Some 600 peacekeepers from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), acting on information about the possible presence of militia members in the area, carried out a house-to-house search in the village but made no contact with any militias, found no arms or other military equipment and returned to base.Ground troops from Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and Nepal – supported by air transport from Bangladesh and gun-ships from India – were involved in the operation around the village of Penyi, about 30 kilometres northeast of Ituri’s capital city of Bunia.A UN spokesperson in New York said the operation was not a “one-off event” but a regular operation that is part of an ongoing campaign to disarm local militias who have been terrorizing local residents in Ituri, as well as fighting among themselves for control of the wealth in the area. More of these operations are expected, the spokesperson added.Last week during a similar operation in the area, MONUC troops came under attack and returned fire, killing more than 50 militia fighters. That clash came after nine UN soldiers from Bangladesh were ambushed and murdered on 25 February – the worst-ever strike against the UN’s forces in the DRC.MONUC is one of the world body’s largest peacekeeping missions, with almost 14,000 troops.
A brand new exhibition and combined seminar program for 2015 has been launched by the UK’s Materials Handling Engineers’ Association (MHEA). BULKEX 2015 will debut at the Harrogate International Conference Centre, October 21-22, and will provide a great opportunity to bring together senior executives from all areas of the materials handling industry. “We’re delighted to announce this brand new event for our members and the wider materials handling industry,” comments Mike Redmond, Chairman “Historically, the Association has organised separate, smaller scale exhibitions and conferences, but for the first time ever, we are bringing these together under one roof to provide visitors and exhibitors alike with a much more comprehensive marketing and learning opportunity.”More than 50 exhibitors covering a wide range of areas are expected to showcase their products and services to industry colleagues. In addition to seeing the latest products on offer, visitors will be able to hear about the latest developments affecting their business in a series of seminar sessions that will cover areas such as power, cement, ports, mining, recycling and building products.BULKEX 2015 will be free to attend for visitors meanwhile companies wishing to exhibit at the event can take advantage of early bird exhibitor and sponsorship packages if booked before the end of February 2015.The MHEA was formed in 1938 by inaugural Chairman Frank Lonsdale, Director of Fraser Chalmers Engineering – which later became the General Electric Co. Since its foundation the MHEA has supported the technical and commercial interests of UK and overseas companies supplying and using powder and bulk handling equipment.