Former Navy spokesman DKP Dassanayake, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the disappearance of 11 youth, was ordered to be further remanded till October 9 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate today.The youth had been reported missing between 2008 and 2009. In 2015 the CID had questioned Dassanayake over allegations that some officers in the Navy were involved in the disappearance of several youth.Last year, former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda also appeared before the CID to make a statement over the disappearance of the youth. (Colombo Gazette)
VIST Robotics (a subsidiary of VIST Group), BELAZ and Region 42 have recently signed an agreement on cooperation and implementation of the Intelligent Mine system in the selected area of an open-pit mine with the use of BELAZ robotic dump trucks.The document was signed at the international industrial trade fair INNOPROM in Yekaterinburg. The agreement was signed by Alexander Galkin, Chief engineer of Region 42, Piotr Parkhomchik, General Director of BELAZ and Dmitry Vladimirov, General Director of VIST Group.Within the framework of the signed agreement, the infrastructure for the Intelligent Mine will be created at one of the open-pit sites in the Kemerovo region. There will be 5 dump trucks with load capacity of 130 t which will be provided by BELAZ company. It is planned that dump truck handling will be carried out both in a robotic mode without drivers on board, but with constant control of the machine from the remote control center, and in the autonomous mode, when vehicles are controlled by the operator from the remote control center only in emergency and special cases.“Our mining dump trucks are equipped with hundreds of sensors that generate a terabyte of information per year in real time, which allows us to track the quality of the machine anywhere in the world. The collected data, predictive analytics and machine learning technologies will enable us in the foreseeable future to provide our clients with completely new intelligent services to increase the efficiency of operation of mining dump trucks, predictive analytics and the transition to servicing, not by regulation, but on demand”, said the general director of BELAZ Piotr Parkhomchik.“The creation of sites with operating robotic equipment guarantees the increase in productivity and safety of open pit mining by removing personnel from the dangerous zones, eliminating downtime related to human factors, controlling equipment in optimal modes, as well as automatically optimising freight flows in the mine and other production processes”, commented VIST Robotics General Director Dmitry Vladimirov.