NEW DELHI — The United States and the United Nations announced a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza conflict early Friday, a diplomatic bolt-from-the-blue that will suspend the bloody 24-day military campaign and set the stage for arduous negotiations between Israel and Hamas over a more lasting truce.
The government has no immediate plans to evacuate Sri Lankan migrant workers in Israel, according to Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella.
The Australian Government continues its work with regional partners to disrupt people smuggling ventures. Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison in a statement said that they would never allow people who come illegally by boat to settle in Australia.
Security concerns had been the main reason behind the decision of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to refrain from attending the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella said.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) applauds on Sri Lankan government's initiatives toward rapid infrastructure development just after a civil war which had been halted the country’s economy stagnating.A delegation led by the IMF Executive Director, representing Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan, Dr. Rakesh Mohan called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (July 30) evening at Temple Trees.
The country’s maritime industry is being revitalized to fast–track the island-nation’s maritime capacities and capabilities. The Port of Colombo, the nation’s gateway to the world, has today become a hive of activity and is keeping its flag plying high as a premier service provider as a result.
Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) claims that the tense situation reported yesterday at the National Hospital took place when seven doctors tried to hold an unlawful assembly against former President of the GMOA, Dr. Anruddha Padeniya.
Ukraine's parliament on Thursday (31 July) ratified deals with the Netherlands and Australia allowing them to send some 950 "armed personnel" to secure the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in war-torn east Ukraine.
Global medical charity Doctors Without Borders has given warning that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unprecedented, absolutely out of control", as states across the world took steps to prevent its spread.
Police are searching for an individual who shot and killed a man at Debarawewa in Tissamaharama last evening. According to police, the victim had been engaged in selling fish when a man who had arrived in a three-wheeler had shot him with a locally manufactured 'Galkatas' firearm.
In the worsening assault on Gaza, Israel struck a United Nations designated shelter this morning, killing more than 15, several of them children.
The Ravana Balaya has presented five demands to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana today with regard to the upliftment of Buddhism in the country. The demands were handed over when around 25 monks of the Ravana Balaya organization visited the Ministry.
No Indian fishermen will be allowed to encroach into Sri Lankan waters and the Navy will take necessary against those who do so, Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said. Wanigasooriya made this statement when asked about the steps that would be taken by the Navy on the statement made by Indian fishermen that they would come into Sri Lankan waters…
The Department of Registration of Persons today said it was yet to receive over 150,000 applications for National Identity Cards from students who are to sit for the GCE Ordinary Level examinations this December. Additional Commissioner of the Department, Bhagya Jayaratne addressing a media briefing today stated that they had received only 280,000 applications.
Police have arrested the individual suspected of stealing relics of St. Sebastian which were housed at St. Sebastian's Church, Kandana yesterday. The individual had come to church posing as a worshiper according to Police and made away with the relics after breaking open the cask they were housed in. The individual was arrested at his residence in Batagama, Ja Ela and…