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December 2019 - India Special Weapons News
- Indian Army Better Prepared For Challenges at Pakistan, China Border - Chief of Defence Staff Sputnik 31 Dec 2019 -- The Indian government on Monday appointed Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), a newly created post announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech this year. As CDS, the general will act as the principal military advisor to the Indian Defence Ministry.
- India's Advanced Towed Artillery Gun Achieves Milestone with Record Firing in A Minute - Video Sputnik 30 Dec 2019 -- Over the last 18 months, the Indian Army has inducted American M-777 and South Korean K9 Vajra artillery units as well as its domestically-made Dhanush howitzer. The army has plans to modernise its entire artillery system in the next seven years.
- Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat Becomes Country's First Chief of Defence Staff Sputnik 30 Dec 2019 -- The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) will facilitate the restructuring of the military command structure to optimise the utilisation of resources by working to integrate operations, including through establishment of joint or theatre-specific commands among the service branches.
- Snubbing US Concerns, India Reveals Induction Day of First Squadron of Russian-Made S-400s Sputnik 30 Dec 2019 -- During a meeting of top government officials in Washington between India and the US on 18 December, the latter had raised concern over New Delhi's plan to purchase Russian missile defence systems. The US had urged India to look at American platforms instead, to enhance the level of interoperability between Indian and US forces.
- Indian Navy Plans to Build Six Nuke-Powered Submarines Sputnik 29 Dec 2019 -- The Indian Navy is upgrading the security infrastructure of its naval airfields. As part of the plan, systems will be installed to provide continuous surveillance, real time alerting and immediate response to a threat. The Navy also plans to purchase naval guns from the US for warships.
- Dreams Hang Fire: India's Ambitious Fifth-Gen Fighter Aircraft Faces Delay Over Funding Shortage Sputnik 27 Dec 2019 -- Earlier this year, the head of the IAF announced the abandonment of a joint project with Russia to produce India' own fifth generation fighter aircraft. India is spending less on research; a paltry 1/12 on R&D what was spent by its arch-rival China this year.
- Indian Air Force Bids Adieu to MiG-27 Ground Attack Fighter Jet Fleet Sputnik 27 Dec 2019 -- The MiG 27 has contributed immensely to the defence of India, both in times of war and peace. The four-decades-old fleet of fighter jets reached the pinnacle of glory during the 1999 Kargil conflict with Pakistan when the MiGs fired rockets and bombs with great success and accuracy on enemy positions.
- 6 soldiers reportedly killed in heavy border fire exchange in Kashmir Press TV 26 Dec 2019 -- Troops from India and Pakistan have exchanged heavy fire and mortar shelling along the restive Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between the two countries, with a total of six soldiers reportedly killed from both sides.
- Six Killed in Massive Border Firings between India and Pakistan Sputnik 26 Dec 2019 -- The heavily militarised Indo-Pakistani border has frequently witnessed cross border exchanges of fire between the two armies, causing mainly civilian casualties on both sides.
- Several Killed in Border Clashes Between Pakistan, India VOA 26 Dec 2019 -- The latest military clashes between Pakistan and India along the disputed Kashmir border are said to have inflicted several casualties on both sides.
- India Moves to Improve Combat Readiness of Russian-Origin Fighter Jets, Tanks Sputnik 26 Dec 2019 -- Around 70% of equipment and platforms like warships, submarines, fighter jets, and tanks being used by the Indian Armed Forces are of Russian origin. Hence, it is expected that a new policy document issued by the Defence Ministry will enhance the operational readiness of the equipment.
- India Orders Withdrawal of Thousands of Troops From Kashmir Amid Citizenship Law Protests Sputnik 24 Dec 2019 -- The ongoing nationwide protests in India are a result of parliament passing a bill on 11 December that allowed granting citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, and Parsis facing persecution in neighbouring countries. Muslims were not included in the bill.
- #BJPFreeIndia: After Jharkhand Defeat, BJP Loses Half of Its Hold in Indian Politics in Two Years Sputnik 24 Dec 2019 -- In April 2020, over 70 seats in the Rajya Sabha, the upper or 'house of elders' of Indian Parliament, will be up for election. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost in elections to five states in recent times, dashing its hopes to increase its stock in the house of elders.
