September 10, 2016

Information Ministry to organise paper-reading sessions and book fairs

Pyithu Hluttaw representatives seen upon arrival at Pyithu Hluttaw.
Pyithu Hluttaw representatives seen upon arrival at Pyithu Hluttaw.

THE Ministry of Information is planning to organise a literature festival involving a paper-reading session, discussion and book fair for the third time in cooperation with literature associations with the aim of promoting ethnic literatures, Union Minister Dr Pe Myint told the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday.
The Union minister said that a paper reading session on political literature was held in conjunction with a monsoon book fair involving more than 100 book shops in the last week of this July and the second paper-reading session along with a book fair is set to take place in late October this year in order to promote translated literature in the country.
Works are underway to upgrade a book shop which is being kept open at Sarpay Beikman Building into the one showcasing various kinds of books and publications in order to assist publishers, added the Union minister.
He went to say that a list of new books sent by Publishers and Distributors Association appears in Kyemon and Myanma Alinn newspapers and coordination is being made to transport books with the use of state-owned transportation service and ensure the books are exempted from commercial tax.
Next, the Union minister replied to a call for changing the broadcasting system from analog to digital in the townships of the Naga Self-Administered Zone, saying that a relay station in Nanyun Township began digital TV broadcasting this year and arrangements are being made to install a DVB-T2 system in the relay stations in Leshe and Lahe Townships during the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
The Union minister also responded to a call for the ministry to distribute rules, regulations and procedures of departments and offices which are dealing with the public by posting them in public areas as well as on official websites and social media.
He said that officials have clarified rules and regulations at  government departments, saying that people have access to information about the ministries, weather news, daily news and breaking news via the Information Minister’s Call Centre Hotline (1883).
During yesterday’s Hluttaw session, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye also replied to a question regarding food aid needed for flood victims in Lanhse region of Hsawlaw Township where flooding damaged roads and bridges.
The Union minister said that the ministry and Kachin State government provided flood victims in Hsawlaw and Chipwe Township including Lanhse region with relief supplies including foodstuff.
Moreover, a damaged road section on Chipwe-Hsawlaw-Mankyi-Weltan road is being repaired and temporary bamboo bridges have been built. Materials for the construction of new bridges in the open season are being stored, added the Union minister.


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