Nepalese villagers get relief materials from an Indian army helicopter at Bhogteni village in Gorkha district in Nepal on May 4, 2015. US transport aircraft were due to make "an immediate difference" to the aid effort in Nepal May 4, shuttling supplies and rescue teams to remote areas devastated by an earthquake that killed more than 7,300 people.
AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN
Armed soldier near President:
Army HQ orders parallel
Army headquarters is expected to issue fresh instructions to personnel assigned for VIP security in the wake of the recent arrest of a member of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security contingent near the stage where President Maithripala Sirisena was to address a gathering at Angunakolapelessa in the Hambantota district.
A senior military official told The Island that the arrested soldier was Commando Corporal Senaka Kumara attached to the security contingent assigned to former President Rajapaksa. Army Chief Lt. Gen. Crishanthe de Silva has ordered what the official called a very thorough inquiry into the incident.