and bridges are beneficial to uplift of
socio-economic lives of the regional people. And the
Ayeyawady Division is now enjoying these benefits by
having new roads and bridges. The Ayeyawady Division
contributes 19 per cent of the nation's economic
sector. It is self sufficient in rice, fish and meat
and the surplus are being sent to Yangon Division and
other regions daily. Fish and prawn breeding works
will soon be extended in Pyapon District. Better
transportation is vital for economic development and
the Dedaye Bridge will surely be beneficial to the
Ayeyawady Division. Soon the local people can easily
travel from Dedaye to Yangon through Kungyangon; from
Dedaye to Pyapon and Bogalay; and from Dedaye to
Pyapon, Kyaiklat, Maubin, Nyaungdon and Pathein. At
the auspicious time, Maj-Gen Khin Maung Than,
Commander Maj-Gen Myint Swe, Commander Brig-Gen Htay
Oo and Minister Maj-Gen Saw Tun fixed the golden bolts
and nuts of the bridge and sprinkled scented water.
Maj-Gen Khin Maung Than and party then performed the
rituals of golden and silver showers. They next
strolled along the bridge. The ceremony then ended.

The Dedaye Bridge linking Dedaye of Ayeyawady Division
and Kungyangon of Yangon Division will be 4,088 feet
long. Its motor-way will be 28 feet wide and each of
pedestrian lanes on either side will be 6 feet wide.
The lower structure of the bridge is reinforced
concrete foundation. The upper structure is steel
frames. The bridge will be able to bear 60 tons of
weight and its clearance will be 390 feet wide and 36
feet high.

Later, Maj-Gen Khin Maung Than and party met with
local authorities, departmental officials and
personnel of social organizations at the meeting hall
of Dedaye Township Peace and Development Council
Office. Township Chairman U Myo Chit reported matters
on regional development tasks, construction of roads
and bridges as well as water supply, health and
education affairs, rural development, land reclamation
and cultivation of crops. Commander Brig-Gen Htay Oo
discussed matters on implementation of economic plans
in Ayeyawady Division and future tasks. Commander
Maj-Gen Myint Swe also dealt with economic
developments of Yangon Division. Maj-Gen Khin Maung
Than dealt with matters on the Government's endeavours
for developments of respective regions in the country,
and boosting production in agriculture and livestock
breeding sectors for economic development. He also
urged the officials concerned to make inspection tours
to grassroots levels for successful implementation of
five rural development tasks.

Next, Maj-Gen Khin Maung Than, Commander Maj-Gen Myint
Swe and party proceeded to Kungyangon Township and
attended the ceremony to collectively plough and
broadcast EM (Effective Micro-organism) Bokashi at the
farm of Peasant U Kyet Kay near Kamarpa village.
Maj-Gen Khin Maung Than and party inspected the
production process of super Bokashi and gave necessary
instructions. They also viewed the collective
ploughing for monsoon paddy cultivation and
broadcasting of EM Bokashi.

Maj-Gen Maung Bo tours Kya-in Seikkyi

Yangon, 5 July - Member of the State Peace and
Development Council Maj-Gen Maung Bo of the Ministry
of Defence, attended the collective ploughing ceremony
with 50 yoke of oxen at 29.48-acre field near Kawkamar
village in Kya-in Seikkyi Township on 2 July. Maj-Gen
Maung Bo gave necessary instructions and fulfilled the
requirements. As regards regional self-sufficiency of
rice, the township put 44,355 acres under monsoon
paddy last year and it will put 46,000 acres under
monsoon paddy this year.

Next, Maj-Gen Maung Bo met with township-level
departmental personnel in Kya-in Seikkyi. Officials
concerned reported matters on crop cultivation, supply
of water in summer, distribution of drinking water to
15 villages, regional development tasks and livestock
breeding works. Col Maung Shein made a supplementary
report. Maj-Gen Maung Bo gave necessary instructions
and fulfilled requirements. He urged departmental
personnel to make field tours to ensure harmonious
development of rural areas. Then, Maj-Gen Maung Bo
handed over the donations of teaching and learning
aids for the Thanbaya basic education high school to
the school headmaster and the village chairman.

Maj-Gen Maung Bo, Commander Brig-Gen Thura Myint Aung
and party proceeded to basic education high school of
Kya-in Seikkyi and inspected multimedia classrooms and
demonstration of artistic skills of the students.
Maj-Gen Maung Bo gave necessary instructions and
fulfilled the requirements.

Later, Maj-Gen Maung Bo and party attended the tree
planting ceremony held at the 10-acre plantation of
Thitseint trees (Terminalia Belerica) near Kya-in Gyi
village. He planted a Thitseint sapling and gave
encouragement to the departmental personnel, members
of social organizations and local people and students
who were planting the saplings. For ensuring
self-sufficiency in edible oil, altogether 50,000
saplings of Thitseint are being nurtured. At that
tree-planting ceremony, 3,970 saplings were planted.

