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‘MOD ALERTS’ SMS Service launched

Adding another step to its services to the country the Ministry of Defence has added another novel concept in disseminating important news of national security and emergencies to the general public in the form of an SMS alert.

November 13, 2019


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Secretary Defence graces Remembrance Day Ceremony

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc graced the Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Poppy Ceremony held at the War Memorial at the Vihara Maha Devi Park in Colombo, this morning (10th Sunday, November 2019).

November 10, 2019


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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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CRD hands over new innovations to Army

Several new innovations of the Centre for Research and Development (CRD) of the Ministry of Defence were handed over to the Sri Lanka Army, during a ceremony held at the Ministry, today (05 November).

November 05, 2019


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Polish state representative meets Secretary

Advisor to the Minister-Coordinator of Special Services and international mediator at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Jakub Glowaczewsky made a call on the General (Retd) Shantha Kottegoda, WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc, at the Ministry, today (05 November).

November 05, 2019


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European Union Election Monitoring Mission delegation meets Secretary

Mr. Manuel Amarilla, Security Expert of the European Union Election Monitoring Mission (EU EOM) -2019 met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP VSV  USP ndc, for a discussion at the Ministry, today (01 November 2019).

 

November 01, 2019


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Kotelawala Defence University’s KDU+ website launched

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, officially launched the KDU + website of the Kotelawala Defence University, during a ceremony held at the Ministry on Wednesday evening (30 October 2019).

October 31, 2019


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EU EOM delegation meets Secretary

A delegation of the European Union Election Monitoring Mission (EU EOM) met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc, at the Ministry, today (28th October 2019).

October 28, 2019


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Ministry of Defence (MoD) Annual Inter Department Cricket Tournament 2019

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc  graced the MOD Annual Inter department Cricket Tournament 2019, held at the Air Force ground in Colombo, today (26).

October 27, 2019


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Poppy Flower pinned on Secretary

A delegation of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen's Association (SLESA) met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP  VSV  USP ndc, at his office, today (23rd October)

October 23, 2019


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Deputy Chief of US Mission meets Secretary

The Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Colombo, Mr. Martin T Kelly made a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc, at the Ministry, today (22nd October

October 22, 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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Secretary holds discussion to develop Police Medical Service Division (PMSD)

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc, chaired a meeting with Police top brass at the Ministry auditorium to discuss Police welfare matters, especially its medical services, on Friday (18th October).

October 19, 2019


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Secretary leads delegation to 6th Joint Working Group Meeting on People Smuggling and Transnational Crime in Australia

The 6th Sri Lanka - Australia Joint Working Group Meeting on People Smuggling and Transnational Crime was held in Canberra, Australia on the 11th October (2019).

October 14, 2019


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President graces STF Passing Out ceremony

President Maithripala Sirisena graced the Passing Out ceremony of the 76th basic course of the Special Task Force (STF), at the STF Training School in Katukurunda, today (05 October).

October 05, 2019


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Swiss Ambassador meets Secretary

The Ambassador of Switzerland in Sri Lanka H.E Mr. Hanspeter Mock made a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc at the Ministry, today (02 October).

October 02, 2019


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Russia - Sri Lanka Bilateral Military Cooperation meeting held

A meeting on Russia - Sri Lanka Bilateral Military Cooperation was held at the Ministry auditorium, on Tuesday (01 October 2019).

October 02, 2019


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IOM Chief of Mission meets Secretary

The Chief of Mission for Sri Lanka and Maldives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mr. Sarat Dash made a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc, at the Ministry, today (01 October).

October 01, 2019


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Australian Ambassador for Counter Terrorism meets Secretary Defence

Australian Ambassador for Counter Terrorism, Mr. Paul Foleuy, accompanied by the Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, H.E. David Holley met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc at the Ministry, today (30 September).

September 30, 2019


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Exercise ‘Cormorant Strike X- 2019’ concludes

'Cormorant Strike X - 2019’, the annual Field Training Exercise organized by the Sri Lanka Army saw its culmination with the ‘Critical Engagement’ being staged at Kuchchaveli in Trincomalee, on Monday (23rd September).

September 24, 2019


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Deputy Indian High Commissioner calls on Secretary

The Deputy High Commissioner of the Indian High Commission, Mr. Vinod K Jacob made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (20 September).

