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SRI LANKA, Colombo : A Sri Lankan resident read through names of fallen soldiers on a memorial for those who died in the decades-long conflict against the Tamil Tigers during National War Hero’s Day in Colombo on May 20, 2015. The government is planning a military “victory parade” to mark six  years since the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels, who waged a decades-long battle for a separate homeland for minority Tamils. Services have been banned to honour Tamil rebels and remember civilians killed in the conflict which ended in 2009 after claiming at least 100,000 lives. AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI                        


Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With you, Without you)

The film set, in post war Sri Lanka, deftly explores the emotional fall-out of such trauma on the lives of ordinary people. Selvi is a beautiful but quiet Tamil refugee who catches the eye of a middle-aged Buddhist pawnbroker when she comes to cash in her last jewellery. Immediately captivated, the pawnbroker follows her back to her temporary home. Discovering she is about to be wed for money to a very old man, he throws caution to the wind and offers to marry her instead. Selvi soon moves into his house and slowly falls in love with her saviour, but neither of them ever talk about their past; until an old army friend of the pawnbroker turns up, and a terrible secret emerges. 

Indian Naval War College launched second international course

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) The Indian Navy’s War College at Goa on Monday lauched the second international programme for naval officers from friendly foreign countries, an official statement said.

The participants of the eight week programme include officers from Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Naval War College, Goa is one of the three War Colleges of the Indian Armed Forces.

The programme, inaugurated by Goa University Vice Chancellor Varun Sahni, will see the participants deal with international relations theory, geopolitics, concepts of maritime security and strategy, International Maritime Law and management of ocean resources amongst others.

Stressing the importance of maritime security in nation-building, Sahni said that in a dynamically changing geo-political scenario, there is a need for navies in the Indian Ocean Region to forge stronger ties and collaborate in developing an efficient security architecture in the maritime domain.

The statement said that during the course, participants will be exposed to subject matter experts and eminent speakers and familiarisation visits to the Indian Navy’s operational and training commands.

The participants are also put through simulation exercises on regional security scenarios including Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).