“This seven-year war has left a colossal human tragedy in its wake. For the sake of the living, it is high time to end this devastating conflict,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi underscored.The conflict – which broke in the wake of massive anti- and pro-Government street protests across the country in 2011 – reaches “a depressing anniversary” this month.The High Commissioner painted a grim picture of the relentless suffering of Syrian civilians and denounced the ongoing brutality as a shameful failure of political will and a new low in Syria’s long-running conflict.“There are no clear winners in this senseless pursuit of a military solution. But the losers are plain to see – they are the people of Syria,” he added.With 69 per cent of civilians inside the country languishing in extreme poverty, conditions are worse than ever. Ninety per cent of families now spend more than half their annual income on food as prices are, on average, eight times higher than pre-crisis levels.Moreover, some 5.6 million people lack security or basic rights and require humanitarian assistance.While UNHCR and other humanitarian actors are making every effort to bring relief to hundreds of thousands of people in dire need inside Eastern Ghouta and other besieged parts of the country, access to these populations remains woefully inadequate.On 5 March, a humanitarian convoy delivering aid to besieged Eastern Ghouta was cut short amidst ongoing shelling and subsequent attempts have been thwarted.UNICEF/Amer Al ShamiIn December 2015, a mother loads preserved food supplies in a truck as the family prepares to move out of Nashabieh village to a neighbouring safer town within besieged East Ghouta, Syria. Almost 400,000 people are trapped in besieged locations.“Humanitarian access to those in need must be guaranteed. People must be allowed to leave to seek refuge and civilians and civilian infrastructure including hospitals and schools must be protected at all costs,” Mr. Grandi maintained.Meanwhile, the hopes of millions of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq who dream of returning home when conditions are safe are being dashed.“With fighting in parts of Syria as fierce as at any point during the conflict, refugees are understandably still too frightened to return,” Mr. Grandi continued, noting that UNHCR is preparing to assist in returns for when the security situation improves.As conditions for millions of Syrians in exile grow more desperate, the vast majority live below the poverty line and more than three-quarters sheltering in Jordan and Lebanon are unable to meet their basic food, shelter, health or education needs.Although host countries lay on second shifts to accommodate the refugees, 43 per cent of 1.7 million school-aged Syrian are out of school.“While the focus is on the devastation inside Syria, we should not forget the impact on the host communities in the neighbouring countries and the effect that so many years of exile has had on refugees,” Mr. Grandi reminded.Turning to an upcoming international conference in Brussels on supporting the future of Syria and the region, he asserted that it must result in a boost of financial and development assistance.“As long as there is no political solution to the conflict, the international community must step up its investment in the host countries,” the High Commissioner concluded.
SANY’s subsidiary SANY India recently announced its foray into the mining segment at the International Mining & Machinery Exhibition (IMME) 2016, held in Kolkata. The SRT55D dump truck was launched in the presence of one of the top five SANY customers in the Southern region. With this announcement, the company also launched its SRT range of off-highway dump trucks in India. The new mining business unit will be headed by Dheeraj Panda, who is the BU Head and VP of Excavators at SANY India.SANY said its SRT series trucks are largely used in large surface mining sites for transportation of overburden, coal, iron ore, limestone, bauxite and in quarry segments. “These trucks come with six core features that have a unique competitive advantage and is fundamental to SANY‘s mining equipment range. The trucks are equipped with high-strength frames and are 20% stronger than any other product in the same category. It has a gross horsepower of 480 kW, 650 [email protected],800 rpm and a payload capacity of 55 t. SANY off-highway mining trucks are known for their safety, reliability, durability, comfort and cost effectiveness.”Commenting on the launch, Deepak Garg, CEO, SANY Heavy Industries Pvt Ltd, said: “With our foray into the mining segment, we want to set new benchmarks for SANY India. SANY India will offer complete mining solutions and partner with big mining companies for end-to-end solutions. SANY has shown its commitment to the Indian market by announcing various investments across the country and is currently gearing up to realise this vision globally.”Dheeraj Panda, BU Head and VP of Excavator and Mining, SANY Heavy Industries India Pvt Ltd said: “We are excited to enter the mining sector in India. Since mining is a crucial segment adding significantly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, we believe there is a huge potential for us in this market. With the launch of our new world-class product range, we are confident in our ability to contribute meaningfully to the growth of the industry.”With the launch of the new SRT series of off-highway dump trucks, SANY India says it will be offering mining solutions to the iron and coal, power, cement and construction industries. Currently, SANY will be importing these truck series as CBUs (Completely Built Units) from China. SANY aims to continuously innovate and design products that meet its customers’ requirements and thus helps them in growing their businesses. The company will also introduce new solutions as per demand in the segment going forward.