Sunday, 31 July  2011 THE MYANMAR TIMES

All are to cultivate Union Spirit and nationalistic spirit for peace and stability of the Union and national development Prevent aliens from intruding into region President meets officials of Rakhine State

NAY PYI TAW, 30 July-President U Thein Sein delivered an address in meeting with members of Rakhine State government, state level departmental officials and townselders at the hall of the state government in Sittway this morning.

Also present at the meeting were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Lt-Gen Soe Win, Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing, Union Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint, Union Minister for Labour and for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Aung Kyi, Union Minister for Transport U Nyan Tun Aung, Union Minister for Communications, Posts and Telegraphs U Thein Tun, Union Minister for Electric Power No. 2 U Khin Maung Soe, Union Minister for Education Dr Pe Thet Khin, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Hla Maung Tin, Commander of Western Command Brig-Gen Tun Nay Lin, Deputy Minister for Information U Soe Win, Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint, Chief of Staff (Air) Maj-Gen Khin Aung Myint, Speaker of Rakhine State Hluttaw U Htein Lin, Deputy Speaker U Tha Nyunt, members of Rakhine State government, departmental officials and townselders.

Chief Minister U Hla Maung Tin reported on damages of housings in some townships due to heavy rains in Rakhine State from 20 to 22 July, providing of relief aids, reopening of the suspended schools, health care services, floods at monsoon paddy fields and regrowing, conditions of embankments, damages of bridges and road sections in bank erosion, landslides and repairing of roads and bridges.

Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint submitted the report on landslides on Ngathainggyaung-Gwa road, clearing of landslide areas, construction of retaining walls, repairing of bridge approach structure damaged in bank erosion on Gwa- Thandwe road, inundation on Thandwe-Taungup road section in Thandwe Township, repairing of Hngetpyaw Creek and Sane Creek bridges on Taungup-Maei-An road section, maintenance of Minbu-An section, repairing of wooden bridge and approach road on An-Tattaung section, installation of iron frames at damaged pier-7 of 990 feet long bailey Dalat Creek Bridge, repairing works for floods on the road, maintenance of wooden bridge and 40 feet long section on Minbya-Sittway section, and installation of iron bailey frames at damaged bailey bridge in Buthidaung- Maungtaw Road (Maungtaw District).

After hearing the reports, President U Thein Sein delivered an address, saying that the Union Ministers, deputy ministers and departmental heads led by himself arrived there to inspect flooded areas and to provide necessary assistance.

He said that he and his party arrived in Sittway yesterday after inspection tour of Bago in Bago Region, Hinthada and Ngathainggyaung of Ayeyawady Region, Gwa, Thandwe, Taungup, An, Minbya, MraukU and Kyauktaw of Rakhine State where some houses and paddy fields were flooded in heavy rains during second and third weeks of July.

He added that there were some deaths in floods and inundations. Although the regions faced damages of some houses in floods, inundation of paddy fields, suspension of schools and damages of some road sections and bridges, only least number of loss and damages can be seen in the flooded areas due to rescue and relief works carried out by local authorities and people in real time, he noted.

The President said Union ministers led by himself rushed to the flooded regions suddenly so that immediate assistances for reconstruction of some flood-ravaged houses, reopening of schools, driving students back to school, preventing outbreak of diseases, providing sunk farms with paddy strains and repairing roads and bridges have been rendered and long-term recovery plans have been arranged.

Both the State and people need to help affected farmers and poor odd-job men survive and thrive as most floods have impact on these populations.

The rural areas will actually be developed and poverty reduced if poor populace including inputneeded farmers, odd-job men, vendors and hawkers who earn law-abided livings are disbursed loans and encouraged to save money by private microfinancial societies, a task in eight under rural development and poverty alleviation, and if some of their interests are adapted to become adequate sources for their education and health in cooperation with NGOs.

The haves share their possessions with the have-nots. The Strong have mercy upon the weak.

And these are noble traditions of Myanmar as well as auspicious deeds. So, all are to work together with the government for the success of rural development and poverty alleviation tasks.

With the global climate change, some nations of the world have to be facing natural disasters such as violent earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, forest fires, severe storms, heat waves and floods. Consequently, lots of lives and property have to be lost.

Myanmar also experienced cyclone Nargis in 2008 and Rakhine State was hit by cyclone Giri in the end of 2010 causing a great deal of loss and damage. Such natural disasters are beyond human control, the only thing to do is to take preparedness measures to overcome disasters. If such disasters befall, all are to work and help with together without fear. The government, the people and the Tatmadaw are to cooperate to overcome all difficulties.

Rakhine State is rich in natural resources. It has the sea and creeks teeming with fish species as well as fields, forests and mountains. By tapping such resources, the nationals living in the state are to work hard to ensure their selfsufficiency in food and surpluses for exports. It is also necessary to prevent aliens from intruding the region. All are therefore to cultivate Union Spirit and nationalistic spirit for peace and stability of the Union and national development putting aside racism and localism.

Then, the President greeted those present and left Sittway by special aircraft and arrived back here this morning.

Flood bulletin

NAY PYI TAW, 30 July-The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology released news today that according to the 12.30 hr MST observation today, the water level of Ayeyawady River in Hinthada 1346 cm has exceeded by 4 cm above its danger level. It may fall below its danger level 1342 cm during the next 48 hours commencing this noon.

Union A&I Minister meets rice and paddy dealers, farmers in Sittway

NAY PYI TAW, 30 July-Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing, accompanied by Rakhine State Chief Minister U Hla Maung Tin, Director-General U Kyaw Myint Hlaing of Irrigation Department and officials, inspected thriving paddy fields through systematic cultivation method at Kandawgyi farmer educative seed production farm in Sittway.

