The ceremony of the 75th Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) of Kachin State Day was organized on the lawn in front of the Kachin State Government Office yesterday.
It was attended by State Administration Council members Jeng Phang Naw Taung, U Moung Har, U Sai Lon Seng and U Shwe Kyein, Union Ministers Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung, U Maung Maung Ohn, U Hla Moe, U Thaung Han, U Aung Naing Oo, Dr Nyunt Pe, U Min Thein Zan, U Myo Thant and U Saw Tun Aung Myint, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Phyo Thant and U Zaw Aye Maung. Kachin State Chief Minister U Khet Htein Nan, the commander of Northern Command and senior military officers, the advocate-general of Kachin State and ethnic traditional cultural troupes welcomed them with a traditional dance.
First, SAC Member Jeng Phang Naw Taung read out the message sent by State Administration Council Chairman Prime Minister Senior General Thadoe Maha Thray Sithu Thadoe Thiri Thudhamma Min Aung Hlaing on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) Kachin State Day.
Then, the state chief minister made a greeting speech and Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung handed over 100 solar home system panels (120 W) to him for the state government.
Afterwards, the SAC members, Union ministers, the state chief minister and wife, the commander and wife, senior military officers, the chief justice of Kachin State High Court and wife, state cabinet members and wives, members of peace organizations, guests and other participants took part in the Manaw dance joyfully at the same venue and took commemorative photos.
Myanmar regained independence on 4 January 1948 and the first session of the Kachin State Council Congress was held in Sitapu Manaw Ground on 10 January. The congress was attended by Myanmar’s first president Sao Shwe Thaik who inaugurated the Manaw Pandal together with Prime Minister U Nu and that day was designated as Kachin State Day marking the formation of the Kachin State government. Since then, the commemoration of Kachin State Day has been held every year and it reaches 75 years or diamond jubilee this year.
Then, the Honorary Certificate/Award-Giving Ceremony in Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Kachin State Day was held at the City Hall of Myitkyina.
First, the Kachin State chief minister explained the awarding of honorary titles and certificates and pledged that the Kachin State government will make concerted efforts for all-round development upholding the Five-point Roadmap and Nine Objectives of the Government urging youths to serve duties for the stability, unity and development of the country as a national task.
Then, Kachin State Security and Border Affairs Minister Colonel Aung Kyi Lin reported on the formation of working committees and reviews to select awards in line with the law.
SAC members Jeng Phang Naw Taung, U Moung Har, U Sai Lon Seng and U Shwe Kyein presented the awards for excellence in management (first) while Union Ministers the awards for excellence in management (second) and (third), awards for excellence in business (first), (second) and (third) and certificates of honour and the Kachin State chief minister, the commander and deputy ministers the cash prizes and certificates of honour to the students who won in higher and basic education level essay and poem competitions.
At noon, the SAC members and party paid homage to Presiding Sayadaw Bhaddanta Ketumala of the Wuntho Monastery at Ann Taw Shin Monastery of Myitkyina Township and donated rice bags and cooking oil.
Then, they went to St Kolanban Catholic Church in the Aungnan Ward of Myitkyina and cordially met pastors and the bishop and donated fruits and cash to the church. — IPRD/KTZH