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Senior General meets officers, troops, families Ministries to compete in Htamane

of Mogaung, Mohnyin cantonments making contest in Nay Pyi Taw

Vol. V, No. 295, 1 st Waxing of Tabodwe 1380 ME www.globalnewlightofmyanmar.com Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Pyithu Hluttaw vetoes bikes in outer Yangon;

discusses power supply, distribution loss

Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s eleventh regular session is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  PHOTO: MNA

A MOTION to permit use of

motorcycles in six outlying
townships of Yangon was voted
to permit use of motorcycles in
four Dagon Myothit townships,
and Hlinethaya and Shwepyitha … it would ease
abstentions. With a majority of
votes against the motion, Pyithu
Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat
Electricity Supply Corporation
(MESC), and franchises, and
how they are handling power

transport in
down at the eighth meeting of townships, located just outside announced it would not be tabled losses. The Deputy Minister for
the Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s Yangon city. Stating his reasons for discussion. Electricity and Energy, Dr. Tun
eleventh regular session, which for tabling the motion, he said it Naing, said that in the Yangon
was held yesterday at the Pyithu would ease transport in areas areas that are Power supply arrangement Region, the YESC and franchise
Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw. that are not adequately covered of YESC, MESC companies were handling elec-
by the YBS system and cited the not adequately In the question-and-answer tricity distribution in 42 and 15
Motion for motorcycles in low cost of using motorcycles. U session, U Nay Myo Htet of townships, respectively, while
outlying townships of Yan-
gon voted down
Ye Lwin of Ahlon constituency
supported the motion.
covered by the Kyauktada Constituency asked
about the township-wise elec-
in Mandalay Region, the MESC
and franchise companies were
U Aye Naing of Dagon Myo-
thit (South) constituency tabled
When the motion was put
to vote, there were 50 votes sup-
YBS system … tricity distribution arrangement
of the Yangon Electricity Supply
handling electricity distribution in
14 and 20 townships, respectively.
a motion urging the government porting it, 265 against it, and 3 Corporation (YESC), Mandalay SEE PAGE-2



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Pyithu Hluttaw vetoes bikes in outer Yangon; discusses power…

FROM PAGE-1 atives Lt-Col Tun Tun Win and
Major Zin Lin.
The deputy minister said the Committee member U Khin
authorities are cracking down Maung Oo responded to the dis-
on illegal use of electricity and cussions by providing explana-
imposing fines on offenders, and tions and then tabled a motion for
they are also detecting non-oper- the Hluttaw to accept the report.
ational, damaged, and tampered After obtaining the decision of the
meters. Arrangements are being Hluttaw, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker
made to place capacitor banks to U T Khun Myat announced the
reduce losses from poor power approval of the Hluttaw to accept
factor due to usage of industrial the report.
motors when installing industri-
al-use transformers, he said. Central Bank of Myanmar Deputy Deputy Minister for Transport and The Deputy Minister for Electricity Hluttaw approves Civil Ser-
Furthermore when agree- Governor U Bo Bo Nge. Communications U Kyaw Myo. and Energy Dr. Tun Naing. vice Law (2nd Amendment)
ments were signed with franchise Bill
companies, drawing up and im- Minister for Electricity and En- and 8.89 miles of 11 KV power 11/0.4 KV 200 KVA transformers Afterwards Bill Committee
plementing System Development ergy Dr. Tun Naing said Region line to provide villages like Lat- for HtaneKan Village. member U Sai Tun Aye explained
Plans were included to improve Government funds were used in panchaung, Gonmin, Zichaung Questions raised by Daw about the amendment motions
electricity distribution in the fiscal year 2019-2020 for 5 miles and ByaikKyi, explained the Dep- Nan Moe of Mongton constit- tabled by Hluttaw representa-
short term and to provide time- of 11 KV power line to provide uty Minister. uency,Daw Khin HninThit of tives on the Civil Service Law
ly supply of increasing electrici- electricity to Phayagyikon Vil- Dr. U Lin LinKyaw of Myit- Padaung constituency, U Nyan (2nd Amendment) Bill submitted
ty demand. Franchises were to lage beside Kyaunggon-Einme tha constituency asked if there Lin of Shwepyitha constituency by the Union Civil Service Board
draw up plans to reduce electrici- Road, 6.22 miles of 11 KV pow- was a plan to allocate fund for and U Sai Ba Thein of Langk- and the Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker
ty losses and earmark budget for er line to provide electricity to MyaungGyiBaung, Pwe Lon ho constituency were then an- obtained the decision of the Hlut-
it. The status of works being done Moemakha, Ywathakon, Kyaun- Kyaw and HtaneKan villages swered by Central Bank of My- taw to approve it.
was being monitored by district gAing and Asugyi villages beside in Myittha Township that were anmar Deputy Governor U Bo Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker then
and township managers through Kyaunggon-Kyonpyaw Road and facing difficulties in conducting Bo Nge and Deputy Minister for continued and obtained the de-
field visits, as well as with spot to provide electricity to Pantawyo, self-reliant village electrification Transport and Communications cision of the Hluttaw to approve
checks by Management Level LuthantChaung and Wetchan program. Deputy Minister Dr. U Kyaw Myo. the entire bill and the amended
occasionally. The Head office Gayet villages beside Kyaung- Tun Naing replied that Mandalay clauses and sub-clauses and an-
reviewed, managed and coor- gon-Thongwa Road. For fiscal Region Government would allo- Committee report discussed, nounced the Hluttaw’s approval.
dinated the monthly progress, year 2020-2021 funds have been cate funds in fiscal year 2020-2021 explained and approved Finally an announcement
explained the Deputy Minister. allocated in the Region Govern- for 11.72 miles of 11 KV power line Next, Pyithu Hluttaw gov- was made to hold the Second
In replying to a ques- ment fund to implement 5.97 for MyaungGyiBaung Village, a ernment’s guarantees, pledges Pyithu Hluttaw eleventh regular
tion raised by U Thein Tun of miles of 11 KV power line to pro- mile of 11/0.4 KV power line and and undertaking vetting commit- session ninth day meeting on 7
Kyaunggon constituency on a vide electricity to Kungyankon, 11/0.4 KV 200 KVA transformer tee report was discussed by U February. – Aye Aye Thant (MNA)
plan to extend 11 KV power line Yin Saing and Thekon villages for Pwe Lon Kyaw Village and 2 Naing Naing Win of Tamu con-
in Kyaunggon Township, Deputy besides Kyaunggon-Daka Road miles of 11 KV power line and two stituency, Tatmadaw represent- (Translated by Zaw Min)

Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s eleventh regular session holds eighth-day meeting

By Aung Ye Thwin (MNA) high school subjects said the schools and it will be provided
Deputy Minister. once permission is obtained
THE eighth-day meeting of U Hla San of Magway said the Deputy Minister.
eleventh regular session of Region constituency 1 on the
the Second Amyotha Hluttaw other hand asked if there is a Discussion of bills
was held yesterday morning plan to provide teaching aid Fo l l o w i ng the a s te r-
at Amyotha Hluttaw meeting cars to government technical isk-marked question session
hall in Nay Pyi Taw where as- institutes and government Tatmadaw representatives
terisk-marked questions and technical high schools in the Captain Daw Than Than Win
raised and answered and Hlut- same way as provided to No. and Captain Daw Thazin Hlaing
taw discussed two bills. 5 Industrial Training Center discussed on amending the age
(Magway). Deputy Minister of marriage in Child Rights Bill
Asterisk-marked questions for Education U Win Maw Tun to eighteen years old. Tatmad-
U Saw Sein Tun of Kayah replied that the matter was aw representatives Captain Dw
Deputy Minister for Education U Hla San of Magway Region
State constituency 4 raised the U Win Maw Tun.
submitted to the President’s Win Thiri Swe and Colonel Na-
constituency 1.
first question asked if there is Office and as permission was ing Oo also discussed the bill.
a plan to upgrade Dawtama Academic Year. Furthermore ter for Education U Win Maw granted, arrangements were Next, U Maung Maung
Nge Basic Education sub-High at the moment the school is Tun replied that there were being made to provide a to- Ohn of Ayeyawady Region con-
School in Dimawhso Township. permitted to teach high school only 67 high school students tal of 30 old vehicles for use stituency 5 discussed the bill
Deputy Minister for Edu- subjects. in the sub-High School and it as teaching aids at a rate of 5 amending the Myanmar Engi-
cation U Win Maw Tun replied Similarly U Myint Naing is only about six miles away cars per school to government neering Council Law.
that there were only 177 high of Rakhine State constituency from Apaukwa Basic Educa- technical institutes in Insein, The ninth-day meeting of
school students in the sub-High 5 asked if there is a plan to tion High School and thus it Shwepyitha, Mandalay and the eleventh regular session of
School and since it is only about upgrade Sin Oh Chaing Vil- is not in the priority list for PyinOoLwin, Japan-Myanmar the Second Amyotha Hluttaw
a mile away from Dimawhso lage Basic Education sub-High upgrade during 2019-2020 Ac- Aung San vocational school will be held on 7 February it is
Basic Education High School School in Kyauktaw Township ademic Year. As in the reply and teachers training school. learnt.
there it is not in the priority during 2019-2020 Academic made to earlier question the More submissions were made
list for upgrade in the 2019-2020 Year. Here too Deputy Minis- school too is permitted to teach to do the same for remaining (Translated by Zaw Min)

Senior General meets officers, troops, families

of Mogaung, Mohnyin cantonments
Commander-in-Chief of Defence towards raising the education
Services Senior General Min and knowledge of the local peo-
Aung Hlaing met separately with ple, conducting drug eradication
officers, troops and families of works and reduce/prevent drug
Northern Command, Mogaung usage and participation of the
and Mohnyin cantonments yes- Tatmadaw in regional develop-
terday morning and afternoon. ment works.
Following the meetings Tat- Later in the evening the
madaw Commander-in-Chief Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief
presented food for officers, and party arrived Kachin State,
troops and families of the can- Mohnyin District, Indawgyi Lake.
tonment while his wife presented In the meeting and discus-
cash supports to the maternal sion with local elders, local peo-
and child welfare association of ple and members of militia on
the cantonments. regional development matters,
Next, Commander-in-Chief local elders, local people and
(Navy), Commander-in-Chief head of militia first explained
(Air) and high ranking officers about regional development and
from Commander-in-Chief security matters.
(Army) Office presented books, The Tatmadaw Command- Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets with department officials from Mohnyin District.  PHOTO: C-IN-C OFFICE
journals, sports equipment and er-in-Chief said he was very hap-
food. py to be able to meet with ethnic and preventing drug use. path chosen by the people. maw Township and paid homage
Afterwards the Tatmadaw nationals. A month after the Tatmad- The Tatmadaw Command- to sanghas led by State Sangha
Commander-in-Chief met with The Tatmadaw Command- aw made an announcement on er-in-Chief, Commander-in-Chief Nayaka Myitkyina Dhamma Ra-
departmental officials from er-in-Chief said Indawgyi region 21 December 2018 for cease fire (Navy) and Commander-in-Chief khita Wuntho Monastery Sayad-
Mogaung Township and Mohnyin was a place where agriculture and eternal peace some ethnic (Air Force) then presented foods aw Agga Maha Panita Bhaddanta
District and discussed require- land, water and food were abun- armed organizations were found to local ethnic nationals and Kaytumala, after which they took
ments for using available elec- dantly available and to use the to have broken their promises members of the militia. the five precepts and donated
tricity to produce high quality re- available electricity to produce and pledges. A path has been Later theTatmadaw Com- offerings.
gional finished products based on finished goods from agriculture opened to conduct meetings mander-in-Chief, wife and party They then offered flowers,
agriculture and livestock works and livestock works. He advised and discussions along the NCA paid homage to Shwe Myintzu waters and oil lamps to the bud-
and obtain income, for leadership them to consume nutritious veg- route for peace and the country Pagoda in Indawgyi Lake and do- dha image, and paid homage by
of relevant officials to conduct etables, meat, fish and eggs and would develop only when there nated cash for pagoda all-round going around the pagoda in a
agriculture and livestock works to produce educated ethnic na- was peace. He explained about repair work. clock-wise direction according to
appropriate for the region, to tionals. He added that the Tat- the importance of rule of law, From there they continued news released by the Office of the
conduct administrative works madaw has been doing its best peace and stability to achieve on to the Thousand Arahat Shin- Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief.
in a fair and equitable manner, for regional development and for a disciplined democracy when pin Myatswa Pagoda on Mt. Shwe — MNA
to cooperate and work together all to participate in controlling walking down the democracy Moe, Mine Nar Village, Waing- (Translated by Zaw Min)

