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Navy trains female divers

A group of three female personnel of the Sri Lanka Navy successfully completed a first of its kind Basic Diving Module recently. According to SL Navy media, the training programme was carried out under a notion of the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne  to create opportunity for Navy women who are willing to engage in diving.


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KDU setups new ‘Consultancy Services Unit’

The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) has setup a Consultancy Services Unit (KDU-CONSU) with a dedicated website recently under the headship of Senior Prof. Swarna Piyasiri recently.


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Army troops dowse bushfire in Morawaka Keerama

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) extinguished a wildfire that spread over an extent of 30 acres recently in the forest area of Morawaka Keerama, Mapiti Kanda.


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Army troops join Coastal Cleanup Drive

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) conducted a beach cleanup drive in the beach patch along Kattankudy to Batticaloa, recently, coinciding with the International Coastal Cleanup Day and Marine Resources Conservation Week.


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Premitha Bandara Thennakoon appointed as Acting Minister of Defence

State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Thennakoon has been appointed as the Acting Minister of Defence, the President Media Division (PMD) said.


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Several areas in Colombo declared as High Security Zones

A Gazette Extraordinary has been issued declaring High Security Zones (HSZ) in Colombo.


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State Minister of Defence praises CSD for its contribution to the
country’s development

Making his first visit to the Civil Security Department (CSD) after assumption of duties, the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon arrived at the CSD Headquarters in Moratuwa yesterday (22).


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Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo attends closing
ceremony of FVBO training in Trincomalee

The closing ceremony of Fishing Vessel Boarding Operation (FVBO) training course, conducted with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was held in Trincomalee on 22nd September 2022. The event was graced by the Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo, H.E. Trine Jøranli Eskedal.


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State Minister visits the NCC

Making his first visit after assuming duties as the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Premitha Bandara Thennakoon arrived at the the National Cadet Corps Headquarters in Pamankada Yesterday (22).


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SL troops in Mali commended

Sri Lanka  Army (SLA) peacekeepers deployed in Mali were highly praised for their performance with high degree of professionalism and a special service medal was awarded to Maj. R.A.D.M.D Senevirathna of 4th Combat Convoy Company (CCC) under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) during an appreciative meeting held recently.


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SL Army athlete sets new record in Pole Vault

A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sportsman has established a new Sri Lankan record in Pole Vault. According to SLA media Private K Puvitharan of 2 Sri Lanka Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) completing a 5m and 15cm high jump at the selections for the Asian Athletic Meet - 2023 set the new record.


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Army constructs a house for a northern family

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) laid the foundation stone recently for the construction of a new house for the family of Selvarathnam Jayapratha, a resident of Thunnalai in Point Pedro.


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KDU Law Faculty reaches greater heights

Faculty of Law of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) has been placed at the 2nd position in Sri Lanka, 25th position in Asia and 83rd position in the World under ‘NICA.team Law Schools Ranking’ of 2022.


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Army Troops in Lebanon Win 3rd Place in Tug of War

Designed to promote camaraderie and understanding among different UN peacekeepers serving the UNIFIL Headquarters in Lebanon, the annual UNIFIL Sports Festival got underway during 18 - 19 August.


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SLN organized beach cleaning drives

Sri Lanka Navy coinciding with the International Coastal Cleanup Day and Marine Resources Conservation Week conducted several beach cleanup drives  in beach areas covering all naval commands on 17 September.


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Army supports building a house for a teenage cricketer family in Jaffna

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops of the Security Force HQ-Jaffna recently offered manpower, technical and engineering skills for the construction of a new house to the family of Christiga Selvarasa of Chulipuram Victoria College in Jaffna who has been selected to the under-19 female cricket team of Sri Lanka.


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Premitha Bandara Thennakoon appointed as Acting Minister of Defence

President left for UK to attend the funeral of British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II.


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Directorate of Overseas Operations Launches its Official Website

The Directorate of Overseas Operations (DOO) of the Army launched its official website (http://alt.army.lk/doo/) during a simple ceremony at the Commander's Secretariat Mini Conference Hall, Army HQ Sri Jayawardenapura, recently.


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Air National Guard Montana - United States Conducts An Airfield Operations, Logistics And Equipment Familiarization Training

The 120th Airlift Wing of Air National Guard, Great Fall, Montana USA conducted a Mobile Training Team (MTT) event recently with a participation of 06 Officers and 09 Airmen of SLAF representing different fields of involvement in airfield ground operations.


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Workshop on “Coral Species Identification and Reef Restoration” held in Trincomalee

A workshop on “Coral Species Identification and Reef Restoration” intending to broaden the scope of Navy divers, was successfully held at the Command Diving & Salvage Unit (East) in Naval Dockyard Trincomalee and Sandy Bay, recently.


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Commander Joins Reaping Ceremony of Golden Harvest Near Army HQ

The auspicious harvesting of paddy, sown in a stretch of 12 acres of fields near the Sri Jayawardenepura Army Headquarters occurred this morning (16) during a ceremony, where the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, graced as the Chief Guest for the ‘Ran Aswanu Neleeme Mangallaya’.


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New Australian High Commissioner meets Defence Secretary

The newly appointed Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka H.E. Paul Stephens paid a courtesy call on Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Headquarters Complex in Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte today (Sep 16).


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Sri Lanka will not join any big power as we don’t want conflict in the Indian Ocean – President

President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Indian Ocean region should be opened to all to ensure freedom of navigation for commercial viability. He noted that Sri Lanka will not participate in military alliances and do not want the problems of the Pacific coming into the Indian Ocean. In this scenario, he urged the countries in the Indian Ocean region to come together to look at how best to maintain stability of the region.


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Army troops donate blood to Hambantota Hospital

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops of the Security Forces-Central extending their humanitarian gesture donated blood to the Blood Bank of the Hambantota District Hospital in response to a request of hospital authorities recently.


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Air Force Chief of Staff appointed

The President Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed Air Vice Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Air Force, with effect from 12 September 2022.