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State Minister Tennakoon’s visionary concept recognizes Youth Heroes

State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon graced the first National Cadet Corps National Youth Heroes Award ceremony as the chief guest at the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Headquarters in Pamankada, Colombo today (Jul 17).


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Seychelles defence chief meets SL Defence Secretary

Chief of the Seychelles People’s Defence Force, Brigadier Michael Rosette met Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Ministry in Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte today (Jul 16).


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High Commissioner of Maldives to Sri Lanka meets
State Minister Tennakoon

The High Commissioner of Maldives to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Masood Imad met the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon at his office in Colombo today (Jul 16).


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Seychelles defence chief meets State Minister of Defence

Chief of the Seychelles People’s Defence Force, Brigadier Michael Rosette paid a courtesy call on the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon at his office in Colombo today (Jul 16).


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Enshrinement of sacred relics and artefacts at the historic
Lahugala Neelagiri Stupa held under Defence Secretary’s patronage

The enshrinement of sacred relics and religious artefacts at the historic Neelagiri Stupa in Lahugala was held under the patronage of Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the auspicious hour today (July 15).


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Sacred Relics and Treasures deposited at Deegawapiya Stupa
amidst religious blessings of Maha Sangha

The depositing of Omniscient sacred relics and treasures at the Deegawapiya Stupa, which occupies a prominent place among the sacred places of worship visited by Lord Buddha, was held amidst the blessings of the Maha Sanga at the auspicious hour this morning (Jul 14). The grand historic ceremony was held with the presence of President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the chief guest.


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Defence Secretary graces Army 'Weera Matha' Felicitation Ceremony

Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne graced the ‘Weera Matha’ Feliciatation Ceremony as the chief guest at the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters in Sri Jayawardenapura, Kotte today (Jul 12). The Defence Secretary was received by Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage on his arrival at the Army HQ this morning.


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Indian Defence Dialogue representatives call on State Minister Tennakoon

The Indian Defence Dialogue team led by Additional Director Military Intelligence Major General Charanjeet Singh Dewgun met State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon at his office in Colombo today (Jul 10).


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Priority to Virusara Privilege Card holders when availing
health services from Government Hospitals

As a result of the efforts of State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon and the direct intervention of the Minister of Health Hon. Ramesh Pathirana, the Ministry of Health has granted approval to provide priority service to the dependents of the War Heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country and the disabled soldiers when obtaining health services from government hospitals and clinics.


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Indian Defence Dialogue team calls on Defence Secretary

Indian Defence Dialogue team led by Additional Director Military Intelligence Major General Charanjeet Singh Dewgun met the Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Ministry in Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte today (Jul 09).


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Youth should have the right attitude to get
ahead in life - State Minister Tennakoon

‘Having the right attitude is as important as having skills, intelligence, knowledge and talent to succeed. Change is hard to come by and sometimes the first step is the hardest’. State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon said so while addressing the distinguished attendees, as the Chief Guest of the 05th New Generation Asia Youth Awards 2024, at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, on Monday (Jul 08).


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New DSCSC Commandant calls on Defence Secretary

The newly appointed Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) Major General Kapila Dolage, paid a courtesy call on Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Ministry, Defence Headquarters Complex in Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte, today (Jul 08).


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CDS MEETS PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME AT THE 'KWIBOHORA 30' NATIONAL CEREMONY IN RWANDA

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Shavendra Silva WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil, embarked on an official visit to Rwanda where he attended the 'KWIBOHORA 30' ('Liberation Day 30') National ceremony at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali and held a cordial discussion with Rwandan President His Excellency Paul Kagame.


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SLAF sports men and women honoured at
Air Force Colour Awards Ceremony - 2022 to 2023

The Air Force Colour Awards Ceremony 2022-2023 was held yesterday (05 July 2024) at a gala ceremony at the Eagle's Lakeside Banquet and Convention Hall. The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General Kamal Guneratne (Retd) along with his lady Mrs. Chitrani Guneratne graced the occasion.


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State Minister Tennakoon joins the Kataragama Pada Yatra

State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon joined the annual Kataragama foot pilgrimage (Pada Yatra), this year. The State Minister completed the pilgrimage for the sixth consecutive year.


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Condolence Message

The Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka expresses its deepest condolence to the President and people of India on the tragic loss of lives in a stampede at a religious event in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.


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New Maldivian High Commissioner calls on SL Defence Secretary

The newly appointed High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to Sri Lanka H.E. Masood Imad paid a courtesy call on Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Ministry in Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte today (02 Jul).


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Chemical Weapons Convention mentorship program between
Sri Lanka and Malaysia held in Colombo

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mentorship program between Sri Lanka and Malaysia was successfully conducted from June 24 to 28 in Colombo with the active participation from a range of relevant stakeholders in Sri Lanka.


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The President presided over the book launch
by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka

President Ranil Wickremesinghe presided over the launch of the book “The Army Commander’s Promise to the Nation – I will not leave this war to the next Army Commander,” authored by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, former Army Commander, Member of Parliament, renowned for his exceptional leadership in ending the thirty-year war. The event took place today (28) at Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Colombo.


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Navy celebrates World Hydrography Day

In celebration of World Hydrography Day (21st June), the Sri Lanka Navy Hydrographic Service marked the occasion at Wave n' Lake Navy Hall in Welisara today (28th June 2024). At the invitation of the Chief Hydrographer of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Kosala Warnakulasooriya and Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, the event was graced by Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon, the State Minister of Defence, as the Chief Guest.


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Special discussion on stipends of War Heroes retired from
service on medical grounds

A group of disabled war heroes retired on medical grounds while in active service met the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon at his office in Colombo on June 26 to discuss several issues they face.


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Second Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) sub-group on Human Trafficking

Sri Lanka hosted the second meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectorial Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) subgroup on Human Trafficking on the 26th and 27th of June, 2024 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


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Survey conducted to identify potential landslide sites in
Badulla and Passara areas

According to Sri Lanka Air Force ( SLAF) media reports, personnel of the SLAF Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Team ably assisted to conduct a comprehensive survey and mapping operation utilizing LiDAR technology to investigate suspected landslide areas in Badulla and Passara areas, recently ( Jun 25).


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Sri Lanka Achieves Historic Third Consecutive Tier 2 Status in US TIP Report

Sri Lanka has made history by achieving Tier 2 status in the U.S. Department of State's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for the third consecutive year. This notable accomplishment underscores the country’s sustained efforts to combat human trafficking and protect its victims.


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“Sandahiru Maha Se Poson Zone” lights up the sacred precincts at Anuradhapura

The opening ceremony of the ‘Sandahiru Maha Se Poson Zone’ was held with the gracious presence of Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Sandahiru Stupa precincts in the historic Anuradhapura sacred city last evening (June 21).