Monday, 6 June  2011 THE MYANMAR TIMES

As Myanmar people adore natural environment, not only
government but also individuals or organizations to play their active
part in environmental conservation tasks in order to hand down
good conditions of natural environment to future generations

NAY PYI TAW, 5 June-Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham attended the ceremony to mark the World Environment Day 2011 at Ingyin Hall of the Forest Department under the Forestry Ministry, here, this morning and awarded the winners in the open article contest to mark the 2011 World Environment Day.

Also present on the occasion were Union Ministers, members of Environmental Conservation Committee, deputy ministers, departmental heads, responsible persons of UN agencies, prize winners and guests.

In his address, Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham said that the United Nations organized the first Human Environment Conference in Stockholm of Sweden. The date when the conference was held was designated as the World Environment Day and activities on environmental conservation have been held in all global countries yearly.

On 5th June every year, ceremonies to mark the World Environment Day are held in conjunction with arts and skill demonstrations, talks on environmental conservation, mass movements, sports activities and information in all countries.

Myanmar on it part has been organizing the ceremonies to mark the World Environment Day yearly since 1993. This year, winners in the article and essay contest will be awarded at today’s ceremony.

The UN Environment Programme chooses one motto for the World Environment Day yearly. This year’s motto is designated as “Forest: Nature at Your Service” so as to contribute to the year 2011 designated by the UN as the International Year of Forests.

This year’s motto of World Environment Day motivates all the global people to take care of world environmental degradation due to deforestation and the dangerous situation for 1600 million of world population who are engaging in the businesses related to forests and to harmoniously conserve the environments.

Forests are essential for the humans in social economic sector such as economic, education and health sectors, relaxation, water and land environmental conservation, favourable weather, conservation of bio-diversities and food sufficiency. As such, all the people are not to make activities harmful to the forests. Thus, all the global countries are to work in concert for conservation of forests across the world as it would be a situation possible for disappearance of natural free services of forests for existence of living world.

At present, the UNEP urged the global countries to invest in establishment of Green Economy for ensuring sustainable development of economic, social and environmental conservation on a wider scale and planned to provide necessary assistance.

With regard to the forest conservation in Myanmar, forests have been cut since 1856 through the Myanmar Selection System with a rule to produce prescribed volume of timber. Placing emphasis on long-term existence of forest resources, environmental conservation and social economic development and protection of existing natural forests to be handed down to new generations, the government establishes not only teak plantations, the forests on commercial scale, village plantations, industrial raw plantations and forests in watershed areas but also private forest plantations.

Besides, tree-planting ceremonies are held annually as a mass campaign. This year, plans have been laid down to grow 78 million plants of 30 million species and planting has started. In the arid region of Upper Myanmar also, priority is given to establishment of forest plantations, conservation of natural forest reserves, use of alternative fuels in place of firewood and supply of water.

Although Myanmar has started forestation for successive eras, forests and forest lands are depleting as measures have to be taken to ensure food security to feed the increasing population.

Forest coverage area was 61% of the nation’s area in 1975, 59% in 1989, 52% in 1998 and 47% in 2010.

Similarly, mangrove forests have experienced depletion due to excessive production of firewood and charcoal, turning of the forests into cultivable land, salt blocks and prawn ponds and establishment of villages. Particularly, depletion of mangrove forests in the Ayeyawady delta is the main cause of cyclone Nargis that happened in 2008.

Gradual depletion of forest resources has harmed the food security and livelihoods of the people living in that region, thereby causing more poverty. And is an example of relationship between poverty and natural environment.

In conserving the natural environment including forests, various educative measures will be taken to make sure that the people reduce their excessive exploitation of and reliance on the natural environment.

At the first Pyidaungsu Hluttaw regular session, President U Thein Sein said, “We will pay serious attention to conservation of forests and woodlands. We will also take measures in various sectors to reduce air and water pollution, control dumping of industrial waste and conserve wildlife. We will lay down a new policy in which we will work for economic development in parallel with environmental conservation”.

