Tuesday, 2 March  2010 THE MYANMAR TIMES

Peasantry have to elect representatives capable of building peaceful, modern, developed
nation and exercising democracy correctly

NAY PYI TAW, 2 March-The following is a translation of the message sent by Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Senior General Than Shwe on the occasion of the Peasants Day (2010).

Esteemed peasantry, The Union of Myanmar has been traditionally engaged in agricultural farming since the times of our forefathers to fulfil the basic needs of food and clothing of its people. As a gesture of honouring the role of the peasantry, the Peasants Day is designated in the Union of Myanmar. On this auspicious occasion of the Peasants Day (2010), I wish you the peasantry physical and mental well-being and greater success in the agricultural farming.

In its bid to shape the nation into a peaceful, modern and developed one, the State Peace and Development Council is well convinced that only when the living conditions of the peasantry have improved, will it be possible for the whole nation to enjoy economic growth. Therefore, “Development of agriculture as the base and all-round development of other sectors of the economy as well” is the highest in the economic objectives of the State.

In addition, the council has been working hard for ensuring better transport, supply of adequate irrigation water and potable water, improvement of education standard, better health care, and rural economic development in pursuance of the Rural Development Project designed for greater development of rural areas, home to the peasantry.

In order to scale up the development momentum of the agricultural sector, the government has given assistance in various sectors and taken measures such as reclamation of vacant lands, providing advanced agricultural methods and fertilizers for boosting per acre yields of crops, supply of irrigation water to launch mixed- and multiple-cropping patterns, and designating the 10 major crops of the nation.

So far, the government has constructed 200 dams, 31 sluice gates, 322 river water pumping stations, 8001 tube-wells, and 658 small-scale rural dams, and the agricultural sector has made significant progress, as a result. Every year, the nation has put over 20 million acres of land under monsoon and summer paddy, producing over 1500 million baskets of paddy annually. Now, the nation’s rice supply has far exceeded the demand of the growing population. And regions concerned have achieved great success in growing such major crops as corn, black gram, green gram, pigeon pea, groundnut, sesame, sun-flower, long staple cotton and sugarcane, thus increasing the nation’s total sown acreage to 33.33 million, and utilization of farmlands, to 171.1 per cent.

The rapid development in the agricultural sector suggests that it is highly required to transform the nation from conventional into mechanized farming. Many new plans are now ongoing for the State-owned and privateowned industries to boosting production of farming machinery and tools. Therefore, I would like to urge you the peasantry to work harder than ever for your better socio-economic life.

Esteemed peasantry, Now, the government, the people and the Tatmadaw are implementing the State’s seven-step Road Map in concert. This year, elections will be held to elect members of parliament in accordance with the State Constitution of the Union of Myanmar, which has been approved with the massive support of the public. The role you the peasantry have played in the Myanmar politics is very important. So, you have to elect representatives capable of building a peaceful, modern and developed nation and exercising the democracy correctly. You also have to ward off potential dangers of those who will disrupt State stability and community peace with assistance of aliens in the background.

In conclusion, I would like to call on you the peasantry to do your bit in the drive for emergence of a peaceful, modern and developed nation.

Cement Plant (Nay Pyi Taw) inaugurated

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March-In its bid to fulfill domestic cement demand, Myanma Ceramic Industries of Ministry of Industry-1 has been working to establish more Cement plants in the country. Today, it inaugurated Cement Plant (Nay Pyi Taw) which is located near Taungphila limestone mountain in Nay Pyi Taw Lewe Township. Prime Minister General Thein Sein attended the opening of the plant. The Prime Minister together with Nay Pyi Taw Command Commander Maj-Gen Wai Lwin, Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Maj-Gen Htay Oo, Minister for Industry- 1 U Aung Thaung, Minister for Industry-2 Vice-Admiral Soe Thein, Minister for Cooperatives Maj-Gen Tin Htut, Minister for Mines Brig-Gen Ohn Myint, Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Brig-Gen Maung Maung Thein, Minister for Health Dr Kyaw Myint looked round the plant and left necessary instructions.

Managing Director Mr Wang Jian of Jiangsu Pengfei Group Co Ltd of the People's Republic of China gave away commemorative gift to the Prime Minister who presented him back with fruit basket.

Construction of the cement plant began in July, 2008 and was completed in October, 2009.The plant with the capacity of 500 tons of cement per day is now in full operation.

Secretary-1 receives Indian Foreign Secretary

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March-Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar General Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo received a delegation led by Foreign Secretary Ms. Nirupama Rao of India at the meeting hall of SPDC Office here at 4 pm today.

Also present at the call together with General Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo were Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig- Gen Phone Swe, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Maung Myint and departmental heads.

Foreign Secretary Ms. Nirupama Rao was accompanied by Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Aloke Sen.

Sayawun Tin Shwe Literary Award winners awarded

YANGON, 1 March- A ceremony to award winners of Sayawun Tin Shwe Literary Contest organized by Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association was held at Traders Hotel here today.

Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan graced the prize presentation ceremony.

Winners of this year also the eighth year Sayawun Tin Shwe Literary Award are U Myo Thant (Maung Hsu Shin), Chit Oo Nyo, Dr Aung Gyi and Maung Yint Mar (Kyaunggon).

After the ceremony, the minister posed for documentary photos with literary award winners.

Industry-1 Minister inspects Wundwin Textile Factory

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March- Minister for Industry-1 U Aung Thaung on 25 February inspected production process of Wundwin Textile Factory of Myanma Textile Industries.

The minister also looked into Betalactam and Non-Betalactam injection department and injection production department in Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory (Inyaung) of Myanma Pharmaceutical Indus-tries. He urged the officials to produce the products in line with GMP system and to make efforts for achieving the production objectives.

Myanmar, India fortify friendship tie

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March-Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win received Foreign Secretary of the Republic of India Ms. Nirupama Rao and party at the ministry here today.

The Indian delegation led by the foreign secretary is arriving here to participate in Myanmar- India Foreign Office Consultations.

At the call, the both sides discussed concerns over promoting mutual interests.

Sasana flourishing in Laukkai hoisting umbrella atop pagoda

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March-A new Htidaw (umbrella) was hoisted atop Lawka Manisula Mahamuni Pagoda in Laukkai of Shan State (North) on 27 February.

Minister for Construction Maj-Gen Khin Maung Myint conveyed Seinbudaw (diamond orb), Brig-Gen Aung Kyaw Zaw Hngetmyatnadaw (pennantshaped vane), Col Than Htaik three tiers of zoon, U Pei Sauk Chein of Kokang Region Provitional Leading Committee the cone, U Lu Kwe Chi the seventh, the sixth and the fifth tiers of umbrella and departmental officials, the remaining tiers of umbrella round the pagoda.

Next, the minister and Brig-Gen Aung Kyaw Zaw hoisted the diamond orb, the pennant-shaped vane and tiers of umbrella atop the pagoda. Later, the minister and party offered meals to members of the Sangha.

Capacity enhancement for civil service

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March-A Myanmar delegation comprising midlevel officers from the State organizations and ministries led by Rector of Central Institute of Civil Service (Phaunggyi) U Win Maung arrived back from Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia after taking part in the study tour from 22 to 28 February.

The delegation left Yangon for Kuala Lumpur on 22 February. While in Malaysia, members of the Myanmar delegation visited the Public Service Commission (PSC), Public Service Department (PSD), Education Service Commission and Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMMPU) in Putrajaya and Malaysia Institute of Economic Research (MIER) and Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) in Kuala Lumpur. They exchanged views on ca-pacity enhancement trainings for public service, business management and other related matters with responsible personnel.

The Myanmar delegation also visited sites in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya and left for Yangon on 28 February.

As a Human Resource Development Programme, a workshop on Capacity Enhancement of Myanmar Civil Service organized by the CSSTB of Myanmar with support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation was held in Nay Pyi Taw from 18 to 22 January and participated by 60 midlevel officials from various State organizations and ministries. The study tour to
Malaysia was a part of the programme and was participated by Rector U Win Maung of CICS (Phaunggyi) and 28 midlevel officers of the Office of the State Peace and Development Council, various ministries and Mandalay City Development Committee.

More practice to show capability of performing drill

YANGON, 1 March - Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Maj-Gen Maung Maung Swe called for more practice to show the capability of performing drill and singing marching songs accompanied by good discipline in the 65th Anniversary Armed Forces Day parade in meeting with members of work committees and firemen of Myawady column representing Myanmar Fire Brigade who will take part in the parade at Thida hall of Fire Services Department (Head Office) in Mayangon Township here this morning.

The minister stressed that, members of fire brigade, being the reserves of the State, are to do more practice not to lag behind in skill and ability compared with servicemen. The minister
pointed out that members who are going to participate in the parade are required to be in high spirits and in good health while adhering the code of conducts.

Officials received cash donations and presented certificates of honour to wellwishers.

Information Minister attends 5th prize presentation ceremony of Thuta
Swesone Literary Award

YANGON, 1 March- Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan attended the 5th prize presentation ceremony of Thuta Swesone Literary Award organized by Thuta Swesone Book House of Swesone Media Group under the supervision of Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association took place at Traders Hotel, here, today.

It was also attended by departmental heads and officials of the Information Ministry, CEC members of MWJA, members of award selecting committee and responsible persons.

Managing Director Dr. Khin Moe Moe of Swesone Media Group and Secretary Dr Tin Tun Oo of MWJA spoke on the occasion.

Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan presented the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award to U Chit San (Chit San Win) and Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Socio-economic) to Dr Chit and Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Arts) to Tekkatho Sein Tin.