In the afternoon, Maj-Gen Maung Bo met with
Tatmadawmen and their families at Thura Ngwe Tun Hall.
Maj-Gen Maung Bo gave necessary instructions and
presented cash assistance to Maternal and Child
Welfare Associations in the Station. They then
inspected Township People's Hospital.

Afterwards, Maj-Gen Muang Bo met with trainees of the
midwifery training course No 1/2002 at the training
hall. He called on them to make collective efforts in
carrying out health care services and holding
educative talks with goodwill for the people of the
regions where they are assigned duties. Then, he
cordially greeted the trainees. Later, he inspected
conditions of the roads and development of Kya-in
Seikkyi by car.

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Maj-Gen Thein Sein attends ceremony to donate medical
equipment

Yangon, 5 July - A ceremony to donate medical
equipment to the medical units of the Ministry of
Defence was held at the office of the Defence Services
Medical Research and Development Committee in No 2
Defence Services Hospital (500-Bed) on U Wisara Road
here this afternoon. Member of the State Peace and
Development Council Adjutant-General Maj-Gen Thein
Sein attended the donation ceremony.

Well-wisher Col Than Tin (Retd) explained the purpose
of the donation. Then, under the patronage of Col Than
Tin (Retd) and Daw Khin Hla Myint, son U Thuta and
family of No 6 Pyidaungsu Road in Saya San North-West
Ward, Bahan Township donated medical equipment worth
over US$ 100,000 for the medical units of the Ministry
of Defence to Adjutant-General Maj-Gen Thein Sein.
Maj-Gen Thein Sein presented certificates of honour
and spoke words of thanks to the well-wishers.

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( 3 ) Minister inspects cooperative farms

Yangon, 5 July - Minister for Cooperatives Lt-Gen Tin
Ngwe, accompanied by officials, arrived at the
Cooperative Farm Development Centre (Phaunggyi) this
morning. The chairman of Htet Arkar Kyaw Farm and
General Services Cooperative Syndicate and directors
welcomed the minister and party and reported on work
being done at the centre. The minister gave necessary
instructions and fulfilled the requirements.

Then, the minister inspected farm equipment and
workshop at the centre. Afterwards, the minister and
party proceeded to No-2 vegetable special zone in
Nyaunghnapinkwin, Hmawby Township and inspected Khaing
Marlar Agriculture and Livestock Breeding
Cooperatives.

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Minister meets Nauru Ministers

Yangon, 5 July - Minister for Transport Maj-Gen Hla
Myint Swe met with Minister (Acting President) for
Education, Transport, Telecommunications, Economic
Development and Environment of the Republic of Nauru
Mr Remy G Namaduk, and Minister for Health and Sports
Mr Nimrod Botelanga and party at the ministry this
morning. In the afternoon, Minister for Health and
Sports Mr Nimrod Botelanga and Economic Consultants Mr
Phillip Au and Mr Ray Chu visited the Myanma Gems
Museum on Gaba Aye Pagoda Road.

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 Minister inspects duty-free shops

Yangon, 5 July - Minister for Hotels and Tourism
Maj-Gen Saw Lwin, accompanied by Deputy Minister
Brig-Gen Aye Myint Kyu and officials, inspected the
duty-free shop of United International Ltd (UIL) on
Sule Pagoda Road this afternoon. Country Manager Mr
Tan Kiat Seng and officials of the shop welcomed and
conducted the minister round the shop. Then, the
minister proceeded to the duty-free shop in Yangon
International Airport and gave necessary instructions.


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Officers special refresher course concludes

Yangon, 5 July - Organized by the Information and
Public Relations Department of the Ministry of
Information, IPRD officers special refresher course No
1/2002 concluded at the training hall of the News and
Periodicals Enterprise on Pansodan Street this
afternoon.

Minister for Information Maj-Gen Kyi Aung attended the
ceremony and made a speech. Present on the occasion
were Deputy Minister Brig-Gen Aung Thein,
directors-general and managing directors of
departments and enterprises under the ministry,
officials, departmental heads, course instructors and
trainees. The minister gave course completion
certificates to leader of trainees U San Thein who
accepted on behalf of the trainees. In the course, U
Wan Kyi, deputy staff officer of Mudon Township office
stood first; U Htay Win, deputy staff officer of
Wetlet Township office, second; and Daw Soe Soe Kyi,
librarian assistant-3, third. Prizes were then given
to them.

The minister also presented gifts to course instructor
U Myat Thu who accepted the gifts on behalf of THE
course instructors. A total of 45 trainees from
district and township offices of IPRD in states and
divisions attended the course which lasted five weeks.


