Sri Lanka had two weeks ago abstained from voting at the UN General Assembly in favour of abolishing the death penalty. The government has not decided on the implementation of the death penalty, External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatillaka Amunugama said.Amunugama told The Sunday Leader that the issue has become a debate in society with the rise in crime especially via the media. “However the government has not taken a policy decision on this,” he said. The draft resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty was adopted by a recorded vote of 111 in favour to 41 against, with 34 abstentions.Amunugama said he had advised officials in New York to abstain from voting at the UN General Assembly as Sri Lanka had not taken a policy decision on the death penalty.
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #MIDLETON: Sinn Féin councillor Pat Buckley is calling for a full inquiry into the death of a toddler in Midleton. Two-year-old Vakaris Martinaitis died following a fall from an upstairs window at his home. A neighbour had to drive him to hospital because there was no ambulance available in the area at that time of the accident.2. #BANGLADESH: A woman has been found alive 17 days after a Bangladesh garment factory collapsed killing at least 1,045 people. Rescue teams were stunned when they heard a voice calling for help and found Reshma trapped in the basement under piles of rubble. Soldiers said the survivor was in remarkably good shape, despite her ordeal.3. #CONCERT DEATH APPEAL: Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information following the death of a 21-year-old man at the now-infamous Swedish House Mafia concert at the Phoenix Park last summer. They wish to talk to a taxi driver who gave the deceased and two other men a lift home on the 8 July 2012. The 21-year-old complained of being ill and an ambulance was then called. He was taken to James Connolly Hospital, where he died a short time later.4. #CHIEF WHIP: Two men have been arrested after the constituency office of government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe was burgled and set on fire in New Ross, Co Wexford early this morning. It is understood a solicitor’s office in the town was also targeted. The men aged 21 and 33 are being detained in New Ross for questioning in connection with the incidents.5. #VISA: Difficulties were encountered earlier today by people who were trying to make transactions using their Visa Debit cards. Both AIB and Permanent TSB customers experienced problems with transactions failing over lunchtime. However, the cards seem to be back in working order again following the outage.