Senior General Min Aung Hlaing cordially meets war veterans at Myanma Tharkaung War Veterans’ Village.
Nay Pyi Taw March 24
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, accompanied by the commander of Yangon Command and officials, inspected Myanma Tharkaung war veterans’ village in Yangon Station at 10.30 am yesterday.
At the briefing hall, the commander of Yangon Command reported on construction of the war veterans’ village and a plan for construction of No 1 War Veterans’ Housing (Laydauntkan).
After hearing the reports, the Senior General stressed the need to carry out construction of the war veterans’ housings similar to that of agriculture and livestock breeding farms, small-scale industries and garment factory. As such, it will contribute towards job opportunities for war veterans and families who will live at the war veterans’ housings as well as development of the region.
The Senior General said that it needs to fulfill the requirements of water and power supply for the resident war veterans while growing shade trees and windbreaks around the housing and along both sides of the road.
Next, the Senior General and party cordially greeted the war veterans and viewed round the war veterans’ village.
The opening ceremony of 7th Japan Cup Karatedo Contest for 2017 takes place at National Indoor Stadium-1 in Thuwunna, Yangon.
Nay Pyi Taw March 24
The 7th Japan Cup Karatedo Contest for 2017, jointly organized by the Japanese Embassy to Myanmar and the Myanmar Karatedo Federation, was opened at the National Indoor Stadium (1) (Thuwunna) in Yangon at 9 am yesterday.
The ceremony was attended by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Chairman of Japan-Myanmar Friendship Association Mr. Watanabe, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar H.E.Mr.Tateshi Higuchi, the commander of Yangon Command, officials of Yangon Region Government, officials of the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Japanese Embassy to Myanmar, officers, other ranks and families of Yangon Station, members of the penal of judges, athletes and spectators.
First, Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Mr. Tateshi Higuchi delivered an opening speech and opened the ceremony. Then, President of the Myanmar Karatedo Federation Dr Win Zaw spoke words of thanks.
Then, the athletes recited the oath of sports. The Senior General, the Chairman of Japan-Myanmar Friendship Association, the Ambassador and the President of Myanmar Karatedo Federation presented gifts to the athletes after cordially greeting them.
Next, the athletes demonstrated their skills in respective sport events. On the first-day event, the Senior General and those present enjoyed the competitions of athletes.
Today’s Japan Cup Karatedo Contest is jointly organized by the Japanese Embassy to Myanmar and the Myanmar Karatedo Federation annually. A total of 18 contending teams with 195 athletes will participate in the contest. The second-day event and prize-presentation will take place at the stadium on 24 March.
U Bein Bridge in Mandalay’s Amarapura Township will undergo temporary repairs ahead of the Thingyan Festival, according to Mandalay Region Government.
As visitors usually throng the landmark bridge in the Thingyan Festival, temporary repairs will be carried out with Ks-4 million donated by the board of trustees of Taung Min Gyi Monastery so that the bridge can cope with large crowds of visitors during the Thingyan Festival.
“We need funds for long-term maintenance of the bridge. But for the time being, we’ll carry out temporary repairs to make sure the strength of it during the Thingyan Festival,” said Mandalay Region Resources and Environmental Conservation Minister U Myo Thit.
The Region Government has instructed Amarapura Township authorities to make preparations to ensure safety of visitors to the bridge during the Thingyan Festival.
‘‘Myanmar Tea Wood Co has carried out renovation works out of its own pocket on the bridge since last March, but after completing around 30 percent of the works, the company has stopped renovation, and the Regional Government has asked the company about it,’’ said minister U Myo Thit.
U Bein Bridge is over 160 years old, and badly torn by the weather. So far five major repairs have been carried out since 2000 and in 2014- 2015 fiscal year, a major repair was carried out at an expense of Ks-13.4 million.