September 20, 2019


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Australian delegation meets Secretary

An Australian delegation met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, for a discussion at the Ministry, today (18 September).

September 18, 2019


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Members of the National Force for the Protection of Rights of War Heroes and members of the Maha Sangha including Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero meet Secretary Defence

Members of the National Organization for the Protection of Rights of War Heroes who are staging a protest apposite the Fort Railway Station in Colombo and a group of Members of the Maha Sangha led by Ven. Athuraliye Ratana met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General (Retd) Shantha Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP  VSV  USP ndc, at the Ministry for a discussion, today (16 September).

September 16, 2019


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President declares open ‘Lotus Tower’

Turning a new leaf in the modern history of the country, the ‘Lotus Tower’ was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena during a ceremony, today (16th September 2019).

September 16, 2019


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‘Udarai Oba’ unveiled at the Nelum Pokuna

It was an unforgettable evening of an enchanting musical journey when curtains were drawn for the much awaited musical extravaganza, ‘Udarai Oba’, held at the Nelum Pokuna theatre, this evening (14 September).

September 14, 2019


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KDU International Research Conference begins today

The 12th International Research Conference (IRC) of the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) commenced at the KDU auditorium in Ratmalana, today (11 September).

September 11, 2019


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Secretary visits Bangladesh Navy ship

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Retd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc made a visit to the visiting Bangladesh Navy ship 'Somudra Avijan' on yesterday evening (09 September).

September 10, 2019


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Secretary inspects work at Akuregoda Defence Services Headquarters Complex Project

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Retd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc made an inspection visit to the Defence Services Headquarters Complex project at Akuregoda, today (07).

September 07, 2019


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Defence Advisor of Pakistan HC calls on the Secretary

The Defence Advisor to the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Colonel Sajjad Ali made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) Shantha Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP  VSV  USP ndc at the Ministry, today (04th September).

September 04, 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 Secretary

The newly appointed Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd), WWV RWP RSP VSV  USP ndc at the Ministry, today (03rd September 2019).

September 03, 2019


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Secretary graces STF War Hero Commemoration ceremony

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc  graced the 35th War Hero Commemoration ceremony of the Special Task Force at STF Training School at Katukurunda, today (01 September).

September 01, 2019


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Secretary Defence makes Opening Remarks at the “Colombo Defence Seminar – 2019”

The 9th “Colombo Defence Seminar – 2019” commenced at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, today (29th August 2019). President Maithripala Sirisena graced the opening session as the Chief Guest, held this morning.

August 29, 2019


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INSSSL holds monthly Security Salon

Another segment in the monthly Security Salons conducted by the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) was held at the Defence Ministry auditorium on, Tuesday (27th August).

August 28, 2019


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Indian National Defence College Delegation calls on Secretary

An Indian National Defence College (NDC) delegation made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd), WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry on Monday (26th August).

August 27, 2019


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Zambian Defence Advisor meets Secretary

The Defence Advisor of the High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in New Delhi accredited to Sri Lanka, Brigadier General Stephen SIMUSANDU made a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General Shantha Kottegoda (Rtd), WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry on Tuesday (27th August).

August 27, 2019


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Russian delegation meets Secretary

A group of Russian delegates including Dr. Evegeny Usachev, a Russian Scientist met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry on Tuesday (27th August).

August 27, 2019


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Secretary Defence officially re-launches www.defence.lk website with a new outlook

The official website of the Ministry of Defence, www.defence.lk was officially relaunched with a new outlook by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc during a ceremony, today (26th August 2019) The re-launching ceremony was held this afternoon at the Ministry Auditorium.

August 26, 2019


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Secretary convenes special meeting on ensuring security for Bellanvila Perahera

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndu psc convened a special meeting to discuss on the security aspects of the forthcoming Bellanvila Esala Perahera, today (23rd August).

August 23, 2019


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Heart to Heart Fund delegation meets Secretary

A delegation of the Heart to Heart Fund met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV usp at the Ministry for a discussion on Monday (19th August 2019).

August 20, 2019


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Secretary visits East

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV usp ndu arrived in the East making an inspection visit with a view to look into the security forces deployment and the prevailing situation in the Eastern region on, today (10 Saturday August 2019). This is his first official visit to the region since assuming office as Secretary Defence.

