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[myanmar_information] THE NEW LIGHT OF MYANMAR (Sunday January 5, 2003)



THE NEW LIGHT OF MYANMAR (Sunday January 5, 2003)
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1.  State Peace and Development Council Chairman 
    Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing 
    Kyaing host 55th Anniversary Independence Day 
    reception and banquet
2.  Prizes presented for Independence Day Essay, 
    Poem, TV Quiz & Computer Art Competitions
3.  There is freedom of worship, no discrimination on 
    religious grounds in Myanmar Secretary-1 addresses

    the ceremony to mark 125 years of Vasse Sallal 
    Goenka Family in Myanmar
4.  Over 10,000 attend 55th Anniversary Independence 
    Day Flag Hoisting and Saluting Ceremony at 
    People's Square
5.  Myanmar Industrial Port Container Terminal and 
    Inland Container Depot opens
6.  Secretary-1 attends coord meeting on cooperation 
    between Myanmar and Bangladesh
7.  Foreign Heads of State/Government 
    send felicitations to 
    Senior General Than Shwe
8.  Union of Myanmar, 
    State Peace and Development Council
    Notification No 1/2003
9.  Independence Day Exhibition continues
10. Lt-Gen Thura Shwe Mann meets departmental 
    officials in Putao, Machanbaw 
11. MOFA holds Independence Day funfair
12. Minister inspects Sitaung bridge
13. Society of Medical Rehabilitation 
    to visit Mawlamyine
14. Rural tube-wells and gravel road put into service
15. Minister receives cultural delegation of PRC

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1.  State Peace and Development Council Chairman 
    Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing 
    Kyaing host 55th Anniversary Independence Day 
    reception and banquet

Yangon, 4 Jan - Chairman of the State Peace and
Development Council of the Union of Myanmar Senior
General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing hosted
the 55th Anniversary Independence Day reception and
banquet at Pyithu Hluttaw on Pyay Road this evening. 

Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of
Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing
arrived at the venue of the 55th Anniversary
Independence Day reception and banquet at 6.30 pm.
Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing,
together with Vice-Chairman of the State Peace and
Development Council Vice-Senior General Maung Aye,
Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council
General Khin Nyunt, the Chairman of Yangon Division
Peace and Development Council and the Minister for
Foreign Affairs, cordially greeted the diplomats and
their wives, resident representatives of UN Agencies
and their wives led by Deputy Dean of Diplomatic Corps
Ambassador of Cambodia Mr Nim Chantara. 

Those present were entertained with the programme of
songs by vocalists to the accompaniment of Myanma
Athan Modern Music Troupe during the banquet.

 After the banquet, the guests were also entertained
with traditional dances by artistes of the Fine Arts
Department, the Ministry of Culture at the Thabin
hall.
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2.  Prizes presented for Independence Day Essay, 
    Poem, TV Quiz & Computer Art Competitions


Yangon, 4 Jan - The ceremony to present prizes to
winners in the 55th Anniversary Independence Day
Commemorative Essay, Poem, TV Quiz and Computer Art
Competitions was held at the Pyithu Hluttaw Building
on Pyay Road this evening, attended by Chairman of
Central Committee for Organizing the 55th Anniversary
Independence Day Secretary-1 of the State Peace and
Development Council General Khin Nyunt. 

Director-General U Saw Lwin of Higher Education
Department (Lower Myanmar) acted as master of
ceremonies. 

First, the Secretary-1 delivered an address. He said
that the students who won prizes in essay, poetry, TV
quiz and computer arts competitions created their work
and displayed their skills in depicting history on
struggle for the independence, value and essence of
the independence, definition of the independence and
requirement for safeguarding the independence with
full reference and historic facts, adding that it was
gratifying to honour those who are worthy of honour. 

The four national objectives of the 55th Anniversary
Independence Day all the national people to
collectively safeguard the national independence and
ensure perpetuation of sovereignty; all the national
people to collectively strive for the building of a
new modern and developed nation; all the national
people to be united to ensure non-disintegration of
the Union, non-disintegration of national solidarity;
and all the national people to strive for the
emergence of an enduring State Constitution have been
laid down. In reminiscence of the history of Myanmar,
anthropoid primate dated back to 40 million years has
been found in Myanmar soil. According to the history,
the civilization has flourished in Myanmar since time
immemorial with the city state of Pyu people. The
first Myanmar Kingdom of Bagan era, the second Myanmar
Kingdom of Taungoo era and the third Myanmar Kingdom
of Konbaung era had been established and Myanmar has
been in existence among nations of the world as a
united and independent country. 

After waging three aggressive wars on Myanmar, the
colonialists seized the country which lost its
independence in 1885. Under the servitude of the
colonialist, the entire national people who did not
want to be under the yoke of the colonialists were
awakened by the need to regain the independence. Due
to strong desire and unity of the people, Myanmar
regained its independence on 4 January 1948. The
already gained independence and sovereignty will have
to be safeguarded as long as the world exists and it
is a national duty bestowed by the history on the
entire national people to make all-out efforts to
ensure the emergence of a peaceful modern and
developed nation. 

At the Annual General Meeting of the Union Solidarity
and Development Association held on 18 November 2002,
USDA Patron Chairman of the State Peace and
Development Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence
Services Senior General Than Shwe noted that the
Government at present has been making relentless and
sustained efforts for the emergence of a new modern
and developed nation. In doing so, steps are being
taken for strengthening forces in agricultural,
industrial, transport and communication sectors
covering the entire nation after combining the natural
force, the human force and all the internal forces.
The service personnel and the people who had made
concerted and collective efforts for mobilizing those
forces whatever sectors they are in are to be
honoured. 

In line with the guidance of the Head of State, the
youths were to make strenuous efforts with their own
strength for emergence of a modern and developed
nation. At a time when a new century has arrived,
knowledge and technology have been keeping pace with
changes. The present era is Knowledge Age and efforts
need to be made to keep pace with changes of knowledge
and technology. National education promotion programme
is being implemented by the entire national people. In
implementing the School Enrollment Programme which is
the pre-requisite of human resources development for
four years in a row, the public participation and care
have been realized. There was an increase in the
number of primary school enrollment and the total
number of enrollment in the whole country in 2002 was
93.07 per cent. 

The enrollment in 55 townships where priority has been
given was 98.36 per cent owing to the participation of
the entire national people. Efforts are being made for
completion of primary, middle and high school
education phase by phase in implementation of the
national education promotion programmes. Over 2,400
post- primary schools were opened this year in order
to receive middle school education in basic education
sector for the children in rural areas. Altogether
9,999 basic education schools have been opened in the
whole country. There are three basic education schools
in every five wards or villages. It shows that there
are many learning opportunities. In higher education
sector, more universities and colleges were opened.
The government spent much money including foreign
exchange on promoting national education. Well-wishers
also participated in the education promotion tasks.
They have donated over K 7,000 million for
establishment of education fund, construction of basic
education schools, provision of modern teaching aids
and school enrollment activities of school-going age
children. 

