NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When a bomb went off last month in West Bengal state, police at India’s leading counterterrorism organisation had to hail taxis to get to the scene because they did not have enough cars.
The admission by two officers from the National Investigation Agency underlines how poorly equipped it is to fulfil its role of investigating the most serious terrorism cases, cutting off funding to militants and putting suspects on trial.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Decrypted communications between Indian Mujahideen (IM) and al Qaeda and testimony from suspects have triggered alarm among intelligence officials in New Delhi: the groups appear to be working together to launch major attacks in the region.
The officials told Reuters that plots they had uncovered included the kidnapping of foreigners and turning India into a “Syria and Iraq where violence is continuously happening”.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s navy withdrew two warships from the eastern port of Kolkata on Tuesday after intelligence agencies warned of an attack on the port and the city, police and navy officers said.
The rare move came two days after a suicide bomber killed 60 people on the Pakistani side of the main border crossing with India hundreds of miles to the west, deepening fears that Pakistan’s internal strife was spreading into India.
NEW DELHI, Oct 28 (Reuters) – India will soon be supplying
naval vessels to Vietnam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on
Tuesday, the first significant military transfer to Hanoi at a
time when it is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China.
The announcement came after Modi held talks with his
visiting Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, during which
the two sides agreed to modernise the Vietnamese military as
well as raise Indian involvement in Vietnam’s energy sector.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Talks are gathering pace on the sale of Indian naval patrol vessels to Vietnam, an Indian official said, the first significant military transfer to Hanoi as it improves its defenses in the South China Sea where it is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China.
The four patrol ships will be provided to Vietnam under a $100 million defense credit line and represent a push by the nationalist government in New Delhi to counter Beijing’s influence in South Asia by deepening ties with old ally Vietnam.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Tata Power Company Ltd plans to complete work on a $1.8 billion thermal power station in Vietnam three years early, government officials said, as the two countries strive to showcase the economic ties between them.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, visiting India just a month after India’s president travelled to his country, said he had met Tata group officials and that the 1,320 megawatt project would be completed by 2019 instead of 2022.
NEW DELHI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Tata Power Company Ltd
plans to complete work on a $1.8 billion thermal power
station in Vietnam three years early, government officials said,
as the two countries strive to showcase the economic ties
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, visiting India
just a month after India’s president travelled to his country,
said he had met Tata group officials and that the 1,320 megawatt
project would be completed by 2019 instead of 2022.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will hold counter-terrorism exercises with China despite a recent face-off on their disputed border, officials said, in a sign the two governments want to manage their deep differences.
India, which under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has struck an assertive national security posture, also agreed to China’s request to move next month’s exercises away from the border with Pakistan with which China shares a close relationship.
JAMMU India (Reuters) – Far fewer militants are attempting to cross into Indian Kashmir this year from Pakistan, an Indian army general said, contrary to expectations that a drawdown of foreign forces in Afghanistan would result in fighters flooding there.
India has been bolstering its defenses along the de facto border with Pakistan, fearing militant groups fighting the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan will turn their energies to Kashmir where it is trying to end a 25-year insurgency.
ARNIA/NEW DELHI India (Reuters) – India warned Pakistan it would pay an “unaffordable price” if it persisted with shelling and machine-gun fire across a heavily populated border area in the lowlands of Kashmir, raising the stakes in the rivals’ worst fighting in more than a decade.
Nine Pakistani and eight Indian civilians have been killed since fighting erupted more than week ago along a 200-km (125-mile) stretch of border in the disputed, mostly Muslim region of Kashmir. More were injured on Thursday.