The Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat, is to visit Sri Lanka, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said.He told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka that General Bipin Rawat will be on a seven-day visit to Sri Lanka. He is expected in Sri Lanka over the weekend and will call on the armed forces chiefs, the President and the Prime Minister, and visit military establishments in Trincomalee and Diyatalawa. (Colombo Gazette)
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.1. #ABORTION: The first of three days of committee hearings into the Government’s draft abortion laws has been taking place, with political and medical representatives giving their feedback on the current proposals. We’ve been liveblogging the day’s events – you can catch up with them all here. Pro-life groups have meanwhile been holding a demonstration outside the home of justice minister Alan Shatter.2. #OIREACHTAS INQUIRIES: The laws allowing TDs and Senators to hold an inquiry into the national banking collapse have been published today. The Oireachtas Inquiries legislation allows politicians to investigate the behaviour of individual public office holders – and, for the first time, outlines a procedure through which the President can be impeached – but is limited in terms of only being able to record facual conclusions.3. #WATERFORD: A man in his 60s has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assault complaints in the 1980s. The man was arrested in Waterford earlier today. He is thought to be a former sports coach.4. #MADDIE: Police in Britain say they have identified new leads in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, the child who vanished while on a family holiday in Portugal six years ago. Scotland Yard said a review of the circumstances of McCann’s disappearance had turned up “more than a handful of people” who police would be keen to speak to.5. #IRAN: Are you female? Are you an aspiring head of government? Are you Iranian? You’re out of luck. A member of Iran’s electoral watchdog has dashed the hopes of up to 30 candidates by saying Iranian electoral law prohibits women from holding the country’s highest elected office. While women are allowed to run for parliament, no female candidates will be permitted to run to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when his successor is elected on June 14.