In connection with art skill, the Secretary-1 said
Myanma Traditional Cultural Performing Arts
Competitions have been held yearly since 1993 with the
aim of propagation of Myanma fine arts. Primary school
children and university students actively participated
in the competitions and won prizes. He said he was
very pleased to see their amazing artistic skill and
power of younger generation youths for preservation of
Myanma culture. He said new generation youths have to
learn changing and developing knowledge and technology
and preserve national cultural heritage that existed
in the country for years, customs, morale and make
efforts to propagate national spirit. 

He spoke of the need for them to take care of the
fact. It is the twelfth time to hold Independence Day
commemorative essay and poem competitions of
university and college level, basic education high
level and basic education school middle level with the
aim of realizing definition and essence of
independence. TV quiz was 11 times and the computer
drawing competition seven times. 

Altogether 336,758 students 2,363 in university and
college level, 120,678 in basic education high level
and 213,528 in basic education middle level actively
took part in the competitions. 

The number of entrants as well as their qualities
improved yearly, he added. In conclusion, he urged the
winners, the entrants and the entire youths to
implement the tasks for emergence of a peaceful modern
developed nation in accord with Our Three Main
National Causes and Twelve Objectives, make efforts
for realization of national education promotion
programme, to safeguard patriotism, national
solidarity spirit and the Union Spirit as heritage of
ancestors and to strive for keeping the spirit of
safeguarding independence and sovereignty alive and
dynamic in accord with the Independence Day
objectives. Next, Chairman of the Sub-committee for
Organizing the Competitions Deputy Minister for
Education Brig-Gen Soe Win Maung reported on the
increase in the number of competitors more than
previous year and improvement of qualification in the
competition. 

The Sub-committee for Organizing the Competitions
systematically carried out tasks of the competitions
in line with the objectives of the 55th Anniversary
Independence Day. 

Then, the Secretary-1 presented first, second and
third prizes to sixth standard student Ma Shwe Shwe
Myint of Myitkyina BEHS No 3, seventh standard student
Maung Phyo Paing Thaw of South Okkalapa BEHS No 1 and
fifth standard student Ma Phyo Thinza Khin of Pathein
BEHS No 1 respectively in the basic education middle
school level essay competition; sixth standard student
Ma Nu Nu Maing of Myitkyina BEHS No 3, sixth standard
student Ma Hnin Yu Htwe of Pathein BEMS No 6 and sixth
standard student Ma Hayni Tin Kyaing of Lepaw BEHS No
3 in Yenangyaung respectively in the basic education
middle school level poem competition; prizes to first,
second and third winner sixth standard student Maung
Kaung Sithu of Dagon BEHS No 3, seventh standard
student Ma Shwe Yi Win of Mawlamyine BEHS No 8 and
seventh standard student Maung Paing Soe Thu of
Sittway BEHS No 2 in the middle school level computer
art competition respectively; eighth standard student
Maung Naung Naung Latt of South Okkalapa BEHS No 1,
ninth standard student Ma Poe Darly Mon of Pyay BEHS
No 3 and eighth standard student Ma Myat Theinga Htut
of Mawlamyine BEHS No 8 in the high school level essay
competition respectively; first, second and third
prizes to ninth standard student Maung Ye Ko Ko Aung
of Tamway BEHS No 1, ninth standard student Maung Min
Myat Naing of Mawlamyine BEHS No 6 and tenth standard
student Ma Kyi Su Han of Loikaw BEHS No 2 respectively
in the high school level poem competition; ninth
standard student Maung Ye Ko Ko Aung of Tamway BEHS No
1, ninth standard student Maung Aung Ko Htoo of
Sittway BEHS No 2 and ninth standard student Ma Nwe
Zar Hlaing of Pathein BEHS No 2 in the high school
level computer art competition respectively; and ninth
standard student Ma Hsu Wai Zaw of Pathien BEHS No 6,
eighth standard student Ma Khaing Lwin Mon of Hpa-an
BEHS No 2 and eighth standard student Ma Su Mya Win of
Latha BEHS No 2 in the high school level TV Quiz
respectively. 

The Secretary-1 then presented first, second and third
prizes to Cadet Thaik Tun Aung of DSA Second Year
(Computer Science), Second Year Myanmarsar (Hons)
student Ma Saw Einda Thet Maung of Bago Degree College
and Cadet Thein Min San of DSA Third Year (Maths) in
the University/College/Institute Level Essay
Competition respectively; Second Year Myanmarsar
(Hons) student Ma Saw Einda Thet Maung of Bago Degree
College, Cadet Arkar Hein Soe of DSA Second Year
(Computer Science) and Maung Saw Maung, Third Year of
University for Development of National Races (Sagaing)
respectively in the poem competition; Final year
student (Theatrical) Maung Tin Latt Yu of University
of Culture, Third year student (Senior) (Parasitology)
Maung Sithu Aung of University of Veterinary Science
and Third year (art) student Aik Naing Galai (a) Maung
Naing Lin of Nationalities Youth Resource Development
Degree College (Yangon) in TV Quiz respectively. On
behalf of all winners, fifth standard student Ma Phyo
Thinza Khin of Pathein BEHS-1 spoke words of thanks. 

After the ceremony, General Khin Nyunt posed for
documentary photo together with the prize-winning
students
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3.  There is freedom of worship, no discrimination on 
    religious grounds in Myanmar Secretary-1 addresses

    the ceremony to mark 125 years of Vasse Sallal 
    Goenka Family in Myanmar

Yangon, 4 Jan - Secretary-1 of the State Peace and
Development Council General Khin Nyunt delivered an
address at the ceremony to mark the 125 years of the
Vasse Sallal Goenka Family in Myanmar at Dhammajoti
Vipassana Yeiktha of International Dhammagiri
Vipassana Organization on Ngadatgyi Pagoda Road in
Bahan Township this afternoon. 

First, Maha Saddhamma-jotikadhaja SN Goenka recited
Namo Tassa three times. He then gave a lecture on the
milestones in his life and recounted his Buddhist
missionary experience. 

Next, the Secretary-1 spoke on the occasion. He said:
It is indeed a great honour and privilege for me to
address this auspicious occasion marking the 125 years
of Sayagyi SN Goenka's family in Myanmar. May I first
of all pay my humble respects to Sayagyi Goenka and to
extend a most cordial welcome to all the Sayagyi's
followers who are present here today. Today's assembly
is all the more significant since it coincides with
the 55th Anniversary Celebration of Myanmar's
independence. 

Myanmar is indeed blessed to have Sayagyi SN Goenka as
a worthy son of the country. Although Vipassana was
first introduced to Sayagyi in Myanmar in 1955, today
the various Vipassana centres opened by Sayagyi are
spreading the word of Dhamma all over the world. Under
your guidance, people from all walks of life in
countries near and far are practising Vipassana
meditation with the objective of achieving
purification of mind. Sayagyi's inspirational speech
at the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit in
August 2000 stressing the need for peace and harmony
in the world, for understanding among various faiths
in the world as well as peace within individuals was
met by resounding welcomed from the delegates. 

