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Sri Lanka Achieves Historic Third Consecutive Tier 2 Status in US TIP Report

Sri Lanka has made history by achieving Tier 2 status in the U.S. Department of State's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for the third consecutive year. This notable accomplishment underscores the country’s sustained efforts to combat human trafficking and protect its victims.


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“Sandahiru Maha Se Poson Zone” lights up the sacred precincts at Anuradhapura

The opening ceremony of the ‘Sandahiru Maha Se Poson Zone’ was held with the gracious presence of Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Sandahiru Stupa precincts in the historic Anuradhapura sacred city last evening (June 21).


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Defence Ministry organized series of special Poson Poya Day programs
commences in Anuradhapura

A series of religious events scheduled to be held at the Sandahiru Stupa in Anuradhapura commenced today (Jun 21), the Poson Poya Day, to commemorate and invoke blessings on the War heroes who made the supreme sacrifice for the motherland and those injured in the war and also for peace to all Sri Lankans.


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Happy Poson Day

"Let's not look at what others have done and look at what we have done"


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SL Coast Guard receives spare parts worth USD 1.2 million from ICG

The Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet arrived in Colombo on Wednesday (Jun 19) for a two-day visit during which it delivered essential spare parts worth USD 1.2 million on gratis for Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship (SLCGS) Suraksha.


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Defence Secretary lays Foundation Stone for DHQC Welfare Amenities Complex

Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne laid the foundation stone for the new Welfare Amenities Complex at the Defence Headquarters Complex (DHQC) in Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte, today (June 20).


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Army’s new Chief of Staff appointed

Major General Rohitha Aluvihare has been appointed as Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army with effect from June 20.


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‘Sandahiru Maha Se Poson Zone’ begins on Poson Poya Day at Anuradhapura

‘Sandahiru Maha Se Poson Zone’ organized by the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni  in coordination with the Ministry of Defence will be opened in the evening on Poson Poya day on June 21 at Anuradhapura Sandahiru Stupa premises under the patronage of Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne. The event is conducted under the supervision of the Army Commander and all arrangements have been made to continue the Poson Zone until June 30.


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Navy seizes local fishing trawler carrying about 131kg of heroin, valued over Rs. 3250 million, concealed in secret chambers of its hull

Based on intelligence information received from the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, the Sri Lanka Navy seized a local multi-day fishing trawler, on suspicion of smuggling drugs, during a special operation carried out about 356 nautical miles (700km) off the Dondra Head, in southern waters. The Navy deployed SLNS Parakramabahu for this special operation in which 06 suspects in connection to the illegal act were also held. The fishing trawler was escorted to Galle harbour, where a thorough inspection led to the discovery of 131 kg 754 g of heroin concealed in secret chambers of its hull. The seized narcotics have an estimated street value exceeding Rs 3250 million. Meanwhile, the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera inspected the haul of narcotics at the Galle harbour on 15th June 2024.


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The President's Hajj Message

To achieve spiritual and worldly success, individuals must abandon selfishness and embrace a life of sacrifice and harmony. Muslims celebrate the Hajj festival each year with this noble aim in mind.



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Happy Father's Day



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US embassy donates equipment to SL military

Marking the 76th Anniversary of US-Sri Lankan Diplomacy, the United States transferred a stock of equipment to the Sri Lankan Air Force on Wednesday (Jun 12), says SL Air Force media sources.


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MOD Seva Vanitha Unit provides financial aid to
flood-affected employees

The Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU) of the Ministry of Defence made a financial contribution to support Ministry staff members affected by floods during the recent adverse weather that affected large parts of the country. 


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Condolence message on the demise of the Vice President of Malawi,
Dr. Saulos Chilima following a plane crash

The Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka expresses its deepest condolences to the people of the Republic of Malawi over the loss of lives including the Vice President of Malawi and his spouse, following a tragic plane crash. We stand in solidarity with the family members of the deceased and the people of Malawi at this difficult hour.


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State Minister Tennakoon chairs 6th edition of program to look into the welfare and administrative affairs of War Hero families and retired Army veterans

Another programme organized by the Sri Lanka Army to look into the welfare and administrative affairs of retired/ medically retired military personnel and family members of war heroes who sacrificed their lives in the war was held today (Jun 08) at the Sri Lanka Army Infantry Training Centre in Minneriya. State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon graced the event as the Chief Guest.


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‘The NAHTTF plans to introduce human trafficking module into the Tri-Forces military training curriculum’ - Defence Secretary

‘The Armed Forces play a paramount role in border security, which is vital for preventing cross-border trafficking. Furthermore, the involvement of the Armed Forces in rehabilitation and reintegration programs for trafficking survivors is a critical component of our comprehensive anti-trafficking strategy.’


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World Ocean Day

A healthy Ocean for a healthy climate


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PRESS RELEASE

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) which is functioning under the purview of the Ministry of Defence clarifies regarding the admission of civilian students to the MBBS Degree Programme of KDU.


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Saudi Government offers Sri Lankan Muslim Tri Forces personnel free Haj opportunities for the first time in history

For the first time in history, the Saudi Government has offered Muslim members of the Sri Lankan Tri Forces sponsored opportunity to perform the annual Haj Pilgrimage this year (2024).


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Defence Secretary attends as Chief Guest at the Round Table Discussion on
“Sri Lanka’s Economic Security in 2024: Evaluating the Outlook and Risks”

A closed-door Round Table Discussion (RTD) was conducted to evaluate the state of Sri Lanka’s economy one year after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program. The event took place at the Nandimithra Auditorium, Ministry of Defence, in Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte, on Thursday (Jun 06), with Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne as the Chief Guest.


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SL Navy successfully installs 1000 own-produced
RO water treatment plants

Reaching a milestone in one of its Naval Social Responsibility projects, the Sri Lanka Navy successfully installed its 1000th Reverse Osmosis (RO) water treatment plant at Sri Sumana Vidyalaya in Palukadawala in Galgamuwa yesterday (Jun 05).


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Sri Lanka attends 22nd Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in Asia

The 22nd Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in Asia was held in Uzbekistan from 29 to 31 May (2024). Representing Sri Lanka the Director of the National Authority for Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC) under the Ministry of Defence Sri Lanka, Rear Admiral (Dr.) Ravi Ranasinghe, attended the event.


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Discussion to review progress and further relief measures for flood victims held

A special discussion to review the progress of actions taken by the government to provide relief to the people displaced due to adverse weather conditions caused by the South West Monsoon and further required relief measures was held under the patronage of the State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon at the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) in Colombo, today (Jun 05).