Tuesday, 31 May  2011 THE MYANMAR TIMES

Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham pays homage to Shwedagon Pagoda

YANGON, 30 May-Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham visited the Shwedagon Pagoda yesterday and left instructions on all-round renovation of the pagoda for its durability.

Accompanied by Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism and for Sports U Tint Hsan, Union Minister for Religious Affairs Thura U Myint Maung, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe, Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Maung Maung Htay, Yangon Region ministers and officials, the Vice-President arrived at the Shwedagon Pagoda at 4.30 pm.

First, they paid homage to the 45 inches high Shwe Pagoda on the platform.

The Vice-President offered lights, flowers, water and scented sticks and paid homage to the Shwedagon Pagoda and made cash donations. The pagoda board of trustees presented a Dhamma gift to the Vice-President. In meeting the members of the pagoda board of trustees, the Vice-President said the Shwedagon Pagoda has remained intact till today for public obeisance thanks to the continued maintenance and renovation in the successive eras.

So, responsible people are to continue to maintain and renovate the pagoda for its durability.

Member of the pagoda board of trustees U Sein Win Aung reported on maintenance and renovation of the pagoda in the successive eras, all-round construction tasks in 1989-construction of Theingottara Garden, Maha Buddhawin Museum, Pitakattaik and Mawguntaik, repairs to the pagoda caused by storm Nargis, tasks being carried out by nine subcommittees for offering Shwethingan, durability of Shwehtidaw and maintenance and renovation of religious buildings.

The Vice-President asked the board members some questions, including daily visits of pilgrims including tourists and cash donations. He then spoke of the need to carry out all-round renovation tasks for durability of the Shwedagon Pagoda and to make arrangements for the convenience of the visitors.

The Vice-President also stressed the need to implement all-round renovation tasks in accord with Ovadakatha of Shwedagon Pagoda Board of Trustees Ovadacariya Sayadaws, related rules and regulations, financial rules and religious procedures. He then signed the visitors’ book.

The Vice-President climbed the upper terrace and paid homage to the Padamyamyetshin Buddha Image. They also paid homage to the jade Buddha image.

The Vice-President and party inspected renovation of Rakhine stairways and Daw Dagon Khin Khin Lay stairways. Later, they studied Mawgun photo gallery and King Thayawady’s bell.

Vice-President attends tree-planting ceremonies, visits schools in Yangon

YANGON, 30 May-Vice-President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Dr Sai Mauk Kham attended the monsoon tree-growing ceremony (2011) organized by Yangon Region at People’s Park and People’s Square here yesterday morning.

Win Myint in his report said that 1.2 million saplings will be planted in Yangon Region this monsoon in compliance with guideline of the chief minister of Yangon Region. Under the plan, 35,229 households will plant three teak saplings each; 12,000 households, 20 saplings of hardwood species; and 25 villages, a one acreplantation each; related departments, 540,000 teak saplings in 1000 acres of lands in the forest reserves in Hlegu and Taikkyi townships; entrepreneurs, teak saplings of 1150 acres and saplings of hardwood species of 200 acres; Yangon City Development Committee, about 300,000 saplings; and Development Affairs Committees, about 300,000 saplings, totaling about 3 million saplings.

The Vice-President presented saplings to departmental officials.

Union ministers and the Yangon Region chief minister presented saplings to members of maternal and child welfare associations, women’s affairs organizations, war veterans organizations and Red Cross Societies.

The Vice-President planted a Gangaw (mesua ferrea) sapling.

Union Minister for Forestry U Win Tun, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism and for Sports U Tint Hsan, Union Minister for Health Dr Pe Thet Khin, Union Minister at the President Office U Soe Maung and Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe planted saplings of mahogany, tayoketi, gangaw, gum-kino and starflower.

The Vice-President inspected the processes of planting teak saplings.

He inspected enrolment of students from Grade 1 to Grade 11at No. 4 Basic Education High School in Ahlon Township.

He viewed sports activities, practical room, language lab, school buildings and classrooms. Headmistress Dr Thet Thet San conducted the Vice- President. Deputy Minister for Education U Aye Kyu gave a supplementary report.

He inspected the three-storey building and the scale model of the gymnasium. The managing director of JM Co and officials reported on the project.

The Vice-President inspected the organizational set-up of the three-storey building.

On arrival at No. 2 BEHS in Latha Township, the Vice-President heard a report by Principal Dr Theingi Kyaw on the school.

The Vice-President inspected the school health room, school enrolment activities, school food stalls and classrooms.

He visited multimedia classroom, language lab and domestic science room.

The Vice-President inspected school enrolment activities and language lab of No.1 BEHS in Dagon Township. Headmaster Dr Aung Ko Ko and teachers conducted him round the school.

He viewed documentary photos of school health activities, prizewinning essays on nutrition week, school health week commemorative booth, computer lab, arts gallery, food stalls, school health centre and classrooms.

The principal gave accounts of the school.

On his tour of basic education schools, the Vice-President called for inculcating students with a sense of self-discipline and etiquette, contribution towards the practice of free compulsory primary education system, training the youngsters both in education and in sport, improving students’ personal hygiene and English and schools’ teaching skills and self-discipline, sharpening students’ skills, and working closely to help promote the national education standard.

At 1 pm, the Vice- President visited the Girls’ Training Centre on Malikha Street in Mayangon Township.

Director-General of the Social Welfare Department U Soe Kyi reported on strength of the staff, classes of schoolchildren, nurturing processes, timetable of the centre, progress of the centre in 2010-2011 academic year, ongoing programmes to improve students’ skills, employment of students, and funds for daily meals of students.