To take measures from various angles in compliance with the guideline of the President, an environmental conservation committee has been formed and it has been assigned duties.

The constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar states that the Union must protect the natural environment.

Under the title of fundamental rights and duties of the citizens, it is stated that every citizen has the duty to assist the Union in carrying out the matter of environmental conservation.

As Myanmar people adore the natural environment, not only the government but also individuals or organizations are to play their active part in environmental conser-vation tasks in order to hand down good conditions of the natural envir-onment to future generations.

The State will earnestly welcome and praise the public participation with the outlook of conserving the natural environment.

In accord with this year’s motto “Forest: Nature at Your Service”, all are urged to conserve trees and forests for sustainable environment and maintain Myanmar’s long-term tradition of conserving the envir-onment.

Next, UNDP Senior Deputy Resident Representative Mr Akbar Usmani read out the message sent by the UN Secretary General. UNEP Executive Director Mr Achim Steiner’s video
message was shown.

Then, Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham presented prizes to winners of World Environment Day commemorative open article contest. Chairman of Environmental Conservation Committee Union Minister for Forestry U Win Tun and Mr Akbar Usmani presented prizes to winners of open essay contest.

Documentary video on environmental conservation brought the ceremony to an end.

After the ceremony, the Vice-President and party posed for documentary photos together with the prize winners and viewed the commemorative booths.

Course No.10 of Nationality Youths Resource Development Degree College (Yangon) concludes

NAY PYI TAW, 5 June- The conclusion of Course No. 10 of the Nationality Youths Resource Development Degree College (Yangon) took place at the educational institution in Dagon Myothit (Seikkan) Township in Yangon Region this afternoon.

In his address, Secretary of the Central Committee for Development of Border Areas and National Races Chairman of the Work Committee for Development of Border Areas and National Races Union Minister for Border Affairs and for Myanma Industrial Development Maj-Gen Thein Htay said that up to 2010, Nationality Youths Resource Development Degree Colleges (Yangon) and (Mandalay) had produced 1068 B.A or B.Sc degree holders and 445 Engineering Diploma holders, and they are working as civil servants in regions and states. In 2010-2011 academic year, the two colleges turned out 267 degree holders.

He stressed the importance of upholding Our Three Main National Causes as long as the world exists.

He called on the newly-qualified youths to do their bit in building a modern, developed discipline-flourishing democratic nation and work hard for development of the regions they are posted to.

The minister presented prizes and certificates of honour for Arts to Chin national Maung Lein Naing from Kanpetlet in Chin State, for Science to Shan national Maung Kyaw Tun from Tachilek in Shan State, and for Engineering to Naga national Maung Win Min Tun from Hkamti in Sagaing Region.

He presented prizes to Kayah national Science student Maung Me Ral Cho, Palaung national Science student Maung Aik Ngai, and Chin national Arts students Maung Than Tun Lay who stood first, second and third the whole Myanmar in Abhidhamma (Basic) examinations at three levels organized by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and to 17 outstanding students in Abhidhamma (Basic) examinations and Abhidhamma (Honours) Visuddhi Magga Examination.

In 2010-2011 academic year, 38 youths from Nationality Youths Resource Development Degree College (Yangon) got B.A Degree, 60, B.Sc Degree, and 39, AGTI Degree, totaling 137.

Yangon Region Chief Minister visits computer aided painting contest

YANGON, 5 June-Yangon Region level computer aided painting contest organized by Yangon Region Anti-narcotics Association in commemoration of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, took place at University of Computer Studies (Yangon) in Shwepyitha Township here this morning.

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe together with region ministers, and personnel visited the contest. A total of 65 students from basic education schools in Yangon took part in the competition.

Chief Minister visits factories in Bago Region

YANGON, 5 June- Bago Region Chief Minister U Nyan Win made an inspection tour of Inlay Shoe Factory and Myan Star Garment Factory in Oktha Myothit in Bago on 3 June.

