COLOMBO : SECOND LIEUTENANT D.M.S.K. DISSANAYAKE of Sri Lanka National Guard (SLNG) who was among the critically injured following the Wednesday's (2) LTTE claymore attack at SLAVE ISLAND succumbed to injuries while being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the National Hospital, COLOMBO this morning at about 3.05 a.m.
Lieutenant General Shantha Kottegoda, Commander of the Army in his customary New Year Day 2005 message calls upon all Army personnel to rise to the occasion and continue to dedicate their today for country's re-building in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster that claimed thousands of lives, including his own men.
Four identified LTTE cadres, regardless of trauma and tragic circumstances being experienced by tsunami victims, have abducted a civilian from the government-managed Social Welfare Centre at HINDU VIDYALAYA in the general area of VALAICHCHENAI on 30 December 2004 around 3.30 p.m. while his wife looked on.
The Seva Vanitha Unit at Army Headquarters, headed by Mrs. Sonia Kottegoda, in its efforts towards joining hands with ongoing relief operations of the government, has come forward to seek help to collect humanitarian assistance from donors both local and overseas.
AMPARA district, one of the fertile agricultural regions in the east of Sri Lanka, was the worst affected of all districts, following the Sunday morning catastrophe that claimed over 12,848 lives of Sri Lankans and some foreigners.
Troops in the 52 Division in Jaffna peninsula were compelled to mediate and provide security to a team of media personnel, including a couple of foreign journalists when some LTTE men along with a section of Tsunami-affected refugees began to chase and assault them at the LTTE's behest.
All tri-service and Police personnel in co-ordination with civil authorities, despite heavy constraints, are still engaged in rescue and relief operations after a devastating tidal wave that commenced Sunday (26 December 2004) morning affected almost the entire coastal belt of the country within minutes.
Major General G.S.C Fonseka RWP RSP rcds psc, Deputy Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army and Colonel of the Regiment, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment assumed duties as Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army after a brief ceremony held in his office this morning (03 January 2005).