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									                                                                                                                                                         Established 1914

   Volume XIX, Number 287                                            10th Waxing of Tabodwe 1373 ME                                      Thursday, 2 February, 2012

         Our Three Main                          *     Non-disintegration of *               Non-disintegration of *                         Perpetuation of
         National Causes                               the Union                             National Solidarity                             Sovereignty

        Singaporean President extends warm
     welcome to President U Thein Sein and wife
        NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—
   A ceremony to extend a
   welcome to President of the
   Republic of the Union of
   Myanmar U Thein Sein and
   wife Daw Khin Khin Win by
   President of the Republic of
   Singapore Dr. Tony Tan
   Keng Yam and wife was
   held at the Istana Presidential
   House in Singapore on 30
   January morning.
        On arrival at the Instana
   Presidential           House,
   President U Thein Sein and
   wife were welcomed by the
   Singaporean President and
   wife. President U Thein Sein
   and Singaporean counterpart
   took the salute of the guard
   of honour as the state band
   of Singapore played national
   anthem of the two countries.
        Afterwards, they in-
   spected the guard of honour.
   After taking the salute of the
             (See pagee 7)           President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein and President of the Republic of Singapore Dr. Tony Tan Keng
                                                                                  Yam inspect Guard of Honour.—MNA

           President U Thein Sein, Singaporean
       President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam hold talks
                                                                                                                       NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—President of the Republic of the
                                                                                                                 Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein and President of the Re-
                                                                                                                 public of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam held talks at
                                                                                                                 West Drawing Room of Istana on 30 January morning.
                                                                                                                       The Singaporean President extended greetings first. The
                                                                                                                 Myanmar President elaborated on practice of legislative, ex-
                                                                                                                 ecutive and judicial powers separately in consistence with
                                                                                                                 democratic process in Myanmar, the government’s stride on
                                                                                                                 the right path to democracy despite its democracy experience
                                                                                                                 is in its infancy, continued to say that measures for burgeon-
                                                                                                                 ing of democracy, peace negotiations with ethnic armed groups
                                                                                                                 to ensure stability of the State, coordination with domestic po-
                                                                                                                 litical organizations including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, pre-
                                                                                                                 paredness to enable political parties including the NLD run
                                                                                                                 for forthcoming by-elections, progress in political stability of
                                                                                                                 the State and decline in international pressure, increased inter-
                                                                                                                 ests of international investors including ASEAN fellow na-
                                                                                                                 tions in Myanmar’s economy, standardization of investment
                                                                                                                 laws and procedures agreeable to the ASEAN and interna-
                                                                                                                 tional community, formation of leaner investment commis-
                                                                                                                 sion for effective and speedy functioning.
                                                                                                                                                (See page 8)
                                                                                                                     President U Thein Sein and Singaporean
                                                                                                                President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam holding talks at

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            PERSPECTIVES                                            natural resources-based economy to human
                                                                    resources-based economy. The latter can have
                                                                                                                                nation is like a tree, human resource is the root
                                                                                                                                and sector-wise development is the branches.
                                                                    greater potential for growth under effective                    If so, actual human resources development
                  Thursday, 2 February, 2012                        management, creating innovative and creative                is of great importance to our nation. In other
    Towards an era of human                                         workforce.                                                  words, the State is in dire need of educated
                                                                        Some developed nations like Japan and                   youths who can and have to create multifaceted
    resources-driven economy                                        Singapore have struck prosperity through human              development.
         Most of the developed nations are now                      resources development although they are devoid                  Mainly, youths are in the driving seat to
     systematically developing and utilizing human                  of natural resources. Some Asian countries are              steer human resources development. Youths of
     resources besides natural resources in their                   effectively shaping human resources economy.                today should not be content with a degree but to
     economy drive.                                                 Nations with sluggish human resources                       have practicable knowledge about IT, English
         Natural resources such as oil and gas and                  development tend to be miles behind in                      and management.
     minerals could become exhausted with the                       technological advancement.                                      One swallow does not make the summer in
     passage of time. Thus, human resources have                        Human resource is an essential prerequisite             building a modern developed nation nor even a
     become the alternative of industrialized nations               for political, economic, social and defence                 flock. One and only step towards human
     for national economic growth, which is described               structures. Even industrial technologies and ICT,           resources-driven economy is to nurture human
     as human resources-driven economy.                             the most effective means for growth of a nation             resources by forming a continuous learning
         Whatever it is, we have to make a shift from               are dependent upon human resources. If the                  society from individual to entre nation.

            Bridges opened in reign of new government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
                                    Nagapauk Bridge
            *   Nagapauk Bridge lies on DaikU-Sittoung Road in Waw Township of Bago
                District in Bago Region. The fifth above-180-ft bridge was constructed as of 1
                June, 2008, and opened on 27 August, 2011. The 240-ft RC bridge has 24-ft-wide
                two-lane motorway and three-ft-wide sidewalks. It can withstand 60 tons of
                loads per vehicle.
            *   It is situated on shortcut linking DaikU on Yangon-Mandalay Union Highway
                and Sittoung on Yangon-Bago-Mawlamyine Road. Originally 46-mile trip is
                shortened to 21 miles and six furlongs, taking the shortcut the bridge lies on.
            *   The bridge links Bago Region with upper and lower regions in Myanmar, Mon
                State, Kayin State, and Taninthayi Region. Every corner of the country is
                accessible thanks to the bridge.

                                                                                                                           Sittoung Cannel Bridge
                                                                                                      *    Constructed as of 4 July, 2010, Sittoung Cannel Bridge on DaikU-Sittoung Road
                                                                                                           in Waw Township in Bago Region was commissioned into service on 25
                                                                                                           September, 2011. The RC bridge is sixth above-180-ft bridge opened in time of
                                                                                                           the new government. It has the length of 240 feet, 24-ft-wide two-lane motorway,
                                                                                                           three-ft-wide sidewalks. The facility can withstand 60 tons of loads per vehicle.
                                                                                                      *    It is situated on shortcut linking DaikU on Yangon-Mandalay Union Highway
                                                                                                           and Sittoung on Yangon-Bago-Mawlamyine Road, cutting down by about 24
                                                                                                           miles. It is an easy road for trucks.
                                                                                                      *    The bridge enables travelers to travel from Bago Region to upper and lower
                                                                                                           regions in Myanmar, Mon State, Kayin State, Taninthayi Region and any
                                                                                                           other part of the country via road networks.

                      Kyahtoo Creek Bridge
            *   The construction of Kyahtoo Creek Bridge on Magway-                                                                            Archive: Maung Nyein Aye
                Natmauk-Pyawbwe Road in Natmauk Township in
                Magway District of Magway Region started on 24 August,
                2011. The new government opened seventh above-180-
                ft bridge of its reign on 22 October, 2011. The RC facility
                has the length of 480 ft, 24-ft two-lane motorway and
                three-ft-wide sidewalks. It can withstand 60 tons of loads
                per vehicle.
            *   It allows local people to travel directly from Magway to
                Pyawbwe crossing Yoma mountain ranges, and from
                Pyawbwe to Yangon and Mandalay, to Shan State (South)
                through Pyawbwe-Phayangahsu Road, and to Rakhine
                State through Magway-Minbu-An Road. The bridge
                joins road networks linking every parts of the country.

                                                                                                                            Yenwe Creek Bridge
                                                                                                  *   Yenwe Creek Bridge on Minhla-Seinkantlant-Myochaung-Kyungon-Peinzalok
                                                                                                      Road in Kyaukdaga Township in Bago District in Bago Region was built as of 12
                                                                                                      May, 2011, and was opened on 28 January, 2012. It is 10th above-18-ft bridge
                                                                                                      opened in time of the new government. The length of the RC facility is 360 ft, with
                                                                                                      24-ft two-lane motorway and three-ft six-inch walkways. It can withstand 75 tons
                                                                                                      of loads per vehicle. The clearance area of the bridge has the width of 105 ft and
                                                                                                      the height of 10 ft. An overflow with the diameter of 20 ft is attached to the approach
                                                                                                      road to drain floodwater which rises in the heavy rain.
                                                                                                  *   Sitting on Minhla-Seinkantlant-Myochaung-Kyungon-Peinzalok Road, second
                                                                                                      among seven Yoma crossing roads under construction, the bridge links eastern and
                                                                                                      western helves of Bago Region. It helps connect every corner of the country.
                                                                                                                                                                          Translation: HKA

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            Britain to deploy warship near disputed                                                                                                                                            Cpl William Cox, an
                                                                                                                                                                                               armorer at the Joint
                    territory with Argentina                                                                                                                                                  Sustainment Academy
        LONDON, 1 Feb — The British Royal Navy          the South Atlantic has been long planned, is                                                                                         Southwest, and a native
   announced Tuesday it would send its latest           entirely routine and replaces another ship on                                                                                            of Amory, Miss,
   high-tech destroyer to the South Atlantic, near      station,” he said. Argentina responded to the                                                                                        provides security as an
   the disputed territory of the Falkland Islands,      British decision to deploy a warship near the                                                                                        MV-22 Osprey lands in
   which is called the Malvinas Islands by              disputed islands with a strong protest, saying                                                                                           Zaranj, Nimroz
   Argentina.                                           it “rejects the British intent to militarize a conflict”                                                                             Province, Afghanistan
        The destroyer, HMS Dauntless, will be           and will “follow all the necessary steps” to
                                                                                                                                                                                             on 30 December, 2011.
   deployed there for months.                           guarantee the security of the islands.
        As the Royal Navy’s most powerful vessel,              The islands, off Argentina’s eastern                                                                                                  INTERNET
   HMS Dauntless weighs 8,000 tons, and has a           coast, has been under British control since
   crew of 190 with the capability of carrying 60       1833. Argentina was defeated by Britain in a 74-                     Cameron: NATO presence depends on
   troops and handling a large helicopter. Its Sea      day war in 1982 over the sovereignty of the
   Viper weapons system can shoot down aircraft         islands. Tensions between Britain and                                            Afghans
   within a 70-mile range, and it can handle multiple   Argentina over the disputed territory are rising
   targets at the same time.                            in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the 1982              LONDON, 1 Feb— The                     Nations contributing to       Nicolas Sarkozy announced
        A spokesman of British Ministry of              war between the two countries.                             pace at which the British            the international military effort   his intention to pull his troops
   Defence told Xinhua Tuesday evening that                    Argentina recently banned ships carrying            government can reduce its            in Afghanistan have pledged         out of Afghanistan by 2013.
   “it’s a routine deployment,” adding that the         the Falkland Islands flag from docking in its              troop strength in Afghanistan        to pull their forces out of the     Wahid Mujda, an analyst at
   Royal Navy “has had a continuous presence            ports, and several neighbouring countries                  depends on how well the              country by 2014. British Prime      Kabul’s Research Centre for
   in the South Atlantic for many years.”               followed the move in a show of support to                  Afghans can lead, the prime          Minister David Cameron said         Strategy Studies, told China’s
        “The deployment of HMS Dauntless to             Argentina.—Xinhua                                          minister said.                       the Afghan army and Afghan          official Xinhua news agency
                                                                                                                                                        police are growing in ranks as      Sarkozy’s decision was a blow
                                                                                                                                                        they get set to take charge of      to NATO’s operations.
                                            Romney wins in Fla, Gingrich fighting on                                                                    security operations in the                “No doubt, the pullout
                                      dominating victory in the            in a weakened GOP nominee,              assured them he will remain          country.                            of French forces before 2014
                                      Florida           Republican         but he said that won’t happen.          in the race. “It is now clear that         “The rate at which we         would psychologically
                                      presidential primary Tuesday,              “A competitive primary            this will be a two-person race       can reduce our troops will          encourage Taleban militants
                                      with unofficial results giving       does not divide us, it prepares         between the conservative             depend on the transition to         to increase attacks against
                                      him 46.56 percent of the vote.       us, and we will win,” Romney            leader, Newt Gingrich, and           Afghan control in the different     international forces stationed
                                           CNN, USA Today and              said. “Ours will be a united            the           Massachusetts          parts of Afghanistan,” he said      in Afghanistan,” he said.
                                      The Wall Street Journal, as          party with a winning ticket for         moderate,” he said.                  in a statement. “And that                 Cameron added that he
                                      well as the major TV networks,       America” when the GOP                         “We are going to               should be the same for all of       supported Kabul’s efforts to
                                      projected Romney the victor.         convention is held in Tampa,            contest every place and we           the members of NATO who             reach out to certain members
                                           In his victory speech,          Fla, the week of 27 Aug, he             are going to win and we will         are all contributing and            of the Taleban provided the
          Mitt Romney                 Romney told a cheering crowd         said. Second-place finisher             be in Tampa as the nominee           helping toward a strong,            former leaders of Afghanistan
        TALLAHASSEE, 1 Feb —          Democrats expect the bruising        Newt Gingrich, speaking to              in August,” Gingrich said.           stable, peaceful Afghanistan,       honor       the       national
    Mitt Romney claimed a             primary campaigns will result        his supporters in Florida,                                      Internet     which is in all our interests.”     constitution and renounce
                                                                                                                                                              French        President       violence.—Internet

