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[myanmar_information] THE NEW LIGHT OF MYANMAR (1-8-2002)



THE NEW LIGHT OF MYANMAR (1-8-2002)

1. Secretary-1 attends special meeting 
   on women's affairs 
2. -Minister U Tin Winn receives Chairman 
    of ASEAN COCI
   -Japanese FM to visit Myanmar 
3. -Fourth Meeting of ASEAN COCI 
    Sub-committee on Culture commences 
   -Cultural Minister addresses Fourth 
    Meeting of ASEAN-COCI Sub-Committee on Culture 
4. Maj-Gen Aung Htwe inspects regional 
   development tasks in Shan State (North) 
5. -Coord meeting of Work Committee for MID held
   -Paper reading session on development 
    of hiking and mountaineering region held  
6. -Commander, Minister meet agricultural farms,
    police stations in Shan State 
   -Border development tasks implementation 
    meeting held  
7. -Myanmar Livestock Breeding Federation 
    (Yangon Division) holds annual meeting 
    Measures for holding Tenth Traditional 
    Cultural Performing Arts 
    Competitions co-ordinated  
8. -One -act play competition for 
    World Breast- Feeding Week held
   -The Government of Myanmar The ministry 
    of Health notification of  N0 2/2002 
9. -223 drug case exposed in June 
   -Heroin 81. 65 gm seized in Kalay
   -Drug-related cases sentenced 

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( 1 ) Alleged rape case involving Tatmadaw members
conspiracy of expatriate groups opposing Myanmar,
insurgent groups and some news agencies 
If there are offenders who really committed said
crime, severe action will be taken against them 
Secretary-1 attends special meeting on women's affairs

Yangon, 31 July - The special meeting on women's
affairs was held at the meeting hall of the
International Studies and Research Department of the
Ministry of Defence this morning, with an address by
Patron of Myanmar National Committee for Women's
Affairs Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development
Council Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt. 

In his address, the Secretary-1 said some big
countries are launching slanderous accusations against
Myanmar one after another concerning the cases
narcotic drugs production and trafficking, oppression
of the national races and trafficking in persons. 

At present, a new slanderous accusation is being
launched with the intention of destroying national
unity, saying that the Myanmar soldiers raped Shan
women. The accusation is a conspiracy of the
expatriate groups opposing Myanmar, insurgent groups
and news agencies. The matter was explained fully at
the MNCWA meeting which was held on 17 July 2002 and
at a press conference. 

Although it is a military government, the Myanmar
government is administering all the affairs of the
nation in accord with the existing laws, bylaws, rules
and regulations and principles. Actions are being
taken against the offenders in accord with the
existing laws. 

If the case concerning the accusation is true, there
would be a complaint from the Women's Affairs
Committee spreading its branches and launching its
operations from state/division, districts, townships
to villages, police stations and camps stationed even
in the rural areas, and social organizations including
the Union Solidarity and Development Association, Red
Cross Brigades and Fire Brigades which have formed
their branches down to the villages. The Women's
Affairs Committee may have received a complaint about
the said big case, as the committee has been solving
all the problems the women are facing beginning from
small cases including quarrels between husband and
wife. 

Personnel from administrative departments, law
enforcement bodies, departments launching border area
development programmes, organizations concerning the
women's affairs have been invited to take part in the
meeting. The participants will have to make extensive
discussions on setting up an enquiry into the alleged
case. If there are offenders who have really committed
the said crime, severe action will be taken against
them. Thus special duties will have to be assigned to
set up the enquiry. As the Group for Prevention of
Violence Against Women and Rehabilitation has been
formed under the MNCWA, the group will have to order
an enquiry into the matter down to the basic levels.
The officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the
Attorney-General's Office and the Supreme Court are
also invited to take part in their respective sectors.


Lt-Col Tin Oo of the Ministry of Defence explained the
accusation concerning the said case in detail. 