Union Minister for Labour and for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Aung Kyi gave a supplementary report.

The Vice-President provided uniforms for the schoolgirls.

He inspected the hostel and mess.

He visited the Boys’ Training Centre on Kyaikwaing Pagoda Road. The directorgeneral reported on the historical background and objectives of the centre, strength of the staff and students.

The Union minister and the Yangon Region chief minister reported on conditions of the schoolboys, and arrangements for moving the Kaba Aye boys’ training centre on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road. The Vice-President assessed the reports.

The Vice-President provided uniforms for the schoolboys, and inspected the mess, hostel and health room.

The Girls’ Training Centre nurtures 257 girls and the Boys’ Training Centre, 159 boys under 18.

Union Minister for Border Affairs and for Myanma Industrial Development receives German Ambassador

NAY PYI TAW, 30 May - Union Minister for Border Affairs and for Myanma Industrial Development Maj-Gen Thein Htay received German Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Mr Julius Georg Luy at the Ministry of Border Affairs here this afternoon.

Officials from Ministry of Border Affairs and Ministry of Myanma Industrial Development attended the meeting.

FM receives German delegation

NAY PYI TAW, 30 May - Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin received a German Foundations Delegation led by Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr Julius Georg Luy at his office here this afternoon at 5 pm.

The meeting focused on strengthening of bilateral ties and cooperation between Myanmar and Germany.

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker receives German guests

NAY PYI TAW, 30 May-German Foundations delegation of the Republic of Germany led by German Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Mr Julius Georg Luy called on Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw U Khin Aung Myint at Hluttaw Building here this afternoon.

Also present at the call were the deputy Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker, and members of Hluttaw Committee made up of representatives of various parties, national races and faiths at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

Union Minister looks into upgrading work on Meiktila-Kyaukpadaung Road

NAY PYI TAW, 30 May- Union Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint yesterday afternoon inspected roadwork progress of Meiktila-Kyaukpadaung Road being upgraded by Myatnoethu Construction Co Ltd with B.O.T system.

The Union Minister then looked into progress of construction of Box Culvert between 18/6 and 18/5 mileposts, and tarmacking work between 18/4 and 17/3 mileposts with the use of machinery.

Fine Arts High School and University to set sight on nurturing artists who may reach international audience

YANGON, 30 May - Union Minister for Information and for Culture U Kyaw Hsan visited Fine Arts High School (Yangon) of Training, Research and External Relations Division of Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road in Bahan Township here on 28 May. He viewed students learning arts at painting, sculpture and dance campuses.

Director U Zaw Htay of the division explained about the high school.

In meeting with teachers and staff, the union minister said the Ministry of Culture is the institution uplifting national characteristics of the country and preserving Myanma traditional cultural heritages; teachers and staff are to value their duties while assuming these responsibilities and to make traditional cultural arts to penetrate into youth populations.

He said two aims - upgrading teaching methods and turning out artists from the high school and Fine Arts University whose performances reach international audience- will be realized. The union minister underlined the importance of preserving cultural arts, nurturing outstanding artists, reviving arts and facilitating the art businesses achieve success.

Union Minister U Kyaw Hsan proceeded to Painting and Sculpture Hall (Yangon) of Archaeology, National Museum and Library Department on Koeminkoechin Street on Bahan Township and viewed painting booth displayed at the hall.

He also visited National Theatre (Yangon) of Theater Division of Fine Arts Department on Myomakyaung Street in Dagon Township and urged officials to be cautious about security, take fire preventive measures and renovate the National Theatre to be able to host more arts events.

UNDP representatives call on RUMFCCI President

YANGON, 30 May-President U Win Aung of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry received United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Lead Consultant Dr Satish Chandra Mishra, Consultant Mr Keith Hargreaves and Senior Policy Advisor of UNDP Yangon Office Mr Shafique Rahaman, at the federation office here on 24 May.

They discussed matters related to assistance and measures for rural development and poverty reduction and joint conducting of workshops and courses on human resource development.

Deputy Energy Minister inspects oilfields in Magway Region

NAY PYI TAW, 30 May-Deputy Minister for Energy U Soe Aung visited Mann Oilfield, Htaukshabin and Kanni Oilfield of Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Factory (Minbu) of Myanmar Petrochemical Enterprise on 28 and 29 May.

The deputy minister supervised digging of new wells in the oilfields and inspected production process at LPG Factory (Minbu). In meeting with personnel concerned, the deputy minister called for boosted production of oil and gas, all-out efforts for increased production of LPG, minimization of wastes, corruptionfree and safe working environment.

Germany to assist Myanmar in social welfare campaigns

NAY PYI TAW, 30 May-German Foundations delegation headed by German Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Julius Georg Luy and Councilor Mr Oliver Bientzle paid a call on Union Minister for Labour and for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Aung Kyi, at his office of the SWRR Ministry here this afternoon.

The German guests put questions and discussed ongoing rehabilitation works, and future plans for social welfare activities, work programmes and potentials for cooperation.

Myanmar athletes to partake in Mekong Countries’ Friendship Sports Tournament

YANGON, 30 May- Myanmar athletes group today left here for Thailand to participate in Friendship Sports Tournament 2011 for Mekong Countries, to be held in Nakhon Phanom Region of Thailand from 31 May to 4 June. Director U Thet Lwin of Sports and Physical Education Department led the group packed with 53 athletes.