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President declares open the new Army HQ at Sri J’Pura

HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, declared open the new Sri Lanka Army Headquarters at Sri Jayawardenepura, Battaramulla at its inaugural warming and formal handover ceremony, today morning (8 November).

November 08, 2019


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Afghan Ambassador calls on State Minister

The Ambassador of Afghanistan in Sri Lanka, H.E Mr. M Ashraf Haidari met the  Minister of Mass Media and State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry, today (05 November).

November 05, 2019


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‘Galle Dialogue- 2019’ International Maritime Conference begins in Colombo

The ‘Galle Dialogue- 2019’, the 10th Annual International Maritime Conference of the Sri Lanka Navy commenced in Colombo, today (21st October).

October 21, 2019


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Chinese Vice Minister of Cyberspace Administration meets State Minister

A Chinese delegation led by the Vice Minister of Cyberspace Administration of China, H.E. Yang Xiaowei, met the State Minister of Defence and Minister of Mass Media, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry on Wednesday (09 October).

October 10, 2019


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State Minister Wijewardene launches SLBC new mobile ‘app’

Minister of Mass Media and State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene graced the launching ceremony of a new ‘app’ of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), last evening (05th September).

September 06, 2019


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Australian counter people smuggling delegation meets State Minister and Secretary Defence for discussions

An Australian Government delegation led by Commander of Australia’s Joint Task Force, Operation Sovereign Borders, Major General Craig Furini met the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene for a discussion on counter people smuggling issues, at the Ministry, on 03 September (2019).

September 04, 2019


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New Army Commander calls on State Minister

The newly appointed Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva made a call on the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry, today (03rd September 2019).

September 03, 2019


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Road named after General Hamilton Wanasinghe

The road between Malwana and Dompe has been named as "General Hamilton Wanasinghe Mawatha" after the former Army Commander General Hamilton Wanasinghe.

August 25, 2019


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Japan and Sri Lanka enter into MoU on Defence Cooperation and Exchange

A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Cooperation and Exchange was signed by the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene and the Japanese State Minister of Defence Mr. Kenji Harada at the Ministry of Defence, today (26 July 2019).

July 26, 2019


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State Minister graces opening ceremony of 15th HACGAM – Working Level Meeting

The 15th HACGAM – Working Level Meeting (WLM) hosted by the Sri Lanka Coastguard (SLCG) commenced at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo, today (09 July 2019).

July 09, 2019


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State Minister graces NCC annual sports meet

The annual inter Provincial Sports meet of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) commenced at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo, yesterday (06 June).

July 07, 2019


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New Air Force Commander calls on the State Minister

Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, who assumed duties as the 17th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force made a call on to the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry, today (12 June).

June 12, 2019


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President commissions Navy's new ship

The largest Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of the Sri Lanka Navy, P 626, acquired form US Government was commissioned as SLNS 'Gajabahu' by President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena during the Commissioning Ceremony held at the Colombo harbor, yesterday evening (06 June 2019).

June 07, 2019


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President declares open newly built Civil Security Department Headquarters

President Maithripala Sirisena declared opened the newly built Civil Security Department (CSD) Headquarters in Katubedda, Moratuwa, on Tuesday (04 June).

June 06, 2019


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US delegation meets State Minister

A US delegation including the Assistant Secretary of the US Bureau of Political Military Affairs at the Department of State, Mr. R Clarke Cooper and the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka HE Ms. Alaina B. Teplitz met the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry, today (03rd June).

June 03, 2019


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SPECIAL STATEMENT BY THE STATE MINISTER OF DEFENCE

Several bomb explosions were reported from a number of areas in the island between 0830 am and 0900 am, today.

April 21, 2019


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President graces 'Presidential Media Awards 2018'

President Maithripala Sirisena graced the inaugural 'Presidential Media Awards 2018' as the chief guest at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall (BMICH) in Colombo, on Wednesday (10 April).

April 11, 2019


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State Minister Wijewardene visits Royal Navy ship

State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene made a visit to the Royal Navy ship HMS 'Montrose' at the Colombo harbor, today (03 April).

April 03, 2019


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Russian Ambassador meets State Minister

The Ambassador of the Russian Federation, HE Mr. Yuri Materiy made a courtesy call on the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene, today (28 March).

March 28, 2019


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Abu Dhabi Special Olympic World Summer Games 2019 medalists felicitated

A group of children with special needs who had brought accolades to the country at the recently held Special Olympic World Summer Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) was felicitated by the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene during a function held at the Ministry on Monday (25 March).

March 27, 2019


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Annual Academic Session of SLCOMM held

The inaugural programme of the third annual academic session of the Sri Lanka College of Military Medicine (SLCOMM) commenced at the Eagles' Lakeside Banquet and Convention Hall, Attidiya on Friday (22 March 2019). The event was held under the patronage of the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene.

March 24, 2019


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Navy to Navy Staff Talks between SLN and JMSDF concludes successfully

The first ever Navy to Navy Staff Talks between the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) concluded on a successful note, today (15 February 2019).

February 15, 2019


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US Ambassador meets State Minister

Ambassador of the United States of America to Sri Lanka, HE Ms. Alaina B. Teplitz made a call on the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry, today (15 February 2019).

February 15, 2019


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Remains of Sri Lankan Peacekeepers brought to the island

The mortal remains of the two Sri Lanka Army UN Peacekeepers were brought to the island on Monday (04 February). The coffins of Major H.W.D. Jayawickrama and Sergeant S.S. Wijekumara were received in a military parade by the Sri Lanka Army. State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene was also present at the Katunayake Airport to receive the bodies.

February 05, 2019


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Sri Lanka celebrates 71st Independence Day

Today is the 71st Independence Day of Sri Lanka. The main Independence Day Parade was held at the Galle Face in Colombo under the patronage of HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, this morning.

February 04, 2019


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Australia provides three Port Class Stabicraft to Sri Lanka Coast Guard

The State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene graced the handing over ceremony of three Australian gifted Stabicraft vessels to Sri Lanka at SLNS Rangalla in the Colombo harbour, on Friday (25 January 2019).

January 26, 2019


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Japanese Ambassador meets State Minister

The Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Akira Sugiyama met the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry, today (25 January).

January 25, 2019


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British High Commissioner meets State Minister

High Commissioner of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka, HE Mr. James Dauris made a call on the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry, today (16 Wednesday, January).

January 16, 2019


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Navy Commander calls on the State Minister

The Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva made a call on the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene, today (04 January 2019).

January 04, 2019


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Defence Ministry ushers in 2019

A traditional ceremony was held at the Ministry to usher in the New Year, this morning (01 January, 2019). The ceremony was held under the patronage of the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene.

January 01, 2019


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President graces Sathviru Abiman War Heroes welfare programme

The "Sathviru Abiman" War Hero welfare programme of the  Ministry of Defence (MoD) was held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo under the patronage by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday (18 October)

October 19, 2018


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President hands over 'Sathwiru Sanhinda' houses to War Heroes

President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at the 'Sathwiru Sanhinda' house handing over ceremony held at the Ape Gama in Battaramulla today (10th Wednesday, May 2017).

May 10, 2017