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NSA Trilateral Secretariat established

In keeping with the discussions held at the previous National Security Advisor (NSA)-level trilateral meetings on Maritime Security Cooperation with India and the Maldives, a Secretariat for Trilateral National Security Advisors on Maritime Security Cooperation was established at the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Headquarters, Colombo today (Mar 1).


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Defence Secretary delves into CRD inventions

Defence Secretary and National Security and Disaster Management State Ministry Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd), arrived yesterday (Feb 22) at the Centre for Research and Development (CRD) in Pitipana to witness the progress of inventions.


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President launched 'Deegawapiya Aruna' trust fund

The ‘Deegawapiya Trust Fund’ launching ceremony was held under the patronage of His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Chief Guest and Hon. Prime Minister and the Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the Sri Sambodhi Viharaya in Colombo today (Feb 12).

 


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Dignifying dress code introduced for all ex-servicemen

The grandeur and the prestige of ex-servicemen have to be reflected with the glory and the professional status they deserve, said Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) last evening (Feb 2).


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Strict compliance to healthcare guidelines during Independence Day Parade

All set for the 73rd Independence Day Celebrations following healthcare guidelines under the patronage of HE the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Independence Square, Colombo on february 4, 2021, said Minister of Irrigation and State Minister of National Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa today (Feb 1).

 


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Legal reforms to deal with drug related issues - Defence Secretary

Necessary legal reforms would be introduced soon to direct drug addicted minor offenders to rehabilitations centres for curative measures, instead of retaining them behind the prison cells for an extensive period, said the Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) yesterday (Jan 29).


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The ‘Defence Review 2020’ launched

Citing the ‘Defence Review 2020’ launched by the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) today (Jan 27), Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) said, addressing of several key thematic areas related to National Security including health, environmental and maritime security has set out an ideal opportunity to probe further into the core of the issue, with special reference to Non-Traditional Threats and Transnational Crimes, that are known to be the major concerns in the current context.


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Army and CSD to produce bricks for Deegawapiya Stupa restoration

Since the Deegawapiya Stupa restoration project demands 30,000 tailor-made standard bricks per day, we have set up a system to produce bricks through the military and Civil Security Department (CSD), said Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) today (26 Jan).

 


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Defence Secretary reviews Sandahiru Seya project deadlines

Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) directed all stakeholders, who have been assigned to construct Sandahiru Seya to comply with the work schedule in order to meet the deadline.


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Former glory of Deegawapiya Stupa at the naked eye view will be a reality soon – Defence Secretary

Unlike futile attempts launched previously, we will see the former glory of Deegawapiya Stupa this time, pledged Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) while addressing media at the Defence Ministry yesterday (Jan 13).


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Defence Secretary attends a ceremony at Thurstan College

Hon.Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open a conserved building


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New Asst. Indian DA meets Defence Secretary

The recently appointed Assistant Defence Advisor to the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, Lt. Col. Puneet Sushil made a call on the Defence Secretary Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at the Ministry, today (Jan 08).


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'Deegawapiya Trust Fund' received 1.6 million

South Korean-based ‘Sri Lankarama Buddhist Association’ donated a cheque worth of Rs 1.6 million to the Deegawapiya Trust Fund at the Defence Ministry today (Jan 08).


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Bangladesh Defence Attaché meets Defence Secretary

The Bangladesh Defence Attaché of the High Commission of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, Commodore Md Shafiul Bari met the Defence Secretary Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at the Ministry today (Jan 05).


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No acquisition of state sector institutions by military - Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) said the driving license printing project taken over by the Army was a temporary measure following a cabinet decision to save state funds.


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Nobody would be allowed to take up arms – Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) said yesterday (Dec 31, 2020), there is no room for separatism and extremism during next year (2021) since we have taken steps to thwart such attempts.

 


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Col. G.W. Rajapakse was my role model – Defence Secretary

Mentioning the names of all military leaders from Ananda College who led the Sri Lankan war against terrorists at the forefront to see an end in 2009, starting from the current President, Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) said, they all were students of Late Brevet Col. G.W. Rajapakse, who was an exemplary character in school.


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Defence Secretary pays homage to Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy

Defence Secretary Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne paid homage to the sacred omniscient tooth relic at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, today (Dec 29).


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Secretary Defence Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne elevated to the rank of ‘General’

Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd), the Secretary Defence, has been promoted to the rank of General by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa; a short while ago (Dec 28).

 

 


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Defence Ministry receives personal protective kits

South Korea-based Sri Lankarama Buddhist Association donated a stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Defence Ministry today (Dec 24).


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French Ambassador meets Defence Secretary

His Excellency Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France for Sri Lanka and the Maldives made a courtesy call on Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at the Ministry, today (Dec 23).


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Defence Secretary pledged extensive operations to curb illegal drug ring in 2021

Operations to curb illegal drug ring in the island would be further strengthened during next year (2021), said Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) today (Dec 22). 


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No excuse to say “there is no time”

Time restrictions won’t be an issue to produce a sound artwork/writing, said the Defence Secretary and the Secretary of the State Ministry of National Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne while citing an example from his eventful diary and number of books published to date.


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Army’s Way Forward Strategy 2020-2025 launched today

Sri Lanka Army Way Forward Strategy 2020-2025 (SLAWFS) was ceremonially launched today ( Dec 22)  at the Army Headquarters with the gracious presence of the Principal Advisor to HE the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga as the Chief Guest.


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We are lucky to have a ‘PHI’ and a ‘Midwife’ to each house in the Country - Defence Secretary

We are very lucky as Sri Lankans to have a Public Health Inspector (PHI) and a Midwife to each household in the country, said the Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd).