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January 2004 India Special Weapons News
- India Seems Ready to Release British Gun Runner VOA News 30 Jan 2004 -- India looks ready to release from prison a British citizen convicted of smuggling weapons to rebel groups in the east of the country during the mid-1990s.
- US to add 30,000 people to armed forces PLA Daily 30 Jan 2004 -- US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has authorized the thinly-stretched US Army to temporarily exceed the limit by as much as 30,000, the Army's top general told Congress Wednesday.
- US acting as facilitator in Kashmir talks IRNA 30 Jan 2004 -- A top Kashmir leader today disclosed that United States was acting as a facilitator in recently held path breaking talks his group held with New Delhi.
- 10 militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir IRNA 30 Jan 2004 -- Ten militants were killed and 1 arrested in 2 encounters in north Kashmir while elsewhere in Kashmir Valley a civilian died and 3 ultras were nabbed overnight, local media reported here on Friday.
- Pakistan, India to resume stalled dialogue on Feb 16 IRNA 27 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan and India will commence composite dialogue from February 16 in Islamabad, Foreign Office Spokesman Masud Khan at weekly news briefing here on Tuesday.
- INDIA / PAKISTAN TALKS VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan says bilateral talks with India to settle disputes between the nuclear-armed rivals will resume next month. The main issue straining relations involves the mountain territory of Kashmir - the cause of two wars.
- INDIA KASHMIR PAKISTAN VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- A Kashmiri separatist leader is calling on the Indian government and Islamic militants to call a ceasefire in the troubled region - perhaps as soon as next week. The leader from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, which represents a number of separatist organizations, also wants India to let the group travel to Pakistan to meet with officials.
- KASHMIR/VAJPAYEE VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- Separatist leaders from the disputed region of Kashmir are expected to meet with India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee later Friday. The meeting comes after historic first talks between the separatists and a senior Indian official, which have raised hopes that the two sides can bring an end to 14 years of bloodshed.
- INDIA KASHMIR TALKS VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- Separatist leaders from Kashmir have held their first ever meeting with India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The meeting, described as a courtesy call, comes a day after the government and the separatists denounced violence in Kashmir and agreed to take steps toward ending 14 years of fighting in the disputed region.
- INDIA / KASHMIR / TALKS VOA 22 Jan 2004 -- India's Deputy Prime Minister and Kashmiri separatist leaders have agreed to a take a step-by-step approach toward ending years of bloodshed in the disputed region. The two sides released a joint statement after holding their first direct talks since the insurgency began in Kashmir 14-years ago.
- CONGRESS / INDIA VOA 21 Jan 2004 -- India's foreign minister, Yashwant Sinha, has met with U-S lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The Indian official, on a two-day visit to Washington, discussed issues including India's reluctance to join the U-S-led coalition in Iraq, Pakistan-India talks, and India-U-S cooperation.
- INDIA/TIBET VOA 21 Jan 2004 -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has expressed his support for the idea of India helping facilitate talks between Tibetan and Chinese leaders.
- INDIA/KASHMIR TALKS VOA 21 Jan 2004 -- The Indian government and Kashmiri separatist leaders will meet in the Indian capital on Thursday. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, this will be the first direct, high-level meeting between the two sides since a Muslim separatist insurgency erupted in Kashmir 14-years ago.
- U-S / INDIA / TALKS VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell held meetings Tuesday with visiting Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha, reviewing U-S-Indian bilateral ties and India's moves to ease tensions with Pakistan.
- Russia/India: Both Sides Happy As Defense Deal Is Signed RFE/RL 20 Jan 2004 -- Moscow and New Delhi today signed a $1.6 billion deal finalizing India's purchase of a refurbished Russian aircraft carrier, fighter jets, and helicopters. Observers say it's a sweet agreement for both sides, allowing Russia to bolster its sagging arms industry and India its regional strategic capacity.
- India sign deal with Russia for purchase of carrier Gorshkov IRNA 20 Jan 2004 -- India signed on Tuesday an over 1.5 billion dollar deal with Russia to purchase the 45,000 ton aircraft carrier `Admiral Gorshkov`.
- INDIA DEFENSE VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- India has signed deal to purchase an aircraft carrier and 12 fighter jets from Russia, after nearly a decade of negotiations. But the deal also comes as India strengthens ties with the United States.
- Russian defense minister arrives on an official visit to India IRNA 19 Jan 2004 -- Russian Defense minister Sergei Ivanov arrived here on a three-day official visit to India Monday evening.
- PAKISTAN/INDIA/KASHMIR VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- With the Indo-Pakistani ceasefire in Kashmir now nearly two months old, villagers in the remote mountain territory have seen their lives drastically altered for the better. Roads on the Pakistani side once closed because of Indian shelling are now open, and schools and hospitals are open again.
- RUSSIA / INDIA VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov is in India for three days of talks that Russian and Indian defense sources say could result in an agreement for India to purchase a Russian aircraft carrier.
- Indian, Pakistani FMs to resume dialogue next month PLA Daily 18 Jan 2004 -- The Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha on Saturday telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid M. Kasuri, and resolved to go ahead with the dialogue, planned for February, Pakistani Foreign Office said.
- Sri Lankan delegation to discuss defense agreement with India IRNA 15 Jan 2004 -- A high level Sri Lankan defense delegation arrived here on Wednesday to discuss a broad bilateral defense agreement between the two countries, local press reported here on Thursday.
- PAKISTAN INDIA TRAIN VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan have resumed cross-border passenger rail service, one day after extending a newly opened bus service between the two countries.
