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  • Akashi Lauds Welfare Facilities ; Japan, Other Nations Ready to Help Resettle IDPs

    JAPANESE special envoy Yasushi Akashi who paid a visit to the Internally Displaced People’s welfare villages at Settikulam, Vavuniya yesterday (9), expressed his satisfaction at the welfare facilities provided to the IDPs. He commented that much progress had been made in the development of facilities to the IDPs in the welfare villages, District Secretary Vavuniya Charles told the Daily News yesterday. Yasushi Akashi , a former UN Under Secretary General on Humanitarian Affairs was appointed Special Representative to Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction by the Japanese Government in 2002. 

  • MoD Seva Vanitha Clears Mortgage & Army Seva Vanitha Builds War Hero's House

    The Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB), devoted much to the provision of the needs of battle-injured War Heroes, once again offered its hand of assistance and friendship to one more War Hero at Matale on Friday (11), having built a fully equipped new house for his use. The SVAB funded new house, worth over Rs. 1 million was symbolically handed over to the War Hero, Private T.D.G.D Prabhath Kumara (22) of 9 Gajaba Regiment.....

  • 611 Brigade's New Headquarters and 56 Div Battalion Training School Opened

    In keeping with ongoing Army reforms, the Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni (SFHQ-W) has begun to locate its ground formations in different locations, making more and more civilians to return to their places of original residence. As recent as March 15,   the 611 Brigade Headquarters ceremonially opened its newly constructed......
  • Commander Attending Conference Greets Sultan of Brunei & Crown Prince of Brunei

    Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army, currently in Brunei at the invitation of the Commander of Royal Brunei Land Forces, is attending  Brunei Darussalam International Defence Exhibition (BRIDEX - 2013) and its Conference, now in progress (Dec 2-6) at Jerudong.
    Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on Tuesday (3) during BRIDEX – 2013 conference sessions, had the rare distinction of extending greetings to His Majesty....
  • Sri Lanka's Success Story on Rehabilitation

    Sri Lanka’s success in rehabilitating former terrorists would make it the best model for other countries which face similar conflicts and also in the rehabilitation of ex-cadre, said the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Brigadier Darshana Hettiarachchi. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, he said “Nearly 11,000 ex-tigers are back with their families and living peacefully.
  • 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.
  • History of Army Sports Immortalized; Photo Exhibition & Book Launch at BMICH

    The inauguration of the mega Photo Exhibition of Army Sports and the launch of the new Book on History of Army Sports, the forerunner to the sequence of events that coincides with the forthcoming Army ‘Colours Night-2014’ on Thursday (12), took place during an inaugural ceremony at BMICH this morning (10), headed by Mr B.M.U.D Basnayake, Secretary to Ministry of Defence.  
  • War Hero Children Receive New Year Gifts from Commander

    A SELECTED group of children of War Heroes who made the supreme sacrifice, became disable and went missing were awarded school stationery, accessories and equipment on Friday (8) as New Year gifts during a special ceremony held at the Army Headquarters. On the invitation of the Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB), Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army gave away those gift parcels to the recipients in the company of Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya, President SVAB.  

  • I Never Underestimated the LTTE -“ President

    MR. PRESIDENT, when you were elected in 2005 what was your expectation of this conflict? This is what you said in your 2005 Presidential Election manifesto, Mahinda Chintana: “The freedom of our country is supreme. I will not permit any separatism. I will also not permit anyone to destroy democracy in our country...I will respect all ethnic and religious identities, refrain from using force against anyone, and build a new society that protects individuals and social freedoms.”.....