Chairman U Hla Myaing (Ko Hsaung) presented Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Foreign Affairs) to Ye Htut and Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Translation) to Kyi Min.

U Tin Kha (Tekkatho Tin Kha), Dr Tin Tun Oo and Dr Khin Moe Moe presented Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Youth Literature) to Dr Tin Soe, Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Reference Literature) to Kyaw Win, Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Belles-lettres) to Ko Ko (Sethmu Tekkatho) and Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Applied Science) to Dr. Soe Lwin spoke words of thanks.

Dr Tin Tun Oo and Managing Director Dr. Khin Moe Moe presented K 800,000 for respectpaying ceremony to mark Sarsodaw Day for 2010 and gifts for award selecting committee through responsible persons.

The ceremony came to an end after winners U Chit San (Chit San Win) and Dr Soe Lwin spoke words of thanks.

Afterwards, Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan together with members of the award selecting committee and winners had documentary photo taken.

Wunyu Dam helps facilitate cultivation of summer paddy, chickpea in Seikpyu Tsp

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March - As part of drive for greening the region and supplying more irrigation water to the farmlands, Wunyu Dam was inaugurated on 28 February.

Chairman of Magway Division PDC Col Phone Maw Shwe and Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Myint opened the dam and inspected it.

The 2,300 feet long and 28 feet high Wunyu Dam with the water storage capacity of 2,400 acre feet was the 47th facility for the division. It was built on Wunyu Creek near Kazunma Village in Seikpyu Township of Pakokku District, Magway Division. The dam can contribute to keeping the region lush and green and irrigating 345 acres of farmland, thereby increasing sown acreages of summer paddy and chickpea.

Labutta residents gain practical
knowledge for occupation

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March-Carpentry, Mason and Steel Work Course No. 3 for Labutta residents, organized by Education and Training Department of Ministry for Progress of Border Areas and National Races and Development Affairs, concluded on 26 February, with an address by Deputy Director- General Dr. Soe Thein of the department.

The five-week course was attended by 50 trainees from urban wards and villages in Labutta Township, Ayeyawady Division. During the course, trainees were provided with teaching aides, meals and accommodation. The deputy director-general also encouraged female trainees attending Advanced Tailoring Course No. 1 and Special Domestic Science Course No. 3.

Six special appeal cases heard

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March-The Special Appellate Bench comprising Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Mandalay) U Khin Maung Latt, Supreme Court Judges of the Supreme Court (Mandalay) U Myint Aung and U Sein Hlaing sitting at court room No.1 of the Supreme Court (Nay Pyi Taw) delivered judgment of one special criminal appeal case. And then heard six special civil appeal cases under section 7 of the Judiciary Law, 2000, on 1 March 2010.

Chess masters congratulated

YANGON, 1 March-Prizes were presented to winners of Yangon Division Peace and Development Council Chairman’s Trophy Inter-Division Chess Tournament 2010 at Aung San Gymnasium on 27 February.

General Secretary of Myanmar Olympic Committee Director-General of Sports and Physical Education Department U Thaung Htaik, General Secretary of Myanmar Women’s Sports Federation Central Work Committee Daw L Khun Yi and officials awarded the winners in individual and team competitions.

In the tournament, Zaw Win Lay emerged champion in the singles event, and Dagon Myothit (North) Township stood first in the team event.

Pyuntaza Association (Yangon) meets

YANGON, 1 March- Pyuntaza Assocaition (Yangon) held the 52nd Annual General Meeting, the respect-paying ceremony and the prize presentation for outstanding students at the Dhammayon of the Ministry of Transport in Dagon Township, here, on 21 February. The patron and the chairman of the association made speeches.

Next, the report of the executive committee and the financial statement were submitted to the meeting. Those present paid respects to elder persons. Responsible persons presented prizes to outstanding students for 2009 matriculation examination.

A new executive committee was elected for 2010- 2011. Later, the new chairman of the association extended greetings.

MANA’s annual meeting on 19 March

YANGON, 1 March - Myanmar Anti-Narcotics Association will hold its 11th annual meeting at its head office on Kyundaw Street in Kamayut Township here at 8 a.m. on 19 March. Chairmen of state/division MANAs are invited to attend the meeting in person.

Strong wind warning

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March - From now on till May,day temperatures will rise significantly. So, cloudy skies will be formed in the afternoon and in the evening, causing occasional strong winds. While strong winds blow, ground winds can be at 35 to 40 mph.

Heavy rain with hailstones are likely to be isolated in some areas, Hydrology and Meteorology Department announced.

Officials seek means to enhance road safety

NAY PYI TAW, 1 March-Patron of Nay Pyi Taw Traffic Rules Enforcement Committee Nay Pyi Taw Command Commander Maj-Gen Wai Lwin addressed the meeting of the committee at Nay Pyi Taw Command on 26 February.

Present were Chairman of the committee Deputy Commander Brig-Gen Min Zaw, members of the committee and sub-committees and departmental personnel.