Ministries to compete
in Htamane making
contest in Nay Pyi Taw
On the full moon of Tabodwe on among the people and for other
19 February, ‘htamane’ making countries to get to know of this
competition of ministries will be cultural tradition of Myanmar
held. said the Union Minister.
A second coordination meet- Deputy Minister for Infor-
ing to hold the competition was mation U Aung Hla Tun sug-
held at Ministry of Information gested on preparation works to
and Union Minister for Informa- successfully hold the competi-
tion Dr. Pe Myint said the compe- tion and officials from ministries
tition will be held in Nay Pyi Taw discussed on sector wise works Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint addresses the second coordination meeting on organizing a Htamane making
to establish friendship between to be conducted. competition between the ministries, in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  PHOTO: MNA
ministries. Making htamane is a After the meeting the Un-
Myanmar tradition and as it re- ion Minister, Deputy Minister Myanmar traditional entertainments will be provided event for the first time with the
quires to be done collectively in and officials of ministries that htamane making competition by Myanma Radio and Televi- participation of all ministries and
unity, familiarity and friendship attended the meeting went to of ministries will be held on the sion. arrangements were also being
can be established. Through this, Wunna Theikdi Sports Ground evening of 19 February (ME 1380 Htamane making is one made to invite officials from for-
there’ll be more friendship be- cycling field where the Myan- Full Moon of Tabodwe) at Wunna of the events in the traditional eign embassies and internation-
tween the ministries. The com- mar traditional htamane making Theikdi Sports Ground cycling events of the 12 months of Myan- al organizations in Myanmar it
petition is being organized with competition of ministries is to field and teams representing mar calendar and coordination is learnt. — MNA
an aim to disperse this practice be held. ministries will participate while were being made to hold this (Translated by Zaw Min)

National Committee for Children’s News in Brief

Rights holds first meeting of 2019
The Strand Hotel to be marked
Yangon’s heritage
The Strand Hotel on the Strand Road in Yangon will receive
Blue Plaque of the Yangon Heritage Trust, which advocates
for heritage preservation in Yangon, at 8 am on 7th February.

Italian food festival on 10

Feb at Italy Embassy
Italy Embassy in Yangon will hold the First Italian Food
Festival in Myanmar at the embassy in Inya Myaing Road
from 4 pm to 9 pm on 10 February.

Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye delivers the speech at meeting of the National Committee for Children’s Chin National Day to be held in
Rights in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  PHOTO: MNA
WHEN the country stepped up United Nations and has ratified and secure development for the
efforts for children’s rights, it numerous UN agreements and entire country. Chin community in Yangon will celebrate the 71st Chin
would give priority to least de- conventions. This includes being Dr. Win Myat Aye said they National Day at the venue at the corner of Anawrahta Road
veloped areas of the country, ac- a signatory to the United Nations can nurture children to be har- and Konbaung Road in Ward-15 in East Dagon Township from
cording to the Ministry of Social Convention on the Rights of the monious with society as progen- 9 am to 5 pm on 20 February.
Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. Child (UNCRC) and as such, itors to peace within the nation.
“A federal democratic sys- Myanmar is duty-bound to im- He said affairs of children affect-
tem promotes equality and fair plement measures that ensure ed in armed conflicts is linked to Pet dogs competition in
and impartial opportunities. This and protect the rights of children the peace process and thus, must
means the underdeveloped Chin, within its borders, said Dr. Win be treated as a major concern. Yangon on 20 Feb
Rakhine, Naga, Kayin, and Kayah Myat Aye. The Union Minister said Yangon Mayor’s Trophy 5th Pet Dogs Competition will
are prioritized for social protec- He said the first of the three his ministry proceeds with their be held at the Myanmar Convention Centre in Min Dhamma
tion and the remaining states aims laid by the Union Govern- work in accord with the demo- Road in Yangon on 20 February.
and regions will be receiving ment is ensuring the rule of law cratic principles set by the nation
uniform development as well,” and promoting socio-economic and also adheres to the Myanmar
said Union Minister for SWRR development which is related Sustainable Development Plan UMFCCI to host talks on
Dr. Win Myat Aye at the meeting to implementing the rights of and UN Sustainable Develop-
1/2019 of the National Committee children. He said nurturing the ment Goal. economic affairs on 17 Feb
for Children’s Rights, held at his young generation will ensure Next, Deputy Minister U Myanmar Public Administration Network will hold the
ministry yesterday. they grow up into valuable cit- Soe Aung explained the tasks talks on economic affairs at the Republic of the Union of My-
Speaking in his capacity as izens that will carry the nation and reports to be submitted by anmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
the national committee’s chair- forward. He said implementing UNCRC signatories, followed by at 9 am on 17 February.
man, the Union Minister first ex- policies, laws, bylaws, and rules the children’s rights committee
plained the Union government’s
efforts to implement the 4 rights
and regulations in that regard
promotes the rule of law for chil-
chairmen from the Union Ter-
ritory Nay Pyi Taw Council and
High-quality Thai products
of children through forming a
national committee that sets
dren as well.
The Union Minister assured
states and regions, and ministers
for social affairs presenting their
to be exhibited at Tatmadaw
policies, master strategies and
methods to achieve it. He said
that the national committee
will lead implementation of the
respective processes for imple-
menting children’s rights. Mem-
Convention Hall
his ministry has sent the Child rights of children when the new bers of committee also discussed To promote the bilateral trade between Myanmar and
Rights Bill to the Hluttaw which Children’s Rights Law is signed the implementation of children’s Thailand, high quality productions from Thailand will be ex-
is in the process of scrutinizing into law. He said developing the rights performed by relevant gov- hibited from 21 to 24 February at the Tatmadaw Convention
it to make it more relevant and skills and capabilities of the na- ernment departments and organ- Hall in Yangon.
will be enacted in the near future. tion’s human resource will drive izations and decided on future Myint Soe
He continued to say that up socioeconomic development plans. —MNA (Translated by GNLM)
Myanmar is a member to the which in turn will ensure free (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

Police arrest suspicious man possessing

pistol in Buthidaung, Rakhine State
SECURITY forces arrested Kaung creek in Nyaung Chaung Nyo Taung Middle Village, to
a man identified as Mahmout Area, Buthidaung Tsp, at 9:45 the east of Pyaing Taung Vil-
Zubai in possession of a pistol, am on the aforementioned day. lage. The pistol and related
a cartridge and five bullets in The two men discarded their items were confiscated from
Buthidaung Township on 3 Feb- backpacks when approached the men’s discarded bags. Po-
ruary. by the police and fled. Police lice are continuing a search for
Police on patrol saw two pursued the duo and arrested the remaining suspect. — MNA
suspicious men near Phoe Mahmout Zubai, 24, from Ywat- (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo) MahmoutZubai.  PHOTO: MNA

UN Peacekeeping Operation Course opens in Nay Pyi Taw

AN opening ceremony of UN and party took a commemora-
Peacekeeping Operation Course tive group photo with ceremo-
jointly organized by the Myan- ny attendees, CUNPK training
mar Tatmadaw and India’s mili- officers and trainees attending
tary for the Myanmar Tatmadaw the course.
to participate in UN peacekeep- The training course is the
ing operations was held at the sixth of its kind to be conducted
Park Royal Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw and from 2016 to 2018 a total of
yesterday morning. 96 officers and 54 other ranks at-
Present at the opening tended the courses. This course
ceremony were Deputy Com- is attended by 30 other ranks
mander-in-Chief of Defence and the course covers ethics of
Services Commander-in-Chief UN Peacekeepers, protecting
(Army) Vice-Senior General civilians, protecting children,
Soe Win, high ranking officers military-civilian cooperation,
from the Office of the Com- conducting patrols, convoy se-
mander-in-Chief of Defence curity, construction of company
Services, Indian Ambassador base camp, Blue Helmet exer-
Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Military cise, and history of UN peace-
Attache Col. Naveen Mahajan, keeping works and will be held
Vice Senior General Soe Win delivers the opening speech at the ceremony of Myanmar-India United Nations
training officers from India’s until 15 February, according to
Peacekeeping Training Course in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  PHOTO: OFFICE OF THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
Centre for UN Peacekeeping news released by the Office of
(CUNPK) and Tatmadaw per- Soe Win and Indian Ambassador a power point presentation by tion in UN Peacekeeping Op- the Commander-in-Chief of De-
sonnel attending the course. Mr. Saurabh Kumar delivered a training officer from India’s erations. fence Services. – MNA
First Vice Senior General opening speeches followed with CUNPK on India’s participa- Next Vice Senior General (Translated by Zaw Min)

Producers urged to upgrade Sri Lanka celebrates

rubber targeting foreign market 71st Independence Day
The 71 st Anniversary of Sri ka’s traditional oil lamp and
Lanka’s Independence Day sliced the celebratory cake.
was celebrated at Wyndham The Union Minister and Sri
Grand Hotel in Yangon yes- Lankan Ambassador then
terday evening. The ceremony delivered separate speeches.
was opened with the national The Union Minister also took
anthems of both countries. a documentary photo with the
Next, Union Minister for foreign ambassadors and UN
Hotels and Tourism, U Ohn representatives in attendance
Maung, and Sri Lankan Am- and then partook in the dinner
bassador Mr. Nandimithra reception together. — MNA
Ekanayake lighted Sri Lan- (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu inspects rubber processing plant in Myeik yesterday.  PHOTO: MNA