On his tour, the chief minister called for stepping up workplace security, preventive measures against fire and staff welfare services.

Kayin State Chief Minister inspects BEHSs, Education College

NAY PYI TAW, 5 June-Chief Minister of Kayin State U Zaw Min, on 2 June, visited Basic Education High Schools in Hpa-an and opening of PGDMA Course in Education College (Hpaan).

A total of 228 trainees are attending diploma course and Kayin State Government provided them with rice, peas, edible oil and cash.

Union CPT Minister addresses Basic Mobile Communication Networking Course (1/2011)

YANGON, 5 June-“This course was conducted because communication sector plays an important role in enhancing socio-economic life of the people”, said Union Minister for Communications, Posts and Telegraphs U Thein Tun at the concluding of Basic Mobile Communication Networking Course (1/2011) at Telecommunications and Postal Training Centre in Pazundaung Township here yesterday morning.

The Union Minister said that the government and the private entrepreneurs were to strive for success of mobile communication extension project within the framework of rules and regulations laid down by the state.

The Union Minister attended the coordination meeting on extended installation of GSM mobile system in the afternoon.

Sagaing Region Chief Minister inspects development undertakings in Hkamti, Kalay

NAY PYI TAW, 5 June-Chief Minister of Sagaing Region U Tha Aye met departmental personnel, social organizations and senior citizens in Pawmai Ward, Hkamti on 1 June and comforted patients at 100- bed People’s Hospital.

The Chief Minister visited Vocational Training School, Technical Training School and Training School for Development of Border Areas and National Races.

The Chief Minister in meeting with Chairman of Leading Body for Naga Self-Administered Region and members and local nationalities in Lahe on 2 June, called for rapid development of the region and provided cash assistance for development of the region.

The Chief Minister visited Fire Services Department, the basic education high school and the airport in Homalin. In Kalay, he met chairman of Kalay Industrial Zone Management Committee and members and industrialists and called for manufacturing of quality automobiles and paddy husk-fired gasifiers. He then inspected private 30 KVA hydropower generation work in Khaingkan Village.

On 3 June, the Chief Minister visited University of Computer Studies in Kalay. The Chief Minister, in meeting with district/ township level departmental personnel, called for reaching target monsoon paddy cultivation, switching to high-yield paddy strains suitable to the region, using advanced rice mills, developing agro-based industries, providing higher education to the youths, maintain roads and bridges, distributing books and stationery supplied by the state to schoolchildren.

Appointment of Brunei Ambassador agreed on

NAY PYI TAW, 6 June-The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has agreed to the appointment of Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Colonel (B) Dato Paduka Haji Abdu’r Rahmani bin Dato Paduka Haji Basir as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in succession to His Excellency Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Hamid bin Pengiran Haji Mohammad Yassin.

Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Colonel (B) Dato Paduka Haji Abdu’r Rahmani bin Dato Paduka Haji Basir was born on 28th July 1954 in Brunei Darussalam.

He joined the Royal Brunei-Malay Military in 1975, from 1989 to 1990 he worked at Brunei Ministry of Defence, in 1993 he worked at Royal Brunei Military, 1993 to 2003 he worked at Royal Brunei Land Force and had served in various capacities. He retired from the service in 2003.

Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Colonel (B) Dato Paduka Haji Abdu’r Rahmani bin Dato Paduka Haji Basir is married with three sons and two daughters.

Appointment of Malaysian Ambassador agreed on

NAY PYI TAW, 6 June-The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has agreed to the appointment of Dr Ahmad Faisal Bin Muhammad as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Malaysia to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in succession to His Excellency Dató Mazlan Muhammad.

Dr Ahmad Faisal Bin Muhammad was born on 24 May 1970 in Kelantan, Malaysia. He obtained Ph.D in International Relations from the London School of Economic & Political Science in London, United Kingdom.

