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November 2004 India Special Weapons News

  • Akash missile successfully test-fired IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- `Akash`, the indigenously built surface-to-air missile was test-fired for the second time in four days from the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 kms from Balasore, Orissa.
  • India`s test fires surface to air Akash missile IRNA 26 Nov 2004 -- India`s indigenously built medium range multi target surface-to-air missile `Akash` was test-fired on Friday from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 14 km in Balasore in the Eastern Indian State of Orissa, official sources said.
  • Pakistani national arrested in Indian Capital for spying IRNA 26 Nov 2004 -- A Pakistani national has been arrested here on charges of alleged spying with police claiming to have recovered "sensitive defense related documents and photographs from him.
  • INDIA PAKISTAN TALKS VOA 24 Nov 2004 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is concluding a two-day trip to India, where he discussed a number of topics, including the disputed region of Kashmir -- the main issue dividing the two nations. Both sides say they remain committed to the peace process, although, as expected, the talks produced no new developments.
  • INDIA / PAKISTAN UPDATE VOA 23 Nov 2004 -- Hours after the start of a visit to India by Pakistan's Prime Minister, leaders say both sides want to press ahead with the stalled peace talks. Still, no major breakthrough between the two nations is expected.
  • PAKISTAN / AZIZ INDIA SCENESETTER VOA 21 Nov 2004 -- The prime ministers of India and Pakistan will meet this week (Tuesday) in the Indian capital, New Delhi, to prepare for a second round of peace talks this month over the long-disputed region of Kashmir.
  • INDIA / SINGH REBELS VOA 21 Nov 2004 -- India's prime minister has invited rebel groups in the country's restive northeast for talks to end decades of conflict in the region. Manmohan Singh made the offer on a three-day tour of the region amid tight security.
  • South Asia: Analysts Say Indian Troop Withdrawal From Kashmir A 'Significant' Step Forward RFE/RL 18 Nov 2004 -- New Delhi began pulling a small percentage of its troops out of Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday. An Indian military officer said the withdrawal will eventually involve at least 20,000 soldiers. Up to 500,000 Indian troops are estimated to be in the Muslim-majority state, where they are trying to quell a 15-year-old separatist rebellion.
  • KASHMIR WITHDRAWAL/VIOLENCE VOA 17 Nov 2004 -- India's prime minister says he is prepared to hold unconditional talks with anyone working for peace in the disputed region of Kashmir. Mr. Singh made his comment as India began a reduction of troops in the region, part of new round of peace initiatives between India and Pakistan.
  • INDIA KASHMIR TROOPS VOA 12 Nov 2004 -- India has announced it will reduce troops in the disputed region of Kashmir in the next few months because of a decline in separatist violence. Pakistan and Kashmiri leaders are praising the decision and say it could give a boost to the peace talks.
  • Another Indian Army Mirage 2000 crashes in Gwalior, pilot killed IRNA 10 Nov 2004 -- An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 fighter caught fire and crashed Tuesday night in the forests of Barsota, 75 kilometers from Gwalior, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, some 15 minutes after take-off.

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