In appreciation of his contribution to the spread of
Dhamma, Sayagyi SN Goenka has been conferred with
titles and awards by various countries and
organizations. We in Myanmar are privileged to award
Sayagyi SN Goenka with the title Maha
Saddhammajotikadhaja. It is indeed a great pleasure to
welcome so many of your followers and disciples to our
country. You have rightly named our country as the
Land of Dhamma as it is evident to all that the
teachings of Buddhism prevail over the entire society.
Myanmar is a nation where people try to live in
accordance with the Four Modes of Sublime-living
(Brahma Vihara); that is to follow the path of Metta
(loving kindness); Karuna (Compassion); Mudita (
Sympathetic Joy) and Uppekha (Equanimity). 

Consequently, Myanmar is respected throughout the
world as a foremost nation in the preservation and
promotion of Theravada Buddhism. Today, under the
guidance of Samghas, with the support and assistance
of the Government and the deep-rooted devotion of the
people, Buddhism is flourishing throughout the
country. During the time of our Government, two State
Pariyatti Sasana Universities, one in Yangon and the
other in Mandalay, were opened to increase the number
of Samghas who are fully endowed with the
qualifications to carry out missionary work at home
and abroad. 

Moreover, the International Theravada Buddhist
Missionary University was established in 1998. Today,
it is serving as a permanent centre for higher
learning of Theravada Buddhism for monks, nuns and lay
persons not only from Myanmar but also from all over
the globe. Buddhism is the main religion of Myanmar
and nearly 90 per cent of the population are
Buddhists. As in the case of Buddhism, the Government
also provides due support and assistance to other
religions in the country like Christianity, Islam and
Hinduism. 

There is freedom of worship and no discrimination on
religious grounds. Indeed, Myanmar is one of the very
few countries in the world that observe national
holidays not only on Buddhist holy days but also for
Christian, Islam and Hindu faiths as well. It is
therefore only natural that the former UN High
Commissioner for Refugees Madame Sadako Ogata referred
to Myanmar as a model society for religious tolerance.


Allow me once again to reiterate how happy I am to be
able to pay respects to Sayagyi SN Goenka and to meet
with so many of his followers from different nations.
In conclusion, may I take this opportunities to
express my sincere best wishes:- For the continued
propagation of Buddha Sasana For the continued health
and well-being of Sayagyi SN Goenka: and For all of
you to be blessed with auspiciousness. 

Afterwards, the Secretary-1 had the documentary photo
taken together with Sayagyi Goenka and family. In the
morning, Sayagyi Goenka and family, members of the
board of trustees of Dhammajoti Vipassana Yeiktha and
disciples offered provisions and "soon" to Secretary
of State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Abhidhaja Maha
Rattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhammajotika
Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa and 125 members of
the Sangha. 
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4.  Over 10,000 attend 55th Anniversary Independence 
    Day Flag Hoisting and Saluting Ceremony at 
    People's Square 

Yangon, 4 Dec - The year 2003 55th Anniversary
Independence Day Yangon City State Flag Hoisting and
Saluting Ceremony was held at the People's Square on
Pyay Road this morning, attended by over 10,000
people. 

The ceremony was held in accord with the four national
objectives laid down for the occasion- For all the
national people to collectively defence and safeguard
the national independence and sovereignty for their
perpetuation; For all the national people to
collectively strive for the building of a new, modern
and developed nation; For all the national people to
be united to ensure non-disintegration of the Union
and non-disintegration of national solidarity; For all
the national people to strive for the emergence of an
enduring State Constitution. 

At 4:20 am, the Year 2003 55th Anniversary
Independence Day Flag Hoisting Ceremony was held. 

Then, the 55th Anniversary Independence Day State flag
saluting Ceremony was held at 7 am. The Guard of
Honour (Army, Navy and Air) Company marched from the
Pyithu Hlut-taw toward the People's Square and took
place. 

Chairman of Yangon Division State Peace and
Development Council Chairman of Sub-committee for
Organizing the Yangon City 55th Anniversary
Independence Day Flag Hoisting and Saluting Ceremony
Commander of Ynagon Command Maj-Gen Myint Swe arrived
there and took the salute of the Guard of Honour. 

As Guard of Honour saluted the State Flag, the State
Military Band played the national anthem. Then, the
Guard of Honour presented salute in memory of the
Fallen Leaders and Comrades and recited the Four
Oaths. 

Afterwards, Chairman of Sub-committee Commander of
Yangon Command Chairman of the Yangon Division Peace
and Development Council Maj-Gen Myint Swe read the
message of Chairman of the State Peace and Development
Council Senior General Than Shwe. 

The Guard of Honour then presented salute to the
Commander and left there. 
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5.  Myanmar Industrial Port Container Terminal and 
    Inland Container Depot opens 

Yangon, 4 Jan - The opening ceremony of Myanmar
Industrial Port Container Terminal and Inland
Container Depot of Myanma Annawa Swan-er-shin Group
(S) Co Ltd was held at the Myanma Industrial Port on
Strand Road in Ahlon Township this morning, attended
by Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development
Council General Khin Nyunt. 

Secretary-1 General Khin Nyunt formally unveiled the
stone plaque of the Container Terminal and Inland
Container Depot. Chairman of the Committee for
Ensuring Speedy and Regular Freight Handling and
Operating Full Capacity Minister at the State Peace
and Development Council Chairman's Office Lt-Gen Min
Thein, Minister for Transport Maj-Gen Hla Myint Swe,
Chairman of Myanmar Industrial Development Committee
Minister for Industry-1 U Aung Thaung and Chairman of
Myanma Annawa Swan-er-shin Group (S) Co Ltd U Ko Ko
Htoo formally opened the container terminal. 

The Secretary-1 and party and guests inspected freight
handling of MV Saipan Leader of Malaysia, the
container terminal and office. At the ceremony,
Minister Maj-Gen Hla Myint Swe delivered a speech. 

He said the Container Terminal and Inland Container
Depot was constructed by Myanma Annawa Swan-er-shin
Group (S) Co Ltd under the BOT system without foreign
assistance and investment. Myanmar Industrial Port
will handle mainly containers and undertake port
services of international level. Before 1988, only
State-owned Myanma Port Authority took care of port
services. After 1988, political, economic and social
objectives for emergence of a peaceful, modern
developed nation were laid down by the Head of State
with far-sightedness and they are being implemented. 

The Ministry of Transport made efforts for development
of port facilities under the correct guidance of the
Head of State. The ministry also permitted private
entrepreneurs to undertake port services in
cooperation with local and foreign investors in accord
with Myanmar Investment Law. The national
private-owned Myanmar Industrial Port has emerged in a
short time with the guidance and assistance of the
Head of State and it was implemented according to the
economic objectives calling for economic development
inviting participation in terms of technical know how
and investments from sources inside the country and
abroad and the initiative to shape the national
economy must be kept in the hands of the State and
national peoples. Myanma Port Authority handled 6,944
containers and 2.132 tons of general merchandise in
1990-1991 and 188,849 containers and 11.373 tons of
general merchandise in 2001-2002. The ministry will
cooperate with Myanmar Industrial Port for development
of port services. 

