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The New Light of Myanmar (Monday, 16 September, 2002)



The New Light of Myanmar (Monday, 16 September, 2002)
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1. - State Peace and Development Council Chairman
     Senior General Than Shwe sends felicitations to
     United Mexican States
   - State Peace and Development Council Chairman
     Senior General Than Shwe sends felicitations to
     Papua New Guinea
2. - Secretary-1 visits Twantay Shwehsandaw Pagoda,
     inspects development tasks
   - Secretary-1 attends opening of Firebrick Factory
     (Extension) in Insein Township
3. - Tatmadaw families, wellwishers offer provisions
     to monasteries in Yangon East District
4. - Maj-Gen Soe Win plants Padauk tree to mark
     anniversary of USDA
5. - Minister for Foreign Affairs U Win Aung sends
     felicitations to United Mexican States
   - Consulate-General of the Union of Myanmar
reopened
     at Kolkata, India
6. - Industry-2 Minister inspects factories in Bago
Division (West)
   - Commerce Minister tours Bago
   - Energy Minister inspects Nyaungdon oil and gas
field
   - Minister for Information meets heads of
department under
     Ministry of Information
7. - Myanmar special observer delegation attends 23rd
     General Assembly of AIPO
8. - Commander inspects construction of Panhlaing
Bridge
     in Hlinethaya
9. - Myanma Traditional Cultural Performing Arts
Competitions
     held in Taninthayi Division
10. - MWJA holds "Knowledge Bank" paper reading
session

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( 1 ) State Peace and Development Council Chairman
Senior General Than Shwe sends felicitations to United
Mexican States

Yangon, 16 Sept - Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman
of the State Peace and Development Council of the
Union of Myanmar, has sent a message of felicitations
to His Excellency Mr Vicente Fox Quesada, President of
the United Mexican States, on the occasion of the
Anniversary of the Independence Day of the United
Mexican States which falls on 16 September 2002.

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State Peace and Development Council Chairman Senior
General Than Shwe sends felicitations to Papua New
Guinea

Yangon, 16 Sept - On the occasion of the Independence
Day of Papua New Guinea, which falls on 16 September
2002, Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State
Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar,
has sent a message of felicitations to His Excellency
Sir Silas Atopare, Governor-General of Papua New
Guinea.
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( 2 ) Secretary-1 visits Twantay Shwehsandaw Pagoda,
inspects development tasks

Yangon, 15 Sept - State Peace and Development Council
Secretary-1 Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt, arrived at Dalla Jetty
at 7.30 am today.

He was welcomed there by No 1 Military Region
Commander Col Khin Maung Soe, Yangon South District
Peace and Development Council Chairman Lt-Col Sein
Hlaing, chairmen of Dalla, Twantay and
Seikkyi-Khanaungto Township Peace and Development
Councils, departmental officials, members of the Union
Solidarity and Development Association and members of
social organizations.

Then, the Secretary-1 and party visited Twantay
Shwehsandaw Pagoda in Twantay where departmental
officials and members of Pagoda Board of Trustees
welcomed them. The Secretary-1 and party paid homage
to the Buddha images in northern prayer hall and Aung
Datpaungsu image on upper terrace of the pagoda. Then,
he offered soon, fruits, flowers and water to the
image. He also paid homage to Shwe Htidaw,
Hgnetmyatnadaw and Seinphudaw of the pagoda.

Afterwards, the Secretary-1 and party went round the
pagoda clockwise direction. At a prayer hall on the
pagoda platform, Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs
Brig-Gen Thura Aung Ko reported matters related to
all-round renovation of the pagoda to the Secretary-1
who gave necessary instructions on forming of
committees chaired by deputy ministers for all-round
renovation of the pagoda. Next, at Meyuda prayer hall,
the ceremony to present cash donations was opened with
three-time recitation of Namo Tassa. Secretary-1
Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt, wife Dr Daw Khin Win Shwe and
family presented K 900,000 towards the trust funds of
the pagoda.

