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General Amnesty declares for Tri-Forces absentees overseas

Ministry of Defence  informs the Tri-Forces absentees who are presently abroad to receive a legal discharge from their respective services without reporting to the Unit under the recently declared General Amnesty period which is in force from 15.11.2022 until 31.12.2022.


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General amnesty for Tri Forces absentees

Ministry of Defence declares general amnesty for the Tri-Forces absentees, enabling them to receive a legal discharge from their respective services.


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President instructs officers to celebrate the 75th Independence Day with dignity

President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed officials to celebrate the 75th Independence Day in a dignified manner that reflects national and religious unity.


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MOD clarifies on Extradition of Wickramaratne Nandun Chintaka aka
Herath Dissanayakege Roshan Isanka aka Harakkata to Sri Lanka

News has been published in certain print and social media in a misleading manner to the public stating that Wickramaratne Nandun Chinthaka alias ‘Harakkata’, a notorious drug kingpin was released by the Dubai Police on 03rd October 2022 due to the Defence Ministry’s delay in submitting the file from this country to the Dubai authorities regarding the criminal allegations levelled against him.


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“COMBATTING HUMAN SMUGGLING AT SEA: AN ESCALATING THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY”

Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security established under the Ministry of Defence, organized a Round Table Discussion titled “Combatting human smuggling at sea: An escalating threat to national security” on Wednesday, 21st of September 2022, from 1400hrs to 1600hrs (IST) via Zoom.


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“INDIA, CHINA AND THE THREAT OF C.B.R.N. WEAPONS; A FORECAST ANALYSIS MAPPING THE THREATS TO THE REGION”

The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security established under the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka hosted a virtual Security Salon on “India, China, and the threat of C.B.R.N. Weapons; A forecast analysis mapping the threats to the region” on Wednesday, 31th August 2022 from 1400 hrs to 1530hrs (IST) via Zoom.


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“Organized Crimes and the Growing Imbalance of Discipline within the Society”

Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security established under the Ministry of Defence, organized a Round Table Discussion titled “Organized Crimes and the Growing Imbalance of Discipline within the Society” on Tuesday, 23rd of August 2022, from 1400hrs to 1530hrs (IST) via Zoom.


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“AUKUS AND QUAD; RAMIFICATIONS FOR SRI LANKA”

Recent developments on the Australia, UK and US (AUKUS) agreement for cooperation on Australian acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) has created a controversy in the Indian Ocean Region. In this regard, Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) organized the Security Salon titled,


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Defence Ministry clarifies on blacklisting and delisting of persons and organizations

According to the blacklisting and delisting of persons, 577 individuals and 18 organizations were blacklisted in the year 2021 for financing terrorism under the United Nations Regulation No. 01 of 2012.


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Special announcement by the National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force
Chaired by the Ministry of Defence

It has been reported to us that some foreign employment agents in Sri Lanka are sending foreign workers to various countries under tourist visas, saying that they can later change them to work visas, and as a result, these workers have become victims of human trafficking.


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Sri Lanka upgraded to Tier 2 as per the US TIP Report 2022

The Ministry of Defence, as the Chair of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (NAHTTF) of Sri Lanka, is pleased to announce that the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2022 released on 19 July 2022 by the United States Department of State has upgraded Sri Lanka to Tier 2.


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Two Army soldiers who were on duty at the Battaramulla Parliament Junction during the time of the protest in the evening hours on July 13, 2022, were brutally attacked by a violent group who came to occupy the Parliament complex, using iron rods and poles, until they became unconscious and the T-56 automatic weapons with two filled magazines of those soldiers were stolen. The Ministry of Defence emphasizes that the stealing of the two weapons and the magazines is a serious illegal act and poses a serious threat to the safety of the public.


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COLOMBO SECURITY CONCLAVE JOINT PRESS RELEASE

The Member States of the Colombo Security Conclave comprising India, Maldives, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, successfully concluded the 6th Deputy National Security Adviser level meeting held on 7 July 2022 hosted by the National Security Council Secretariat of India in Kochi. Delegations from Bangladesh and Seychelles participated as Observers.


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A letter sent by the Inspector General of Police to the Defence Secretary regarding an intelligence information of a purported terrorist attack is presently seen circulating in the social media.


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“CHILD PROTECTION: AN APEX CHALLENGE TO HUMAN SECURITY”

The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security established under the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka organized a Public Lecture on “Child protection: An apex challenge to human security” which was held on Wednesday, 29th June 2022 from 1400 hrs to 1530hrs (IST) via Zoom.


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"Dealing with Social Security Challenges and Crisis Management in Sri Lanka"

Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security established under the Ministry of Defence, organized a Threat Lens titled “Dealing with Social Security Challenges and Crisis Management in Sri Lanka” on Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, from 1400hrs to 1530hrs (IST) via Zoom.


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“FACING THE LOOMING FOOD SECURITY THREAT IN SRI LANKA”

Food security is becoming an apex threat to Sri Lanka’s national security. At present, public is unable to attend to daily food necessities due to lack of products and insufficient income.


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“IMPORTANCE OF POLITICAL STABILITY FOR
NATIONAL SECURITY OF SRI LANKA”

Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) organized a Round Table Discussion under the theme, “Importance of Political Stability for National Security of Sri Lanka” on Friday, 07th First speaker Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa initiating the discourse emphasized that the political stability goes hand in hand with economic security and ultimately the security of both ensures the national security. Therefore, he discussed further about the importance of political stability and the factors that affect the same.


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UKRAINE CRISIS: GLOBAL AND REGIONAL IMPACT AND ITS CONSEQUENCES TO NATIONAL SECURITY IN SRI LANKA

Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security established under the Ministry of Defence organized a Security Salon on “Ukraine crisis: global and regional impact and its consequences to national security of Sri Lanka”.


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‘The Hindu’ newspaper in India has published a report on 13 May 2022 quoting Indian intelligence that the LTTE is planning to launch an attack  Sri Lanka on May 18.


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The tri forces personnel have been called up to assist the police to contain the present situation at the Galle Face and adjacent areas in order to maintain security and ensure public safety.


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PRESS RELEASE OF MINISTRY OF DEFENCE CLARIFYING MATTERS REGARDING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

1.    First of all, Ministry of Defence kindly request from all citizens of the country to assist in managing the current economic and social crisis and unrest in the country with the utmost intelligence and patience.


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“ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED (IUU) FISHING: JEOPARDIZING SRI LANKA'S MARITIME SECURITY”

The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security established under the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka organized a Closed Door Round Table Discussion on “Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing: Jeopardizing Sri Lanka’s maritime security” on Friday, 29th April 2022 from 1400 hrs to 1530hrs (IST) via Zoom.


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The Current Crisis: The role of Macro-stabilization, Trade and Investment Reforms

Sri Lanka is in the midst of its greatest economic catastrophe. This situation has been precipitated by apparent macroeconomic imbalances coupled with slow growth, considerable fiscal deficit, a large balance of payment deficit and high external debt, which have inflamed for years. There is no alternative now, but to adopt a comprehensive economic agenda to tackle the economic crisis.


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Ministry of Defence responds to the Facebook note of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka addressing the Secretary of Defence and Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army.