Kayan Party to meet Thein Sein, Suu Kyi
The Kayan New Land party is planning to hold a dinner with President Thein Sein, National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, political parties, and ethnic armed groups including the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and Karen National Union (KNU), the party's joint secretary has told Eleven Media.
The dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 10, in Nay Pyi Taw.
"[We have] arranged the dinner to support eternal peace and [provide the chance for] the government, political parties, and ethnic armed groups to meet face to face. [We have] also invited the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society," said Colonel Saw Lwin, joint secretary of the Kayan New Land Party.
On the same day, the Kayan National Day ceremony will be held at Pinlong in southern Shan State with a public meeting.
Kayan National Day is celebrated on April 10 every year in the areas where the Kayan people live - Shan State, Kayah State, Kayin State, and Mandalay Region - on a rotational basic.
Kayan National Day is held to promote and preserve Kayan traditions and culture, unity between the Kayan people, their role in a multi-party democratic system and true federal union, their right to self-administration, and their fight against narcotic drugs.
Parties heading to Election Commission
The Union Election Commission will meet the chairpersons and secretaries of political parties in Nay Pyi Taw on Sunday, party officials said. The meeting has been rescheduled from the last week of last month.
"The commission has informed us about the meeting, but did not specify the topic. We will know whether or not the meeting will focus only on by-elections. We heard that there are 28 vacant constituencies nationwide. They are also likely to include a discussion of the ongoing political [reform] process," said Thu Wai, chairman of the Democratic Party (Myanmar).
Khin Maung Swe, chairman of the National Democratic Force party, said he did not know whether the meeting would be about by-elections or political reforms.
Earlier this week, the Election Commission announced that preparations for the 2015 general election were underway, with lists of voters being drawn up.
Power cuts for industrial zones
The Ministry of Electrical Energy yesterday announced power cuts for industrial zones from today to next Thursday while the Yadanar gas field undergoes maintenance.
The ministry also asked the public to help keep power usage low at this time.
The gas field's production will be reduced by about 165 cubic feet during maintenance, which will result in the loss of 330 megawatts of electricity, or about 20 per cent of the electricity in the country's power grid.
To compensate, the ministry will provide power from hydro plants and extract more gas from inland fields. Power exports will be suspended during the gas field's maintenance.
The ministry said it would ensure that transport vehicles received natural gas during the period.