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January 2006 - India Special Weapons News

  • India's Defence Expo 2006 opens IRNA 31 Jan 2006 -- Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 4th International Land & Naval Systems Exhibition (DefExpo India-2006) here today.
  • Britain to stop suppy of spares for Indian Navy aircraft IRNA 31 Jan 2006 -- British High Commissioner Sir Michael Arthur said it would have to stop supply of spares for the Indian Navy's aging Islander maritime aircraft if New Delhi went ahead with supplying its aircraft to Myanmar.
  • India Test-Fires Surface-to-Air Missile VOA 30 Jan 2006 -- India has test-fired another multi-target surface-to-air missile, as part of trials of its airborne warfare systems.
  • India test-fires `Akash' missile IRNA 30 Jan 2006 -- Akash, India' s surface-to-air missile, was today test-fired from the Interim Test Range (ITR), 15 kilometers from Balasore, Orissa, defence sources said.
  • Indian PM denies pressure on his government on Iran nuclear issue IRNA 30 Jan 2006 -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denied there was any pressure on his government on Iran nuclear issue.
  • Former Indian officers call for expanding nuclear arsenal IRNA 30 Jan 2006 -- Strategic forces need to be built up to 'deterrent' levels against a major power like China and the nuclear arsenal must, therefore, be enlarged and diversified to include thermo -nuclear weapons to ensure guaranteed second strike capability, submarines capable of launching thermo-nuclear weapons which must be available, former army chief General S Padmanabhan said.
  • India's energy security and right to take decision at stake: ONGC IRNA 30 Jan 2006 -- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) of India rubbished US criticism of it teaming up with a Chinese firm to acquire a Syrian oilfield, saying the 573 million dollars spent on taking a stake in al-Furat fields was not a foreign direct investment (FDI) to the UN-sanctioned country but was a payout to a Canadian firm for the equity.
  • India welcomes all initiatives toward reaching consensus on Iran nuclear issue IRNA 28 Jan 2006 -- "India welcomes all initiatives, including from Russia, which could lead to a consensus on Iran's nuclear issue and urges further intensive efforts in that direction."
  • India may abstain if resolution on Iran N-issue put to a vote IRNA 28 Jan 2006 -- US ambassador David C Mulford's open "intimidation" of India, as Left parties described it, at a meeting on Friday has made it extremely difficult for the Manmohan Singh government to vote in support of a resolution sponsored by the United States and the EU-3 (Britain, France and Germany) referring Iran to the UN Security Council at the February 2 meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna.
  • Bush Warns Palestinians of Aid Cut, Calls Sanctions 'Real Possibility' Against Iran VOA 28 Jan 2006 -- President Bush has reacted to the latest developments in the Middle East, issuing warnings to Palestinians forming a new government following a parliamentary election victory by the radical group Hamas, and Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
  • Left parties urge India to abstain if consensus eludes Iran issue at IAEA meeting IRNA 28 Jan 2006 -- Left parties today demanded of the government to abstain from voting if a consensus eludes next week's crucial International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
  • India test-fires `Akash' IRNA 28 Jan 2006 -- Akash, India's surface-to-air missile, was today test-fired from the Interim Test Range (ITR), 15 kilometers from Balasore, Orissa, defence sources said.
  • India showcases military might on 57th Republic Day IRNA 28 Jan 2006 -- The vibrant tapestry of India's military prowess woven with its economic progress and rich cultural diversity was showcased on the historic Rajpath here Thursday as the whole country celebrated the 57th Republic Day amid tight security.
  • Rice: India Faces Tough Choices on Nuclear Deal with US VOA 28 Jan 2006 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says India has "difficult choices" to make on a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with the United States before the deal can be completed.
  • India, Saudi Arabia agree to cooperate on fighting terrorism IRNA 27 Jan 2006 -- Noting that terrorism is a scourge for all mankind and there is a need to intensify and coordinate bilateral, regional and global cooperation to combat and eradicate the menace, the two countries agreed to cooperate to fight this and other transnational crimes like money laundering, drugs and arms smuggling in a sustained and comprehensive manner.
  • India rejects US attempts to link N-cooperation with Iran vote IRNA 27 Jan 2006 -- India Friday categorically rejected US Ambassador David Mulford's attempts to link the proposed Indo-US agreement civil nuclear energy cooperation with vote on Iran's nuclear issue.
  • India Says It Will Pursue Own Path On Iran Nuclear Issue RFE/RL 26 Jan 2006 -- India's government says it rejects attempts by the United States to link India's position on the Iranian nuclear standoff to a nuclear-cooperation deal between India and the United States.
  • India, Saudi Arabia Join Hands in Combating Terrorism VOA 25 Jan 2006 -- India and Saudi Arabia have signed a memorandum of understanding to combat terrorism.
  • CPI criticizes Indo-US nuclear deal IRNA 25 Jan 2006 -- The Communist Party of India (CPI) has criticized the Indo-US nuclear deal, claiming it will "cripple" the research work of the Department of Atomic Energy, and demanded that the government make public the details of the plan for separation of India's civil and military nuclear facilities.
