Sri Lanka Army

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News Archive

  • Buttala OCDC First Anniversary Marked with Mammoth Two-Day Long Topical Seminar

    The first birth anniversary of the Army’s newest seat of scholarship, the Officer Career Development Centre (OCDC) at Buttala was marked in a fitting ceremony on Wednesday (January 16) with the inauguration of its first-ever mammoth seminar that discusses ‘Challenges and Prospects of Deployment of Security Forces in Post-Conflict Nation Building in View of National Security Priorities as Against Publicity’ for two consecutive days.
  • Soldier Falls Victim to Accidental Fire

    A soldier, engaged in a training exercise in the general area north of Vavuniya succumbed to accidental gunshot injuries on late Thursday (10) on admission to Padaviya Hospital. Lance Corporal S.K Raja of 7 Military Intelligence Corps (MIC), together with several soldiers were undergoing the exercise when the accidental fire, believed to have originated from one of the guns of a fellow-soldier, caused injuries to the soldier in question.
  • I Was Always Confident

    DEFENCE SECRETARY (Ret) Colonel Gotabhaya Rajapaksa RWP, RSP, Psc is the one man credited for co-ordinating the successful 'war effort' against the LTTE. In a wide ranging interview with Chandani Kirinde of The Sunday Times, Col. Rajapaksa says how he was convinced that only a military solution will work; how a troika outside the Foreign Ministry kept India in the loop during the fighting; and dismisses the need for any investigations into the conduct of the 'war'. He is coy about giving details on how exactly the LTTE leadership was eventually killed and says his brother and President Mahinda Rajapaksa is entitled to the political mileage he is receiving from a grateful public for the leadership he gave.

  • War Hero's Son Pins First Flag on President Inaugurating War Hero Week

    HIS EXCELLENCY, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, officially inaugurating the ‘War Heroes Week’ (May 11 - 20), precursor to this year’s final National Victory Day (20) ceremony, received the first commemorative Ranaviru Flag at Temple Trees on Tuesday (11) in the presence of Ministers, Secretary Defence, Provincial Governors, Provincial Secretaries, Ranaviru Seva Authority officials, senior tri-service officers and a host of other invitees.

  • SLA Honoured with President's Colours

    Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA), one of the oldest and reputed regiments in the Sri Lanka Army which marked its 125th anniversary on 12th April, was honoured by none other than the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (23) by awarding President’s and Regimental Colours in a spectacular ceremony held at SLA Regimental Centre, Panagoda. Presidential Colours is recognized and held in high esteem as the highest accolade a regiment could receive in its life-span as a tribute to the invaluable services and.......

  • Tamil Woman Soldiers Among Workshop Participants

    A few more than 100 woman soldiers of the 6 (v) Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps (SLAWC) recently attended a workshop on ‘Emotional Intelligence’ at Nelum Piyasa auditorium of the Security Force Headquarters-Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN). Following new initiatives taken by the SFHQ-KLN, Emotional Intelligence Institute with......
  • IPKF Soldiers Killed in 'Operation Pawan' Remembered at Palaly

    Soldiers of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) who paid the supreme sacrifice during their mission in Sri Lanka between July 1987 - March 1990 were remembered at a brief, but solemn ceremony on June 5 2015 at the newly-erected IPKF monument in Palaly.
  • Jaffna-Colombo (A-9) Bus Service Conducts its Test Run

    Flash !

    HERALDING A NEW ERA of Sri Lanka’s post-war revival, a total of five buses bound for COLOMBO from JAFFNA and vice versa with two hundred and ten passengers on both ways undertook their test journey Wednesday (22) morning and met one another at MEDAWACHCHIYA on the way. Five buses started off from the premises, close to Jaffna Doraippa stadium had two hundred and ten Colombo bound passengers for the maiden journey.

  • President Laments Wrong Vision of the IC & Ask Terrorists to Surrender at Least Now

    “WE have at no time gone for a ceasefire. We will not do so now. There is no time for that now. In the five or six days remaining we have given the opportunity for the LTTE to lay down their arms and surrender to the Armed Forces and, even in the name of God, free the civilians held by them. If they have no regard for their own lives they should even consider the lives of others”. President Mahinda Rajapaksa made these observations at the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of the Chandrikawewa at Embilipitiya, today (30).

  • President Rajapaksa Inaugurates 'Construct 2010' Exhibition at BMICH

    The mega construction exhibition ‘Construct 2010’ with more than 225 exhibition stalls at BMICH Sirimavo Bandaranaike complex was ceremonially declared open Friday (13) morning by HE the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The event organized by the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka (NCASL) to coincide with its 10th anniversary mirrors the new innovative techniques and modern construction designs with special emphasis on cost effectiveness and durability.