Defying a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) stand, Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran called on Tamils in the North to support a mass rally set to take place on Saturday.The protest is against what some claim is the systematic settlement of Sinhalese people in the Tamil dominated region and the erection of Buddhist statues in an area devoid of Buddhist devotees. The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) led by Wigneswaran is leading the demonstration, which has also garnered the support of some constituent members of the TNA and the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) led by Gajen Ponnambalam. “Tamil speaking brothers and sisters, I urge you to participate in the demonstration,” a letter by Chief Minister Wigneswaran said. “Even though promises have been made about sharing power with the Northern and Eastern Provinces, not a single Government has delivered on this promise. This demonstration is being held to pressure the Government to release private citizens’ land held by the military, the release of political prisoners and finding the disappeared,” Wigneswaran’s letter said.According to the Tamil People’s Council, the Government has systematically settled some 10,000 Sinhalese families in Vavuniya, Jaffna and Mullaitivu where such settlements had not existed before. (Colombo Gazette)
Multi-disciplinary engineering company Primero Group has tapped investors for A$25 million as part of its listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.The company, which has previously carried out work for the likes of Rio Tinto, CITIC Pacific Mining, PT Bumi Suksesindo and Resolute Mining, debuted on the ASX on Monday.Primero has recently carried out early-stage works on Tawana Resources’ Bald hill lithium mine in Western Australia, a project that moved from maiden resource to concentrate production in nine months.Its expertise was also sought by Northern Minerals, when it contracted Primero to construct the hydromet pilot plant (pictured, in construction) and heavy rare earth mine at the Browns Range project in the Tanami region of both Western Australia and Northern Territory.Currently capitalised at just over A$59 million, the company carries out engineering consulting for feasibility studies and project development, detailed design, project management and construction, project operations, maintenance, enhancement and support, and project retirement.It sees the battery materials sector, in particular, as one potential growth opportunity.“Primero is well placed to capitalise on future battery materials work in Australia and overseas given its specialist expertise and credentials,” the company said.In addition to working with Tawana and Northern Minerals in this space, the company has also been contracted by Pilbara Minerals (Pilgangoora lithium project) and Galaxy Resources (Mt Cattlin lithium project).“The company believes that development projects within this sector will form a key part of its futureproject pipeline,” Primero said.