He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia in 1994 and has served in various capacities at the Malaysian Embassy in Russia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia.

He has been serving as Deputy High Commissioner at Malaysian Embassy in Singapore since 2009.

Scientific approach helps improve paddy yield

NAY PYI TAW, 5 June - Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing yesterday inspected 500-acre monsoon paddy plantation of Green Asia Company in 10000-acre special agricultural zone in Dagon Myothit Township in Yangon Region.

The union minister said scientific approach may help obtain 100 baskets per acre yield.

He also inspected the transplanter which can transplant 10 acres in eight hours.

The union minister also inspected paddy plantations of Htoo Trading Company Limited and Dagon International Company Limited.

Myanmar youth golfers leave for Indonesia

YANGON, 5 June- A Myanmar youth golfers team led by Joint Secretary U Myo Tun of Myanmar Golf Federation left here by air this morning to take part in the Jakarta World Junior Golf Championship 2011 to be held at Dami Indah Golf Pik Course in Jakarta of Indonesia from 7 to 10 June.

The team was seen off at Yangon International Airport by officials of MGF.

The team comprises coach U Chan Han, selected young golfers Sithu Ye Yint, Waiyan Lin, Hlaing Min Htet, Zin Aung Min, Ye Lwin Oo, Phone Pyae Chan Han, Ma Shumawa Win Myint and defending champion Ma Yin May Myo.

Dy Industry-1Minister inspects Glass Factory (Pathein)

NAY PYI TAW, 5 June-Deputy Minister for Industry-1 U Thein Aung met with factory manager, officers, staff from Glass Factory (Pathein) under Myanma Ceramics Industries and head and staff of Region Industrial Supervision and Inspection Department, at the factory yesterday morning.

He held discussion on cold repair of the factory, continued manufacturing of glass before cold repair, production of quality glasses after cold repair and safety measure.

After that, he looked into production process of the factory and urged the officials to place emphasis on quality of glasses, minimizing wastages and work safety.

Sports and Physical Education Institute (Yangon) opens courses

YANGON, 5 June-The Sports and Physical Education Institute (Yangon) of the Sports and Physical Education Department under the Ministry of Sports opened the sports plus education course and the sports training course for 2011-2012 academic year at Kyaikkasan Sports Grounds here this morning.

In his speech, Chairman of the Myanmar National Sports Committee Union Minister for Sports and for Hotels and Tourism U Tint Hsan said that in 2010-2011 academic year, trainee students of the Sports and Physical Education Institute (Yangon) bagged 125 gold, 115 silver and 129 bronze medals in 46 local and international sports tournaments.

The donations totaled K 20.9 million including K 5 milion each by ACE Construction Co Chairman U Phyo Ko Ko Tint Hsan and wife Daw Kye Chin Tees, and U Htin Kyaw Lin-Daw Nyein Nyein Tint Hsan and daughter Ma Lin Myat Che (Golden Hill Restaurant); and K 1 million each by Zaygabar Co Ltd Chairman Dr U Khin Shwe, Vice-President of the Myanmar Shooting Federation U Htet Nyi, and President of the Myanmar Weightlifting Federation Managing Director U Win Lwin (Kyaw Tha Co Ltd); Managing Director U Nay Lin (Yadana Theinkha Construction), President of the Myanmar Badminton Federation Managing Director U Maung Maung Shwe (Great Wall Construction and Traditional Medicine Enterprise), Vice-President of the Myanmar Traditional Sports Federation Dr Khin Maung Tun and Dr Soe Lwin (Myanmar CP Co Ltd).

This morning, the minister met selected archers at the archery range of the Myanmar Archery Federation in Kyaikkasan Sports Grounds, Tamway Township, and inspected the international shooting range of the Myanmar Shooting Federation in Dagon Myothit (North) Township, and the Myanmar Boat Club and Sailing Federation in Inya Lake.