       S Philippine town                                                                                                                                 Mumbai gunman death
      councilor shot dead,                                                                                                                                 penalty appeal
      two others wounded                                                                                                                                     adjourned
        DAVAO CITY, 1 Feb— Gunmen aboard a
   motorcycle shot and killed a town councilor                                                                                                               NEW DELHI, 1 Feb—                   The November 2008
   and wounded two others in southern                                                                                                                   India’s Supreme Court               attacks saw 10 heavily-armed
   Philippines on Monday, police said on                                                                                                                adjourned an appeal hearing         Islamist gunmen storm targets
   Tuesday.                                                                                                                                             on Tuesday into the death           including luxury hotels, a
        Ronald Ampe, 44, died from multiple                                                                                                             sentence handed down to the         Jewish centre and a train
   gunshot wounds shortly after being shot by                                                                                                           lone surviving gunman from          station.
   two assailants as he was talking to a group of                                                                                                       the 2008 Mumbai attacks.                 One of the two Supreme
   students outside a school in Poblacion Village,                                                                                                           Mohammed Kasab, one            Court judges due to hear the
   Compostela Valley Province at around 8:15                                                                                                            of 10 gunmen who laid siege         appeal was unavailable on
   am local time, according to Timoteo Pacleb,                                                                                                          to Mumbai in attacks which          Tuesday, forcing the
   Compostela Valley provincial police chief.                                                                                                           lasted nearly three days and        adjournment, officials said.
        Two bystanders were also hurt in the hail                                                                                                       killed 166 people, has appealed     No date was immediately set
   of gunfire and were taken to a local hospital.                                                                                                       for his sentence to be              for the next hearing.
        City Vice Mayor Ruprio Gonzaga said              People stand outside their destroyed house at the scene of a car bomb                          overturned after he was                  Kasab’s          court-
   the slain councilor was well-loved in their              attack in Zafaraniyah, Baghdad, Iraq, on 27 Jan, 2012. A suicide                            convicted in May 2010.              appointed lawyer Raju
   town and was a dedicated public official aside        bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near a funeral procession                                 The 24-year-old man            Ramachandran told AFP
   from being a respected principal of a private           in southeastern Baghdad on Friday, killing and injuring dozens of                            was found guilty of a series of     that his job was “a call of
   high school there.—Xinhua                                                  Iraqis, police said.—INTERNET                                             crimes, including waging war        duty”, but declined to talk
                                                                                                                                                        against India, murder and           further about the case.
       Man in Afghan army uniform kills                                                                                Two police                       terror acts.                                             Internet

                NATO soldier                                                                                        officers killed in                                                                          File
        KABUL, 1 Feb— A man in Afghan army uniform shot dead a NATO soldier in restive                              Somalia suicide                                                                         released by
   southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, NATO-led forces confirmed on Wednesday. “An                                       bomb attack                                                                           Police on 1
   individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against an International
   Security Assistance Force ( ISAF) service member in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing                          MOGADISHU, 1 Feb—Two                                                                 Dec, 2008,
   one service member,” the NATO-led ISAF said in a Press release.                                                 police officers were killed in                                                              shows
        However, the brief release did not identify the exact place of the incident and the                        a suicide bomb attack on                                                                   arrested
   nationality of the victim, only saying “it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification                      Tuesday in Somalia, the                                                                    Islamist
   procedures to the relevant national authorities.”                                                               military said. The assailant                                                               militant
        Troops mainly from US, Britain, Australia and Canada have been stationed in the                            targeted the residence of                                                                Mohammed
   southern region within the framework of ISAF to fight Taleban militants there.                                  former police commander                                                                  Ajmal Amir
        The ISAF Press release did not say whether the attacker was detained.                                      Abdi Hassan Awale in the                                                                 Iman - also
        Such incidents had happened in the past. Four French soldiers with the ISAF were killed                    semi-autonomous Galmudug                                                                  known as
   and 15 other service members injured when an Afghan army soldier opened fire in eastern                         Region, killing two officers                                                             Mohammed
   Kapisa Province on 20 Jan this year.                                                                            on guard. Awale himself was                                                              Ajmal Amir
        The latest casualty brings to 35 the number of ISAF service members who have been killed                   safe, local sources said.                                                                   Kasab.
   in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.—Xinhua                                                                               Xinhua                                                              INTERNET

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                  New drug for rare cystic fibrosis gets US approval                                                                                  Glass of milk makes for
                                                                                 “The drug has opened             chloride levels over a span
                                                                            exciting new doors to research        of 11 months.                           smarter brain
                                                                            and development that may                  The clinical trial              WASHINGTON, 1 Feb—            population.
                                                                            eventually lead to additional         involved 213 patients,         Drinking a glass of milk daily          Adults who drank
                                                                            therapies that will benefit more      some as young as six years     not only smartens the brain        more       milk       scored
                                                                            people living with CF.”               old. Results showed            but also supplies the vital        significantly higher on
                                                                                 A phase Ill trial published      “significant and sustained     nutrients it requires to be in a   memory and other brain
                                                                            in November 2011 in the New           improvement in lung            peak condition.                    function tests than those
                                                                            England Journal of Medicine           function,” the FDA said.            Besides the many              who drank little to no milk.
                                                                            was hailed as a promising                 It remains unclear if      known benefits of milk, from       They were five times less
                                                                            breakthrough after results            longer-term exposure to        bone health to cardiovascular      likely to “fail” the test,
                                                                            showed the oral twice-daily           the drug could halt the        health, the potential to stave     compared to non-milk
                                                                            medication could improve lung         deterioration of lung          off mental decline would           drinkers, the International
                                                                            function, growth and sweat            function.—Internet             potentially benefit an aging       Dairy Journal reports.
                                                                                                                                                                                         University of Maine
                                                                                 Brain ‘hears’ from different location than                                                         researchers put more than
                                                                                                                                                                                    900 men and women ages
            WASHINGTON, 1 Feb—
       US regulators on Tuesday
                                        and water on the surface of
                                        the patient’s airways, a
                                                                                              earlier thought                                                                       23 to 98 through a series of
                                                                                                                                                                                    tests, spatial, verbal and
       approved Kalydeco, a new,        process that is crucial for CF            WASHINGTON, 1 Feb—Now
                                                                                                                                                                                    working memory tests and
       gene-targeted         drug       patients because their bodies       hear this! The part of the brain
                                                                                                                                                                                    tracked their milk
       treatment for people who         produce a thick, sticky             used for speech processing is in
                                                                                                                                                                                    consumption habits.
       have a rare kind of the          mucus which makes it hard to        a different location than
                                                                                                                                                                                         In the series of eight
       incurable lung disease           breathe. However it is only for     originally believed, according
                                                                                                                                                                                    different measures of
       cystic fibrosis.                 people who have a specific          to a US study on Monday that
                                                                                                                                                                                    mental performance,
            Made        by     the      G551D gene mutation, or             researchers said will require a
                                                                                                                                                                                    regardless of age and
       Massachusetts-based              about 1,200 (four percent) of       rewrite of medical texts.
                                                                                                                                                                                    through all tests, those who
       Vertex Pharmaceuticals,          the 30,000 people in the                  Wernicke’s area, named
                                                                                                                                                                                    drank at least one glass of
       Kalydeco (ivacaftor) was         United States who have cystic       after the German neurologist
                                                                                                                                                                                    milk each day had an
       approved by the US Food          fibrosis. Some 70,000 people        who proposed it in the late                                                                             advantage, according to a
       and Drug Administration          worldwide suffer from the           1800s, was long believed to be                                                                          Maine statement.
       on a fast-track for drugs        disease.                            at the back of the brain’s cerebral                                                                          The highest scores for
       that may offer big advances           More than 90 percent of        cortex, behind the auditory                                                                             all eight outcomes were
       over standard therapy.           CF patients have a different        cortex which receives sounds.                                                                           observed for those with the
            The drug works to           genetic basis, or two copies              But a review by scientists      study which appears in the     imaging scans — either MRI         highest intakes of milk and
       restore the balance of salt      of the F508 mutation in the         at Georgetown University              Proceedings of the             (functional magnetic reso-         milk products compared
                                        CFTR gene. The drug does            Medical Centre of more than           National Academy of            nance imaging) or PET              to those with low and
                                        not work for those people,          100 imaging studies has shown         Sciences. “We gave old         (positron emission tomo-           infrequent milk intakes.
                                        the FDA said.                       it is actually three centimeters      theories that have long        graphy).                                The benefits persisted
                                             The Cystic Fibrosis            closer to the front of the brain,     hung a knockout punch.”             An analysis of the brain      even after controlling for
                                        Foundation nevertheless             and is in front of the auditory           Rauschecker and            imaging coordinates in those       other factors that can affect
                                        hailed the approval as an           cortex, not behind.                   colleagues based their         studies pointed to the new         brain health, including
                                        “important milestone in our               “Textbooks will now have        research on 115 previous       location for Wernicke’s area,      cardiovascular health and
                                        journey to find a cure for cystic   to be rewritten,” said                peer-reviewed studies that     offering new insight for           other lifestyle and diet
                                        fibrosis,” said the group’s         neuroscience professor Josef          investigated speech perce-     patients suffering from brain      factors.
                                        president, Robert Beall.            Rauschecker, lead author of the       ption and used brain           damage or stroke.—Internet                              Internet

                                                                                                                  4.2 percent, Canada 2.3
         OECD inflation rate falls due to slower rise                                                             percent, the United States
                                                                                                                  3.0 percent and Germany
                     in energy prices                                                                             2.1 percent.
            PARIS, 1 Feb—Annual         8.1 percent in December,            inflation, measured by the HICP,           “Compared to the
       inflation rate in OECD           down from 11.6 a month ago,         decelerated to 2.7 percent in         previous month, consumer
       countries slowed to 2.9          the lowest annual rate since        December 2011, compared with          prices in the OECD area
       percent in December 2011,        November 2010.                      3.0 percent in November.              rose by 0.1 percent in
       down from 3.1 percent in              Food prices rose by 4.4             For the major seven, Japan       December 2011.
       the previous month,              percent in December                 consumer prices fell by 0.2                They rose by 0.7
       mainly thanks to slower          compared with 4.1 percent in        percent in December, the third        percent in Germany, 0.4
       growth in energy prices,         November.                           straight month of decline.            percent in France, Italy and
       the Organization for                  Excluding food and             However, both France and Italy        the United Kingdom. They
       Economic Cooperation             energy, the annual inflation        saw stable annual inflation rates     were stable in Japan and
       and Development (OECD)           rate in the OECD’s 34-              of 2.5 percent and 3.3 percent        decreased by 0.2 percent         German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) speaks with
       said Tuesday.                    member countries was stable         respectively.                         in the United States and by      Slovenian PM Borut Pahor (L) at an EU summit in
            In its latest report, the   at 2.0 percent in December,              Annual inflation in the rest     0.6 percent in Canada,” the      Brussels, as European leaders meet to come up with
       OECD said showed that            the OECD figures indicated.         four countries decelerated            report figures showed.          ways to boost growth despite steep budget cuts across
       energy prices increased by            Euro area annual               sharply with Britain registering                          Xinhua                     the continent.—INTERNET

                                                                                     A pedestrian walks             US home prices decline for third straight month
                                                                                     past an electronic                NEW YORK, 1 Feb—US home prices             is down and there are few, if any, signs in the
                                                                                     panel showing the            continued to decline in November even as        numbers that a turning point is close at
                                                                                    Hang Seng Index in            the economy was gaining steam, showing          hand.”
                                                                                     Hong Kong, south             the most-battered housing market was still           The index had climbed for five
                                                                                                                  struggling. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-         consecutive months from April to August
                                                                                     China, on 31 Jan,
                                                                                                                  Shiller 20-city index dropped 1.3 percent       this year, but declined from September to
                                                                                    2012. Hong Kong’s                                                             November. Analysts said the report
                                                                                                                  in November, compared with October,
                                                                                      Hang Seng Index             said the Standard & Poor’s monthly report       underscored the Federal Reserve’s view
                                                                                    increased by 230.08           released on Tuesday. The index was down         that housing “remains depressed” as another
                                                                                       points, or 1.14            3.7 percent year on year.                       wave of foreclosures threatens to keep the
                                                                                      percent, to end at               “Despite continued low interest rates      pressure on prices and delay recovery in the
                                                                                        20390.49 on               and better real GDP growth in the fourth        industry.—Xinhua
                                                                                          Tuesday.                quarter, home prices continue to fall,”
                                                                                           XINHUA                 David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P index
                                                                                                                  committee, said in a statement. “The trend

