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July 2006 - India Special Weapons News

  • India, Northeast separatists NSCN-IM extends ceasefire by a year IRNA 31 Jul 2006 -- Separatist rebels from northeastern Nagaland state and the Indian government Monday agreed after three days of talks in Bangkok to extend their nine-year-old ceasefire by another year, a rebel spokesman said.
  • Backgrounder: Counterterrorism in India cfr.org 31 Jul 2006
  • India begins fresh talks with N-E separatists IRNA 29 Jul 2006 -- Indian peace negotiators are beginning fresh talks Saturday with a frontline separatist group of the northeast in Bangkok to save a nine-year-old ceasefire from breaking down, officials said.
  • India's evidence of Pakistan's role in cross border terror strong IRNA 29 Jul 2006 -- Objecting to certain comments made by US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher after the Mumbai bomb blasts, India has said the evidence with it about Pakistan's role in cross-border terrorism was 'stronger' than what Washington had after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • China says Indo-US N-deal should abide by Non-Proliferation rules IRNA 29 Jul 2006 -- With the India-US nuclear deal endorsed by the House of Representatives, China today said both countries should abide by the existing non-proliferation rules and contribute to the international community's efforts in this regard.
  • Indian Nuclear scientists oppose US law on Indo-US N-deal IRNA 28 Jul 2006 -- The top nuclear scientists of India opposed the US law for implementing the nuclear deal between the two countries.
  • India Arrests 2 More Men in Connection with Mumbai Bombings VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- Indian investigators say they have arrested two more suspects in connection with the deadly train bombings in Mumbai, previously known as Bombay.
  • U.S. House of Representatives Approves U.S.- India Nuclear Deal Washington File 27 Jul 2006 -- By an overwhelming majority, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the proposed U.S.-India civil nuclear agreement, the first step in the approval process of the groundbreaking deal.
  • Uproar in Indian parliament over Pakistan's N-plans IRNA 27 Jul 2006 -- India's parliament was in turmoil on Wednesday after Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee turned down opposition's demand to comment on Pakistan's nuclear expansion plans, saying a statement on the issue was a serious matter and could not be produced like instant coffee.
  • India won't compromise on Indo-US nuclear deal: PM IRNA 26 Jul 2006 -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday assured the parliament Lok Sabha (Lower House) that his government will never compromise in a manner that is inconsistent with the July 18 Indo-US joint statement on civilian nuclear energy, and said he is ready for a debate in the House on the issue.
  • Three killed, four injured in grenade explosion in India's Assam IRNA 26 Jul 2006 -- At least three persons were killed and four more, including two women and a child, were critically wounded Wednesday in a powerful grenade explosion at a railway station in Indias northeastern state of Assam, officials said.
  • US Lawmakers Set to Consider US-India Nuclear Deal VOA 25 Jul 2006 -- Legislation required to allow the U.S.-India agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation to go forward comes up for consideration Wednesday in the House of Representatives
  • Pakistan warns India against hot pursuit in Kashmir IRNA 24 Jul 2006 -- Pakistan on Monday warned against hot pursuit inside its territory or Azad Kashmir, saying that nobody can get away with such a policy.
  • India to include BrahMos in army arsenal IRNA 24 Jul 2006 -- The Indian Army hopes to become the first force in the world to field supersonic cruise missiles by operationalizing the Indo-Russian 290-km range BrahMos surface-to- surface missile by September next year.
  • Left wants parameters for Indo-US nuke deal to be set by Parliament IRNA 24 Jul 2006 -- Urging Parliament to set the parameters for the government to proceed on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the CPI-M on Monday contended that the accord would restrict the country's nuclear technology development in perpetuity and make its foreign policy a "permanent hostage" to the US.
  • India test-fires Trishul missile twice today IRNA 24 Jul 2006 -- India's sophisticated short-range, surface-to-air missile Trishul was test-fired twice from the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 kilometers from Balasore in Orissa state, today.
  • ian missiles far from being operational despite repeated tests IRNA 24 Jul 2006 -- The Trishul "quick-reaction" surface-to- air missile was again tested on Sunday, but just like its sister Akash missile it is still far from being inducted into the armed forces.
  • India gave proposals to solve Kashmir: Pakistan IRNA 23 Jul 2006 -- Pakistan has claimed that shortly before the Mumbai bomb blasts, India had given written proposals to it as 'an advance' and 'a step forward' in the agreed process of exploring options for a settlement of the Kashmir problem.
  • India test fires Trishul missile IRNA 23 Jul 2006 -- The country's most sophisticated short- range surface-to-air missile Trishul was test-fired from a range near Balasore, Orissa Sunday, defense sources said.
  • Indian govt briefs Congress leaders on Indo-US nuclear deal IRNA 23 Jul 2006 -- Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, the Center Sunday briefed key leaders of Congress party on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal and other foreign policy initiatives to equip them to face the opposition which is set to corner the government in the House.
  • India reviews strategic weapons programme in wake of Mumbai blasts IRNA 22 Jul 2006 -- The status of the country's strategic weapons program and the recent spurt in terrorist violence came up for review on Saturday with Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee chairing a high-level meeting of officials of National Security Advisory Council, intelligence agencies and defense forces here.
  • India, Russia to make 1,000 BrahMos missiles IRNA 21 Jul 2006 -- India and Russia intend to make 1,000 BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles over the next 10 years through their joint venture company, with nearly 50 per cent of them expected to be sold in third countries, defence sources said Friday.
  • India, Russia to infuse fresh equity into BrahMos Aerospace IRNA 21 Jul 2006 -- Fresh equity will be ploughed into the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace to maintain the edge in developing supersonic missiles, BrahMos missiles, Company CEO and Managing Director A Sivathanu Pillai has said.
  • Nuke information from India leaked to US during Rao's premiership IRNA 21 Jul 2006 -- In a startling revelation, former Indian External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh has alleged that there was `a person' in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in the Narasimha Rao government leaking information about India's nuclear program to the United States.
  • Police Arrest Three in Connection With Mumbai Train Bombings VOA 21 Jul 2006 -- Indian police have arrested three men in connection with the bomb blasts that ripped through commuter trains in the country's financial capital, Mumbai, earlier this month, killing nearly 200 people
  • India launches `Operation Sukoon' to evacuate Indians from Lebanon IRNA 20 Jul 2006 -- Four Indian naval ships, as part of Operation Sukoon, have reached Beirut, where 1,000 Indian nationals are ready to be evacuated from the Lebanese war zone, amid reports three Indians have been killed.
  • US sale of F-16s to Pak worry India: IAF chief IRNA 20 Jul 2006 -- The US government's move to sell 36 more advanced F-16s to Pakistan could not have come at a worse time for the Indian Air Force (IAF), which is in a tailspin with its fighter squadrons dwindling rapidly.
  • India, Russia sign contract for 3 warships IRNA 19 Jul 2006 -- Russia will build three stealth warships for India under a Rs 5114-crore contract.
  • Senators Praise U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement Washington File 19 Jul 2006 -- Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Richard Lugar said that 2006 is significant not only as an anniversary of the Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC), but as a "year in which diplomacy has brought the U.S. and India together in what can be a significant partnership for world peace for decades to come."
  • Lawmakers: US, India United in Fight Against Terrorism VOA 19 Jul 2006 -- In a strongly worded resolution, the House of Representatives has condemned (425 - 0) last week's terrorist bombings in India
  • Singh: India to Review Relations with Pakistan After Mumbai Blasts VOA 18 Jul 2006 -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says India will have to review its relations with Pakistan after last week's Mumbai blasts, but that he is not shutting the door to the peace process.
  • Congress Examines Economic Impact of US-India Nuclear Deal VOA 18 Jul 2006 -- The Bush administration's nuclear accord with the Indian government was the focus of a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, with witnesses underscoring the benefits to both the United States and India.
  • Mumbai Train Bombings Cast Pall Over India-Pakistan Peace Process VOA 18 Jul 2006 -- India has deferred peace talks with Pakistan in the wake of the deadly train bombings in Mumbai, accusing its neighbor of abetting terror attacks in India.
  • Indian Investigators: Mixture of High Explosives Used in Mumbai Blasts VOA 17 Jul 2006 --Indian investigators say attackers used a mixture of high explosives in last week's Mumbai train blasts that killed 182 people and wounded hundreds.
