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October 2003 - India Special Weapons News

  • India, China to hold joint naval exercises soon: report IRNA 31 Oct 2003 -- Indian and Chinese navies will come together for the first time to conduct joint exercises in the middle of November, the press reported here on Friday.
  • Pak adopts delaying tactics to peace proposals: India IRNA 31 Oct 2003 -- India Thursday criticized some of the counter-proposals submitted by Islamabad, while taking note of Pakistan`s "limited positive response" to its initiative to repair bilateral ties.
  • Indian separatist women in Assam jungles deserting camps IRNA 31 Oct 2003 -- Indian women separatists in the northeaster state of Assam have been deserting their camps in large numbers unable to bear the tortuous life in the jungles, surrendered militants said on Friday.
  • Pakistan says Indian cruise missile Russian-made IRNA 30 Oct 2003 -- The supersonic cruise anti-ship missile tested in Indian state of Oressa on Wednesday was solely developed by Russia and not by India, Pakistan`s Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said.
  • Pak too small to pose threat to India: Fernandes IRNA 30 Oct 2003 -- India`s Defense Minister George Fernandes has said that Pakistan is not a threat to India as it is "too small a country to be afraid of" even as he maintained there had been no meaningful change in cross border terrorism in the last six months.
  • INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- India has criticized Pakistan for attaching conditions to some of the proposals India has made to improve relations between the two countries. But India has welcomed Islamabad's acceptance of most of the measures.
  • Vajpayee rules out integration of Naga inhabited areas in Nagaland IRNA 29 Oct 2003 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Wednesday ruled out any integration of Naga-inhabited areas in the northeastern state of Nagaland, saying there was no "political consensus" on the issue.
  • INDIA/NAGALAND VOA 29 Oct 2003 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has wrapped-up a three-day visit to the remote northeastern state of Nagaland - the scene of the country's longest-running rebellion. The Indian leader tried to boost efforts to negotiate peace with separatist groups.
  • INDIA / MISSILE VOA 29 Oct 2003 -- India has successfully tested a supersonic cruise missile developed in cooperation with Russia.
  • India test fires supersonic anti-ship cruise Brahmos missile IRNA 29 Oct 2003 -- Brahmos, the supersonic anti-ship cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia, was on Wednesday successfully tested from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore in the Eastern Indian State of Orissa, India`s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) sources said.
  • INDIA/PARLIAMENT VERDICT VOA 29 Oct 2003 -- An Indian court has acquitted two of the four people found guilty of plotting an attack on the Indian parliament nearly two years ago -- an incident that nearly brought India and Pakistan to war.The court upheld the death sentence awarded to the two others involved in the plot.
  • Vajpayee`s offers unconditional peace talks with N-E separatists IRNA 28 Oct 2003 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Tuesday offered unconditional peace talks with any separatist group in India`s northeast to end decades of insurgency in the region.
  • Vajpayee`s efforts to end insurgency in Nagaland suffers setback IRNA 28 Oct 2003 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee`s efforts at ending 56-years of insurgency in the northeastern state of Nagaland suffered a setback with a powerful separatist group Tuesday pledging its demand for an independent homeland.
  • Violence escalates on first day of Ramadan in Jammu and Kashmir IRNA 28 Oct 2003 -- At least 25 civilians were injured, some of the critically, when unknown persons lobbed a grenade at a crowded telephone billing counter while two soldiers were killed and eight hurt in a blast in Kashmir on Tuesday.
  • INDIA/KASHMIR VOA 28 Oct 2003 -- In Indian Kashmir, at least two soldiers have been killed and more than 40 people - mostly civilians - have been injured in two separate attacks by suspected Islamic militants Muslim separatists are vowing to intensify attacks during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • India terms Pakistan reaction to peace talks "unfortunate" IRNA 27 Oct 2003 -- India`s Foreign Minister, Yashwant Sinha on Sunday termed as "unfortunate", the reported remark of his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri that India`s proposals for new bus services and resumption of cricket ties between the two countries were a ploy to avoid dialogue with Islamabad on Kashmir issue, local press reported on Monday.
  • INDIA / KASHMIR VOA 24 Oct 2003 -- The Indian government says it is willing to be flexible to find an end to the Kashmir dispute. Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani suggested Friday that the government would be willing to consider giving the disputed region more power to govern itself.
  • U.S. Welcomes India's Proposals to Pakistan Washington File 22 Oct 2003 -- The United States welcomes proposals from the Indian government to improve ties with Pakistan by reopening several transportation links, as well as resuming sports competitions and other people-to-people contacts.
  • KASHMIR TALKS VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- India has made a dramatic step in its policy for the disputed region of Kashmir, saying its deputy prime minister would hold talks with Kashmiri separatists. It would be the first high-level meeting between the two parties.
  • INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- India has announced a series of confidence-building measures to revive a flagging peace process with Pakistan. But India has ruled out the resumption of a bilateral dialogue until terrorist violence ends in the disputed Kashmir region.
