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11 Sri Lankans who were trapped in Gaza return to the island

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11 Sri Lankans who were stuck in the Gaza Strip due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, arrived in the country early this morning.

They arrived via a Qatar Airways flight.

Two women and nine children belonging to two families are among the group, Head of the Sri Lanka Representative Office in Palestine Bennett Cooray said.

Meanwhile, four more Sri Lankans are staying in a church in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Nine more Sri Lankans are staying in the West Bank, which belongs to Palestine, Bennett Cooray said.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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