The Secretary-1 Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt, Commander Maj-Gen
Myint Swe and ministers accepted donations. Yangon
Command donated K 500,000; the State Peace and
Development Council, K 1 million; Yangon City
Development Committee, K 50,000; U Ohn Kywe - Daw Khin
San Yee and sibling of Twantay, K 5 million; U Hla
Shwe - Daw Tin Htay Htay of Twantay, K 2.5 million; U
Then Lwin, U Pho Pain families of Pyatataik Village in
Twantay Township, 2.5 million; U Ku - Daw Khin Aye and
family of Twantay, K 1,534,151; Township Peace and
Development Council and wellwishers, K 1,116,423; the
Ministry of Transport, K 200,000; the Ministry of
Progress of Border Areas and National Races and
Development Affairs, K 200,000; the Immigration
Department, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry
of Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Electric Power,
the Ministry of Cooperatives, the local intelligence
unit, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of
Agriculture and Irrigation, K 100,000 each; U Aung Ko
Win and wife Daw Nan Than Htwe of Kanbawza Bank Ltd, K
1.5 million; Daw Thida Zaw of Yangon, K 1 million,
Maung Weik Co, K 900,000; UMFCCI Chairman U Win Myint
- Daw Myint Myint Than and family, K 500,000; U Sein
Htwe - Daw Sanda Hok (Ginza Hla construction group), K
540,000; U Then Tun - Daw Kyi Kyi Myint of Twantay, U
Nay Win Tun and family (Jade Dragon Co), U Kyaw Win
(Shwe Than Lwin Co), U Pu - Daw Nyo and family of
Twantay and U Hla Ngwe and family, K 500,000 each; U
Maung Tha Yin and family and U Aye Friend and family K
300,000 each; Daw Kyi Kyi Tun and family, U Khin Zaw -
Daw Aye Aye Cho and family, K 200,000 each; U Pho Khet
- Daw Oo Tha and family, K 116,000; U Hla Maung
(Border Trade Association, Tamu), U Ma Nu (Tet Nay Min
Trading), U Toe Myint Aung (Trade/Agriculture), U
Maung Hla - Daw Hla Kyi, U Kyaw Tun - Daw Shu En and U
Tun Tun - Daw Su Wah, K 100,000 each, totalling K
22,106,574.

Secretary-1 Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt explained plans for
maintenance of the pagoda and the ceremony came to a
close with three time recitation of Buddha Sasanam
Ciram Tithatu. The pivot of Shwehsandaw Pagoda is mild
steel bar and cast iron pipe. According to the
technicians and under the Ovada of Ovadacariya
Sayadaws of Pagoda Board of Trustees, renovation works
on Seinphudaw, Hngetmyatnadaw, pivot of the pagoda are
to be carried out for durability after formation of
the committees.

The Secretary-1 and party went to Basic Education
Primary School in Shwehsandaw Ward and they were
welcomed by Township Education Officer U Tin Win,
Assistant TEOs, Headmaster U Kyaw Tint and teachers.

The Secretary-1 and party presented 224 dozens of
exercise books and 38 dozens of pencils to
schoolchildren. Than, Chairman of Myanmar Education
Committee Secretary-1 Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt gave
instructions to the teachers on tasks to be undertaken
for achieving success in implementation of national
education promotion tasks, the school enrolment
programme for school-going age children to be
performed in cooperation with social organizations,
education and general knowledge to be conducted to the
pupils and efforts to be made for nurturing the
students to become intellectuals and intelligentsia.

Afterwards, the Secretary-1 and party arrived at
Twantay Basic Education High School and inspected the
computer application room, the reading corner room,
the electronic media (audio) room and the language lab
room. Headmaster u Kyin Shwe and teachers conducted
the Secretary-1 round the multimedia teaching centre.

Next, the Secretary-1 and party proceeded to the
construction site of the girls nursery centre of
Social Welfare Department in Alan-ok village, Twantay
Township. First, Minister for Social Welfare, Relief
and Resettlement Maj-Gen Sein Htwa reported to the
Secretary-1 on construction tasks of the centre.
Director-General U Sit Myaing of SWD and officials
reported on completion of hostels, greening tasks and
water and power supply. The Secretary-1 gave necessary
instructions and inspected the hostels. Then, they
went to Ayemya Kantha Pagoda built by Baungdawgyoke
Sayadaw and paid homage to Buddha images at the
pagoda.

The Secretary-1 and party proceeded to Kanbe BEHS in
Twantay Township where they were welcomed by
Headmistress Daw Yin Yin Sein and teachers. The
Secretary-1 saw over the school building and
classrooms and gave necessary instructions to
officials. Later, the Secretary-1 and party left
Twantay Township and arrived back here in the
afternoon.

