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August 2003 - India Special Weapons News

  • Pakistan, India talks remain inconclusive IRNA 28 Aug 2003 -- Civil aviation officials from Pakistan and India could not reach any decision to resume air links between the two countries, according to a joint statement.
  • INDIA/VIOLENCE VOA 30 Aug 2003 -- India says two Islamic militants including a top rebel commander have been killed in a gunbattle with security forces. One soldier was also killed and several others wounded in the clash. Meanwhile, Indian police killed two more suspected Islamic militants in New Delhi after a huge quantity of explosives in the capital's main railway station was found.
  • INDIA/VIOLENCE VOA 30 Aug 2003 -- At least five suspected Islamic guerrillas and an Indian solider have been killed in a gun battle in Indian Kashmir, and Indian security forces believe a top rebel commander was involved in the fight. Indian police meanwhile found a huge quantity of explosives in New Delhi's main railway station.
  • INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 29 Aug 2003 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee says meaningful peace talks with neighboring Pakistan are impossible if terrorist activities in India continue. His comments came after a week of deadly attacks in Kashmir and Bombay - attacks India blames on Islamic militants.
  • PAKISTAN-INDIA/AVIATION VOA 28 Aug 2003 -- Talks to restore direct air service between India and Pakistan ended Thursday without an agreement, but with both sides agreeing to continue discussions. Observers see a deal in the near future as almost certain, given the high economic costs of the suspension.
  • INDIA/KASHMIR UPDATE VOA 28 Aug 2003 -- In Indian Kashmir, at least four people have been killed in a standoff between security forces and suspected Islamic militants. The violence drew a warning from India's deputy prime minister that such attacks could affect a fragile peace process with Pakistan.
  • INDIA/KASHMIR VOA 28 Aug 2003 -- In Indian Kashmir, at least four people have been killed in a standoff between security forces and suspected Islamic militants. The violence erupted as Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee held a high-profile meeting in Kashmir's summer capital, Srinagar.
  • PAKISTAN INDIA VOA 27 Aug 2003 -- India and Pakistan are moving ahead to improve relations, despite harsh words over Monday's fatal bombings in Bombay. Talks to restore air links between the two countries are under way.
  • INDIA BOMBINGS VOA 27 Aug 2003 -- India's commercial capital, Bombay, is back on its feet after two deadly blasts rocked the city on Monday, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 150 others. Authorities are blaming Islamic militants for the attacks, but there are conflicting ideas about the motive for the blasts.
  • INDIA / STAMPEDE VOA 27 Aug 2003 -- In Western India, more than 35 people, mostly Hindu devotees, have been killed and scores injured in a stampede at a religious festival. Many of the victims were women.
  • White House Report, August 26: India, Iraq, Middle East, North Korea Washington File 26 Aug 2003 -- Bush Offers Assistance to India in Wake of Mumbai Bombings / BUSH COMMITTED TO GETTING RESOURCES NEEDED FOR IRAQ / PALESTINIAN SECURITY FORCES SHOULD BE CONSOLIDATED UNDER ABBAS / WHITE HOUSE WELCOMES MULTI-NATIONAL TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA
  • India: Bombay Appears Cautious About Laying Blame For Bombings RFE/RL 26 Aug 2003 -- Hindus and Muslims mourned today the victims of a double car bomb attack in the Indian city of Bombay which left at least 50 people dead. Indian police say they suspect Islamic militants with links to Pakistan. But in stark contrast to events of one year ago, New Delhi has appeared cautious, so far, about accusing Islamabad of any direct role.
  • INDIA BOMBINGS UPDATE VOA 26 Aug 2003 -- India's deputy prime minister says there are indications Islamic militants were involved in two car bomb attacks in Bombay on Monday, which killed at least 50 people and injured around 150. The Indian official also indirectly pointed the finger at neighboring Pakistan.
  • INDIA / BOMBAY BOMBINGS VOA 26 Aug 2003 -- Indian police have stepped up security in major cities as they hunt down those responsible for Monday's twin car bombs in Bombay that killed at least 46 people and injured close to 150 others. India is still reeling from the shock of the massive explosion that shook the country's commercial capital.
  • Powell Condemns Mumbai Bombing Washington File 25 Aug 2003 -- Following is the text of a State Department statement condemning the August 25 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, and relating Secretary of State Colin Powell's expression of outrage and condolences
  • U-S / INDIA BLASTS VOA 25 Aug 2003 -- The United States is condemning the twin car bomb explosions in Bombay that killed at least 46 people and wounded more than 100.
