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  • Mi 24s Role in Eelam War IV Emphasised

    THE Hingurakgoda-based Mi 24 helicopter gunship squadron played a critical role in the recently concluded eelam war IV with nearly 400 missions in the Northern and Eastern theatres. Known as the No 09 squadron, it had caused devastating losses in coordinated attacks directed at fortified LTTE positions situated close to what Wing Commander Sampath Thuycontha, Commanding Officer of the squadron called forward location of own troops.’ In an interview with The Island, the veteran flyer said that despite having a range of weapons, including dedicated anti-aircraft guns the LTTE never succeeded in threatening their operations.

  • Investiture of Gallantry Awards on North - East War Heroes Inaugurated at Temple Trees

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces refreshed the memories of invaluable dedication, commitment and sacrifice, made by 19,158 War Heroes of the Armed Forces during Humanitarian Operations in the North and East by awarding prestigious Gallantry Medals, Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya (WWV) and Rana Wickrema Padakkama (RWP) in a glittering ceremony at Temple Trees Monday (15) afternoon.
  • Sri Lanka Navy Outlines Importance of Maritime Hub in Seminar Sessions

    The ongoing ‘Defence Seminar - 2014’ sessions on Tuesday (19) morning accommodated Sri Lanka Navy’s contributor, Rear Admiral D.C Gunawardena’s views on the theme, ‘Security Challenges Faced by an Island Nation in Pursuit of a Maritime Hub’ in the panel, chaired by Major General Milinda Peiris.
  • 241 & 211 Troops Donate Blood for Urgent Surgeries

    Two blood donation campaigns organized by the troops of the 241 Brigade, serving under the Security Forces Headquarters – East (SFHQ – E) and troops of the 211 Brigade, serving under the Security Force Headquarters – Wanni (SFHQ – W) were held at  Maligatenna Temple and Base Hospital, Vavuniya respectively on Wednesday (5) and Friday(7).

  • Claymores Brought for Bloodbath Found

    COLOMBO: A SPECIAL Police team on a tip-off conducted a search operation in ANGULANA area and recovered two claymore mines buried in a bare land near the bus stand in front of the ANGULANA church around 1.00 p.m. on Friday (28). One claymore weighs about 24.3 kgs and the other one is about 11.5 kg. 

  • Army Ruggerites Carry Away 'A' Division Plate Championship Trophy

    Championship (Plate) Trophy of the Inter Club Rugby Tournament ‘A’ Division was clinched by Army ruggerites Sunday (16) evening at Havelock Grounds beating their rival, the Police team to 21-19. The Army team secured victory with 02 tries, 01 conversion and 03 penalties, most of them in the second half of the match, witnessed by a large gathering of spectators including Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army.


  • National Independence Day Salutes Mother Sri Lanka, Now on Path of Recovery

    The 63rd National Independence Day ceremony that re-affirmed the commitment for strengthening of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, development and peaceful co-existence, took place Friday (4th February) morning at Kandasurindugama, Kataragama with pomp and pageantry.  The annual national spectacle, held for the first time in the sacred city of God Skanda in the deep South was dignified by the presence of His Excellency.....

  • Halambewewa Showers with Gifts & Donations on Children's Day

    Troops of the 622 Brigade under the 62 Division of the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W) formally handed over the possession of the newly constructed preschool complex at Halambewewa to children on account of the recent International Children’s Day on October 1. Following the coordination of Brigadier D.T Weerakoon, Brigade Commander.......
  • Late Sir John Kotelawala's Past Reactions to Colonial Masters Recalled During His 33rd Death Anniversary at KDU


    “It is in a way very pertinent in today’s context, too what really reflected in the Bandung Conference - 1955, attended by 29 Heads of States, representing nearly one-fourth of the earth’s land. Those conference organizers, attended by late General Sir John Kotelawala, focused on a wide gamut of issues, including the ‘reluctance of the western powers to consult with Asian countries on decisions affecting Asia in a setting of cold war tensions,’ prevailing at that time.

  • Army in Mullaitivu Expedite De-Mining Process

    THE authorities of the army in Mullaitivu informed a delegation of the Catholic Church who visited the area recently that they had expedited the de-mining process in the area though it would take them a few years to make the entire conflict area free of mines. The delegation of Caritas Sri Lanka, the social service arm of the Catholic Bishops Conference in Sri Lanka led by its National Director Fr. Damian Fernando who visited the area said thousands of IDPs had been resettled in the area.