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INFORMATION  SHEET No.A. 0409 (I) May.1 1998

(1)		Myanmar Youths to Take Part More in International, ASEAN 
		Competitions . Eight Prize Winners Show Myanmar Youth?s Talent 			Equal to
that of ASEAN Counterparts
		Prize winners in ASEAN 30th Founding Anniversary commemorative essay, poster
and photo contests were honoured at Yangon University Diamond Jubilee Hall on
30 April. The contests were sponsored by ASEAN Secretary-General?s Office in
Jakarta in cooperation with Secretariats of member nations. The title of essay
contest was ?My Vision of ASEAN in the year 2020?, colour poster contest ?A
United and Cohesive ASEAN? and colour photo contest ?Towards a Dynamic
Progressive, Cohesive ASEAN?. University students of ASEAN nations competed in
the essay contest, students of ASEAN nations aged 13 to 17 in colour poster
contest and citizens of ASEAN nations in photo contest. Two-hundred-twenty-one
contestants of nine ASEAN nations took part in essay contest, 512 in poster
contest and 873 in photo contest. 
		Myanmar student Maung Aung Gyi of Final Part I, Institute of Medicine-1
(Yangon), won first prize in essay contest, a Singaporean second and a
Filipino third. In poster contest, a participant from the Philippines was
first Maung Aye Maung Maung , a tenth standard student of Basic High School 1,
Kyauktan Township, Myanmar, second a contestant of Malaysia third and Myanmar
Maung Nyein Chan Aung of BEHS 1, Kyauktan, Maung Shu Maung of BEHS 3, Tamway
Township, Maung Zaw Min Thein of BEHS 1, Bahan Township, Maung Chit Ko Ko of
BEHS 1, Thingangyun Township, and Ma Aye Myat Mon of BEHS 1, Dagon Township,
also won special prizes.
		There was no first prize winner in Photo contest. An Indonesian won second
prize in the contest, A Malaysian third and Myanmar Nyaung Than Htay special
Prize. Their prizewinning works will be display at ? Myanmar and the ASEAN?
Exhibition on the second floor of Yangon University Diamond Jubilee Hall for a
week beginning 30 April.  

(2)		Ks. 54.4 million Donated for Development of Myanmar Women?s 
		Development Association (Wingaba)
		The third cash donation ceremony for the development of Myanmar Women?s
Development Association was held at the Association on Wingaba street in Bahan
Township on 30 April. Assistance  is being provided to meet the food, clothing
and shelter needs as well as for long term existence of the Myanmar Women?s
Development Association which is over 50 years old.

(3)		Myanmar Women?s Mirror
		New publication entitled Myanmar Women?s Mirror featuring articles
contributed by women writers on social activities and on Myanmar women will be
published before the second conference of Myanmar Writers and Journalists
Association. A meeting was held on 30 April at MWJA for publishing the book in
Myanmar and English by the women?s section of the association.

(4)		Benefit Sharing Agreement on Purchasing Tin and Tungsten Signed
		A Benefit Sharing Agreement on purchasing Tin and Tungsten was signed by
Taninthayi Division Mineral Production and Trading Co Ltd and No.(2) Mining

(5)		PRC-aided Tractors for Paddy Cultivation  
		Official of Agricultural Mechanization Department are making arrangements to
transport Chinese-aided tractors and parts worth 10 million yuan to monsoon
paddy cultivation areas in States and Divisions. Purchased from China Tianjing
International Economic and Technical Cooperation Corporation with assistance
provided by People?s Republic of China, the gifts including 85 units of 80 hp
tractors and parts have been checked by experts of PRC and AMD for systematic
assembling. The machines were conveyed from Yangon port to AMD ware houses in
Kyaikkaloh on 29 April.

(A)		Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council Lt Gen Khin Nyunt
received good-will delegation led by Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Asang
Laoly of Laos at Dagon Yeiktha of the Ministry of Defence.
(B)		Minister for Commerce received Yangon Branch General Manager Mr Nagai and
party of Mitsui & Co Ltd of Japan at his office. They discussed economic and
investment sectors.
(C)		Minister for Industry (1) received Managing Director Mr Sudhun
Choonprechan and party of Siam Cement Myanmar Trading Ltd of Thailand at his

More Fabrications
		The anti-Myanmar Government factions have already decided to raise the tempo
of this Smear Campaign to new heights and are acting in an coordinated fashion
from within the country and abroad.
		ABSDF has stated U Tha Ban and Khun Sai as ethnic leaders who have been
arrested and sentenced by SPDC. Again, in this case the term ethnic leaders
has been utilized as the term students and De Soto was used in 
yesterday?s fabrication to attract attention, sympathy, sensationalism and in
this case to add a sense of racial discrimination and repression.
		Of course, it would be very much interesting to know what kind of leaders
these (2) are and which ethnic group they represent. None of these people
sentenced were denied access to legal counsel and in fact the state provided
them with one for legal counselling. They were definitely not given jail
sentences for writing a historical account of the Myanmar Students Movement
but for breaching the 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Act and also
for breaching the Emergency Provision Act of 1950. And the two so-called
female student leaders Su Su Win and Khin Moe Aye are over (30) years of age
and both of them are graduates and not students as the majority of the members
of the ABSDF are.