zoom US shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction of a fourth ”ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony on Friday, May 8, at its San Diego shipyard. Each of the five 50,000 deadweight ton product carriers to be constructed for American Petroleum Tankers by NASSCO will be LNG-conversion ready and will carry 330,000 barrels of cargo.With a specialized ECO design, the tankers are more energy efficient and incorporate environmental protection features, including a Ballast Water Treatment System, says the shipbuilder.NASSCO began construction on the first tanker under the current contract in September 2014.The construction and operation of the new vessels are aligned with the Jones Act, requiring ships carrying cargo between US ports to be built, crewed and owned by the US.
A pro-LTTE group announced it will be holding a sitting of its “Parliament” in Canada with the participation of members from around the world.The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) led by former LTTE member and peace negotiator Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, will hold its 8th Sitting of its 2nd Parliament from January 19th to 21st in Toronto, Canada, the TGTE said in a statement. TGTE Members of Parliament from around the world along with TGTE Members of the Senate, Advisory Committee, Ethics Commission, and Election Commission, will be attending, the TGTE said. The TGTE said that ut is expected that there will be a discussion on the impact of the upcoming Local Government elections and the Sri Lankan Government’s Interim Constitutional proposal on the Tamil national struggle to realize right to self-determination and to secure remedial justice. TGTE “Cabinet Ministers” will submit their reports about the progress of their respective ministries to the Parliament for discussion and approval. TGTE’s annual budget will also be submitted to the Parliament.Discussions will be also held about bringing legal actions under Universal Jurisdiction in various domestic judicial tribunals. Several international dignitaries are attending and will speak during the opening Session. The TGTE Parliament or self proclaimed Government members are not recognised by any country. (Colombo Gazette)
However now the SLPP says the JVP has no right to protect the Government. (Colombo Gazette) The SLPP noted that every time the Government was under pressure the JVP came to its rescue. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today demanded that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) formally end its relationship with the United National Fornt (UNF).In a statement issued today, the SLPP noted that the JVP has been protecting the Government since 2015. The SLPP said that with the no-confidence motion submitted to Parliament by the JVP against the Government, the JVP must now formally end its relationship with the United National Front Government.
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva was appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, effective from 18 August 2019 by President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces after he was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General with effect from the same date. Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva formally assumed duties today as the new Army Commander at the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters.The 23rd Commander of the Army was received at the Army Headquarters with military honours, ceremonials, greetings and best wishes. A Guard Turnout presented by Gajaba Regiment (GR) troops greeted the new Commander after the Commanding Officer of the Headquarters Battalion together with the GR Centre Commandant received him at the entrance to the Army Headquarters. Silva was serving as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army and Colonel of the Regiment for Gajaba Regiment and Commando Regiment at the time he was made the Commander of the Army. (Colombo Gazette)