India and Sri Lanka in war games

The Special Forces of India and Sri Lanka are now involved in war games at Nahan in Himachal Pradesh (India).

The exercises started on December 3 and are likely to last till December 24 at the Special Forces Training Centre, Army officials said.

The two countries are expected to share their experience in counter-terrorism operations in the past two decades, they said.

The exercises were scheduled to be held somewhere in the South, but they were shifted to Nahan, keeping in view the sensitivities of political parties and people in South, informed sources said.

Political parties in Tamil Nadu disapprove of defence ties with Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to halt training imparted to Sri Lankan officers in the State and send them back. In July, nine Sri Lankan defence personnel were shifted from a training institution at Tambaram near Chennai to Bangalore after stiff opposition from political parties in the State.

The Navy plans to hold ‘SLINEX’ exercises with Sri Lanka, but these would be held away from the coastline of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the sources said. (The Hindu)