Jaffna students union secretary assaulted

He was assaulted by the gang using iron rods while he was on his way to the Jaffna University, the online version of the newspaper said.The assault took place as some groups in Jaffna were preparing to commemorate the final stages of the war in the north. The Secretary of the Jaffna student’s union was assaulted in Jaffna this morning by an unidentified gang, reports from Jaffna said.According to the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, the student’s union secretary Dharshan Anand, sustained head injuries following the assault.

UN peacekeeping chief in Eastern DR Congo to inaugurate new protection technology

“This is above all an occasion to take measure of all the progress that has been accomplished on the ground in these past months,” Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told correspondents in the city of Goma. Mr. Ladsous is visiting the city to support the UN stabilization mission known as MONUSCO, through consultations with a range of actors and by helping to inaugurate the use of unmanned/unarmed aircraft to bolster the Mission’s ability to protect civilians. “I believe that the situation we see now is very different from the dreadful drama that arose a year ago,” Mr. Ladsous said. The eastern DRC has been wracked for many years by fighting between the Government and various armed groups, the latest being the March 23rd Movement, or M23, composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army (FARDC). The past year’s fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid. Today Mr. Ladsous met with senior Government officials to discuss the UN Mission’s support in key areas, emphasizing the importance of political dialogue for regional stability, according to a UN spokesperson. Tomorrow, he plans to preside over the launch of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as “drones,” from Goma, which the Mission calls an important new tool to assist it in fulfilling its mandate to protect civilians in the vast country. “Such high-technology systems allow a better knowledge of what is happening on the ground, which allows a force to better do its job,” he said on his arrival in the city. After tomorrow’s launch, Mr. Ladsous will hold a press conference with Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of MONUSCO. read more