26th March 2012
President U Thein Sein sends message of felicitations to Bangladesh
NAY PYI TAW, 26 March President U Thein Sein, has sent a message of felicitations to President Mr Mohammed Zillur Rahman of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, on the occasion of its anniversary of Independence and National Day, today.
President U Thein Sein, also felicitated to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on the occasion.
Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin sent felicitations to his counterpart the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Dipu Moni.MNA
President U Thein Sein attends inauguration of Paybin River Bridge
NAY PYI TAW, 26 March Construction of Paybin River Bridge built on Pathein-Ngapudaw Road, which is No. 11 Road in Ayeyawady Region Road Network Development Project, commenced on 10 January 2011 and it was successfully inaugurated yesterday.
President U Thein Sein attended the opening ceremony of the bridge at the pavilion on Pathein-Ngapudaw Road in Kangyidaunt Township yesterday morning and unveiled the inscription. The local people warmly welcomed the President and party along Pathein-Ngapudaw Road waving flags.
Also present on the occasion were Lt-Gen Hla Htay Win of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Union Ministers U Myint Hlaing, U Soe Thein, U Thein Nyunt, U Khin Maung Myint, U Ohn Myint, U Aye Myint and Dr Mya Aye, Region Chief Minister U Thein Aung, Speaker of Region Hluttaw U Hsan Hsint, Commander of South-West Command Maj-Gen Soe Thein, Deputy Ministers U Soe Tint, U Than Tun and Dr Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin, departmental heads, departmental personnel, members of social organizations and local people.
First, Union Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint reported on matters related to construction of the bridge.
The newly-opened Paybin river-crossing bridge is located on Pathein- Ngapudaw road in Kangyidaunt Township, Ayeyawady Region. It is steel truss measuring 720 feet in length and 31 feet in width and of concrete. In the olden days, Ngapudaw had to rely only on waterway due to transport barriers. It had to take about four hours to the nearest town, Pathein. There are 330 townships in Myanmar. Ngapudaw is one of ten townships that do not connect to road networks. Pathein-Ngapudaw road of 11 roads built for development of road networks in Ayeyawady Region can link road networks covering the whole countries. Thanks to it, it is easily accessible from Ngapudaw to Pathein within one hour. And then, Paybin river-crossing bridge was built on Pathein-Ngapudaw road in order to reach four corners of the country.
In the past, people had to face transport barriers. After 1988, the government built scores of road networks and of river-crossing bridges including Bo Myat Tun bridge. Thanks to it, the Region’s transport has become smooth. The region has easy access not only to motor road but also to rail road as Ayeyawady Bridge (Nyaungdon) which is a railcum- road was put into services.
Ayeyawady Region which is the rice bowl of Myanmar can sell paddy, beans and pulses, local crops and marine products throughout the county and export them easily. So the Region would see economic development, thereby contributing to development of education, health, social and administrative sectors. Ngapudaw Township is doing business in salt industry, timber and marine products. Upon completion of the bridges on Pathein- Ngapudaw road, it would see development. Products from regions can be exported safely and smoothly by using that road. Thanks to the road, people can move to safer places in short period of time in case of natural disasters.
President U Thein Sein said at the meeting (1/ 2011) of the Central Committee for Progress of Border Areas and National Races on 23 April, 2011, said : although land and water resources of the states and regions may vary according to their topography, measures will be taken to improve the various sectors of those regions such as economy, social affairs, education, health and transport. Only if development tasks are carried out to improve the transport, economy, health and education standards of those regions, will national consolidation be strengthened and Union Spirit forged.
According to the President’s instructions, transport which is the base for more strengthening national consolidation plays an important role. So, the Ministry of Construction is carrying out the road and bridge constructions throughout the country after laying down the plans.
Before 1988, there were tarred roads (5543 miles), gravel road (1569 miles), hard road (3628 miles) and earth roads (2895 miles), totaling 13635 miles across the country. Now, the country has concrete road (396/5.5 miles), tarred road (10329 miles), gravel road (3502/1.5), hard road (3455/ 7.5 miles), earth road (4909/ 7.5 miles), alignment (885 miles) , totaling 23478 miles and six furlongs. Five-year and 30-year plans are being laid down for the development of roads and bridges.
Thetkal Creek-crossing bridge (Over-180-feet) measuring 1820 feet is under construction. Its works will complete soon when the 240- feet-long truss is fixed on it. Upon completion of it, the township including Ngapudaw can connect to road networks and see the rapid development.
Local people are to use it systematically and conserve it for the durability of Paybin river-crossing bridge. In conclusion, I would like to express the special thanks to the President, Union ministers, Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister and ministers, officials, townselders and local people for successful opening of the Bridge.
Next, Region Chief Minister U Thein Aung made a speech. He said that transport plays a key role in development of a region. Only when the transport sector is in good condition, will the region have betterment of economic, education, health, social and other sectors. After 1988, railroads and motor roads were constructed as network in Ayeyawady Region. Moreover, a motor road from Ngapudaw to Pathein was also constructed. In addition, bridges were also constructed in necessary areas for ensuring swift flow of commodities and creating better situation for economy of the local people.