  • Pakistan asks India to share information on Mumbai blasts IRNA 17 Jul 2006 -- Pakistan asked India on Monday to share any 'solid information or concrete evidence' about last week's Mumbai blasts on trains, which had killed some 200 people.
  • Pakistan Says Indian Terrorism Does Not Have Pakistani Roots VOA 17 Jul 2006 -- Pakistan says it does not allow its territory to be used for terrorism against India, a response to allegations by the Indian prime minister that the Mumbai train bombers got support from inside Pakistan
  • EADS and India join forces to develop a missile warning system EADS 17 Jul 2006 -- EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services, and the Indian government are poised to strengthen their co-operation in the highly sensitive field of electronic warfare.
  • India will pay for violating moratorium on N-tests: Indian official IRNA 15 Jul 2006 -- Even as it insisted that its strategic program has not been capped because of the civil nuclear deal with the US, India on Saturday conceded that if it violates the unilateral moratorium on atomic tests it will have to "pay the price" for it.
  • Indian PM: Train Blasts 'Supported by Elements Across the Border' VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the perpetrators of this week's deadly train bombings in Bombay were "inspired and supported" by "elements across the border," a clear reference to Pakistan.
  • India to send more peacekeeping troops to Congo IRNA 14 Jul 2006 -- Ahead of holding of first ever general elections in strife-torn Congo, India is rushing 700 additional troops to the country to provide security cover for the internationally- supervised polls scheduled for July 31.
  • India, US review lifting ban on trade in atomic field IRNA 14 Jul 2006 -- Amid hope of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal getting approval of the Congress by the month-end, the two countries have reviewed the progress and discussed the next steps in the process of lifting ban on trade with India in the atomic field.
  • Indian PM: Train Blasts 'Supported by Elements Across the Border' VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the bombers behind the deadly train blasts in Bombay were "supported by elements across the border."
  • India suspects LeT behind blasts IRNA 13 Jul 2006 -- The well-coordinated bomb attacks on Mumbai's rail network that left almost 200 dead and more than 700 injured bore the hallmarks of the Islamic militant group Lashkar- e-Toiba, a senior officer said on Wednesday.
  • Police Questioning Under Way as India, Pakistan Exchange Barbs Over Train Attacks VOA 13 Jul 2006 -- Police in India's financial capital, Bombay, have detained hundreds of people in connection with the blasts that hit the city's train network, but no one has been arrested or charged
  • 183 dead, 714 injured in Mumbai blasts: Indian Govt IRNA 12 Jul 2006 -- Indian Government today said 183 people were killed and 714 others injured in the serial blasts that rocked Mumbai last evening.
  • Indian Prime Minister Vows to Fight Terror VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- A day after India's financial capital, Bombay, was hit by a series of powerful explosions on commuter trains, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged the country to stand united in the face of terrorism.
  • Muslim Militant Groups Deny Role in Bombay Train Bombings VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- An Indian police official says the coordinated train bombings in Bombay follow the style of a militant Kashmiri Muslim group
  • Death toll reaches 137 in Mumbai serial blasts IRNA 11 Jul 2006 -- The death toll reached 137 and expected to rise further in a string of seven terror blasts in first class compartments of suburban trains around evening peak hour traffic in Mumbai, capital city of Maharashtra state on Tuesday.
  • Death Toll in India Train Bombings Surpasses 160 VOA 11 Jul 2006 -- In India's financial capital, Bombay, more than 160 people have been killed and more than 435 others injured as a series of blasts hit commuter trains
  • Up to 100 Dead in Train Blasts in India VOA 11 Jul 2006 -- In India's financial capital, Bombay, at least 90 people have been killed and hundreds injured by seven blasts that hit commuter trains.
  • Indian Kashmir Rocked by Grenade Blasts VOA 11 Jul 2006 -- Several grenade blasts have rocked the capital of Indian Kashmir, killing six people and injuring nearly two dozen
  • Civil Nuclear Cooperation Key to Strong India Relationship Washington File 10 Jul 2006 -- Addressing two influential Asian-American advocacy groups, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice lauded the contributions of Indian Americans, saying, "They are adding not only to the wealth of our nation, but to the character of our country."