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Secretary-1 attends opening of Firebrick Factory
(Extension) in Insein Township

Yangon, 15 Sept - A ceremony to open Firebrick Factory
(Extension) of Myanma Ceramics Industries under the
Ministry of Industry-1 was held at the factory in
Danyingon, Insein Township, this afternoon, attended
by Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development
Council Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt.

Managing Director of MCI Col Soe Yi and General
Manager Mr Qsamu Ikeya formally opened the factory.
Then, the Secretary-1 unveiled the signboard of the
factory. Next, the Secretary-1 and party and guests
inspected the sections and production process of the
factory. Managing Director Col Soe Yi reported on
facts about the factory.

He said that the factory was built in Sawbwagyigon
Ward, Insein Township in 1954 with the aim of
producing runner brick for the steel mill of Insein.
The firebricks are also used in boilers of rice mills,
saw mills and sugar mills, and the factories in
Sawbwagyigon and Danyingon have been producing 1,800
tons of low-grade firebricks yearly. In the past, the
high-grade firebricks needed for the glass factory,
glassware factory and departments were ordered from
abroad. This being so, a 900-ton firebrick factory was
built in 1998 after signing a contract with Daimaru Co
Ltd of Japan in 1997 with the aim of promoting the
techniques to produce the firebrick, saving foreign
currency and creating job opportunities for the
people.

The factory has produced 3,294.13 tons of advanced
firebrick resulting in saving US$ 1.647 million. Now
with another 900-ton factory, 1800 tons of firebrick
will be produced yearly and it can save US$ 0.9
million more. In order to fulfill the needs of the
cement factories, the 900-ton extended line has
started running under the contract of Daimaru Co Ltd
with the investment of US$ 2.266 million and K 286.485
million. To fulfill the firebrick requirements in the
nation, a contract has been signed with China Building
Material & Equipment Cooperation to build a 2500-ton
firebrick factory in Kyaukse Industrial Zone.

On completion, the factory will produce 4,300 tons of
firebrick, and arrangements are being made to produce
more firebrick. At the beginning, 20 per cent of
domestic raw materials and 80 per cent of foreign raw
materials for the firebrick factory were used. Now 48
per cent of domestic raw materials and 52 per cent of
foreign raw materials are being used, reducing foreign
raw materials. Research is being conducted to use
other raw materials imported. Factory manager U Shwe
Ai reported on raw materials, production of firebricks
and the process.

Next, the Secretary-1 delivered a speech. He said the
firebricks used in local factories were imported in
foreign exchange. Now advanced fire- brick factory was
established. The firebricks are produced in the
country and they are used in cement plants, glass ware
factory and glass factory. As a result, an
import-substitute industry has emerged and it saves
foreign exchange. Only some materials were produced in
the country. Some raw materials are still imported.

He spoke of the need for the Ministry of Industry-1 to
cooperate with other ministries for cent per cent
production of raw materials used in the firebrick
factory at home. Establishment of such firebrick
factories will contribute much toward development of
Myanma industrial sector and progress of
import-substitute work. The Secretary-1 said efforts
are to be made for boosting production of the
firebricks for the factories where the firebricks are
used in state-owned, joint-venture and private
sectors. Continued efforts are to be made for
implementation of the firebrick factory project in
Kyaukse industrial zone in cooperation with China
Building Material and Equipment Corporation of the
People's Republic of China, he added. He thanked the
Minister for Industry-1, the deputy minister and
officials for participation in the project and the
Japanese Ambassador and officials of Daimaru Co Ltd.

The Secretary-1 called for officials to strive for
success of the factory. Next, Minister U Aung Thaung
presented a commemorative gift to the Secretary-1. The
Secretary-1 presented a fruit basket to General
Manager Mr Qsamu Ikera of Daimaru Kogyo Ltd of Japan
and members and cash awards to factory manager U Shwe
Ai and Myanmar engineers.

Afterwards, the Secretary-1 inspected chemicals used
in production of the firebricks, sample of raw
materials from home and abroad and finished
firebricks.
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( 3 ) Tatmadaw families, wellwishers offer provisions
to monasteries in Yangon East District

Yangon, 15 Sept - Families of Defence Services (Army,
Navy and Air) and wellwishers offered provisions to
Dhammikayon Pali Tekkatho, Hsutaungpyay, Aungmye
Beikman, Shwekyin, Dhammazeya, Shin Ardiccavamsa and
Hinthada Thondat Sarthintaiks in Mingala Taungnyunt
Township this morning.