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              Scientists puzzled by region outside                                                              Brain region bigger in popular people
                          solar system                                                                         LONDON , 1 Feb — An area
                                                                                                         of the brain associated with
                                                                                                                                             hypothesis” holds that the
                                                                                                                                             reason primates, including
                                                                                                                                                                                 determine how good they
                                                                                                                                                                                 were at “mentalizing,” or
                                                           The discovery came from NASA’s                understanding the minds of          humans, have relatively large       understanding another
                                                      Interstellar Boundary Explorer spacecraft,         others is larger in people who      brains is that they need the        person’s mental state. This
                                                      which launched in 2008 to study the chaotic        have bigger social networks,        processing space to cope with       process is similar to
                                                      boundary where the solar wind from the sun         a new study finds. The study        their complex social                empathy but goes beyond
                                                      clashes with cold gases from interstellar          is one of several that have         networks. But humans range          understanding emotions to
                                                      space.                                             linked specific brain regions       from loner to life of the party,    understanding another
                                                           Circling 200,000 miles above Earth,           to an active social life.           and University of Oxford            person’s goals, needs and
                                                      the Ibex spacecraft spots particles streaming            In research published         anthropologist          Robin       reasoning.
                                                      into the solar system. A protective bubble         last year, scientists found that    Dunbar and his colleagues                Finally, each person in
                                                      surrounding around the sun and planets             some brain regions that             wanted to know if there is a        the study reported how
                                                      prevents dangerous cosmic radiation from           process social signals, facial      brain basis for these               many people they’d had
                                                      seeping through, but neutral particles can         expressions and names and           differences.                        social contact with during
                                                      pass freely, allowing Ibex to map their            faces are larger in people with          To find out, they took         the last seven days. This
                                                      distribution. The presence of less oxygen          more Facebook friends.              anatomical scans of the brains      measurement excluded
                                                      outside the solar system should not have any       Research has also shown that        of 40 volunteers using              professional interactions
      This undated artist rendering provided          bearing on the search for Earth-like planets,      monkeys that live in larger         magnetic resonance imaging.         and focused on truly social
        by NASA shows NASA’s Interstellar             scientists involved in the exoplanet hunt          groups grow bigger brains.          The participants also               ones,     Dunbar       told
       Boundary Explorer spacecraft.NASA              said.—Internet                                           The “social brain             completed some tests to             LiveScience.—Internet
       announced on 31 Jan , 2012 that new
     findings from IBEX reveal the space just               Powerful sun storms may sweep away
      outside the solar system looks different
     than within the solar system. — INTERNET                            space junk
          LOS ANGELES, 1 Feb—A glimpse beyond              HOUSTON , 1 Feb — Violent sun storms that shoot bursts of energy in Earth’s direction
     our solar system reveals the neighbourhood       have the potential to damage satellites and power infrastructures, but they can also clear
     just outside the sun’s influence is different    the skies of dangerous space debris, NASA scientists say. The energy from these intense
     and stranger than expected, scientists           solar eruptions, called coronal mass ejections, causes the atmosphere to expand, creating
     reported on Tuesday.                             more friction on pieces of space junk in orbit. The resulting drag sends orbital debris
          One oddity is the amount of oxygen.         plummeting back toward Earth faster than trash from previous years.                                        An overview of the Columbia debris
     There are more oxygen atoms floating freely           More than 22,000 pieces of spent rocket parts and pieces of hardware ripped off from               reconstruction hangar in 2003 shows the
     in the solar system than in the immediate        satellite collisions and explosions circle Earth, a minefield for functioning satellites and             orbiter outline on the floor with some of
     interstellar space, or the vast region between   space travellers. Over time, the pieces fall back toward the planet, often burning up in the             the 78,760 pieces identified to that date.
     stars.Scientists were unsure why, but they       atmosphere. “Everything is falling down,” Nick Johnson, chief scientist for NASA’s Orbital              More than 84,000 pieces of shuttle debris
     said it’s possible some of the life-supporting   Debris Programme in Houston, told “It’s just a question of at what rate.”                         were recovered, some of which is
     element could be hidden in dust or ice.               As space trash interacts with Earth’s atmosphere, resistance slows them, causing the               included in a travelling NASA display to
          “We discovered this big puzzle — that       debris to fall inward. But during periods of escalated solar activity, such as increases in                      stress safety.— INTERNET
     the matter just outside of our solar system      sunspots, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections, the sun dumps more energy into Earth’s
     doesn’t look like the material inside,” said     atmosphere. “When the sun is more active, it ejects more energy in the direction of Earth,”
     David McComas of the Southwest Research          Johnson said. “That energy is absorbed by the thermosphere, the upper part of the
     Institute in San Antonio, Texas.                 atmosphere.”—Internet

     Can Yahoo be trusted with Flickr?                                                                                                        Amazon 4Q results, outlook
           NEW YORK , 1 Feb — Flickr is Yahoo’s saving grace.
     Amidst the site’s myriad of problems and ill-defined purpose,                                                                               sends stock lower
     the photo-sharing platform has been a beacon of hope, with                                                                                    NEW YORK, 1 Feb —             earnings were stronger than
     its dedicated users and razor-sharp focus. Which is why                                                                                 Shoppers spent more money           expected, he said the
     Flickr subscribers are concerned about Yahoo’s direction                                                                                online this holiday season          company has been “more
     for the site. Former Flickr employee Nolan Caudill says the                                                                             than ever before, and yet,          revenue driven than
     site will be cutting a crucial portion of its customer support                                                                          Amazon —the world’s largest         earnings driven.” That
     team. “For reasons I don’t know, Yahoo laid off the highest                                                                             Internet retailer— failed to        explains why investors
     level of Flickr’s customer support, the people that end up                                                                              meet Wall Street’s sales            focused on the company’s
     filing bugs against the developers and helping the trickier                                                                             expectations with its latest        sales growth. With a stock
     cases get solved for the members,” he wrote via blog.                                                                                   financial results. In a surprise,   valued as high as Amazon’s,
     “Those guys getting shown the door is as bad as it sounds.”                                                                             the company’s revenue fell
           “Having people on your team aware of everything the         TouchPal Keyboard Tablet offers                                       nearly $1 billion short of Wall
                                                                                                                                                                                 they are looking for any
                                                                                                                                                                                 sign of a slowdown as an
     site does it huge,” he laments. “You literally can’t buy that
     or replace it or outsource it, though it appears that Yahoo        another great input alternative                                      Street’s expectations, even as
                                                                                                                                             it grew 35 percent from a year
                                                                                                                                                                                 excuse to sell. Meanwhile,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Amazon’s expenses are
     thinks it can.” Flickr’s committed users and continued                NEW YORK , 1 Feb — There are already a wealth of                  earlier. The quarter included       increasing.—Internet
     strength have defied everything that’s been thrown at the        alternatives to the stock keyboard which comes with your               Amazon’s             headline-
     site. The platform recently cut some excess baggage in the       Android tablet, so how does TouchPal Keyboard Tablet                   grabbing November launch
     form of dead applications that never fueled user interest,       stack up? Well, with a little more development and work, this          of the Kindle Fire, its answer
     and top exec Matthew Rothenberg’s exit following a               is sure to be a contender. Even as a free beta right now, it’s still   to Apple’s iPad. Its net income
     massive slashing of Yahoo products increased concerns.           worth a shot for sure. The stock Android keyboard already              also fell sharply and its
     While Flickr capitalized on the social-photo platform            does a decent job, and some of you may be lucky enough to              guidance for the current
     early, it’s become stagnant compared to the constant             have a pre-installed version of Swype too (though admittedly,          quarter was disappointing.
     innovation from competitors. It was late to the mobile app       the long tracing required on a tab can make it a bit                         Investors punished the
     arena, which hurt its popularity with more casual                burdensome). It is great that there are alternatives though. We        stock. Amazon’s shares
     photographers, and was slow getting integrations with            have already displayed our fondness for Swiftkey Tablet X              dropped $17.44, or 9 percent,
     outside sites like Twitter up and running.                       and Thumb Keyboard, plus there are many others worth                   to $177 in after-hours trading
           There’s also the fact that Flickr accidentally deleted     investigating.                                                         on Tuesday following the
     3,400 of a user’s photos last year. The bug was fixed and             TouchPal Keyboard Tablet lets you type ‘normally’ or              earnings announcement.
     photos restored, but the error cost Flickr some face. And        you can choose to swipe from letter to letter instead. Having          Though revenue grew 35
     that’s why its now-lighter customer support team is renewing     both options available keeps things nice and flexible. Using                                               This 26 Jan, 2012 photo,
                                                                                                                                             percent to $17.4 billion,
     users’ fears about the site’s future. Yahoo has claimed that     simple gestures you can split the keyboard too. This can               analysts expected the                 shows a webpage on
     Flickr is a high priority that it will continue investing in,    make typing on a large tablet a little easier as you get to use        holidays to lift sales to $18.3 featuring
     but insiders worry all the innovation and work the team puts     your thumbs. This only works in landscape mode at present,             billion, according to FactSet.      Kindle e-book readers on
     in is going to be squandered by its owner. “The users of         but developers CooTek promise this functionality in future             Even so, BGC Financial                a computer screen in
     Flickr lost their major advocates today,” says Caudill.
                                                                      versions. You can also resize the keyboard if that’s helpful.          analyst Colin Gillis said the       Miami. Inc,
                                                                           TouchPal features word prediction, which I found to be            company “didn’t really give             reports quarterly
                                                                      reasonably effective. It’s perhaps not as good as that in              a good answer” as to why its         financial results on 31
                                                                      Swiftkey which cleverly learns common words you use from               revenue fell short of                  Jan, 2012, after the
                                                                      your email and social networking apps.—Internet                        expectations. And while its         market close.— INTERNET

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                UEC gives green light to KDP                                                                Appointment of Ambassador agreed on
                                                                                                         NAY PYI TAW, 2 Feb—The President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has
          NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—Union Election Commission issued Announcement                           appointed U Aye Khaing as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
    No. 9/2012 today.                                                                                Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.—MNA
          The translation of the announcement is as follows.-
                     Republic of the Union of Myanmar                                                Union Health Minister receives American guests
                        Union Election Commission                                                         NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—Union Minister          public health subjects, cooperation in
                                                                                                     for Health Dr Pe Thet Khin received Senior      medical research, cooperation among
                                Nay Pyi Taw                                                          Adviser & Former Science Adviser to Colin       universities of medicine and exchange of
                        Announcement No (9/2012)                                                     Powell Dr Norman Neureiter of the American      technology, priorities on health goals in
                                                                                                     Association for the Advancement of Science      MDGs, control of malaria, DHF and other
                           9th Waxing of Tabodwe, 1373 ME
                                                                                                     (AAAS) and Chief International Officer &        infectious diseases, vaccination, raising of
                                 (1st February, 2012)                                                                                                other diseases, and cooperation in
                                                                                                     Director for the Center for Science Diplomacy
      Kayin Democratic Party granted to register                                                     Dr Vaughan Turekian and party at the
                                                                                                     ministry, here, yesterday afternoon.
                                                                                                                                                     prevention and treatment.
                                                                                                                                                         Also present at the call were Deputy
                 as political party                                                                       They discussed health care services,       Minister Dr Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin,
                                                                                                     academic matters in medical education and       directors-general and officials.—MNA
           It is hereby announced that Kayin Democratic Party, headquartered at No. 254
    on Bogyoke Street, Ward (9), Hpa-an Township, Kayin State is granted to register in
    accord with Section 9 of the Political Parties Registration Law, as of 1st February, 2012.
    Its registration number is 51.
                                                                           Win Ko
                                                                Union Election Commission

   Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister meets
             locals of Pathein
       NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—Ayeyawady               assistance to the schools, followed by
   Region Chief Minister U Thein Aung             remarks of the region chief minister on
   together with region ministers and             regional development. The region chief
   departmental personnel met townselders,        minister visited No. 217 Basic Education
   locals and members of social organizations     Primary School and No. 216 BEHS in No. 15
   at Education College in Pathein yesterday      Ward and inspected school buildings in
   and coordinated for regional development.      need of repair and land plot for construction
       Next, wellwishers donated cash             of new school buildings.—MNA
                                                                                                       Union Minister for Health Dr Pe Thet Khin receives officials from the
                                                                                                       American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).—MNA
     Mr Quintana calls on Dy Foreign Minister
        N AY P YI T AW , 1 Feb—Special                 During the meeting, the development           Summer sports training courses to be launched
   Rapporteur on the situation of human rights    of human rights situation in the Republic of           YANGON, 1 Feb—Director-General of           Federation.
   in Myanmar Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana and          the Union of Myanmar and the cooperation           Sports and Physical Education Department             General secretaries and officials
   party paid a courtesy call on Deputy           between Myanmar and the United Nations             U Thaung Htaik addressed coordination           discussed intended numbers of trainees,
   Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Myo Myint      were discussed.                                    meeting for opening basic and advanced          timetables and venues. The courses will
   at his office here today.                                                            MNA          sports courses in 2012 summer jointly by        start on 21 March and last till 6 April.
                                                                                                     the department and Myanmar Sports                                                      MNA

                                                                                                         Dy Sports Minister views sailing camp construction site
                                                                                                          YANGON, 1 Feb—Secretary of Myanmar chosen for construction of sailing camp
                                                                                                     National Sports Committee Deputy Minister where Yacht competition of XXVII SEA
                                                                                                     for Sports U Aye Myint Kyu discussed site Games will be held on the Ngwehsaung
                                                                                                                                               Beach in meeting with Region Minister for
                                                                                                          Deputy Minister for Foreign          Development Affairs U Kyaw Win Naing
                                                                                                         Affairs Dr Myo Myint receives         officials from Region Sports and Physical
                                                                                                     Special Rapporteur on the situation Education Department and officials, at
                                                                                                                                               Pathein of Ayeyawady Region on 29
                                                                                                       of human rights in Myanmar Mr
                                                                                                                                               January.The following day, the deputy
                                                                                                       Tomas Ojea Quintana and party.
                                                                                                                                               minister looked into sites and discussed the

     Brazilian, Cuban leaders meet to boost cooperation                                               Brazil’s President Dilma        Netanyahu declares victory
        HAVANA, 1 Feb— Visiting    and health sectors, among             Brazil is Cuba’s second         Rousseff (1st L) is
   Brazilian President Dilma       others.                         trade partner in Latin America,      welcomed by Cuban               in Likud party primary
   Rousseff met her Cuban               “Cooperation between       with bilateral trade reached       Foreign Minister Bruno               JERUSALEM, 1 Feb— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
   counterpart Raul Castro on      the two countries should be     570 million US dollars in            Rodriguez after her          Netanyahu declared victory in the Likud party primary on
   Tuesday to promote              considered ‘strategic,’” said   2011. Rousseff will end her        arrival at the airport of      early Wednesday, shortly after polls closed.
   cooperation between the two     Rousseff, adding Cuba has       visit to Cuba on Wednesday,         Havana, Cuba, on 30                 “Today the real Likud won. We proved that our strength
   countries in various fields.    “an outstanding develop-        and fly to Haiti for a visit.             Jan, 2012.              is in our unity. We will continue to lead responsibly for better
        During the meeting, both   ment in biotechnology field,                            Xinhua              XINHUA                education, economy, and security for all the citizens of the
   leaders expressed their         while her country may                                                                             State of Israel,” Netanyahu said at an assembly of supporters
   appreciation over the           guarantee a high technolo-                                                                        in Jerusalem, adding that “Likud turns Israel into one of the
   excellent state of bilateral    gical capacity.”                                                                                  most developed nations in the world, in education, culture,
   relations, and stressed their        Rousseff also stressed                                                                       and environmental protection.”
   will to further boost them.     Brazil’s continuing parti-                                                                              “We are facing great challenges that no other country
        They also discussed        cipation in the enlargement                                                                       faces, and I believe that together we shall overcome them,
   regional and international      and modernization of Mariel                                                                       through the Likud,” the prime minister concluded.
   issues of common interests      Port, 50 km west of Havana, a                                                                           According to initial results, Netanyahu won 73 percent
   and      signed       several   project which she said was a                                                                      of the vote over his sole rival, Moshe Feiglin, in Tuesday’s
   agreements to increase          necessary logistic system for                                                                     Likud primary.
   cooperation in agriculture      Cuban exportations.                                                                                                                                      Xinhua

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                                                                                                                                                            President of the
                                                                                                                                                            Republic of the
                                                                                                                                                          Union of Myanmar
                                                                                                                                                          U Thein Sein and
                                                                                                                                                            President of the
                                                                                                                                                         Republic of Singa-
                                                                                                                                                          pore Dr Tony Tan
                                                                                                                                                            Keng Yam take
                                                                                                                                                         salute of the Guard
                                                                                                                                                              of Honour.

