The Island (Sri Lanka)

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Minister of Foreign Affairs, informing the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka's withdrawal from co-sponsorship of UNHRC Resolutions on war crimes and accountability, says the commitments made by the previous government resulted in the lapses that facilitated Easter attacks.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders urge President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take steps to ensure free media by ensuring the safety of journalists.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says SLPP will not appoint any candidate defeated at the general election, via the National List.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne says, contrary to the aspirations of the majority of the Tamil people, certain Tamil politicians are determined to propagating separatism.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - United Nations Population Fund say sexual and reproductive health services less accessible to women and young people with disabilities.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Two individuals, introduced by former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne as van driver and victim of an attempted abduction during the Rajapaksa regime, at the infamous 'White Van' media briefing, among six suspects arrested for armed robbery.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Whale sharks, the largest fish species in the world, threatened by extinction due to ship and boat related injuries.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Centre for Environmental Justice says in writ of mandamus filed in the Court of Appeal, elephant habitats must not be encroached by humans.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Sri Lanka Muslim Congress adopts resolution to renounce proposal to repeal the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. The proposal contains amendments to the Act including the legal age for a Muslim marriage.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Speaker Karu Jayasuriya urges Election Commission to invite foreign observers, the European Union in particular, to monitor General Election campaign, while taking steps to ensure media impartiality.