Author Archive for Security

Sirisena promised Pujith retirement perks if he took responsibility: Hemasiri

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

Yoshitha Pererav Courtesy The Daily Mirror Former President Maithripala Sirisena on April 24, 2019 informed former IGP Pujith Jayasundara that if he accepted responsibility for the co-ordinated terror attacks on April 21, 2019 and resigned from his position, he would be given the pension and a position as an ambassador in any country he wished […]

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Ex-Defence Secretary on why Ranil and IGP were not invited to Security Council meetings

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Former Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis gave evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks for the 7th day on Thursday (17). During the proceedings, the legal counsel representing the Director of State Intelligence Service (SIS) Nilantha Jayawardena asked the witness as to how he came […]

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‘Angoda Lokka’ died of heart attack, India’s CB-CID says

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The person alleged to be the fugitive gangster Maddumage Lasantha Chandana Perera alias ‘Angoda Lokka’ had died of heart attack in Coimbatore and no foul play was involved in his death, a senior officer of India’s CB-CID said on Wednesday based on the findings of the post-mortem, chemical examination and histopathology reports. K. […]

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Former SIS Director blames his superiors for not acting on intelligence conveyed to them

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Courtesy The Island The State Intelligence Service (SIS)  had not been aware that National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) had direct links to the ISIS, by the time it received information from a foreign source warning of a possible terrorist attack on April 09, 2019, former SIS Director SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena yesterday told the PCoI probing Easter […]

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Fmr. SIS Director refutes Maithri’s claims

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Former Director of State Intelligence Service (SIS) SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena today rejected claims made by former President Maithripala Sirisena for not informing the National Security Council (NSC) that Zahran Hashim was a terrorist and a threat to the country’s security. SDIG Jayawardena made this remarks while responding to a question raised […]

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Former intel. chiefs reveal national security flaws at PCoI on Easter attacks

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday Attacks, heard evidence on Monday (14) from two former intelligence service chiefs – Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena and Retired DIG Sisira Mendis – who exposed a lack of responsibility and leadership in the country’s national security establishment. During their individual testimonies, the subject […]

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Crushing LTTE: Gotabaya’s armed forces shape up

Monday, September 14th, 2020

By P.K. Balachandran/Ceylon Today  Courtesy NewsIn.Asia The inspiring story of the Sri Lankan armed forces’ make over done by Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is told in a gripping way by the current Defense Secretary Maj.Gen.(Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne. Colombo, September 14: In 2005, when Gotabaya Rajapaksa took over as Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary at the request […]

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Information on MPs who prevented the arrest of extremists – Easter Commission

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Former senior DIG of the Eastern province Edson Gunatillake says that muslim radicals have been taking arms since 2008 and 2009 under the pretense of fighting the LTTE, and spread their radicalistic ideas. He expressed this view last evening while giving his statement before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the Easter Attacks. […]

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Sri Lanka navy plugs leak on fire-hit supertanker

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Courtesy Reuters COLOMBO (Reuters) – The Sri Lankan navy said on Saturday it had sealed an inlet on the fire-stricken New Diamond oil supertanker that was leaking fuel oil and sparking fears of an environmental disaster. A team of divers that inspected the rear of the tanker, which caught fire last week, found a sea […]

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The demands of the inmates on hunger strike cannot be met – Defense Secretary

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News The hunger strike launched by a group of inmates in the special section of the Boossa Prison continues. Thirty people, including organized criminals Podi Lasi, Wele Suda and Kosgoda Tharaka, are still on hunger strike which commenced based on several demands. However, Defense Secretary Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne said the demands […]

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It was a mistake to give priority to reconciliation – Former Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis (Video)

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Former Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis has admitted that it was a mistake to prioritize reconciliation without prioritizing national security during the previous good governance government in which he served as the Chief of National Intelligence. This was when he testified for the first time before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry […]

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China seeks to set up military logistic facilities in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Pentagon

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Livemint China is seeking to set up more robust logistics facilities in about a dozen countries, including three in India’s neighbourhood, to allow the PLA to project and sustain military power at greater distances, according to a Pentagon report . WASHINGTON : China is seeking to set up more robust logistics facilities in about a […]

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Fmr. President’s irresponsible decision helped extremists to recuperate: Witness

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror An irresponsible decision taken by former President Maithripala Sirisena after the coordinated terror attack had allowed the Islamic extremist organizations to operate even better than the period before Easter Sunday attacks, a Moulavi who wish to stay anonymous yesterday informed PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks. A Moulavi who requested […]

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If even one person had read the reports I sent, those innocent people would not have died” – Nilantha Jayawardena (Video).

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News he former director of the State Intelligence Service told the Presidential Commission that the series of Easter attacks could have been prevented if all security forces worked togther and had arrested Saharan’s follower as a precautionary measure.

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Islandwide blackout: Did one man depower the nation?

