September 01, 2020
Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said the government would end looming social threats in the same vigour that eradicated terrorism in the country to bring peace and prosperity under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
“There is no room for emerging social threats in the form of organized crimes, underworld acts and drug menace to jeopardise the future of our younger generation” he said.
Addressing students of Royal Institute (RI) Colombo he recalled losing of thousands of precious lives of military personnel during the battle to eradicate the three-decade-long ruthless terrorism from the country and said “They all sacrificed their today for your tomorrow”.
Defence Secretary, who was the Chief Guest at the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Royal Institute Colombo, today (Sep 1), requested the students to keep themselves away from the looming social threats, since the smugglers were mainly targeting young children.
Maj. Gen. Gunaratne was a former member of the RI’s management as the Director Administration and has served two years in the prestigious educational institution.
Recalling cherished memories of inculcating principal military characteristics of honesty, integrity, discipline and comradeship among the staff and students, he said the RI management was able to outshine this institution into greater heights, in terms of discipline and teams spirit inculcated in students and the staffers.
“Sports can support building self-confidence, discipline and team spirit among children from their young age, and therefore we were able to secure many championships for the school during that tenure,” he said adding that he never allowed evil elements with vested interests to take control of the school when he was serving in the school administration.
Founder and Chairman G.T. Bandara, Academic Director Dr. Nirodaa Bandara, Director Niwantha Bandara, President Prof. Sarath Amunugama,Defence Ministry Seva Vanitha Chairman Chithrani Gunaratne, invited Principals, RI teachers, students, former pupils and parents were present at the ceremony.