Monday, 9 May  2011 THE MYANMAR TIMES

Cultural heritage buildings inspected in Mandalay

NAY PYI TAW, 8 May- Accompanied by Mandalay Region Minister for Social Affairs U Than Soe Myint and officials, Union Minister for Information and for Culture U Kyaw Hsan looked into preservation of ancient cultural works at Myanan Sankyaw Golden Palace and Cultural Museum, the Mingala Gate and Laythein Gate, 19 Thudhamma wayside rest houses, Shwenandaw Monastery and Maha Atulawaiyan (Atumashi) Monastery in Mandalay, and the number of local and foreign visitors.

During his inspection tour, the Union Minister stressed the need to make display of artifacts in Mandalay Archaeological Region more attractive, prevent damage due to natural elements, systematically preserve the ancient works with the use of modern chemicals, renovate Thudhamma wayside rest houses with contributions of the ministry and collaborative efforts of wellwishers and give priority to security measures.

Staff should commit themselves to clean governance

YANGON, 8 May- Staff should strive to meet the target of export of forest products, earn more foreign exchange than target and ensure a clean governance said Union Minister for Forestry U Win Tun while inspecting lots at Setsan raft jetty in Pazundaung Township, here, yesterday.

The Union Minister visited container yard (sawn timber) in Ahlon Township, inland container inspection yard in Botahtaung Township and loading log at No.4 wharf of Sule port.

Public Works upgrading roads in Shan State (North)

NAY PYI TAW, 8 May- In meeting with officials of Public Works at Shan State Superintending Engineer’s Office in Lashio yesterday, Union Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint heard reports on road works along 48/4 miles long Hsipaw-Panglon-Namhsan Road, 37 miles long Mangton-Namhsan Road and 78 miles long Kutkai- Tamoenye-Monesi-Tarpa-18th-Mile Junction (Tashwehtan) Road presented by Shan State (North) Superintending Engineer U Sai Kyaw Moe.

The Union Minister inspected the offices of engineers and staff quarters.

Weather forecasts for second 10-day of May

NAY PYI TAW, 8 May- Southwest monsoon will enter southern parts of Myanmar in the second 10 days of May. A depression can occur at the Bay of Bengal and it will be stronger to be small storm. Weather is cloudy or partly cloudy at the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

Rain or thundershowers will be scattered in upper Sagaing, Mandalay, Yangon, Bago, Ayeyawady and Taninthayi regions, Kachin, Chin, Shan, Kayin and Mon States from 4 to 6 days and the remaining regions and states in three days.

Lower Sagaing and Magway regions, Kayah and Kayin States will have more than average temperature in May and the remaining regions and states the average temperature of May.

Ayeyawady River will reach above the water level of 120 centimetres (about four feet) at Myitkyina, Bhamo and Katha, above the water level of 90 centimetres (about three feet) at Mandalay and Sagaing, above the water level of 75 centimetres (about 2.5 feet) at Pakokku, NyaungU, Chauk, Minbu, Magway, Aunglan, Pyay, Seiktha, Hinthada and Zalun.

Chindwin River will reach above the water level of 90 centimetres (about three feet) at Khamti and Homalin and 45 centimetres (about 1.5 feet) at Mawlaik, Kalewa and Monywa.

EP-2 Minister receives Chinese guests

NAY PYI TAW, 8 May - Union Minister for Electric Power No. 2 U Khin Maung Soe received Vice-President Mr Shen Ai Hua and party of Hydrochina Kunming Engineering Corporation of the People's Republic of China at his office, here, on 6 May morning.

Buddha Tooth Relic Pagoda (Yangon) to be renovated

YANGON, 8 May - Union Minister for Religious Affairs Thura U Myint Maung attended coordination meeting for full scale renovation of Buddha Tooth Relic Pagoda (Yangon) at the meeting hall of Pagoda Board of Trustees office in Mayangon Township here this morning.

The chairman of leading committee for renovation of pagoda and officials of working committees submitted reports. The minister attended to the needs.

The minister paid homage to the pagoda after the meeting.

