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:
Circulation of information on the ongoing project to remove silt in the ‘Tissawewa’ tank in Tissamaharamaya, run by a private company, manning Chinese employees who were reportedly wearing controversial military style camouflage uniforms has been highlighted in the media.
The Foreign Ministry regrets the adoption of a resolution on Sri Lanka in the European Parliament on 10 June 2021. The resolution entitled “The Situation in Sri Lanka, in particular the arrests under the Prevention of Terrorism Act”, contains factual inaccuracies, and does not take cognizance of the multifaceted progress made by Sri Lanka in reconciliation and development.
During a virtual discussion organized by the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) under the theme of ‘Enhancing of Urban Security and Safety of the Port City’, the tri-forces experts participated have stressed on the necessity of conducting a comprehensive threat analysis and creating a national policy for the same, the INSS said in a press release today (June 12).
A press release issued by Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) pertaining to the discussion recently held at the Defence Ministry on the new security dimensions on extremism in Sri Lanka is as follows: