• New application form for firearm renewal introduced

    A new application form has been introduced for renewal of firearm licenses. The application form is available in the Ministry’s website.


  • Navy plants 5,000 mangroves in Jaffna lagoons

    A programme to plant 5,000 mangrove plants in the Jaffna peninsula by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) saw its successful culmination in the Ponnale lagoon recently (Oct 17).


  • Indian NDC Delegation calls on Defence Secretary

    An Indian National Defence College (NDC) delegation led by Maj. Gen. Hari B Pillai made a call on the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Ministry in Defence Headquarters Complex, Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte today (Oct 18).


  • 'Way Forward Strategy-2020-2025' Takes One More Milestone Step Forward Raising 1st Corps of SLA

    The landmark unification of Reserve Strike Divisions, Special Operations Forces and elements of other arms in the Sri Lanka Army as 1 Corps of the Sri Lanka Army occurred this morning (17) during a formal ceremony at Saliyapura Gajaba Regiment Regimental HQ premises as promulgated in the Army Commander's 'Way Forward Strategy 2020-2025' for the organizat...

  • Defence Secretary laid foundation stone for Deeghawapiya ‘Pilgrims Rest’

    Defence Secretary and Chairperson of ‘Archaeological Heritage Management Presidential Task Force’ (PTF) for Eastern Province, Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) laid the foundation stone for the proposed ‘Pilgrims Rest’ at the Deeghawapiya Raja Maha Viharaya premises amidst the religious blessings today (15 July).


  • Dr. Subramanian Swamy MP guest speaker at INSS Security Salon

    Eminent scholar and Member of Parliament, India Dr. Subramanian Swamy was the guest speaker at the Security Salon organized by the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) last evening (Oct 13).


  • Indian Army Chief meets Defence Secretary

    Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane accompanied by a military delegation met the Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) at the Ministry today (Oct 13).


  • Defence Secretary graces National event of IDDRR

    National event to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) themed ‘COVID-19 and systemic risks’ was held in the form of a hybrid event at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) today (Oct 13).


  • New application form for Clearance of Dangerous Cargo

    Permission for the ingress, discharge, transshipment and clearance of vessels carrying dangerous cargo to Sri Lanka is issued by the Ministry of Defence.


  • President reviews Sandahiru Seya project

    His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reviewed the progress of Sandahiru Seya construction and scheduled work while arriving at the Stupa premises in Anuradhapura today (Oct 09).


  • Firearm licence renewal dates for 2022

    The Defence Ministry has informed of dates for renewal of firearm licence for the year 2022.


  • State Intelligence Service turns 80

    The State Intelligence Service (SIS) celebrated its 80th Anniversary in a simple ceremony on Oct 01, 2021 under the auspices of Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) gracing as the Chief Guest and the ceremony was held in keeping with COVID-19 health guidelines.


  • Defence Secretary delivers Guest Lecture at UNODC Workshop for Prison officials

    The conduct of prison officials makes the difference between the incarcerated drug lords and underworld gangsters in prisons to continue operating their networks from within prisons or put a stop to all their sinister operations.


  • Exercise ‘Cormorant Strike XI- 2021’ concludes

    'Cormorant Strike Xl - 2021’, the annual Field Training Exercise (FTX) organized by the Sri Lanka Army concluded on a successful note in Kuchchaveli, Trincomalee, on Wednesday (Sep 29).


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Mangroves help to stabilize coastline ecosystems, prevent erosion and absorb storm surge impacts during extreme weather conditions. Mangrove forests nurture our estuaries and fuel our nature-based economies.

Here a group of soldiers plants mangrove saplings during a mangrove conservation programme mooted by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the Eastern region.