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April 2005 India Special Weapons News

  • India plans CARTOSAT-1 in the first week of May IRNA 29 Apr 2005 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its latest state-of-the-art remote sensing satellite, CARTOSAT-1, in the first week of May from Sriharikota, reports Press Trust of India.
  • India test-fires 'Pinaka' again IRNA 29 Apr 2005 -- For the second consecutive day, India "successfully" test-fired two more rounds of 'Pinaka', the indigenously developed multi-barrel rocket system, from the Proof and Experimental Establishment (P & E) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Chandipur, about 15 km from Balasore in Orissa today.
  • Annan Calls for Early Agreement on UN Reforms VOA 28 Apr 2005 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for an early consensus on wide-ranging reforms proposed for the world body. Ending a four-day trip to India, Mr. Annan also said U.N. members generally agree that the next head of the world body should be from Asia.
  • India test-fires multi-barrel rocket 'Pinaka' IRNA 28 Apr 2005 -- India Thursday test-fired the indigenously developed multi-barrel rocket named 'Pinaka', from Proof and Experimental Establishment (P and E) of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) at Chandipur-on-Sea near Balasore in Orissa.
  • Ceasefire extension will pave the way for holding peace talks IRNA 28 Apr 2005 -- A prominent tribal separatist group in Nagaland and the central government are expected to extend a ceasefire to pave the way for holding peace talks to end nearly six-decades of insurgency in the region.
  • Annan asks India to sign CTBT IRNA 28 Apr 2005 -- Seeking India's "active support" to the negotiations on a fissile material cut-off treaty, UN Secretary General today urged the country to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treat (CTBT).
  • India Presses for Permanent Security Council Seat VOA 27 Apr 2005 -- India has pressed its claim for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council in talks with visiting Secretary General Kofi Annan. India is hoping to play a larger role in the world body.
  • India to Press Annan for Permanent Security Council Seat VOA News 26 Apr 2005 -- An Indian Foreign Ministry statement says the visit of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is taking place at a "critical juncture," when he has outlined an agenda for reform of the world body.
  • India to Resume Military Aid to Nepal VOA News 24 Apr 2005 -- Newspapers in India say New Delhi has decided to resume military aid to Nepal suspended three weeks after King Gyanendra seized absolute power on February 1.
  • KASHMIRI PEACE BUS: 'MOTHER OF ALL CONFIDENCE BUILDING MEASURES' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 23 Apr 2005
  • US offers to put sale of F-16, F-18 aircraft on fast track IRNA 22 Apr 2005 -- In a bid to bag lucrative deal from India which is seeking 126 Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, the United States has offered to put the sales of its F-16s and F-18s on fast track Government-to-Government basis.
  • India: Border Disputes Not Easily Resolved VOA News 20 Apr 2005 -- India says it is committed to peace and friendship with both Pakistan and China, but territorial disputes with its two neighbors will take time to resolve.
  • Peace process irreversible: India-Pak joint statement IRNA 18 Apr 2005 -- The much-awaited joint statement by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf stressed that the "peace process is irreversible.
  • India warns Bangladesh of border skirmishes IRNA 18 Apr 2005 -- India has warned Bangladesh not to escalate border tension by indulging in unprovoked attack, officials Monday informed IRNA correspondent.
  • 'Irreversible' dialogue declared by India and Pakistan gets warm support from Annan UN News Centre 18 Apr 2005 -- Ahead of his visit to the region this week, United Nations Secretary-General today expressed his warm support for the efforts by India and Pakistan to advance the ongoing dialogue which the two countries have now declared is "irreversible."
  • India/Pakistan: Leaders Call Peace Process 'Irreversible' RFE/RL 18 Apr 2005 -- The leaders of Pakistan and India say the peace process is "irreversible." The announcement comes in a joint statement issued at the end of a three-day visit to New Delhi by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. The Pakistani leader warns that it will take a long time to reach a final settlement on Kashmir. But today, he said both sides are now being more flexible on their positions and his visit has achieved more than expected.
  • INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 18 Apr 2005 -- India and Pakistan have pledged to increase cross-border links in the divided territory of Kashmir, saying their peace process is now irreversible. But, as Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, the Pakistani president says the Kashmir dispute must be resolved before the nuclear rivals can achieve permanent peace.
  • One Indian border official killed in Indo-Bangla skirmish IRNA 17 Apr 2005 -- At least one Indian Border Security Force (BSF) official was killed and three more critically wounded by Bangladeshi frontier guards in heavy fighting between the two sides, officials said on Sunday.
  • INDIA/MUSHARRAF/CRICKET VOA 17 Apr 2005 -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf have agreed to push ahead with measures to help overcome decades of hostilities between their countries. The two leaders met in New Delhi, after watching their national teams face off in a cricket match.
  • India tests fire BrahMos supersonic missile IRNA 16 Apr 2005 -- Friday successfully carried out a combat mode test firing of the 290 kms range supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from Naval Warships off the Western Coast.
  • INDIA / PAKISTAN / MUSHARRAF VOA 16 Apr 2005 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has arrived in the Indian capital New Delhi on a three-day visit. He is expected to watch a cricket match between the national teams of Pakistan and India and hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the disputed region of Kashmir, in the latest round of so-called cricket diplomacy between the two South Asian rivals.
  • US Pacific Command to have Indian Navy Liaison officer: Fallon IRNA 15 Apr 2005 -- The United States plans to have an Indian Navy official on the staff of the US Pacific Command, to bring in more cooperation between the two armed forces in fighting global terror,top US Defence official, Admiral William Fallon, Commander of the US Pacific Command said in Mumbai today.
  • Indian Air Force conducts exercise with dummy bombs IRNA 15 Apr 2005 -- Honing their capabilities, Indian Air Force fighter pilots Friday used dummy bombs to hit targets towed by a pilotless target aircraft on the eastern coast, defense sources told Press Trust of India.
  • US / INDIA TALKS VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday India's growing influence needs to be taken into account in United Nations reforms. But in comments after talks with Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh, she stopped short of endorsing U.N. Security Council membership for India.
  • Top US Defense official Fallon meets Indian service chiefs IRNA 13 Apr 2005 -- Admiral William J. Fallon, commander of the US Pacific Command, held talks with several Indian service chiefs to chalk out joint exercises between the armed forces of the two countries and other issues.
  • India should become a permanent member of UNSC: Wen Jiabao IRNA 11 Apr 2005 -- Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said here Monday that his country would be 'pleased' to see India as a permanent member in the United Nations Security Council
  • Asia: India, China Sign Historic Border Agreement RFE/RL 11 Apr 2005 -- Indian and Chinese leaders today signed landmark agreements aimed at ending their long-standing border disputes. The series of accords could also boost economic cooperation between the giant emerging economies. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the agreements will "reshape the world order."
  • INDIA CHINA VOA 11 Apr 2005 -- India and China have signed an agreement aimed at resolving a border dispute that has dragged on for more than four decades. The accord was reached at the end of a four-day visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
  • KASHMIR BUS UPDATE VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- A bus that set off from Pakistani Kashmir has arrived in the city of Srinagar, in the part of Kashmir under Indian control. The arrival marks the end of an emotional day across the disputed region, as passengers braved the threat of attacks by militant organizations who pledged to disrupt the historic new bus link.
  • PAKISTAN / KASHMIR BUS VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- Huge crowds of supporters Thursday greeted the first busload of passengers to travel from Indian to Pakistani controlled Kashmir. But the historic trip prompted mixed reaction across much of Pakistan.
  • India-Pakistan: Kashmir Bus Link Goes Ahead Despite Attack RFE/RL 07 Apr 2005 -- Indian and Pakistani authorities today are pushing ahead with the maiden voyages of a direct bus link between the divided parts of Kashmir -- the first such journeys in more than half a century. The transport link has raised hopes for peace on the subcontinent, despite an attack by suspected Islamic militants yesterday at the Indian government complex in Srinagar where passengers were staying
  • KASHMIR BUS VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- In a historical step, bus passengers have crossed the border separating Pakistani- and Indian-controlled Kashmir. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched the first buses making the journey. However, tensions were high along the route because of threats of attacks by Islamic militants.
