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Navy relief teams in action as rains continue

With the rains showing no signs of slowing down Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has deployed a number of relief teams to assist people affected by floods.


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Major General Vikum Liyanage appointed as the Army Commander

Major General Vikum Liyanage has been appointed as the 24th Commander of the Sri Lanka Army by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.


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General Shavendra Silva appointed as Chief of Defence Staff

Acting Chief of Defence Staff General Shavendra Silva will assume duties as the new Chief of Defence Staff with effect from tomorrow (June 01).


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Rainy weather to continue

Prevailing rainy weather is likely to continue for the next several days according to the weather bulletin issued by the Met Dept today May 31).


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Golden Paradise Residence Visa programme for investors launched

The launching ceremony of the ‘Golden Paradise Visa Scheme’, a long term visa programme for foreign investors to invest, live and study in Sri Lanka, was held under the aegis of Central Bank Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe and Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Battaramulla today (May 30).


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Service of Women’s Corps during battle is praiseworthy - Defence Secretary

Female soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army extended immense services to the country during the war against terrorism while making immense sacrifices.


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Defence Secretary commemorates fallen UN peacekeepers

Today, the May 29, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, I would like to commemorate and pay tribute to all the UN peacekeepers including the 11 Sri Lankans those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.  


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Army’s Yupun Abeykoon sets New National & South Asian Record

Sri Lanka Army’s Staff Sergeant Yupun Abeykoon set a new South Asian Record finishing the 100m open event in German Open Athletic Championship in 10.06 seconds on Thursday (26)


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US – SL Fulbright Commission assistance for language
skill development of KDU students

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) received an English Teaching Assistant through the United States – Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission.


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Navy plants hundreds of mangrove saplings in littoral zones

A mangrove planting drive by the Sri Lanka Navy in the coastal areas of Mannar and Arugam Bay Lagoon saw navy men planting several hundred mangrove plants on two separate occasions. According to Navy media, 1200 mangrove saplings were planted in the coastal area of Mannar while another 250 mangrove were planted in the Arugam Bay Lagoon recently (20 & 21 May).


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Students enter exam centres by SLN boats

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has deployed flood relief teams to assist the exam candidates affected by floods in Kalawana area today (25).


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Army facilitates flood-affected 156 GCE (O/L) students

Sri Lanka Army troops in Puttalam immediately evacuated flood-affected 156 GCE (O/L) students at St. Andrew’s Central College this morning (24) and swiftly arranged a safer place in the school for them to resume the exam.


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Rough seas and fairly heavy rainfall above 50mm - Met. Department

The Met. Department says fairly heavy falls above 50 mm can take place at some places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts.


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SLN thwarts illegal migration attempt

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) nabbed 67 persons last evening (23), in an attempt to unlawfully migrate to an overseas country via sea.


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100 Army troops left to serve in the United Nations Missions

A well-trained group of 100 Sri Lanka Army personnel in the Combat Convoy Company (CCC), left Sri Lanka yesterday (May 23) to serve in the United Nations (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).


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Army provides booster jabs at Vihara Maha Devi Park

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Medical teams launched inoculation of the fourth stage of COVID-19 vaccination programme for civilians at Vihara Maha Devi Park recently at the request of health authorities.


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Army troops fetch Sacred Ornaments to Nallathanniya

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops joined bringing the symbolic statue of God Saman and sacred ornaments to Nallathanniya recently in a procession in accordance with long held traditions.


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Navy plants mangrove saplings in coastal areas of North

As part of the Mangrove Conservation Project of the Navy, a mangrove planting drive was conducted in coastal areas of the Mandaitivu Island and Ponnalai Lagoon, Jaffna under the patronage of Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Priyantha Perera on May 20.


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SLCG releases more baby turtles

The Coast Guard Turtle Conservation Projects (CGTCP) recently released 283 turtle hatchlings hatched out from 465 turtle eggs conserved in various parts of the Island.


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Navy thwarts illegal migration attempt; a group of 40 held in Batticaloa seas and Kalawanchikudi beach area

Sri Lanka Navy managed to apprehend 40 individuals who attempted to illegally migrate to a foreign country by sea, during a patrol conducted in seas off Batticaloa and in a special operation in the beach area of Kalawanchikudi, Batticaloa on 18th May 2022.


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Tri forces personnel promoted to next rank on Victory Day

A total of 396 Army, 74 Navy and 450 Air Force officers were promoted to the next substantive rank by their respective commanders on the approval of HE the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence to coincide with the Victory Day.


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War Heroes Day Message of H.E. the President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces

The brave war heroes who safeguarded the freedom and territorial integrity of the motherland will never be forgotten under any circumstances. That’s because we always respect the sacrifices they have made. Therefore, the National War Heroes Day will be commemorated this year as well by recalling the immense sacrifices made by the war heroes for national causes.


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Sri Lanka Army pugilist wins gold at Paris boxing tournament

Sri Lanka had won a gold medal at the ‘LES Centuries International Boxing Tournament Paris - 2022’ in France. Sri Lanka Army boxer Lance Corporal P.A.R Prasanna, representing the country at the international tournament won gold in the 57 kg weight class.


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Adverse marine weather – Met. Department

Issuing a marine weather forecast today (17), the Meteorology Department warns fishermen to refrain from fishing and naval activities in following sea areas during the next 24 hours.


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Defence Secretary inspects security arrangements at Parliament

The Secretary Defence Gen. kamal Gunaratne made a visit to the Parliament complex at Sri Jayawardanepura, Kotte yesterday (16 May) to inspect the security arrangement in place there.