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UN womens rights experts want foreign judges in Lankan probe

It is particularly concerned that such militarization constitutes a barrier to the resettlement of internally displaced women, durable solutions for their housing, and their ability regain their livelihoods.The Committee also notes that a Cabinet Sub-Committee was appointed in 2016 to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. However, it notes that the Committee appointed by the Minister of Justice in 2009 to consider and propose reforms to Muslim Personal law and the Quazi courts has not issued any recommendations.The Committee reiterates its previous concerns and, given that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act imposes exclusive and compulsory jurisdiction over Muslim marriages, the Committee expresses its particular concern that it does not specify a minimum age of marriage and girls under 12 years of age are permitted to marry; restricts the legal and judicial officer positions of Quazis, Board of Quazi members, Marriage Registrars and adjudicators to male Muslims only; and that the law on statutory rape is not applicable to girls under 16 years of age who are legally married under Muslim law, who engage in sexual intercourse with their husband while not legally separated. (Colombo Gazette)Full report: The UN Committee has also called on Sri Lanka to expedite the review and amendment of the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses Act, to incorporate better safeguards for the independence and effectiveness of the judiciary and witness protection programmes, in line with international standards. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has called on Sri Lanka to ensure international participation in the accountability mechanisms as a necessary guarantee for the independence and impartiality of the process.In a report on Sri Lanka issued today, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has also called on Sri Lanka to ensure international judges, prosecutors, investigators and lawyers participate in the accountability mechanisms in line with Human Rights Council resolution 30/1. It also is concerned about the ongoing militarization of large areas of private land in the conflict-affected areas of the country, the usurpation of civilian administration responsibilities by the military, and the resulting large scale displacements of women and men in the State party, where 32 camps for internally displaced persons continue to exist. read more

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Coal news from the Ukraine DTEK struggles but performs