  • ULFA militants bomb oil installation in Assam IRNA 25 Jan 2006 -- Separatists bombed an oil installation overnight in India's violence-hit northeastern state of Assam in the latest of a wave of explosions ahead of Republic Day on Thursday, officials today said.
  • Indian nuke scientists differ from PMO on US deal IRNA 25 Jan 2006 -- India's top nuclear scientists are determined not to allow the United States have a full say in the separation of the country's military and civilian nuclear facilities.
  • Nuke deal will die if India did not vote against Iran: US IRNA 25 Jan 2006 -- US Ambassador to India David C Mulford said India should vote against Iran or the nuke deal will 'die'.
  • Indo-US nuke talks end, both sides pledge to continue discussions IRNA 21 Jan 2006 -- The United States acknowledged "difficulties" in implementing the July 18 nuclear agreement with India even as both countries resolved to continue their discussions to see a positive outcome in the "not too distant a future."
  • Pakistan, India launch new bus service IRNA 20 Jan 2006 -- A new bus service connecting the Pakistani city of Lahore and the Indian Amritsar was launched on Friday as the bus with 10 passengers and 14 officials on board crossed over to India.
  • 10 injured in powerful explosion in India IRNA 20 Jan 2006 -- At least ten people, including eight paramilitary troopers, were seriously wounded Friday in a powerful explosion in an oil refinery in India's northeastern state of Assam, officials said.
  • State's Burns Optimistic on U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation Deal Washington File 20 Jan 2006 -- U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns remains hopeful that the United States and India can reach an agreement on civil nuclear energy cooperation before President Bush visits India in early March, but he says the discussions remain difficult and complex.
  • US Official Holds Talks with India on Nuclear Deal VOA 20 Jan 2006 -- A top U.S. official says the United States is committed to implementing a landmark nuclear deal that will give India access to civilian nuclear technology.
  • Top US Diplomat Discusses Nuclear Deal With India VOA 19 Jan 2006 -- U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns is holding talks with top Indian officials in New Delhi, focusing on a landmark deal to share civilian nuclear technology.
  • State's Burns Hails Growing U.S.-India Relations Washington File 18 Jan 2006 -- India and the United States have a converging set of economic, political and security interests, according to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns, and these interests have laid the foundation for much closer relations.
  • India and Pakistan Reaffirm Committment to Peace VOA 18 Jan 2006 -- India says it is optimistic about its peace process with Pakistan after holding two days of talks with its nuclear rival.
  • India and Pakistan Open New Round of Talks VOA 17 Jan 2006 -- India and Pakistan have started a new round of talks focused on new confidence-building measures and their dispute over Kashmir.
  • India, Pak to hold third round of Composite Dialogue IRNA 17 Jan 2006 -- India and Pakistan are to begin two days of foreign secretary-level talks here today.
  • MIG-21 crashes in Gujarat, pilot safe IRNA 17 Jan 2006 -- A MIG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed during a firing practice today at Jamnagar Air Force Base in Gujarat but the pilot managed to eject safely, an IAF spokesperson said in Ahmedabad.
  • Pakistan, India meet to push dialogue process: official IRNA 16 Jan 2006 -- Pakistan top diplomat, who will be leading his country's 11-member team in talks with rival India in New Delhi, said on Monday the two sides will review progress of the ongoing dialogue process.
  • Indo-US meeting on civilian nuclear program concludes IRNA 14 Jan 2006 -- The first Indo-US high-level meeting on civilian nuclear programs based on the July 18, 2005 landmark agreement inked by the two sides concluded Friday evening in Mumbai.
  • US Senator John Kerry Cautiously Supports India-US Nuclear Deal VOA 13 Jan 2006 -- U.S. Senator John Kerry is wrapping up a three-day visit to India, where he voiced cautious support for a controversial nuclear energy deal now under discussion by Washington and New Delhi.
  • India, US hold consultations on Iran nuclear crisis IRNA 13 Jan 2006 -- India and the United States have held consultations on the issue of Iran's nuclear energy.
  • U.S., India Hold Four Days of Talks on Civil Nuclear Cooperation Washington File 12 Jan 2006 -- India has hosted a four-day workshop on expanding civil nuclear cooperation with the United States, according to a U.S. Department of Energy press release January 12.
  • Land Links Between India, Pakistan Seen Also as Increasing Chance for Peace VOA 03 Jan 2006 -- Indian and Pakistani officials have finalized plans for a railroad service between the two countries. With a start date of February 1, it will be the latest in a series of cross-border transportation links opened since the two countries embarked on a peace process last year. The growing travel links are keeping the peace process alive.
  • Pakistan and India Ready for Talks After Landmark Year in Bilateral Relations VOA 03 Jan 2006 -- India and Pakistan are preparing for their third round of peace talks in just over a year. The summit, scheduled for January 17 in New Delhi, is expected to focus on the most difficult of issues: the long-running dispute over Kashmir. Landmark cooperation between the nuclear-armed rivals over the past year has leaders on both sides hopeful as they contemplate the new talks.

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