- India Creates Chief of Defence Staff to Synchronise Military Affairs Sputnik 24 Dec 2019 -- In a historic move, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to fulfil the demand for a chief of defence staff (CDS) during an address to the nation on India's Independence Day. The creation of a CDS comes around 19 years after a high level committee set up to review the Kargil War with Pakistan recommended it.
- Citizenship Act Row: Indian Cabinet Approves $1,195 Mln for Updating National Population Register Sputnik 24 Dec 2019 -- The Union Cabinet's decision comes at a time when the country is witnessing nationwide outcry against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and a proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC). During the numerous clashes between police and protesters, about 22 people have died and thousands have sustained injuries.
- India Develops Air Defence Gun for Army Amid Potential 'Aerial Threat' From Pakistan Sputnik 24 Dec 2019 -- The development provides a big relief to the army, as most of its air defence inventory is "obsolete" and the army chief had to push an emergency button to acquire more such guns after the Pulwama attack in February this year, when the Pakistan Air Force retaliated for an Indian attack in Balakot.
- Exporting BrahMos to Any Countries Including Philippines Has 'In-Principal' Approval From Russia Sputnik 23 Dec 2019 -- The Philippines is one of the Southeast Asian countries that have territorial disputes with Beijing over the South China Sea. Manila is hopeful that it will conclude a negotiation related to BrahMos with India in 2020. As per the Philippine military, the BrahMos will be "the first Philippine weaponry with deterrent capability".
- India Successfully Test-Fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile - Video Sputnik 23 Dec 2019 -- India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the fourth test of a missile system shortly after the Indian Army chief warned of a potential escalation on the border with Pakistan.
- Modi's BJP loses elections in India's Jharkhand state Press TV 23 Dec 2019 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost elections in the eastern state of Jharkhand.
- India's Ruling BJP Suffers Poll Setback in Jharkhand State; Gets Booted иy Opposition JMM Party Sputnik 23 Dec 2019 -- Monday's poll result saw Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) emerging as the single largest political party in the mineral-rich state's assembly election. A five-phase election to elect members to the 81-seat Jharkhand legislature was held from 30 November to 20 December.
- Indian PM refutes discrimination in citizenship amendment act People's Daily 23 Dec 2019 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday refuted allegations that his government is discriminatory in the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which has triggered massive protests nationwide.
- Indian Muslims brandish natl. flag, say their protest not anti-India Press TV 23 Dec 2019 -- Indian Muslims protesting against the country's recent citizenship law, which they consider discriminatory, have been carrying national flags and copies of the constitution, stressing that their protest rallies are against the biased law, not India.
- India's Main Opposition Protests New Law VOA 23 Dec 2019 -- Nearly 2,000 people took to the streets of India's capital city Monday in a silent protest organized by opposition parties against the controversial citizenship bill that critics say discriminates against Muslims.
- Pulwama-like Attack on Army Vehicle Foiled on Baramulla-Uri Highway in Jammu and Kashmir Sputnik 22 Dec 2019 -- At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and the attacker died in a blast on a highway in the Pulwama area of Indian-administered Kashmir on 14 February. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
- 17 Dead, 705 Reportedly Arrested Amid Anti-Citizenship Act Violence Spree in India's Uttar Pradesh Sputnik 22 Dec 2019 -- The wave of protests against India's new citizenship law continues to send ripples, with country-wide agitations entering their twelfth day. Despite measures put in place to curb the protests, the violence has erupted in several parts of the country over the past week.
- Modi Defends India Citizenship Law as Protests Continue VOA 22 Dec 2019 -- Protests against a controversial citizenship bill in India continued Sunday despite a government ban against demonstrations.
- Women at Center Stage in Protests Against India's Citizenship Law VOA 22 Dec 2019 -- Chanting "freedom," Fozia stands among the sea of student protesters in New Delhi loudly demanding that the government scrap a new law that introduces religion as a criterion for citizenship for persecuted minorities from three neighboring countries.
- Modi summons ministers as citizenship law protests rage on Press TV 21 Dec 2019 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has summoned his government ministers to hold a meeting and discuss the security situation in the country following protests against a controversial anti-Muslim law.
