Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army on Thursday (25) during a brief ceremony at the Army Headquarters received maiden copies of the 'Special Operations Forces' Doctrine, four 'Army Field' Manuals and the 'General Staff Publication on Intelligence', compiled by the Directorate of Research Concept and Doctrine (Dte of RCD) of the Sri Lanka Army. Major General G.W.A Senevirathne USP psc, Director General Research Concept and Doctrine, extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage and other invitees for the day's event before Major General S.U.M.N Manage WWV RWP RSP psc, Director General General Staff presented the Chief Guest with the first copies of those publications.
Four Sri Lankan Army soldiers serving the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA (UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali) sustained minor injuries following detonation of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Mali on Sunday (21) while Sri Lankan peacekeepers were in an armored vehicle providing security for a logistics convoy. The explosion occurred about 15 km northwest of their camp in Tessalit in the Kidal region of Mali, a landlocked country marred by tribal riots. Reports said the injuries were not serious and they were undergoing medical treatment.
The 14th anniversary of the National War Heroes’ Day alias the 'Victory Day' that pays floral tributes to the bravery of 28,619 fallen War Heroes who liberated the country from LTTE terrorism was commemorated this afternoon (May 19) in a simple, yet dignified ceremony at the Battaramulla National War Heroes’ Monument with attendance of the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, Hon President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest.
In a heart-warming gesture that highlights the unwavering commitment of the Sri Lanka Army towards education and supporting its own members and their families, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, the Commander of the Army, donated laptops to two exceptional students of a Non-Commissioned Officer and a civil employee on Tuesday (May 23). This act of generosity, initiated as a response to the request made by the Non-Commissioned Officer has not only provided the tools necessary for academic success but has also emphasized the importance of supporting those who have contributed significantly to their nation.
Major General L.S Balachandra RSP of the Mechanized Infantry Regiment (MIR), former Chief Executive Officer at Nelum Pokuna Theatre on the eve of his retirement arrived at the office of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu on Monday (22), together with his family members on invitation. The Army Chief during the meeting with the retiree, commended him for his valuable service and performance of diverse responsibilities with dedicated commitment and selflessness. He also refreshed memories of the retiree’s invaluable sacrifices and roles during the height of the war against terrorism as an Infantry Officer before May 2009.
The state funeral of Most Venerable Dodampahala Chandrasiri Mahanayaka Thero of the Amarapura Nikaya took place on Sunday (21) afternoon at the Independence Square, attended by a large gathering of monks, clergies of all faiths, Hon. Prime Minister, a former President, Speaker of the Parliament, Ministers, diplomats, Secretaries, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Members of the Dayaka Sabha and mourners.
HE the President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, coincident with the 14th National War Heroes’ Day alias ‘Victory Day’ has promoted a total of 402 Officers of the Sri Lanka Army (Regular and Volunteer Force) and 3348 Other Ranks of the Army to their respective next rank on the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence and Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army.
It has been 14 years since patriotic and heroic War Heroes of the Army (23,962), Navy (1161), Air Force (443), together with 2598 Policemen and 456 Civil Security Department personnel, altogether a total of 28,620, had laid down their precious lives in defence of the motherland from LTTE terrorism. As dusk fell on 18 May 2009, guns fell silent in Nandikadal and the country became free from terrorism which had plagued the Nation for over 35 years.
A slew of 603 sons and daughters learning at three schools in Mullaittivu area were the recipients of exercise books, school accessories and educational instruments to the value of Rs 1.2 m, following initiatives taken by the Civil Affairs Coordinator of the 643 Infantry Brigade HQ. The stock of those incentives was sponsored by Mrs Thilini Athukorala of Maharagama ‘Lakdana’ Backbench Media Network and her local and overseas contacts at the request of the 643 Infantry Brigade HQ.
The Board of Management (BOM) meeting at the Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) got underway on Monday (8 May), chaired by Major General C.D Weerasuriya RWP RSP ndu, Chief of Staff of the Army. The opening statement during the meeting was delivered by the day’s chief guest, the Chief of Staff of the Army as the Chairman in accordance with Board formalities.