He said that the local people residing in the region know that they have to take shelter of rules of law and peace and stability for development of their life. Thus, the region government will give priority to prevalence of law and order and peace and tranquility of community by joining hands with the region Hluttaw, the Tatmadaw and the local people at any time.
The Region Chief Minister said that at present, plans are being implemented to boost production of agriculture, fishery and salt industry two or three times and improve industrial sector, energy, tourism, education, health and environmental conservation sectors. Moreover, rice can directly be exported by vessel from Pathein. In addition, arrangements are being made to export salt, beans and pulses, timber and marine products.
He continued that as part of efforts to develop the region and create the job opportunities, the long-term plan is being implemented together with PTT Co of Thailand for construction of the deep sea port in Ngwehsaung Region and industrial zones in Maubin, Wakema and Pathein regions. Moreover, Myanmar Investment Commission allowed conducting of feasibility study for implementation of a project comprising Yangon-Pathein Road, the railroad plan and the offshore gas pipeline plan. In addition, local national entrepreneurs will invest the CMP export garment factories to be able to create the jobs for the local people. The garment industry will emerge within two years and it can create about 50000 jobs for the local people. A meeting is now in progress with a Chinese company of garment industry that can create about 200,000 jobs.
He added that the State has agreed in principle to establish one advanced specialist hospital, shop houses and modern housing projects in Ward 5 of Pathein, and the companies will report to the MIC. He thanked the President for his attendance to opening ceremony of the bridge and the Head of State, the government, the Ministry of Construction, the organizations, the Ayeyawady Region government and the local people for their contributions to successful construction of the bridge meeting set standards. In conclusion, he urged the local people to safeguard the bridge for its durability.
A local spoke words of thanks.
Next, the President cordially greeted those present.
Union Minister U Thein Nyunt, Union Minister U Khin Maung Myint, Region Chief Minister U Thein Aung and Speaker of Region Hluttaw U Hsan Hsint formally opened the bridge. The President and party posed for documentary photo together with engineers and officials of the construction group.
The President then unveiled the stone inscription and sprinkled scented water on it. Likewise, the Union ministers, the region Chief Minister and the Speaker of Region Hluttaw also sprinkled scented water on the inscription.
After passing the bridge by car, the President and party arrived at Thetkel Creek Bridge Construction Project. At the briefing hall, the President instructed the Union Minister U Khin Maung Myint, Region Chief Minister U Thein Aung and Deputy Minister U Soe Tint to timely complete the bridge construction tasks.
They left Pathein by special flight and arrived in Yangon in the morning.
Paybin River Bridge is of reinforced concrete bored pile type. The bridge was built with RC posts, steel beam at upper structure and RC floor. The structure is 720 feet long with 24 feet wide motor road and 3.5 feet wide pedestrian way on either side. The bridge can withstand 60-ton loads.
The bridge was built by Bridge Construction Special Project Group-7 of the Ministry of Construction. It is the 12th bridge of over-180 feet long facilities in the time of the government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the 4th bridge in Ayeyawady Region.
Ngapudaw relied on waterway transport due to poor road transport in the past. Thanks to Paybin River Bridge, the local people of Ngapudaw can take about one hour to Pathein and they have now easy access to all regions of the nation. MNA
President U Thein Sein receives Governor of Yunnan Province and party
NAY PYI TAW, 26 March President U Thein Sein received a delegation led by Yunnan Province Governor Mr Li Ji Heng of the People’s Republic of China at the Credentials Hall of the President Office, here, at 3 pm today.
Also present at the call were Vice-President Thiha Thura U Tin Aung Myint Oo, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister at the President Office U Thein Nyunt, Union Minister for Mines U Thein Htaik, Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun and departmental heads.
The Yunnan Province Governor and party were accompanied by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Mr Li Junhua.
At the call, they frankly discussed further strengthening of strategic ties between Myanmar and China, promotion of economic cooperation between the two countries, enhancement of road transport and stability of border regions with Yunnan Province which plays a pivotal role in relationship between Myanmar and China. MNA
Broadcasting of MWD TV Channels of No. 2 Defence Services TV Broadcasting Unit extended
NAY PYI TAW, 26 March As a gesture of hailing the 67th Anniversary Armed Forces Day, the station of No. 2 Defence Services TV Broadcasting Unit that extends broadcasting of Myawady TV channels through international level digital system was launched at the station, here, this morning, attended by Commander-in- Chief of Defence Services General Min Aung Hlaing.
Also present on the occasion were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in- Chief (Army) Lt-Gen Soe Win, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Vice-Admiral Nyan Tun, Commander-in-Chief (Air) Lt-Gen Myat Hein, senior military officers of the Commander-in-Chief’s Office, the commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, service personnel of the station and guests.
At the ceremony, Adjutant-General Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo, Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command Maj-Gen Maung Maung Aye and Director of Public Relations and Psychological Warfare Maj-Gen Than Soe formally opened the station.
The Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services sprinkled scented water on the inscription.
