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Subcommittee Report on disable War Hero pay issues in its final stages

A special press briefing was held at the MoD Media Centre in Kollupitiya, today (18 September) to inform the progress of the Subcommittee Report on the salaries and allowances paid to members of the Tri Forces and Police, disabled or died during the war till the age of 55, to be paid to the dependents of the deceased personnel for life time and continued to be paid to the disable personnel for life.

September 18, 2019


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Chairperson of MoD SVU heads Press conference for ‘Udarai Oba’ musical extravaganza

Chairperson of the Ministry of Defence Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU), Mrs. Sonia Kottegoda chaired a press conference held to make public aware of the ‘Udarai Oba’ musical extravaganza aimed at raising funds for the establishment of a Vocational Training Centre (VTC) for Tri Forces, police and Civil Security Department personnel and their family members at the ministry conference hall today (10 September 2019).

September 10, 2019


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PRESS RELEASE

Salaries and allowances paid to members of the Tri Forces and Police who were disabled or died as a result of acts of direct terrorist acts or combating terrorism while on duty at operational and non-operational areas during the war till the age of 55, to be paid to the dependents of the deceased personnel for life time and continued to be paid to the disable personnel for life.

September 09, 2019


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Special Press release

Lifting of emergency regulations will not impact on ban imposed on terrorist organisations...

August 24, 2019


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Emergency Regulations will not be reviewed, Secretary

The Emergency Regulations that was in force will not be extended.

August 23, 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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'Sathviru Abhiman' national ceremony under President's patronage

The nation owes its gratitude to the War Heroes who had sacrificed their lives and limbs to usher in an era of peace and unity in the country.

July 19, 2019


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Clarification of news reported in Sirasa News on 12.07.2019

Regarding a news item reported in the 7.00 pm news on Sirasa TV on 12th July, 2019.

July 13, 2019


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Notice issued by Secretary of Defence Gen. S.H.S.Kottegoda (Retired) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc

In keeping with the vision of H.E. The President to establish normalcy in the country, following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, multiple measures have been taken to ensure public safety, and protect the sovereignty of the country as well as its territorial integrity by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

June 27, 2019


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2,289 arrested in connection with Easter Sunday bombing and communal violence

The total number of arrested suspects in connection with the Easter Sunday bomb attacks (21 April) and violence in the Northwestern Province and several other areas are 2,289.

June 04, 2019


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Terror group accomplice arrested

An accomplice of the suicide bomber Zahran was taken into custody by police several days ago.

June 01, 2019


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Notification of issuing methodology for explosive materials

The issuance of explosive materials which was temporarily suspended by the Security Council due to the situation prevailed in the country has been resumed under the direction of the President.

May 29, 2019


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TID to carry out further investigations into copper factory employees

Action has been taken to hand over further investigations relating to the nine employees of the Wellampitiya copper factory who are presently out on bail, to the Terrorist Investigation Division.

May 28, 2019


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Escape of 15 ISIS suspects to India is not yet confirmed

There was news flashed on Indian media and websites that 15 ISIS terrorist suspects were escaped from Srilanka to Lakshadweep island in India by sea, However Srilanka Navy still haven’t officially confirmed this news and meanwhile all navy fleets, ships, crafts and detachments in that area were informed to stay vigilant about this incident and Navy will take strict actions if there is any sited or detected information with regard to this, said the Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara during the press briefing at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya, last evening (26 May).

May 27, 2019


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General public is requested to act calm and do not get panicked by actions of narrow minded persons

Navy Marine Corps took 06 personnel in to custody who were engaged in unlawful sand mining in Kandalkadu area in Kinniya, Trincomalee on yesterday (23 May).

May 25, 2019


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Investigations into false newspaper report

A front page newspaper report in a national daily on Thursday (23) had claimed that a doctor connected to the Thowheed Jamaath had sterilized 4000 Sinhala Buddhist women during caesarean operations and that information has been received with evidence and investigations have commenced to arrest the doctor. The newspaper also claims that this doctor had carried out over 7000 surgeries.

May 24, 2019


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DNA tests confirm identities of suicide bombers

The DNA test reports of the Government Analyst's Department have confirmed on Tuesday evening (21) the identities of the Easter Sunday bombers, revealed the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara during a press briefing held at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya last evening (21).

May 22, 2019


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Peace is established in the country

At present peace is established in the country, However police is strictly vigilant about the situation and if some person or group tries to break the peace, strict actions will be taken against them.

May 18, 2019


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Investigations into the violence underway

Investigations into the violence that occurred in the Northwestern Province and in Minuwangoda area are underway and intelligence personnel are also probing into find out the perpetrators and those behind them.

May 17, 2019


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Stern action against individuals involving in unwarranted actions

I would like to express our concern and attention that have been taken with regard to maintaining peace and harmony of this country.

May 17, 2019


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Strong action to maintain law and order

The Sri Lanka Navy has deployed about 2000 personnel covering the entire country to support the Police in order to ensure that law and order would be maintained.

May 16, 2019


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78 arrested over violence in Northwestern region

The Police have arrested 78 individuals in connection with the violence in the Northwestern Province especially in the Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya, Nikaweratiya and Chilaw Police Divisions during the last two days.