He met rice and paddy dealers and farmers in Sittway.

The Chief Minister explained concerted efforts of departmental personnel, rice and paddy dealers and farmers for development of agriculture sector and programme to send excursion group to Nay Pyi Taw for observation at model paddy farms.

The Union Minister pledged that the ministry will provide necessary assistance for development of rice and paddy production in Rakhine State as much as possible and urged staff, rice and paddy dealers and farmers to strive for progress of the state in harmonious.

The meeting was attended by departmental personnel, members of farming production societies, and farmers from Sittway, Kyauktaw and Ponnagyun townhships.

Union Construction Minister inspects progress of Anchaung Bridge, Metaungshaunggwin road section

NAY PYI TAW, 30 July-Union Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint visited Thandwe District Superintending Engineer’s Office in Rakhine State on 27 July and gave instructions on repair of roads and bridges damaged in torrential rains.

On 28 July, the Union Minister visited construction site of Anchaung Bridge on Yangon-Sittway Road in An Township and inspected progress of Metaungshaunggwin road section from mile post No. 9/ 10 to 11/0 on An-Sittway Road.

While meeting special construction groups for buildings, airports and bridges and staff of Kyaukpyu District Engineer Office and An Township Engineer Office and personnel of private companies constructing roads in An Township, he called for regular checks on roads and bridges.

Union Minister visits township level departments in Thandwe, An, Sittway

NAY PYI TAW, 30 July-Union Minister for Labour and for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Aung Kyi on 27 July afternoon inspected the township Fire Services Department in Thandwe and met departmental staff under the ministry.

At Mittawady Home for the Aged in Thandwe, he donated K 300,000 to the funds of the home.

On 28 July, the Union Minister met staff of Labour Department and FSD in An and called for participation in tasks of rural development and poverty alleviation. He presented gifts to them.

After inspecting the Labour Department in An, he viewed maintenance of fire engines and rescue equipment at An Fire Station.

On 29 July, the Union Minister met staff at Rakhine State FSD in Sittway and looked into readiness of staff for fire fighting and rescue equipment.

He visited the pre-primary school and Inland Freight-handling Committee in Sittway and donated K 250,000 to the funds of Sittway Home for the Aged.

Second round of Nay Pyi Taw Inter-Ministry Football Tournament 1 August

NAY PYI TAW, 30 July-A coordination meeting to systematically organize the second round matches of the 5th Nay Pyi Taw Inter-Ministry Football Tournament 2011 was held at the Ministry of Sports, here, this morning.

Director-General U Thaung Htaik of Sports and Physical Education Department gave a speech.

Responsible persons of Myanmar Football Federation and officials of the organizing committee explained laws, rules and regulations for the competition.

The second round matches will commence on 1 August when Ministry of Construction will play against Ministry of Transport at No. 2 Nay Pyi Taw Sports Ground and Ministry of CPT with Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries at Nay Pyi Taw Lewe Sports Ground.

National workshop on improving quality of health care continues for second day

NAY PYI TAW, 30 July-The national workshop on improving quality of health care continued for the second day at the Ministry of Health this morning.

President of Myanmar Academy of Medical Science Prof Dr Myo Myint presided over the workshop.

Dr Soe Thein of the academy and Deputy Director-General Dr Kyaw Zin Thant of Medical Research Department (Upper Myanmar) submitted the papers on development of medical research. The participants discussed the papers and submitted the points of discussions.

The workshop chairman reviewed the discussions.

In the afternoon, the workshop was chaired by retired deputy minister prof Dr Mya Oo.

Vice-President of the academy Prof Dr Nay Win and Director- General Than Zaw Myint of Medical Science Department submitted the papers on development health human resources.

The workshop continues tomorrow.

Maintenance of road sections, bridges on Buthidaung-Maungtaw Road inspected

NAY PYI TAW, 30 July-Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint on 26 July inspected damage and maintenance of bailey bridges on Buthidaung- Maungtaw road and repairing of the damages with the use of heavy machinery.

The deputy minister looked into construction of temporary retaining walls, maintenance of temporary bailey bridge and road section on Buthidaung-Maungtaw road and construction of the approach bridge at the bridge No. 1/1 on Maungtaw-Kyiganbyin- Kyeinchaung road.

He viewed construction of bridge No. 1/15 at the entrance to Maungtaw on Buthidaung-Maungtaw road. At the office of Maungtaw District Senior Officer, the deputy minister met staff and inspected Maungtaw District Yeiktha, the district officer office and staff quarters.

Workshop on ACU system held

YANGON, 29 July - Jointly organized by the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Central Bank of Myanmar, workshop on use of ACU system took place at RUMFCCI Office here this afternoon, with addresses by Central Bank of Myanmar Governor U Maung Maung Win and RUMFCCI Vice-President U Tun Aung.

Officials from the Central Bank of Myanmar, Myanma Foreign Trade Bank, Myanma Investment and Commerce Bank, and Myanma Economic Bank discussed use of ACU system and answered queries raised by those present.

Coord meeting on rural development and poverty alleviation held in Pyay

NAY PYI TAW, 30 July-A coordination meeting on rural development and poverty alleviation was held in Pyay Township on 27 July morning.

Head of Region Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department Dr Aung Than Win discussed tasks of the department for raising production of livestock breeding, meat and fish sectors for ensuring rural development and poverty alleviation.

In the afternoon, the meeting to form the milch cow farmers association was held at the office of District LBVD in Pyay, attended by staff of the district and township LBVDs and milch cow farmers and dairy product producers from Pyay and Shwedaung townships.