  • INDIA/ TEMPLE DISPUTE VOA 25 Aug 2003 -- In India, a report by government archeologists says there is evidence of a medieval Hindu temple at a disputed religious site in northern India claimed by both Hindus and Muslims. Muslim groups are likely to contest the findings.
  • INDIA / BOMBAY BOMBINGS VOA 25 Aug 2003 -- Two powerful car bombs have killed at least 40 people and injured more than 100 others in Bombay. The Indian city has been the scene of several bombings in recent months, which police have blamed on Islamic militants.
  • INDIA / PARLIAMENT VOA 19 Aug 2003 -- In India, an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion against the coalition government has been defeated.
  • INDIA / PARLIAMENT VOA 18 Aug 2003 -- India's coalition government is facing a no-confidence motion in parliament. The motion does not pose a threat to the government, but is seen as an effort by opposition parties to consolidate support before a string of key elections in the country.
  • INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- India's Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has repeated his government's offer of peace to neighboring Pakistan. In a speech marking his country's 56th independence anniversary, the Indian leader said the two nations should resolve their differences through dialogue and join forces to fight poverty.
  • Israel/India: Sharon To Visit New Delhi To Boost Military Ties RFE/RL 14 Aug 2003 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is due to visit India in early September, the first trip to New Delhi by an Israeli premier since the two countries established full diplomatic relations 11 years ago. Sharon, whose country has become a major supplier of arms to India, is expected to discuss counterterrorism, defense cooperation, and big-ticket defense deals.
  • INDIA / BLAST VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- A bomb explosion in northeastern India has killed five people and injured at least 14 others on a passenger bus. Officials are blaming separatist militants for the attack, which comes a day ahead of independence day celebrations.
  • INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 13 Aug 2003 -- Separatist groups in Indian Kashmir have criticized India's rejection of a call by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for a cease-fire along the disputed Kashmir border. Violence in the region continues, with two more people killed and 30 wounded in separate attacks blamed on Islamic militants.
  • Pakistan/India: Despite Islamabad Peace Conference, New Delhi Rejects Talks On Kashmir RFE/RL 12 Aug 2003 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has been meeting today with Indian lawmakers after an unofficial conference in Islamabad that saw representatives from both countries call for peace. But India is rejecting calls from Pakistan for an official dialogue on the status of the divided region of Kashmir.
  • U-S / ISRAEL / INDIA VOA 11 Aug 2003 -- The United States confirmed Monday it has cleared the way for Israel to sell India its advanced "Phalcon" airborne early-warning radar system. A similar Israeli deal with China was vetoed by the United States three years ago.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA VOA 11 Aug 2003 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has repeated a call for a peaceful settlement of his country's decades-old dispute with India over the region of Kashmir. AThe Pakistani leader also welcomed similar comments from across the border.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA/GOODWILL VOA 10 Aug 2003 -- Lawmakers and intellectuals from India and Pakistan are attending a two-day goodwill conference in Islamabad. The conference heard strong calls for an end to conflict between South Asia's nuclear-armed neighbors.
  • INDIA / PAKISTAN / GOODWILL VOA 09 Aug 2003 -- A large delegation of Indian parliamentarians and journalists is visiting Pakistan, as another move toward reconciliation between the two South Asian neighbors. This is the latest in a series of non-official visits between the two countries.
  • Joint Statement on U.S.-India Defense Policy Group 08 Aug 2003 -- The U.S.- India Defense Policy Group (DPG) met Aug. 6-7, 2003 in Washington, D.C. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith hosted the meeting and Defence Secretary Ajay Prasad led the Indian delegation.
  • U.S., Indian High Technology Will Benefit Through Cooperation Washington File 08 Aug 2003 -- India and the United States stand to benefit from partnerships to foster trade and innovations in high technology, according to speakers at the July 1 meeting of the U.S.-India High-Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG) in Washington.
  • INDIA TEMPLE DISPUTE VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- A major political dispute has again erupted in India over an ancient mosque and a Hindu temple. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee rejects accusations that he has given in to political pressure and repeatedly changed his position on whether a Hindu temple should be built on the site where Hindu fundamentalists destroyed an ancient mosque in 1992.
  • INDIA / PAKISTAN GIRL VOA 01 Aug 2003 -- A two-year-old Pakistani girl left India today (Friday) to return home, after undergoing successful open heart surgery in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. The little girl has become a symbol of improving relations between India and Pakistan.

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