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Thameenah Razeek and Amani Nilar Courtesy Ceylon Today The islandwide power outage that occurred on 17 August was found to be the result of a mistake made by the officer responsible for general maintenance at the Kerawalapitiya Grid Sub Station. According to the Committee appointed by the Minister of Power, Dullas Alahapperuma to probe the […]

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PCoI on Easter Sunday Attacks issues summons on more politicians

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Police Unit of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday attacks, today issued summons on a few more political figures to record their statements over the coordinated terror attacks. Accordingly, former MP Sunil Handunnetti will appear before the Commission’s police unit tomorrow (28). UNP General Secretary […]

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I have technical evidence to prove my innocence: Former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror Former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director Nilantha Jayawardena today informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks that he has technical evidence to prove his innocence if any official was claiming that the SIS had not done its part properly with regard to the coordinated terror attacks. Testifying before the […]

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Eradicating major crimes successful: Maj. Gen. Gunaratne

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne said today that they were successful in eradicating organized crimes, narcotic waves, extortion and underworld activities in the country. Assuming duties as the Secretary to the Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management State Ministry during a ceremony held at the […]

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Negligence by Nuwara Eliya police helped Zahran, NTJ members flee: Witness

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror The failure of the Nuwara Eliya Police to find anything suspicious from a search operation carried out on May 8, 2018 at a lodge where National Thawheed Jama’at (NTJ) Leader Zahran Hashim was operating a training camp, enabled Zahran and the NTJ associates to escape from the Police, it […]

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Ex-SIS Director’s sharp response to PCoI on Easter attacks

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Former Director of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena accused officials throughout the country’s national security hierarchy of ignoring their responsibilities and their attempts to pin the sole blame on him for the security establishment’s failure to prevent the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks as he testified for the 18th […]

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Revelation of a threatening letter sent by Islam radicals to founding Thero of Nelligala IBC

Sunday, August 23rd, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News The founder of the Nelligala International Buddhist Center Venerable Wathurakumbure Dhammaratana Thero says that he received a letter of threat, three weeks after the Easter attacks. The thero made this statement while testifying before the Presidential Commission appointed to probe the Easter Attacks. Dhammaratana Thero further added that the Zaharan Hashim had […]

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Underworld gunman killed in shootout with police

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana A member of a criminal gang has died in a shootout with the police in area of Gampaha today (22). The deceased is identified as Chaminda Edirisooriya under the alias Chamiya”. He is reportedly a gunman of the team operated by the underworld figure Angoda Lokka”. The police said Chamiya” was shot when […]

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No foreign intelligence alert conveyed to Fmr. President: Witness

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror Former President Maithripala Sirisena was not informed about the foreign intelligence information with regard to possible terror attack by National Thowheed Jama’at (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim and his associates, former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena today informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter […]

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Saga of the transformation of Sri Lankan navy

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror A sea change came about when the Rajapaksa regime recognized that the war against the Sea Tigers cannot be won if command over the sea is not established and the navy is not given its due and made pro-active, innovative and daring, says Adm (Rtd) Dr.Jayanath Colombage In his book Asymmetric Warfare […]

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State intelligence knew that Rifkan Bathiudeen helped Saharan flee to India – Nilantha Jayawardena (video)

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Former Director of the State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardena stated that the State Intelligence Service also knew before the Easter attack that Rifkan Bathiudeen, the brother of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, had helped Saharan Hashim, who was evading court despite being issued a warrant, to flee to India by boat from Mannar. […]

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SIS was aware of Zahran’s capabilities – SIS Director

Sunday, August 16th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The State Intelligence Service (SIS) was aware that Zahran Hashim had physical and mental capacity to conduct an attack in the country, even before it received the foreign intelligence on April 04, 2019 with regard to a possible terror attack, former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena yesterday testified […]

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Easter attacks: Security agencies received 97 early warnings – Def. sec.

Sunday, August 16th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne said that security agencies had received 97 warnings prior to the Easter Sunday attacks. He expressed these views addressing a gathering of professionals at a session themed ‘Post COVID-19 Renaissance – Present and future development of Sri Lanka’, organized by the ‘Harimaga organization’ at the Sri Lanka […]

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SIS was aware of Zahran’s capabilities – SIS Director

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The State Intelligence Service (SIS) was aware that Zahran Hashim had physical and mental capacity to conduct an attack in the country, even before it received the foreign intelligence on April 04, 2019 with regard to a possible terror attack, former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena yesterday testified […]

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Testimony given today by the former Director of the State Intelligence Service (Video)

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Former Director of the State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardena today admitted that when he received information through a foreign intelligence service that a suicide attack was being carried out in the country, he knew that Saharan had the physical and mental capacity to carry out such an attack. He was testifying before […]

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Investigation opened into alleged war crimes by British mercenaries in Sri Lanka

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Courtesy The Morning Star HE Metropolitan Police have opened an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by British mercenaries in Sri Lanka during the 1980s. The force’s War Crime Team has begun a scoping exercise under Crown Prosecution Service guidelines, the Foreign Office has told the UN Working Group on Mercenaries (UNWGM). The probe follows […]

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