  • Snag in India's Agni-III missile to be examined: defence minister IRNA 10 Jul 2006 -- The snag developed in the Agni-III that caused the missile to miss its target would be thoroughly examined, said the Indian defence minister.
  • India's N-test in 1998 led to series of "surrenders": Ex-Navy chief IRNA 10 Jul 2006 -- Terming India's 1998 Pokhran nuclear blasts as a "push-button" affair for the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, then Navy chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat says the atomic tests led to a "series of surrenders in every sector of the national polity, economy and science and technology."
  • India to launch INSAT-4C communications satellite IRNA 10 Jul 2006 -- The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is on the threshold of reaching another important milestone with its scheduled launch for the first time on its own of the INSAT-4C communications satellite through its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Chennai.
  • India's GSLV-F02 fails in its mission IRNA 10 Jul 2006 -- The GSLV-F02, carrying INSAT-4C communication satellite, failed in its mission seconds after a perfect take off as the 49-meter-long launch vehicle deviated from its trajectory and plunged into the Bay of Bengal.
  • Nuke deal likely to figure at Indian PM-US president talks IRNA 10 Jul 2006 -- Early accomplishment of the path-breaking Indo-US nuclear agreement is expected to come up during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with US President George Bush on the margins of the G-8 summit of industrialized nations in St Petersburg next week.
  • India test fires "Agni-III" missile IRNA 09 Jul 2006 -- India's most sophisticated intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) Agni-III was test-fired from a range off the Orissa coast Sunday.
  • Indian officials hold talks with IAEA Safeguards Agreement IRNA 08 Jul 2006 -- Indian officials and officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met here today to negotiate the proposed Safeguards Agreement which is required to be put in place to allow the international community to resume nuclear trade with New Delhi.
  • India to test-fire Agni-III shortly IRNA 08 Jul 2006 -- India's most sophisticated intermediate- range ballistic missile 'Agni' is likely to be test-fired shortly, defence sources hinted.
  • India rushes 700 additional troops to Congo IRNA 06 Jul 2006 -- Responding to an SOS from the United Nations, India is rushing 700 additional troops to Congo to provide security cover for the first ever internationally-supervised elections in the embattled country which will unroll on July 31.
  • Indian Navy key target of US pressure IRNA 06 Jul 2006 -- The United States has turned up the pressure on India to join the Proliferation Security Initiative with the Indian Navy, which has been virtually crippled by US sanctions after the 1998 nuclear tests, and now being singled out by Washington as a valuable partner to take this forward.
  • India, IAEA to hold "technical talks" on Indo-US N-deal on Friday IRNA 06 Jul 2006 -- India and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold technical talks on the Indo-US nuclear deal here on Friday.
  • Russian missiles strengthen India's defense RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2006 -- The Indian Army has received the first battalion of BrahMos coastal supersonic mobile anti-ship cruise missiles, which were developed by the Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Airspace Ltd.
  • India fears China may use Nathu La to extend spy network IRNA 06 Jul 2006 -- As India and China prepare to re-open the Nathu La, the Himalayan pass on the legendary Silk Road trade route between East and West this week, some Indian military experts warn China could use the pass to extend its spy network deep into India.
  • India objects to US sale of 18 fighter jets to Pakistan IRNA 03 Jul 2006 -- India on Monday objected to the US decision to sell eighteen F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, and said the move is 'not conducive' to the improvement of ties between New Delhi and Islamabad.
  • India's top nuclear scientist prefers NPT to Indo-US nuclear deal IRNA 03 Jul 2006 -- India's top nuclear scientist, Homi Sethna, has said that India would be better off signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which permits the exit of any signatory nation, rather than the nuclear deal with the US that will bind the country for "perpetuity."
  • Indian gov't wants to dispel Left's "concerns" on nuke deal IRNA 01 Jul 2006 -- Upbeat over the approval of the draft bill on implementation of civil nuclear deal in key US Congress committees, the India government has said it would seek to dispel "concerns" of Left parties with regard to the draft legislation and attacked the BJP for raising objections.



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