Expecting to provide an impetus to defence cooperation between India and Sri Lanka and discuss issues of bilateral relevance, Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, General Dalbir Singh Suhag arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon on a five-day long official visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva.A red carpet welcome ceremony, coloured by traditional Ves dancers greeted him on arrival at the tarmac at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army, together with Mrs Nayana De Silva, President, Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) were at the venue to extend a warm welcome to the visiting India’s Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh Suhag and his spouse, Mrs Namitha Suhag. The delegation is comprised of the spouse of General Dalbir Singh, Mrs Namitha Suhag, Brigadier Gopal Gurang, Colonel Amitabh Jha, and Captain N.K Saraswat.India’s Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Arindam Bagchi, Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, Senior Liaison Officer, Commander, Security Force Headquarters – West, Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Military Secretary, Brigadier H.M.J.K. Gunaratne, Assistant Liaison Officer, Director Operations and Captain Prakash Gopalan, Defence Adviser at Indian High Commission were also at the airport to receive the Chief of Army Staff. General Dalbir Singh who had served the Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in 1987 as a Company Commander is the 26th Chief of Army Staff (Army Commander) Indian Army has produced and proudly commands the 1.3 million-strong Indian Army. During his stay in Sri Lanka, the visiting Army Chief is scheduled to call on the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, State Minister of Defence, Defence Secretary, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Force Commander and a few others. He will also attend wreath-laying ceremonies at the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) cenotaph at Battaramulla and the memorial in Palaly, Jaffna during his stay in the isle.
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 5:53 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier says the filing of formal criminal charges in Sweden on Friday against a railway employee doesn’t reflect its values.“We take these allegations very seriously as they assert conduct that does not reflect our values or the high standards we set for ourselves, our employees and our partners,” the Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) said in a statement.Evgeny Pavlov was charged with aggravated bribery and faces up to six years in jail and deportation if found guilty.Swedish prosecutor Thomas Forsberg says Pavlov bribed a public servant in Azerbaijan to win a 2013 contract to upgrade the rail signalling system with a contract value of around US$340 million.Most of the funding for the project comes from the World Bank, which is conducting an audit on the project.The Bombardier Transportation Sweden AB employee who is on paid leave was held in March in pre-trial custody to prevent him from fleeing or tampering with evidence.Emails seized during a search of Bombardier’s offices in Sweden in October 2016 are considered evidence in the case.His lawyer, Cristina Berger, has previously said that her client says he is innocent.A trial date has not been set yet.Bombardier said it is reviewing the legal filings and supports a complete accounting of the facts and circumstances surrounding the project.— With files from The Associated Press Bombardier says Russian worker charged with bribery doesn’t reflect its values