August 10, 2019


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Secretary meets delegation of domestic aviation sector

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV usp ndu met a delegation of domestic aviation sector including representatives of the Owners and Operators Association for a discussion at the Ministry, last evening (08th August 2019).

August 09, 2019


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Delegation meets Secretary for discussion on the operation of drones

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV usp ndu met a delegation for a discussion on the operation of drones at the Ministry, last evening (08th August 2019).

August 09, 2019


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New Zealand HC meets Secretary

The High Commissioner of New Zealand H E Mrs. Joanna Kempkers made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV usp ndu at the Ministry, today (07 August 2019).

August 07, 2019


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Secretary visits Kandy to ensure maximum security for Esala Perahera

Secretary Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV usp ndu said that all necessary measures have been taken to ensure maximum security to the Esala Perahera which will commence, tomorrow.

August 04, 2019


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Special security arrangements in place for Esala Perahera

All possible measures should be taken to ensure maximum security and safety of the people and locations during the annual Esala Perahara in Kandy, and a collective effort by the tri forces and police should be in place to face any threats or eventualities during the run up to the great religious pageant and during the Perahara days, the President has issued special directions in this regard, said so the Secretary Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at a special progress review meeting of the Esala Perahera held to discuss security measures taken by the tri forces and police at the Ministry, today (29 July 2019).

July 29, 2019


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SECRETARY DEFENCE felicitated by his former regiment

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda(Rtd)WWV RWP RSP VSV usp ndu was accorded a grand felicitation by his former Regiment, Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) when he made a visit to the Regimental Headquarters in Panagoda, today (27 July 2019).

July 27, 2019


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Secretary attends Civilian Bravery Awards Ceremony- 2019

The 25th National Civilian Bravery Awards Ceremony - 2019 was held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, today (25 July, 2019). The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc attended the event organized by the Foundation for Civilian Bravery Sri Lanka, this evening.

July 25, 2019


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3rd round meeting on Security Affairs on China-Sri Lanka jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative held

The third round meeting on Security Affairs on China-Sri Lanka jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative was held at the Ministry of Defence, today (25 July 2019).

July 25, 2019


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Director of National Cadet Corps (NCC) presents memento to General Kottegoda reminiscing his glorious journey from College Cadet to Secretary Defence.

The Director of the National Cadet Corps, Major General MMS Perera made courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, on Wednesday (24th July 2019).

July 25, 2019


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Swiss Ambassador meets Secretary

The Ambassador of Switzerland in Sri Lanka HE Mr. Hanspeter Mock made a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, today (24 July 2019).

July 23, 2019


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MoD holds special religious blessing ceremony for Easter Sunday bomb victims

A special three month remembrance alms giving was conducted at the Ministry of Defence to pass merit and remember the victims of the Easter Sunday bomb blast, today (21 July 2019).

July 21, 2019


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Exciting & Glittering 'Colours Night - 2017/2018' Felicitates Army Sports Achievers

One of the much-anticipated and prestigious projects of the Sri Lanka Army, 'Colours Night - 2017/2018' that recognizes and acclaims exceptional skills of Army sportsmen and women, glittered in the Nelum Pokuna auditorium Friday (19) evening in the presence of a gathering of distinguished invitees, including the Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports, Defence Secretary, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy, Commander of the Air Force and several other distinguished invitees.

July 21, 2019


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Namibian Defence Attaché calls on Secretary

The Defence Attaché of the High Commission of the Republic of Namibia based in New Delhi, Brigadier General Titus Simon made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (17 July 2019).

July 17, 2019


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Secretary graces 'Rasa Mohotha' at Mihindu Seth Medura

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, accompanied by the Chairperson of the MoD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Sonia Kottegoda graced the 'Rasa Mohotha' programme at the Mihindu Seth Medura at Atthidiya on Sunday (14 July 2019).

July 15, 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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Secretary meets with shipping association representatives

A group of representatives of the Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, for a discussion at the Ministry on Friday (28th June 2019).

July 02, 2019


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MoD welfare society bids farewell to retired, outgoing staff of MoD and offers felicitation for students performed well at GCE (A/L), GCE (O/L) and Grade 05 scholarship exams

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc graced his presence as the chief guest at the farewell ceremony for retired, outgoing staff of MoD and a felicitation ceremony for children of MoD staff who performed well at the GCE (A/L), GCE (O/L) and Grade 05 scholarship exams at the Ministry auditorium, yesterday (27 June 2019) .