Member of MNCWA Deputy Minister U Khin Maung Win said
the US congresswomen, Ms Illeana Ros-Lehtinen and Ms
Cynthia McKinney, presented the said case to the House
of Representatives, Senator Mitch McConnell presented
it to the Senate and the US Embassy in Yangon
discussed the matter concerning the said case at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If the case is studied,
it can be seen that the groups opposing the government
are scheming to discredit the Myanmar government. The
Ambassador of Myanmar to the United States U Lin
Myaing is making necessary responses concerning the
matter. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the
US about the said case, vehemently denying the
accusation which says that Myanmar Tatmadaw is
committing such crimes on a wider scale. As is known
to all, the government is giving priority to
developing the national races and improving their
living standard. It is a deliberate accusation to
attack the nation from the political front. At
present, the government is looking into the said case.


Attorney-General U Tha Tun said Myanmar has laws to
take action against the persons molesting women. If a
Tatmadaw member committed the crime, he is punishable
not only by the military laws, but also by the
civilian laws. 

Complaints can be made about such said cases to
humanitarian organizations including the Women's
Affairs Committee, which is helping women in Myanmar,
and the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association
and the bodies of the local authorities which have
been formed even at villages. 

As there are laws and the bodies to record the case
for taking action against the offenders in Myanmar,
there will be complaints and punishments for all
unlawful cases. 

Chief Justice U Aung Toe said crimes concerning abuse
and molesting of women are punishable by military laws
and civilian laws. Directives have been issued to the
all courts to hand down severe punishments on the
offenders concerning such crimes. All the courts at
different levels have to put on record all the
hearings and sentences. 

Minister Col Tin Hlaing said the International
Committee of the Red Cross is informing the Ministry
of Home Affairs about all significant events. As there
is an ICRC branch in Kengtung, any significant
incident will be informed. If the annual list of the
occurrence of crimes in Myanmar is studied, it can be
seen that the number of cases involving the abuse and
molesting of women is so few. The number of crimes
committed by the Tatmadaw members is also so few if
they are compared with the total number of crimes. He
then presented the annual list of the occurrence of
crimes in Myanmar. 

Next, member of Myanmar National Committee for Women's
Affairs Vice-Chairperson of Myanmar National Work
Committee for Women's Affairs Professor Dr Daw May May
Yi said prevention of violence against women and
rehabilitation group and young women group were formed
under the MNCWA and MNWCWA. The groups carry out
matters relating to prevention of violence against
women and development of the lives of young women
including rape case with special care. 

The committees at different levels in states and
divisions send monthly report on those issues and
letters of complaint. According to the reports no rape
cases occurred in Shan State and there were no
complaints. 

Next, member of Myanmar National Committee for Women's
Affairs leader of prevention of violence against women
and rehabilitation group Dr Daw Khin Win Shwe said
after formation of the MNCWA on 3 July 1996,
respective women's affairs committees were also formed
in wards and villages. 

She said the group lays emphasis on undertaking the
matters relating to prevention of violence against
women. Monthly reports of states and divisions and
letters of complaint are under study. The group
conducted a research on marital violence among the
couple and it will continue to make research on rape
cases, she added. 

She said priority is to be given to cases in Shan and
Kayah States according to the recent conditions. Field
trips to grassroots levels have been made. 

Regarding the accusations of anti-government
organizations, she said the second WomenÕs Conference
was held in 2000. Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) made
an accusation about violence against women after the
conference. The violence did not really take place but
DVB broadcast a made-up story. 

She said the group would effectively prevent violence
against women. 

Next, member of MNCWA Chairman of Work Committee for
prevention against trafficking in person Brig-Gen
Thura Myint Aung and those present at the meeting
reported on matters relating to inquiry of rape case
in Shan State. 

Patron of MNCWA Secretary-1 took part in the
discussions. In conclusion, he said officials had
discussions on the accusation regarding the fact that
Myanma Tatmadaw members raped Shan women from the
point of views of legal, administrative, social and
international affairs. He said the slanderous
accusation on Myanmar can be pressure. Whatever it may
be, investigation is to be made for that, he said. 

In Myanmar there are complete laws that safeguard
women more than there should be. If the report on
cases of raped Shan women were real, effective action
would have to be taken against those who committed
such crime according to existing law.

