Israel bombards Gaza as it searches for soldier

Israel bombarded the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Saturday as troops searched for an officer they believe was captured by Hamas in an ambush that shattered a humanitarian ceasefire and set the stage for a major escalation of the 26-day-old war, agency reports from Gaza City and Gaza Strip said.

Intl. Research Symposium by SLCARP on Aug 11-12

Arrangements have been made to hold an international research symposium by the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP) of the Ministry of Agriculture at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Independence Square in Colombo on August 11 and 12.

Gaza toll tops 200 day after ceasefire fails

The number of dead in the conflict in Gaza reached more than 200, agency reports said quoting a Palestinian official said on Wednesday, as cross-border attacks continued with rockets from militants in the Gaza Strip and airstrikes from the Israeli military.

‘There is a need to redefine diplomacy’

Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to India, Prof Sudharshan Seneviratne said that there was a need to redefine diplomacy to include shared histories, culture and heritage of countries, in addition to economic and political ties. Rather than trying to resolve issues by using a “drab, dry language of diplomacy,” it was important to look at Read More

Nominations from July 30 to Aug 6 for Uva polls

The Election Department will receive nominations for Uva Provincial Council polls from July 30 to August 6. The government dissolved the Uva PC on July 11. The Election Department spokesperson said: “Deposits will be accepted from the date of notice of nomination until, 1200 noon on 05.08.2014, the day before the last date of nominations. Read More

Sapugaskanda refinery reopens

The Sapugaskanda oil refinery which had been closed down for over a month, resumed operations today with taking delivery of crude oil unloaded through the repaired hose, the Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said.