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Under attack from all political parties, including ruling UPA key ally DMK, the Centre on Friday decided to “send off” the Sri Lankan airmen from the IAF station at Tambaram where they were undergoing training.

“All Sri Lankan trainees are being sent off today from this Station as per instruction of the Ministry of Defence,” a brief Defence Ministry statement said, a day after all political parties strongly protested training to nine Sri Lankan airmen here.

The training of the Lankan personnel by India came in the line of fire from political parties with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa describing it as an “insult to Tamil people” and others including her bitter rival, DMK, also joining in the chorus.

“At a time when there are voices demanding equal status for Tamils in Sri Lanka, reports about Sri Lankan Air force personnel receiving training at the Tambaram Air force station near here has come as a shock to the Tamil people. I strongly condemn this,” Ms. Jayalalithaa had said in a strongly-worded statement on Thursday.

DMK president M Karunanidhi and MDMK founder Vaiko said it was “condemnable” and demanded that they be sent back. (The Hindu)

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  • roger Friday, 06 July 2012 10:17 AM

    Well done Jayalalitha you made a good call with the protest

    HafShaq Friday, 06 July 2012 10:29 AM

    Ok then no problem, we have Pakistan.

    Fernando on the road Friday, 06 July 2012 10:31 AM

    Why cant we train them at home and save all the money and trouble?

    wiren peiris Friday, 06 July 2012 10:26 AM

    So what? Send the air force guys to China for training. The Chinese government will do a better job. Who needs India anyway?

    hikz Friday, 06 July 2012 10:30 AM

    1) VIP pilgrims
    2) Military trainees... then ?

    reader Friday, 06 July 2012 10:25 AM

    at least now stop all diplomatic ties with India

    David Friday, 06 July 2012 10:39 AM

    Central government of India can not simply reject state government's request.

    MS Friday, 06 July 2012 10:38 AM

    Good news. We should also send all people who want to have an elam in Sri Lanka to India immediately. Sri Lanka should get rid of from these terrorist as well.

    Anderson Friday, 06 July 2012 10:45 AM

    What I don't understand is why we depend on India to train our forces ? We are a nation who has won a war against one of the most ruthless terrorist organizations... None world powers could do it so far...
    We have enough veterans to teach our forces, the best warfare. I'm sure we are in the best position to teach India & rest of the world about it.

    Niroshan Senanayake Friday, 06 July 2012 10:47 AM

    All Sri Lankan Tamils you should understand because of political agendas and benefit of themselves those politicos(Tamil) in Sri lanka and India try to make unhappiness and conflict again between Sinhaleese and Tamils.
    30years you got caught with LTTE now Indian LTTE. Don't get caught to this fools traps.

    farieze Friday, 06 July 2012 10:53 AM

    stop-importing all vehicle/FOOD/CLOTHS from TAMIL NADU

    Dee Friday, 06 July 2012 10:49 AM

    hope LTTE starts a freedom fight in TN soon

    buffaloa citizen Friday, 06 July 2012 10:58 AM

    The only training you can get at home is (a) white van abductions (b) stealing and corruption (c) thuggery (e) racism

    Rajash Friday, 06 July 2012 10:53 AM

    This geopolitics. Sri Lankans as a whole who need to be alert.

    suname Friday, 06 July 2012 10:48 AM

    send to Russia,China,Cuba or frendly country to train our service men

    Uditha Friday, 06 July 2012 10:48 AM

    Neighbour doesn't like you...first find out the cause and try to mend the relationship, rather than running away from the problem.

    RamUK Friday, 06 July 2012 10:55 AM

    You never get the point aren’t you? We want to live in SL in one country as one unit only we need is our voices to be heard in a democratic way. We may have diff opinion in few things but isn’t the beauty of a man kind to have diff opinion? Let’s listen to every one and lets have the legal system to back up this. Read the story of David Cameron have been told of by a waitress in UK

    tamilian Friday, 06 July 2012 10:51 AM

    sir thank you for your advice...funny guy.....if you are tamilian then you will know the reason that we are fighting for...

    buffaloa citizen Friday, 06 July 2012 11:02 AM

    These airmen could have been the perpetrators of war crimes and indiscriminate bombing of innocent tamil civilians. As long as we do not clear this charge, we sinhalese will remain to the world as criminals.

    David Friday, 06 July 2012 10:57 AM

    Whatsoever if you make India unhappy by going to Pakistan or China, it is a suicide mission. India can simply control Sri Lanka within few hours. China and Pakistan can not do anything. Now India has US backing in handling Sri Lanka.

    Achala Friday, 06 July 2012 11:11 AM

    I think you're quite right. Not only our forces have fought against the terrorists, the also have taught an unforgettable lesson to the master minds behind the LTTE. Can you remember the days when, the LTTE symapthizers were boasting that Prabhakaran could never be defeated by SL... & .... remember how Prabhakaran died at the end....

    Jeevan Friday, 06 July 2012 11:06 AM

    Fellow reader

    Read the news carefully. They will be "sent off" from TN, but not from India. Hope you understand!

    chainaman Friday, 06 July 2012 11:06 AM

    no prob....they can get better training in China.

    raj Friday, 06 July 2012 11:25 AM

    Enemy of my enemy is a friend. I would rather run to a friend than to a enemy!

    Asela Friday, 06 July 2012 11:27 AM

    Ya Ya. If you cannnot get 'Kehi Gani' try 'Hotu Gani'.

    raj Friday, 06 July 2012 11:27 AM

    Its no longer a ethnic issue. every one is affected

    Cyril Alwis Friday, 06 July 2012 11:24 AM

    Unfortunately, the very best man sent to jail by our . He could have done wonders to our forces.

    Cyril

    Abey Friday, 06 July 2012 12:27 PM

    Increase all taxes on indian imports .

    Nihal D Friday, 06 July 2012 12:29 PM

    Send few tamil airmen tomorrow to the same place so can those big mouths be silent for good, and equal states given to tamils.

    Rosh Friday, 06 July 2012 12:49 PM

    As if India likes Pakistan - being its closest. Dont bring silly comments here

    john Friday, 06 July 2012 12:38 PM

    The last Indian trained pilots missed the targets and bombed our own ships. Better trained them in Nepal

    kumar Friday, 06 July 2012 12:38 PM

    That may be your dream! but will not happen!!

    raj Friday, 06 July 2012 12:43 PM

    Those veterans are either in prison or stripped of their civic rights.

    SAHA Friday, 06 July 2012 01:02 PM

    See who's provoking Sri Lankans..........talk of saving Tamils

    Manojin Friday, 06 July 2012 01:35 PM

    Why? I am a Tamilian but I dont understand the reason. Please don't put us in anymore troubles.

    indian Jonna Sunday, 08 July 2012 10:38 AM

    China is a better place, less smell too

    indian Jonna Sunday, 08 July 2012 10:49 AM

    China is a better place and less smell too

    Channa Friday, 06 July 2012 01:51 PM

    There are so many other places to go for training, such as Russia, China, Pakistan.

    terror Friday, 06 July 2012 02:01 PM

    You definitely must be a terrorist supporter.....

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 07 July 2012 06:12 AM

    Well said Niroshan, those days Tamils were peenalized by LTTE & Nothern Dirty Politicians and now slaves to India.

    RamUK Friday, 06 July 2012 10:19 AM

    Well done JJ. Previous commnets became bit too early ..


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