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  • Indian Army Southern Command Holds Formal Talks with Army Commander

    Indian Army’s General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Southern Army Command, Lieutenant General Ashok Singh, currently in Sri Lanka with a three-member delegation, called on Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army at Sri Lanka Army Headquarters Wednesday (19) evening.
  • SLSR Troops at Ambepussa Contribute Their Part to Vesak Commemoration

    Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) Headquarters at Ambepussa, together with its hundreds of Army members, contributed to the successful conduct of the Vesak ceremony by declaring a Vesak zone in the area, open to the general public. Many colourful and giant Vesak lanterns, Bakthi Gee (devotional songs) recitals, conduct of Dansel (free eateries), observance of religious programmes.....
  • Military Tells Other Countries to Follow Malaysia's Example

    Terrorism could be wiped out from the face of the earth if all countries emulated Malaysia’s example and cooperated for that purpose, Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya told the media yesterday (28). He thanked Malaysia for arresting the LTTE cadres operating on its soil. The military spokesman requested other countries to help Sri Lanka arrest LTTE cadres.
  • Commander Meets His Eminence New Cardinal

    Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army Tuesday (28) evening had an audience with Rt Rev Dr Malcolm Ranjith, the newly appointed only Asian Cardinal at the Bishop House, Colombo. Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya is the first service chief to make obeisance to the new Cardinal after His Eminence was ordained as a Cardinal.....

  • Jaffna Civil-Military Relations To Reach Record High

    WHILE the shift of focus is fast changing, Sri Lanka Army is earnestly determined to do its maximum by bringing about the reconciliation between Jaffna people and Security Forces serving the Jaffna peninsula. Tuesday’s (9) ceremonial opening of the new Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office at Hospital Road, Jaffna by Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, on the invitation of Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Commander Security Forces Headquarters, Jaffna, (SFHQ-J) marked a milestone and  further broadened Army’s new horizons and prospects on its march to reconciliation and redevelopment.

  • Giving Tigers 'Oxygen of Hope' - "The Island" Editorial

    PRESIDENT Barack Obama is a leader one is loath to criticise. But, unfortunately he doesn't seem to follow the policies of the great man whose bible he used at his inauguration in January, where a sovereign nation's right to protect itself against separatist terrorism is concerned. Hadn't President Abraham Lincoln––President Obama's hero––defended America through military means and prevented its disintegration, there would not have been a country left for President Obama to lead today.

  • Community Based Projects to Uplift Living Condition of Civilians in East Continued

    Many community based activities were conducted by the Security Force Head Quarters –East (SFHQ-E) during the last week. Two “Shramadana Campaigns” were organized by 2 Gajaba Regiment (2 GR) and 6 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (6 VIR) of the 221 Brigade, to clean the premises of Annandakulam pre-school in Annandakulam and  Girihadusaya Viharaya in Thiriyaya during Thursday (20) and Friday (21).
  • GR Wins Army Para Basketball Championship

    The finals of the Army Inter Regiment Para Basketball Tournament was held at the Regimental Headquarters, Sri Lanka Signal Corps (SLSC) Basketball Grounds in Panagoda on Wednesday (22) evening. Major General Renuka Rowel, Colonel Commandant, SLSC graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. A total of 5 para basketball teams vied for the Championship.
  • Commander Inspects 'Abimansala' Construction Site

    COMMANDER of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, accompanied by the Security Forces Commander Wanni Major General G.D.H.K Gunaratne on Wednesday (14) visited the construction site at Anuradhapura ‘Abimansala’, the wellness resort for totally dependent disabled War Heroes and saw for himself the progress of its construction work. Lieutenant General Jayasuriya took time off to walk around the site inspecting the progress of the construction of villas and cottages that are being constructed by soldiers belonging to Engineer Service Regiment.

  • Defence Secretary Commends Army.lk & defence.lk Roles -“ Sunday Island

    DEFENCE SECRETARY Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that an influential section of print and electronic media which worked overtime against the ruling SLFP-led coalition as it battled the LTTE during the past three years, had now switched sides. "They are playing a different tune now," he said, accusing them of being a critical element of the overall strategy directed against the state. Nothing could be as ridiculous as what they say now if one bothered to check their background, he said. In an interview with The Sunday Island, the veteran soldier said that they had no option now but to play ball with the government following the defeat of the LTTE. They wouldn’t have quit what he called the LTTE’s macabre cause, had LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his chief lieutenants survived the armed forces onslaught, he said.