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Aug 11, 2010

India squeezes BlackBerry; onus on telco firms

NEW DELHI, Aug 11 (Reuters) – India may temporarily shut
down BlackBerry services if New Delhi’s concerns about security
are not addressed in a meeting between the government and
mobile phone operators on Thursday, government sources said.

The latest ultimatum for Blackberry maker Research In
Motion (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (RIMM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) comes a day after the Canadian company
agreed to hand over user codes that would let Saudi authorities
monitor its BlackBerry Messenger, as it seeks to stop the
kingdom from silencing the service, a source close to the talks
said on Tuesday. [ID:nN09103593]

Aug 4, 2010

Saudi, RIM in last-ditch talks; India takes hardline

RIYADH/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The makers of the BlackBerry smartphone held last-ditch talks with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to avert a threatened cut-off of a key service, while India took a tough line with the Canadian company.

Research In Motion(RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) is facing mounting demands from governments around the world for access to its vaunted encryption system on national security grounds.

Aug 4, 2010

Saudi and RIM in last-ditch talks

RIYADH/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The makers of the BlackBerry smartphone held last-ditch talks with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to avert a threatened cut-off of a key service while India took a tough line with the Canadian company.

Research In Motion is facing mounting demands from governments around the world for access to its vaunted encryption system on national security grounds.

Aug 4, 2010

Saudi, RIM in last-ditch talks; India hardline

RIYADH/NEW DELHI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – The makers of the
BlackBerry smartphone held last-ditch talks with Saudi Arabia on
Wednesday to avert a threatened cut-off of a key service while
India took a tough line with the Canadian company.

Research In Motion (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (RIMM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is facing mounting
demands from governments around the world for access to its
vaunted encryption system on national security grounds.

Aug 3, 2010

Plane demand in India seen $130 bln over 20 yrs – Boeing

NEW DELH (Reuters) – India’s expanding aviation sector will require 1,150 commercial jets valued at $130 billion over the next 20 years, a Boeing executive said on Tuesday.

Dinesh Keskar, the head of the U.S. aircraft manufacturer’s operations in India, said with more private carriers entering the aviation sector the demand for aircraft was increasing.

Aug 3, 2010

India plane demand seen $130 bln over 20 yrs-Boeing

NEW DELHI, Aug 3 (Reuters) – India’s expanding aviation
sector will require 1,150 commercial jets valued at $130
billion over the next 20 years, a Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) executive
said on Tuesday.

Dinesh Keskar, the head of the U.S. aircraft manufacturer’s
operations in India, said with more private carriers entering
the aviation sector the demand for aircraft was increasing.

Aug 2, 2010

India Kashmir seeks urgent reinforcements to stop violence

NEW DELHI, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The chief minister of Indian-controlled Kashmir flew to the capital on Monday calling for urgent reinforcements to end the worst anti-government violence in two years in which more than 30 people have died.

At least four people were killed and 50 wounded on Monday in clashes with police in different areas of the Himalayan region after protesters set fire to a police station, pelted security forces with stones and damaged a railway station, witnesses said.

Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram in New Delhi.

"Tragically, we have locked ourselves into a cycle of violence where protests lead to death leading to further protests, leading to further casualties," he told a news conference. "This cycle of violence must end."

Abdullah said he needed more paramilitary and rapid action forces to quell the protests and ensure a curfew, defied by thousands on Monday, was enforced.

"To stop the system of lawlessness, and to allow the government to take the necessary steps to bring normalcy, curfew, when announced, will have to be implemented swiftly. There will be no other way around this."

Abdullah said the authorities had tried to involve the separatist All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference alliance in dialogue but said a return to some normalcy was needed for any real progress.

The biggest anti-India demonstrations in the last two years across Muslim-majority Kashmir valley started on June 11 when a 17-year-old student died after being hit by a tear gas shell fired by police during protests in Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital.

The violence could hurt a tentative peace process launched since the 2008 attacks on India’s financial capital Mumbai by Pakistan-based militants.

India says Pakistan incites trouble in its half of Kashmir. Pakistan says it only lends moral support to what it says is the local people’s independence struggle, a conflict which broke out in 1989 and has killed more than 47,000 people. Separatists put the toll at 100,000.

The nuclear-armed rivals have fought two of their three full-scale wars over Kashmir.

India deployed the army in Srinagar last month for the first time in nearly two decades. They were pulled from the city when violence was brought under control.

The government in New Delhi has accused the Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), of fomenting violence in Kashmir.

"I don’t believe that there is one particular group or individual that can direct what is happening in the valley," Abdullah said. "There are a number of elements that are fishing in troubled waters." (Additional reporting by Sheikh Mushtaq in Srinagar; Writing by Paul de Bendern; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Aug 2, 2010

Kashmir seeks urgent reinforcements to stop violence

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah flew to the capital on Monday calling for urgent reinforcements to end the worst anti-government violence in two years in which more than 30 people have died.

At least four people were killed and 50 wounded on Monday in clashes with police in different areas of the Himalayan region after protesters set fire to a police station, pelted security forces with stones and damaged a railway station, witnesses said.

Jul 28, 2010

UK’s Cameron courts India, helps clinch jet deal

NEW DELHI, July 28 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron trumpeted a $1.1 billion defence deal with India on
Wednesday, an early result of a big diplomatic push to court
Indian business and tap new sources of economic growth.

In comments likely to please New Delhi and upset Islamabad,
Cameron said India’s arch rival Pakistan should not “promote
the export of terror”. That comes days after a huge leak of
U.S. documents raised questions about Pakistan’s role in
Afghanistan and its support for the Taliban. [ID:nLDE66R0VB]

Jul 28, 2010

India signs $1.1 billion jet deal with BAE, Rolls-Royce

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – BAE Systems (BAES.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Rolls-Royce (RR.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will supply India with 57 Hawk military training jets in a deal worth around 700 million sterling ($1.09 billion), British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

The deal, worth 500 million sterling for BAE systems and up to 200 million sterling for Rolls-Royce, will boost British defense firms looking to break into the huge Indian defense market mostly controlled by Russian, U.S. and Israeli companies.