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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government has cleared a $8 billion plan to build India’s most advanced warships, defence sources said, just months after ordering new submarines to close the gap with the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean.
Since taking over last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signalled his resolve to build a strong military after years of neglect that military planners say has left India unable to fight a two-front war against China and Pakistan.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years.
Under the deal, India will help Sri Lanka build its nuclear energy infrastructure, including training of personnel, the Indian foreign ministry said.
NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A two-year-old anti-graft
party took office in the Indian capital on Saturday, promising
to fight divisive politics in a challenge to the federal
government of Narendra Modi that has faced criticism for attacks
on churches and other minorities.
The Aam Aadmi or Common Man Party handed Modi’s Bharatiya
Janata Party the biggest defeat this week any party has suffered
in decades, promising to protect women in the crime-ridden mega
city and deliver drinking water and power.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sending Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar to Pakistan as part of a regional tour, the first top-ranking visit since Modi broke off talks last year over the disputed region of Kashmir.
The sign of a thaw in ties comes weeks after a visit to India by U.S. President Barack Obama.
NEW DELHI, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi is sending his top diplomat to Pakistan as part of a
regional tour, the first top-ranking visit since Modi broke off
talks last year over the disputed region of Kashmir.
The sign of a thaw in ties comes weeks after a visit to
India by U.S. President Barack Obama.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Amit Shah, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), spent much of his son’s wedding day this week on the phone to worried colleagues in the capital, where a disastrous election result is prompting those in power to rethink their policies and priorities.
According to two people at the event in Ahmedabad, Shah, who had overseen the New Delhi campaign for the BJP, cut a subdued figure. No firecrackers went off and the marching band did not play.