The Island (Sri Lanka)

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - National Peace Council points out that the latest move by the US to impose a travel ban on Army Commander General Shavendra Silva, for alleged gross violations of human rights, is a result of unwillingness to deal with unresolved issues of the last phase of the war.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Sri Lanka Cricket to be investigated by Criminal Investigation Department on alleged irregularities in awarding international broadcasting rights.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security recommends ban on all kinds of face veils and face covers that conceal individual identity, on the basis of ensuring national security.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) – Government seeks support of other countries to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) accountability Resolution on Sri Lanka co-sponsored by the previous government. The next session of the UNHRC is scheduled to be held from February 24 to March 20.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Twenty-eight years after women officers first joined the Indian Army the Supreme Court holds them eligible to hold command posts.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - TNA Leader R. Sampanthan’s Office in a statement says UK MP Lord Malcolm Bruce concedes that TNA demands are fair and assured UK would work with the Sri Lanka government to find a reasonable solution to the longstanding issue.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Police headquarters reveals alleged Maldivian link to the Easter bombings by the National Thowheed Jamaat, with four Maldivians, wanted in connection with the coordinated attacks and Syria trained Sri Lankan among 153 persons held under Prevention of Terrorism Act.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet raises concerns about Sri Lanka in report presented to the UN Human Rights Council, one among which is the government's inability to deal with impunity and to reform institutions.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa criticises the US for imposing a travel ban on Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and his family, saying it harks back to medieval collective punishment practised in Europe, based on mere allegations.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Sectoral Oversight Committee on Education and Human Resources Development recommends supplementary books to educate schoolchildren, including kindergarteners, on child abuse.