More soldiers arrested over assault on Keith Noyahr

His abduction followed a series of threats issued against him, and, according to Keith’s close associates, seemingly because of his regular contributions to The Nation’s weekly defence column published under the nom-de-plume Senpathi. The soldiers were arrested by a special investigations team of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).The the Army Major and two soldiers arrested yesterday were produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate and remanded till February 23.The soldiers were arrested following investigations conducted based on a statement given by Noyahr, who is overseas. More soldiers have been arrested over the abduction and assault on former journalist Keith Noyahr.The police said that two soldiers were arrested today after being interrogated last night. Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free.The former Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper fled the country with his family following the incident fearing for his life. Yesterday an Army Major and two soldiers were arrested over the abduction. They were produced before a Magistrate and remanded till March 3. Noyahr had failed to return home after leaving his office the day he was abducted. His wife alerted police and media when she found the journalist’s car abandoned at their front gate with the engine running. He was found hours later near his home, barely able to walk.The abduction in 2008 came shortly after Sri Lanka’s bid to be elected to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva failed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Danny Alexander announces winners of £11m low emission vehicle technology competition

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has announced that the Technology Strategy Board has awarded £11 million to five UK automotive manufacturers to fund ground-breaking low emission vehicle technology projects to reduce emissions.Ariel, Dearman Engine, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus Cars and Torotrak Development will all lead projects that were successful in winning funding from the Building an automotive supply chain of the future competition. Each low emission vehicle technology project has been awarded between £1.9 and £2.7 million towards its proposed costs. The total proposed cost  for all five projects is estimated £19 million, meaning TSB funding will cover almost 60% of the development costs.Each project demonstrates an innovative, business-led idea, which shows a strong potential for industrialisation, strengthening the UK’s low emission vehicle technology supply chain. Somerset-based Ariel, which currently produces the Atom sports car, will partner with four technology companies to develop an ultra-high performance production car with zero or low emissions.Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover will use the funding towards developing its Vehicle Integrated Powertrain Energy Recovery system in conjunction with Ford, the University of Nottingham and European Thermodynamics. Lotus Cars will also work to mature its race-proven integrated flywheel KERS system for use in its Evora road car.Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board said, “We want to ensure that the UK is a global leader in low carbon transport technology, by bringing businesses together to work on ground-breaking projects to reduce emissions. These developments will enable us to embed innovation further into the UK automotive sector, giving us a competitive edge in this industry.”The Building an automotive supply chain of the future competition is the tenth of its kind under the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform’s integrated delivery platform (IDP).The IDP has secured funding from the Technology Strategy Board, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), regional bodies and devolved administrations.Click through for more information on the winners of the Building an automotive supply chain of the future competition.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more