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( 4 ) Myanmar delegation leaves for Malaysia

Yangon, 5 July - A Myanmar delegation led by Minister
at the State Peace and Development Council Chairman's
Office Brig-Gen Abel left here for Malaysia by air
this morning to attend the ASEAN Economic Ministers
Informal Meeting to be held at Genting Highland,
Malaysia, from 5 to 7 July. The delegation was seen
off at Yangon International Airport by Minister for
Health Maj-Gen Ket Sein, Minister for Foreign Affairs
U Win Aung and departmental officials.

Minister Brig-Gen Abel was accompanied by
Director-General of the Ministry of National Planning
and Economic Development U Maung Maung Yi. The
Counsellor of Myanmar Embassy in Malaysia will also
attend the meeting as a member of the delegation.

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Minister attends conclusion of competency promotion
course

Yangon, 5 July - The concluding ceremony of the Work
Efficiency Promotion Course No 2 for Officers of the
General Administration Department was held at the
training school on Saya San Road in Bahan Township
this morning with an address by Minister for Home
Affairs Col Tin Hlaing.

In his address, the minister urged the trainees to
safeguard the sovereignty of the State competently, to
organize the people to participate in the eradication
of narcotic drugs, to live up with the 12 objectives
of the State as guiding principles in carrying out
duties and to participate in implementation of five
rural development tasks. Altogether 40 deputy
commissioners and heads of the township departments
attended the 12-week course.

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MEB holds coord meeting

Yangon, 5 July - The Work Coordination Meeting of
State/Division managers of Myanma Economic Bank for
the second six months of the 2001-2002 financial year
was held in conjunction with opening of the banking
course at the training hall of MEB Branch-1 this
morning.

Minister for Finance and Revenue U Khin Maung Thein
addressed the meeting. In his address, the minister
spoke of the need for the successful implementation of
work in accordance with the policies of the State and
urged those present to make concerted efforts for the
modernization of banking services. Then,
state/division managers of MEB reported on work done.
The managing director and general managers of MEB also
took part in the discussion.

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Minister attends conclusion of electrical course

Yangon, 5 July - The conclusion ceremony of the
Electrical Skill Course 1/2002 conducted by the
Industrial Coordination and Inspection Department of
the Ministry of Industry-1 was held at the training
hall of the department on Kyaikwaing Pagoda Road,
Mayangon Township, this morning.

It was attended by Minister for Industry-1 U Aung
Thaung, Deputy Minister Brig-Gen Thein Tun,
departmental heads of departments and enterprises
under the ministry, instructors and trainees. First,
the minister made a speech. He presented prizes to the
outstanding trainees and completion certificates to
the representative of the trainees. Altogether 72
trainees including the staff and war veteran staff of
the ministry and other interested persons had attended
the 5-week course. Afterwards, the minister proceeded
to Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory of Myanma
Pharmaceutical Industries in West Gyogone, Insein
Township and inspected the breeding of horses and gave
necessary instructions. Then, the minister viewed the
photographs of the process of plasmapheresis on horse.



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( 5 ) Commander meets agri & livestock breeding
entrepreneurs

Yangon, 5 July - Yangon Division Peace and Development
Council Chairman Yangon Command Commander Maj-Gen
Myint Swe met agricultural and livestock breeding
entrepreneurs, who are engaging in Yangon Division
Vegetable and Poultry Farming Special Zone near
Nyaunghnapin Village in Hmawby Township at the office
of Yangon Division Peace and Development Council
yesterday.

Maj-Gen Myint Swe said that 12,427 acres near
Nyaunghnapin Village in Hmawby Township were reclaimed
and permits were issued to the entrepreneurs for
vegetable and poultry farming. The government is
providing necessary assistance for them. Kalihtaw Dam
had been built for irrigation and arrangements were
made for power and water supply. The national
agricultural and livestock breeding entrepreneurs are
to cultivate 25 kinds of crops and to raise fish and
poultry which are beneficial to them as well as
Yangonites. He urged them to make collective efforts
for all-round development without deviating from the
objectives of the Special Zone.

Afterwards, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee
Commissioner of Division General Administration
Department U Thein Swe explained the rules and
regulations and objectives of the Special Zone. Then,
the entrepreneurs reported on their requirements. The
commander fulfilled the needs.

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Prizes presented to outstanding Women

Yangon, 5 July - A ceremony to honour outstanding
ladies who won prizes in competitions to mark the year
2002 Myanmar Women's Day organized by Yangon Division
Working Committee for Women's Affairs was held at the
office of Yangon Division Peace and Development
Council this afternoon.

