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N0. D- 3459(I)
October 09,2005

  1. Matters related to National Convention coordinated NCC Work Committee, Management Committee, subcommittees making arrangements for their respective tasks

    YANGON, 8 Oct — The meeting (6/2005) of the National Convention Convening Commission took place at the meeting hall of the commission on Kyaikkahsan ground here this afternoon, addressed by Chairman of the National Convention Convening Commission Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Thein Sein.

    NCCC Vice-Chairman Chief Justice U Aung Toe, Secretary Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan and members were also present.

    Addressing the meeting, Lt-Gen Thein Sein said a series of meetings are being held on matters related to the National Convention, which are to be submitted to the NC when it is reconvened this year-end. Likewise, the National Convention Convening Work Committee, Management Committee and subcommittees are making arrangements for their respective tasks. He urged the officials of the committees and subcommittees to prepare for the matters pertaining to invitations and welcoming of NC delegates, transport and accommodation.

    The members of the commission are to hold discussions regarding matters to be submitted to the National Convention by the Work Committee, he said.

    Next, Secretary Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan explained arrangements being made by the commission. Later, those present assessed the matters submitted to the meeting and took part in the discussions. After that, the Secretary-1 gave necessary instructions. The meeting ended in the evening.

    Source: "The New Light Of Myanmar",


  2. Lt-Gen Maung Bo attends opening of hospital in Pyigyi Mandaing

    YANGON, 8 Oct — Member of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Maung Bo of the Ministry of Defence, accompanied by Chairman of Taninthayi Division Peace and Development Council Commander of Coastal Region Command Maj-Gen Maung Maung Swe, senior military officers, officials of the State Peace and Development Council Office and departments concerned, oversaw thriving oil palm plantations along Kawthoung-Bokpyin-Taninthayi-Myeik Road and regional development on 5 October morning.

    In Pyigyi Mandaing, they attended the ceremony to put Pyigyi Mandaing Hospital into service. Commander Maj-Gen Maung Maung Swe, Brig-Gen Thura Thet Oo Maung of Bokpyin Station and Deputy Director-General Dr Ye Myint of Health Department formally opened the hospital.

    Lt-Gen Maung Bo unveiled the signboard of the hospital and sprinkled scented water on it. They visited the hospital.

    Deputy Director-General Dr Ye Myint reported on construction of the hospital. The commander explained implementation of five rural development tasks and tasks being carried out for ensuring local food sufficiency, and extension of oil palm, rubber and pepper cultivation.

    After that, Lt-Gen Maung Bo said that thanks to opening the hospital, local people can enjoy health care services. As the Government is performing cent per cent equitable development of rural and urban regions across the nation, progress has been made in Pyigyi Mandaing.

    In-charge of the hospital Dr Aye Pyi Sone accepted K 100,000 to the medical trust-fund and for health and education tasks donated by Commander Maj-Gen Maung Maung Swe-Daw Tin Tin Nwe; K 50,000 by Brig-Gen Thura Thet Oo Maung and wife of Bokpyin Station; K 500,000 by Chairman of Kawthoung District PDC Lt-Col Tin Soe; K 100,000 by Chairperson of Taninthayi Division Maternal and Child Welfare Supervisory Committee Daw Tin Tin Nwe and other wellwishers.

    Lt-Gen Maung Bo presented mosquito nets to officials and K 100,000 to the band and pom-pom dance troupe.

    Commander Maj-Gen Maung Maung Swe gave away clothes and rice to the local people, the Patron of Division WAO Chairperson of Division MCWSC and party exercise books, pencils, books, VCDs, tapes and iodized salt to officials of the social organizations, Division Development Affairs Committee Director U Tin Aung K 500,000 for sinking tubewell to Dr Aye Pyi Sone. Pyigyi Mandaing Hospital is one storey reinforced concrete building measuring 80 feet by 40 feet built at a cost of K 30 million.

