China’s COSCO Guangdong Shipyard today launched Greyman Express, the sixth newbuilding livestock carrier to be constructed for Dutch company Vroon at this yard.Four newbuilding livestock carriers have already been delivered to Vroon and have entered service.The fifth vessel, Gloucester Express, will be delivered later this year, with the final two vessels – Greyman Express and Gudali Express – joining the fleet in 2016.These livestock carriers have a cargo capacity of approximately 4,500 sqm and a cruising range of around 18,000 NM.They are fitted with animal-welfare facilities exceeding Australian (AMSA) regulations and incorporate a bow design that reportedly ensures fuel savings.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has been ordered to investigate claims that the Chief Minister of the Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dassanayake had forced a principal from a school in Badulla to kneel before him.President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the IGP to investigate the incident and submit a report. Meanwhile Dassanayake stepped down as the provincial Minister of Education pending ongoing investigations against him. The Chief Minister had reportedly summoned the principal of Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla to his residence and made her kneel on the floor because she had refused to enroll a student recommended by him. The Chief Minister had rejected the allegations. (Colombo Gazette)