The TNA had this week called on the government to take immediate steps to release all Tamil political prisoners.Sampanthan told parliament on Tuesday that there are 234 Tamil political prisoners who are on a hunger strike. A group of Tamil parliamentarians have launched a hunger strike in Vavuniya over the long term detention of several suspected LTTE cadres without being charged.Parliamentarians from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as well as MP J. Sri Ranga and former parliamentarian Mano Ganeshan are among those taking part in the protest. Relatives of the detainees and several others are also taking part in the strike. The government said yesterday it will open new courts in some areas to hear the cases of the long term detainees. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil parliamentarian are to continue their strike till this evening in support of several Tamil prisoners who are also on hunger strike demanding that they be either charged or released. “The prisoners have refused to call off their fast stating that several assurances given in the past have not been kept and that this time they are determined to fast unto death”, Sampanthan said.Sampanthan said he was appreciative of government action to rehabilitate and release 10,000 former LTTE recruits. “however, inexplicably many hundreds still remain in custody.”TNA requested that proper and responsible assurances be given to the fasting prisoners so that they suspend their hunger strike.
Ricardo has announced that it will be the exclusive supplier of transmissions to Swift Engineering of California, for cars racing in the 2009 season of Japan’s Formula Nippon series. Design and development work is already in progress and the first transmissions for the Swift 017.n will be delivered in June. Commenting on the deal Casper van der Schoot, Swift Engineering program director said, ‘Ricardo has a proven track record in the highest echelons of motor sports and will be able to provide us with first rate products and support in this program. We are very excited about this new relationship and are looking forward to see the results when the 017.n first hits the track in the fall of this year.’ Ricardo director of high performance transmissions products, Mark Barge, added, ‘We are proud to have been nominated as transmission supplier for the next generation Formula Nippon chassis. This contract award further reinforces our growing reputation as the supplier of choice for leading motor sports customers in all parts of the world.’ Ricardo already supplies transmissions for Japan’s Super GT series as well as single make series including the World Series by Renault and Indy Pro Series. In May last year the FIA announced the appointment of Ricardo to provide technical support and advice on the development of future regulations in Formula One. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)