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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


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Sinhala- English Dictionary presented to Defence Secretary

The Sinhala- English Dictionary compiled by Buddhadasa Hewage was presented to Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne during a function held at the Ministry today (12).

February 12, 2020


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Army facilitates PMB to buy over 3.2 m kilos of paddy worth Rs. 163.4m

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has facilitated the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) to purchase over 3,268,600 kilos of paddy worth of over Rs. 163,430,000 during last two weeks.

February 11, 2020