   Singaporean President
   extends warm welcome to …
          (from page 1)             officials who attended the wel-
   guard of honour, President U     coming ceremony.
   Thein Sein signed in the visi-        Similarly, President U
   tors book.                       Thein Sein introduced
        Singaporean President       Singaporean President Dr
   Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam intro-      Tony Tan Keng Yam with
   duced President U Thein Sein     members of the goodwill del-
   with Singaporean ministers,      egation of Myanmar.
   ambassadors, high-ranking                                 MNA

     Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng
      Yam introduces singaporean officials to
             President U Thein Sein.
                                                                      President U Thein Sein introduces Myanmar delegation members to Singaporean President
                                                                                                   Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam.—MNA

                                                                                                President U Thein Sein
                                                                                              attends breakfast hosted by
                                                                                               Singaporean Honourable
                                                                                                    Senior Minister
                                                                                                 N AY P YI T AW , 1      morning.                       Thein Nyunt and Union
                                                                                          Feb— President of the Re-               Present on the oc-    Minister for Construction U
                                                                                          public of the Union of         casion together with           Khin Maung Myint.
                                                                                          Myanmar U Thein Sein at-       President U Thein Sein were             Mr Goh Chok Tong
                                                                                          tended a breakfast hosted by   Union Minister for Foreign     was accompanied by Singa-
                                                                                          Honourable Senior Minister     Affairs U Wunna Maung          pore Minister for National
                                                                                          of Singapore Mr Goh Chok       Lwin, Union Minister for       Development Mr Khaw
                                                                                          Tong, at State Room of Val-    Agriculture and Irrigation U   Boon Wan and Singaporean
                                                                                          ley Wing in Shangrila Hotel    Myint Hlaing, Union Minis-     Ambassador to Myanmar
                                                                                          in Singapore on 30 January     ter at President’s Office U    Mr Robert Chua.—MNA

     Myanmar’s progress in
          developing its
     infrastructure and legal
      framework will further
     encourage investments
         into the country
        President of the Republic of the Union of
     Myanmar U Thein Sein at the breakfast hosted by
        Honourable Senior Minister of Singapore
      Mr Goh Chok Tong in Shangrila Hotel.—MNA

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   President U Thein Sein,
   Singaporean President…
                        (from page 1)
   He asked the Singaporean President to urge Singaporean
   businessmen to invest in Myanmar, saying that it would
   benefit the both nations as Myanmar had rich natural
   resources. He also asked Singapore’s help for human
   resources development of Myanmar.
             The Singaporean President expressed his pride
   and pleasure for democratic endeavours of Myanmar gov-
   ernment led by the Myanmar president. He added that he
   believed the Myanmar government would successfully
   handle the forthcoming by-elections in peaceful and tran-
   quil environment. He mentioned that the constructive
   political and economic developments would attract invest-
   ments and Singaporean investors would make investments
   in Myanmar, promising to cooperate in economic and
   human resources development, fundamental for develop-
   ment of Myanmar.                                               President U Thein Sein, wife Daw Khin Khin Win, Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, wife
                                                       MNA                                Mary Tan pose for documentary photo at Istana.—MNA
                                                                  international community should render its support and          domestic and foreign relations. We want to give a brighter
    President U Thein Sein                                        encouragement to our effort to meet our objectives because     future for our people; we want our people to take part in the
                                                                  a young democratic nation has emerged on this planet.          democratic reform process; and we want democracy to
    and wife attend…                                                    On 30th March last year, we have turned a new page
                                                                  in our country in order to create better conditions in
                                                                                                                                 thrive in Myanmar, he added.
                                                                                                                                        We all know that democracy has many challenges.
                         (from page 16)
   and look forward to deepening our ties at all levels.          Myanmar. As a result for our effort to build a democratic      However, since we are on the right track to democracy, we
         In his speech, President U Thein Sein said: We were      society over last two decades, a government based on           shall overcome these challenges with great care and proceed
   be able to exchange views on various issues, particularly on   democracy has emerged in Myanmar.                              ahead till we reach our goals. I wish to assure you that I
   enhancing our bilateral relations and expanding cooperation          Today, a government elected by the people has come       shall endeavour to establish a healthy democracy in
   in various areas. I was deeply touched by your remarks.        into being in Myanmar. The three branches of the State,        Myanmar during my tenure as president with power vested
   Singapore is encouraged and supportive of the process of       namely, legislative, administrative and judiciary bodies are   in me by the constitution.—MNA
   democratic transformation in Myanmar.                          functioning in harmony in accord with the constitution.
                                                                        There have been significant developments in our
                                                                                                                                   Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
         I believed this is crucial time for us. Therefore, the
                                                                                                                                   extends greetings at dinner at Banquet Hall in

                                                                                                                                   Ayeyawady Region CM
                                                                                                                                   receives foreign guests
    President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein extends greetings at dinner hosted by                                NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—Ayeyawady Region Chief
                            Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam.—MNA                                                      Minister U Thein Aung received Country Director Mr
                                                                                                                                 James Daniel Taylor and party of IDE-Proximity Designs
                                                                                                                 President       which is a international non-governmental organization, at
                                                                                                                                 his office yesterday afternoon.
                                                                                                                  of the
                                                                                                                                        They discussed progress in carrying out the tasks in
                                                                                                               Republic of       the region.
                                                                                                                the Union               Also present at the call were Region Minister for
                                                                                                                      of         Finance and Revenue U Win Ko Ko, Region Minister for
                                                                                                                Myanmar          Planning and Economic U Hla Khaing, Region Minister for
                                                                                                                                 Development Affairs U Kyaw Win Naing and Region
                                                                                                                 U Thein
                                                                                                                                 Minister for Social Affairs U San Maung.—MNA
                                                                                                                 cordially        UMFCCI officials receives
                                                                                                                                  Telenor Group of Norway
                                                                                                                present at           YANGON, 1 Feb—Vice-Presidents U Thaung Tin and U
                                                                                                                                 Mya Han, and Joint General Secretaries of the Republic of
                                                                                                                the dinner       the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of
                                                                                                                 hosted by       Commerce and Industry met Executive Vice President of
                                                                                                                     the         Telenor Group of Norway Head of Region Asia Mr Sigve
                                                                                                               Singaporean       Brekke and party at the federation on 26 January afternoon.
                                                                                                                                     They discussed investment and cooperation in information
                                                                                                                                 and technology industry, and exporting of technological
                                                                                                                                 products by Telenor Group to Myanmar.—MNA

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      Myanmar President, Singaporean
       PM hold talks, agree technical

                                                                                                                                        President of the Republic of the Union of
                                                                                                                                       Myanmar U Thein Sein shaking hands with
                                                                                                                                       Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien
            President U Thein Sein and Singaporean Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsein Loong hold talks at
                                           Istana in Singapore.—MNA                                                                                      Loong.—MNA
           N AY P YI T AW , 1      also agreed to share its expe-   of Singapore on technical
   Feb—President of the Re-
   public of the Union of
                                   riences by organizing
                                   courses and study visits on
                                                                           Before the President
                                                                                                       Myanmar delegation headed
   Myanmar U Thein Sein and        adoption of policies and laws    and the Prime Minister, Un-
   Singaporean Prime Minister
   Mr Lee Hsien Loong held a
                                   that contribute to attraction
                                   of investments, smooth trad-
                                                                    ion Foreign Affairs Minister
                                                                    U Wunna Maung Lwin and
                                                                                                       by President U Thein Sein,
   discussion at West Drawing
   Room of Istana in Singapore
                                   ing, and development of
                                   banking and tourism indus-
                                                                    Singaporean Foreign Affairs
                                                                    and Law Minister Mr K                wife arrive Singapore
   on 30 January.                  tries.                           Shanmugam signed the
           During the discus-             After the talks, the      agreement.                             NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—President of        Minister Dr Win Myint, Yangon Mayor
   sion, they held cordial talks   President        and       the          The Singaporean         the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U         Yangon Region Minister for Development
   on granting scholarships        Singaporean Prime Minister       Prime Minister hosted a        Thein Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win,         Affairs U Hla Myint and departmental heads
   to outstanding Myanmar          attended the MoU signing         luncheon to the Myanmar        at the invitation of President of the Repub-   accompanied the president on his tour.
   students by Singapore for       ceremony between the Re-         President and party at Ban-    lic of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam,                 On arrival at Changi International
   human resources develop-        public of the Union of           quet Hall of the Istana.       accompanied by delegation members, left        Airport in Singapore at 1.40 pm local time,
   ment of Myanmar. Singapore      Myanmar and the Republic                                MNA     here at 9 am on 29 January to pay a good-      the Myanmar delegation was welcomed by
                                                                                                   will visit to Singapore.                       Singaporean National Development Minis-
                                                                                                           Union Minister for Foreign Affairs     ter Mr Khaw Boon Wan and wife, Myanmar
                                                                                                   U Wunna Maung Lwin and wife Daw Lin            Ambassador to Singapore U Tin Oo Lwin
                                                                                                   Lin Tin, Union Minister for Agriculture and    and wife, Singaporean Ambassador to
                                                                                                   Irrigation U Myint Hlaing, Union Minister      Myanmar Mr Robert Chua and wife and
                                                                                                   at the President Office U Thein Nyunt,         Head of Protocol Department of Singapore
                                                                                                   Union Minister for Construction U Khin         Mr Lim Cheng Hoe and Myanmar embassy
                                                                                                   Maung Myint, Union Minister for Trans-         staff and families.
                                                                                                   port U Nyan Tun Aung, Union Minister for               The President, wife and party proceeded
                                                                                                   Education Dr Mya Aye, Deputy Health            to Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.—MNA

        President U Thein Sein and                     President U Thein Sein being
        Singaporean Prime Minister                   welcomed by Singaporean National
       Mr. Lee Hsein Loong at MoU                      Development Minister Mr Khaw
       signing ceremony on technical                  Boon Wan at Changi International
                                                              Airport in Singapore.

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          Third regular session of First Pyidaungsu Hluttaw continues
           NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb —The third regular session of the    making efforts for boosting the net value of services of the   participation of private sector, joint-venture sector and
   First Pyidaungsu Hluttaw continued for the second day at        ministry can increase to 118%, to increase the telephone       foreign investment sector in accordance with the market
   the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Building here today.                     subscribers 6120843 and telephone density 11.7% and the        oriented system to be able to fulfill the needs for technical
           It was attended by Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw    number of internet users 100,000, said the union minister.     development, investment, energy and raw materials and
   U Khin Aung Myint, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw Thura U            He also reported on supplementary allocation for the           plans of the ministry to establish the three industrial
   Shwe Mann and 586 representatives of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.        ordinary and allocation for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and      development sectors : industry, electronic and aviation and
           During the meeting, Union Ministers concerned           income, expenditure, allocation and expenditure for 2012-      aerospace sectors and the ministry’s budget for the 2012-
   reported on bills of national planning, bill of allocation of   2013.                                                          2013 fiscal year.
   supplementary budget for 2012 and the budget for the                   Regarding the energy sector, Union Minister for                 Regarding the monetary sector, Union Minister for
   2012.                                                           Energy U Than Htay reported on clarification on claiming       Finance and Revenue U Hla Tun reported on the ministry’s
           Regarding the livestock breeding and fishery sector,    supplementary allocation for the 2011-2012 fiscal year,        supplementary allocation for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and
   Union Minister for Livestock and Fisheries U Ohn Myint          supplementary allocation for the ordinary expenditure          the budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, services for the
   reported on the ministry’s planning (draft), objectives and     and allocation expenditure, estimate account, estimate         financial sector, objectives, previous estimate budget for
   tasks for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the planning (draft),      account for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, income and              the 2011-2012 fiscal year, supplementary allocation,
   objectives and tasks for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the         expenditure for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and allocation       earning exceeding the target, the estimate budget, reforms
   budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, income and                and expenditure for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.                 in the financial and monetary sector, ordinary income and
   expenditure, allocation for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and              Regarding the mining sector, Union Minister for         expenditure for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, ordinary
   expenditure, allocation (ordinary) and expenditure,             Mines U Thein Htaik reported on mining sectors in the          allocation and expenditure for departments and allocation
   allocation expenditure and debt.                                2011-2012 fiscal year and the 2012-2013 fiscal year and        and expenditure.
           Regarding the communication sector, Union               the budgets for the year.                                              Regarding the hiring and services sector, Union
   Minister for Communications, Posts and Telegraphs U                    Regarding the industry sector, Deputy Minister for      Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Tint Hsan reported on
   Thein Tun reported on objectives of the ministry for the        Industry U Thein Aung reported on implementation of 10         efforts of the ministry to become the major source of national
   2011-2012 fiscal year and efforts of the ministry to increase   projects which are to be continued in the 2012-2013 fiscal     income for the country, arrangements for attracting 1.4
   the number of telephones reaching 2228679, telephone            year and Ministry’s Budget. Union Minister for Myanma          million of tourists in the 2015-2016 fiscal year which the
   density to 4.28 % and 500,000 internet users and to increase    Industrial Development Lt-Gen Thein Htay reported on           end of the fith five-year plan and for increasing the income
   the net value of services of the ministry to 21.2%. Regarding   efforts of the Ministry of Myanmar Industry Development        of the ministry reaching 1.19 times of the that of the 2010-
   the objectives of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the ministry is    for creating a national industrial development with the        2011 fiscal year. He also reported on four basic tasks of the
                                                                                                                                  ministry to develop the hotel and tourism businesses and
                                                                                                                                  organizing the committee for providing services for
                                                                                                                                  convenience of tourists. He also reported on incomes of the
                                                                                                                                  ministry and other related ministries, claiming
                                                                                                                                  supplementary allocation, the budget and extra income for
                                                                                                                                  the 2011-2012 fiscal year and the budget for the 2012-2013
                                                                                                                                  fiscal year.
                                                                                                                                          Union minister for Cooperatives U Ohn Myint
                                                                                                                                  reported on policy, objectives and tasks of the planning
                                                                                                                                  (draft) for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, tasks laid down by the
                                                                                                                                  ministry with the aim of boosting the implementation of
                                                                                                                                  cooperative societies by 6.1%, boosting the production
                                                                                                                                  sector by 5.7%, services sector by 2.8% and trading by 9.7%
                                                                                                                                  of the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Supplementary allocation and
                                                                                                                                  the budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and the budget for
                                                                                                                                  the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
                                                                                                                                          Regarding the forestry sector, on behalf of the Union
                                                                                                                                  Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry,
                                                                                                                                  Union Minister for Commerce U Win Myint reported
                                                                                                                                  policies, objectives and tasks of the national planning for
                                                                                                                                  the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 fiscal years and the budget
                                                                                                                                  for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
                                                                                                                                          The meeting ended 4.35 pm and it will continue at
                                                                                                                                  10 am tomorrow.—MNA
        Pyidaungsu Hluttaw representatives at the
                   Hluttaw Building.
                                                                               LOCAL SPORTS                                         Myanmar Traditional Chess