The Adjutant-General and senior military officers
offered provisions to the Sayadaws. Then,
Vice-Adjutant-General Brig-Gen Maung Nyo, Chief of
Staff (Navy) Rear-Admiral Soe Thein and Colonel
General Staff (Air) Col Zin Yaw offered rice, edible
oil and gram donated by Tatmadaw families to the
Sayadaws. Similarly, departmental officials donated
provisions to the Sayadaws.

Next, the Adjutant-General and senior military
officers accepted cash donations from Tatmadaw
families and wellwishers. Today's donations were 207
bags of rice, 190 viss of edible oil, 500 viss of
iodized salt, 50 tubes of tooth paste, 2,251 bottles
of traditional medicine, 102 viss of gram and K
1,879,590. A similar ceremony to offer provisions to
Mingalayama Pali Tekkatho Monastery and Pyinnya Yamika
Maha monasteries (A) and (B) was held at Mingalayama
Pali Tekkatho Monastery on Theinbyu Street this
afternoon. Present were members of the Sangha,
Adjutant-General Maj-Gen Thein Sein, Minister for
Religious Affairs U Aung Khin, senior military
officers and the congregation.

The Adjutant-General, the Minister for Religious
Affairs and senior military officers donated
provisions to members of the Sangha. Then,
departmental officials and wellwishers also offered
rice, edible oil, salt, medicine and gram to members
of the Sangha. Next, families of Defence Services
(Army, Navy and Air) and other wellwishers presented
cash donations to the Adjutant-General, the minister
and officials.

Afterwards, Colonel General Staff (Air) Col Zin Yaw
and Director-General of the Department for Promotion
and Propagation of the Sasana U Sann Lwin explained
the purpose of the donations and supplicated on
matters related to the religious affairs. Today's
donations were 131 bags of rice, 86 viss of edible
oil, 200 viss of iodized salt, 20 tubes of tooth
paste, 1,510 bottles of traditional medicine and K
3,099,110.
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( 4 ) Maj-Gen Soe Win plants Padauk tree to mark
anniversary of USDA

Yangon, 15 Sept - The tree planting ceremony to mark
the anniversary of the Union Solidarity and
Development Association, organized by Yangon Division
USDA, was held at the Central USDA Training School at
9 am today, attended by Member of the Panel of Patrons
of USDA (Central) Member of the State Peace and
Development Council Maj-Gen Soe Win of the Ministry of
Defence.

Before the ceremony, Yangon Division USDA Secretary U
Aye Myint reported to Maj-Gen Soe Win and the CEC
members on arrangements made for planting trees. Then,
Maj-Gen Soe Win and the CEC members took the
designated places and USDA members at their respective
places.

Next, Director of Yangon Division Forest Department U
Ko Ko explained how to plant the trees. Afterwards,
Maj-Gen Soe Win, together with USDA members, planted a
Padauk tree (Pterocarpus macrocarpus) in commemoration
of the anniversary of USDA. Similarly, USDA CEC
members U Thein Sein, U Aung Khin, Brig-Gen Ohn Myint,
Col Thaik Tun, Brig-Gen Pyi Sone, Brig-Gen Thura Aye
Myint, Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan and Col Maung Pa grew Pyinma
(Lagerstroemia speciosa), Gangaw (Mesua ferrea),
Seinban (Poinciana regia) and star-flower trees at the
designated places.

Later, Maj-Gen Soe Win and the CEC members,
accompanied by Yangon Division USDA Secretary U Aye
Myint and executives, visited the collective tree
planting ceremony of USDA members. Altogether 1,050
trees were planted today in commemoration of the USDA
anniversary. Including previously planted trees, a
total of 11,000 trees have so far been planted.
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( 5 ) Minister for Foreign Affairs U Win Aung sends
felicitations to United Mexican States

Yangon, 16 Sept - U Win Aung, Minister for Foreign
Affairs of the Union of Myanmar, has sent a message of
felicitations to His Excellency Mr Jorge Castaneda,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican
States, on the occasion of the Independence Day of the
United Mexican States which falls on 16 September
2002.

