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Ten-member contingent representing Lankan tri-forces participates in the Coronation Procession

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Ten-member contingent of Sri Lanka armed forces with High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena at the High Commission. The delegation was headed by Captain BGPFA Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka Navy and Group Captain PN Gunathilake of Sri Lanka Air Force. Other members of the delegation were Major WWNC Waduge, Captain ATWP Hewage and WO 1 WPDR Weerasinghe of Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant DWCU Wimalaguna and Petty Officer RM Aruna of Sri Lanka Navy, Flight Lieutenant MADAP Munasinghe and Flight Sergeant Wickramasinghe MAPR of Sri Lanka Air Force.

On the invitation of the British Government, a ten-member contingent of Sri Lanka armed forces visited the UK from 30 April – 7 May 2023 to take part in the Coronation Procession of Their Majesties King Charles III and The Queen Consort.

The delegation consisted seven officers and three other ranks.

The delegation reached London on 30 April 2023 and took part in the rehearsals conducted by the UK Ministry of Defence. On 3 May, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena met the members of the delegation at the High Commission and expressed appreciation on taking part in the Coronation Procession.

On 6 May, the contingent joined the Coronation Procession which accompanied Their Majesties the King and the Queen Consort from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace through the streets of Central London after the Coronation. The Coronation Procession included Military representatives from 33 Commonwealth nations and six British Overseas Territories. The Household Cavalry Mounted Band and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery led the Procession, followed by 400 service personnel from the Armed Forces of the Commonwealth flanked by 114 Guardsmen of the Household Division carrying Realm and Commonwealth flags.

The delegation was headed by Captain BGPFA  Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka Navy and Group Captain PN Gunathilake of Sri Lanka Air Force. Other members of the delegation were Major W W N C  Waduge, Captain A T W P  Hewage and WO 1 W P D R Weerasinghe of Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant DWCU Wimalaguna and Petty Officer RM Aruna of Sri Lanka Navy, Flight Lieutenant MADAP Munasinghe and Flight Sergeant Wickramasinghe MAPR of Sri Lanka Air Force.



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“A comprehensive international dialogue essential to address global challenges in 2024” – President

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe delivering the opening speech at the ‘Berlin Global’ Dialogue today (28)

President Ranil Wickremesinghe delivering the opening speech at the ‘Berlin Global’ Dialogue in Berlin, Germany, today (28), expressed the need for a comprehensive dialogue between Western nations and China, the United States of America and China and the European Union and China, as a critical component of a robust international plan capable of addressing the global challenges anticipated in 2024.

The President also highlighted that initiatives such as the ‘Belt and Road’ have led to increased scrutiny of countries like Sri Lanka, potentially impacting the economic prospects of nations in the Global South. Nevertheless, he emphasized that Sri Lanka has a history of engaging with countries like the United States, India, and China, making such interactions a familiar and essential part of international relations.

During the subsequent round table discussion, President Ranil Wickremesinghe also expressed gratitude for the support received from India and Bangladesh in addressing Sri Lanka’s recent economic challenges.”

President Wickremesinghe underlined the contrast between advanced economies, which possess buffers and reserves to weather these shocks, and developing nations that lack such resources. He emphasized that this disparity was the starting point for the sovereign debt crisis.

The President cautioned that without immediate corrective measures, the world could be on the brink of another crisis. He acknowledged that many developing countries are burdened with substantial debt, highlighting the inadequacy of existing mechanisms like the IMF to address this new situation. He shared Sri Lanka’s experience when declaring bankruptcy, which led to a halt in foreign funding and triggered a political crisis.

 

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Renew firearm license for 2024 before 31st December 2023 – Ministry of Defence

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The Ministry of Defence has announced that the renewal of firearm license of individuals/ institutions for the year 2024 will be carried out from 01 October 2023 to 31 December 2023 and the required details can be downloaded from the Defence Ministry’s website www.defence.lk.

Firearm license renewal for 2024 will not be carried out after 31 December 2023. It is also informed that possession of a firearm without a valid license is a punishable offense under provisions of Section 22 of the Firearms Ordinance.

Registration renewal of Private Security Firms for the year 2024/2025 will be carried out from 01.10.2023 to 31.12.2023. Any renewals made after the deadline will be subjected to a fine or legal action.

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“Unite to secure a developed Sri Lanka by 2048” – President

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his Milad-Un-Nabi message urged all Muslim brethren in Sri Lanka, to unite at this juncture in working towards strengthening the path to secure a developed Sri Lanka by 2048.

“Let us together overcome the challenges facing our nation, while adhering to the principles espoused by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, in ensuring a brighter future for all” he said.

The full text of the President’s message :

“My greetings to the Muslim community in Sri Lanka and around the world, observing Milad Un Nabi, being the auspicious occasion commemorating the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam.

He is celebrated as the final messenger of Allah, known for profound teachings of love and peace that encompass humanity. His journey to spread the message of Islam in the challenging societal context of that time, was marked by significant trials. Even in the face of adversity, the Holy Prophet’s unwavering patience and equanimous strength served as powerful attributes. He was victorious in attaining his aspirations, through boundless sacrifices for faith and humanity.

As we celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s birthday today, it is timely to resolve to uphold the values that were the hallmark of his life, which include mutual understanding, brotherhood, assistance to one another and fairness. Our commitment to fostering social harmony is the most meritorious tribute which could be paid to his legacy.

I urge all Muslim brethren in Sri Lanka, to unite at this juncture in working towards strengthening the path, to secure a developed Sri Lanka by 2048. Let us together overcome the challenges facing our nation, while adhering to the principles espoused by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, in ensuring a brighter future for all.

I wish all those of the Islamic faith, a joyous Eid Milad-Un-Nabi, filled with love, peace and prosperity!”

Ranil Wickremesinghe
President
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

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