                                                                    Winners awarded in Township                                      Singles Open Tournament
    Two innocent people injured                                        Administrator’s Cup                                                   15-23 Feb
                                                                                                                                          YANGON, 1 Feb—The Myanmar Traditional Chess
     in mine blast in Phakant                                              NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—The final match of the Tatkon       Singles Open Tournament, jointly organized by Sports
                                                                    Township Administrator’s Cup U-21 Football Tournament         and Physical Education Department under the Ministry of
     Township of Kachin State                                       was held at Township Sports Ground on 27 January              Sports and Myanmar Chess Federation, will take place at
                                                                    afternoon.                                                    Theinbyu Gymnasium at the corner of Theinbyu and
          NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—Motorbike driver Lek Kho                      In the final, Bo Min Yaung team emerged champion       Kanyeiktha Streets, here, from 15 to 23 February.
   Mahn, 34, of Zeebyugon Ward of Hkamti rolled on the              with a 2-1 win over Nyaungbintha team.                                Those wishing to take part in the tournament may
   bamboo mine on Kaikse uphill road in Phakant Township,                  Head of Township Planning Department U Win             enlist at the federation, not later than 14 February. Those
   54 miles east of Hkamti, at 5 pm on 29 January and caused        Naing presented the second prize to Nyaungbintha team,        qualified in the tournament will be allowed to take part in
   mine blast while bringing along with Maung Paing, 27 of          and Township Administrator U Aye Lu, first prize trophy       the Myanmar Traditional Chess Championship 2012 and
   Lahe to Tamakham Village of Phakant Township by                  and K 300,000 to Bo Min Yaung team.—Myanma Alin               the outstanding players from the latter will be chosen as
   motorbike.                                                                                                                     selected players.
          In the incident, Lek Kho Mahn broke his left thigh             Township Administrator’s                                         Myanmar traditional chess event will be included
   bone and Maung Paing was injured at left thigh and calf.                                                                       in the XXVII SEA Games to be hosted by Myanmar in
   About 10 armed insurgents arrived there and ordered the                Cup Football Tourney                                    2013.—MCF
   injured civilians to return home through their previous
   route. Lek Kho Mahn and Maung Paing left Laikse Hill on
   30 January morning and met a Tatmadaw column in                        WAW, 1 Feb—The Waw Township Administrator’s             Waw Myoma team trounced Tanawkyun Station team 5-0.
   Nankhama Village of Hkamti Township in the afternoon.            Cup Football Tournament kicked off at the People’s Sports           Waw Myoma, Kyaikhla, Phayapo, Nyaungyoeshay,
   The military column provided medical treatment to the            Ground on 24 January afternoon.                               Tanawkyun, Abyabote, Myitkyo and Thayethamein station
   injured and sent them to Hkamti People’s Hospital by                   After delivering an address, Township Administrator     teams are taking part in the tournament.
   car.—MNA                                                         U Khin Maung Htwe opened the tournament. In the debut,                                                 Township IPRD

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                                                                              US, Russia conclude
                                                                              Antarctica inspection
                                                                            WASHINGTON, 1 Feb—The US and Russia have concluded
                                                                       a joint inspection of foreign research stations, installations
                                                                       and equipment in Antarctica.
                                                                            The six-day inspection that ended Saturday was
                                                                       conducted as part of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and its
                                                                       Environmental Protocol, the US State Department said on
                                                                            A report in this regard will be jointly presented to other
    People pass by the Blue Mosque in the snow in Istanbul             signatories of the treaty at their consultative meeting in June
       of Turkey on 31 Jan, 2012. Turkish Airlines (THY)               in Australia, reports Xinhua. The treaty was signed in                  Tourists arrive at the port of Porto Belo, in Santa
     cancelled on Tuesday 102 domestic and international               Washington, and is to ensure Antarctica’s status as a continent
                                                                       reserved for peace and science. Currently, 49 nations are                Catarina State, south Brazil, on 30 Jan, 2012.
    flights at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport due to bad weather
           conditions caused by heavy snow.—XINHUA                     signatories of the treaty.—Internet                                                           XINHUA

                     Girl denied transplant gets                                                                        T3 electric vehicles set to ply
                           second chance                                                                                      Changi Airport
                                                                                                            SINGAPORE, 1 Feb—T3            Department’s contract for 12          The company says the
        PHILADELPHIA, 1 Feb—          medically eligible for the       removed.                          Motion says it has been           T3 Electric Stand-up             vehicles will be used for
   The Philadelphia hospital          transplant.                           “If there’s a medical        awarded Singapore Police          Vehicles.                        Changi Airport patrol
   that initially denied a kidney          “As of now, we’re taking    reason” a kidney transplant                                                                          initiatives.
   transplant for a 3-year-old girl   this as a positive sign,”        would be a bad idea, Chrissy                                                                              T3 Motion, a producer
   is now willing to consider the     Chrissy Rivera said.             said, “of course we’re not                                                                           of clean and green
   procedure, the girl’s parents           Amelia, who has Wolf-       going to do it.”                                                                                     technology, says its electric
   said.                              Hirschhorn syndrome,                  She said Amelia’s case                                                                          law enforcement patrol
        Chrissy and Joseph            received national attention      will be further reviewed to                                                                          vehicle is known for its quick
   Rivera said they met with          when Chrissy wrote a blog        determine if she’s a                                                                                 response time and iconic look
   medical personnel at               post accusing the hospital of    good candidate for the                                                                               that is designed to decrease
   Children’s Hospital of             denying       the     kidney     procedure.                                                                                           operating costs, reduce
   Philadelphia Friday about          transplant because of the             As of Monday, 37,000                                                                            crime and increase patrol
   the possibility of a transplant    girl’s mental disability.        people had signed a petition                                                                         capabilities.
   for their daughter Amelia,         Chrissy said the girl’s chart    on, asking the                                                                                 More than 3,000 T3
   The Philadelphia Inquirer          initially listed mental          hospital to allow the                                                                                Series vehicles have been
   reported Tuesday. The              retardation as a reason not to   transplant, the Inquirer                                                                             deployed in over 30
   Riveras said they were not         perform the procedure,           reported.                                                                                            countries worldwide.
   told if Amelia would be            though those words were later                        Internet                    T3 electric vehicles.—INTERNET                                            Internet

   Beijing to cover major tourist attractions                                                            broadband services in six of
                                                                                                         its central business districts.
                                                                                                                                           Fake colleges a problem in
                                                                                                              Lu said Beijing will also
    with free wireless broadband services                                                                expand its tourism services                 Sweden
        BEIJING, 1 Feb—Tourists       tourist attractions with free    Beijing’s tourism environ-        to cover more areas.                   STOCKHOLM, 1 Feb—An         student, Swedish or foreign,
   to Beijing will soon be able       wireless          broadband      ment and public service over           Beijing has witnessed a      influx of fake colleges has      had been funded by
   to enjoy free Internet access      network,” Lu Yong, director      the next three years.‘            brisk tourism market over the     been reported in Sweden          taxpayers. However, with last
   in the city’s numerous tourist     of the Beijing Travel            According to the guideline, a     years. In 2011, Beijing           after the introduction of        year’s introduction of college
   attractions thanks to a plan to    Committee, told a meeting        modern tourism and public         registered a total of 214         tuition fees, officials say.     tuitions, as well as a British
   boost the city’s tourism           here on Tuesday.                 service system will be            million foreign and domestic      Fake universities are a fairly   crackdown on “fake
   services.                               At the meeting, the         established by the end of 2014.   tourists, up 16.4 percent year-   recent phenomenon in             universities,” Sweden has
        “Beijing will this year       committee announced a                 Beijing has already          on-year, according to the         Sweden, despite issues with      suddenly seen an flood of
   cover all its 211 A-class          guideline on improving           installed free wireless           Beijing Municipal Bureau          them in other countries such     these dubious colleges,
                                                                                                         of Statistics.                    as Britain and the United        reports said.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The universities mostly
      More green roofs installed in buildings                                                                 Tourism revenue also
                                                                                                         went up 16.2 percent from a
                                                                                                                                                Up until recently,          have English sounding
        SINGAPORE, 1 Feb—More             The green structures also         The company that             year ago to reach 321.6 billion   Sweden’s colleges and            names, Swedish newspaper
   commercial buildings are           help to reduce temperatures      installed the green roof at       yuan (50.95 billion US            universities were among the      Sydsvenskan reports. The
   installing green roofs to help     within buildings and in          Fusionopolis, for example,        dollars) in the same year.        few in the world that did not    National Agency for Higher
   reduce the rainwater flowing       heavily built-up areas.          uses brick fragments to                                  Xinhua     charge tuition or fees. Every    Education has checked the
   into canals and drains.                Some buildings in            increase the water retention                                                                         addresses         of      such
        According to compa-           Singapore already have such      ability of the green roof.             Israel grows purple carrots,                                  universities, claiming to offer
   nies that install green roofs,     green roofs as part of their          As        for      City                                                                         courses       in     business
   they have seen demand              design.                          Developments Limited
                                                                                                                 tiger-striped tomatoes                                     administration or hospitality
   double in the last three years.        This is an example of        (CDL), a developer that                 JERUSALEM, 1 Feb—Ever heard of purple carrots or black       management, only to find
        Green roofs help to           what Singapore’s water           manages private condomi-          or tiger-striped tomatoes? Farmers in Israel have now grown        disconnected phone numbers
   collect excess rainwater           agency PUB has recom-            niums and commercial              differently-coloured varieties — not as a result of genetic        and addresses pointing to
   during intense rainfalls.          mended to mitigate floods.       buildings like City Square        modification but through crossbreeding with wild vegetables.       post office boxes, no
                                                                       Mall, green roofs have been a           The pink, yellow and purple carrots and deep purple and      campuses to be found.
                                                                       feature in its developments       black tomatoes will be displayed at a major exposition in               Lennart           Stahle,
                                                                       for more than a decade.           Israel’s southern Arava valley, home to dozens of farms,           spokesman for the agency,
                                                                            Allan Ang Aik Leng,          producers and marketers.                                           says the colleges are difficult
                                                                       deputy general manager of               The tomato breed — dubbed “Black Galaxy” — has               to crack down on because
                                                                       projects, City Developments,      been developed by a firm named Technological Seeds DM.             they are not offering Swedish
                                                                       said: “Ever since the early             They have a higher level of antioxidants, believed to        qualification, The Local
                                                                       2000s, CDL has been               slow the effects of aging, as well as more vitamin C, the          reports.
                                                                       implementing green roofs          company’s production manager and developer, Moshe                       “At the Swedish
                                                                       almost for every commercial       Gutman, told Xinhua news agency.                                   National Agency for Higher
                                                                       and residential property.               Gutman said the colour was “photosensitive”. The part of     Education we can’t have an
                                                                            “We did it for a few         the tomatoes exposed to the sun turn deep purple or even black     opinion when it comes to this
                                                                       reasons - firstly, it is          as they ripen while the shaded side turns to the usual red.        and they can establish
                                                                       aesthetically pleasing for              Tomatoes lying partially beneath leaves could even           themselves here as long as
                                                                       owners, occupants to enjoy,       turn out “tiger-striped”, he said.                                 they follow Swedish tax
                                                                       and they also contribute to             The multi-coloured vegetables will make their debut at       laws,” he said. “It is like any
                                                                       the greening of the built         the southern Negev desert’s Arava Agricultural R and D             sort of business venture.”
                                                                       environment.”—Internet            Exhibition, according to the Ynet news website.—Internet                                 Internet

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                                          Seven held in China for polluting river
                                         BEIJING, 1 Feb—Seven people were              dissolved aluminum chloride, at six
                                    detained in southern China on charges of           locations along the river to dissolve the
                                    polluting a river that threatened people’s         contaminants.
                                    health.                                                  The source of the pollution was
                                         The chemical plant executives were            reportedly contained Saturday, as cadmium
                                    accused of releasing Cadmium, an industrial        concentration at Lalang reservoir, where the
                                    waste, into the Longjiang river. The               pollution was first detected, had returned to
                                    pollutants were first detected 15 Jan.             normal.
                                         Cadmium concentration near the Lalang               The pollution belt was now near the
                                    reservoir was 80 times higher than the official    downstream Luodong hydropower station
                                    limit of 0.005 milligrams per liter, China         where the cadmium concentration levels were
                                    Daily quoted Feng Zhennian, an official            still 25 times higher than the official limit.           Firemen prepare to dump neutralizers, made from
                                    with the regional environment department,                He said the pollutants were flowing               dissolved aluminum chloride, at a water station near
                                    as saying Tuesday.                                 downstream and were close to a major drinking           the Longjiang River to dissolve the contaminants in
                                         Environmental protection workers have         water source for Liujiang city, home to 1.5                  Liuzhou of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang
                                    been dumping neutralizers, made from               million people.—Internet                                   Autonomous Region, on 30 Jan, 2012.—XINHUA