The Secretary-1 called on respective departments,
regional authorities concerned and social
organizations such as MNCWA, group for prevention of
violence against women and rehabilitation, Work
Committee for prevention against trafficking in person
to look into the case after formation of investigation
teams.
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( 2 ) Minister U Tin Winn receives Chairman of ASEAN
COCI

Yangon, 31 July - Minister for Culture U Tin Winn
received Chairman of ASEAN Committee of Culture and
Information Vice Minister of Culture and Information
of Socialist Republic of Vietnam Mr Tran Chien Thang
who was here to attend the Fourth ASEAN Culture
Sub-Committee Meeting, accompanied by Ambassador of
Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Myanmar Mr Phan Quang
Khon at the meeting hall of the minister of the
ministry. 

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Japanese FM to visit Myanmar 

Yangon, 1 Aug - At the invitation of U Win Aung,
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Union of Myanmar,
Ms Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of
Japan, will pay an official visit to the Union of
Myanmar in the near future. 

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( 3 ) Fourth Meeting of ASEAN COCI Sub-committee on
Culture commences 

Yangon, 31 July - The fourth meeting of ASEAN COCI
Subcommittee on Culture, hosted by Myanmar, commenced
at the Traders Hotel on Sule Pagoda Road this morning.


It was attended by dele-gates of Brunei, Cambodia,
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar, officials of the ASEAN
Secretariat and observers of Myanmar. Chairman of
Myanmar ASEAN National Committee on Culture and
Information Director-General of the Department of
Cultural Institute U Myint Thein Swe presided over the
meeting and explained the agendas. 

Then, the leaders and members of the delegations from
ASEAN member countries discussed progress in
implementation of cultural projects nation-wise and
tasks being carried out in respective countries. The
meeting ended in the afternoon. 

The meeting will continue till 2 August. Minister for
Culture U Tin Winn hosted a dinner in honour of the
dele-gates and officials to the meeting at the
Karaweik Palace in Kandawgyi in the evening. 

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Cultural Minister addresses Fourth Meeting of
ASEAN-COCI Sub-Committee on Culture 

Yangon, 31 July - Minister for Culture U Tin Winn
attended the opening ceremony of the Fourth Meeting of
ASEAN-COCI Sub-Committee on Culture, hosted by the
Union of Myanmar, at Traders Hotel on Sule Pagoda Road
here this morning and delivered an opening speech. 

Also present on the occasion were Minister for Health
Maj-Gen Ket Sein, the deputy ministers, ambassadors
from embassies of ASEAN member nations and officials,
delegates from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand,
Vietnam and Myanmar, officials from the Office of
ASEAN Secretariat, observers and invited guests. 

In his address, Minister for Culture U Tin Winn
welcomed the ASEAN-Committee on Culture and
Information chairman and dele-gates from different
countries. He said the State, having laid down 12
objectives for political, economic and social
development and the Three Main National Causes, are
commitments for the development of our nation. 

The emergence of a peaceful, modern development
nation, the State has been making earnest efforts for
turning the nation into a peaceful, modern and
developed one.

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( 4 )   Maj-Gen Aung Htwe inspects regional
development tasks in Shan State (North)

Yangon, 31 July - State Peace and Development Council
member Maj-Gen Aung Htwe of the Ministry of Defence, 
left Lashio at 6.30 am on 29 July and arrived at Yaypu
Check Point at the entrance to Hsenwi. Accompanied by
Col Soe Oo of Hsenwi Station, Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and
party arrived at the hall of Hsenwi Station where
Tactical Operations Commanders Col San Lin and Lt-Col
Ohn Lwin and officers welcomed them. 

Maj-Gen Aung Htwe met officers and other ranks and
their families at the hall of Hsenwi Station and gave
instructions on participating in regional development
tasks and conducting agriculture and livestock
breeding on a manageable scale for family income. He
then cordially greeted those present. 

Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party arrived in 39-Camp at the
entrance to Kunlong. Accompanied by Tactical
Operations Commander Col Sein Win, they proceeded to
Pansamnant Village in Kunlong Township and inspected
36 acres of monsoon paddy fields of farmer U Shauk
Sauk. At the temporary pandal there, Myanma
Agriculture Service District Manager U Hla Myint Oo
reported matters on the paddy cultivation. National
race leader of Kunlong region U Haw Shauk Chan also
reported matters on paddy cultivation in the region.
Maj-Gen Aung Htwe gave necessary instructions and
chatted with farmers. 

Next, he viewed the voluntary service contribution by
USDA members of Kunlong Township at U Shauk Sauk's
paddy fields. Later, Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party
proceeded to Kunlong Township Border Areas and
National Races Development School and inspected round
the school. He signed in the visitors' book and gave
instructions to the headmaster, teachers and officials
concerned. 

He presented a 21-inch TV set to the headmaster. Next,
Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party went to Kunlong Station
Hall and discussed with Tatmadaw officers and other
ranks and family members on national unity, regional
development and undertaking agricultural and livestock
breeding works on manageable scale. Next, Maj-Gen Aung
Htwe met with departmental officials, service
personnel and personnel from social organizations at
Thanlwin Oo Hall in Kunlong. 

Maj-Gen Aung Htwe gave necessary instructions. Thence,
Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and Commander Brig-Gen Myint Hlaing
and party went to Kunlong monastery and paid obeisance
to Township Sangha Nayaka Sayadaws headed by Chairman
Sayadaw Bhaddanta Khemeinda. Maj-Gen Aung Htwe, wife
Daw Khin Hnin Wai and family donated 20 bags of rice
and offertories. Merits so gained were shared. 

At 3.30 pm, Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party left Kunlong
for Kutkai. They inspected the tea and coffee
plantations of Kachin Special Region-5 in Kaungkha
Myothit in Kutkai Township, Muse District. At the hall
of the North-East Command, Tactical Operation
Commander Lt-Col San Shwe Tha reported matters on 300
acres of highland cultivation; 300 acres of
poppy-substitution crop cultivation; and 100 acres of
tea by MAS there. Kachin Special Region-5 Chairman U
Mahtu Naw reported matters on obtaining fertilizers.
Maj-Gen Aung Htwe fulfilled requirements and gave a
flower basket of honour to U Mahtu Naw who returned
him a silver sword. 

Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party were then conducted round
the plantations by U Mahtu Naw and officials. Next,
Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party went to construction site
of Maha Dhammayanthi Aung Zedi in Kaungkha Myothit. He
also inspected the construction of station hospital in
Kaungkha Myothit. Officials reported the work progress
and Maj-Gen Aung Htwe fulfilled requirements. At 7.30
pm, Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party left Kaungkha Myothit
and arrived back in Muse to spend the night there. At
6.45 am on 30 July, Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party left
Muse by car for Namkhan. 

They inspected the 440 feet long Shweli suspension
bridge in Namkhan. They next proceeded to Shweli gem
exploration camp of Asia World Co. At the briefing
hall there, Commander Brig-Gen Myint Hlaing and
officials reported matters on Shweli hydel power plant
project. Maj-Gen Aung Htwe gave necessary instructions
and fulfilled requirements. The Shweli hydel power
project will be implemented for harnessing Shweli
river whose source is in China. Feasibility study was
carried out jointly by engineers of Ministry of
Electric Power, Kunming Hydro-electric Investigation
Design and Research Institute, Daewoo Co Ltd, YMEC,
and Tokyo Electric Power Co of Japan. 

After completion of the project, 200 megawatt will be
produced in the first phase and 200 megawatts in the
second phase. Electrical power generated will be
distributed to Mandalay, Monywa, Muse, Namkhan,
Kyugok, Lashio and Bhamo. Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party
inspected bridges and roads linking Shan State (North)
and Kachin State. He also inspected paddy
transplanting contest held at the fields of U Kham Swe
Li Kyan of Kunlon Village-tract in Namkhan Township.
He also inspected paddy transplanting contest held at
the fields in Nawngseng village in Muse Township. 