June 28, 2019


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Secretary chairs meeting on providing security to religious processions

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc chaired a meeting with the Chief Prelates and lay custodians of important temples, today (27 June 2019).

June 27, 2019


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DSCSC Commandant calls on Secretary

The Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) Major General DAPN Dematanpitiya made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, today (24 June 2019).

June 24, 2019


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President graces Navy Passing Out ceremony

President Maithripala Sirisena graced a Passing Out ceremony of the Sri Lanka Navy at the prestigious Naval and Maritime Academy (NMA) in Trincomalee, on Saturday (22 June 2019).

June 23, 2019


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Bangladesh DA meets Secretary

Commodore Syed Maksumul Hakim, the Defence Adviser of the High Commission of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, today (18 June) at the Ministry.

June 18, 2019


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Clarification on news article published in Colombo Telegraph

In apropos to the article published in the Colombo Telegraph today (17 June 2019), quoting a part of a comment made by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc during the "Pathikada" programme on Sirasa TV on US Military presence in Sri Lanka.

June 17, 2019


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New Chief of National Intelligence receives letter of appointment from Secretary

The newly appointed Chief of National Intelligence (CNI), Major General Ruwan Kulatunga received his letter of appointment from the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, at the Ministry, today (13 June).

June 13, 2019


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Iranian Ambassador meets Secretary

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Sri Lanka, H.E Mr. Mohammad Zaeri Amirani made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (13 June).

June 13, 2019


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New Air Force Commander calls on the Secretary

Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, who assumed duties as the 17th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force made a call on to the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc 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 Assistant Secretary meets Secretary Defence

The Assistant Secretary of the US Bureau of Political Military Affairs at the Department of State, Mr. R Clarke Cooper met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (03rd June).

June 03, 2019


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Secretary visits Bandaranayake International Airport

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc made a visit to Bandaranayake International Airport (BIA) on 01 June 2019.

June 03, 2019


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Bangladesh HC meets Secretary

The High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka HE Mr. Riaz Hamidullah made a call on to the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc today (27 May) at the Ministry.

May 27, 2019


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Australian HC meets Secretary

The High Commissioner of Australia to Sri Lanka HE Mr. David John Holly made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry on Tuesday     (21 May).

May 22, 2019


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Japanese Deputy Ambassador meets Secretary

The Deputy Ambassador of Japan Mr. Toshihiro Kitamura made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc today (21 May) at the Ministry.

May 21, 2019


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Canadian HC meets Secretary

The High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka HE Mr David McKinnon made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc today (17th May) at the Ministry.

May 17, 2019


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Indian Defence Attaché calls on Secretary

The Defence Attaché of the High Commission of India, Captain Ashok Rao made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, at the Ministry, on Thursday (16 May).

May 17, 2019


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Secretary visits Dalada Maligawa and meets with Chief Prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc visited kandy to pay homage to the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) on Sunday (12 May).

May 13, 2019


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Coast Guard DG calls on Secretary

The Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunga made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, on Thursday (09 May).

May 10, 2019


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KDU Vice Chancellor calls on Secretary

The Vice Chancellor of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Air Vice Marshal HMSKB Kotakadeniya made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (09 May).

May 09, 2019


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EU Ambassador meets Secretary

European Union delegation led by EU Ambassador for Sri Lanka, HE Mr. Tung-Lai Margue met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at his office on Tuesday (07 May).

May 08, 2019


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Security measures stepped up to ensure public safety

Tri Forces, Police, STF and the Civil Defence Department have worked tirelessly to ensure the security of the country since the aftermath of the terrorist incident, said so the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Retd) during a press briefing held at the Ministry, last evening (06 May).

May 07, 2019


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Chinese DA calls on the Secretary

The Defence Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General S H S Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, on Monday (06 May 2019).

May 07, 2019


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Air Force Commander calls on the Secretary

The Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General S H S Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (03 May 2019).

May 03, 2019


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Navy Commander calls on the Secretary

The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence  General S H S Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (03 May 2019).

May 03, 2019


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Army Commander calls on the Secretary

The Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General S H S Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (03 May 2019).

May 03, 2019


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CDS calls on Secretary

Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General S H S Kottegoda (Retd) at the Ministry today (02 May 2019).

