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  • Pakistan's Army Chief Arrives in Colombo on Goodwill Visit

    The four-star General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday (19) afternoon on a three-day goodwill visit amidst beating of Magul Bera (auspicious drums). A traditional ceremonial reception at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake, greeted the visiting Pakistan Army’s Chief of Army Staff General Parvez Kayani, Mrs Begum Zahida Kayani and the delegation.

  • War Heroes Commemorated at Palaly

    A War Heroes’ commemoration ceremony, to salute fallen tri service and Police heroes in the Northern Province was held on Wednesday (17) at the War Heroes Monument in Palaly. The event was organized by the Ranaviru Seva Authority and Governor’s Office, Northern Province with the assistance of the Security Force Headquarters-Jaffna (SFHQ-J).

  • Bogaswewa Villagers Enjoy Sinhala and Tamil New Year

    To bring spirits of the new-year to the villagers of Bogaswewa, troops of the 563 Brigade under the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni  (SFHQ-(W)) organized a Sinhala and Tamil New year festival recently at Bogaswewa Suwarnagiri Rajamaha Viharaya temple premises.
  • Army Under Five Sub-sectors Carry Out Renovation Work

    Sri Lanka Army troops, now busily engaged in the reconstruction process at Aluthgama - Beruwala, are operating at five sub-sector levels after targeting restoration of three damaged buildings from each sub-sector under the first phase.  According to Major General U.A.B Medawela, Commander, Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West),.....
  • China's Minister of National Defence Arrives in Sri Lanka on Goodwill Visit

    General Liang Guanglie, State Councillor and Minister of National Defence of People’s Republic of China (PRC) arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday (29) morning on a five-day official visit, together with a delegation of senior military officers. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetillake, Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.....

  • Naval Troops Recover LTTE Communication Equipment

    TRINCOMALEE: NAVAL troops in TRINCOMALEE conducted a search and clear operation in THONYTHATTAMADU area and recovered fifteen I-com sets, three base station sets, one telephone, twelve 1077 type hand-held communication sets, three mikes, one multi-meter, one Global Positioning System (GPS) and one vehicle mounted antenna on Saturday (01).

  • Push Bicycles & Wheelchairs from Singapore Distributed among Civilians

    One more consignment of push bicycles, school accessories, garments, wheelchairs, hospital equipment, etc donated by supporters at Singapore Buddhist Library, was distributed among civilians in Vavuniya area on Monday (4). The gesture of goodwill, organized regularly by Ven Bellanwila Dhammaratana Nayaka Thero, Advisor to Singapore Buddhist Library and Chief Incumbent, Bellanwila Raja Maha Vihara.....
  • Create Gotabhaya Regiment to Honour Defence Secretary

    THE COLOMBO Buddhist Theosophical Society has requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to create a new Regiment called “Gotabhaya Regiment” in the Sri Lanka Army in honour of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for the great national service rendered by him in giving proper guidance to the Security Forces in annihilating LTTE terrorism which had been a scourge for well over 30 years. The society in a congratulatory message sent to the President for liberating this country from terrorism and re-uniting it under a single flag, said his mission got a tremendous boost due to the indefatigable services rendered by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who himself was a war veteran.

  • Brief Ceremony at AHQ Marks New Year Dawn

    THE ARMY Headquarters (AHQ) had its customary New Year celebrations attended by a host of senior Army officers including Chief of Staff Major General Mendaka Samarasinghe. Hoisting of the Army flag amidst rhythms of auspicious drums (Magul Bera) inaugurated the day’s brief proceedings. National anthem and the Army song that rent the air added colour to the occasion.

  • New Commander Pays His Respect to 'Dalada Maligawa' & Calls on Mahanayake Theros

    Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, new Commander of the Army on Saturday morning (3) paid his homage to the most sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy before calling on Most Venerable Mahanayaka Theros of both Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters at their respective monasteries. Lieutenant General Ratnayake, together with Mrs Damayanthi Ratnayake, President, Seva Vanitha Army Branch, two sons and the daughter......