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Listeners Want Information on Mother Teresa, Bindi and DV-Visa - 2002-12-14


Q: Can you give me a profile of Mother Teresa? What is a U.S. Presidents' life like after Retirement? ( Myat Ko Ko, Pauk Township, Magwe Division)

A: Hi Ko Myat Ko Ko,

Mother Teresa was committed to helping the poorest of the poor in India. She received Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 in recognition of her efforts to care for the hungry, naked, homeless, crippled, blind, lepers, and other people who were shunned by everyone. She passed away in 1997 in Calcutta, India.

Regarding U.S Presients' life after their retirement, living of the former U.S. Presidents differs individually, depending on their hobbies and professions.

For instance, former President Bill Clinton has been participating international conferences such as AIDS, environment, etc., as Keynote Speaker as well as a special guest. Former President Bush, father of present President Bush is helping to promote his sons' election campaigns.

The most significant former U.S. President is Jimmy Carter. Mr. Carter received 2002 Nobel Peace Prize due to his untiring efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.

Q: What is Bindi? He noticed it on Buddha's forehead as well. (U Win Myint Aung, North Dagon Township, Rangoon)

Dear U Win Myint Aung,

The Bindi is an auspicious makeup worn on the forehead by Hindu girls and women. The word bindi comes from the Sanskrit "bindu" which mean a dot or a point. It is made of vermilion which is composed of bright red mercuric sulfide.

Traditionally a symbol of marriage, it has now become a decorative item and is worn today by unmarried girls and women of other religious as well. Quoted a poem dedicated to Bindi and the beauty of Women by Hindi Poet Bihari.

Since Buddha was an Indian origin, it appears in every Buddha's statues as a symbol of peace, sign of focus of the mind and determination of ideas.

Q: I really appreaciate Burmese Service for New Dynamic English program. I also would like to extend my condolences for the victims of Sep. 11 terrorist attack in the States. I condemn such attacks. Could you please tell me about DV Visa program results and how many winners are from Burma? (Ko Kyaw Soe, Wandwin Township)

Hi Ko Kyaw Soe,

The U.S. State Department released last year visa result in mid June. According to that result there were 461 winners from Burma.

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