    Lt-Gen Maung Bo and party proceeded to Chaungnaukpyan Oil Palm Cultivation Camp of Htoo Trading Co Ltd in Taninthayi Township. Deputy Project manager U Moe Zaw Aye reported on growing and nurturing of oil palms and future tasks. Lt-Gen Maung Bo gave instructions on extension of the cultivation annually.

    Htoo Trading Co Ltd has been cultivating 63,000 oil palm saplings and has grown 1,050 acres of oil palm at the camp.

    Lt-Gen Maung Bo, Commander Maj-Gen Maung Maung Swe and Brig-Gen Thura Thet Oo Maung of Bokpyin Station planted oil palms near the project office.

    At the oil palm plantation of Kanbawza Agricultural and Industries Ltd in Taninthayi Township, they heard reports on completion of growing oil palms and tasks to be carried out by in-charge of the farm U Hla Kyi. Lt-Gen Maung Bo gave necessary instructions.

    Next, they met with departmental officials of the township. Chairman of Township PDC U Mya Thein briefed them on matters related to the township. The commander instructed officials to coordinate with oil palm companies for cultivating paddy on the places where oil palms are not yet to grow, and on wetland areas.

    On 6 October, they arrived in Kanmaw Village of Kyunsu Township via Myeik. At Kanmaw Village Affiliated BEHS, they viewed free medical treatment of specialist teams given to the local people under the supervision of Taninthayi Division WAO and MCWSC members. Patron Daw Tin Tin Nwe explained health care services.

    Lt-Gen Maung Bo attended the ceremony to pay respects to older persons of 70 years old and above at the school and presented gifts to them. Next, Lt-Gen Maung Bo inspected the school and its environs and the place for construction of the new school building, and attended to the needs.

    At the school, they met social organization members, local people and students. Officials submitted reports on matters related to Kanmaw Village and construction of village-to-village roads. Commander Maj-Gen Maung Maung Swe explained five rural development tasks to be speeded up for development of Kanmaw Village. Afterwards, Lt-Gen Maung Bo also explained undertaking of five rural development tasks for improvement of the rural areas.

    At the cash donation ceremony for construction of the new school building, Lt-Gen Maung Bo donated K 100,000, the Commander K 100,000 and an entrepreneur K 1.3 million and a businessman K 1.2 million to Kanmaw Village PDC Chairman U Thein Myint. Next, Lt-Gen Maung Bo cordially greeted the local people. They inspected rubber plantations in Kanmaw Island by boat and went back to Myeik.

    Source: "The New Light Of Myanmar",

  3. Development gap between urban and rural areas narrowed New school building, dispensary opened in Panan Village, Kyaukse Township

    YANGON, 8 Oct — The Government hand in hand with the people is striving with harmonious momentum for achieving success in economic plans being implemented for development of the nation.

    Thanks to implementation of dams and river water pumping projects in States and Divisions in accord with the guidance of the Head of State, not only greening tasks but also agricultural ones have developed. Likewise, the Government built factories to create job opportunities for the local people.

    Universities and hospitals have been upgraded and opened in the education and health sectors. At present, the people in rural and urban areas enjoy fruitful results of better transport. The gap between rural and urban areas is narrower than the past. Tasks are being carried out in education, health, transport, water supply and economic fields.

    Panan Village of Kyaukse Township is one of the developing rural areas.

    Patron of Mandalay Division Union Solidarity and Development Association Chairman of Mandalay Division Peace and Development Council Commander of Central Command Maj-Gen Khin Zaw, Secretariat Member of USDA Minister for Industry-1 U Aung Thaung and party arrived at Panan Village of Kyaukse Township, Mandalay Division, yesterday afternoon.

    They attended the ceremony to open the new building of self-reliant Basic Education Primary School in Panan Village. Chairman of the School Board of Trustees U Nyi Maung and Headmaster U Hla Myint Thein formally opened the school building.

    The commander and the secretariat member visited the building.

    They attended the ceremony to put the self-reliant rural dispensary into service in the village. Chairman of the dispensary construction committee U Aung Than and Village USDA Organizer U Nyi Maung cut the ribbon to open the dispensary. The commander, the minister and guests viewed round the dispensary.