- India Conducts Third Test of Missile System Meant for Limited War with Pakistan in 24 Hours Sputnik 20 Dec 2019 -- The Pinaka rocket system can destroy 900 square metres at a 20-80 km range by firing a salvo of 12 rockets within 48 seconds. India has been conducting a series of tests of its missile system since November. The tests hold significance as the country's army chief recently warned of an escalation on the border with Pakistan.
- Indian Intelligence Agencies Busted Major Espionage Racket Targeting Indian Navy Sputnik 20 Dec 2019 -- Earlier this month, India's Junior Minister for Defence Shripad Naik revealed that Pakistan is using its intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to honey-trap officials in the Indian Armed forces.
- Indian Intelligence Reveals Pakistan's Terror Groups Can Target Prime Minister Modi Sputnik 20 Dec 2019 -- The intelligence agencies have also noted that the recent passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (12 December), the Ayodhya verdict (9 November) the abrogation of Kashmir's special status (5 August), and the February air strikes inside Pakistan have added fresh dimensions to the threat scenario.
- 5 Killed as Protests Rage in India Against Citizenship Law VOA 20 Dec 2019 -- Protests in India against a new citizenship law claimed five lives on Friday as thousands of people defied bans on public gatherings and clashed with police even as authorities blocked the internet in several towns and detained hundreds of people.
- 'Typical India': Pakistan's Army Promises Befitting Response to Indian Misadventures Sputnik 19 Dec 2019 -- Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) can escalate anytime, and the Indian Army is ready for an escalation in the wake of ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the borders since the change in Kashmir's status.
- Indian Navy Releases Video of India-Russia Joint Tri-Service Exercise Sputnik 19 Dec 2019 -- The second edition of the Indra tri-service exercise between the armed forces of Russia and India started in north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, western Maharashtra and in the neighbouring coastal state of Goa on 10 December.
- India Test Fires Pinaka Rocket Amid Threat of War With Pakistan Sputnik 19 Dec 2019 -- The Pinaka rocket system can destroy 900 square metres at a 20-80 kilometre range by firing a salvo of 12 rockets within 48 seconds. India has been conducting a series of tests of its missile system for the past month and India's Army Chief on Wednesday said that the situation could escalate at any time with Pakistan.
- India, US Sign Major Defence Pacts Ahead of $15 Billion Fighter Jet Tender Sputnik 19 Dec 2019 -- The US has been denying critical defence technology to India, citing security reasons, for years. Washington had expressed its concerns to India that Moscow may allegedly snoop on the inner workings of its defence tech if secure technological pacts are not present to act as safeguards.
- Washington Pitches American Weapons System to India as Alternate to Russia's S-400 Missile Defence Sputnik 19 Dec 2019 -- India and Russia signed a $5.43 billion contract in 2018 for the purchase of five S-400 missile defence systems, despite US threats to slap sanctions on any country that buys from Russia's defence sector under CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act).
- Pakistan Warns India Deploying Missiles in Kashmir to Launch Attack VOA 19 Dec 2019 -- Pakistan says rival India has deployed, among other escalatory steps, medium-range missiles in the disputed Kashmir allegedly to stage a cross-border military attack and harm regional peace.
- U.S. and India Deepen Bilateral Defense Trade, Sign Two Defense Technology and Trade Initiative Agreements DoD 19 Dec 2019 -- The 2019 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue resulted in several significant achievements related to the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative.
- Chinese netizens proud of homemade aircraft carrier, encourage India to follow Global Times 18 Dec 2019 -- Chinese netizens were thrilled by the commissioning of the Shandong, China's first domestically developed and second overall aircraft carrier, as they reminded themselves of difficult times in the past and felt proud of the country's achievement.
- Bangladesh Arrests Policeman, Charges Him with Spying for India Sputnik 18 Dec 2019 -- Last week, two prominent Bangladeshi ministers called off a visit to India amid the agitations over an amended citizenship law. Various Indian states have been witnessing massive protests against the law claiming it discriminates against citizens over their religious identity. The Indian government denies the allegations.
- Backlash to India's New Citizenship Law Poses Challenge to Modi VOA 18 Dec 2019 -- When India's contentious new citizenship law passed easily through parliament, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has a strong majority, few in his government anticipated a violent backlash to it.