Chairman U Ko Ko Htoo reported on tasks of Myanmar
Industrial Port. 

Next, the Secretary-1 delivered a speech. He said
mercantile trade plays an important role in
development of State economy. Seaports and airports
are economic infrastructures of the State. The
magnificent Myanmar Industrial Port will contribute
much towards the State economy. It is heartening to
note that the port was constructed with own capital
and technology without foreign assistance. The
government will provide assistance to the national
entrepreneurs for progress of their enterprises, he
said. 

Chairman U Ko Ko Htoo presented gifts to the
Secretary-1. Next, Chairman U Ko Ko Htoo presented K 1
million for Institute of Marine Technology and K 1
million for Myanmar Maritime University to Rector of
MMU U Thein Tun. The container terminal with three
110-metre long and 12.2-metre wide approach bridges is
1,000 feet (310 metres) long and 56 feet (18 metres)
wide. 

The terminal can handle two container ships. The area
of container yard and the terminal is 102,385 square
metres and the area of container freight station is
6,140 square metres. About 3,260 containers can store
there in three piles. Altogether 8,120 containers can
be stored. Fifty two containers can be inspected
simultaneously at the inspection bay. The 15,000-ton
ships can berth at the port which was built in accord
with ISO standard. 

There are safety and fire prevention systems and a
clinic for crew and staff of the port, a library and
television sets. Myanma Annawa Swan-er-shin Group (S)
Co Ltd built two 450-ton bridge control double
propeller multipurpose land crafts named Maung
Myanmar-1 and Maung Myanmar-2 in six months without
spending foreign exchange. 
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6.  Secretary-1 attends coord meeting on cooperation 
    between Myanmar and Bangladesh 

Yangon, 4 Jan - The coordination meeting on mutually
beneficial cooperation between Myanmar and Bangladesh
was held at Zeyathiri Beikman on Konmyinttha here this
morning, with an address by Secretary-1 of the State
Peace and Development Council General Khin Nyunt. 

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary-1 General Khin
Nyunt said that Head of State Senior General Than Shwe
and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing paid a goodwill visit to
the People's Republic of Bangladesh recently, adding
the leaders of the two countries, during the visit,
discussed matters on further cementing the ties
between the two countries and boosting cooperation in
economic, trade, transport, cultural and other
sectors. He spoke of the need for the ministries
concerned to make continued efforts for successful
implementation for the tasks discussed by the leaders
of the two countries and officials of the ministries
are to present the respective measures to be taken
sector wise. 

Then, the ministers and officials reported the
respective measures to be taken sector wise. The
meeting ended with the concluding remarks by
Secretary-1 General Khin Nyunt.
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7.  Foreign Heads of State/Government 
    send felicitations to 
    Senior General Than Shwe

 Yangon, 4 Jan - The following are messages of
felicitations from foreign Heads of State and
Government sent to Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman
of the State Peace and Development Council and Prime
Minister of the Union of Myanmar, on the occasion of
the 55th Anniversary Independence Day of the Union of
Myanmar.

>From His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan:

On the occasion of the  Independence Day of the Union
of Myanmar I have great pleasure in sending Your
Excellency my hearty congratulations and sincere good
wishes for your happiness and for the prosperity of
the people of your country.

>From Mr Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan:

On this auspicious occasion of the 55th Anniversary of
the Independence of the Union of Myanmar, I wish to
extend to Your Excellency, on behalf of the Government
and people of Japan, my warmest congratulations and
best wishes for the peace and prosperity of your
country.

>From Mr SR Nathan, President of the Republic of
Singapore:

On behalf of the people and Government of Singapore,
allow me to extend my warmest congratulations and best
wishes to you and the people of Myanmar on this
auspicious occasion of the 55th Independence Day of
the Union of Myanmar.

The excellent ties which Singapore and Myanmar have
long enjoyed have been further strengthened over the
past year, through our close bilateral co-operation as
well as working together in ASEAN.  I sincerely hope
that our contries? friendly relations will continue to
expand and deepen in the coming years.

Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my
highest consideration.

>From Mr Goh Chok Tong, Prime Minister of the Republic
of Singapore:

On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I
extend to you and to the people of Myanmar our warmest
congratulations on the occasion of the fifty-fifth
Independence Day of the Union of Myanmar.

Our two countries enjoy close relations and
cooperation. Let us enhance them. With best wishes,

>From Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed, President of the
People?s Republic of Bangladesh:

I have great pleasure in conveying to Your Excellency
our heartiest felicitations and greetings on the
auspicious occasion of the Independence Day of the
Union of Myanmar. It is my firm belief that the
existing friendly relations between our two countries
will be further strengthened and consolidated in the
years to come to the mutual benefit of our two
peoples. 

Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your
good health and happiness as well as for the continued
peace, progress and prosperity of the people of the
Union of Myanmar.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my
highest consideration.

>From Ms Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister, Government of the
People?s Republic of Bangladesh:

On the occasion of the Independence Day of the Union
of Myanmar, I would like to convey on behalf of the
Government and the people of Bangladesh warmest
greetings and felicitations to you, and through you to
the friendly people of Myanmar. I am confident that
the friendship and cooperation that mark the relations
between our two countries will continue to grow in
strength and substance in the years ahead to the
mutual benefit of our two countries.

May I take this opportunity to convey my best wishes
for Your Excellency?s good health, happiness and long
life and for the continued peace and prosperity of the
people of the Union of Myanmar.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my
highest consideration.

>From Mr Moshe Katsav, President of the State of
Isreal:

As the Union of Myanmar celebrates the 55th
Anniversary of its independence, I wish to extend to
Your Excellency, on behalf of the people of Israel and
myself, our warmest congratulations and best wishes
for your personal wellbeing and for the continued
progress and prosperity of your country and people.

>From Mr Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab
Republic of Egypt:

On the auspicious occasion  of the 55th Anniversary of
the Independence Day of the Union of Myanmar, it is my
great pleasure to entend to Your Excellency my most
sincere and heartfelt congratulations as well as my
best wishes for your wellbeing and for progress and
prosperity of your friendly people.

>From Mr Vicente Fox Quesada, President of the United
Mexican States:

I have the great pleasure to address to Your
Excellency a warm salutation in occasion of the
celebration of the National Day of Myanmar.

I am firmly convinced that we will continue
strengthening the bilateral cooperation and the links
of friendship that our nations have build in both the
bilateral and multilateral levels.

I would like to express to Your Excellency the firm
will and determination of my Government to expand the
relationship between our two nations and I also avail
myself of this opportunity to renew to Your Excellency
the assurances of my highest consideration.

>From Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister, Royal Government
of Cambodia:

Excellency,

On the very happy occasion of the 55th Anniversary of
the Independence Day of the Union of Myanmar, on
behalf of the Royal Government and People of Cambodia,
I have the great pleasure to extend my warmest
congratulations to Your Excellency and best wishes of
happiness and prosperity to the people of the Union of
Myanmar.

