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March 2005 India Special Weapons News

  • Special watch on India's Narora n-plant lifted IRNA 29 Mar 2005 -- The "special watch" imposed on India's Narora Atomic Power Station (NAPS) because of safety concerns "is being lifted," the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has informed the Press Trust of India.
  • PAKISTAN / INDIA / ARMS SALES VOA 28 Mar 2005 -- The Bush administration announced last week it would sell F-16 warplanes to Pakistan. But often overlooked was the simultaneous announcement that the United States would also sell arms, including F-16s, to India. The United States is engaged in a delicate balancing act in South Asia.
  • "N-proliferation undermines India's security": Natwar Singh IRNA 28 Mar 2005 -- In an obvious reference to Pakistan, India today said its security has been undermined by proliferation of nuclear weapons "flowing into or emanating" from its "neighbourhood" and asked the international community to change its "uneven" approach to address the problem in a holistic manner, reported the Press Trust of India (PTI).
  • INDIA/U.S. MILITARY VOA 28 Mar 2005 -- India says it will consider buying military equipment from the United States. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, the comment comes days after New Delhi protested a U.S. decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to rival Pakistan.
  • India, US Agree to Boost Defense VOA 26 Mar 2005 -- India and the United States have announced plans to boost defense relations, after Washington unveiled plans to sell an undetermined amount of F-16 fighter jets to India's rival, Pakistan.
  • EQUIPMENT SUPPLIES FOR INDIAN NUCLEAR PLANT TO FINISH IN 2006 RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2005 -- Obyedinyonnye Mashinostroitelnye Zavody (United Machine-Building Works), or OMZ, plans to finish the supply of equipment for the Indian Kudankulam nuclear power plant in 2006, OMZ's press release reads.
  • US arms to Pak to impact talks: Indian Defence Minister IRNA 18 Mar 2005 -- Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday said the supply of weapons including F-16 fighter planes, by the U.S. to Pakistan could impact composite dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad.
  • US/HINDU NATIONALIST VOA 17 Mar 2005 -- The United States has revoked a visa for an Indian official implicated in a wave of religious rioting in the state of Gujarat in 2002. Narendra Modi is accused by human rights groups of orchestrating the violence, which killed as many as two-thousand people, most of them Muslims.
  • U.S. to discuss F-16 sale to India: Condoleeza Rice IRNA 16 Mar 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice here on Tuesday evening said Washington is willing to discuss the sale of F-16 fighter jets with India, reports New Delhi Television from India's capital.
  • India concerned over US F-16 sale to Pakistan IRNA 16 Mar 2005 -- Ahead of her Islamabad visit, India Wednesday conveyed to the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice its concern over proposed sale of F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan, saying it might create "some complications", reported Press Trust of India.
  • RICE INDIA VOA 16 Mar 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's talks with India's foreign minister covered regional defense issues, including the possible sale of U.S. fighter jets to India's long-standing rival, Pakistan. India is the first stop on Ms. Rice's six-nation tour of Asia - her first trip to the region since becoming secretary of state.
  • US may offer F-16 jets to Pakistan, India - report IRNA 14 Mar 2005 -- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who begins her first South Asian tour on Tuesday, may offer to sell weapons, including F-16 jets, to Pakistan and India.
  • INDIA'S 'HICCUPS WITH PAKISTAN': KASHMIR, CRICKET, ARMS AND DAMS US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 09 Mar 2005
  • Naga rebels in India reiterate demand for `Greater Nagaland IRNA 07 Mar 2005 -- An influential separatist group in India`s northeastern corner has renewed its demand for merger of all Naga tribal inhabited areas in the region ahead of fresh talks with New Delhi Wednesday, a rebel leader informed IRNA`s correspondent on Monday.
  • India not worried about Sino-Pak fighter project: Air Chief IRNA 05 Mar 2005 -- India is not worried about the Sino-Pakistan venture to build a multi-role fighter, as the nation is also producing the Light Combat Aircraft `Tejas`,Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi said today.
  • Peace process dependent on Musharraf`s commitment on terror: India IRNA 04 Mar 2005 -- India has made it clear to Pakistan that the peace process was "critically dependent" on the fulfillment of President Pervez Musharraf`s commitment to stop terrorism emanating from his country, India`s External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh said in the Upper House of the nation`s Parliament, Rajya Sabha Friday.

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