The Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake together with senior officers on Wednesday morning (16) inaugurated the first formal working day of the New Year at Army Headquarters during a brief ceremony.
Commander and all ranks of Security Force - Jaffna (SF - J), in keeping with age old Sinhala and Hindu New Year traditions, celebrated this most significant cultural festival of the year at Headquarters SF - J on April 14th.
The first introductory exhibition of culinary skills of Army personnel ‘Hela Viru Rasa Udanaya - 2014’, through which attempts are made to re-introduce traditional food varieties, was declared opened at Nuwara Eliya Tuesday (15) morning parallel to the 'Wasantha Udanaya' festival.
Sri Lanka Police have arrested around 65 persons on charge of harbouring terrorists.
Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana told the media Thursday that the arrests were made within a span of two months under Sri Lanka's Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) by the officers of the Terrorist Investigations Department and Intelligence Units on suspicion of trying to rebuild the Tiger terrorist outfit in a span of two months Most of the arrested suspects are from Northern and Eastern provinces.
The arrests, the Police Spokesman said, were also in connection with the police’s search for three main suspects allegedly involved in mobilising funds and carrying out activities that pose a threat to the security of the country. The suspects are held in the detention centres in Boossa near Galle and in Vavuniya and the Police have so far unearthed valuable information with regard to activities of the LTTE supporters he added.
SSP Rohana said the government has granted permission to officials of the ICRC and other humanitarian organisations to visit the prisoners.
The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan, General Geral Rashad Mahamood NI (M) paid a courtesy call on Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesdayat the Ministry premises.
Visiting Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), Pakistan, General Rashad Mahmood,, paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on Wednesday (9) morning at Army Headquarters.
With a view to educating the civilians on the danger of abandoned mines and Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXOs), 10th Field Engineers Regiment conducted two awareness programmes at Ilavali and Arali recently.
Continuing Civil Military Interdependency activities introduced by the incumbent Jaffna Commander Major General Udaya Perera, 511 Brigade of Ottahapulam and 512 Brigade of Jaffna town arranged two medical clinics for civilians in their areas recently at Urumpirai and Kolombuthurai.
Secretary Defence & Urban Development will visit Mullaitivu area tomorrow (03 April) and inaugurate several important projects. Main among them are; handing over 100+ houses to Keppapilavu resettled families which is the second stage of the three stage project of providing houses to those resettled in that area, handing over of close to 100 acres of paddy land from the air force camp premises for farming, as well as several houses renovated by the Army to the owners.