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Jul 27, 2015

India tightens security on Pakistan border after Punjab attack

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India tightened security on the border with Pakistan on Monday after heavily armed men stormed a police station in the northern frontier state of Punjab, killing six people and wounding several others.

Armed police were exchanging fire with the gunmen, who were holed up in the police station in Gurdaspur district near the border with Pakistan, officials said. Counter-terrorism teams were on their way to the scene, the government said.

Jul 25, 2015

Fears for tribes, forests as India eyes Andaman island expansion

JIRKATANG, India, July 26 (Reuters) – Bollywood music blares
from a line of food stalls serving tourists outside the entrance
to a thickly-forested tribal reserve on India’s far-flung
Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Beyond the barrier patrolled by police, a few hundreds
members of the Jarawa tribe hunt the lush rainforest for turtles
and pigs and shoot fish with bows and arrows, largely unseen and
untouched by the outside world.

Jul 22, 2015

India, Japan, U.S. plan naval exercises in tightening of ties in Indian Ocean

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Japan is set to take part in joint naval exercises with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean in October, military and diplomatic sources said, a drill that so riled China eight years ago that Delhi has not since hosted such a multilateral wargame.

The Indian Ocean has emerged as a new arena of competition between China making inroads and India trying to recover its position as the dominant maritime power in the region.

Jul 14, 2015

From remote outpost, India looks to check China’s Indian Ocean thrust

PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) – One by one, the four Indian warships cruised into a sleepy harbor in the country’s remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, fresh from visiting Southeast Asian capitals and conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea.

The arrival of the warships at Port Blair earlier this month symbolizes how an island chain better known for its beaches and diving is quietly becoming a key plank in New Delhi’s strategy to counter China’s growing naval presence in the Indian Ocean.

Jul 14, 2015

Insight – From remote outpost, India looks to check China’s Indian Ocean thrust

PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) – One by one, the four Indian warships cruised into a sleepy harbour in the country’s remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, fresh from visiting Southeast Asian capitals and conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea.

The arrival of the warships at Port Blair earlier this month symbolises how an island chain better known for its beaches and diving is quietly becoming a key plank in New Delhi’s strategy to counter China’s growing naval presence in the Indian Ocean.

Jun 15, 2015

India tries to assuage Myanmar after cross-border raid boasts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is sending its national security adviser to Myanmar to calm tempers over a rare cross-raid against insurgents that it trumpeted as a warning to countries harboring anti-India militants.

Days after Indian Special Forces crossed into Myanmar from two northeastern states to hunt down militants who had killed 18 soldiers in an ambush, it turns out that the operation was minor and only low-level rebels were targeted.

Jun 12, 2015

Brief raid by India in far-off Myanmar has Pakistan fuming

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Indian army’s brief foray this week into Myanmar to hunt militants set alarm bells ringing in far-away Pakistan, Delhi’s arch-rival whom it blames for stoking a rebellion in the disputed region of Kashmir.

By suggesting the Myanmar incident could set a precedent for more cross-border raids, including into Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, a junior Indian minister took the row one step further.

Jun 12, 2015

Brief raid by India in far-off Myanmar has Pakistan fuming

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD, June 12 (Reuters) – The Indian army’s
brief foray this week into Myanmar to hunt militants set alarm
bells ringing in far-away Pakistan, Delhi’s arch-rival whom it
blames for stoking a rebellion in the disputed region of
Kashmir.

By suggesting the Myanmar incident could set a precedent for
more cross-border raids, including into Pakistan-controlled
Kashmir, a junior Indian minister took the row one step further.

Jun 10, 2015

Sweden gains speed in Indian arms race as France falters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and Sweden were in talks on Wednesday over a bigger role for Swedish firms in India’s defence manufacturing, including jet fighters worth billions of dollars, after a deal with French giant Dassault Aviation was scaled back.

Sweden’s Saab has clawed its way back into the race to equip the Indian Air Force’s ageing squadrons after Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck a pact to buy 36 French Rafale planes, instead of 126 originally planned, to cut costs.

Jun 10, 2015

Indian army hunts militants in Myanmar in rare cross border strike

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s army attacked separatist rebels just over the border with Myanmar on Tuesday, a rare cross-border strike that the government said showed its resolve to fight terrorism beyond the country’s borders.

The raid on two groups of militants was carried out in retaliation for the killing of 20 soldiers in an ambush in the northeastern state of Manipur last week, the heaviest losses for security forces in Manipur in two decades.