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Japanese Govt. praises Sri Lankan military’s role in combating coronavirus

The Japanese Government has commended the role of the military and Police in supporting the health authorities to combat coronavirus in the country.

April 24, 2020

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Military and Police proved their professionalism and expertise in handling coronavirus mitigation – Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said the Tri-Forces and Police had proved their professionalism and expertise by supporting the Government efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

April 17, 2020

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No decision to declare complete lockdown – Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen.(Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said considering the present situation related to COVID-19 in the country, the government had not taken a decision to announce a complete lockdown during the next week.

April 04, 2020

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Defence Ministry urges public to heed to curfew law

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said the Government was re-imposing islandwide curfew to restrict public movements and also gatherings to keep spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at bay to ensure public safety and health.

March 23, 2020

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Defence Ministry calls for more public support to fight against COVID-19

While strictly warning rumour mongers to avoid making misleading statements using the cyber space to create unnecessary tension among people over the Government’s efforts to mitigate coronavirus or COVID – 19, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has requested all Sri Lankans, including those who are living abroad, to support Government’s efforts to contain coronavirus outbreak by being indoors and following the advices given by the Health and Defence ministries.

March 19, 2020

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Commitment of military medics to fight against coronavirus commendable - Defence Secretary

Commending the utmost dedication and fearlessness coupled with true Sri Lankan spirit of the medical teams of the Tri-Forces to control coronavirus, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said the military was the first respondents at any disaster situation.

March 14, 2020

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Govt. is fully geared to face coronavirus – Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said the government was fully geared to ensure the protection of country’s 21.4 million population from coronavirus or COVID -19, today.

March 13, 2020

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Defence Ministry launches first War Veterans’ mobile service from Kalutara

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen.Kamal Gunaratne said the Government, which was committed to look after war –heroes, would revise the existing provisions through a new Cabinet paper to solve anomalies in pension and allowances for fallen  and disabled war heroes and their families.

March 08, 2020

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Govt. well geared and focused to face radicalisation, religious extremism and other future threats - Defence Secretary

Attributing radicalisation, re-emergence of terrorism, separatism, religious extremism, organised crimes, drug trafficking and internal disturbances like strikes to main challenges, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said  the Government was well geared and in full focus to ensure country’s national security.

February 29, 2020

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Over 200,000 security forces personnel to get ‘Virusara’ privilege cards

The Defence Ministry has decided to issue ‘Virusara Privilege Cards’ (VPCs) to over 200,000 security forces personnel, including families of fallen war heroes and disabled soldiers to provide them discounts from public and private sector institutions.

February 27, 2020