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‘Sri Lanka’s Children as Instrument of War’ – INSS Panel Discussion

A panel discussion titled ‘Sri Lanka’s Children as Instrument of War’ was held under the aegis of the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) at the Foreign Ministry recently.

 


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Right to Privacy in the Digital Age; Liberty and Security at Loggerheads

A press release issued by Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) pertaining to the Round Table Discussion on “Right to Privacy in the Digital Age; Liberty and Security at Loggerheads” is as follows:


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Media briefing held by the disabled soldiers on the salary anomalies

A press release issued by the Ministry of Defence pertaining to the media briefing held by the disabled soldiers on the salary anomalies is as follows:


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The Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C. D. Wickramaratne to conduct a special combined operation along with the Prison Officers to ease the unruly behaviour triggered at the Mahara Prison

The Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C. D. Wickramaratne to conduct a special combined operation along with the Prison Officers to ease the unruly behaviour triggered at the Mahara Prison today (December 1, 2020).


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The Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C.D. Wickramaratne to probe into the tense situation escalated at the Mahara Prison

The Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C.D. Wickramaratne to probe into the tense situation escalated at the Mahara Prison yesterday (November 29, 2020).


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Colombo Security Conclave - 4th NSA-Level Trilateral Meeting

Sri Lanka hosted the fourth National Security Adviser (NSA)-level Trilateral meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation with India and the Maldives. The inaugural trilateral meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation was held in the year 2011 as an initiative of the former Secretary, Ministry of Defence and the current Sri Lankan President His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa. A series of trilateral meetings had been convened successfully but the last meeting was held over 6 years ago in New Delhi, India in March 2014.


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Sri Lanka is scheduled to host the 4th National Security Adviser (NSA) Level Trilateral Meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka on 27-28 November 2020 in Colombo.

Sri Lanka is scheduled to host the 4th National Security Adviser (NSA) Level Trilateral Meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka on 27-28 November 2020 in Colombo.


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SLAF led aerial observations to curb deforestation - Defence Secretary

Raising concerns into widespread illegal forest resources degradation, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said, attention into deforestation is imperative and it is vital to identify such attempts before logging.

 


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Sri Lanka has a major role to play in the Indian Ocean as never before - Defence Secretary

The Indian Ocean that harnesses vital ‘Sea Lines of Communication’ linking the ‘East’ and the ‘West’ is considered to be the gateway for the seven seas, said Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne emphasising that Sri Lanka, being part of this strategic ocean mass, obviously has a major role to play in the Indian Ocean as never before.


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Colombo Conclave 2020: Inaugural National Conference

Colombo Conclave 2020 is the Inaugural National Conference, organized by the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka, (INSSSL), the premier think tank on National Security functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Defence. The theme of the conference would be “A Comprehensive Security Paradigm for Sri Lanka” and is scheduled to be held virtually on 24th of November 2020. It brings 12 local scholars together to discuss thematic issues which play a dominant role in maintaining national security.


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Government facilitates state sector employees in Western Province to ‘work from home’

Employees of the state sector institutions especially in Colombo. Gampaha and Kalutara districts where restrictions have been imposed are directed to ‘work from home’ again, issuing a press release, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said yesterday (Oct 29).

 


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‘Deegawapiya Stupa’ restoration project launching ceremony postponed.

The foundation stone laying ceremony scheduled to be held on 22 Oct in view of Deegawapi Stupa restoration project at the sacred Deegawapi premises was postponed due to an unavoidable circumstance.


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‘Deegawapiya Stupa’ restoration project inaugurates tomorrow (22nd Oct)

The foundation stone laying for the scheduled ‘Deegawapiya Stupa’ restoration process will be commenced auspiciously under the guidance of the Chief Prelate of Sacred Deegawapiya Temple Ven. Mahaoya Sobitha Thero at the Deegawapiya premises tomorrow (22 Oct).


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Defence Secretary’s Media Conference Held at the Ministry on 5th Oct 2020

The State Ministry of Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management organized a conference to address the Government Agents/District Secretaries in Northern, North Central and Eastern Provinces on Oct 1, 2020.


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EXTENSION OF BID OPENING DATE

PROCUREMENT OF TACTICAL RADIO COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT FOR UPGRADING AND MODERNIZATION OF SRI LANKA ARMY RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (STAGE 1)
IFB No:  MOD/SLA/06/2019

The Chairman, Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) of the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Secretary, Ministry of Defence...


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EXTENSION OF BID OPENING DATE

PROCUREMEN OF 2100 NOS  9MM  PISTOLS  FOR SRI LANKA POLICE  CONTRACT REFERENCE  : MOD/FD/PB/50/II-07/2019

The Chairman, Ministry Procurement Committee (MPC) of the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Secretary, Ministry of Defence...


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FIREARM AMNESTY TO HAND OVER ILLEGAL WEAPONS

A grace period to handover illegal firearms held without valid permits or documents has been announced today (5 to 12) by the Defence Ministry. Following the directives of the President, weeklong the amnesty has been announced to collect all illegal firearms.


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GENERAL AMNESTY FOR TRI FORCES ABSENTEES

A week long general amnesty has been declared, today for Tri-Forces absentees, enabling them to receive a discharge or to rejoin and continue their national service to the country.


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Army Well-Prepared For Coronavirus Quarantine Purposes & Isolation Process

The Army on the directions of the acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, alert to the SOS need to have Sri Lankans arriving from China’s Wuhan Province quarantined for two weeks against Coronavirus, has put up two new dormitories inside the Diyatalawa Army Base Hospital premises.


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President Rajapaksa approves SL Airlines aircraft to land Wuhan city to airlift 32 SL students

On the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing today, submitted an application to land a Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft in Wuhan city airport to airlift 32 Sri Lankan students including their family members.


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President Rajapaksa denies saying 20,000 missing are dead

The President's Office has denied media reports quoting President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as saying that 20,000 listed as missing are dead, today.

 


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Switzerland says no intention to tarnish Sri Lanka’s image

Switzerland said yesterday that it had no intention of tarnishing the image of the Sri Lankan Government and regretted about recent developments had led question the Sri Lanka’s commitment to due process.


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SPECIAL ISLANDWIDE SECUIRTY MEASURES TAKEN TO ENSURE SECURITY DURING FESTIVE SEASON

The Tri Forces and the Police have taken measures to beef up security under a special plan in view of the festive season.


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Due process followed in Swiss embassy employee’s probe – Foreign Minister Gunawardena

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena reassured his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis yesterday that due process had been followed at each step in keeping with international norms respected by both countries in probing into the alleged incident related to the Swiss Embassy employee.


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Police Headquarters has issued directions to relevant Police officials to take strict action...

Police Headquarters has issued directions to relevant Police officials to take strict action against people who fraudulently pose as Coordinating Secretaries to the President or pretend as having close links with the President and involve in deceiving people and also making unlawful influences to them.