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Over 1,800 army personnel promoted on 74th Army Anniversary Day

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A total of 314 Officers of the Sri Lanka Army and a record 1,565 Other Ranks have been promoted to their respective next rank in view of the 74th Army Anniversary Day today (10).

Accordingly, 07 Brigadiers to the rank of Major General, 12 Colonels to the rank of Brigadier, 37 Lieutenant Colonels to the rank of Colonel, 41 Majors to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, 50 Captains to the rank of Major (Including Quarter Masters), 84 Lieutenants to the rank of Captain (Including Quarter Masters) and 83 Second Lieutenants to the rank of Lieutenant (Regular Force & Volunteer Force) have been promoted in the Officers’ category.

In the category of Other Ranks, a total of 83 Warrant Officers-II to the rank of Warrant Officer-I, 183 Staff Sergeants to the rank of Warrant Officer-II, 263 Sergeants to the rank of Staff Sergeant, 414 Corporals to the rank of Sergeant, 374 Lance Corporals to the rank of Corporal and 248 Privates to the rank of Lance Corporal (Regular Force and Volunteer Force) have also been promoted.

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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