  • Puri takes over as India`s new chief of integrated defense staff IRNA 21 Oct 2003 -- naval officer, Raman Puri, Monday took over as India`s Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff (CIDS). According to the Hindu, a New Delhi-based English daily, the CIDS is half-a-step towards a unified military command at the top level.
  • Indian Company director held for sending chemicals to Iraq IRNA 18 Oct 2003 -- India`s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested the Director of a private company on charges of exporting chemicals to Iraq for manufacturing weapons.
  • India remains non-committal on sending troops to Iraq IRNA 18 Oct 2003 -- A fresh United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) on Iraq may have been unanimously passed but that does not necessarily translate into countries committing their troops to Iraq yet, local press reported here on Saturday.
  • Sukhoi jets for India flagged off by IAF chief from Siberia IRNA 17 Oct 2003 -- A new batch of Su-30MKI multi-role jets, the latest variant of Russia`s Sukhoi series joining the Indian Air Force (IAF), was today flagged off by Air Chief Marshal, S. Krishnaswami, from an airfield in Siberia.
  • S.Arabia,.India largest arms purchasers, US tops sellers - daily IRNA 17 Oct 2003 -- Saudi Arabia emerged as world`s largest buyer of arms spending dlrs 5.2 billion last year while India was the second in the same year spending dollar 900 million on weapons, a local publication wrote Friday.
  • INDIA / HINDU RALLY VOA 17 Oct 2003 -- Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in the Indian city of Ayodhya, on Friday. The protesters were Hindus marching to defy a ban on rallies in the city, which is the home of a holy site claimed by both Hindus and Muslims and a source of violent disputes.
  • INDIA / KASHMIR VIOLENCE VOA 17 Oct 2003 -- In Indian Kashmir, suspected Muslim militants have killed two soldiers in an attack outside the residence of the state's top elected official. India has blamed the attack on a Pakistan-backed group.
  • India `surprised` at US manner on missile test by Pak IRNA 16 Oct 2003 -- India expressed "surprise" at the manner in which a US State Department spokesman had chosen to respond to a question on a missile test by Pakistan.
  • INDIA/TEMPLE RALLY VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- Indian police are increasing security in the northern city of Ayodhya, where controversy surrounding the site of a razed mosque repeatedly has led to violence between Muslims and Hindus. Tens-of-thousands of Hindu activists are expected to march Friday, in defiance of local authorities, who have forbidden any rallies.
  • India not in arms race: Vajpayee IRNA 13 Oct 2003 -- Asserting that India`s military preparedness was purely for self-defense, the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee charged Pakistan with acquiring weapons while accusing New Delhi of triggering an arms race in the sub-continent, local press reported here on Monday.
  • INDIA / TEMPLE ARRESTS VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- Police in India have arrested thousands of Hindu activists to head off possible violence with Muslims at a rally at a contested religious site later this week. The site is where the 16th century Babri mosque was destroyed in 1992 - touching off riots that left some two-thousand people dead.
  • INDIA / PHALCON VOA 11 Oct 2003 -- India has signed a deal to buy sophisticated airborne radar systems from Israel. Pakistan has objected to the move.
  • Bush sop too little, nothing significant: Indian FM IRNA 11 Oct 2003 -- India`s external affairs ministry officials were not "particularly impressed" by the American President, George W Bush, "remembering to include Indian cities" among the list of cities hit by terrorist attacks since the global war against terrorism was launched, local press reported here Saturday.
  • India`s defense research facility burgled IRNA 10 Oct 2003 -- Nineteen computers belonging to India`s top secret establishments of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) at Metcalfe House here have been stolen, local press reported Friday.
  • CHINA / INDIA DISPUTE VOA 09 Oct 2003 -- After years of diplomatic standoffs, China and India this week appeared to be settling a dispute over the region of Sikkim. But there are indications China may be backing away from resolving the issue.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Selects TNO's India To Meet Air Defence Needs BAE Systems 09 Oct 2003 -- BAE Systems C4ISR has awarded a contract to The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) for the supply of the air defence planning tool, INDIA (INtercept DIAgrams). This followed an assessment of candidate systems during which INDIA was judged to offer the best mix of functionality, human interface, cost-effectiveness, adaptability, performance and hardware independence.
  • Indian defense minister reacts to Pak testing of Hataf III missile IRNA 03 Oct 2003 -- Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes terming Pakistan test firing of 290-km range surface to surface missile as "nothing special," said, the issue of whether the missile was indigenous or clandestinely procured has to be looked into, local media reported here on Friday.
  • INDIA BLAST VOA 02 Oct 2003-- In India, authorities have launched an investigation into an attack by suspected Maoist guerrillas that wounded the leader of the southern Andhra Pradesh state and three other state officials
  • INDIA/BLAST VOA 01 Oct 2003-- The head of India's southern Andhra Pradesh state and three other state officials have been injured in a blast set off by suspected Maoist guerrillas
  • Indian troops on alert along Jammu border IRNA 01 Oct 2003 -- Indian troops along the Indo-Pak border hav been put on high alert in the wake of surprise raids by Pakistan army`s sabotage Border Action Teams (BATs) that attack Indian posts to push heavily armed militants in Jammu and Kashmir, top Indian defense sources said on Wednesday.

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