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.
The Tri Forces and the Police have taken measures to beef up security under a special plan in view of the festive season.
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.
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.
Brigadier Priyanka Fernando of the Gemunu Watch (GW) took over duties as the new Director, Real Estate and Quartering at the Army Headquarters, Sri Jayewardenepura on Monday (9) during a brief ceremony at his office.
The government had rejected the request from the Swiss Embassy to allow the local female staffer, who claimed that she was allegedly abducted by unidentified men and threatened to disclose embassy information, to be flown out of the country for medical treatment, yesterday.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka, has highly commended the Sri Lankan government’s efforts in eradicating terrorism and defeating the LTTE to restore peace in the region.
“The Government of Sri Lanka, having taken serious note of the alleged criminal incident concerning a locally recruited staff member of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo, on Monday, 25 November 2019, immediately ordered a thorough investigation into this matter.
It is noted that a rumour is being circulated stating that Police is planning to remove three wheeler parks, pavement hawkers and street stalls in the country.
There should not be any undue fear among the people of the country of any political revenge, abduction or disturbances can be caused by the political changes that have taken place in the country following the recent Presidential Election.
It has been reported to me certain state institutes and individuals had used the circular bearing PS/SP/SB/C/14/2019 issued by me on April 23, 2019 in order to ensure the security at State Institutions and other venues with national importance following the Easter Sunday attacks, to mislead the public on an imminent security threat.
There was a rumour spreading, about a bomb in Keppetipola Maha Vidyalaya at Miriswatta in Gampaha and in St. Mary's Church at Mattakkuliya in Modara in the morning today (16th October).
A group of representatives of the All Island War Heroes and Disabled War Heroes Association met the Additional Secretary (Defence) of the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Anuradha Wijekoon, at the Ministry Auditorium, today (25).
Representatives of the National Organization for the Protection of Rights of War Heroes, who are staging a protest apposite the Fort Railway Station in Colombo and Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, met with Additional Secretary (Defence) of the Ministry of Defence Mr. Anuradha Wijekoon at the Ministry of Defense Auditorium this evening (24 September).
A special press briefing was held at the MoD Media Centre in Kollupitiya, today (18 September) to inform the progress of the Subcommittee Report on the salaries and allowances paid to members of the Tri Forces and Police, disabled or died during the war till the age of 55, to be paid to the dependents of the deceased personnel for life time and continued to be paid to the disable personnel for life.
Chairperson of the Ministry of Defence Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU), Mrs. Sonia Kottegoda chaired a press conference held to make public aware of the ‘Udarai Oba’ musical extravaganza aimed at raising funds for the establishment of a Vocational Training Centre (VTC) for Tri Forces, police and Civil Security Department personnel and their family members at the ministry conference hall today (10 September 2019).
Salaries and allowances paid to members of the Tri Forces and Police who were disabled or died as a result of acts of direct terrorist acts or combating terrorism while on duty at operational and non-operational areas during the war till the age of 55, to be paid to the dependents of the deceased personnel for life time and continued to be paid to the disable personnel for life.
Lifting of emergency regulations will not impact on ban imposed on terrorist organisations...
The Emergency Regulations that was in force will not be extended.
Secretary Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV usp ndu said that all necessary measures have been taken to ensure maximum security to the Esala Perahera which will commence, tomorrow.
All possible measures should be taken to ensure maximum security and safety of the people and locations during the annual Esala Perahara in Kandy, and a collective effort by the tri forces and police should be in place to face any threats or eventualities during the run up to the great religious pageant and during the Perahara days, the President has issued special directions in this regard, said so the Secretary Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at a special progress review meeting of the Esala Perahera held to discuss security measures taken by the tri forces and police at the Ministry, today (29 July 2019).
The nation owes its gratitude to the War Heroes who had sacrificed their lives and limbs to usher in an era of peace and unity in the country.
Regarding a news item reported in the 7.00 pm news on Sirasa TV on 12th July, 2019.
In keeping with the vision of H.E. The President to establish normalcy in the country, following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, multiple measures have been taken to ensure public safety, and protect the sovereignty of the country as well as its territorial integrity by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).