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Army to renovate more irrigation tanks

Sri Lanka Army troops have recently started tank renovation projects in Mahaweli “L” region under the “Vari Saubhagya” programme of the government.


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Air Force drops “Seed bombs” over forest reserve

A load of ‘Seed bombs’ were dropped on the Wattegama Kebilitta Government forest reserve in Siyambalanduwa during this week (Oct 05 & 06). According to Air Force media, a total of 75,000 seed bombs were dropped over an approximately 495 acre area of the forest reserve under the fifth wave of the SLAF, Forest Conservation Department and Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Peradeniya organized mission.


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Sri Lankan Contingent Participates as Observers in Russian
'Exercise Zapad (West) 2021'

Members of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces were among participants in the annual strategic-level 'Exercise Zapad (West) 2021' of the Russian Armed Forces, held in Russia during 10- 17 September 2021 with the participation of military personnel from 17 countries, either as participants or observers.


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Indian Army's Largest Contingent of Sportsmen Arrives for Friendly Encounters

Ushering in a new chapter of sporting interests and sound bilateral ties and co-operation between sportsmen of both Indian Army and Sri Lankan Army, the largest ever contingent of 61 sportsmen of the Indian Army under the 'Army to Army Sports Exchange' project arrives in Sri Lanka early next week to participate in friendly Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball and Cricket tournaments with their counterparts in the Sri Lanka Army.


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Army troops donate blood to Jaffna Teaching Hospital

Sri Lanka Army troops organized a blood donation campaign at 552 Brigade Headquarters in Iyakachchi recently to replenish blood stocks in the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.


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Japan Lanka Friendship Association donates
2 fire vehicles and an ambulance to the SLAF

The Japan Lanka Friendship Association yet again made a generous donation to the Sri Lanka Air Force at a ceremony held at Air Force Headquarters this evening (05 October 2021). The Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana graced the ceremony where the SLAF received two (2) Fire Vehicles and an Ambulance.


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Navy commences planting mangrove in Jaffna Peninsula

The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) planted mangrove saplings in Kilali Lagoon recently while aiming to conserve mangrove and prevent coastal erosion in the lagoons of the Jaffna Peninsula.


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Navy nabs a suspect with 1064 kg of smuggled dried turmeric in Norochcholai

Sri Lanka Navy seized about 1064kg of smuggled dried turmeric, hidden in a fishing hut, during a special operation conducted at the beach of Norochcholai today (04th October 2021). The operation also led to the apprehension of a suspect from the location.


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Sri Lankan and Indian Armies in Ex ‘Mithra Shakti’

A contingent of 120 Indian Army troops arrived at Mattala International Airport recently to participate in the 8th consecutive joint Exercise (Ex) ‘Mitra Shakti’ between Sri Lanka and India from October 03 to 17.


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Sandahiru Stupa Sacred Pinnacle is now on parade for veneration

The ‘Sacred Pinnacle’ and the ‘Crest-Gem’’ of Sandahiru Stupa will arrive at the ancient Kiri Vehera premises situated in Kataragama tomorrow (Oct 5).


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Japanese navy ships arrive in Colombo

Three destroyers of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) had arrived in the country today (Oct 02). According to Navy media, the trio of ships named KAGA, MURASAME and FUYUZUKI had arrived at the port of Colombo making an official visit.


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Navy warship ‘Jayasagara’ completes service in the Navy

The decommissioning ceremony of Navy ship SLNS ‘Jayasagara’ was held at the Naval Dockyard in Trincomalee on Thursday (Sep 30).


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Armoured Troops after 12 Years Begin Field Firing Training Sessions

A group of 15 Officers & 130 Other Ranks who followed the Armoured Young Officers’ Course, Professional Armoured Fighting Vehicle Gunner Operator Course and the Basic Gunner Operator Course during the years 2020 and 2021 after absence of more than 12 years had the chance of resuming residential field firing sessions for two days (21-22 September) at Sri Lanka Air Force field firing range in Kalpitiya.


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International Maritime Boundary Line meeting between Sri Lanka-Indian navies held virtually

The 31st International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting between the navies of Sri Lanka and India was held on a virtual setting at the Light House Galley, Colombo today (29th September 2021).


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Jaffna Teaching Hospital receives medical equipment from SLAF

Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) handed over a consignment of medical devices to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in a bid to brace ongoing COVID-19 treatments recently.


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Army assists in renovation work of Buddhist temples

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops have extended their engineering expertise and labour towards the renovation of several Buddhist temples in the Trincomalee, Ampara and Polonnaruwa districts which had remained in a state of neglect for some time.


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Planting a tree also plants a hope

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in association with the Department of Coast Conservation planted over 200 mangrove saplings in Nadathivu Lagoon in Muthur recently.


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INSARAG Search and Rescue training course held

A Basic Search and Rescue General-Training Course was conducted at the Disaster Management Training Centre (DMTC) at Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Station in Mullaitivu and its certificate awarding ceremony was held recently using the Zoom platform.


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SLN and SLCG bring injured fisherman ashore

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) brought an injured fisherman ashore from a multi-day fishing trawler on July 26 and directed to the Trincomalee District General Hospital for further treatment.


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NBRO issues landslide warning for several areas

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued 'level 1' landslide early warnings for several areas in five districts which is valid until 7.00 p.m. today (Sep 27).


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Cannabis worth Rs. 27 million nabbed from Mannar

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) seized over 91 kilos of Cannabis during two special operations conducted in the seas off Walaipadu, Mannar and the adjacent beach area on Sep 24.


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Army nabs 2350 kilos of smuggled turmeric

Sri Lanka Army troops apprehended a stock of smuggled 2350 kg of turmeric and 50 kg of cardamom during a search conducted in Wettakadu area recently.


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Army conducts Disaster Response Training

The Sri Lanka Army Centre for Disaster Response Training (SLACDRT) in coordination with Disaster Management Centre (DMC) conducted the ‘International Search and Advisory Group’ (INSARAG) Training of Trainers Course recently in Gampola.


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KDU signs an industrial collaboration agreement

General Sir John Kothalawala Defence University (KDU) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Orel Corporation (Pvt) Ltd yesterday (Sep 22) with a view of establishing closer cooperation with local industries and securing more training opportunities for its undergraduates.


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Navy nabs over 68 million worth cannabis from Mannar

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) nabbed over 228 kilos of cannabis abandoned in the beach area of Narivilkulam, during a special raid carried out yesterday (Sep 21).