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  • Nawalapitiya 'Army Searchlight Tattoo' Opened with Massive Crowds

    The year’s second provincial ‘Searchlight Tattoo’ that showcases the exceptional assortment of exclusive skills of Army personnel was opened at Gampola - Nawalapitiya Jayathilake ground on Friday (29) afternoon by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake. The mega Army ‘Searchlight Tattoo’, very much popular among.......
  • Presentations on Sustainable Development & US Interests in South Asia Submitted

    Officers of the 7 Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA), together with the Commanding Officer of the 7 SLA conducted their syndicate presentations on the topic ‘Projecting Sri Lanka to the Future through Sustainable Development Opportunities & Vulnerability’ on Monday (24) at the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) auditorium.
  • Troops Uncover LTTE Thermo Baric Weapon & Diving Equipment

    WANNI: ARMY troops, now busy clearing general areas surrounding PUTUKUDIRIPPU EAST, PUTHUKUDIRIPPU WEST and VELLAMULLAIVAIKKAL areas came across an explosive-laden LTTE water scooter with diving accessories and found a massive stock of military items on Wednesday (01). Those items included one water-scooter, filled with 22 Kg of C-4 explosives,  one thermo baric weapon four twin barrels, eleven Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, two unusable RPG bombs,  three RPG chargers, one Improvised Explosive Device (IED), two claymore mines, six unusable claymore mines, seventeen Hand Grenades, five unusable Hand Grenades,  forty seven 81mm mortar bombs, one 81mm illuminating bombs, two 84mm HE mortar bombs, three hundred and fifty 60mm bombs, two hundred and thirty-five 60mm mortar fuses, ninety cartridges....

  • Commander Meets New Archbishop

    COMMANDER of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya called on the newly-appointed Archbishop Rt. Reverend Ranjith Malcom at his residence on Monday (14) evening and extended his greetings on the new appointment. Commander during his interaction with the holy dignitary gave him an update on security developments in the north and east in the aftermath of eradication of LTTE terrorism. He also explained the arrangements in progress with regard to the resettlement of displaced people with the active support of the Army and the government authorities.

  • Commander & Delegation Visit Infantry Brigade in Rangamati

    The visiting Sri Lanka’s Army Chief and his delegation on Friday (13) toured away from Dhaka and visited the Infantry Brigade Headquarters (305) at Rangamati. The Brigade Headquarters, situated in close proximity to the picturesque  Kaptai Lake, one of the Bangladesh’s natural beauties welcomed the Sri Lanka Army Chief and his spouse warmly. Brigadier Shams after receipt of the delegation ushered them to his office for a cordial meeting. The end of the brief meeting saw exchange of mementoes as symbols of memories. Brigadier Shams before the delegation’s exit from the place invited Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya to place his signature in the VIP book at his Brigade Headquarters.
  • 57 Division Distributes White Canes Among the Blind

    With sponsorship, provided by Mas Holdings, Kilinochchi and the Association of the Blind in Wanni, the 57 Division Headquarters coinciding with the recent World’s White Cane Day (Oct 15), had organized a simple ceremony to distribute white canes among the blind in the 57 Division area of responsibility.
  • North-South Students Join Together for Interactive Sessions in Jaffna

    In what could be considered as one more joint reconciliation project of the Mother Sri Lanka Foundation at Presidential Secretariat and the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J), a group of South-based 100 students, together with 25 teachers were facilitated to conduct interactive meeting sessions with Jaffna students during October 24-25 after they were brought to Jaffna by train.
  • Tiger Suicide Bomber Misses His Intended Target but Blows Himself Up

    VAVUNIYA: AN ATTEMPT by a suicidal Tiger bomber to harm Security Forces failed to come through in the general area of VARIKOTTORUWA, VAVUNIYA. This afternoon (28) at about 2.00 p.m. but the terrorist had to lay his life since the soldiers kept away from going closer to him. Army troops on information received by them conducted a cordon and search operation in the general area of VARIKOTTORUWA. While the search was on soldiers observed two men and they suddenly started running on seeing the troops. The troops on suspicion pursued them and ordered to stop for search. Since they did not heed the call, troops had to open fire at them. One of those fleeing suspects, following injury.....

  • President Tells Forbes Magazine: No Peace Without Development

    WITHOUT development, there won’t be peace; we must develop the economy, I don’t want to just be the liberator, I want to be the leader who brings permanent peace and development to this country and reconciliation with Tamil communities in the North and the East, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an interview with the Forbes Magazine. “The war is over,” he said. “Now we have no excuses. We have to start working and develop this country.” “I am a President for the whole nation. I divide people not as Sinhalese or Tamils or Muslims or Burghers. I divide them into people who love the country and people who do not,” the President said. He said he speaks Tamil when he wants to, as he can approach them more closely by speaking to them in their own language.

  • War Heroes Children Gifted with Swimming Pool & Activity Building

    HIS EXCELLENCY, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in the company of a galaxy of administrative, defence and service chiefs, War Heroes and parents and kids made the time on Monday (7) morning to declare open the new Swimming Pool and the new Activity Building complex at the Defence Services College (DSC), Malay Street, Colombo 02. The new five-storied building for common facilities was erected by Sri Lanka Army Engineers at a cost of Rs 300 million, offering the same antique colonial look, similar to that of the existing magnificent structures of some 132 years old which had been used as military garrisons during colonial masters.