Through a policy decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers in July this year, the Chairmanship of the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force was shifted from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Defence,
Ministry of Defence denied the circulation of false details published on social media and certain media regarding alleged mining in the seas off the coast of Batticaloa by a barge that had been anchored a few days ago due to facing an emergency following a fuel shortage during the ship’s expedition from UAE to Bangladesh.
Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) organized the Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa Inaugural Memorial Oration on 16th of December 2021 from 1500hrs to 1700hrs at the auditorium of Suhurupaya building, Battaramulla with the participation of Mrs. Lali Kobbekaduwa and family members of late Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, Secretaries to the Ministries, Navy Commander, Tri forces, Police, Intelligence Services, Defence Attaches to Sri Lanka, academia and resource pool of INSS. General Kamal Gunaratne (Retd.) WWV RWP RSP USP ndc psc MPhil, Secretary - Ministry of Defence and the State Ministry of National Security graced the inaugural memorial oration as the Chief Guest.
Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security, established under the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka conducted its second national conference “Colombo Conclave 2021”, under the theme of “International Dimensions on National Security”, on 24th of November 2021 from 0800hrs to 1800hrs at Waters Edge, Battaramulla.
Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on National Security established under the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka organized a Round Table Discussion titled, “The impact of Sand Mining; a threat to National Security'' on the 29th of October 2021, from 0900hrs to 1100hrs via Zoom.
The news circulating on social media platforms and electronic media sources stating a likely terror attack on Sri Lankan Churches was based on basic information which is neither analyzed nor confirmed by the respective authorities.
Institute of National Security Studies, the premier think tank on National Security established under the Ministry of Defence organized a virtual Threat Lens titled “Confronting Cybercrime, Cyber Harassment and Cyber Defamation in a Surging Era of Technology” which was held on the 17th September 2021 from 1400hrs to 1530hrs via ZOOM. The Chair of the event was Director General of Centre for Defence Research and Development (CDRD), Major General K. R. P. Rowel (Retd.) RWP VSV USP ndu psc USACGSC representing the Secretary, Ministry of Defence and State Ministry of National Security and Disaster Management. The Guest Speaker for the event was Mr. Deenadayalan Nagaratnam, Information Security Engineer, Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT). Professor Rohan Gunaratna, Director General of INSS moderated the event.
The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in coordination with the Sri Lanka Police and Intelligence Services arrested a foreign fishing vessel carrying over 170 kilos of heroin worth of Rs. 1,575 million along with nine suspects at the international waters, south of Sri Lanka and escorted to Colombo Harbour today on 18 Sep 2021.
Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) referring to the standard security measures adopted at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport(BIA), affirmed that there is no requirement for general public to panic due to the information disseminating over a fake email of hostile nature received by the airport authorities.
Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on National Security established under the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka organized a Round Table Discussion titled “Exploring Avenues to Affirm Social Harmony through Spatial Integration” on the 10th of September, 2021 from 1400hrs to 1530hrs via Zoom. Renowned Architect Murad Ismail graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour.
Institute of National Security Studies: The premier think tank on National Security established under the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka organized a virtual Closed Door Public Lecture titled “Gaps, Loopholes and Weaknesses in National Security - The Roles of DMRC, ACJU and Wafks Board” on the 08th of September, 2021 from 1400hrs to 1530hrs on Zoom. The Guest Speaker for the event was Prof. Rasheen Bappu, Adjunct Professor, Anthropologist and Intelligence Data Scientist. Rear Admiral Dimuthu Gunawardena RWP**, RSP, VSV, USP, nswc, psc, Director (Communications and Publications), INSS chaired and moderated the event. He warmly welcomed the guest speaker and briefly introduced the topic and the Guest speaker for the event.
Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) established under the Ministry of Defence has conducted a virtual Round Table Discussion titled “Securing Sri Lanka through Community Engagement”, from 1400 hrs – 1630 hrs (IST) on 20 August 2021.
The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) established under the Ministry of Defence conducted a Round Table Discussion titled “Macroeconomic Impact due to Covid and the way forward for Sri Lanka” on 19 August from 1400 hrs to 1530 hrs Via Zoom.
Institute of National Security Studies, the premier think tank on National Security established under the Ministry of Defence organized a Threat Lens titled “Combating the national security issues emanating from illegal narcotics trade in Sri Lanka” which was held on 13th August 2021 from 1000 hrs – 1130 hrs (IST) via zoom. The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Priyangi Amarabandu, Chairperson of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board. Professor Rohan Gunaratna, Director General of INSS, moderated the event. The participants were welcomed by Mr. Asel Ariyaperuma, Intern (Research), at INSS. Thereafter the Director-General welcomed and introduced the Guest Speaker and opened the floor to a comprehensive dialogue on illegal narcotics trade in the country. The audience was comprised of representatives from international organizations, Ministries, tri forces, intelligence services, and academics.
Institute of National Security Studies, the premier think tank on National Security established under the Ministry of Defence Sri Lanka organized a Closed Door Public Lecture titled “Regulating the Digital Educational and Religious Space” which was held on 29th July 2021 from 1400 hrs – 1600 hrs (IST) at the conference hall of INSS. The guest speakers for the event were Professor Rohan Gunaratna, Director General of INSS, Mr. S.H. Harischandra, Secretary, State Ministry of Dhamma Schools, Pirivenas and Bhikkhu Education and Mr. Shabry Haleemdeen, Chairman of Wakfs Board. Rear Admiral Dimuthu Gunawardena, Director (Communication and Publication), INSS moderated the event. He initially welcomed the guest speakers and opened the floor to a comprehensive dialogue on the regulating digital, educational and religious space. The audience was comprised of representatives from Ministries, tri forces, intelligence agencies and academics.
The Director General of Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Maj. Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe speaking at a public lecture themed ‘Grappling with Floods to Secure Socio-economic Security’ elaborated the initiatives that the DMC has taken to mitigate floods, risk reduction, prevention, and such disaster management while validating his points based on statistics and data.
The International Cultural Jamboree organized by the Sri Lanka Scout Association was graced by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday virtually.
The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) organized a virtual Security Salon on July 13, 2021 titled “Revival of South Asian solidarity: Smoothing rough spots of Multilateralism”. The Press Release regarding the event is as follows:
The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) conducted a closed-door public lecture on the title of "Regulating Educational and Religious Space" at the INSS conference room in Suhurupaya, Battaramulla on July 12, 2021. The Press Release of the event is as follows:
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has put forward a comprehensive mechanism to vaccinate a majority of the population against COVID-19 virus before September.
The Level-4 U.S. Travel Ban imposed on Sri Lanka on May 24, 2021 has been lifted to a Level-3 U.S. Travel Advisory on 06 July, 2021.
Following the directives of the Ministry of Defence, Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne has suspended the service of the naval surgeon who was arrested recently over an allegation of sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old girl.
The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) held a discussion on “A Smooth Transition to Strengthen Food Security Through the Use of Organic Fertilizer” and issued a Press Release which appears as follows: