DMK floor leader M.K. Stalin told reporters that even though his party had demanded a judicial inquiry into the issue, the state Government had not given any proper response so far. The Governor’s address also made no reference to the issue. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah today demanded in the State Assembly that the Indian Government prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to take action against those who had committed crimes against Tamils in the last phase of the war.Recalling the resolution adopted in the state Assembly asking the Indian government to take steps to adopt a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for an international inquiry into the war crimes and violations of the Geneva convention by the Sri Lankan government, he expressed the hope that the Indian government should persuade Sri Lanka to restore the Tamil families their lands, The Hindu newspaper reported. The Governor also condemned the regular attacks on Tamil fishermen and seizure of their boats and nets by the Sri Lankan Navy, saying the reluctance on the part of the Sri Lankan government in releasing fishing boats even after the release of fishermen had caused agony among the fisher folk in Tamil Nadu. “It is our duty to find a lasting and permanent solution to this issue by retrieving Katchatheevu and restoring traditional rights of our fishermen,” he said.But the entire opposition parties staged a walkout alleging the ruling AIADMK Government had failed in all fronts. “It should ensure equal rights and an opportunity to live peacefully with dignity,” he said.
BHP Billiton has acquired a 33.3% interest in Global Alumina’s Sangaredi refinery project in Guinea, for $140 million. The project comprises the design, construction and operation of a 3 Mt/y alumina refinery, 9 Mt/y bauxite mine, and associated infrastructure. A mining concession covering 690km² has been secured and a mineral resource of 233 Mt of bauxite (at 39% available alumina and 1% reactive silica) has been reported. This is considered sufficient to support the development, but further exploration work is underway to increase the resource size. The proposed refinery site is approximately 100km inland from Kamsar and has the benefit of access to rail infrastructure linking it to the Port of Kamsar, where dedicated facilities are already under construction. Graeme Hunt, President Aluminium for BHP Billiton: “This project provides the partners with access to a long life, low cost, world class resource base. In view of BHP Billiton’s other exploration interests in Guinea, this project also offers us valuable experience of operating in this first tier minerals province.”As part of the agreement, BHP Billiton will appoint the CEO and CFO of the Joint Venture Company (JVC) and will enter into a services agreement with the JVC for the development, construction and operation of the project, which will be operated in accordance with BHP Billiton standards.Global Alumina will now hold a 33.3% equity interest in the Sangaredi project, Dubai Aluminium a 25% interest and Mubadala Development 8.3%