Thuta Swesone literary awards presented to winners

Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint presents the Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Socio-economy) to Sein Lin (Surgeon and Cancer Specialist). Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint presents the Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Socio-economy) to Sein Lin (Surgeon and Cancer Specialist). Photo: MNA

The Swesone Media Group presented the 14th Thuta Swesone literary awards yesterday at Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon.
Speaking at the ceremony, Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint said the Thuta Swesone literary awards presentation is celebrating its 14th anniversary this year, and expressed his pleasure in attending the literary award presentation for books published in 2017.
He noted that the appreciation shown by readers satisfies writers, and that writers are also happy to hear constructive criticism, because such criticism helps writers in improving his or her writing.
Receiving awards means the writing in a book is superior and meaningful for readers, said the Union Minister, adding that, therefore, winning the awards is fully satisfactory for writers.
The Union Minister also expressed his thanks to the family of Dr. Tin Tun Oo and wife Dr. Khin Moe Moe, the founder of the Thuta Swesone Literary Awards, noting that Dr. Tin Tun Oo was a prominent writer and publisher, and achieved success in publishing books.
“The Thuta Swesone Magazine published by you has seen its 37th anniversary this year, and has been successful for nearly 40 years. This achievement comes as a significant milestone to the history of our literary community,” said Dr. Pe Myint.
While successfully operating a publishing business, the family of Thuta Swesone Magazine has awarded the Thuta Swesone Awards to writers annually for 14 years, and this activity deserves respect and appreciation, he said.
Today, advances in science and technology arrive very fast, and they are having a large impact on human society, he said.
During this period, it is important for the people to have knowledge about science and technology, he noted, adding that it has been found that even those who are trying to catch up to today’s fourth revolution, the Digital Revolution, also known as Digital Transformation or the IT era, need time in changing, he said. Additionally, the Union Minister called for publishing periodicals on science and technology that focuses on the modern era to ensure they attract readers.
At the ceremony, Dr. Khin Aye (Maung Khin Min-Danubyu) received the Thuta Swesone Lifetime Achievement Literary Award, Dr. Aung Gyi received the miscellaneous collection of literary award and Sein Lin (Surgeon and Cancer Specialist) received the Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Socio- economy) presented by Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint.
Afterwards, Sithu Tin Hlaing (Ledwin Thar Saw Chit) presented the Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Youth Literary) to Linkar Yi Kyaw; Yangon Region Social Affairs Minister U Naing Ngan Lin the Thuta Swesone Literary Award (Arts) to Nwe Oo Hlaing; Dr. Tin Tun Oo theThuta Swesone Literary Award (Science Knowledge) to Dr. Khin Maung Lwin and Dr. Khin Moe Moe the Thuta Swesone (Applied Science) to Dr. Nightingale.
Afterwards, to mark the Sarsodaw Day, the Swesone Media Group’s Chairman Dr. Tin Tun Oo and Dr. Khin Moe Moe donated K1.5 million to doyen literati; KI 20 million to renovation of U Phoe Kyar Library and K500,000 to the Thuta Swesone Library in Hinthada Township.
They also presented a gift to Sithu Dr. Thaw Khaung on behalf of the Thuta Swesone Literary Award Selection Committee.
Next, on behalf of the award winners, writers Linkar Ye Kyaw, Dr. Khin Maung Lwin and Dr. Nightingale and Dr Khin Aye (Maung Khin Min-Danubyu) expressed words of thanks.
The ceremony came to an end after the Union Minister and the dignitaries had the documentary photo taken. — MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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