May 16, 2019


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Police will use maximum powers to control the tense situations

Srilanka Air Force took swift actions to control the tense situation that occurred in Minuangoda area yesterday (13 May), Troops from several air force camps were deployed to the location.

May 15, 2019


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Security forces has taken all measures for public security

Security forces together with police are carrying out maximum operations to eradicate terrorism in the country. From the operations carried out in last three weeks since 21 April, Security forces were able to kill most of the terrorist and other suspects were taken in to custody, so the public is requested to carryout day to day life without any fear.

May 14, 2019


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Special unit is established to avoid circulating of false information through social media

There were few incidents of damaging shops has been reported in Kuliyapitiya area on last evening (12) and to control that situation police curfew was enforced in kuliyapitiya police division in last night(12).

May 14, 2019


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Maximum effort to ensure public security

The Police and the Tri Forces have taken maximum effort to provide security to all schools.

May 13, 2019


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Vehicles unheeding order to stop at Navy checkpoint fired at

Sri Lanka Navy personnel manning a checkpoint at Hunupitiya, Wattala had to open fire at a car which had sped ignoring orders to stop.

May 12, 2019


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All measures taken to ensure public security

Making a press statement, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, said that the Security Forces, Special Task Force, Police and the Civil Security Department have been able to bring the situation under control after the April 21st incidents by arresting most of the perpetrators involved in the suicide bombings. 

May 12, 2019


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Entry and exit restriction eased at Katunayake airport

The Sri Lanka Air Force was made aware that the passengers arriving and departing the Bandaranaike International Airport had to undergo considerable inconvenience because of the enhanced security arrangements put into effect from the 21st April, 2019.

May 10, 2019


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SIU investigation into Police errors over granting of bail to suspects

The Cinnamon Grand hotel suicide bomber, Mohamed Ibrahim Inshaf Ahamad was the owner of the brass factory at Wellampitiya.

May 09, 2019


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Extremist training locations raided

A 25-acre land in Riditenna in Valaichchenai Police Division was searched by the CID, Police and STF on Monday (06) after it was identified as a site used by the extremist terror group for their activities.

May 08, 2019


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Four Police teams to investigate into Kochchikade incident

Two individuals have been arrested following clashes in Kochchikade in Negombo. A personal dispute between two individuals had escalated into a tense situation after a group of highly intoxicated persons had involved and behaved in an unruly manner.

May 07, 2019


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Security operations to ensure safety of school children

During the past 48 hours, the armed forces have focused their full attention on the safety of school children. We have fully evaluated the security status quo and taken all necessary preventive security measures covering all the schools.

May 06, 2019


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Special search operations around schools premises on Sunday

Special security arrangements have been made to facilitate the reopening of schools on Monday. Necessary instructions have already been issued to all Police stations in the country.

May 05, 2019


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Nearly 15 000 Tri Forces troops deployed for security

Island wide security has been tightened with Tri Force having deployed nearly 15,000 personnel to ensure public security during the past 48 hours.

May 04, 2019


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Political leadership is of extreme importance when fighting terrorism, says British State Minister for Security

The British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace said the political leadership is extremely important to fight against terrorism with international connections.

May 03, 2019


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Stern action against rumour mongers

Authorities will take legal action against those who are involved in spreading false information, images or videos that would be detrimental to the reconciliation among the people.

May 03, 2019


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Police bury those killed in Saithamaruthu incident

Police took measures to bury ten remains of those killed in the Sainthamaruthu suicide blast after completing investigations and post mortem procedures, on Thursday (02 May).

May 03, 2019


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Ongoing operations successful

The island wide search operations being carried out by Tri Forces, Police and STF are continuing and security has been tightened.

April 30, 2019


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Key suspects arrested

A total of 44 suspects have been placed under CID custody in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings uptodate.

April 29, 2019


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PRESS RELEASE

Any individuals, groups or organizations involved publishing false news, information, images, interviews or any other form of publications that could provoke communal/racial tensions, public disturbance or disunity among the people is liable for prosecution under Emergency Regulations, currently in force.

April 28, 2019


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MEDIA RELEASE (National Media Centre)

A number of incidents of public disturbances have been reported in several parts of the country due to the circulation of false information. The police and security forces have taken measures to take strict legal action against persons circulating such false information through websites, facebook, twitter, WhatsApp and other social media sources.

April 26, 2019


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MEDIA RELEASE

Following the explosions that took place in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, earlier today, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as deceased at the National Hospital in Colombo stands at eleven.

April 21, 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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Special Media Release

A special discussion was held with the participation of heads of security forces and all other departments regarding the current security situation in the country, and during that meeting, the government has decided to take steps to tighten security at all the religious places, tourists hotels, hospitals and embassies and provide security to all the catholic religious leaders and to important places of the government.

April 21, 2019


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SPECIAL STATEMENT BY THE STATE MINISTER OF DEFENCE

Several bomb explosions were reported from a number of areas in the island between 0830 am and 0900 am, today.

April 21, 2019


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Press Release

On the order of His Excellency the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic and the Minister of Defence, Maithripala Sirisena, a decision has been taken by the Ministry of Defence in order to prevent the deforestation caused by the unauthorized cutting of trees, it is hereby informed that all Chainsaw Machines used by the public and private sector in the country should be produced to the nearest Police Station between the period of 20th to 28th February 2019 and a Registration License be obtained.

February 15, 2019