RUBBER producers in Myeik import substitution added the 348,334 acres of rubber plan-
District were encouraged by the Union Minister. tation and as of end December
Ministry of Agriculture, Live- Union Minister Dr. Aung 2018, 52,569,096 pounds of rub-
stock and Irrigation to produce Thu and party then inspected the ber were produced from 156,226
high-grade industrial product production stages of producing acres. Myeik District had 147,481
targeting foreign market. rubber crumbs at Pho La Min acres of rubber plantation pro-
At the meeting with local rubber Rubber Industry rubber crumb ducing 29,688,974 pounds as of
producers in Myeik yesterday, factory near Nga Inn Village, end December 2018.
Union Minister Dr Aung Thu Myeik Township where factory Afterwards, Union Minister
urged the rubber business per- officials provided explanation. and party inspected rural de-
sons who can afford to invest The Union Minister re- velopment works, solar lighting
and use high level production marked on creating job opportu- for single household and works
technologies to coordinate and nities for local people, organize on acquiring potable water con-
combine with small scale pro- small scale producers to com- ducted in Nga Inn Village. The
ducers of the region by sharing bine and use the same technol- Union Minister remarked on
technology, create collective ogy to produce equal quality using the project works for long
sales and strive toward creat- products, obtain more market term sustainability and the ne-
ing a place in foreign market share and profit through col- cessity of the participation and
for rubber as a high-grade prod- lective sales. He also remarked cooperation of local villagers
uct. All related persons are to on making a production work and people in continuing the
Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung is welcomed by
progress from exporting raw that maintains the natural en- fulfilling and implementing of Sri Lankan Ambassador Mr. Nandimithra Ekanayake at a ceremony
material to exporting of indus- vironment. their requirements. — MNA to mark the 71st Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence Day in
trial goods and strive towards Taninthayi Region had (Translated by Zaw Min) Yangon.   PHOTO: MNA

President’s Office continues

announcement of illegal drug
arrests, seizures acting on tip-offs
The Office of the President issued Press Release No. 5/2019
yesterday, publicly announcing the Ministry of Home Affairs’
arrests and seizures in the fight against illicit drug trafficking up
till 2 February.
The ministry made the arrests, acting on information, sent
to the Drug Activity Special Complaint Department of the Office
of the President as of 2 February.
The full text of the press release will be reported in the 6
February issue of The Global New Light of Myanmar.—GNLM

Deputy Attorney-General
receives UNDP Senior Anti-
Corruption Advisor
Permanent secretary Dr. Thet Khaing Win addresses the coordination meeting on safeguarding and
rehabilitating drug addiction held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  PHOTO: MNA DEPUTY Attorney-General U ruption processes, the need to
Win Myint received a delegation set early preventive measures,
Public and private health providers, led by Mr. Euy Whan Kim, Senior
Anti-Corruption Advisor from
how UNDP’s workshops on
anti-corruption support My-
police discuss tackling drug addiction UNDP, on behalf of the Union
Attorney-General, at the guest
anmar’s plans for setting good
policies and methods, and how
hall of the Union Attorney-Gen- effectively pushing back corrup-
A COORDINATION meeting many similarities with other officials from Myanmar Police eral’s office yesterday. tion will lead to the emergence
on safeguarding and rehabili- chronic illnesses and brings Force and the Rehabilitation During the meeting, they of a good administration system.
tating drug addiction was held numerous physical, mental, and Department under MoHS. discussed how national develop- Present at the meeting were
at Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Nay social consequences. He said The two-day coordination ment and combating corruption Permanent Secretary Daw Nu
Pyi Taw yesterday. this calls for increased drug meeting began yesterday and were intrinsically related, the Nu Yin and directors-general
The meeting was opened addiction treatment and reha- will conclude today. Attendees importance of correct policies, Daw Khin Cho Ohn and Dr. Swe
with a speech from the perma- bilitation efforts. He said drug will discuss current processes methods physical support, and Swe Aung. —MNA (Translated
nent secretary Dr. Thet Khaing addiction is usually stigmatized of drug treatment departments, reforming mindsets in anti-cor- by Zaw Htet Oo)
Win from the Ministry of Health rather then viewed as a health projects to support opening of
and Sports (MoHS). He said his problem and this creates obsta- drug treatment and rehabili-
ministry leads the medical treat- cles in providing or receiving tation centres in Shan State,
ment working group of the Body treatment and other services. the current status, challeng-
for the Prevention of the Danger Attending the meeting es, ways forward and strategic
of Narcotic Drugs and Psycho- were Deputy Minister for key points of drug treatment
tropic Substances. He said they Health and Sports Dr. Mya Lay departments in Yangon, Man-
have established 26 Major Drug Sein, directors-general, depu- dalay and Sagaing regions and
Addiction Treatment Centres, ty directors-general, directors, Kachin and Shan states, design-
47 Minor Drug Addiction Treat- heads of public health depart- ing a national strategic frame-
ment Centres, and 55 metha- ments and medical services work based on the new National
done clinics that are providing departments from states and Drug Control Policy, and im-
continued services. regions, Medical Superinten- plementing strategies moving
The permanent secretary dents of hospitals, professors forward. —MNA (Translated Deputy Attorney-General U Win Myint meets Senior Anti-Corruption
said drug addiction shares and medical specialists, and by Zaw Htet Oo) Advisor from UNDP Mr. Euy Whan Kim yesterday.  PHOTO: MNA

Colonial buildings, trishaw

rides draw tourists to
Katha, Sagaing Region
KATHA in Sagaing Region has which can be reached within one
seen an increasing number of hour from the ship. They also like
tourists keen on visiting colonial cruising along the river, enjoy-
buildings described in the ‘Bur- ing the sunset, watching the Ay-
mese Days’ by George Orwell. eyawady dolphins in the river, and
Trishaw rides, tours of the daily life of the local people,”
buildings dating back to the co- said a local tourism agent. Tourist
lonial era, and cruises on the arrivals in Sagaing Region have
Ayeyawady River are attracting increased from 385,031 in 2016
travellers, according to a local to 483,784 in 2017, and 492,097 in
tourism agency. 2018.—Ngwe Oe (Katha)/(Trans-
Tourists enjoy riding trishaws to tour Katha, Sagaing Region.  PHOTO: NGWE OE (KATHA) “They love to visit areas lated by Tun Tun Naing)

Health & Sports Ministry CBM Governor receives

delegation from International
commemorates World Cancer Monetary Fund
Day with fitness dance
WORLD CANCER DAY 2019 we must educate ourselves to cancer, and head cancer the
was commemorated with an figure the first signs of cancer. most, and women developing
awareness raising event and She encourages the two main breast cancer and endometrial
physical exercise ceremony at methods to reduce risk of can- cancer the most.
Nay Pyi Taw’s Wunna Theikdi cer: regular 30-minute walks Afterwards, staff from the
Stadium (B) yesterday morning. every day and reducing stress. Department of Sport and Phys-
Dr. Mya Lay Sein, Deputy She said the old adage ‘preven- ical Education and the Ministry
Minister for Health and Sports, tion is better than cure’ truly of Health and Sports engaged
delivered the opening speech. applies in this context and urged in a collective physical fitness
She first said the ceremony everyone to perform daily phys- dance.
CBM Governor U Kyaw Kyaw Maung receives a delegation from the
marks World Cancer Day 2019- ical exercise to reduce stress According to the official
International Monetary Fund.  PHOTO: MNA
2021, with methods to prevent and ward off cancer. website of World Cancer Day:
and treat cancer put into prac- Next, Dr. Khin Khin Nwe, 2019 marks the launch of the GOVERNOR of the Central Branch of CBM yesterday. They
tice in 2008. The primary goal of an oncologist from Nay Pyi Taw 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ cam- Bank of Myanmar, U Kyaw discussed Myanmar’s latest
World Cancer Day is to imple- 1,000-bed General Hospital, led paign. ‘I Am and I Will’ is an em- Kyaw Maung, received a dele- development processes for its
ment early preventive meas- the cancer awareness program. powering call-to-action urging gation from the International economic sector and banking
ures and significantly reduce She said the cancer rate in My- for personal commitment and Monetary Fund (IMF) consist- sector, the foreign currency
death caused by cancer. Every anmar has been increasing re- represents the power of individ- ing of resident representative exchange, and systematic su-
year, about 9.6 per cent of the cently, with men developing oral ual action taken now to impact Mr. Yasuhisa Ojima, and advi- pervision to be exercised by
global population dies from can- cancer from excessive betel nut the future. —MNA sors Mr. Giorgi Barbakadze and banks. — MNA (Translated by
cer. The Deputy Minister said consumption, in addition to lung (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo) Mr. Inwon Song, at the Yangon Zaw Htet Oo)

Efforts on to keep fuel price

at K10-20 per litre
BY Aye Yamone they have bought the petrol at a
higher price. We are also trying
THE Myat Myittar Mon group is to control the quality of the fuel
working out an arrangement with oil being sold. We are currently
fuel stations to allow sale of petrol taking measures to ensure the
in a narrow price range of K10-20 sale of fuel oil in the correct gallon.
per liter, according to a release But, with regard to the price, fuel
issued by the company. oil shop owners are still applying
Though fuel stations are sell- different methods to arrive at the
ing petrol at a competitive price sale price. Therefore, we will try
in the market, suppliers are fixing our best to coordinate with fuel
prices based on different param- oil suppliers to allow sale of petrol
eters. Some suppliers are setting and diesel within a narrow price
the price based on the purchase range,” said Dr. Win Myat.
price, while others are selling the “If we impose a fixed price on
fuel at a reduced price without fuel oil entrepreneurs, suppliers
Staff from the Department of Sport and Physical Education and the Ministry of Health and Sports listen to
using the purchase price as the will not cooperate. We will, there-
a speech on cancer awareness before engaging in a collective physical fitness dance, at a ceremony to mark
World Cancer Day held in Nay Pyi Taw.   PHOTO: MNA basis. “We won’t sell at a reduced fore, have to be persuasive rather
price, but a competitive price. than abrasive to win their cooper-
Currently, the price of fuel oil is ation in the effort to fix prices in
45 projects to protect Sagaing riverbanks being fixed using different meth-
ods. The Myat Myittar Mon group
a narrow range,” he said. Since
2008, the Myat Myittar Mon group
at cost of K9 bln and partnering fuel oil companies
will sell petrol and diesel at the
has been importing fuel oil and
distributing it across the country.
THE Directorate of Water Re- will implement 25, while tenders els. We have been carrying out market price. But the price will be In 2011, the company constructed
sources and Improvement of will be issued for the remaining river conservation each fiscal within a narrow range of only K10- fuel storage tanks and reservoirs
River Systems will implement 20 projects. year, depending on the budget,” 20 per liter. We will try our best at Thilawa Port. There are over
45 riverbank protection projects “A total of 45 projects to pro- said U Kyaw Soe. not to extend the gap to K40-50 50 companies distributing fuel
in Chindwin and Ayeyawady riv- tect riverbanks from erosion will The Directorate of Water at most stations. The price of do- oil in collaboration with the Myat
ers across Sagaing Region at an be implemented within this fi- Resources and Improvement of mestic fuel will be fixed depending Myittar Mon group. The Myan-
estimated cost of K9 billion, said nancial year. Normally, riverbank River Systems is also continuing on the foreign fuel oil price,” said mar Petroleum Trading Associ-
U Kyaw Soe, the Deputy Director protection projects cost more to install navigation signs along Dr. Win Myat, chairman of Myat ation updates the price of fuel oil
of the regional department of the than other works. In addition, the river. Between December Myittar Mon Company. daily on their website and also
directorate. the department will improve and March in the previous 2017- “As for the Myat Myittar Mon mentions fuel oil stations which
The projects will start early waterways along the Chindwin 2018 FY, the department installed group, we will coordinate with are selling fuel at a lower price in
this month, when water levels River, with the allocation from 1,590 navigation signs in the riv- other distributors to enable sale Yangon Region. Currently, there
of both rivers are usually lower the Union budget, to reduce the er and 1,480 navigation signs on of petrol at the price prevailing are around 2,200 fuel stations dis-
than normal. Of the total pro- shipping traffic, which has in- land.—Ko Min (Indaw) (Trans- in the market. Some shops do tributing fuel across the country.
jects, the regional department creased due to lower water lev- lated by Khaing Thandar Lwin) not sell at market price because (Translated by Hay Mar)

