Union Minister for Information U Maung Maung Ohn attended the dinner party to mark International Literacy Day 2022 hosted in Mandalay yesterday.
Also present at the event were Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Maung Ko, regional ministers, departmental officials, artistes in literary, film, music and theatrical fields, the rector of the Mandalay University of Medicine and students.
The Union Minister spoke on the occasion appreciating the efforts of the Mandalay Region government, artistes in literary, film, music and theatrical fields, teachers and students for participating in development programmes despite the destructive actions of unscrupulous persons.
He also described the literary, film, music and theatrical luminaries as men of wisdom for their supportive efforts to the country. He then urged them to keep carrying out their art skills to ensure peace and development of the country and for the students to become reliable medics and physicians for the country.
Afterwards, the regional chief minister made a speech and the Union minister gave awards to five maestros of the Myoma Musical Troupe.
During the dinner, officials and participants watched the performance of artistes.
The Union minister also visited the construction sites of the Sitagu Sanchi Pagoda and Sitagu Summer Resort in Htonebo village of PyinOoLwin Township yesterday morning.
The construction was led by Sitagu Sayadaw Dr Nyanissara and about 40 per cent completed.
He then inspected the district library in PyinOoLwin, the district IPRD office and locations to construct a training school. During the inspection tour, the Union minister and wife presented gifts and cash assistance to the staff.
The Union minister also inspected the MRTV retransmission station in PyinOoLwin and paid homage to Sayadaw Pyinnyeinda at the Vipassi Dhamma Yeiktha in Aungchantha village, 32 miles off PyinOoLwin, paid homage to the Buddha image in the cave, and viewed locations for Yogis to do meditation in the Byama Cariya Dhamma Beikman. At noon, the Union minister met the staff of the Upper Myanmar Printing House (Mandalay) of the Printing and Publishing Department in Chanmyathazi Township of Mandalay Region and provided cash assistance.
Then, he inspected the production process of the factory. — MNA