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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.

Jun 2, 2015

Rohingya huddled in Bangladesh camps fear plan to move them on

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) – More than 20 years after the first wave of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar, fear is spreading through the sweltering camps of mud houses where they found shelter in southern Bangladesh that they will soon be on the move again.

The refugees worry the Bangladesh government wants them out of sight, perhaps to one of its islands in the Bay of Bengal, as the two countries row over what to do with a stateless minority whose search for security is driving a regional migrant crisis.

May 31, 2015

Desperate Bangladeshi migrant families await calls for ransom

TEKNAF, Bangladesh (Reuters) – In Bangladesh’s southernmost tip, families cling to scraps of paper with Malaysian and Thai hand phone numbers scribbled on them as their only links to loved ones missing after boarding fishing boats, lured by hopes of a brighter future overseas.

Some of the families have received calls from those numbers, from people claiming to be holding their husbands or sons and asking for ransom to get them home.

May 27, 2015

PM heading to Bangladesh with China on his mind

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take border settlement and water sharing deals to Bangladesh next month as part of his drive to erode Chinese influence in South Asia, although Dhaka is likely to remain dependant on Beijing for military equipment.

India, which has had an uneasy relationship with China for decades, has long fretted over Beijing’s military cooperation with its South Asian neighbours, especially Pakistan.

May 27, 2015

Indian leader heading to Bangladesh with China on his mind

NEW DELHI, May 28 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi will take border settlement and water sharing deals to
Bangladesh next month as part of his drive to erode Chinese
influence in South Asia, although Dhaka is likely to remain
dependant on Beijing for military equipment.

India, which has had an uneasy relationship with China for
decades, has long fretted over Beijing’s military cooperation
with its South Asian neighbours, especially Pakistan.

May 15, 2015

India scales back army corps facing China, pours funds into carrier

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government has scaled back an ambitious plan to establish a new army corps to counter Chinese conventional forces across the Himalayas, defence sources said, pouring funds instead into a new aircraft carrier and border roads.

Stung by a 21-day face off on the disputed border two years ago, India announced the establishment of a mountain strike force consisting of 90,000 troops, estimated to cost $10 billion and equipped with modern weaponry.

May 14, 2015

Government clears deal for 56 Airbus transport planes

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s defence procurement agency has cleared the purchase of 56 transport planes from Europe’s Airbus in collaboration with local partner Tata Sons in a deal worth an estimated $1.9 billion, a defence ministry source said on Thursday.

The government also approved a Russian proposal to build Kamov light helicopters in India and the purchase of 145 ultra-light howitzers from the United States as part of its efforts to modernise the military.

May 14, 2015

India government clears deal for 56 Airbus transport planes

NEW DELHI, May 14 (Reuters) – India’s defence procurement
agency has cleared the purchase of 56 transport planes from
Europe’s Airbus in collaboration with local partner Tata Sons in
a deal worth an estimated $1.9 billion, a defence ministry
source said on Thursday.

The government also approved a Russian proposal to build
Kamov light helicopters in India and the purchase of 145
ultra-light howitzers from the United States as part of its
efforts to modernise the military.

May 11, 2015

Indian rail projects outweigh rivalry before Modi visit to China

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Beijing has been pushing India to accelerate work on a multi-billion dollar rail link from New Delhi to Chennai ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China this week, as the Asian giants put economic ties before regional rivalries.

China, which is conducting a feasibility study into a $36 billion bullet train project from the capital in the north to Chennai in the south, has asked for work to begin on a pilot project covering part of the route, officials said.