May 02, 2019


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New Secretary appointed to the Ministry of Defence

Former Commander of the Army, General S H S Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Defence by President Maithripala Sirisena, today (29 April 2019).

April 29, 2019


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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

The government wishes to express its deepest condolence on the deaths caused by the bomb explosions reported in Colombo and several other parts of the country, this morning.

April 21, 2019


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Pakistan NDU delegation meets Secretary

A delegation from the Pakistan National Defence University, led by Air Commodore Mustafa Anwar met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando at the Ministry today (17 April 2019).

April 17, 2019


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Seva Vanitha 'Avurudu Pola' at the Ministry

An 'Avurudu Pola' (Festival fair) was held at Ministry premises, today (09th April). Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando declared open the 'Pola' organized by the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry.

April 09, 2019


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6th Indo - Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue held today

The Indian Defence delegation, led by the Indian Defence Secretary Mr. Sanjay Mitra participated at the 6th Indo-Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue at the invitation of secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr Hemasiri Fernando in Colombo today (08 April 2019).

April 08, 2019


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Secretary of Defence of India meets Secretary Defence

The Secretary of Defence of India, Mr. Sanjay Mitra met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando at the Ministry, today (08 April).

April 08, 2019


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UN delegation meets Secretary

A United Nations delegation headed by Mr. Ata Yenigun, met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando at the Ministry, today (05 April 2019).

April 05, 2019


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New Zealand High Commissioner meets Secretary

The High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka, HE Ms. Joanna Mary Kempkers paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando, today (05 April).

April 05, 2019


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Secretary graces Police Athletic Meet 2019

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Hemasiri Fernando graced the closing ceremony of the annual Athletic Meet of the Sri Lanka Police on Saturday (30 March).

March 30, 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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Secretary graces 'Tripitakabhivandana' week religious ceremony

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando graced the initial religious ceremony held in view of the 'Tripitakabhivandana' Week declared to mark the occasion of initiating the process in order to declare the Theravada Tripitaka, the sacred scripture of Buddhists, as a World Heritage on Saturday (16 March).

March 16, 2019


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New Secretary to the State Ministry of Defence assumes office

The newly appointed Secretary to the State Ministry of Defence, Mr. NKGK Nemmewatta officially assumed duty during a ceremony held at the State Ministry, today morning (12th Tuesday, March).

March 12, 2019


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Russian delegation meets Secretary

A delegation led by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, HE Mr. Yuri Materiy met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Hemasiri Fernando at his office, today (27 February).

February 27, 2019


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KDU Vice Chancellor meets Secretary

The Vice Chancellor of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Air Vice Marshal Sagara Kotakadeniya paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando at the Ministry on Thursday (14 February 2019).

February 15, 2019


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MINUSMA Force Commander call on Secretary

The Force Commander for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, (MINUSMA), Lieutenant General Dennis Gyllisporre, made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Hemasiri Fernando on Tuesday (05 February).

February 06, 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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Secretary felicitated at his Alma Mater

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Hemasiri Fernando was accorded a grand felicitation by the Old Boys' Association of Nalanda College, Colombo on Monday (21 January).

January 24, 2019


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British High Commissioner meets Secretary

High Commissioner of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka, HE Mr. James Dauris paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando, on Wednesday (16 January).

January 17, 2019


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Bangladeshi Defence Attaché calls on Secretary

The Defence Attaché of the High Commission of Bangladesh, Commodore Syed Maksumul Hakim made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando at the Ministry, on Monday (14 January, 2019).

January 15, 2019


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Secretary attends Air Force Passing Out ceremony

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando was the Chief Guest of the Air Force Passing Out ceremony held at the Air Force Academy, China Bay in Trincomalee, on Friday (11 January).

January 12, 2019


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Turkish Ambassador meets Secretary

Ambassador of Turkey HE Mr. Tunca Ozcuhadar paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Hemasiri Fernando at the Ministry on Monday (07 January).

January 09, 2019


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New Western Province Governor meets Secretary

The newly appointed Governor of the Western Province, Mr. Azad Sally met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Hemsiri Fernando at his office, on Friday (04 January, 2019).

January 08, 2019


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Navy Commander calls on the Secretary

The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando, today (04 January 2019).

January 04, 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