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Executive Secretary of CTBTO Dr. Robert Floyd meets Defence Secretary

Dr. Robert Floyd, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, arrived on the Island on May 31, on a five-day official visit, met the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Ministry last evening (02 June).


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President's Poson Message

Poson Poya Day is of the highest significance to Sri Lankan Buddhists as it marks the historic arrival of Arahat Mahinda Thera to our Motherland with the message of the Buddha, paving the way to create a new meaningful identity as well as a cultural renaissance.


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PNS ‘SHAHJAHAN’ arrives at port of Colombo on official visit

The Pakistan Naval Ship (PNS) ‘SHAHJAHAN’ arrived at the Port of Colombo on a formal visit this morning (02nd June 2023). The visiting ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval traditions.


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BRAC officers attend TOT programme in Canada

A team of officers of the Border Risk Assessment Centre (BRAC) who are scheduled to attend a Training of Trainers programme (TOT) shortly in Canada met the Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) Maj. Gen. Ruwan Kulatunga yesterday at the Ministry of Defence.


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Defence State Minister seeks avenues to develop
Army Ordnance Industries further

State Minister Tennakoon visits Army Ordnance Industries in Veyangoda


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More Army-Used Lands Released in Mullaittivu

The Security Force HQ - Mullaittivu in keeping with the government’s policy of releasing more and more lands, hitherto being used by Security Forces for operational and security purposes in the Mullaittivu region released two more land plots of about 08.178 acres on Friday (May 19).


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Commander of the Air Force Honours with the Title of “Officer” of the CISM Order of Merit for outstanding contribution to Military Sports

The Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force and the incumbent President of the Defence Services Sports Board, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, was conferred with the distinguished honour of the “Officer” title in the Order of Merit by the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM), also known as the International Military Sports Council. The event took place at the Ministry of Defence, with the respected presence of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General Kamal Guneratne (Retd), today (29 May 2023).


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SL Navy brings ashore foreign national in need of medical care

A foreign national who had fallen sick while onboard the Indian cargo ship ‘NERU XINRUI’ was brought ashore for treatment with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) on Sunday (May 28).


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Condolence Message

The Ministry of Defence expresses its condolences to the family of Jayantha Dhanapala, on the passing of the former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Disarmament and one of Sri Lanka’s most erudite diplomats.


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SL Navy ship rushes to fetch sick fisherman

A fisherman on a multi day fishing trawler who had fallen ill while engaged in fishing in the southern seas off Galle was brought ashore by the Sri Lanka Navy today (May 26).


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Sri Lanka Navy conducts risky diving operation at
overturned Chinese fishing vessel in high seas

The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) embarked on a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation to assist the ongoing operations at the overturned Chinese fishing vessel LU PENG YUAN YU 028, which was reported on 16th May 2023 in Australian Search and Rescue Region, south of Sri Lanka. At the directives of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, the Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Vijayabahu with a team of Navy divers was directed to engage in this crucial mission.


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‘Jaya Piritha’ concluded at Sandahiru Seya invoking blessings on the country

The annual calendar event, chanting of ‘Jaya Pirith’ presided over by Ven. Maha Sangha to invoke blessings on the country, its people, fallen war heroes and differently-able war veterans, came to an end following an alms-giving at the Sandahiru Seya premises today (21) under the patronage of State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon and Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne.


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President Ranil Wickremesinghe graces 14th National War Heroes Day

 The 14th National War Heroes Commemoration Ceremony was held at the National War Hero Cenotaph at Sri Jayawardenepura in Kotte, graced by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Hon. President Ranil Wickremesinghe, today (May 19).


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Plans afoot to setup a ‘Social Intelligence Unit’ to
safeguard children - Defence State Minister

Plans are afoot to setup a ‘Social Intelligence Unit’ especially to safeguard children and the young, revealed the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon citing the recent unlawful incidents those reported about the fate of several unfortunate teenage children.


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National Security Conclave - 2023 held in a grand note

 The National Security Conclave - 2023 organized by the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) Sri Lanka was held at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) in Ratmalana, yesterday (May 17).


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State Minister plans to develop DMC as a global responder
to assist countries affected by disasters

We want to develop our disaster management sector to be on par with global standards; therefore, we intend to develop the Disaster Management Centre as a global responder to assist countries affected by disasters. We have made this a priority, stated the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon during a discussion with a US National Guard delegation that met him at his office in Colombo today (May 17).


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Indian Naval Ship arrives in Trincomalee

Making a formal visit, the Indian Naval Ship (INS) ‘Batti Malv’ arrived at the Trincomalee port on Tuesday (May 16). According to Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) media sources, the visiting ship was welcomed by the SLN in compliance with naval traditions.


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Right-sized military back in their classic role -
SL State Minister tells to U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary

The Sri Lankan military will be right-sized gradually and afterwards it will be set up for their classic role, the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon stated during a cordial discussion held with Ms. Afreen Akhter, the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs) of the U.S. Department of State.


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Navy flood relief teams are on standby

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) deployed flood relief teams to flood prone areas in Galle and Matara districts yesterday (14). The SLN said additional relief teams are on standby to be deployed when necessary in view of prevailing inclement weather.  

 


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Australia to Gift Beechcraft KA350 King Air Aircraft to Sri Lanka

The Australian Government has announced that it will gift a former Royal Australian Air Force Beechcraft KA350 King Air aircraft (registration A32-673) to the Sri Lankan Government. The aircraft will be used to enhance Sri Lanka’s sovereign aerial maritime surveillance capability.


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'Mocha' intensifies into a severe cyclonic storm

Issuing a red alert for multi day fishing trawlers at the Bay of Bengal Sea area, the Meteorology Department warned that the cyclonic storm “Mocha” over Southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and lay cantered near 13.20N and 88.10E at 05.30 hours today (May 12).


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Sri Lanka will not support any work that hinders the unity of Asia – President

President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that Sri Lanka will not support any work that hinders the unity of Asia.


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SL Air Force conducts emergency preparedness programme
for National Hospital staff

The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Wing of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) conducted a training programme for staff at the National Hospital in Colombo on Wednesday (May 10). According SLAF media, the programme was held in response to a request by the Hospital’s director.


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Inclement weather to continue as Deep Depression can
become a severe Cyclonic Storm

The Met. Department has issued a warning on the Deep Depression over South-East Bay of Bengal.


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Steps underway to celebrate the National War Heroes Ceremony with pride

Arrangements have been made to hold the National War Heroes Commemoration Ceremony with pride to honour the Nation’s war heroes who died in the Thirty Years’ War in Sri Lanka under the patronage of Commander-in-Chief, President Ranil Wickremesinghe.