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Australian High Commissioner and Defence Secretary talk on
strengthening border cooperation

A delegation led by Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, H.E. Paul Stephens met Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Headquarters Complex, Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte today (Dec 12) and had a cordial  discussion.


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Special discussion on inclement weather related emergencies
held at Emergency Operations Centre

State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon chaired a special discussion on the wet weather related emergency situation presently being experienced in the country at the Emergency Operations Centre of the Disaster Management Centre in Colombo, yesterday (Dec 11).


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State Minister of Defence meets Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Delegation

Senior officials of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) met with  the State Minister of Defence in Sri Lanka Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon at his office in Colombo yesterday (Dec. 11).


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‘Sri Lanka too is on a journey to achieve greater heights' – Defence Secretary

‘Military, traditionally associated with battle has played a crucial role in safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. Our own experience fighting against the ruthless terrorist organization for nearly three decades has showcased both successful military leadership and instances where the leaders fell short in the battle field’.


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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation delegation
meets Defence Secretary

Senior officials of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) met the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne today (Dec 11) at the Defence Ministry in Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte.


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Sri Lanka Navy proudly celebrates 73rd Anniversary

The Sri Lanka Navy, widely regarded as the First Line of the Nation's Defence, is celebrating its 73rd Anniversary today, 09th December 2023. Under the able guidance of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, various programmes, emphasizing longstanding naval traditions and religious practices, are being implemented across all Naval Commands in view of the anniversary celebrations.


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Warm wishes to Sri Lanka Navy on its 73rd 'Navy Day'

Today (December 9th), Sri Lanka Navy celebrates its 73rd anniversary. The Sri Lanka Navy, known as the country's first line of defence, has played an imperative role in ushering in a new era of peace.


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Rains in most parts of the country - Met. Department says

According to the latest weather forecast of the Met. Department issued today (Dec. 08) showers or thundershowers will occur at several places over most provinces of the island after 1.00 p.m.


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State Minister Tennakoon calls for collective effort to address
online radicalization of youth

Online youth radicalization in the South Asian region is a complex challenge that demands urgent attention and through fostering education, collaboration, socio-economic development and leveraging technology responsibly, we can empower our youth to resist extremist narratives and pave the way for a more peaceful and harmonious future in the region.


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Sri Lanka Assures Professional & Continued Commitment
for UN Peacekeeping Operations

More than 90 countries underlined their commitment to UN Peacekeeping roles during the '2023 United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial' the two-day conference in Accra, Ghana that concluded on Wednesday (6 December 2023). His Excellency Rohitha Bogollagama, Special Representative/Special Envoy of Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe, President, together with the Sri Lanka Army’s representative, Major General M.G.W.W.W.M.C.B Wickramasinghe RWP RSP ndu psc, Director General General Staff at the Army HQ attended the meeting sessions, held during 5-6 December 2023.


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Condolence Message on the explosion and floods in seychelles

The Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka and members of the Armed Forces express their deepest condolences to the President and people of Seychelles over the loss of life and destruction caused by an explosion in an industrial area in Mahé  and devastating floods in the country. We stand in solidarity with the people of Seychelles at this difficult hour.


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Director Public Policy South and Central Asia of Meta meets State Minister

The Director Public Policy South and Central Asia of Meta Sarim Aziz met the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premita Bandara Tennakoon at his office in Colombo today (Dec. 07).


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Troops Rotation of UN Peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic

The 9th Contingent from the Sri Lanka Air Force to take up duties with UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic departed yesterday (04 December 2023).The contingent comprised 21 Officers and 89 Airmen.


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Army continues carrying out community projects in North

Sri Lanka Army troops of 4 Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLAMC) organized a blood donation campaign at its camp premises in Jaffna recently.


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SLAF inducts two Harbin Y-12 IV Aircraft in Momentous Ceremony

In a momentous ceremony held today (05 December 2023) at SLAF Base Ratmalana, the Sri Lanka Air Force marked a significant chapter in the history with the ceremonial induction of two Harbin Y-12 IV aircraft. The ceremony was graced by the presence of the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon and the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Qi Zhenhong.


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ICRC local delegation head meets State Minister

Head of the ICRC Delegation in Sri Lanka Severine Chappaz met the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon at his office in Colombo today (Dec. 05).


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Awareness Programme on Human Trafficking commenced in Colombo

An awareness programme on Human Trafficking organized by the National Task Force against Human Trafficking and the International Organization for Migration to educate 39 Divisional Secretaries covering 13 districts commenced at Hotel Ramada in Colombo on Monday (Dec. 04). Attending the programme, Defence Secretary and Chairman of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (NAHTTF), General Kamal Gunaratne made the opening remarks.


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SLAF spreads the Joy of the Season with “A Christmas Miracle”

The Sri Lanka Air Force Christmas Carols - 2023 was held last night (01 December 2023) to spread the joy of the season with “A Christmas Miracle”. On the invitation of the Chairperson of the SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Enoka Rajapaksa and the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa, this glittery event was held under the gracious presence of Mrs. Gayani Tennakoon together with State Minister of Defence, Hon. Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon at the Eagles’ Lagoon View in Katunayake.


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Regarding the false propaganda in the media on 04.12.2023 in connection with the Defense Service Command and Staff College

The Ministry of Defence emphasizes that there is no truth behind media reports published recently giving a wrong interpretation that a lot of money has been spent in the year 2022 for entertaining military heads who periodically arrive on inspection visits to the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC).



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‘The National Youth Hero Award’ to be presented through the NCC to honour
Sri Lankan young heroes - Acting Minister of Defence

‘The National Youth Hero Award’ will be introduced through the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to honour the emerging Sri Lankan young heroes. The intention behind this move is to groom the youth to be dynamic, versatile and disciplined citizens with extraordinary leadership qualities to face utmost challenges in the future society’.


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9th Edition of Ex- ‘Mitra Shakti-2023’ Ends in Pune, India

The 9th edition of the joint military Exercise ‘Mitra Shakti-2023’ formally concluded on Monday (28th November) in Aundh, Pune in India with the participation of troops from India and Sri Lanka.


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SFHQ Central Troops Clear Blocked Rail Track at Ohiya

The upcountry railway operation line running from Colombo to Badulla was obstructed due to an earth-slip near Ohiya railway station during the morning hours on Tuesday (22 November) as a result of the torrential rainfall.


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Weather conditions likely to deteriorate further

The prevailing rainy weather condition is expected to enhance over most parts of the island for the next few days starting from today (Nov. 27), says the Meteorological Department in its latest weather forecast issued today.


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Celebrating valour and sportsmanship: the 12th Defence Services Games 2022/2023 concluded in a spectacular closing ceremony

“Sports bring people together regardless of their nationality, religion or skin colour” said the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon while addressing the closing ceremony of the 12th Defence Services Games as the Chief Guest, at the Sugathadasa stadium in Colombo last evening (Nov. 24).