I note with satisfaction that the traditional
relations of friendship and cooperation between our
two governments and peoples have been excellent. I am
convinced that these bilateral relations will be
further developed to serve the interests of our two
peoples as they also serve the interests of the ASEAN 
family.

May I take this opportunity to wish you the best of
health, happiness and success in your tasks.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my
highest consideration.

>From Pol Lt Col Thaksin Sinawatra, Prime Minister of
the Kingdom of Thailand:

I have the honour to extend to Your Excellency my
sincere congratulations and best wishes on the
occasion of the Independence Day of the Union of
Myanmar. I am delighted to note that the ties of
friendship and cooperation between Thailand and
Myanmar had been increasingly developed in every
aspect. I sincerely hope that within and along the
ASEAN framework, we will continue to work closely to
promote mutual understanding and more dynamic
cooperation for the benefits and prosperity of our
nations. Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of
my highest consideration.

>From Dr Peter Hollingworth, Acobe, Governor-General of
the Commonwealth of Australia:

On the occasion of the anniversary of your
Independence Day, I am pleased to convey to you, your
Government and the people of Myanmar, my
congratulations and those of the government and people
of Australia.

Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my
highest consideration.

>From Mr Tran Duc Luoung, President, the Socialist
Republic of Vietnam and Mr Phan Van Khai, Prime
Minister of the Government, the Socialist Republic of
Vietnam:

On the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the
Independence Day of the Union of Myanmar, on behalf of
the State, Government and people of the Socialist
Republic of Vietnam, we wish to convey to Your
Excellency, Government and the people of the Union of
Myanmar our warmest congratulations.

May the people of the Union of Myanmar record more
achievements in the cause of building a peaceful,
prosperous country and happy life.

We are very happy to realize that the traditional
relations of friendship and multi-faceted cooperation
between Vietnam and Myanmar in the past year have been
continuously developed to an encouraging step, thus
contributing to the consolidation of beautiful
relations happily existing between our two countries,
and for peace, stability, cooperation and development
in the region and the world.

Please accept, Your Excellency, our best wishes for
your good health, happiness and the assurances of our
highest consideration.

>From Mr Vojislav Kostunica, President of the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia:

On the occasion of the Independence Day of the Union
of Myanmar, I extend to you, on behalf of the people
of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and myself,
cordial felicitations and best wishes for further
prosperity of your friendly country.

I avail myself of this opportunity to express my
conviction that the traditionally good relations
between our two friendly countries will continue to
develop, to the benefit of our peoples and with a view
to strengthening peace and stability in the world.

>From Mr Dragisa Pesic, President of the Federal
Government of Yugoslavia:

I extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes to
you on the occasion of the Independence Day of your
country.

I take this opportunity to express my belief that the
friendly relations and cooperation between our two
countries will continue to be promoted for the benefit
of our peoples.

>From Mr Vladimir V Putin, President of the Russian
Federation:

Please accept my sincere congratulations on the
occasion of the 55th Independence Day of the Union of
Myanmar.

I hope that the relations of friendship and
cooperation between our countries and peoples will
further develop in the interests of stability and
security in the Asia-Pacific region.

May I wish good health and every success to you
personally, and peace and prosperity to the people of
Myanmar.

>From Mr Ferenc Madl, President of the Republic of
Hungary:

On behalf of the Republic of Hungary and that of my
own, I extend my congratulations and best wishes to
the people of Myanmar on the occasion of the National
Day of the Union of Myanmar.

(To be continued)
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8.  Union of Myanmar, 
    State Peace and Development Council
    Notification No 1/2003

2nd Waxing of Pyatho 1364

(4 January 2003)

(continued from yesterday)

24.   Bhaddanta Sobhita, Kaingkon Pali Tekkatho
Kyaungtaik, Ward 5, Kayan, Yangon Division

25.   Bhaddanta Ñanissara, Maha Thuwunna Kyaunttaik,
Thuwunna, Thingangyun, Yangon Division

26.   Bhaddanta Pavarbhivamsa, International Theravada
Buddhist Missionary University, Mayangon, Yangon
Division

27.   Bhaddanta Adiççavamsa, International Theravada
Buddhist Missionary University, Mayangon, Yangon
Division

28.   Bhaddanta Çadavarabhivamsa, International
Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, Mayangon,
Yangon Division

29.   Bhaddanta Mamaka, Dagon Pariyatti Sarthintaik,
East Ward of Pyay Road, Dagon, Yangon Division

30.   Bhaddanta Vimala, Wimalayama Nathnyun
Kyaungtaik, Myoma Ward, Bagan, Yangon Division

31.   Bhaddanta Suçittabhivamsa, Alodawpyay
Kyaungtaik, Tamwaylay Ward, Tamway, Yangon Division

32.   Bhaddanta Viçitta, Yanaungmyin Kyaungtaik, Ward
1, Lashio, Shan State (North)

33.   Bhaddanta Nandavamsa, Pyilonpaw Phayagyi
Pariyatti Sarthintaik, Aungsan Ward, Kyonpyaw,
Ayeyawady Division

34.   Bhaddanta Sumana, Setyon Kyaungtaik, Kyonmange,
Wakema, Ayeyawady Division

35.   Bhaddanta Vilasa, Maha Bawdi Kyaungtaik, Ward
10, Maubin, Ayeyawady Division

36.   Bhaddanta Kavinda, Abbot Training School,
Pathein, Ayeyawady Division

Nuns

37.   Nun Daw Rupasingi, Yadana Manaung Nunnery,
Kayatpyin Ward, Dawei, Taninthayi Division

38.   Nun Daw Hemari, Kyondaunt Wipassana Nunnery,
Pangyankon Ward, Bago Division (East)

 

