Army chief tells troops not to get involved in politics

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has told his troops in the North not to get involved in politics.Addressing troops in the North, the Commander underlined the importance of discipline at all levels as Army personnel, dedicated to the national security of the country. He also pointed out the need to maintain excellent relations with civilians in respective areas and launch projects that would help promote ethnic harmony, understanding and reconciliation. Senanayake made his first formal visit to the Security Force Headquarters – Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) upon assumption of his office, the Army media unit said today.In conformity with military formalities, a Guard Turnout plus a salutary Guard of Honour was presented by the troops of 14 and 23 Sinha Regiment greeted the day’s Chief Guest, soon after Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, arrived at the SFHQ-MLT main entrance. The visiting Commander was warmly welcomed by Major General Dushyantha Rajaguru, Commander, SFHQ-MLT.Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake received a briefing on the roles and tasks of the SFHQ-MLT and a comprehensive account of ongoing development and reconstruction projects, being assisted by the troops in the area. All General Officers Commanding and Brigade Commanders under the SFHQ-MLT were present during the formal briefing.Sticking to the day’s itinerary, the Commander later on visited the relocated office of the Forward Maintenance Area – Mullaittivu (FMA-MLT). There, the Commander was welcomed by Brigadier Channa Atipola, Commander, FMA-MLT and listened to a briefing. (Colombo Gazette) The Commander of the Army also highlighted the theme of the Army for the year 2018, ‘Rata Rakina Jathiya – Sri Lanka Army’ and urged everyone to commit to the organization and help develop the country in the future. “Best welfare is the training and all of us after retirement should not get involved in politics and one should not forget the past war and incidents”. He also urged all members not to fall prey to illegal acts since it would tarnish the image. read more

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Spanish man who fought terrorist off woman by using his skateboard missing

first_imgAccording to Europa Press, Mr Echeverría’s friends said that he confronted the assailant and the next time they saw him he was lying on the pavement.Since then, neither the family nor his friends have been able to contact him or find him in hospitals, despite having reported the situation to the Spanish consulate, the police, the hospitals in the area and HSBC.Echeverría’s family said that he was probably not carrying any ID documents as he had been returning home from playing sport. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He works for HSBC Madrid Red Cross put out a missing persons appeal, describing Mr Echeverria as a well-built 13-stone man of around five feet, nine inches who was was wearing jeans, black Vans trainers and a black or dark sweater at the time of his disappearance. He would also have been wearing a gold chain and has a scar above an eyebrow, close to the hairline, the Red Cross said.Mr Echeverría’s sister, who also lives in London, has been visiting local hospitals in search of her brother.center_img A Spanish man who according to friends ‘confronted’ a terrorist who was stabbing a woman has gone missing.Friends, family and the Spanish Red Cross have put out messages on social media, asking for the safe return of the HSBC worker.According to his brother, the brave missing man fought off a terrorist using his skateboard.His brother wrote on Facebook: “He was seen fallen down after defending a woman with his skate[board].”Ignacio Echeverría, a 39-year-old who lives in London, has not been traced by his family in Madrid since he was on his way home after skating in a park with his friends when they saw one of the terrorists stabbing a woman near Borough Market. “I am looking for my brother. He was yesterday at London Bridge during the terrorist attack,” Isabel Echeverria posted on her Facebook page on Sunday.On Monday, another relative, Joaquin Echeverria, said that the news was not looking good, and said that they have been asked for Ignacio’s fingerprints..He wrote on Facebook: “Hello to everyone who is helping us. We’ve been asked for Ignacio’s fingerprints. Not a good sign.”One friend replied: “Don’t lose hope. You have a lot of people with you at all times.” He works for HSBCCredit:Red Crosslast_img read more

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