                                                                                                             Qiu Xuejun (L front),
                                                                                                             head of the Chinese
                                                                                                                                               Police find four floors of pot
                                                                                                           working group, walks at
                                                                                                              the accompany of
                                                                                                           Chinese Ambassador to                   NEW YORK, 1 Feb — New York police said they found
                                                                                                            Sudan Luo Xiaoguang               a vertical marijuana farm, taking up four floors of a five-story
                                                                                                              (R front), upon the             Bronx apartment building.
                                                                                                              group’s arrival at                   Police broke down the door of the building Monday and
                                                                                                           Khartoum international             discovered 600 potted marijuana plants filling the top four
                                                                                                           airport in Khartoum, on            floors of the building in the Morris Park neighbourhood, the
                                                                                                           31 Jan, 2012. China has            New York Post reported, as well as sodium vapor growing
                                                                                                           sent a working group to            lights casting a yellow glow, and modifications to the
                                                                                                             Sudan on Tuesday to              ventilation system.
                                                                                                            aid in the rescue of the               “They were using enough electricity, grow lights and
                                                                                                              Chinese nationals.              such to power an entire city block,” a law enforcement
                                                                                                                     XINHUA                   source was quoted as saying.
                                                                                                                                                   The newspaper said the 1,500 pounds of pot removed
     Germans, Moroccan face death in Malaysia drug case                                                                                       from the building had a street value estimated at $7.5 million.
                                                                                                                                              Three men were arrested on drug dealing and possession
        KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Feb—Two Germans and a Moroccan                      Despite Malaysia’s strict laws — death by hanging is the          charges.—Internet
   man are facing the death penalty on charges of smuggling           mandatory penalty for drug trafficking convictions — Kuala
   more than 10 kilogrammes (22 pounds) of methamphetamine            Lumpur airport authorities last year seized some 195
   into Malaysia, known for its strict anti-drug laws.                kilogrammes (430 pounds) of drugs and held more than 30
        A district court near the Kuala Lumpur International          people.
   Airport charged the three men on 31 January with drug                    Smugglers have traditionally arrived from Africa and the
   trafficking, said a customs official who declined to be named.     Middle East but are increasingly coming from countries such
        Airport officials arrested the men arriving from Istanbul     as Turkey and the Philippines, according to officials.
   on 1 January after finding 10.2 kilogrammes of                           A high court sentenced a 23-year-old Iranian mechanic
   methamphetamine hidden in the bags they were carrying, the         to death Monday for trafficking 1.4 kilogrammes of
   official said Wednesday.                                           methamphetamine two years ago, according to the official
        He said no plea had been recorded from the three pending      Bernama news agency.
   the case’s transfer to a high court once a chemist report on the         Several other Europeans, including two from Britain, one
   drugs is ready.                                                    from the Netherlands and one from France, were arrested in
        The two Germans have parents from Afghanistan but             drug raids in Malaysia and charged with trafficking in
   were born in Germany, while the Moroccan has lived in              November.                                                                 An armed Afghan policeman patrols at the site of an
   Germany for 15 years, the official said.                                 In October, a Malaysian court sentenced a Japanese                  irrigation canal project in Gulbahar town of Parwan
        Authorities in the Southeast Asian country went on “red       women to death for smuggling methamphetamine into the                       province, north Afghanistan, on 29 Jan, 2012. The
   alert” late last year following a surge in arrests and drug        country in what officials said was the first such case involving         irrigation project was built by China in 1970s and the
   seizures, tightening passenger and luggage screening.              a citizen of Japan.—Internet                                             current additional project is expected to complete in a
                                                                                                                                              few months. The Chinese-initiated project would irrigate
      Skin cells have been
     converted directly into           Skin transformed into brain cells                                                                          thousands of hectares of farmland in Parwan and
    cells which develop into                                                                                                                    neighbouring Kapisa and Kabul Provinces. —XINHUA
                                    Sciences, skipped the middle      taking place, such as in stroke     converting a person’s own
    the main components of
    the brain, by researchers
                                    “stem cell” stage in the          patients or specific forms of       skin cells into specialist cells,            Aerial surveillance for
                                    process. The researchers said     blindness.                          without creating “induced”
        studying mice in
     California.— INTERNET
                                    they were “thrilled” at the             One of the big questions      stem cells. It has already                     Pakistani capital
                                                                      for the field is where to get the   transformed skin cells directly         ISLAMABAD, 1 Feb—Temporary aerial surveillance has
                                                                      cells from. There are ethical       into neurons.                       been ordered over the already heavily-protected Pakistani
                                                                      concerns around embryonic                This study created             Capital in view of fresh terror threats, the police said
                                                                      stem cells and patients would       “neural precursor” cells,           Tuesday. The aerial surveillance by helicopters, which
                                                                      need             to        take     which can develop into three        began Tuesday, will contine till 5 Feb, Dawn reported.
                                                                      immunosuppressant drugs as          types of brain cell: neurons,           Islamabad witnessed one of its worst terror attacks 20
                                                                      any stem cell tissue would          astrocytes and oligoden-            Sep, 2008 when a suicide bomber rammed a truck containing
                                                                      not match their own. An             drocytes. These precursor           600 kg of explosives into the outer wall of the luxury Marriott
                                                                      alternative method has been         cells have the advantage that,      hotel, killing 60 people.—Internet
                                                                      to take skin cells and              once created, they can be
                                                                      reprogramme them into               grown in a laboratory into             Pakistani beheaded for heroin
                                                                      “induced” stem cells. These         very large numbers. This
                                                                      could be made from a patient’s      could be critical if the cells          trafficking in Saudi Arabia
        SAN FRANCISCO, 1 Feb—       potential medical uses. Far       own cells and then turned           were to be used in any therapy.         RIYADH, 1 Feb—A Pakistani man convicted of trafficking
   Skin cells have been converted   more tests are needed before      into the cell type required,        Brain cells and skin cells          in heroin was beheaded Monday in eastern Saudi Arabia,
   directly into cells which        the technique could be used       however, the process results        contain the same genetic            according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
   develop into the main            on human skin. Stem cells,        in cancer-causing genes             information, however, the               Salman Khan Taj Mohamma was executed in the City
   components of the brain, by      which can become any other        being activated. The research       genetic code is interpreted         of Dammam, bringing to five the number of people put to
   researchers studying mice in     specialist type of cell from      group, at the Stanford              differently in each. This is        death in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year. Saudi
   California. The experiment,      brain to bone, are thought to     University School of                controlled by “transcription        Arabia, China, Iran, the US and Yemen are the countries that
   reported in Proceedings of       have huge promise in a range      Medicine in California, is          factors”.                           executive the highest numbers of people, according to
   the National Academy of          of treatments. Many trials are    looking at another option —                               Internet      human rights group Amnesty International.—Internet

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           Survey: 36 percent in US prefer football                                                                                                                                     New York Giants
                                                                                                                                                                                   quarterback Eli Manning
          A New York pollster said     as their favourite sport while     percent picking auto racing                                                                              celebrates after defeating
    the gap between football and       13 percent said it was baseball.   and 5 percent each choosing                                                                               the San Francisco 49ers
    baseball fandom is widening,            The pollster said last        professional basketball,                                                                                  20-17 winning the NFC
    with 36 percent of                 year’s poll found 31 percent       college basketball and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Championship at
    respondents preferring the         of participants considered         hockey. Harris said no margin
                                                                                                                                                                                    Candlestick Park in San
    former to the latter.              football their favourite, with     of error could be calculated
                                                                                                                                                                                   Francisco on 22 January,
          Harris Interactive said      17 percent choosing baseball.      for the survey due to the
    its online poll of 2,237 adults,        Additionally, 13 percent      participants being only those                                                                              2012. The Giants will
    conducted           5     to12     of those polled in this year’s     who have previously agreed                                                                                 face the New England
    December, found 36 percent         survey picked college football     to fill out the company’s                                                                                  Patriots in Super Bowl
    of respondents cited football      as their favourite, with 8         online surveys.                                                                                             XLVI on 5 February.

                                                   An African Crowned
                                                  Crane found wandering
                                                                                        Woman climbs cliffs with                                                   Birds swarm Kentucky
                                                        the streets of
                                                                                           toddler on back                                                             neighbourhood
                                                  Encinitas, California is                                                                                            Residents of a Kentucky neigh-
                                                      shown safe at the                A Welsh mother famous for climbing cliff faces with her toddler           bourhood said thousands of birds have been
                                                    County Department             strapped to her back says safety is always on her mind.                        descending on the area twice a day for several
                                                  of Animal Services on 9              Menna Pritchard, 26, of Llanwrda, whose blog about climbing has           weeks.
                                                    Jan, 2012. The bird,          courted questions about the safety of her 2-year-old daughter, Ffion,               The La Grange neighbours said the birds
                                                       normally found             during the climbs, said she has been scaling cliffs with the girl in tow       have taken up residence in some woods and
                                                     on the savannas of           since she was 4 months old, the Western Mail, Cardiff, Wales,                  they swarm around their homes twice a day,
                                                  Africa, was coaxed into         reported Tuesday. “I bought my first baby carrier when I was six               WAVE-TV, Louisville, reported Thursday.
                                                     a woman’s garage             months pregnant and Ffion’s first summit was Pen y Fan in the Brecon                “It’s like a cloud of birds, but a giant
                                                      after she found it          Beacons when she was 4 months old.                                             cloud,” one neighbour said on Tuesday.
                                                   honking at her on her               She slept through the whole thing. She was in a front carrier at that     “The whole sky will fill up with black birds.”
                                                       home driveway.             time and it really was incredibly safe. Safety is always paramount,”                The residents said they have brought in
                                                                                  Pritchard said.                                                                “sound cannons,” which make a shotgun-
                                                                                       The thing that provoked the most controversy was a picture I had          like noise, and they are hoping the noise will
                            News Album                                            posted online of me rock climbing with Ffion on my back.                       drive away the birds.

            Reba denies                                                                                             Sofia Vergara named Most Desirable
        online death rumour                                                                                                   Woman of 2012
                                                                                                                  LOS ANGELES, 1 Feb—
                                            N ASHVILLE , 1 Feb—
                                                                                                           Sofia Vergara, one of the stars
                                       Country music star Reba
                                                                                                           of the US sitcom “Modern
                                       McEntire went online
                                                                                                           Family,” topped AskMen’s
                                       Tuesday to ice a rumour
                                                                                                           11th annual Most Desirable
                                       claiming she had fallen off a
                                                                                                           Woman poll.
                                       mountain in Austria and died.
                                                                                                                  More than 1 million votes
                                            “There is a rumor going
                                                                                                           were cast internationally for
                                       around that I died after falling
                                                                                                           the 2012 poll, the Web site
                                       off a mountain in Austria
                                       yesterday while shooting a
                                                                                                                  “I am so honored to be
                                       movie,” the Grammy Award
                                                                                                           AskMen’s most desired
                                       winner said via Twitter.
                                                                          Actress Reese Witherspoon        woman this year. A big thank
                                       “While I would love to be
                                                                                                           you to all the men who desire
                                       shooting a movie in Austria,
                                       I definitely did not fall off a
                                                                          Witherspoon                      me,” Vergara said in a                   Sofia Vergara attends “CNN Heroes: An All-Star
    Reba McEntire arrives on                                                                               statement on Tuesday.                     Tribute” held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los
     the red carpet at the 45th
                                       mountain! Nor am I dead! I am
                                       alive and kicking!!!”
                                                                               finds                              “With more than a third                 Angeles on 11 Dec, 2011.—INTERNET
                                                                                                           of the women on this year’s
      Annual Country Music
    Association Awards at the
                                            McEntire and Blake
                                       Shelton are to serve as co-
                                                                          Pattinson cool                   list being first-time honourees,     eclectic group — which              Miranda Kerr at No 4, Nicki
                                                                                LOS ANGELES, 1 Feb—        it is clear that men are intrigued   explains the wide range in          Minaj at No 5, Emma Stone at
      Bridgestone Arena in             hosts of the ACM Award
                                                                          Actress Reese Witherspoon        by women who are new on the          what today’s man finds              No 6, Scarlett Johansson at
    Nashville, Tennessee on 9          show in Las Vegas on 1 April.
                                                                          says that actor Robert           scene,” said James Bassil,           appealing.” Coming in at No         No 7, Kim Kardashian at No
      Nov, 2011.—INTERNET                                    Internet
                                                                          Pattinson is the most hard-      editor-in-chief of AskMen.           2 on the Most Desirable list is     8, Rihanna at No 9 and
           Tom Hanks to be an                                             working and cool guy she
                                                                          ever worked with.
                                                                                                           “The 2012 Top 99 Most
                                                                                                           Desirable Women are an
                                                                                                                                                Kate Upton, followed by
                                                                                                                                                Rooney Mara at No 3,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Candice Swanepoel at No
             Oscar presenter                                                    The 35-year-old, who
                                                                          has made two movies —
        BEVERLY HILLS, 1 Feb—                                             “Vanity Fair” and “Water For       Adele to perform at Grammy Awards show
   Two-time Academy Award-                                                Elephants” — with Pattinson,
   winning actor Tom Hanks is to                                          is impressed with how the 25-         SANTA MONICA, 1 Feb—            on Tuesday.                         her vocal cords last year.
   be a presenter at the 84th                                             year-old handles his fame.       British singer Adele will make            This will be her first time          “I’m immensely proud to
   Oscars ceremony in Los                                                       “I’ve never experienced    her return to the live stage at      performing live in nearly five      have been asked to perform at
   Angeles, telecast producers                                            what he has — going to           the 54th annual Grammy               months. She was forced to           this year’s Grammy Awards,”
   said on Tuesday.                                                       premieres and there’s just       Awards show in Los Angeles,          cancel a sold-out US concert        Adele said in a statement. “It’s
        Hanks, who is a governor                                          millions of people waiting for   the Recording Academy said           tour to undergo surgery on          an absolute honour to be
   of the Academy of Motion                                               him to touch him. I think it                                                                              included in such a night, and
   Picture Arts and Sciences, won                                         must be strange, but I don’t                                                                              for it to be my first
   consecutive Oscars in 1993 and       Actor Tom Hanks arrives           even know how to process                                                                                  performance in months is very
   1994 for his lead performances       for the 23rd annual Palm          what he deals with... (He’s) a                                                                            exciting and of course nerve-
   in “Philadelphia” and “Forrest         Springs International           really       cool       guy,”                                                                             racking, but what a way to get
   Gump.” He was also nominated           Film Festival awards   quoted                                                                                     back into it all.”
   for his leading roles in “Big,”        gala in Palm Springs,           Witherspoon as saying.                                                                                          The         23-year-old
   “Saving Private Ryan” and            California on 7 January,                “I would say (he is) the                                                                            recording artist has previously
   “Cast Away.”                              2012.—INTERNET               hardest-working person I’ve                                                                               won two Grammy Awards. She
        Hanks can currently be                                            ever worked with, honestly.                                                                               is up for six this year.
   seen in the Best Picture Oscar      presented 26 February at the       (He’s) professional, hard-                                                                                      LL Cool J will serve as
   contender “Extremely Loud &         Kodak Theatre at Hollywood         working, so appreciative,                                                                                 host of the Grammy Awards
   Incredibly Close.” Academy          & Highland Center. The show        more grateful than I’ve ever                                                                              show 12 February at the
   Awards for outstanding film         is to be televised live on ABC.    seen anyone for where he is in                                                                            Staples Centre. It is to air on
   achievements of 2011 will be                                Internet   life,” she added.—Internet                                                                                CBS.—Internet

