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India has not taken final decision yet on Rafale deal

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Comments Off

Despite several meetings between Indian and French officials to close the 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal worth $20 bn before PM Narendra Modi travels to Paris next month, defence minister Manohar Parrikar informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that “no final decision” has been taken yet.

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India calls for deeper UNSC commitment on war torn countries

Thursday, March 12, 2015 Comments Off

India has stressed on deeper engagement and commitment by the UN Security Council to ensure long-lasting peace in countries torn by civil war and to avoid relapse into conflict. In an an Ambassadorial-level meeting of Organisational Committee, Peacebuilding Commission here yesterday, Deputy Permanent Representative of India Ambassador Bhagwant Bishnoi said peacebuilding is necessary to rebuild […]

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India, Pakistan to discuss bilateral relations

Monday, March 2, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan will hold dialogue with India on all issues including the longstanding Kashmir dispute, National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz said today ahead of the Foreign Secretary-level talks next week. Talking to Radio Pakistan in Lahore, Aziz said that India cancelled Foreign Secretary level talks last year and now it took initiative to restore these talks.

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Srinagar govt urges talks with Pakistan

Monday, March 2, 2015 Comments Off

Jammu and Kashmir’s new ruling coalition sworn in on Sunday has nudged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resume talks with Pakistan and Kashmiri stakeholders, including the Hurriyat Conference. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Kashmir’s People’s Democratic Party nominated 11 and 12 ministers respectively who took the oath of office under the watch of […]

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Modi to take final decision on Rafale jets

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Comments Off

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain and his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar appear to have sorted out one of the key issues holding up the estimated $15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. A final decision is expected to be taken before Prime Minister Narendra Modi before his […]

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French Defence Minister to visit India, meet counterpart

Monday, February 23, 2015 Comments Off

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi on Tuesday to salvage a deal to supply 126 Dassault fighter jets that has stalled on the issue of local assembly of the aircraft. Under the terms of the contract, 18 of the Rafale planes will be sold ready to fly while the rest […]

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US, India to discuss bilateral issues on UN

Thursday, February 19, 2015 Comments Off

India and the US have held their first ever bilateral dialogue on the UN and multilateral issues in the spirit of the “Delhi Declaration of Friendship” that strengthens and expands the two countries’ relationship. “Today’s discussions focused on international peace and security, peacekeeping operations, counter-piracy, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the UN Human Rights Council, and […]

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India aims to end top defense importer status

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Comments Off

Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed yesterday to end India’s status as the world’s number one defense importer, saying he wanted 70 percent of hardware to be manufactured domestically by the turn of the decade. Speaking at the start of a major aviation industry conference, Modi told hundreds of foreign and local businessmen that his government […]

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India, Sri Lanka sign nuclear agreement

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Comments Off

The United States has welcomed the signing of civil nuclear cooperation agreement between India and Sri Lanka, saying it is consistent with IAEA safeguards and other international standards and practices. “We welcome regional cooperation on nuclear energy that is consistent with IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards and other international standards and practices,” State Department […]

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French FM meets Indian counterpart

Friday, February 6, 2015 Comments Off

French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius on Thursday met the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here. Fabius, accompanied by a delegation of fellow dignitaries, started his official trip to India today. According to reports, Fabius will also be holding meetings with Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State (Independent […]

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New US Defence Secretary highlights importance of relations with India

Thursday, February 5, 2015 Comments Off

Terming India as an important “net provider of security” in the region, US President Barack Obama’s pick for Defence Secretary has said strengthening defence ties and expanding collaboration on military technology with the country would be his top priority. “India and the United States have built a strong strategic partnership. India is an important net […]

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French FM to visit India

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Comments Off

French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius, accompanied by a delegation of fellow dignitaries, is scheduled to visit India on an official trip starting February 5. According to reports, Fabius will be holding meetings with various personages in the national capital, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu […]

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Obama says good relations with India are not a threat to China

Monday, February 2, 2015 Comments Off

 Surprised at the Chinese reaction over his visit to India, US President Barack Obama has said there is no reason for Beijing to be threatened by a good relationship between New Delhi and Washington. “I was surprised when I heard that the Chinese government had put out these statements. China doesn’t need to be threatened because we have […]

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Pakistan successfully tests cruise missile

Monday, February 2, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan today successfully test-fired a new indigenously developed cruise missile capable of delivering nuclear and conventional warheads up to 350 km, bringing many Indian cities under its range. The Ra’ad missile enables Pakistan to achieve “strategic standoff capability” on land and at sea, as it uses extremely complex “Cruise Technology” that has been developed by only a […]

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Sharif says relations with India should be based on equality and mutual respect

Thursday, January 29, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that he wanted relations with India based on equality and mutual respect, values which are vital for peace in the region, a media report said. In a meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit in Islamabad, Mr. Sharif said that Pakistan longed for good relations […]

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India says it has not territorial ambitions over border with China

Thursday, January 29, 2015 Comments Off

Asserting that it has no territorial ambitions, India today said it wants to resolve all issues with China with “honesty” and asked the China government to come forward to end the “perceptional differences” over the border. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also sounded unperturbed by the increasing cooperation and friendship between China and Pakistan.

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Pak President expresses wish for cordial relations with India

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif felicitated the people of India on Republic Day and reiterated Islamabad’s desire for cordial relations between the two countries, in a letter to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. “Pakistan remains committed to developing cordial relations with India on the basis of sovereign equality, mutual respect and commonality of interests,” the […]

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US highlights India’s role in global security

Monday, January 26, 2015 Comments Off

India could play a role in battling Islamic State, the White House said on Monday during a visit to New Delhi by President Barack Obama, underlining Washington’s confidence that India is increasingly prepared to engage on global security issues.