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Consulate-General of the Union of Myanmar reopened at
Kolkata, India

Yangon, 16 Sept - In view of the expanding relations
between the Union of Myanmar and the Republic of
India, the Consulate-General of the Union of Myanmar
has been reopened at Kolkata, West Bengal, the
Republic of India with effect from 16 September 2002.
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( 6 ) Industry-2 Minister inspects factories in Bago
Division (West)

Yangon, 15 Sept - Minister for Industry-2 Maj-Gen Saw
Lwin, machines for soap factories and power cables in
respective workshops of No 1 Machine and Machinery
Production Factory (Nyaungchehtauk) on 13 September
afternoon.

The minister heard reports presented by Managing
Director U Kyaw Win of Myanma Machine Tools and
Electrical Industries and General Manager of the
factory U Pe Than Hlaing and gave instructions on
speedy transportation of finished products, the trial
running of machines for soap factories and
distribution of the products.

The minister and party arrived at No 1 Agricultural
Machinery Factory (Hsinde) yesterday morning and
inspected the extension of steel mill and installation
of machinery. Managing Director Col Myo Tint of Myanma
Agricultural Machinery Industries, General Manager U
Kyaw Kyaw of the factory and Director U Than Aye of
Myanma Industrial Construction Services reported on
work done. Then, the minister greeted the Chinese
technicians installing machines at the extension
work-site of steel mill. The minister gave
instructions on timely completion of construction work
of the workshop.

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Commerce Minister tours Bago

Yangon, 15 Sept - Minister for Commerce Brig-Gen Pyi
Sone, inspected the site for construction of a
warehouse of Bago Division MAPT in Bago this morning
and gave necessary instructions.

Then, the minister met with the division manager,
assistant division managers from Bago, Nyaunglebin and
Toungoo, factory managers, township managers and
responsible officials of warehouses and purchasing
centers at the office of Bago Division MAPT and gave
instructions on purchasing, milling and storage of
crops

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Energy Minister inspects Nyaungdon oil and gas field

Yangon, 15 Sept - Minister for Energy Brig-Gen Lun
Thi, arrived at Nyaungdon oil and gas field in
Nyaungdon, this morning. Responsible officials
welcomed the minister, and Chief Engineer U Maung Ko
reported on work related to drilling of No 13
test-well. Managing Director U San Lwin of Myanma Oil
and Gas Enterprise reported on geological features of
the field, prospects and future tasks.

The minister attended to the needs. Then, the minister
presented gifts to staff and inspected the drilling
and trial production of No 13 test-well. It produces
7.01 cubic-feet of natural gas and 120 barrels of
condensate daily. The gas will be conveyed through
Nyaungdon-Yangon pipeline to power plants to generate
electricity for Yangon City.

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Minister for Information meets heads of department
under Ministry of Information

Yangon, 15 Sept - Minister for Information Brig-Gen
Kyaw Hsan met with the heads of department at the
meeting hall of Myanma Radio and Television on Pyay
Road here at 2.30 pm today.

First, the minister made a speech on the occasion. He
said that the Ministry of Information has been made up
of five departments and is carrying out greater duties
for the State. The ministry has been implementing the
State's policies, and carrying out tasks to inform, to
educate and to entertain the people nationwide, he
noted. The tasks of the ministry has been keeping in
touch not only with the national people but also with
the people of the world, international organizations
and non-government organizations.

Thus, the tasks and duties of the ministry are huge
and subtle, and they can not be carried out
individually and they are to be undertaken through
coordination to be accomplished in time or on time, he
stressed. To be able to carry out the huge and subtle
tasks successfully, all concerned are to exert
sustained efforts with a sense of duty and goodwill
based on their skills. In addition, the tasks are to
be undertaken based on political, economic,
organizational and administrative outlooks with
patience and selflessness, he said and urged officials
at different levels are to take leading roles and to
make earnest efforts in implementing the tasks. Then,
the deputy minister introduced the heads of department
to the minister and then explained tasks and duties of
the ministry.

