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71st Independence Day to be observed with five objectives

Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the first coordination meeting of the central committee for holding the 71st Independence Day ceremony.  Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the first coordination meeting of the central committee for holding the 71st Independence Day ceremony. 
Photo: MNA

The 71st Independence Day will be observed nationwide on 4th January next year in accordance with the five national objectives, according to the first coordination meeting of the Central Committee for Holding the 71st Independence Day ceremony.
Speaking at the meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, Vice President U Myint Swe, in his capacity as the chairman of the committee, said nine sub-committees will be formed with a view to successfully holding the Independence Day Ceremony and related events in a politically meaningful way with the five objectives.
The five national objectives are: to safeguard and protect the non-disintegration of the Union and the non-disintegration of National Solidarity and Perpetuation of Sovereignty by all ethnic people with their collective strength; to work hard for emergence of a constitution which meets the democratic norms and can guarantee a democratic federal union; to effectively fight and prevent against the use drugs which damage the health and morality of the citizens; to strive continually for equitable development of all regions and states and to support the Union Government’s efforts for the development of a market oriented system and private sector.
Myanmar gained her independence on 4th January, 1948.
“All the entire mass of the people are obliged to strive in unity for perpetuation of our independence which we gained through the unity of the all national races led by Bogyoke Aung San and for development of the Union,” said the vice president.
“The independence day is held every year with a view to keeping up the patriotic spirit of our next generation after they understand that we gained our independence due to he sacrifice of our people,” he said.
As per annually-held formalities, there will be morning and evening events attended by State Leaders, Government Leaders, diplomats, local and international non-governmental organizations, and invited guests.
The ceremony will be held in two sessions, and in the morning session ceremony for hoisting the national flag, ceremony for saluting the national flag will be held and the Independence Day message sent from the President will be read. In the evening session, a State-level dinner party will be hosted.
Festive games will be held in regions and states on Independence Day and public buildings will be illuminated on the day.
The Ministry of Information will broadcast stories and songs related to the country’s Independence Day and historic songs and make sure that cover articles and special commemorative articles are put in the newspapers and journals, said the Vice President. “It is necessary for sub-committees to coordinate with each other in implementing the assigned duties,” he said. There was a need to avoid weaknesses and shortcomings by proper coordination among the sub-committees based on past years’ experiences and sub-committee heads need to monitor and oversee sector-wide works, said the Vice President.
Following his remarks, leaders of the nine sub-committees gave power-point presentations of their respective tasks.
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers Dr. Pe Myint and U Kyaw Tin, Chairman of the Nay Pyi Taw Council Dr. Myo Aung, Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command Maj-Gen Myint Maw, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Aung Thu, U Win Maw Tun and Dr. Tun Naing, Permanent Secretaries of the ministries, senior military officers and officials. — MNA

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