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Maj. Gen. Peiris appointed as new Army Chief of Staff

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Major General W.H.K.S Peiris of Gajaba Regiment has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army with effect from 16 December 2023. 

Prior to his new appointment, he has been serving as the Commander, of Security Forces – West.  

Born on 6th June 1969, he is a proud product of St Anthony’s Boys School in Panadura and Thurstan College, Colombo. During his schooling, he excelled in studies and athletics earning honour and fame at the school.

He joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet on 26th July 1988 in the Intake 30. Upon successful completion of the basic military training at the Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa, he was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant and was posted to the Gajaba Regiment (GR) which is an elegant Infantry Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army on 09th June 1990. After being steadily elevated to subsequent ranks in the course of the span of service in the Army, he was promoted to the rank of Major General on 07 May 2021.

Throughout his military career, he has served in Command, Staff, and Instructional appointments exemplifying his extraordinary capacities in respective appointments in the Sri Lanka Army. He has extensively pledged exceptional dedication towards assignments of combat duties during the humanitarian operation in the North and East of the country before May 2009.

His appointments include Platoon Commander, Officer Commanding, ADC to Major General S.T.T Jayasundara (Rtd), Adjutant – Army Training School, Operation and Training Company Commander, Security Officer at Base Ordnance Deport Maradana, General Staff Officer II – 21 Infantry Division, Second in Command – 3 GR, Staff Officer II – Quarter Master  General Branch, Staff Officer II – Directorate of Personal Administration, Staff Officer II – Transits Camp Anuradapura, Security Coordinator -Ministry of  Defence, Commanding Officer – 8 GR, Brigade Commander of 522 Infantry Brigade, Center Commandant – Regimental HQ, Director – Directorate of Movement, General Officer Commanding of 52 Infantry Division, Military Advisor – United Nations Headquarters New York, Commander, Security Force – West and Colonel Commandant of Military Intelligence Corps.

 Major General W.H.K.S Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndu followed many local and foreign courses, such as Platoon  Commander’s Tactics  Course, Battalion Support Weapon Course,  Basic Parachute Course, Air Mobile Course, Young Officer Course – India, Junior Command course – India, Capstone Exercise ‘Shanty Prayas’ – Nepal, Senior Command Course – India, Asia Pacific Centre For Security Studies Comprehensive Crisis Management Seminar – Honolulu – Hawaii and  Defence and Strategic Studies Programme in China.

The Senior Officer has been adorned with gallantry awards of ‘Rana Wickrama Padakkama’ (RWP) and ‘Rana Sura Padakkama’ (RSP) for his distinguished conduct in the face of the enemy and recipient of Videsha Seva Padakkama (VSV) in recognition of his distinguished service to the organization.

Major General W.H.K.S Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndu is also the Colonel Commandant of Military Intelligence Corps and married to Mrs Dilupa Peiris and blessed with three daughters.

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94th Battle of the Maroons ends in a draw (Pics)

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The 94th Battle of the Maroons between Ananda and Nalanda concluded in a draw at SSC grounds. 

Despite the draw, Ananda secured a first innings lead, having declared their first innings at 286 for 9 wickets in response to Nalanda’s first innings total of 277 for 8 wickets, which was declared on the first day.

In the second innings, Nalanda, batting at 120 for 3 wickets, maintained a cautious approach, and the match ended without either team pursuing a more aggressive strategy in their first innings.

Ananda’s all-rounder Kithma Withanaparhirana played a notable innings, scoring 76 runs in 92 balls with 11 fours and a six on the second day. 

However, the team fell short of a century, with number three batter Dinada Athalage contributing a significant knock of 71 runs in 165 balls with 9 fours.

Despite the draw, the match witnessed commendable performances from key players, with Nalanda skipper Sajitha Vithanage earning the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten century.

Both teams showcased sportsmanship in the annual encounter, and Nalanda retained the N.M. Perera Trophy, presented by former Nalandian legend Stanley Jayasinghe. 

The trophy has been a symbol of the prestigious Battle of the Maroons series.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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