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SL Army Contingent ready for departure to take UN assignment
in South Sudan

The 9th contingent of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLAMC) received greetings from the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Vikum Liyanage at the SLAMC Regimental Headquarters ground at Werahera on Wednesday (Jan 25) prior to their leave for the United Nations Peace-Keeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to serve the Level-2 SRIMED Hospital on 2 February.


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Instructions from the President to celebrate the 75th Independence celebration
with pride, at minimal cost

A pre-discussion was held this morning (26) at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding the Independence Day celebration being held in a grand and proud manner, but maintaining minimum cost.


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CARAT – 2023 concludes, strengthening maritime cooperation

The Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) – 2023 bilateral exercise successfully concluded in Sri Lanka on 26th January 2023. Hosted by the U.S. Pacific Fleet in partnership with the Sri Lanka Navy, CARAT – 2023 Exercise was held in Colombo, Trincomalee and Mullikulam from 19th to 25th January.


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NBRO to be strengthened further with more regulatory powers
- Defence Secretary

The coming year will strengthen the ‘National Building Research Organisation’ (NBRO) with further regulatory powers with the enactment of the proposed National Building Research Institute Act, Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne said.


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New Director - NCC Meets State Minister

The newly appointed Director of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Brigadier G.S. Fonseka made a call on the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon MP at the State Ministry of Defence in Colombo today (25 Jan).


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300 West Troops Offer Blood to Save Lives

A record 300 Army personnel working under the Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West) on Monday (23) volunteered to give their blood for the benefit of patients during a blood donation arrangement, held at Panagoda Sri Bodhirajaramaya.


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Army gifts badminton court to Nandikadal students

Troops of the 652 Infantry Brigade at the request of school authorities constructed a badminton court for students studying at Government's Tamil Mixed School in Nandikadal, Manthai as it remained a need for students, interested in the sport and declared it open on Wednesday (Jan 18).


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Sea phase of CARAT - 2023 successfully held in western seas

Taking part in the sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise 2023, SLNS Gajabahu and SLNS Samudura of the Sri Lanka Navy and ‘USS Anchorage’ of the U.S. Navy successfully conducted a series of naval exercises off Negombo on 22nd and 23rd January 2023.


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HADR exercise of CARAT – 2023 gets underway

The Marine Exercise (MAREX) of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2023, commenced in Mullikulam on 21st January 2023 and it was augmented by personnel from the U.S. Marine Corps, Sri Lanka Navy Marines, Special Boat Squadron, Rapid Action Boat Squadron, and Naval Infantrymen.


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Ratnapura War Veteran family’s housing dream became a reality
through ‘Api Wenuwen Api’ project

A new house constructed utilizing Defence Ministry’s ‘Api Wenuwen Api’ funds was vested in a war veteran family today (Jan 21) during a brief ceremony graced by the Defence Secretary as the Chief Guest at Alupola, Wewalwatta in Ratnapura.


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Commanding Officer of the “USS Anchorage” welcomes Defence Secretary on board

Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne visited the United States Navy Ship ‘USS Anchorage’ at the Colombo harbour today (Jan 20).


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New Director - NCC meets Defence Secretary

The newly appointed Director of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Brigadier G.S. Fonseka made a call on the Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Ministry today (Jan 20).


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Army renovates historic Municipal Building in Galle

Sri Lanka Army renovated the historically valuable Galle Municipal Hall building that traces its history to the 1800s and vested it in the authorities recently during an occasion graced by the Prime Minister Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena.


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49th phase of Guwan Mithudam Project concludes at Ampara

A Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) constructed water project was vested with the students of  Mayadunna Vidyalaya in Gonagolla, Ampara  signifying the successful termination of the 49th phase of the ‘Guwan Mithudam’ recently (Jan 18).


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Navy - built auditorium building of Roman Catholic
College in Mandaitivu
declared open

The new auditorium building of the Roman Catholic College in Mandaitivu, Jaffna was declared open for the use of school children by the Bishop of Jaffna, Rt. Rev. Dr. Justin Gnanapragasam on 19th January 2023.


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Condolence Messages

Defence Ministry of Sri Lankaexpress its sincerest condolences to the family of Sumithra Peries on this time of great loss and sarrow


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USS ‘Anchorage’ arrives in Colombo to take part in CARAT – 2023

USS ‘Anchorage’ (LPD-23) of the United States Navy arrived at the Port of Colombo today (19th January 2023) to take part in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Exercise -2023 (CARAT–2023).


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Coast Guard nabs 2,467 kilos of Kendu Leaves

Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) nabbed 2,467 kilos of Kendu Leaves with two suspects and three dingy boats in the Western Seas off Thoduwawa, Chilaw today (Jan 18).


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Cyber Security Awareness for MOD Staff

Ministry of Defence (MOD) organized an awareness programme  on Cyber Security  for MOD staff  today (17 Jan) at MOD.


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Rains predicted across several provinces

Rains are predicted in several provinces in the island during the afternoon or night. According to the latest forecast of the Met Department issued this morning (Jan 17) showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central, Uva and North-Western provinces during the afternoon or night.


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SLAF produces the first female international wrestling referee

Corporal Piyumi Lakshika of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) recognized to be Sri Lanka's first female international wrestling referee  participated in the International Wrestling Referee Level I Olympic Style Category III in Cambodia recently.


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INS ‘Delhi’ arrives at Port of Trincomalee

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) ‘Delhi’ arrived at the Port of Trincomalee, on a formal visit yesterday (15), welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in keeping with the naval traditions.


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Thai Pongal Message

It is indeed a great pleasure to extend my best wishes to the Hindu devotees of Sri Lanka, on the auspicious occasion of 'Thai Pongal', celebrated to thank the Sun, Mother Nature and farm animals, that contributed to the bountiful harvest.


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“We are friends of the entire world and enemies of none”- State Minister of Defence

It is vital for us to redefine our objectives as an island nation in the face of latest developments of global geopolitical interests.


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Jaffna based female cricketer receives new house from Army

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) constructed a new house for Ms. Selvarasa Kiristiga of Victoria College in Chulipuram, Jaffna, who is a member of the Under 19 Women’s National Cricket Squad, in appreciation of her recent achievements at the national level.