Government says no JF17 deal with Pakistan

Terming the reports as “incorrect,” Mahishini Colonne, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded, saying that “if there arises a requirement for Sri Lanka to procure aircraft of this nature, in keeping with the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka to maintain transparency, expressions of interest will be called for, from all concerned.” The Government has denied reports that it has struck a deal with Pakistan for the purchase of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets, The Hindu newspaper reported.“The matter did not even come up for discussion during the talks [with the Pakistani government],” Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Defence Secretary, told The Hindu , adding that his government was still considering the purchase of fighter jets. According to the reports, Sri Lanka has been under pressure from the Indian government not to go ahead. Sections of the press, in the last few months, also carried reports that India had offered to Sri Lanka “Tejas,” a variant of Light Combat Aircraft, to counter Pakistan’s bid to sell JF-17 fighters, which were developed in collaboration with China. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Read More »

Porter crushed to death by container truck

A porter was killed on Saturday, March 9, 2019, after he attempted to climb onto a moving container truck that he was working on.The accident occurred sometime around 13:00h in the vicinity of the Kara Kara toll booth and the Guyana Forestry Commission at Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10.The dead man has been identified as Jomal Anthony.According to an employee at the toll booth, in an effort to avoid paying the full toll fare, porters would usually go to the booth with less money as the trucks drive by, and then run to catch the vehicle.That was the cause of this morning’s accident. It was reported that Anthony handed over the money at the toll booth and ran to catch up the motor lorry GSS 1407 carrying with trailer TMM 2242 which had slowed down for him.However, while on the truck, the porter lost his grip on the gas tank, and he fell off the vehicle and ended up under the wheels.He was pronounced dead on the spot by a doctor attached to the Linden Hospital Complex.The driver of the container truck, a 28-year-old resident of Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD) has since been taken into Police custody and is assisting with investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPorter killed in Kara Kara accident identified as Plaisance residentMarch 10, 2019In “Crime”Another succumbs in Soesdyke/Linden Highway smash up, death toll now up to 4January 5, 2017In “latest news”Man dead after truck topples on Lethem/Linden trailJuly 4, 2019In “Crime” read more

Read More »