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Sri Lanka's statement to Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Sri Lanka takes note of the report of Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief following his visit to Sri Lanka from 15 to 26 August 2019, which has been presented to this Council today (A/HRC/43/48/Add.2). The advanced unedited report of the Special Rapporteur (SR) was shared with Sri Lanka, for comments, on 3 February 2020, with a deadline of 28 February 2020, i.e. last Friday, leading to an Interactive Dialogue thereon today - Monday.


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Police, Navy and Army intensify fight against drug smuggling

The Defence Ministry has given instructions to security forces, including the Police, to intensify raids on widespread illegal drug smuggling, including kerala ganja (cannabis), to eradicate drug menace and also to prevent illegal drugs coming into the country.


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LTTE will remain a listed terror organization says Malaysia’s Home Minister

“The defunct terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will remain as a listed terrorist organization”, said Malaysia’s Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.


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Japanese Navy ship ‘Takanami’ departs the island

The Japanese Navy ship “Takanami” which arrived in Sri Lanka on 21st February 2020, departed the island, today (23rd February 2020).


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Firearm licence applications are now available on defence.lk

* Private security firms registration applications also available

During the recently announced grace period, 200 firearms without valid permits or with no renewed permits have been handed over to Police stations in nine provinces.


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Defence Ministry to submit a new Cabinet paper to solve pension issues of disabled soldiers

•    Technical discrepancies over pension payments for disabled war veterans, families and widows to be resolved

Defence Ministry will submit a new Cabinet paper to solve existing issues related to pensions and allowances to disabled persons of armed forces and the police, soon.


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Police and intelligence units to raid illegal weapons

With the conclusion of the week- long firearms amnesty, the Police together with other intelligence agencies have commenced raiding illegal firearms.


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Progress of ‘Sandahiru Seya’ project reviewed

Construction work of ‘Sandahiru Seya’ is to be expedited with added labour in keeping with professional standards on instructions of Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne.


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Sinhala- English Dictionary presented to Defence Secretary

The Sinhala- English Dictionary compiled by Buddhadasa Hewage was presented to Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne during a function held at the Ministry today (12).


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Army facilitates PMB to buy over 3.2 m kilos of paddy worth Rs. 163.4m

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has facilitated the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) to purchase over 3,268,600 kilos of paddy worth of over Rs. 163,430,000 during last two weeks.


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No space for extremism to thrive in the country- President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured that the government would not leave space for any extremist organisation, which propagates terrorism, to function in the country.


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Army busts an organised Kerala ganja racket during 12-hour search operation

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has detected 24 kilos of Kerala ganja and 99.5 ft of satin wood during its 12-hour special search operation, which concluded in the morning, today.


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'Police Grievance Day' to resolve Police and public issues

The Police Grievance Day to find solutions to public complaints on Police and pending administrative issues and problems among Police personnel will be held at the Suhurupaya in Battaramulla on January 29.


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Maj. Gen. Milinda Peiris assumed duties as VC of KDU

Maj. Gen. Milinda Peiris RWP RSP USP LOM ndc psc MPhil(Ind) PGDM, who is an eminent senior officer of the Sri Lanka Army, assumed duties as the new Vice Chancellor (VC) of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) on January 16, 2020.


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A book titled ‘Sundala Purnika’ presented to the Defence Secretary

‘Sundala Purnika’ a novel authored by Asha Maduthisaru was presented to Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne during a function held at the Ministry premises today (13).


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STF sets up a special operations unit to ensure national security

A special operations unit, which functions 24-hours,  has been established at the Police Special Task Force (STF) Headquarters to ensure national security and public order  with immediate effect.


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SLAF plane crash : Bandarawela Magistrate’s Court orders Government Analyst to submit findings

The Bandarawela Magistrate’s Court has ordered the Government Analyst, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department of Meteorology to produce their findings related to the aircraft crash that killed four airmen of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) this morning.


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SLAF Aircraft crashed in Haputale

A light transport aircraft of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) crashed into an area close to Haputale this morning (3 Jan).

 


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Maj. Gen. (Retd) Sudantha Ranasinghe new Director General of Disaster Management Centre

Maj. Gen. (Retd) Sudantha Ranasinghe has been appointed as the Director General of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).


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Over 175 illegal immigrants nabbed by Navy in 2019

With a sharp increase in Sri Lankan illegal migrants to Australia and New Zealand in 2019, Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has strengthened its surveillance operations with the support of the Sri Lanka Air force (SLAF) and the Australia’s Operations Sovereign Borders (AOSB).


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Tri-forces and Police work collectively to ensure security - Acting CDS Lt.Gen. Shavendra Silva

Acting Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Commander of the Army Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva pledged to ensure security of the country and its people to the maximum in compliance with the vision of the President and Commander in Chief of armed forces Gotabaya Rajapaksa.


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Defence Secretary reviews welfare initiatives for retired War Heroes

Another round of discussion was held at the Defence Ministry presided by the Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne on Monday (30) evening  to review the progress of the ongoing welfare programmes initiated to uplift the living standards of the retired Tri-Forces personnel.


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Defence Ministry Seva Vanitha Unit presents school gifts packs for employees children

More than 500 children of Defence Ministry employees were presented with gift packs of school books, bags and gift vouchers for shoes during a ceremony held today (30) at the Ministry auditorium.

 


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Army Para Games showcase exceptional talents of soldiers

Over 700 differently able soldiers representing 11 regiments of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) will compete for honours at the 22nd Army Para Games 2019 which got off the ground on Friday (27) at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo.


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Jaffna troops celebrate Christmas with needy children

One hundred bicycles were donated to deserving children in the Jaffna region during an Army initiated programme held in view of the Christmas celebration, recently (24).