Later, Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party arrived back in
Muse and met with departmental officials, service
personnel and social organization members at the
Township Hall. Officials reported matters on
agricultural, livestock breeding and constructions
tasks and border trade. Maj-Gen Aung Htwe gave
necessary instructions. He stressed the importance of
self-sufficiency of rice in the region. He also dealt
with rural development tasks for narrowing down the
development gap between rural and urban areas. He also
discussed matters on cultivation of poppy substitution
crops and livestock breeding works for socio-economic
uplift of regional people. 

Afterwards, Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party went to the
construction site of Muse District War Veterans
Organization Supervisory Committee where officials
reported on construction tasks. Maj-Gen Aung Htwe gave
instructions and attended to the needs. He also
visited the construction site of Muse Guest House
where officials reported him on work done and future
tasks. Officials conducted Maj-Gen Aung Htwe around
there. At 3 pm, Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party left Muse
for Kutkai and arrived at the plantations of Shan
State (North) WVO at Khomon Village in Kutkai
Township. Tactical Operations Commander Lt-Col San
Shwe Tha briefed on cultivation of orange, sunkist,
coffee, lychee, pomelo and papaya. 

After giving instructions, Maj-Gen Aung Htwe looked
around the plantations. Maj-Gen Aung Htwe and party
arrived back in Lashio at 7 pm and spent the night
there. 

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( 5 ) Coord meeting of Work Committee for MID held

Yangon, 31 July - A coordination meeting No (1/2002)
of the work committee for Myanma Industrial
Development and subcommittees was held at the meeting
hall of the Ministry of Industry-2 on Kaba Aye Pagoda
Road yesterday afternoon. 

Minister for Industry-2 Maj-Gen Saw Lwin made a speech
on the occasion. Then, Secretary of the work committee
Director-General of Directorate of Myanma Industrial
Planning U Khin Maung reported the minister on
progress of tasks being carried out by the work
committee. Next, chairmen of nine subcommittees also
made reports on their respective tasks, to which the
minister gave instructions. Afterwards, the meeting
came to an end with concluding remarks by Minister
Maj-Gen Saw Lwin. 

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Paper reading session on development of hiking and
mountaineering region held 

Yangon, 31 July - A paper reading session on
development of Myanmar Hiking and Mountaineering
Region, with the supervision of Hotels and Tourism,
with the sponsorship of Department of Foresty, Myanmar
Travel Association and Universities Hiking and
Mountaineering Sub-Committee was held at the Diamond
Hall of Asia Plaza Hotel on Bogyoke Aung San Street
here this morning. 

At first, Minister for Hotels and Tourism Maj-Gen Saw
Lwin made an opening speech at the meeting. Next, the
present wellwishers presented the cash donation to U
Khin Zaw Chairman of MTA. Then the resource persons
submitted their respective papers and the session went
into recess for a while. The participants took part in
the session. Deputy Minister Brig-Gen Aye Myint Kyu
made the concluding remarks and the paper reading
session ended. 

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( 6 ) Commander, Minister meet agricultural farms,
police stations in Shan State 

Yangon, 31 July - Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin
Hlaing, together with Chairman of Shan State Peace and
Development Council Commander of Eastern Command
Brig-Gen Khin Maung Myint, on 29 July inspected the
agricultural farms of the ministry in Yaksawk and
Nyaungshwe Townships, Shan State. 

The minister gave instructions on land reclamation,
application of scientific cultivation techniques, use
of quality strains and fertilizers for local food
sufficiency and boosting per acre yield, extended
plantation of edible oil tree Thitseint, health care
services and welfare. 

Afterwards, the minister and the commander inspected
generation of electric power in Bankan agricultural
farm and left instructions on taking suitable
innovative measures in development tasks such as
construction of hydel power plant that contributes
towards rural development. 

The minister presented exercise books, pencils and
magazines to the staff families. Later, they inspected
the rice mill and production of natural fertilizers.
They next proceeded to Taunglaylon Police Training
Depot in Nyaungshwe Township. The minister spoke of
the need for keeping patriotic spirit alive and
dynamic, flourishing of the Union Spirit, training the
policemen to become ones who are ready to sacrifice
lives for safeguarding the sovereignty if necessary. 

