Court bans protests in Jaffna

The police had arrested 130 people following the violence and they were later remanded after being produced in court.Gunasekera said that anyone violating the court ban on protests in Jaffna will be arrested. Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the ban on protests was issued after information was received that some groups were going to stage protests demanding the release of 130 people arrested over the Jaffna violence. The Jaffna Magistrate has issued a stay order banning all types of protests in the Jaffna town, the police media unit said.The stay order was issued as a result of the violence which erupted in Jaffna this week during a protest against the alleged rape and murder of a girl in Jaffna. At least three groups were preparing to stage protests in Jaffna to demand the release of the 130 people. (Colombo Gazette) The police had to use tear gas to disperse the protesters who had damaged public property and had also pelted stones at the Jaffna court building. read more

Honda opens Hydrogen refuelling station in Swindon

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The UK’s first open access hydrogen vehicle refuelling station has been officially opened at Honda’s manufacturing facility in Swindon.Based on the grounds of Honda’s manufacturing facility in Swindon, the station aims to encourage the development of both hydrogen-powered vehicles – such as the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell car – and the refuelling infrastructure to support them. It also creates a strategic link half way along the M4 between London and Swansea.As a fully operational, commercial-scale station using tested technology, it is a solution that can be replicated across the country and so create the essential network necessary for the widespread uptake of hydrogen-powered transport.Speaking at the opening of the facility, Richard Kemp-Harper, Lead Technologist for Transport and Energy at the Technology Strategy Board, said, “The change from conventional transport systems to sustainable, low carbon alternatives is one that can only be made through businesses and government working in partnership to develop innovative solutions. This new refuelling station gives a real glimpse of the role hydrogen can play in practice. It is a great example of the kind of collaboration and innovation we need”.Thomas Brachmann, Head of Electrical Powertrain R&D at Honda, commented, “Hydrogen fuel cell technology is the ultimate transport solution; meeting environmental demands but also delivering the range and performance that customers expect. The co-operation on this project between vehicle manufacturers like Honda, infrastructure providers like BOC and the public sector can be a blueprint for future development”.For more information on alternative fuels and the future of the automotive industry download the SMMT Sustainability Report. read more