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Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne assumes office as the 24th Navy Commander

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne as the 24th  Sri Lanka Navy Commander, while promoting him to the three star rank of Vice Admiral with effect from today (July 15).


July 15, 2020

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Soldiers need to be healthy to protect nation from COVID-19- Army Chief Lt. Gen. Silva

Acting Chief of Defence Staff and Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Commander Lt.Gen. Shavendra Silva said to heal the nation, the soldiers needed to be healthy and it was imperative that they should follow all precautions to prevent transmitting of COVID-19.

April 13, 2020

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Govt. requests public to refrain from gatherings and movements during declared holidays

With newly reported nine patients and the total confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen to 50 today, the Government has urged the public to refrain from joining leisure tours and pilgrimages during the holidays declared by the State to prevent the rapidly spreading coronavirus.


March 18, 2020

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Defence Ministry urges Lankan passengers, who evade quarantine to register with Police immediately

The Ministry of Defence requests all Sri Lankans who arrived from European countries including UK, Iran, Italy and South Korea from March 1 to 15 to register themselves at the nearest Police station or inform the Police, immediately.

March 17, 2020

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Defence Ministry takes legal action against rumor mongers on COVID- 19 via social media

The Defence Ministry has decided to take legal action against those who are spreading rumors and posting false and mislleadinf information via social media platforms and other digital media sites on coronavirus to create panic among people.

March 16, 2020

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Defence Secretary meets with Indian Defence heads during “DEFEXPO-20” in India

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne arrived in India on an invitation by that country to attend the 11th ‘DEFEXPO-2020’, in Lucknow.

February 08, 2020

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Russian Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces Arrives Tomorrow (3) Cementing Long-Lasting Ties

General Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of the Russian Federation, a combat veteran with 45 years in service and decorated with orders and 9 medals will arrive  in Sri Lanka on Monday (3) on a five-day long goodwill tour at the invitation of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army.

February 02, 2020

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Two Philippine Navy ships arrive at Colombo Port

Philippine Navy ships 'Remon Alcaraz' and 'Davao Delsur' arrived at the Colombo Port on a three-day goodwill visit today (26th January 2020).

January 27, 2020

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General amnesty for Tri Forces absentees

A week long general amnesty has been declared, today, to Tri-Forces absentees, enabling them to receive a discharge or to rejoin and continue their national service to the country.


January 14, 2020

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Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva appointed as acting Chief of Defence Staff

The Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva has been appointed as the acting Chief of Defence Staff by his Excellency the President  Gotabaya Rajapaksa with effect from January 01, 2020.

December 31, 2019