Striding towards a Hailing 72nd Anniversary of Union Day

Bogyoke Aung San over the tel-
egram. The other camp of some
from the Governor’s Executive
Council on 19 February 1947, re-

democratic federal Union Shan chieftains sent a telegram

to London accusing that Bogyoke
sulting with a saying in Myanma
politics which could be imagined
Aung San was not representing that worms used to hook onto the
the Shan nationalities, and there-

THNIC solidarity involves all ethnic nationals uniting fore, Shan chieftains should be
and coexisting peacefully, and supporting each other invited separately to London to Merging flat lands and frontier
through good times and bad. It is, in fact, among the discuss the matters regarding the areas
most important foundations of the Union of Myanmar. frontier areas and hill track issues, After successful conclusion of
The diverse ethnic races of Myanmar have been living in creating dilemma at the London meeting of Myanmar delegation
close proximity for thousands of years. While they have had their Counting the days of the past, the Peasant Day, the National Day, the Armed Forces Day, the Union Day, the Martyrs’ Day, and the Independence Day happened to be the most auspicious days in meeting. headed by Bogyoke Aung San, they
fair share of conflicts in the past, these resembled no more than the chronicle of Myanmar, and that they are intertwined with each other reflecting significant features. All these positive days stood as milestones shimmering for the independence struggle to escape In response, youth leaders of arrived back Yangon on 2 February
familial disputes, which would get resolved on their own, sooner from servitude. In reminiscence, the Union Day is found to be in the center of all the auspicious occasions as the heart of the Union. nationalities organized a public 1947. On 3 February, the Aung
or later. At a time when we were drifting apart and external forces meeting in Taunggyi of Shan State San – Atlee Agreement was ap-
interfered in our affairs, we managed to unite the entire country By Ko Myint Tun (Saw) seeking approval from the mass proved by the Myanmar Delega-
under a single spirit. that Bogyoke and the delegation tion and the AFPFL, and then on
The historic First Bur- Political situation of Myanmar was the real and genuine repre- 8 February, Bogyoke Aung San
mese Empire was founded after Second World War sentatives of the nationalities, and proceeded to Panglong legendary
At a time when by King Anawratha and the Following the Second World decision was duly sent through a town in Shan State and met with
we were drifting Second Burmese Empire War, the AFPFL (The Anti-Fascist telegram to London. nationalities.
was established by King Bay- People's Freedom League, or hpa The London meeting resumed At the meeting held on 11 Feb-
apart and innaung. The Third Burmese hsa pa la by its Myanmar acro- when the telegram of confirmation ruary 1947 between the Myanmar
external forces Empire was established by
Alaungpaya, while the Fourth
nym, was the main political alli-
ance in the country from 1945 until
arrived there. Some other eth-
nic nationalities sent delegates
delegation headed by Bogyoke
Aung San and the delegation com-
interfered in Burmese Union was founded 1958) in 1946 initiated with many to London and insisted that they prising leaders of various national-

our affairs, we under the leadership of Bogy-

oke Aung San, who firmly es-
demonstrations, protests and
strikes against the suppression
wanted to remain under the Brit-
ish Administration. However, the
ities had agreed to merge the flat
lands and the hilly regions without
managed to unite tablished it as an independent of the British government. The strong will of the Myanmar dele- separation in acquiring independ-

the entire country sovereign state that continues

to exist till today.
objections and outcries continued
namely the peasant strike from
gation with the sincere desire and
the forceful unity of nationalities
ence as a whole. On the dot of 10:00
am on the beautiful morning of 12
under a single The Union of Myanmar Htantabin Township of Insein Dis- and the people, the historic Aung February 1947, the historic and
was divided into seven states trict on 18 May; the public strike San – Atlee Agreement was able renowned Panglong Agreement
spirit. and seven regions, depending at Yangon Kandawmin Park on 7 to sign on 27 January 1947. was successfully signed. The most
on the majority race living in June; the public mass rally and The Aung San – Atlee Agree- important and critical foundation
the area, with the agreement of the people. Even so, all ethnic meeting of over (100,000) people
nationals consider the land, water, and people of the state or on 26 June; and the mass Rangoon
region they live in as their own, without any discrimination. They police strike on 5 September, and The unity built by
live peacefully as one big united family. many workers’ detests.
Our country is now on the path to ensuring equality, freedom With the intent to change our predecessors must be
cherished, preserved, and
of opportunity, and many other freedoms that are embodied by a and distract the mind of the peo-
democratic nation. All stakeholders are making their utmost effort ple, the British Government on
to help realize the wishes of the ethnic nationals by establishing a
democratic federal Union. When that lofty goal is achieved, each
4 August 1946 had switched the
administration from Governor Sir maintained for posterity, and this
one of us will be able to shape our own destiny, while peace and
development will increase in each region.
Reginald Dorman-Smith to Major
General Sir Hubert Elvin Rance,
has become the national duty
To reach this stage, we must first work on implementing
peace, and to achieve that, we must foster trust among all ethnic
the last Governor of British Bur-
ma between 1946 and 1948. De-
of people from all nationalities
nationals. The Union government is facing some challenges in
implementing uniform development across Myanmar, but we can
spite the changes, the strong and
tough strikes were in top gear in
residing in the Union.
see it is doing its best. the country. At that juncture, the
This being the case, we urge everyone in the country and political clout of the government Attendees of the 71st Union Day ceremony in Panglong, Shan State, salute the State Flag in 2018.
our supporters at home and abroad to strive for Union peace employees and the workers were ment was not the document that for getting independence was the
and national reconciliation first, and follow it up with upholding mounting, followed by general paign against the white paper at a mand was not met by 31 January and to prepare for the best and on the circumstances and that he out any influence, and that the granted the independence of the creation and crafting of national
non-disintegration of the Union and strengthening ethnic solidarity. strikes of all workers and trade un- mass meeting in Yangon, demand- 1947, all the AFPFL represent- ready for the worst in the struggle and his men were swift enough to word Myanmar meant all inclu- country, but the interim agree- unity which had been cemented on
ions. As a result, the government ing that independence be granted atives serving at the Executive for the independence. move ahead. sive of nationalities in the country, ment of British and Myanmar for February 12, and that the memora-
headed by Sir Paw Tun collapsed immediately. Council of the Governor of Burma Earlier, Bogyoke Aung San Bogyoke Aung San and his where they were ready to join in the plans to be implemented dur- ble day we have cherished has at-
72nd Anniversary (2019) on 17 September 1946.
In concession, Governor Sir
Despite the formation of Ex-
ecutive Council of the Governor
would resign.
If the British Government did
forecast a constitutional crisis in
Myanmar. If this time there was a
delegation had arrived in London
on 9 January 1947, and conducted
unity if there was no discrimina-
tion and no outside interference
ing transition period. Among the
Myanmar delegation, some denied
tained the milestone of (72) years.
Despite the author’s pres-
Union Day National Objectives Hubert Rance had invited Bogy- of Burma, the AFPFL clearly de- not consent to the demand of the struggle for independence in My- a round of discussion with British in providing total independence. to sign the agreement, and that entation is rather short, it is firmly
oke Aung San and the represent- clared and informed the people AFPFL, then fitting and harsh ac- anmar, he replied with emphasis, Prime Minister Clement Attlee In the words of Bogyoke Aung they were no other than Thakin believed that the tough and bumpy
atives and asked to form the Ex- that the strikes would continue un- tion would be followed. The British "I hope for the best but I am pre- on 13 January. The writer of this San, it was indeed very short and Ba Sein and U Saw. Worse scenario journey to the desired destination
1. All ethnic nationals to work with collective strength for
ecutive Council of the Governor of til the independence was achieved. Government convened a Parlia- pared for the worst." article would like to highlight the direct to the point as had desired was the incident that U Saw at- and the difficulties and barriers
non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of
Burma, and subsequently formed On 8 November 1946, the Ex- mentary meeting and spelled out On 2 January 1947, Bogyoke words of Bogyoke Aung as the first and also considered in advance. tempt of slandering campaign over where all there supplemented
national unity, perpetuation of national sovereignty; and to
the cabinet on 27 September 1946. ecutive Council of the Governor a concession by arranging to invite Aung San and his delegation left historic words of Myanmar with Bogyoke Aung San after arriving with the ardent endeavors of the
work for preservation and protection of the above.
Immediately after two days, of Burma headed by Bogyoke had Bogyoke Aung San and his dele- Yangon for India, where he met the British Government over the Experiencing constructive back in Yangon. national leaders could be assessed
2. To strive for the emergence of a Constitution that is in align-
the AFPFL headed by Bogyoke announced that a constitution gation to London for discussion. Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime min- independence. and destructive acts U Saw said that Bogyoke and evaluated. The unity built by
ment and harmony with the Democratic Federal Union.
Aung San staged a public protest would be drafted for the purpose ister of independent India (1947– After the pleasantry greetings While Bogyoke Aung San and Aung San could not resist the our predecessors must be cher-
3. To strive for the success of the Union Peace Conference
over the White Paper Project of administration of the country. Historical Speech 64), and discussed the situation. from Mr. Atlee was extended, Bo- Myanmar delegation were having influence of the British Govern- ished, preserved, and maintained
– 21st Century Panlong and thence till the success of the
British Government. The white On 10 November 1946, the Before the departure to Lon- Following the meeting, Bo- gyoke Aung San talked directly discussions in London on 16 Jan- ment and that was why he signed for posterity, and this has become
internal peace process.
paper envisioned several years AFPFL Headquarters had re- don, the AFPFL asked Bogyoke gyoke Aung San was asked by with plain words and said that he uary 1947, the AFPFL had organ- the agreement, and that Bogyoke the national duty of people from all
4. All union nationals to cooperate and work in “Unity and
of economic reconstruction for leased the declaration that it was Aung San to negotiate for total the media whether soft approach was a soldier and he talk very can- ized a public meeting at Bandoola hand was shaking while signing nationalities residing in the Union.
Harmony” for rule of law and for the people to be secure
war-ravaged Myanmar, and the to achieve independence within a independence. On his departure would be used or tough tactic didly and openly, and therefore, not Park in Yangon attended over by the agreement. Moreover, U Saw Unity is strength, and harmony is
and free from danger.
prewar colonial firms were to play period of one year. It was declared to London, Bogyoke Aung San in- would be applied, and in response, to expect diplomatic sentences. (100,000) people demanding inde- accused that Bogyoke was a traitor power, and above all, the heart is
5. All union citizens to be able to enjoy good education and
an important role in this project. and an ultimatum was given to the formed the people, the AFPFL, Bogyoke Aung San daringly re- He added that Myanmar pendence. The decisions at the of the country collaborating with the Union.
adequate health care protection.
Bogyoke Aung San initiated a cam- British Government that if the de- and the Tatmadaw to be united plied that the situation depended wanted total independence with- public meeting had been sent to the imperialists. U Saw resigned Translated by UMT (Ahlon)