- Pakistan's Khan: India's Anti-Muslim Policies Will Trigger Refugee Crisis VOA 17 Dec 2019 -- One of the biggest refugee crises is about to take place because of recent actions by the Indian government, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan warned delegates Tuesday at the Global Refugee Forum.
- India Successfully Test Fires Land Attack Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Sputnik 17 Dec 2019 -- In recent years, India has actively been marketing the BrahMos supersonic missile to other countries in the East Asian region. New Delhi is currently in talks with the Philippines about selling the weapons systems to Manila. India is also holding negotiations on the possible sale of missiles to Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
- Successful Deployment of India's Spy Satellite's Hi-Tech Antenna in Orbit Sputnik 16 Dec 2019 -- Besides the main RISAT-2BR1 satellite, on 11 December, the ISRO's PSLV-C48 carried nine international satellites – six from the US and one each from Israel, Italy and Japan. The advance antenna is meant to increase the capacity of the satellite.
- Russia, India Start Practical Part of Indra-2019 Joint Exercise - Russian Pacific Fleet Sputnik 16 Dec 2019 -- The practical portion of the bilateral Indra-2019 drills have begun in India, Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky said on Monday.
- Students join protests against new citizenship law on campuses across India Press TV 16 Dec 2019 -- Protests in India against a controversial citizenship bill have spread to universities across the country, with police storming student campuses and firing tear gas at protesters.
- Indian Prime Minister Modi Blames Vested Interests for Violent Protests Against Citizenship Law Sputnik 16 Dec 2019 -- Protests against India's new Citizenship Law, which began in the northeastern part of the country, have now spread to campuses countrywide. Internet services were suspended in several regions to control the spread of rumours and maintain law and order.
- Amid Escalating Protests Against India's New Citizenship Law, Modi Appeals for Calm VOA 16 Dec 2019 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed for calm as protests escalate against a new citizenship law that critics have slammed as anti-Muslim and part of a "Hindu-first" agenda being pushed by his Bharatiya Janata Party.
- 6 killed in protests against contentious Indian citizenship law Press TV 15 Dec 2019 -- Six people have been killed in violent protests in northeastern India against a controversial citizenship law, which the United Nations and rights groups have criticized as highly discriminatory towards Muslims.
- Protests in New Delhi Against New India Citizenship Law Turn Violent VOA 15 Dec 2019 -- Protests in New Delhi against a controversial citizenship law turned violent Sunday when police entered a university campus and used tear gas against students demonstrating.
- UN Rights Official Urges India to Scrap New Citizenship Law VOA 15 Dec 2019 -- The Office of the U.N.'s top human rights official is urging India to scrap its new Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which it says discriminates against Muslims.
- New citizenship law in India 'fundamentally discriminatory': UN human rights office UN News 13 Dec 2019 -- A new law in India which expedites citizenship for certain religious minorities has been criticized by the UN human rights office for being "fundamentally discriminatory in nature."
- Violent Protests Erupt in New Delhi Over India's New Citizenship Law VOA 13 Dec 2019 -- Police in India's capital clashed Friday with hundreds of students protesting against a new citizenship law that opponents say is anti-Muslim.
- Indian Couple Convicted in Germany for Spying on Kashmiris and Sikhs Sputnik 12 Dec 2019 -- Germany has the third-highest Sikh population in Europe after the UK and Italy. Germans with Indian backgrounds includes Indian expatriates there, as well as German citizens of Indian-origin or descent. The Indian government suspects that some Sikhs in the diaspora have been supporting anti-Indian activities in Europe.
- India Deploys Troops to Country's Northeast Amid Protests Against New Citizenship Legislation Sputnik 12 Dec 2019 -- Assam, a state in India, imposed an indefinite curfew in its capital Guwahati, the epicentre of violent protests against a controversial constitutional amendment to provide citizenship rights to illegal immigrants, provided they are not Muslims. India's parliament gave its assent to the legislation on Wednesday (11 December).
- Modi Welcomes New Citizenship Bill Passing Through Indian Upper Chamber Amid Protests Sputnik 12 Dec 2019 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday welcomed the decision of the upper chamber of the federal parliament to approve a controversial bill on simplifying the naturalization process for religious refugees from neighbouring countries.
