“No confirmation of dates yet,” the High Commissioner’s spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told the Colombo Gazette. The dates for the visit to Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein have not yet been fixed.Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka this year and there is a possibility the visit will take place before March. The High Commissioner has been invited to visit Sri Lanka and see firsthand the developments on the human rights issue after the new government took office.The government is set to brief the UN Human Rights Council in June on the progress made in the domestic process to address accountability issues over the war. (Colombo Gazette) However the High Commissioner’s office said the dates for the visit have not yet been confirmed.
AIRLINE PASSENGERS WILL soon be allowed to use a range of mobile electronic devices in flight with very few restrictions after US aviation authorities gave the go ahead today.The new, more relaxed rules issued by the Federal Aviation Administration will take effect on most airlines by the end of the year, the agency said.“Passengers will eventually be able to read ebooks, play games and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions,” the FAA said in a statement.However, mobile phones still cannot be used for voice communications while in flight, due to regulations by another federal agency, the Federal Communications Commission, that prohibits airborne cellphone calls.The new rules mean that passengers will be able to “safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate,” said the FAA.Electronic items must be stowed in the seat pocket during takeoff and landing.Browsing the Internet will still be possible on air carriers that provide Wi-Fi in flight, and Bluetooth technology for wireless keyboards will also be allowed.The changes, which came after more than a year of study by outside experts on safety concerns related to portable electronic devices.© – AFPRead: FAA panel advises lifting ban on use of gadgets during take-off and landing >
GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN have arrested a man and a woman following two seizures of drugs worth a total of €90,000.A man in his 20s was arrested on Lower Gardiner Street at 4pm and taken to Store Street Garda Station. Cocaine with an estimated street value of €70,000 was discovered in his personal belongings.As part of a follow-up search in an apartment in Christchurch, gardaí found a large amount of cannabis herb, worth €20,000. A woman, also in her 20s was arrested at the scene.Both the man and woman are detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act 1996.Read: Three men questioned over Dublin industrial estate shooting>Read: Firearm and cocaine seized during Dublin house search>