w w w.glob al n ewl i g hto f myan mar.c o m

Three-year cancer awareness campaign starts
DEPUTY CHIEF EDITOR an early stage, it can be treated
Aye Min Soe
successfully. People can reduce
the risk of cancer by avoiding
SENIOR EDITORIAL CONSULTANT tobacco products and alcohol,
Kyaw Myaing and by following a healthy diet
and an active lifestyle,” said Dr.
Zaw Min U Tun Myint, the Deputy Direc-
Zaw Htet Oo tor-General of the Yangon Re-
Win Ko Ko Aung
gion Public Health Department.
Ye Htut Tin, the launch of the three-year
editor1@globalnewlightofmyanmar.com campaign, with the theme ‘I am
and I will’, emphasizing that
Tun Tun Naing (Editor), each of us can be a changemak-
intlnews@globalnewlightofmyanmar.com er, he said. The campaign seeks
Nwe Nwe Tun (Sub-editor),
to make people aware that we
can reduce cancer risk by avoid-
TRANSLATORS ing behaviors that are linked to
Khaing Thanda Lwin, the disease, he added.
Hay Mar Tin Win,
Ei Myat Mon
According to data released
Kyaw Zin Lin by the World Health Organiza-
Kyaw Zin Tun tion, 18.1 million new cancer
cases were reported worldwide
Nyein Nyein Ei, in 2018, while around 9.6 million
reporter1@globalnewlightofmyanmar.com people died from the disease.
People participate in three-year public campaign for cancer awareness to mark World Cancer Day in Bahan According to the WHO, one in
Township on 4 February 2019.   PHOTO: MYINT MAUNG SOE five men and one in six women
Kyaw Zeya Win @ Phoe Khwar
worldwide are at risk of cancer,
COMPUTER TEAM THE Ministry of Health and organized in collaboration with Midwife Association, Myanmar while one in eight men and one
Tun Zaw, Thein Ngwe,
Sports and the Yangon Region the Shwe Yaung Hnin Si Cancer Red Cross Society, and Myan- in eleven women die from it. In
Zaw Zaw Aung, Ye Naing Soe,
Hnin Pwint, Kay Khaing Win, government launched a three- Foundation. mar Scouts Association attend- Myanmar, lung and liver cancer
Sanda Hnin, Thein Htwe year public campaign for cancer A total of 2,000 officials, ed the event. cases are the most common
awareness to mark World Can- members, and staff from the “The campaign aims to among men, while breast and
(+95) (01)8604529,
cer Day at the football pitch in Yangon Region Public Health raise awareness about cancer, endometrial cancer are two
Fax — (+95) (01) 8604305 Bahan Township on 4 February. Department, Myanmar Medical which can be prevented. People common malignancies found
The campaign, which will Association, Myanmar Dental must go for cancer screening in women. —Myint Maung Soe
run from 2019 to 2021, has been Council, Myanmar Nurse and tests. If cancer is detected at (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)
San Lwin, (+95) (01) 8604532,
Hotline - 09 974424114


Ms Silver cruise ship docks
( +95) (01) 8604530,
Hotline - 09 974424848
at Ngapali Beach.  PHOTO: South Korea to
collaborate on 3
research projects
Printed and published at the Global New
Light of Myanmar Printing Factory at The Department of Agricultur-
No.150, Nga Htat Kyee Pagoda Road, Bahan al Research under the Ministry
Township, Yangon, by the Global New Light of Agriculture, Livestock, and
of Myanmar Daily under Printing Permit No.
00510 and Publishing Permit No. 00629.
Irrigation has signed an agree-
ment with the Korea Program
gnlmdaily@gmail.com on International Agriculture for
collaboration on three research
projects, according to a state-
ment released by the ministry.
The signing ceremony for the
research projects was held on
30 January. “The agreement
involves setting up of a potato
distribution system, providing
training courses for wheat cul-
Tourists visit Ngapali beach on board cruise tivation in Sagaing Region and
Shan State, and development of
post-harvest technology for rice,
A group of 61 tourists visited Nga- Yangon on 4 February at night. industry now, which allows tour- which is one of the main crops
Write for us pali beach on board the Ms Silver The tour group comprised two ists to observe the traditions and of Myanmar,” said U Naing Kyi
We appreciate your feedback and Discoverer cruise ship, under an tourists from Canada, two from cultures of the ethnic people. As a Win, the Director-General of the
contributions. If you have any comments arrangement with Destination Australia, one from France, one result, a large number of tourists Department of Agricultural Re-
or would like to submit editorials,
analyses or reports please email Asia Co. Ltd, supervised by the from the Netherlands, two from are visiting Myanmar. search. The three projects will
ce@globalnewlightofmyanmar.com Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. the UK, and 53 from the US. Tourists are arriving in the help local farmers to produce
with your name and title.
Due to limitation of space we are only They arrived at Ngapali Myanmar is endowed with country by air, sea, and road. and harvest better quality crops
able to publish “Letter to the Editor” beach on Friday and explored unique natural beauty, and has Road travellers have been com- and to reduce waste in storage
that do not exceed 500 words. Should
you submit a text longer than 500 words the beach, the Thandwe My- several eco-tourism locations and ing to Myanmar on vehicles, mo- of crops. The project is also ex-
please be aware that your letter will be oma market, and the pagodas archaeological sites. The country torbikes, and bicycles.—GNLM pected to contribute to increasing
in Thandwe Town. They left for also has a culture-based tourism (Translated by Hay Mar) farmer incomes.—AMIA

Myanmar Investment
Commission approves nine
investment proposals which will
create over 5,700 job opportunities

THE Myanmar Investment with E-Payment for public bus

Commission (MIC) meeting transportation in Yangon re-
(2 / 2019) was convened at the gion, construction of jetty for
meeting room of MIC in Yangon storage, distribution and sale
on 4 February 2019. of diesel, gasoline and LPG,
The meeting approved nine private education services,
projects in manufacturing and construction and operation of
sales of Wet Pulp, manufactur- cinemas show which will be
ing of photosensitive Powder, create 5,753 job opportunities
manufacturing of various kinds for citizens.
of bags and belts on CMP ba- The meeting was attended
sic, aqua feed products and by U Thaung Tun, Chairman
related products processing, of MIC, Dr. Than Myint, Vice
cold storage and distribution, Chairman and 10 members.
The Myanmar Investment Commission holds the meeting (2 / 2019) in Yangon yesterday.   PHOTO: MNA
electronic ticketing service —MNA

Rise in exports, lower imports CBM will switch to market-

based reference exchange
help trim Myanmar trade deficit
rate from today
The rise in exports and de- imports have declined by $202 The government is trying
cline in imports over the last million. to reduce the trade deficit by By Nyein Nyein Additionally, the CBM has
three months of the current Myanmar exports agricul- screening luxury import items changed the hour for calculat-
fiscal year has helped cut the tural products, animal products, and boosting exports, according THE Central Bank of Myanmar ing the daily reference exchange
trade deficit to US$1.16 billion minerals, forest products, and to the Ministry of Commerce. (CBM) will start publishing its rate to to 4 p.m.
from $1.78 billion in the corre- finished industrial goods, while Myanmar’s trade deficit market-based reference ex- The CBM usually uses the
sponding period of the 2017-2018 it imports capital goods, raw stood at $91.9 million in the change rate daily from today. last business day’s weighted av-
fiscal year. industrial materials, and con- 2012-2013FY, $2.5 billion in the The CBM has been setting erage rate to set the reference
Between 1 October and 25 sumer goods. 2013-2014FY, $4.9 billion in the the reference exchange rate on rate in the morning, which can
January, Myanmar’s external The country’s export sector 2014-2015FY, $5.4 billion in the the basis of the cut-off rate in a result in some disparities when
trade increased to $10.43 billion relies more on the agricultur- 2015-2016FY, $5.5 billion in the two-way auction since 2012 to compared with the market ex-
from $10.2 billion in the previous al and manufacturing sectors. 2016-2017FY, and $1.3 billion in help develop the forex market. change rate on a given day. This
FY. The figure includes an es- Export earnings from the CMP last mini-budget period, accord- The system has helped the forex is especially the case after long
timated $4.6 billion in exports (cutting, making, and packag- ing to statistics released by the market grow, besides determin- holidays and weekends. The new
and $5.8 billion in imports. Com- ing) garment businesses are Central Statistical Organization ing the exchange rate. The size system will help avoid this vari-
pared with the same period in rising, while reliance on natural (CSO). — Mon Mon of interbank market trade in- ance, as the reference rate will
the previous FY, exports have resources, such as natural gas (Translated by creased from just US$0.01 billion be published on the same day.
increased by $438 million, while and jade, is lessening. Ei Myat Mon) in the 2013-2014 fiscal year to $2 “Earlier, there was a wide
billion in the 2017-2018 FY, and gap as the rate was published
it is likely to continue growing. in the morning and it was set
From now, the CBM will set for the whole day trading. In

CMP imports up over 29% the reference exchange rate as a

market-based weighted average
rate, in line with the best prac-
addition to this, the country’s
forex market is usually on a roll-
er-coaster ride,” said U Than

