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Apr 13, 2015

India order for two Rafale squadrons casts doubt on larger deal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Any future Indian purchase of Rafale jets will come through direct talks with the French government, the defense minister said on Monday, suggesting that commercial negotiations for a larger deal with Dassault Aviation have been shelved.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a plan to buy 36 planes from Dassault through the government-to-government route, after three years of price negotiations for local assembly of the aircraft produced no results.

Apr 10, 2015
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India plans new townships to resettle Hindus in Muslim-majority Kashmir

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(Kashmiri protesters run towards Indian security personnel during a demonstration against the plan to resettle Hindus, in Srinagar April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Ismail)

India’s nationalist government plans to resettle tens of thousands of Hindus in three new townships in Muslim-dominated Kashmir, setting up a confrontation with separatists who say it is an Israel-style policy of creating settlements in occupied territory.

Apr 10, 2015

India plans to build new townships in Kashmir to resettle Hindus

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – India’s nationalist government plans to resettle tens of thousands of Hindus in three new townships in Muslim-dominated Kashmir, setting up a confrontation with separatists who say it is an Israel-style policy of creating settlements in occupied territory.

Many Kashmiri Hindus, or Pandits, also say they are not in favor of the plan.

Between 200,000 to 300,000 Hindus are estimated to have fled Kashmir after an armed revolt against New Delhi’s rule erupted in 1989, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has long vowed to return them to their homes.

Apr 8, 2015

Modi goes shopping for nuclear power in France and Canada

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to advance the purchase of massive nuclear reactors and fuel from France and Canada to power a resurgent economy, overriding domestic opposition and concerns over liability laws as he embarks on a foreign tour.

In France, where Modi is making his first visit since taking office last year, he will seek to speed up price negotiations for the building of two reactors by state-run Areva S.A. of 1,650 megawatts each in Maharashtra.

Apr 8, 2015

India’s Modi goes shopping for nuclear power in France and Canada

NEW DELHI, April 8 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi aims to advance the purchase of massive nuclear
reactors and fuel from France and Canada to power a resurgent
economy, overriding domestic opposition and concerns over
liability laws as he embarks on a foreign tour.

In France, where Modi is making his first visit since taking
office last year, he will seek to speed up price negotiations
for the building of two reactors by state-run Areva S.A.
of 1,650 megawatts each in the western state of
Maharashtra.

Apr 7, 2015

Lapsed tenders hurt Modi’s “Make in India” defence industry push

NEW DELHI, April 8 (Reuters) – Indian firms have spurned
some $15 billion worth of government tenders to make a range of
weapons since 2013, Defence Ministry officials say, in a blow to
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his drive to wean the country
off imported arms.

Executives cited unrealistic quality demands from a military
short of planes, tanks and guns as a key reason for their
reluctance to bid for projects. Complicating things further, the
military doesn’t want weapons from Indian firms with no track
record in defence manufacturing, experts said.

Mar 11, 2015

China defends Sri Lankan project in test of its push to invest abroad

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI, March 12 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s
suspension of a project to build a glittering skyline on land
reclaimed from the Indian Ocean has prompted China to defend its
investment, in a test of Beijing’s ambitions to fund loans and
major infrastructure ventures abroad.

Recently elected President Maithripala Sirisena has vowed to
look again at deals between China and his predecessor Mahinda
Rajapaksa, saying they were not transparent, while India has
eyed China’s involvement in Sri Lanka with increasing alarm.

Mar 5, 2015

Modi to ramp up help for Indian Ocean nations to counter China influence

NEW DELHI, March 5 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi
will offer island nations in the Indian Ocean a broad range of
military and civilian assistance next week in a bid to wrest
back some of the influence China has gained by spending billions
of dollars in the region.

Modi will make the pledges during a visit to Sri Lanka, the
Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles after decades of neglect by
successive Indian governments. His trip to Sri Lanka will be the
first in 28 years by an Indian prime minister.

Feb 28, 2015

India raises defence budget modestly as it confronts China challenge

NEW DELHI, Feb 28 (Reuters) – India announced on Saturday a
modest 7.9 percent increase in defence spending for the fiscal
year starting April 1, suggesting that it will move only
gradually with the military’s long wish list for fighter jets,
ships and artillery.

After years of neglect, India is trying to narrow the
military gap with China, which has been building up its fleet of
ships and submarines making forays in the Indian Ocean.

Feb 19, 2015

Israel says security ties with India out of the closet

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Israel’s security relationship with India is out in the open after years of being under wraps, the Israeli defence minister said on Thursday, vowing to play a bigger role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to build an industrial base.

Israel has emerged as one of India’s top three arms suppliers, delivering items such as ship defence missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, but such transactions have been unpublicised, largely because of India’s fear of upsetting Arab countries and its own large Muslim population.