Maha Ganthavaçaka Pandita Title

1.     Bhaddanta Kesava, Thiri Mingala KanU
Kyaungtaik, Mingon Ward, Bhamo, Kachin State

2.     Bhaddanta Vijjananda, Abbot Training School,
Ward 9, Hpa-an, Kayin State

3.     Bhaddanta Tejothara, Myoma Missionary
Kyaungtaik, Pyidawtha Ward, Haka, Chin State

4.     Bhaddanta Sirinda, Mingala Oo-yin Kyaungtaik,
Nyaungbintha Ward, Kale, Sagaing Division

5.     Bhaddanta Kumarasiri, Zaunggyanbin Pariyatti
Sarthintiak, Ayethaya Ward, Monywa, Sagaing Division

6.     Bhaddanta Avudha, Kyunhsinmin Shwezigon Kyaung,
Letpantaung Village, Hsalingyi, Sagaing Division

7.     Bhaddanta Kosalla, Zeyawady Kyaungtaik,
Peinnetaw Ward, Dawei, Taninthayi Division

8.     Bhaddanta Kavisaralankara, Phaya Ngahsu
Kyaungtaik, Kanphya Ward, Myeik, Taninthayi Division

9.     Bhaddanta Kovida, Mingala KandawU Kyaungtaik,
Thakkala Village, Kawa, Bago Division (East)

10.   Bhaddanta Tejothara, Shwehsandaw
Mayankyaungtaik, Ward 13, Toungoo, Bago Division
(East)

11.   Bhaddanta Neminda, Yadana Manaung Kyaungtaik,
Pyay, Bago Division (West)

12.   Bhaddanta Sumangala, Zawtikayon Pali Tekkatho
Kyaungtaik, Pyay, Bago Division (West)

13.   Bhaddanta Kesara, Sasana Dagun Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Sale, Chauk, Magway Division

14.   Bhaddanta Vepulla, Phayagyi North Kyaungtaik,
Myaukkon Ward, Gangaw, Magway Division

15.   Bhaddanta Nayaka, Maha Wizayayama Kyaungtaik,
Pakokku, Magway Division

16.   Bhaddanta Vediya, Sasana Vipullayama (Mandalay)
Kyaungtaik, Myitkaing Ward, Pakokku, Magway Division

17.   Bhaddanta Tejalankara, Withuddhayon Missionary
Kyaung, Zeyawady Ward, Aunglan, Magway Division

18.   Bhaddanta Sikkhataçara, Sasana Mulikayama
Kyaungthit Kyaungtaik, Ward 3, Taungtha, Mandalay
Division

19.   Bhaddanta Jotika, South Htilin Taik, Kyunlon
Okshaung Ward, Chanmyathazi, Mandalay Division

20.   Bhaddanta Maghida, Hanthawady Sarthintaik, Ward
2, Myingyan, Mandalay Division

21.   Bhaddanta Narindavara, State Pariyatti Sasana
University (Mandalay), Dawnabwa Ward, Aungmyethazan,
Mandalay Division

22.   Bhaddanta Buddhappiya, Manikayon Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Ward 2, Kyaukse, Mandalay Division

23.   Bhaddanta Rajindabhivamsa, Padetha Shwekyaung,
Myataung Taik, West Yadanabonmi Ward, Mahaaungmye,
Mandalay Division

24.   Bhaddanta Khemananda, Zayamedani Waso Kyaung,
Maha Withokdayon Taikthit, Mahaaungmye, Mandalay
Division

25.   Bhaddanta Khemindaçara, Maha Withokdayama
pariyatti Sarthintaik, Hsukon Ward, Kyaukse, Mandalay
Division

26.   Bhaddanta Açinna, Myole Shwesigon Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Ward 8, PyinOoLwin, Mandalay Division

27.   Bhaddanta Ariya, Eindriyayama Shwegu Kyaungtaik,
Ahneiktaw Ward, Aungmyethazan, Mandalay Division

28.   Bhaddanta Ñaninda, State Pariyatti Sasana
University (Mandalay), Dawnabwa Ward, Aungmyethazan,
Mandalay Division

29.   Bhaddanta Koliya, Maha Thukhitayon Kyaungtaik,
Zekyo Khetkhin Ward, Mawlamyine, Mon State

30.   Bhaddanta Ottara, Thatipathan Kyaungtaik, Ywalut
Village, Chaungzon, Mon State

31.   Bhaddanta Ottara, Maha Wihara Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Tarana Village, Kyaikmaraw, Mon State

32.   Bhaddanta Sumanasiri, Wakyaungtaik, Gangaw Ward,
Kyaikto, Mon State

33.   Bhaddanta Panñasara, Shwenantha Kyaung, Ayashi
Ward, Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State

34.   Bhaddanta Rajinda, Saddhammagaru Pathein Kyaung,
Kondan Ward, Sittway, Rakhine State

35.   Bhaddanta Ñanavamsa, Ledi Taungpaw Kyaungtaik,
Kyeintali Village, Gwa, Rakhine State

36.   Bhaddanta Panditabhivamsa, Tezayama Kyaungtaik,
Bawdikon Ward, Taikkyi, Yangon Division

37.   Bhaddanta Kusala, State Pariyatti Sasana
University, Mayangon, Yangon Division

38.   Bhaddanta Sagarañana, State Pariyatti Sasana
University, Mayangon, Yangon Division

39.   Bhaddanta Panditabhivamsa, State Pariyatti
Ssasana University, Mayangon, Yangon Division

40.   Bhaddanta Vilasa, Kyaukkontawya Medini
Kyaungtaik, Ward 14, Yankin, Yangon Division

41.   Bhaddanta Aggasami, Tipitaka Linkara Kyaungtaik,
South Ward 10, Thallawady Road, Thakayta, Yangon
Division

42.   Bhaddanta Ñanavarabhivamsa, Datmee Kyaungtaik,
Ye Yeiktha Ward, Seikkan, Yangon Division

43.   Bhaddanta Vayamasara, Pobbawideha Hall, Kaba Aye
Hill, Mayangon, Yangon Division

44.   Bhaddanta Viroçana, Maha Thukhayama pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Ward 5, Mayangon, Yangon Division

45.   Bhaddanta Kavidhaja, Tipitaka Maha Gandayon
Kyaungtaik, Ward 9, Mayangon, Yangon Division

46.   Bhaddanta Vijaya, Weluwun Kyaungtaik,
Kyaunggyisu Ward, Taunggyi, Shan State (South)

47.   Bhaddanta Pamokkha, Abbot Training School, Ward
8, Lashio, Shan State (North)

48.   Bhaddanta Vilasa, Atwin Padamya Kyaungtaik,
Hinthadsa, Ayeyawady Division

Nuns

49.   Nun Daw Punñkami, Mya Yadana Kyaungtaik,
Miga-dawongyaung, Htonbo Ward, Sagaing, Sagaing
Division

50.  Nun Daw Silavati, Maha Aungmye Kyaungtaik, Ward
6, Shwebo, Sagaing Division

51.   Nun Daw Çandari, Taybatikayama Kyaungtaik,
Hanthawady Ward, Bago, Bago Division

52.   Nun Daw Rupasingi, Myawady Nunnery, Chanmyathaya
Ward, Pyigyidagun, Mandalay Division

53.   Nun Daw Theri, Sasanadawdaya Kyaungtaik,
Pyigyimyethman Ward, Chanayethazan, Mandalay Division

54.   Nun Daw Nandamala, Çandayama Nunnery, Leik-in
Ward, Thaton, Mon State

55.   Nun Daw Sukhavati, Thameikdawdaya Thukhatayama
Kyaungtaik, Sangyoung, Yangon Division

56.   Nun Daw Kesari, Sasana Myinzuri Nunnery, Ward
11, North Okkalapa, Yagon Division

 

Ganthavaçaka Pandita Title

1.     Bhaddanta Visuddhaçara, Myoma Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Hlaingbwe, Kayin State

2.     Bhaddanta Vinaya, Yanaung Mingala Kyaung,
Koetaungboh Village, Kanbalu, Sagaing Division

3.     Bhaddanta Açaralankara, Shwehintha Taikthit
Kyaungtaik, Thawtapan Ward, Sagaing Division

4.     Bhaddanta Pandita, Sasana Mandaing Pali
Tekkatho Kyaungtaik, Pangyangon Ward, Bago, Bago
Division (East)

5.     Bhaddanta Tikkhañana, Bawdi Yeiuktha
Kyaungtaik, Gyobingauk, Bago Division (West)

6.     Bhaddanta Punña, Myithsongyi Sarthintaik, Kume,
Myittha, Mandalay Division

7.     Bhaddanta Kelasa, Manitarama Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Dagundaing, Pyigyitagun, Mandalay
Division