  • Militants attack complex lodging passengers, two ultras killed IRNA 06 Apr 2005 -- Just the evening before the launch of the historic Srinagar-Muzaffarbad bus service, militants attacked a building in the complex where 24 passengers, who are to undertake the journey tomorrow were lodged, setting it fire but all of them were safe.
  • Pakistan condemns attack on trans-Kashmir bus passengers IRNA 06 Apr 2005 -- Pakistan on Wednesday described as unfortunate an attack on a compound in Srinagar where passengers were kept for Thursday's landmark cross-Kashmir bus service.
  • United States Condemns Attack on Kashmiri Bus Route washington File 06 Apr 2005 -- The United States condemned in the strongest possible terms the April 6 attack by two Islamic militants on a complex in Srinagar, India, housing passengers scheduled to make a historic bus trip across the divided province of Jammu and Kashmir from the Indian side to the Pakistani side on April 7.
  • Indo-US joint fighter exercise in November IRNA 06 Apr 2005 -- Indian Air Force's frontline Sukhoi, Mirage 2000 and upgraded Mig Bisons would cross swords with the United States Air Force F-16 fighting falcons in the second series of joint fighter exercises in November this year, reports Press Trust of India.
  • KASHMIR ATTACK VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- Islamic militants have claimed responsibility for an attack on a government guesthouse being used to shelter passengers on the first bus in 50 years to cross between the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir. But authorities say the bus will depart as scheduled Thursday
  • KASHMIR ATTACK VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- Passengers on the inaugural bus trip between the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir were in protective custody, preparing them for the historic ride Thursday, when suspected Muslim militants attacked their shelter in the Indian city of Srinigar.
  • KASHMIR SECURITY VOA 05 Apr 2005 -- Two days before the inauguration of new bus service between the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir, a bomb has exploded along the planned route, injuring three people, and two other bombs have been found and defused. The explosion followed threats of violence by Muslim militants against passengers planning to take the inaugural trip.
  • Russia major strategic partner: Indian defense minister IRNA 05 Apr 2005 -- India's Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said Russia continues to be India's major strategic partner, reported Pioneer News Service of New Delhi.
  • Heavy fighting in Manipur: One commando wounded IRNA 05 Apr 2005 -- Indian soldiers and separatists were Tuesday locked in heavy fighting in the restive northeastern state of Manipur leaving at least one paramilitary commando wounded, officials said.
  • China revives claims on Indian territory IRNA 05 Apr 2005 -- The Indian frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh Tuesday reacted strongly to China's claims of the region being a "disputed area", officials told IRNA Tuesday.
  • Pak-India back channel diplomacy alive - report IRNA 04 Apr 2005 -- Pakistan and India have kept the back channel diplomacy alive side by side with the on-going peace process, a local press report said on Monday.
  • Do not feel threatened by F-16 planes: Pakistan tells India IRNA 04 Apr 2005 -- Pakistan on Monday urged India and Russia not to feel threatened or concerned by Pakistan's acquisition of US-made F-16 fighter planes.
  • India mulling over US F-16, F-18 proposal IRNA 04 Apr 2005 -- New Delhi-based Times News Network Monday reported that India's decision over the US offer of selling F-16 and F-18 fighter jets to the Indian Air Force would be determined by "hard-nosed geopolitical considerations" and the opinion of the Indian Air Force which so far has flown Russian and other European fighter jets.
  • India rejects UNSC seat sans veto IRNA 02 Apr 2005 -- India on March 31 strongly ruled out accepting membership of the expanded UN Security Council minus veto power, saying sans veto new members would not be able to fulfill the mandate of the General Assembly appropriately, reported the Press Trust of India.
  • India to ratify N-Safety Convention IRNA 01 Apr 2005 -- India has decided to ratify the Convention on Nuclear Safety, reported a press release by India's Ministry of External Affair, a copy of which was received by IRNA.
  • India, China discuss boundary issue IRNA 01 Apr 2005 -- India and China held the 15th meeting of the India-China Joint Working Group on the Boundary Question from March 30-31, 2005 in Beijing.



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