- Controversial Citizenship Bill Sparks Violent Protests in Northeast India VOA 12 Dec 2019 -- India sent thousands of troops into the northeastern state of Assam Thursday to quell violent protests triggered by a new law that would make it easier for non-Muslims from some neighboring countries to gain citizenship.
- India Shifts Troops from Kashmir to North-East Region as Violence Erupts over Citizenship Issue Sputnik 11 Dec 2019 -- As India's parliament was discussing a controversial bill to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, violence erupted in the north-eastern part of the country against the proposed legislation.
- Indian Army Gets a Boost with American SIG Sauer Rifles for Pakistani Border Sputnik 11 Dec 2019 -- The Indian Army started overhauling its infantry weapons after a series of attacks on military camps in Kashmir back in 2016. Since then, the army has launched global tenders for light machine guns, man-portable guided missiles and assault rifles at a cost of around $6 billion.
- ISRO Successfully Launches High Resolution Spy Satellite #RISAT-2BR1 Sputnik 11 Dec 2019 -- The RISAT-2BR1 is an all-weather radar reconnaissance satellite, able to image the Earth in both daylight and at night, regardless of any clouds obscuring the surface. It is the second spacecraft in a new series of RISAT-2B satellites which are replacing and upgrading India's radar imaging capabilities.
- India Sees Nationwide Protests Over Citizenship Bill, Congress Blames BJP of Dividing Country Sputnik 11 Dec 2019 -- The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) seeks to ensure Indian nationality for non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It was passed in the Indian Parliament's lower house at the stroke of midnight on Monday, despite protests from major opposition parties.
- India Passes Contentious Citizenship Bill VOA 11 Dec 2019 -- India has passed a contentious citizenship bill that critics have slammed as unconstitutional and discriminatory because it excludes Muslims from a path to nationality that will be granted to religious minorities from three neighboring countries.
- Alarming Increase in Number of Indian Lawmakers with Criminal Background - Poll Watchdog Sputnik 10 Dec 2019 -- The Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch analysed 4,822 out of 4,896 election affidavits of current members of parliament (MPs) and members of legislative (state) assemblies. It includes 759 MP-related affidavits and 4,063 state lawmaker-related affidavits.
- EU 'concerned' about restrictions in Indian-controlled Kashmir Press TV 10 Dec 2019 -- The European Union (EU)'s special envoy to India says the bloc is "concerned" about the ongoing situation in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, which has been under strict security measures since early August.
- Philippines May Sign Deal With India on Deliveries of BrahMos Missiles in 2020 – Reports Sputnik 09 Dec 2019 -- Manila and New Delhi are likely next year to reach a deal on the deliveries of Russian-Indian BrahMos cruise missiles to the Philippines, Indian media reported on Monday.
- Pakistan's Spy Agency Using Honey Trap to Target Indian Army Officers: Minister Sputnik 09 Dec 2019 -- The issue of honey-trapping by foreign intelligence agencies has been gaining credence in India, with the Indian Army issuing an advisory asking its personnel to be cautious and avoid strangers posing as women of foreign origin or spiritual gurus (leader).
- Indian Parliament's Lower House Passes Bill to Amend Arms Act Aimed at Curbing Illegal Manufacturing Sputnik 09 Dec 2019 -- Thousands of people are arrested annually across India for manufacturing and supplying illegal firearms, particularly those who have set up production centres in the country's Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states, parts of which border Nepal and Bangladesh that have significant markets for such weapons.
- Indian Army Fires American Origin Ammunition from M-777s Near Pakistan Border Sputnik 09 Dec 2019 -- The 155 mm satellite-guided artillery rounds for Howitzers were ordered from the US following the February 2019 military standoff between India and Pakistan, which erupted following a suicide attack on an Indian military convoy killing at least 40 soldiers.
- India Tables Controversial Citizenship Bill That Critics Slam as Anti-Muslim VOA 09 Dec 2019 -- India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party introduced a controversial bill in parliament Monday seeking to grant citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from neighboring countries, introducing religion as a criterion for nationality for the first time.