in 2018-2019 FY tices followed by central banks

internationally, according to a
notice released by the CBM on
The CBM also calculates
and publishes the reference ex-
4 February. change rates of other foreign
MYANMAR’s CMP imports which went up by $29.4 million This year saw a continu- “The reference exchange currencies, according to the rate
between October and Janu- matched against the same pe- ous decrease in imports by the rate against the US dollar will in the international markets, or
ary in the 2018-2019 fiscal year riod last FY, when the import of private sector. Apart from CMP be determined as the weighted the cross-rate of the issuer coun-
exceeded US$730 million, an CMP raw materials was $27.6 raw materials, private sector average of rates for transaction try’s domestic interbank market.
increase of $1655 million or 29.3 million. imports of capital goods, inter- volumes between banks and The CBM stated that the
per cent from the correspond- CMP is one of four major mediate goods, and consumer participants in the forex mar- reference exchange rate is in-
ing period in the last 2017-2018 groups of import products. The products decreased by over ket. This being so, the gap be- dicative, not mandatory. To settle
FY, according to the Ministry of country also imports capital $200 million, as against this tween the reference rate set by customs obligations, accounting,
Commerce. goods, intermediate products time last FY. During the cur- the CBM and the floating rates and for statistical purposes, the
From this time last FY, and consumer goods from in- rent fiscal year, the country’s in the over-the-counter market reference rate of the previous
the country’s CMP imports by ternational countries. Between total import of goods covered will narrow,” said U Than Lwin, day can be used.
the private sector was $564.6 1 October and 25 January this $4.8 billion through by sea, and a senior consultant with KBZ. The objective behind the
million. FY, the country imported $1.86 goods reaching nearly $929 mil- “It is good that there will CBM’s move is to regulate
Also, during the week be- billion worth of capital goods, lion through the border trade be a small difference between volatility in the exchange rate.
tween 12 and 18 January, local $2.13 billion worth of interme- stations.—Shwe Khine the rate set by the CBM and the The bank plans further efforts
importers bought CMP prod- diate goods, and over $1 billion (Translated by Khaing rate in over-the-counter trad- to reach this goal.
ucts valued at over $57 million, worth of consumer products. Thanda Lwin) ing,” said U Than Lwin. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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storage devices, namely transponder chips and tags and card packages containing same; development boards, evaluation boards and reference design kits for
semiconductors, sensors and software; digital signal controllers; digital signal processors; direct digital synthesizers; earbuds; electronic access cards; electronic identification
cards; electronic labels, electronic stickers and electronic tags for identification and security purposes; electronic tickets; electronic wristbands; headphones; high power
electronics, namely radio frequency (RF) amplifiers, high side switches and battery sensors; microcircuits; microcomputers; mobile phones; near field communication (NFC)
technology-enabled devices; radio frequency transistors; user interfaces for electronic devices; wireless communication devices for recording, organizing, transmitting,
receiving, manipulating, and reviewing voice, text, data, image, and audio files; computer hardware, software and firmware, central processing units (CPU), semiconductors,
integrated circuits, microcontrollers, and Computer hardware; computer software; central processing units (CPU); integrated circuits; microprocessors; microcontrollers;
semiconductors; modems; sensors; battery chargers; accelerometers; applications processors; computer hardware accelerators; circuit boards; circuit board assemblies; data
conversion circuits; data storage devices, namely transponder chips and tags and card packages containing same; development boards, evaluation boards and reference
design kits for semiconductors, sensors and software; digital signal controllers; digital signal processors; direct digital synthesizers; earbuds; electronic access cards;
electronic identification cards; electronic labels, electronic stickers and electronic tags for identification and security purposes; electronic tickets; electronic wristbands;
headphones; high power electronics, namely radio frequency (RF) amplifiers, high side switches and battery sensors; microcircuits; microcomputers; mobile phones; near
field communication (NFC) technology-enabled devices; radio frequency transistors; user interfaces for electronic devices; wireless communication devices for recording,
organizing, transmitting, receiving, manipulating, and reviewing voice, text, data, image, and audio files; computer hardware, software and firmware, central processing units
(CPU), semiconductors, integrated circuits, microcontrollers, and analysis and trace, all for use in the development of stand-alone software programs used in devices such as
network switches, engine control modules, cat-scan machines, industrial automation controllers, avionics and wireless handsets; computer hardware and computer software
based development tools, namely, compilers, debuggers, integrated development environments, run control, event analysis and trace, all for use in the development of stand-
alone software programs used in industrial, consumer and automotive applications; computer hardware and computer software for transferring, storing, converting and
displaying medical device data; computer hardware and software for creating, programming, controlling, encoding, scanning, reading and interpreting RFID and NFC chips
and tags; computer software for charging smart phones, tablets, and mobile electronic devices; computer software for enabling functionality of safety and testing systems,
apparatus and equipment; computer software for enabling functionality of sensors for use in automotive, consumer, industrial and medical applications; computer software for
managing computer networks; computer software for tracking; computer software, hardware and chipsets for use with wireless communication apparatuses, consumer
electronic devices, smart phones, digital cameras, IP cameras, drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) and wearable mobile computers; computer peripherals for
processing digital signals, for processing background data and information on computer operating systems, for tracking user activity and location, for enabling activation by
speech and touch and for detecting sensory cues and launching applications that correspond to specific sensory cues and computer software, hardware and chipsets for use
with these goods; computer software, hardware, and chipsets for streaming music and for synchronizing audio speakers in consumer electronics devices; computer software,
namely compilers, linkers, support software to assist in the development of stand-alone programs, and software for assisting in the development of object oriented software
applications, such as database systems; computer software, namely operating systems, board support packages (BSPS), virtualization technology software, hypervisor
software, embedded software, applications programming interface (API) software, software libraries used to create other computer software; applications software for
automotive, consumer, health care, medical, aerospace, military, cellular and mobile communications, networking, motor control, smart energy, and industrial applications,
protocol stacks, configuration software, and optimization software; content filtering software, namely, computer software for controlling content made available to a user;
control plane software; data plane software; data processing apparatus and software for enabling, controlling, managing and monitoring all aspects of a paperless payment
and/or access system employing RFID (radio frequency identification) and/or NFC (near field communication) technology, including allowing users to recharge their payment
accounts remotely; deep packet inspection software; downloadable computer software for developing computer hardware and software for chipsets for wireless devices;
enterprise security software for use in gateway and other networking devices to provide network security; firewall software; integrated networking, security, and collaboration
software; internet security software; intrusion detection and prevention software; load balancing software; VPN (virtual private network) operating software; integrated circuits,
computer hardware and software for signal processing in wireless communication apparatuses, consumer electronics devices, portable media devices, mobile gaming
devices, pocket computing devices, and smart phones; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers; recording discs;
computer network interfaces devices; electronic, electro technical and electromagnetic modules; data processing equipment; data storage apparatus; interfaces for
computers; smart cards; smart card integrated circuits; RFID chips and tags; computer hardware and software for creating, programming, controlling, encoding, scanning,
reading and interpreting RFID chips and tags; contactless smart cards; dual interface smart cards; dual interface integrated circuits that provide a link between contactless
cards and contact cards; writers and readers for wireless transmission to and from transponder chips; electronic apparatus for writing and reading of wireless transmission to
and from transponder chips; computer programs for controlling transmission of data to and reading of data from transponder chips; data processing machines for fare
determination using transponder chips; encoded smart cards; computer hardware, software and peripheral devices used for access control and authentication purposes;
wearable activity trackers; wearable computer peripherals; smartphones; wearable telecommunication apparatus; multicore processors; application-specific integrated circuits
(ASICs); integrated circuits embedded with software; signal processors; digital signal processors (DSPs); vector processors; vector signal processors; communications
processors; network processors used in network and telecommunications equipment; application-specific hardware accelerators; wireless baseband processors; base
stations on a chip, namely wireless base stations on a chip; integrated circuits, namely system basis chips and systems on a chip (SOC); multicore microcontrollers;
semiconductor chip sets comprised primarily of semiconductor chips; integrated circuit modules in the form of semiconductor packages and packaging, namely redistributed
chip packaging (RCP), and systems-in-package (SiP); radio frequency (RF) power transistors; radio frequency semiconductors; sensors, namely, inertial sensors, pressure
sensors, magnetic sensors, touch sensors all for use in automotive, consumer, and industrial applications; proximity sensors; radar sensors; capacitive sensors; acceleration
sensors; gyro sensors; sensors for computer interfaces featuring software, firmware and electronic integrated circuit chips; sensor systems comprised of sensors, computer
software, microprocessors, microcontrollers, and logic or wireless protocols for enabling functionality of sensors for use in automotive, consumer, and industrial applications;
electronic test instruments for developing and testing microprocessor-based systems; semiconductor memories; semiconductor devices, microcontrollers, integrated circuits,
circuit boards, chipsets, all for management of operating frequency, voltage and power, optimization of static and dynamic power, power management, power optimization or
power reduction; semiconductors, sensors and software for use in automotive, consumer, aerospace, military, cellular and mobile communications, networking, motor control,
smart energy, and industrial applications; semiconductors and software for use in healthcare and medical applications; semiconductors, sensors and software for use in
wireless connectivity, battery management, smart grid, smart metering applications, engine control units (ECUs) and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS);
microcontrollers, firmware, sensors, and radio frequency (RF) and analog circuitry devices for use with energy efficient wireless chargers; printed circuit boards namely
evaluation boards and reference design kits consisting of software for semiconductors, sensors and software; semiconductors and software for use in portable medical
devices, diagnostic and patient monitoring devices, therapy devices, and medical imaging devices; computer application software, namely, computer software for use in
applications for multimedia, graphics video, audio and numerically intensive computations; computer network switching software; computer convergence network software;
computer network collaboration software; quality of service software; network access software; networking software for operation of chipsets; networking software for content
processing; computer software, namely, firmware, applications and development tools, for use in network content processing; failover prevention software; stateful packet
inspection software; stateful application inspection software; enterprise security software; wireless radio controller software; command line management software; voice over
IP software; video over IP software; networking and security software for use with unified threat management equipment, gateways, integrated access devices, routers,
switches, controllers, base stations, hubs, and security appliances; utility software for facilitating computer use at remote locations and for facilitating communications among
mobile users over networks; computer software for providing security to remote users and for implementing computer, software, and network security measures for remote
users; component-based software modeling tool featuring a graphical user interface, automatic code generators and built-in knowledge-base for use in the rapid design,
development, implementation, verification and optimization of embedded applications; software for use in developing other software titles; downloadable, searchable
electronic publications, namely reference manuals, user guides, application notes and product specifications on the subject of semiconductors, sensors and software; user
manuals in electronic format supplied with the foregoing” in Class 9; “Providing information in the field of telecommunications and telecommunications information relating to
wireless communications and mobile technologies; consulting in the field of telecommunication services, namely, transmission of voice, data, and documents via
telecommunications networks” in Class 38 and “Providing information in the field of computers, computer software and computer systems; providing information in the field of
design and development of computer data networking; providing information in the field of network security and computer security; design for others of integrated circuits,
semiconductors, microprocessors, computer hardware and software, and communications software and networks; developing, designing and testing semiconductors,
semiconductor devices, integrated circuits, microcontrollers, processors, radio frequency (RF) devices, sensors and software, electro technical and electromagnetic modules
and their parts and building elements, data storage apparatuses, interfaces, smart cards, controllers for smart cards, controllers for RFID chips and tags for others; computer
software development in the field of mobile applications; design and development of wireless communications systems for transmission and reception of voice, data and
video; design and development of battery charging technology; design and development of data networking systems; design and development of network security and
computer security systems; design and development of computer hardware and software for the operation and control of drones; design and development of computer
hardware and software for the operation and control of robots; design and development of computer hardware and software for the operation and control of automobiles;
cloud computing featuring software for transferring, storing converting and displaying medical device data; developing wireless power transfer technology for use in charging
vehicles; platform as a service (PAAS) featuring computer software platforms for use in developing, programming, building, and prototyping IOT (internet of things) devices;
platform as a service (PAAS) featuring computer software platforms for wireless acquisition, transmission, conversion and storage of medical device data; providing technical
information in the fields of semiconductors, semiconductor devices, integrated circuits, microcontrollers, processors, radio frequency (RF) devices, sensors and software;
consulting in the field of telecommunications technology; design and development of wireless communications systems for authentication purposes; providing temporary use
of online non-downloadable software applications, development platforms, and development tools that enable software developers to develop, program, build, and prototype
software for integrated circuits, chips and data processing equipment; computer programming services; research and design of antennas for scanning, reading and
interpreting RFID chips and tags; research and design of NFC (near field communications) apparatus, instruments and equipment; advisory services in relation to all the
above” in Class 42.
Fraudulent or unauthorised use or actual or colourable imitation of the Mark shall be dealt with according to law.
Daw La Min May, H.G.P
For Qualcomm Incorporated, C/o Kelvin Chia Yangon Ltd.,
Level 8A, Union Financial Centre (UFC), Corner of Mahabandoola Road & Thein Phyu Road, Botahtaung Tsp, Yangon, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Dated 5 February 2019 lmm@kcyangon.com