Next, Head of Office U Soe Aung reported on work being
carried out by the office of the ministry and future
tasks. Afterwards, Director-General of MRTV U Khin
Maung Htay, Director (Admin) U Kyaw Zin Oo, on behalf
of the director-general of Information and Public
Relations Department, Managing Director of Printing
and Publishing Enterprise U Myint Thein, Managing
Director of News and Periodicals Enterprise U Tin Kha
and Managing Director of Myanma Motion Picture
Enterprise U Bo Kyi reported on functions of the
respective departments and enterprises. In response to
the reports, the minister gave necessary instructions
and the meeting ended at 5 pm.

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( 7 ) Myanmar special observer delegation attends 23rd
General Assembly of AIPO

Yangon, 15 Sept - Member of National Convention
Convening Commission Chairman of National Convention
Work Committee Chief Justice U Aung Toe, Secretary U
Aye Maung and Joint Secretary U Thaung Nyunt arrived
in Hanoi, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on 6
September to attend the 23rd General Assembly of the
ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization.

Leader of Myanmar special delegation U Aung Toe met
Leader of SRV delegation Mr Truong Quang Duoc. In the
evening the delegates discussed agenda of the General
Assembly. On 9 September, U Aung Toe called on
Chairman of the 23rd General Assembly of the AIPO
Chairman of SRV Parliament Mr Nguyen Van An and
presented the message of Chairman of the State Peace
and Development Council Senior General Than Shwe. At 9
am on that day the 23rd General Assembly of the AIPO
began. Leader of Myanmar delegation U Aung Toe
delivered a speech.

He said: In Myanmar, we are striving to develop our
country practicing market oriented economic system and
inviting foreign direct investment leading to progress
of science & technology and human resources
development. The Government of Myanmar, aware that
nation building cannot succeed unless peace and
tranquility prevails in the State, has accorded
priority to the establishment of peace and
tranquility. The Government is striving to establish a
modernization where all the national races live in
peace and harmony. While promoting national unity we
are laying firm foundation for a modern nation. The
country's basic infrastructure is being developed.

At present, the State has been implementing a
five-year short term economic plan from 2001-2002 to
2005-2006. We are confident that the plan will achieve
its objective. Myanmar, since becoming a member of
ASEAN in 1997, has been cooperating with other ASEAN
countries in many fields including economic, culture,
communications, environment, science and technology,
narcotic drugs and transnational crimes. At present,
the Government is striving not only to prevent and
eradicate narcotic drugs but is also cooperating with
local peoples, to overcome the root causes. The
Government has been focusing on regional development.
In order to improve the living standards of local
people, the Government has initiated livestock
breeding and crop substitute projects. It has also
nurtured national unity.

Today, the national races have come to realize the
goodwill of the State. As a result, the national races
are cooperating with the Government to implement the
15-year Narcotic Elimination Plan. The 15-year master
plan has five components namely: eradication of drug
production; demand reduction; enforcement;
mobilization of people's participation and
international cooperation. Myanmar as a responsible
member of the family of nations, will continue to
cooperate with neighbouring countries in the region
and international community at large to eliminate
narcotic drugs. At the same time, I wish to say that
international community's assistance and the
cooperation of friendly countries would certainly
augment the momentum of our efforts in eliminating
narcotic drugs. The inflow of chemicals, paraphernalia
used in drug production, expertise and the capital
investment are obstructing efforts of the Myanmar
people to eradicate narcotic drugs.

In order to meet the challenges, the Government has
promulgated the Control of Money Laundering Law and
the decrees concerning controlled precursor chemicals
that can be used in the production of narcotic drugs
and psycho-tropic substances, with a view to taking
legal action. The Government has also subscribed the
list of crimes relating to the afore-mentioned law,
such as crimes on narcotic and psychotropic
substances, illicit trafficking of women and children,
people smuggling terrorism and trans-national crimes.
In Myanmar society, women enjoy the same rights as men
and there is no discrimination. In the country's
history there have been many outstanding women in the
religious, economic, social and cultural fields.

The Myanmar National Working Committee for Women's
Affairs which was established in 1996 serves the
country as a national force unitizes women. The MNWCWA
is carrying out a Plan of Action for the development
of the role of Myanmar women. In Myanmar, illicit
trafficking of Myanmar women is protected not only
administratively and legally but also socially,
culturally and traditionally. Myanmar is also
cooperating with international community including the
UN system in many fields. Human Rights Special
Reporteur Professor Sergio Pinheiro was allowed into
the country and was taken to various parts of the
nation. Similarly, the ILO High Level Team led by
former Governor-General of Australia was able to
freely visit many areas without hindrance. In this
way, Myanmar was able to show the international
community that allegations of widespread human rights
abuses and instances of forced labour are without
foundation.

