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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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Anton’s TU life celebrated in Kusal’s ‘Humanist Without Borders’

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A book celebrating fifty years of Mr. Anton Marcus as a Trade Unionist will be held in Colombo next week.

Mr. Marcus is currently the Joint Secretary of the Free Trade Zones and Public Employees’ Union.

The book entitled ‘Humanist Without Borders’ alongside its Sinhala version, will be launched on June 17, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo from 3.30pm.

The books are penned by political columnist and analyst – Kusal Perera.

Emeritus Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda and the former president and general secretary of New Zealand’s ‘First Union’, Mr. Robert Reed, will deliver guest lectures.
Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ in this regard, Mr. Kusal Perera said:

“My effort in profiling Anton in this book that traverses the fifty years of his trade union life is in the context of Sri Lankan politics. It’s because he himself is a political creature. Therefore my reading said, despite all rights, decency, dignity enshrined in the Constitution, in International law and for all that Anton fought for, it was no easy task in a world of the filthy rich whatever honourable labels one would tag them with.”

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Modi expected to visit SL?

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A high level delegation headed by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya is scheduled to visit Russia to arrange for the repatriation of Sri Lankan ex-military personnel deployed in Russia for military purposes and the related discussions will be held on June 26 and 27, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, President’s Counsel Ali Sabry.
The Minister also noted that a team of officials has been tasked with reviewing the Cabinet paper submitted to decide on Sri Lanka’s potential membership in the BRICS organization. Their report is anticipated later this month.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, President’s Counsel Ali Sabry, highlighted this during his participation in today’s (June 14) Press conference at the Presidential Media Centre, focusing on the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’.

The minister elaborated further, stating that they are also anticipating a visit from the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs – S. Jaishankar followed by a visit by the Indian PM himself.

“President Ranil Wickremesinghe visited India to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of Sri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India.  Consequently, we anticipate a visit from the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Sri Lanka later this month, with the Prime Minister of India expected to follow suit shortly,” Minister Sabry has said.

He further noted : 
Recently, I attended the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Conference in Russia, representing Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has submitted a Cabinet paper to explore the possibility of Sri Lanka joining the BRICS organization. A team comprising officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Treasury, Ministry of Finance, and Central Bank has been tasked with studying this proposal. The Cabinet is expected to receive their report later this month.

Furthermore, discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov focused on resolving the issue of Sri Lankan ex-military personnel serving in the Russian army. To address this, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a delegation including secretary to the Defence Ministry will visit Russia. These discussions are scheduled for June 26th and 27th. Concurrently, efforts have commenced to facilitate the safe return of Sri Lankans currently stranded in Myanmar.

(Excerpts : President’s Media Division) 

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Keheliya & 7 others further remanded

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Former Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella and 07 others have been further remanded until June 28 by the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court over the import of substandard human Immunoglobulin vials.

This order was issued when the case was taken up before the Maligakanda Magistrate today (June 14).

Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Department today informed the Supreme Court that it will not appear on behalf of former Health Minister Kehiliya Rambukwella and arrested NMRA officials over the case of purchasing medicines from two allegedly unregistered companies.

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