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6 columns probing report of

fraud by Germany’s Wirecard

2 page= 2 inches × 6 columns
SINGAPORE (Singapore) — Sin-
or money laundering,” the docu- another inaccurate, misleading
gapore police said on Monday ment seen by the FT said. and defamatory” article.
they are looking into a report of In an emailed statement to Wirecard on Wednesday is-
alleged forgery by German digital AFP on Monday, a spokesperson sued a denial of the FT’s original
payments firm Wirecard in its for the Singapore Police Force article on suspected fraud at the
Asian operations, including in the said police were “looking into the company, which the paper said
city-state. matter.” was based on a different internal
The Financial Times news- In Singapore, a regional fi- document.
paper reported last week it had nance hub, the police’s Commer- It accused the journalist re-
seen documents from lawyers cial Affairs Department carries sponsible of publishing “a false,
commissioned by Wirecard, out investigations on financial inaccurate, misleading and de-
Picture taken on 18 September, 2018 shows the digital credit card
showing they had found evidence crimes such as money launder- famatory article” that “lacks any
on a mobile phone being demonstrated in the headquarters of the
of “serious offences of forgery ing. substance”. technology and financial services company Wirecard in Aschheim near
and/or of falsification of accounts/ Stocks in Wirecard, which German financial markets Munich, southern Germany.   PHOTO: AFP
documents” at the group’s Singa- knocked banking stalwart Com- watchdog Bafin said on Thursday
pore office. merzbank out of Germany’s pres- it was launching an investigation zbank, which had enjoyed sizea- its software for cashless and
“There are reasons to sus- tigious DAX blue-chip index last into possible market manipula- ble enough market capitalisation contactless payments, it then
pect that they may have been year, fell sharply last week in re- tion over the story. and trading volumes to be listed boasted a market valuation of
carried out to conceal other mis- action to two FT reports on the Wirecard stunned the tra- on the DAX for decades. Hailed more than 23 billion euros — out-
deeds, such as cheating, criminal alleged fraud. Wirecard has hit ditional German banking sector as a champion of the “fintech” weighing even giant Deutsche
breach of trust, corruption and/ back at what it described as “yet last year by displacing Commer- (financial technology) scene with Bank.—AFP

Thailand begins candidate registration Main suspect

of Jolo blasts
for March general election surrenders
to Philippine
BANGKOK — Thailand’s Elec- accept the offer. The second and toppled a Pheu Thai-led civilian and Pheu Thai supporter, said he authorities
tion Commission on Monday be- third candidates named by the government following a period hopes party lawmakers will help
gan accepting registrations for party are party leader Uttama of political instability. turn his underdeveloped area of MANILA — A main suspect of
both constituency and party-list Savanayana and deputy Prime After repeated delays, the Bangkok into a tourist attraction. the deadly twin blasts hitting
candidates ahead of a March Minister Somkid Jatusripitak. junta said last month that the Under the country’s new elec- the southern Philippines late
general election that will end The Pheu Thai Party, which election to choose 500 new lower toral system, 350 of the 500 mem- last month has surrendered to
over four years of military rule. largely draws on support from house members will be held on bers in the lower house will be authorities, the chief of the Phil-
Registration is also open for the poor, especially in rural ar- 24 March, paving the way for the chosen through elections in ippine National Police (PNP) said
up to three candidates for prime eas, is reportedly nominating country’s return to civilian rule. single-seat constituencies, with on Monday.
minister from each party, from former health minister Sudarat As supporters of various parties the remaining 150 through pro- PNP Chief Director Gener-
among whom a new prime min- Keyuraphan as its candidate for gathered at a registration office portional representation from al Oscar Albayalde said the sus-
ister will be chosen when the new prime minister along with anoth- in Bangkok on Monday to rally party lists. pect, identified only as Kamah,
parliament gathers following the er key figure of the party. for their parties, a 52-year-old The country last had a gen- denied involvement in the church
24 March election. Sudarat is a longtime loyalist business owner in Bangkok, who eral election in February 2014, bombings that killed 22 and in-
Although registrations con- of ousted Prime Minister Thak- only gave his first name as Praw- when Yingluck Shinawatra, jured more than 100 others on 27
tinue across the country until sin Shinawatra, who lives abroad it, said he supports the Democrat Thaksin’s sister, was prime January in Jolo in southern Sulu
Friday, every major party con- in self-imposed exile. Party for its long history and the minister, following months of province. Albayalde said Kamah,
testing the lower house election The party is widely per- qualifications of its candidates. anti-government protests. But a student, turned himself in along
registered its single-seat constit- ceived as Thaksin’s political Korkaew Tirakul, a 64-year- the election was later nullified with four others over the weekend
uency candidates on first day, in vehicle. old Palang Pracharath supporter by the Constitutional Court fol- in Jolo. The police claimed that
order to be able to submit its list The Democrat Party, Thai- in Bangkok, said she hopes the lowing disruptions in some con- Kamah, an alleged member of the
of candidates for proportional land’s oldest party whose pillar of new pro-junta party will contin- stituencies. Abu Sayyaf’s Ajang-Ajang sub-
representation. support comes from the wealthy ue the projects undertaken by Pheu Thai won a general group, was seen near the church
The pro-junta Palang Pra- in urban areas, plans to nominate the junta, such as one aimed election in 2011, installing Yin- before the explosions. Four other
charath Party has named Prime just one candidate for prime min- helping low-income families gluck as Thailand’s first female “suspects” in the blasts who were
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as ister, leader and former Prime and seniors, while staving off prime minister. But she was oust- spotted on a street surveillance
its No 1 candidate for prime min- Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. clashes between rival political ed by the Constitutional Court camera also came forward last
ister, but the junta chief is said to Thailand has been under forces in Thai society. Somchai shortly before the military inter- week to deny the allegations.
be still considering whether to military rule since a coup in 2014 Naruerithiron, 51, a merchant vention.—Kyodo News —Xinhua

Make-your-own udon at Japan’s new noodle hotel in Kagawa

TAKAMATSU (Japan) — When Harada, the manager, hails of being directly connected to the
it comes to noodles, Japan may from Tokyo and had worked in world,” Harada said.
be more famous for ramen. Yet Rakuten Inc’s travel department The hotel offers two dormi-
Kagawa Prefecture prides itself until spring 2017. tory-type rooms and one Japa-
on serving the best udon, and But last June, she moved to nese-style room.
now has a hotel that doubles as Mitoyo after being involved in the The standard plan, which
a cookery school dedicated to the launch of Setouchi Udon Co, a lo- includes the udon class and a
local delicacy. cal trading company fully funded local farm visit, in addition to
The Udon House opened by the city. dinner and breakfast, is priced
last October in Mitoyo city, on the Drawing on her global travel at 29,800 yen ($270) per person,
western Japan island of Shikoku, experiences as a student and lat- excluding tax.
in a refurbished 80-year-old home er work in the tourism industry, Kagawa, which promotes
built in a traditional style. Harada said, “I came to realize itself as Japan’s “Udon Pre-
“We hope to promote the lo- that travelers desire to learn fecture,” is situated in the Seto
cal region through the culture of about the local culture of where Inland Sea and is a famed pil-
sanuki udon,” said hotel manag- Udon House, a hotel in Mitoyo, Kagawa Prefecture, offers lodging and they are visiting.” grimage spot on the 88-temple
er Kanako Harada, referring to udon-making classes.   PHOTO: KYODO NEWSNEWS So far, foreign visitors ac- “Shikoku Henro” route.
Kagawa’s famous thick, chewy count for some 20 per cent of The nearby island of Naoshi-
noodles. number of foreign visitors, the visiting from Kyoto in late De- guests, but Harada said overseas’ ma is famous as a contemporary
Guests take half-day classes hotel has staff who can speak cember, said the udon-making interest had picked up since the art hub, while the olive-producing
from udon masters, learning the English, Chinese and Korean. lesson was very detailed and hotel was featured on CNN’s trav- island of Shodoshima boasts of its
tricks of the trade necessary to Still, the bulk of guests are she was glad that teachers took el website in January. picturesque “Angel Road” sand
turn wheat flour into the local Japanese. Kaori Yamada, a account of participants’ individ- “I want to show that a local bar that only appears during low
soul food. To cater to the rising 44-year-old university lecturer ual needs. community in Shikoku is capable tide.—Kyodo News

Cuaron on path to Oscar victory

after Directors Guild win
LOS ANGELES (United States) triot Guillermo del Toro, who man”), Adam Mckay (“Vice”),
— Mexican filmmaker Alfonso won last year for “The Shape of Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Cuaron on Saturday scooped Water.” and Bradley Cooper (“A Star is
the Directors Guild of America Cuaron, who won the same Born”). Cuaron is the second di-
(DGA) award for “Roma” — a accolade for “Gravity” in 2014, rector to be awarded the prize for
strong indicator he will be named thanked stars Yalitza Aparicio a foreign language film: Ang Lee
best director at the Oscars in and Marina de Tariva, along with won in 2000 for “Crouching Tiger,
three weeks’ time. the rest of the cast for bringing a Hidden Dragon.”
“Roma,” a highly personal memory to life. The DGA short list is consid-
ode to Cuaron’s own childhood in “Thank Libo [the domestic ered an Oscars bellwether. Last “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek .  PHOTO: PTI
1970s Mexico City, is nominated worker who inspired the film], my year’s DGA winner, Guillermo
for 10 Academy Awards, including mother and my country, the real del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), My situation with Bryan Singer was
best director. architect of ‘Roma’,” he added. went on to win the same prize at
Cuaron received the top The acclaimed director beat the Oscars and the film took best not pleasant, says Rami Malek
prize on Saturday from compa- out Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlans- picture honors.—AFP
LOS ANGELES — “Bohemian Bryan, it was not pleasant, not at
Rhapsody” star Rami Malek says all. And that’s about what I can
that he did not have a pleasant say about it at this point,” the ac-
working relationship with film’s tor told The Hollywood Reporter.
director Bryan Singer. He said the filmmaker being
Fox terminated Singer’s ser- fired from the job was a bolt out
vices as the helmer of the Queen of the blue.
biopic under the “pay or play” “For anyone who is seeking
provision of his contract, sources any solace in all of this, Bryan
had indicated at the time, due Singer was fired. Bryan Singer
to his repeated failures to show was fired, I don’t think that was
up on the set, which brought the something anyone saw coming
production to a halt in December but I think that had to happen
2017. The film was later complet- and it did,” Malek said. Fresh al-
ed by Dexter Fletcher. Singer re- legations hit Singer last month
mains the credited director. after a report by The Atlantic
Malek, who has been nom- surfaced, wherein four men al-
inated for the best actor Oscar leged that the director had sexual
this year, recalled working with encounters with them when they
Singer on the film. were teenagers in the late 1990s.
“I’ve sat here and talked The director denied the charges.
about how everyone deserves a The actor previously said he was
voice and anyone who wants to “not aware” of the allegations of
Director Alfonso Cuaron (r) poses next to director Guillermo Del Toro with the award for Outstanding talk about what happened with sexual misconduct against the di-
Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for “Roma” in the press room during the 71st Annual Directors Guild Bryan deserves to have their rector before he started working
Of America (DGA) Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on 2 February, 2019.   PHOTO: AFP voice heard. In my situation with with him.—AFP

Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

PARIS (France) — A sharp cancer claimed some 20 million smoking and infection — in de-
increase in the rate of obesi- lives — mortality dropped by 20 cline.
ty-linked cancers among young per cent, from 240 to 192 deaths “The investigators speculate
adults in the United States could per 100,000 people, due in part to that these findings are driven in
foreshadow a reversal in the reduced tobacco use. part by the obesity epidemic, a
overall decline in cancer mor- “But in the future, obesity hypothesis that is both provoc-
tality, researchers warned on could reverse that progress,” Je- ative and plausible,” Catherine
Monday. mal cautioned. Marinac from the Dana-Farber
In a sweeping study covering “Obesity is now one of the Cancer Institute and Harvard
two-thirds of the US population, most preventable causes of can- University’s Brenda Birmann
they showed that half a dozen cer in the US and UK — around commented, also in The Lancet.
cancers for which obesity is a 1 in 12 cases in the US are caused Still unexplained, however,
known risk factor became more by excess weight, and more than is why the six other forms of
frequent from 1995 to 2015 among 1 in 20 in the UK.” cancer classified by the UN’s In-
women and men under 50. Building on earlier research ternational Agency for Research
The younger the age bracket, suggesting a link between obesi- on Cancer (IARC) as related to
A sharp increase in the rate of obesity-linked cancers among young
the more quickly these cancers ty and more frequent colon can- obesity did not also show similar
adults in the United States could foreshadow a reversal in the overall
gained ground, they reported in decline in cancer mortality, researchers warned on Monday.  cers in young adults, Jamel and rates of increase among younger
The Lancet, a medical journal. PHOTO: AFP colleagues analysed all cancer adults. The authors called for
During the period examined, cases from 1995 to 2015 in 25 US more aggressive screening for
the incidence of pancreatic can- “Our findings expose a re- has been seen as a disease of states home to 67 per cent of the obesity by front-line doctors, and
cer, for example, increased by cent change that could serve as a ageing. population. called on them to warn patients
about one per cent per year for warning of an increased burden of Indeed, the researchers note The data covered 30 types of about the cancer risk of being
adults aged 45 to 49. Among 30 to obesity-related cancers to come that the number of new cancer cancer, 12 of which had previously seriously overweight.
34-year-olds, the average annual in older adults,” said co-author cases reported remains much been linked to obesity. Currently, less than half of
percent increase was more than Ahmedin Jemal of the American higher in older age brackets, even primary care physicians in the US
twice that high. Cancer Society, USA. if the rate of increase is now high- Too much junk food regularly measure the body-mass
And among 25 to 29-year- Obesity has more than dou- est among young adults. For five of the 12, the rate of index (BMI) of their patients.
olds, the rate jumped by 4.4 per bled in the United States over the Two pancreatic cancer cas- increase for new cases was high- “The quality of the American
cent per year. last four decades. es, for example, were diagnosed est in the youngest age group, diet has worsened in recent dec-
Comparing five-year age among every 100,000 24 to 49-year- and for a sixth — a form of bone ades,” said lead author Hyuna
brackets from 25 to 80, the annual Mortality could rise olds from 2010 to 2014, compared marrow cancer called multiple Sung, also of the American Can-
hike was similarly highest among It has also risen sharply in to 37 cases for every 100,000 peo- myeloma — the biggest jump was cer Society.
the 25 to 29 cohort for four other other rich nations and, more ple aged 50 to 84. among adults in their early 30s. More than half of 20 to
obesity-linked cancers: kidney recently, the developing world. Overall, the number of peo- Of the other 18 types of can- 49-year-olds eat for too little fruits,
(6.23 per cent), gallbladder (3.71 Today, some two billion people ple in the United States who suc- cer, only two showed a similar vegetables and whole grains, and
per cent), uterine (3.35 per cent), are overweight or obese. cumb to cancer has declined. trend, with the others either too much salt, fast food and sug-
and colon (2.41 per cent). With few exceptions, cancer From 1980 to 2014 — when stable or — for those related to ary drinks, she said.— AFP

AI-based medical diagnostic Russian scientists to synthesize 114th, 115th

services to be launched in Japan elements of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table
TOKYO — Medical diagnostic
services using artificial intelli- PARIS — Russian scientists will to help it be the first to obtain only in this experiment there will
gence technologies are set to be hold the first experiments at the these chemical elements. be a hundred times more these
introduced this year in Japan, Super-Heavy Element Factory in “Now the lab is ready and a heavy atoms. This is what all this
where the uptake of information Dubna near Moscow in April to new accelerator was launched (the new lab) was done for. This
technology in healthcare has synthesize the 114th and 115th el- in December. Its intensity is is the so-called demonstration
been slow, sources close to the ements of Mendeleev’s Periodic ten times higher than the in- experiment: to obtain what you
matter said on Monday. Table, Scientific Director of the tensity that was until now… If have already done but in a new
The private Showa Univer- Flerov Laboratory at the Joint everything proceeds as we are quantity. This will be the first
sity in Tokyo, Nagoya University Institute for Nuclear Research planning, in April we will stage step,” Oganesyan said during
and a software company Cyber- Yuri Oganesyan told TASS on an experiment, which we already events devoted to the opening of
net Systems Co have jointly de- Tuesday. held before, for the synthesis of the Year of Mendeleev’s Periodic
Image of an artificial intelligence
veloped software to analyze colon analysis of a magnetic resonance The world’s first Su- the 114th and 115th elements but Table.— Tass
polyps in images taken during imaging brain scan.  PHOTRO: per-Heavy Element Factory
endoscopic examinations. KYODO NEWS (the DC-280 accelerator) was
Using a vast amount of past launched at the Joint Institute
diagnostic data, the software will degeneration in the cerebrum for Nuclear Research in Decem-
determine whether polyps are from images taken by a magnetic ber last year. The facility will help
malignant. It has been proven resonance imaging scan. scientists synthesize and study
reliable — with an assessment The company used a deep new elements of Mendeleev’s
determining it can identify a po- learning method to process large Periodic Table of Chemical El-
tentially cancerous polyp with amounts of diagnostic data with ements.
the same accuracy as a leading the programme. When a pro- Today work has been actual-
specialist — and approved for gression in a cerebral disease ly launched at the world’s major
commercialization by the gov- is suspected, it will be recom- nuclear physics centers to syn-
ernment. mended that the patient undergo thesize the 119th, 120th and 121st
LPixel Inc., an image anal- a closer check by a doctor. The elements. The Joint Institute for
ysis service venture firm, has software has also been approved Nuclear Research expects the The world’s first Super-Heavy Element Factory was launched at the
produced a program to spot cell for sale.— Kyodo News Super-Heavy Element Factory Joint Institute for Nuclear Research last year.  PHOTO: TASS

Benzema on target again as Real close gap at the top

MADRID (Spain) — Real Madrid to rousing ovations late on, there
gained ground on both Barcelona was a scattering of disgruntled
and Atletico Madrid in La Liga whistles when the Welshman
as Karim Benzema and Vinicius was replaced by Marco Asensio
Junior each scored in a 3-0 win shortly after the hour.
over Alaves on Sunday. “It was difficult,” Solari said.
Benzema, Vinicius and Ga- “Alaves defended very well, they
reth Bale started together for the were determined and there wer-
first time and two thirds of the en’t many spaces.”
newly-dubbed ‘BBV’ delivered as It was Vinicius’ clever re-
Madrid capitalised on Barca be- verse pass through the legs of
ing held by Valencia and Atletico Carlos Vigaray that led to Benze-
losing at Real Betis. ma’s opener as Sergio Reguilon
Mariano Diaz, on as a substi- was set free down the left, his
tute, added a third late on. cross ensuring the Frenchman
After 22 rounds, this is the could not miss.
first in which Madrid have been Alaves defended so deep at
the only winners from the estab- times that Madrid’s defence were
lished three clubs, which is as playing more as creative midfield-
much an indication of their own ers but the visitors were not with-
inconsistency as the sturdiness out chances on the break. Tomas
of Atleti and, particularly, Barca. Pina took too long to shoot and
Madrid could now overtake Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (L) vies with Alaves’ Ghanaian midfielder Mubarak Wakaso Jony Rodriguez forced a smart
Atletico if they win the city der- during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Club Deportivo Alaves at the Santiago save from Thibaut Courtois.
by next weekend but the differ- Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on 3 February, 2019.   PHOTO: AFP Madrid, though, ended any
ence behind Barcelona, whom hopes of a comeback with 10 min-
they face in the Copa del Rey on 5-1 loss to Barca in October that leader since and his latest goal both Bale and Vinicius but it was utes left as Asensio picked out
Wednesday, is still a considerable proved the final straw for Julen was his sixth in four games, his the latter, not the former, that Vinicius at the back post. The
eight points. Lopetegui but Alaves’ 1-0 victory best streak since January 2016. looks to be Benzema’s most dan- teenager controlled, picked his
“We will fight for everything at Mendizorrotza, their first over The only La Liga player to have gerous partner. Bale endured spot and put it there.
until the end,” Solari said. “Today Real in 87 years, was perhaps scored more in all competitions one of his quieter nights and it Mariano’s diving header in
there was a real hunger to cut the team’s rock bottom. Benze- this season is Lionel Messi. was noticeable that while Ben- injury-time from Isco’s cross add-
the gap.” It may have been the ma has been the revival’s ring- He did it starting alongside zema and Vinicius both departed ed a final flourish.—AFP

Boca move Aguero hat-trick sinks Arsenal,

into Superliga City close gap on Liverpool
top four MANCHESTER (United King- ing to happen until the end of
dom) — Pep Guardiola was glad the season, a lot of games will be
to see Manchester City’s clinical tough. That is the real Premier
BUENOS AIRES — Defending best return as Sergio Aguero’s League, you know better than
champions Boca Juniors struck hat-trick closed the gap Premier me what that means and what
either side of halftime to defeat League leaders Liverpool to just we have to do.
Godoy Cruz 2-0 in the Superliga two points in a 3-1 win over Ar- “The most important thing
Argentina standings on Sunday. senal on Sunday. today was the players showed
Dario Benedetto opened the The champions were let off why they are a good team. We
scoring from the penalty spot at the hook by Liverpool’s 1-1 draw didn’t recognise ourselves in the
the Bombonera after Carlos Te- with Leicester on Wednesday, previous game at Newcastle.
vez was brought down by Facun- 24 hours after City’s shock 2-1 Today, at least, we came back.”
do Cobos. defeat by Newcastle with what Aguero’s seventh goal in as
Mauro Zarate made it 2-0 in Guardiola described as an un- many games in 2019 — and his
second-half stoppage time with recognisable performance. 10th in his last dozen against
a curling fee-kick into the top left This time City did take ad- Arsenal — was the highlight
corner. Boca are now fourth in vantage of playing a day before of a thoroughly dominant per-
the 26-team standings with 31 Jurgen Klopp’s side, who travel formance.
points from 16 matches, 11 points to West Ham on Monday, to pile For the second time in a
behind leaders Racing Club, who on the pressure and jump back week, the Argentine scored
defeated Huracan 3-1 on Sunday. ahead of Tottenham, who had inside the first minute to give
Copa Libertadores champi- leapfrogged City into second on City the perfect start by heading
ons River Plate secured their sec- Saturday. home Aymeric Laporte’s cross.
ond win in five days by overcom- “After what happened at However, just like on Ty-
ing Velez Sarsfield 2-1 away from Newcastle, everybody thought neside on Tuesday, City failed
home. Despite their improved re- we would be seven points be- to press home their advantage
cent form, River remain seventh hind, everyone expected Liv- as Laurent Koscielny profited
Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero runs with the ball
with 25 points. In Sunday’s only erpool to beat Leicester,” said from some slack defending to during the English Premier League football match between Manchester
other match, Newell’s Old Boys Guardiola. head home an equaliser just 10 City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west
drew 0-0 at Union.— Xinhua “But a lot of things are go- minutes later.—AFP England on 3 February, 2019.  PHOTO: AFP