To conclude, I would like to reaffirm that we are
striving hand in hand with the entire people for the
emergence of a peaceful, modern and developed nation.
At the same time, Myanmar is taking an active role in
sub-regional, regional and international affairs. On
10 September, members of Myanmar delegation took part
in the discussions of political affairs committee,
economic affairs committee, social affairs committee,
management committee and women's affairs committee.

In the afternoon, U Aung Toe together with other
leaders of the delegations called on General Secretary
of Central Committee of SRV Communist Party Mr Nong
Duc Manh. In the evening, U Aung Toe together with
other leaders of the delegations paid a courtesy call
on President of SRV Mr Tran Duc Luong. On 11
September, the general assembly laid down the
resolutions on economic, social and women's affairs
and management. Members of Myanmar delegation met the
Chief Justice of Vietnam and the Attorney-General and
exchanged views on administration of justice.

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( 8 ) Commander inspects construction of Panhlaing
Bridge in Hlinethaya

Yangon, 15 Sept - Chairman of Yangon Division Peace
and Development Council Commander of Yangon Command
Maj-Gen Myint Swe, inspected progress in building of
Panhlaing River Bridge in Hlinethaya Township, Yangon
North District, yesterday morning. At 10.30 am, the
commander and party arrived at the construction site
of Panhlaing Bridge Project in Hlinethaya Township
where they were welcomed by officials. At the briefing
hall, Deputy Superintending Engineer U Khin Maung Lay
of the project reported on soil test, preliminary
engineering works, the construction site and
arrangements for linking Yangon, Hlinethaya and
Twantay.

The commander gave instructions on collecting of
construction materials and safety measures in
undertaking preliminary engineering works. Then, the
commander and party inspected the site chosen for
construction of Panhlaing Bridge and gave necessary
instructions to officials. The lower structure of
Panhlaing Bridge will be built of bole pile and
reinforced concrete. The 2020 feet long bridge will
have 660 feet long approach road on either sides and
700 feet long main bridge. The bridge will have the 28
feet wide motorway and three feet wide pedestrian
lanes on either sides. Clearance of the bridge will be
60 feet wide and 20 feet high. The bridge can
withstand 60-ton loads.

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( 9 ) Myanma Traditional Cultural Performing Arts
Competitions held in Taninthayi Division

Yangon, 15 Sept - The opening ceremony of the tenth
Myanmar Traditional Cultural Performing Arts
Competitions of Taninthayi Division was held at the
city hall in Dawei on 8 September.

Chairman of Taninthayi Division Peace and Development
Council Commander of Coastal Region Command Brig-Gen
Tha Aye formally opened the competitions and viewed
the matches. On 10 September evening, the commander
attended the prize presentation ceremony of the
competitions held at the city hall.

First, the commander accepted the cash donations of
1.25 million including K 500,000 donated by U Aik Yi
(Yadana Theingi Cold Storage Factory), K 200,000 by U
Kin Sein (Managing Director of Taninthayi Fisheries).
Then, the commander, his wife and officials presented
prizes to the winners in the competitions.

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( 10 ) MWJA holds "Knowledge Bank" paper reading
session

Yangon, 15 Sept _ "The Knowledge Bank" paper reading
session, organized by Myanmar Writers and Journalists
Association, was held at the MWJA hall of Sarpay
Beikman Building at the corner of Merchant Street and
37th Street at noon today.

U Myint Kywe (Maung Myint Kywe) acted as master of
ceremonies and Vice-Chairman U Tin Kha (Tekkatho Tin
Kha) made an opening speech. Next, U Myo Thant (Maung
Hsu Shin) made an introductory speech. Then, resource
person U Aung Than Tun (Monywa) presented the paper on
"Myanmar Culture, Social Life and Way of Thinking
highlighted by the Myanmar Code of Laws" and U Khin
Aye (Maung Khin Min-Danubyu) on "Myanmar Writings for
Everyday Use".

Afterwards, the questions of those present were
answered. Later, U Myo Thant (Maung Hsu Shin) spoke
words of thanks and the session ended.

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