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   14 THE NEW LIGHT OF MYANMAR Thursday, 2 February, 2012

                                          List of deadline day deals                                                                           QPR snap up France striker Cisse
                                                                                                                                                Former Liverpool and Sunderland player
     All the Barclays Premier League deals on the final day of the January transfer window
                                                                                                                                                   moves to Loftus Road from Lazio
        LONDON , 1 Feb — All the confirmed transfer deals involving Barclays Premier League clubs on the final day of the
                                                                                                                                                     L ONDON , 1 Feb —
    January transfer window. The window closed at 11pm UK time.
                                                                                                                                              Queens Park Rangers have
                                                                                                                                              completed the signing of
                                                                    In:     None
                                                                                                                                              France striker Djibril Cisse for
                                                                    Out:    Martin Hansen (Viborg FF)
                                                                                                                                              an undisclosed fee. The 30-
                                                               Manchester City
                                                                                                                                              year-old has moved to Loftus
                                                                    In:     David Pizarro (Roma - loan)
                                                                                                                                              Road on a two-and-a-half-
                                                                    Out:    Wayne Bridge (Sunderland - loan), Frederic
                                                                                                                                              year deal from Lazio and he          Djibril Cisse has played
                                                                            Veseli (Manchester United)
                                                                                                                                              becomes the club’s fourth                for Liverpool and
                                                               Manchester United
                                                                                                                                              signing of the January transfer         Sunderland in the
                                                                    In:     Frederic Veseli (Manchester City)
                                                                                                                                              window for new manager                   Barclays Premier
                                                                    Out:    Ravel Morrison (West Ham), Scott Wootton
                                                                                                                                              Mark Hughes. Cisse is well              League.—INTERNET
                                                                            (Nottingham Forest - loan)
                                                                                                                                              used to the Barclays Premier       get back to where I want to be
                                                               Newcastle United
                                                                                                                                              League having played in            as a player.
                                                                    In:     None
                                                                                                                                              England for Liverpool from              “I will always give 100%
                                                                    Out:    James Tavernier (MK Dons - loan)
                                                                                                                                              2004-07 and Sunderland on          and I can’t wait to start
         Striker Bobby Zamora will again play under                                                                                           loan in the 2008-09 season.        playing games. I have
                                                                    In:     Djibril Cisse (Lazio), Bobby Zamora (Fulham)
              Mark Hughes after moving to QPR.                                                                                                       “QPR have a hugely          unfinished business here in
                                                                    Out:    Bradley Orr (Blackburn), Matthew Connolly
                                                                                                                                              ambitious project,” Cisse told     England.” Hughes, who
    Arsenal                                                                 (Reading - loan), Martin Rowlands
                                                                                                                                              the club’s official website.       could hand Cisse a debut in
        In:      Thomas Eisfeld (Borussia Dortmund)                         (unattached), Petter Vaagan Moe (unattached)
                                                                                                                                              “When I talked to the manager,     the Barclays Premier League
        Out:     Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton Wanderers - loan)        Stoke
                                                                                                                                              he spoke highly of the club        match at Aston Villa on
    Blackburn                                                       In:     None
                                                                                                                                              and where he wants to take it      Wednesday, could not hide
        In:      Bradley Orr (QPR), Marcus Olsson (Halmstads        Out:    Ben Marshall (Leicester), Danny
                                                                                                                                              over the next few years. “He       his delight at adding to fellow
                 BK)                                                        Higginbotham (Nottingham Forest - loan)
                                                                                                                                              wants to achieve big things        new signings Taye Taiwo,
        Out:     Keith Andrews (West Brom)                     Sunderland
                                                                                                                                              here - that was all I needed to    Nedum Onuoha and Samba
    Bolton                                                          In:     Wayne Bridge (Man City - loan), Sotirios
                                                                                                                                              hear from him. “The English        Diakite. “I rate Djibril very,
        In:      Ryo Miyaichi (Arsenal - loan)                              Kyrgiakos (VfL Wolfsburg - loan)
                                                                                                                                              League is the best in the world.   very highly,” said Hughes.
        Out:     None                                               Out:    None
                                                                                                                                              It is the League that suits me     “I’ve watched him for many
    Chelsea                                                    Tottenham
                                                                                                                                              the most. I’m really happy to      years and always been
        In:      Kevin de Bruyne (Genk)*, Patrick Bamford           In:     Louis Saha (Everton - loan)
                                                                                                                                              be here and I can’t wait to        impressed by what he brings
                 (Nottingham Forest)                                Out:    Vedran Corluka (Bayer Leverkusen - loan),
                                                                                                                                              repay the confidence in me, to     to the table.— Internet
        Out:     Philipp Prosenik (AC Milan), Milan Lalkovic                Adam Smith (Leeds - loan)
                 (ADO Den Haag - loan)                         West Brom
        (* Deal involves De Bruyne being loaned back to             In:     Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham City), Keith
        Genk until the end of the 2011-12 season)                           Andrews (Blackburn)
    Everton                                                         Out:    Gonzalo Jara Reyes (Brighton - loan), Joe
        In:      Nikica Jelavic (Rangers)                                   Mattock (Brighton - loan)
        Out:     Louis Saha (Tottenham - loan)                 Wolves
    Fulham                                                          In:     None
        In:      Pavel Pogrebnyak (VFB Stuttgart)                   Out:    Andy Keogh (Millwall)
        Out:     Bobby Zamora (QPR)                                                                              Internet

      Serena Williams says Venus                                             Man Utd 2 - 0 Stoke
       ‘coming along awesome’                                              LONDON , 1 Feb — Javier               United were without 11
         WORCESTER, 1 Feb —           Serena Williams, who has not     Hernandez and Dimitar                players, including Wayne
   Serena Williams said her sister    played Fed Cup since 2007,       Berbatov both scored from the        Rooney, and gave a Premier
   Venus has been training every      said on Tuesday she enjoys       penalty spot as Manchester           League debut to third-choice
                                                                                                                                                  Gabonese players celebrate with teammate Pierre
   day and will be ready for the      playing as part of a team,       United beat Stoke to go level        keeper Ben Amos. But
                                                                                                                                               Aubameyang (R) after he scored against Tunisia during
   Fed Cup matches against            especially one with her sister   on points with Manchester            Hernandez broke the deadlock
                                                                                                                                              their match in the African Cup of Nations in Franceville.
   Belarus— her first competitive     on it.— Internet                 City.                                after Jermaine Pennant fouled
   tennis since she pulled out of                                                                           Park Ji-sung before Berbatov
   the US Open because of an             Andy Murray to miss Davis                                          doubled the lead. A foul by
   autoimmune disease. “She’s                                                                               Jonathan Walters on Antonio        Perfect Gabon top table after
   coming along awesome. She’s
                                          Cup match with Slovakia                                           Valencia was punished by the
   doing really well,” said Serena                                     London, it’s probably a              striker. With Chelsea and
                                                                                                                                                      beating Tunisia
   Williams, who played her older                                      sensible decision.”                  Liverpool providing the                FRANCEVILLE , 1 Feb — Co-hosts Gabon defeated Tunisia
   sister in an exhibition in                                                Murray reached the semi-       opposition in the next two        1-0 here on Tuesday to finish top of Africa Cup of Nations
   Colombia in November.                                               finals in Melbourne before           league games, it was vital        Group A with a perfect nine points from three matches. The
         “She’s not wanting to take                                    losing a five-set thriller to        United bounced back from          Panthers will play the runners-up in Group D in Libreville on
   it too fast, come back too soon.                                    eventual champion Novak              their FA Cup exit at the          Sunday, while Tunisia, who finished second in the group will
   But she’s been training every                                       Djokovic. He added: “I’ve            weekend. And although this        face the winners of Group D.
   day since before Colombia, so                                       been told to take a few weeks        was far from a vintage                 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Gabon the lead after
   I know she’s going to be                Murray’s defeat by          off after picking up a few minor     performance, Sir Alex             62 minutes when he collected a loose ball before wrong
   ready.” The Williams sisters          Djokovic was a five-set       injuries in Australia. “My           Ferguson’s injury-hit side did    footing Tunisia goalkeeper Rami Jeridi for his third goal of the
   will be teammates on the US              epic.—INTERNET             focus in 2012 is on performing       enough to secure maximum          competition.
   team that will face Belarus and         LONDON, 1 Feb—British       well in the Grand Slams and the      points. Stoke’s record at Old          “This was our most difficult game so far against a very
   new world No 1 Victoria            number one Andy Murray will      Olympics. I look forward to          Trafford, a venue where they      good Tunisia team, who dominated the game from start to
   Azarenkain, the Australian         miss next month’s Davis Cup      playing in the next Davis Cup        have not won for 36 years,        finish,” admitted Gabon coach Gernot Rohr after the match.
   Open champion. Venus               match against Slovakia           tie later in the year.” The          suggested this should have        “It was not easy because we were already qualified for the
   Williams has not played in a       because of injury concerns       Slovakia tie, at Glasgow’s           been a straightforward exercise   quarterfinals. But thanks to the professional attitude and
   sanctioned competition since       following the Australian         Braehead Arena on 10-12              for Ferguson’s side.—Internet     fighting spirit of the players, we won to finish top of the
   withdrawing from the US            Open. James Ward, Dan            February, is Great Britain’s first                                     group.”
   Open in August and revealing       Evans, Colin Fleming and         in Euro/Africa Zone Group I                                                 Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi said he rested several
   she had Sjogren’s Syndrome,        Ross Hutchins make up the        since they beat Hungary last                                           players — goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi, skipper Karim
   an autoimmune disease that         team. “I’m gutted to miss out    September to earn promotion                                            Haggui, Khaled Korbi and Mejdi Traoui — because they
   can cause fatigue and joint        on the Davis Cup having          from Group II. GB captain Leon                                         would have been suspended for the quarter-finals had they
   pain.                              really enjoyed playing last      Smith said: “This is a real step-                                      been booked.— Internet
         She did not participate in   year,” said Murray. “But, as     up in standard for the team,                                            54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321
   Tuesday’s news conference          it’s only the start of an        and we go into the tie knowing                                          54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321
   because she was scheduled          important season, which          the Slovak Republic will be
                                                                                                            Hernandez’s penalty strike
                                                                                                              was his 27th goal for
                                                                                                                                                  International Sports
   to arrive in Worcester later.      includes the Olympics in         favourites.— Internet                   United. —INTERNET

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                   Barca turn to youth for Spanish Cup trip                                                                          Weather Map of Myanmar and Neighbouring Areas
         BARCELONA , 1 Feb — Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will turn to
    four graduates from the club’s youth academy to make up for a mini-
    injury crisis in Wednesday’s Spanish Cup semi-final first-leg trip to
    Valencia. Guardiola, whose side reached this stage at the expense of
    bitter rivals and holders Real Madrid, was already without long-term
    injured duo David Villa and Ibrahim Afellay.
         But his problems have mounted since the two-legged quarter-
    final win over Real last week as one of the goalscorers from the second
    leg, Pedro Rodriguez, has suffered a groin injury and midfielder
    Andres Iniesta has a thigh problem. Mali midfielder Seydou Keita is
    another absentee as he is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty.
         Guardiola will therefore turn to the quartet of Spanish midfielder    Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, will turn to
    Sergi Roberto, Mexican midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos, forward                 four graduates from the club’s youth
    Cristian Tello and winger Isaac Cuenca, who earlier on Tuesday              academy to make up for a mini-injury crisis
    extended his contract with the club until June 2015.                       in Wednesday’s Spanish Cup semi-final first-
                                                                   Internet           leg trip to Valencia.—INTERNET

