Religious titles conferred on monks

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Eighty-eight members of the Sangha who passed the 70th Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture were honoured yesterday in Yangon.

The ceremony held at the Mahapasana Cave in Thiri Mingalar Kaba-Aye hillock in Mayangon Township was attended by members of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay, Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Command Maj-Gen Thet Pon, Yangon Region Chief Judge, officials and laypersons.

At the ceremony, the congregation received the Five Precepts from Sayadaw Bhaddanta Pananinsara Bhivamsa.

Afterwards, Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa, Chair of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, delivered the Ovadakahta (speech) and

Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko supplicated a report on religious affairs.

Vice President U Myint Swe presented the Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida title and insignia to Ashin Sihta Nanna Linkara of Tipitaka Maha Gandawin Monastery in Dagon Myothit (East) Township.

Union Ministers Dr. Pe Myint and Thura U Aung Ko, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Commander Maj-Gen Thet Pon, Yangon Region Chief Judge and officials also presented certificates to the monks.The Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examinations have been held in Myanmar for 70 years.

The Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination takes 33 days.

In the 70th examination, 307 monks took part, an increased from the 291 who took the examination last year.