8.     Bhaddanta Ñanavarasami, Taungsun Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Asin Village, Ye, Mon State

9.     Bhaddanta Panñasami, Nandawun Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Kyaikkaw, Theinseik, Thaton, Mon State

10.   Bhaddanta Vilasa, Athawkayama Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Hsinkan Ward, Kyauktan, Yangon Division

11.   Bhaddanta Indakasarabhivamsa, Alekyaung
Pariyatti Sarthintaik, Kamakahsit Ward, Dalla, Yangon
Division

12.   Bhaddanta Vilasa, Saddhamma Zawtikayon
Kyaungtaik, Hainggyikyun, Ngapudaw, Ayeyawady Division

13.   Bhaddanta Panñadhika, Maunghtaung Kyaungtaik,
Ward 2, Pathein, Ayeyawady Division

Nun

14.   Nun Daw Vimalañani, Sasanawdaya (Pyay), Nunnery,
Ward 3, Mayangon, Yangon Division

Agga Maha Kamathanaçariya Title

1.     Bhaddanta Kodanña, KanU Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha
Kyaungtaik, Hlawga Village, Pale, Sagaing Division

2.     Bhaddanta Sirinda, Zeyathiri Athawka Meditation
Centre, Bogon Ward 18, Bago, Bago Division (East)

3.     Bhaddanta Inddhika, Satubonmika Maggin Yeiktha,
Maha Thatipathan Kyaungtaik, Thazi Ward, Nattalin,
Bago Division (West)

4.     Bhaddanta Sumana, West Gyowun Kyaungtaik,
Gyowungyi Ward, Salin, Magway Division

5.     Bhaddanta Jotika, Mogok Vipassana Mingala
Maggin Yeiktha Kyaung, Ohdaw Ward, Amarapura, Mandalay
Division

6.     Bhaddanta Jagara, Thabyetaung Kyaungtaik,
Ywatauk Ward, Pyinmana, Mandalay Division

7.     Bhaddanta Sobhana, Thuwunnabumi Zetawun
Meditation Centre, Wegyi Village, Tetkon, Mandalay
Division

8.     Bhaddanta Nandiya, Sunlungu Meditation Centre, 
16/2 Ward, Thingangyun, Yangon Division

9.     Bhaddanta Indaka, Nyaungganaye Sasana Yeiktha,
Esat Gyogon Ward, Insein, Yangon Division

10.   Bhaddanta Kosalla, Thitsawadi Meditation Centre,
Aungsan Ward, Insein, Yangon Division

11.   Bhaddanta Panñindabhivamsa, Laymyethna Mahasi
Sasana Yeiktha, Ward 2, Myanaung, Ayeyawady Division

 

Maha Kamathanaçariya Title

1.     Bhaddanta Aggavamsa, Sasanawdaya Tawya Kyaung,
Hante Ward, Bhamo, Kachin State

2.     Bhaddanta Sujata, State Meditation Kyaungtaik,
Yadanadipa Ward 9, Hpa-an, Kayin State

3.     Bhaddanta Indasiri, Gandayon Kyaungtaik, Ward
5, Shwebo, Sagaing Division

4.     Bhaddanta Sumangala, Tawkaman Kyaung Sasana
Yeiktha, Minhla, Bago Division (West)

5.     Bhaddanta Açara, Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha Kyaung,
Aungsan Ward, Natmauk, Magway Division

6.     Bhaddanta Indavamsa, Mani Yadanayon Mahasi
Yeiktha Kyaungtaik, Wegyiku Village, Einme, Ayeyawady
Division

 

Kamathanaçariya Title

1.     Bhaddanta Devinda, Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha
Kyaungtaik, Kaungton Ward, Hopang, Shan State (North)

2.     Bhaddanta Viroçana, NgwetaungU Meditation
Kyaungtaik, Ponthon Ward, Tachilek, Shan State (East)

3.     Bhaddanta Panñajina, Namunasan Kyaungtaik, Inye
Village, Kyonpyaw, Ayeyawady Division

 

Abhidaja Maha Saddhammajotikadhaja Title

1.     Bhaddanta Adiçça, Mahayin Pariyatti
Sarthinkyaungtaik, Katoe Village, Mawlamyine, Mon
State

2.     Bhaddanta Vunnitabhivamsa, Maha Withokdayon
Taikthit, East Daewun, Mahaaungmye, Mandalay Division

3.     Bhaddanta Indriyasabha, Mahitayon Kyaungtaik,
Kanaungsu Ward, Hinthada, Ayeyawady Division

 

Agga Maha Saddhammajotikadhaja Title

1.     Bhaddanta Sobhana, Theravada Buddhist
Missionary Kyaung, Myoma Ward, Demosow, Kayah State

2.     Bhaddanta Çandobhasa, Hmankyaung Kyaungtaik,
North Kampareik Village, kawkareik, Kayin State

3.     Bhaddanta Amitavara, Amitayama Ye Kyaungtaik,
Ward 2, Hpa-an, Kayin State

4.     Bhaddanta Pandita, Thamaseikta Kyaungtaik,
Kawgun Village, Hpa-an, Kayin State

5.     Bhaddanta Visuddha, Bontha Kyaungtaik, Konywa
Village, Konywa Village-trcat, Yinmabin, Sagaing
Division

6.     Bhaddanta Pandiçça, Kanni Kyaunggyi Pariyatti
Sarthintaik, Kanni Village, Htigyaing, Katha District,
Sagaing Division

7.     Bhaddanta Ariyavamsa, Dhammawady Kyaung, Ywasi
Ywatha Village, Kele, Kele District, Sagaing Division

8.     Bhaddanta Sobhita, Maha Zeyon Thein Kyaung,
Yadanamanaung Kyaungtaik, Taungpulu Village,
Hsalingyi, Sagaing Division

9.     Bhaddanta Tiloka, Kandaw Pariyatti Sarthintaik,
Mingin, Kale District, Sagaing Division

10.   Bhaddanta Dhammaçara, Wezayanta Beikman
Kyaungtaik, Chanayethaya Ward, Kelewa, Sagaing
Division

11.   Bhaddanta Dhammasami, Wabyaw Kyaung, Wabyaw
Village, Launglon, taninthayi Division

12.   Bhaddanta Çandasiri, Weyanbonsan Kyaungtaik,
Thayagon Village, Launglon, Taninthayi Division

13.   Bhaddanta Nandamala, Kyaikme Pariyatti
Kyaungtaik, Kyaikme Village, Thanatpin, Bago Division
(East)

14.   Bhaddanta Teja, Thiri Mingala Mingalun
Kyaungtaik, Mingalun Village, DeikU, Bago Division
(East)

15.   Bhaddanta Kosalla, Athawkayon Kyaungtaik,
Sartaik Village, Kyaukdaga, Bago Division (East)

16.   Bhaddanta Kodanña, Kamapa Kangyi Kyaungtaik,
Minywa Village, Thanatpin, Bago Division(East)

(To be continued)
 
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9.  Independence Day Exhibition continues 

Yangon, 4 Jan - Under the objectives of the 55th
Anniversary Independence Day - all the national people
to collectively safeguard the national independence
and ensure perpetuation of sovereignty; all the
national people to collectively strive for the
building of a new, modern and developed nation; all
the national people to be united to ensure
non-disintegration of the Union and non disintegration
of national solidarity; and all the national people to
strive for emergence of an enduring the State
Constitution, the 55th Anniversary Independence Day
Exhibition continued for the second day at Tatmadaw
Convention Hall on U Wisara Road in Dagon Township
here today. 