He then presented exercise books, pencils and
magazines to the staff families. Yesterday morning,
the minister, accompanied by Shan State Police Force
Commander Police Col Thura Tin Hla, inspected
Shwenyaung and Heho Police Stations. 

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Border development tasks implementation meeting held 

Yangon, 1 Aug - The third meeting on implementation of
border areas development tasks was held at the meeting
hall of the Ministry of Home Affairs this evening
attended by Chairman of the Supervisory Committee
Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing, Secretary of
the committee Deputy Minister Brig-Gen Thura Myint
Maung and the deputy ministers, the deputy
chief-justice, the deputy attorney-general, the
directors-general and managing directors of the
responsible departments. At the meeting, Col Tin
Hlaing made an address. Then, committee members
reported on the work plans to be carried out by the
departments. The meeting came to an end at 5.30 pm
with concluding remarks by Minister Col Tin Hlaing. 

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( 7 ) Myanmar Livestock Breeding Federation (Yangon
Division) holds annual meeting 

Yangon, 31 July - The Myanmar Livestock Breeding
Federation (Yangon Division) held its first annual
meeting at International Business Centre on Pyay Road
this afternoon, with addresses by Chairman of Yangon
Division Peace and Development Council Commander of
Yangon Command Maj-Gen Myint Swe and Minister for
Livestock and Fisheries Brig-Gen Maung Maung Thein. 

In his address, the commander said that livestock
breeding tasks contribute to the improvement of the
State's economy. He continued that now the government
is rendering assistance enthusiastically regarding
livestock breeding. So efforts are to be made for
local sufficiency of meat and fish and ensuring the
export of more fish and meat, he stressed. He called
on national livestock breeding entrepreneurs of Yangon
Division to make efforts with might and main for
continuous development of livestock breeding. He added
that assistance will be provided for national
entrepreneurs. 

Then, the minister said that livestock breeding
federations have been formed with a view to developing
the meat sector and Yangon Division is the one that
breeds broilers and layers most. He pointed out that
extended measures are to be taken for improvement of
other livestock breeding tasks. Afterwards, the cash
donation ceremony followed. Altogether 14 wellwishers
presented K 630,000 including K 150,000 donated by U
Ohn Lwin; K 100,000 each by U Kyaw Soe Lin and Dr Hla
Hla Thein; and K 50,000 by U Pyi Phyo Aung. 

The commander and the minister accepted the donations
and presented certificates of honour to wellwishers.
Then, the first session of the meeting went to recess.
Later, the commander and the minister inspected
quality feedstuff and veterinary medicines and left
necessary instructions. After that, the meeting
continued according to the agenda. 

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Measures for holding Tenth Traditional Cultural
Performing Arts Competitions co-ordinated 

Yangon, 31 July - The first coordination meeting of
Yangon Division Leading Committee for Holding the
Tenth Myanma Traditional Cultural Performing Arts
Competitions was held at the Yangon Division Peace and
Development Council Office this afternoon with an
address by Yangon Division Peace and Development
Council Chairman Yangon Command Commander Maj-Gen
Myint Swe. 

Yangon Division Peace and Development Council Chairman
Yangon Command Commander Maj-Gen Myint Swe made a
speech. He said the competitions will be held with the
aim of preserving national cultural arts and
developing the spirit to preserve national traditional
culture and customs among the youth. This year the
guitar competition will be added to the existing list
and artistes and officials of the respective work
committees are to select qualified candidates and to
send them to the central level competitions. Like the
previous year, winners will be awarded handsome
prizes, and artistes and officials from respective
work committees are to make cooperative efforts. 

Then, Yangon Division Peace and Development Council
Secretary Lt-Col Kyaw Tint explained forming of the
leading committee, sub-committees and work committees
and work done and schedules for the district and
township level competitions. Afterwards, Yangon
Division Leading Committee for Holding the
Competitions Chairman No 2 Military Region Commander
Col Tin Oo Lwin explained arrangements for holding the
competitions and rules. District Peace and Development
Councils chairmen then made reports on tasks to be
carried out and officials from the respective work
committees and artistes on assistance for holding the
competitions. Commander Maj-Gen Myint Swe attended to
the requirements and made a concluding speech.

