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January 2010 - India Special Weapons News
- Germany disappointed over India cancelling aircraft tender IRNA 29 Jan 2010 -- Ahead of the visit of its President Horst Koehler here, Germany Friday voiced disappointment over India's "nasty surprise" of cancelling a tender for multi-role tanker aircraft for the Air Force for which European consortium EADS was a contender.
- Indian security forces foil serial explosion plot in Assam IRNA 28 Jan 2010 -- Five separatists were arrested and a major plot to carry out serial explosions in India's restive northeastern state of Assam was foiled by security forces by seizing an estimated 100 kg of the highly potent plastic explosive Neogel-90.
- Heavy firing at India-Pakistan border, Army on alert IRNA 26 Jan 2010 -- The Indian Army was put on alert following heavy exchange of fire at the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir early Tuesday following a major infiltration bid, defence sources said as the country celebrated its 61st Republic Day.
- Massive security operation launched in India’s N-E Assam IRNA 23 Jan 2010 -- A massive security operation was launched Saturday in India's northeastern state of Assam’s main city of Guwahati.
- India carries out two successful flight trials of laser guided bombs IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out two successful flight trials of laser-guided bombs for the Air Force to test the effectiveness of the guidance and control systems at the Chandipur integrated test range in Orissa.
- Gates: Syndicate Threatens to Destabilize South Asia AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- An al-Qaida-backed terror syndicate is focused on destabilizing South Asia and stoking tensions between India and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters yesterday.
- Gates: Extremism Biggest Threat to Pakistan, India AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- The most pressing threat to Pakistan and India -- and the region, as well as the United States -- is violent extremism, not each other, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today, reiterating the message he delivered in his last stop in India.
- Gates: India, Pakistan Have Stake in Afghan Success AFPS 20 Jan 2010 -- Both India and Pakistan have a big stake in what happens in Afghanistan, and are playing significant roles to support the effort there, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.
- US Defense Chief Warns Al-Qaida Intends to Provoke India-Pakistan War VOA 20 Jan 2010 -- America's defense secretary is warning that al-Qaida, and what he calls its "syndicate" in South Asia, could provoke a new war between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.
- Gates Presses for U.S.-Indian Cooperation AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today emphasized the opportunity and the need for closer defense cooperation between the United States and India in a broad range of areas, including the maritime, cyberspace and space domains.
- US Defense Secretary in India for Regional Security Talks VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. defense secretary has arrived in India for the first high-level talks between the two countries since Prime Minister's Manmohan Singh's visit to the White House, last November. Regional security - namely the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan - is expected to be the dominant theme of the discussions.
- Gates Seeks to Broaden India Partnership AFPS 18 Jan 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is slated to leave today for India to discuss the comprehensive, strategic partnership between the United States and India, and ways to expand it to provide broader regional security.
- India, Russia close to $1.2 bln deal for 29 navy fighters RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Russia and India are poised to sign a $1.2 billion contract for another 29 MiG-29K fighter jets for the Indian Navy, an Indian daily reported on Monday.
- Text of Afghanistan-Iran-Pakistan Joint Declaration IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- Following is the text of the Joint Declaration issued after the Afghanistan-Iran-Pakistan Trilateral Ministerial Meeting here on Saturday.
- Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan vow cooperation for regional stability IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan Saturday signed a Joint ‘Islamabad Declaration’ envisaging road map for future interaction in different fields.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran Promise More Coordination VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- Foreign ministers from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran say their three countries will increase cooperation on regional issues in the coming months. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki signed a joint declaration Saturday after meeting in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
- Indian PM announces $ 5 million relief assistance for Haiti IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- Expressing deep condolences over loss of lives and devastation in the Jan 12th earthquake, India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh announced relief assistance worth five million US dollars for Haiti.
- Swine Flu death doll across India jumps to 1,113: Report IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- The death toll due to deadliest “Swine Flu” across India jumped to 1,113.
- India wants peaceful relations with China and Pak: Army Chief IRNA 15 Jan 2010 -- India’s Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor Friday said India wanted to foster "cordial and peaceful relations" with China and Pakistan.
- India gives $ 1 Million to Haiti IRNA 15 Jan 2010 -- India gave one million dollars to Haiti for immediate and emergency relief purposes.
- India, France civil nuclear energy pact enters into force IRNA 15 Jan 2010 -- India and France nuclear energy pact for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy entered into force on Friday.
- India presses Pakistan to dismantle infrastructure of terror IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- India’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna Wednesday spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and pressed for "effective steps" to dismantle infrastructure of terror, saying it is still being "used" for anti-India acts.
- India concerned about rise in infiltration from Pak IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- India’s Defence Minister A K Antony Wednesday expressed serious concern over rise in Cross-border infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan.
- No change in LAC with China: Army IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Indian Army maintained that there was no change in the established demarcation and lines of claim along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
- Russia's Nerpa nuclear sub to be 'fine-tuned' next month RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Russia's Nerpa nuclear attack submarine, which entered service with the Navy in late 2009, will undergo additional adjustments in February, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
- Indian forces foil infiltration along Indo-Pak bord IRNA 11 Jan 2010 -- Indian Border Security Force (BSF) foiled an infiltration attempt along Indo-Pak border Monday morning.
