MRTV aired a live program (Part Two) on talks under the theme “On the Reform Program in connection with social security benefits”, in which U Maung Maung Aye, Director-General of the Social Security Board; Daw Than Than Nu, Director of the SSB; U Win Naing, Representative of the Employers; Daw Phyo Sandar Soe, Representative of the Workers; and ILO National Project Coordinator Dr. Thein Than Htay have participated in the discussions.

Betel quid chewing is an age-old tradition in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Chinese Taiwan, southern China, Indonesia, Philippines and Pacific Island countries . Some countries are seeing drop in the number of betel quid chewers among youths, especially in the cities, while others facing an increase in their population. The biggest betel quid chewers are in Palau (a Pacific Island country), Bangladesh and Myanmar

My last assignment in Myanmar from 2007 to 2011 was very eventful. I arrived on the eve of what is known to the outside world as the Saffron Uprising in October 2007. I was here when Cyclone Nargis ravaged the Ayeyawady Delta in May 2008 and when Mr. John Yettaw swan across Inya Lake to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence in 2009. I was among the international observers monitoring the 2010 General Election but unfortunately, I left just before the pivotal handover of power from Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Senior General Than Shwe to President U Thein Sein in March 2011 and the beginnings of the transition in Myanmar

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is in Tokyo, Japan, to attend the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit, sat down with Ms. Orie Sugimoto, Japans’ NHK correspondent and chief of NHK Yangon branch, at Hotel New Otani Tokyo, for an exclusive interview yesterday