The exhibition was swarming with teachers, students
and people totalling over 800. The exhibition has been
put on Internet and the website address is http: //
Independenceday show. bagan.net.mm. 

It will continue up to 11 January from 9 am to 5 pm
daily. Admission is free. 
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10.  Lt-Gen Thura Shwe Mann meets departmental 
     officials in Putao, Machanbaw  

Yangon, 4 Jan - Member of the State Peace and
Development Council Lt-Gen Thura Shwe Mann, left
Myitkyina by Tatmadaw aircraft on 3 January morning
and arrived in Putao at 11.30 am. 

At the city hall in Putao, Lt-Gen Thura Shwe Mann and
party met with local authorities, departmental
officials, USDA members, social organizations and
local people. He gave a speech on the occasion. 

Then, Lt-Gen Thura Shwe Mann and party proceeded to
Guba Guest House in Machanbaw where they were welcomed
by township level departmental officials and
townselders. 

At the guest house, Lt-Gen Thura Shwe Mann met with
Tactical Operations Commander Col Khaing Soe and
departmental officials. He gave instructions on
regional development and fulfilled the requirements.
During his inspection tours of Putao and Machanbaw,
Lt-Gen Thura Shwe Mann inspected regional development
tasks and fulfilled the requirements. 

Lt-Gen Thura Shwe Mann and party arrived in Mogaung
and met with officers and other ranks and family
members of Mogaung Station on 1 January, of Myitkyina
Station on 2 January and of Putao Station on 3
January. 
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11. MOFA holds Independence Day funfair

Yangon, 4 Jan - The Independence Day-2003 funfair of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held in
conjunction with the ceremony to present prizes to
outstanding staff members of the ministry at
Wunzinminyaza Hall of the ministry this morning.
Minister for Foreign Affairs U Win Aung attended the
ceremony and presented prizes to outstanding staff
members. Then, the minister, the deputy minister and
the directors-general presented prizes to outstanding
staff. Afterwards, the minister formally opened the
funfair. 
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12. Minister inspects Sitaung bridge  

Yangon, 4 Jan - Minister for Rail Transportation U Pan
Aung inspected Sittaung bridge permitted to be used by
extra load traffic beginning from 1 January yesterday
morning. The minister look into maintenance works and
the inspection of traffic convenience between the
second arch and fifth arch of the bridge with use of
video camera. About 200 heavy traffic pass the
2320-foot long tail-cum-motor bridge daily. 
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13. Society of Medical Rehabilitation 
    to visit Mawlamyine

Yangon, 4 Jan - Society of Medical Rehabilitation
under Myanmar Medical Association comprising the
medical rehabilitation specialists, the rehabilitation
nurses, the physiotherapists and the orthodox and
prosthetic technicians will be visiting Mawlamyine,
Mon State on 10 January 2003. There will be
consultation and medical treatment for patients with
back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, arthritis,
amputees, hemiplegia and paraplegia. There will also
be a lecture on shoulder pain problems and management
to be given by Professor Dr Then Toe, Professor and
Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department, Yangon General Hospital from 9 to 12 am on
the same day at the Out-Patient Department, Mawlamyine
Civil Hospital, Mon State.
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14. Rural tube-wells and gravel road put into service

As a gesture of hailing the 55th Anniversary
Independence Day, a ceremony to inaugurate the
tube-well of Ayekyigon Village in Kannauk
Village-tract, TadaU Township, Mandalay Division, was
held at the village on 2  January morning.

It was attended by Deputy Minister for Progress of
Border Areas and National Races and Development
Affairs Brig-Gen Than Tun, the chairman of TadaU
Township Peace and Development Council and members,
members of the Union Solidarity and Development
Association and local people totalling 700.

The chairman of the Township Peace and Development
Council and Executive officer U Aung Shwe of the
Township Development Affairs Committee formally opened
the tube-well.  Then, The deputy minister and guests
viewed round the tube-well.

 Similarly, a ceremony to open a gravel road was held
in Myittha, Mandalay, the same day. The executive
officer of the Township Development Affairs Committee
explained facts about the road. Then, the executive
officer and Executive U Hla Win of Township USDA
formally opened the road. 

A ceremony to inaugurate the tube-well in Kinsein
Zayanauk Village in the township was also held at the
village in the township.

The executive officer and the executive of Township
USDA formally opened the tube-well. The deputy 
minister attended the opening ceremonies held in the
township.

 Myaing Township gets new law court

A ceremony to open a law court took place in Myaing
Township, Magway Division on 19 December. 

After the speech of the vice attorney-general, Deputy
Director-General U Han Shein of the Attorney-General?s
Office (Mandalay) and U Maung Maung Hla formally
opened the building. 

It was also reported that the vice attorney-general
inspected the new law court and the staff quarter.

 Hand-pump inaugurated in Madot model village

In a bid to ensure the  rural development and water
sufficiency, Thayawady Township Development Affairs
Committee inaugurated a hand-pump in Madot model
village at 9 am on 1 January as a gesture of hailing
the 55th Anniversary of the Independence Day. 

Chairman of Thayawady Township Peace and Development
Council U Hla Aung spoke on the occasion. Then,
executive officer of the township development affairs
committee U Hla Myint and chairman of the village U
Kyaw Win formally inaugurated the hand-pump.
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15. Minister receives cultural delegation of PRC


Yangon, 4 Jan - Minister for Culture Maj-Gen Kyi Aung
received a two-member delegation led by Deputy
Director-General Mr Li Xin of the Foreign Relations
Bureau of the Ministry of Culture, the People's
Republic of China, arriving here under the cultural
cooperation and exchange programme between the two
countries at the National Theatre in Dagon Township
this afternoon. 

Then, the ceremony to hand over seven musical
instruments donated to Myanmar by PRC was held. 

Deputy Director-General Mr Lin Xin explained the
purpose of donation and handed over seven musical
instruments to Director-General U Kyaw Win of the Fine
Arts Department. Director-General U Kyaw Win then
thanked the delegation. Afterwards, the minister and
the deputy minister presented gifts for the Ministry
of Culture of PRC to Mr Li Xin. After the ceremony,
artistes of the Fine Arts Department played the pianos
and the violins donated by PRC to the delegation. 

Seven musical instruments donated by PRC are four
pianos, four double basses, four violins, one flute,
one trumpet, one French horn and one trombone. 
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