They were escorted to the Modara Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) The asylum seekers are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Puttlam, Colombo, Udappuwa, Mannar, Chilaw and Kalpitiya. Among those on the boat were 61 Tamils, 14 Sinhalese and 02 Muslims. The navy said that there were 75 males, a woman and a child. The navy intercepted a boat carrying 77 people to Australia today 20 nautical miles off the Thoduwawa seas, the navy media unit said.According to the navy, the trawler named “Nirmani” was intercepted by a Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Western Naval Command.
Saudi Arabia on Sunday defended the execution of the maid for the death of an infant in her care and hit back at international criticism of last week’s beheading. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia categorically rejects any interference in its affairs or in the provisions of its judiciary under any justifications,” a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency read.Human rights groups and the Sri Lankan government had lobbied for leniency in the case of Rizana Nafeek, who was convicted of killing her employers’ son in 2005. The family said she strangled the boy, Kayed bin Nayef bin Jazyan al-Otaibi, after being asked to bottle-feed him, but Nafeek said the infant accidentally choked on milk. (Colombo Gazette) The mother of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek has refused to accept any money from Saudi Arabia or Saudi nationals, reports from Muttur said today.Saudi Arabia had offered to pay money to Rizana’s family after the maid had been executed in Saudi Arabia recently over the death of a Saudi baby in her care. However Rizana’s mother has said she will not accept any assistance from Saudi Arabia and does not want any of them coming to her house.
Tenova Mining & Minerals has announced that Tenova TAKRAF and Tenova Bateman Technologies will design and deliver a copper ore handling/processing system and a SX-EW plant, to produce 80,000 t/y of fine copper cathode for Minera Antucoya, part of Antofagasta. The new plant, with a life time of approximately 20-years, will be located in the Antofagasta region, some 45 km east of the Group’s Michilla mine, Chile. These contracts will include engineering, supply of proprietary equipment, construction, training, commissioning and start-up supervision. Tenova TAKRAF will provide an agglomeration plant, an on-off leach pad measuring 3,000 m by 800 m and a waste handling system and Tenova Bateman Technologies will supply the SX plant based on Bateman SettlerTM technology. This is a proprietary reverse-flow mixer-settler (RFMS) technology, which was developed and patented by Bateman and which is used in various plants in Chile, including Codelco’s Gaby plant and Vale’s Tres Valles plant.Jointly, the two Minera Antucoya contracts are the largest project ever awarded to Tenova Mining & Minerals, the division of Tenova focused on serving the global mining & minerals and metals industries. The combination of biddings for the Minera Antucoya project reflects Tenova’s strategy looking forward, offering a full range of technologies and engineering services to provide clients with a unique one stop total solution source across the full mining value chain, harnessing the capacities and capabilities of multiple business units strategically located around the globe.