Govt rejects Jayalalithaa's demand, 'will continue to train Lankan defence personnel'

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  1. Oracle

    Oracle New Member

    Mar 31, 2010
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    Bangalore, India
    NEW DELHI: India will continue to train Sri Lankan defence personnel at its establishments, minister of state for defence M M Pallam Raju said, notwithstanding opposition by parties from Tamil Nadu.

    The minister's statement came against the backdrop of the demand for expulsion of two such Lankan officers from Defence Services Staff College in Wellington by the Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha.

    "Sri Lanka is a friendly foreign country and the training will go on. Sometimes there are objections raised by local governments which we have to take into consideration," Raju told reporters here.

    The minister was asked about the response of the defence ministry on Tamil Nadu chief minister's demand.

    In July, nine Sri Lankan defence personnel were removed from a training institution in Tambaram to Bangalore after opposition from political parties in the state.

    In her letter, Jayalalithaa said such "reprehensible attitude" on part of the Centre was reflected in permitting two Sri Lankan defence personnel - Major Dissanayaka Mohottalalage Vengra and Captain Hewawasam Kadaudage - to undergo 11 months training at Defence Services Staff College at Wellington from May 19.

    The Tamil Nadu chief minister has requested the Prime Minister to instruct the defence ministry to immediately halt the training being given to the two Sri Lankan defence personnel and send them back to their country immediately.

    Meanwhile, Raju said the defence ministry has given its nod for operation of international flights from the Vishakhapatanam airport which is under the control of the Navy.

    He said the timing of flight operations has been extended by three hours and international flights will start operating from October 1.

  3. Kesang

    Kesang Regular Member

    Apr 24, 2012
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    City of Brick(NEFA)
    Re: Govt rejects Jayalalithaa's demand, 'will continue to train Lankan defence person

    After watching that documentary where Sri Lankans bombing/shelling civilian hospital in no-fire zone with Delay-action bomb so no one can come there to save wounded person. I start understanding why Indian Tamil hate sinhalese so much.

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