- China, India stage counter-terrorist drills Global Times 08 Dec 2019 -- China and India launched a joint counter-terrorism exercise on Saturday not far from the Chinese-Indian border, a move which Chinese experts said will boost the strategic mutual trust of the two countries' militaries.
- 'Hand in Hand': India and China Kick Off Joint Military Counter-Terror Exercise Sputnik 07 Dec 2019 -- This year's exercise comes against the backdrop of China objecting to India's decision to declare the region of Ladakh a central government-administered territory. Beijing claims that this move undermines "China's territorial sovereignty by unilaterally changing its domestic law".
- India Lends $500 Mln to Bangladesh for Defence Purchase Sputnik 06 Dec 2019 -- Bangladesh is seeking to diversify its military arsenal given that more than 90% of its equipment is of Chinese origin. The current strategy is based on fears of being trapped in a full-blown conflict with Myanmar, which enjoys China's backing over the Rohingya issue.
- Philippines Army Indicates Possible Induction Date for BrahMos Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Sputnik 06 Dec 2019 -- In a major development that could change the power dynamics in Southeast Asia, the Philippines Army has indicated that it is going ahead with the purchase of the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile, an India-Russia joint development that is considered the world's deadliest missile and can hit the target at around Mach 3 speed.
- Green Light for BRICS Satellite Amid Space Arms Race Fears Sputnik 05 Dec 2019 -- The plan was first mooted by China to improve co-operation around natural disasters. But it took shape later when BRICS space agencies agreed to build a "virtual constellation of remote sensing satellites".
- 5 Indian Armed Forces Men Die in 'Fractricide' Incident in Insurgency-hit State Sputnik 04 Dec 2019 -- Despite several steps taken by the Indian government to create a healthy and appropriate environment in a bid to stop servicemen from killing each other, incidents continue to occur.
- With China in Mind, India Boosts Presence in IOR with Patrol Vessels, Infra 'Gifts' to Maldives Sputnik 04 Dec 2019 -- In a bid to reclaim its dominant position in the Maldives, the government of India has donated a patrol vessel to the island nation to keep an eye on the movement of ships and pirates in the exclusive economic zones.
- Protests erupt in India's Assam after Cabinet Approves Contentious Citizenship Bill Sputnik 04 Dec 2019 -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet has approved a controversial citizenship amendment bill that will allow Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians from neighbouring countries to settle in India.
- Indian Cabinet Approves Controversial Citizenship Bill to Embrace Hindus from Neighbouring Countries Sputnik 04 Dec 2019 -- The proposed legislation has also evoked severe criticism for its "evident communal nature", highlighting the exclusion of Muslims. However, Indian home minister Amit Shah has rejected such allegations in parliament.
- After 100 Days in Jail over Corruption Charges, India's Ex-Finance Minister Chidambaram Gets Bail Sputnik 04 Dec 2019 -- One of India's longest-serving Finance Ministers received major relief from country's top court on Wednesday in a money laundering case. A member of the country's main opposition party and a vocal critic of the ruling BJP, the senior Congressman has spent over 100 days in prison.
- Kashmir's Special Status, a Mess Created by Congress, Say Prime Minister Modi Sputnik 03 Dec 2019 -- In August, the Indian government scrapped the special quasi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir, which had allowed the state's local legislature to make its own laws in certain areas.
- India Claims, Terrorist Violence Declined, Cross Border Infiltration Increases after Kashmir Action Sputnik 03 Dec 2019 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in early August after stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its special status that: "Article 370 and 35A have given nothing but secessionism, terrorism, nepotism and widespread corruption…."
- India to Sign $2 Bln 'Romeo' Helicopters Deal with US: Indian Navy Chief Sputnik 03 Dec 2019 -- The Indian Navy has been waiting for years to replace its decades-old multi-role naval SeaKing helicopters which it acquired in 1978.
- Indian Navy Drives Out Chinese Vessel Near Port Blair – Reports Sputnik 03 Dec 2019 -- The Chinese vessel was said to have been carrying out research activities in the Indian waters in the Bay of Bengal several weeks ago.
- Decade Old Militant Hideout Busted in Kashmir Sputnik 01 Dec 2019 -- Jammu and Kashmir has been the scene of separatist violence for the last three decades, thousands of people – security forces, civilians, and secessionists have been killed – in attacks and encounters.
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