- India lost substantial land to China IRNA 11 Jan 2010 -- The area along Line of Actual Control with China has "shrunk" over a period of time and India has lost "substantial" amount of land in the last two decades, says an official report.
- India test fires air-to-air Astra Missile IRNA 11 Jan 2010 -- India on Monday test fired Indigenously developed and beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile 'Astra' from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Orissa state.
- India test-launches air-to-air missile RIA Novosti 11 Jan 2010 -- India on Monday successfully test fired a new solid-propellant air-to-air missile, the IANS news agency reported.
- Russia to float out last 2 frigates for Indian Navy by yearend RIA Novosti 11 Jan 2010 -- A Russian shipyard will float out the last two of three frigates for India's Navy by the end of the year, a Yantar spokesman said on Monday.
- India: Militants from Pakistan waiting to cross into Kashmir IRNA 09 Jan 2010 -- Voicing concern over reports that a large number of militants from Pakistan are waiting to cross the LoC into Kashmir, Defence Minister A K Antony Saturday said almost all terrorist groups are "still active" in Pakistan.
- Pakistani forces fire four rockets in Indian territory IRNA 09 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani forces have fired four rockets in villages around the Attari border in Amritsar, drawing retaliation from India’s Border Security Force (BSF).
- 22 hours long Kashmir battle ends: Report IRNA 08 Jan 2010 -- In a joint operation police commandos backed by paramilitary central forces finally killed two local militants after mounting an assault on a hotel building in the heart of the capital, ending the 22-hour long standoff.
- 22-hour long gun battle ends in Srinagar IRNA 07 Jan 2010 -- The 22-hour long gun battle ended in Srinagar as Security forces on Thursday stormed the hotel in Lal Chowk killing three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists.
- Kashmir gunbattle enters second day IRNA 07 Jan 2010 -- Red Square, the nerve centre of Kashmir capital, witnessed heavy exchange of firing during the morning hours today as the stand off between Indian security forces and the two militants besieged in a hotel building entered into second day.
- Suspected Islamic Militants Kill Policeman in Srinagar VOA 06 Jan 2010 -- An attack by suspected Islamic militants in Indian Kashmir has killed one policeman and wounded eight others. The attack follows a relative lull in militant violence in the region, which has been wracked by a separatist insurgency for two decades.
- India describes China's involvement in projects in PoK as illegal IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- India has described China's involvement in several projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), as illegal. New Delhi has conveyed its concern to Beijing over this as well as supply of Chinese weapons to Pakistan.
- Pakistan army reacts to Indian general’s remarks IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- Pakistan military on Saturday at highest level came up with a harsh reaction to remarks from Indian army chief that Indian forces are ready to battle Pakistan and China at the same time.
- Indian army chief rhetoric betrays lack of strategic acumen IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majid on Saturday came up with a tough reaction to the reported remarks from Indian army chief that Indian military is ready to battle Pakistan and China at the same time.
- Pakistan, India exchange list of nuclear facilities IRNA 02 Jan 2010 -- Pakistan and India Friday exchanged lists of nuclear installations and facilities despite tension over last year Mumbai attacks, which broke dialogue process between 2 archrivals, Pak Foreign Ministry said.
- India, Pakistan swap lists of nuclear sites RIA Novosti 01 Jan 2010 -- India and Pakistan have officially exchanged the lists of their nuclear objects under a bilateral nuclear security deal, Pakistani and Indian media said on Friday.
- Pakistan angrily reacts to Indian army chief’s remarks IRNA 01 Jan 2010 -- Pakistan Thursday angrily reacted to Indian army chief statement that Indian military is ready to battle Pakistan and China at the same time.
- India, Pakistan exchange lists of nuclear installations IRNA 01 Jan 2010 -- India and Pakistan Friday exchanged the lists of their nuclear installations for the 19th consecutive time under an agreement which prohibits any kind of attack on such facilities.
- NIGERIA: Thousands displaced in Jos riots IRIN 18 Jan 2010 -- Several thousand residents of Jos, in central Nigeria, are displaced after their homes burned in deadly sectarian clashes, according to residents and the local Red Cross.
- Merkel reiterates "importance" of reviving Mideast peace talks IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel here Monday reaffirmed "the importance" of jump-starting the bogged down Mideast peace process following her talks with the prime minister of the Zionist regime, Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Armenian Foreign Minister Warns Turkey, Cools Karabakh Peace Talk RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- Turkey will risk reversing its unprecedented rapprochement with Armenia if it persists in linking the process with a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict desired by Azerbaijan, Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian has said.
- After 30 Years, Man Who Tried To Kill Pope Freed From Turkish Jail RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's square in Rome nearly 30 years ago, has been released from a high-security jail near the Turkish capital, Ankara.
- Thai court extends arms cargo plane crew custody by 12 days RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Thailand's Criminal Court has extended by 12 days the custody of the crew of an arms-laden airplane seized in Bangkok in mid-December, criminal prosecutors said Monday.
- UN humanitarian arm allocates $100 million to respond to 14 neglected crises UN News Centre 18 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations today allocated some $100 million to boost the humanitarian response in 14 ongoing but underfunded emergencies, ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen, where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease and conflict.
- Guinea's Camara Backs Interim Government, Calls for Calm VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- Guinea's injured military leader is calling on his supporters to back plans for a transitional government.
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