UK says it raised concerns over conduct of Lankan officer with FM

The officer said that the UK has been left in no doubt that the Government of Sri Lanka also takes the incident very seriously. “I can confirm that the FCO made immediate representations to the Government of Sri Lanka following the incident on 4 February and the Minister for South Asia personally spoke to Foreign Minister Marapana about the issue,” the Desk Officer for Sri Lanka in the UK Foreign Office said. He was immediately suspended from work following a video, which showed him behaving in an offensive manner.However, he was later allowed to resume duties on a Presidential directive only to be recalled this week. (Colombo Gazette) “As the Minister explained to the House on 20 February, the Government of Sri Lanka has ordered their Defence Attaché to return to Colombo while the incident is thoroughly investigated,” the UK Foreign Office said.Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, who returned to Sri Lanka this week, was seen gesticulating to slit throats of a group of pro-LTTE demonstrators opposite the High Commission office in London on February 4 when the embassy was celebrating the 70th independence day. The British Minister for Asia, Mark Field has spoken to Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana with regards to the incident involving the Defense Attaché to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando.The UK Foreign Office, in response to an email sent by Global Tamil Forum spokesman Suren Surendiran, said that the UK Government is taking the incident very seriously. read more

Metso receives two repeat orders for Altay Polimetallys mine in Kazakhstan

first_imgMetso has signed two repeat orders with Altay Polimetally LLP to design, supply, install and commission complete secondary, tertiary and quaternary crushing and screening plants as well as an automation system at the Almaty open pit copper mine in Kazakhstan. The combined value of the orders is EUR 25 million and follow the delivery of the worlds biggest fully mobile crushing and conveying system, signed in June 2012.Mr Yun, Dr. of Technical Sciences, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Altay Polimetally said “For our new copper ore deposit, we need cost efficient processes and reliability based on a seamlessly working partnership. We do not need multiple intermediaries, and by choosing Metso, we are working with a market leader who has a long experience in mining and construction operations,”“These major orders demonstrate Metso’s strenghth in offering equipment and process know-how to meet the customer’s operational requirements. Our close collaboration with Altay Polimetally during the design of the project certainly contributed to choosing Metso as the sole solution provider,” stated Business Manager for Crusher Systems, Mining and Construction, Serge de Backer.Metso will also supply Altay with a complete automation system to run the whole process with the electrical systems being able to withstand the harsh climatic conditions and provide efficient plant control. The secondary and tertiary crushing plant order was included in Metso Mining and Construction’s fourth quarter 2012 orders received, and the quaternary crushing plant in the first quarter 2013 orders received. The installations will be delivered by July 2014. The secondary and tertiary plants include one GP500S cone crusher with large feed opening, and two HP5 cone crushers with high reduction ratio. Two high-efficiency MF 3085-2 screens will be used for screening. The planned output of the copper ore processing plant is 550 Mt/h, resulting in 3 Mt/y of 0/10 mm sized end products. The quaternary crushing plant will produce 0/3 mm sized ore with a capacity of 450 T/h. Two Barmac 9100 vertical shaft impactors are used, one of them in operation and one stand-by. Here, another two MF 3085-2 screens are used. Altay Polimetally will extract at the new mine copper ore including gold. The planned ore extraction will be 3 Mt/y, and including host rock 10 Mt.last_img read more