Jayalalithaa demands immediate release of Indian fishermen in Lankan custody

It was painful that Sri Lanka “is now adopting a strategy of detaining boats for long periods of time,” causing immense loss to fishermen, she said.Ms Jayalalithaa wrote to PM Modi on May 31 after seven fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lankan Naval personnel and had asked him to take steps for their release.She again wrote to him on June 6 stating that the situation at sea remains “precarious” due to “offensive acts” of the Sri Lankan Navy despite repeated appeals to the Centre to ensure safety of Indian fishermen. Taking up the latest detention of three Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today appealed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to secure the release of all 24 fishermen and 93 boats under Sri Lankan custody at the earliest, the Press Trust of India reported.She also requested the Prime Minister to evolve a “permanent” and “pragmatic” solution” to end their woes. Three fishermen in their mechanised fishing boat from Pudukottai District were apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday and taken to Kankesanthurai there, she said in a letter to PM Modi. “I again request the Government of India to initiate immediate efforts to find a permanent and pragmatic workable solution to this livelihood issue of our fishermen.”She said Sri Lankan authorities “adamantly refuse” to recognise the “traditional and historic rights of our Tamil Nadu fishermen” to eke out their livelihood by fishing in Palk Bay, she said. “I request your personal intervention and request you to direct the External Affairs Ministry to secure the immediate release of the 24 fishermen and 93 fishing boats, including three fishermen and their one mechanised fishing boat apprehended on June 15 at the earliest”, she said. read more

Epiroc continues emission compliance journey on drill range

first_imgEpiroc says it always keeps a focus on sustainability in all parts of its operations and products. In order to be compliant with the latest emission regulations it are now replacing the engines on a number of surface drill rigs produced in the EU.The new engines comply with the Tier 4 Final/Stage V emission regulations. This means that the affected drill rigs will have double certifications and can be sold both in the EU and in North America. All affected drill rigs can still be ordered with a Tier 3 engine.The Tier 4 Final/Stage V requirement only applies to EU countries. Tier 4 Final engines are required in USA, Canada, Japan and Korea.Affected drill rigs:SpeedROC 1F, FlexiROC T15 R, FlexiROC T20 R, FlexiROC T25 R Construction Edition, FlexiROC T30 R Construction Edition, FlexiROC T30 R Quarry Edition, FlexiROC T35 R, FlexiROC T40 R, FlexiROC T35, FlexiROC T40, FlexiROC T45, FlexiROC D50, FlexiROC D55, FlexiROC D60 and FlexiROC D65.SmartROC T35, SmartROC T40, SmartROC T45, SmartROC C50, SmartROC D50, SmartROC D55, SmartROC D60, SmartROC D65 and SmartROC CL.The engine change have already been completed for a number of drill rig models and the process will continue throughout 2019 to be finalised early 2020.last_img read more