Sri Lanka hosts mass wedding for Chinese couples

The couples were given an all expense paid stay in Sri Lanka following the wedding ceremony so they can experience what Sri Lanka offers tourists. (Colombo Gazette) Pictures by Lalith Perera Sri Lanka today hosted a mass wedding for 50 Chinese couples at a grand ceremony in Colombo.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that the event was held to strengthen Sri Lanka – China ties. The event was organised by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and the Tourism Ministry as well as the Chinese Government. Sri Lanka and China share longstanding and deep relations in all sectors. read more

Fourth mining fatality recorded for 2019

Illegal mining has been cited as the cause for most, if not all, of the recent mining fatalities that occurred during the first quarter of 2019.Commander of “F” Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis, told <<>> this morning that the latest mining incident that has claimed a life is that which took place in Region Eight yesterday afternoon.Dead is Edward Daniels, who met his demise after the mining pit in which he was working caved in.According to Commander Adonis, one man remains hopsitalised but is said to be in a stable condition while his co-workers have been treated and sent away from the Mahdia District Hospital.Commander Kevin AdonisHowever, this is the fourth incident since 2019 began, where a miner died following the collapse of a mining pit.The Police Commander explained that in those cases, the individuals who had been trapped, and eventually lost their lives were “recklessly” operating there.He stated that those men, along with their colleagues, ventured to mining pits which were either abandoned by large mining companies or had been left unattended to for some period and commenced working there without proper advice, guidance or clearance.While the option of mining at those locations would have been to earn an income, the now dead men put themselves at risk, Commander Adonis said.In March, last, 18-year-old Emanuel Narine of La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was working along with others in a mining pit at Oko Baramally, Sand Hill Backdam, Region 10, when the pit caved in, completely covering him. The impact of the rubble falling on the teen broke his neck and caused his demise.In February, last, 17-year-old Mazaruni miner Romeo Ruben lost his life when the walls of a mining pit in which he was working caved in at Gold Hill Backdam, Upper Mazaruni.Then in January, last, another miner, 54-year-old Timothy Hunter of Jawalla Reservation, Upper Mazaruni, lost his life.Based on information received, Hunter along with others were working in the pit when a wall suddenly collapsed, covering him in the process.The other workers reportedly attempted to get him from under the debris, but by the time they did, he had already succumbed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Constable shot during raid on mining campMay 26, 2019In “Crime”Police probing report of armed robbery at mining camp in Region 7April 6, 2018In “Crime”Several others arrested for illegal shotgun, cartridges found at Kupang BackdamMarch 24, 2019In “Crime” read more

Man who escaped prison twice nabbed in Black Bush

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: 2 other bandits confirmed dead in Police shootout at Black Bush PolderMay 19, 2019In “Crime”3 bandits shot by Police in Black Bush Polder, 1 confirmed deadMay 19, 2019In “Crime”Corentyne triple murder: 4th suspect likely to be charged soonSeptember 19, 2016In “Court” Police in Berbice have apprehended a man who is believed to have been a part of the notorious gang that has been terrorising residents on the Corentyne.Vinod GopaulThe intelligence-led operation which started on Wednesday evening and ended on Thursday morning, led to the arrest of two-time prison escapee Vinod Gopaul, 29, who was found hiding in an abandoned house at Yakusari, Black Bush Polder.Gopaul was wanted by the police following the fatal shooting of three bandits on May 19, 2019, at Black Bush Polder.Thursday’s operation also involved members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.Gopaul was charged for several counts of armed robberies. Most of the robberies were allegedly committed in the Black Bush Polder area and on the Corentyne Coast.In June 2011, he escaped from custody. At the time he was serving a sentence for the 2004 murder of his father whom he shot and killed.He was also among 18 prisoners who escaped from the Camp Street Prison in 2007 and was recaptured shortly after and charged while some of the other prisoners were shot dead.Further, he escaped again in June 2011 along with notorious high seas pirate, Kevin “Long Hair” Narine, Rickford Le Fleur, and Vijay Seenarine of Skeldon.However, following several robberies on the Corentyne, police ranks raided the backlands of Johanna in the Black Bush Polder with the aim of capturing the wanted bandits. read more