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May 2004 India Special Weapons News

  • India's intelligence in crisis after double agent disclosure IRNA 29 May 2004 -- India`s external intelligence service has been rocked by revelations that Ravinder Singh, a joint secretary-level officer of the country suspected of having defected to the United States, may have been a double agent.
  • Indian Army chief for indigenization of weapons IRNA 26 May 2004 -- General N C Vij, chief of staff of the Indian Army, advocated indigenization of weapons so that "India does not have to look over its shoulders when the chips are down."
  • India asks Pakistan to put back talks on nuclear issues- Islamabad IRNA 23 May 2004 -- Pakistan says India on Sunday requested for the postponement of the scheduled talks on nuclear confidence building measures, citing the reason that its external affairs minister has not yet taken office.
  • INDIA KASHMIR/ATTACK VOA 23 May 2004 -- In Indian Kashmir, at least 26 people have been killed and 10 others injured in an attack blamed on suspected Islamic militants. The violence erupted a day after a new government took office in India.
  • INDIA POLITICS VOA 20 May 2004 -- India's prime minister-designate Manmohan Singh is promising to balance economic reforms with development for the poverty-stricken. He also says he will continue the peace process with nuclear-rival Pakistan and seek harmony between India's religious communities.
  • INDIA / POLITICS VOA 18 May 2004 -- India's Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi has declined to become the country's next prime minister following outrage on the part of Hindu nationalists over the prospect of having a foreign-born prime minister. Her decision has stunned her party and its allies. As Anjana Pasricha reports, India's former finance minister Manmohan Singh is now the leading contender for the post.
  • INDIA/GANDHI VOA 15 May 2004 -- In India, newly-elected Congress Party lawmakers have chosen Sonia Gandhi as their leader, virtually assuring that a foreign-born woman will become the next prime minister of the world's largest democracy. The party's political allies are also expected to endorse her for the country's top job.
  • INDIA/POLITICS VOA 14 May 2004 -- In India, the Congress Party that emerged victorious in recent parliamentary elections has begun to put together a new coalition government. The party is also building a consensus with its political allies on choosing the country's next prime minister, who could be the Italian-born leader of the party, Sonia Gandhi.
  • INDIA / P-M RESIGNS VOA 13 May 2004 -- In a surprise upset, India's Congress Party has beaten the party of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in national parliamentary elections. The Congress Party, led by Sonia Gandhi, is expected to form a new government and announce a prime minister in the next few days.
  • INDIA / ELECTION VOA 13 May 2004 -- In a surprise upset, India's Congress Party has beaten the party of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in national parliamentary elections. The Congress Party, led by Sonia Gandhi, is expected to form a new government and announce a prime minister in the next few days.
  • U-S-INDIA REACT VOA 13 May 2004 -- The United States has congratulated India's Congress Party for the strong showing in parliamentary election will apparently allow its leader, Sonia Gandhi, to become the country's next prime minister. U-S officials say they believe a Congress-led Indian government will continue peace efforts with Pakistan.
  • India: Congress Opposition Party Claims Victory In Election Shock RFE/RL 13 May 2004 -- In a sensational upset, India's main opposition Congress party -- led by Sonia Gandhi -- appears to have unseated the National Democratic Alliance government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Final results from the marathon general election are expected this evening, but Vajpayee has already conceded defeat.
  • INDIA / RESIGNATION VOA 13 May 2004 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has resigned after a surprise defeat in the national parliamentary election. The winners, a coalition led by Sonia Gandhi's Congress Party are due to decide on the next prime minister in the coming days.
  • INDIA ELECTION VOA 13 May 2004 -- Leaders of India's Bharatiya Janata Party have conceded defeat in national elections after early results indicated a surprise win by the opposition Congress Party. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is expected to resign later Thursday.
  • INDIA ELECTIONS VOA 12 May 2004 -- Indian political leaders are jockeying for coalition partners a day before results are expected in the parliamentary election. Polls suggest that the prime minister's ruling coalition may not win the easy victory it had expected - and a hung Parliament could be the result.
  • INDIA ELECTION VOA 10 May 2004 -- Polls have closed in India after the fifth and final round of voting in the nation's parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee called the ballot six-months early to capitalize on a surge in popularity to keep his hold on parliament. But some opinion polls suggest that the opposition Congress Party may fare better than expected.
  • India imposes total ban on illegal recruitment by US in Iraq IRNA 08 May 2004 -- Taking serious note of the "illegal recruitment of ex-servicemen by private agencies for security duty in Iraq," India`s External Affairs Ministry Friday directed the Protector-General of Emigrants to put a total ban on such recruitments and take action against the erring employment agencies.
  • Indian Air Force Jaguar crashes near Ambala, pilot safe IRNA 08 May 2004 -- An Indian Air Force Jaguar fighter aircraft Friday crashed within three minutes of take off from the airbase at Ambala, in the northern Indian state of Haryana, but the pilot, Flt Lt Tamaskar, bailed out safely.
  • INDIA/ELECTIONS VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- Millions of Indians have voted in the latest stage of the country's five-phase parliamentary elections. Sporadic violence marred the polling in several states, leaving at least three people dead.
  • Pakistan, India to hold nuclear talks on May 25-26 IRNA 02 Apr 2004 -- Pakistan and India are set to hold nuclear talks later this month as part of confidence-building measures between the nuclear-armed rival neighbors.

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