    After that, they joined the ceremony to inaugurate new Panlaung River Bridge linking Panan and Pankhwa villages in Kyaukse Township. Chairman of the bridge construction committee U Aung Than and Vice-Chairman U Myat Htay formally opened the bridge. The commander, the minister and guests strolled on the bridge.

    Panan Village is located four miles from Kyaukse-Myittha short-cut Road in Kyaukse Township. The village is set up on 17 acres. Over 1,700 people of 282 households are residing in the village. The people are enjoying entertainment from 10 TV sets and two video houses. A total of 886 acres of land are cultivable areas.

    The village is being supplied with power through one bio-gas power station installed with 10 kv generator. At present, the station supplies power to 156 fluorescent lamps at houses, 35 in the street, 15 at the school, 20 at the pagoda, totalling 226.

    Moreover, Department of Development Affairs is carrying out construction of the rural housing in the villages.

    In the compound of the monastery in Panan Village, the commander and the secretariat member met with over 1,400 local people from Panan, Pankhwa, Kade and Thangedaw villages. First Secretary Ms Li Xiaoyan of Consulate of the People’s Republic of China was present as an observer.

    On behalf of the local people, U Thet Tun of Panan Village said that the village lagged behind in development in education, health and economic sectors due to poor transport. Now, the village has been facilitated with gravel road for better transport. Thanks to supply of power in Kade, Pankhwa and Thangedaw villages, the local people can travel to the urban area from their villages day and night. Hence, rural people can enjoy fruitful results of education, health and social sectors.

    Next, U Nyi Maung of Panan Village said that the rural people are informed of the efforts of the Government to narrow the gap between the rural and urban areas through TV programmes. Panan Village is supplied with power facility. As success has been achieved in running the bio-gas power supply task in Panan Village, now over 80 villages in Mandalay Division are being facilitated with bio-gas power generators.

    He, on behalf of local people, expressed gratitude of medical treatments given by the team of specialists. He pledged that locals will lend themselves to national and regional development tasks.

    U Win Khaing of Panan Village said that the government has placed emphasis on the development of rural areas. In 17 years, the government has constructed 178 irrigation facilities. So, all the vacant lands in the region has been put under paddy.

    In addition, it has constructed fertilizer factories and established libraries in Kyaukse region.

    Now, the region has been served with a government technological college, Kyaukse University, and a computer college. So, local people have enjoyed fruits of the government’s endeavours.

    In response, Minister U Aung Thaung said that he was very pleased to hear the words of thanks expressed by the locals. He pledged that measures will be taken with added momentum for the upgrading of village-to-village roads, supply of sufficient supply of power, safe water, and the development of education, health and economic sectors.

    The cash donation to rural region development projects, Panan Village Basic Education primary School, MCWA and WAO was held. Commander Maj-Gen Khin Zaw K 500,000 for renovation of the school, member of the Secretariat of USDA U Aung Thaung K 250,000 for purchase of desks and furniture and Chairman of School Board of Trustees U Nyi Maung injections against snake-bites Chairperson of Mandalay Division Maternal and Child Welfare Supervisory Committee Daw Khin Pyone Win a cupboard, medicines, 20 uniforms of MCWA, 500 books of various kinds for the library.

    Daw Khin Pyone Win also presented K 500,000 for Thonhtaungywagyi Village post-primary school, Chairperson of Division WAO Daw Than Than Nyunt exercise books and pencils.

    U Tin Aung of Great Wall Co Ltd presented K 1 million for rural dispensary and 22 well-wishers K 1.18 million to the commander.

    The First Secretary of Consulate-General in Mandalay presented K 50,000 and the Consulate-General of the Republic of India K 50,000.

    The commander, U Aung Thaung and guests inspected bio-gas power station in Panan Village and water supply for the village.

    Afterwards, the commander and party viewed booths on health.