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( 8 )  One -act play competition for World Breast-
Feeding Week held

Yangon, 31 July - As a gesture of hailing World
Breast- Feeding Week, competition of Township Maternal
and Child welfare Association for educative one-act
play on breast- feeding organized by Myanmar Maternal
and Child Welfare Association were held at the meeting
hall of the association at Parami and Thanmthuma Roads
in South Okkalapa Township yesterday afternoon.

It was attended by MMCWA Chairperson Prof Daw Kyu Kyu
Swe, Vice Chairperson Dr Daw Khin Win Shwe and
officials. Dagon Myothit ( South ) Township MCWA
representing Yangon East District, Sangyoung Township
MCWA representing Yangon West District, Thanlyin
Township MCWA representing Yangon South District and
Insein Township MCWA representing Yangon Noth District
took part in the competitions. Sangyoung Township
stood first, Dagon Myothit second, and Thanlyin
Township third. The consolation prize went to Insein
Township . Prize will be presented to the wining
township association at the ceremony of World Breast-
Feeding Week to be held on 2 August.

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Government of Myanmar 
The ministry of Health notification of  N0 2/2002
 Yangon, The 11th Waxing of Nayon , 1364 M.E (21 June
, 2002)

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( 9 ) 223 drug case exposed in June 

Yangon, 31 July ? The Tatmadaw, the Myanmar Police
Force and the Customs Department exposed 223
drug-related cases in June 2002.Seizures made by them
were 148.4728 kilos of opium in 31 cases , 2.2912
kilos of heroin in 78 cases, 0.0244 kilos of opium oil
in two cases, 3.3301 kilos of low grade opium in 18
cases, 23.6968 kilos of marijuana in 11 cases, 0.24
liter  of Phensedyl  in one case, 156, 706  stimulant
tablets in 43 cases, 0.oo1 kilo of stimulant power in
one case, 21.805 liters of cough syrup in five case, 
0.005 kilo of Speciosa n one case, 40 bottles of
diazepam injection in one chemical liquid in one case,
29 cases for failure to register and one other case.

Seizures made by battalion ad unit s were 2.94 kilos
of opium in one case, 0.686 kilo of heroin in one
case, 17.0776 kilos of marijuana in two cases and
1250.15 liters of chemical liquid in one case.
Seizures made by MPF were 145.5328 kilos of opium in
30 cases, 1.6052 kilo of heroin in 77 cases, 0.0244
kilo of opium oil in two cases, 3.3301 kilos of low
grade opium in 18 cases, 6.6192 kilos of marijuana in
nine cases, 0.24 liter of Phensedyl in one case,
156,706 stimulant tables in 43 cases, 0001 kilo of
stimulant powder  in one case, 21.805 liters of cough
syrup in five case, 0.005 kilo of Spaciosa  in one
case, 40 bottles of diazepam injection in one case, 29
cases for failure to register and one other case.
Action was taken against altogether 328 persons 247
men and 54 women in 223 cases in June 2002.

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Heroin 81. 65 gm seized in Kalay

Yangon, 31 July ? A combined team comprising members
of local intelligence unit and Myanmar Police Fore
acting on a tip-off on  23 July intercepted  mini- bus
with plates No- 9 Ka/ 5228 en route from  Kalay to
Tiddim at 8-mile toll gate and arrested Lahdanannga,
son U Larsawma and Ywahtankuma, son of U Larrosup of
Latpanchaung Village, Kalay Township together with
81.65 gm of heroin hidden in a vacuum  flask. Action
is being taken against them under the Narcotic Drugs
and Psychotropic Substances Law by the Police Station
concerned.

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Drug-related cases sentenced

Yangon , 31 July- Efforts are being made so as to take
effective drugs cases. A total against drugs cases. A
total of 9882 males and 1979 females totaling
11861-dath sentence to 20 males, life sentence to 276
males and 26 females totaling 302, above 10 year?s
imprisonment to 3076 males and 1005 females  totaling
4081, and under 10 year?s imprisonment to 6510 males
and 948 females totaling 7458 were punished during the
period from 1999 to   July 2002.

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