Personnel urged to undertake development tasks in Shan State

NAY PYI TAW, 8 May- Chief Minister of Shan State U Sao Aung Myat yesterday afternoon gave instructions on beautifying of town, systematically carrying out of development tasks at the office of Shan State Development Affairs Committee in Kengtung.

Director of Shan State DAC U Sai Tun Tun reported on tasks of DACs.

The Chief Minister left necessary instructions.

Panhlaing Hospital gets ISO 9001:2008 Certificate

YANGON, 8 May-A ceremony to present ISO 9001:2008 Certificate by GIC (Guardian Independent Certification) of England to Panhlaing Hospital, was held at Sedona Hotel on Kaba-Aye Pagoda Road, here, this evening.

It was attended by Chief Minister of Yangon Region U Myint Swe, Yangon Region Hluttaw Speaker U Sein Tin Win, Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint and authority concerned from Yangon Region and officials from Ministry of Health. At the ceremony, the medical superintendent of Panhlaing Hospital Dr Ye Moe Myint extended greeting and explained the reason of getting ISO certificate. Operation Director Dr Tin Lat of GIC handed over the certificate to the medical superintendent. After that, Chairman of SPA/FMI Co U Thein Wai spoke words of honour and hosted a dinner. Panhlaing Hospital, established last six year, got the ISO certificate for quality management system for provision of health care.

It is the first hospital that gets the ISO certificate in Myanmar. It is providing quality health care to the patients.

Water poured at Maha Bo tree, aquatic animals set free in precinct of Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw

NAY PYI TAW, 8 May- A ceremony to pour water at Maha Bo tree in the precinct of Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw and set aquatic animals free was held in the precinct of the pagoda here at 5 pm today, and Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command Maj-Gen Wai Lwin attened the ceremony and poured water at the Maha Bo tree and set aquatic animals free.
Also present on the occasion were members of the Leading Committee for Construction of the Pagoda and work committees, the chairmen of Nay Pyi Taw District and Township Peace and Development Councils, and members of religious associations.

The ceremony was opened with the recitation of Namo Tassa three times by the congregation led by the commander.

Master of ceremonies Saddhamma Jotikadhaja U Thura recited religious verses to pay homage to the Maha Bo tree.

Next, Commander Maj-Gen Wai Lwin and officials offered water to the Maha Bo tree and poured water and scented water at it.

After that, members of the religious associations poured water at the Maha Bo tree and the master of ceremonies recited religious verses.

The ceremony to pour water at the Maha Bo tree ended with the three-time recitation of Buddha Sasanam Ciramtitthatu.

The ceremony to set aquatic animals free followed at Malini Mingala Lake in the precinct of the pagoda.

The ceremony was opened with the recitation of religious verses by the master of ceremonies.

Afterwards, the commander and party set the aquatic animals free and fed them.

Next, members of the religious associations set the aquatic animals free, and the master of ceremonies recited religious verses to put the ceremony to an end.

At 4 pm, before the ceremony, members of the religious associations from ministries, battalions and regiments, and townships of Nay Pyi Taw District recited religious verses in the cave of Uppatasanti Pagoda.

Today, Fullmoon Day of Kason, the compound of Uppatasanti Pagoad was packed with Buddhist devotees from townships of Nay Pyi Taw District and other regions including those who observed precepts and offered flowers and water to the pagoda.

Kalaw, Taunggyi enjoy farming progress

NAY PYI TAW, 8 May-Maj-Gen Min Aung Hlaing of the Ministry of Defence accompanied by Chairman of Shan State Peace and Development Council Commander of Eastern Command Brig-Gen Yar Pyae and officials concerned on 7 May morning met with servicemen and family members at the hall in Kalaw Station.

They inspected tasks of pig farm in Heho station.

Afterwards, Maj-Gen Min Aung Hlaing looked into chrysanthemum plantations in Ingaung village and in YehtwetU ward in Ayethaya.

At Htonpho Research Farm of Agriculture Research Department in Taunggyi, Maj-Gen Min Aung Hlaing heard reports on progress of research works presented by the Assistant Research Officer and attended to the needs.

Maj-Gen Min Aung Hlaing viewed sample potato and paddy strains produced by the research farm and left necessary instructions.