    They then arrived at the intensive care unit and looked round free medical treatment to the eye patients, provided by team of eye specialist Dr Daw Swe Swe Yi and staff.

    The commander, secretariat member and party also encouraged medical treatment, provided by teams of the doctors, peadiatricians, Obstetrician and Gynaecologists, Othopaedic surgeons.

    In addition, MCWA and WAO gave talks on HIV, AIDS and human trafficking to the villagers.

    They disseminated knowledge on use of fly-proof latrines to the villagers as well.

    In the evening, the commander and party offered provisions to Sayadaw U Pandita of Ywa U Kyaung monastery.

    They also donated gifts to the older persons of the village.

    Source: "The New Light Of Myanmar",

  4. World Post Day message from the Director-General of UPU International Bureau

    YANGON, 9 Oct— The following is the message sent by the Director-General of the Universal Postal Union International Bureau on the occasion of World Post Day 2005 which falls today.

    The postal sector- An essential partner for the information society With just a few weeks to go before this November’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which will be held in Tunis (Tunisia), I wish to recall, on the occasion of World Post Day 2005, the important role played by the postal sector in reducing the digital divide around the world.

    With huge challenges facing the international community, the postal sector is increasingly a partner of choice in the realization of the WSIS objectives, and is committed to working closely with governments, the private sector, other international organizations and representatives of civil society to bring the information society within reach of millions of people who currently lack access to the Internet or to information and communication technologies.

    According to the action plan adopted after the first phase of the WSIS, in December 2003, the establishment of an infrastructure that provides access to information and communication technologies forms the bedrock of an integrated information society. With more than 660,000 post offices around the world, and a labour force of more than five million men and women, postal services are ideally placed to help make this a reality, and I am pleased to note that, in many countries, the postal sector is doing exactly that.

    The Post is present almost everywhere—even in the remotest corners of many countries— and serves as a key point of access to the outside world. Its doors are open to all, without discrimination, making it a fundamentally universal phenomenon, a force for integration. Today, the post office is so much more than the place you go to send or receive a letter or parcel; it is also a hub for electronic and financial services. For Bhutanese students living far away from their country’s capital, it provides a means of accessing their exam results via the Internet, while for thousands of Brazilians living in small communities along the Amazon, it offers direct access to the financial services they previously lacked, enabling them to save for the future and collect their pensions more quickly and easily, and in turn to reinvest in the local economy and lead more independent lives. Access to new information and communication technologies also means the ability to send a confidential electronic message securely, certified by an electronic postmark showing who sent it and when. And it provides a means of receiving parcels containing goods ordered over the Internet.

    The world postal network has evolved greatly over the past few years. It is pushing back the physical, digital and financial frontiers through the effective use of new technologies. More than ever before, he activities of the postal sector are helping to build national economies and reduce poverty around the world. A good example of this is the phenomenon of international migration and money transfers. According to the UN, migrant workers make up 3% of the world’s population. These workers often leave their homelands to earn a salary that will enable them to build a better life for the family they leave behind. According to World Bank figures, migrant workers transferred sums totalling 110 billion USD in 2004, a 52% increase over the figure for 2001. And with an average of 200 USD being transferred, customers require services that are not only reliable but affordable too. Moreover, after direct investments, money transfers are the second biggest source of funding for developing countries. Thanks to the worldwide financial network, based on cutting-edge technology, which the Universal Postal Union is helping to build, migrant workers, and millions of their fellow citizens, are set to benefit from a wider range of services, and the ability to perform time-certain money transfers at very reasonable cost.On this day, 9 October, World Post Day 2005, I invite people all around the world to pay a visit to a post office and find out what it has to offer. I am confident they will find services which are better adapted than ever to the new information society. By the same token, I invite governments, the private sector, international organizations and members of civil society who share our desire to bridge the digital divide to work in partnership with the postal sector, with all its tremendous assets, and skills. Together, by creating lasting partnerships, we can provide millions of people with fairer access to communications and information: a human right and, for the postal sector, a core mission.

    Source: "The New Light Of Myanmar",

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