Armed forces that defeated LTTE engaged in new operation to defeat COVID-19: PM

In his message on the 11th Anniversary of the victory against the LTTE, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said the armed forces and police that defeated the LTTE, are engaged in yet another operation with the health sector to combat COVID-19 in the country. “The armed forces and police that amazed the entire world by winning what was widely considered to be an unwinnable war, are now once again engaged in a joint operation with the state health sector in combating Covid-19,” the Premier said. His message further said, “On the…

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Stop Militarisation: Lawyers For Democracy Tells Government

“Lawyers for Democracy” see a serious crisis developing due to authorities concerned acting under a misconception regarding the 30 year war which was against an armed struggle and our forces were able to successfully defeat and the war against the pandemic Covid-19. The war against Covid-19 cannot be defeated by the use of military power or by adopting military strategies and tactics. The war against Covid 19 has to be led by the Public Health Authorities of our country and it is they who should be in the front line in this war. The…

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Five websites hacked targeting Victory Day: CERT

At least five local websites had been hacked into by a group of hackers this morning targeting the Victory Day commemorations, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team/Co-ordination Centre (CERT|CC) said. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, CERT|CC Information Security Engineer Ravindu Meegasmulla said these powerful cyberattacks had been a practice every year on May 18, the day the Sri Lankan Government militarily defeated the LTTE in 2009. He said these hackers had hacked these web sites and left messages relating to the war in which the LTTE was defeated. He said the…

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Praise for young blood in Foreign Service helping Lankans

Says one-third of Missions working with no Ambassador or High Commissioner Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha yesterday praised the work of young diplomatic officers in Lankan Missions overseas who are helping stranded nationals. He said it was noteworthy that at present, out of the 67 Missions of Sri Lanka, one-third of Missions function with officers in acting capacity from the Sri Lanka Foreign Service (SLFS), in the absence of an accredited Ambassador/High Commissioner and also several vacant diplomatic posts. Aryasinha believed this experience has given significant exposure to several young SLFS…

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Ex-military officers will always hold govt. positions whenever we are in power – PM

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the Sri Lankan armed forces and police are the sentinels of the nation, ensuring the safety of the general public in all crises whether man-made or natural – whether the crisis is terrorism, floods or disease. Issuing a statement to mark the 11th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Prime Minister points out this was not a war against the Tamil people but against an organization designated by the FBI as the deadliest terrorists in the…

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Anyone who commemorates LTTE will face arrest – senior military officer

By Dinasena Ratugamage All those who attempted to commemorate the dead LTTE cadres, on the pretext of remembering civilians who had died during the war, would be arrested, a senior security forces officer said yesterday. The officer said that all possible sites of such commemorations were under surveillance. Security, too, had been beefed up in those areas. Photos of dead LTTE cadres, LTTE uniforms or flags would not be allowed at any event. The top officer, however, said the people had the right to commemorate civilians who died in the…

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