The opposition today said it was confident the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will pass in Parliament.Former Foreign Minister and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian, Professor G.L Peiris said that while 112 MPs had signed the motion, there are others who could not sign it and so the actual number in the end will be higher. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena will then need to appoint a new Prime Minister who has the majority support of Parliament.“From the time Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as Prime Minister he had a minority Government and not a majority,” he said. Professor G.L Peiris also noted that the term of the current Parliament ends in 2016 and not this year.But the President needs a Government and Prime Minister who has the confidence of Parliament to pass the 20th Amendment to the constitution.Peiris also noted that the new Government has hurt China and relations with some other countries. “Some of those who support the motion could not sign it because they did not get the opportunity. But they will sign it so the number will go up,” he said. He said the concerns over the Port City Project should have been discussed with China and not make it a political issue. Peiris said that once the motion is passed with a Parliament majority, the cabinet and not Parliament, will be dissolved. The former Foreign Minister also noted that some comments allegedly made on Australia could hurt Sri Lanka’s relations with Australia. (Colombo Gazette)
ARANZ Geo Ltd, developer of 3D geological modelling software Leapfrog Mining, has announced that it has signed a new umbrella software licence with leading mining group Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto has been using Leapfrog since 2007 and the signing of the agreement reflects increased usage of Leapfrog across the group. A Rio Tinto spokesperson said that “Leapfrog Mining is used by Rio Tinto geologists in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, and Peru. In addition to the use of Leapfrog for modelling exploration data for copper, iron ore, coal and uranium; Leapfrog is also used for project evaluation, targeting and structural modelling.”The Leapfrog Mining software is described as “fast, dynamic, 3D geological modelling technology with innovative workflows that enable the best possible understanding of the geology. Leapfrog enables accurate and consistent visualisation of data providing confidence in the interpretation and modelling of that data from early exploration to mine remediation. Multiple hypotheses can be explored, new data added and course corrections made easily as the project proceeds.”ARANZ Geo has also announced the appointment of new Turkish distributor, JeoDijital. This was effective as of February 2012. “The JeoDijital team will be invaluable to our clients in supporting their 3D geological modelling needs and move the business forward in the rapidly growing Turkish market.” said Shaun Maloney, Chief Executive Officer of ARANZ Geo. Dr Hayati Koyuncu, Managing & Research Director of JeoDijital, has more than 20 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry working for major national and international mining and exploration companies both in Turkey and abroad. His experience ranges from academia to cutting-edge technology based solutions in the exploration and 3D geological modelling of mineral and energy resources, and the environment.