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India to Buy 145 US Howitzers

By Mritunjay, published on Jan 29, 2010

The Indian Army is all set to procure 145 US made howitzers in a direct government-to-government deal. The howitzers are 155mm light-weight which can be swiftly deployed in forward and inaccessible areas by helicopters and aircraft. The guns are fitted with laser inertial artillery pointing systems and other equipment.

The American Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of the decision made by the U.S. federal government. According to the Times of India, it also asserted that the sale will boost "interoperability" between Indian and American soldiers and... (more)

Tags: india, bae landsystems, denel, howitzers, m777

Iran arrests five British yatchsmen

By Mritunjay, published on Dec 1, 2009

Five British sailors have been detained by Iranian authorities after their racing yacht was stopped by the Iranian navy while sailing from Bahrain to Dubai. The racing yacht named the Kingdom Of Bahrain is owned by Sail Bahrain, was crewed by nine men including the five Britons. The yatch was apprehended last Wednesday after it set sail from Bahrain to Dubai. The boat is believed to have strayed off international waters, when it broke its propeller.

The detention of the men was made public yesterday by Britain's Foreign Office, though the officials said that they had contacted the Iranian... (more)

Tags: iran, world, crime, britain, uk politics, dubai, muscat, david miliband

US and UK announce extra troop deployment in Afghanistan

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 30, 2009

It’s here and it’s real. The US President Barack Obama has finally let the cat out of his bag. He has announced the much awaited decision on troop numbers on Sunday night, a White House spokesman said. Though the formal plan in terms of troop numbers and other logistics will be announced on Tuesday, the current announcement confirms the earlier resolve by the US President, to "finish the job" in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press quoting White House spokesman Robert Gibbs reported, that Mr. Obama held an unannounced meeting on Sunday night with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Senior... (more)

Tags: obama, afghanistan, usa, world, taliban, uk, gordon brown, mcchrystal, special forces, afghanistan policy

India: N-scare after 55-workers at Kaiga Plant fall sick

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 30, 2009

In a mishap that the authorities are labeling as "an insider’s mischief", about 55 workers of the Kaiga Atomic Power Station in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India, were exposed to an excessive radiation dosage when they drank water that had been mixed with tritium, a highly radioactive substance. All the workers had to be rushed to hospital for a preventive check-up.

Bloomberg reported, based on an e-mailed statement from Shreyans Kumar Jain, Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), which operates the plant, that no worker was hospitalized. Jain in... (more)

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Canada and India break 34 years of nuclear jinx

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 30, 2009

Canada, world's largest producer of uranium, has now become the eighth country which has reached a civil nuclear agreement with India, since the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) lifted a 34-year-old ban on India to join global nuclear trade in September 2008. The group members who have already signed the civil nuclear deal with India are the US, France, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Argentina and Namibia.

The deal was announced after the Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)... (more)

Tags: france, russia, india, world, canadian politics, port of spain, canada, kazakhstan, nuclear, us, stephen harper, namibia, mongolia, manmohan singh, nsg, nuclear suppliers group, c

France: Pakistan not to get India-like civil nuclear pact

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 30, 2009

A statement by a French official has put Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in an embarrasing situation. Qureshi, in May this year had gone on record saying that France is ready for a transfer of civilian nuclear energy technology to Pakistan. The office of the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, had then said that they are offered to help Pakistan improve its "nuclear safety" capability. The French authorities had then not reacted to Qureshi's statement saying that such a move would need IAEA's nod. Now, the French authorities have made it official. President Sarkozy’s intitiative... (more)

Tags: france, india, world, pakistan, yousuf raza gilani, asif ali zardari, paris, president, pervez musharraf, civil nuclear deal, nuclear deal, nicholas sarkozy, shah mehmood qureshi

Pakistan: President Zardari Hands Over Nukes to PM Gilani

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 28, 2009

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari transferred control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. He also revealed his intentions to strip the office of President of more powers by year-end. Zardari also gave up the powers of the Chairman of the National Command Authority which controls the country's nukes and transferred them to the Prime Minister late Friday night.

While the presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar described the move as a "giant leap forward to empower the elected Parliament and the Prime Minister" the fact that the amnesty granted to Zardari... (more)

Tags: world, corruption, pakistan, crime, amnesty, nukes, benazir bhutto, money laundering, musharaff, zardari, general pervez musharraf, gilani, yousuf raza gilani, asif ali zardari

UK to oppose Sri Lankan bid to host Commonwealth summit

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 27, 2009

British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has finally made it official. The British PM has raised "real concerns about Sri Lanka's bid" to host 2011 Commonwealth summit. The 60th Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, being held in Port of Spain starts on Friday where one of the key issues will be the choice of the 2011 venue.

Sources close to the PM's office voiced his concerns about the way the Sri Lankan government handled the recent war and the impact on civilians. "We simply cannot be in a position where Sri Lanka - whose actions earlier this year had a huge impact on civilians, leading... (more)

Tags: zimbabwe, britain, uk, gordon brown, commonwealth, sri lanka, ltte, port of spain, trinidad & tobago

Afghanistan: U.S. Wants 10,000 Troops from Allies

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 26, 2009

The United States is trying to persuade its NATO partners to commit 10,000 additional troops for Afghanistan as part of President Obama’s strategy for the region. President Obama previously indicated a quick close to the Afghanistan war. A formal strategy on Afghanisatn is expected to emerge by next week. Sources also reported possible additional U.S. troop deployment to the tune of 35,000 in 2010. U.S. has currently about 71,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan.

While the U.S. is trying to get allies commitment on 10,000 troops, reports suggest that the allies are willing... (more)

Tags: france, germany, obama, afghanistan, italy, president obama, news, brussels, canadian politics, gen. stanley mcchrystal, hamid karzai, karl eikenberry, nato, uk politics

Russia- Blasts at Ulyanovsk ammunition depot leaves 8 dead

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 23, 2009

At least eight people have been killed in an explosion that happened at Arsenal 31, ammunitions depot on the outskirts of Ulyanovsk, 900km (550 miles) south-east of Moscow, Russia. This explosion comes within 10 days after explosions tore through the same site, the defense ministry says.

A bomb disposal squad was working on the site, loading live ammunition onto a lorry when the blast occurred. All the people killed are reported to be members of the squad. Two people were also injured in the accident. The blast took place at 1430hrs local time on Monday, when the team was clearing the... (more)

Tags: russia, arms, ammunition, depot, ulyanovsk, moscow, dmitry medvedev, azerbaijan, ilham aliyev, armenia, soviet

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