Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka looking to apprehend over 59,000 military deserters
Sat, Jan 25, 2014, 12:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan military authorities have taken action to round up over 59,000 military personnel deserted the ranks after the war against the Tamil Tiger terrorists ended in May 2009.

According to a report in Daily FT, 59,267 military personnel and 239 officers from all three armed forces - Army, Navy and Air Force - have left the ranks without following proper exit procedure.

The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, responding to a question posed by the opposition United National party (UNP) parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayaka, has informed parliament that these service men have deserted the ranks mostly due to personal issues.

The Ministry has said that warrants for their arrest are being issued to the relevant police divisions where the deserters belong.

According to the Ministry some of the deserters will be reinstated in service prior to dismissing them following the proper procedure.

The Ministry has also alerted the Department of Immigration and Emigration to prevent the deserters from leaving the country.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Two global yacht and marina construction companies show interest in marine tourism in Sri Lanka
-- [7 hours ago]
Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee discuss Electoral Reforms, devolution, Executive
-- [7 hours ago]
Tamil Diaspora organization welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's urgent call for Sri Lanka to set up minority rights mechanism
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka main Tamil party TNA condemns the shooting of two University students
-- [9 hours ago]
Group of 25 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu camps to return home on Oct 25
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Navy assists building facilities for transportation among islands in the Jaffna peninsula
President launches program to plant one billion trees as renewable energy sources
Five police officers arrested over deaths of two Jaffna University students
Sri Lanka Telecom wins government fiber optic broadband deal
'Living Heritage' event to showcase and promote heritage of Sri Lankan capital Colombo

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.