- India`s Akash missile test-fired successfully again IRNA 13 Jan 2004 -- India`s indigenously built medium range surface-to-air missile `Akash` was test-fired on Wednesday from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 13 km in Balasore in the eastern Indian state of Orissa for the second time within two days.
- India tests surface-to-air missile PLA Daily 14 Jan 2004 -- India Tuesday test-fired its medium range surface-to-air missile Akash from the Integrated TestRange (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, east India.
- India test-fires surface-to-air Akash missile IRNA 13 Jan 2004 -- India Tuesday test-fired its medium range surface-to-air missile Akash from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 13 km from Balasore, in the Eastern Indian state of Orissa.
- US, India step up nuclear, defense cooperation PLA Daily 13 Jan 2004 -- US President George W. Bush announced on Monday that the United States and India will step up cooperation on civilian nuclear activities and expand talks on missile defense.
- SAARC SUMMIT: NEW DELHI AND ISLAMABAD 'BREAK THE ICE' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 12 Jan 2004
- INDIA POLITICS VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- India's prime minister has called for early national elections - perhaps as soon as April. The move to call an election nearly six months ahead of schedule was widely expected as the prime minister's party has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity.
- INDIA AND PAKISTAN VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan have agreed to restart peace talks on Kashmir and other bilateral issues next month -- after a break of more than two years. During a regional meeting last week in Pakistan's capital city Islamabad, leaders from the two nations both affirmed a commitment to begin what they called a peace process.
- Armitage Praises Indian-Pakistani Peace Initiative Washington File 09 Jan 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said the political courage and statesmanship of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf have brought about the peace initiative between India and Pakistan.
- INDIA-PAKISTAN VOA 06 Jan 2004 -- Dana Dillon from the Heritage Foundation, discusses recent developments in talks between India and Pakistan. Mr. Dillon is a specialist in Army intelligence and Army foreign affairs.
- South Asia: India And Pakistan Launch 'Broad Peace Dialogue' On All Disputes RFE/RL 06 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan and India today announced they are ready to start a broad dialogue on all disputed issues -- including the divided region of Kashmir -- in an effort to reach a lasting peace deal.
- India, Russia clear decks for sale of aircraft carrier PLA Daily 05 Jan 2004 -- After weeks of hard negotiations, India has cleared the acquisition of the 45,000-ton aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov from Russia, according to the Press Trustof India (PTI).
- PAKISTAN / INDIA VOA 06 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan and India have agreed to resume official talks in February, in an effort to settle differences including the long-running dispute in Kashmir. The discussions are resuming after a gap of more than two years.
- Annan hails meetings between leaders of India and Pakistan UN News Centre 05 Jan 2004 -- Lauding new contacts between the leaders of India and Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged further dialogue between the two South Asian nations to settle their differences.
- South Asia: Talks In Islamabad Raise Hopes Of Progress On Kashmir RFE/RL 05 Jan 2004 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf have met for the first time in more than two years on the sidelines of a regional summit in Islamabad. Although described as a "courtesy call," today's talks lasted more than an hour and have raised hopes for peace through a dialogue on Kashmir.
- INDIA / PAKISTAN VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- leaders of Pakistan and India have met on the sidelines of the South Asian regional summit in Islamabad. Ayaz Gul reports, the much-anticipated meeting - the first in more than two years - is another step in the thawing relations between the nuclear rival nations.
- INDIA /PAKISTAN REACT VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- The meeting between Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad has raised hopes that the two nations may seek new ways to end years of hostility.
- Pakistan, India stick to their stand on Kashmir IRNA 04 Jan 2004 -- Despite relaxation of tension between India and Pakistan, both countries seem unmoved over their stand on the disputed issue of Kashmir.
- SAARC: INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 04 Jan 2004 -- The prime ministers of India and Pakistan have held a much-hoped-for bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit.
- SAARC SUMMIT VOA 04 Jan 2004 -- The Indian and Pakistani prime ministers have met on the sidelines of a summit of south Asian leaders in Pakistan. The meeting is seen as a sign of improving relations between the two rival countries. The leaders of seven South Asian nations have opened a three-day summit expected to strengthen regional ties.
- Ceasefire with Pakistan `holding on`: Indian army chief IRNA 03 Jan 2004 -- India said ceasefire with Pakistan was `holding on` although its troops were prepared to meet any challenge from across the border.
- Kashmir solution in my lifetime: Indian Premier IRNA 02 Jan 2004 -- India`s Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has expressed optimism that a solution to the Kashmir issue was possible during his lifetime, local press reported here on Friday.
- BUSH PAKISTAN INDIA VOA 01 Jan 2004 -- President Bush says India and Pakistan seem to be resolving their long-standing disputes slowly but surely. Mr. Bush also says he sees progress in Pakistan's efforts to control extremists.
- Pakistan, India exchange list of N-installations: official IRNA 01 Jan 2004 -- Amid improvement in relations, Pakistan and India on Thursday exchanged lists of nuclear installations under a special agreement signed in 1988 which prohibited them from attacking each other`s nuclear facilities, a Foreign Office official said.
- India proposes four more steps toward peace with Pakistan IRNA 01 Jan 2004 -- On the eve of SAARC summit, India on Wednesday proposed to Pakistan to hold technical level talks this month on bus links between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad under Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
- INDIA / PAKISTAN FLIGHTS VOA 01 Jan 2004 -- The first commercial flight between Pakistan and India in two years touched down in the Indian capital, New Delhi Thursday. India and Pakistan agreed to resume transport links as part of ongoing efforts to improve their tense relationship. The resumption of flights comes three days before the start of an important regional summit in Pakistan.
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