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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 101 (April 8, 2010)

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between April 1-7.

1 State academic degrees and titles are awarded to intellectuals with due ceremony on the occasion of the Day of the Sun (April 15).

   1 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the Natural Medicine Research Institute of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK/ North Korea) has developed medicines with natural Koryo medicinal materials.

   1 The KCNA reports that a new school year for Juche 99 (2010) has begun in the DPRK.

   1 Premier Kim Yong-il meets with the delegation of the Global Steel Holdings Limited of India led by Chairman Pramod Mittal, which paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   2 Rodong Sinmun editorially calls on all the people to bring about a decisive turn in the development of the nation's science and technology.

   2 The KCNA says Pyongyang University of Construction and Building-materials Industry has of late made a new kind of cast-iron welding rod.

   2 A meeting takes place at the Central Hall of Workers in Pyongyang to mark the 30th anniversary of the Public Health Law thanks to President Kim Il-sung, late former leader.

   2 The (North) Korean Documentary and Science Film Studio has produced new films to give scientific and technical knowledge to people.

   3 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-il enjoyed an art performance given by the Mansudae Art Troupe.

   3 The KCNA reports that sowing on cold beds for rice seedlings has begun on co-op farms of the DPRK.

   3 The Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea and the DPRK National Defense Commission give a banquet on the assumption of office of the new Chinese ambassador to the DPRK. Present at the banquet were Kim Jong-il and other senior officials.

   4 The KCNA says a poster for the 12th Kimilsungia Festival to be held on the occasion of the Day of Sun has been produced.

   4 The KCNA says the "South Korean puppet forces committed grave armed provocation" in the Demilitarized Zone in the eastern sector of the front.

   5 The KCNA says an organizing committee has been formed for the 15th April Holiday Food Festival to be held in the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on April 6-8 to mark the Day of the Sun, the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung (April 15).

   5 A Swedish Red Cross delegation led by Vice President Asa Molde flies into Pyongyang.

   6 The KCNA reports Norodom Sihamoni, king of Cambodia, sent a large floral basket to the DPRK embassy in Phnom Penh on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   6 So Se-phyong is appointed as DPRK ambassador to Switzerland, according to a decree of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly.

   6 Four individual stamps have been issued in the DPRK to commemorate the Day of the Sun, the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung (April 15).

   6 The KCNA says the Information Center of Pyongyang University of Printing has recently developed an office processing program.

   6 A trial of Aijalon Mahli Gomes, a U.S. male citizen, is held at a court of justice of the Central Court of the DPRK.

   7 The KCNA says the Aeguk Research Center for Compound Microorganisms of the DPRK has developed an organic fermentation accelerant called "Compound No. 1".

   7 The Mangyongdae Prize sports contest opens at a gymnasium on Chongchun Street in Pyongyang in the runup to the Day of the Sun celebration on April 15.

   7 A new stamp is issued in the DPRK ahead of an international stamp exposition to be held in Belgium from April 9.

   7 A World Health Day event is held at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

   7 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, returns home via chartered flight after wrapping up an official goodwill visit to Gabon, Gambia and Senegal.

   7 Kim Yong-il meets with Liu Hongcai, new Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, in Pyongyang.