        Saha heads for Spurs as                                          Focus Myanmar TV Programme
         Everton sign Jelavic                                            MYANMAR                     MYANMAR TV
         L ONDON , 1 Feb —           Tottenham’s capture of           INTERNATIONAL                   (2-2-2012) (Thursday)
    Everton let striker Louis        injury-prone Frenchman              (2-2-12 09:30 am ~         7:00 am
    Saha join Tottenham              Saha was the biggest surprise     3-2-12 09:30 am) MST          1. Paritta By Hilly Region
    Hotspur on loan and signed       on a traditionally busy date                                       Missionary Sayadaw
    Croatia forward Nikica                                           Overseas Transmission          7:40 am
                                     for Spurs, who are allowing
    Jelavic from Scottish            little-used frontman Roman      * News                          2. Dhamma Puja Song
    champions Rangers on             Pavlyuchenko to talk to         * Fortune  of  Human           8:00 am                                Weather for 2nd February, 2012
    transfer deadline day on         Lokomotiv Moscow in his          correlated with Astro          3. Health Programme            Sr.                                               Temperature (°C/°F)                             For Tomorrow
    Tuesday. The Liverpool-                                                                         8:30 am                         No.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Maximum        Minimum                          Forecast                      Percent
                                     native Russia after agreeing     Science (12 Sign Ascendants
    based side also took former                                                                      4. 65th Anniversary Union       1                     Kachin                    26/79          07/45                       Partly Cloudy
                                     a fee.                           in February 2012)                 Day Programme
    midfielder Steven Pienaar                                                                                                        2                     Kayah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Likelihood of isolated light rain or

    back on loan from Spurs for            Spurs boss Harry                                         8:40 am
                                                                                                                                                                                     30/86          11/52                      thundershowers

                                                                     * News                                                                                                                                           Likelihood of isolated light rain or

    the rest of the season, David    Redknapp told reporters the                                     5. International News
                                                                                                                                     3                      Kayin                    36/97          23/73

                                     deal for former Manchester      * Mogok VipassanaMingalar                                       4                         Chin                  18/64        01/34                         Partly Cloudy
    Moyes’ side said on their                                                                       4:00 am                          5                  Upper Sagaing                27/81          10/50                       Partly Cloudy

    website(       United forward Saha was a        Monastery                      6. Martial Song                 6                 Lower Sagaing                 30/86          13/55                       Partly Cloudy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Likelihood of isolated light rain or
    after the window had             loan until the end of the       * News                         4:20 am                          7                   Taninthayi                  34/93          23/73

    officially shut.                 season with an option to        * Music Programme               7. Cute Little Dancers          8                         Bago                  31/88          22/72
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Likelihood of isolated light rain or
         The South African has       buy. The Premier League                                        4:35 am
                                                                     * News                          8. One Village & One
                                                                                                                                     9                    Magway                     31/88          13/55                       Partly Cloudy

    suffered a series of injury      challengers have also let                                                                       10                   Mandalay                   30/86          13/55                       Partly Cloudy

    problems at Tottenham            defender Sebastien Bassong      * Youth & Volunteer Service        Product                      11                        Mon                   35/95          24/75
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Likelihood of isolated light rain or

    since joining from Everton       join      Wolverhampton         * News                         5:05 am                          12                    Yangon                    33/91          22/72
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Likelihood of isolated light rain or
    in January last year.                                                                            9. Songs For Upholding
                                     Wanderers on a six-month        * Mrauk U, Treasure Trove of                                    13                    Rakhine                   31/88          14/57                       Partly Cloudy
                                                                                                        National Spirit              14                 Southern Shan                27/81                                      Partly Cloudy
                                     loan. Reports said Spurs         Rakhine Culture

                                                                                                    5:15 pm                          15                 Northern Shan                28/82          03/37                       Partly Cloudy

                                     were trying to bring in New     * News                         10. Science and Environment
                                                                                                                                     16                 Eastern Shan                 30/86          13/55                       Partly Cloudy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Likelihood of isolated light rain or
                                     Zealand centre back Ryan                                       5:40 pm
                                                                                                                                     17                  Ayeyawady                   33/91          22/72

                                     Nelsen from Blackburn           * Culture Stage
                                                                                                    11. Documentary                  18        Neighbouring Nay Pyi Taw              33/91          13/55
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Generally fair weather
                                     Rovers as the window            *Live Together with Wetland    6:00 pm                                                                                                           Likelihood of isolated light rain or
                                                                                                                                     19          Neighbouring Yangon                 33/91          19/66
                                                                                                                                                                                                    22/72                                                         (60%)
       Everton’s Louis Saha          closed.— Internet               * News                         12. Evening News                 20          Neighbouring Mandalay               30/86          13/55
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Generally fair weather

                                                                     * Unique and Motivating        6:20 pm                                                      During the past (24) hours, light rain or thundershowers have been scattered in Taninthayi Region and Mon

         Kyle Stanley keen to put                                     Chap Char Kut Festival
                                                                                                    13. Approaching Science               Summary of
                                                                                                                                    observations at 09:30
                                                                                                                                                                 State, isolated in Bago Region and Kayin State, weather has been partly cloudy in the remaining Regions
                                                                                                                                                                 and States. Night temperatures were (5°C) to (6°C) below February average temperatures in Upper
                                                                                                                                                                 Sagaing Region and Kachin State, (3°C) to (4°C) below February average temperatures in Mandalay
                                                                                                        Discovery World                                          Region and Chin State, (3°C) to (4°C) above February average temperatures in Ayeyawady and Taninthayi

         Torrey collapse in past                                     * News                         7:30 pm
                                                                                                                                     hr MST on         today     Regions, Rakhine and Kayin States, (5°C) to (6°C) above February average temperatures in Bago and
                                                                                                                                                                 Yangon Regions, Mon State and about February average temperatures in the remaining Regions and States.
                                                                                                                                                                 The significant night temperature were Putao, Haka and Pinlaung (2°C) each, N a m h s a m and Heho (3°C)

         TORREY PINES , 1 Feb —      finishing hole with a three-    *The Untouched Footprint of    14. Documentary                       Bay Inference
                                                                                                                                                                 Weather is partly cloudy to cloudy in the Andaman Sea and South Bay and partly cloudy elsewhere in the
                                                                                                                                                                 Bay of Bengal.
                                                                      Buddha                        8:00 pm
    Kyle Stanley is doing his        shot      lead.    But     a                                                                                                Strong Easterly winds with moderate to rough seas are likely at time Deltaic, Gulf of Mottama, off and
                                                                                                    15. News                        State of the Sea             along Mon-Taninthayi Coasts. Surface wind speed in strong wind may reach (30) mph. Seas will be
    best to move on after a          conservative wedge into         * Myanmar Movies "On           16. Documentary                                              moderate elsewhere in Myanmar waters.

    triple-bogey at the final        the green spun into the          Getting Six Lives"            17. TV Drama Series
                                                                                                                                    Outlook for sub-
                                                                                                                                    sequent two days
                                                                                                                                                                 Continuation of slight decrease of night temperature in the Upper Myanmar Areas.

    hole of regulation cost him      water and he soon saw that
    a three-shot lead at Torrey      lead evaporate. Brandt
    Pines and, eventually, a first
    US PGA Tour title. “I’m just
                                     Snedeker        won
                                     tournament at the second
                                                                               DISTRICT NEWS                                       Agricultural loans disbursed
    going to continue to work        hole of a sudden-death                                                                           AUNGLAN, 29 Jan—As part of efforts to develop
    hard and do what I can do        playoff.                        BEMS branch upgraded to BEMS                                 cooperative task, one of eight tasks in rural development
    each day to get better, and           “It’s a crazy game. It                                                                  and poverty alleviation, Cooperative Department in
    as long as I continue to do      can love you, it can hate                                                                    Aunglan Township supervised disbursement of loans by
    that, I’ll be back,” Stanley     you,” said Stanley, who                                                                      Aunglan Township Cooperative Syndicate for agricultural
    said on Tuesday in Phoenix,      said he had been                                                                             purpose was held in Okshitgon Village on 12 January.
    adding that he never             “overwhelmed” by the                                                                             Staff Officer Daw Thu Thu Han of Cooperative
    seriously       considered       outpouring of support he                                                                     Department explained programmes of poverty alleviation.
    pulling out of this week’s       had received from fellow                                                                     The chairman of the Cooperative Syndicate presented K
    Phoenix Open to nurse his        pros and fans.— Internet                                                                     8,610,000 loans to 129 members of the cooperative
    psychic wounds.                                                                                                               society.—Township IPRD
         “If anything probably
    the opposite,” he said.
    “Nothing has changed and                                              MYAUNGMYA, 29 Jan—A ceremony to upgrade Basic
    nothing is changing.”                                            Education Middle School Branch to BEMS was held in
    Stanley played superbly                                          Sagamya Village in Myaungmya Township on 21 January.
    throughout the week at                                                District and township level authorities and
                                     Kyle Stanley during the         departmental officials unveiled the archway of the school.
    Torrey Pines. He led by as
    many as seven strokes in         final round of the Farmer’s          The school in Sagamya Village was upgraded to
    the final round on Sunday,       Insurance Open at Torrey        Affiliated BEMS in 1975, BEMS Branch ion 1999 and
    and arrived at the par-five      Pines.—INTERNET                 BEMS in 2011-2012 academic year.—District IPRD

    R/489 Printed and published by the New Light of Myanmar press in Nay Pyi Taw, the News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information.

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        President U Thein Sein and wife attend dinner hosted by
        Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and wife
          NAY PYI T AW , 1 Feb—Myanmar
   goodwill delegation led by President of the
   Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein
   Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win attended
   a dinner hosted by President of the Republic
   of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and
   wife Mary Tan at Istana President’s
   Residence on 30 January evening.
          On arrival at Istana at 7:15 pm, the
   President and wife were cordially greeted
   by the Singaporean President and wife. At
   the reception room, the Singaporean
   President introduced President U Thein Sein
   and wife to ministers and high-ranking
   officials from Singapore and the Myanmar
   President, to Union Ministers and high-
   ranking officials. After that, the Dinner was
   held at Banquet Hall. During the dinner,
   Singaporean Military band entertained the
   guest with songs.
          Singaporean President said : Singa-
   pore and Myanmar established diplomatic
   ties back in 1966. Since then, our friendship
   has grown for strength to strength. Our
   countries have close and growing links in
   many areas and our governments enjoy good
   cooperation. Over the years, our people-to-        Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam hosts dinner to Myanmar delegation led by President U Thein
   people interactions have also intensified,
                                                                          Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win at Banquet Hall of Istana.—MNA
   with an increasing presence of Myanmar
   professionals, students and tourists in          both countries pledged to assist Myanmar            business and companies have invested in    Singapore will continue to work closely
   Singapore.                                       in its capacity building efforts, and to continue   Myanmar since the 1990s. Myanmar’s         with Myanmar in its ASEAN Chairmanship,
          Visit of Myanmar President marks a        supporting Myanmar in its transition to             progress in developing its economic        and towards advancing our common
   new chapter in our bilateral relationship. Our   democracy.                                          infrastructure and legal framework will    regional interests for the betterment of our
   Foreign Ministers signed a MoU on the                    As Myanmar integrates with the              further encourage investments into the     peoples.
   “Singapore-Myanmar Technological                 international community, we hope that our           country, he said.                                I am confident that our relationship
   Cooperation Programme.” Since the                economic cooperation and business-to-                     Like many countries in Southeast     will continue to grow in the coming years.
   inception of the Singapore Cooperation           business links will strengthen. The close           Asia, Singapore and Myanmar share a        As old friends and neighbours in ASEAN,
   Programme in 1992, Singapore has provided        cooperation between governments has                 commom vision of achieving an ASEAN        Singapore wishes Myanmar well. We hope
   technical assistance to over 7500 Myanmar        provided a strong framework for our private         Community in 2015. Myanmar will assume     to see Myanmar develope and prosper,
   officials in various fields. With this MoU,      sector exchanges to intensify. Singaporean          the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2014.                          (See page 8)

       President U Thein Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win
             arrives back from Republic of Singapore
                                                                                                                                                         NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb—President of the
                                                                                                                                                  Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein
                                                                                                                                                  Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win arrived
                                                                                                                                                  back here by special flight of Myanma Airways
                                                                                                                                                  International at 3.30 pm after paying a good-
                                                                                                                                                  will visit to Singapore at the invitation of
                                                                                                                                                  President of the Republic of Singapore Dr
                                                                                                                                                  Tony Tan Keng Yam.
                                                                                                                                                         The delegation led by President U
                                                                                                                                                  Thein Sein and wife were welcomed back by
                                                                                                                                                  Vice-President Thiha Thura U Tin Aung Myint
                                                                                                                                                  Oo and wife Daw Khin Saw Hnin, Vice-
                                                                                                                                                  President Dr Sai Mauk Kham and wife Daw
                                                                                                                                                  Nan Shwe Hmon, Commander-in-Chief of
                                                                                                                                                  Defence Services General Min Aung Hlaing
                                                                                                                                                  and wife, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of
                                                                                                                                                  Defence Services Commander-in-Chief
                                                                                                                                                  (Army) Lt-Gen Soe Win and wife, Union
                                                                                                                                                  ministers and their wives, the commander of
                                                                                                                                                  Nay Pyi Taw Command and departmental
                                                                                                                                                  heads, Chargè d’Affaires ai of Singaporean
                                                                                                                                                  Embassy in Myanmar Mr William Chit and
                                                                                                                                                  officials at Nay Pyi Taw Airport.
                                                                                                                                                         Members of delegation Union
                                                                                                                                                  ministers, deputy minister, the Yangon mayor
     President U Thein Sein being welcomed back by Vice-Presidents Thiha Thura U Tin Aung Myint Oo, Dr Sai
                                                                                                                                                  and departmental high-ranking officials, who
     Mauk Kham and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services General Min Aung Hlaing at the Nay Pyi Taw                                              accompanied the President and wife, boarded
                                                 Airport.—MNA                                                                                     off the same flight.—MNA

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