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Navy trains female divers

A group of three female personnel of the Sri Lanka Navy successfully completed a first of its kind Basic Diving Module recently. According to SL Navy media, the training programme was carried out under a notion of the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne  to create opportunity for Navy women who are willing to engage in diving.


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KDU setups new ‘Consultancy Services Unit’

The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) has setup a Consultancy Services Unit (KDU-CONSU) with a dedicated website recently under the headship of Senior Prof. Swarna Piyasiri recently.


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A group of three female personnel of the Sri Lanka Navy successfully completed a first of its kind Basic Diving Module recently. According to SL Navy media, the training programme was carried out under a notion of the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne  to create opportunity for Navy women who are willing to engage in diving.


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Army troops dowse bushfire in Morawaka Keerama

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) extinguished a wildfire that spread over an extent of 30 acres recently in the forest area of Morawaka Keerama, Mapiti Kanda.


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No one is permitted to disturb day-to-day activities of the general public
- Acting Defence Minister Premitha Bandara Thennakoon

The government respects the people’s right to peaceful protests. However, protests should not destroy property or disturb the peaceful day-to-day lives of the general public.


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Army troops join Coastal Cleanup Drive

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) conducted a beach cleanup drive in the beach patch along Kattankudy to Batticaloa, recently, coinciding with the International Coastal Cleanup Day and Marine Resources Conservation Week.


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Premitha Bandara Thennakoon appointed as Acting Minister of Defence

State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Thennakoon has been appointed as the Acting Minister of Defence, the President Media Division (PMD) said.


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Several areas in Colombo declared as High Security Zones

A Gazette Extraordinary has been issued declaring High Security Zones (HSZ) in Colombo.


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State Minister of Defence praises CSD for its contribution to the
country’s development

Making his first visit to the Civil Security Department (CSD) after assumption of duties, the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon arrived at the CSD Headquarters in Moratuwa yesterday (22).


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Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo attends closing
ceremony of FVBO training in Trincomalee

The closing ceremony of Fishing Vessel Boarding Operation (FVBO) training course, conducted with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was held in Trincomalee on 22nd September 2022. The event was graced by the Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo, H.E. Trine Jøranli Eskedal.


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State Minister visits the NCC

Making his first visit after assuming duties as the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Premitha Bandara Thennakoon arrived at the the National Cadet Corps Headquarters in Pamankada Yesterday (22).


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SL troops in Mali commended

Sri Lanka  Army (SLA) peacekeepers deployed in Mali were highly praised for their performance with high degree of professionalism and a special service medal was awarded to Maj. R.A.D.M.D Senevirathna of 4th Combat Convoy Company (CCC) under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) during an appreciative meeting held recently.


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“COMBATTING HUMAN SMUGGLING AT SEA: AN ESCALATING THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY”

Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security established under the Ministry of Defence, organized a Round Table Discussion titled “Combatting human smuggling at sea: An escalating threat to national security” on Wednesday, 21st of September 2022, from 1400hrs to 1600hrs (IST) via Zoom. The Guest Speakers of the event were Rear Admiral Pujitha Vithana, USP, ndu, Deputy Director General, Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Commander Rangana Athukorala, psc, MSc (D&SS), MPS, BNavalSt (Maritime Warfare), Senior Staff Officer (Operation), Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Lieutenant Commander WC Rodrigo, Legal Officer, Sri Lanka Coast Guard. The moderator for this timely session was Rear Admiral Dimuthu Gunawardena RWP** RSP VSV USP nswc psc hdmc, Acting Director General and Director (Communications & Publications) of INSS. The audience comprised ministry officials, academics, researchers, policymakers, representatives from Sri Lanka Armed Forces, Sri Lanka Police, Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Civil Security Department. The moderator commenced the proceedings by explaining on how human smuggling has spread as a crime around the world and why people engage in smuggling activities which are non-conventional maritime security threat. Furthermore, he discussed human smuggling operations during the post-war period as well.


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SL Army athlete sets new record in Pole Vault

A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sportsman has established a new Sri Lankan record in Pole Vault. According to SLA media Private K Puvitharan of 2 Sri Lanka Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) completing a 5m and 15cm high jump at the selections for the Asian Athletic Meet - 2023 set the new record.


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Army constructs a house for a northern family

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) laid the foundation stone recently for the construction of a new house for the family of Selvarathnam Jayapratha, a resident of Thunnalai in Point Pedro.


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KDU Law Faculty reaches greater heights

Faculty of Law of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) has been placed at the 2nd position in Sri Lanka, 25th position in Asia and 83rd position in the World under ‘NICA.team Law Schools Ranking’ of 2022.


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New Zealand HC meets CNI

A delegation comprising of the High Commissioner (HC) of New Zealand to Sri Lanka, HE Michael Appleton paid a courtesy call on the Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) Major General Ruwan Kulathunga (Retd) at the Defence Headquarters Complex in Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte today (21 Sept).


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Army Troops in Lebanon Win 3rd Place in Tug of War

Designed to promote camaraderie and understanding among different UN peacekeepers serving the UNIFIL Headquarters in Lebanon, the annual UNIFIL Sports Festival got underway during 18 - 19 August.


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KDU student exchange programme with Japan

Eight students of the Department of Social Sciences at the Faculty of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities (FMSH) of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) were given the valuable opportunity to take part in a Student Exchange Programme to Japan, recently.


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SLN organized beach cleaning drives

Sri Lanka Navy coinciding with the International Coastal Cleanup Day and Marine Resources Conservation Week conducted several beach cleanup drives  in beach areas covering all naval commands on 17 September.


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Army supports building a house for a teenage cricketer family in Jaffna

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops of the Security Force HQ-Jaffna recently offered manpower, technical and engineering skills for the construction of a new house to the family of Christiga Selvarasa of Chulipuram Victoria College in Jaffna who has been selected to the under-19 female cricket team of Sri Lanka.


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Premitha Bandara Thennakoon appointed as Acting Minister of Defence

President left for UK to attend the funeral of British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II.


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Directorate of Overseas Operations Launches its Official Website

The Directorate of Overseas Operations (DOO) of the Army launched its official website (http://alt.army.lk/doo/) during a simple ceremony at the Commander's Secretariat Mini Conference Hall, Army HQ Sri Jayawardenapura, recently.


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Air National Guard Montana - United States Conducts An Airfield Operations, Logistics And Equipment Familiarization Training

The 120th Airlift Wing of Air National Guard, Great Fall, Montana USA conducted a Mobile Training Team (MTT) event recently with a participation of 06 Officers and 09 Airmen of SLAF representing different fields of involvement in airfield ground operations.


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Workshop on “Coral Species Identification and Reef Restoration” held in Trincomalee

A workshop on “Coral Species Identification and Reef Restoration” intending to broaden the scope of Navy divers, was successfully held at the Command Diving & Salvage Unit (East) in Naval Dockyard Trincomalee and Sandy Bay, recently.