Chinese President Xi Jinping today assured Sri Lanka development assistance as the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation drew to a close in the Chinese capital.Jinping said that while Sri Lanka is a small island it is an important country in the ports and shipping sector. The roundtable summit was part of the two-day forum held on Sunday and Monday and attended by 30 heads of state and Government leaders.The forum is the most important meeting on the Belt and Road Initiative since Xi first made the proposal in 2013. It is also the largest-scale and highest-level international gathering initiated by China. (Colombo Gazette) Participants in the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation adopted a joint communique and released an outcome list today. Jinping was speaking at a reception held with the participation of several world leaders, including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. read more

Truck and van registrations still distorted by Euro 3 to 4 deadline effectsNovember registrations up 2.7% to 31,730, year to date up 0.9 per centAll CVs rolling year total up 0.4% to 389,064 units‘November was another mixed bag for the UK’s new commercial vehicle registrations,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Changes from Euro 3 to Euro 4 emission standards and the end of the Reduced Pollution Certificate scheme continued to distort heavy truck registrations. Medium and heavy vans and pick-ups saw another strong month, with renewed competitive activity and new models as the 1 January 2007 deadline for new vans to meet Euro 4 emission standards approaches. Our system is starting to capture emissions data and early indications show some 1,900 trucks and 59,000 vans registered at Euro 4 or 5 this year.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more