Lieutenant General Shantha Kottegoda, Commander of the Army in his customary New Year Day 2005 message calls upon all Army personnel to rise to the occasion and continue to dedicate their today for country's re-building in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster that claimed thousands of lives, including his own men.
The Seva Vanitha Unit at Army Headquarters, headed by Mrs. Sonia Kottegoda, in its efforts towards joining hands with ongoing relief operations of the government, has come forward to seek help to collect humanitarian assistance from donors both local and overseas.
Troops in the 52 Division in Jaffna peninsula were compelled to mediate and provide security to a team of media personnel, including a couple of foreign journalists when some LTTE men along with a section of Tsunami-affected refugees began to chase and assault them at the LTTE's behest.
All tri-service and Police personnel in co-ordination with civil authorities, despite heavy constraints, are still engaged in rescue and relief operations after a devastating tidal wave that commenced Sunday (26 December 2004) morning affected almost the entire coastal belt of the country within minutes.
Major General G.S.C Fonseka RWP RSP rcds psc, Deputy Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army and Colonel of the Regiment, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment assumed duties as Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army after a brief ceremony held in his office this morning (03 January 2005).
The Army Headquarters in Colombo on January 1, 2005 after suspending all its customary festivities at the dawn of a new year in the wake of the national tragedy, went ahead with its annual Pirith Chanting ceremony to invoke merits and blessings.
Four identified LTTE cadres, regardless of trauma and tragic circumstances being experienced by tsunami victims, have abducted a civilian from the government-managed Social Welfare Centre at HINDU VIDYALAYA in the general area of VALAICHCHENAI on 30 December 2004 around 3.30 p.m. while his wife looked on.
A Colonel, one Major, one Lieutenant, one Navy Lieutenant and two Warrant Officers (WO II) of the Army and Navy were among the 60 Army and Navy personnel now confirmed killed during monstrous tidal waves that wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka on Sunday (26) after an earthquake in Indonesia sent tidal shock waves across the Indian sub-continent.
Several instances where LTTE cadres forcibly tried to take away lorries laden with essential relief items, destined for Tsunami victims in un-cleared areas in Trincomalee and Wanni districts have been brought to the notice of the Security Forces by disappointed relief workers of State sector and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) including a Media agency.