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  • Popularity for 'Ranaviru Real Star' Rising

    Ranaviru Real Star’ (Stage II), the mega reality show that brings musical talents of tri-service War Heroes to the fore is to be a smash hit shortly considering the huge popularity it is gaining as days pass by. Over 3000 Army personnel serving areas under Security Forces Headquarters, Kilinochchi during September 17-19 showed up at Kilinochchi Commando Brigade Headquarters to face initial selection interviews.
  • Former LTTE Child Combatants Turn Girl Guides & Boy Scouts

    INCREDIBLE, yet it is true and deserves our praise and blessings. Out of 198 LTTE child combatants receiving rehabilitation under Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR), Ministry of Justice & Law Reforms, a total of 40 boys and 38 girls were invested as Boys Scouts and Girl Guides during a recent ceremony while they still continue to receive school education at Ratmalana Hindu College. Those 38 girls and 40 boys of 14-16 years of age who had been conscripted or forcibly detained by LTTE terrorists before last year’s end of the War for Peace in Wanni, successfully completed basic training on scouting, as recommended and trained by Sri Lanka Scouts Association. 

  • On Army Day Commander Sets Out His Restructuring Plans for the Organization

    Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, addressing the troops at the ceremony, held today (10) on account of the Army Day and 65th Anniversary at the MoD grounds, assured that the ongoing Army restructuring programme would provide more and more welfare facilities and elevate the qualitative aspects by improving the.....
  • Training Day Presentations Held

    Officers at the Security Force Headquarters - Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) as part of their training day programme, conducted a few presentations during their Training Day Programme on Wednesday (30) at the SFHQ-MLT main auditorium. Brigadier N.M. Hettiarachchi, Brigadier General Staff, SFHQ-MLT attended the occasion as the Chief Guest who delivered the opening address.

  • Soldiers Promote National Sport Among Wanni Civilians

    With the intention of promoting Volleyball among locals in Wanni area, soldiers of 61 Division under the guidance of Major General Boniface Parera, Security Force Commander (Wanni) (SFHQ (W)), organized a volleyball tournament among 40 sports clubs in 61 Division area on Sunday (28) at 61 Division sport Ground.
  • New Military Hospital Complex to be Opened Soon

    “Surroundings as well as the landscape in a public health institute, like the upcoming country’s second largest hospital with 1043 beds, should be of pleasing and beautiful nature to the naked eye, giving mental relief to the patient before the actual physical medical treatment proper is given,” remarked the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake when he visited the new Military Hospital complex receiving finishing touches at Narahenpita this morning (26) for the second time in less than 40 days.

  • Gurunagar Civilians Back to Their 97 Homes as Security Restrictions Removed

    More than 14 years of absence, inhabitants in 97 houses dotted between Gurunagar and Ceynor Jetty in Jaffna were to return to their original homes after Security Forces, Jaffna, removing all security restrictions in place handed them over to their lawful heirs during a brief ceremony. Facilitation of the resettlement of those families in their own houses became possible and speedy after the Security Forces opened the New Beach Road along Gurunagar beach patch for public use.

  • Light Infantry's "Kandula" Saga Documented in Two New Books

    A distinguished gathering, headed by Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence and Urban Development, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army, Senior officers and others, gathered at the Colombo National Arts Gallery on Sunday (18) evening to receive copies of documented history of the Sri Lanka Light Infantry's (SLLI) "Kandula," the Regimental mascot that has served the SLLI uninterruptedly for 50 years.
  • 211 Brigade Organizes Blood Donation

    With the cooperation of staff at Vavuniya Blood Bank, a blood donation programme was conducted by troops, serving the 211 Brigade at National Youth Services Council, Vavuniya on Monday (9). During the programme 30 civilians in addition to troops gave blood for the benefit of inmates in the Vavuniya government hospital.
  • President Wants a Solution from People

    PRESIDENT Mahinda Rajapaksa highlighted his determination to re-settle “as soon as possible” the close to 300,000 Tamil civilians displaced by the conflict with the LTTE. In an interview with The Hindu in Colombo, he laid out his road map of what needed to be put in place to ensure the safety and meet the basic needs of those who are to be sent back to their villages. He also sketched his vision of reconciliation and development, which emphasized that in post-conflict Sri Lanka there was no place for “racism” and anything that “creates a disturbance among our three communities...Sinhala, Tamil, or Muslim.”