Basnayake new Defense Secretary

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Former Environment and Sustainable Ministry Secretary B.M.U.D. Basnayake was appointed as new Secretary of Defense, MP Rajitha Senarathene said.


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  • aja Saturday, 10 January 2015 03:56 PM

    who is he such a big appointment can he handle it .

    Arjuna Ranawana Saturday, 10 January 2015 03:56 PM

    Selected from SLAS officers who ever, efficient, honoust and dedicated and not corrupted persons as secretaries.

    Appu Sunday, 11 January 2015 12:27 AM

    Well......when the Minister is SF......we dont need a big name to do clerical work ?.....Who would know every ,Tom Dick and check points......combat tactics more than the 5 Star General

    Ranga Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:04 PM

    Make sense!Sarath Fonseka should maintain a low profile at least until March UNJCR session.

    ravi jayawardena Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:05 PM

    is this person having any military or defence background

    Dingo Sunday, 11 January 2015 12:58 AM

    The political problem is Sarath is not a politician and do not have a political power base and he is not even an MP. So the hardcore politicians would not promote him but to give him what was taken away from him. Importantly he will not be suitable for defense as he has some issues to settle , which will go against the policy of the new government

    Don Don Saturday, 10 January 2015 06:42 PM

    I hope he will not own any white vans.

    Thaben Sunday, 11 January 2015 01:25 AM

    Basnayake is a good selection. All secretaries should be SLAS Officers. They are for administrative purposes. Not to command the forces. Minister of defense or Deputy minister of defense would do that. Earlier regime used GR as deputy minister.

    gayan Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:31 PM

    Where is SF?

    Waco Sunday, 11 January 2015 01:43 AM

    This Position is for a person like: Lt: Gen: Jagath Dias, Lt: Gen: Servendra Silva etc,etc

    Rama Sunday, 25 January 2015 12:05 PM

    Yeah Jayavi is the best out of all for this post True

    Kumudu Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:16 AM

    From all attributes leader should be honest. He is the secretary not the chief of Commander. I remember Bandusena. All the best to you. Gun is for defense and not use on own people.

    Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:25 AM

    Now comes the purge of the military which was under UNHRC investigations for Human rights violations under Rajapakse. So will there be a purge of the Buddhist Sanga, the Sinhalese nationalists, the police, the SIS, the business community with links to the Rajapakse government and the media

    Fassey Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:39 PM

    Congrats to the new Secretary of DefenseWe need a new Higher Education minister too.

    impi Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:41 PM


    Waco Saturday, 10 January 2015 06:57 PM

    What knowledge and experience he possesses .

    Cheers Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:46 PM

    Does he or ranjit ha knows what defence means only if they have been in military will know

    Arjuna Ranawana Sunday, 11 January 2015 03:44 AM

    Hi everybdy,There is someone posting comments under my name. Please disregard. I urge this individual to adopt another pseudonym such as gotabhaya rajapakse rather than the name of a well known writer.

    Mithila Fernando Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:50 PM

    Ooooops what happened to SF? We are disappointed.

    dutchy Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:51 PM

    we do not know this person. DM, please publish his profile in detail.

    Philo Sunday, 11 January 2015 04:49 AM

    Hmmmm,why a civil servant? Is it because of fear of military officers. Security of the Nation is a priority.

    S.P.Iyer Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:53 PM


    Kp Sunday, 11 January 2015 04:54 AM

    It is a good decision not to put SF. But Ex senior military commander is necessary for the nations security.

    Subra Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:59 PM

    Congratulation for your appointment sir, first of all bring down the differences between communities. Make sure All should be happy

    Ramola Saturday, 10 January 2015 10:37 PM

    Good. He can advise the armed forces on benefits of unleaded petrol for their vehicles.

    Mohamed Sunday, 11 January 2015 06:42 AM

    We were expecting SF, the great son of our land, for this responsible seat....

    firebot Saturday, 10 January 2015 05:07 PM

    wtf via DM Android App

    Waco Saturday, 10 January 2015 10:51 PM

    General Sarath Fonseka, where are you ? Please appear.

    Dulram Saturday, 10 January 2015 05:29 PM

    No worries. He deserves it..... via DM Android App

    Ranjith Abeywickreme Saturday, 10 January 2015 05:35 PM

    where is arrogant Gota via DM Android App

    k.soysa Saturday, 10 January 2015 05:41 PM

    Please cut the diffuse budget.

    myya Saturday, 10 January 2015 05:43 PM

    what happened to SF?

    Waco Saturday, 10 January 2015 11:27 PM

    This position meant for an experience ex-Military Officer. Not a civil servants Job.

    gobbaya Saturday, 10 January 2015 05:46 PM

    pls reinstate the rank & privileges of the General. even king dutugemunu erected a chaitya for king elara....but how did we treat the greatest general of this generation via DM Android App

    Waco Saturday, 10 January 2015 11:34 PM

    Get General Fonseka in double quick time. Put him in charge of Army, Air-Force, and Navy. And also the Department of Police and The Security of all Air Ports. And the Ministery of Agriculture.

    ABC Monday, 12 January 2015 09:55 AM


    Chamara Sunday, 11 January 2015 10:45 AM

    This position is supposed to held by a person with military exposure. Especially in a country just recovering from a 30 odd years of war and the name LTTE is not totally wiped out from encyclopedia. Does M.R.Dissanayake hold such grounds? We all like to have civilians in such positions, but before that we should know we are in the right time for that ...

    leena Sunday, 11 January 2015 10:47 AM

    No Sri, that is not an important factor. THAT is the job of the defense forces. The Secretary of Defense should be -and always is-. a civil servant.

    Old Colonel Saturday, 10 January 2015 05:57 PM

    A very wise move to have a civilian as the Secretary of Defence. This would prevent interference into the administration of the services and interintra services rivalries. via DM Android App

    Vicks Saturday, 10 January 2015 11:54 PM


    dana Sunday, 11 January 2015 12:03 AM

    there is no one else to match with GOTA. will see what happens. via DM Android App

    sri Saturday, 10 January 2015 06:08 PM

    Does he have any experience in Secure the country. It is very important at this time.

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