first_imgNatural gas productionmillion m3557.20557.2100 Indicatorsunit9 months20149 months2013Change(+/-)Change(%) Gas condensate production‘000 t20.8020.8100 Electricity transmission by networksMkWh39,965.142,471.2-2,506.1-5.9 Coal imports‘000 t1,144.301,144.3100 Electricity exportsMkWh6,936.77,435.0-498.3-6.7 Coal production ‘000 t28,805.230,303.2-1,498.0-4.9 Electricity generation (supply)MkWh35,379.238,064.8-2,685.6-7.1center_img ROM coal processing‘000 t19,088.121,491.5-2,403.4-11.2 Coal exports‘000 t3,631.43,242.2389.212.0 DTEK, the largest energy company in Ukraine, has announced its performance results for January-September 2014. DTEK’s enterprises produced 28.8 Mt of coal (-4.9% YoY), electricity output amounted to 35.4 billion kWh (-7.1%), electricity transmission via networks amounted to 40 billion kWh (-5.9%), natural gas output was 557.2 million m3. “The third quarter of this year was quite challenging for the country and businesses, and our company is not an exception. Yet, there is an upside: DTEK has gained experience in overcoming new crisis situations. We readjusted and managed to retain control over all our assets. Our experience proves that a well-balanced vertically-integrated company has a certain resilience and underlying strength. Unfortunately, it has its limits,” commented DTEK’s CEO Maxim Timchenko on the company’s performance results for the first nine months of 2014. “I have to say that the government has left business face to face with the problems in the energy sector. We had anticipated difficulties with coal supplies as early as July-August and called for joint effort to solve the problem, which our government has admitted to have only now. A number of decisions important for the sector are yet to be made to ensure uninterrupted heat supply during the heating season. The key decision is to make state-run Energorynok repay the debt to generation companies, thus providing funds to purchase required coal grades. Ukrainian fossil-fuelled generation has never experienced such crisis before. Only consolidated efforts of business, society and state can preserve the integrity of the national energy system and help Ukraine survive the winter.”Key Production Indicators In January-September 2014 DTEK reduced coal production by 4.9% to 28.8 Mt YoY. Processing plants also reduced  their output: ROM coal processing and concentrate production decreased by 11.2% to 19 Mt and by 13.6% to 12.2 Mt respectively. Main factors influencing the performance indicators:DTEK Rovenkyanthracite, DTEK Sverdlovanthracite and DTEK Komsomolets Donbassa mines’ aggregate coal production dropped by 18.5% or 2.4 Mt due to military hostilitiesOn 27 July, Komsomolets Donbassa mine switched to the special operating mode: maintaining key processes in the workings due to shelling of mine and the territories adjacent to itIn September, DTEK Sverdlovanthracite and DTEK Rovenkyanthracite resumed coal production at the mines that had been temporarily suspended earlier not to jeopardise the miners as the military hostilities took place in close vicinity to the minesDTEK Pavlogradugol increased production by 5.7% or 760,000 t while Obukhovskaya mine group — by 69.5% or 623,000 t.Capital Investments: For the nine months of 2014 DTEK allocated 713.1 million hryvnias for the purchase of equipment for extraction faces; investments in replacement of the worn-out tunnelling equipment and upgrade of the transportation chain amounted to 201.6 million hryvnias.In 3Q 2014, the first stage of Pavlogradska CPP upgrade was completed. This will ensure ROM coal processing growth by 1.3 Mt/y to make 5.8 Mt. The plant re-equipment will result in the production of high calorific value concentrate for export and reduced costs for processing at external CPPs (the total project budget is 133.8 million hryvnias).The main fan at Komsomolets Donbassa mine was replaced (the total project budget is 63.8 million hryvnias). However, due to military hostilities and shelling of the mine, Komsomolets Donbassa mine suspended its coal production and the equipment commissioning was postponed since late July.Main projects:Project to increase conveying capacity of the winder set at Geroiv Kosmosu mine (budget 153.5 million hryvnias) will help increase productivity to 3 Mt/y starting 2015Construction of ventilation shafts at Yuvileina and Dobropilska mines (budgets 235 million hryvnias and 74.7 million hryvnias respectively). The projects’ implementation will help to supply the required amount of air to the mine.In 3Q 2014, DTEK reduced coal supplies to external markets by 18.0% or 205,800 t YoY. Due to the positive trend in 1H, the company increased sales over nine months 2014 by +12% to 3.6 Mt.Due to a shortage of anthracite in the domestic market, DTEK redirected contracted export volumes to thermal power plants. Furthermore, in 3Q 2014, DTEK imported 1.1 Mt of A and T grade coals to Ukraine (including coal produced by DTEK’s Obukhovskaya mine group in Russia) to supply thermal power plants. Main factors influencing the performance indicators:Decrease in anthracite production by DTEK’s companies and destruction of the railway infrastructure within the area of military operations, which constrained coal supplies and deliveryContinued cooperation with the countries where the company shipped coal in 2013: the USA (+130%), India (+108%), Turkey (shipment almost doubled), Morocco (+52%), Russia (+27%).From January to September, coal sales in the domestic market were 20% down to 1 Mt due to the reduced industrial production in Ukraine by 8.7% and military hostilities. In particular, coking coal supplies decreased due to suspended operations at six coking plants in Donbas region.DTEK’s thermal power plants reduced electricity supply by 7.1% to 35.4 billion kWh YoY. The main factors influencing the performance indicators:Electricity consumption in Ukraine dropped by 5.8% or 7.8 billion kWh due to the recession in industrial production on the back of military hostilities at DonbasDTEK Skhidenergo reduced electricity generation by 12.8% or 1.6 billion kWh due to military hostilities in Donetsk and Lugansk regionsDTEK reduced electricity exports by 6.7% or 498.3 million kWhKyivenergo reduced electricity supply by 19.4% or 374.7 million kWh as natural gas supply was limited by the governmentBotievo wind farm’s electricity generation grew by 133.2% or 258.4 million kWh due to the commissioning of the plant’s second stage in 2014Industrial enterprises of Ukraine reduced electricity consumption by 6.1% or 3.7 billion kWhElectricity supplies by DTEK Power Grid and DTEK Donetskoblenergo decreased in total by 13.2% or 2 billion kWh, as the military hostilities in Donetsk region brought down demand from different group of consumersElectricity supply by DTEK Krymenergo dropped by 7.4% or 256.4 million kWh as there was no seasonal growth of demand and consumption by agricultural and industrial consumers went down.DTEK is the largest energy company in Ukraine. It is part of the financial and industrial group System Capital Management (SCM). Electricity is the core product. The assets portfolio is represented by 10 thermal power plants and two combined heat and power plants with 18 GW of total installed capacity; one wind farm with the installed capacity of 200 MW; five electricity distribution and sales enterprises, which provide services to over 5.2 million customers — both individuals and legal entities; 31 mines and 13 coal-processing plants; oil and gas extraction assets.In 2013, DTEK’s enterprises generated 53 TWh and purchased 56.9 TWh of electricity for further supply to consumers; coal output equalled 41.4 Mt and coal processing amounted to 29.3 Mt. DTEK exports electricity to four countries and coal to 31 countries worldwide. Picture from www.dtek.com Concentrate production‘000 t12,238.514,164.1-1,925.6-13.6 Coal processing: last_img read more

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