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Obama, Modi discuss crucial issues

Monday, January 26, 2015 Comments Off

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama today held talks on a range of crucial issues, including removing hurdles in operationalising the long-stalled civil nuclear agreement and enhancing ties in defence, trade and commerce and climate change. Officials said “progress has been made” on the nuclear issue and India was looking forward to “effectively” work with the US […]

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Obama to start visit to India on Sunday

Friday, January 23, 2015 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama will travel to India on Sunday for three days with First Lady Michelle Obama. “U.S. cooperation with India can significantly advance our interests in terms of promoting economic ties and increased exports to a growing market,” said Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes in a conference call Wednesday night. Since Prime […]

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US, India extend nuclear talks

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

India and the U.S. extended their talks in London by a day on Thursday to iron out the kinks in the way of operationalising the landmark civil nuclear deal with officials making all efforts to stitch a “concrete” outcome during President Barack Obama’s visit, starting in three days. The talks of the Indo-U.S. Contact Group […]

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US, India to discuss bilateral relations

Friday, January 16, 2015 Comments Off

The US is looking to deepen its economic relationship with India, a top American diplomat has said ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip to the country, during which the two countries would take up a host of issues, including defence, intellectual property as well as the bilateral investment treaty. Obama will be travelling to India as a Chief Guest […]

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Obama to visit India at the end of January

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Comments Off

 U.S. President Barack Obama will have a tight schedule during his three-day visit starting January 25. He will hold talks with top leadership in New Delhi on ways to make progress on key issues such as defence and civil nuclear agreement and attend the Republic Day celebrations as the Chief Guest, among other engagements. Mr. […]

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India, US could to sign defence agreement during Obama visit

Monday, January 12, 2015 Comments Off

India and US are likely to sign their new 10-year defence framework agreement during the visit to the country of President Barack Obama later this month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday. He added that the strengthening of the existing framework and enhancement of its scope was going to be “definitely beneficial” for India.

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Indian PM talks with Hollande after Paris attacks

Friday, January 9, 2015 Comments Off

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the terror attack on the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and conveyed condolences on behalf of the people of India in a telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande on Friday. Expressing solidarity with the people of France, Mr. Modi expressed confidence that “President Hollande […]

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India reaffirms support for France in fight against terror

Thursday, January 8, 2015 Comments Off

The Government of India on Thursday condemned the attack on French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo’s office, adding that the nation will stand by France and its people in their fight against terrorism. “Our leadership has condemned this incident in no uncertain terms. The Prime Minister immediately condemned it as dastardly incident. The External Affairs Minister […]

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Putin visits New Delhi, meets Indian PM

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Comments Off

Expansion of ties in a range of crucial sectors like nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence will be in focus when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliberate at the annual summit here on Thursday with an aim to further strengthen the already close strategic partnership.

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Pakistan rejects India’s accusations on Kashmir attacks

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Monday rejected Indian allegations implicating Pakistan in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) attacks, said an official release. A press release by Pakistani Foreign Office said, “Pakistan rejects the allegations and efforts to malign Pakistan by implicating it in the recent attacks in Indian-held Kashmir,” adding that Pakistan firmly rejects the baseless allegations […]

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Healthy relationship between India and China is in US interest, Ambassador says

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

A healthy relationship between India and China is in the interest of America, nominee for US Ambassador to India has said noting Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set out on a positive footing in reaching out to its neighbour. “Much like the United States, the Indian relationship with China has elements of cooperation and elements of competition. But […]

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France, India agree to finalise Rafale deal

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Comments Off

The French and Indian defence ministers agreed on Monday to overcome any differences and finalise the sale of 126 fighter jets to India in a deal worth an estimated $15 billion, the Indian defence ministry said. France’s Dassault Aviation has been trying to clinch a deal to sell India its Rafale jets since New Delhi […]

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French Defence Minister to visit India

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Comments Off

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in India on a three-day visit later this month to hold talks with his counterpart Manohar Parrikar during which the issue of the multi-billion dollar deal for Rafale combat aircraft is likely to come up. He will arrive in India on November 30 and hold a series […]

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Obama to visit India in January

Monday, November 24, 2014 Comments Off

US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal, on Monday said that President Barack Obama was looking forward to attend the Republic Day function in New Delhi next year. “He is very much looking forward to it,” Biswal announced.

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India, China armies hold counter-terror exercise

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

With the aim of getting acquainted with each other’s operating procedures in counter-terrorism, Indian and Chinese armies began their fourth joint training exercise, Hand-in-Hand, in Pune on Monday. The objective of the training is to enhance the confidence and trust between the two armies, which may be called upon to grapple with anti-terrorism operations even […]

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India wants friendly relations with China or Pakistan, says official

Saturday, October 25, 2014 Comments Off

Unfazed by China’s objections to development of border areas, Government today announced setting up of 54 new border outposts and a Rs 175 crore package for beefing up the infrastructure along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. The announcement was made by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh even as he made it clear that India wanted […]

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India, Pakistan exchange fire on Kashmir border

Friday, October 24, 2014 Comments Off

Hours ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to India- controlled Kashmir, border guards of India and Pakistan Thursday fired on each other’s posts along the international border (IB) in Kashmir for second straight day, officials said. The exchange of fire between two sides was reported from IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts.

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