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Navy has expedited PCR testing for sailors in Welisara Naval Base – Navy Chief

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Chief Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva said PCR testing for naval personnel in the Welisara Naval Base has been expedited and the base has been completely locked down to prevent spread of coronavirus further.

April 24, 2020


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Lotus Tower lights up to pay tribute to Sri Lankan frontiers battling against COVID-19

The Colombo Lotus Tower was lit up in stunting red at 06.45 this evening (April 11), to pay tribute to all Sri Lankans who are leading the fight against COVID -19 outbreak.

April 11, 2020


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Sri Lanka's statement to Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Sri Lanka takes note of the report of Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief following his visit to Sri Lanka from 15 to 26 August 2019, which has been presented to this Council today (A/HRC/43/48/Add.2). The advanced unedited report of the Special Rapporteur (SR) was shared with Sri Lanka, for comments, on 3 February 2020, with a deadline of 28 February 2020, i.e. last Friday, leading to an Interactive Dialogue thereon today - Monday.

March 03, 2020


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Police, Navy and Army intensify fight against drug smuggling

The Defence Ministry has given instructions to security forces, including the Police, to intensify raids on widespread illegal drug smuggling, including kerala ganja (cannabis), to eradicate drug menace and also to prevent illegal drugs coming into the country.

February 29, 2020


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LTTE will remain a listed terror organization says Malaysia’s Home Minister

“The defunct terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will remain as a listed terrorist organization”, said Malaysia’s Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

February 23, 2020


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Japanese Navy ship ‘Takanami’ departs the island

The Japanese Navy ship “Takanami” which arrived in Sri Lanka on 21st February 2020, departed the island, today (23rd February 2020).

February 23, 2020


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Firearm licence applications are now available on defence.lk

* Private security firms registration applications also available

During the recently announced grace period, 200 firearms without valid permits or with no renewed permits have been handed over to Police stations in nine provinces.

February 20, 2020


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Defence Ministry to submit a new Cabinet paper to solve pension issues of disabled soldiers

•    Technical discrepancies over pension payments for disabled war veterans, families and widows to be resolved

Defence Ministry will submit a new Cabinet paper to solve existing issues related to pensions and allowances to disabled persons of armed forces and the police, soon.

February 20, 2020


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Police and intelligence units to raid illegal weapons

With the conclusion of the week- long firearms amnesty, the Police together with other intelligence agencies have commenced raiding illegal firearms.

February 18, 2020


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Progress of ‘Sandahiru Seya’ project reviewed

Construction work of ‘Sandahiru Seya’ is to be expedited with added labour in keeping with professional standards on instructions of Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne.

February 14, 2020