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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in his titah expressed Brunei's commitment in maintaining regional peace and stability. His Majesty also said that Brunei Darussalam and the Philippines work closely in realising ASEAN's vision of a community.  The Monarch made the titah last night at a State Banquet held in honour of His Majesty's state visit to the Republic of the Philippines. The State Banquet was held at the Malacañan palace and was hosted by His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines. His Majesty in his titah acknowledged the role of the 23,000 Filipino nationals working in Brunei Darussalam in making significant contributions to Brunei Darussalam's socio-economic development. His Majesty expressed confidence that economic ties between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Philippines will continue to progress to create a more conducive environment for business people to network and collaborate in areas such as halal and agro-based industries.

Yesterday, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces visited Air Force City Clark, Pampanga in the Philippines.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Deputy Sultan, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab-Rahaman yesterday afternoon watched the 25th Brunei Age Group Swimming Championship. The championship took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Swimming Pool in Berakas.

The Brunei Darussalam Former Soldiers Association celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a reading of Surah Yasin, Tahlil and Doa Arwah ceremony for the late parents of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Saadul Khairi Waddien; and Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit. The function took place yesterday at the Royal Mausoleum in the capital.

The government is always taking measures to prepare the country's intending pilgrims with knowledge pertaining to the haj so that they are physically and mentally prepared before performing the religious act. At the moment, 1,000 intending pilgrims for this year's haj season attended a guidance course as preparation before departing for the Holy Land. The Haj Guidance course is held simultaneously in all 4 districts since the 16th of April, and is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

The Karnival Kembara Islam or Islamic Adventure Carnival 1438 Hijrah is taking place at Hua Ho Manggis Ballroom.  It is organised by the Brunei-Muara District Office with the cooperation of Battle Pro Marketing and Management Services in conjunction with the Isra' Mi'raj celebration and as a way of upholding the titah of His Majesty Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to transform the country into a Zikir Nation. The Islamic carnival was launched yesterday by Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Awang Ahmad, Member of the Legislative Council.

The training they undergo can transform recruits into individuals who are more disciplined, responsible, trustworthy, possess integrity and strong patriotic spirit based on the true Bruneian values.  The remarks were made by Awang Haji Muhd Lutfi bin Abdullah, the Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Development during a Basic Military Training Passing Out Ceremony for the 158 Male Recruits Intake of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces yesterday.  The Permanent Secretary said the recruits should continue to equip themselves with contemporary knowledge and skills, and should always be prepared to face any traditional or non-traditional threat.

Various activities and programme were lined up in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam Former Soldiers Association. Yesterday saw a presentation of donations to 5 orphans of the association members. The function took place at Teratak Perwira, Anggerek Desa in Berakas.

The Senior Officials Meeting - ASEAN Ministers for Agriculture and Forestry, SOM-AMAF, and the ASEAN Ministers for Agriculture and Forestry, AMAF, the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Livestock, ASWGL, continue to recognise the significant socio-economic impacts of animal diseases as well as the development and implementation of strategic frameworks and mechanisms at national and regional levels. The initiatives are in line with addressing challenges that is affecting ASEAN and globally such as food insufficiency, effects on livelihood and movement of animals due to zoonosis and public health, international and regional economy and trade through harmonization of standards as well as climate change with its impact to livestock production. This was stated by Dayang Hajah Aidah binti Haji Mohd Hanifah, the Director of Agriculture and Agrifood at the Opening of the 25th ASWGL Meeting, yesterday.

In the Islamic months of Rejab, Syaban and Ramadhan, Muslims hold the Tahlil ceremonies with the hope of getting multiple blessings in the said months.  The intention of holding the Tahlil ceremonies is to seek Allah the Almighty's blessings and forgiveness for the departed souls.  This was the highlight of the Khutbah or Friday sermon today.  In the sermon, the Imam or prayer leader also reminded the ummah that the Tahlil should be conducted according to religious guidelines and should not be made compulsory, especially by serving many dishes during the ceremony.

A traffic diversion to the flyover at the Jalan Gadong/Jalan Telanai Junction will be carried out in stages to allow works on the flyover to be fully completed.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, today attended the Official Welcoming Ceremony in honour of His Majesty's State Visit to the Republic of the Philippines. His Majesty and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam first attended a Wreath-Laying Ceremony held at the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park, Manila.

The Official Welcoming Ceremony in honour of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam State Visit to the Republic of the Philippines were held at Malacañan Palace, Manila. Upon arrival at the Palace grounds, His Majesty was welcomed by His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines. His Majesty proceeded to the dais to receive the Royal Guard of Honour followed by the national anthems of both countries, and a twenty one gun salute.

Meanwhile, in a joint media conference, His Majesty expressed pleasure to have the opportunity to visit the Republic of Philippines again to further strengthen the close bilateral relations. His Majesty in his titah also said, Brunei Darussalam has agreed to further strengthen economic and trade co-operations with the Republic of Philippines.

The sign of love from Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. for his followers is shown by the description of His experience during his journey from Mekah to Masjidil Aqsa in Baitulmaqdis, Palestine, and his journey from Baitulmaqdis to Sidratul Muntaha. This was among the contents of a Special Talk held in conjunction with the Ceremony to Commemorate the Event of Israk and Mikraj, for the Prime Minister's Office and the Departments under it, yesterday afternoon.

Clean, honest, trustworthy and responsible towards work are among the work ethics that should be implemented among civil service staff. This was among the contents of a Special Talk held in conjunction with Isra' and Mi'raj Celebration, for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Departments under it, yesterday afternoon.

Iman or Faith is the greatest gift bestowed by Allah Subhanahu Wataala to the mankind. However, muslims are required to practise their believe physically to prove their faith and love towards Allah the Almighty. This was among the contents of a Special Talk held in conjunction with Isra' Mi'raj Celebration for the Ministry of Development and the Departments under it, yesterday afternoon.

The lesson from the Isra' and Mi'raj event can shape one's individuality as well as strengthen the religious faith of Muslims in general and students in particular, towards achieving the status of excellent and devoted individuals. Benefit from the great event was analysed in a Student’s Special Forum held yesterday morning in conjunction with Israk Mikraj celebration organised by the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, KUPU SB.

Dayang Siti Khadijah binti Mohammad Asnawi emerged champion in the Brunei Muara District Level Story Telling Contest 2017, THIS MORNING. The pupil from Dato Ratna Haji Mohd Jaafar Primary School in Kiarong told the story entitled Ratapan Anak Tiri or the Cries of a Step-Child.

The Public Service Department, Prime Minister's Office hereby informs that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented for the appointment of: Doctor Awang Norfarizal bin Othman, Senior Administrative Officer at the Public Service Department to be promoted as the Director of Research and Planning at the Public Service Department, Prime Minister's Office effective from the 15th of April 2017.