It was attended by Chairman of Yangon Division Peace
and Development Council Commander of Yangon Command
Maj-Gen Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay,
Secretary of Yangon Division Peace and Development
Council Lt-Col Kyaw Tint and members, Chairman of
Division WCWA U Thein Swe and members and guests. The
commander made a speech on the occasion. Then, Member
of Yangon Division WCWA Leader of Division Committee
for Prevention of Violence Against Women and
Rehabilitation Daw Khin Thet Htay explained the
purpose of the ceremony and presented prizes and
certificates of honour to Ma Hnin Ei Ei Khaing, Ma
Phyo Thandar, Ma Thida Win, Ma Ohnmar Swe, Ma Su Nyein
Aye and Ma Ei Ei Chun who are outstanding in
education, fire services, Red Cross services, sports
and arts. After that, Ma Ohnmar Swe, on behalf of the
prize winners, spoke words of thanks and the ceremony
came to a close.

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( 6 ) MMA to hold talks on immunology

Yangon, 5 July - Basic and Applied Immunology for
Everyone, lectures on immunology organized by
Continuing Medical Education Unit of the Myanmar
Medical Association and Microbiology Department of the
Institute of Medicine-1 was scheduled to be held at
the MMA building on Theinbyu Road between noon and 3
pm on every Saturday and Sunday from 21 July to 4
August. Those interested may contact the Microbiology
Department of the Institute of Medicine-1, Lanmadaw,
and MMA building during office hours as of 1 July.

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( 7 ) Judgement passed on special civil appeal cases

Yangon, 5 July - The Special Appellate Bench
comprising Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
(Yangon) U Than Oo, Supreme Court Judges U Khin Myint
and U Chit Lwin, sitting at Court room No (1) this
morning, heard three special civil appeal cases and
also passed judgement on four special criminal appeal
cases and five special civil appeals cases under
Section 7 of the Judicial Law 2000.

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( 8 ) Illicit teak and hardwood seized

Yangon, 5 July - The authorities concerned are
exposing and taking actions against unscrupulous
persons who are resorting to various ways and means
smuggle forest resources which contribute much to the
State's economy. A combined squad comprising members
of local intelligence unit and Myanmar Police Force
and personnel of the Forest Department, receiving
information that timber smuggling was being carried
out from related regions of Thazi and Pyawbwe
Townships in Mandalay Division and Kalaw, Pintaya and
Ywangan Townships in Shan State to the areas of
Meiktila, Mandalay, Yangon, cleared the areas of
Yinmabin, Pyaynyaung, Nantpantet and Kyatsakhan
village-tracts in Thazi Township from 11 to 17 June
and arrested seven people with various kinds of
illegal hardwood weighing 663.008 tons including
254.969 tons of teak.

Further information led to the arrest of 13 people who
were engaging in illicit sawing of timber together
with various kinds of hardwood weighing 498.763 tons
in Meiktila Industrial Zone and 13 different sites of
its surrounding areas. Another combined team
comprising local intelligence unit, MPF and personnel
of the Forest Department, on information, intercepted
three ten-wheel Nissan trucks at Nantlat Bridge in
Mongpyin Township, Shan State on 14 June, and seized
46.3 tons of different sizes of sawn teak. While
making inspection, the owner of the illicit teak, the
drivers and the conductors fled the scene.

However, the authorities in hot pursuit managed to
arrest the truck owners and four drivers including
teak owner Win Zaw, son of U Tun Hlaing of Kanshei
Ward, Taunggyi at Pwint Oo Restaurant five miles away
from Mongpyin on 16 June. Authorities concerned are
making arrangements to take severe action against the
timber smugglers and to expose other illegal timber
dealers.

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( 9 ) Precursor chemicals possessor sentenced

Yangon, 5 July - A combined team comprising members of
the local intelligence unit and Taunggyi Special
Anti-drug Squad, acting on information, stopped and
searched a Hilux car with number plate 1/Kha 8342 on 2
July, 2001 in Taunggyi and seized 19.9584 kilos of
hydrochloric acid, 50 kilos of ammonium chloride and
200 kilos of sodium carbonate precursor chemicals used
in refining opium.

Action was taken against Sai Khan Naw, 42, son of U
Lwe Pon of No 64, Cherry Road, Pyidawtha Ward,
Taunggyi, under section 15/16 (B)/20 (A)/21 of the
Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Law by Taunggyi
Police Station-2. Taunggyi District Court handed down
20 years' imprisonment on Sai Khan Naw under section
20 (A)/ 21 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances Law on 29 May this year.

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Heroin seized in Lweje

Yangon, 5 July - A combined team comprising members of
local intelligence unit and Bhamo Special Anti-drug
Squad, acting on information, searched the house of
Lin Aung Tun of Ward-3, Lweje, on 10 June morning, and
seized two plastic bottles of heroin weighing 12.99
grams. In connection with the case, action is being
taken against Lin Aung Tun, 29, son of U Tun Tin,
under Section 15/19(A) of Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotropic Substances Law by Lweje Police Station.


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