The second section of the ceremony continued at the theatre of the station. General Min Aung Hlaing launched six extended Myawady TV channels.
The General and party enjoyed entertainments of the mobile public relations units.
Next, they visited the new station.
No. 2 Defence Services TV Broadcasting Unit launched the new programmes through six TV channels such as MWD Variety, MWD Movies, MWD Series, MWD Music, MWD Documentary and MWD Shopping through international level digital system upon completion of testrunning programmes.
Existing Myawady TV Channel and FM Radio Channel of Thazin Radio Station will be operated simultaneously through digital system. Those wishing to receive Myawady TV channels through satellite dish may apply Satellite Palapa-D, satellite location 113°E, downlink frequency 4109.5 MHz, symbol rate 11.669012 Mboud, modulation PSK, FEC 3/4, polarization horizontal and through MWD set top box.
Yunnan Governor calls on Union Minister for Information and Culture
NAY PYI TAW, 26 March Union Minister for Information and for Culture U Kyaw Hsan met a delegation led by Yunnan Province Governor Mr Li Ji Heng at the VIP Holding Room of Myanmar International Convention Centre here at 4.20 pm today.
Also present at the call were Deputy Information Minister U Soe Win, Deputy Culture Minister Daw Sanda Khin, directors-general and managing directors of the Information Ministry and Culture Ministry, deputy directors-general, directors and officials. The Chinese delegation was accompanied by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Myanmar Mr Li Junhua.
Both sides discussed matters related to strengthening of Myanmar-Yunnan amity and cooperation, exchange of visits between media groups regarding the information sector, information sharing, cooperation in news and information tasks, signing of an MoU on shooting TV series on “The Dancing Girl from the Pyu Kingdom” under the first ever cooperation between China and Myanmar in order to further strengthen Myanmar-Yunnan friendship, cooperation in the movie sector, exchange of visits between cultural troupes and cooperation in preservation and maintaining of ancient cultural heritages.
MoU on shooting TV series under China-Myanmar cooperation inked
NAY PYI TAW, 26 March Under cooperation between China and Myanmar, an MoU on shooting TV series ‘‘The Dancing Girl from the Pyu Kingdom’’ was signed at MICC here at 5.10 pm today. The signing ceremony was attended by Union Minister for Information and for Culture U Kyaw Hsan and Yunnan Province Governor Mr Li Ji Heng.
Also present were Deputy Information Minister U Soe Win, Deputy Culture Minister Daw Sanda Khin, directors-general, managing directors of the Information Ministry and Culture Ministry, deputy directorsgeneral, directors and officials and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Myanmar Mr Li Junhua.
Shwe Thanlwin Media Co Chairman U Kyaw Win and Chairman of Yunnan Broadcasting and Yun Shi Media Co Ltd Mr Zhao Shuqing signed the MoU and exchanged the notes in the presence of Union Minister U Kyaw Hsan and the Yunnan Province governor. MNA
Yunnan Province Governor arrives in Nay Pyi Taw
NAY PYI TAW, 26 March A delegation led by Yunnan Province Governor Mr Li Ji Heng arrived here by special flight at 10 pm yesterday. They were welcomed at Nay Pyi Taw International Airport by Nay Pyi Taw Council member U Myint Swe and officials.
The Chinese delegation called on Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing at the ministry this morning, and they cordially discussed agricultural cooperation.
Next, the governor attended a ceremony to sign MoU on increased rice production and construction of advanced rice mill between China Yunnan Provincial Overseas Investment Co Ltd, China Development Bank Corporation and Zalun link (Rice) Company Ltd.
Then, the Yunnan Province governor and delegation members called on Union Minister for Commerce U Win Myint and discussed trade affairs.
The delegation also visited Union Minister at the President Office Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council Nay Pyi Taw Mayor U Thein Nyunt at Nay Pyi Taw City Hall. Both parties discussed matters relating to tourism development and mutual cooperation in cultural and other sectors.
In the afternoon, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman U Thein Nyunt hosted a luncheon to the Chinese delegation on the lawns of Myat Taw Win Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw Hotel Zone. MNA
Collective measles immunization campaign-2012 launched
NAY PYI TAW, 26 March Opening of collective measles immunization campaign-2012 was held at the Ministry of Health this morning, with an address by Chairman of National Health Committee Union Minister for Health Dr Pe Thet Khin. The minister and officials visited the booths and enjoyed the immunization. The campaign will be conduced from 22 to 31 March at the designated places across the country. Myanmar is actively participating in Year of Intensification of Routine Immunization which is designated by World Health Organization for ASEAN countries. MNA
Union Transport Minister receives Director of Thailand-based RIMES
NAY PYI TAW, 26 March Union Minister for Transport U Nyan Tun Aung received Director Mr Arjunapermal Subbiah of Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warming System (RIMES) of Thailand at the ministry, here, 3 pm today.
They focused on new generations of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology to be attached to the RIMES for jointly doing research to have technological experiences for issuance of warnings on natural disasters so as to apply their experiences in works of the department, extended opening of earthquake seismological observatory stations in Myanmar and modern technological assistance to be continuously given to Myanmar.